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Age of X-Man: Alpha

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.

It’s a short week of releases with the holiday and you can get every single issue for under $50! So, instead of picking which you should get, we’re doing something a little bit different with going over what they are and why you should check out each release!

Age of X-Man: Alpha #1 (Marvel) – This is the real lead up to the new various miniseries that’ll make up the Age of X-Man. It’s also our first look at this world where everyone is a mutant.

Fight Club 3 #1 (Dark Horse) – Chuck Palahniuk is back with his popular series. We’ve read the first issue and we’re scratching our head honestly but the art by Cameron Stewart is amazing.

Heroes in Crisis #5 (DC Comics) – Yes, the series is beyond controversial but we’d be lying if we said we weren’t excited to see where it’s going and what’s next.

James Brown: Black and Proud (IDW Publishing) – A graphic novel biography of the talented musician. A great way to learn about his life.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) -Kieron Gillen takes on the character and that alone has us excited. In Kieron we trust.

Powers in Action #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Art Baltazar brings a whole new world in this all-ages superhero series.

Star Trek: Q Conflict #1 (IDW Publishing) – Anything with Q in Star Trek and we’re in.

WWE Forever #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Classic WWE and we’re all in for it.

Wyrd #1 (Dark Horse) – This sounds like a spin on the X-Files from Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso and we’re totally in for that combo.

X-Force #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this second one. X-Force is back and awesome!

Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Omnibus

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Omnibus

Steve Darnall, Alex Ross, Pete Morisi (w)
Jonathan Lau, Pete Morisi (a)
Alex Ross (c)
FC • 304 pages • $29.99 • Teen+

Peter Cannon is a world-famous author, an international celebrity, and the superhero known as Thunderbolt, acknowledged far and wide as the man who saved the world from destruction. Unfortunately, he has little interest in fame, even less interest in people, and the peace he has created is based on an illusion. Now, as old and new enemies — unaware of the secret he carries — plan to destroy his efforts, Peter Cannon must fight to keep the peace and preserve his own existence, while fending off deadly foes… and mysterious admirers. Collecting the complete ten-issue saga by comic superstar Alex Ross, co-writer Steve Darnall, and Jonathan Lau, plus the original script to issue #1, a complete cover gallery, 16 pages of sketches and designs by Alex Ross, and the rare origin story by Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt creator, Pete Morisi (featuring an introduction by Mark Waid)!

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Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #10 (of 10)


Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

As Thunderbolt squares off against the Hooded One, he reflects on the dragon that he unleashed upon the world— the very dragon he must now stop from destroying it! Meanwhile, the General is prepared to stop any perceived threat by any means necessary, and Peter Cannon turns to new friends…and an old one.


Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #9 (of 10)


Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In “Going Underground,” Thunderbolt is a man on the run. His secret revealed, he finds himself unsure of who or what to trust —including his own senses—and he must push his mind and body to the limit as he faces one of his (literally) oldest foes — the mind-bending Princess Evila!


Preview: Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #8 (of 10)


FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Steve Darnall, Alex Ross (w)
Jonathan Lau (a)
Alex Ross, Jonathan Lau (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!

Thunderbolt heads “Into Temptation,” as Peter Cannon returns to New York, where his secret is threatened, his relationship with Aida Leiva takes a strange turn, and he becomes a moving target — alongside the people out for his blood!


Preview – Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #7 (of 10)


FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Written by Steve Darnall & Alex Ross
Art by Jonathan Lau
Cover by Alex Ross, Stephen Segovia

In “Pyramid Schemes,” Peter Cannon is in Egypt, where he learns some disturbing facts about the missing Princess Ahmoset. Meanwhile, as Thunderbolt, his plans to summon the dragon once more bring him into contact with the explosive Sons of Adam!


Preview – Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #6


FC • 32 pages • $3.99 Teen+
Written by Steve Darnall & Alex Ross
Art by Jonathan Lau
Covers by Alex Ross, Stephen Segovia
Alex Ross “virgin art” retailer incentive cover

In “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” the Inventor ponders his assault on Manhattan, while Thunderbolt encounters the powerful and mysterious Adam and Eve—and we learn the tragic story of the man known as the Hooded One!


