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Review: DCeased #2

DCeased #2

If the first issue of DCeased was the start of the zombie outbreak, the second is our first look at what remains. DCeased #2 has the world melting down as the infection spreads and our heroes are caught off guard. It takes us around the DC Universe focusing on a half dozen heroes and how they’re impacted. Some, it’s just not good. But, for the reader, it’s all excellent.

Writer Tom Taylor delivers an emotional punch in the issue. And Taylor does so multiple times. We get to experience the meltdown of the world through the eyes of heroes who have little they can do to stop it. Tough decisions are made. Some are forced to kill. And who dies is shocking at times.

Taylor delivers a ride of an issue and knows how to execute the gut punch to the reader. The last few pages are heart wrenching. The detail and thought that he’s put in to each situation is clear. It’s also clear choices have been made to deliver the best reaction emotionally from the reader. This isn’t a “zombie” comic. It’s a really smart zombie comic who has a focus not just on scares but also to connect with the reader.

That’s helped by the art team of Trevor Hairsine, inker Stefano Guadiano, colorist Rain Beredo, and letterer Saida Temofonte. It’s easy to create a zombie comic full of gore and grim. This team is doing something a bit smarter. There’s a focus on the reaction of individuals. You can see the impact on their faces and their body movement and position. That tells as much of an impact as everything else. Beredo’s color and Guadiano’s inks set a horror and dour mood without making it too dark and scary. Temofonte’s lettering really drives home the inflection and emotion of it all.

The comic is a hell of a second issue. DCeased #2 improves upon the first issue taking us away from traditional tropes and instead uses them to focus on something else. The first issue was good. This second issue is great. What started out as a riff on something we’ve seen so many times before is turning in to something truly spectacular.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Stefano Guadiano Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:
Buy

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Champions #3 Celebrates International Women’s Day with a cover by Elsa Charretier and Sarah Stern!

In celebration of International Women’s Day this March, Marvel has revealed a brand-new variant cover for Champions #3 showcasing leading ladies Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Ironheart, Snowguard, and Wasp – as well as the legacy of Captain Marvel – illustrated by superstar artist Elsa Charretier and colorist Sarah Stern!

Best known for her work on 2017’s critically acclaimed The Unstoppable Wasp, Charretier’s art has appeared in series such as The Unbelievable Gwenpool and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! while Sarah Stern’s brilliant colors have been dazzling the industry in books such as Oni Press’s Rick and Morty and IDW’s Jem and the Holograms: Infinite.

Don’t miss your chance to pick up this stunning new variant cover in local comic shops on March 6th, just ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day! Champions #3 is written by Jim Zub with art by Steven Cummings, and a main cover by Kim Jacinto and Rain Beredo.

Champions #3 International Women’s Day variant

Preview: Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4

Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4

(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Ryan Benjamin, Rain Beredo
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $3.99

INTRODUCING…PANTHER-POOL! (YES, REALLY!)

A classic Marvel team-up gone terribly wrong! Who could have predicted it?! Luckily, there’s an easy solution. All the Black Panther needs to do is give Deadpool a bullet-sized chunk of the world’s most precious resource and let him return to New York in one piece. Wait, you say that’s a terrible idea and that T’Challa would stop at nothing to keep Vibranium out of Deadpool’s homicidal hands? WELL, YOU’D BE RIGHT! But how do you get rid of an unkillable pest? Buckle up, True Believer, because the Black Panther’s about to do the unthinkable!

Black Panther vs. Deadpool #4

Preview: Black Panther vs. Deadpool #3

Black Panther vs. Deadpool #3

(W) Daniel Kibblesmith (A) Ricardo Lopez Ortiz (CA) Ryan Benjamin, Rain Beredo
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

OFF WITH HIS HEAD!
But WHOSE head? Deadpool’s? T’Challa’s? …JACK O’LANTERN’S? (And which Lantern?) Well SOMEbody better keep his head, because Deadpool and the Black Panther now have a MUTUAL THREAT on their hands-and if they don’t act soon, there’ll be no Wakanda left to fight for!

