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Exclusive Preview: Alien #7

Alien #7

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Marc Aspinall (VCA) Giuseppe Camuncoli
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Sep 22, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE SEARCH FOR SANCTUARY BEGINS!
• A small colony of “Spinners,” looking to lead a simpler life, have nearly completed terraforming a moon.
• A ship crashes into their Eden from the heavens.
• A terror is unleashed.

Alien #7

Preview: Alien #6

Alien #6

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Aug 25, 2021
SRP: $3.99

IT ALL COMES CRASHING DOWN!
• Epsilon Station is losing its orbit.
• Gabriel Cruz is losing his son.
• Can anything be saved?

Alien #6

All-star talent celebrate the Fantastic Four’s 60th Anniversary this November

This November, fans will get to experience two of the Fantastic Four’s greatest adventures in a brand new way in Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1! This giant-sized issue will present classic stories with stunning new artwork by today’s leading artists.

Sixty years ago, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made history and brought about the beginning of the Marvel Age of comics with the release of Fantastic Four #1. Now a bevy of Marvel’s finest creators will pay tribute to that monumental moment by reinterpreting, page by page, the story from that inaugural release as well as Fantastic Four Annual #3, the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm!

Written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it features the art by Aco, Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, Albert Monteys, Alessandro Cappuccio, Bryan Hitch, Cafu, Carlos Pacheco, Chris Sprouse, Daniel Warren Johnson, David Lapham, Elsa Charretier, Erica D’Urso, Federico Vicentini, Greg Land, Javier Rodriguez, John Cassaday, John Romita Jr., Kate Niemczyk, Kei Zama, Leinil Francis Yu, Leonard Kirk, Lucas Werneck, Luciano Vecchio, Marco Checchetto, Mattia Del Mundo, Neal Adams, Nic Klein, Olivier Coipel, Paco Medina, Patch Zircher, Pepe Larraz, Ray-Anthony Height, Rod Reis, Ron Fenz, Simone Di Meo, Stefano Caselli, Steve Epting, Tom Reilly, Salvador Larroca, Jorge Fornes, Kim Jacinto, Walt Simonson, Leonardo Ortolai, Sanford Greene, Terry Dodson, and Mark Bagley. It features a main cover by Steve McNiven and variant cover by Jim Cheung.

See this modern take on two of the most pivotal moments in Marvel Comics history when Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 hits stands in November!

Preview: Alien #5

Alien #5

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

ENTER THE ALPHA!
• The creature that almost killed Cruz is back to finish the job.
• Everything Cruz has dedicated his life to hangs in the balance.
• And with his son’s life on the line, terrible decisions must be made.

7 New comiXology Releases Features X-Men, Doctor Spectrum, Space Bastards, and More!

There’s seven new releases on comiXology from Marvel, Harlequin, and Humanoids. You can check out the individual releases below or start shopping now!

Doctor Spectrum: Full Spectrum

Written by Sam Barnes
Art by Travel Foreman, Greg Tocchini
Cover by Dale Keown
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Collects Spectrum #1-6.

Spinning out of SUPREME POWER, Samm Barnes and Travel Foreman bring to light the secret of Corporal Joe Ledger’s dark past, and the plans the crystal has for him!

Doctor Spectrum: Full Spectrum

Notre Guerre contre le sexisme ordinaire

Written by Helen Mullane, Charlie Rano, Kev Sherry
Art by Katia Vecchio
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Elles se battent pour l’égalité des sexes, mais jusqu’où sont-elles prêtes à aller ? 1 VOLUME PARU – HISTOIRES INDÉPENDANTES. À seize ans, Sélène est une féministe militante admirée de ses amis. Elle ne craint pas les petits caïds, ni même les professeurs, et n’hésite pas à leur tenir tête. Mais un jour la provocation va trop loin, et Sélène est humiliée publiquement. Désormais, la jeune fille n’a plus qu’une idée en tête : dénoncer les comportements sexistes, à la manière forte s’il le faut.

Notre Guerre contre le sexisme ordinaire

Pursued By The Rich Rancher

Written by Catherine Mann
Art by Junko Matsufuji
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Nina meets Alex at a camp that she participates in with her young son, and Alex makes her heart skip a beat when he asks her out on a romantic date. Having lived solely for her son after her ruthless husband’s death, Nina hesitates before she finally allows herself to enjoy life a little. However, Alex, whom she thought was an employee, is actually the owner of the camp and the son of a prestigious family. The world she lives in is too different from his. Not to mention, Alex has an inheritance problem of his own…

Pursued By The Rich Rancher

Space Bastards Vol. 6

Written by Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson
Art by Simon Bisley
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Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey to bring you the tale of the galaxy’s most dangerous employers: The IPS! ONGOING SERIES. In the future, unemployment and job dissatisfaction are sky-high. When you’ve got nothing left to lose, you join the Intergalactic Postal Service (IPS). Its postal fees are steep—and they go only to whomever ultimately fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless mercenaries in the cosmos! The interplanetary ensemble cast of Space Bastards, under the volatile leadership of Postmaster General Roy Sharpton, are constantly at each other’s throats trying to settle scores and earn big money. But when a rival corporation’s teleportation technology threatens to make their role in the galaxy obsolete, the Bastards must work together to preserve a job they’ve come to love.