Preview – Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #4


32 pages FC  •  $3.99  •  Teen +
Written by Steve Darnall, Alex Ross 
Art by Jonathan Lau
Covers by Alex Ross (50%), Stephen Segovia (50%)
Fans, ask your retailer for these variant incentive covers!
• Ross “virgin art” cover retailer incentive
• Segovia black & white art cover retailer incentive

In “Magnificent Obsessions,” Peter Cannon—the hero known as Thunderbolt—returns to New York after defeating the murderous Master Tiger, only to find another unexpected threat awaiting him at the airport. Meanwhile, the General’s cabal unfolds their plan for destroying the dragon… with the help of an angry (if not quite mad) scientist!

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Dynamite Previews – 11/21/12


32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature

At last, Catelyn Stark and her prisoner, Tyrion Lannister, have reached the Eyrie, the lofty citadel of Catelyn’s sister, Lysa, the grieving widow of Jon Arryn. Because Lysa believes that the Lannisters were responsible for her husband’s death, Catelyn had thought to find an ally in this forbidding refuge. Instead the refuge seems more like a prison . . . and the “ally” a fearful and vindictive madwoman. Meanwhile, across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen is also faced with a sibling’s madness—her brother, Viserys, impatient for the crown promised him by Khal Drogo, grows increasingly unable to hold his rage in check.


32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Covers by Alex Ross (25), Mike Mayhew (25%), Tim Bradstreet (25%), Francesco Francavilla (25%)
Fans, ask your retailer for these variant incentive covers!
• Francavilla “virgin art” cover retailer incentive
• Ross “sketch art”cover retailer incentive

Revolutionary Part 1 (of 4) – The Shadow traveled to Nepal to investigate a strange glitch in his mystic powers. He left with only partial answers. Now The Shadow and Miles Crofton, his pilot and sidekick, pause in Paris to take on some gun runners who are smuggling weapons bound for Spain. But a dark-eyed Spanish beauty named Esmeralda complicates matters when Cranston is unable to determine her intentions. The Shadow finds himself smack dab in the middle of the Spanish Civil War as he juggles the fate of a single solider who might help shape the future of humanity.


32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by Steve Darnall & Alex Ross
Art by Jonathan Lau
Covers by Alex Ross (25%), Jae Lee (25%), Ardian Syaf (25%), Stephen Segovia (25%)
Fans, ask your retailer for these variant incentive covers!
• Lee black & white art cover retailer incentive
• Ross “virgin art” cover retailer incentive

The plots thicken in “Discovering Japan,” as Thunderbolt meets his abductor—the deadly Master Tiger—and is forced to fight for his life. Meanwhile, men in high places are planning to destroy the peace that Peter Cannon has created… and an old enemy prepares to make his entrance.


32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Written by MIKE RAICHT

Barnabas Collins and his family are still reeling from their encounter with The Children and their sire. The brutal war has left those closest to Barnabas questioning his very nature. However, with a possible cure in his hands, will this 175 year old vampire finally be free of his vampiric curse? Or will remaining a vampire show once and for all that you don’t need to be human to prove you have a noble soul?


32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +
Covers by ALEX ROSS (main), ED TADEO (1:10)
Fans, ask your retailer for this variant incentive cover!
• ROSS “virgin art” cover retailer incentive

While the Secret of Bigfoot may be solved, a host of new questions emerge and the answers have Steve seeing red! With an unlikely ally by his side and a mysterious enemy in his crosshairs, Steve finds himself deep inside dangerous territory. But what he finds there may spell the end for the Bionic Man. Part 3 of The Secret of Bigfoot pits Steve against his strangest and most deadly adversary yet!

Review – Dynamite’s After Earth, Green Hornet #29, Jennifer Blood #18, Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2, Prophecy #4, Witchblade Demon Reborn #3

After Earth One Shot

The official prequel comic to the upcoming film, After Earth, starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith. Hundreds of years after humans fled Earth to escape its toxic atmosphere, the remaining survivors colonize a remote planet and begin to rebuild civilization — but the society they create suffers from deep divisions, with scientific innovators and spiritual leaders often at bitter odds. Even worse, humanity has come under assault by a mysterious alien species, and mankind must band together to protect their new homeworld.

This one shot prequel is very interesting and has me wanting to check out the movie when it eventually comes out. The story though is a bit stilted in that it’s a prequel with the movie being the main story. So, by the time I got to the end, it didn’t feel complete.

But, the story is cool, and the art is solid. The world it sets up, the bad guys, it’s all there to be an awesome movie and for that reason I’m recommending the comic. It’s not for a bit until it comes out (I think) but if nothing else, this’ll get you piqued to see what’s in store for the big screen.

