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Preview: New Super-Man #19

New Super-Man #19

(W) Mariko Tamaki (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“A Day in the Life”! The New Super-Man and Justice League of China changed the metahuman landscape of China forever, and Laney Lan has reported on their heroics since day one. But there’s more to Shanghai’s ace reporter than meets the eye, and when faced with turmoil in her own family, Laney’s commitment to reporting the truth will be tested like never before.

Preview: New Super-Man #18

New Super-Man #18

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend, Scott Hanna (CA) Billy Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“EQUILIBRIUM” finale! Kenan Kong and the Justice League of China have faced so many threats since their debut-but none so great as the forces All-Yang have unleashed! It will take all the New Super-Man of China has learned to defeat All-Yang and the demigod invasion of the west, and our young hero will face a choice: save the world, or save himself. Don’t miss this thrilling concluding chapter to see where this adventure ends-and where the next begins!

Preview: New Super-Man #17

New Super-Man #17

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Joe Lalich, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Equilibrium” part three! The Justice League versus the Justice League of China! Kenan and Baixi arrive in America only to be confronted as invading foreign nationals! Fortunately the Justice League arrives to break up the scuffle…but what side are the American heroes on? The JLC need to convince the JL to help track down the artifact that will bring an end to All-Yang’s reign of terror on Shanghai before it’s too late!

Preview: Gotham City Garage #2

Gotham City Garage #2

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Lynne Yoshii, José Marzan, John Livesay, Don Ho, Richard Friend (CA) Jason Badower
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

Gotham City Garage strategist Barda Free is determined not to let the new kid slow them down. But when her team rolls into trouble in Clayface Valley, will Kara be the only thing standing between them and sudden death?

Review: Doctor Strange Vol. 3 Blood In the Aether

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 Doctor Strange!

Doctor Strange Vol. 3: Blood in the Aether collecting issues #11-16 by Jason Aaron, Chris Bachalo, Kevin Nowlan, Leonardo Romero, Jorge Fornes, Cory Smith, Al Vey, John Livesay, Victor Olazaba, Wayne Faucher, Tim Townsend, Richard Friend, Antonio Fabela, Jordie Bellaire, and Java Tartaglia.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on November 7. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Doctor Strange Vol. 3 Blood In the Aether
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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Preview: New Super-Man #16

New Super-Man #16

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 11, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Equilibrium” part two! Kenan’s battle with the Suicide Squad ended in disaster, and when the New Super-Man of China comes to, he wakes up in…Gotham City? All-Yang’s plan to corrupt our hero and show him the true nature of China’s destiny stands revealed!

Preview: New Super-Man #15

New Super-Man #15

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Brent Peeples, Richard Friend (CA) Philip Tan
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

“Equilibrium” part one! A simple recon mission to gather intel on the new Super-Man of China goes pear-shaped when Amanda Waller’s Suicide Squad find themselves trapped in the siege of Shanghai and must team up with the Justice League of China to defeat Emperor Super-Man!

REVIEW : THE BLACK RACER AND SHILO NORMAN SPECIAL #1

Who in their right mind wasn’t intrigued by this one when it was first announced? The Black Racer is, after all, one of the more immediately-arresting and enigmatic characters in all of Jack Kirby‘s Fourth World canon, and Shilo Norman was fondly remembered as the trusted “kid sidekick” of Mister Miracle — but given the Racer’s occupation/mission, it was pretty obvious from the outset that any story that would bring these two together would possibly, if not probably, mean that poor Shilo’s days were numbered.

