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Nth Metal Joins Metal Men this Fall

The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as DC takes a deep look into Doctor Will Magnus’ robotics lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient in a modern world. Beginning this October, DC Publisher Dan DiDio and artists Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki transform DC’s Metal Men in a new twelve-issue maxi-series drawn from events first seen in bestselling hardcover Dark Knights: Metal.

With nods to early DC Showcase stories, where the Metal Men first appeared, and DC’s long history of science fiction storytelling, the Metal Men discover a warehouse of old robots, older versions of themselves, that are junked and apparently left in disrepair by their creator rather than being rebuilt after their heroic battles. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challenger Mountain…the same Challenger Mountain that came through from the Dark Multiverse and landed in Gotham at the end of Dark Knights: Metal and was the focal point of the DC New Age of Heroes miniseries New Challengers.

Metal Men #1, written by Dan DiDio with art by Shane Davis and Michelle Delecki and edited by Jessica Chen, debuts in comic book stores and online retailers on Wednesday, October 16 with a cover by Davis and a variant cover by Philip Tan.

Review: Uncanny X-Men #19

Uncanny X-Men #19

Uncanny X-Men #19 is when the magician reveals how they did their trick. Focused entirely on Emma Frost, the issue weaves her story and machinations. We learn about her manipulation and game of chess and how that’s impacted the X-Men. Why did Logan and Scott team up? Why did Scott have a list? What was up with that Mr. Sinister fight? Captain America is doing what? Anole stole what? It’s all explained here and it’s impressive.

Writer Matthew Rosenberg takes us in to the Hellfire Club. It’s a new club with very interesting members. Each makes you ponder what it all means and how things have shifted. Emma Frost sits at the head of it all, manipulating her way through life. But why is she doing it? Rosenberg reveals that too. We get a clear motivation and some struggles as she attempts to outmaneuver the person pulling her strings.

This is very much the moment in the film where you learn how the robber pulled off the heist. As each piece of the puzzle is shown, it all makes a bit more sense.

Rosenberg does kill off yet another character. It’s something this run will become known for, for better or worse.

The art is pretty solid in the issue. That’s in spite of numerous artists and inkers. The transition from one to the other is fairly smooth and doesn’t hinder the issue at all.

Uncanny X-Men #19 brings it all together. Uncanny X-Men #19 explains so much as to what has been going on. The issue also explains why some things have felt off in this run, though still fun. If you’re not more excited by the time the issue wraps up, I don’t know what to say, but this one has me loving the X-Men again. If you’re an X-fan, this is a must buy.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Carlos Villa, Carlos Gómez, Bob Quinn
Ink: Juan Vlasco, Adriano Di Benedetto, Michelle Delecki, Carlos Gómez, Bob Quinn
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation:
Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (of 5)

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4 (of 5)

(W) Seanan McGurie (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Diego Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: May 22, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE MOST FORBIDDEN LOVE!
• Role model and idol to millions Kurt Wagner (better known
as Nightcrawler) may have had a lapse in judgment a few years ago…and only Mystique can lead him to the fruit of his loins!

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #4

Preview: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

(W) Seanan McGurie (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Guru eFX
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99′

IN THE CLUTCHES OF TEMPTATION!
• As Hollywood’s leading man and mascot of the X-Men, Nightcrawler has it all! What more could this American idol still yearn for?
• Whatever it is, he’ll find it in a hedonistic underground masquerade club!

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #3 (of 5)

Preview: Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2

(W) Seanan McGuire (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Frank D’Armata
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE AGE OF X-MAN CONTINUES!
• It’s terror at the tabloids when everyone’s favorite blue X-Man has a secret!
• One that won’t stay behind the scenes much longer if he keeps this up…
• Can Kurt’s squeaky-clean public image survive an explosive affair?

Age of X-Man: The Amazing Nightcrawler #2

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.

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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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

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