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Preview: Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

Written by: Garth Ennis
Art by: Russell Braun
Cover by: Steve Dillon
Variant cover by: Neal Adams

In the tradition of the original Hard-Traveling Heroes, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, Sixpack and Dogwelder are ready to bring their allegedly socially aware brand of justice to the lands beyond Gotham City!

After the events of ALL-STAR SECTION EIGHT, Sixpack is fighting to keep what’s left of his team together. Dogwelder has gone in search of his past, while newlyweds Bueno Excellente and Guts are dealing with some fidelity issues. Could Section Eight be done for good?

But everything changes when a mysterious trenchcoat-wearing chain smoker offers our favorite dog enthusiast some clues about his true nature. Is Dogwelder everything he seems? Or is he meant for something greater?

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #2.11

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR #2.11

Writers: Si Spurrier & Rob Williams
Artist: Warren Pleece
Cover A: Dan Boultwood
Cover B: Photo Subscription – Will Brooks
Cover C: Steve Dillon
Cover D: Simon Myers
Colorist: Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
FC – $3.99 – 32pp – On sale: 27 July

BRAND NEW ARC BEGINS! Alice Obiefune is trapped in the Time War – caged in a time-locked region of space when stars burned, planets died and abominations walked the worlds, wreaking havoc with every unearthly step! She has lost the Doctor she knew, but the WAR DOCTOR has all the answers she seeks – if she can live long enough to reach him!

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AMC’s Preacher: Preview Screening and Conversation at 92Y NYC

ticketThis past evening I was fortunate enough to snag a ticket to the 92nd Street YMCA’s Preview Screening and Conversation of AMC‘s Preacher. I got to watch the spectacular pilot episode before it airs Sunday evening May 22; and hear from the show’s cast and creators: stars Dominic Cooper (Jesse Custer), Ruth Negga (Tulip) and Joseph Gilgun (Cassidy), creators and executive producers Sam Catlin and Seth Rogen, together with co-executive producer and comic book writer Garth Ennis!

preacheramccoverSpoiler Alert! I’ll try not give too much away, but I will be touching on action scenes, themes, and differences from the original DC Comics/Vertigo comic book, that the reader may want to experience on their own before reading further. Everyone else, read on.

The pilot is not a faithful rendition of the comic book series. There were no nineties references, and it is clear that the time setting is present day–as evidenced by the ubiquitous iPad presence in Church. Nonetheless, it remains true to the spirit of Garth Ennis’ and Steve Dillon‘s original work.

It begins with what can only be Genesis’ (details are not given in the premiere episode) explosive escape across the cosmos, and then takes a few steps back to dig deeper into the story of Jesse Custer’s early years as a Preacher in his old hometown of Annville, Texas. Along the way enter Cassidy–Joseph Gilgun as the hard drinking Irish Vampire is literally the perfect casting choice–and Tulip into the Preacher’s life. Both make thrilling debuts: with Cassidy viscerally fighting his way out of an airplane in flight; and badass Tulip brutally dispatching mercenary gangsters and taking down an attack helicopter with an arts and crafts bazooka. Copious profanity and explosive gory bloodletting violence abounds, but it’s clear AMC has put some limits–No “F” words for sure. A more articulate Arseface also makes an appearance sans the expected Nirvana music (a played down hip-hop riff streamed into his room instead). Meanwhile, throughout the episode, a frustrated Jesse, battles his urges to give up on his divisive, self-centered, and bat-shit crazy flock. To tell more, would give the entire show away, but one last item of importance deserves mention: Tom Cruise blows up, and Dianetics is validated as a religion.

Abraham Riesman (of Vulture fame) moderated the humorous conversation amongst the show’s stars and creators. Seth Rogen promised a saw fight, not to be missed, in episode two; and confirmed that a certain two-pistol wielding Saint will be appearing in future episodes.

This show is another winner for AMC. Seth Rogen has put together a solid production–extremely well written by Sam Catlin and his crew, with significant input from Ennis and Dillon–that is guaranteed to achieve cult status.  In closing, while everyone else ran to Seth, Dominic, Ruth and Joseph for autographs, I was able to hit Garth for his Hollywood signature on my old Preacher TPB!

