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Review: Search for Hu #2

A son returns home to his parents after serving in the military to get sucked into a deadly family feud. Now, in Search for Hu #2 he must meet the cousins he never knew he had.

Story: Jon Tsuei, Steve Orlando
Art: Rubine
Color: DC Alonso
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

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Review: Search for Hu #2

Search for Hu #2

Well, it looks like a Chinese/Jewish family drama might be one of the most unexpected interesting comics of the year. Aaron has a gun to his head by his cousins and must do what he can to prove he is who he says he is. Search for Hu #2 is a traditional “mob” story in many ways but features a family that’s so unexpected. The story is about a family composed of Russian Jewish refugees who fled to China and married a Chinese family resulting in a twisted tale of two families both in the crime business but split down the middle and at war.

Jon Tsuei and Steve Orlando have crafted an interesting story featuring characters you don’t see often. The Chinese mob being featured in a story isn’t something that necessarily that stands out as surprising. It’s the Russian Jewish immigrant aspect of it that makes it really unique. Seeing Chinese characters reciting Hebrew for the loss of individuals caught me off guard… and it’s awesome! The comic has done an amazing job of taking some little known history and folding it into a familiar concept and story and it has worked really well so far.

Tsuei and Orlando pack a lot in the issue. Not only does Aaron need to prove who he is, he must figure out how to interact with his cousins. Both of whom are a little weary of their newly arrived family member. There’s also a ton of action through which the two writers explore Aaron’s past in the military. Not only does that add some depth to the character it more importantly helps explain why he’s able to do what he does. It shows the training he’s received through the trauma he’s experienced.

The art by Rubine is solid. With color by DC Alonso and lettering by Carlos M. Mangual, the comic continues its solid style that fits perfectly in a mob drama. There characters are all full of personality with their look. But, it’s the body language that really stands out as the position in certain moments and look on a face tell far more than dialogue ever could.

At its core, Search for Hu #2 is a mob story. It’s really that simple. But, it’s the details that make it really stand out. Not only are the characters interesting and engaging but the motivation of waring family is even unique. For those that enjoy a more action filled mob family drama, this is one to definitely check out.

Story: Jon Tsuei, Steve Orlando Art: Rubine
Color: DC Alonso Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive: AfterShock Returns to Baltimore Comic Con with Signings, Exclusive Covers, Limited Merch, and More!

AfterShock Comics, the independent publisher that’s been sending seismic waves throughout the industry over the past six years with acclaimed titles including We Live, Bunny Mask, Animosity, A Walk Through Hell, and Babyteeth to name a few, makes its ‘live and in person’ return to Baltimore Comic-Con for three days of exclusive content and opportunities for fans and enthusiasts who prefer to read dangerously.

Located on the floor of the Baltimore Convention Center at Booth #3201, AfterShock has big plans for its return to Charm City, October 22-24, with exclusive variants of some of the publisher’s most talked about recent titles, including We Live #1 with cover by Inaki Miranda; Chicken Devil #1 with cover by Dan Panosian; and Afterdark premium format horror anthology with exclusive cover by Michael Gaydos. Additionally, special guest and renowned writer Steve Orlando (Rainbow Bridge, Search for Hu, Party and Prey, Project Patron) will be on hand both Saturday and Sunday for fan meet and greets and comic signings.

In the announcement, Steve Rotterdam, AfterShock’s SVP of Sales and Marketing said:

On the heels of an incredible New York Comic Con, AfterShock couldn’t be more excited to return to Baltimore for one of the most special gatherings of comic brands and readers the industry has to offer. This year just feels different, and we can’t wait to connect and celebrate with those who’ve helped AfterShock reach unimaginable heights in only six years of content creation. We encourage everyone in attendance to drop by the booth, connect with the team, meet some cool creators and get their hands on lots of exclusive offerings created just for Baltimore.

Fans will also have an opportunity to take home a limited edition AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75. Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and other surprise items for AfterShock’s army of enthusiasts. Fans will also have access to exclusive merch including limited edition Bunny Mask and AfterShock “Read Dangerously” t-shirts, as well as AfterShock collectible enamel pins.