And so it would seem right from the outset of Reginald Hudlin‘s script for The Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special #1, wherein Shilo, having assumed and/or inherited the Mister Miracle mantle for himself, is strapped to a missile (a hat-tip to a concept The King first utilized in Scott Free’s adventures four decades back) as part of a charity event sponsored by a casino magnate who’s an obvious stand-in for — shit, do I even need to say it? Suffice to say, we all want to see this asshole forced to fork over the cash to Shilo’s charity of choice, but the Racer appears to have other plans —

If, like me, you prefer your Kirby homages to be of the big, bold, and brash variety, then Hudlin and pencillers Denys Cowan and Ryan Benjamin, along with inkers Bill Sienkiewicz and Richard Friend, certainly deliver the goods — this is fast-paced, and decidedly high-stakes, storytelling that gives a number of terrific comics veterans who we don’t see nearly enough of anymore the chance to really flex their creative chops on some of Jack’s out-and-out coolest characters and concepts as Shilo, desperate to stay alive, finds himself not only making a quick pit stop into the world of Kamandi, but getting into an underwater tussle with none other than OMAC himself! In short, strap yourself in tight because this is one wild ride.

For all its breakneck action, though, there is also plenty of humanity at the heart of these proceedings — we get a deeper look at the Racer’s civilian alter-ego, Willie Walker, than we have at any point since his first appearance way back in New Gods #3, Shilo is both as likable and, frankly, immature (not to mention a tad bit sexist) as ever, and a genuine air of mystery and the unknown is imbued back into “The Source” in a manner that would no doubt make Kirby himself smile with appreciation. Yes, this is as much a re-hash as any and all of the other “King 100” specials, and there’s certainly nothing revolutionary about its sabotage/betrayal central plot conceit, but damn, it hits all the right notes and frankly hits them so well that I think it will have appeal to more than just the “hopeless nostalgia” crowd.

Needless to say, that’s not entirely due to the story alone although, as discussed, that’s certainly quite good — the simple fact, however, is that for a book that’s got an “art by committee” approach, this thing looks pretty damn seamless (thanks in large part to Jeromy Cox‘s vibrant and attention-grabbing colors throughout), and the Cowan/Sienkiewicz team, in particular (always a winning combination “back in the day”), appears not to have lost a step at all. This is fluid, graceful, and expressionistic stuff, rendered with obvious love for both the creations they’re playing with and, crucially, their creator. Heck, it’s borderline majestic in many instances — particular Willie Walker’s Vietnam flashbacks — and consistently dynamic and bracing from start to finish. Prepare to be thoroughly impressed indeed.

Finish it all off with three Kirby “Young Gods Of Supertown” back-up strips from New Gods #s 4, 5, and 6, respectively, and you have a comprehensively fun and entertaining spectacle with plenty of soul to both balance out and underpin all the gloriously far-out cosmic otherworldliness. I’ll be the first to admit that these DC Kirby tribute books have been a decidedly mixed bag on the whole, but The Black Racer And Shilo Norman Special #1 is definitely the best of the bunch and well worth its, fair enough, pretty steep $4.99 asking price. As The King himself used to say : “Don’t ask — just buy it!”

Story : Reginald Hudlin  Art : Denys Cowan, Ryan Benjamin, Bill Sienkiewicz, and Richard Friend

Story : 7.5  Art : 8.5  Overall : 8  Recommendation : Buy

Preview: Odyssey Of The Amazons #6

Odyssey Of The Amazons #6

(W) Kevin Grevioux (A) Don Ho, Richard Friend (A/CA) Ryan Benjamin
RATED T+
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Hessia and her valiant band of Amazon warriors fight for control of the Black Sword that
will, if seized by the Jotuns, bring about Ragnarok. But the Jotuns are joined by the new and more deadly Amazon-Jotun hybrids who may be more powerful than everyone. Amazons and Valkyries battle side by side and to the death in this dramatic series conclusion.

Preview: New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China

New Super-Man Vol. 1 Made in China

(W) Gene Luen Yang (A) Richard Friend (A/CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
In Shops: Jun 21, 2017
SRP: $16.99

#1 New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award nominee Gene Luen Yang introduce readers to Kong Kenan, an all-new superhero who could change the world…or be the end of it, in these tales from issues #1-6.

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