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Review: Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Fourever

The Fantastic Four are back but before they get back to Earth, they need to save the multiverse! Fantastic Four Vol. 1 Fourever collects issues #1-4 by Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young, Nico Leon, Stefano Caselli, Marte Gracia, Marco Russo, Jeremy Treece, and Erick Arcieniega.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores on March 19! 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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Mark Millar and Netflix unveil Sharkey the Bounty Hunter

Netflix and Millarworld have announced their third comic book collaboration, Sharkey the Bounty Hunter, from writer and creator Mark Millar. Millar has named comic book artist Simone Bianchi to bring Sharkey to life on the printed page. This is the third Millarworld franchise since Mark Millar joined Netflix on staff, following the best-selling The Magic Order and the upcoming Prodigy, which is set to be released on December 5. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be available from Image Comics in comic book stores and online on February 20th, 2019.

Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter has been developed as a feature film since last year, with writer Michael Bacall writing the screenplay.

Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 20th. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, January 28th.

  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover A Bianchi – Diamond Code DEC180050
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover B Sketch Bianchi – Diamond Code DEC180051
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover C Quitely – Diamond Code DEC180052
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover D Scalera – Diamond Code DEC180053
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover E Yildirim – Diamond Code DEC180054
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover F Blank variant – Diamond Code DEC180055
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover G Kerschl – Diamond Code DEC180056

Review: Fantastic Four #1

After a three year absence, the book that kicked off the Marvel Universe is back sort of in Fantastic Four #1. Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Elisabetta D’Amico, and Marte Gracia’s first issue doesn’t have Marvel’s First Family fighting Mole Man or the Trapster just yet and creates a slow build to the reunion. However, there is plenty of sweetness, comedy, and a little of bit of familial strife along the way as Slott and Pichelli play in-universe with reader expectations about the team reuniting and the oil and water dynamic of the Human Torch and the ever loving blue eyed Thing. They do have a quite funny flashback to a “forgotten” adventure of the Fantastic Four that asks as a proof of concept that shows that Slott call pull off all the voices of the bickering, yet loving sitcom family with superpowers. In addition to this, Slott, Simone Bianchi, and Marco Russo craft a Dr. Doom backup story that is a little more traditionalist than his recent appearances in Invincible Iron Man and Marvel Two-in-One,  and there’s also a super fun and quite metafictional one page backup drawn by Skottie Young and colored by Jeremy Treece.

For her work on Fantastic Four #1, Sara Pichelli brings a looser, almost more playful art style that still shows emotions and body language in a fluid way with the help of inker Elisabetta D’Amico and colorist Marte Gracia. Even though he’s made of rocks, Pichelli’s take on The Thing is lively and utterly human. Beneath his ungainly movements, he’s a loving man, and the scene where he proposes to his long time girlfriend Alicia Masters is sentimental without being sappy. Dan Slott writes The Thing as maybe giving up on seeing Reed, Sue, Valeria, and Franklin ever again, but he still has a family in Alicia and Johnny. However, The Thing and the Human Torch aren’t always loving BFFs, and Gracia shows the subtle difference in the Torch’s flame when he’s going off in action and when he flies off the handle after Ben asks him to be his best man. This scene shows that there’s still tension in Ben and Johnny’s relationship in an organic, not drama for the sake of drama way and even builds off the way that Chip Zdarsky has written them in Marvel Two-in-One where Ben knows that Sue and Reed are lost forever while giving Johnny a false sense of hope that they’re somewhere in the multiverse.

Johnny still believes the Fantastic Four will reunite and immediately flames on to where their sign shoots off in the sky with a flare gun like in the original Fantastic Four #1. Of course, it’s just a prank, but it’s foreshadowing to a grander, earned moment all overlaid in a beautiful blue by Marte Gracia like hope in the midst of despair. And hope and family are major themes throughout Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli’s story in Fantastic Four #1. Even if Ben and Johnny don’t interact with Ben and Sue, they share plenty of moments with the “extended” Fantastic Four family, including Wyatt Wingfoot, Jennifer Walters, and the aforementioned Alicia Masters. Johnny and Wyatt take in a Mets game, and Slott engages in what is either queer subtext or queer baiting using the stadium kiss cam while Jen pops up later to flirt with Wyatt and also legally represent the Yancy Street kids who set off the false Fantastic Four flare. Slott modernizes the relationship between the Thing and what was formerly known as the Yancy Street gang making him kind of a community leader instead of the participant in an endless Itchy and Scratchy situation.