AfterShock will be represented on-site by Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; SVP Sales & Marketing Steve Rotterdam; Senior Retail Sales Development Manager Marc Hammond and Publishing Assistant Sarah Pruett.

Cliff Chiang, Todd Dezago, Mike Hawthorne, Jamal Igle, Kevin Maguire, Steve Orlando, and Tom Raney Head to Baltimore Comic Con

Catch the 2021 Baltimore Comic-Con October 22nd-24th at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The Baltimore Comic-Con is bringing industry mainstays Cliff Chiang, Todd Dezago, Mike Hawthorne, Jamal Igle, Kevin Maguire, Steve Orlando (Saturday and Sunday only), and Tom Raney in for 2021. Tickets are on sale and online tickets close the week of the show, so don’t procrastinate!

Cliff Chiang began his career as an assistant editor at DC’s Vertigo imprint before moving into freelance illustration. His previous work includes runs on Human TargetGreen Arrow & Black CanaryWonder Woman with Brian Azzarello, and the Eisner Award-winning Paper Girls, co-created with Brian K. Vaughan. Cliff is currently writing and drawing a book for DC’s Black Label.

Todd Dezago is a writer best known for his work in comics. He has written for Marvel, DC Comics, Image, Dark Horse, Scout Comics, and others. His credits include scripting the adventures of Spider-ManX-Factor, the X-Men, the AvengersMarvel Super Hero Squad, the Justice LeagueFlashImpulseBatman, and Young Justice. Todd co-created the high-adventure fantasy title, Tellos, with Mike Wieringo and The Perhapanauts with Craig Rousseau.

Mike Hawthorne has provided the artwork for various comics, including a record setting run on Deadpool as well as DaredevilSpider-ManHulkSuperman, and more. His work has been nominated for Harvey and Eisner Awards. Outside of comics, Mike has done storyboard and conceptual art for Epic Games, Marvel, Fox, Illumination, and Universal. Archaia/BOOM! Studios recently published his autobio-comic Happiness Will Follow.

A recipient of the 2011 Inkpot Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comic Art, Jamal Igle is the writer/artist/creator of Molly Danger for Action Lab Entertainment. The co-creator of Venture with Dynamo 5 creator/writer Jay Faerber and the penciller/co-creator of The Wrong Earth for AHOY Comics, Jamal is a comic industry veteran. Jamal’s detailed pencils have graced books as varied as The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas and the all ages action miniseries Race Against Time, as well as mainstream hits such as G.I. JoeIron ManSpider-Man, and Green Lantern. Jamal has served as the series artist for popular runs on Firestorm the Nuclear ManNightwingTangent: Superman’s ReignSupermanSupergirl, and Zatanna for DC Comics, Noble Causes for Image Comics, and a four-issue run on New Warriors for Marvel Comics. He’s done just about everything from acting on the small screen and voiceovers for commercials, packaging books for Scholastic, and serving as storyboards artist for Roughnecks: Starship Trooper Chronicles and Max Steel: MX1 for Sony Animation. Jamal is also a popular guest lecturer on the subjects of comics and animation. Jamal worked on White, the sequel to the hit series Black from Black Superpowers/Black Mask Studios in late Summer 2019.

Kevin Maguire is an artist who is known for his work on Justice League InternationalMan Of SteelAdventures Of Captain AmericaBatman ConfidentialDefenders, and so many more it would just seem like bragging. You probably know him as the guy who draws goofy facial expressions. In his spare time, he enjoys yoga, IMAX films, and tweeting.

