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Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #48

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona (CA) Doug Mahnke
In Shops: Jul 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

The Green Lanterns fight alongside the Guardians of the Universe! The murderous Darkstars arrive en masse at Mogo to wipe out the Corps for good, so it’s all hands on deck to save the GL headquarters. Meanwhile, Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner & Kyle Rayner make their respective battle plans, but time’s running out for a miracle. Can we move Daylight Savings to July to get that extra hour? Our boys and girls in green are gonna need it.

Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #42

Story: Robert Venditti
Art: Ethan Van Sciver
Color: Jason Wright
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomu Morey
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham, Tomey Morey
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“DARKSTARS RISING” part one! Hal Jordan is the paragon of a Green Lantern: Courageous and unrelenting. But even a hero can sometimes doubt the methods they’re known to use. And in those moments, something dark creeps in and it can create an evil the universe isn’t ready to face!

Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41

Story: Robert Venditti
Art: Brandon Peterson
Color: Tomeu Morey
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Variant Cover: Tyler Kirkham, Tomeu Morey
Editor: Brian Cunningham
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“ZOD’S WILL” finale! It’s Hal versus Zod in a one-on-one brawl for the fate of the Corps. How can the greatest Green Lantern of all stand against the might of the ruthless general from Krypton?

Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Rafa Sandoval
Ink: Jordi Tarragona Color: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Mike Cotton Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“ZOD’S WILL” part three! The only thing standing in the way of the Green Lantern Corps taking down General Zod and rescuing Hal Jordan from behind enemy lines turns out to be the leaders of the Corps itself-the Guardians of the Universe. Can the Corps change the Guardians’ minds, or will they revolt to save their captured comrade?

Wednesday Graphic Novel Review: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps Vol. 1

It’s Wednesday, which means a brand new comic book day! We’ve got a brand new first volume, to DC Rebirth‘s Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps.

Watch as Brett has a brain fart and says Twilight Struggle instead of Emerald Dawn! Board games on the brain people.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Vol. 1: Sinestro’s Law features issues #1-7 and Rebirth by Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval, and Ethan Van Sciver.

Find out what the trade has in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in comic stores February 8 and bookstores February 14.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps. Vol. 1 Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

 

 

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Preview: Faith #5

FAITH #5 (ELECTION SPECIAL!)

Written by JODY HOUSER with LOUISE SIMONSON and RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK with PERE PÉREZ and COLLEEN DORAN
Cover A by PAOLO RIVERA (SEP162033)
Cover B by MEGHAN HETRICK (SEP162034)
Cover C by CARMEN CARNERO (SEP162035)
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH (SEP162037)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (SEP162038)
Coloring Book Variant Also Available (SEP162036)
$3.99 | 48 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 26 (FOC – 10/3/16)

A VALIANT ELECTION 2016 SPECIAL! A MAJOR COMICS MILESTONE!

On November 2nd, just days before Election Day 2016, legendary writer Louise Simonson and Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Pérez present history in the making with a presidential milestone like no other! Faith Herbert, star of the highest selling independent superhero debut of 2016, is a shining beacon of optimism in a challenging world. Her day job as a blogger and journalist is about to bring Faith face to face with Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton…but its her daring alter ego as Los Angeles’ leading superhero that will have to save the day when a new threat emerges to imperil a pivotal moment that has all of America watching!

Also coming in the oversized, 48-page FAITH #5 election special: rising star Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) joins the Faith creative team of Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and Marguerite Sauvage (Thor) as a brand new chapter of Faith’s life begins – and a threat that hits too close to home makes itself known! Plus: an exclusive prelude to HARBINGER RENEGADES #1 – featuring the long-awaited return of Faith’s beloved superteam – by writer Rafer Roberts (Plastic Farm) and artist Colleen Doran (Amazing Spider-Man)!

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Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7

Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Jordi Tarrogona, Rafa Sandoval
Covers Jordi Tarrogona, Rafa Sandoval
Variant cover by: Kevin Nowlan

“SINESTRO’S LAW” part seven! Sinestro’s Law concludes as Hal Jordan and Sinestro come to blows for control over the universe. With his back against the wall, will Hal’s friends show up in time to tip the scales in his favor?

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Hillary Clinton Flies into November’s Historic Faith #5

On November 2nd, just days before Election Day, America’s favorite hero of 2016 is teaming up with Hillary Clinton for the most important election special in comics history!

Valiant has released a first look inside Faith #5 – a 48-page election special colliding Faith “Zephyr” Herbert with the first female presidential nominee from a major political party, Hillary Clinton, for a history-making adventure torn from the headlines!

Jump on board the adventures of the hero that Vulture calls “one of the comics industry’s most-buzzed about characters” right here as an all-star cast of comics’ finest talents shine a spotlight on the best that the Valiant Universe has to offer, beginning with AN ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT from the new ongoing creative team of acclaimed writer Jody Houser and rising star Meghan Hetrick! Then, multiple Harvey Award nominee Rafer Roberts and Eisner Award-winning artist Colleen Doranpresent an exclusive prelude to November’s Harbinger Renegades #1 – the hard-hitting super-team that launched Faith into superstardom – that won’t be found anywhere else! And, last but not least, comics legend Louise Simonson and acclaimed artist Pere Perez charge straight to the top of the ticket and send Faith into action alongside Hillary Clinton for an all-American tale that will soon go down in superhero history!

