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Marvel Delivers Daredevil and Wolverine in Today’s Digital Comic Releases

There are currently seven new digital releases on comiXology. You can choose from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press. Get shopping or check out the individual releases below.

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2

Written by Frank Miller
Art by Frank Miller
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #168-182.

The celebration of one of the comic book industry’s top talents continues as writer/artist extraordinnaire Frank Miller’s classic Daredevil adventures are collected in a second tribute volume. All the elements that made Miller’s tenure on Daredevil a comic noir classic are here: gritty, street-level action, moody atmosphere, and widescreen adventure told with a cinematic eye. The stories in this volume feature unforgettable characters like the Kingpin, the mammoth king of the New York Underworld; Bullseye, the deranged but deadly assassin; Elektra, the woman Daredevil loves but is forced to oppose; and of course, Daredevil himself, blind as justice, he is an attorney by day and an urban vigilante by night. Also introduced in this collection is the mysterious ninja brotherhood, The Hand, the group that will ultimately cause Elektra’s untimely demise. Tense and dramatic, the stories included in this volume dedicated to Frank Miller’s classic work show the continued development of an artistic legend as his formidable skills continued to grow in stature and depth.

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 2

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3

Written by Mike W. Barr, Roger McKenzie, Frank Miller
Art by Terry Austin, Klaus Janson
Cover by Frank Miller
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Collects Daredevil (1964) #183-191 and material from What If? #28, 35 and Bizarred Adventures #28.

The action, drama and artistic brilliance continue withDAREDEVIL #183 – #191, plus WHAT IF? #28 (“What If Elektra Had Lived?”) and #35 (“What If Daredevil Joined S.H.I.E.L.D.?) — and as a special treat, an Elektra story from BIZARRE ADVENTURES #28! It’s more amazing visuals and gut-wrenching twists from the master of crime noir as Matt Murdock tussles with the Black Widow, collides with the Punisher, and has a sickening showdown with the Hand as they try to kill Stick and resurrect Elektra!

Daredevil Visionaries: Frank Miller Vol. 3

So I’m a Spider, So What? #48

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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With Mother defeated and Body Brain working on the Demon Lord’s soul, I got some time to kill! But before that, time for your friendly neighborhood Spidermonster to kick some robber butts and save that dandy stud!!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #48

The Sheikh’s Guarded Heart

Written by Liz Fielding
Art by Satomi Tsuya
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Lucy has traveled to Ramal Hamrah to chase her new husband, who stole all of her money right after their wedding. However, confused in this foreign desert land, she soon gets into a terrible car accident. Right before her car explodes, she’s rescued by a stranger. When Lucy wakes up, she finds herself in the strong arms of a beautiful, angelic man. The man who saved her is Hanif, the prince of Ramal Hamrah. As he’s volunteered to protect her in his palace!

The Sheikh's Guarded Heart

Un amour contraire au contrat

Written by Maisey Yates
Art by Kanoko Yamamoto
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Comment ça une femme ne peut pas gérer une entreprise !? Le père d’Elaine a choisi Marco, figure légendaire de l’industrie, comme successeur de son entreprise malgré le sens des affaires de sa fille. Celle-ci, passionnée par la compagnie de son père, propose un contrat de mariage d’un an à Marco afin de l’amener à lui céder l’entreprise après le divorce. Marco, qui fait souvent la une des magazines à scandales, a besoin de reconstruire sa réputation en se mariant. Ce qui aurait dû être un simple mariage de raison, prend une tournure un peu différente lorsque Marco découvre une nouvelle facette de sa nouvelle femme et que l’innocente Elaine tombe sous le charme de Marco.

Wolverine: Blood Wedding

Written by Joe Casey, Chris Claremont, Tom DeFalco, Todd DeZago, Fabian Nicieza
Art by Denys Cowan, Oscar Jimenez, Cary Nord, Leinil Francis Yu
Cover by Jae Lee
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #123-132, Wolverine: Black Rio.

Why is Wolverine tying the knot with one of his most vicious foes? What do Shadowcat and Sabretooth have to say about it? And what deadly new advantage makes Sabretooth unbeatable? X-Men legend Chris Claremont returns to the character he made famous in an old-school, actionpacked caper against Hydra and the Hand! Then: Wolverine faces Roughouse and Bloodscream, and teams with Captain America on a quest for self-improvement — but when he battles the Wendigo, it’s all he can do to stay alive! Plus: Wolverine scales a mountain, attends Carnaval and confronts the grim specter of domestic abuse! Guest-starring the ladies of the X-Men!

Wolverine: Blood Wedding

Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine/Hulk

Written by Sam Kieth
Art by Sam Kieth
Cover by Sam Kieth
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Collects Wolverine/Hulk (2002) #1-4.

