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Review: Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1

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 Looney Tunes and DC Comics coming together for a series of one-shot specials!

Harley Quinn/Gossamer Special #1 is by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Pier Brito, Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, Joe Quinones, Sholly Fisch, Dave Alvarez, and Saida Temofonte.

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Review: Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles

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 complete Snagglepuss Chronicles!

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles collects issues #1-6 and the Snagglepuss story from Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1 by Mark Russell, Mike Feehan, Mark Morales, Jose Marzan Jr., Paul Mounts, Dave Sharpe, Howard Porter, Steve Buccellato, and Ben Caldwell.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on August 28th. 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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Review: Immortal Hulk #4

Immortal Hulk (2018-) #4I’ve never been a big fan of the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo’s work in the MCU and the “Planet Hulk” arc are notable exceptions.) so it’s kind of a big deal when I say that Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts’ Immortal Hulk is one of my favorite current Marvel comics. In this series, Ewing and Bennett go the old school horror movie route and have the Hulk/Bruce Banner appear rarely and tell the story from the POV of the towns and people he affects. Most of Immortal Hulk #4 is told from the POV of intrepid journalist Jackie McGee, who doesn’t just want to write about the Hulk’s destruction, but get an interview with Bruce Banner himself. And if Banner is still MIA, she is perfectly fine with interviewing his old college roommate, Walter Langkowski aka Sasquatch of Alpha Flight.

Immortal Hulk #4 is predominantly a character study of Walter Langkowski, including almost watercolor flashbacks of his origin by Bennett, Jose, and Mounts. Bennett isn’t a flashy artist, and his steady photorealism with bursts of red or green from colorist Paul Mounts works well for the interview/road trip framing story. Bennett’s take on Langkowski is genial and energetic, and he and Ewing craft a balanced portrait of the NFL player/scientist who became a monster. And in a move that is best for McGee’s story as well as book that features the Hulk as a protagonist, Langkowski provides insight into Bruce Banner for a couple pages showing his insecurity and anger around the “jock” Langkowski and then cutting to a more humorous scene that reveals the origins of the Hulk’s trademark purple pants. The interview with Walter Langkowski shows that McGee is willing to go beyond the usual suspects (Thunderbolt Ross, Betty Ross) to get close to Bruce/The Hulk and find out the reason for his rampages.

Immortal Hulk #4 reminds me a lot of the original Universal The Wolf Man from 1941. It’s a werewolf movie, but director George Waggner spends quite a bit of time letting the audience get to know Larry Talbot Jr and humanizing him before he become a monster. Ewing and Bennett do the same with Walter Langkowski while connecting it to the larger nocturnal Hulk rampage narrative instead of going down a complete sidetrack to focus on a character who only appeared at the very end of Immortal Hulk #3. The recurring theme in Langkowski’s speech and actions is control. He has the right mix of brains and brawn to be Canada’s deterrent to the Hulk, he can control his transformations into Sasquatch, he can break up a bar fight. Well, maybe not that last part. With the help of rage filled reds from Mounts, Ewing and Bennett turn on the suspense when Langkowski is stabbed and badly injured by a couple angry men and goes to the hospital. But it ends up being the bite, the inciting incident responsible for his transformation into the monstrous, slavering Sasquatch because, like the Hulk, he is more of a monster at night.

Part road story, part monster story, Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts’ Immortal Hulk  is a master class in pacing and build up fleshing out characters, like Walter Langkowski, and then turning the tables because control is a myth when there is a gamma powered monster inside you.

Story: Al Ewing Pencils: Joe Bennett Inks: Ruy Jose
Colors: Paul Mounts Letters: Cory Petit
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special

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 a summer special!

