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The weekend is almost here and we’ve got some geeky things on tap! What will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista Continues to Rail Against Disney – Good. Disney will maybe listen to one of its stars. Maybe.

ComicMix – Gail Simone on the passing of Bongo Comics – It’s the end of an era!

Newsarama – Locke & Key Lands at Netflix For New, Re-Cast Show – Maybe this time’s the charm?

Newsarama – Marvel’s Tahlia Hein Passes Away at 32 – Out thoughts are with her friends and family.

The Outhouse – Love & Basketball‘s Gina Prince-Bythewood To Adapt Rucka And Fernandez’s The Old Guard – Nice!

 

Reviews

Newsarama – The Amazing Spider-Man #2

Newsarama – Justice League Dark #1

100% of Image’s Pride Month Variant Cover Proceeds to Go to Human Rights Campaign

Image Comics has revealed the first six of eleven variants planned for June’s 25th-anniversary theme—“Pride Month.” The variants will serve to celebrate the LGBTQ community and the progress made by the Gay Liberation Movement in promoting inclusivity and support for all. 100% of the proceeds made from these June Pride variant covers will be donated to Human Rights Campaign.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 7th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 15th):

  • The Walking Dead #168 by Robert Kirkman & Charlie Adlard, cover art by Sina Grace, cover colors by Tamra Bonvillain (Diamond Code MAR178612)
  • The Divided States of Hysteria #1 by Howard Chaykin, cover by Chaykin (Diamond Code MAR178603)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 14th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 22nd):

  • Bitch Planet: Triple Feature #1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro, cover by De Landro (Diamond Code MAR178611)
  • Rose #3 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by Guara (Diamond Code MAR178609)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 21st (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, May 29th):

  • Crosswind #1 by Gail Simone and Cat Staggs, cover by Staggs (Diamond Code MAR178608)
  • GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #4 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Mahfood (Diamond Code MAR178610)
  • The Old Guard #5 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernandez, cover by Fernandez (Diamond Code MAR178604)

Available in stores on Wednesday, June 28th (Final order cutoff deadline Monday, June 5th):

  • Black Magick #6 by Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott, cover by Scott (Diamond Code MAR178605)
  • Deadly Class #29 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Craig (Diamond Code MAR178607)
  • Shutter #29 by Joe Keatinge and Leila del Duca, cover by del Duca (Diamond Code MAR178606)
  • Redneck #3 by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren, cover by Ed Luce (Diamond Code MAR178737)

Spawn’s Legacy Spreads for Image’s 25th Anniversary May Variants

Image Comics has revealed the first nine of the variants planned for May’s 25th anniversary theme month—Spawn. Image Comics’ creators bring their interpretation of the iconic antihero by Todd McFarlane to life all month long. Black and white versions of a selection of the covers will also be available.

Each month of Image’s 25th year will boast a theme for special anniversary variants.

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 10th:

  • Black Cloud #2 by Ivan Brandon and Jason Latour, cover by Greg Hinkle (Diamond Code FEB178673)
  • Regression #1 by Cullen Bunn and Danny Luckert, cover by Danny Luckert (Diamond Code FEB178672)
  • Renato Jones: Season Two #1 by Kaare Kyle Andrews, cover by Kaare Kyle Andrews (Diamond Code FEB178668)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 17th:

  • God Country #5 by Donny Cates and Geoff Shaw, cover by Gerardo Zaffino (Diamond Code FEB178676)
  • GRRL Scouts: Magic Socks #1 by Jim Mahfood, cover by Jim Mahfood (Diamond Code FEB178669)
  • Horizon #11 by Brandon Thomas, Juan Gedeon, Frank Martin, cover by Juan Gedeon and Mike Spicer (Diamond Code FEB178677)
  • Injection #13 by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey, cover by Declan Shalvey (Diamond Code FEB178678)
  • Rose #2 by Meredith Finch and Ig Guara, cover by David Finch (Diamond Code FEB178670)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 24th:

  • Deadly Class #28 by Rick Remender and Wes Craig, cover by Wes Craig (Diamond Code FEB178680)
  • Magdalena Vol. 4 #3 by Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, cover by Stjepan Sejic (Diamond Code FEB178869)
  • The Old Guard #4 by Greg Rucka and Leandro Fernández, cover by Chris Samnee (Diamond Code FEB178674)
  • Plastic #2 by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard, cover by Daniel Hillyard (Diamond Code FEB178675)
  • Seven to Eternity #6 by Rick Remender and Jerome Opeña, cover by Jerome Opeña (Diamond Code FEB178671)

