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Tales of Mother F. Goose Delivers Twists on Classics this December

Tales of Mother F. Goose

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Joe Eisma
Colorist: Matt Herms
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Cover: Joe Eisma w/ Mike Herms
Incentive Cover: Amanda Conner w/ Paul Mounts
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$6.99 / 48 pages / Color / On Sale 12.08.21

The Three Little Pigs are gluttonous casino owners. Little Miss Muffet is a hard-nosed cop with arachnophobia. The Three Blind Mice are ocularly impaired assassins. Puss in Boots is a feline-faced scumbag.

Welcome to MOTHER F. GOOSE, where your favorite fairy tales are turned into twisted characters right out of a Tarantino movie. Picking up from “LITTLE RED HOOD” (SHOCK) and “ALONG CAME A SPIDER” (AFTERDARK), we will make you a promise: this is the book that will ruin your childhood. Sorry, kids!

Tales of Mother F. Goose

ComiXology Features 13 New Digital Comics including Fantastic Four as well as Gatecrasher from Palmiotti, Waid, and Conner!

It’s a packed Thursday at comiXology with thirteen new digital comics available right now. Start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #67-70, 500-502.

Doctor Doom, the greatest villain the Marvel Universe has ever known, and the most personal and persistent nemesis the Fantastic Four has ever encountered, rises again! But this time, something is different about the Lord of Latveria, as his strategy strikes at the heart of the first family of super heroes, forcing Reed Richards to contemplate doing…the unthinkable!

Fantastic Four Vol. 2: Unthinkable

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Howard Porter
Cover by Tom Feister, Tony Harris
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #503-508.

It seemed like a simple enough idea at the time: Now that their arch enemy Doctor Doom had seemingly perished, the Fantastic Four would journey into his nation of Latveria, disassemble its war machine and set its oppressed citizens free. But what appeared a black and white situation quickly turns a murky shade of gray, and Reed Richards and his family find themselves besieged on all sides, both by those they thought of as their allies, and by the very people they were trying to save!

Fantastic Four Vol. 3: Authoritative Action

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Written by Mark Waid
Art by Mike Wieringo
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #509-513.

Having embarked on the ultimate journey, Reed, Sue and Johnny must contend with the defenses of the afterlife – and storm the gates of Heaven itself to rescue their fallen teammate. They’ve faced the destroyer of everything, Galactus. Now, they face the creator of everything, as the Fantastic Four are reunited in the Hereafter. Plus: The FF have a lot to answer for in the aftermath of their authoritative action in Latveria – and when you’re trying to regain the trust of cynical New Yorkers, is associating with a certain misunderstood wall-crawler really a wise move?

Fantastic Four Vol. 4: Hereafter

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Written by Karl Kesel, Mark Waid
Art by Paco Medina, Mike Wieringo
Cover by Paco Medina
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Collects Fantastic Four (1998) #514-519.

Manhattan is cut off from the rest of the world by a fleet of miles-high alien spacecraft -and that’s just the beginning! With the Avengers in disarray, New York reluctantly turns to the disenfranchised Fantastic Four, the only heroes in town, to save them – but where to even start? And which member of the team will make a decision that will radically change the Fantastic Four for some time to come? Plus: Witness the genesis of an all-new, all-twisted Frightful Four!

Fantastic Four Vol. 5: Disassembled

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Join the galaxy’s newest unique hero as he discovers villains beyond belief, worlds beyond imagination and women beyond his means! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #1 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Let other guys duke it out over truth and justice? Gatecrasher’s fighting for the fate of the entire friggin’ UNIVERSE. There’s only one thing our hero can do to save the world?but the permanent cost to both him and the Split-Second Squad will be staggering! All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #2 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Amanda Conner
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Graduation day, and Alec Wagner wants only one thing. The valedictorian slot? An Honor Society scholarship? A bright future in computer software? Are you kidding? He wants to party like it’s his last day on Earth ? and if certain forces have their way it may well be! Chicks, booze, fast cars, faster women… hey, is the room spinning, or is it just Alec? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #3 (of 4)

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

Written by Jimmy Palmiotti, Mark Waid
Pencils Amanda Conner
Inks Jimmy Palmiotti
Colored by Paul Mounts
Cover by Joe Linsner
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Fourth down and half-naked! A showdown on the fifty-yard line and Hazard’s wardrobe is only the first thing to go! Meanwhile, our hero finally learns why everyone in the universe is gunning for him-and the answer will change his life forever! Plus, will ex-girlfriend Mia finally squeeze Alec’s head until it pops? All of this excitement is written by the award-winning Mark Waid, lavishly illustrated by comic goddess Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

