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The Visitor arrives in the Valiant Universe this December courtesy of Paul Levitz and MJ Kim

Who is the Visitor and why are the leaders of the world terrified of him? This December, industry icon and Eisner Hall of Famer Paul Levitz and Russ Manning Award-nominated artist MJ Kim unleash The Visitor from Valiant Entertainment!

The Visitor #1 (of 5), the first chapter of the jaw-dropping limited series, goes on sale December 18th, 2019, featuring colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Simon Bowland, and covers by Amilcar PinnaRaùl AllénMichael Walsh, and Kenneth Rocafort.

The Visitor

Preview: Ronin Island #6

Ronin Island #6

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover Artists:  

    Main Cover: Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $3.99

Hana and Kenichi have been forced down separate paths, but both lead back to the Island. While Hana settles in and learns more about the Shogun’s rise to power, Kenichi struggles to survive by himself out in the wastes of the mainland and realizes he might not be the only survivor out there.

Ronin Island #6

Exclusive Preview: Stronghold #5

STRONGHOLD #5

Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Ryan Kelly
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 8.21.2019

Michael and Claire’s quest reaches a shattering conclusion when they are faced with a choice: abandon their love, or embrace their destiny and awaken an entity de-signed for the annihilation of humanity.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (The Wicked + The Divine, Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high-adventure and tragic romance.

STRONGHOLD #5

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid SC

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Kyle Higgins & Ryan Parrott
Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo, Diego Galindo
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes
Colorists: Walter Baiamonte, Francesco Segala
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $29.99

THE BIGGEST COMIC BOOK EVENT IN POWER RANGERS HISTORY COLLECTED IN ONE VOLUME!

Lord Drakkon—a twisted alternate-reality version of Tommy Oliver (AKA the Mighty Morphin Green Ranger)—and his newly reformed army are crossing dimensions in order to execute an all-out attack that threatens the very existence of every Power Ranger ever!

Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #25-30, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Free Comic Book Day Special, and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Shattered Grid #1.

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Shattered Grid SC

Preview: Ronin Island #5

Ronin Island #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Cover Artists:  

    Main Cover: Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
    Unlocked Retailer Variant Cover: Kris Anka
Colorist: Irma Kniicila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $3.99

Hana finds herself facing unexpected challenges as a new leader in the Shogun’s army, and Kenichi begins to make the perilous journey back to the island…alone.

Ronin Island #5

Preview: Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artist: David Lafuente
Price: $14.99

After a mysterious attack wipes out the major cities of 19th century Japan, Korea, and China, survivors from all three lands find refuge on a hidden island and build a new society.

Hana, the orphaned daughter of Korean peasants, and Kenichi, son of a great samurai leader, have little in common except for a mutual disdain for the other. But these young warriors will have to work together when an army invades the island with shocking news: there is a new Shogun and the Island is expected to pay fealty in exchange for protection from a new enemy…a mutated horde that threatens to wipe out all humanity.

Award-winning writer Greg Pak (Firefly, Mech Cadet Yu) and artist Giannis Milonogiannis (Prophet) present a story that examines how we move forward when our past divides, set against the backdrop of a post-disaster 19th century Japan.

Collects issues #1-4 in an exclusive comic shop release

Ronin Island Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition

Knights Temporal #1 Sells Out Ahead of Release and Gets a Second Printing

Even though it doesn’t get released until the end of the month, Knights Temporal #1 has sold out ahead of release. AfterShock has announced that the debut issue will get a second printing.

Knights Temporal is written by Cullen Bunn, with art by Fran Galan, lettering by Simon Bowland, and the main cover by Galan. It also features a lenticular incentive color by Mike Rooth.

When Auguste de Riviere returned from the Crusades, he was ashamed and horrified by the things he had done. Hoping to reclaim his soul, he pledges to root out evil wherever it might be found. But when he pursued a vile sorcerer into a forbidden forest, his life was shattered. Auguste ventured into the dark forest, but emerged in the modern world. Accompanied now by the enigmatic Jane Fool, Auguste hunts a madman while trying to piece together the mystery of his very existence.

The second printing can be ordered with Diamond code MAY199157.

