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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Justice League of America, Cyborg, and Lost Boys

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Justice League of America, Cyborg, and Lost Boys.

Justice League of America Vol. 1 The Extremists collects issues #1-6 by Steve Orlando, Felipe Watanabe, Diogenes Neves, Andy MacDonald, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira, Scott Hanna, Ruy Jose, Marc Deering, Ivan Reis, and Joe Prado.

Cyborg Vol. 2 Danger in Detroit collects issues #6-13 by John Semper Jr., Paul Pelletier, Tony Kordos, Szymon Kudranski, Cliff Richards, Allan Jefferson, and Will Conrad.

The Lost Boys collects issues #1-6 by Tim Seeley, Scott Godlewski, and Tony Harris.

The trades are in comic stores today August 9 and book stores August 15.

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

Justice League of America Vol. 1 The Extremists
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

Cyborg Vol. 2 Danger in Detroit
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

The Lost Boys
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW


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Hard Case Crime & Titan Comics Announce Max Allan Collins’ Quarry’s War and Cynthia Von Buhler’s Minky Woodcock!

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Titan Comics and Hard Case Crime revealed the next titles from their Hard Case Crime line of comics – Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini and Quarry’s War!

Created by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia Von Buhler, Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini has already garnered praise.

Unappreciated at her father’s detective agency, the fabulous rabbit-loving Minky Woodcock straps on her gumshoes in order to uncover a magical mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini!

Featuring covers by artist Robert McGinnis – the famous creator of movie posters for classic films such as James Bond and Breakfast at Tiffany’s and acclaimed comics legend David Mack, the first issue arrives in stores November 8, 2017.

This November 29, acclaimed comic writer/novelist Max Allan Collins’ smash hit Quarry series makes the leap to comics for the first time ever in an all-new series titled “Quarry’s War,” penned by Collins, whose other work includes Batman, Dick Tracy, Ms. Tree, and the groundbreaking graphic novel Road to Perdition, which inspired the Academy Award-winning film starring Tom Hanks and Paul Newman. Quarry’s War is illustrated by artist Szymon Kudranski.

Recently returned from the horrors of the Vietnam War, former U.S. Marine sniper Quarry has found a new vocation as a professional assassin. But when his latest contract turns out to be an old acquaintance from his military days, the fresh-faced hit-man finds himself battling against his own conscience as secrets from the past begin to reveal themselves.

Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1 (on-sale November 8, 2017) and Quarry’s War (on-sale November 29, 2017) is available to order from the upcoming September PREVIEWS catalog.

Titan Comics Team Up With Bethesda For The Evil Within, Wolfenstein and Dishonored Comics!

Announced at E3, Bethesda Softworks are working on three exhilarating new video games for multiple platforms: The Evil Within 2, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and DLC for Dishonored 2. Titan Comics has announced that they’re teaming up with the legendary developer to create in-canon stories based on these hotly anticipated properties, due to hit comic stores and digital devices this Fall.

Following Titan Comics’ smash-hit prequel comic series to The Evil Within in 2015, Titan Comics will publish a direct lead-in to the upcoming survival horror videogame sequel, inviting readers back into the blood-curdling world as imagined by Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami!

Coming to comic stores and digital devices on September 6, Titan Comics’ new The Evil Within comic book series finds Detective Sebastian Castellanos still shell-shocked by the horrific events that took place at the Beacon Mental Hospital, and reluctantly pulled back into Mobius’ macabre world when a gruesome serial killer unleashes a new kind of hell onto KRIMSON CITY.

The Evil Within Issue #1 is written by Ryan O’Sullivan with art by Damien Worm, and Szymon Kudranski.

On September 13, 2017, get ready to sock it to the Nazis with an all-new comics prequel to the hotly anticipated first-person action blockbuster, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, which continues the adventures of B.J. Blaskowicz as he leads the resistance against the Nazis in occupied America.

In Titan’s new comic series, written by Dan Watters with art by Piotr Kowalski and Ronilson Freire, dive headfirst into the alternate universe of Wolfenstein as B.J. Blaskowicz returns to take on the Nazis. Can he stop the march of goose-stepping boots? Or will the sinister Hans Hartmann be victorious?

Titan Comics will also publish brand-new Dishonored comics, to tie-in with the upcoming DLC (downloadable content) of the smash-hit first person stealth-‘em-up Dishonored 2 videogame!

Written by by Michael Moreci and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri and Mattia Iacono, Dishonored: The Peeress and the Price, Titan Comics’ new series, sees Emily Kaldwin return to Dunwall for an adventure with Corvo Attano. Emily comes into conflict with a politician named Archibald Dufrane, and there is a mysterious killer on the loose – but when Emily’s powers start to falter in the middle of their investigation, things start to get deadly…

The Evil Within #1 (on-sale September 6, 2017), Wolfenstein #1 (on-sale September 13, 2017) and Dishonored: the Peeress and the Price #1 (on-sale September 27, 2017) are available to order from the upcoming July edition of PREVIEWS.

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

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