Gatecrasher Vol. 1 #4 (of 4)

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D’honneur

Written by Rebecca Winters
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Reese est décidée à cacher ses pleurs et à partir sur une note positive. Sur les conseils de sa tante maintenant décédée, Reese est devenue une actrice populaire de soap-opéra. Cependant, dû au fait qu’elle soit tombée éperdument amoureuse d’Alex, l’homme qui l’accompagne à l’écran, elle décide de mettre définitivement terme à sa carrière d’actrice. Peu importe le nombre de fois où ils s’embrassent et s’étreignent, rien ne se passe une fois que les caméras s’arrêtent de tourner. C’est parce qu’Alex a une petite amie secrète. Et de toute façon, Reese sait que les relations entre acteur et actrice ne se finissent jamais bien. Mais, alors qu’elle se prépare à tout laisser derrière elle avec le sourire, Alex l’arrête et lui demande une faveur… Reese sera-t-elle capable de dire non à l’homme qu’elle aime ?

La Demande en Mariage de la Demoiselle D'honneur

THE ARGENTINE’S PRICE(colored version)

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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Vanessa’s first love, first kiss and first heartbreak all came courtesy of Lazaro Marino. She’s the only daughter of a distinguished family in Boston, and when she was sixteen, she met Lazaro. He worked at her family’s mansion, and she fell in love with him at first sight. He was from South America, and two years older than her, and she was head over heels for him. However, their love did not last long. The night they first kissed, he suddenly vanished. Twelve years later, they’ll meet again, under circumstances she could never have imagined. But was their reunion just the beginning of his revenge?※This work is originally colored.

THE ARGENTINE'S PRICE(colored version)

Tilly Of Tap House

Written by Carol Wood
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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By day, Tilly works diligently at Doctor Tapper’s medical clinic as his assistant, and cares for three orphaned children by night. Her busy life is interrupted one day, when Doctor Tapper’s nephew Harry drops by.

Harry is handsome and capable. As a doctor himself, he takes over the clinic when Doctor Tapper takes ill. His fancy, new-fangled ways don’t sit well with the patients in the poor neighborhood.

As Tilly works closely with Harry, she finds herself torn between tradition and innovation, effectivity and kindness…

Tilly Of Tap House

Greek’s Last Redemption

Written by Caitlin Crews
Art by Karan Dan
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On her travels to Santorini, Holly met a man of unprecedented beautyt – Theo, a man of the Greek shipping industry – and was lovestruck. They fell for each other and got married in a flash, but Holly was tried of living fear of being a dumped by her playboy husband, so she confessed that she had gone to bed with someone else and left him. Now, after four years of separation, she is finally filing for divorce for one reason or another. But then Theo makes an unexpected proposal. She wants to reunite with him in Barcelona, where they spent a hot honeymoon…

Greek's Last Redemption

The Matriarch

Written by Robert Richardson
Art by Robert Richardson
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Career woman. Single mother. Superhero. Sherry Benning knew having a baby would change her life. She didn’t know it would change the world. As Leviathan City’s star super-heroine the Matriarch, Sherry tries to balance work and home-life against a backdrop of friends, foes, and potential love-interests; aggressive alien thoughts made manifest deep within the earth; an entire army of monsters and villains; and a secret so startling it could mean the end of the world as we’ve known it…and the beginning of something entirely new.

The Matriarch

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It’s Blondie: Against the Odds from Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, John McCrea, and Z2

Blondie: Against the Odds

Legendary New York fashion and music icons Blondie have announced their partnership with Z2 Comics to produce their first-ever graphic novel! Inspired by some of their most iconic tracks, along with a few “deep cuts,” this book is sure to deserve a place on the bookshelf of every music fan.

Blondie’s rise to international acclaim from the downtown Manhattan club scene is perhaps one punk rock’s greatest success stories. Their first-ever graphic novel will follow their rise from the streets of New York to the stages of the world, as told through and inspired by some of their early singles up through their enduring influence and cultural prominence in the present day. Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti, the team behind the most celebrated run on the beloved DC Comics character Harley Quinn, and pulling in Palmiotti’s own memories of his childhood spent in the New York punk rock and new wave scene surrounded by folks like Andy Warhol, David Bowie and Fab 5 Freddie at venues like Max’s Kansas City, CBGB’s and the Mudd Club. With his insight and Amanda’s mutual love of the music and styles of the time, this will be an essential visual document for any music fan to treasure.

