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Darth Vader’s Secrets are Unearthed in Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions!

Who is Darth Vader? You’ve known him as a symbol of power, a villainous commander, and a Sith Warrior. But this March, get ready to see a side of Vader you’ve never seen before – and a side that the galaxy has never seen before!

Writer Dennis Hopeless invites you to experience all-new twisted adventures of the Dark Lord. With rising star artist Paolo Villanelli taking on issue #1 and break-out artist Brian Level joining for issue #2, Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions takes readers to the darkest parts of the galaxy. Places where even the mysterious anti-hero known as Darth Vader can be someone’s greatest fear, and even…someone’s greatest hope!

The limited series begins this spring, in a story that will shed a new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain.

Don’t miss Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions, in comic shops this March with covers by Greg Smallwood!

Preview: X-Men: Red #10

X-Men: Red #10

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) Jenny Frison
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

In the aftermath of a showdown between Jean Grey and Cassandra Nova, the rules have changed – and the battle is nowhere near over! It’s all hands on deck as the building wave of hatred against mutants crashes down on the X-Men!

Preview: Star Wars: Lando: Double or Nothing #5 (of 5)

Star Wars: Lando: Double or Nothing #5 (of 5)

(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) W. Scott Forbes
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• LANDO’S made his way to an ambivalent Pretusian slave force. But can he convince them to stand up against the STORMTROOPERS who now are lower in number?
• Will ELLTHREE temper her passions in the face of massive droid abuses?
• Will Lando find a good card game and say “to hell with it all”?

Preview: Rom: Cold Fire, Hot War

Rom: Cold Fire, Hot War

Chris Ryall & Christos Gage (w) • David Messina, Ron Joseph, Paolo Villanelli (a) Loston Wallace (c)

The evil Dire Wraiths have escaped to Earth but are hounded by a Knight of the Solstar Order, the one feared more than all others. He is Rom, the Wraith-slayer. Rom, the Spaceknight!

Having followed the Dire Wraiths across the galaxy to Earth, Rom finds they have infiltrated all levels of society, hiding in plain sight. Replacing many humans in key leadership positions, the Wraiths’ plan to dominate the planet—and everyone in it—is gaining momentum. But Rom finds resistance from the humans as well, who fear he is just another alien invader. He is joined in the battle by two other Solstar Knights… but are they here as friends or foes?

Collects all 14 issues of the series, the 2017 Annual, and the Rom: Revolution one-shot.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 312 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-278-3

Review: Lando: Double Or Nothing #1

Lando Calrissian is a smooth talking, cape wearing con man with impeccable fashion sense and maybe too much weakness for gambling. He was also recently played by Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Storyand the younger version of the character is the star of the miniseries Lando: Double or Nothing #1 from Rodney Barnes, Paolo Villanelli, and Andres Mossa. The story is an extended negotiation between Lando, who just wants some extra credits to turn the Millennium Falcon into a space casino, and Kristiss, who wants him to use his vaunted smuggling abilities to help her people, the Petrusians, rebel against the Empire. She promises him to pay him too because Lando isn’t super altruistic.

On a pure craft level, Lando #1 is a success. Barnes sharply recreates the voices of both Lando and his socially conscious, snarky droid co-pilot L3, and Villanelli is at ease drawing Lando’s smile and body language as he comes to grips with Kristiss’ offer and tries to play it cool. Likewise, Villanelli is also in his element depicting highly rendered space battles and chase because, of course, the Falcon runs into some Imperial TIE Fighters pretty early on. His style is a happy medium between the cartooning of IDW’s Star Wars Adventures and the photorealism (And possibly tracing.) of Salvador Larroca’s work on Darth Vader and Star Wars. To complete the visual package, Mossa lays down a smooth color palette to show the bright light of the club, the classy interior of the Falcon, and energy coursing through space when Lando and company go on the run.

Lando #1 trades celibate, imperialist mysticism and trade disputes for flirting, fast spaceships, and cluttered interior spaces. Sure, this is a first issue so Rodney Barnes has to quickly get readers up to snuff on the whole Perusian situation via exposition, but Kristiss isn’t a helpless innocent and plays Lando at his game plying him with drinks, deals involving money, and maybe even a kiss. They have pretty decent chemistry, and Barnes mines a lot of humor from L3 commenting on Lando trying to be a smooth operator with a pop of yellow shirt. Whenever Lando thinks he’s legendary or has some general sense of swagger, she is there to cut him down to size with a sharp remark. Humor is really the engine that keeps this comic running at this point.

Lando: Double or Nothing #1 is a great comic to pick up after watching Solo and (and hopefully) wishing that maybe Lando and L3 deserved a little more screen time. Paolo Villanelli and Andres Mossa turn in a spectacular chase sequence, and hopefully, they and Rodney Barnes can continue to add some fun wrinkles to the opportunism versus altruism conflict that has defined Lando as a character since he mispronounced Han Solo’s name for the first time back in 1980.

Story: Rodney Barnes Art: Paolo Villanelli Colors: Andres Mossa Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.8 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Rom & The Micronauts #5 (of 5)

Rom & The Micronauts #5 (of 5)

Christos Gage (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a & cover a) • Corey Lewis (cover b)

Gods and Monsters! The epic conclusion to the Wraith Goddess saga! As the Dire Wraiths use Microspace technology to finally awaken their dark goddess, it’s up to Rom and the Micronauts to stop them! But will they be able to defeat Baron Karza’s machinations and newly enhanced Wraiths before she arrives on Earth?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Rom & The Micronauts #4 (of 5)

Rom & The Micronauts #4 (of 5)

Story: Christos Gage
Art: Paolo Villanelli
Color: Alessandra Alexakis
Letterer: Shawn Lee
Cover A: E.J. Su
Cover B: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover RI: Robert Csiki
Editor: David Mariotte

Asymmetric Warfare! Newly emerged from Microspace, Rom and the Micronauts seek out Baron Karza and his Dire Wraith allies. But it may be too late to save Earth from being consumed by a dark god from beyond our dimension!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Rom & the Micronauts #3

Rom & the Micronauts #3

Story: Christos Gage Art: Paolo Villanelli Cover: Fico Ossio
Color: Alessandra Alexakis Letterer: Shawn Lee
Editor: David Marriotte

At the Heart of the Entropy Cloud! Rom and the Micronauts enter Microspace in an attempt to foil the Dire Wraith’s ultimate plan: reviving a cosmic entity that would tear Earth apart. But within the Entropy Cloud, our heroes must fight Baron Karza and his minions before they can make the Dire Wraith’s dark prophecy a reality!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Rom & The Micronauts #2

Rom & The Micronauts #2

Christos Gage (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Juan Samu (c)

Trapped in Microspace! Everyone’s favorite Spaceknight becomes a “Microspace knight” as Rom and the Micronauts find equal footing. It’s up to the heroes of two universes to unravel the machinations of Baron Karza and the Dire Wraiths!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Rom & The Micronauts #1

Rom & The Micronauts #1

Christos Gage (w) • Paolo Villanelli (a) • Richard Wentworth (c)

Baron Karza and D’rge, the Dire Wraith sorcerer, have joined forces to carry forward their equally malignant goals—Karza desires to conquer all of Microspace (again), while the Wraiths seek to awaken their Wraith God and conquer Earth! Now it’s up to Rom and the Micronauts to form their own alliance in order to stop the evil domination of two worlds! Christos Gage (Amazing Spider-Man, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Paolo Villanelli (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) team up to bring us this all-new adventure!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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