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Preview: Pearl #2

Pearl #2

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation…Pearl. She is a master tattoo artist and reluctant assassin for the Yakuza she was born into, with a very special gift taught to her by her late mother. But a secret she has kept from everyone may be her only chance at happiness beyond the world she was brought up in. This epic romance set in modern-day San Francisco has the creators of Jessica Jones embarking on a completely new and complex character, creation and world.

Review: Scarlet #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Scarlet!

Scarlet #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev, Joshua Reed, Curtis King, Jr., Michael McCalister, Michael Gaydos, Iva, and Alisa Bendis.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Pearl #1

This week sees the release of the first comic from Jinxworld under its new publisher DC Comics! Pearl #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and Josh Reed.

Pearl is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.

She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: Pearl #1

Pearl is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.

She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.

I’ve always been fascinated by tattoos and especially the use of them by some gangs to tell a story. I myself have two and both tell a story though are simple designs. They are memories to me and there’s many more to come to tell my life. Brian Michael Bendis dips into the world of tattooing with Pearl and it’s an intriguing first issue that reminds me a bit of his previous series Scarlet.

The issue is interesting as it’s the debut of Bendis’ Jinxworld by DC Comics and while it’s a good start, it’s not one that has me super excited. What’s interesting though is, I think by the time things are done, the whole will be so much better than the individual issues.

The story isn’t bad in any way, there’s just a spark that’s missing and there’s a sense we’ve seen this before in Bendis’ other work. There isn’t that think that makes it really stand out when it comes to the story.

Where it does stand out is Michael Gaydos‘ art which is as stunning as expected. Gaydos is one of the best artists today and the watercolor like imagery is beautiful and haunting perfectly capturing the story. While the story lacks, the art is a draw, standing out and making this a comic worthy of checking out.

Again, the first issue isn’t bad, there’s just a spark that’s missing to make it stand out from the pack. It is fairly standard Bendis and something we’ve seen before. It’s not a first issue I’m jumping up and down about but I have a feeling that by the time things wrap up, that may change. If you’re a diehard Bendis and/or Gaydos fan, then this is one to get, but for me, this is one to wait and see where it goes.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos Letterer: Joshua Reed
Story: 6.85 Art: 8.75 Overall: 6.95 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Pearl #1 (of 6)

Pearl #1 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) Michael Gaydos
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $3.99

From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza.

She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.

PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.

AfterShock Announces The Dead Kings from Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith

Thrice-Nine took Sasha’s brother, and it took Maria’s heart.

Plagued by the ramifications of a techno-magic world now thirty years gone, Thrice-Nine is a dirty folklore world that limps along, degenerating into a place filled with paranoia and poison. Sasha Vasnetsov thought he’d escaped all that, but when news comes that his younger brother has been kidnapped by the secret police, he finds himself dragged back into the madness with a simple goal—to find his brother.

But Sasha is going to need help to do this, and he enlists Maria Kamenaya, a former warrior with hundreds of enemy kills to her name, who was betrayed by the very country she served. This quest is how they get both of those things back, in the lawless land of decapitated states…the land of DEAD KINGS.

Written by Steve Orlando and drawn by Matthew Dow SmithDead Kings is an in-depth exploration of retribution, in all its dark, complex forms.

Dead Kings #1 comes to shelves October 24th featuring colors by Lauren Affe, lettering by Thomas Mauer, and covers by Matthew Dow Smith and Michael Gaydos.

Preview: The Black Hood Vol. 2

THE BLACK HOOD VOL. 2 (TR)

Script: Duane Swierczynski
Art: Michael Gaydos, Robert Hack, Greg Scott, Rick Burchett, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Rachel Deering
Cover: Greg Smallwood
978-1-62738-890-0
$14.99 US/$16.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/23

After the soul-crushing events of BULLET’S KISS, disfigured cop Greg Hettinger leaves Philly for Southern California, but a plane ride can’t separate Greg from his troubles. Collects THE BLACK HOOD ongoing series issues #7-11.

 

 

Review: Jessica Jones #18

JJ18Cover.jpgFor the past three years since Jessica Jones has returned to prominence through her Netflix show , I have clamored multiple times for her caretakers to step back, and instead of some epic conspiracy arc, tell a standalone detective story featuring her. Done-in-one, case of the week stories can be memorable entertaining; see most of Rob Thomas’ televison ouevre. (I’m behind on Jessica Jones Season 2 and iZombie Season 4, don’t judge.) And, boy, do her co-creators Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and Matt Hollingsworth deliver in Jessica Jones #18, Bendis’ final issue of the title before becoming exclusive to DC Comics in a story where she investigates every New York based Marvel hero’s favorite punching bag after the Shocker: the Armadillo.

But, unlike the multiple Marvel heroes she interviews in her quest for Armadillo, Jessica doesn’t treat him like a punching bag, but like a human being. Of course, there are snarky quips, but when she finally finds him at the Owl’s supervillain “pop-up”, Jessica doesn’t fight him. She listens to Armadillo and empathizes with a guy who wants to be a big shot bad guy like the Kingpin or Norman Osborn, but really is just afraid of being close to his girlfriend, Daisy. He would rather act out and get in pointless fights with basically every superhero than spend alone time with her. Also, he’s not a big fan of feeling invisible in a universe full of colorful characters, both bad, good, and in-between.