Faith Herbert, star of the highest selling independent superhero debut of 2016, is a shining beacon of optimism in a challenging world. Her day job as a blogger and journalist is about to bring Faith face to face with Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton…but its her daring alter ego as Los Angeles’ leading superhero that will have to save the day when a new threat emerges to imperil a pivotal moment that has all of America watching!

Featuring covers by Paolo Rivera, Meghan Hetrick, Carmen Carnero, Michael Walsh, and Rafa Sandoval!

FAITH #5 (ELECTION SPECIAL!)
Written by JODY HOUSER with LOUISE SIMONSON and RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MEGHAN HETRICK with PERE PÉREZ and COLLEEN DORAN
Cover A by PAOLO RIVERA (SEP162033)
Cover B by MEGHAN HETRICK (SEP162034)
Cover C by CARMEN CARNERO (SEP162035)
Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH (SEP162037)
Variant Cover by RAFA SANDOVAL (SEP162038)
Coloring Book Variant Also Available (SEP162036)
$3.99 | 48 pgs. | T+| On sale NOVEMBER 2 (FOC – 10/10/16)

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Preview: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #6

Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Jordi Tarrogona, Rafa Sandoval
Covers Jordi Tarrogona, Rafa Sandoval
Variant cover by: Kevin Nowlan

“SINESTRO’S LAW” part six! It’s an all-out assault on Warworld, but Hal Jordan is alone and outgunned facing off against the full force of the Sinestro Corps.

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Review: X-O Manowar #50

xo_050_cover-b_riveraFor centuries, the sacred X-O Manowar armor has stood unrivaled as the universe’s most powerful weapon. Today, will it equal Earth’s doom? An unthinkable alien race known only as The Torment has come to our world in search of the armor’s secrets. Now, they stand opposed by Aric of Dacia – former slave, noble warrior, resolute king, and current master of the armor’s near-limitless capabilities. But is one man…and one weapon…enough to repel a force capable of leveling a thousand civilizations?

Well, this is it. The finale to the 50 issue saga of Valiant‘s longest running series. I want to get one thing out of the way before we go any further: if you haven’t started reading X-O Manowar yet, then you probably don’t want to start here.

Or do you? I’ll come back to that.

The final arc of the series has flown along at a break neck pace, which is fitting given the cataclysmic nature of The Torment, the world ending threat from space. Think Galactus but somehow worse, as not only will the destroy the world, they’ll take everything you are as well; mind, body and soul. I don’t typically like to talk about spoilers for the last issue, but I’m going to, so here’s your obligatory spoiler warning here, X-O Manowar was absorbed into one The Torment. It was, as I’m sure you can imagine, a somewhat shocking moment, but with the finale of the series coming up – and no announcement as to what would happen beyond the 50th  issue – it was entirely reasonable to expect a grand sacrifice to happen.

What we got instead, and this is the first couple of pages so I’m not spoiling much for #50, is something else entirely. Aric of Dacia embarks on a very interesting journey, told using various art teams to varying degrees of success; there’s a couple pages where the art isn’t as good as the rest of the comic, but it’s only a couple of pages. And when that’s my major gripe?

The main story is divided between Aric’s tranquil scenes within the Torment and those featuring the human/Vine alliance fighting the alien space gods. The latter scenes are best described as absolute chaos, and the contrast with the pages featuring Aric is harsh and jarring. Where one is almost peaceful and exploratory, the other is a frantic fight for survival as the tentative alliance tries to defend the planet they both want to call home.

The juxtaposition is wonderful, with the alternating scenes only serving to highlight the pace of the other in much the same way as peanut butter works so well with chocolate (and also on hamburgers – the peanut butter, that is. You should try the next time you have a barbecue,). Is this the finest comic that I’ve read from Robert Venditti? Well, the writer has given us some pretty fantastic stories over the years, so I won’t answer that, but what I will say is that – amazingly – he has delivered upon the expectations I had assumed would not be met with his conclusion to Long Live The King.

And then we have three other bonus stories (well, two and a bit) to factor in. All are interesting, and worth reading, but that’s not why you want to pick this comic up. Two of them are standalone stories from various points in Aric of Dacia’s life; one takes place probably five or six issues ago, and the other… could be about the same. There’s nothing within the story to easily gauge a time frame. The third is a hint as to what’s to come.

All three are cool additions to the main story, which is worth the price of admission alone. For that reason the numeric cores below will not include the bonus stories.

X-O Manowar #50 is one of the most rewarding, and satisfying, conclusions to a comic book story arc that you’re ever likely to read. Plot threads are wrapped up, bows are tied,  the saga is over, and my jaw is firmly on the floor. Remember my earlier question of whether you should start reading X-O Manowar with the final issue? It is possible to do that and still appreciate the comic for what it is: fucking amazing.

And now for the extensive credits.
Long Live The King
Writer: Robert Venditti Pencils: Joe Bennett

Inks: Marcio Loerzer & Bellardino Brabo
Colours: Ulises Arreola
Flashback art: Cary Nord, Doug Braithwaite, Diego Bernard, Rafa Sandoval, Robert Gil, Brian Reber, Ulises Arreola & David Baron
Torment sequence: Joe Bennett, Tom Palmer, Robert De Le Torre & Dean White
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

The Two Deaths Of Gaius Maelus
Writer: Fred Van Lente Artist: Clayton Henry

Colourist: Brian Reber Letterer: Dave Sharpe

His Greatest Failure
Writer: Jody Houser Artist: Javier Pulido

Colourist: Muntsa Vicente Letterer: Dave Sharpe

The Future
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Tomas Giorello

Colourist: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review, but by the time you read this I’ll have also picked up my own copy.

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