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Overall Rating: 9.5

Review: The Punisher #1

The_Punisher_1_Maleev_VariantThe one man war on crime is reforged, reloaded and reenergized! Frank Castle is back to wreak havoc on the underworld of the Marvel Universe once more. The Punisher #1 comes from the creative team of writer Becky Cloonan and artist Steve Dillon.

A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise – and he HATES surprises. There’s a new drug hitting the streets. One that has the ability to create unstable super soldiers. As the threads begin to pull loose, the man behind the drug’s startling connection to The Punisher is revealed. An old associate from Frank’s military days has resurfaced. But as he follows the trail of drugs and bodies deeper and deeper into the Northeast’s heart of darkness – has Frank Castle truly met his match?

When this series was announced, the prospect of Cloonan and Dillon working together was beyond intriguing and had me excited to see what the two could do together. Cloonan is beyond talented when it comes to her writing and art, and having her take a spin and putting her signature on Frank Castle was something though could have been unique and interesting. What results is a pretty ho-hum start that’s not bad, nor is it groundbreaking at all. This is a run of the mill take on Frank Castle and the Punisher.

Cloonan is a dual talent and if you haven’t read her indie trilogy of Wolves, The Mire, and Dementer, then you’re missing out. But, it’s the excellence of that work that I thought we get a more intriguing Castle who’s actually tortured. Instead, so far, it’s the basic Castle we’ve seen that is the super-human killing machine. It’s one issue though, so hopefully as things progress we’ll get more than a Terminator in the flesh.

This latest volume also sees Dillon returning to the Punisher. Dillon will be familiar to Punisher fans as he tackled the character from 2000 to 2003 and again in 2009. Dillon’s style is distinctive and when it comes to the uber violence dished out by the Punisher, Dillon captures all of the bloody action.

I think what we’re seeing in this first issue is a classic Punisher, and that’s my issue. I expected something more. Instead, we got something we’ve seen before many times.

Story: Becky Cloonan Art: Steve Dillon
Story: 6.7 Art: 7.4 Overall: 6.85 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Locked and Loaded – Your New Look at The Punisher #1!

The one man war on crime is reforged, reloaded and reenergized this April! Frank Castle is back to wreak havoc on the underworld of the Marvel Universe once more in The Punisher #1! Rising star writer Becky Cloonan teams with legendary Punisher artist Steve Dillon for a new take and a new beginning for Frank – and a violent ending for all those standing in his way!

A by-the-numbers drug bust is about to take Frank Castle by surprise – and he HATES surprises. There’s a new drug hitting the streets. One that has the ability to create unstable super soldiers. As the threads begin to pull loose, the man behind the drug’s startling connection to The Punisher is revealed. An old associate from Frank’s military days has resurfaced. But as he follows the trail of drugs and bodies deeper and deeper into the Northeast’s heart of darkness – has Frank Castle truly met his match?

Mobsters, villains and drug runners beware – Frank Castle is back…and he’s coming for you. Be there for the new beginning as Cloonan and Dillon take Frank Castle out of his comfort zone and to the edge of the world he thought he knew!

THE PUNISHER #1 (MAR160728)
Written by BECKY CLOONAN
Art by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
Variant Covers by ALEX MALEEV (MAR160731)
SKOTTIE YOUNG (MAR160732), JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAR160730)
Hip-Hop Variant by TIM BRADSTREET (MAR160729)
Age of Apocalypse Variant by CHRIS STEVENS (MAR160733)
Black Panther 50th Anniversary Variant by PHIL NOTO (MAR160734)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (MAR160735)
FOC – 04/11/16, On-Sale – 05/04/15

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Seth Rogen Shows off the Preacher Poster, Plus More News!

It’s been a long time coming, but the Vertigo comic series Preacher is finally coming to television. It now has a poster and a premiere month! Executive Producer Seth Rogen Tweeted the poster, and announced the show will premiere on AMC in May 2016.

Who’s excited?

