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Review: Captain America: Steve Rogers #4

Captain America Steve Rogers #4 CoverWhile Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 is billed as a Civil War II tie-in and Steve attempting to broker a truce between Iron Man and Captain Marvel, the interior is nothing of the sorts and between the teaser text and the interior, I was so confused I actually checked the text in the small print at the beginning to make sure this was issue four.

The comic is really a recap of things, so if you haven’t read the first three issues of this series, then you can catch up here. Even with a recap page, the issue is really devoted to laying where things are out. It’s a bit odd actually.

Now, there is some things that are new. Things involving Steve’s mother as well as Elisa are explored a bit. There’s a moment of Steve where he goes super villian and clearly lays out what his plan and goals are. And there’s lots of foreshadowing of the fact that Steve’s deep cover as a Hydra agent is tenuous and there’s lots of open ended things that can get him caught. Kobik, Jack Flagg, the crashed jet that Zemo died in. All of these things poke holes into Rogers’ plans and actions. The trial of Maria Hill also moves forward.

Basically, this issue feels a lot like a recap issue looking back at events and also setting things in motion with a lot of foreshadowing. It’s a bit frustrating due to that and feels like a wasted issue by writer Nick Spencer. What this has been solicited as is also completely baffling as it’s nothing of the sorts. There’s some mentions of what will be happening/is happening in Civil War II, but that takes up a few panels.

There is some good.

Captain America lays out his philosophy and plan and mixed with what S.H.I.E.L.D. is asking for, it all seems rather original Civil War. Spencer touches upon real world issues like surveillance by the state and increased powers to police, but that also is a bit shallow, an issue that also plagues the writing of the main Civil War II series. There is also an emphasis on Steve’s more brutal take on things, something that’s emphasized by his actions which aren’t very Captain America like. This is a new Captain America who would be ok with Black Sites and torture, not the one who stood up to the Super Human Registration Act. The emphasis is clear with this issue as this fact is stated and shown in various ways throughout the issue. Getting the philosophy and outlook of this new Captain America is a good thing and gives us some more insight than picturing him as a puppet of the Red Skull, but it also doesn’t feel new, just a retread of speeches we’ve heard from the classic character Nuke (in his various forms).

The highlight of the issue really is seeing the new Quasar. Where this character goes and what the plan is, I couldn’t tell you. But, to see something put a smile on my face.

Javier Pina and Miguel Sepulveda handle the art duties and it still holds up. The scenes in the past are what really stand out with their use of limited color, the art looks fantastic. I think the flashback sequences have been the strongest thing of these four issues, and would love to see an entire comic series done this way. The “modern” art is still good, but something is lost. Some of the scenes are brutal really showing off the new Steve, but some of the character art is a bit miss. Still, it’s a good comic to look at during the read and the use of the two distinct styles is a great choice.

The issue continues a rather middling series. Captain America: Steve Rogers #4 isn’t bad, but it’s also not really worth your dollars either. As an issue it feels like its job is to recap everything that has happened in just three issues and do some foreshadowing, it’s just not enough, nor is anything vital that it’s a comic you have to have to understand what’s going on or what’s to come.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Javier Pina, Miguel Sepulveda
Story: 5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.25 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Lone Wolf 2100 #4

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The fate of the human race comes down to a final battle on the coast of Japan! Daisy Ogami holds the key to a cure for a killer virus, but only Itto, her android bodyguard, can protect her from those who would let the plague continue!

When everyone wants the cure, only conflict can ensue and writer Eric Heisserer delivers that and then some. Of course that conflict is both violent, explosive, yet tragic in the end. I can’t say much more about Lone Wolf 2100 #4 without spoiling, the final issue of this series and it’s absolutely best to experience it for yourself.

Nothing says final issue, like fluid, violent action, and the art by Miguel Speulveda delivers that. Even the forced landing is supremely well done. The flashback scenes are well drawn, and contribute greatly to the story as well.