And this feeling is where the unlikely connection between Jessica and Armadillo springs into life in Jessica Jones #18 thanks to Bendis’ dialogue and Gaydos’ grid and subtle shift in facial expressions. Jessica can go from rolling her eyes at Armadillo mentioning the Green Goblin (They met before back in The Pulse.) to being sincere and open when she tells him that the Marvel Universe forgot about her after she was mind controlled by Killgrave and attacked the Avengers. Thankfully, Bendis and Gaydos don’t do a whole info dump in the final issue, and Jessica’s past is baked into her words and expressions.

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It’s also pretty amazing that their last hurrah on Jessica Jones isn’t a stereotypical superhero beat ’em up, but a series of heart to heart conversations framed by Jessica just doing her P.I. thing for Alias Investigations. There are no big epiphanies or plot twists just a woman who doesn’t want to be a superhero being heroic in her own way and reaching out to a broken man that needed a listening ear, not “clobbering time” or a kick to the face. Bendis and Gaydos give cameos to some of Bendis’ favorite characters, like Miles Morales, the Thing, and Ironheart, as Jessica tracks down Armadillo. Everyone except Riri (Because she’s the best.) just attacked Armadillo without asking any questions about his motives. This is similar to the Avengers back in Alias who just tried knock Jessica out without taking a minute to realize that she wasn’t in control of her actions. Jessica can fly and has super strength, but as a private eye, she is ready to listen, make connections, and deduce motives before knocking someone out. It doesn’t matter if you’re half armadillo/half man or were experimented on by a character, who strangely appeared in the Jessica Jones TV show.

Also, I like that Bendis and Gaydos made the cameo parade relevant to the story instead of just fanservice, and it was fun to see Jessica and Miles’ rapport after his abuela hired her to see what he was up to in Spider-Man. One of Brian Michael Bendis’ gifts as a writer other than dialogue is finding new connections between characters in the Marvel Universe. This skill shines especially in his solo books like when Peter Parker had a complicated dating relationship with Kitty Pryde in Ultimate Spider-Man, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were Matt Murdock’s bodyguards when he was outed as Daredevil, and the connection between her and Miles.

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Jessica Jones #18 is all about the little things that make the character and Bendis, Gaydos, and Hollingsworth’s work on Alias and (for the most part) Jessica Jones great. There’s the smooth color palette that Hollingsworth after Jessica, who is napping with her daughter, gets a happy call from her client that she helped her and Armadillo reconcile.  It’s a quiet take on the big win for a protagonist. Then, there’s Gaydos’ final trademark double page spread interview layout that allows Jessica’s clients to show their personality while conserving space and getting right on the case. Jessica begins by stereotyping Daisy as a redneck superhero fangirl from Texas, but she’s actually a wealthy model, who just wants her man back. And finally there’s one great, profanity laced one-liner to show that Jessica hasn’t gone soft since she left the MAX imprint.

Especially when coupled with the actual letter than closes out the book, Jessica Jones #18 is a fantastic love letter from her co-creators Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos, and Matt Hollingsworth to one of the most engaging new comics characters introduced this century. Jessica has been through a lot of shit and hides her emotions via snark and sometimes alcohol, but she also helps people in her own way and champions those who might be forgotten or even attacked by the more spangly and showy characters in the Marvel Universe.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Michael Gaydos Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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DC Announces New Bendis Jinxworld Plus Free Issues

It wasn’t too long ago that it was announced that writer Brian Michael Bendis was joining DC Entertainment and bringing his Jinxworld titles with him. Now it was been revealed some of his brand new projects that we’ll be able to enjoy this year.

For the first time since creating Jessica Jones, Bendis teams up with artist and co-creator Michael Gaydos on Pearl. Scheduled to debut this August, Pearlis a story about finding out and embracing who you are, not what you were born to be. This sweeping, epic romance is set against the violent backdrop of warring Yakuza factions in modern-day San Francisco.

Pearl is a very special tattoo artist and accidental assassin whose life is turned upside down when she falls for her counterpart from a rival faction. Realizing that they’re both products of a hellish environment with few prospects for real happiness, Pearl and her new lover are determined to escape this life and chart their own fates together.

As complicated and topical as Jessica Jones but with a completely different flavor and voice, Pearl will debut this summer.

Next, the award-winning creative team of Bendis and artist David Mack reunite for another all-new Jinxworld series, Cover.  Debuting this fall and based on a true story, the intelligence community figures out that the traveling band of social misfits who make comic books are an exact match to the profiles of candidates recruited for intelligence and counterintelligence gathering. A very well-known comics creator is recruited by the agency to live a double life as a spy. And convention season is upon us. With a nod to films like Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and The In-Laws, this comic celebrates comics, comic creators, readers and of course, spies.

On top of the two brand new Jinxworld titles, it was also announced that more than 150 Jinxworld periodicals and collected editions, covering Jinxworld favorites like Brilliant, Fire, Fortune & Glory, Goldfish, Jinx and Torso, plus the full run of Bendis and artist Michael Avon Oeming’s landmark series Powers (spanning 100 individual issues and 17 collected editions), are available now for digital purchase and download through platforms such as readdc.com, the Vertigo app for iOSComixology and Amazon Kindle, with more platforms to follow.

In celebration of the DC/Jinxworld partnership, several titles from the Jinxworld catalog will have their #1 issues downloadable for free until March 7:Powers, Scarlet, United States of Murder Inc., Brilliant and Takio. Many of these series will be relaunched with all new stories.

Preview: Jessica Jones #16

Jessica Jones #16

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Michael Gaydos (CA) David Mack
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN PART 4
• Never in the history of Marvel Comics has a horror so true and all-encompassing found its way to the door of one of our heroes.
• How can Jessica Jones and family survive the return of the Purple Man?

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