Story: Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger Art: Ben Lobel

Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Green Hornet #29

A new criminal mastermind to deal with, a city flooded with high-tech weapons, a new public perception to manage, and a love life that veers wildly from nonexistent to complicated as hell: Britt Reid is a man with his hands full. Part two of the ARMS RACE arc finds Green Hornet and Kato battling an all-out assault from an imported villain seeking to wipe out all competition and make Century City his own.

What was once one of my favorite series has just dropped in quality with new writer Jai Nitz. The first issue of his first arc, I though might be just the first issue jitters. This second issue follows three different stories, an interesting concept that’s actually pulled off pretty well. My issue is the depiction of the characters, mainly the Green Hornet and Kato.

It’s hard to go into it without giving spoilers, but there’s some actions here while doing a stakeout that I think are just uncharacteristic and takes the tension between the two that’s been building and gets rid of it quickly.

Overall, not the best we’ve seen the series.

Story:  Jai Nitz Art: Jethro Morales

Story: 6.5 Art: 7.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

Jennifer Blood #18

All Jen Fellows wants to do is bury Jennifer Blood once and for all – and she’s not the only one. Our third arc ramps up to a shocking climax as Detective Pruitt makes her move, Jen makes another difficult decision and several wrongs don’t make a right. You won’t believe where we go from here…

Uh, holy shit.

I’ve been wondering where this series would go after Jennifer’s main mission of killing her uncles was over. It’s taken a few issues, but again, holy shit. This series ramps up the blood shed and goes in a direction I wasn’t expecting at all.

The last issue had a shocking moment and this issue is riddled with them. I used to say this series was the female equivalent of the Punisher, but it’s now so different, so much more. We’re now looking at a character completely losing it and control over her situation unraveling and it’s a fascinating and entertaining ride.

Story:  Al Ewing Art by Eman Casallos

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #2

In “The Grand Illusion,” Peter Cannon heads to Japan on business, reflecting on how his act of rage unleashed a dragon upon the world and led this very private hero to become a very public celebrity. When he arrives in Tokyo, his more immediate concerns include fighting off a mysterious band of assailants—and coming face-to-fact with the mysterious, murderous Master Tiger!

This is an old school character done right. I read the first issue and thought the series was interesting, especially with that final panel of the story. This issue picks up on that, really focusing on Peter Canon and his choice. That’s the really cool concept of this series, it seems to know that and focuses on that.

So many series have teased about heroes pulling one over on the world to bring it together, but this series really explores that and sees what happens. There’s a great old school feel about it all and the art is amazing. I can’t wait to see where this series goes and it’s focus on a protagonist conflicted about his actions.

Story:  Steve Darnall and Alex Ross Art: Jonathan Lau

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Prophecy #4

The end is nigh! The end of the world, that is, now that sorcerer Kulan Gath has summoned powerful Mayan avatars of destruction to reduce the planet to ashes. Earth’s only hope is a motley band of warriors, including Red Sonja, Vampirella, Dracula, Pantha, Herbert West the Reanimator and more, who must stand against Gath’s minions. It’s a contest of champions, with the very survival of our world depending on the outcome.

Writer Ron Marz is the man it seems everyone is going to for their major events and he does them so well, so it’s not a shock at all. This series brings together so many characters together and while I know “of” most of them, I can’t say I read any of their series.

This story is a lot of battles, full of action, it’s “that” issue of the story and there’s nothing wrong with that at all. Bringing all of these characters together, Marz really pulls it off well, playing off their similarities and differences well. The art by Geovani is solid, not amazing, but there’s some great pages in there.

If you’re a fan of big events or these characters, this is a definite must get.

Story:  Ron Marz  Art: Walter Geovani

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Witchblade Demon Reborn #3

The Demon has been given a leave from hell. He’s been using his limited time on earth to create a bloody trap for Sara Pezzini. Now, as the Demon’s time runs out, the trap is sprung. Victims of the Witchblade’s justice, long since vanquished to hell, return, intent on destroying Sara and dragging her soul back to the pits with them. Sara and the Witchblade must fight for themselves, and for a purely innocent soul: Sara’s young daughter, Hope.

I didn’t read the series that came before this, but I know Witchblade. This series is interesting and much darker than what I’m used to and this issue really focuses on the many people Sara/Witchblade have killed over the years.

The story is a bit choppy, but not bad at all and overall a little trippy. Jose Luis’ art is what stands out compared to the storytelling. Overall, this is really for the hardcore Witchblade fans, but I still ask myself after each issue “why.”

Story:  Ande Parks Art: Jose Luis

Story: 7 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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