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The foundation of Krakoa begins to crack in X-Men: Before the Fall

Mutantkind’s next evolution is on the horizon. “Fall of X” will be an overarching storyline impacting every X-Men title and the Marvel Universe as we know it. “Fall of X” represents a crucial chapter of the Krakoa era, which began in Jonathan Hickman’s seminal House of X and Powers of X. The current age of X-Men has been so revolutionary that the question on every fan’s mind has been, “Can Krakoa last forever?” “Fall of X” will answer that question and many more but first, four key one-shots will set the stage for what’s to come. Starting in May, these Before the Fall titles will tie up long-simmering plotlines, reintroduce major players, and put all the pieces in place for the dramatic events of the third annual Hellfire Gala. In addition to being the official start of “Fall of X”, this year’s Hellfire Gala will also reveal the outcome of this year’s X-Men Vote, which fans can participate in starting tomorrow.

Witness a battle between two titans of the X-Universe in X-Men: Before the Fall – Sons of X #1, written by Si Spurrier and drawn by Phil Noto. A man of innumerable personalities and powers vs. the most powerful artificial intelligence in this universe: Legion vs. Nimrod! With Nightcrawler in Orchis’ clutches, David Haller and his allies will have to confront the mastermind who destroyed Warlock and nearly took Krakoa with him. But Nightcrawler is not himself… and Legion’s allies aren’t all they seem to be either.

It’s the long-awaited return of Apocalypse in X-Men: Before the Fall – Heralds of Apocalypse #1, written by Al Ewing and drawn by Luca Pizzari. Not seen since the shocking ending of X of Swords, Apocalypse and his family have battled for survival in the harsh land of Amenth. Do they rule over this twisted world or do its demonic inhabitants rule them? And how has Apocalypse felt about the choices the Quiet Council has made in his absence? Featuring a cover by Pepe Larraz.

It’s a mutant mystery for the ages in X-Men: Before the Fall – Mutant First Strike #1, written by Steve Orlando and drawn by Valentina Pinti. A deadly mutant attacks an innocent small town but nothing is what it seems. Jean Grey, Cyclops, and Bishop are tasked with a routine mission but as they dig deeper, they uncover a hidden truth that will send shockwaves through mutantkind. It features a cover by David Baldeón.

And four Sinisters plot their next move in X-Men: Before the Fall Sinister Four #1, written by Kieron Gillen and drawn by Paco Medina. In the aftermath of Sins of Sinister, all four Sinisters have been unmasked. They’ve gotten a taste of universal control but their true plans for mutantkind are just beginning… With a cover by Lucas Werneck.

Check out all four covers now!

Preview: Scarlet Witch #2

Scarlet Witch #2

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Sara Pichelli, Chris Allen (CA) Russell Dauterman
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 01, 2023
SRP: $4.99

SCARLET WITCH BATTLES DREAMQUEEN!
Wanda Maximoff is no stranger to grief, so when Viv Vision stumbles through Wanda’s door, exhausted and terrified of the nightmares playing her mother’s death on repeat, Wanda dives into Viv’s dreams to find the cause of the android’s suffering. And it turns out Viv isn’t alone in her mind? Scarlet Witch faces off against DREAMQUEEN in a reality-bending battle for Viv’s freedom! PLUS! This issue includes a special super-heroic back-up story featuring Scarlet Witch and Storm celebrating Black History Month!

Scarlet Witch #2

Bulls of Beacon Hill #1 is a nice mix of politics and good ole mobsters

A successful career as a surgeon, a supportive and loving boyfriend, and an overload of hype on his rumored run for Boston City Council. But there’s one problem – it’s all held up by a lie. For years, Chris has been hiding in plain sight, desperate not to be connected to his father, Orin Paige, one of Boston’s most notorious gangsters.

