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Preview: Livewire #8

LIVEWIRE #8

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by PAUL RENAUD
Cover C by RAHZZAH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by KHARY RANDOLPH with EMILIO LOPEZ
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 24th

Wanted fugitive Livewire reveals that the Psiot Security & Education Program is the evil organization OMEN to the world!

Will Phoebe Daniels choose to defend OMEN or go with Livewire and fight?

Find out in the climactic final issue of the second Livewire story arc, “Guardian”!

LIVEWIRE #8

Review: Livewire #7

Livewire #7

The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program are uncovered in Livewire #7! Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured? Plus: Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!

You know that feeling you get in your gut when something isn’t quite right? It’s like when you know you’ve forgotten something. You leave the house to take the dog for a walk, but can’t quite place it. You pull up to the dog park and the pooch is being unusually quiet? It’s only then you realize that something isn’t quite right (I don’t have a dog, by the way).

That’s the feeling I got when reading Valiant’s Livewire #7 written by Vita Ayala and featuring Kano‘s artistic talents.

And speaking of talent, Kano is a tour-de-force in this issue. There’s a brutally intense fight scene early in the comic. As the scene progresses the colors become more and more red as the anger and rage between the combatants increases. And then it stops suddenly, the fight over. There’s a flash of the anger red hue a moment later. How Kano has framed the action and facial expressions the intensity never leaves the comic. Then there are the softer yellows and colder blues of the later comic. Kano matches the color scheme to the emotional content of the story. You’re never explicitly told how to feel. You know how the characters are feeling because of the backgrounds and the panel layout before you ever have to look at the art itself.

Ayala’s pacing with Livewire #7 leaves this as one of the better issues in the series so far; we see beneath Livewire’s reputation and get to glimpse the woman who just wants to help people – despite her actions in the past, we’re being reminded that at her core, Amanda McKee is still a hero. But the characters within the Valiant Universe may not realize that just now. This series may not have had the immediate connection with me that some of Valiant’s other series have, but the deeper that Ayala dives into Livewire’s psyche, the more I am enjoying the series.

Livewire is one of the rare series Valiant has right now that has more than five issues, and Ayala is proving why a longer run with a character can pay dividends in the long run. This is an incredibly enjoyable comic on every level, and it comes highly recommended from yours truly.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Kano
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Livewire #7

LIVEWIRE #7

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA
Cover C by BECCA FARROW
On sale June 19th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program uncovered! Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured? Plus: Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!

LIVEWIRE #7

Review: DCeased #2

DCeased #2

If the first issue of DCeased was the start of the zombie outbreak, the second is our first look at what remains. DCeased #2 has the world melting down as the infection spreads and our heroes are caught off guard. It takes us around the DC Universe focusing on a half dozen heroes and how they’re impacted. Some, it’s just not good. But, for the reader, it’s all excellent.

Writer Tom Taylor delivers an emotional punch in the issue. And Taylor does so multiple times. We get to experience the meltdown of the world through the eyes of heroes who have little they can do to stop it. Tough decisions are made. Some are forced to kill. And who dies is shocking at times.

Taylor delivers a ride of an issue and knows how to execute the gut punch to the reader. The last few pages are heart wrenching. The detail and thought that he’s put in to each situation is clear. It’s also clear choices have been made to deliver the best reaction emotionally from the reader. This isn’t a “zombie” comic. It’s a really smart zombie comic who has a focus not just on scares but also to connect with the reader.

That’s helped by the art team of Trevor Hairsine, inker Stefano Guadiano, colorist Rain Beredo, and letterer Saida Temofonte. It’s easy to create a zombie comic full of gore and grim. This team is doing something a bit smarter. There’s a focus on the reaction of individuals. You can see the impact on their faces and their body movement and position. That tells as much of an impact as everything else. Beredo’s color and Guadiano’s inks set a horror and dour mood without making it too dark and scary. Temofonte’s lettering really drives home the inflection and emotion of it all.

The comic is a hell of a second issue. DCeased #2 improves upon the first issue taking us away from traditional tropes and instead uses them to focus on something else. The first issue was good. This second issue is great. What started out as a riff on something we’ve seen so many times before is turning in to something truly spectacular.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Stefano Guadiano Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation:
Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Livewire #7’s Epic Brawl Between Amanda and Jada!

Livewire’s one of the most powerful psiots on the planet, but she doesn’t need powers to kick butt. As she searches for the truth, she’s brought face to face with Jada, and what happens next is a real jaw-dropper. Get ready for melee mayhem in Livewire #7!

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA 
Cover C by BECCA FARROW
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 19th

The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program uncovered!

Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured?

Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!

