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Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 Friends and Foes

Spider-Man has a new roommate in Boomerang, a new relationship with MJ, and needs to find a job, deal with the Thieves Guild, and not get killed by a bunch of villains.

The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2 Friends and Foes features issues #6-10 by Nick Spencer, Humberto Ramos, Steve Lieber, Michele Bandini, Victor Olazaba, Edgar Delgado, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Erick Arciniega.

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Preview: The Amazing Spider-Man #6

The Amazing Spider-Man #6

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Steve Lieber (A/CA) Humberto Ramos
Rated T
In Shops: Sep 26, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• Wondering when Boomerang’s status as Spider-Man’s roommate would blow up?
• Yeah, it’s this issue. Uh-oh.

Preview: Quantum and Woody Deluxe Edition Book 2 HC

QUANTUM AND WOODY DELUXE EDITION BOOK 2 HC

Written by JAMES ASMUS, FRED VAN LENTE and TIM SIEDELL
Art by STEVE LIEBER, KANO, and PERE PÉREZ
Cover by PAOLO RIVERA (APR181869)
$49.99 | 304 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 13th

Join Multiple Harvey Award nominee James Asmus (Thief of Thieves), New York Times best-selling writer Fred Van Lente (IVAR, TIMEWALKER), Eisner Award-winning artist Steve Lieber (Superior Foes of Spider-Man), and explosive artist Kano (Daredevil) for the next deluxe hardcover of the superhero joyride Salon calls “one of the year’s funniest comics”!

Quantum and Woody are the world’s worst superhero team. Archer & Armstrong are a mismatched pair of conspiracy-busting adventurers. When a mysterious force collides with these ill-suited and irresponsible “heroes,” they’re in for a cross-country race through the darkest corners of American mythology…and all hell is bound to break loose. Can two busted pairs become four of a kind in time to defeat the Hobo King, save the day, and make it back home for happy hour? Let’s hope so…’cause these guys make a really, really bad team. (And you don’t even want to know about the Goat.)

Collecting THE DELINQUENTS #1–4, QUANTUM AND WOODY MUST DIE! #1–4, VALIANT-SIZED QUANTUM AND WOODY #1, and UNITY #25 along with 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras, plus THE DELINQUENTS Board Game!

Preview: Future Quest Presents #8

Future Quest Presents #8

(W) Jeff Parker (A) Steve Lieber (CA) Guillem March
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

An alien threatens to pressure the Earth into “joining” a galactic empire…and not voluntarily! The first line of defense…the mighty Mightor! Guest appearances by Jonny Quest and Hadji!

Preview: Whiteout Compendium

Whiteout Compendium

(W) Greg Rucka
(A) Steve Lieber
(CA) Steve Lieber with Ron Chan
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Crime
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 240

The critically acclaimed and Eisner-winning WHITEOUT graphic novels from Greg Rucka (LAZARUS, WONDER WOMAN) & Steve Lieber (THE FIX, SENSATIONAL FOES) return in this new compendium! Carrie Stetko is a US Marshal tasked with enforcing the law in one of the most remote and inhospitable places on earth—Antarctica. Collects WHITEOUT and WHITEOUT: MELT under one cover!

Preview: Ninjak #27

NINJAK #27

Written by KEVIN MAURER
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (MAR172168)
Cover B by STEVE LIEBER (MAR172169)
Cover C by ALEX SANCHEZ (MAR172170)
Variant Cover by DAN PARENT (MAR172171)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 17 (FOC – 4/24/17)

Snakebite!

He’s fought the Shadow Seven, journeyed to the Deadside, and bested death itself, but MI-6’s top superspy has never tested his limits like this! When Ninjak is assigned to the Middle East for a seemingly simple extraction, this once-routine mission will quickly turns south when the laws of nature are turned upside down…and mutated soldiers bearing the animalistic abilities of nature’s deadly predators strike from the shadows! Now, Ninjak must hone his lethal skills and channel his inner warrior like never before…or end up at the bottom of the food chain!

Preview: Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

(W) Marc Andreyko, Jeff Parker, Dan DiDio (A) Steve Lieber, Phil Winslade (CA) Evan “Doc” Shaner
In Shops: Mar 29, 2017
SRP: $4.99

After the events of the DEATH OF HAWKMAN miniseries, Adam Strange is blasted through multiple dimensions only to land on Earth! There, instead of super-powered beings and legendary crime fighters, he encounters a boy adventurer and his scientist father – and they’re the only ones who can help him return home. Jonny Quest, Hadji, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon have a plan, but it’s going to involve a dangerous trek through Dino Boy’s Lost Valley of prehistoric threats! And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

Review: Adam Strange/Future Quest Special #1

After the events of the Death of Hawkman miniseries, Adam Strange is blasted through multiple dimensions only to land on Earth! There, instead of super-powered beings and legendary crime fighters, he encounters a boy adventurer and his scientist father – and they’re the only ones who can help him return home. Jonny Quest, Hadji, Dr. Quest and Race Bannon have a plan, but it’s going to involve a dangerous trek through Dino Boy’s Lost Valley of prehistoric threats! And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

And in the backup feature starring Top Cat, breaking out of prison is challenging enough for a cat, but sometimes it means stumbling through a cosmic portal to planet Earth… and right into the hands of Batman!

