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Review: Inhumans Prime #1

In the wake of the awesome events of IVX – what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue – the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt?

Inhumans Prime feels like the “special bridging issue” it’s pitched as. The issue looks at the past of the Inhumans and their future – on Earth and in the stars as it sets up the various series to come.

Unlike its X-Men counterpart comic, Inhumans Prime is one story as opposed to a series of vignettes and scenes brought together. In that sense, the issue works a bit differently as it doesn’t lay out what’s coming as easily as X-Men Prime, instead hinting at a lot of where the Inhumans universe will be going.

The comic focuses on Maximus wrapping up the betrayal and chaos he’s caused for the Inhumans. At the same time the monarchy is dissolved and Marvel Boy is brought into the fold with some secret that’ll drive the Inhumans into an interesting direction. We have hints as to what, but it’s not totally clear. What’s interesting though is that the Inhumans find themselves in the same situation the X-Men were.

Writer Al Ewing makes that pretty clear as the comic beats you over the head with the fact that without Terrigen, this may be the final generation of Inhumans with no new ones to be created as their process is missing that key ingredient… or is it? That’s clearly where at least one of the comics spinning out of this is going. But, again, what’s interesting is now the Inhumans are the ones that are facing extinction a shift for a group of characters that at one point was perceived as being pushed at the expense of the X-Men. With these two franchises we get a sense of a balance is being found between the two. Ewing seems to deliver that in a few ways with some of the various dialogue that’s delivered. It’s interesting to see it all play out, especially when juxtaposed that a new government is being formed for the Inhumans.

Ryan Sook and Chris Allen deliver solid art and though the action is brief, the art throughout is the futuristic tech like world I’d expect with the Inhumans and it’s all delivered in a way that looks great on the page. The colors by Paul Mounts pop off of the page enhancing Sook’s art and even on pages where there’s a literal stadium of characters, the detail is great.

Inhumans Prime absolutely sets up the future and does so in a way that it doesn’t feel like a series of blunt short stories leading into their new series. Instead the comic is filled with hints and teases as to what’s coming and does so in a way that it too tells a complete story that can be read as a one-shot.

Story: Al Ewing Art: Ryan Sook and Chris Allen Cover Art: Jonboy Meyers
Story: 7.90 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Preview: Inhumans Prime #1

Inhumans Prime #1

(W) Al Ewing (A) Ryan Sook (CA) Jonboy Meyers
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99


In the wake of the awesome events of IVX – what will become of the Inhumans? In this oversized special issue – the trial of Maximus! The coming of Marvel Boy! And what is the dark secret of Black Bolt? A special bridging issue between the past of the Inhumans and their future – on Earth and in the stars!

Inhumans Prime #1 Brings You The Future of Inhumanity This March!

Their throne shattered by the events of Inhumans vs. X-Men, times are changing for the Inhumans. And the ResurrXion begins for this strange super race this March in Inhumans Prime #1! Setting the stage for a bevy of can’t-miss new series – Royals, Secret Warriors, and Black Bolt – this one-shot asks the question: is there a future for the Inhuman race? Incoming Royals writer Al Ewing is joined by fan-favorite artist Ryan Sook and rising star Chris Allen to bring readers the next blockbuster chapter of Inhumanity! Witness…the trial of Maximus! The prophecy of Marvel Boy! The rise of a new leader! And more! Plus, what dark secret is Black Bolt hiding that could shatter the Inhumans once and for all? Be there for this special issue that bridges the past of the Inhumans…and their future. Both here on Earth, and in the depths of space! Don’t miss the kickoff to the next stage of Inhuman evolution!

Featuring covers by Jonboy Meyers, Ryan Stegman, Jack Kirby, Elizabeth Torque, Ryan Sook, and June Brigman.


Preview: Superman #15

Superman #15

(W) Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason (A) Ed Benes, Jorge Jimenez, Ryan Sook, Clay Mann (CA) Patrick Gleason
In Shops: Jan 18, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“MULTIPLICITY” part two! Superman and New Super-Man fight alongside an army of Supermen from across the Multiverse against the threat trying to wipe them all out of existence! Plus, Jon and his neighbor Kathy investigate a hidden horror that seems to be growing in their town.


Marvel Reveals X-Men Prime and Inhumans Prime

This Spring, the X-Men and Inhumans explode onto the scene with new comics, new characters and new status quos. Before diving head in with all the highly anticipated new titles, get ready for two can’t-miss one-shots setting the stage for RessurXion! Marvel has announced X-Men Prime #1 and Inhumans Prime #1 – two oversized specials coming in March!

First, incoming X-Men Gold scribe Marc Guggenheim and artist Ken Lashley bring you X-Men Prime #1! In the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, who will pick up the pieces? Where do they go from here? Professor Xavier’s dream comes full circle as Kitty Pryde returns home, ready to lead her people. To take the X-Men to new heights with new teams, new missions and a new school. To move forward and protect the world that hates and fears them. The next chapter of X-Men begins here!