Livewire #7

Review: Livewire #6

Livewire #6

In Livewire #6, Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. Is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

The last issue of Livewire introduced a new organization to the Valiant Universe in PSEP. Livewire was apprehended and taken in by PSEP, which sets up Livewire #6. Writer Vita Ayala gives us a more cerebral comic than we’ve had before. Livewire is focused on trying to gather information on the organization that may or may not be holding her captive.

Kano‘s style is visually impressive as he makes use of every ounce of space in the page. His focus on the security cameras tells you more than anything that Ayala says. The art to draws your attention and tells you all you need to know. His panels, angles and framing in this comic are once again subtle and yet strangely exciting. It gives the comic a much more traditional feel with the panels and grids. That style works exceptionally well in this issue again.

There’s an awesomely choreographed action scene that is one of the focal points of the book. It works both in terms of how Kano lays it out, and the dialogue that surrounds on page action. One gets the sense that the real fight isn’t necessarily the one happening on screen…

Livewire #6 is a strong, cerebral issue that adds a lot to the story by focusing on the title characters mental and physical assets. Livewire may be an incredibly powerful psiot, but she’s also more than capable without her powers. This issue reminds you of just how compelling that combination is.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Kano
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: The Black Knight Vol. 1

The Black Knight Vol. 1

When it comes to superheroes, there is none more tragic or complicated than Daredevil. As the titular character and his real-life alter ego, Matt Murdock, is both dark and magnetic. His need to do good in the world as a lawyer outweighed his need to make money like most. His thirst for justice is what made him Daredevil, ensuring no miscarriage of justice was not answered.

This need is what makes him such a compelling character. This is also what makes him such a unique character in the Marvel Universe and what draws him to Frank Castle as their dark recesses usually aligned. I always wondered other than his heightened senses and super strength, what if he had powers that would make him invincible? In the first volume of The Black Knight, we find a hero like Matt Murdock but with mystical powers.

We meet Peyton Parks, a defense lawyer in New York City and the Black Knight, a mystical defender who received her powers from a book of fables. As she I the midst of stopping a mob hit by the Russian mafia in a courtroom,  as the man she is defending in court, Nikolai,   has some powerful enemies as he is testifying against his own crime syndicate and her guilt for letting her father die in prison has made her superimpose his memory on every client she has.  Her appearance as The Black Knight, prompts her client’s former organization to reach out to a family member with some special gifts, Ursa. This also brings Sirin, the rival crime syndicate’s sadistic hitwoman, whose thirst for revenge for Nikolai killing her brother. Soon, Peyton finds out just why everyone is out to kill Nikolai, including the prison warden.

Overall, an interesting story that gives the world a complex female action hero, one who doesn’t always do the right thing. The story by Terry Kavanagh is action packed and well developed. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, one of the more interesting protagonists in the Grimm Universe finally gets her due.

Story: Terry Kavanagh
Art: Sergio Anno, Saida Temofonte,
and Robby Bevard
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Livewire #6

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On sale May 15th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

LIVEWIRE #6

Early Preview: Livewire #6

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On sale May 15th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

LIVEWIRE #6

Review: DCeased #1

DCeased #1

A mysterious techno-virus has been released on Earth, infecting 600 million people and turning them instantly into violent, monstrous engines of destruction.

The heroes of the DCU are caught completely unprepared for a pandemic of this magnitude and struggle to save their loved ones first…but what happens to the World’s Greatest Heroes if the world ends?

DCeased #1 is both an entertaining horror spin on DC’s heroes but also a story we’ve seen many times before in other media and with other publishers. Writer Tom Taylor delivers his spin on the zombie-ish virus outbreak story and it generally works.

The story revolves around the Anti-Life Equation and its use makes the story feel like we’ve seen this before in another comic (paging the Dark Multiverse). The first issue is pure setup as the virus infects more and more and we see the horror unleashed. Once we get to this point, things get interesting as readers hold their breath to see who will, and won’t, be infected.

And that’s the successful aspect of the comic. Taylor plays with common horror tropes building tension and delivering scenes all about the “will they or won’t they” focus. As the comic progresses, it feels more like 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later as the virus spreads resulting in a rage like bloodlust frenzy. There’s nothing wrong with that but it is something we’ve seen, just not necessarily with these characters.

Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren provide the art and the shift in styles is noticeable but not a problem. Each has their own take on characters and while they’re close at times there is noticeable difference in that and the general art as a whole. The color by Rain Beredo and lettering by Saida Temofonte helps tie things together though and the coloring especially help with the darker tone of the comic and emphasize the horror aspect of it all.

I’m generally not a horror fan but do enjoy the occasional zombie story. This combination of DC’s iconic characters and an outbreak storyline works due to it understanding what it is and using familiar tropes and situations to maximum effect. While it might be familiar, if you’re a fan of this genre, it’s well worth checking out.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, and James Harren
Color: Rain Beredo Lettering: Saida Temofonte
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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