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Preview: Adventure Time: Finn SC

Adventure Time: Finn SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Paul Pope, Ryan North, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Artist: Luke Pearson, Jeffrey Brown, Noelle Stevenson, and more
Cover Artist: Design
Price: $9.99

It’s Adventure Time with Finn! Embark on the most mathematical journey imaginable by diving into tales all about the best human in the Land of Ooo. From playing retro board games to facing down foes, Finn’s shenanigans are perfect for fans of all ages.

Collects the best Finn centric stories from Adventure Time, Adventure Time Comics and the Adventure Time Specials!

Adventure Time: Finn SC

Preview: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #39

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #39

(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Last issue ended with Squirrel Girl and someone CLAIMING to be Iron Man getting into a fight! Will this issue show you how that fight goes and who wins and why? THE ANSWER: yes!
• But with an Iron Man imposter on the scene, that means the real Tony Stark is missing! It’s up to Squirrel Girl and her friends to find Tony before it’s too late: for him AND the world.
• Unfortunately for Squirrel Girl-as this comic is within the super-hero genre of sequential art, one that relies on high-stakes narrative storytelling filled with twists and turns that result in the world never being the same-what she finds is not what she expects and the world will never be the same!
• All this-plus: let’s say underwater adventure too awaits you in this issue of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!

Preview: Vault of Spiders #2

Vault of Spiders #2

(W) Cullen Bunn, Geoffrey Thorne, Jed MacKay, Ryan North (A) David Williams, Mark Bagley, Scott Koblish (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE-IN!
• We’re way past first blood-the Spider-Army needs new recruits! No one’s too weird to die for – er – serve the cause!
• Ryan North joins the cause with an incredible story starring SPIDER-MA’AM, a spider-powered Aunt May with Dave Williams (UNCANNY X-FORCE) on art!
• CULLEN BUNN (X-MEN BLUE) brings you a tale of a nightmare world where monsters roam the streets and a SPIDER-MAN strange enough to call it home! You will NEVER guess who’s under the mask!
• Geoffrey Thorne brings an all new Spider-Character to the table, with a Spider-Powered Captain Stacy! Police Officer by day, vigilante by night in a way you’ve never seen before!

Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #38

(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

SQUIRREL GIRL IS DEAD!
• …is what you’d be saying if you only read the cover of our last issue and NOT the contents, in which we revealed a shocking twist: Squirrel Girl…IS ALIVE?
• Yes! The good news is, everyone’s favorite squirrel-themed super hero is alive and well! But the bad news is: Whoever replaced her…was a shape-shifting alien SKRULL, and now Team Doreen doesn’t know who to trust!
• Mysteries deepen and allegiances are tested in this issue as…a shocking Skrull is revealed!
• It’s not Nancy, though.
• Nancy’s great.

Preview: Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1

Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1

(W) Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, Jim Zub (A) Natacha Bustos, Ozgur Yildirim (A/CA) Francisco Herrera
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

When you gaze into the warp…you get more stories of mad Two-In-One heroes! Read about the Star Siblings of the Warped Universe – MISTER INVISIBLE and HOT ROCKS, the TERRIFIC TWO! Then, see how the covert programs of the Green Room created the gamma-powered GREEN WIDOW! And join MOON SQUIRREL AND TIPPYSAUR as they save the planet from the most dangerous threat it’s ever faced!

Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #37

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #37

(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• It’s the latest issue of the all-ages smash hit, THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! She’s defeated Galactus! She’s defeated Doctor Doom! Who KNOWS what fun adventures she’ll get up to THIS month!
• Well, we do. And you may want to brace yourselves for this, because this issue begins an all-new story arc called…”THE DEATH OF SQUIRREL GIRL”!
• Has the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl been BEATEN? Is this TRULY the end of Doreen Green? We haven’t canceled the comic so it doesn’t seem likely, but can you REALLY be sure? What if this issue installment actually IS the one Squirrel Girl dies in and you miss out because you didn’t buy it?
• So I guess what we’re saying here is everyone should definitely buy this comic.
• PLUS: This issue also has Wolverine in it for LITERALLY several pages!

