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Preview: Spider-Man #15

Spider-Man #15

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Patrick Brown
Rated T
In Shops: Apr 05, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Coming out of the crossover with SPIDER-GWEN, Miles’ life is turned upside down. Rio Morales, Miles’s mother, is faced with a world she doesn’t know or understand. WHAT WILL SHE DO NOW?!


Review: Civil War II: The Oath #1

civil-war-ii-the-oathThe epilogue to Civil War II! In the aftermath of war Captain America, Steve Rogers, confesses to the comatose Tony Stark as well as Carol Danvers.

While the title of this comic is Civil War II: The Oath, it might as well be called “Secret Empire: The Prologue” as the comic sets up the next big Marvel event that I’m sure will be billed as “changing everything.”

Written by Nick Spencer, your enjoyment of the comic will be solely based on your opinion of the controversial move by Marvel to make Steve Rogers an agent of Hydra as well as where you are with today’s current political and socio climate.

The issue finds Rogers visiting the now comatose Tony Stark and to give a soliloquy about his new views and his plans to remake the country and world. The speech reads like an Alt-Right manifesto written by someone who thinks they have a grasp this complicated ideology. It’s the watered down Hollywood version of the movement overlooking serious issues like racism and hate as the story eventually evokes Nazi-like imagery in an attempt at shock value.

But, there are some interesting things in Spencer’s writing. Spencer frames Tony Stark’s decisions not just in this battle but during the original Civil War in a way that at least got me to think. Spencer actually makes a case he’d be a stronger writer for a series staring Tony Stark than he would Steve Rogers, though what’s presented is fairly one dimensional and lacks the depth and character growth fans know of Stark.

Spencer also does a decent job of catching fans up as to Rogers’ frame of mind and vision though the reasoning and events leading to that are lacking.

Finally, he does a fine job of setting up what’s to come whether it’s the upcoming event Secret Empire or the road Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, will travel, even giving moments to Miles Morales, Hawkeye, and Amadeus Cho.

The art is handled primarily by Rod Reis but also includes Phil Noto, Raffaele Ienco, Szymon Kudranski, and Dono Sánchez-Almara and that aspect is fairly impressive. Reis who handles the majority of the art duties has a style that is interesting combined with the subject matter. Reis’ art, especially at the end when it evokes fascist/Nazi imagery (concentration camps and all!) is haunting, especially in today’s political climate. Some of the work by other artists is decent but when compared to Reis’ style it’s a bit harsh in the transition. It’d have been a stronger issue art wise if all of the styles were a bit closer.

If you like political polemics there’s much better at there, even in comic form. Civil War II: The Oath isn’t so much an epilogue as it is an attempt to get your dollars and raise interest in what comes next. While I’m sure those involved think they’re being clever in holding a mirror to today’s current climate, it comes off more as a cash in and failure to understand and grasp reality.

Story: Nick Spencer Art: Rod Ries, Phil Noto, Raffaele Ienco, Szymon Kudranski, Dono Sánchez-Almara
Story: 5 Art: 8.05 Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Preview: Detective Comics #949

Detective Comics #949

(W) James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett (A) Szymon Kudranski (A/CA) Ben Oliver
In Shops: Jan 25, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“BATWOMAN BEGINS” part two! This special two-part interlude spotlights team leader Batwoman! Batman and Batwoman need to get in there to find out who’s been weaponizing monster blood-but who will they have to fight through to do it?


Preview: Captain America: Sam Wilson #16

Captain America: Sam Wilson #16

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Angel Unzueta Galarza, Szymon Kudranski (CA) Paul Renaud
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 21, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Do NOT call her a sidekick: Misty Knight takes matters into her own hands. #takebacktheshield takes things a little too far.


Review: Black Eyed Kids #3

black eyed kids #3Meredith kidnapped by the BEK. Jim and Lara uncover a confusing connection to the past. A police officer makes a gruesome discovery. The BEK gas station shooter’s plan begins to unfold.

Aftershock Comics has been impressing me with their line up of series that span genres and give you the chance to check out a little bit of everything. Black Eyed Kids falls clearly in the horror camp as the series has built upon the mystery at the center of it all.

Writer Joe Pruett has built a horror series on top of a thriller where the mythology is teased bit by bit. We learn as the kidnapped writer Meredith learns, and that’s not a whole lot. At the same time other characters take action on the little information they know, which is about what we the readers know as well. In other words, this is one of the few stories where the reader is as in the dark as the characters, allowing us to relate more to the situations they’re going through.

And it’s uneasy, very uneasy. Humans are referred to as cattle, bodies pile up, people are slaughtered, all due to some mysterious force. Pruett hooks the reader by not revealing too much.

Pruett is helped by artist Szymon Kudranski whose style adds to the atmosphere, something he’s mastered during his work on Spawn. The shadows add to the vibe and the black eyed kids are downright creepy as all hell. Yet, through all of that, the world presented feels very real and somewhat mundane, adding to the experience.

I’m not a big horror fan, yet this series has me hooked. Aftershock is delivering with each series and issue, and this is no exception. A must for those who enjoy horror.

Story: Joe Pruett Art: Szymon Kudranski
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle #1 Infinite Comic, Out Now

Daredevil_Punisher_Infinite_Comic_PreviewThe next groundbreaking Infinite Comic series begins here, and it’s a deadly race against time! Matt Murdock and Frank Castle collide in a flurry of fists and bullets in Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle #1 – available now via the Marvel Comics App! Writer Charles Soule and artists Reilly Brown and Szymon Kudranski take you to the mean streets of New York City as Daredevil and the Punisher square off in a battle for the ages!

