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Preview: Green Lanterns #45

Green Lanterns #45

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Nelson Blake
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Jessica Cruz has been pulled into a nightmare world created from her own memories. As Simon Baz and the Justice League try to find her, they turn to an unlikely ally for help: John Constantine!

Preview: Luke Cage #5

Luke Cage #5

(W) David Walker (A) Nelson Blake (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS!
• Luke Cage is under attack from all sides!
• bHis adversaries are rich, powerful and unbreakable.
• BRING ‘EM ON.

Preview: Generations: Ms. Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1

Generations: Ms. Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) Nelson Blake II
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $4.99

• Ms. Marvel’s falling out with her idol Carol Danvers, a.k.a. the Mighty Captain Marvel, just took a BIZARRE turn!
• Kamala suddenly finds herself as an intern at Woman Magazine – Carol’s former place of employment! Between cozying up to her boss, filing back issues, and her usual super-heroing, how will Kamala find time to figure out what got her here in the first place?

Preview: Luke Cage #4

LUKE CAGE #4

DAVID F. WALKER (W) • Nelson Blake II (A)
Cover by RAHZZAH

THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE!
• Luke Cage protects the innocent, but innocence appears to be in short supply.
• The secret of Dr. Burstein’s death, revealed!
• Strange forces are aligning against Luke Cage and time is running out!

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Preview: Luke Cage #3

Luke Cage #3

(W) David Walker (A) Nelson Blake (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

BIG TROUBLE IN THE BIG EASY!
• Why is everybody trying to kill Luke Cage???
• And where did they get the weapons to do so?!
• With supplies of “the cure” running low, Burstein’s former subjects are growing dangerously unstable!

Preview: Ms. Marvel #19

Ms. Marvel #19

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Marco Failla (CA) Nelson Blake
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• An enemy from Ms. Marvel’s past resurfaces and begins targeting those closest to Kamala.
• As the world around her is spinning out of control, it becomes clear that this time there’s something more sinister at work…
• Kamala’s no stranger to fighting for what’s right, but in facing down this challenge, everything she is will be called into question. Not just as a super hero, but as a human being.

Review: Luke Cage #1

Like a good number of folks, I was sorely disappointed when Marvel Comics decided to pull the plug on David F. Walker and Sanford Greene‘s superb Power Man And Iron Fist series after an all-too-brief run, but at today’s “Hollywood First, Comics Second” iteration of the so-called “House Of Ideas,” I guess it was too be expected — after all, Luke and Danny both have “stand-alone” series going on at Netflix, and are apparently only “allowed” to team up as part of the forthcoming The Defenders, so it only stands to reason that the same set-up would would be making its way over to the printed page. On the plus side, Walker is still writing the new solo Luke Cage book, but still — you knew damn well going in that the light-hearted, comedic tone of PMIF would probably go by the wayside in favor of a more sober-minded, tonally-similar-to-the-TV-show iteration of everyone’s favorite bulletproof Hero For Hire, and sure enough, there’s not a single “fiddle-faddle” to be had in this new comic.

That being said, it’s still a fun and engaging read, even if it’s a bit more buttoned-down. Walker makes a surprise move by taking Luke out of his familiar NYC environs and transplanting him to New Orleans (at least for the opening story arc), and that proves to be a smart storytelling choice given that a new (if temporary) locale certainly lends itself to a new approach, and goes some way toward putting his protagonist in the same situation his readers are in — navigating through unfamiliar, perhaps even uneasy, but ultimately exciting territory.

The plot here revolves around Luke heading to The Big Easy to attend the funeral of the borderline-mad doctor who gave him the imitation super-soldier serum that turned him into a hero in the first place only to find that he’d made some less-than-savory contacts as he continued his experimental work in subsequent years, and one of these shady characters may have had a hand his demise, which is being sold to his friends and acquaintances as a suicide. Luke is pretty quick to smell a rat, of course, street-smart guy that he is, but there are those even more powerful than him who don’t take too kindly to his snooping around — isn’t that always the case?