Sam Keith (The Maxx, Zero Girl) returns to Marvel – and takes on two of Marvel’s most popular – and toughest — characters! A metal-clawed X-Man, an emerald behemoth and a scared little girl named Po what draws these three very different characters together? Answer: Expect the unexpected!

Wolverine Legends Vol. 1: Wolverine/Hulk

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ComiXology Has Four New Releases including McFarlane Spider-Man and Art Adams X-Men

There are four new releases today on comiXology from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press. You can get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 3: Todd Mcfarlane Book 3

Written by David Michelinie
Art by Todd McFarlane
Cover by Todd McFarlane
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Collects Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #315-323, 325, 328.

After a wildly popular run on Spider-Man, artist Todd McFarlane set a record for the highest selling single comic book ever – a record that stands to this day – and later went on to create the multimedia phenomenon known as Spawn. Now, in this third collection of his best Spider-Man stories, see how the legend of Spider-Man grew, and the legend of Todd McFarlane began. Featuring the mega-popular VENOM in the stories that turned him into a comics’ sensation.

Spider-Man Legends Vol. 3: Todd Mcfarlane Book 3

X-Men Legends: Art Adams

Written by Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson
Art by Terry Austin, Al Gordon, Mike Mignola, Al Milgrom, Art Thibert, Bob Wiacek
Cover by Arthur Adams
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Collects New Mutants Special Edition #1; Uncanny X-Men Annual #9-10, 12; Fantastic Four #347-349.

Before manga hit it big, Art Adams brought big monsters, big eyes and cinematic action to the Marvel Universe. This volume collects the best of Adams’ Marvel work, from his landmark work on the X-Men to his odd-couple new FF team of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Wolverine & Ghost Rider.

X-Men Legends: Art Adams

Le Mariage De Matilda

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Shizuku Katsuragi
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Matilda Paige est une jeune femme ordinaire qui travaille dans un cabinet médical où elle aide le docteur Henry Lowell à soigner les habitants d’un village du Comté de Somerset. Elle doit partager son temps entre son patron plutôt taciturne, son père malade et sa mère nostalgique de ses années fastes. Même si son travail n’est pas particulièrement compliqué, Matilda ne parvient pas à cerner Henry. Comme si cela ne suffisait pas, la fiancée du médecin, Lucia, est hautaine et méprisante, et dissimule sa méchanceté sous son immense beauté. Matilda a un faible pour son patron, mais parviendra-t-elle à conquérir son cœur et à lui montrer qu’un peu de chaleur et de gentillesse peut être le meilleur des remèdes ?

Le Mariage De Matilda

So I’m a Spider, So What? #46

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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With Mother’s stats at an all-time low, it’s my chance to attack-or so I thought. But now I’m on my last legs ‘cos I forgot to account for one basic fact: Mother is a spider, just like me…

So I'm a Spider, So What? #46

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Review: Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1

I’ve heard for so many years how great John Byrne’s Superman work was. He took over post-Crisis and redefined the character for the (then) modern age. Not an easy book to collect, with various out-of-print volumes. DC Comics has finally released a hardcover collecting the first part of Byrne’s work in Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1. I hold his X-Men, Fantastic Four and even his Alpha Flight stuff in pretty high regard. I’m not a huge Superman fan or DC fan. Would I feel the same way with Supes? 

The story is one we’re all familiar with: A scientist on a doomed planet sends his only son across the universe to an alien planet in an attempt to save his life and to spare him from his home world’s destruction. Upon crash-landing on Earth, he’s found by your typical Earth couple who adopt him and raise him as their own and in doing so, he discovers his amazing abilities and decides to use those to help do the right thing and save others. From there, tales with Braniac, Darkseid, the Phantom Stranger and others round out the volume.

John Byrne’s Superman work ends up being pretty stellar to someone like me, who gets to read it for the first time so many decades later. For one, I feel that for one who doesn’t love the decompression of storytelling that everyone has embraced, the pacing is quite enjoyable. The Man Of Steel mini-series would take well over a year by the new standard if done today. I felt like Byrne understood the characters. He wrote a truly amazing Superman and put him through the ringer, so to speak.  And in saying that, Superman comes off truly relevant to the world he exists in. Art-wise, I have always enjoyed John Byrne’s pencils/art and so I knew what I was getting into with this. I knew that part would not disappoint. 

Any problems? Mostly that I’m not a huge Superman fan. It feels odd to like this as much as I do. I’m sure a more traveled Superman/DC Comics fan could pick this apart but from what I know, this is one of the most sought-after comic book runs to get collected again. For me, it’s great to know that something that I’ve heard be so enjoyable actually held up over time, at least for me. This first volume maintains its look by having the art being done by Byrne and by Jerry Ordway in some spots. Terry Austin is one of the inkers involved with this and he’s probably the best inker Byrne worked with. The Adventures Of Superman issues are written by Marv Wolfman and also included. It’s great to see the other books of this era included.