Steve Orlando writes and edits, including VirgilUndertow, and stories in the Eisner Award-nominated Outlaw Territory and Eisner-winning Love is Love at Image Comics. As well, he launched 2015’s Midnighter and 2016’s Midnighter and Apollo, both nominated for GLAAD awards, and took part in Justice League of AmericaBatman and Robin EternalDoom Patrol: Milk WarsSupergirlBatman/The Shadow, and Wonder Woman for DC Entertainment, as well as The Shadow/Batman for Dynamite Entertainment, Namesake for BOOM! Studios, Crude for Skybound Entertainment, Dead KingsKill a ManRainbow BridgeParty and Prey, and Project Patron for Aftershock Entertainment. His 2018 sold-out launch Martian Manhunter was one of Tor’s Best Single Issues of 2018. In 2020, he returned to Image Comics with Commanders in Crisis, as well as The Pull, a headline release from TKO Studios. He launched the serial Starward with Heavy Metal in the same year, and in 2021, took over the magazine with the Boulet Brothers in the Boulet Brothers Heavy Metal Halloween Takeover. Outside of comics, he has been featured in Hello Mr. and National Geographic. In animation, he’s worked with Man of Action Studios on season four of Ben 10, and in translation, has produced localizations for Arancia Studio’s Best-Selling UnnaturalMercySweet Paprika, and Deep Beyond at Image Comics, and Un/Sacred with Ablaze Publishing. In 2021, he debuted at Marvel Comics with Curse of the Man-Thing, as well as Magneto and the Mutant ForceExtreme CarnageStar Wars: Life Day, and the relaunched Marauders.

Tom Raney has spent much of his career working for the mid- to large-size publishers in the comics industry. He has contributed to Marvel’s Ultimate Universe, Valiant’s relaunched titles, and Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars among many other titles and publishers. In recent history, his artwork can be seen within the pages of DC Comics’ Threshold, Marvel’s Incredible Hulk, and Titan Comics’ Monster Massacre hardcover collection.

