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Review: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

The X-Statix are back in Giant-Size X-Statix #1! Who are the X-Statix? Well, you don’t need to worry about that a whole lot as the creative team has you covered and catches you up. Writer Peter Milligan does a brilliant job and laying out the land for new readers, reminding older readers, and setting up what’s to come in this oversized issue.

Being unfamiliar with the series and characters myself, I got a good sense of their voice rather quickly. They come off as a less serious X-Men with a pop-indie vibe. The X-Statix are as focused on their popularity as they are doing what’s right. And with that comes a lot of humor as the ream is brought together to face a new threat and confront some of their past.

I’m sure older fans of the X-Statix will enjoy Giant-Size X-Statix #1 on a different level than I did but I still found myself laughing enough to want to come back for more. There’s a certain pop-sense about it all with updated jokes that creates a fun reading experience.

A lot of that fun experience is due to the art of Michael Allred and Laura Allred. The two together have a certain style that’s unique and easily recognizable. A trippy style is mixed with small visual jokes and a whimsical feel that fits Milligan’s writing style for the series. All together it has you wanting to drop acid and enjoy the ride.

The comic was unexpected and not sure it was even needed. But, after reading it, I know I want more and looks like we might get exactly that in 2020.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Michael Allred
Color: Laura Allred Letterer: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

The X-Statix are back! But who are the new members and what’s their connection to the past X-Statix? Also, who’s The X-Cellents!? Find out in this entertaining giant sized issue.

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Michael Allred
Color: Laura Allred
Letters: Nate Piekos

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From X-Statix to The X-Cellent in 2020

This week sees the release of Giant-Size X-Statix #1 that brings Peter Milligan, Michael Allred, and Laura Allred together again for a new adventure of the cult classic characters.

At the end of the issue, it’s revealed we’re getting more of this creative team with The X-Cellent, coming in 2020.

Giant-Size X-Statix brings together classic X-Statix characters with some new members to take on a new threat. Who are the X-Cellents? You’ll have to get the comic to find out!

Is this one of the new series that’s part of the “X Universe” post House of X and Powers of X? We’ll find out more soon!

Check out The X-Cellent teaser that you can find at the end of Giant-Size X-Statix below. As the first appearance of The X-Cellent, it’s a comic you might want to invest in.

The X-Cellent

Preview: Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

(W) Peter Milligan (A/CA) Michael Allred
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $4.99

They’re back and more alive than ever for this special one-shot! But what new threat is so grave that only the most famous mutant celebrities can fight it? And who is the new U-Go-Girl? Only the original X-Statix creative team Peter Milligan, Michael Allred and Laura Allred know for sure!

Giant-Size X-Statix #1

Preview: Britannia Vol. 3 Lost Eagles of Rome

BRITANNIA VOL 3: LOST EAGLES OF ROME TPB

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Cover by DAVID MACK

A terrifying new quest into the unknown!

Valiant’s sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with an all-new volume from legendary comics master Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) as Antonius Axia, history’s first detective, launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding…

Collecting BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale DECEMBER 12th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-291-1

Preview: The Prisoner: The Uncertainty Machine

THE PRISONER: THE UNCERTAINTY MACHINE

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 112pp, $16.99, £13.99
On sale: November 13, 2018
ISBN: 9781785859151

Based on the TV show created by Patrick McGoohan, this all-new adventure written by Peter Milligan sees Breen, codenamed No. 6, trapped in a seemingly bizarre parallel world, unlike anything he has ever experienced before. There he must race to rescue his fellow spy before he loses his very grip on reality. But to save the day, Breen must also confront the arch controller of The Village, a person known only as Number One…

Review: Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #4

BRITANNIA3_004_COVER-B_GILLDeep within the heart of Egypt, there is unrest…and Antonius and Achillia have stumbled right into the middle of it! On the hunt for the Roman Empire’s missing banners at the behest of Emperor Nero, history’s first detective and his fearsome gladiatrix companion find themselves on the brink of many revelations: Who is responsible for the plagues threatening their Roman brethren? And who is this new revolutionary calling himself Pharaoh?

And like that, another Britannia miniseries comes to a close. Another four issue toe-dip into the live of Antonius Axa and his friends, colleagues and enemies that ends with a satisfying conclusion that never once feels rushed. It does wrap things up in a way that leaves little a room for for a sequel without any loose ends dangling annoyingly as the fourth issue closes.

In a series that has, across the previous eleven issues, established a precedent for gorgeous artwork, brutal violence and a smattering if dark humour, Peter Milligan‘s script for Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #4 once again delivers on the hallmarks of the series. And, once again, the art is spectacular. Robert Gill (with Juan Castro) has a deft hand when it comes to realising the emotions of the faces of his characters as well as the bloody swordplay they will inevitably engage in seemingly every issue. One could argue that each comic follows a basic formula of “Talky Bit, Fighty Bit, Talky Bit, Revalation!, Talky Bit”, and to some extent that’s true, but it’s an oversimplification of the plot and comic book itself. After all, can’t we break every comic down to that same basic formulae?

