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Review: Hell to Pay #1

Hell to Pay #1

In Hell to Pay, Hell is a real place. It’s not quite the concept we imagine but a cross between the torture and functioning society where money is exchanged for goods. And it’s that money that’s the focus. Hell to Pay #1 introduces us to Maia and Sebastian Stone who work for The Shrouded College. In exchange for magic, they need to track down the 666 Devil’s Dollars that have made it to Earth. What should be a straightforward mission becomes much more complicated… in multiple ways.

Written by Charles Soule, Hell to Pay #1 is an interesting beginning. The concept itself doesn’t excite me too much. A secret society dealing with real demons must get items back. It’s an overall concept we’ve seen so many times before. But, Soule doesn’t keep things simple. He throws in three details that makes the series interesting.

Maia and Sebastian are interesting leads. Married, their interaction is solid but there’s multiple bits of motivation that Soule puts into the story that makes their deal with The Shrouded College all the more interesting. Their choice isn’t one as much about machismo and the usual action story “tough guy” motivation but feels more of being forced to make.

Soule keeps that going by making things not as open ended as this type of story can be and a bit of a monkey wrench into their mission. Not only is there a time factor to the story that’s interesting but also a potential endless length to their mission. It makes the series intriguing and bit more than what we’ve seen before.

The art by Will Sliney is a bit hit and miss for me. With color by Rachelle Rosenberg and lettering by Chris Crank, the visuals are where the the comic slips a bit. The design overall is great. The characters and creatures, especially the scenes in Hell, are engaging and interesting. There’s just some quite a few panels where the positioning of people’s bodies doesn’t make sense delivering unnatural movement and body language that’s distracting. It’s not a killer aspect to the comic but when things are entertaining and good in so many ways, it enhances issues like this. There’s also some very interesting page layouts in the comic that make it one to get a physical copy.

Hell to Pay #1 has a lot of potential. An interesting concept is given a boost by a time aspect upping the stakes of it all. It’s a fun start that’s worth checking out for those interested in action films of the 90s.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Will Sliney
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Chris Crank
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus ComicscomiXology/Kindle

Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

Preview: Amazing Fantasy #1000

Amazing Fantasy #1000

(W) Kurt Busiek, Various (A) Jim Cheung, Various (CA) John Romita Jr.
RATED T
In Shops: Aug 31, 2022
SRP: $7.99

The comic that brought you SPIDER-MAN hits issue #1000! We’re going big to celebrate in this, our thousandth issue of AMAZING FANTASY! An ALL-STAR roster of creators – Anthony Falcone, Dan Slott, Ho Che Anderson, Jonathan Hickman, Kurt Busiek, Michael Cho, Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Cheung, Marco Checchetto, Olivier Coipel, Ryan Stegman, Steve McNiven, Terry Dodson, Todd Nauck, and more – are coming together to celebrate Peter Parker and Spider-Man’s birthdays!

Amazing Fantasy #1000

The third chapter of “X-Men: Green” kicks off with X-Men Unlimited #44…and the crusade against the human world continues!

One of Marvel Unlimited’s most popular series has kicked off a new story arc in the exclusive Infinity Comic format! Bringing back creative team Steve Orlando, Emilio Laiso, Rachelle Rosenberg, and edited by Jordan White, the third chapter of “X-Men: Green” makes its debut following Nature Girl, Curse, and Sauron as they continue their radical push against humankind, picking up from the fallout of issue #33.

The return of “X-Men Green”! Nature Girl, Curse, and Sauron continue their crusade against the human world. And this time out they’ve invoked the X-Men’s name! How will Krakoa respond to Nature Girl’s extremist new mindset? Expect major guest stars in this upcoming arc from creators Steve Orlando, Emilio Laiso, and Rachelle Rosenberg!

X-MEN UNLIMITED #44

Who is Bedlam?

Check out Paulo Siqueira and Rachelle Rosenberg’s Venom #10 variant cover and be there when Bedlam, the chaotic force behind Eddie and Dylan Brock’s recent troubles, reveals his identity in Venom #9 on July 27! Venom #9 and #10 are written by Al Ewing with art by Bryan Hitch, ink by Andrew Currie, and color by Alex Sinclair.

Venom #10 variant cover

Review: Miles Morales & Moon Girl #1

Miles Morales & Moon Girl  #1

As a kid who grew up in the 1980s, Saturday morning cartoons was an actual thing.  We waited all week just to  wake up early on Saturday morning. Me and my cousins had our favorites, but  as the years went by, the more options became available. We did not know it then, but it became a harbinger for the endless options we have now for streaming services.

