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Review: Avengers Academy the Complete Collection Vol. 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 the students of Avengers Academy

Avengers Academy the Complete Collection Vol. 1 collects issues #1-12, Avengers Academy Giant Size #1, Thunderbolts (1997) #147, and material from Enter the Heroic Age #1 by Christos Gage, Paul Tobin, Jeff Parker, Mike McKone, Jorge Molina, Sean Chen, Tom Raney, David Baldeon, and Kev Walker.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores March 13. 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: Dread Gods #3

Dread Gods #3

Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney (a & c)

Beings who believed themselves to be gods in a fantasy world have awakened to the grim reality that they are monsters in a battle-scarred landscape. Now that Lord Zeus and the rest of the Prometheans have escaped their captivity, do they have the courage to rise up and topple the evil overlords who kept them in shackles? Ron Marz and Tom Raney continue an epic tale like no other!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Giantkillers #0

Giantkillers #0

Bart Sears & Ron Marz (w) • Bart Sears & Tom Raney (a) • Bart Sears (c)

The foundation for the epic Bart Sears GIANTKILLERS saga starts here! This special double-sized issue presents a pair of short stories written and drawn by master storyteller Bart Sears, as well as writer Ron Marz and artist Tom Raney teaming up for the pivotal lead feature. Fantasy and science fiction clash head on as the grizzled warrior Arkon the Giantkiller must protect the young Auoro, destined to battle the evil Dread Lord Omin… if she can survive! More than 40 pages of stunning art and compelling story for the price of a single issue!

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

Review: DC House of Horror #1

An all-new, all-creepy one-shot set in the DC Universe-just in time for Halloween! Martha Kent fights for her life against a creature from a spacecraft that lands in front of her farmhouse. A young woman is possessed by the spirit of a murderous Amazon warrior. The last surviving member of the Justice League faces down a horror beyond imagining. All these and more are what happens when the most exciting new voices in contemporary horror fiction are paired with the talents of some of the greatest artists in the DC firmament!

Take classic DC characters and attempt to do an EC spin on it and you get this anthology comic timed for Halloween. While the stories themselves are written by various individuals, the plots of each story is credited to Keith Giffen.

As a whole, there’s only one or two stories that really stand out to me and generally while it’s an entertaining read, it’s hard to justify the $9.99 price point. The stories too are attempts at throwbacks including the focus on violence against women which six or seven decades ago might have been ok, but today, at times, feels cringe worthy. And that’s not in a good way. Instead the stories are a bit cookie cutter in that way and there’s just nothing really new that stands out and has me super excited about this special release. It’s all mediocre in execution and creativity.

There’s the fact that women seem to be the victims for far too many of the stories but they too seem to miss the classic twists at the end of the greats. What twists that do happen are predictable or lack a shock factor. It’s just stories without emotional reaction.

The art is numerous styles and that too is all over the place. You can see there’s an attempt to mimic classic horror tales but again it’s never quite nailed down. It never reaches the quality of the classics so its attempt to mimic that and go the homage route feels like a mistake. The art should be its own thing too.

The collection as a whole isn’t bad at all, it’s entertaining, but it’s not $9.99 entertaining. You can see what they were going for here, but it never quite reaches the point where it’s a good homage of classic horror comics and it also falls short of that quality. While striving for it, the package comes up short.

If you’re looking for some horror comics for the holiday season, there’s so much better that’s out there for the price point. If you’ve read all of those, then maybe this is worth it.

Story: Keith Giffen, Brian Keene, Weston Ochse, Edward Lee, Mary Saniovanni, Bryan Smith, Nick Cutter, Ronald Malfi, Wrath James White, Weston Ochse
Art: Rags Morales, Bilquis Evely, Howard Porter, Scott Kolins, Dale Eaglesham, Kyle Baker, Tom Raney , Howard Chaykin
Cover Art: Michael William Kaluta

Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dread Gods #2

Dread Gods #2

Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney (a & c)

The Ominous Press launch continues in DREAD GODS, as a pristine fantasy landscape collides with post-apocalyptic reality! The Promethean gods begin to realize they are mere pawns, trapped in dream. Their only hope for escape rests in the hands of a disabled outcast who can’t even reach them. Writer Ron Marz and artist Tom Raney are unleashed in an epic world!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Dread Gods #1

Dread Gods #1

Ron Marz (w) • Tom Raney, Bart Sears(a) • Tom Raney (c)

Ominous Press launches with the first of three limited series set in a science-fiction/fantasy universe of epic heroes and insidious villains. In DREAD GODS, gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic landscape. Acclaimed creators Ron Marz and Tom Raney join with art master Bart Sears to usher in adventure like no other! Includes a backup tale by Bart Sears, and a wealth of added content.

FC • 48 pages • $3.99

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years this August

This August, DC Comics will release Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years—an oversized hardcover collection to celebrate the lines’ legacy with reprints of WildStorm’s greatest stories, behind-the-scenes material and BRAND-NEW art and stories from some of the greatest writers and artists in the industry. At this year’s WonderCon, DC released a first look at the cover drawn by WildStorm Studios founder and DC Publisher Jim Lee, as well as some awesome pinups from Lee Bermejo, Fiona Staples, Carlos D’Anda, Sean Phillips, Tom Raney, and Gina Going-Raney. DC has released more of what to expect from this vast compilation.