The comic was created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. The television series stars Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer, Ruth Negga as Jesse’s ex-girlfriend Tulip, Joseph Gilgun as Jesse’s vampire friend Cassidy, Ian Colletti as Arseface and Lucy Griffiths as Emily. Emily is a new character created for the show.

Preview: Superstar Creators Jason Aaron & Ron Garney Reunite for Men of Wrath #1!

This October, New York Times-bestselling writer Jason Aaron re-teams with critically acclaimed artist and frequent collaborator Ron Garney for Men of Wrath #1 – a gritty new limited series launching as part of Marvel’s creator-owned ICON imprint! Witness the story of Ira Rath – the coldest hitman ever to walk on Alabama soil and the black cloud that hangs over his family name. Explore the blood-soaked history of the Rath family as Ira embarks on a job that will decide the fate of his cursed family once and for all.

Launched in 2004, Marvel’s ICON imprint is designed specifically for top-tier creators to tell their bold, creator-owned stories featuring their own characters and creations. Producing critically acclaimed titles such as Kick-Ass, Powers, The United State of Murder Inc. and more, Marvel’s ICON imprint has solidified itself as the place to be for exciting creator-owned stories from A-List creators.

What actions led Ira down his path to become the ruthless killer he is today? Dive into the story of a southern family and their history of violence this October as Aaron & Garney explore the dark past of the Rath family in Men of Wrath #1!

MEN OF WRATH #1 (of 5) (AUG140890)
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by RON GARNEY
Variant Cover by STEVE DILLON (AUG140891)
Mature Content/$3.50….32 pgs.

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Rogue Trooper Joins the Fight!

Following the success of Judge Dredd, IDW and Rebellion/2000 AD have expanded their thriving relationship with the addition of Rogue Trooper to their publishing slate! IDW will launch an all-new Rogue Trooper series in 2014, and also offer newly colored re-presentations of past Rogue Trooper comics, too.

Co-created by Gerry Finley-Day and renowned artist Dave Gibbons in 1981 for 2000 AD, Rogue Trooper became a showcase for some of Britain’s top artistic talent. In addition to Gibbons, Steve Dillon, Colin Wilson, Cam Kennedy, Bret Ewins, and Chris Weston have contributed art to the popular strip.

A future war has poisoned the entire atmosphere of Nu-Earth, prompting one side to create Genetic Infantrymen: blue-skinned soldiers who can breathe the toxic air, equipped with bio-chips to record their personalities in their final moments for eventual re-corporation. But a traitor sold the G.I.s out, and all but one were slaughtered. Now he stalks Nu-Earth on a mission of revenge, aided by his dead friends now “living” in his gun, helmet and backpack. He is the last G.I.—the Rogue Trooper!

Classic Rogue Trooper strips will be seen in a whole new light in full-color comics and collections with hues provided by colorist Adrian Salmon, best known for his work on Doctor Who and Judge Dredd. The all-new series in the offing will follow the tradition of IDW’s successful Judge Dredd series by Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel. Creator names and details will follow at a later date.

With a rich history to build upon, IDW will add to the proven franchise, bringing Rogue Trooper into the 21st century for an all-new audience.

Get Ready to Experience the True Colors of the Law in Judge Dredd Classics!

Following the success of their ongoing series of new Judge Dredd comics, IDW is bringing 2000 AD’s classic stories back as they’ve never been seen before… in color! Beginning with a special Free Comic Book Day issue on May 4, Judge Dredd Classics will bring the stories that started it all to a new audience and a new age.

The Free Comic Book Day issue will offer the fan-favorite “Judge Death” stories written by John Wagner, illustrated by Brian Bolland, and given vivid new life by colorist Charlie Kirchoff. And then in July, the monthly Judge Dredd Classics series, also featuring new colors by Kirchoff on every issue, will begin with the seminal “Block Mania”/”Apocalypse War” storyline scripted by John Wagner and Alan Grant, and illustrated by Mike McMahon, Ron Smith, Steve Dillon, Brian Bolland and Carlos Ezquerra. As an added bonus, artist Jim Fern will be providing all-new covers for every issue when the series makes its monthly debut this summer. The Free Comic Book Day special will feature a newly colored cover by the inimitable Brian Bolland.