What we did enjoy the most is when shows would do crossovers.  One of the best crossovers was between He-Man and She-Ra. As it helped that it had the same company behind both shows. As it always gave fans likeme something to look forward to, seeing two stories exist in the same world. In the debut issue of Miles Morales & Moon Girl, we find the two acolytes of the Marvel Universe teaming up for their biggest adventure together.

We are taken to the Lower East Side in New York City, where  Moon Girl is stopping another robber, which doesn’t scare until Devil Dinosaur shows up, causing the criminal to run. The next day at school, Lunella finds out that Devil Dinosaur has left her lab and is loose in Brooklyn and all over the news. She eventually finds out where they are keeping Devil and pulls in Miles Morales to help with the rescue mission.   As they find out Taskmaster and Stegron have cloned  Devil Dinosaur , in hopes of weaponizing him. By issue’s end, they stop Taskmaster, but still haven’t found Devil Dinosaur.

Overall, Miles Morales & Moon Girl #1 is a perfect issue. It shows why Moon girl and Devil Dinosaur shouldn’t be an overlooked and underrated comic. The story by Mashigo is pure joy. The art by the creative team is excellent. Altogether, a story which thrives on its eccentricities.

Story: Mohale Mashigo Art: Ig Guara
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleTFAW

Get a first look at Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1

The saga of the Mandalorian comes to Marvel! Kicking off in July, Star Wars: The Mandalorian will be an eight-issue adaptation of the Disney+ series’ first season, giving fans a chance to relive the events and characters of Season 1 through the lens of writer Rodney Barnes and artist Georges Jeanty! From the thrilling introduction of Mandalorian bounty hunter Din Djarin to his unforgettable first encounter with the Child, these iconic Star Wars moments will be brought to life in a brand-new way, and you can get your first look at the highly-anticipated debut issue right now in a special preview!

Star Wars: The Mandalorian #1 features inks by Karl Story and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg. The main cover is by Adi Granov with variants by John Tyler Christopher, Declan Shalvey, David Aja, Leinil Francis Yu, Phil Jimenez, Nick Gindaux, and a “tv variant” cover.

Check out all the covers right now and pick it up when it hits stands on July 6.

X-Men: Green continues X-Men Unlimited on Marvel Unlimited

The Marvel Unlimited anthology, X-Men Unlimited, kicks off a new story arc this Monday, April 4 in the exclusive Infinity Comic format! Resuming the “X-Men: Green” story first told in X-Men Unlimited Infinity Comic #5-12, issue #29 picks up where Nature Girl and Curse left off with an all-new 5-part arc. 

Writer Karla Pacheco teams with artist Emilio Laiso, colorist Rachelle Rosenberg, and editor Jordan White for X-Men Unlimited‘s latest saga! Read the newest installment of “X-Men: Green” in the Marvel Unlimited app now, and read new chapters weekly every Monday.

The “X-Men: Green” storyline continues! In the first part of its second arc, Nature Girl and Curse, fresh off their escape from Krakoa, commandeer a ship with Sauron (and Saoirse). Now, with, only each other to call a crew, the foursome accept their mission from the Marauders’ Pyro: stop a pack of whale hunters by any means necessary. 

Moon Knight: a superhero with (several) jobs and many memes

Comics critic Harry Kassen guides a journey through the many phases of Moon Knight‘s Marvel comics series from 1975 through today — just in time for his big Disney+ TV debut. Moon Knight isn’t just a source of absurdist memes — he reflects changes in the comics medium. We’ll look at some of the best runs of Moon Knight with an especially close look at comics art legend Bill Sienkiewicz who’s style came into its own through the series. 

So join us to learn about the alteregos, the angst and most of all the artists that make Moon Knight more than Marvel’s color-shifted Batman. 

Be sure to follow guest expert comics critic Harry Kassen at https://twitter.com/leekassen 

Image notes:

All full page comics images are Bill Sienkiewicz pencils. Inks on #2 – Bob McLeod #3 & 5 Klaus Janson #6 Frank Giancoia. “Has anyone dated Moon Knight” is from Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. “I have an enemy” is words Jed MacKay, art Alessandro Cappuccio, Rachelle Rosenberg.

Preview: Star Wars #21

Star Wars #21

(W) Charles Soule (A) Marco Castiello, Ramon Rosanas (CA) Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg
RATED T
In Shops: Mar 02, 2022
SRP: $3.99

STRANDED ON A STAR DESTROYER!
• After a mission gone wrong, ace Rebel pilot SHARA BEY (POE DAMERON’S mother) was left for dead aboard the TARKIN’S WILL, a huge Star Destroyer.
• Shara survived and has been hiding deep inside the massive ship ever since, evading COMMANDER ZAHRA’S notice.
• But her time is up. Can she live long enough to escape?

Star Wars #21
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