Story: Steve Orlando
Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Lorenzo Scaramella
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual

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Maximum Carnage is unleashed on Marvel 2099 in Spider-Man: 2099: Dark Genesis

Last year, Marvel Comics celebrated the 30th anniversary of its first venture into the dystopian far-future of 2099 with Spider-Man 2099: Exodus, kicking off a new era of this iconic Marvel timeline with new heroes, fresh threats, and thrilling insights into the twisted corporate-run society that fans know and love! And the wild new age of 2099 is just beginning! This May, Steve Orlando is back with Spider-Man: 2099: Dark Genesis, a follow up five-issue limited series that will see Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, forced to defend his broken world from an overwhelming new threat!

Joining Orlando this time will be artist Justin Mason, known for his recent eye-catching work in Spider-Punk. Together, they’ll shatter expectations with the most bombastic 2099 saga yet as Nueva York is wrapped in the deadly tendrils of a brand-new Carnage! Luckily, Spider-Man 2099 won’t face it alone as he assembles a team of 2099 heroes, including redefined fan-favorites like Punisher 2099 and Daredevil 2099 and a brand-new characters like Blade 2099! As society begins to crumble, Spider-Man 2099 will need all the help he can get – but does the public even want his help? Or do they all just want to watch this world burn? Spider-Man: 2099: Dark Genesis will release on a weekly schedule, allowing readers to experience 2099 thrills each week in May!

FROM THE SHADOW OF EXODUS… COMES THE DARK GENESIS! Check out all five covers from Nick Bradshaw below.

Preview: Scarlet Witch #1

Scarlet Witch #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Russell Dauterman
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $4.99

THE SCARLET WITCH RETURNS!
There is a door that appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to. On the other side of this door is the witchcraft shop. Friend or foe, human or otherwise-if your need is great and your hope is gone, there you will meet the SCARLET WITCH!Wanda Maximoff is familiar with hitting rock bottom-and now that she’s finally found peace, she’s pledged all her power to help others who are languishing at their lowest. But when a woman falls through Wanda’s door with a terrifying story of a town gone mad, the Scarlet Witch will have to muster her wits and chaos magic to deal with an insidious threat! Comic powerhouses Steve Orlando (MARAUDERS; Midnighter) and Sara Pichelli (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN; SPIDER-MEN) join forces to open a groundbreaking new chapter in the Scarlet Witch’s history!

Scarlet Witch #1

Scarlet Witch #1 is a great concept with some clunky dialogue

Scarlet Witch #1

The Scarlet Witch’s history in Marvel comics has been up and down in recent years. She’s been a hero, a villain, and just missing. It seems there’s an attempt to pivot the character a bit with her recently making amends with the universe’s mutants and now a new series. Scarlet Witch #1 presents an interesting concept that feels like there’s a lot of potential to create a fun comic focused on short stories that can be enjoyed on their own.

Written by Steve Orlando, Wanda Maximoff is looking for a new start. She’s opened up a store, has to deal with an employee, and also anyone that walks through her magic door looking for her. The concept is fantastic. Having random people enter a door opens up the opportunity for short stories creating a series that feels like comics of old where you can pick up one or two issues for a full issues as opposed to five issue arcs. Scarlet Witch #1 is a complete story where there’s resolution at the end while also teasing what’s next. The debut feels like it has more in common with older episodic television than today’s comics.

Where there’s bumps is the dialogue. Unfortunately that aspect is a bit clunky with statements that fall into silly. When the group Wanda saves explains their mission, we get a statement that ends “We’re bored and very rich”, which might be true but also feels like it’s a bit out of left field. Quicksilver says he “catches” a character when there’s no indication they’re falling is another example. Slight things that are off and stand out.

The art by Sara Pichelli is fun. Elisabetta D’Amico provides inking assists while Matthew Wilson handles the colors and Cory Petit the lettering. Pichelli brings her usual flair that has made her a fan favorite. Here, there’s small moments of body language and facial expressions that add so much to the overall story. The interaction between Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch is fantastic with so much said just in the visuals. There’s also a great addition to the Scarlet Witch’s design with a magical flow that follows her around. The addition makes the character feel a bit more magical and provides more “action” in what otherwise might be a bit of a duller visual experience. It all makes Wanda feel a bit more magical in a way.

