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BOOM! Reveals a First Look at Daniele Di Nicuolo’s Seven Secrets #1 Cover

BOOM! Studios has revealed the main cover art to Seven Secrets #1 by fan-favorite series artist Daniele Di Nicuolo. The premiere issue of the hotly-anticipated new original comic book series from New York Times bestselling author Tom Taylor and Di Nicuolo introduces readers to seven powerful secrets—words, wonders, weapons, and worse—with the power to change the world.

For centuries, the Order has trusted in Keepers and Holders to guard the Secrets in seven briefcases against all harm 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. 

Seven Secrets #1 also features variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Miguel Mercado, Matteo Scalera, and InHyuk Lee. In comes to shops August 2020.

Seven Secrets #1 Daniele Di Nicuolo cover
Seven Secrets #1 Miguel Mercado cover

Preview: Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

(W) Tom Taylor (A) Ken Lashley (CA) Andrew Robinson
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• When things go nuts at the F.E.A.S.T. Center, it leaves Aunt May FURIOUS, and no one rests when Aunt May is angry.
• So Spider-Man has to kick an investigation into high gear into the Prowler and what he’s up to!
• Peter has a lot of skills, but he is no Sherlock Holmes. The World’s Worst Detective calls on his new ally the Rumor to help him!

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8

Preview: Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Lost Chronicles Vol. 1 SC

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Lost Chronicles Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins, Ross Thibodeaux, Marguerite Bennett, Trey Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona, Tom Taylor, Jamal Campbell, Caitlin Kittredge
Artist: Rod Reis, Rob Guillory, Huang Danlan, Terry Moore, James Kochalka, Jorge Corona, Goñi Montes, Dan Mora, Jamal Campbell, Frazer Irving, Da Jung Lee
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes
Colorists: Taylor Wells, Sarah Stern, Hi-Fi
Letterers: Ed Dukeshire, Jim Campbell
Price: $16.99

Morph into action with this collection of short stories from every corner of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers universe, from a trip to the carnival with Scorpina and Goldar, to the origins of Finster’s maniacal clay monsters, and a Black Ranger team-up like never before. These stories provide a depth and insight into the Power Rangers that is sure to excite every fan.

With stories written by Kyle Higgins (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Nightwing), Tom Taylor (Injustice), Marguerite Bennett (Batgirl), and more. Illustrated by superstar talents including Terry Moore (Rachel Rising), Rob Guillory (Chew), Frazer Irving (Batman & Robin), and more.

Collects the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annuals from 2016 and 2017!

Review: X-Men: Red #5

X-Men: Red #5 showcases one of the new team’s more successful diplomatic rescue missions, as the intrigue surrounding Cassandra Nova’s nanite Sentinels continues. World Leaders around the globe as well unwitting humans are shown as targets in this issue, turned against their will into mutant hating drones attacking mutants both with legislation and mob violence. In a previous article I noted how X-Men: Red  presents a timely social commentary into some of the challenges we are facing. Writer Tom Taylor has clearly drawn some inspiration from the current racial divisions abjectly stoked by data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica.

We see another example of the talking-head, pundit-style news cycle in this issue addressing the mutant crisis. What I enjoyed the most of this was how this segment plainly showcased the use of bias, tunnel vision, word framing as well as dropped contexts. It’s unclear if the one-sidedness showcased by one of the reporters is due to his own prejudices or if he has become victim to Cassandra Nova’s Sentinites as well. This blurring line is definitely an unsettling one, and perhaps an intended theme of the story. This title’s emphasis on the promulgation of half truths, and the targeting of those with bias made me think about memes, and how their spread shapes culture. In this way, there’s an interesting parallel between both the targeted propaganda, and the function of the Sentinite, both are seemingly ephemeral, small but work towards a devastating and violent critical mass. 

It still remains to be seen what Cassandra Nova’s endgame is but her arrival presents the perfect foil to Jean Grey and by extension her mission. I have always understood Cassandra Nova, as a corrupter, a wraithlike entity who functions much like her chosen methods of attack in this series, behind the scenes and by dredging up the darkness is hidden within the best of us.   The overarching parallel of the parasite that encapsulates Cassandra, misinformation and her nano -Sentinels cannot be overlooked.