Review: Sentry: Man of Two Worlds

The Sentry is back but what does that mean for the Marvel Universe? Writer Jeff Lemire explores the duality of the character in this series.

Sentry: Man of Two Worlds collects issues #1-5 by Jeff Lemire, Kim Jacinto, Joshua Cassara, and Rain Beredo.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 31! 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: The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor

Who is the War Thor? What happened to the Ultimate Thor’s hammer? The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor answers this and more in an action packed story with some emotional depth.

The Mighty Thor Vol. 4 The War Thor collects issues #20-23 and Generations: The Unworthy Thor & The Mighty Thor #1 by Jason Aaron, Russel Dauterman, Mahmud Asrar, Valerio Schiti, Matthew Wilson, Veronica Gandini, Rain Beredo, and Jordie Bellaire.

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Review: Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection

Out now is Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection which brings all 18 issues together for one handy read. The series features the Runaways, Avengers Academy, X-23, the Braddock Academy, and more on an island where they must battle it out to the death. Yes, it’s teenage superheroes meets Battle Royale!

Avengers Arena is by Dennis Hopeless, Christos Gage, Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Jason Gorder, Riccardo Burchielli, Karl Moline, Mark Pennington, Rick Magyar, Frank Martin, Rain Beredo, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Joe Caramagna, Dave Johnson, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Greg Horn, Mike Del Mundo, Kaiman Adrasofszky, Mike Deodato, Jr., Francesco Francavilla, Jon Moisan, and Bill Rosemann.

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Review: Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising

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 a collection of the Dark Knights Metal one-shots!

Dark Nights Metal: Dark Knights Rising is by Scott Syder, Grant Morrison, James Tynion IV, Joshua Williamson, Frank Tieri, Sam Humphries, Dan Abnett, Peter J. Tomasi, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Riccardo Federici, Ethan Van Sciver, Philip Tan, Tyler Kirkham, Francis Manapul, Tony S. Daniel, Danny Mini, Riley Rossmo, Howard Porter, Jorge Jimenez, Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Ivan Plascencia, Rain Beredo, Jason Wright, Dean White, Arif Prianto, Tomeu Morey, Hi-Fi, Alejandro Sanchez, Wil Quintana, TOm Napolitano, Clayton Cowles, Jason Fabok, and Brad Anderson.

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Review: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #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 Aquaman and Jabberjaw teaming up!

Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1 is by Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy, Rain Beredo, Carlos M. Mangual, Gabe Eltaeb, Joshua Middleton, Liz Erickson, Jim Chadwick and Captain Caveman story by Jeff Parker, Scott Kolins, and Dave McCaig.

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Review: X-Men Red #4

XMENRED-1Jean Grey and her team of X-Men are trying to save the world…but one mutant could spoil that for everyone.  When an old friend of Jean’s is corrupted and turned against her, will Jean have to do the unthinkable?

Tom Taylor brings a little slower pace issue, but an important one as we see Jean’s team really coming together and their goal becoming even more crucial.  Cassandra Nova has always been one of those villains you love to hate; she really is just evil and will do anything to get her way, and doesn’t care about any casualties. This time around she’s found a way to turn people against mutants, whether they are aware of it or not. It’s an interesting take on “getting into people’s heads” and the scale at which she is deploying it will mean a lot of trouble for Jean and her team.

I’m also enjoying Mahmud Asrar‘s art in this book.  He really gives each character their own look and personality and really conveys their facial expressions really well.  I also have to give a nod to to the coloring by Rain Beredo. The colors just bring this great art to life, throwing the action right into your face and the full page panels really just make you stop to take it all in.

Overall, I’m really enjoying this title and liking the direction it’s headed in. I like the team line up (shout out to Trinary, a great new character) and really like seeing a character like Gentle become more then just a background player. And as I mentioned earlier, I’m really enjoying getting to hate Cassandra Nova again. Her plan is grand in scope and really presents a huge problem to Jean, her team and all mutants. It makes the book feel bigger, dealing with a globe of people being turned against mutants, instead of this usually being shown on a smaller scale.  I’m excited about this book and look forward to seeing where it will go next.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Mahmud Asrar Colors: Rain Beredo
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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