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Preview: Shadowman #3

SHADOWMAN #3

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by CLAYTON COWLES
Cover A by JON DAVIS-HUNT
Cover B by TYLER KIRKHAM
Cover C (Horror Movie Homage Variant) by ERICA HENDERSON
Preorder Cover by ROBBI RODRIGUEZ
On sale JUNE 23rd | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Masters of terror Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt continue their terrifying tour of SHADOWMAN’s world by bringing the supernatural defender to Barcelona where he’ll encounter a sinister undertaker…

SHADOWMAN #3

Discover the Future of Valiant in Valiant Uprising, Our Free Comic Book Day 2021

Free Comic Book Day 2021 is the perfect time to step into the Valiant universe.

Featuring a cover by The Harbinger artist Robbi Rodriguez, the Valiant Uprising FCBD Special will be available only in comic book shops this August. The must-read issue is packed with content, including…

  • A brand new X-O Manowar story from Harvey Award-winning writer Dennis Hopeless and breakout star Emilio Laiso. It’s the perfect jumping-on point as Valiant’s flagship hero prepares to “Upgrade the World” this Summer!
  • A special advance preview of The Harbinger #1, an all-new series from co-writers Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly with superstar artist Robbi Rodriguez that promises to take Valiant’s psiot rebel in a vivid new direction!
  • Plus, find out how the world’s greatest spy responds to being unmasked, hunted, and trapped in a first look at Ninjak #1, the pulse-pounding thrill ride from Ringo Award-winning writer Jeff Parker and legendary artist Javier Pulido.
  • Finally, get a sneak peek from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jon Davis-Hunt of what’s to come in the terrifying pages of Shadowman!

Free Comic Book Day 2021 takes place on August 14 at your local comic shop.

Valiant Uprising

A Wave Blue World Provides Retailers with 2 Free Exclusive Variants as a Thank You

A Wave Blue World is kicking off 2021 by showing thanks to retailers who have supported them by ordering their books, backing their Kickstarters, or signed up for their monthly newsletters.

AWBW will be sending supporting retailers 2 limited edition copies of The 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition featuring an exclusive cover by artist Leo Colapietro. The exclusive is limited to a print run of 300.

Crush is the follow-up to 2018’s original mechs vs. monsters graphic novel The 27 Run. The sequel introduces a new hero, Beti, and her telepathic dog, E.K., as they face off against 27 towering monsters in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Created and written by Justin Zimmerman, the series features art by Ethan Claunch and Russell Brown, colors by Fran Gamboa, and lettering by Thomas Mauer.

The 27 Run: Crush #1

The regular edition of The 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition hits retail shops on January 13, 2021 with a cover by Ken Lashley and Juan Fernandez. A hardcover collected edition will be released on March 10 featuring cover artist Robbi Rodriguez.

Other Premier Editions due out this year from A Wave Blue World include Averee by Stephanie Phillips and Marika Cresta with an exclusive cover by Dave Johnson (February 2021), and The Orphan King by Tyler Chin-Tanner and James Boyle with an exclusive cover by InHyuk Lee (April 2021).

The Harbinger #1 Arrives in 2021 from Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Robbi Rodriguez

Ahead of the feature film that’s in development at Paramount, Valiant Entertainment has revealed the vivid new direction that will kick off next summer with The Harbinger #1.

Co-written by Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and featuring art by Robbi Rodriguez, the upcoming series introduces new readers to Peter Stanchek, the most powerful telepath on the planet, and the sole being capable of activating powers in others like him. THE HARBINGER will trace Peter’s path from the most feared man in the world to one of its greatest protectors. This character-driven journey will introduce new allies, new villains, new costumes, and a new meaning for the title of Harbinger.

The Harbinger #1 arrives in Summer 2021.

The Harbinger #1

Preview: Batgirl #49

Batgirl #49

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Robbi Rodriguez
In Shops: Sep 22, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“The Last Joke” part two: in the finale of this killer two-part tale, Babs traces the Batgirl-obsessed redhead murders back to their source and realizes the real culprit is…closer than she expected! Will James Gordon Jr. step up to the plate and prove his new loyalty to his sister by taking out the killer?

Batgirl #49

Review: All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World

All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The stories are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Goddess Mode #6

Goddess Mode #6

(W) Zoe Quinn (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $3.99

With the astonishing secret of Azoth revealed at last and the fate of the digital and analog worlds at stake, the Tall Poppies come into conflict over which is the best of very bad options, all of them fatal. As Cassandra agonizes over whom to side with, the girls’ true enemy makes their move.

Goddess Mode #6

Preview: Goddess Mode #5

Goddess Mode #5

(W) Zoe Quinn (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez
In Shops: Apr 24, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The deadly Daemon/human hybrid known as Antimony has been a constant threat to Cassandra ever since she first entered the secret world of Azoth. But the Tall Poppies are going to learn just how wrong they were about this most mysterious foe when DC Vertigo’s cyberpunk saga travels back to the origins of Azoth itself… and who really built it… and why.

Goddess Mode #5

Preview: Goddess Mode #4

Goddess Mode #4

(W) Zoe Quinn (A/CA) Robbi Rodriguez
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Cassandra is welcomed to the world of cyber-organic wrestling, where magical girl Farrah fights robots, humans, and everything in between! But no sooner has Cassandra found a new home within the Poppies than schisms threaten to break the girls apart.

Goddess Mode #4

Review: Goddess Mode #2

Goddess Mode #2

Dragged violently into a secret world of monsters, magic, and metadata, Cassandra is asked to join the group of superpowered girls who saved her in their fight against the mysterious Daemons. But Cassandra has so many questions of her own to answer first-Why was she attacked? What is the omnipotent Hermeticorp up to? And most importantly, who are these girls anyway?

Goddess Mode #2 keeps up the action in an issue that explains a bit more of what’s going on and not enough at the same time. Writer Zoë Quinn delivers an issue that adds intriguing layers to this world but in the end comes off as a high-tech magical girl story. That’s not a bad thing but this feels like a series we’ve seen before but fantasy is replaced by technology.

Who were the girls Cassandra met and what’s going on? Quinn explains that, sort of, leaving open a lot of questions and also throwing in some things I hate considered, like is it all a hallucination? The concepts thrown out there are interesting, ghosts in the machine being daemons but there’s something about the series so far that feels all too familiar. Again, it’s not bad at all, just not as original as it may have first appeared.

The craziness that Quinn delivers succeeds due to the art of Robbi Rodriguez with color by Rico Renzi and lettering by Simon Bowland. The combination of art and color deliver a look and matches the frenetic and kinetic nature of Quinn’s storytelling. It’s a style that says cyberpunk but not at the same time. There’s a bit of Tron thrown in on top of things as well as popular designs from manga. It all comes together for a series that visually stands out.

Two issues in and Goddess Mode feels more like a mish-mash of a lot of different things from fantasy, cyberpunk, Tron, manga, magical girl trope, and more. It’s not necessarily unique but it delivers a blender full of concepts into something that’s a fun read and gets you to want to see what’s next.

Story: Zoë Quinn Art: Robbi Rodriguez
Color: Rico Renzi Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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