Superman: The Man Of Steel Vol. 1 ends up collecting Byrne’s Man Of Steel mini-series, Superman 1-4, Adventures Of Superman 424-428, and Action Comics 584 through 587. Some extras included are some Who’s Who ‘87 entries. It has a cover price of $49.99 and feels totally worth the price. Also, if DC Comics had released this a few years ago, it would most-likely just have a plain hardcover design underneath the dust jacket. This collection has a very nice art-on-book cover under the DJ. DC Comics has started to put some real quality on the collected editions that get released. If you are a Supes fan, this is one for you.

Story: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Jerry Ordway Art: John Byrne, Jerry Ordway
Ink: Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, Jerry Ordway, Mike Machlan, Karl Kesel
Color: Tom Ziuko Letterer: John Costanza, Albert DeGuzman
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: A definite read


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Review: X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 2

Classic X-Men were reprints of the original X-Men comics… with new material!? These collections collect that new material with some depth as to the history of it all.

X-Men Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 collects Classic X-Men #24-44 and material from Marvel Fanfare #60.

Story: Chris Claremont, Ann Nocenti, Tom Orzechowski, Daryl Edelman, Fabian Nicieza, John Byrne
Art: John Bolton, June Brigman, Mark Bright, Rick Leonardi, Kyle Baker, Jim Lee, Jim Fern, Mike Collins, Kieron Dwyer, Dave Ross, John Byrne
Ink: John Bolton, Ro Richardson, Josef Rubinstein, Bob McLeod, Kyle Baker, Hilary Barta, Terry Austin, Ricardo Villamonte
Color: Glynis Oliver, John Bolton, Christie Scheele, Petra Scotese, Mike Rockwitz, Gregory Wright, Bob Sharen
Letterer: Tom Orzechowski, Joe Rosen, Jim Novak, Bill Oakley, Michael Heisler, Lois Buhalis, John Costanza, Diana Albers

Get your copy in comic shops now and on book shops on December 10! 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.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: X-Men Milestones: X-Cutioner’s Song

Cable has assassinated Professor X! Wait, what!? This “X-Men Milestones” collects the classic story that helped define the 90s X-Men.

X-Men Milestones: X-Cutioner’s Song collects Uncanny X-Men (1991) #294-297, X-Factor (1986) #84-86, X-Men (1991) #14-16, X-Force (1991) #16-18, and Stryfe’s Stryke File.

Story: Peter David, Scott Lobdell, Fabian Nicieza
Art: Greg Capullo, Andy Kubert, Jae Lee, Brandon Peterson, Larry Stroman
Ink: Terry Austin, Harry Candelario, Andy Kubert, Al Milgrom, Jimmy Palmiotti, Dan Panosian, Mark Pennington
Color: Steve Buccellato, Marie Javins, Glynis Oliver, Joe Rosas, Mike Thomas, Brad Vancata
Letterer: Steve Dutro, Chris Eliopoulos, Richard Starkings

Get your copy in comic shops now and in bookstores on November 5! 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.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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The Art of Comic Book Inking Gets an Expanded Edition in May 2019

The Art of Comic-Book Inking is the industry-standard manual for aspiring comic book inkers and industry professionals alike. Now, Dark Horse presents an expanded edition with new art and text by Gary Martin and a bonus chapter on digital inking by artist Leo Vitalis. Along with pen, brush, and stylus, no inking tool is more useful than The Art of Comic-Book Inking

Gain insights into the techniques, tools, and approaches of some of the finest ink artists in comics, including Terry Austin, Mark Farmer, Scott Williams, Alex Garner, and many more. Also included are eight full-sized blue-lined art boards featuring pencil art by top comics illustrators Steve Rude, Terry Dodson, Jack Kirby, Adam Warren, and others to use for practice or as samples to show editors and publishers.

The Art of Comic-Book Inking TPB goes on sale May 29, 2019.