Two stories with very different styles and characters, the first brings Adam Strange to the world of Future Quest in a cute and simple tale that feels like strange epilogues to both the Future Quest series and The Death of Hawkman. The comic is fun with a good mix of the vibe built in Future Quest and a little bit of flavor of the main steam DC Comics universe. Writers Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker blend the two and it works, though the story a feels a bit paint by numbers (heroes fight due to misunderstanding type of thing). But, Andreyko and Parker spin it into some fun, especially watching Strange trying to figure out what’s going on and seeing this DC Character set in Hanna-Barbera world.

The art by Steve Lieber is pretty good, though I admit I miss Evan “Doc” Shaner’s art from Future Quest. Things aren’t bad at all and Lieber’s style for this plays off of the fun action packed aspect of the issue. It’s a departure of that classic Hanna-Barbera style, though close to it. It’s good though and fits really well to the story.

The issue has a back-up story featuring Top Cat and it’s really interesting. It’s very short and is a prologue in so many ways, but what’s done with the few pages is entertaining and somehow works.

Written by Dan DiDio the story brings Top Cat to Gotham and is just a straight up origin tale as Top Cat tells Batman how he got to the city. It’s entertaining and is a solid lead in to further stories, but that’s the thing, if there’s nothing else, you wonder if something else could have been done. And, whatever is to come, will it be in Gotham!? It’s an interesting choice and the story is decent though nothing amazing. What is entertaining is reading DiDio’s take on the Batwoman/Catwoman relationship as there’s some solid digs.

While I wasn’t blown away by the story, the art is pretty solid at points. I really enjoy Phil Winslade‘s style for this which has an almost New Yorker-ish look to it. Top Cat’s world is what really stands out to me, but Batman and Catwoman don’t work as well. It’s interesting because the art style works so well in Top Cat’s world, but when in Gotam, things aren’t quite as visually interesting.

Overall, this is a mixed issue and sets up some interesting things for the future. It’s really cool that the Adam Strange Future Quest aspect of the issue takes place post both of their stories. That’s really smart and makes this one shot feel that much more important. But, the story itself doesn’t bring a lot that’s new or different, like their series before did. It also feels like it sets up something for the future, which Top Cat does as well. It’s an interesting concept overall with these two mash-ups, but neither quite feels like it lets loose in the ways I expected.

Adam Stange/Future Quest

Story: Marc Andreyko and Jeff Parker Art: Steve Lieber
Story: 7.45 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.50 Recommendation: Read

Top Cat

Story: Dan DiDio Art: Phil Winslade
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.15 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Wrath of the Eternal Warrior #9

WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR #9 (“LABYRINTH” – PART 3)

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (MAY161898)
Cover B by PERE PÉREZ (MAY161899)
Cover C by TOMAS GIORELLO (MAY161900)
Variant Cover by STEVE LIEBER (MAY161901)
Variant Cover by DEAN HASPIEL (MAY161902)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+| On sale JULY 13 (FOC – 6/20/16)

“LABYRINTH” delivers the killing blow!

The darkest hour of the Eternal Warrior’s long life has arrived with blood and torment. Behind every wall and around every corner of the Dying One’s “LABYRINTH,” new and sadistic ways to burn, tear, and break Gilad Anni Padda await. As the Eternal Warrior’s greatest enemy inches closer to unlocking the secret of never-ending life, is all hope lost for Earth’s immortal soldier?

The monumental Eternal Warrior epic of the year delivers another crushing blow as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH) and visionary artist Raúl Allén (Hawkeye) enter the darkest corner of “LABYRINTH” yet!

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Review: The Fix #4

thefix_04-1If you like depraved idiots trying to escape certain death, nineties fashion, and dogs, Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber’s crime comic The Fix has you covered. If you’re not caught up on the escapades of two scheming cops and their beagle nemesis, the first three issues are already on their fourth, third, and second printings, available in stores with The Fix #4.

If the previous issue was Mac-light, the latest issue focuses on giving Mac a little more depth of character. Mac Brundo is a romantic at heart. So far, Roy has been the brains (phrase used loosely) of the operation while Mac plays the Hawaiian shirt clad sidekick. The Fix #4 unravels some of Mac’s past while edging the plot toward conflict…and maybe a few twists Roy and Mac didn’t bargain for.

Despite the presence of two main characters and a number of important side characters in the story, the comic never lists too heavily toward one specific aspect. The issue’s focus on Mac doesn’t take away from the larger plot, but allows readers to get a glimpse of what Mac has been up to while Roy is framing coworkers and bodyguarding starlets. While the story is well-crafted and the recurrence of the kombucha guzzling, kale loving Josh is a constant reminder that failure isn’t an option for Roy and Mac, it’s at times difficult to remember what the end goal is. 

As always, one of the series’ main strengths is the interplay between writing and art. It’s obvious that Spencer and Lieber understand each other, and the level of humor they’re able to achieve on the page is often laugh-out-loud funny. The hilarity of the series hasn’t waned in four issues thanks to superb timing and well thought out visual puns and jokes.

Lieber’s art is consistent but never boring. Minute details like enlarged details within individual panels, the characters’ fashion, and the…items they regurgitate…ensure that the art is never monotonous. Ryan Hill’s coloring follows a more neutral palette this issue, with pops of color that, combined with Nic J. Shaw’s lettering, add vibrancy to an already punchy comic.

Together, these elements form a well-constructed comic well worth reading for its story, humor, and art.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Steve Lieber
Story: 9.2 Art: 10 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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