Review: Lois Lane #1

Lois Lane gets the spotlight in this new twelve issue max-series. It’s good, it’s really good.

Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Mike Perkins
Color: Paul Mounts
Letters: Simon Bowland

Get your copy in comic shops now and! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Lois Lane #1

Lois Lane #1

Lois Lane #1 is good, really good. Written by Greg Rucka, the series is a breath of fresh air not just for the character or DC, but in comics in general. Though set in a world of capes and superpowers, Rucka keeps the debut issue of this 12-issue maxi-series grounded.

Lois Lane is a reporter, one of the best there is and this issue shows why. It takes us through her daily business as she works on assignments and stirs shit, just as a good reporter would do. She works leads. She submits articles. And, she argues and fights to get the truth out in the open. Lane does this all while balancing a life with Superman/Clark Kent.

Rucka delivers a human focus with the issue. There’s a spotlight on the world around capes in this instance and what being caught up in that might do. But, the first focus is Lois Lane and how good at her job she is. How tough and focused she is. And, her quirks (she’s a horrible speller such as myself).

There’s also a grounding in our reality. Mentions of the abuses by the occupant in the White House hit home. There are mentions of Tweets. Then there are the camps reminding you more of reality. There’s a lot of small details in the comic which will likely anger a segment of individuals but also adds depth to the comic. It makes it something we can relate to more and also connects us to this magical world better.

The only knock on the comic is the lack of a clear focus on who or what the antagonist is. Lois shakes out some leads but it’s mostly a mystery making the comic feel more like a “slice of life.” genre.

The art by Mike Perkins, along with color by Paul Mounts and letters by Simon Bowland is top notch. The art style matches Rucka’s noir-ish gritty reporter take. The characters look great and small details on every page and panel add to the story. It’s as much a visual telling as it is through the dialogue. Character movement and positioning delivers details as well as small items like a sticker. You’ll linger on pages to catch it all.

Lois Lane #1 is one of the best debuts of the year. It’s a comic that’s long overdue but better late than never. The team has shown Lois Lane is the star we always knew and most importantly, you don’t need superpowers to have strength and shape the world.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Mike Perkins
Color: Paul Mounts Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8

The Bloodshot Rising Spirit #8 preview text asks “Will we finally learn the truth behind Bloodshot’s origin?”

Not really, if we’re being honest. This comic actually creates more loose ends than it answers. That’s about par for the course with the series as a whole.

The series certainly took a turn for the better after Eliot Rahal joined the creative team. The back half of the series found a cohesive voice and direction. The series became an entertaining read after five somewhat forgettable issues.

Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 does an admirable job of bringing the story to a close on a high note. It doesn’t do quite enough to change my gut feeling that this series as a whole is worth reading. If you want to know the highlights and major plot points, read the issues with Rahal’s name on the cover. The last three, honestly. While this issue does bring to a close the eight issue series that was supposed to tell the origin of Bloodshot, and it does deliver on the threads and hints from the previous issue or two, it doesn’t really give us anything more that we didn’t already know.

This leaves me in a bit of a quandary; while Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is actually a pretty solid comic, but it does nothing to make the series as a whole necessary reading for Bloodshot fans. When you’re advertising that a character’s origin will be revealed, one would expect that there would be some form of closure or revelation beyond what was telegraphed the previous issue. It’s a somewhat disappointing feeling when you finish the series and realize that all we really took away was that maybe there has been more than one Bloodshot. Which we knew already, thanks to Jeff Lemire’s introduction of Quiet Man, Tank Man and the rest of the Bloodshot Squad in Bloodshot Island. And yet… the comic itself was actually pretty good, because Rahal is able to craft a fun story from his short time on the book.

When it comes down to judging the comic on its own merits, I think that Bloodshot: Rising Spirit #8 is a solid read, and I’d almost recommend you picking up the final three issues; but when you look at the series as a whole, I’m left feeling somewhat empty. It just isn’t that great of an eight issue run.

Story: Kevin Grevious and Eliot Rahal
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Art: John K. Snyder III, Diego Yapur, ChrisCross with Jordi Taragona
Colourist: Jason Wright Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.3 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

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