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Review: Prodigy #1

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Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.

Prodigy #1 is an entertaining beginning to a new series from the man behind Kick-AssSuperman: Red Son, and so much more. In this first issue we meet Edison Crane who is burdened with a prodigious mind from birth. This is emphasized over and over as we see him devouring knowledge from an early age well in to his adulthood where he runs his own company while performing ludicrous stunts. But that combination isn’t weird enough, writer Mark Millar takes us further with alien incursions and the possibility of an asteroid hitting Earth. There’s just a lot here and Millar delivers it with his usual style and flair.

The artwork by Rafael Albuquerque is impressive. It effortlessly showcases both Edison’s youth and adulthood taking us through so many different and varied situations, each telling us a story. It brilliantly demonstrates Edison’s massive learning curve over everyone else on the planet. In addition to showing some brief but impressive fight scenes early in the issue. The art has it all and it’s great to see Albuquerque deliver his amazing style to this series.

The first issue plants a flag as to who Edison Crane is and what we should expect. It has a solid set-up and a cinematic flair about it all.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Rafael Albuquerque
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Millward’s Prodigy Gets a Triptych Cover

Image Comics has revealed a triptych cover for the forthcoming Prodigy by Mark Millar and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque. The series will launch this December from Image Comics and is the latest addition to the Netflix Millarworld franchises shepherded by Mark and his wife Lucy.

In Prodigy, Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and international governments call on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.

Prodigy #1 will be available on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th. There will be no second printings, and the item will be fully returnable to comic shop retailers. 

  • PRODIGY #1 Cover A Albuquerque – OCT180018
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  • PRODIGY #1 Cover E Albuquerque – OCT180022
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover F Quitely – OCT180023
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover G Blank cover – OCT180024
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover H Albuquerque ‘We Believe in Comics’ – SEP188266

Preview: James Bond 007 #1

James Bond 007 #1

writer: Greg Pak
artist: Marc Laming
covers: Dave Johnson (A), John Cassaday (B), Rafael Albuquerque (C), Marc Laming (D)
Dave Johnson (RI-B/W), John Cassaday (RI-B/W), Rafael Albuquerque (RI-Virgin), Dave Johnson (RI-Virgin), John Cassaday (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

The ODD JOB epic begins in a new ongoing James Bond comic series by superstars GREG PAK (Planet Hulk, Mech Cadet Yu) and MARC LAMING (Star Wars, Wonder Woman)! Agent 007 tracks a smuggler into Singapore to secure a dangerous case, contents unknown. But a Korean mystery man wants the case as well, for very different reasons. And if Bond and this new rival don’t kill each other, the ruthless terrorist organization known as ORU will be more than happy to finish the job.

Curt Pires and Antonio Fuso Get Wyrd at Dark Horse

There are some cases that are simply too weird for law enforcement to solve. Enter Pitor Wyrd, an un-aging, invincible detective with a penchant for the strange who steps in to assist…for a fee. Between a botched attempt at recreating a certain US supersolider, a monster roaming the countryside, and a trail of bodies, there is no case too big, too small, or too weird.

Writer Curt Pires oins forces with artist Antonio Fuso for Wyrd, a four-issue comics series that’s James Bond meets The X Files. The series is colored by Stefano Simeone and features variant covers by Jeff Lemire, Rafael Albuquerque, Gabriele Dell’Otto, and Danijel Zezelj.

Wyrd #1 (of four) goes on sale January 30, 2019.

Preview: Batgirl #25

Batgirl #25

(W) Marguerite Bennett, Mairghread Scott, Paul Dini (A) Dan Panosian, Paul Pelletier, Emanuela Lupacchino, Tom Derenick (CA) Rafael Albuquerque
In Shops: Aug 15, 2018
SRP: $4.99

On her return to Gotham, Barbara must come to terms with her complicated feelings about the city that made her Batgirl and turns to her friend, Dick Grayson for help. Does Dick have time for a heart-to-heart while subbing as Batman when Bruce Wayne is out of action? This extra-sized anniversary issue also offers a look at the next arc of the series by Mairghread Scott and Paul Pelletier as the monstrous villain Grotesque returns to murder wealthy art owners and defile their bodies to create his own “art.” And since this is the issue that keeps on giving, also look for a special backup story by Harley Quinn co-creator Paul Dini and artist Emanuela Lupacchino.