Blondie: Against the Odds is written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti and features art by John McCrea, as well as a cover by Conner and her longtime colorist Paul Mounts, and is available for preorder now for a fall release in softcover and hardcover editions at finer comic shops, book and record stores worldwide. Exclusively available through Z2’s website in limited quantities are the deluxe and signed super deluxe versions, packaged with exclusive vinyl, prints and more. The super deluxe edition will include the soon-to-be revealed archival box set, as announced last fall.

Review: Red Hood #51

Red Hood #51

I had given up on Red Hood for a whole host of reasons. With a new creative team and direction, it felt like a good time to explore the series again. Red Hood #51 has Jason Todd returning home to Gotham City. The city is still picking up the pieces after “The Joker War”. Jason finds his old neighborhood has new vigilante protectors. And they’re fighting against those attempting to take advantage of the power vacuum.

Written by Shawn Martinbrough, Red Hood #51 packs a lot into a single issue. That’s to its detriment to an extent as nothing feels like it’s given the depth it’s needed. The comic is broken up into three distinct paths as the narrative jumps around the puzzle pieces.

All the concepts of the comic are generally great, though the end villain feels a bit laughable. The idea of neighbors coming together to protect their area is a solid next step for the Bat line of comics. Jason heading back and trying to figure out his next steps also works. The villains we’re presented feel a little comical. While there’s some things that work, there’s too many moments that come off as jokes that aren’t meant to be jokes.

But, you can see what Martinbrough is going with. Jason Tood, and this Red Hood, is being reshaped to focus on a lower level of villain, a more street level Batman. He’s being shaped into a white Luke Cage, and with that we’ll hopefully get the baggage that can come with that, gentrification being an example.

The art by Tony Akins is pretty solid. Along with Stefano Gaudiano on ink, Paul Mounts‘ colors, and lettering by Troy Peteri we’re presented with a different look at Gotham. It’s an art style that befits the focus and characters of the comic and characters. This isn’t the run down parts of Gotham nor are these the newly built. Red Hood looks like he’ll be straddling the two, an area being worked on that’s been gentrified and continues to be. We see that in the detail of the buildings are neighborhoods presented. The art tells us so much about where Red Hood fits in the Bat-family picture.

The comic isn’t bad but it feels like it attempts to pack too much in. Red Hood #51 has Jason Todd following a new direction and finding a new role for himself. There’s a lot of potential in the comic as to where it can go and the groundwork is laid out here. Unfortunately, none of it is given the time its needed to be really interested. Instead, we get Red Hood in a Luke Cage situation with over the top characters that so far don’t quite feel in place in a Red Hood comic. We’ll see where things go but as a start, this is a mixed one.

Story: Shawn Martinbrough Art: Tony Akins
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Color: Paul Mounts Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

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Bullet” by Van Jensen, David Lafuente, Paul Mounts, and Rob Leigh

It’s an all-out brawl between Reverse Flash and Flash as Barry tries to save a cop from an errant bullet. Will the Flash be fast enough to stop a bullet?

Burnout” by Dave Wielgosz, Brad Walker, Nathan Fairbairn, and Rob Leigh

Barry is running himself ragged, and his best friend Hal Jordan comes to check on him, but Flash doesn’t want the help. When the Top goes on a rampage, can the two friends put their differences aside to work together?

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

This Week’s DC Digital First Includes Our Fighting Forces from Priest and Christopher Mooneyham

DC’s Digital First delivers new comics every day! New series Our Fighting Forces joins the lineup next Sunday July 12 and Flash: The Fastest Man Alive returns for another “Flash Friday” with a new issue, giving fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories. And Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red’s third chapter will hit on Friday July 10 with a story by Saladin Ahmed and Javier Rodriguez!

Monday July 6

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #10

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Pro-Lobo” by Dave Wielgosz, Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Tom Napolitano

The Main Man himself, Lobo, has come to Earth chasing a bounty, but Superman thinks Lobo is just hurting the little creature. Will Superman put a stop to Lobo, or does the alien have other plans?

