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Kieron Gillen: The Eternals, Die RPG, Peter Cannon, and Canon

How are The Celestials and The Eternals like Diana Ross & The Supremes? Find out as Kieron Gillen (obviously) returns to discuss his new series for Marvel Comics, a relaunch of The Eternals, in which he and artist Esad Ribić interpret Jack Kirby’s classic “powerchord of a visual”. We follow up with his critically acclaimed re-imagining of Peter Cannon Thunderbolt as well as his current indie series Once and Future, which politicizes Arthurian legends in powerful new ways.

Plus, catch up on Die Comic’s success as an RPG and RPG’s in general during COVID.

Also Black Sabbath.

Over a Month of Free Comics From Dynamite – More Added! Wave Six is Now Available!

For over a month, Dynamite and comiXology have been serving up comics to readers for free. With a new sixth set of additions, the grand total reaches 76 total comics at no cost!

They’re all available right here!

This week features a diverse range of offerings. Early smash hits from Dynamite like Army of Darkness and Lone Ranger are joined by takes on Gold Key heroes Turok and Magnus by frequent collaborators Greg Pak and Fred Van Lente, as well as Gail Simon’s mega-crossover Swords of Sorrow, plus one of the best-reviewed comics of 2019 in Kieron Gillen’s deconstruction take on Peter Cannon.

Wave Six:

  • Army of Darkness vs. Reanimator #1
  • Classic Battlestar Galactica: Starbuck #1
  • Dead Irons #1
  • The Devilers #1
  • Elvira: The Shape of Elvira #1
  • James Bond: Hammerhead #1
  • Justice, Inc. #1
  • Lone Ranger (2006) #1
  • Magnus Robot Fighter #1
  • Obey Me #1
  • Peter Cannon Thunderbolt (2019) #1
  • Swords of Sorrow #1
  • Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1

Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Kevin Wada (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C),
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virg), Kris Anka (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero | $3.99 | Teen+

All that exists, and all that ever will exists rests on the confrontation between two men who are the same man. Peter Cannon versus Peter Cannon, for the future of the canon. Who wins? Who loses? Peter Cannon. Evidently.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #5

Around the Tubes

All Quiet on the Western Front

It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBLDF – Imprisoned Journalists and Comic Strip Alum Among Pulitzer Winners – Congrats to all.

CBR – Spider-Man: Far From Home Gets a New, Earlier Release Date – Cool.

Reviews

ICv2 – All Quiet on the Western Front
Newsarama –
Angel #0
Comics Bulletin –
Buffy the Vampire Slayer #4
AIPT! –
Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #4
The Beat –
Pilu of the Woods
Comics Bulletin –
Spider-Man: Life Story #2

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #3

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #3

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Christian Ward (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virg), Christian Ward (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

A thousand dimensions from ours. All Earths’ best hopes, resting on our heroes’ fight. They’ve got everything… except a chance.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #3

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Avant-Guards #2

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

The Avant-Guards #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue of this series was excellent. The focus on building of an extracurricular college basketball team is so much fun.

Captain America #8 (Marvel) – Ta-Nehisi Coates has been putting together an epic Captain America run that dips into the past while forging something new for the future.

Daredevil #2 (Marvel) – The first issue blew us away and we’re expecting no less from the second.

The Forgotten Queen #1 (Valiant) – A whole new series from Valiant that’s really something different from them and we’re excited.

Heroes in Crisis #6 (DC Comics) – The event is controversial but we really want to see where it all goes.

Martian Manhunter #3 (DC Comics) – The maxi-series has been fantastic so far. It’s given us a new take on the classic character focusing on his origin and tragedy but also the impact today.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – The character is updated and it’s fantastic.

Star Trek: Q Conflict #2 (IDW Publishing) – The first issue was fun bringing together the crews from the various series. How they all interact will be the draw of this series.

Sweetie #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This series focused on a young girl that’s a comic superfan seems like it’ll be a lot of fun.

X-Force #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues have felt like a nice return of X-Force and the team dynamic has been solid. Add in Ahab and the return of Stryfe and we’re all in.

