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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #3

Superman: Red & Blue #3

Written by: Nick Spencer, Michel Fiffe, Jesse J. Holland
Art by: Michel Fiffe, Laura Braga, Christian Ward

Five more incredible tales of the Man of Steel, told in an art style that pays tribute to his primary colors. In this issue we take visits to both Smallville and the Fortress of Solitude. We look at an object that was important to Superman on his trip to Earth, and we see the lasting impact that has on those around him. Plus, punching! Someone has to take down the electro-mechano-organic intelligence they call Kilg%re, but even he’s nothing compared to the massive monster waiting in the farthest reaches of space.

Superman: Red & Blue #3

Preview: Superman #31

Superman #31

Written by: Sean Lewis, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Sami Basri, Scott Godlewski

“The One Who Fell” part two! Thought to have been defeated long ago by Superman and his allies, the ancient Shadowbreed have returned in a horrifying new form, and Superman’s oldest ally has been assimilated into their ranks. As Jon and the besieged new Thakkramite leader search for the key that will help them defeat the creatures, Superman returns to the site of his first historic victory over the Shadowbreed in an attempt to warn the Thakkramites of the incoming threat. But Superman’s old allies kept terrible secrets from him, and both he and Jon are more vulnerable against the Shadowbreed than they know. And in the backup story, Jimmy Olsen’s plan to build a backup squad to help out his pal Superman looks like it’s already falling apart when two of its members, Loose Cannon and Gangbuster, would rather fight than be friends.

Superman #31

Preview: Action Comics #1030

Action Comics #1030

Written by: Michael Conrad, Becky Cloonan, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Michael Avon Oeming, Daniel Sampere

“Warworld Rising” starts here! A new chapter in Superman’s life begins as the challenges of Dark Nights: Death Metal are causing Clark Kent to feel…a change in his powers. Is it possible the Metropolis Marvel could be losing a step? His struggles in taking down the creatures from the Breach would suggest as much! If he’s going to continue to protect the people of Earth, he’ll have to adapt—especially with threats like Mongul out there waiting to launch their biggest attacks on the Earth yet. That’s right, those are Warworld battleships just outside our orbit, and they are heading straight for us!

Meanwhile, in the Midnighter backup story, the bad boy of the Authority has to figure out what Andrej Trojan is up to in the present if he ever wants to get back to Future State and swap places with the Midnighter of 2021, whom he left stranded on Warworld.

Action Comics #1030

Preview: Batman/Superman #17

Batman/Superman #17

Written by: Gene Luen Yang
Art by: Ivan Reis

In a world where Superman’s rocket never reached Earth, the Dark Knight and his sidekick discover a startling rift between dimensions. On the other side? A world where Martha Wayne survived, and Bruce never grew up to be Batman! Not only that, but a strange alien has emerged from the rift who’s faster than a locomotive and can leap tall buildings in a single bound…the Superman of Metropolis! When these worlds collide, the architects of this alternate history are revealed, and the only ones who can thwart their deadly experiments are the Batman and Superman of Earth-0! It’s a dynamic dual-world adventure!

Batman/Superman #17

Review: Superman: Red and Blue #2

Superman: Red and Blue #2

I loved the debut of Superman: Red and Blue. The first issue was such a fresh take on Superman with a delivery that mixed in socio-political issues and the character’s limits and failures. Mixed with beautiful art, it was a debut that forced you to take notice. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is entertaining in its own way but falls far short of that first issue that soared.

There isn’t anything particularly bad about Superman: Red and Blue #2. There are five stories that are all entertaining in their own way. The stories vary in their focus and art style each delivering its own take on the character and his world. But, none of the stories really stand out. They’re entertaining while you read but I didn’t find the issue sticking with me in the same way as the first. It’s a case of starting out with a debut that’s almost “too good”. It’s difficult to match that level of quality.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 has its highlights. The comic debuts and opens with an interesting and emotional take on Clark’s relationship with his parents. It’s one that takes on negative perceptions about adoption and stamps them down.

An entry that pits Lex Luthor against Superman has a tinge of humor that pays homage to past stories. It’s a cute, fun story that I’d love as a backup feature in a Superman comic.

Where the comic stands out is in its varied subject matter. The anthology features stories focused on Martha Kent, Val-Zod, Lex Luthor, a random young girl, and Cyborg Superman. Each story is good in its own way and are worth reading. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is a frustrating comic in a way. All of the stories would be great as backups to a regular running series. But, as an anthology the stories are a bit too different in their subjects and topics and far too often fall into Superman battling something or they fall into predictable cheese.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 is hampered by that amazing first issue. It hasn’t stuck with me as that debut has. It’s not one that I immediately raved about to others. It’s good. It’s an entertaining read to sit back and relax to. But, it doesn’t challenge or do anything really new or interesting with an iconic character. An anthology feels like it presents a way to try something new, not something we’ve seen before.

