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Review: DCeased: Dead Planet #7

DCeased: Dead Planet #7

DCeased: Dead Planet #7 wraps up the latest volume of DC‘s now “zombie” epic with an issue that packs a lot into one issue. Not only is the Amazo army attacking but Trigon also rampages threatening to destroy everything.

Writer Tom Taylor has packed in a lot into the issue that wraps up this series and it wraps things up quite nicely. The battle against the Amazo army and the battle against Trigon could easily have been an issue by themselves but the two plotlines are wrapped up and neither feels like they’re given short shrift.

Taylor also delivers something you rarely see in this type of story, a bit of hope.

The heroes feel like heroes in this comic. They stand against evil on both sides. They must stop the Amazo army and at the same time save the infected who have done unknown horrors. There’s something heroic and very symbolic of the issue and their actions.

And that heroism extends to John Constantine. Trigon also is laying waste to the world and someone must stop him. Constantine has stood up gathering the tools he has seen as needed to accomplish his goals. What occurs feels very much in line with the character as he stands up and does what must be done, both good and bad. With this, so many pieces of the puzzle are brought together in a fantastic way. It’s also such a key moment for Constantine that feels very in character.

Trevor Hairsine provides the art along with ink from Gigi Baldassini and Stefano Gaudiano, color by Rain Beredo, and lettering by Saida Temofonte. There’s so much packed into the issue and the team uses every panel and every page. This isn’t a comic of splash pages, there’s something muted in a way about that. The comic could easily have been lots of two page spreads but that would have taken away from what Taylor has laid out in some ways. There’s something a bit more intimate this way and it puts the emphasis on the individual characters working so hard to save the day. And there’s some eye-popping moments at the same time.

DCeased: Dead Planet #7 delivers a fitting conclusion to this chapter but also leaves so many questions out there and directions things could go from here. It does a great job of wrapping up its two major plotlines and does so without feeling like either is cut short. Those reading this series should be happy with the issue, it delivers just the right amount of heroism, which is something we need.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Trevor Hairsine
Ink: Gigi Baldassini, Stefano Gaudiano Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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The Entire Seven Secrets Series Gets New Printings

BOOM! Studios has announced that due to the overwhelming support of fans and readers, the first six issues of the highly acclaimed comic book series Seven Secrets will return with new printings in February 2021. This blockbuster original series from New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor, acclaimed artist Daniele Di Nicuolo, colorist Walter Baiamonte with color assistance by Katia Ranalli, and letterer Ed Dukeshire features a young man born into an ancient organization holding seven deadly Secrets with the power to change the world forever.

To meet demand, BOOM! has announced Seven Secrets #1 Fifth Printing, Seven Secrets #2 Third Printing, Seven Secrets #3 Third Printing, Seven Secrets #4 Second PRINTING, Seven Secrets #5 Second Printing, and Seven Secrets #6 Second Printing, featuring brand new covers by series artist Di Nicuoulo with colors by Fabiana Mascolo, available on February 10, 2021.

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.

Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert Take the Dark Knight to Europe

New Bat-Villains! New Bat-Allies! Batman heads across the ocean for new adventure in Batman: The Dark Knight which launches on April 13Batman: The Dark Knight will take a seasoned Batman—a lifetime of broken bones but not a broken spirit—out of Wayne Manor and on a harrowing, action-packed European quest in a new six-issue miniseries with superstar creators Tom Taylor and Andy Kubert at the helm!

But how does this Batman story begin? A horrific tragedy in the United Kingdom sends a very personal and deadly message to the Dark Knight—one that will draw Batman out of Gotham City to investigate! From the moment he lands in Europe, Batman will face a challenging investigation, unheard-of adversaries, and find the assistance of a partner once more—all in the hunt for the villain known as Equilibrium! And what does “BATMAN 147” mean to Bruce Wayne when it appears after a deadly plane crash—is it a clue, or a riddle? Or just another trap for the Batman?

And who is Batman’s new partner? All signs point to Knight or Squire (from the pages of Batman Incorporated) to help Batman crack this case, but who are the people behind these aliases, and how much will an aging Bruce Wayne be able to help them with cracked ribs, or a dislocated shoulder, or the pain associated with being Batman in the first place? When will enough be enough for the Dark Knight?

Batman: The  Dark  Knight  #1 (of 6), written by Tom Taylor with art, cover and card stock variant cover by Andy Kubert and Brad Anderson, along with a 1:25 card stock variant cover by Riccardo Federici, arrives on April 13 with an extra-sized 26-page debut story!

Get a First Look at Seven Secrets #6

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Seven Secrets #6, 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.

To save The Order and everyone he loves, Caspar must leave everything he’s ever known behind. But even with his sacrifice, will Amon get his hands on the Secrets once and for all?

Seven Secrets #6 features main cover art by series artist Daniele di Nicuolo and variant covers art by acclaimed artists Jen Bartel, Miguel Mercado, and Matteo Scalera. It comes to shelves on January 13, 2021.

Seven Secrets #6

Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo take on Nightwing Starting March 2021

Nightwing, with Batgirl by his side, returns to Blüdhaven in March 2021 when Nightwing #78, by new New York Times-bestselling creative team Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo, hits comic book shelves! Dick Grayson is back after DC’s Future State event—and his drive to keep Blüdhaven safe has never been stronger!

In Taylor and Redondo’s Nightwing run, Blüdhaven has elected a new mayor with the last name Zucco, which can’t be good for DC’s first sidekick and former Robin—but is it good for Blüdhaven? When Nightwing enlists Batgirl’s help in investigating the politician bearing the same name as the man who murdered his parents, she unearths details that will shock and fundamentally change the hero.

And appearing in the first issue of Taylor and Redondo’s new Nightwing comic is a potential new sidekick for Dick Grayson—a three-legged puppy that he shields from harm in Blüdhaven’s alleys! Will Nightwing adopt this nameless mutt? And will she warm fan’s hearts as fast as Nightwing kicks her tormentor’s butts? Meet her for the first time on March 16 in Nightwing #78!

Nightwing #78, written by Tom Taylor with art and cover by Bruno Redondo, color by Adriano Lucas, lettering by Wes Abbott, edited by Jessica Chen, featuring a variant cover by Skan, takes Nightwing to the next stage of his evolution as a hero!

Preview: Seven Secrets #5

Seven Secrets #5

(W) Tom Taylor (A/CA) Daniele Di Nicuolo
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

  • Caspar has been training all his life for this moment – but he never expected an all-out war like this.
  • As enemy forces converge on The Order, lives will be shattered by the truths that are revealed…
  • …and a shocking decision by The Order to protect The Secrets from an enemy who will stop at nothing to change the world.
Seven Secrets #5

Preview: DCeased: Dead Planet #6

DCeased: Dead Planet #6

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Trevor Hairsine

The remaining heroes of the DC Universe are stuck between Hell and a hard place! With the Justice League racing against the clock to create a cure, the cruel masters of the southern garden are determined to wipe all anti-life from the planet. Just when you didn’t think it could get worse…the war to save Earth takes a devilish new direction! Trigon is coming to end the world as Hell is long due its payment in souls!

DCeased: Dead Planet #6

Your First Look at Seven Secrets #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Seven Secrets #5, 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.

Caspar has been training all his life for this moment – but he never expected an all-out war like this. As enemy forces converge on The Order, lives will be shattered by the truths that are revealed… and a shocking decision by The Order to protect The Secrets from an enemy who will stop at nothing to change the world.

Seven Secrets #5 features main cover art by series artist Daniele di Nicuolo and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Miguel Mercado and Derrick Chew. It comes to shops on December 9, 2020.

Seven Secrets #5
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