Included you’ll find:

  • THE AUTHORITY story preview from Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary and Laura Martin
  • BACKLASH short story preview from Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund and Andrew Dalhouse
  • DEATHBLOW pinup from Tim Sale and Brennan Wagner
  • WILDCATS pinup from Ryan Benjamin

Stay tuned for more stories and pinups from Jim Lee, J. Scott Campbell, Adam Hughes and more!

Wildstorm: A Celebration of 25 Years will be on final order cutoff next Monday, June 5, and on sale August 23. Feel free to share these previews of exclusive new stories and pinups at anytime.

IDW Partners with Ominous Press

IDW Publishing has announced a partnership with Ominous Press to bring a new line of epic adventure comics to the market. The brainchild of comic art master Bart Sears, Ominous Press will tell stories of larger-than-life heroes and villains in fantasy and science-fiction settings.

Ominous Press had a brief, initial life in the mid-’90s, before the crash of the comic market brought down so many fledgling publishers. Now Ominous Press returns, releasing all-new material through IDW beginning in July. Ominous Press is comprised of Chief Creative Officer Bart Sears, Publisher Sean HusVar, Editor-in-Chief Ron Marz, and Art Director Andy Smith.

The initial lineup of Ominous Press titles is: Dread Gods, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Tom Raney, in which gods in a fantasy world discover they’re actually monsters in a post-apocalyptic hell;  Giantkillers, written and drawn by Bart Sears, telling the story of a broken warrior who must protect a child destined to be the universe’s last hope against the ultimate villain; and Demi-God, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Andy Smith, about a fame-seeking hero gaining great power, but forgetting the great responsibility part.

Each title will initially launch as a four-issue mini-series. Each series stands alone, intended to be read independently, but with connecting plot threads that create a larger canvas.

Dread Gods will be the first title, with issue #1 debuting in July. Dread Gods #1 will have a standard cover by series artist Tom Raney, a wraparound cover by Bart Sears, and incentive covers by Kenneth Rocafort (1-in-10) and the legendary Neal Adams (1-in-25). Dread Gods #1 will be an oversize 48-page issue, including the lead feature by Marz and Raney, a backup story by Bart Sears, and a wealth of additional content, all for $3.99. Giantkillers and then Demi-God will follow.

The marriage of Ominous Press and IDW was spearheaded by IDW Editor-in-Chief David Hedgecock.

Ominous Press will have a presence with IDW at July’s Comic-Con International as the publishing line launches.

Ominous Press Returns with World Premiere #1

Ominous Press created a splash in the comics market two decades ago, telling epic tales of powerful heroes and vile villains. Now Ominous Press has returned, preparing to launch three new titles in 2017: Giantkillers, written and drawn by Bart Sears; Prometheus, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Tom Raney; and Demi-God, written by Ron Marz and drawn by Andy Smith.

All three titles are previewed in the first Ominous offering, Ominous Press World Premiere. Meant as an introduction to the characters and concepts of the Ominous Universe, the 24-page issue features short preview stories for each title, as well as a wealth of background information.

Giantkillers is a sword and sorcery epic set in a cyber-noir landscape. Prometheus tells the tale of heroes in a mythic fantasy who suddenly find themselves in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. And Demi-God is a contemporary superhero tale like no other, as an irresponsible slacker gets the power of a god.

The Ominous Press World Premiere is available with a standard cover, blank sketch covers, and three limited, wraparound variant covers by Bart Sears and colorist Nanjan Jamberi. Sears, the Chief Creative Officer at Ominous, is excited to finally be bringing his creations to life.

The Ominous Press World Premiere is available online via the Ominous Press website in both signed and unsigned versions.

Riri Williams Soars in Your First Look at Invincible Iron Man #1!

It’s the series you’ve been waiting for! Seen everywhere from TIME, Good Morning America, Entertainment Weekly and more – the character talked about the world over is making her solo series debut this November! Marvel has released a first look inside Invincible Iron Man #1 – the new series launching as part of Marvel NOW!. Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis joins rising star artist Stefano Caselli to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Marvel’s newest hero, Riri Williams!

Forged on the violent streets of Chicago, this 15-year old MIT student is going it alone and ready to show the Marvel Universe what she can do as Ironheart! Clad in her very own homemade armor, is she ready for all the problems that come with stepping into Iron Man’s jet boots? Where’s a genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist when you need one? Be there as Riri Williams sets out on her own journey!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (SEP160893)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by STEFANO CASELLI
Variant Covers by SKOTTIE YOUNG (SEP160895) And JEFF DEKAL (SEP160894)
STEAM Variant by MIKE MCKONE (SEP160897)
Hip-Hop Variant by ADI GRANOV (SEP160896)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (SEP160898)
Divided We Stand Variant by TOM RANEY (SEP160899)
FOC – 10/17/16, On-Sale – 11/09/16

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