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MAW #4 Reveals the Monster Within

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at MAW #4, the fourth issue of a provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle, artist A.L. Kaplan, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, that explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage, available on December 22, 2021.

Marion, recalling her trauma and the promise of the fight for justice, realizes that abusive men will never face true justice for their crimes in a patriarchal world. As Marion’s monstrous transformation nears its completion, she decides to take matters into her own hands and sets her sights on those who wronged her and her sister. The hunt is on as Marion’s rage transforms into bloody revenge—sometimes it takes a MONSTER to stop other monsters…

MAW #4 features main cover art by artist Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern, an homage variant by Corin M. Howell, and incentive covers by DANI with Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern.

MAW #4 

Friendship Can Overcome Anything in Getting Dizzy #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed the first look at Getting Dizzy #2, from New York Times bestselling author Shea Fontana, acclaimed artist Celia Moscote, colorist Gloria Martinelli, and letterer Jim Campbell, with a superhero story that reveals a true hero is nothing without her friends, available on December 15, 2021.

Dizzy joins with Chipper and The Rollers to master her new powers as the ‘Burb Defender—or rather, learn not to crash every time she puts on her skates. Even in a negative funk the next day after seeing footage of her sub-par skating skills, Dizzy notices Scarlett, a sweet, talented member of the Rollers, acting incredibly mean. It turns out that Scarlett has been infected by a Negatrix! Dizzy and her friends devise a plan to free Scarlett from the Negatrix influence, but are the Negatrixes only scared off…and still out there somewhere?

Getting Dizzy #2 features main cover art by series artist Moscote, and variant cover art by Cara McGee and Jorge Corona with colors by Sarah Stern.

Getting Dizzy #2

Tim Drake returns in Batman: Urban Legends #10. Get a First Look

After an issue #6 appearance that left comic book fans slack-jawed, Robin returns to Gotham City just in time for the Holidays when Batman: Urban Legends #10 arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 14.

Written by Meghan Fitzmartin, the feature-length story “A Carol of Bats” features art by Alberto Albuquerque Jimenez (pencils/inks), Nick Filardi (colors), and Pat Brosseau (Letters). This continues Tim’s journey of self-discovery from Urban Legends #6, and sees Tim balancing his drive to fight crime with his desire to be a great partner. Amidst the ashes of a devastated Gotham City and Fear State, Tim Drake comes back to Gotham City to help Batman and Nightwing try and put the city back together again after its devastation at the hands of The Scarecrow and The Magistrate. Along the way, Tim tries to get Batman out of a Scrooge-level funk, where the Dark Knight has serious doubts about if he’s failed Gotham City, and if its citizens will stop being scared and angry enough to have hope for the future. 

Featuring a main cover by Belen Ortega, who’d previously drawn the Tim Drake story “The Sum of Our Parts.” and a powerful Azrael variant by Riccardo Federici, Batman: Urban Legends #10 also includes another feature-length (22 pages) Nightwing tale, by writer Tini Howard, marking her first DC story since 2016. Howard will take over as writer of Catwoman beginning with issue #39 in January. Featuring art by Christian Duce and colors by Sarah Stern, this follow-up to the events of Fear State follows Nightwing around the holiday season, avoiding attending the Bat-Family holiday party before he’s doused with Fear Toxin and forced to relive memories of his past, present, and future shown to him by three ghostly versions of Batgirl – Barbara Gordon, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain. 

Writer Dan Watters and artist Nikola Cizmesija conclude the three-part Azrael tale, “Dark Knight of the Soul,” with colors by Ivan Plascencia. In his return to Gotham City, Jean-Paul Valley faces off for a final time with the new villain Poor Fellow, who has a lot more to tell Jean-Paul about the legacy of Azrael than he ever knew. Batman: Urban Legends #10 also features a stunning Azrael variant cover by artist Riccardo Federici

Rounding out this issue is the heartbreaking close of the two-part story featuring the terrorizing twins Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, written by Punchline co-writer Sam Johns and Injustice: Unkillables artist Karl Mostert

Batman: Urban Legends #10 arrives in comic book shops and participating digital platforms on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.