In addition to these classic tales from Mega City One being shown in a new light to longtime fans of DreddJudge Dredd Classics will also provide a perfect jumping on point for readers that have always wanted to get a peek under the helmet, but weren’t sure where to begin.

The post-apocalyptic world created over thousands of pages of 2000 A.D. is one of the richest in comics history, and IDW couldn’t be more excited to continue bringing that to new generations of fans.

As always, fans are encouraged to make their own decisions, but this summer it should be advised that not buying Judge Dredd Classics could result in life in the Iso-Cubes!

Review – Marvel NOW! Avengers #1, FF #1 and Thunderbolts #1

Avengers #1

Avengers_1_CoverI’ll start off all the reviews by saying for the most part I think Marvel NOW! is ho-hum. More of the same, but shuffling the chairs on the deck. If you wanted to know what I was looking for in these reboots/revamps/reboots, this is the comic. Avengers #1 from a solid team is the story and art I want in a comic. Holy shit is it a good first issue and one you should absolutely pick up.

The comic starts with Tony Stark coming to Steve Rogers with his idea about the Avengers. The need to go bigger to take on a big threat over the horizon. There’s lots of hints as to what’s coming and right away a small team goes up against some big baddies winding up right where that first issue should be. A large, huge team at the end waiting to kick-ass. that’s not a spoiler as everyone has said this book will have a big cast, this is the big team book. There’s also a great mix at the end with quite a few characters I couldn’t name.

The story, and how it plays out, is fantastic with sharp writing, pacing and the order of the scenes. It’s a team gathering story, but laid out in a much better way than the usual, show up and recruit the individual, you can read Thunderbolts for that. Instead, we’re thrown into the action and given some big ominous event to look forward to. The art of Opena too is amazing. This should be Marvel’s top book and it meets that high expectation, story, look, everything.

You want to know how good Marvel NOW! should be? This is the book you can judge all others by. The best debut so far of the bunch.

Story: Jonthan Hickman Art: Jerome Opena

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

FF #1

FF_1_CoverFF was a comic I knew going into would be offbeat and a bit odd. Allred’s unique art-style was the tip-off to that. The story in the first issue plays off well from Fantastic Four #1 and it helps to have read that comic. With the Fantastic Four’s impending trip, they feel the need to put together a new FF team just in case something happens and the original FF don’t return in the four minutes they’ll be gone.

Yes, that’s right, this new FF team is being put together because something might happen in the four minutes the original FF might be gone. We all know the original FF will be gone for longer than four minutes, so it’s all a bit goofy really.

But, here, we get to meet the kids the make up the Future Foundation, perfect for new readers and each new member is recruited. It’s written for new readers, attempting to introduce them to characters they might not know. It’s all decent, but other than that, there’s not much in this first issue. It’s all set-up, which is fine, but having read Fantastic Four #1, there’s even less for me to read that feels new.

It’s just a first issue though and while the story might not be totally exciting, Michael Allred’s art is amazing. For that alone, the comic is worth checking out. He brings his usual style in what I’m sure will be the quirkiest comic in Marvel NOW!.

Story: Matt Fraction Art: Michael Allred

Story: 7.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Thunderbolts #1

Thunderbolts_01_CoverRed Hulk, Elektra, Venom, Punisher and Deadpool, this new Thunderbolts team should be amazing. This first issue should have been full of kick-ass moments showing the down and dirty side of the Marvel Universe. Instead we get General Ross recruiting each member, who is embroiled in bizarre situations, making you wonder more why he’s talking to them in these situations and how Ross got there.

This is the “recruitment” comic I was referring to. Not much thought put into it, just discussion and an offer being extended. Yawn.

What should and could have been an explosive first issue, instead makes me want to blow it up with explosives. It’s not exciting, and is so cookie cutter in it’s execution it’s painful to read.

There’s really not much else to say. Steve Dillon’s art is exactly what I’d expect from his numerous runs with Garth Ennis on various comics.

Overall, crossing my fingers the second issue is an improvement, but really, it’s kind of hard not to be.

Story: Daniel Way Art: Steve Dillon

Story: 6 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Pass

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