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Preview: Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1

Star Wars: Age of Rebellion – Darth Vader #1

(W) Greg Pak (A) Ramon Bachs (CA) Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

YOUR HUMBLE SERVANT VADER!

• DARTH VADER may be the most feared man in the galaxy. But to the proud Grand Moffs of THE EMPIRE, he’s just the Emperor’s apprentice – below them in the hierarchy.
• But what fury burns in the heart of a SITH with such overwhelming rage when a mere Moff dares command him?
• And at what point does Darth Vader show them his true power?

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Preview: Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #4

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate #4

Jim Zub (w) • Ramon Bachs (a) • Max Dunbar (c)

Nerys Kathon—Beyond Death

The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny.

The beast within Nerys Kathon has lain dormant for weeks, but now its hunger must be satiated. Can the Baldur’s Gate heroes save their friend or is death the only answer for one of Kelemovor’s chosen?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

 

IDW Publishing Announces a New Dungeons & Dragons Comic Series

Break out your 20-sided die and prepare to get spellcasting! Dungeons & Dragons returns to comics this April with more adventures starring the Baldur’s Gate heroes from series past. Fan favorite writer Jim Zub is back to weave another tale and he’s joined by a top-notch stable of artists including Dean KotzSteven CummingsHarvey TolibaoRamon Bachs, and Francesco Mortarino. Rounding out the stellar art team is Max Dunbar who returns to the world of D&D to provide covers.

Each artist will tackle an issue of the series which will focus on an individual hero from our band of adventurers to explore what makes them tick, making Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate the most character-centric series of D&D to date.

The Baldur’s Gate heroes return to the city at last, but their time adventuring in Ravenloft and the frozen northern reaches of the Realms has changed them. Each of them must face great trials ahead before they’ll be ready to embrace their destiny. Minsc, Krydle & Shandie, Delina, Nerys Kathon, and Boo will all take center stage throughout this series. While it does continue Zub’s run on D&D, each story is self-contained and so fans can jump on board anywhere and introduce themselves to this beloved cast of characters.

Dungeons & Dragons: Evil at Baldur’s Gate arrives this April and is guaranteed to feature a miniature giant space hamster (in case you were wondering)!

Review: Captain America: Steve Rogers #17

I did my best going into reading Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 with an open mind as I’ve not been impressed with the greater Secret Empire storyline. There’s some good here as it fills in some gaps and answer questions that have been out there like Magneto’s role in Roger’s Nazi Hydra empire, a bit more about the Inhuman internment, and generally Rogers’ justification of it all.

The crux of the story is a sit down interview with Steve Rogers where all questions are on the table except the mass murder he committed in Las Vegas. What follows is a comic that doesn’t quite fit into what’s depicted in other series and generally is a poor attempt at justification in the guise of storytelling. Reported Sally Floyd is chosen to interview Rogers as she also interviewed him during the Civil War (which opens up a who bunch of interesting things with Cap being Hydra then that hasn’t really been explained). She’s given instructions by Dr. Faustus as to not ask about Las Vegas (which also questions why Faustus doesn’t mind control her to not do it).

The resulting comic is a back and forth poor attempt at Frost/Nixon with the reporter acting as a foil for us readers to understand Rogers’ thinking of this all. More jobs are mentioned, national security and safety are brought up, pretty much the usual things that justify fascism and the Hydra take over.

There are some big issues in that Las Vegas is shown as a giant crater in the ground, which contradicts what we saw in Secret Empire #2 with some heroes trying to save survivors. But… details. And for a group that’s all about symbolism and co-opting, why is Cap in green fatigues instead of his uniform?

But, the difficulty of this issue is not just the lack of creativity, it’s the issue it feels like Nick Spencer is attempting to justify the story to us the reader with some subtle jabs along the ways to his “haters.” It’s no secret there’s been lots of criticism, from this site included, and there’s been a willingness of comic readers and fans to speak up about the tone deafness of it all. Unfortunately, like he did in Captain America: Sam Wilson, Spencer feels like he has taken that real world conversation and moved it to the page spoken through Captain America, again making it apparent that the characters are nothing but mouthpieces for him as opposed to his attempting to properly channel the character themselves.

If a bland story wasn’t enough of a reason to skip this issue, the are by Andres Guinaldo and Ramon Bachs with colors by Rachelle Rosenberg is stilted and just odd at times. Rogers doesn’t look like Rogers and short cuts of lack of detail are too often the case and too hard to ignore. The comic looks and feels like a second tier event spin off comic which too often have questionable art and feel like cash ins. What makes it all worse is there are moments when the art is great, the above is an example (I like how it’s framed).

