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Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #17

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #17

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with RYAN BODENHEIM
Inks by BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ with ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAY182088)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (MAY182089)
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH (MAY182090)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by BARRY KITSON (MAY182091)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JULY 25th

Prisoner of war!

Shackled against his will and brought forward into the homeland of his enemies, Aric of Dacia – the war-hardened Visigoth who will one day become the unstoppable X-O Manowar – is about to encounter a staggering sight: the city of Rome! Soon, Aric will discover that the capital of history’s most ruthless empire can be far more dangerous than any battlefield… And even if he survives the hidden horrors of the emperor’s dungeon, can he withstand the all-out brutality of the Coliseum?

“BARBARIANS” continues here as the superstar creative team behind DIVINITY – New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (ETERNITY) – present a visionary tour de force of swords and savagery!

DC Reveals More Hanna-Barbera/DC Comics Mash-Ups! Deathstroke & Yogi Bear, Green Lantern & Huckleberry Hound and More!

This October, the mash-ups get weirder and wilder when DC unleashes more crazy combinations of the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes with some of Hanna-Barbera’s best-known classic cartoon characters. Each book goes on sale Wednesday, October 31 (with both a standard and variant cover), is rated T (for Teen) and carries a retail price of $4.99. These 48-page one-shots will also feature an installment of a spotlight tale featuring Hanna-Barbera’s leading super spy, Secret Squirrel, written by J.M. DeMatteis with art by Tom Mandrake.

The title lineup includes:

DEATHSTROKE/YOGI BEAR SPECIAL #1

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by MARK TEXEIRA
cover by TYLER KIRKHAM
variant cover by PAOLO PANTALENA

In Yellowstone Park, legends speak of a spirit bear referred to as “the Yogi,” which few if any have actually encountered. Real or not, when a bear seems to have graduated from stealing picnic baskets to kidnapping actual campers, Ranger Smith decides it’s time to stop this menace—so he calls on the services of Slade Wilson—a.k.a. Deathstroke—to get the job done.

GREEN LANTERN/HUCKLEBERRY HOUND SPECIAL #1

written by MARK RUSSELL
art by RICK LEONARDI
cover by SAMI BASRI
variant cover by YASMINE PUTRI

Set against the turbulent backdrop of the early 1970s, Green Lantern and Huckleberry Hound join forces to take a stand on the issues of that era. Returning from recent duty in Vietnam, veteran Marine John Stewart—now a member of the Green Lantern Corps—contemplates what, if anything, he should do about the issues tearing his country apart. Meanwhile, Huckleberry’s comments against the Vietnam war have left him a celebrity outcast, and a visit back home to Mississippi puts him face to face with the Civil Rights Movement. What can one man—and one hound—do?

NIGHTWING/MAGILLA GORILLA SPECIAL #1

written by HEATH CORSON
art by TOM GRUMMETT
cover by MARCUS TO
variant cover by JONBOY MEYERS

When a famous Hollywood talent agent is found brutally murdered, suspicion and evidence seem to point to his most famous client, Oscar winning actor Magilla Gorilla. Dick Grayson, already in Tinseltown to meet with said agent, senses something suspicious. Donning his Nightwing costume and joining forces with the simian suspect, he’s got one night to prove that this monkey doesn’t belong in a cage.

SUPERMAN/TOP CAT SPECIAL #1

written by DAN DIDIO
art and cover by SHANE DAVIS
variant cover by EMANUELA LUPACCHINO

It’s Superman versus super food with Top Cat caught in the middle. While searching for his missing friend Bennie, TC uncovers a dietary danger that threatens the healthier portions of mankind, and it’s up to the Man of Steel to stop the probiotic menace of Kalien! In the salad bar, no one can hear you scream.

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #16

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #16

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE with BRIAN THIES
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ and JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (APR181851)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (APR181852)
Interlocking Variant by VERONICA FISH (APR181853)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by PHILIP TAN (APR181854)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 27th

As HARBINGER WARS 2 rages…witness the birth of “BARBARIANS”!