Review: Batman #116

Batman #116

Fear State” continues in part 5 that has everything coming together as Batman and Miracle Molly confront the Scarecrow. Batman #116 is fully of action and drama with some fantastic moments.

James Tynion IV does an excellent job of bringing so much together in Batman #116. There’s really dramatic and “cinematic” moments that highlight an issue that at times feels epic at scale. Balanced well are Batman and Miracle Mommy taking on Scarecrow, some more on Magistrate-01, Ivy, and so much more. It’s an issue that’s bursting from the seems with so much packed in. So, lets take each moment at a time.

Saint’s forces have invaded Ivy’s lair. Standing against them is Ghost-Maker who brings a swashbuckling classic style to the fight. For a character that was a shrug to start, he’s grown into one I really like delivering an over the top style in everything. But, this is all going on in Ivy’s lair. She’s not too happy with it all and the series has hinted that we should expect something big for her in the future. That begins here in a moment that feels like it should be on a movie screen. Epic is an understatement and could be an entire issue and event by itself.

Batman and Miracle Molly’s adventure has them confronting Scarecrow. Tynion delivers a lot of emotion with that as Scarecrow does his thing. But, it also turns into a rather shocking moment as well. It leads to a new confrontation between Magistrate-01 and Batman and a double-page spread of action that’s fantastic. One panel in particular is amazing as a blade gets a bit close to Batman. This has summer popcorn film all about it.

And that’s just a small bit of an issue that feels like a popcorn flick on the printed page.

The art by Jorge Jimenez is fantastic. With color by Tomeu Morey and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the issue’s visuals are everything you’d want from a comic book. It pops in every sense with amazing colors and a great flow to it all. What’s great is that the team gives us some visuals that feel like “traditional” Batman while putting on their own spin. Magistrate-01 confronting Batman is fantastic with two moments really standing out visually. Scarecrow’s mask being taken off feels terrorizing for a brief moment, the madness unleashed. The series has a style that’s all its own blending the past with the neon manga-inspired style of “Future State”.

We also get a backup story by Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad with art by Jorge Corona, color by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Becca Carey. Stephanie and Cass are in the tower with Barbara long gone. They’re confronted by Simon Saint’s team who do the unthinkable. It’s a sliver of a story but the impact feels like it’s one that’ll reverberate for years to come. It also sets up an intriguing dynamic for everything to come. It also again shows the extreme that Saint and his forces will go.

Batman #116 is another solid chapter of “Fear State”. There’s an epic scale to it all yet also feels like so much is packed into the issue. None of it feels shorted at all. It’s an impressive balancing act and a highlight of one of the best Batman storylines in years.

Story: James Tynion IV, Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad Art: Jorge Jimenez, Jorge Corona
Color: Tomeu Morey, Sarah Stern Letterer: Clayton Cowles, Becca Carey
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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A First Look at Jude Ellison S. Doyle and A.L. Kaplan’s MAW #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at MAW #3, the third issue of a provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle, artist A.L. Kaplan, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, that explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage, available on November 17, 2021.

Marion’s terrifying transformation is nearly complete, but she finds utility in it, turning the tables on the predators harassing women in local bars. When these men go on the hunt for revenge, a huge mistake pushes Marion into a fully monstrous form . . . and there will be hell to pay.

MAW #3 features main cover art by artist Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern, an homage variant by Dani Pendergast, and incentive covers by Abigail Larson and Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern.

MAW #3

Your First Look at Good Luck #5 From BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Good Luck #5, the final issue in the bold five-issue original series from acclaimed writer Matthew Erman, artist Stefano Simeone, and letterer Mike Fiorentino about defying fate by fighting against impossible odds, available on October 27, 2021.

The final battle is here! But what will Luck have to do with it? The team takes on Cassiopeia, the embodiment of Bad Luck, with Joseph’s new form unifying them like never before. Will Good Luck prevail…and is that even what the Unfortunates want?   