As a concluding chapter to the third Britannia series, I was impressed. Milligan kept the story a relatively simple affair that didn’t stray as deeply into the supernatural as it has in the past, instead allowing the characters to shine.

There’s a scene in which Nero’s growing madness is visible, and though he’s still a few year from burning Rome to the ground, you can see the emperors slow descent into the madness that we’ll continue to witness in the background of future installments to the series – something history aficionados and fans of the series will enjoy getting to witness in comic book form.

Lost Eagles Of Rome may be the third series under the Britannia  banner, but it can be read independently of the others  without giving the reader any real trouble when it comes to understanding the plot (though  I’m sure you know the blurb about getting the most out of the story, read it all, etc.). But whether you have read the first two volume or not, there’s plenty to enjoy with a detective story set nearly two thousand years ago spanning several countries wrapped up in a powerseizing conspiracy story that a gladiator and the detectioner tackle together.

I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and hope that Milligan and Valiant have another in the works for us.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Robert Gill with Juan Castro Colours: Jose Villarrubia
Story: 8.1 Art: 9 Overall: 8.4 Overall: Buy if you’ve bought the rest

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Preview: Britannia: Lost Eagle of Rome #4 (of 4)

BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #4 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ROBERT GILL
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBÍA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by RAFA GARRES

At last, the mystery of the lost eagles revealed!

Deep within the heart of Egypt, there is unrest…and Antonius and Achillia have stumbled right into the middle of it! On the hunt for the Roman Empire’s missing banners at the behest of Emperor Nero, history’s first detective and his fearsome gladiatrix companion find themselves on the brink of many revelations: Who is responsible for the plagues threatening their Roman brethren? And who is this new revolutionary calling himself Pharaoh?

Legendary writer Peter Milligan (Detective Comics) and visceral artist Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH) close Antonius Axia’s most incredible case yet as the final chapter of “LOST EAGLES OF ROME” is revealed!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. |  VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 31st

Preview: Black Crown Quarterly #4: Summer 2018

Black Crown Quarterly #4: Summer 2018

Peter Milligan, Rob Davis, David Barnett, Tini Howard & various (w) • Rob Davis, Martin Simmonds, Philip Bond & various (a) • Philip Bond (c)

Shock and delight in spades as we stretch out the long, hot summer for all it’s worth and bring grand conclusions to Tales from The Black Crown Pub and CUD: Rich and Strange. Plus: Hey, Amateur!, Beat Surrender, previews and interviews with local street celebs in this compendium of comics, culture & cool.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #3

BRITANNIA3_003_COVER-A_MACKAntonius Axia has survived the wilds of Britain and witnessed the horrors of his own homeland…and now, the trail of Emperor Nero’s stolen eagles relics has led him and gladiatrix Achillia to the newly annexed province of Egypt! But, those who once held power in the Fertile Crescent might not be so quick to welcome them…or any other nosy Romans, for that matter!

There’s something strangely refreshing about reading a comic that is effectively a police drama set in the first century AD. Unlike the previous two issues, there’s no hint of the supernatural elements that featured in the previous two minieries (nor the titular island), but I find the lack of these things add an interesting element to the story – Antonius is waiting for, or at least aware of the possibility that these things exist in the world, but hasn’t yet come to the conclusion these things are the only solution.

Peter Milligan is joined by a host of talented artists this issue (full credits below), and once again delivers a comic that maintains the consistent quality established from the outet of this miniseries and avoids any of the pacing issues that can plague four issue story arcs. Contrary to what you’d expect, there is a definite feeling at the end of this issue that the story can be wrapped up in the following 22 odd pages; most four issue miniseries I’ve read lately seem to spend two and a half issues setting up the story only to rush it’s conclusion in the following issue. No, instead we get a well paced comic that balances the proceedural aspects of a detective show with the swordplay you’d hope given the timeframe of the story.

Artistically, the comic is another win as Robert Gill (with Juan Castro and Brian Theis)’s line work is clean, concise and oh-so-easy to read. The choreography during the fight scenes highlights our heroes’ skills without diminishing the threat of those they’re facing, and the scenary has a beautifully ominous feel about it. Surely the sense of forboding within these pages comes from Jose Villarrubia (with Andrew Dalhouse)’s colouring work.

Britannia: Lost Eagles Of Rome #3  has this miniseries on pace to be the best yet of the three in Peter Milligan’s story – and was the first in which I wasn’t waiting for the cameo of another Valiant character. Ultimately, if you’re already reading this series then you’re going to be happy with this issue. If you’re not partaking in Britannia, why not?

Story: Peter Milligan
Art: Robert Gill with Juan Castro
and Brian Theis
Colours: Jose Villarrubia
with Andrew Dalhouse Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

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