With art that’s just not up to par and a story that feels like a writer attempting to justify an entire event, Captain America: Steve Rogers #17 falls flat in so many ways. It’s another example of a poorly thought out event that’s being driven in odd ways with mixed messages. An issue that gives a little more depth feels more like a Twitter rant justifying its own existence.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Andres Guinaldo and Ramon Bachs Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Story: 5.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

ww75as_cv1_dsWhen it comes to Wonder Woman, it never surprises me, that although her stature in the comics world is as immense as it is, that she has never had a solo movie until next year. This character who, has inspired women of all ages for decades, and has even been on Ms. Magazine, never truly has gotten her due. Her life in the comics world, is as just as big as her contemporaries, Batman and Superman. Her backstory is also just as interesting, if not more, as she ascends from royalty, revealing a long extenuating misogyny within the fandom.

Surprisingly, most people still don’t know that she was created by a doctor, who researched bondage and other depravities, but also sought to understand the human condition. Wonder Woman, is the perfect example of the human experience, as she does take the hero’s journey, becoming a stronger character by leaving her home. Since her inception, her character has grown with society, as she initially followed tropes but eventually came to challenge each one. She even challenges the trope of relationships, where she takes the more dominant roles in her relationships with Batman and Superman.

In the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, several writers and artists collaborate to create stories in which makes us all look at Diana different. “Big Things One Day Come” has Diana and a new superhero by the name of Star Blossom take on a kryptonite powered gorilla, which is both funny and action packed. “Gives Us Strength” follows Diana as she fights some Nazis and actually helps liberate France during World War II. The last piece that stands out is the interview Lois Lane does with Wonder Woman, which answers some questions, but brings up even more.

Altogether, this special is more a love letter to this character which has inspired millions and continues to every day. The writers all bring their love to the story. The artist more so as they see her in each, a different light. Overall, a fun tribute to an icon.

Story and Art by: Liam Sharp, Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Fabio Moon, Hope Larson and Ramon Bachs, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, Jill Thompson, Annie Wu, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, Sebastian Fumara, Claire Roe and Jordie Bellaire, Marcio Takara and Marcelo Maiolo, Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Brian Bolland, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage, Jenny Frison, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Civil War II: The Accused

The Accused #1It’s the trial of the century!  As a beloved Avenger falls, another takes the stand to answer for his death. As Hawkeye stands trial amid a case full of super heroes and politics – who will prosecute? None other than Matt Murdock – Daredevil! But when Matt digs into the case and secrets come to light…he may not like what he finds. Has Daredevil bitten off more than he can chew? Amid a growing conspiracy, can the Marvel Universe’s most stalwart defender of justice promise a fair trial? The answers won’t come easy.

I’ve been pretty down on Marvel’s 2016 event Civil War II. Overall, I think the writers have thrown to side the complex moral and ethical debates, replacing them with cheap events like the death of characters. It’s taken what should be a narrative that challenges the reader to debate their own beliefs and instead replaced it with shallow stunts that replace the focus of the quandary at the center of it all.

One of those stunts was the murder of Bruce Banner, the Hulk, by Clint Barton, Hawkeye. A trial is quickly breezed through in the main series again emphasizing the inch deep story. What happened in that trial? What were the arguments for and against the accused? Civil War II: The Accused fills in that gap presenting the trial of Clint Barton.

Written by Marc Guggenheim, the comic does a decent job focused on the trial itself presenting a complex issue and the debatable justness of it all. But, just like the main series, there’s some muddiness of that focus weaving through conspiracy theories that I’d rather not spoil.

Still, Guggenheim does a rather admirable job of keeping things pretty focused on the task at hand, presenting a trial. But, more importantly, he focuses on presenting the arguments for and against Barton’s actions and leaves the reader to decide for themselves whether he’s guilty of murder, not, or something else entirely. Beyond a few pages, most of the comic is focused on this and thus presents the most focused of Civil War II comics. This is the comic that comes closest to really asking if it’s right to act on a precognition.

The art by Ramon Bachs and Garry Brown is pretty solid. It feels gritty in a good way and matches the tone of a trial, by which I mean it feels a bit like Law & Order. There’s a possibility of going into this resulting in a bland boring presentation with characters talking a lot and little action, but Brown and Bachs make even those scenes interesting by delivering as much in movement and faces as being said with words.