Long ago, on the bloodstained battlefields of centuries past, Aric of Dacia cut a swath through the armies of the ancient world as a brash but cunning warrior – and all without the X-O Manowar armor. Now, the untold story of Aric’s swashbuckling youth – and how it unknowingly forged his fate as the defender of 21st century Earth – can finally be told as the man who would be X-O Manowar leaves the Visigoth homeland behind to infiltrate the Roman Empire’s gleaming capital from within!

New York Times best-selling author Matt Kindt (HARBINGER WARS 2, DIVINITY) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (DIVINITY) reunite to repel the rising tide of Roman invasion with a compelling new tale of death, fortune, and glory torn from the age of empires!

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #15

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #15 (NEW ARC! “BARBARIANS”)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (MAR182002)
Cover B by JIM MAHFOOD (MAR182003)
Variant Cover by VERONICA FISH (MAR182004)
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by VIKTOR KALVACHEV (MAR182005)
Pre-Order Edition by SHANE DAVIS (JAN188321)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 23rd

ALL-NEW ARC! ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “BARBARIANS” – PART ONE!

As HARBINGER WARS 2 besieges the Valiant Universe – and X-O Manowar along with it – Aric of Dacia cannot escape the flames that now threaten his future…or the shadows that cloud his past. Before space… Before the armor… Return to the apex of the Visigoth conquest as a younger, brasher Aric and a sword-wielding grifter set off on a continent-spanning quest for fortune, glory, and power! From the bloodstained sands of the gladiatorial arena to the dunes of the Arabian Desert, meet the man who would become the warrior-king of an alien civilization – and our own world’s most powerful hero – as he sets out to seize his destiny once upon a time in a land of faraway kings and unrepentant conquerors!

Jump on board one of the most acclaimed series in comics here as visionary creators Matt Kindt and Trevor Hairsine – the best-selling team behind DIVINITY – reunite for a thrilling, four-part melee of blood and steely-eyed daring at the height of the barbarian age with a brutal new chapter in the epic saga of X-O Manowar!

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #9

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9

Written by JEFF LEMIRE & RAY FAWKES
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT (MAR182012)
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Cover C by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (MAR182014)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
Pre-Order Edition by RYAN BODENHEIM (JUL172248)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th

The origin of Bloodhound!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad, as Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal) joins New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer) and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) for a special one-shot tale chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound!

Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after nearly a century!

Bloodshot Salvation #9 – Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, & Renato Guedes Reveal Bloodhound’s Origin Story In May!

Valiant has released a first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #9 – a stunning STANDALONE ORIGIN STORY featuring the never-before-seen history of the indestructible mammalian machine known as Bloodhound! On May 16th, New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire, Eisner, Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes, and astonishing artist Renato Guedes combine their talents for a one-shot issue witnessing the birth of Project Rising Spirit’s Bloodshot program – and the canine weapon of untold destruction they unleashed upon the war to end all wars!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after more than a century!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesGiuseppe Camuncoli, Juan José Ryp, and Shane Davis!

Bloodhound Goes to War in Bloodshot Salvation #9 – A Riveting Origin Issue from Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes & Renato Guedes – in May!

Valiant has revealed Bloodshot Salvation #9 – a riveting STANDALONE ORIGIN ISSUE chronicling the never-before-revealed history of Project Rising Spirit’s first prototype in nanite enhancement: the indestructible canine weapons unit codenamed Bloodhound! On May 16th,New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire, Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes, and astonishing artist Renato Guedes come together for a special one-shot tale revealing the crucial early days of the Bloodshot program…and the brutal awakening that remade an ordinary animal as a weapon of untold destruction!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands more than a century on!

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesGiuseppe Camuncoli, Juan José Ryp, and Shane Davis!

Preview: Green Lanterns #39

Green Lanterns #39

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli (CA) Shane Davis
RATED T
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $2.99

“A WORLD OF OUR OWN” finale! Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz face down a Chimera monster as the conflict on Ungara comes to a head. With the power of a hundred alien races, this beast plans to wash Ungara and the Green Lanterns clean with a red tide of blood and violence.