Space Bastards Vol. 6

Wolverine/Punisher

Written by Peter Milligan
Art by Lee Weeks
Cover by Gary Frank
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Collects Wolverine/Punisher #1-5.

Marvel’s bad boys join forces for a gun-toting, claw-popping adventure not to be forgotten! Deep in the South American jungle there’s a place of legend – a final refuge where the nastiest of the nasty can disappear from the prying eyes of the world. Now, the vigilante known as the Punisher and the X-Man called Wolverine have stumbled upon this secret sanctuary, and the residents of “Erewhon” couldn’t be happier… or more prepared.

Wolverine/Punisher

X-Men: Dream’s End

Written by Scott Lobdell, Joe Pruett, Robert Weinberg
Art by Tom Derenick, Salvador Larroca, Michael Ryan, Leinil Francis Yu
Cover by Ian Churchill
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Collects Uncanny X-Men (1963) #388-390, X-Men (1991) #108-110, Cable (1993) #87, Bishop: The Last X-Man (1999) #16.

The death of Colossus, reprinted here for the first time! For too long mutants were threatened by the twin specters of the Legacy Virus and anti-mutant politics. Now, the X-Men hope to end both threats, but at what cost to their oldest and dearest? Are there deaths from which even the X-Men can’t return? Featuring Mystique, Cable and the last issue of Bishop’s solo series!

X-Men: Dream's End

X-Men: Old Soldiers

Written by Chris Claremont
Art by Alan Davis
Cover by Alan Davis
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Collects New Mutants Annual #2-3, Uncanny X-Men Annual #11, Uncanny X-Men (1963) #213-215.

Celebrating Chris Claremont and Alan Davis’ UNCANNY X-MEN run, Marvel collects their earliest collaborations on Marvel’s merry mutants! In these classic stories — some reprinted here for the first time — the New Mutants take on Mojo and Spiral, then must contend with the alien antics of the Impossible Man; the X-Men face an enemy who can grant them their most secret desires; and Wolverine battles Sabretooth amid the infamous “Mutant Massacre”!

X-Men: Old Soldiers

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Exclusive Preview: Alien #4

Alien #4

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee (VCA) Ken Lashley
32 PGS./Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A BISHOP MAKES HIS MOVE.
• Will Gabe find his son? And if so…what will be left of him?
• The clock is ticking. The odds are long. The worst is coming.

Alien #4

Preview: Alien #3

Alien #3

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $3.99

DANGER ON ALL SIDES!
• Epsilon Station is overrun with danger, not all of it from Xenomorphs!
• Cruz holds mission information back from his soldiers, but he’s not the only one with secrets.
• We are not who we say we are.

Alien #3

Review: Alien #2

Alien #2

The comics for the “Alien universe” is now at Marvel kicking off a new era for the classic film franchise. The debut issue set up what we can expect from this new era, a little new but a lot of what’s expected. Alien #2 builds upon that with some interesting underlying details that make for a solid second issue.

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, the second issue throws Gabriel Cruz into the thick of it. Gabe’s son has been pinned in the attack on the Epsilon Station and it’s not surprising that Gabe is being pulled back in by Weyland-Yutani due to that. The company has decided to blackmail Gabe to retrieve some of their science experiments from the station or the attack will be pinned on him. The result is a tense situation that evokes classic gathering of soldiers to take on the mysterious xenomorph.

Johnson does an excellent job at the build-up to this issue and through the issue. Gabe is presented as a rough father but the situation he’s placed in is one we can all understand. There’s a deeper motive to Gabe’s coming conflict beyond the usual “bug hunt”. This is a father attempting to protect the son with who he has an estranged relationship. There’s a deeper aspect to the comic this way and separates it from conflict just due to Weyland-Yutani’s business.

The blackmail adds a layer to the situation. There’s no way we should trust what was promised to Gabe and throughout the issue, I was looking to see if Gabe believes that as well. He’s presented as a veteran and smart in his actions, unlike his rather gung-ho companions, and he’s clearly thought out what he’s stepping into. It’s an interesting aspect seeing the veteran deal with “rookies”, a bit like Ripley in Aliens.

Johnson also understands some of the appeal of the films is the tension and suspense. He mixes the horror of the first film with that of the action of the second. There’s a progression in the issue as we await the reveal of xenomorphs. It’s something we know is coming, we just don’t know.

That tension is helped by Salvador Larroca‘s art. It’s nice and serves the second issue well. Joined by Guru-eFX on color and Clayton Cowles on lettering, there’s a nice aspect to the art and delivering the mix of action and tension you’d want. It’d be easy to go too far one way or another but there’s a balance her. There’s a sense of horror at the right moments and when the action really gets rolling Larroca’s art begins to really stand out.

Alien #2 is one that fans of the franchise will want to check out. It blends what works so well for the series taking the best of everything and mixing it together to expand the world and also celebrate it.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Salvador Larroca
Color: Guru-eFX Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Alien #2

Alien #2

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Salvador Larroca (CA) Inhyuk Lee
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Apr 21, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE RETURN TO EPSILON!
• Cruz has only one chance to save his son from the horrific fate he barely escaped.
• The clock toward total collapse is ticking.
• The aliens are loose.

Alien #2
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