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Review: Solid Blood #17

Solid Blood #17 is a surprise drop comic from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment. A “What if” type comic created by writer Robert Kirman with art by Ryan Ottley, the sci-fi/fantasy comic is what might have been released had The Walking Dead not been a success.

The results are… interesting.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Ryan Ottley
Ink/Color: Cliff Rathburn
Lettere: Rus Wooton

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Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1

DARK NIGHTS: DEATH METAL MULTIVERSE'S END #1

I’ve been a bit mixed about the Dark Nights: Death Metal event. The story so far hasn’t quite lived up to the “attitude” that was pitched. It’s not so much “death metal” as “geek/nerd metal”. My other issue is that the event feels like the latest “Crisis” but with a different title. There’s also a habit of key events taking place in one-shots instead of the main title. Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 is one of those “key” event stories which is frustrating but the issue has a lot going for it too. Those things? That’d be humor and heart.

Written by James Tynion IV, Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 focuses on the teams whose role is to destroy the various towers fueling Perpetua. Dubbed “Justice Incarnate,” heroes from across the multiverse have teamed up to save the day. John Stewart, Guy Garder, President Superman, and Captain Carrot, are just some of the characters featured in the comic and each role is interesting.

There’s a lot to like about the comic. For those who haven’t been reading the event, Stewart acts as narrator catching readers up with the details. He presents the current situation to Owlman who has captured Stewart and debating if he wants to help save the day. It’s the best description of the current event and how it ties into classics DC “Crisis” events. It’s also the nail in the coffin that this is indeed just the latest of those. What Stewart delivers is a clearer understanding of DC meta history. After reading the issue, I actually “got it” and could explain things better. It’s info that’d be so useful in other aspects of the comic event.

But, the comic is more than a primer to Dark Nights: Death Metal and the previous Crisis. Tynion delivers an action packed issue of the heroes attempting to shut down the towers to stop Perpetua from siphoning more energy. With different teams on different worlds, we get to see Justice Incarnate battle vampires, Nazis, and the Crime Syndicate. Each fight has its own moments. To see Guy Gardner and Captain Carrot punch Nazis delivers a bit of catharsis in these times.

And, Tynion delivers some heart too. While it feels a little bit out of place, there’s moments where character reflect on their friends lost and the hope they’re delivering. Much of that is through Captain Carrot who I suspect we’ll be seeing a lot more of after the dust settles from the latest event.

Tynion also has some fun with the silliness of the event. Perpetua sends more Evil Batman creations to stop the heroes introducing the Rainbow Batman Corps led by Evil Batman Baby. Yes, a baby Batman who’s cute as can be but also deadly like a small dog on the attack. Tynion recognizes the over the top nature of it all and just goofiness and decides to make that a part of the story as the evil Batman Corps is battled. There’s a layering to the story like that which provides a fascinating aspect.

The art from Juan Gedeon delivers a Simon Bisley Lobo vibe to the comic emphasizing the exaggerated nature of events and adding to the humor of it all. There’s a lighthearted aspect in that way as punches are over the top and the action full of color delivered by Mike Spicer. Nazis, vampires, and more never quite feels like an ominous scary threat. The situation is dire and downright depressing at times but there’s a cartoonish quality to the style that makes the comic fun. Punches lack “pow” and “blam” but the style has readers adding that as we bounce from fight scene to fight scene and planet to planet.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Multiverse’s End #1 is a chapter in the bigger picture event. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but there’s a certain insanity to it that almost makes it worth it. But, what’s truly impressive with the comic is a self-awareness that doesn’t seem present elsewhere. It makes fun of itself and the silliness we’ve seen throughout the event. It goes all out, then makes fun of itself for doing so. And that brings a certain enjoyment.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Juan Gedeon
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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Fire Power Gets a Double Sellout and New Printings

The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning pop culture phenomenon Robert Kirkman has caught lightning in a bottle once more on his co-creation with Eisner winning artist Chris Samnee, Eisner Award-winning colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton in the new series—Fire Power. Issues #1 and #3 are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with breakout customer demand.

Despite a total of 200K copies of Fire Power #1 already pumped into circulation, the launch issue has sold out at the distributor level, alongside Fire Power #3, with backorders piling up.

In the new series Fire Power, Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study The Fire Power—the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power #1, second printing (Diamond Code AUG208118) and Fire Power #3, second printing (Diamond Code AUG208119) will both be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 14.

Review: Stillwater #1

Stillwater #1

Welcome to Stillwater, a small town with a secret. What that is? You’ll have to read the first issue to find out. Stillwater #1 kicks off an interesting horror series that has some familiar aspects but is a great start.

Written by Chip Zdarsky, Stillwater #1 is a must for those who enjoy the horror and mystery genres. The debut issue delivers two interesting characters, neither of whom are particularly likable. But, what works well is the build-up to those final pages full of twists and turns.