Other than the poetic ending, the best moment of Fantastic Four #1 is the flashback sequence where the Fantastic Four and supporting cast find their way back to New York City through the power of Johnny singing the Wayne Newton standard, “Danke Schoen”. It’s funny, cheesy, heartwarming, and adventurous all at once like the best Fantastic Four stories. This is thanks to some little details emphasized by Pichelli like the way Reed cranes his neck when explain the quantum science or whatever of this karaoke journey home situation and then immediately retracts when he doesn’t want to out and out say that Sue isn’t the greatest singer. There’s also time for some transcendent beauty in the midst of screwball comedy: a Marte Gracia colored cosmic flame in the deep blue night sky that even Alicia, who is blind, can see. This little adventure shows the Fantastic Four are about science as well as deep human wonder through the vessel of a family ensemble.

Slott, Simone Bianchi, and Marco Russo’s Dr. Doom backup story creates a different kind of wonder, and the baroque severeness of Bianchi’s art easily contrasts with the cosmic smoothness, yet expressive cartooning of Sara Pichelli and Elisabetta D’Amico. It’s a back to basics Doom story as one of his former subjects pays a visit to the half-abandoned Doomstadt (There’s lots of Doombots per usual.) and asks him to liberate Latveria from one of the many stop gap authoritarian regimes that have been in place since he left them to play hero/Iron Man. And the way Slott writes Doom and Bianchi draws him is the complete opposite of the “Infamous Iron Man” as his face is no longer pretty, and he’s ready to rule with an iron grip and an iron mask. Like the main story of Fantastic Four #1, the Doom backup is about hope and symbols, but it’s a dark and twisted mirror to Marvel’s First Family.

Fantastic Four #1 is nothing short of a triumphant return for Marvel’s first superhero team. Dan Slott hits a nice balance between tearing heart strings, broad humor, and the wonders of the universe in his script while also crafting an aura of mystery and terror in the Dr. Doom backup story with Simone Bianchi and Marco Russo. In the visual department, Sara Pichelli shows why she is one of Marvel’s best and versatile artists hitting all the smaller, yet very important character beats as well as the big spreads and “Flame on!” moments.

Whether you’ve been reading the title since 1961 or this is your first FF adventure, Fantastic Four #1 is definitely worth your $5.99.

Story: Dan Slott Pencils: Sara Pichelli Inks: Sara Pichelli with Elisabetta D’Amico
Colors: Marte Gracia Backup Art: Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young
Backup Colors: Simone Bianchi and Marco Russo, Jeremy Treece Letters: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Fantastic Four #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of the Fantastic Four!

Fantastic Four #1 is by Dan Slott, Sara Pichelli, Simone Bianchi, Skottie Young, and Marte Garcia.

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The Inhumans Take To The Stars – Your First Look at Royals #1!

A myth from the future. A quest to the farthest stars. A legend written across galaxies. This April, the Inhuman royal family departs on an odyssey to save their race in Royals #1 – the brand-new series from fan-favorite writer Al Ewing and red-hot artist Jonboy Meyers! Abdicating the throne in the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, Marvel’s newest space epic will take the Inhumans to the far reaches of space and beyond! The knowledge they seek about their true origins could change the course of Inhuman destiny, or damn it for all time. They must uncover who they are, if they are to truly unlock who they might be. Now, Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Flint and Swain – along with Marvel Boy as their guide – will blast off on a mission that could mean salvation for their people. But thousands of years from now, when their legend has passed into myth, they’ll say that seven set out on a journey, but only six returned…

Take a plunge into the unknown on April 5th ! Featuring covers by Meyers, Keron Grant, Simone Bianchi, Paul McCaffrey, John Tyler Christopher, Neal Adams, and Skottie Young.

Preview: Captain America: Steve Rogers #10

Captain America: Steve Rogers #10

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Jesus Saiz (CA) Simone Bianchi
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $3.99

In the wake of Maria Hill’s court-martial, who will become the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D.? The answer will electrify you!

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Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham Begin The Golden Age in Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #1!

On September 2nd, two comic icons bring you the series that changed comics forever. And at long last – it will finally be complete. A tale that began 25 years ago begins anew this September in Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #1! Visionary comic legends Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham bring you a new Age of Miracles and a story of epic proportions! Kicking off The Golden Age storyline, then continuing into the famously unfinished The Silver Age & The Dark Age story arcs, Gaiman & Buckingham’s lost Miracleman story will finally see the light of day!

Uttering a single, long-forgotten word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born! Years out of print and left unfinished, Marvel comics is pleased to bring these trailblazing and genre defining stories to an entire new generation of fans. Now is the chance to jump on board one of the most groundbreaking stories in comic history before these two industry legends bring you it’s cataclysmic conclusion a quarter century in the making!