DC’s Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special is by:

“WORST FINEST“
A JOKER/BIZARRO STORY
Lee Bermejo – Writer
Francesco Mattina – Artist
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“HELP“
A LEX LUTHOR STORY
Jeff Loveness – Writer
David Williams – Artist
Steve Buccellato – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“CLOSE SHAVE“
A MR. FREEZE STORY
Paul Dini – Writer
John Paul Leon – Artist
Deron Bennett – Letters

“FALSE IDOLS“
A CHEETAH STORY
Vita Ayala – Writer
Amancay Nahuelpan – Artist
June Chung – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

“ICY EMBRACE“
A BLACK MANTA STORY
Gabriel Hardman & Corinna Bechko – Writers
Gabriel Hardman – Artist
Matthew Wilson – Colors
Deron Bennett – Letters

“GIGANTA STRONG“
A GIGANTA STORY
Michael Moreci – Writer
Max Raynor – Artist
Paul Mounts – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“CRUEL SUMMER“
A GORILLA GRODD STORY
Tim Seeley – Writer
Minkyu Jung – Artist
John Kalisz – Colors
Tom Napolitano – Letters

“DOG DAYS OF SUMMER“
A DEATHSTROKE STORY
Shea Fontana – Writer
Carlos D’Anda – Artist
Luis Guerrero – Colors
Carlos Mangual – Letters

“PERFECT GENTLEMAN“
A PENGUIN STORY
Daniel Kibblesmith – Writer
Laura Braga – Artist
Arif Prianto – Colors
Dave Sharpe – Letters

“INDEPENDENCE“
A CRIME SYNDICATE STORY
Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing – Writers
Giuseppe Camuncoli – Pencils
Cam Smith – Inks
Tomeu Morey – Colors
Clayton Cowles – Letters

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Review: Batman #50

It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.

The build up has been coming for a while now and with Batman #50 writer Tom King answers the question as to whether Batman and Catwoman tie the knot.

The issue is done in an interesting way with what amounts to two page spreads with generally half dedicated to Batman’s preparation for the day and the other half for Catwoman’s. In between these normal panel pages, there’s full page images by some top art talent on top of which we’re presented the two’s thoughts about their meeting and what they’re about to do.

While the “will they or won’t they” has been spoiled the comic is interesting as it delves into the thought process of two individuals who are clearly nervous about tying the knot and if they do what it means.

Catwoman isn’t a hero, she’s a criminal.

Batman is a hero. He’s a hero driven by his pain.

If they were to get married, what does that mean for each of them? Can Batman be happy? These are the types of thoughts that run throughout the comic as the two characters explore their love for each other. And that’s the impressive thing, Tom King convinces you that these two love each other. By the end, you’re convinced there’s no one else for these two.

And that spoiling? Well, not quite. There’s a twist but you’ll have to read the comic yourself and go elsewhere.

The issues with the comic is the hype and a build up that doesn’t pay off. The quality of the narrative is excellent, it all just doesn’t quite live up to the lead up and the end result is rather predictable. A single panel does not make a comic and this one relies heavily on that final panel.

The art duties are mainly handled by Mikel Janin with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is solid and there’s some fantastic page layouts. The way some of these pages are laid out is impressive with very creative visual storytelling. What’s also interesting is the use of pin-ups to tell the story as well. There was a similar thing done in Action Comics #1000 and here it sort of works. The artwork is fantastic, there’s some talent. But, it breaks up the story a bit and after a while becomes a little tedious. When the big picture comes in to focus, the choice is an interesting one and adds a poetic aspect, somewhat appropriate considering what’s happening.

This is a chapter in King’s larger story. There’s much more to come as things weave together and that final panel indicates we’ve got a hell of a lot of excitement to come. As a single issue, this one has its good and its bad but as a piece of the larger puzzle it fits like a perfectly crafted piece of the larger picture.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janín
Pin-up Art: David Finch, Joëlle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Rafael Albuquerque, Neal Adams, Andy Kubert, Becky Cloonan, Ty Templeton, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Frank Miller, Lee Bermejo, trish Mulvihill, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Alex Sinclair, Hi-Fi, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Tim Sale, José Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Lee Weeks
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: The Immortal Hulk #1

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 new beginning for the Hulk!