The issue revolves around Daniel. Daniel has a bit of a temper and after being fired from his job for shoving a fellow employee, he’s delivered a bit of mystery news. A relative has left him something and he needs to travel to the town of Stillwater to find out exactly what. With him is his semi-bro friend Tony. They head off on a road trip to find out what’s going on and get their reward.

The issue is a hell of a start and by the end it’s fairly clear what’s going on with Stillwater and we’re left with the how, why, and a who. Zdarsky does an amazing job of the build-up to the end. There’s a torture/horror aspect to the series where tension just builds and builds. There’s a lot of stories that Stillwater owes a nod to and it does them all a service with quality.

Zdarsky is joined by Ramón K. Perez on art, Mike Spicer on color, and lettering by Rus Wooton. Matching Zdarsky’s story and pacing, the art helps ratchet up the tension. There’s a calm before the storm. Much like the horror films the comic mimics, the art builds up the tension until it’s clear things are going south. The team gives us a nice shift as the comic progresses as we move from Daniel and Tony’s world to the small-town life of Stillwater. It’s a perfect combination of story and art coming together for pacing and tension.

Stillwater #1 is a fantastic comic that’s a must for fans of the horror genre. It’s a solid debut issue that while has a lot of familiar elements, puts them together in such a way that they suck you in. Where this series goes should be fascinating and what happens next is unknown. But, it’s that mystery that we want to explore more of.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Ramón K. Perez
Color: Mike Spicer Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: The Walking Dead: Alien

The Walking Dead: Alien

Fresh and fast-paced, The Walking Dead: The Alien books captures all the excitement of The Walking Dead. Originally released on Panel Syndicate, then as a “Local Comic Shop Day” special release, it’s now out as a hardcover graphic novel.

If the slowing, shuffling pacing of The Walking Dead’s narrative made you feel a bit like a walker yourself, Alien is a chance to revisit what it felt like to start reading the series. Of course, the greatest horror is that it’s only one issue. But, still, it’s an issue written by Brian K. Vaughan.

Taking place near the beginning of the outbreak, the story follows Jeff as he tries to survive Barcelona. After being rescued by the armored Claudia, the two begin to decide what the next course of action should be.

The absolute best aspect of this book is the way it puts zombies back at the forefront of the threats our characters face. It’s not bogged down with trade agreements, or putting on a fair. It takes the premise readers all know and love and puts it a new scenario with characters we don’t absolutely know are going to survive.

Obviously a great deal of credit has to be given to Robert Kirkman for everything he’s done with these stories for so many years. However, it is such a breath of fresh air to see the story through the eyes of a new creative team. The reader races through the story in anticipation, eager to recapture the sense of not knowing what would happen next. As the story is a one-shot, I won’t tell you, either.

The art by Marcos Martin is fantastic. He’s joined on gray tones by regular Walking Dead contributor Cliff Rathburn. Originally released digitally, the comic uses the turn of pages effectively to create suspense as you make your way through the story. The digital experience of going panel by panel or staring at a screen is different than on a printed page but the translation feels like it enhances things in a way. There’s an excitement and tension that flows from panel to panel not just page to page. There’s also a focus on the fact it’s early in the pandemic so the zombies are decayed as much. It’s a small detail that stands out. Rus Wooton‘s lettering is top-notch as well really delivering the tone of a scene full of excitement, somber, or the need to stay relatively quiet.

The hardcover includes sketches and notes from the creation of the comic adding a nice “director’s commentary” feel to the release and making it special. I have no idea if this was included in the previous physical release but it’s a nice addition that turns it from a floppy I’d like to a hardcover comic I’d like.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: The Alien is a must get. If you just like good storytelling, the team nails it delivering an emotional punch and the highs and lows of a roller coaster. Ever since it’s first release, I had hoped we’d see more creative teams given a shot to expand upon the world Kirkman created but, when your initial attempt is so good, I’m not sure they’d be able to live up to the high bar initially set out.

Story: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Marcos Martin
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Negan Lives!

Back the comeback with Negan Lives!, a special one-shot to help comic stores get back on their feet. What was Negan up to in between The Walking Dead #174 and the finale? This special comic fills in some of the story.

Negan Lives! is like revisiting an old friend and a perfect read in these times.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Colors: Dave McCaig

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Review: All-America Comix

All-America Comix #1

In 2011, Joe Casey and Nick Dragotta created America Chavez/Miss America with Marvel, a character that has gone on to earn a cult following and sporadic use by the publisher. Nine years later, Casey is at it again, this time with artist Dustin Nguyen for a new spin on a similar concept. All-America Comix feels a bit like an attempt to reclaim his creation but at the same time a meta statement about Casey’s time with Marvel.

