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Preview: Freedom Fighters #12 (of 12)

Freedom Fighters #12 (of 12)

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Jan 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The final showdown between the forces of freedom and the axis of oppression crashes to a cataclysmic conclusion! Will a fully powered Uncle Sam be enough to stop Cyborg Overman? What dark impulses must Phantom Lady tap into to stop the Plasstic Men? And…wait a minute, did Adolf Hitler III just murder his own father in cold blood? Oh, you’re going to need to read this one to believe it…

Freedom Fighters #12 (of 12)

Get a First Look at Justice League #40 by Rob Venditti and Doug Mahnke

Justice League #40

Written by Robert Venditti
Art by Doug Mahnke and Richard Friend
Color by David Barron
Lettering by Tom Napolitano
Cover art by Bryan Hitch
Variant cardstock cover by Arthur Adams
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 13, 2020

“Invasion of the Supermen” begins with the Eradicator!

A new era of Justice League starts with an unexpected arrival from the stars, bringing a dire warning: a new breed of conquerors is on the march. Led by Superman’s nemesis Eradicator, a genetically engineered, super-powered strike team has come to subjugate Earth.

Justice League is DC’s premier team book,” says writer Rob Venditti, “and we’ll be focusing on exactly that: Team. Teams are powerful, but they’re also messy. Everyone isn’t always on the same page with the same ideas about what’s best for the group. Even more so when the team is made up of the most accomplished superheroes in the world, and they’re tackling world-ending crises. The threats that the Justice League faces will pull from the mythologies of the individual characters and test the team as never before. Both outside and within.”

To aid the Justice League, Batman makes the unprecedented decision of enlisting an ancient, unrivaled power—which calls into question who, exactly, is in charge. With the League on unsure footing, will they be ready to save the world?

“Working with Doug Mahnke is a dream,” continues Venditti. “He’s one of those top-level artists that I never thought I’d be fortunate enough to work with, much less on a book as big as Justice League. His body of work proves that he’s an absolute master of these characters. I couldn’t be more excited.”

Writer Rob Venditti and artists Doug Mahnke, Richard Friend and David Barron join Justice League to launch “Invasion of the Supermen” on February 5th!

Justice League #40

Preview: Hawkman #20

Hawkman #20

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The Batman Who Laughs has infected Hawkman, and now Carter is drawing on the worst versions of himself from his past incarnations. This evil Hawkman is seeking to access the ancient tomb whence all his powers flow. Meanwhile, the Atom and Hawkwoman are in pursuit, hoping to stop their friend from doing something terrible he can’t undo and potentially bring Carter Hall back to his senses.

Hawkman #20

Preview: Hawkman #19

Hawkman #19

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

She’s back! Twisted into the murderous villain Sky Tyrant by an infection with no cure, there’s only one person in the universe who can knock some sense into Hawkman-Shayera Hol, Hawkwoman of Thanagar! Sent to rescue Carter Hall from the depths of his corruption at the hands of the Batman Who Laughs, these two star-spanning partners collide in the fight for a hero’s soul. Will the goodness still lurking inside Carter Hall be enough to stop Sky Tyrant’s total takeover, or will Sky Tyrant turn the tables and reveal Carter Hall’s most lethal secret?

Hawkman #19

Underrated: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior.



wotewJust under a year and a half aog, Valiant Entertainment released a deluxe hardcover edition collecting the entire 14 issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior along with Eternal Warrior: Awakening #1. Fifteen comics presented in an over-sized hardcover along with 20 odd pages of bonus extras that add a lot for  those interested in the process of the creation of the series, all for $49.99. And yes, I did buy this myself (and happily so) despite having access to the review copies and single issues I had picked up when released.

This series remains one of my all time favourites, so getting a chance to read it all in one spot was something I couldn’t pass up.

But despite this being one of my all time greats, it wasn’t until about the midway point that I fell for the series. Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior didn’t start out as a series that wowed me. The first four issues seemed to struggle with pacing and the art style, especially given the series billing as a follow-up to the explosively exciting Book Of Death miniseries that (spoiler) ended in the Eternal Warrior’s death. It’s that death, and those that follow, that form the crux of the series, but without the first four issues you don’t realize the toll taken on the Eternal Warrior with each death and resurrection cycle. The comics that I felt struggled with pacing quickly became some of the most important ground-setting in modern comics – a lesson that I took to heart, and quickly so.