Story: Eric Heisserer Art: Miguel Sepulveda
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Lone Wolf 2100 #2

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Young Daisy Ogami’s blood carries the cure to the plague that has devastated the world. Itto, Daisy’s android protector, has gone in search of a country that will use the cure fairly. Unfortunately, the remaining world powers all want the cure for themselves—and one has sent soldiers to insure that happens!

Lone Wolf 2100 is a re-imagining of the classic assassin-and-child tale originated in Lone Wolf and Cub.

The re-imagining continues as Itto to protect Daisy from the world, or the infected part of the world anyway. Of course even some non-infected humans want to claim her as property. The characters who are after Daisy, do come after her but, they encounter Itto. That leads to some explosive action, as Itto decides to take Daisy over the ocean to the one place that seems to actually use the cure to save humanity. I’m curious to see if that actually happens or are they captured by another country with less pure goals.

The art is solid, and consistent throughout. Here they introduce a new setting that is filled with “normal” life not ravaged by the virus. That new location finally allows the artist to draw other children outside of Daisy with great detail. The explosive combat panels are well done and filled with fluid scenes of action, violence, and of course explosions.

Story: Eric Heisserer Art: Miguel Sepulveda
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Lone Wolf 2100 #1

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Eric Heisserer (W), Miguel Sepulveda (A), Miguel Sepulveda (Cover)
On sale January 6, FOC December 14th.

The last real man on Earth may be an android!

AD 2100: A devastating manmade plague is turning the human race into cannibalistic monsters known as the Thrall. But there is hope: young Daisy Ogami’s blood holds the secret to a cure—if Itto, her android protector, can get her to a place where it can be extracted!

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Early Review: Lone Wolf 2100 #1

28537The last real man on Earth may be an android!

AD 2100: A devastating man made plague is turning the human race into cannibalistic monsters known as the Thrall. But there is hope: young Daisy Ogami’s blood holds the secret to a cure—if Itto, her android protector, can get her to a place where it can be extracted!

While Lone Wolf 2100 #1 is a rebooted concept, there is are some noticeable influences that can be seen in the story. One of the slightly more obvious ones is I am Legend by Richard Matheson. Outside of that the story, written by Eric Heisserer, has a relatively quick pace. And that quick pace is peppered with occasional hints/flashbacks as to what caused the “thrall,” to appear. There is obviously more to reveal in upcoming issues in terms of both present and past.

Miguel Speulveda‘s art has a clear manga influence in the art style, paying homage to the previous volume’s history. However there is also a note of a the manga being infused with a traditional comic book style as well. The odd fusion of art styles is a nice touch.

I will admit there is something about the appearance of the thrall, that reminds of goblins and orcs, for some reason. Yet I imagine I’m not the only who will notice that as it read.

Story: Eric Heisserer Art: Miguel Sepulveda
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy (once a few issues are out)

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

NYCC 2015: Lone Wolf 2100 Returns for Monthly Series

From screenwriter Eric Heisserer and artist Miguel Sepulveda comes Lone Wolf 2100, a reimagining of Kazuo Koike’s classic manga Lone Wolf and Cub set in the not-too-distant future.

AD 2100: A devastating manmade plague is turning the human race into cannibalistic monsters known as the Thrall. But there is hope: young Daisy Ogami’s blood holds the secret to a cure—if Itto, her android protector, can get her to a place where it can be extracted!

Lone Wolf 2100 #1 (of 4) is in stores January 6, 2016, from Dark Horse Comics.

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Preview: RAI #6

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Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (NOV141688)
Cover B by CARY NORD (NOV141689)
Cover C by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA (NOV141690)
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK (NOV141691)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE (NOV141692)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 14

As 41st century Japan spirals into chaos, will Rai protect his nation…or help tear it down?