Preview: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #36

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #36

(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 12, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Comics have been famously described as “pictorial and other images in deliberate sequence,” but do you need words, too? Perhaps so, but also…PERHAPS NOT??
• In this special, standalone, ALL-SILENT ISSUE of the UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, she and Iron Man face off against a villain neither has seen before – who will render them quite literally speechless!
• It’s an action-packed adventure that anyone can read, filled with surprises, excitement, action and – for once – NO WORDS!
• This is what Ryan gets for jamming so many words into previous issues.

From The Dangers of the Infinity Stones, New Heroes Will Emerge…The Infinity Warps!

What happens when you look into the warp? You find some of the most exciting and unique Two-In-One heroes that the Marvel Universe has ever seen! A little scary, a little intriguing…just what are the secrets behind their stories?

This November, superstar writers Ryan North, Mariko Tamaki, and Jim Zub bring their game to a whole new level along with the art talents of Natacha Bustos, Francisco Herrera, and Ozgur Yildirim in Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1!

How did a covert program of the Green Room create the gamma-powered Green Widow? What are the secrets of the siblings Mister Invisible and Hot Rocks, the Terrific Two? And can Moon Squirrel and Tippysaur save the planet from its most dangerous threat ever? You’ll have to pick it up to find out!

Don’t miss Infinity Wars: Infinity Warps #1, on sale this November 14th in local comic shops!

Preview: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #32

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #32

(W) Ryan North (A/CA) Erica Henderson
Rated T
In Shops: May 09, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Doreen Green (A.K.A. the super hero Squirrel Girl) and her friend Nancy Whitehead (an unrelated civilian) have had a great idea: Let’s get some friends together and play an escape room! Escape rooms are those real-life games where you get locked in a room and have an hour to escape before you die!
• In the game, I mean. It’s not like if you die in the game you die in real life! Hah hah.
• They gather KOI BOI, CHIPMUNK HUNK, BRAIN DRAIN and, as a special guest…their good friend KRAVEN THE HUNTER.
• BUT WHEN THEY ENTER THE ROOM IT TURNS OUT THAT IF YOU DIE IN THE GAME YOU DIE IN REAL LIFE!! TWIST!!
• It’s everything you crave: friendship, adventure and a room full of death traps that you can only find in SQUIRREL GIRL!

Review: Thanos Annual #1

Before he lights up the silver screen and potentially offs some superheroes in Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos gets the Tales from the Crypt treatment in Thanos Annual #1 with the Cosmic Ghost Rider playing the role of Cryptkeeper and telling the story of the Mad Titan’s most demented deeds to a surprise audience. Cosmic Ghost Rider’s pitch black, Southern fried sense of humor keeps the story chugging along through different art styles and an all-star creative team featuring Kieron Gillen‘s return to the Marvel Universe and My Little Pony writer/artist Katie Cook telling a dark of story of fratricide, mass suicide, mass graves, and candy cane impalings.

The current Thanos ongoing series’ creative team of Donny Cates, Geoff Shaw, and Antonio Fabela lead off the annual with a short, yet potent story of Thanos’ relationship with his daughter Gamora. Shaw’s art is fluid and shows why Gamora is considered to be the “Deadliest Woman in the Universe” and bursts of green blood from Fabela show that gore, death, and both physical and mental trauma are going to be a recurring motif in this comic book. Their Thanos has a malevolent evil force meets worst stage/bleacher dad ever vibe as Gamora is completely under his control to shape into something that is more of a weapon than a human being. Also, Thanos might be considered a supervillain, and Gamora is a member of the de facto superhero team, the Guardians of the Galaxy, but this story is more science fiction than superhero, especially with its twist ending that was totally once used in an episode of Rick and Morty.

Chris Hastings (Gwenpool), Flaviano (I Am Groot), and Frederico Blee (She-Hulk) go all out cringe comedy in their story which is as painful as slowly removing your fingernails and toenail, one by one. It’s about Thanos visiting a young man every year on his birthday (Except for one because there was a major Marvel Universe crossover.) and making his life utterly miserable depending on his current life situation. Basically, Thanos is evil on both a macro and micro level. He can be annoying like nuclear warfare or annoying like a hangnail. Also, the panel of Thanos texting is up there with the legendary “Thanoscopter”, and honestly, I spent most of the story wondering what evil breakup causing text he concocted. I love how Hastings, Flaviano, and Blee took a pretty standard slice of life setup and turned into torture via sequential art.

