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Preview: The Visitor #2 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #2 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover C by BECCA CAREY
Preorder Edition Cover by JEREMY HAUN
On sale JANUARY 22 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Chaos strikes the Big Apple as The Visitor targets a group of revolutionary international scientists!

THE VISITOR #2 (of 6)

Review: The Visitor #1

The Visitor #1

Unstoppable. Untraceable. Unkillable. This is how he changes the world…
Who is the Visitor? Why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? And will they live long enough to find out? It all kicks off in The Visitor #1.

It’s ironic in some ways, but I’ve just started trying to track down the original Visitor series published in the late 90’s, long before Valiant relaunched its universe in 2012. That Visitor, who obviously shares a name with this one and little else (that we’ve been told, anyway) was an alien from the far reaches of space who was trying to help Make Things Better on Earth. Although his identity was revealed eventually, on the off chance that the same beat will be revisited here. I think it’s unlikely, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen. If you really want to know, you’re reading this on a device with Google…

The Visitor #1 barely features the title character, showing him primarily in shadows or a hooded trench coat, instead it focuses on a group of scientists with dubious motivations as they try to deploy and/or test a new technology that may or may not improve the lives of the general populace.

Paul Levitz deliberately leaves the Visitor a mystery in his own book, giving him precious little screen time as the story unfolds. It’s an interesting choice to focus less on the title character and more on those whose lives he’s disrupting, but it certainly sets the stage for the moment that we’re able to glean some more information about the character – who he is and what his motivations are – that will hopefully start coming out next issue.

If nothing else, it’s already got me hooked.

Speaking of hooks, MJ Kim‘s artwork is on point in this comic. New York is always a fun city for comics, and the skyscrapers in the background are lovingly rendered. Kim’s panel layout suits this story wonderfully, and combined with the coloring work of Diego Rodriguez, well then you’ve got a brilliant looking book with some fantastic story pacing.

You don’t need to be super familiar with the original Visitor (actually, you don’t even need to know there was an original Visitor), or even the start of what promises to be a thrilling ride.

Story: Paul Levitz Art: MJ Kim
Color: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Visitor #1 (of 6)

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover C by MICHAEL WALSH
Preorder Edition Cover by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale DECEMBER 18 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Unstoppable. Untraceable. Unkillable. This is how he changes the world…
Who is the Visitor? Why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? And will they live long enough to find out?

THE VISITOR #1 (of 6)

The Visitor arrives in the Valiant Universe this December courtesy of Paul Levitz and MJ Kim

Who is the Visitor and why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? This December, industry icon and Eisner Hall of Famer Paul Levitz and Russ Manning Award-nominated artist MJ Kim unleash The Visitor from Valiant Entertainment!

The Visitor #1 (of 5), the first chapter of the jaw-dropping limited series, goes on sale December 18th, 2019, featuring colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Simon Bowland, and covers by Amilcar PinnaRaùl AllénMichael Walsh, and Kenneth Rocafort.

The Visitor

Preview: Doctor Mirage #1 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by PHILIP TAN with JAY DAVID RAMOS
Cover B by ROBERTA INGRANATA with WARNIA SAHADEWA
Cover C by NICK ROBLES
Pre-Order Edition by JEFF DEKAL
Haunted Variant Edition by MJ KIM with JORDIE BELLAIRE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 28th

How do you solve the case of your own death?

Paranormal expert Doctor Shan Fong Mirage was born with the ability to see and speak to the dead—an ability that has mysteriously stopped working. Have her powers failed or is something far more sinister at work?

Will she figure out her fate and the fate of the one she loves the most? Valiant’s gripping supernatural mystery starts here!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1 (of 5)

Valiant Announces the Doctor Mirage #1-5 Preorder Bundle

Valiant has announced the Doctor Mirage #1-5 Preorder Edition Bundle, the latest in the publisher’s initiative to allow readers to order a complete story arc or an entire run of a limited series in advance. Each Doctor Mirage Preorder Edition issue will feature a cover drawn by a talented lineup of artists, including Jeff Dekal, Zu OrzuTula LotayVanesa R. Del Rey, and Dan Brereton, plus contain an extra eight pages of bonus material.

Written by Magdalene Visaggio and illustrated by Nick Robles, the Bundle is available to preorder now at local comic book shops by the final order cutoff (FOC) date of Monday, August 5th. Issue #1 is set to debut on Wednesday, August 28th.

In Doctor Mirage, paranormal expert Doctor Shan Fong Mirage was born with the ability to see and speak to the dead—an ability that has mysteriously stopped working. Have her powers failed or is something far more sinister at work?

Released monthly from August 2019 through November 2019, each 40-page issue comes packed with cool extras—including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, character designs, and cover galleries—that can’t be found anywhere else. Each issue is priced at $3.99, the same price as the regular-edition copies!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Cover A by PHILIP TAN (JUN192002)
Cover B by ROBERTA INGRANATA (JUN192003)
Cover C by NICK ROBLES (JUN192004)
Haunted Variant Cover by MJ KIM (JUN192005)
Also available BLANK COVER (JUN192006)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 28th (FOC – AUGUST 23rd)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #1-5 PREORDER EDITION BUNDLE

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Covers by JEFF DEKAL (Issue #1: JUN192007), ZU ORZU, TULA LOTAY, VANESA R. DEL REY, DAN BRERETON$3.99 each [5 Issues] | 40 pgs. each | T+ | Issue #1 On Sale AUGUST 28th (FOC – AUGUST 5th)

Preview: Faith: Dreamside TPB

FAITH: DREAMSIDE TBD

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM, FRANCIS PORTELA
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
On sale February 27, 2019

Even before Faith Herbert, AKA Zephyr, gained the power of flight, joined the Harbinger Renegades, and soared through the skies of the Valiant Universe, deep down she was always a hero at heart. But what’s a hero to do in the face of a foe that exists only in nightmares? Face them head-on, of course! To protect the dreams of her teammate, Animalia, Faith must venture into a fantastical new realm the likes of which we’ve never seen…and she’ll need some help from the world’s premiere parapsychologist, Doctor Mirage, to make it back with her subconscious mind still intact!