The Art of Comic-Book Inking TPB

Preview: Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

Further Adventures of Red Sonja Vol.1

writer: Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas, Doug Moench, Clair Noto, Frank Thorne, Christie Marx, Charles Dixon, James Owsley, Bruce Jones, Peter B. Gillis, Jim Valentino, Sue Flaxman, Marie Javins, Steve Buccellato
artists: Frank Thorne, E.R. Cruz, Estaban Maroto, Howard Chaykin, Dick Giordano, Terry Austin, John Buscema, Pablo Marcos, Tony DeZuniga, Barry Smith, Ernie Chan, Neal Adams, Geof Isherwood, Luke McDonnell, Armando Gil, Bruce Jones, Steven Carr, Gary Kwapisz, Josef Rubinstein, Gavin Curtis, Keith Williams, Alfredo Alcala, Del Barras, Reggie Jones, Kirk Etienne, Howard Simpson, Rober Quijano
cover: Frank Thorne
FC | 200+ pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Featuring a collection of issues from the original Marvel Comics series “The Savage Sword of Conan,” with each page painstakingly re-mastered for this volume! Plus, Sonja Tales from Kull and the Barbarians, as well as pin-ups!

Preview: John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition

John Byrne’s X-Men Artifact Edition

Chris Claremont (w) • John Byrne (a & c) • Terry Austin, Various (inks)

John Byrne’s run on the X-Men began with issue #108 and lasted until #143. The team of Claremont, Byrne, and Austin made the X-Men (which was already a hit series under Dave Cockrum) soar to the top of the charts in comics sales. They introduced Alpha Flight, and then  created the near mythical storylines “The Dark Phoenix Saga” and “Days of Future Past.” These and the rest of their stories remain burned into the memories of collective fandom to this day, and have been the basis for several X-Men films.

This Artifact Edition will include more than 100 pages of X-Men covers, splashes, and pages from Byrne’s X-Men run. All have been meticulously scanned from the original art and reproduced to the exacting Artist’s Edition standards that have won IDW Publishing five highly coveted Eisner Awards (to date)!

HC • BW • $125.00 • 144 pages • 12” x 17” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-394-0

Review: The Adventures of Captain America

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 Captain America!

The Adventures of Captain America collects issues #1-4 and Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strips #1-3 by Fabian Nicieza, Kevin Maguire, Kevin West, Steve Carr, Josef Rubenstein, Terry Austin, Tom Christopher, Paul Mounts, Richard Starkings, Barry Dutter, Mike Rockwitz, Karl Kesel, Ben Dimagmaliw, Jared K. Fletcher, Butch Guice, Rachel Pinnelas, Lauren Sankovitch, Bill Rosemann, Tom Brevoort, Tim Smith 3, Harry Go, and John Cerilli.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores March 13. 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.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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Flashback Friday Review: Batman #500

There’s a couple of comic events that stick out from my childhood. The death of Superman is the big one along with the hype and media circus surrounding it. The other is Batman’s back being broken by the hands of Bane, a character that felt like an unstoppable force, much like Doomsday.

With a copy as part of my Comic of the Month Club, I thought it’d be interesting to go back and see how well this comic stood up almost twenty-five years later (the comic came out in October 1993).

Batman #500 was the culmination of the “Knightfall” storyline that featured Jean-Paul Valley really stepping into the role of Batman and making it unique along with his confrontation with Bane.

The story itself is interesting in just how it’s told. I don’t remember it being the style of the time, but could have bee, but writer Doug Moench uses the captions in an almost third person sort of way. There’s a prose aspect to it all that’s interesting and going back, feels rather stilted. Better suited for a prose novel, the caption text at times has a poetic feel about it all and falls too often in the telling not showing side of things. Oh how times have changed when it comes to comic narratives. I can’t see anyone today doing a similar thing.

The story itself has a lot packed in. There’s two confrontations with Bane. There’s the development of the new Batman costume. There’s issues with the GCPD and how they’re handling Batman. And there’s the relationship between Valley, Tim Drake, and the snubbing of Nightwing as Batman. A lot is touched upon and there’s varying depth in how much is focused on each. The battles with Bane lack a certain brutality about them. The interactions with Valley and Drake lack emotional impact. It’s the interaction between Drake and Grayson as they discuss the new Batman that really stands out as having some depth to it.

The story as a whole holds up better in the mind than it does revisiting it.

Art duties are held by Jim Aparo, Terry Austin, and Mike Manley, who split the issue into two parts. The different artists is not noticeable and when it comes to that, things flow nicely. The style too hasn’t had issues aging. It’s absolutely of a different time with a bit more static visuals but generally if you just updated it a bit, the art would hold up today. The one thing, like the story itself, I never get the feeling Bane is physically imposing compared to Batman. It’s a big difference than what is presented today by many artists where he’s a giant brute.

Some times it’s best to let your positive memories linger and not revisit the past. This is an example of that with a comic that doesn’t hold up over the years. The narrative itself is a very different style compared to today and the concept of the new Batman’s confrontation is a better set up than the actual meeting. Like a summer blockbuster, the visuals feel better than the narrative with a lack of depth or exploration of what’s set up.

Story: Doug Moench Art: Jim Aparo, Terry Austin, Mike Manley
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

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