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Preview: Suicide Squad #10

Suicide Squad #10

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo

The world knows Ted Kord as Blue Beetle, superhero. But the members of Task Force X know him as something else entirely-the violent and vindictive puppet master who rigged them to blow. With Deadshot murdered and Kord finally at their mercy, will the Suicide Squad get their revenge once and for all?

Suicide Squad #10

Seven Secrets #1 Has Sold Out Again and Gets a Fourth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Seven Secrets #1, the blockbuster new original comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor, acclaimed artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Walter Baiamonte, and letterer Ed Dukeshire has sold out of its third printing!

To meet demand for Seven Secrets, BOOM! Studios announced the Seven Secrets #1 Fourth Printing with a brand new cover by series artist Di Nicuoulo, available on November 11, 2020.

In the world of Seven Secrets, the Order has trusted in Keepers and Holders to guard the Secrets in seven briefcases against all harm for centuries but when their stronghold is attacked and the secrets put in peril, the entire Order must face their greatest fear—an enemy who knows too much and is willing to kill to get what he wants.

Now, the Order’s newest member, Caspar, must discover the truth of the Secrets before the enemy does, or risk losing everything.

The Seven Secrets #1 Fourth Printing will be available on November 11, 2020.

Seven Secrets #1 Fourth Printing

Preview: Seven Secrets #3

Seven Secrets #3

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Daniele Di Nicuolo
In Shops: Oct 14, 2020
SRP: $3.99

The only thing standing between Caspar and his dream of protecting one of the Secrets-and getting to know the mother who abandoned him-is the Trials. Caspar is pitted against the best and brightest of his generation, fighting for his life-but will it be worth the cost of winning?

Seven Secrets #3

Around the Tubes

The Scumbag #1

It’s a new week! We’ve got lots on tap to bring you and we’re plugging away at it all. So, while you wait to read some awesome stuff… here’s some articles from around the web you might have missed.

Deadline – ‘The Magic Order’ Not Moving Forward; Netflix Series Was Based On Mark Millar Comic – That’s a shame…

Games Radar – Tom Taylor & Jon Sommariva re-imagine Peter Pan & Neverland in two-book series for Penguin Random House & Glenat – This should be interesting.

How to Love Comics – Amazing Spider-Man: Last Remains Reading Order Checklist – For those who are intersted…

Reviews

Monkeys Fighting Robots – Far Sector #8
How to Love Comics – My Riot
CBR – The Scumbag #1

Review: DCeased: Dead Planet #4

DCeased: Dead Planet #4

With the way the world is, the summer movie blockbuster has been missing and the experience of an over the top story full of crazy action and ideas has been lacking. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 fills that gap a bit as the heroes go on a mission to figure out how to unlock the cure for the Anti-Life Equation within Cyborg.

The plan is simple, to get the knowledge as to how unlock the secret within Cyborg, the team needs to steal from a God. To do that, they head to New Genesis where we find out the fate of the New Gods and where they stand in the current world.

Written by Tom Taylor, the issue is fantastic acting as a nice transition to the next act of his story. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 does a solid job of focusing on the impact of what’s happening on quite a few characters. There’s Dinah who is reeling from the loss of her love. There’s some foreshadowing about the possible loss of another hero. But, the real impact is what Mister Miracle, Scott Free has done.

Through all of the zombies and death, there’s an interesting look at fatherhood and parenting and the cycle that Scott has perpetuated with his own family. DCeased: Dead Planet #4 has time for the little moments that makes us care about these characters and more importantly relate to them.

But with that, the issue also has more than enough time for the over the top action and moments. From the “heist” to what’s revealed at the end, this is an issue that gets you hyped for what’s to come… a titanic battle for the future.

The art by Trevor Hairsine, ink by Gigi Baldassini, color by Rain Beredo, and lettering by Saida Temofonte definitely help deliver the emotion and action. What’s interesting about the art of DCeased: Dead Planet #4 are the small details of it. There’s a clash between the fresh heroes returned to save the day and those who have been trying to survive on Earth. There’s subtle things like how Damian’s Batman costume fits him, almost too big and a child dressing up in their father’s clothes. There’s the body language of Scott and Dinah that shows the weight and guilt they’re feeling. And then there’s that ending that you can feel the reverberations. It’s a great rollercoaster of a comic with some fantastic visuals.

DCeased: Dead Planet #4 helps fill the the giant space missing when it comes to summer popcorn films. The comic is a solid mix of focusing on the characters and emotion and delivering those moments that pop. The issue is clearly a transition and set up for the end game to come and it looks like it’s going to be a hell of a fight. While I’ve really enjoyed the series before, I’m beyond excited to see where it goes from here.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Gigi Baldassini Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Suicide Squad #9

Suicide Squad #9

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo

This issue, it’s the shocking death of Deadshot! The man who never misses has been on the front lines of Task Force X since its inception-bomb in his neck, gun in his hand. He’s seen teammates blow up and countries fall. He’s faced down heroes and villains alike. Now the Suicide Squad has one final mission: bring down the man who enslaved them, then put a bounty on their heads when they escaped: Ted Kord. But to finish the job, the world’s deadliest assassin will have to do the one thing he’s never done for the cause: die!