We’re looking at pretty tried and true Chandler-esque stuff here, it’s gotta be said, but hey — it’s executed well, and nobody has a better grasp on Cage than Walker, obviously. He makes the cardinal mistake of telegraphing his cliffhanger halfway through the book (come on, whenever you mention a character who hasn’t been heard from in forever and a day you know they’re bound to turn up at the end), but even that plays out as more of a “yeah, I should have seen that coming” moment rather than a “hey, I saw that coming” moment, so it’s all good in my book. Do you really go into a comic like this looking to have the wheel re-invented before your eyes, anyway?

Unfortunately, I’m a little less enthusiastic about Nelson Blake II‘s art than I am the script. It’s certainly clean, crisp, and reasonably expressive, no question about that, but it all feels a bit too meticulous for a “street-level” hero in my own humble estimation, and he skimps on the background details (when he even bothers to include any) to a degree that I find both irritating and, I’m sorry to say, lazy. Marcio Menyz redeems the visuals somewhat with his cinematic color palette that enhances the storytelling quite nicely (see the above sequence for proof of that which I speak), and Rahzzah‘s powerful, dynamic cover is “Classic Cage” all the way, but the line art in this book just doesn’t give you enough for your $3.99 (which I paid out of my own pocket) to make you feel like it was necessarily money well spent.

Odds are that I’ll stick around to see how the first arc plays, out, though, and go from there. Luke Cage #1 didn’t knock my socks off, by any means, but the story, while predictable, was engrossing enough to pique my curiosity and Walker, in my experience, always delivers a payoff that rewards your continued reading. I don’t see myself loving this comic the way I did PMIF, but I liked it well enough, and there’s no shame in reading comics you like.

Story: David F. Walker Art: Nelson Blake II
Story: 8.0 Art: 5.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Caged Vengeance – Your First Look Inside Luke Cage #1!

Harlem’s Hero for Hire is going solo once again this May, and the unbreakable hero is off to New Orleans to uncover a mystery stretching back to his very origins! Marvel has released a first look at Luke Cage #1 – the hard-hitting new series coming from critically-acclaimed writer David F. Walker and artist Nelson Blake II!

It’s big trouble in the Big Easy! Dr. Noah Burstein, the man who made Luke Cage into the unbreakable hero he is today, is dead. So when Luke heads to New Orleans for the funeral of his mentor and father figure, he’s looking for answers. Mysterious billionaires, a woman with a secret, super-powered gangs and more than a few shadowy figures lead Luke to the conclusion that there’s more to this death than meets the eye. This Hero for Hire is on the case for free, and so help anyone who stands in his way!

Cage is out for answers – and he’s not above using a little force to get them! The underworld of New Orleans won’t know what hit them when Luke Cage comes to town! Don’t miss the explosive first issue everywhere on May 17th!

Featuring covers by Rahzzah, Andre Leroy Davis, Mike Deodato, Tim Bradstreet, and Neal Adams.

Preview: Ms. Marvel #17

Ms. Marvel #17

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Takeshi Miyagawa (CA) Nelson Blake
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Kamala’s life has been a bit of disaster ever since the evil sentient computer virus known as Doc.X learned that she’s also Ms. Marvel and threatened to expose her. Luckily, Kamala’s got a plan to take down her digital enemy…She’s just got to convince an estranged ally to lend her a hand. Can Ms. Marvel rally the help she needs before the world’s most malevolent malware takes corporeal form?

Preview: Ms. Marvel #16

Ms. Marvel #16

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Takeshi Miyagawa (CA) Nelson Blake
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

What started out as a game for Kamala Khan has quickly become Ms. Marvel’s worst nightmare. The twisted sicko who’s been using online games to troll folks has found a way to take control of people IRL. With the Doc. X Virus on the loose, can Ms. Marvel trust anyone?

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