Then, a new day dawns for the Inhumans as Royals writer Al Ewing and artist Ryan Sook bring you Inhumans Prime #1! Maximus stands trial! Witness the arrival of Marvel Boy! What dark secret is Black Bolt silently hiding? Their throne shaken by recent events, the Royal Family heads for the stars while the next generation of Inhumans – Ms. Marvel, Moon Girl, Quake and more – remain on Earth to take charge of their own destiny! The Inhumans look to their past and charge headlong into the future – on Earth and in the depths of space!

ResurrXion begin here!

X-Men Prime features a cover by Adrian Syaf while Inhumans Prime features a cover by Jonboy Meyers.

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The Asgard/Shi’Ar War Begins in The Mighty Thor #15!

Kick 2017 off with a bang as two Marvel Universe mainstays go to war – and shake the cosmos! Marvel has released a first look at The Mighty Thor #15 – the first chapter of the “Asgard/Shi’ar War”! Chartbusting creators Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman bring you a brand-new story arc that’s sure to bring the thunder!

Lately Thor has been busy trying to stop Malekith’s ongoing assault on the various Ten Realms, but far across the galaxy, another conflict is brewing and the most powerful super-army in the cosmos is preparing a surprise attack on the city of the gods. The Shi’ar Empire will lay siege to Asgardia. Their target? Thor herself! And they’ll stop at nothing to take down the Goddess of Thunder. Be there for the opening shots in a war that will ring out across the galaxy!

The Mighty Thor #15 is out January 11, 2017, and features covers by Dauterman with Matthew Wilson, Ryan Sook, Andrea Sorrentino, Mike Deodato, and Christian Ward.


Preview: Batman Beyond #1

Batman Beyond #1

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Bernard Chang
Cover by: Ryan Sook
Variant cover by: Martin Ansin

“THE RETURN” part one! Terry McGinnis is back as Batman, much to the delight of his family and friends. But is the original Joker really back as well? Inspired by the possible return of their role model, the Jokerz have taken over an entire section of Gotham City and are determined to wreak havoc in the still-rebuilding city. While Batman battles chaos on the streets, his friend Dana is at the mercy of the new leader of the now-unified gang.


Preview: Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Ryan Sook
Cover by: Ryan Sook
Variant cover by: Martin Ansin

Six months have passed since the events of BATMAN BEYOND #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?


Review: Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

bmbreb_cv1_dsSix months have passed since the events of Batman Beyond #16. While areas of destruction remain in the outside world, Gotham City has made great strides toward reclaiming its bright future. But new threats arise and old adversaries may be coming back. And the question still remains: whatever happened to Bruce Wayne?

I’ve never been a big fan of Batman Beyond. I’ve only seen a couple of episodes of the animated show, and the comics I’ve read sparingly. So, I was intrigued to see where writer Dan Jurgens would take things in Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1. The issue is a back to basics issue catching folks up with the character and the Gotham of the future.

It’s a good, but not great issue. There’s a good reveal in at the end of it that has me wanting to return for the next, but the story itself is pretty basic with the future Batman fighting a gang. It does have the feel of the bit of the cartoon that I’ve seen, in other words, this issue feels like something you could give to younger kids, though it’s definitely not an all-ages comic.

There’s a lot that’s left out there for new readers that just isn’t explained. None of it is vital information, but you definitely will walk away wondering what you missed.

The art by Ryan Sook is solid. I really dig that aspect. It’s slightly different than the animated series but it still feels like it’s the same world. Sook presents a Gotham of the future in both the city itself and the characters that inhabit it. But, what I think is really impressive is this isn’t some over the top future. It’s muted in many ways and feels like a natural growth from what exists now, not some massive leap.

The issue is good, though not great. As I said, it’s got a reveal at the end that has me wanting to see what comes next, and hopefully, things pick up a bit more in the overall comic, but as far as getting people excited, the end results is a bit bland.

Story: Dan Jurgens Art: Ryan Sook
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: 4001 A.D. #4 (of 4)

4001 A.D. #4 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN161897)
Cover B by TULA LOTAY (JUN161898)
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUN161899)
Cover D by PHILIP TAN (JUN161900)
Character Design Variant by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN161901)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (JUN161902)
Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (JUN161903)
B&W Interlocking Artist Variant by RYAN SOOK (JUN161904)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 31st (FOC – 8/8/16)

The fall of the 41st century!

The ultimate battle is here as Rai and Father clash among the stars for the final fate of the future…and Earth along with it! As New Japan’s despotic ruler and its former protector enter their final showdown, will the orbiting satellite nation finally fall back to Earth? As the war for 4001 A.D. claims lives on both sides, who will live to greet the brave new world that lies ahead? And what will become of Rai, of Father, and civilization itself? The Valiant Universe of 4001 A.D. is forever changed right here as forces new and old prepare to rise from the ashes of New Japan!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and superstar artist Clayton Crain (RAI) present the white-hot finale to Valiant’s biggest event yet!


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