Uncover the secrets of the Dreamside as writer extraordinaire Jody Houser (FAITH, Stranger Things)and rising star MJ Kim (FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1) continue the adventures of the high-flying icon that Uproxx calls “A joy to read!”

Collecting FAITH: DREAMSIDE #1-4, FAITH’S WINTER WONDERLAND SPECIAL #1

FAITH: DREAMSIDE TBD

Review: Faith: Dreamside #4

A nightmare dressed like a daydream!

A young girl’s soul hangs in the balance as Faith Herbert and Doctor Mirage take on the terrifying demon Belu, who seeks to break through the Dreamside barrier into our world! Will Faith find it in herself to reignite her dream of becoming a hero – or will humanity be doomed to sleepless nights forever?

I’ve often found that four issue miniseries tend to suffer from a lot of build up and a rushed conclusion (or very little conclusion as the publisher wants to hook you into the second miniseries or trade paperback). Thankfully, and happily, that’s not the case here as Jody Houser closes out the story fantastically well. There are several emotional payoffs in the issue, and each one could have easily served as the conclusion to the book.

But this is titled as a Faith book, and so fittingly we end with the high flying super hero having her own self-revelation that serves as a brilliant cap on Jody Houser’s run up to this point, and allows her to take Faith in a fresh direction (mostly) unencumbered by the past.

Complimenting the writing is MJ Kim‘s superb anime-tinged artwork that is brought to a vivid life by Jordie Bellaire‘s colouring. There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to the art, and there’s very little justice that I can do to the versatility and intelligently crafted pages with only words. Instead, think about your favourite food. Whether that’s pizza, a Greek salad or a bacon cheeseburger drizzled with peanut butter (don’t knock it till you’ve tried it), whatever makes your mouth water. Think of that. Now that you’ve got your food, imagine that you’re pretty damn hungry, and you’ve… yeah, I’ve lost where I was going with this. In short, the art is striking. Kim’s page layouts, and the use of negative space between the panels is as powerful a story device as the imagery within the frames.

Houser’s run on Faith has been a personal highlight, and while I genuinely and sincerely hope she continues, if she doesn’t then this is a great way to move on (but seriously, Jody, please don’t go anywhere!). The hallmarks of a great Faith book are all here; the references to pop culture, Faith’s unique way of dealing with a situation that flies in the face of established tropes, and a genuine happiness that emanates from the pages; regardless of the story content, reading this comic just made me feel happy. This is what comics can do for you; push away the blues and remind you why you fell in love with comics in the first place.

Story: Jody Houser Art: MJ Kim
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Faith: Dreamside #4 (of 4)

Faith: Dreamside #4 (of 4)

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by MJ KIM
Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover B by SIBYLLINE MEYNET

A nightmare dressed like a daydream!

A young girl’s soul hangs in the balance as Faith Herbert and Doctor Mirage take on the terrifying demon Belu, who seeks to break through the Dreamside barrier into our world! Will Faith find it in herself to reignite her dream of becoming a hero – or will humanity be doomed to sleepless nights forever?

Faith: Dreamside #4 (of 4)

Review: Faith: Dreamside #3

FAITH_DS_003_COVER-A_SAUVAGEWhat dreams may come?

Welcome to the Dreamside, a magical realm where oddities dwell and imaginations thrive. But is this unusual new paradise truly all that it seems on the surface? Together, Faith and Doctor Mirage are about to find that behind the frills and fantasy, there may lurk nightmares…and they’re hunting for Animalia!

Jody Houser‘s run on Faith has been long – twenty issues over two four part mini series and a twelve issue ongoing, not counting Faith: Dreamside  and I can honestly say I have enjoyed each and every issue since the first miniseries flew off the shelves and into my hands. Some more than others, but not one has been a waste of my $4.

When it comes to the visuals that have accompanied Houser’s writing, the same isn’t quite as true. Most of the art I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, but some has been a touch hit or miss for me – but then art is always subjective, and where I may not find some of the comics to be as appealing to the eye as others, that doesn’t mean that you will agree with me.

Case in point, this issue. The art is technically very solid; MJ Kim uses an anime inspired style for much of the comic, which is very in keeping with the story and the events occurring on the page, and while the style usually wouldn’t quite be my cup of tea, I do appreciate its use in this issue as it highlights certain aspects of the Dreamside. As Faith and Doctor Mirage traverse the land of the dead, they’re exposed to a world where the natural rules don’t always apply – is the land inspired by those living within it, or does this part of the Dreamside just happen to be oddly bright and pleasant? The question is answered, at least visually, within the first few pages of the comic, and it’s a revelation  that I really enjoyed – and probably found it far more surprising than I really should have, if I am being completely honest.

Faith: Dreamsidehas become a fun diversion in the Valiant Universe after the rather chaotic and at times lackluster results of Harbinger Wars II, reminding fans and readers alike just what the company is capable of when not trying to write the next Epic Crossover event. Within this issue we see some brilliantly subtle nods to pop culture (and some pretty overt ones as befits the characters of Faith and Animalia), a condensed yet suitably epic journey and confrontation with a conclusion that sets up the fourth and final issue in the series magnificently. I can honestly say I didn’t expect to enjoy this story as much as I currently am.

Story: Jody Houser Art: MJ Kim
Colours: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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