Good Luck #5 features main cover art by artist Jorge Corona with colors by Sarah Stern, and variant covers by illustrators Gerald Parel and Miguel Mercado.

Good Luck #5

Your First Look at Jude Ellison S. Doyle and A.L. Kaplan’s MAW #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at MAW #2, the second issue of a provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle, artist A.L. Kaplan, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, that explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage, available on October 20, 2021.

What happens when the monster within the shadows awakens? After being drugged and abandoned on a beach, Marion struggles with inexplicable and frightening changes to her body while her sister, Wendy, continues to try to fit in with the other women at the commune. As they both learn more about the commune and its mysterious leader, Diana Spiro, each new revelation brings the true nature of her motivations and teachings to light.

MAW #2 features main cover art by artist Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators E.M. Gist, and Reiko Murakami.

MAW #2

Your First Look at Jude Ellison S. Doyle and A.L. Kaplan’s MAW #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at MAW #1, the premier issue of a provocative five-issue horror series by award-winning journalist and opinion writer Jude Ellison S. Doyle, artist A.L. Kaplan, colorist Fabiana Mascolo, and letterer Cardinal Rae, that explores the anger of those trapped by society’s expectations and the monsters born from that collective rage, available on September 15, 2021.

Dragged by her sister Wendy to a feminist retreat on the remote island of Angitia, Marion Angela Weber hopes to gain some perspective and empowerment . . . that isn’t at the bottom of a bottle. But everything is horribly derailed after an assault on their first night there. 

The violent encounter awakens something in Marion she never imagined, triggering warped mutations in her body, and bringing forth a hunger she can’t bring herself to name. When the townsfolk react with suspicion and violence, what unforgivable act will transform Marion into the very monster they’ve made her out to be?

MAW #1 features main cover art by artist Ariela Kristantina with Sarah Stern, and variant cover art by acclaimed illustrators Megan Hutchison-Cates with Dee Cunniffe, Abigail Jill Harding, and Tiffany Turrill.

MAW #1

Meet the Constellations in Good Luck #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Good Luck #2, the next issue in the bold new five-issue original series from acclaimed writer Matthew Erman, artist Stefano Simeone, and letterer Mike Fiorentino about defying fate by fighting against impossible odds, available on July 28, 2021.

When Good Luck and Bad Luck collide, will humanity survive? The Unfortunates – teenagers born with zero luck – arrive at the heart of the chaotic, reality-threatening event and are soon confronted by the powerful beings that control Luck – the Constellations! Meanwhile, the Secretary of Probability & Luck has plans of their own… and knows more than they’ve let on.

Good Luck #2 features main cover art by artist Jorge Corona and Sarah Stern, and variant cover by acclaimed artist InHyuk Lee.

Good Luck #2

Z2 and Teddy Swims Team for Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song

Z2 Comics has announced their newest collaboration, this time with singer-songwriter Teddy Swims. The book portrays an imaginative adventure through the lens of a teddy bear, a format that will appeal to all ages!

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song follows the adorable anthropomorphic Teddy Bear version of Teddy and the elephantine versions of his bandmates. Get ready to meet the Bear behind the band! In this all-ages graphic novel collaboration between Teddy Swims and Z2 Comics, Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams? Swimmy the Bear and his fun-loving friends get an opportunity to take their act from small-time to worldwide, but is a laidback bunch of critters ready for the pressure that comes with big agents, big deals, and big dreams?

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song has been brought from the mind of the artist himself to the printed page by writer Grace Thomas, Illustrator Fred Stresing, and editors Camilla Zhang and Ryan Cady, with an exclusive limited deluxe version to include prints by artists Ian McGintyMichael Lee Harris, and Sarah Stern. This inspiring and charming new story for music fans of all ages arrives in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere this fall, with all editions, including the exclusive deluxe hardcover available to preorder directly from Z2 now!

Teddy Swims: Swimmy and the Valley of the Last Song
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