Suicide Squad #9

Get a First Look at Seven Secrets #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Seven Secrets #3, the latest issue of the highly praised new original comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor, artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Walter Baiamonte, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, introducing readers to seven powerful secrets—words, wonders, weapons, and worse—with the power to change the world.

The only thing standing between Caspar and his dream of protecting one of the Secrets—and getting to know the mother who devoted her life to the Order—is the Trials. Caspar is pitted against the best and brightest of his generation, fighting for his life—but will it be worth the cost of winning? 

Seven Secrets #3 features main cover art by series artist Daniele di Nicuolo and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Miguel Mercado and Ben Oliver. It comes to shelves on October 14, 2020.

Seven Secrets #3

Preview: Seven Secrets #2

Seven Secrets #2

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Daniele Di Nicuolo
In Shops: Sep 16, 2020
SRP: $3.99

After a deadly attack on the Order, their youngest member Caspar must step forward to keep the world safe from the Seven Secrets with the power to destroy it. But surviving The Trials doesn’t mean just becoming the next Holder of a great Secret – it also carries dangers that will change Caspar’s life in unimaginable ways…

Seven Secrets #2

Get an Early Look at Suicide Squad #9. Deadshot, shot dead!?

SUICIDE SQUAD #9

Written by TOM TAYLOR
Art and cover by BRUNO REDONDO
Variant cover by TRAVIS MOORE
On Sale 09/22/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC | DC

If you ever needed proof that you shouldn’t get too attached to the “heroes” of Task Force X, it’s coming on Tuesday, September 22 in the form of Suicide Squad #9, and here’s your first look!

This issue, it’s the shocking death of Deadshot!

The man who never misses has been on the front lines of Task Force X since its inception—bomb in his neck, gun in his hand. He’s seen teammates blow up and countries fall. He’s faced down heroes and villains alike. Now the Suicide Squad has one final mission: bring down the man who enslaved them, then put a bounty on their heads when they escaped: Ted Kord.

But to finish the job, the world’s deadliest assassin will have to do the one thing he’s never done for the cause: die!

SUICIDE SQUAD #9

Review: Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One

John Constantine isn’t a character I know a lot about. I’ve read a couple dozen comics featuring him but the details of his history elude me. I have a good sense of the character but his relationships with specific characters or deep history of screwing over individuals isn’t something I know a ton of. So, going into Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One my plate was pretty clean.

This DC Black Label series dives into one of the many mistakes of Constantine’s past. It’s a mistake that turned deadly leading to the loss of a young kid. The story dives into his history beyond that, going further into his childhood, something I’ve never read about myself. Writer Tom Taylor delivers a character haunted by loss and the abuse spinning out of his early years. This is a kid who has been abandoned by family and acts out to gain power and thus control over his world. And, like any good Constantine story, his actions leave a wake of destruction in its path.

Taylor gives us an interesting take on the character. He feels a bit more pathetic than usual, a little more broken. Taylor focuses on those around him and his impact showing not everyone has been broken by him and some are off in better spaces. But, there’s also some groundwork laid as to why Constantine is the way he is. It creates a bit more tragic of a character and for me, as someone that’s relatively new, it also gives me a character I can relate to a bit more. Whether this has been presented before, I don’t know. But, to me as a reader, it feels new and delivers a bit more depth to a character who we generally enjoy for his attitude.

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One also is a comic that’s full of small details that make it enjoyable. A conversation about stolen boyfriends as an example feels natural and gives us so much as far as the relationship between characters. It’s these moments that really made the comic for me taking it from a horror mystery to something a bit more.

Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez handle the art duties and for me it’s… ok. Robertson has his distinct style we’ve seen so many times before including the over the top gore. It’s such a distinct style it felt a little odd looking at it without Garth Ennis, a regular collaborator, writing. It’s fine in the overall look and very distinctive. It also doesn’t quite click for me. It’s hard to tell if the comic is supposed to be horror, more grounded, or even comedic. There’s also a little bit of inconsistency of the characters that feels like a regular Robertson thing. Again, not bad, it’s just not completely for me.

Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One is a fun comic with a balance of horror, humor, and a little bit of comedy. Constantine fans should enjoy this self-contained story. Those that are new to the character can dive in without any knowledge of the character. It’s not the best I’ve read featuring Constantine but it’s entertaining and there’s a lot of potential for where it’s all going. As is, the first issue is good but doesn’t quite have the spark to make it really stand out so far.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Darick Robertson with Diego Rodriguez
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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