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Review: Books of Magic #1

The Sandman Universe is back with brand new series and new creative teams. Books of Magic #1 follows a young magician who is destined for greatness – though whether he will be a force for good or evil has yet to be determined.

Books of Magic #1 is written by Kat Howard, with art by Tom Fowler, color by Jordan Boyd, and lettering by Todd Klein.

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Black Hammer Gets a Director’s Cut

Since its debut in 2016, Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Black Hammer has taken the world by storm with a loyal fanbase, several spin-offs, and an Eisner Award for Best New Series to its name!

Dark Horse is taking fans behind the panel with this deluxe director’s cut showcasing high res, uncleaned scans of Dean Ormston’s beautiful inked line art from the first issue of the award-winning Black Hammer series. The director’s cut also includes Todd Klein’s lettering, Jeff Lemire’s original script, and a high res scan of the original cover. A must for collectors and all Black Hammer fans!

Black Hammer: Director’s Cut goes on sale January 16, 2019. With 51 story pages, this special edition of Black Hammer #1 retails for only $4.99!

Review: Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 2

For years, Diana of Paradise Island yearned to leave the only home she knew behind for adventures that laid beyond its shores. Now, after a fateful meeting with Air Force pilot Steve Trevor, the Amazon Warrior finds herself in Man’s World. And she is ready for anything that it may throw at her.

But is the world ready for Wonder Woman? An American government, fraught with dissension and conflicts foreign to Diana, has deemed her a danger to society. How will Wonder Woman carry out her mission of peace and love in a world that can’t get out of its own way? That is, unless there are more insidious forces at play…

It’s been quite a while since I read the first volume of Grant Morrison‘s Wonder Woman: Earth One but it sticks out as interesting but nothing special. This second volume though absolutely stands out from the pack in the best way possible.

Morrison, who is generally a hit or miss writer for me, delivers a graphic novel that’s relevant for today. Wonder Woman is out front on the world stage but the question stands as to how the world would react. Morrison gives us what feels like what would be close to reality in that there’s those that fear her, those that want to follow her, and those that want her to rise up and smash the patriarchy. Instead of the Goddess of War as we’ve seen elsewhere, this Wonder Woman, and the Amazonians, are warriors who battle through heart and peace. They’re are less likely to punch you than hug you. It’s an interesting dynamic and one that has her outlook on the world clashing with reality creating much of the tension in this volume.

Wonder Woman’s nemesis is one for the time being a pick up artist who uses techniques to try to control Wonder Woman and have her do his bidding. Between that and lots of talk about feminism and the patriarchy this is a graphic novel that uses today’s socio-political setting as a basis of the story. It reflects our reality in many ways and shows us a hero dealing with the real problems we face. Also present is a Nazi villain that mixes in a bit of white supremacy into the mix. While the plot has some elements that feel like too much of a stretch and not explained well enough, overall it uses our reality as an excellent driver.

Morrison also gives nods to the history of Wonder Woman with references to her bondage and BDSM roots and never crossing over the line into titillation. There’s winks and nods throughout as to what has come before and that includes the art by Yanick Paquette.

Paquette is joined by Nathan Fairborn on colors and Todd Klein on lettering. The art is vibrant with pages that weave together Wonder Woman’s lasso and iconic stars into the page layout an panels. The art is beautiful to look at and has an energy about it that’s reflected in the story and character. There’s an excitement about it all and as far as page design, this is some of the best of the year. It feels innovative and something I hope to see more of.

The overall package is great and small story issues are easily overlooked. Morrison and the team have put together a graphic novel that’s relevant to today. It uses what’s going on the real world to drive the story but never lets it get overwhelmed by it. Instead, the graphic novel delivers a lot of what we want and it being an Earth One story, we get to see new directions we never expected. This is a the Wonder Woman of love and heart that has no problem punching someone. In today’s world, that feels like something fresh and new.