The Champion” by Michael Moreci, Thony Silas, Wil Quintana, and Clayton Cowles

Superman wakes up in chains and doesn’t know where he is. He’ll need to put the pieces together quickly if he’s to survive a brutal bout in this gladiator arena!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #10

Tuesday July 7

Batman: Gotham Nights #12

Five Little Robins” by Tim Seeley, V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Andrew Dalhouse, and Troy Peteri
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Every current and former Robin has been captured by a mysterious villain! Will these distinctly different students of Batman be able to stand each other long enough to fight off a horde of their greatest enemies?

Batman: Gotham Nights #12

Wednesday July 8

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #9

Obsession Aggression” by Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner, Hendry Prasetya, Hi-Fi, and Travis Lanham
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Wonder Woman’s been ambushed! After receiving a house from the will of a person she’s never met, Wonder Woman must investigate, but finds a house of horrors out to kill her! Who’s done this and can Wonder Woman survive the onslaught?

Wonder Woman: Agent of Peace #9

Thursday July 9

Titans: Titans Together #3

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What’s ‘Normal’” by Marc Guggenheim, Steve Pugh, Mike Spicer, and Marshall Dillon

A charismatic cult leader has been recruiting followers to join his “church,” a highly suspicious organization locked behind the walls of a private compound. For Raven, freeing this vulnerable flock is imperative…the question is, how can she save people who don’t want to be saved?

Cool and HIPAA” by Andrew Aydin, Juan Gedeon, Mike Spicer, and Marshall Dillon

When reports surface that LexCorp has gained access to confidential government health records, Raven realizes that this could mean the unmasking of countless superheroes. With Beast Boy’s help, she must infiltrate LexCorp’s private servers and destroy the information before it falls into the wrong hands.

Titans: Titans Together #3

Friday July 10

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

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Bullet” by Van Jensen, David Lafuente, Paul Mounts, and Rob Leigh

It’s an all-out brawl between Reverse Flash and Flash as Barry tries to save a cop from an errant bullet. Will the Flash be fast enough to stop a bullet?

Burnout” by Dave Wielgosz, Brad Walker, Nathan Fairbairn, and Rob Leigh

Barry is running himself ragged, and his best friend Hal Jordan comes to check on him, but Flash doesn’t want the help. When the Top goes on a rampage, can the two friends put their differences aside to work together?

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #10

Saturday July 11

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #3

Scooby’s Last Rep” by Scott Gross, Franco Riesco, and Saida Temofonte
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A mysterious giant is bringing chaos to a local gym. Can Scooby and the gang stop him and save the day?

Scooby-Doo!: Mystery Inc. #3

Sunday July 12

Our Fighting Forces #1

House Call” by Priest, Christopher Mooneyham, Ivan Plascencia, and Willie Schubert (cover by Mikel Janín)

A cable news reporter embedded with a mysterious U.S. Army tactical unit tries to figure out which one of the team’s members is the immortal covert operative code-named the Unknown Soldier—and discovers much more than she bargained for!

Our Fighting Forces #1

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ComiXology Delivers Seven New Digital Comics Including DC’s HBO MAX Comics for Free

ComiXology has seven new comics for you to check out today including three free tie-in comics by DC for HBO MAX. They’re free, might as well check them out!

Here’s all of the comics in one handy spot or check out each of them below!

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #1

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Scot Eaton
Inks Wayne Faucher
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Jim Lee, Alex Sinclair
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To the Max: Hector – When a schoolteacher finds a mysterious device, it sends him flying into an incredible outer-space rescue mission.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #1

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #2

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Hendry Prasetya
Inks Mark Morales
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez
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To the Max: Brian – A scuba instructor is transformed into a superhero who must save innocent people from a deadly storm in Singapore.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #2

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #3

Written by Ivan Cohen
Pencils Laura Braga
Inks Laura Braga
Colored by Hi-Fi
Cover by Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
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To the Max: Olivia – A down-on-her-luck standup comic is all that stands between her audience and gun-toting criminals who plan to rob a Las Vegas casino.

HBO MAX Digital Comic (2020) #3

Infinity 8 Vol. 7: All for Nothing

Written by Boulet, Lewis Trondheim
Art by Boulet
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Part Seven in the eight-part pulp sci-fi epic INFINITY 8, this new arc introduces us to Douglas, an average alien with modest dreams and regular problems who has been visited by a strange robot for most of his life, constantly offering him an odd talisman without explanation. Now, years later, that talisman is about to be the key to deciphering the origin of the massive galactic graveyard surrounding the stranded cruise-ship, Infinity 8! Answers unfold at last! Includes bonus production art not featured in the single issues.