As Rai grapples with a life beyond the control of Father, new feelings distract him from uprisings, secret armies, and a bomb that could all doom the mission to free New Japan before it even begins! Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s astonishing saga of the year 4001 rockets toward a terrible reckoning as “Battle for New Japan” continues!

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Dark Horse Presents Celebrates its 200th Issue!

Dark Horse Comics will publish the milestone 200th issue of its Eisner and Harvey Award-winning comic book anthology Dark Horse Presents in February 2015, featuring the story MASKS by Gillian Flynn, the bestselling novelist of GONE GIRL, with art by Dave Gibbons, the bestselling artist of WATCHMEN recently named the first ever comics laureate. The 200th issue of the celebrated anthology will feature a HELLBOY cover by Gabriel Bá, an APE-X variant cover by THE GOON creator Eric Powell, and stories by some of the biggest names in comics, including legendary HELLBOY creator Mike Mignola, GROO Creators Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, Alex de Campi, Matt Kindt and Jerry Ordway.

Dark Horse Presents 200 will be go on sale on February 18th, 2015.

The 80-page 200th issue of the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award series will feature:

  • Mike Mignola and Gabriel Bá revisiting Hellboy’s time in Mexico with a follow-up to their classic story THE COFFIN MAN.
  • Fred Van Lente and Miguel Sepulveda delivering a Project Black Sky story about the telepathic cyborg gorilla Ape-X
  • Brendan McCarthy’s DREAM GANG
  • Damon Gentry and Aaron Conley’s SABERTOOTH SWORDSMAN
  • The first chapter of a new GROO tale by Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier
  • A mermaid story by Gustavo Duarte (MONSTERS)
  • Alex de Campi and Jerry Ordway’s SEMIAUTOMAGIC
  • Ed Brisson’s MURDER BOOK featuring art from Michael Walsh
  • The first ever U.S. publication of the short story MASKS, which was originally published in the UK’s GUARDIAN newspaper to commemorate the British Library’s exhibition of British comics. The story is the comic book debut for Gillian Flynn, the NEW YORK TIMES bestselling writer of GONE GIRL, which is now a major motion picture directed by David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB). She collaborates with artist Dave Gibbons, (WATCHMEN) for a story about mothers… and vigilantes.

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Preview: X-O Manowar #27

X-O MANOWAR #27 (ARMOR HUNTERS)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover by MIGUEL SEPULVEDA (MAY141653)
Variant Cover by DIEGO BERNARD (MAY141654)
$3.99 | T+ | 32 pgs. | ON SALE 7/30/14

Hunt it. Trap it. Kill it.

The Armor Hunters are the most dangerous fighters in the universe – unparalleled in their abilities to catch and destroy their prey. Their mission has been long and unforgiving…and has featured the destruction of many X-O Manowar armors. For the first time, we see the brutal beginnings of the Hunters…and the devastation they have vowed to combat.

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Preview: The Humanity Bomb Continues in Indestructible Hulk #18.INH!

It’s Hulk vs. the Terrigen Mists as Banner tries to stave off the Inhumanity in Indestructible Hulk #18.INH – from writer Mark Waid and artists Jheremy Raapack and Miguel Sepulvda! The Terrigen Mists are spreading across the globe – awakening thousands of dormant Inhumans. To combat the threat, S.H.I.E.L.D. has called in the world’s foremost authority on transformative radiation – Dr. Bruce Banner!

Now, Banner races against the clock to solve a problem the Hulk can’t smash! But he’ll have to get through Iron Man, Hank Pym and the X-Men’s Beast first! Now that’s a problem the Hulk can smash! Plus, which one of Banner’s lab assistants has fallen to the Terrigen Mists – and what does that mean for the rest of them? Find out this January in the explosive Indestructible Hulk #18.INH!

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #18.INH (NOV130619)
Written by MARK WAID
Art by JHEREMY RAAPACK & MIGUEL SEPULVEDA
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
FOC 12/22/13, ON-SALE 01/22/14

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