Available in stores on Wednesday, May 31st:

  • Manifest Destiny #29 by Chris Dingess, Matthew Roberts, Owen Gieni, cover by Matt Roberts and Owen Gieni (Diamond Code FEB178679)
  • Black Science #30 by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera, cover by Matteo Scalera (Diamond Code FEB178681)

The Old Guard #1 Goes Back to Print

Image Comics is pleased to announce that due to overwhelming fan enthusiasm, Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez’s The Old Guard is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

The Old Guard is the story of old soldiers who never die… and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: JAN178369) and The Old Guard #2 (Diamond Code JAN170748) will be available on Wednesday, March 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 6th.

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Review: The Old Guard #1

oldguard1coverThe Old Guard #1 is Highlander meets the modern world of private contractors as a group of immortals have banded together to be a Blackwater type group of mercenaries, but with a conscience it seems. Writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez kick the issue off with a deep look into the pain of the Old Guard’s only female member, Andromeda (Andy), before sending them headlong into action to rescue some hostages in South Sudan. Fernandez and colorist Daniela Miwa are unyielding when showing the violence of Andy and her team’s life as the issue erupts into a conflagration of guns, bullets, blood, brain matter, and yes, a battle axe.

The opening of The Old Guard reminded me a lot of the Queen song “Who Wants to Live Forever”, but with the bombast replaced with grit and pain. Miwa switches up the color palette on each panel to show the passing of time while Rucka and Fernandez connect sex and violence showing Andy’s various lovers and kill targets over the ages. She is caught in a vicious cycle and just wants something new or to break what has become tedium. Hopefully, a mission to rescue some young girls in South Sudan will break this up, but foreshadowing dialogue and a hyper-violent flashback to the Old Guard’s last mission for their client Copley in Afghanistan show that this isn’t a simple mission.

The action in The Old Guard reminded me of The Hurt Locker by way of the John Wick 2 films. There is kind of a dance like precision to Andy slashing through her foes with a battle axe, and her comrades taking targets out with well aimed sniper shots on the other side of the page. Fernandez and Miwa stuff the page with sound effects and panels stacked on panels to imitate the danger and intensity of real combat. Yeah, the Old Guard can take a barrage of bullets and still walk out alive because they’re immortals, but there are forces beyond soldiers and guns at odds against at them that Rucka and Fernandez hint at the end of the story.

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The Old Guard #1 is a story about the futility of immortality told through the lens of soldiers. And a soldier, especially a mercenary like Andy, is a good choice because she has seen the rise and fall of countless nations and ideologies and can truly ponder if there’s any meaning to it all. Except she spends most of the issue talking about her rescue mission and using military related jargon to ensure it runs smoothly while also avoiding the abyss of her existence. However, the abyss returns at the end of the story in a cynical bit of a twist that instantly expands the scope and mythos of the series. The Old Guard occasionally can be a lean action comic in the recent Warren Ellis tradition, especially with Fernandez and Miwa’s punch-y visuals, but it seems like it will have interweaving and complex storylines and mythologies like most of Rucka’s works, such as Wonder Woman, Lazarus, Black Magick, and even Stumptown albeit in a very different genre and setting.

The Old Guard #1 is a bleak, biting action comic about an immortal woman, who is a skilled warrior, yet filled with sadness drawn and colored with gritty precision by Leandro Fernandez and Daniela Miwa. Andy’s conscience, snark, and total competence make her a likable lead character, and a slight twist at the end sets up a decent enough hook to pick up the following issue where hopefully the other members of her team will be fleshed out by Greg Rucka and Fernandez.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Leandro Fernandez Colors: Daniela Miwa
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Old Guard Marches Into Stores this February

Eisner-winning writer Greg Rucka and critically acclaimed artist Leandro Fernandez join forces for the all-new, action-packed, era-spanning series The Old Guard, set to launch this February 2017.

Trapped in an immortality without explanation, The Old Guard follows Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades as they ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. Set in the 21st century where immortality is a hard secret to keep, this action-packed new series explores what happens when you live just long enough to learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1 (Diamond Code DEC160622) hits stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 30th.

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