Civil War II: The Accused fills in a lot of gaps and I’d say is a pretty vital comic for those interested in Civil War II. But, more importantly, it actually comes close to delivering on the premise that was set up in the beginning of the event. It also leaves the reader with no clear answers. All of that together equals a success and the best comic I’ve read so far dealing with Civil War II.

Story: Marc Guggenheim Art: Ramon Bachs, Garry Brown
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Fiction Squad TP

Fiction Squad TP

Author: Paul Jenkins
Artists: Ramon Bachs

Fablewood is a pretty dangerous place, but no area is more dangerous than the City of Rimes, deep in the heart of the Children’s Realm. After transferring in from the Realm of Mystery, a failed detective from an unfinished prose novel, Frankie Mack, is about to uncover a conspiracy that could unmake storytelling itself. After Humpty Dumpty is pushed to crack and Jack (of Jack and Jill) goes AWOL, Frankie and his partner, Simple Simon, are put on the case. Collects the complete six-issue miniseries.

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Imagination Takes New Shape – Your First Look at Figment 2 #1!

This September, the sold out, multiple printing, smash-hit returns for an all-new tale! Journey back into the exciting depths of your own imagination with Figment 2 #1 – the newest series under the Disney Kingdoms line! Continuing the unique collaboration between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Kingdoms titles bring you new adventures inspired by beloved lands, attractions, characters and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts!

Critically acclaimed writer Jim Zub returns alongside artist Ramon Bachs for the next chapter in the lives of the enigmatic inventor Dreamfinder and the legendary Figment! Thrust forward into the present day, these two time-travelling explorers must brave a modern world as new and unexpected dangers lie before them. Gone over 100 years, our imaginative duo are known the world over, and must struggle to live up to their own legend. But with their greatest challenges still ahead, can they embody their own legacy, or will it ultimately be their undoing?

Old friends will reunite, new challenges will be met, and one little spark of imagination will take you to places you never thought you’d go!

FIGMENT 2 #1 (JUL150796)
Written by JIM ZUB
Art by RAMON BACHS
Cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JUL150797)
Classic Variant by X ATENCIO (JUL150798)
Elements Based on Figment © Disney
FOC – 08/10/15, On-Sale 09/02/15

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Explore the Legacy of Imagination This September with Figment 2 #1!

This September, journey back into the exciting depths of your own imagination with Figment 2 #1 – the follow-up to the smash-hit, sold-out Disney Kingdoms series! Continuing the unique collaboration between Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering, the Disney Kingdoms line of comics brings you new adventures inspired by the beloved lands, attractions, characters and worlds of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts! Critically acclaimed writer Jim Zub returns alongside artist Ramon Bachs for the next chapter in the life of the enigmatic inventor Dreamfinder and the legendary Figment!

Now in the present day, Figment and Dreamfinder must brave the modern world as new and unexpected adventures lie before them. Gone for over 100 years, our imaginative duo have become the stuff of legends. But with their greatest challenge still before them, will their legacy ultimately be their undoing?

FIGMENT 2 #1 (OF 5)
Written by Jim Zub
Penciled by Ramon Bachs
Cover by John Tyler Christopher
Action Figure Variant by John Tyler Christopher
Elements based on Figment © Disney

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Untold Tales of Battleworld – A New Look at Secret Wars: Journal #1!

This May, witness the strangest Battleworld has to offer as untold tales of this new, patchwork planet unfold in Secret Wars Journal #1! Jam packed with two explosive stories each issue, experience the Secret Wars from a completely new side as rising star creators bring you high octane adventure! This issue, writer Prudence Shen and artist Ramon Bachs bring you the Young Avengers of 1602! Is Lady Kate the nefarious Arrowhead Bandit who robs from the rich and gives to the poor using her hawk-like eyes? Then, writer Michael Rosenberg and artist Luca Pizzari take you to the realm of Egyptia. Can the enslaved X-Men there overthrow their tyrannical overlord Khonshu? Find out this May as two tales of the Secret Wars come to comic shops and digital devices!

SECRET WARS JOURNAL #1 (of 5) (MAR150641)
Written by PRUDENCE SHEN & MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Art by RAMON BACHS & LUCA PIZZARI
Cover by KEVIN WADA
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR150643)
Variant Cover by ERIC NGUYEN (MAR150642)
FOC – 05/04/15, On-Sale – 05/27/15

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