Infinity 8 Vol. 7: All for Nothing

Orphans Vol. 3 #8: War Pigs

Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Davide Gianfelice
Cover by Massimo Carnevale
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As crowd control and martial law become a priority task, team leader Jonas is forced to make a tough decision for his squad, one that could lead to the end of them all…

Orphans Vol. 3 #8: War Pigs

Streamliner #4: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Written by Fane
Art by Fane
Cover by Fane
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Race day looms near, and the qualifiers weed out the weak and slow. Billy Joe has his hands full enough just keeping the huge crowd of participants in line, but that’s before national broadcast television shows up to make this the biggest spectacle since the Superbowl…

Streamliner #4: Bye-bye Lisa Dora

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

Written by Dave Wielgosz
Pencils Miguel Mendonca, Yasmine Putri
Inks Miguel Mendonca, Yasmine Putri
Colored by David Baron, Yasmine Putri
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Story 1 – Jimmy Olsen quits the Daily Planet and joins up with a new hero in Metropolis, Soar. But Superman’s not quite sure the ViewTube superhero’s intentions are good. Story 2 – Superman’s in need of training to better control his powers and protect humanity, but will Wioska, a former member of Darkseid’s army on Apokolips, give him the best guidance? 

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #7

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Hulk and Xemnu Battle it Out on Steve Skroce’s Immortal Hulk #33, aka #750, Cover

Since launching The Immortal Hulk back in 2018, the mastermind creative team of Al Ewing and Joe Bennett have brought Marvel’s iconic character to shocking and thought-provoking new heights. Issue after issue of this action-packed series has both delighted and stunned readers, making it one of today’s most critically acclaimed books. And the frightful fun is just getting started.

Immortal Hulk #33, the Hulk’s landmark 750th issue, will be an extra-sized special full of the mind-blowing storytelling that fans have grown to expect from this hit series. Featuring a sequence drawn by superstar artist Nick Pitarra, The Immortal Hulk by Al Ewing and Joe Bennett will continue to redefine Bruce Banner’s journey as he trades blows with Xemnu and the Hulk’s longstanding feud with Roxxon Energy comes to a head. Check out the explosive variant cover by Steve Skroce and colorist Dave Stewart below and behold a first look at the interior action from Bennett, inker Ruy Jose, and colorist Paul Mounts with these two double-page spreads that connect to form one massive scene!

Don’t miss the next chapter of the book everyone is talking about when Immortal Hulk #33 goes on sale March 25th

Immortal Hulk #33 Steve Skroce cover

Review: Superman: Heroes #1

Superman: Heroes #1

I’m totally okay with Brian Michael Bendis finally allowing Superman to reveal his secret identity as Clark Kent. It seems like a sales gimmick or one that will be walked back in a couple years. It’s remarkably in-character and makes up for the half-assed “mystery” that was Event Leviathan. Superman: Heroes #1 shows the reactions to the big reveal. It does so from a variety of perspectives from Lois Lane to the Justice League. Drawn by the fantastic Kevin Maguire! to Clark Kent’s high school chemistry teacher in a sweet story by Matt Fraction and Scott Godlewski. Fraction also pens Jimmy Olsen’s reaction to his “pal” losing the secret identity. That features slick, emotive art from his Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen collaborator Steve Lieber.

And wait, that not’s all. After being terse in the Maguire 12 panel grid sequences, Batman gets to open up to Wonder Woman about his true feelings in regards to Superman’s reveal. It’s a powerful story written by Greg Rucka and drawn in atmospheric shadows by Mike Perkins. However, there’s room for comedy too. Booster Gold finally gets to shout that Superman is Clark Kent after keeping it in for so long because he’s from the future. This comic is a true marriage of different tones. Art and writing styles from Bendis and Maguire set up a running Plastic man gag to Batman coming up with legit, devil’s advocate style arguments for why Superman revealing his secret identity to the world is a terrible idea.

Bendis, Fraction, Rucka, Maguire, Perkins, Lieber, Mike Norton, and Godlewski use Superman: Heroes to show how important Superman is to the both the community of heroes in the DC Universe and the superhero genre as a whole. They also show his roots in Smallville, connections to Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, and the consequences of his actions. The best parts of this comic are connected to Smallville. The opening scene features a great conversation between Ma and Pa Kent and young Clark about feeling different or weird and having a greater responsibility to the world because of his abilities.