Story: Grant Morrison Art: Yanick Paquette Color: Nathan Fairborn Lettering: Todd Klein
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Emi Lenox Returns to Black Hammer with Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise

High school can be hell for anyone, but it’s especially difficult for teenage girls spawned by the emissary of a Cthulhu god! Based on Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series, Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise explores the realities of attending high school as an outsider. Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire pens this one-shot. Superstar artist Emi LenoxBlack Hammer colorist Dave Stewart, and legendary letterer Todd Klein join him on this new adventure. The beautiful cover and variant covers are by Emi Lenox and Jill Thompson.

In Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise, Cthu-Louise struggles and is teased at school due to her monstrous appearance. Finally fed up with the bullying and abuse, she decides she will do anything to make herself “normal.” It’s Carrie meets Call of the Cthulhu!

The Black Hammer: Cthu-Louise one-shot goes on sale December 12, 2018.

Review: DC’s Young Animal Milk Wars

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 the collection of the non-event, Milk Wars!

Milk Wars is by Steve Orlando, Gerard Way, Jody Houser, Cecil Castellucci, Jon Rivera, Magdalene Visaggio, Aco, Ty Templeton, Mirka Andolfo, Langdon Foss, Dale Eaglesham, Nick Derington, Sonny Liew, Tamra Bonvillain, Marissa Louise, Keiren Smith, Nick Filardi, Clem Robins, John Workman, Saida Temofonte, Todd Klein, Frank Quitely, Rian Hughes, Clay Mann, and Marissa Louise.

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Review: Eternals

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 the Eternals!

Eternals collects issues #1-7 by Neil Gaiman, John Romita, Jr., Danny Miki, Tom Palmer, Tim Townsend, Jesse Delperdang, Klaus Janson, Matt Hollingsworth, Paul Mounts, Dean White, Todd Klein, Rick Berry, Sean Ryan, and Nick Lowe.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores April 24. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Eternity Girl #2 (of 6)

Eternity Girl #2 (of 6)

Story: Magdalene Visaggio
Art: Sonny Liew
Color: Chris Chuckry
Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Andy Khouri
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
In Shops: Apr 11, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Far beyond the farthest any mortal has ever traveled is a nameless world nested in the very heart of existence. On that planet is a structure that extends infinitely into the heavens. It is the Shining Tower, the axis of life and death. And to end her suffering, Eternity Girl must destroy it. The catch? Everyone else will die, too.

Preview: Batman: White Knight #7

Batman: White Knight #7

Story: Sean Murphy
Art: Sean Murphy
Color: Matt Hollingsworth
Letters: Todd Klein
Cover: Sean Murphy, Matt Hollingsworth
Editor: Mark Doyle
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

This issue, it’s Jack versus the Joker! Napier’s identity crisis spins out of control and compromises his grand plans for Gotham City – but not before he strikes a fateful bargain with Neo Joker. A browbeaten Batman accepts a peace offering from Batgirl, and some unexpected advice from Alfred sets the tone for the GTO’s new mission to redeem the city.

Review: Eternity Girl #1

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 a new series from DC’s Young Animal.

Eternity Girl #1 is by Magdalene Visaggio, Sonny Liew, Chris Chucky, Todd Klein, Paulina Ganucheau, Maggie Howell, and Andy Khouri.

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Preview: Eternity Girl #1 (of 6)

Eternity Girl #1

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Sonny Liew
Color: Chris Chucky Letterer: Todd Klein
Editor: Andy Khouri Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Caroline Sharp has been a lot of things, including both a superhero and a super-spy. But now, with those days behind her and her powers proving unreliable, Caroline finds herself stuck in a life weighed down by her depression and an inability to change. You see, Caroline is going to live forever, and there is no escape to be had. The very act of living reminds her that, to the rest of existence, she is an anomaly. All of that could change, however, when her old foe, Madame Atom, comes to her with an intriguing offer. Madame Atom can give Caroline the power to end her life; she just has to destroy the rest of the world.

This brand-new DC’s Young Animal miniseries spins out of the Milk Wars event, written by GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Kim and Kim) and illustrated by Eisner-winning artist Sonny Liew (The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye).

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