Greg Pak and Marc Laming Take on James Bond this November

Dynamite Entertainment and Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. will launch an epic new ongoing James Bond comic series from superstars Greg Pak and Marc Laming with James Bond 007!

The series begins as Agent 007 tracks a smuggler into Singapore to secure a dangerous case, contents unknown. But a Korean mystery man wants the case as well, for very different reasons. If Bond and this new rival don’t kill each other, the ruthless terrorist organization known as ORU will be more than happy to finish the job.

The debut issue of James Bond 007 features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Dave Johnson, John Cassaday, Rafael Albuquerque, and Marc Laming, respectively.

James Bond 007 #1 is slated for release in November 2018.

Review: Batman #50

It’s the wedding you never thought you’d see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can’t-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages.

The build up has been coming for a while now and with Batman #50 writer Tom King answers the question as to whether Batman and Catwoman tie the knot.

The issue is done in an interesting way with what amounts to two page spreads with generally half dedicated to Batman’s preparation for the day and the other half for Catwoman’s. In between these normal panel pages, there’s full page images by some top art talent on top of which we’re presented the two’s thoughts about their meeting and what they’re about to do.

While the “will they or won’t they” has been spoiled the comic is interesting as it delves into the thought process of two individuals who are clearly nervous about tying the knot and if they do what it means.

Catwoman isn’t a hero, she’s a criminal.

Batman is a hero. He’s a hero driven by his pain.

If they were to get married, what does that mean for each of them? Can Batman be happy? These are the types of thoughts that run throughout the comic as the two characters explore their love for each other. And that’s the impressive thing, Tom King convinces you that these two love each other. By the end, you’re convinced there’s no one else for these two.

And that spoiling? Well, not quite. There’s a twist but you’ll have to read the comic yourself and go elsewhere.

The issues with the comic is the hype and a build up that doesn’t pay off. The quality of the narrative is excellent, it all just doesn’t quite live up to the lead up and the end result is rather predictable. A single panel does not make a comic and this one relies heavily on that final panel.

The art duties are mainly handled by Mikel Janin with colors by June Chung and lettering by Clayton Cowles. The art is solid and there’s some fantastic page layouts. The way some of these pages are laid out is impressive with very creative visual storytelling. What’s also interesting is the use of pin-ups to tell the story as well. There was a similar thing done in Action Comics #1000 and here it sort of works. The artwork is fantastic, there’s some talent. But, it breaks up the story a bit and after a while becomes a little tedious. When the big picture comes in to focus, the choice is an interesting one and adds a poetic aspect, somewhat appropriate considering what’s happening.

This is a chapter in King’s larger story. There’s much more to come as things weave together and that final panel indicates we’ve got a hell of a lot of excitement to come. As a single issue, this one has its good and its bad but as a piece of the larger puzzle it fits like a perfectly crafted piece of the larger picture.

Story: Tom King Art: Mikel Janín
Pin-up Art: David Finch, Joëlle Jones, Mitch Gerads, Rafael Albuquerque, Neal Adams, Andy Kubert, Becky Cloonan, Ty Templeton, José Luis Garcia-Lopez, Frank Miller, Lee Bermejo, trish Mulvihill, Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Alex Sinclair, Hi-Fi, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Amanda Conner, Paul Mounts, Tim Sale, José Villarrubia, Paul Pope, Clay Mann, Jordie Bellaire, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Greg Capullo, FCO Plascencia, Lee Weeks
Color: June Chung Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. the Joker

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the final issue of the prelude to Batman and Catwoman’s wedding!

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. the Joker is by Tim Seeley, Sami Basri, Jessica Kholinne, Otto Schmidt, Dave Sharpe, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave Wielgosz, Chris Conroy, and Jamie S. Rich.

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

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Review: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the lead up to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Red Hood vs. Anarky #1 is by Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Hugo Petrus, John Kausz, Otto Schmidt, Dave Sharpe, Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig, Dave Welgosz, and Jamie S. Rich.

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

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding – Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Javi Fernandez (CA) Rafael Albuquerque
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Red Hood has always been the one standing slightly apart from the rest of the Bat crew. Some see him as the Robin gone bad – which is exactly the kind of thing someone like Anarky can exploit. Now Red Hood is running security at Catwoman’s bachelorette party – and if Anarky can crash it, that could be the final straw for Jason Todd!

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