Preview: The Kamandi Challenge #10

The Kamandi Challenge #10

(W) Greg Pak (A) Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki (CA) Francis Manapul
RATED T
In Shops: Oct 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

After the suspenseful ending of issue #9, writer Greg Pak and artist Joe Prado bring our hero to the land of the Dead Worshippers! Now freed from captivity, Kamandi must help his new allies, the Shark People, escape their grisly fate as permanent displays in a horrific museum. Filled with long-kept secrets of the world around them, this museum could hold the key to finding Kamandi’s parents, but will he live long enough to find out? Not if the Commander of the worshippers has anything to do with it!

Review: New Gods Special #1

New Gods Special #1

I dunno — on the one hand, writer/artist Shane Davis seems to “get” Jack Kirby: his recently-released New Gods Special #1 (cover-priced $4.99, which I paid for out-of-pocket) is big, brash, bold, and battle-centric, revolving as it does around a conflict between Orion and his brother, Kalibak, who’s in the business of setting up an “Apokolips Pit” deep beneath the surface of New Genesis and the notice of its residents/protectors, the New Gods. In the worst tradition of his father, the dread Darkseid, however, he’s building his pit utilizing slave labor, and one of his “volunteers,” the ever-intrepid “Bug” known as Forager, escapes to warn the New Gods — who, for the record, have been marginalizing and abusing his people even longer than Kalibak has — that their whole world’s about to come crashing down. I guess he’s just thoughtful like that.

And this is where it starts to become apparent that on anything other than a surface or aesthetic level, Davis doesn’t “get” Kirby at all. There’s no nuance or depth to any of the proceedings in New Gods Special #1 — none of the deep and profound philosophical questions that The King Of Comics was asking with his Fourth World opus (like how can New Genesis be anything other than a deeply flawed “paradise” given that it sustains itself by means of the exploitation of “lesser” races?) are anywhere to be found, no facile nods even thrown in their direction. If you sucked all the actual meaning from Kirby’s work, and filtered it through a distinctly ’90s-Wildstorm-style artistic lens, then what you’d probably end up with is something very much like this. As a result, this comic — even though DC just published it last week — both feels and looks far more dated than any of the original Fourth World books themselves.

New Gods Special #1

Which isn’t to say that Davis, inker Michelle Delecki, and superstar colorist Alex Sinclair didn’t obviously put their “all” into this comic. I contend that the visual evidence, at the very least, is proof positive that they did. It’s just that their “all” isn’t nearly enough to stand in Kirby’s shadow. This is very much an average comic book fisticuffs struggle, albeit one with some cosmic trappings, and while it passes the admittedly low bar set for “competence” by today’s “Big Two” standards, it’s thoroughly devoid of the inspiration that informed every panel that Kirby ever drew and every line he ever scripted. Tonally, Orion, Lightray, Forager, Kalibak, etc. all sound right — but minus the crucial spark of Kirby’s animating genius, none of them feel right. And while it may be inherently unfair to compare anybody to The King, the simple truth is that if you’re going to put out a comic ostensibly intended to honor his legacy, that comic should honor said legacy, rather than merely imitate it.

New Gods Special #1

The legendary Walter Simonson fares somewhat better with his brief backup strip — his lavish art looks as gorgeous as ever, and while the story is also essentially a basic run-around (based on concepts he introduced in his Orion series revolving around New Genesis’ aquatic life), it’s one with at least as much substance as Davis’ much-longer main feature. It’s not a terrific story by any means, or even an especially memorable one, but it’s at least mercifully short and quite pretty to look at.

So — does New Gods Special #1 have anything going for it, then? Well, yeah, it does — buried at the very back of the book are a couple of short-but-oh-so-sweet Young Gods Of Supertown strips by Kirby himself, and while no one’s going to claim that these stories, which originally ran in the pages of The Forever People and feature the character Lonar, were essential components of the overall Fourth World arc, they fleshed out the world of New Genesis nicely and remain prime examples of excellent little adventure yarns.

In fairness, though, those stories are already available in several different reprint collections (and will be in the forthcoming Fourth World Omnibus), and hardly constitute a reason to shell out five bucks for this hollow “tribute” comic.

Story: Shane Davis  Art: Shane Davis
Story: 3.0 Art: 2.0 Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

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