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Preview: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

(W) Sean McGuire (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Federico Blee
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE AGE OF X-MAN!
• From the Munich circus to Hollywood Boulevard, Nightcrawler is starring in his own solo series!
• Kurt Wagner is the biggest celebrity slash super hero since Dwayne Johnson!
• Juggling Kurt’s responsibilities as one of the X-Men and a slate of summer blockbusters would be tough without the best support staff in the business: Stunt coordinator Magma! Personal trainer Kylun! And of course, his leading lady Meggan!
• But there’s something rotten in Tinseltown…

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #1

Enter the Age of X-Man. An New Take on Age of Apocalypse?

The Age of X-Man dawns…and the X-Men cannot stop it. After the apocalyptic dissolution of the X-Men comes…AGE OF X-MAN! At first glance, this looks like a flip of Age of Apocalypse which saw a future where Apocalypse had won and out of it came the character Nate Grey, X-Man. Is this the flip where Nate Grey rules?

Starting this February, something big for the X-Men!

AGE OF X-MAN: THE MARVELOUS X-MEN #1 (of 5)
Written by LONNIE NADLER & ZAC THOMPSON
Art by MARCO FAILLA
Cover by PHIL NOTO
On Sale 2/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: NEXTGEN #1 (of 5)
Written by ED BRISSON
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by CHRIS BACHALO
On Sale 2/13/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE AMAZING NIGHTCRAWLER #1 (of 5)
Written by SEANAN MCGUIRE
Art by JUAN FRIGERI
Cover by SHANE DAVIS, MICHELLE DELECKI & FEDERICO BLEE
On Sale 2/20/19

AGE OF X-MAN: THE X-TREMISTS #1 (of 5)
Written by LEAH WILLIAMS
Art by GEORGES JEANTY
Cover by RAHZZAH
On Sale 2/27/19

AGE OF X-MAN: PRISONER X #1 (of 5)
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by GERMAN PERALTA
Cover by PATCH ZIRCHER
On Sale 3/6/19

AGE OF X-MAN: APOCALYPSE AND THE X-TRACTS #1 (of 5)
Written by TIM SEELEY
Art by SALVA ESPIN
Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
On Sale 3/13/19

Review: Superman/Top Cat Special #1

It’s a fifth week and the heroes of the DC universe are teaming up with the characters of Hanna-Barbera. In Superman/Top Cat Special #1, Superman and Top Cat must take on alien kale! Plus, a bonus story of Secret Squirrel.

Superman/Top Cat Special #1 is by Dan DiDio, Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Dean White, J. Nanjan, Hi-Fi, Travis Lanham, J.M. DeMatteis, and Tom Mandrake.

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Preview: The Kamandi Challenge #10

The Kamandi Challenge #10

(W) Greg Pak (A) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki (CA) Francis Manapul
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

After the suspenseful ending of issue #9, writer Greg Pak and artist Joe Prado bring our hero to the land of the Dead Worshippers! Now freed from captivity, Kamandi must help his new allies, the Shark People, escape their grisly fate as permanent displays in a horrific museum. Filled with long-kept secrets of the world around them, this museum could hold the key to finding Kamandi’s parents, but will he live long enough to find out? Not if the Commander of the worshippers has anything to do with it!

Review: New Gods Special #1

New Gods Special #1

I dunno — on the one hand, writer/artist Shane Davis seems to “get” Jack Kirby: his recently-released New Gods Special #1 (cover-priced $4.99, which I paid for out-of-pocket) is big, brash, bold, and battle-centric, revolving as it does around a conflict between Orion and his brother, Kalibak, who’s in the business of setting up an “Apokolips Pit” deep beneath the surface of New Genesis and the notice of its residents/protectors, the New Gods. In the worst tradition of his father, the dread Darkseid, however, he’s building his pit utilizing slave labor, and one of his “volunteers,” the ever-intrepid “Bug” known as Forager, escapes to warn the New Gods — who, for the record, have been marginalizing and abusing his people even longer than Kalibak has — that their whole world’s about to come crashing down. I guess he’s just thoughtful like that.

And this is where it starts to become apparent that on anything other than a surface or aesthetic level, Davis doesn’t “get” Kirby at all. There’s no nuance or depth to any of the proceedings in New Gods Special #1 — none of the deep and profound philosophical questions that The King Of Comics was asking with his Fourth World opus (like how can New Genesis be anything other than a deeply flawed “paradise” given that it sustains itself by means of the exploitation of “lesser” races?) are anywhere to be found, no facile nods even thrown in their direction. If you sucked all the actual meaning from Kirby’s work, and filtered it through a distinctly ’90s-Wildstorm-style artistic lens, then what you’d probably end up with is something very much like this. As a result, this comic — even though DC just published it last week — both feels and looks far more dated than any of the original Fourth World books themselves.

New Gods Special #1

Which isn’t to say that Davis, inker Michelle Delecki, and superstar colorist Alex Sinclair didn’t obviously put their “all” into this comic. I contend that the visual evidence, at the very least, is proof positive that they did. It’s just that their “all” isn’t nearly enough to stand in Kirby’s shadow. This is very much an average comic book fisticuffs struggle, albeit one with some cosmic trappings, and while it passes the admittedly low bar set for “competence” by today’s “Big Two” standards, it’s thoroughly devoid of the inspiration that informed every panel that Kirby ever drew and every line he ever scripted. Tonally, Orion, Lightray, Forager, Kalibak, etc. all sound right — but minus the crucial spark of Kirby’s animating genius, none of them feel right. And while it may be inherently unfair to compare anybody to The King, the simple truth is that if you’re going to put out a comic ostensibly intended to honor his legacy, that comic should honor said legacy, rather than merely imitate it.

New Gods Special #1

The legendary Walter Simonson fares somewhat better with his brief backup strip — his lavish art looks as gorgeous as ever, and while the story is also essentially a basic run-around (based on concepts he introduced in his Orion series revolving around New Genesis’ aquatic life), it’s one with at least as much substance as Davis’ much-longer main feature. It’s not a terrific story by any means, or even an especially memorable one, but it’s at least mercifully short and quite pretty to look at.

So — does New Gods Special #1 have anything going for it, then? Well, yeah, it does — buried at the very back of the book are a couple of short-but-oh-so-sweet Young Gods Of Supertown strips by Kirby himself, and while no one’s going to claim that these stories, which originally ran in the pages of The Forever People and feature the character Lonar, were essential components of the overall Fourth World arc, they fleshed out the world of New Genesis nicely and remain prime examples of excellent little adventure yarns.

In fairness, though, those stories are already available in several different reprint collections (and will be in the forthcoming Fourth World Omnibus), and hardly constitute a reason to shell out five bucks for this hollow “tribute” comic.

Story: Shane Davis  Art: Shane Davis
Story: 3.0 Art: 2.0 Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

Preview: New Gods Special #1

New Gods Special #1

(W) Shane Davis, Walter Simonson (A) Walter Simonson (A/CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki
In Shops: Aug 02, 2017
SRP: $4.99

In a feature length story, Orion and Lightray must come to the aid of Forager and his people, as Kalibak has established a brutal dictatorship over the Bug colony. In confronting his evil brother, Orion faces the darker side of his own nature. And, in a back-up story, master comics writer/artist Walter Simonson tells a tale of a young Orion and his friend Seagrin. This issue also includes tales of Lonar of New Genesis reprinted from FOREVER PEOPLE #4 and 7, written and pencilled by Jack Kirby.