Tom Raney

2021 GUESTS

This year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Tom Akel (Stan Lee’s Backchannel, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Chris Bachalo (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Art Baltazar (Big Alien Moon Crush), John Beatty (Secret Wars), Carolyn Belefski (Curls), Ziggy Blumenthal (Operation Pajama Pants), Ivan Brandon (VS), Russ Braun (The Boys), Brett Breeding (Superman), Reilly Brown (Deadpool), Greg Burnham (Tuskegee Heirs), Jim Calafiore (Welcome to Megalopolis), Chris Campana (The Adventures of Parker Reef), Castillo Studios, Sean Chen (Batman Beyond), Cliff Chiang (Paper Girls), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Becky Cloonan (Dark Agnes), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Steve Conte (Action Figure Kingdom), Jamie Cosley (Light Side), Kevin Cuffe (Metalshark Bro), J. Robert Deans (Crass Fed), John Dell (Lobo, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Vito Delsante (Stray), Todd Dezago (Perhapanauts), Jason Douglas (Parallel, courtesy of Source Point Press), Charles C. Dowd (Lilith Dark), Ryan Dunlavey (M.O.D.O.K. Reign Delay), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Trish Forstner (My Little Pony), Franco (The Ghost, The Owl), Bob Frantz (Metalshark Bro), John Gallagher (Max Meow: Cat Crusader), Kami Garcia (Joker/Harley: Criminal Sanity), Mitch Gerads (Mr. Miracle), Joe Giella (Green Lantern), Mike Gold (Green Arrow), Michael Golden (Micronauts), Jimmy Gownley (Amelia Rules!), Dawn Griffin (Zorphbert & Fred), Gene Ha (Mae), Scott Hanna (Icon and Rocket), Dean Haspiel (The Red Hook), Glenn Hauman (They Keep Killing Glenn), Mike Hawthorne (Happiness Will Follow), Marc Hempel (The Sandman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Dave Johnson (The Good wiAsian), Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Alien), Karl Kesel (Impossible Jones), Tom King (Batman), Scott Koblish (Deadpool, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Leeanne M. Krecic (Let’s Play, courtesy of Rocketship Entertainment), Robert Lemieux (Life in the Comics), Kevin Maguire (Justice League), Dirk Manning (Buried But Not Dead, courtesy of Source Point Press), Chris Mariano (Claire Lost Her Bear At The World’s Fair), Mark Mariano (Far Out Firehouse), Alitha Martinez (Nubia), Whitney Matheson (Pandemix: Quarantine Comics in the Age of ‘Rona), Ian McGinty (Adventure Time), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Finder), Pop Mhan (Aquaman Annual), Karl Moline (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Mark Morales (The Next Batman: Second Son), Trevor Mueller (Albert the Alien), Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), Jamar Nicholas (Leon: Protector of the Playground), Jerry Ordway (The Power of Shazam), Steve Orlando (Midnighter and Apollo, courtesy of AfterShock Comics, Saturday and Sunday only), James Pascoe (Azrael), Andrew Pepoy (Simone & Ajax), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Khoi Pham (Star Wars: Crimson Reign), Andy Price (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Christopher Priest (Black Panther, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Joe Quesada (Daredevil), Tom Raney (Guardians of the Galaxy), Amy Reeder (Wonder Woman: Black and Gold), Afua Richardson (Omni), Andrew Robinson (Halo), Don Rosa (Uncle Scrooge), Jennifer Rouse (Frankenstein Mobster), Craig Rousseau (The Perhapanauts), Alex Saviuk (Web of Spider-Man), Stuart Sayger (Army of Darkness: 1979), Gregg Schigiel (SpongeBob Comics), Chris Schweizer (The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton), Doc Shaner (Strange Adventures), Jim Shooter (Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars), Matt Slay (Equilibrium), Mika Song (Donut Feed the Squirrels), Joe Staton (Dick Tracy), Brian Stelfreeze (Black Panther), Paul D. Storrie (Storm Kids: Stanley’s Ghost), Arthur Suydam (Merc with a Mouth), Martha Thomases (Dakota North), John Timms (Superman: Son of Kal-El), Peter Tomasi (Batman and Robin), Ben Towle (Four-Fisted Tales: Animals in Combat), Tim Townsend (Non-Stop Spider-Man), Billy Tucci (Shi), Fred Van Lente (Action Philosophers), Brian K. Vaughan (Saga, Friday and Saturday only), Emilio Velez Jr. (The Dodgeball Teens), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Wheatley (Songs of Giants), Emily S. Whitten (The Underfoot), Matt Wieringo (Stargate Atlantis: Gateways), Keith Williams (Thor the Worthy), Marcus Williams (Tuskegee Heirs), Renee Witterstaetter (Guardians of the Galaxy), Javier Cruz Winnik (Puerto Rico Strong), Rich Woodall (Electric Black), Kelly Yates (Doctor Who), and Thom Zahler (Love and Capes).

Preview: Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Agustin Padilla (CA) Bryan Lee
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $4.99

King Grimlock rampages on! Confronted by the ghoulish host of the Red Wizard’s Army, Grimlock leads a band of villagers into a war against their ruler. But all is not what it seems near the Red Wizard’s compound. Will Grimlock lead them to freedom… or destruction?!

Transformers: King Grimlock #3 (of 5)

New Creators. New Crew. Same Mission. The Next Era for the Marauders Begins in Marauders Annual #1

A brand new era of X-Men is upon us! Following Jonathan Hickman’s limited comic series Inferno, many of your favorite ongoing X-titles will be undergoing thrilling changes including the hit mutant seafaring series Marauders! Taking over writing duties from Gerry Duggan will be writer Steve Orlando, known for his critically acclaimed work on books like Wonder Woman and Curse of the Man-Thing. Bringing new energy to the mutant mythos, Orlando will launch the book with an exciting cast shakeup and a threat that strikes at the heart of the mutant nation of Krakoa. The first adventure in Orlando’s new run will kick off in January’s Marauders Annual #1 where he’ll be joined by artist Crees Lee.

The Marauders are ready to renew their mission of mutant rescue! Kate Pryde’s got the mission — all she needs now is a new boat and a fresh crew to match. Alongside Bishop, Pryde will recruit a team of mutants, new and old, including Psylocke, Daken, Aurora, Tempo, and Somnus, the new mutant hero who debuted earlier this year in Marvel’s Voices: Pride #1! They’ll unite to spring Daken from imprisonment at the hands of a leader who’s as cruel as he is charismatic: the primal provocateur known as Brimstone Love, a fan-favorite villain from the 2099 timeline making his present day debut! It’s the Marauders versus the Theater of Pain, a torture troupe that’s set up shop in Xavier’s School’s old backyard!