Superman: Heroes #1

The Fraction/Godlewski Superman and his chemistry teacher scene is really Eisner-worthy. From Godlewski’s clean line and the vivid colors to the underlying theme that it’s been Clark’s work ethic and moral compass that made him a great hero and man and not his superpowers. I also love how he draws Superman’s smile. Even if this means he got a C- in molecular chemistry. Clark Kent is the kid at the end of the bench who hustles for every loose ball, or the student that stays up late and goes to extra tutoring sessions that just happens to have the power of a god. Matt Fraction demonstrates his understanding of Superman’s moral character that pervades the “Truth” storyline as well as his, Rucka, and Bendis’ take on the Metropolis side of the DC Universe.

As evidenced by the “King Superman” plotline brewing over in Superman, Bendis isn’t afraid to look at the negative consequences of Superman revealing his secret identity. That extends to the moral dilemma he’s in as the Daily Planet is owned by Marisol Leone. However, that will be covered in later stories. Maybe Action Comics once the “Year of the Villain” shenanigans are over.

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Rucka and Perkins dig into it immediately in the form of the other 2/3 of the Trinity have a spirited conversation where neither Bruce or Diana is in the right. I really love the panels at the end of scene where Perkins’ heavy shadows lighten, and Diana tells Bruce that maybe he’s jealous that Superman can live his life out in the open and whole. The specters of Tom King’s botched Bat-marriage hang in the shadows of this one. Rucka’s dialogue gets to the core of Batman’s identity issues that have pervaded his best stories. He can’t retire or be a public-facing, but must strike fear into criminals as an archetype of fear.

Superman: Heroes #1 is a high note for Brian Michael Bendis’ current run on the Superman titles. It also features insightful writing from Matt Fraction as well as Greg Rucka reminding readers that he’s one of the greatest Batman and Wonder Woman writers. On the visual side, Mike Perkins shows a conversation can have just as much power as a good fight scene. Kevin Maguire is still the master of the superhero group shot. Steve Lieber’s comedic timing and use of beats works for friends being open and vulnerable together. Even if you aren’t current on Bendis’ Superman comics, Superman: Heroes #1 is worth picking up and dropping $5.99 on. It’s an intelligent and heartwarming take on the first superhero.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Greg Rucka
Art: Kevin Maguire, Mike Perkins, Steve Lieber

Art: Mike Norton, Scott Godlewski Colors: Paul Mounts, Gabe Eltaeb
Colors: Andy Troy, Nathan Fairbairn
Letters: Clayton Cowles, Troy Peteri, Simon Bowland
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Get a First Look at Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1

Written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art and Cover by Amanda Conner
Color by Paul Mounts
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020

The creative team that transformed Harley Quinn forever returns to shake up her world once more—and this time, the gloves are off!  Harley Quinn has avoided Gotham City ever since she broke up with The Joker and found a home, and a kind of family, in Coney Island. But when she gets an offer she can’t refuse, she has no choice but to slip back into the city as quietly as she can, hoping to be gone before anyone—especially her ex—learns she’s been there!

But for Harley, “as quietly as she can” is plenty loud…and before she can say “Holee bounty hunters, Batman,” The Joker’s sicced every super-villain in the city on her pretty ombré head,and the only team tough enough (or crazy enough) to come to her defense is the Birds of Prey! The foul-mouthed, no-holds-barred sequel to one of DC’s raciest runs is here! Get on board early, before we come to our senses!

“Jimmy and I are so looking forward to this project,” said Conner. “I’m excited to be co-writing it, but it’s been some time since I’ve been able to draw interiors, so I’m doubly excited. Harley is a blast to write and draw; throw the Birds of Prey into the mix and it’s even more fun. And since this will be a mature readers title, we’ll do our best to get away with as many shenanigans as possible!”

“Amanda and I are super excited to be creating this new series for DC,” added Palmiotti. “We’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to let loose on a project with a no-holds-barred Harley story where we revisit Harley’s supporting cast and take her on an adventure back to Gotham. Teaming up with the Birds of Prey, Harley will turn all their worlds upside down—exactly how she likes it. Working with Amanda on the art and storytelling has been a blast so far and this book will be like nothing we have ever done before.”

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1, hitting shelves March 4th and shipping bimonthly in DC’s Prestige Plus format, will retail for $5.99 and will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor.

Harley Quinn and the Birds of Prey #1
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