Story: Steven T. Seagle, Chuck Brown, Dan Panosian, Stephanie Phillips, Jason Howard
Art: Duncan Rouleau, Denys Cowan, John Stanisci, Dan Panosian, Marley Zarcone, Jason Howard
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #2

Superman: Red & Blue #2

Written by: Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Dan Panosian, Chuck Brown
Art by: Dan Panosian, Denys Cowan, Marley Zarcone

Explore the world of Superman in a way you’ve never seen before. Five brand-new stories, a visual tour de force, with only the Man of Steel’s signature colors. There are tales starring Clark Kent, the original Superman, including a showdown with his most tenacious foe, Lex Luthor—but there is also a great space adventure with Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, going up against an amped-up version of Prometheus. And then there is Cyborg Superman, a warped reflection of the real deal, with a mission as opposite to Superman’s as any could be. But no matter how out there the situation gets, it always comes back to the one man and the planet he loves and has sworn to protect—and the people he inspires, young and old.

Superman: Red & Blue #2

Around the Tubes

Magic #1

We’ve got a new week and lots coming at you, some pretty cool stuff if you ask us. While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews you might have missed from the weekend.

The Boston Globe – Superman Action Comics #1 sells for more than $3 million – We found a lot of change in the couch. Felt like this was a good investment.

Book Riots – 20 Must-Read Spacefaring Comics and Graphic Novels – What comics would you add?

Smash Pages – ‘Empyre’ wins the 2021 GLAAD award for ‘Outstanding Comic Book’ – Congrats to all of the winners.

Reviews

Collected Editions – Justice League Odyssey Vol. 4: Last Stand
CBR – Magic #1

Preview: Superman #30

Superman #30

Written by: Sean Lewis, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by: Sami Basri, Scott Godlewski

Superman has received a signal from distant space. An old friend is in deep trouble, and only the Man of Steel can help him. By the time Superman and his son get there, though, the alien who sent the signal is nowhere to be found, and his people appear to be enthralled by a shamanistic storyteller who warns of an ancient grudge with the malevolent Shadowbreed. This leaves Clark and Jonathan Kent to ponder just who sent them the distress message, but before they can find the answer, they’ll discover that an ancient grudge still has very current consequences. Kicking off a new story line, this issue pairs Phillip Kennedy Johnson with his Future State: Superman: House of El collaborator, artist Scott Godlewski! Meanwhile, in the “Tales of Metropolis” backup story it’s…the return of Ambush Bug? Say it ain’t so!

Superman #30

Mezco’s 5 Points Superman – The Mechanical Monsters (1941): Deluxe Boxed Set is Available for Pre-Order

5 Points Superman

Up in the sky, look: it’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!

5 Points present – Superman (1941): Deluxe Boxed Set, inspired by the 1940s animated short The Mechanical Monsters.

Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound – this Superman deluxe boxed set contains 3 figures, a giant fire shooting robot, a quick-change phone booth, and multi-level, triple environment diorama!

How’s this for a story, Miss Lane? Clark Kent goes into the phone booth and Superman comes out thanks to the quick-change feature!

Once assembled, the retro play set diorama creates the well-guarded House of Jewels storefront on one side, and a two-story diorama of The Mad Scientist’s lab on the reverse side. The lab comes complete with a drawbridge door that opens and rows of Mechanical Monsters with a secret volcanic cavern below where the monsters are forged. 

THE 5 POINTS SUPERMAN – THE MECHANICAL MONSTERS (1941): DELUXE BOXED SET INCLUDES:

  • Superman – Strange visitor from another planet with powers far beyond those of mortal men. Superman comes with two pairs of interchangeable arms for dynamic posing and a soft molded cape.
  • Clark Kent – Superman’s alter ego, Clark, conceals his heroic identity as a mild-mannered reporter for The Daily Planet. Clark comes with a holdable
  • Lois Lane – A tenacious investigative reporter at the Daily Planet. Strong, assertive, and able to handle herself in dangerous situations, Lois comes with a small notebook accessory to document her next big scoop.
  • Mechanical Monster Number 5 – A small army of evil robots created by The Mad Scientist to steal money and jewels, the Mechanical Monsters were unstoppable perpetrators of crime. This oversized machine of mayhem comes with two pairs of interchangeable arms for dynamic posing, an interchange propeller that attaches to the neck, a hinged compartment on the back of its body, and removable flame FX that attach to its eyes.

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) notebook
  • One (1) steno pad
  • Two (2) pairs of interchangeable Superman arms
  • Two (2) pairs of interchangeable Mechanical Monster arms
  • One (1) propeller attachment for Mechanical Monster
  • Two (2) flame FX for Mechanical Monster
  • Four (4) display bases

5 Points are Mezco’s upgrade to the articulated action figures of yesteryear. These highly detailed, poseable action figures feature some of pop culture’s most familiar faces, both old and new.

5 Points Superman – The Mechanical Monsters (1941): Deluxe Boxed Set is packaged in a collector-friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The Superman – The Mechanical Monsters (1941): Deluxe Boxed Set is available for preorder.

Zack Snyder’s Justice League Gets the Pop! Treatment

Zack Snyder‘s vision for the Justice League has been revealed and fans of the film can collect Pop! Movies: Justice League to show off their love.

You can get DeSaad, Diana w/Arrow, Superman, and Darkseid.


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