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Review: Star Wars: Darth Vader Vol. 3 The Burning Seas

Are you a Star Wars fan? Do you enjoy good storytelling? Comics? Then Marvel‘s Darth Vader comics are for you! Volume 3 of the series, The Burning Seas features three stories covering issues #13-18 and Annual #2.

Darth Vader Vol. 3 The Burning Seas features Charles Soule, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Daniele Orlandini, David Curiel Java Tartaglia, Guru-eFX, Joe Caramagna, Elia Bonetti, Chuck Wendig, Leonard Kirk, Walden Wong, Scott Hanna, and Nolan Woodard.

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Review: Star Wars: Thrawn

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Star Wars: Thrawn based on the novel by Timothy Zahn.

Star Wars: Thrawn is written by Jody Houser, art by Luke Ross, color by Nolan Woodard, lettering by VC’s Clayton Cowles.

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Review: X-23 #1

Cloned from a warrior, raised as a killer, Laura Kinney has gone through hell and come out the other side a hero. After a stint as the All-New Wolverine, she returns to her roots as X-23 to make sure no one ever has to go through the horrors she did. With her sister Gabby and their pet Jonathan in tow, X-23 forges her own destiny.

Writer Mariko Tamaki is an amazing talent. She’s released some modern classic graphic novels and luckily, the “big two” publishers took notice having her take the reigns of two of their properties where Tamaki delivered two impressive stories. Now, she’ll work her magic with Laura Kinney, aka X-23.

In X-23 #1, Tamaki has a focus, and that’s Laura’s history as a clone. In charting her future, we’ll explore her past. And Tamaki is doing that in an interesting way, by bring in the Cuckoo sisters, another set of clones. Within the mutant community, there’s also a lot of clones, something that’s been touched upon, but not really addressed front and center. This series seems to be doing that by exploring what one misses when they’re a clone. It starts with an unknown birthday and goes from there.

Though the comic begins with a fantastic action sequence, it’s the heart that Tamaki focuses on. Laura and Gabby interact and speak their thoughts so that you’re feeling for them. It’s as much about the depth of the characters as it is how far one can sink their claws. Action is one thing, but if you don’t care for the characters, it doesn’t work and Tamaki has proven she knows how to mix both in every issue.

Helping Tamaki is Juann Cabal‘s art with color from Nolan Woodard, and lettering from Cory Petit. The art is fantastic with a style that’s hard to describe. The opening feels like an action film in the use of panels. It feels like the opening from a movie. The characters have tons of personality and their body language delivers as much of their feelings and thinking as what they say. That’s especially true for Gabby who feels like she’s bouncing up and down in excitement on the page.

I’ve enjoyed X-23’s adventures over the years but she’s never been a character I’ve cared about. Tamaki in one issue has me beginning to care about her. There’s a focus on character as well as the action and together it creates a comic that’s a wonderful read and fantastic debut.

Story: Mariko Tamaki Art: Juann Cabal
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: All-New Wolverine #34

All-New Wolverine #34

Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Recap Page: Leonard Kirk, Jesus Aburtov
Color: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Lopez
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editors: Mark Paniccia, Christina Harrington
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OLD WOMAN LAURA Part 2
• Though most of the world’s problems have been solved in the future, that doesn’t mean there are no opportunities to SNIKT every now and then…
• …and now that Laura’s back in the suit, she’s finding those opportunities aplenty.
• Plus: GUEST STARS you’d never believe and exotic locales you never thought you’d visit!

Preview: Hunt for Wolverine #1

Hunt for Wolverine #1

Story: Charles Soule
Art: David Marquez, Paulo Siqueira
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg, Walden Wong, Ruth Redmond
Letterer: VC’s Joe Sabino
Cover Art: Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten, Laura Martin
Variant Covers: Marco Checcetto, Elizabeth Torque, Nolan Woodard, Adam Kubert, Dan Brown, Mike Deodato, Morry Hollowell
Editors: Jordan D. White, Mark Paniccia
Assistant Editors: Annalise Bissa, Christina Harringnton
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 25, 2018
SRP: $5.99

The RETURN OF WOLVERINE begins here, providing the first piece of a mystery that will leave no corner of the Marvel Universe untouched. Just as the X-Men have finally come to terms with Logan’s death, they learn a terrible secret. Old wounds will be re-opened, truths questioned, and an epic quest begun. The earliest clues to the mystery of Wolverine’s return are laid down here… who will solve it first?

Review: Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Jean Grey!

Phoenix Resurrection: The Return of Jean Grey collects issues #1-5 by Matthew Rosenberg, Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Joe Bennett, Lorenzo Ruggiero, Ramon Rosanas, Belardino Brabo, Rachelle Rosenberg, VC’s Travis Lanham, Sunny Gho, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Marte Gracia, Nolan Woodard, Christina Harrington, Chris Robinson, Darren Shan, and Mark Paniccia.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores May 1. 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: All-New Wolverine #33

All-New Wolverine #33

Story: Tom Taylor
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Color: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: David Lopez
Venom 30th Anniversary Cover: Dustin Weaver
Recap Page Art: Leonard Kirk, Jesus Aburtov
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
Editors: Mark Paniccia, Christina Harrington
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OLD WOMAN LAURA BEGINS!
In the not-too-distant future, the world is a utopia where heroes have succeeded in bringing peace worldwide. At the head of this utopia is none other than Laura Kinney, who’s passed on her mantle of Wolverine and is living her best life as Madripoor’s benevolent queen. But a long simmering evil will force Laura, out of retirement and back into the blue-and-yellow. This final journey will take everything Laura has to give….maybe even her life.