Comics, like all stories, need time to breath.

It would also be fair to say that the art team of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin were not immediately to my taste. In furtherance to that, it would also be fair to say that my taste quickly changed as the series progressed and the elegance and artistic genius of the husband and wife team gave me a new appreciation of the majesty of sequential art.  There are other artists who contribute to the series, all with a fantastic level of talent; it’s these contributions that give the series the honour of being one of the most visually stunning and diverse pieces of sequential art published by Valiant.

Robert Venditti has written some incredible comics in his time, but one of the finest examples of his work comes in the fourteen issue run of Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior. Taking you on a journey through history,  across continents and beyond death, Venditti weaves an incredibly deep tale that reveals a different layer upon each subsequent reading.

It’s also violent as all hell in places, which should satisfy the need we have for a bit of blood and conflict in our comics, but there’s also a deep emotional story here that cannot – and should not – go ignored. The Eternal Warrior is an ancient being, and his life has not always been sunshine and roses – but he still picks himself up and dusts himself off.

Isn’t there a saying that’s roughly it isn’t how many times we fall, but how many times we pick ourselves up?

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior is a fantastic series, and I envy those of you who get to read the entire thing in one sitting; the deluxe hardcover is worth picking up for that series alone, which is why I haven’t mentioned Eternal Warrior: Awakening at any point in this week’s column because that’s the cherry on top of the fantastic main course. Mixed metaphors aside, Awakening is another really good comic, and serves as another nice bonus for those who buy the collection.

I’ll  make no secret of my abject love for this series, indeed the fact I own both the individual issues and the deluxe hardcover when I also have access to the review copies should hopefully speak volumes to that love. It’s a love that I genuinely believe you’ll share when you give the series a chance – it’s an underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Supergirl Annual #2

Supergirl Annual #2

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Laura Braga (CA) Jonathan Glapion, Viktor Bogdanovic
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

What was Supergirl’s last day on Krypton like? Before her entire world came crumbling down, did she get to say goodbye to her loved ones? Tell the boy who sat next to her in science class her true feelings for him? Take a deep dive into Supergirl’s darkest regrets and desires as the Batman Who Laughs’ infection takes over her core memories and twists them to his bidding!

Preview: Freedom Fighters #11 (of 12)

Freedom Fighters #11 (of 12)

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The final battle for the fate of Earth-X has begun, and the last charge of the Freedom Fighters is underway! The team may have bested the defenses of the Nazi stronghold of Cheyenne Mountain, but now our heroes must face off against the combined might of the newly reconstructed Cyborg Overman, the evil Plasstic Men, and the psychotic Hitler III! The odds are against the red, white, and blue, but Uncle Sam has a plan-don’t miss this penultimate issue in the Freedom Fighters saga!

Freedom Fighters #11 (of 12)

Preview: Hawkman #18

Hawkman #18

(W) Robert Venditti (A) Pat Oliffe, Tom Palmer (CA) Tyler Kirkham
In Shops: Nov 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Corrupted with an infection concocted by the Batman Who Laughs, Carter Hall’s psyche is overpowered by the darkest of all his past lives: the Sky Tyrant, the villainous Hawkman of Earth-3! A merciless winged warrior with no remorse and no rival, Sky Tyrant is unleashed on our Earth. The only chance of stopping him lies with the fading consciousness of Carter Hall. The series that reinvented Hawkman’s mythology to encompass all of time and space takes its next adventurous leap into the Multiverse!

Hawkman #18

Preview: Freedom Fighters #10 (of 12)

Freedom Fighters #10 (of 12)

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Eddy Barrows
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Uncle Sam is mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore! As revolution takes the nation by storm, the spirit of America is running through Uncle Sam’s veins as strongly as it ever has, and he’s going to use that boost to take on the whole Nazi army! But is this power and the aid of the Freedom Fighters enough to liberate his great nation and end the Nazi regime for good?

Freedom Fighters #10 (of 12)

Preview: Hawkman #17

Hawkman #17

(W) Robert Venditti (A/CA) Pat Olliffe, Tom Palmer
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Lex Luthor gave the Shadow Thief the power to defeat his archenemy, Hawkman, but too bad for the Shadow Thief that Hawkman received a gift of his own from a much more formidable foe-and now nothing can stand in Carter Hall’s way!

Hawkman #17
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