In a comic that immediately went in to our “excited to read” pile, Marvel has revealed that writer Christopher Priest and artist Stefano Landini area teaming up for U.S.Agent. The first issue drops in November. Titled “American Zealot” the story is described by Priest as a morality play that takes place in five chapters.
John Walker has been stripped of his official USAgent status and is now an independent government contractor protecting government covert interests. He’s drawn into a conflict between a small town and corporate giant attempting to destroy it. Along the way, he gets a new partner and new enemy as well as being haunted by the ghosts from his past while facing his future.
Darth Vader is on the hunt for a criminal syndicate but he doesn’t know that same syndicate has hired a group of bounty hunters to take Vader out once and for all.
Star Wars: Target Vader collects #1-6.
Story: Robbie Thompson Art: Marc Laming, Cris Bolson, Stefano Landini, Marco Failla, Robert Di Salvo, Georges Duarte Color: Neeraj Menon, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jordan Boyd, Andres Mossa, Federico Blee, Erick Arciniega, Giada Marchisio Lettering: Joe Caramagna, Clayton Cowles
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Through the Ruins of Ravencroft miniseries, writer Frank Tieri has been adding layers to the iconic Marvel institution. The series has focused on the concept that to look towards the future one has to know the past. And, while we’ve waited for Ravencroft’s future, we get to know its mysterious past. Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1 does exactly that folding in Dracula, Loki, and more into its history.
Though an intriguing issue, this chapter is the weakest of the bunch. We learn that Dracula is involved with the asylum using it for experiments in an agreement with the United States government. The concept is an interesting one but it never quite “makes its case.” The idea of the US making shady deals during the World War II time period, there’s not enough details as to why this deal is happening. Instead, the focus is on Captain America and Bucky stumbling on the situation to free a fellow soldier. If there was more of a focus on that emotional thread or the horrors happening within, the comic would be stronger. But, the issue feels like it attempts to have both without focusing enough on either.
The inclusion of even more characters, while others are set to the side, doesn’t help matters. The inclusion and exclusion feels a bit out of left field and jarring.
The issue also looks towards the future with a twist at the end. That will have major ramifications on the upcoming series taking place in Ravencroft. One of the bigger details is what happened to Ravencroft revealing his fate.
Angel Unzueta handles the modern segments on art while Stefano Landini handles the flashbacks. Rachelle Rosenberg provides the colors. The flashback sequences are much stronger artwise for the comic. Rosenberg’s color gives the sequence a worn “old” look with a focus on a palette and style that’s a bit aged. Like past issues the art does an interesting job of throwing out some things the text doesn’t which should interest and excite hardcover Marvel fans. The art doesn’t quite deliver the horror the issue should feature. There’s never a moment where it really sinks in as to what’s being down visually. The experiments are there but it’s missing something to really punch the reader.
Ruins of Ravencroft: Dracula #1 ends the series on a low note but like past issues it does a good job of fleshing out the history. It’s better as a piece of the miniseries and it sets up the upcoming series nicely. This is for those who have been reading up to this point but new readers might want to wait for the trade.
(W) Frank Tieri (A) Stefano Landini, Angel Unzueta (CA) Gerardo Sandoval Rated T+ In Shops: Jan 22, 2020 SRP: $4.99
To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and — as Captain America learned the hard way – some secrets have teeth.
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Nic Klein Rated T In Shops: Dec 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
• Valance has escaped the clutches of the Empire, and finally has a lead on who’s REALLY behind the mysterious crime syndicate, the Hidden Hand. In the process, he’s uncovered a mystery about his own past. • Darth Vader… AND members of the Rebellion, desperate for one last arms deal with The Hidden Hand. • Will Valance be able to finish the job and kill Vader? Will Vader crush the Rebellion once and for all? Or will The Hidden Hand continue to walk between the raindrops and escape them all? Check out the thrilling finale to find out!
Marvel has released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for titles coming to comic shops this January! The episode recapped all the exciting news from New York Comic Con 2019 like Iron Man 2020 and Ravencroft as well as the new launches of Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Star Wars! In addition, The Pull List revealed never-before-seen titles: Hawkeye: Freefall, a brand new solo series by Matthew Rosenberg, and Tarot #1, an all-new adventure featuring the Avengers and Defenders by comic legends Alan Davis and Paul Renaud.
HAWKEYE: FREEFALL #1
Written by MATTHEW ROSENBERG Art by OTTO SCHMIDT Cover by KIM JACINTO
HAWKEYE RETURNS IN A BRAND NEW SERIES!
When a mysterious and ruthless new Ronin starts tearing a destructive path through the city, suspicion immediately falls on Hawkeye, but Clint has more to worry about than who’s wearing his old costume. After a clash with the Hood ends badly, Hawkeye gives himself a new mission that will place him in the crosshairs of one of New York’s most dangerous villains.
Hawkeye’s mission and Ronin’s secret plans will set them on a collision course that only one of them will walk away from.
Written by ALAN DAVIS Art and Cover by PAUL RENAUD
An all-new epic adventure teaming the classic Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with Marvel’s premiere Non-Team by Alan Davis and Paul Renaud!
A strange and impossible lost memory from his days in World War II draws Namor the Sub-Mariner to his one-time compatriot Captain America—but the two heroes and their respective allies find themselves pulled into a labyrinth of pain, destruction and madness courtesy of the Infernal Ichor of Ish’lzog!
