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Review: The Resistance #2

THE RESISTANCE #2

As with anything where those in power do not understand the masses, there’s always a gap of understanding. You can take what is going on with the racial disparities surrounding Black Lives Matter. Even now with social media and the media at large flooding screens everywhere with information, there still lies ignorance.

Many politicians are using it as part of their platform now but ignored it only a few months ago. That is an example as to why “cancel culture” is at an all time high, and looks to not be receding anytime soon. Misunderstandings against marginalized groups is nothing new, but at least they are now being heard. In the second issue of The Resistance, a world tries to understand these new super-powered beings.

We’re taken to Portland, Oregon, where one teenager whose parents died during the pandemic has to deal with his new life with his aunt and uncle, but an unfortunate symptom is he hears voices. We are also taken to the University of Virginia, where a young woman inherits super strength which is found in a fight with her boyfriend. We are also taken to Moscow, where one young man, who has been deemed an enemy of the state, overcomes his captors and escapes. Finally, we’re taken to the UN Security Council and the White House where the members are discussing protective measures and what defensive capabilities may be useful.l By the issue’s end, the head of the DIA is rescued by some of these super-powered beings, but for an unknown reason.

Overall, a stellar second issue that adds high suspense to this already thrilling series. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is engrossing. The art by the creative team is magnificent. Altogether, a story that will keep you on your toes.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Resistance #1

THE RESISTANCE #1

The show Smallville is probably one of the best fresh takes on a well-worn tale. Superman is probably one of the most prolifically adapted comic book adaptations of all time. DC Comics has had great success with him and Batman but has only recently started to explore the rest of their pantheon on television and movies.  What made the show so appealing was how he struggled with both growing up and having superpowers.

One of the biggest storylines throughout the show is the meteor shower that brought Kal El to Earth. It gave powers to hundreds of people, some who used them for good and some for bad. What that revealed is that everything is a choice. In the debut issue of The Resistance, a similar event happens like in Smallville but more catastrophic results.

We descend into a world where a virus much like COVID has ravaged masses, leaving world leaders at no intelligible way of conveying what is happening. As we meet one young child who suffers from this retrovirus that her parents seemingly have moments left with her before she passes. We go to Moscow and Beijing, where their political leaders frustrate and ruminate of how to self-quarantine, with no cure in sight. Eventually, riots break out worldwide, followed by months of panic and deaths, in surprisingly, jubilation, as a cure was never produced, but the virus simply stopped attacking. We meet Lisa, one of a pair of twins who survive the virus, but whose sister dies from unforeseen circumstances, but who has gained powers maybe because of it. America also gets a new president, an independent, whose claims seem more of a true center than real politicians on the surface, but is actually a plan for a fascist government. By the issue’s end, an important person in the president’s circle is taken by men in black masks, which can mean impossible times for the survivors.

Overall, an excellent debut issue, that re-contextualizes the times we are in and adding a superhero twist. The story by J. Michael Straczynski is relevant and is very well developed. The art by the creative team is breathtaking. Altogether, a story that will be relevant for a very long time.

Story: J. Michael Straczynski Art: Mike Deodato Jr., Frank Martin Jr., and Rahzzah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Quantum & Woody #4 (of 4)

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art by RYAN BROWNE
Colors by RUTH REDMOND
Letters by HASSAN OTSMANE-ELHAOU
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by RAHZZAH
Preorder Cover by GURIHIRU
Extra Virgin Variant Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
On sale JULY 8th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US |T+

Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits!
What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed in the miniseries finale!

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)

Preview: Resistance #2 (of 6)

Resistance #2 (of 6)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Jun 17, 2020
SRP: $3.99

J. Michael Straczynski – creator of Babylon 5, co-creator of Sense8, and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One – returns to comics, teaming with Mike Deodato Jr. – the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains for the 21st Century. As governments around the world put pressure on newly-superpowered individuals, a few of the so-called “reborns” band together to demonstrate they won’t take oppression lying down. Welcome to the Resistance. Hope you survive the experience.

Resistance #2 (of 6)

Preview: Resistance #1 (of 4)

Resistance #1 (of 4)

(W) J. Michael Straczynski (A) Mike Deodato (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

J. Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5 and writer of beloved runs on The Amazing Spider-Man, Thor, and Superman: Earth One, returns to comics teaming with Mike Deodato Jr., the blockbuster artist of The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, and Infinity Wars. Together they plant the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

Resistance #1 (of 4)

Preview: Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Ruairí Coleman
covers: Rahzzah (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Ruairí Coleman (C)
Ruairí Coleman (RI-Virgin), Jorge Fornés (RI-B/W), Ruairí Coleman (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Bob Benton’s had an adventurous life, but it isn’t without its tragedies. Now he must face a mistake he made years ago, and it will determine the fate of Black Terror!

Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

Marvel Celebrates 45 Years of Giant-Size X-Men #1

In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum changed the comics landscape forever with Giant-Size X-Men #1. This special issue marked a new genesis for the team, introduced iconic Marvel characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, and set the X-Men on the path to becoming the cultural powerhouses they are today. Now, 45 years later, Marvel Comics is honoring this landmark issue in an extraordinary way with the help of 37 of the industry’s top artists. Each pulse-pounding page of this unforgettable issue will be re-envisioned by artists such as Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, and Mark Brooks. This diverse group of talent have joined together to pay homage to this comic book masterpiece by redrawing Cockrum’s original art in their own unique styles.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is written by Wein and features art by Alex Ross, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Carmen Carnero, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyazawa, Juann Cabal, Gurihiru, Mark Brooks, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Ema Lupacchino, Carlos Gómez, Iban Coello, R.B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeón, Marcelo Ferreira, Javier Garrón, Rod Reis, Javier Rodríguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Mike Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, and Mike Hawthorne, It features a cover by Adi Granov.

Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 #1 goes on sale May 27th but you can get your first look at this milestone issue in this special announcement trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa!

Celebrate Baby Billie Mariana Morales with a Variant Cover

Baby Billie Mariana Morales finds out just what it means to have Spider-Man as a big brother in Rahzzah’s adorable Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 cover! The newborn sister of Miles Morales was introduced back in December by writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Javier Garrón and we’re just getting started welcoming her to the Marvel Universe.

See Baby Billie web-slinging through Brooklyn with her big bro by picking up the Baby Morales Variant Cover by Rahzzah this May! Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 is by writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Carmen Carnero.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #18 Baby Morales Variant Cover

Preview: Captain America: The End #1

Captain America: The End #1

(W) Erik Larsen (A) Erik Larsen (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $4.99

THE FINAL CAPTAIN AMERICA STORY!

Steve Rogers fights for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by hordes of Red Skulls! Legendary writer/artist Erik Larsen (SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, NOVA) returns to Marvel for an oversized last tale of Simon & Kirby’s American Hero!

Captain America: The End #1

Preview: Doctor Strange: The End #1

Doctor Strange: The End #1

(W) Leah Williams (A) Filipe Andrade (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $4.99

THE FINAL DOCTOR STRANGE STORY!

The Sorcerer Supreme makes his final journey through a cyberpunk sprawl that forgot about magic! Reteaming the critically-acclaimed creative team of LEAH WILLIAMS (GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK) and FILIPE ANDRADE (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK)!

Doctor Strange: The End #1
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