Reuniting with series colorist D’Israeli and award-winning letterer Todd Klein to create the each issue of Gaiman & Buckingham’s run has been remastered directly from the original artwork. Each issue also features extensive additional content including scripts, original art, sketches, rare promotional pieces – and more!

MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1 (JUL150801)
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art & Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Variant Covers by JOE QUESADA (JUL150802) and SIMONE BIANCHI (JUL150803)
Jam Variant by GARRY LEACH, ALAN DAVIS, JOHN TOTLEBEN & RICK VEITCH (JUL150804)
FOC – 08/10/15, On-Sale – 09/02/15

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The Secret History of Ben Kenobi Revealed in Star Wars #7!

This July, experience a very special issue of the blockbuster Star Wars series as special guest artist Simone Bianchi joins chart-topping writer Jason Aaron for a look back into the past with Star Wars #7! Luke Skywalker has uncovered the journals of his departed mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, experience Kenobi’s harrowing accounts of days long gone by! It is a time when injustice reigned on Tattooine. As villainous scum runs rampant over the blistering sands, only a Jedi Master stands any hope of liberating the planet from the grasp of gangs, thieves and thugs. But would Ben risk everything to do what was right? Even if it meant revealing himself to those searching for his whereabouts?

STAR WARS #7 (MAY150775)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by SIMONE BIANCHI
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Variant Covers by TONY MOORE (MAY150779), SIMONE BIANCHI (MAY150776)
And JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY150778)
Sketch Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (MAY150777)
FOC – 07/06/15, On-Sale – 07/29/15

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Neil Gaiman & Mark Buckingham Begin The Golden Age in Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #1!

It was the series that changed comics forever. And at long last – it will be completed. This September, a tale that began 25 years ago will finally be told in Miracleman by Gaiman & Buckingham #1! Visionary comic legends Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham bring you a new Age of Miracles and a story of epic proportions! Kicking off The Golden Age storyline and then continuing into the unfinished The Silver Age and The Dark Age arcs, Gaiman & Buckingham’s lost Miracleman story will finally see the light of day!

Uttering a single, long-forgotten word, Michael Moran transformed from the ordinary into the extraordinary – and Miracleman was born! Years out of print and left unfinished, Marvel Comics is pleased to bring these iconic and trailblazing stories back to print for an entirely new generation of fans. Now is the chance to jump on board one of the most groundbreaking stories in comics history before these two industry titans bring you the cataclysmic conclusion to their famously unfinished storyline!

Gaiman and Buckingham reunite with series colorist D’Israeli and award-winning letterer Todd Klein to create the definitive Miracleman. Each issue has been remastered directly from the original artwork and will feature extensive additional content including scripts, original art, sketches, rare promotional pieces — and more! Look for this exciting jumping on point this September 2nd!

MIRACLEMAN BY GAIMAN & BUCKINGHAM #1
Written by NEIL GAIMAN
Art & Cover by MARK BUCKINGHAM
Variant Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
Variant Cover by JOE QUESADA
Special Jam Variant by GARRY LEACH, ALAN DAVIS, JOHN TOTLEBEN & RICK VEITCH
On Sale September 2nd!

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The Return of the King – a First Look at Uncanny Inhumans #0!

This April, the silent Inhuman king rises from the ashes. Thought you knew Black Bolt? Think again! Prepare for Uncanny Inhumans #0 – the epic prelude to a brand new ongoing series from the chart-topping Death of Wolverine creative team of Charles Soule and Steve McNiven!

The stoic Inhuman king, able to level mountains with a whisper has struck out on his own – seemingly leaving his Queen and his very race to fend for themselves. But is that the whole story? Now, follow his adventures as he embarks on a new mission. A lone wolf and a king without a throne, Black Bolts endeavors will send him on a direct collision course with one of the Avengers’ greatest foes – Kang the Conqueror! With the mastery of time at his very fingertips, Kang will bend the entire 20,000 years of Inhuman history to his own vile ends.

With Kang cut loose, the silent sentinel of the Inhuman Nation is all that stands in his way. Will the Inhuman king rise in the face of growing threats to his people? Or will he fall? Find out when the secrets of Black Bolt’s journey comes to light!

UNCANNY INHUMANS #0 (FEB150664)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art & Cover by STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI (FEB150665)
Connecting Variant by JIM CHEUNG (FEB150666)
Variant Cover by SIYA OUM (FEB150667)
Inhumans 50th Anniversary Variant by JEROME OPENA (FEB150668)
Avengers Variant by MIKE PERKINS (FEB150669)
WTD Variant by CHRISTIAN WARD (FEB150670)
FOC – 03/09/15, On-Sale – 04/01/15

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