writer: Tom Sniegoski artist: Michael Sta. Maria covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Ben Oliver (B), Stephen Segovia (C), Teena Titan Cosplay Variant (D), Stephen Segovia (RI-Virgin), Teena Titan Cosplay Variant (RI-Virgin), Ben Oliver (RI-B/W), Ben Oliver (RI-Tint), Lucio Parrillo (CGC-Graded Cover), Ben Oliver (CGC-Graded Cover) FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
In order to resurrect the Danse Macabre, Vampirella must first discover what secret Mr. Sabastain was so desperate to keep hidden that he would summon and bind one of the legendary Hounds of Pandemonium to protect it.
Who or what is Abbadon? And could it end the reign of Nyx—or will it bring about the end of all life as we know it?
writer: Tom Sniegoski artist: Michael Sta. Maria covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Ben Oliver (B), Stephen Segovia (C), Allyson Ochs Cosplay Variant (D), Stephen Segovia (RI-Virgin), Allyson Ochs Cosplay Variant (RI-Virgin), Ben Oliver (RI-B/W), Ben Oliver (RI-Tint), Lucio Parrillo (CGC-Graded Cover), Ben Oliver (CGC-Graded Cover) FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
Still recovering from her final battle with Hemorrhage, Vampirella realizes that there will be no rest for the wicked and begins the process of assembling a plan that will hopefully result in the liberation of the Earth from the clutches of Mistress Nyx, and the Chaos Lords.
(W) Zeb Wells (A/CA) Stephen Segovia Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $4.99
BAD IS THE NEW GOOD!
When Krakoa opened their doors to all mutants and forgave all past crimes, they might have known they’d have to accept some of their worst foes into the fold… but they didn’t plan for what to do with them. Not to worry-Mister Sinister knows what to do with the troublemakers. Meet his new Hellions: Scalphunter, Wild Child, Empath, Nanny, Orphanmaker, Psylocke…and Havok?! Under Sinister’s direction, they are sure to become productive members of mutant society. Writer Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, NEW MUTANTS) and artist Stephen Segovia (WOLVERINE: MANIFEST DESTINY, SUPERIOR CARNAGE) bring you the team you’re going to hate to love!
(W) Francis Manapul, Geoff Johns, Michael Moreci, Marv Wolfman, Various Others, Joshua Williamson (A) Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Scott Kolins, Stephen Segovia, David Marquez, Bryan Hitch, Francis Manapul, Riley Rossmo, Various Others (CA) Howard Porter In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $7.99
Beginning: “The Flash Age”! The story we’ve been building toward since issue #50 comes to a head! While a supercharged Speed Force wreaks havoc on Barry Allen’s life, a new threat appears on the horizon in the form of the deadly Paradox. Destined to destroy the Flash’s legacy, Paradox sends his herald, Godspeed, to trap the Flash family! Plus, in this special anniversary issue: tales from across the generations of super-speedsters by an all-star lineup of writers and artists!
In 1975, writer Len Wein and artist Dave Cockrum changed the comics landscape forever with Giant-Size X-Men #1. This special issue marked a new genesis for the team, introduced iconic Marvel characters like Storm and Nightcrawler, and set the X-Men on the path to becoming the cultural powerhouses they are today. Now, 45 years later, Marvel Comics is honoring this landmark issue in an extraordinary way with the help of 37 of the industry’s top artists. Each pulse-pounding page of this unforgettable issue will be re-envisioned by artists such as Alex Ross, Carmen Carnero, and Mark Brooks. This diverse group of talent have joined together to pay homage to this comic book masterpiece by redrawing Cockrum’s original art in their own unique styles.
Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 is written by Wein and features art by Alex Ross, Kevin Nowlan, Chris Samnee, Marcus To, Siya Oum, Stephen Segovia, Marguerite Sauvage, Carmen Carnero, Bernard Chang, Aaron Kuder, Takeshi Miyazawa, Juann Cabal, Gurihiru, Mark Brooks, Kris Anka, Phil Noto, Valerio Schiti, Leinil Francis Yu, Matteo Lolli, Ema Lupacchino, Carlos Gómez, Iban Coello, R.B. Silva, Ramon Rosanas, Joshua Cassara, David Baldeón, Marcelo Ferreira, Javier Garrón, Rod Reis, Javier Rodríguez, Marco Checchetto, Jen Bartel, Mike Del Mundo, Rahzzah, Pepe Larraz, and Mike Hawthorne, It features a cover by Adi Granov.
Giant-Size X-Men: Tribute to Wein & Cockrum #1 #1 goes on sale May 27th but you can get your first look at this milestone issue in this special announcement trailer featuring Editor Jordan D. White and Assistant Editor Annalise Bissa!
Benjamin Percy and Stephen Segovia transpose cloak and dagger American interventionism to gain a sphere of influence in Latin American countries to the key of mutantdom and Warren Ellis-style high concept-meets-absolutely bonkers. plotting in X-Force #6. The issue starts in a beautiful way with Beast conducting his “symphony” of X-Force operatives with Segovia’s very direct artwork working in tandem with Percy’s descriptive prose for each member’s role on the team. (Wolverine is percussion, and Percy takes a page out of early Claremont X-Men and uses him for action and gruffness instead of the star of the show.)
Beast is the POV character throughout X-Force #6, and what follows is a peek behind the curtain of the mutant CIA. Hank McCoy is his more recently characterized master manipulator self (No timelines were harmed in the making of this issue.) rather than the affable, occasionally flirty fuzzball that was tailor made to be played Kelsey Grammer. Throughout the issue, he doesn’t doubt or waver once immediately giving kill orders for the “telefloronic” organisms created by the country of Terra Verde that could rival Krakoa, its products, and taking away the current mutant leverage on the world. There’s only room for one plant-based tech producing country, and Percy and Segovia craft immediate uncertainty when Black Tom Cassidy, who can manipulate the plant matter of Krakoa, is assaulted by similar plant manner.