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Chip Zdarsky (A), Paulina Ganucheau (B), Caspar Wijngaard (C)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-Virg), Chip Zdarsky (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Humanity is at a crossroads, between life and annihilation. The threat comes not from space, but from a place absolutely inconceivable to anyone other than Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt. Only he can take Earth’s remaining heroes to confront that which threatens us all…but when he knows so much more than they do, should he? Also: strike a light, how hot is Tabu now? This is what happens when you give “DREAM DADDY” as the main artistic direction.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

Review: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Based on the character that would inspire Watchmen antagonist Ozymandias, writer Kieron Gillen, artist Caspar Wjingaard, and colorist Mary Safro revive Charlton-turned-DC-turned Dynamite superhero Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt. They use this character, who I hadn’t heard of until the title was solicited, to play around with all kinds of superhero tropes and tricks using him and the other superheroes of his universes as tabula rasae.

That’s not necessarily true as the spectre of Watchmen and Adrian Veidt haunts almost every panel of Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt . There’s the “alien invasion” that concludes Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ beloved series and begins this comic to the white Ubermensch raiding indigenous cultures to gain “mystical” power a la Ozymandias and his trip around the globe. There’s also formal and visual things like nine panel grids and Wjingaard’s poses of a lonely genius standing aloof about to hatch a master plan.

However, Gillen and Wjingaard are more clever than that and lay out superhero tropes that were used by Watchmen, various Warren Ellis comics, and even Joss Whedon’s Avengers film and pick them apart, distort, and occasionally play them straight in an entertaining manner. There’s the Superman/Captain America analogue Supreme Justice, who thinks he has power because he is the embodiment of the United States Constitution and then cuts loose like he’s a character in the Authority in a neoliberal approach to American foreign policy and an originalist reading of the Constitution. But with punching.

On the more cynical side, the big action scene where Peter Cannon successfully masterminds a defeat of an alien invasion and unites disparate superheroes from the United States, Russia, and the corporate world shows the hollowness and repetitiveness of the bicker, fight, and team up against a greater, external foe formula. Peter doesn’t have a complex plan; it just involves hitting aliens in the right place with the right amount of force like a miniboss battle although these aliens wiped out the population of an entire city. And this force is depicted is some widescreen Bryan Hitch meets the disciplined grid of Dave Gibbons or Mitch Gerads by Caspar Wjingaard. Mary Safro’s palette for the aliens is stomach churning queasy in contrast with most of the heroes’ strong profiles. (Mountain dew vodka chugging and two week living The Test is a notable exception.

Peter Cannon’s “teammates” spout platitudes about avenging and banding together, but he sees the bigger picture. His mystic scrolls are superhero texts, and he knows that especially in modern comics (The works of Bendis, Hickman, and Johns spring to mind, for better or worse.), there’s a bigger, secret force pulling the strings. Villain of the month is dead, long live villain of the six issue story arc that feeds into the summer crossover or a multi-year run. With the exception of the crossover part, Kieron Gillen does do this with his plotting and gives Peter Cannon #1 an intriguing, if purposefully derivative antagonist that should elucidate more of our protagonist’s actions and moral compass. And isn’t that what any good supervillain can be expected to do?

For all its deconstructive tendencies, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 is a fine work of pop superhero storytelling from Gillen, Wijingaard, Safro, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou,whose letters give both Peter and Supreme Justice a layer of self-assurance. It introduces an ensemble cast in an economic fashion, gives more details about the title character’s background and motivation, is self-aware without going fully edgelord, has a pair of potent action sequences, and a classic, if damn fine cliffhanger. Wijingaard’s art is clean, easy to follow, and not afraid to get a little grotesque if the story calls for it.

If you like punching and feeling smart because you read Watchmen that one time, Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt #1 is the comic for you. Or maybe it despises you for playing devil’s advocate in the class discussion about Ozymandias or Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ portrayal of women.

Story: Kieron Gillen Art: Caspar Wijingaard
Colors: Mary Safro Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Story: 8.0 Art 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Sean Phillips (A), Dave McCaig (B), Butcher Billy (C), Paulina Ganucheau (D), Caspar Wijngaard (E)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-B/W), Sean Phillips (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig(RI-B/W), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero | $3.99 | Teen +

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most—alas, poor humanity. Peter Cannon—the man known as Thunderbolt—is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre.

Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1
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