IRON MAN 2020 #1
Written by DAN SLOTT & CHRISTOS GAGE Art and Cover by PETE WOODS
In IRON MAN 2020, the future has arrived, and Artificial Intelligences present a clear and present danger to humanity and must be brought to heel! As the Robot Rebellion battles for the establishment of robot rights, someone new will don the Iron Man suit: Arno Stark, the long-lost brother of Tony Stark.
But Arno Stark won’t be alone: War Machine, Rescue, Ironheart will all have roles to play in the new series. The Robot Rebellion will also feature some familiar robots from the Marvel Universe including Machine Man AKA Aaron Stack, Jocasta, the Vision, Albert (the robotic Wolverine character), Elsie-Dee, Machinesmith, Nick Fury LMDs, Death’s Head, the Mad Thinker and his Awesome Android, Quasimodo, H.E.R.B.I.E., the Dreadnaughts, Brynocki, Alkhema, and M-11.
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by ANGEL UNZUETA Cover by KYLE HOTZ
After the hellish horrors of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Ravencroft Institute has received a much-needed facelift and is open for business with a new staff, including JOHN JAMESON, looking to atone for the part he played in ABSOLUTE CARNAGE. But will Ravencroft return the mentally unstable villains of the Marvel Universe to upstanding citizens and give John the redemption he’s looking for, or will they fall prey to the hospital’s seemingly sinister nature?
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: CARNAGE #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUIU VILLANOVA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
In the aftermath of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the Marvel Universe still needs a place to treat and rehabilitate the criminally insane, and efforts to reconstruct RAVENCROFT are well underway. But Ravencroft is no ordinary facility, and untold secrets may yet be waiting to be unearthed in the destruction Carnage left after his attack on the facility.
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: SABRETOOTH #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by GUILLERMO SANNA Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
The history of the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane has been shrouded in mystery for years. NO LONGER! In the wake of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, the facility’s past has started to unravel, and in doing so has revealed hidden chapters in the lives of some of the Marvel Universe’s most recognizable heroes and villains!
RUINS OF RAVENCROFT: DRACULA #1
Written by FRANK TIERI Art by STEFANO LANDINI Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL
To the men and women of the Marvel Universe, Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane appeared to be a hospital devoted to the rehabilitation of society’s most violent offenders. But appearances can be deceptive, and—as Captain America learned the hard way—some secrets have teeth.
Written by DONNY CATES Art by NIC KLEIN Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
The prince is now a king. All Asgard lies before Thor, the God of Thunder. And after many months of war, the Ten Realms are finally at peace. But the skies above the Realm Eternal are never clear for long… The Black Winter is coming. And the God of the Storm will be powerless before it.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
Written by AL EWING Art and Cover by JUANN CABAL
Once, the Guardians of the Galaxy were a team of misfits. Now they’re a family, and they’ve earned their peace. But the universe is not a peaceful place — and it’s only getting worse. The Great Empires are in turmoil. The rule of law is dead. And amidst the chaos, the Gods of Olympus have returned — harbingers of a new age of war, reborn to burn their mark on the stars themselves. Someone has to guard the galaxy — but who will accept the mission? And will they survive it?
STAR WARS #1
Written by CHARLES SOULE Art by JESÚS SAIZ Cover by R.B. SILVA
In the wake of The Empire Strikes Back, it is a dark time for the heroes of the Rebellion. The Rebel fleet…scattered following a disastrous defeat at the Battle of Hoth. Han Solo…lost to the bounty hunter, Boba Fett, after being frozen in carbonite. And after being lured into a trap on Cloud City and bested in a vicious lightsaber duel against the evil Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker…learned the horrible truth about his noble Jedi lineage.
Now, after narrowly escaping the Dark Lord’s clutches, wounded and reeling from the revelation, Luke joins Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, Chewbacca, and the droids C-3PO and R2-D2 to fight their way back to the Rebel Alliance. But what Leia, Luke, and their ragtag band of freedom fighters don’t realize…is that they have only traded one Imperial trap for another! Enter the cunning and vengeful Imperial Commander Zahra, at the helm of the Tarkin’s Will!
The greatest space adventure of all time continues this January!
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Nic Klein Rated T In Shops: Oct 09, 2019 SRP: $3.99
HUNTING THE HUNTERS!
• DARTH VADER is trapped, alone, and surrounded by deadly bounty hunters… • …but the SITH LORD is never truly alone as long as he wields the Dark Side of The Force! • VALANCE and his gang of bounty hunters soon find that the hunters have become the hunted, as Vader picks them off one-by-one — and he’s helped by one of Valance’s own!
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Nic Klein Rated T In Shops: Sep 25, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE DOUBLE CROSS!
• VALANCE and his crew of bounty hunters have DARTH VADER on the ropes, surrounding him with enemy ships. • Vader is the greatest pilot in the galaxy, though, and he’s about to go head to head with the Imperial Navy’s former best pilot… Beilert Valance! • But if Valance can survive this aerial duel, will he survive betrayal on land, as a member of the Rebellion lies hidden within his ranks!
(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Stefano Landini (CA) Nic Klein Rated T In Shops: Aug 14, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE HUNTER BECOMES THE HUNTED!
• VALANCE and DENGAR track DARTH VADER while also seeking out the perfect weapon to kill the SITH LORD… • …which they’ll need as Vader turns the tables on the hunters and corners them! • And both hunter and hunted uncover dark secrets behind the criminal syndicate known only as THE HIDDEN HAND.