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Preview: Full Bleed: Comics & Culture Quarterly Vol. 4 The End

Full Bleed: Comics & Culture Quarterly Vol. 4 The End

(W) Shelly Bond, Conor McCreery, Josh O’Neill, George Gene Gustines, Ron Marz, Gavin Edwards, VARIOUS (A) Gideon Kendall, Jibola Fagbamiye, Craig Yoe, Various (CA) Tony Millionaire
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $25.00

They say all good things must come to an end. Alas, this is also true with the World’s ONLY 200 page print-only hardcover magazine – FULL BLEED, at least this version, is coming to a close with its final volume, THE END.
But we may just have saved the best for last! Here’s just the beginning: Part two of Rolling Stone’s Gavin Edwards lost and unpublished Grant Morrison interview, The final two chapters of Phillip Kennedy Johnson and Steve Beach’s epic “The Lost Boys of U-Boat Bremen,” an epic appreciation of legendary artist George Pérez by The New York Times’ George Gene Gustines, a long interview with Cindy Whitehead, the world’s first female professional skateboarder, by Shelly Bond…and that’s just for starters! THE END includes more of the fine mix of fiction, interviews and comics you came to expect in the first three volumes of FULL BLEED.

Full Bleed: Comics & Culture Quarterly Vol. 4 The End

Preview: Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Howard Porter, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter nine! This is it-the final chapter in the five-week, nine-issue Justice League crossover! With the Frost King’s origin revealed, the Justice League must battle the mistakes of the past as well as the global freeze that now threatens the entire population. This issue is snow-packed with characters and action as Superman battles Black Adam while Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash, Green Lantern, Queen Hippolyta, and Swamp Thing face the Frost King and his monstrous army! All of the world is watching, and the Justice League must make a choice.

Justice League: Endless Winter #2

Preview: Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Brandon Peterson, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter eight! Seeking to bolster his nation’s place in the world, Black Adam arrives in Gotham City demanding action to end the threat causing an endless winter across the globe. But Black Adam isn’t telling the world’s leaders everything-especially not that he’s faced the mysterious Frost King before and won. Find out what Adam’s hiding in the penultimate chapter of “Endless Winter.”

Black Adam: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: Justice League Dark #19

Justice League Dark #19

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Amancay Nahuelpan

“Endless Winter” chapter seven! The past holds the key to surviving the Endless Winter, as the Justice League Dark seeks to resurrect both Swamp Thing and the spirit of Viking Prince. Queen Hippolyta reveals a shocking secret to Wonder Woman as the past and present collide. Buried secrets are unearthed as the Justice League and Justice League Dark must come together with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.

Justice League Dark #19

Preview: Justice League #58

Justice League #58

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Xermanico, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter five! In this turning point issue, the Justice League is scattered across the snow-covered globe, trying to stave off the frozen doom, leaving Green Lantern John Stewart to stand alone. At the Hall of Justice, he begins to piece together clues that could help turn the icy tide that threatens to overwhelm them all. But then an unexpected visitor arrives on cue: the Frost King himself! In the past, however, Queen Hippolyta, Swamp Thing, and Viking Prince witness a terrible decision made by Black Adam-one that will haunt them forever.

Justice League #58

Preview: Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Jesús Merino, Marco Santucci

“Endless Winter” chapter six! Crush, Roundhouse, Kid Flash, and Red Arrow embark on a bonding exercise with new partners from the original New Teen Titans: Donna Troy and Beast Boy? Everyone’s limits will be tested as they brave the challenges of holiday shopping in Manhattan! And then, the city is buried in snow! When they discover a teen whose powers are triggered by the extreme cold, the team must decide if this new arrival is a future hero or villain. And in the past, Black Adam battles the Frost King with devastating consequences.

Teen Titans: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: Aquaman #66

Aquaman #66

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Miguel Mendonça

“Endless Winter” chapter four! The icy tendrils of Frost King’s global grip extend all the way to the bottom of the Seven Seas! Can Arthur and Mera convince a ferocious collective of Fire Trolls to emerge from the Earth’s very core to save Atlantis from its frozen imprisonment? And in our look to the past, the unlikely team of heroes gets more than they bargained for when they face off against the Frost King for the very first time!

Aquaman #66

Preview: Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Phil Hester

“Endless Winter” chapter three! Superman finds himself at the center of an epic battle as the Frost King’s hordes of ice monsters come to life. Is this frozen onslaught too much for the Man of Steel, or can he stop it before it rampages across the chilling wasteland the world is becoming and reaches civilization? The answer to this question comes from an unlikely source close to Clark Kent’s earthly roots!

Superman: Endless Winter Special #1

Preview: The Flash #767

The Flash #767

Written by: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz
Art by: Marco Santucci, Clayton Henry

“Endless Winter” chapter two! As the world’s heroes rush to stop the freezing conditions running rampant across the globe, the Fastest Man Alive speeds directly into Black Adam. With the planet losing hope, the Flash and Kahndaq’s ruler must find a way to work together, while a story from Black Adam’s past reveals his connection to the threat that now returns to end the world with freezing ice and fearsome frost.

The Flash #767

Review: Justice League: Endless Winter

Justice League: Endless Winter #1

From the ruins of Superman’s Fortress Of Solitude rises the Frost King, a delusional madman with the power to freeze the globe and an army that can withstand the Justice League? And how does he tie to Black Adam and Swamp Thing?

As I had started reading through Justice League: Endless Winter, the opening salvo for this little event, I had worried it would be just another mediocre event with some Z-list bad guy. The jury is still out, I guess. because it’s just one issue. I do feel that there are a few layers to this event to dig into. The Flash is concerned about family, looking for answers from the superhero community. There are some loser villains that catch an L at the beginning. Is there more to them in Endless Winter? The Frost King, the big bad, doesn’t see the Justice League when he’s confronted but instead those that faced him hundreds of years ago. For me, there are these additional nuggets that leave me wanting to know the answers. I’m curious enough to read the next issue of this story, which will take place in the pages of The Flash.

The writing team is comprised of Ron Marz and Andy Lanning. I feel like these two veterans have crafted a good first issue of Endless Winter. We know the Justice League is tough and skilled and they give us that at first, and in doing so, we know Frost King must be pretty bad-ass to dispatch them as easily as he does. Everyone has a unique voice in that they sound like they should. And this ties in with the current DC universe, having it take place at a point after the Brian Bendis Man Of Steel series. There’s a good amount of unanswered questions and maybe a part of this feels cliché, because how often in comics does the bad guy just wipe the floor with the heroes when he first pops up? But it still works.

It looked like Howard Porter was trying something different with his art. Maybe it was Marco Santucci’s involvement but it was a bit hit-or-miss for me. That said, I think I liked where the art was going. I’ve seen Porter’s work criticized a bit as being too 90’s. I feel like he’s taking some chances and mixing things up to give a different artistic look and while I felt there were just a couple of spots that looked weird, I think I like this style going forward from him. The colors were perfect throughout Endless Winter and come off so bright and vibrant.

I didn’t see any sort of checklist to know how long Endless Winter was going to be. I just know the next part is in The Flash #767. I’ll definitely be checking that issue out to see where this all goes. For a first chapter, Justice League: Endless Winter has plenty to keep a reader interested and happy. I’m not much of a DC reader and I enjoyed this so I think if this is your wheelhouse, you’ll be pleased.

Story: Andy Lanning, Ron Marz Art: Howard Porter, Marco Santucci
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0

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