Come aboard for a new age of Marauders when Marauders Annual #1 hits stands on January 12.

Marauders Annual #1

Review: Party and Prey

Careful when looking for trouble, trouble might find you. Party and Prey is a horror story that’s too good to miss.

Story: Steve Foxe, Steve Orlando
Art: Alex Sanchez
Color: Juancho!
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Review: Darkhold Alpha

Darkhold Alpha

After what feels like an extended delay, Darkhold Alpha is here kicking off the miniseries that promises to twist and turn some of our favorite heroes. The story focuses on Scarlet Witch who must assemble a team to stop Chthon who’s back and wants to break into our world. Who’s Chthon? Well, the demon has history with Wanda and that’s all you need to know. While I’m sure there might be something more interesting in the comic for those who know the history, it’s not vital. But, of course things can’t be easy and as this debut ends, exactly where this series is going could be interesting.

Written by Steve Orlando, Darkhold Alpha has a bit of a vibe of the 1990s Marvel horror line. The Darkhold played a key roll then, so it’s not surprising that this issue has echoes in that era of comics. What Orlando does that’s solid is set up the challenge as exactly that, a challenge. Dr. Doom is the one who sets things in motion by trying to obtain the Darkhold and through Doom, Orlando makes it feel like our heroes really have a battle ahead. Here is an arrogant but powerful character who can’t stand up to Chthon himself. That choice is a solid one as it doesn’t feel like a character is sacrificed for the hell of it. If Doom is so easily beaten, what chance do our heroes have?

There’s some foreshadowing that is a bit too obvious. Our heroes must prepare to enter the “Other World” to take on Chthon and prepare their minds. Read too much of the Darkhold and they become corrupted. You can see where this is going after the fifth time that’s uttered. It’s a little too obvious but creates a nice hurdle in that the future of this story isn’t as clear. Where one might have expected the heroes to get “powered up” and go and battle, that’s not quite as clear now.

Cian Tormey‘s art is good. There’s some good emotion and cool character designs but there’s also some panels which feel a little odd in reactions. Where Tormey excels is in some small details, a Doombot’s head on fire for example, or Doom himself beaten up. With color by Jesus Aburtov and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the look of the comic fits the horror genre well without being dark and ominous. It keeps its feet planted in the world of superheroes and the magical side of the Marvel Universe and does it well.

Darkhold Alpha is an interesting start. There’s a lot thrown in and it does an excellent job of explaining things. As far as beginnings, it does what it needs to setting things up and keeping the overall story a bit of a guess. While this so far isn’t a miniseries that’s a must read, it does have enough interesting aspects to check out and see where it all goes.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Cian Tormey
Color: Jesus Aburtov Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Darkhold Alpha #1

Darkhold Alpha #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Cian Tormey (CA) Greg Smallwood
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $4.99

ENTER THE PAGES OF THE DARKHOLD – AND LOSE YOUR MIND IN MIGHTY MARVEL FASHION!
Critically acclaimed writer Steve Orlando joins forces with extraordinary artist Cian Tormey for a story that will delight and terrify! For hundreds of years, scholars and heroes alike have searched for the complete text of the Darkhold – a.k.a. the Book of the Damned, written by the elder god Chthon. Now one of the greatest sorcerers in the Multiverse has found it – and Chthon has found him. To save them all, the Scarlet Witch must gather the world’s greatest heroes…and unleash their inner darkness. Witness the Marvel Universe’s descent into chaos!

Darkhold Alpha #1

Review: Search for Hu #1

A son returns home to his parents after serving in the military to get sucked into a deadly family feud.

Story: Jon Tsuei, Steve Orlando
Art: Rubine
Color: DC Alonso
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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