Kieron Gillen has a mini reunion with his WicDiv 455 AD collaborators Andre Araujo and Chris O’Halloran in a cosmic take on Say Anything with Thanos playing John Cusack, Lady Death as Ione Skye, and planetary explosions subbing in for a boombox. Because it’s technically about art, Gillen, Araujo, and O’Halloran’s story is metafictional with Thanos commenting that none of these stories really matter in the face of death. In a kind of Lucien’s library of unpublished books in Sandman move, Gillen also creates some of the potentially coolest planets in the Marvel Universe, including a basically Choose Your Own Adventure planet, and then literally blows it up because art can do nothing to stave off mortality. But, hey, O’Halloran colors some pretty explosions, and Araujo continues his knack for architecture in his design for Lady Death’s palace.

The next story in Thanos Annual is both funny and disturbing and sort of in the vein of Happy Tree Friends or I Hate Fairyland. In it, Katie Cook and let’s make this look as much like a cute kid’s cartoon as possible colorist Heather Breckle tell the story of Thanos visiting a planet inhabited by Adorales, who do whatever he wants. Of course, they worship him as a god and then start killing each other in twisted ways after Thanos makes a death threat towards them because they won’t stop bouncing all over him. The adorable style of Cook’s art allows her to get away with a lot more violence than the other more traditionally drawn stories in Thanos Annual and leads to some squicky moments with the Adorales’ lifeless bodies filling up the page. Luckily, Cook fills the story with some great  asides from Thanos, who was not expecting this kind of situation just as much as the readers.

In the next story, Ryan North, Will Robson, and Rachelle Rosenberg rapidly switch gears from fish out of water comedy (Thanos helping to searing existential torture and also make good use of the walking plot device that is the Infinity Gauntlet. With the exception of a colorful intro page where he and Rosenberg throw it back to the actual Infinity Gauntlet story with battles and superheroes, Robson’s art is pretty deadpan, and he nails the hilarious reactions that every day people have to Thanos helping and chatting pleasantly with an old lady. Of course, he has a supremely evil ulterior motive of stifling a brilliant mind from having an epiphany and finding a cure for all diseases and sickness. North gets to write a fantastic monologue at the end about how he doesn’t just love physical death, but the death of hope and potential. Most of us will never experience half the Earth population dying, but many people struggle with not reaching their potential so this story kind of hits hard after its absurdist beginning.

The thought provoking nature of “That Time Thanos Helped An Old Lady Cross the Street” extends to the final, full story in Thanos Annual #1 before it’s wrapped up with an ending tag featuring Cosmic Ghost Rider and a mysterious guest character. Al Ewing is one of Marvel’s most imaginative and intelligent writers, and he uses a science fiction and a gorgeously painted tale from Frazer Irving to ask an age old theological question, “Can people be moral without a higher power to look up to?” Before this question is asked by Thanos, who literally kills a god in an epic Irving splash page, Ewing and Irving create almost the perfect religion that is a hybrid of Golden Rule-driven monotheism with a side of reincarnation. However, Thanos totally upends the scientific mechanisms that kept this faith chugging along and creates one hell of an existential crisis for the Kehlrassians that bleeds into Cosmic Ghost Rider’s narration because he has been to both Heaven and Hell. It reminds readers that Thanos is both a psychological and physical threat, which is something that Ewing explored in the second half of his Ultimates run. (RIP)

Stealthily, Thanos Annual #1 is just a great collection of intelligent and darkly humorous sci-fi shorts that just happen to take place in the Marvel Universe. It features some of its most clever writers and artists that have an eye for both humor and violence on a large and small scale and makes you realize that reading stories about Thanos is like staring into the abyss or being one of those dumbasses that looked at the solar eclipse without those special glasses.

Story: Donny Cates, Chris Hastings, Kieron Gillen, Katie Cook, Ryan North, Al Ewing Art: Geoff Shaw, Flaviano, Andre Araujo, Katie Cook, Will Robson, Frazer Irving Colors: Antonio Fabela, Frederico Blee, Chris O’Halloran, Heather Breckle, Rachelle Rosenberg 
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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