Scarlet Witch #1 is a fun start that can be read as a one-shot or enjoyed to see what else is to come. It feels different in that way from a lot of other comics to hit shelves, and that’s a good thing. Despite it’s issues, the debut is a fun one that looks to set up a new status quo for the character that opens up a world of opportunity and directions for her to go in to. Here’s to see what’s next.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Sara Pichelli
Ink Assistant: Elisabetta D’Amico Color: Matthew Wilson Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 8.2 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Get a First Look at the Final Issue of Skybound’s Creepshow!

Skybound has revealed a first look at Creepshow #5, the final issue of the hugely popular comic book anthology based on Greg Nicotero’s hit Shudder TV series produced and licensed by Cartel Entertainment. Creepshow #5 will arrive in comic book shops on January 25, 2023.  

In the spirit of all iterations of Creepshow in pop culture, each issue of the Creepshow comic anthology series comes packed with two spine-chilling stories.  

First, Steve Orlando and Marianna Ignazzi scare up a sensational yarn about a young man who’ll go to extreme lengths to retain his youth. Fabiana Mascolo on duty for colors, and Pat Brosseau letters the story. 

Then, Clay McLeod Chapman and exciting newcomer Anwita Citriya invite you to a debutante ball so horrifying you’ll be crawling out of your skin. Jordie Bellaire colors the story, and Pat Brosseau letters this story as well. 

In addition to the main cover by Chris BurnhamCreepshow #5 comes with an impressive lineup of variant covers, including a cover by legendary artist Kelley Jones and a 1:10 incentive cover by Vance Kelly.  

Creepshow #5 (of 5) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, January 25, 2023.  

The full list of covers is below: 

  • CREEPSHOW #5 CVR A by Chris Burnham (NOV220208) 
  • CREEPSHOW #5 CVR B by Kelley Jones (NOV220209) 
  • CREEPSHOW #5 CVR C by Vance Kelly (1:10 Incentive) (NOV220210) 
Creepshow #5

Preview: Marauders #10

Marauders #10

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Peach Momoko
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $3.99

HERE COMES YESTERDAY-FINALE!
With all of known history in the balance, Bishop and Psylocke lead a last-ditch strike to retake the past from its twin bacterial tyrants. Dangers mount! Can Pryde escape an unbreathing prison in time to rescue not just her crew, but the foundations of mutant society itself?

Marauders #10

Preview: Scarlet Witch #1

Scarlet Witch #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Sara Pichelli (CA) Russell Dauterman
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $4.99

THE SCARLET WITCH RETURNS!
There is a door that appears only to those who need it most, who have no one else in the world to turn to. On the other side of this door is the witchcraft shop. Friend or foe, human or otherwise-if your need is great and your hope is gone, there you will meet the SCARLET WITCH!Wanda Maximoff is familiar with hitting rock bottom-and now that she’s finally found peace, she’s pledged all her power to help others who are languishing at their lowest. But when a woman falls through Wanda’s door with a terrifying story of a town gone mad, the Scarlet Witch will have to muster her wits and chaos magic to deal with an insidious threat! Comic powerhouses Steve Orlando (MARAUDERS; Midnighter) and Sara Pichelli (ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN; SPIDER-MEN) join forces to open a groundbreaking new chapter in the Scarlet Witch’s history!

Scarlet Witch #1

Preview: Marauders #10

Marauders #10

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Eleonora Carlini (CA) Peach Momoko
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 04, 2023
SRP: $3.99

HERE COMES YESTERDAY-FINALE!
With all of known history in the balance, Bishop and Psylocke lead a last-ditch strike to retake the past from its twin bacterial tyrants. Dangers mount! Can Pryde escape an unbreathing prison in time to rescue not just her crew, but the foundations of mutant society itself?

Marauders #10
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