Matt Murdock is out to make sure that a dangerous mobster will have his day in court. But the Punisher is out to make sure the defendant gets put away…permanently! As the Punisher stalks his prey across the choked corridors and lonely rooftops of New York City – he’ll trade blows with the Man Without Fear at each and every turn! If Daredevil and his sidekick Blindspot want to save this mobsters life, it’ll take every ounce of their wits and wile. All Punisher needs to get what he wants is a well-placed bullet. Who will win? The chase is on!

Never tried a Marvel Infinite Comic before? Now is your chance to experience the future of digital comics as Deadpool and Cable embark on a madcap adventure across time and space. Take a journey with them and read Deadpool and Cable: Split Second Infinite Comic #1 for FREE in the Marvel Comics App. Head over to www.marvel.com/redeem and use the code “CABLE” to get started reading right now! Code valid until 11:59 EST on 3/31/16. Marvel.com and internet connection required. Terms and conditions apply.


Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #15

He-Man: The Eternity War #15

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Pop Mhan
Cover by: Szymon Kudranski

After issue #14’s shocking conclusion, the victors of the Eternity War rise from the rubble…to rebuild the future! Who has lived? Who has died? What is the future of the Masters of the Universe saga? Find out in this rousing epilogue to the modern day He-Man epic, “The Eternity War”!

HEMEW 15 Print Cover

Review: Orphan Black Vol. 1

OBTPBV1_cvrBBC America has been known as one of those channels on TV, where you can find some of the BBC’s best kept TV secrets. This is where many Americans were first introduced to Doctor Who and Broadchurch, and even Law and Order UK. The quality of the overall storytelling is what has created Anglophiles all over the world as, as they have used the BBC to learn about Monty Python and the original House of Cards. It was not until Orphan Black, premiered that they created a show for British loving American fans.

I remembered watching the first episode, and that first scene was really through you for a loop, as the main character, Sarah sees a woman who looks exactly like her walk in front of a train, the show instantly grabbed me by the collar right there, right then. For the un-initiated, she soon finds out that she has multiple clones, and not just mere doppelgangers, and they have a shady biotech corporation, who is hunting them down, the same ones who created them in the first place. Throughout the series, she and two of her clones, as well as her friend, Felix, uncover the central conspiracy to their existence, Neolution. There are some heavy themes, which are explored throughout the series; one which I believed was well suited for the comics medium.

Within the comics’ series, you are introduced to the origins of each of the clones, starting with Sarah, as you catch up with her, right before the birth of her daughter, Kira. Then it jumps to Helena, where we discover her origin story in 2002, in Russia, where she was being trained to be a soldier. We then meet Alison, back when she was in college, where she met her husband. The next one we meet Cosima, where she is dealing with complications of one of her relationships.

The last one we meet, of course, is Rachel, as you find out exactly where she discovered her love of science and what lead to her dubious methods. The story by Fawcett, Manson, and Hauser, fills in a lot of holes, and ultimately catches up fans exactly who each of the clones are. The art by Judranski, Quah and Staggs, are diverse enough, to create a clear difference in each character, really as different as each clone. Overall, an exciting series, and an equal to the TV show in every way.

Story: John Fawcett, Graeme Manson, and Jody Hauser
Art: Szymon Kudranski, Alan Quah and Cat Staggs
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

All-New Captain America: Fear Him Soars As Marvel’s Newest Infinite Comic Series!

Suit up for an epic like no other as Sam Wilson steps into the boots of Captain America and wields the shield for the first time in All-New Captain America: Fear Him – the newest genre defining Infinite Comic series hitting digital devices! You heard right – the first three issues of All-New Captain America: Fear Him are on-sale now and available for download! Following the successes of other Infinite Comic titles, All-New Captain America: Fear Him embraces the latest form of comic book storytelling using tablets and smartphones as a new canvas! Each new Marvel Infinite Comic continues to push comics forward, taking advantage of modern technology while staying true to the medium’s greatest strengths!

Before the highly anticipated All-New Captain America #1 hits comic shops in November, be there for Sam Wilson’s very first adventure as Captain America as fan-favorite writer Dennis Hopeless joins artist Szymon Kudranski to bring you his first harrowing days in a high-flying adventure only an Infinite Comic could contain!

An old villain has returned to feed on the city’s fear. The Scarecrow – a violent psychopath and his army of bloodthirsty terror crows wreaks havoc on the city. It’s up to the All-New Captain America and his partner Nomad to put a stop to him. Which might be easier if they got along with each other.

To stop the Scarecrow – Sam Wilson’s mission will take him all across New York City, from the skies above its choked rooftops to its dark, sinister sewer tunnels. Though he now wears the flag, does he have what it takes to be Captain America? Find out in All-New Captain America: Fear Him – on-sale now!

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SDCC 2014: Sam Wilson Spreads His Wings in the All-New Captain America: Fear Him Infinite Comic

This October, ahead of the highly anticipated new series All-New Captain America, get your first taste of Sam Wilson as the new Sentinel of Liberty in All-New Captain America: Fear Him, the groundbreaking new 6-issue Infinite Comic series specially designed for mobile devices! Bridging the gap between Sam taking up the shield in Captain America #25 to the debut of his new series in November, this genre-defining Infinite Comic chronicles Sam Wilson’s first high-flying adventure as Captain America! Fan-favorite scribe Dennis Hopeless and rising star artist Szymon Kudranski craft an all-new adventure that will define Sam Wilson’s new patriotic role and the man he will become!

In an interview with Marvel.com Hopeless said:“

We’ll mostly be dealing with the psychological implications of picking up the shield. Sam has to figure out what kind of Captain America he wants to be and what parts of his own personality he can bring to the role.

On Sale in October!

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