The Immortal Hulk #1 is by Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, and Paul Mounts.

Get your copy in comic shops today. 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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Review: Black Panther: Shuri – The Deadliest of the Species

The movie, Black Panther, has been more than bright spot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it has proven itself to be a little more than a watershed moment. As fans worldwide took to the streets in masses, and watched this movie, even if they weren’t comic book fans. The one thing that made the movie great, is what makes Orange Is The New Black, required viewing, as it focused on the people that comprise the place and not on one single character. This is what made the movie stand taller than any other heroes solo movie debut, as it gave the main character, the gravitas and humanity to make the viewer appreciate the journey T’Challa was on.

This became even more prevalent as we found out who these people that surround him are and why they are connected to him, as they also make him who he is.  One of those people, is fan favorite, Shuri, the one person who makes T’Challa better and who is said to be smarter than Tony Starks, a distinguish which makes her even more iconic. The importance of the character can be seen in the thousands of little girls who dress up like her, but only comic fans knows she takes up the mantle. In The Deadliest Of The Species, we follow Shuri as she occupies the role of ruler and battle an outside invader.

T’Challa attends a mysterious meeting in which Namor has joined forces with Loki and Doom, to form a confederation of individuals whose interests align with each other, as soon as T’Challa finds out what is going on, him and Doom battle, one which leaves the Black Panther badly injured and with a loss of one of his Dora Milaje. T’Challa returns to Wakanda in a comatose state, leaving the country without a Black Panther, leading to Ramonda and Storm to nominate Shuri to temporarily inhabit the sovereign seat, one in which she must undergoes the same tests every other Black Panther must face. In the meantime, Storm desperate for T’Challa to return to her, enters the celestial plane, known as D’Jalia, in search of him, while facing demons along the way. On the horizon, Morlun has awaken from the other end of the continent, planning his attack on Wakanda, one that Shuri’s training is about to pay off. By book’s end, Shuri outsmarts Morlun , defeating him with her wit and brawn, and Storm is able to able to bring back T’Challa from the D’Jalia.

Overall, a story which finds one of the canon’s favorite characters in the forefront, and at her best and a story which the new movie borrows form heavily. The story by Reginald Hudlin is dramatic, well developed and shows why he is one of the more renowned authors in the Black Panther canon. The art by creative team is vivid and prominent. Altogether, an excellent book which showcases this influential character and why she is important to canon.

Story: Reginald Hudlin Art: Ken Lashley, Paul Neary and Paul Mounts
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Celebrate Amazing Spider-Man’s Landmark 800th Issue With A Variant Cover by John Cassaday and Paul Mounts!

It’s all been building to this – the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, and the first Marvel comic EVER to hit 800 issues! In celebration of the 800th issue of Amazing Spider-Man and the now historic run of Dan Slott, Marvel has revealed a variant cover from legendary artist John Cassaday and colorist Paul Mounts!

Witness the culmination of the Red Goblin story as Slott is joined for his final issue by epic artists such as Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Nick Bradshaw, and a main cover by Alex Ross!

The Amazing Spider-Man #800 is out May 30th.

*please note this cover is not final art

Review: Eternals

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 Eternals!

Eternals collects issues #1-7 by Neil Gaiman, John Romita, Jr., Danny Miki, Tom Palmer, Tim Townsend, Jesse Delperdang, Klaus Janson, Matt Hollingsworth, Paul Mounts, Dean White, Todd Klein, Rick Berry, Sean Ryan, and Nick Lowe.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 24. 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: The Jetsons #6

The Jetsons #6

Story: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art: Pier Brito
Color: Paul Mounts
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts
Variant Cover: Ryan Sook
Little Dipper: Joey Cavalieri
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Assistant Editor: Michael McCalister
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s the end of the world! Or is it something more that no one could foresee? George Jetson makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family and for the planet Earth. Jane and the kids see something they never expected to see happening before their eyes!

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