We’re introduced to America Vasquez who has flight, super-strength, and the ability to travel through dimensions… pretty much the same as Chavez. She has encounters with a star-spangled hero with a shield and a despotic ruler of a nation encased in a suit of armor. It’s all familiar and that’s what makes the first issue fascinating and frustrating.

With All-America Comix, Casey had an opportunity to show us where he’d have gone with the character and what direction he’d have taken her. Instead we get a spin on Marvel characters and a frenetic story that spends little time with any concept. The only real uniting bit is Vasquez as she reflects on her life and world. Through Vasquez it feels like Casey is venting his frustrations with his time with Marvel and where the character has gone.

What’s very frustrating is that Casey could have done anything with the comic. Instead, it just feels like a rant through the lens of Michel Fiffe’s Copra. Unlike Copra, there’s no deconstruction here, it’s just been there done that and some meta-commentary.

What does stand out, and shows the potential of the comic is Nguyen’s art. There’s some breathtaking visuals and the combo of the two could deliver a hero to challenge the big two. Along with colors by Brad Simpson, design by Sonia Harris, and lettering by Rus Wooton, the comic and character stand out for the visuals. Nguyen takes advantage of the dimensional aspects of the character and has fun with it all. There’s potential, lots of potential.

For those that might not know Casey’s history with Miss America, they may find a hero they want more of. For those that know the character, it’s hard to not examine every word and every decision made. It’s a fascinating comic on multiple levels but a frustrating one. Where Casey could have shown us what he’d have done with his creation that was far superior than what we’ve seen, instead we get what feels like a creator venting about having their toys taken away.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Dustin Nguyen
Color: Brad Simpson Design: Sonia Harris Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 6.75 Art: 8.15 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read


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Review: Decorum #1

Decorum #1

It’s difficult to describe Decorum #1. It’s a world-building debut that shows the evolution of writer Jonathan Hickman. Hickman is known for his deeply thought-out worlds. But, over recent years he’s shifted to something so much more.

Hickman’s shift was most recently present in his relaunch of Marvel’s X-Men line of comics. There we got an entire new language and pages devoted to additional material to explain things. This wasn’t filler material where the reader is expected to look for hints and clues or throwaway material. Instead, readers have been treated to in-depth articles describing socio-political situations or deep dives into a particular aspect. Hickman continues that in Decorum #1.

The comic has an almost roleplaying game sourcebook quality about it. It definitely pays homage to the old-school comic sourcebooks which are rarer to come by nowadays. In between chapters the creative team dives into specific aspects of the world Hickman is building. Planets are discussed or some of the history presented. It creates a richer experience that takes this debut beyond the typical comic experience.

Decorum #1

That’s helped by Mike Huddleston‘s art. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen with a style that’s so fresh and engaging it’s almost distracting. It helps build upon the alien nature of it all while at the same time delivering familiarity. Beautiful is an understatement from the work which is enhanced by Rus Wooton‘s lettering. The art alone is a reason to purchase this comic. It’s difficult to describe but will keep you lingering on every page.

Decorum #1 is a jaw-dropping debut. It’s a must get for all comic fans as it challenges everything about comics from the narrative to the art, and Sasha E. Head‘s fantastic design work. Part story, part worldbuilding, Decorum #1 is a unique experience. It’s also a near-perfect debut.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Mike Huddleston
Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sasha E. Head
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Fire Power #1 and #2 Comes to Shelves in June

The FCBD edition of Fire Power #1 will be unleashed on Saturday, May 2. Following a month of anticipation, Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 will be available for sale on Wednesday, June 3.

The Eisner Award winning team of New York Times bestselling, comics titan Robert Kirkman, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, bring fans an all-new, full color, action-packed ongoing series—Fire Power—which will launch from Image Comics and Skybound this Spring. First with the Fire Power: Prelude, Vol. 1 original graphic novel on Wednesday, April 29. Then with the Fire Power #1 FCBD release on Saturday, May 2. And finally with the official single issue series launching with Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 simultaneously on Wednesday, June 3.

This is the first new project from Kirkman since the surprise conclusion to his pop culture phenomenon The Walking DeadFire Power will more than fill a walker-shaped hole in your monthly pull list. This new series also marks Samnee’s return to comics after wrapping up his best-selling run on Captain America that concluded in early 2018.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power #1

Get a First Look at Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 and the Cover to #3

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)

Written by Daniel Warren Johnson
Interior, Cover and Variant Cover artwork by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors by Matt Spicer
Lettering by Rus Wooton
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 20, 2020
SRP: $6.99

Determined to give the remnants of humanity refuge on the shores of Themyscira, in the sophomore issue of DC’s dynamic new Black Label release, Wonder Woman’s hopes are dashed when she finds the island paradise a shadow of its former self, with her Amazon sisters long gone and something unimaginable in their place.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson with colors by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton, is a four-part 48-page prestige format series releasing every other month. Johnson and Spicer are providing covers and variant covers for each issue. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor and retails for $6.99.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)
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