Preview: All-New Wolverine #32

All-New Wolverine #32

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Djibril Morissette-Phan
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Main Cover: David Lopez
Varian Cover: Mike Deodato, Jr., Carlos Lopez
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE ORPHANS OF X RETURN!
• The last time we saw the Orphans of X, they were hunting Laura and other Wolverines for revenge.
• And now they’ve returned. But for what purpose? And will WOLVERINE be able to survive this encounter with her deadliest enemy yet?

Exclusive Preview: Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (of 6)

Star Wars: Thrawn #2 (of 6)

Story: Jody Houser Art: Luke Ross Cover Art: Paul Renaud
Color: Nolan Woodard Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Variant Cover: Declan Shalvey, Matthew Wilson
Production Design: Anthony Gambino
Editor: Heather Antos Supervising Editor: Jordan D. White
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE RISE OF THE GRAND ADMIRAL CONTINUES!
Mitt’hraw’nuruodo, better known as Lieutenant Thrawn of the Galactic Empire, has graduated the Imperial Academy with the highest marks possible, as well as been assigned his own personal assistant, Ensign Eli Vanto, but that doesn’t mean that everyone in the Imperial army wants him to succeed. Tensions run high in the ranks of the Empire as Thrawn continues to defeat new enemies.

Review: Star Wars: Thrawn #1

Star Wars: Thrawn #1 CoverReleased from the continuity limbo of “Legends”, fan favorite Star Wars EU character (The future Grand Admiral.) Thrawn gets his own solo comic, a six issue adaptation of his creator Timothy Zahn’s novel Thrawn. In Star Wars: Thrawn #1, writer Jody Houser, artist Luke Ross, and colorist Nolan Woodard tell the story of how a blue skinned Chiss alien almost immediately became the favorite of Emperor Palpatine and shed insight into how he became one of the greatest strategists and most complex villains in the Star Wars mythos. It’s less origin story/Easter Egg cutesiness and more the first move in a chess game that goes beyond Empire versus Rebels. (Fingers crossed that the Yuuzhan Vong are a thing in the Disney Star Wars-verse.) Plus Thrawn is just flat out cool even if he’s a lieutenant and not a grand admiral in this comic.

To go along with the chess metaphor, it’s fitting that the first few pages of Thrawn #1 are arranged in a neat nine panel grid from Ross that complements his precise figure work. Without a single word out of his mouth, Houser and Ross establish Thrawn as both a wily fighter and tactician, who eludes a platoon of stormtroopers and smuggles himself onboard their ship. Colorist Woodard lays out a dark palette and only relents for Thrawn’s blue skin and red eyes, and this gift for cloak and dagger fights serves the book well later.

Even though he seems like he’s always in control, Thrawn has one weakness: his difficulties speaking Basic, the lingua franca of the Galactic Empire. This leads him to bond with Eli, who just wants to keep his head down, crunch numbers, and run calculations on an Imperial supply ship, but ends up becoming the closest companion to one of the most ambitious men in the galaxy. Eli also allows Houser to keep some of the Thrawn mystique intact by having him as the narrator instead of letting readers have a glimpse into Thrawn’s tactical, unorthodox mind. Unlike, say the Prequel trilogy where we find out that Darth Vader used to be a nine year old who had the penchant for saying ThrawnInterior“Yippee” and grew into a whiny 19 year old that complained about sand, Thrawn #1 forms a portrait of its protagonist’s youth by showing how other people react to him.

And one of those people is Emperor Palpatine himself, who is illustrated in wrinkly lines from Luke Ross and a mix of darkness and light showing the glow of Coruscant and the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Even though he’s an exile from his people, Thrawn talks and bargains with the Emperor like an equal in a epic tete a tete. However, Palpatine is definitely playing dirty when he says that Thrawn’s old war companion, Anakin Skywalker, is dead, and this undisclosed fact might be the most intriguing element of the series so far as well as being a great callback to Obi Wan telling Luke that Anakin is dead. During these scenes, Ross and Woodard tap into the epic vein of Star Wars with blue tinged background shots of Anakin and red flames for Vader hinting that he and Thrawn will most likely come face to face some day.

But Thrawn #1 isn’t all foreshadowing and foreboding. The main portion of the book reminded me of the early scenes in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek where Kirk and Spock are at Starfleet Academy and starting to adjust to the roles they’ll later take on as legendary pop culture figures, but with an evil twist. Thrawn immediately has an handicap at the Academy when his instructor, Deenlark, gives him a lieutenant’s plaque even though he’s a cadet. Of course, he uses this to his advantage. Houser also executes a pragmatic twist on the old “rookie hazing” trope with Thrawn devising an interesting punishment-by-way-of-promotion for his tormentors, who are at officer school because of nepotism. Thrawn doesn’t join the Empire for hubris or power trip reasons, but to solve problems in productive ways. He’s not a villain; he’s a consultant.

Thanks to Luke Ross’ screen toned, yet easy to follow art, Nolan Woodard’s blue and black color palette, and Jody Houser’s precise writing and plotting, Thrawn #1 is a riveting read even for the most origin story fatigued comic book/Star Wars fan.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Luke Ross Colors: Nolan Woodard
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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