And what made X-Force such an interesting read other than its continued use of the body horror aesthetic (Segovia has a much smoother art style than Joshua Cassara though.) is that Beast is sugarcoated to become some kind of heroic or anti-heroic figure. He’s just a powerful mutant, who uses his intellect and occasionally, brute strength and athletic ability to protect Krakoa’s interest. He’s a wetwork operation or a secret war wrapped up in blue fur and glasses.
Beast is as skilled with words and metaphors as he is with positioning operatives and mutant abilities as he compares the telefloronic organisms to Omega sentinels to assuage Jean Grey’s ethical dilemma. There’s a great contrast between the innocence of the classic “Marvel Girl” costume and the dark implications of her action as Stephen Segovia draws her in intense profile with some shading. Also, it’s cathartic when she gets to give Beast a piece of her mind. She’s the most traditionally heroic of the X-Force team, but the dark palette used by Guru e-FX undercuts every “good thing” she seems to do. For example, when she rescues Terra Verde’s president Cocom from the telefloronic organisms, Stephen Segovia and Guru e-FX frame her as an angel of death, not a helping hand.
Since the establishment of Krakoa in House of X/Powers of X, Jonathan Hickman and his fellow X-scribes have couched what would be usual superhero team action into the visual and verbal language of warfare. Marauders is naval conflict, Excalibur is a wild and woolly border dispute with a side of a state-sanctioned puppet ruler, New Mutants is a diplomatic mission gone wrong, X-Men is literally a summit, and X-Force, as I’ve mentioned earlier and keeping with its black ops team roots, is off the books warfare. Throughout the issue, Beast makes sure there are no witnesses to his and his team’s actions so Krakoa keeps its leverage on human nations via the pharmaceutical market and is positioned as the victim, not aggressor. (See the amazing text piece on how he set up Professor X as a martyr figure.)
Benjamin Percy’s choice to filter the story through Beast’s POV and showing behind the hood of his orchestration of the “mutant CIA” gives X-Force #6 incredible narrative focus to go with Stephen Segovia and Guru e-FX’s precise, powerful visuals. It’s a memorable addition to the Dawn of X books’ ongoing saga of a presumably utopian society uses decidedly non-utopian methods to maintain it with X-Force definitely getting to explore the non-utopian part in a creative way with a fantastic ensemble cast.
Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Stephen Segovia Colors: Guru e-FX Letters: Joe Caramagna Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
writer: George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker artist: Mel Rubi covers: Mike Miller (A), Mel Rubi (B) Stephen Segovia (C), Butch Guice (D) Mel Rubi (RI-Virgin), Mel Rubi (RI-B/W), Mike Miller (RI-Virgin), Stephen Segovia (RI-B/W), Butch Guice (RI-B/W) FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Adventure | $3.99 | Mature
Step back into the world of George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire!
Following the #1 New York Times bestselling adaptation of A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, Volume 2 ushers us through a world gripped by a brutal civil war. Amidst the rising tensions, Sansa Stark suffers under the increasingly sadistic hand of King Joffrey, Jon Snow journeys to the Fist of the First Men, and Bran discovers that his dreams are predictions of the future…
(W) Jim Zub (A) Stephen Segovia, Vanesa R. Del Rey (CA) Carlos Pacheco PARENTAL ADVISORY In Shops: Dec 18, 2019 SRP: $3.99
THE WRATH OF THE SERPENT GOD!
WARRIORS ACROSS TIME DEFY THE ELDER GODS!
JAMES ALLISON will soon die. But it’s not his first death. He’s lived many lives, in many places – lives he can recall in vivid detail. But when an Elder God called the WYRM reaches across time to James, an ages-spanning quest begins! The serpent god SET plans to usher in an eternity of darkness, and only the chosen warriors across time and space have a hope of stopping him: CONAN THE BARBARIAN, SOLOMON KANE, DARK AGNES, and the man known as MOON KNIGHT!
In an unprecedented comics event, Robert E. Howard’s characters join forces along with Marvel’s Moon Knight, in an all-new saga built on REH and Marvel lore from across the ages!
Earlier this year, Jonathan Hickman revitalized the X-Men franchise in House of X and Powers of X, ushering in a new age of stories for mutantkind. “Dawn of X” kept the momentum going with six exciting launches, each exploring the X-Men’s new status quo in distinct ways, and this March, this bold era continues with the most unexpected lineup ever seen in an X-Men title… Introducing the new HELLIONS!
When the X-Men invited all mutants to Krakoa, they meant ALL mutants, even forgiving the past sins of some of their fiercest enemies. Chief among them was Mister Sinister who now tasks himself with finding purpose for mutantkind’s most dangerous outcasts: Wild Child, Nanny, Orphan Maker, Empath, and Scalphunter! Also on hand to do Sinister’s dirty work will be X-Men favorites Psylocke and Havok! Will they be able keep these murderous baddies in line or will the team’s deadly missions have them succumb to their own sinister natures?
Taking us along for this twisted ride will be writer Zeb Wells. No stranger to dark humor and in-depth character studies. Joining him on this journey will be artist Stephen Segovia who’s made a name for himself in high octane books like Contagion and Superior Carnage.
If you think the book’s lineup is shocking, you ain’t seen nothing yet! Brace yourselves for more jaw dropping revelations and twists when Hellions #1 hit stands in March!