It is very nice to see Namor step up to the plate in this issue. The Anti-Mutant sentiment stoked by Nova’s machinations have caused a refugee exodus of Poland’s mutants, the X-Men go to assist on the shores of the Baltic sea, where Namor arrives prepared with equipment to ferry the mutants to new Mutant Nation Searebro. There’s a poignant moment where Namor flexes his diplomatic muscle, reminding assailing soldiers that if they want to keep using their current trade routes via the sea, they must allow the mutants to leave peacefully. The ensuing refugee crisis is quite symbolic.  Not too long ago it was the Atlanteans who were scattered across the globe and found refuge at the X-Men’s mutant national Utopia at the time.  I really respect that Namor has not forgotten his allies nor his heritage.  The change in circumstance  is definitely special and speaks to the X-Men strengths.  Where Cassandra’s power lies in division, a hallmark of the X-Men has always been creating friends from foes, and bridging divisions. We see this with Jean’s empathetic explanation to the human who was previously infected with the Sentinite as well as Jean’s vow to fight by weaponizing the truth. This team really shines with its humanitarian ethos, something I feel has been missing from the X-Men for some time. This title is quickly becoming a favorite in my pull list.

Some Final Thoughts

Jean Grey wants to fight with the truth, however, history may not be so kind in this regard. Namor’s recent run in with the Phoenix and his assault on Wakanda could stand to delegitimize his position and by extension the clemency he has given to the Fledgling mutant Nation.  The truth cuts both ways and it would be interesting to see how the team addresses this if it becomes a spoiler in future issues.

Going back to the theme of Cassandra’s corruption we have seen her undermine multiple mutant allies, Forge is the unwitting architect of the nano-sentinels in In X-Men Red Annual 1  we see a subplot involving Cassandra’s  weaponizing Rachel psychically. This raises questions about the exploits of the Gold team, (who are fighting a similar nano-sentinel threat) as well as Rachel’s recent powerups and inability to read Lydia Nance’s mind. It will be very interesting to see how this subplot pans out and if any of the nanite technology  is related across both X-Men titles.

Seeing Trinary with the team’s pet sentinel gave me goosebumps and I couldn’t pin down why until I had a mental flashback to Avengers Arena (The  Arcade’s hunger games themed murder fest of young heroes) Apex (the murderous technopath bears a striking similarity to Trinary, and it would be devastatingly delicious plot twist if there was some connection between the two, or if Cassandra made her an unwitting pawn as well

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Mahmud Asrar
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation Buy!

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Injustice 2 #1

The all-new prequel to the highly anticipated Injustice 2 video game begins here! Superman is imprisoned, and it’s up to Batman to put the world back together. But with Superman’s iron-fisted regime eliminated, other forces rise up to fill the void. And Batman doesn’t have a lot of allies left to help stop them.

Injustice writer Tom Taylor returns to take on the latest volume of the video game tie-in series. I read the previous volume of Injustice comics here and there, but generally I know the story which may have helped reading this first issue. Enough is explained that new readers should be able to pick things up as to what happened leading up to this. But, even without that knowledge, Taylor delivers a first issue that asks a very simple question, “what happens when there’s a power vacuum?” This is an important one in the world of comics that’s not explored enough. Villains are defeated, but doesn’t that mean someone else will come along to fill the space? We’ll get our answer here as Batman must figure out what to do in this Superman-less world. Taylor delivers all of that with a mix of action, excitement, and some quieter moments where the questions above are debated.

The only negative I can see with this series is that it was previously released as a digital series and the flow at times shows with what feels like the break point between the digital issues. It’s not bad, just noticeable.

The art is really solid with some cool looks to classic characters and flows from the previous volume to this. Again, there’s a mix of quieter moments and action and Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, and Rex Lokus deliver it all so that it flows and flows really well. Batman debating Superman isn’t all that exciting but as presented it’s enjoyable to not just read, but look at as well.

A solid first issue that should be fun for fans of this series and video game and perfect for those who are looking to dive in. If nothing else, it presents some interesting questions that I’m looking forward to seeing if it has the answers.

Story: Tom Taylor Art: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran Cover Art: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Tom Taylor Returns to Write Injustice 2

At San Diego Comic-Con, DC Entertainment announced during the Injustice 2 panel that acclaimed writer Tom Taylor is returning to the earth shattering Injustice universe. Taylor will helm the new Digital First prequel comic book series based on the highly anticipated Injustice 2 videogame developed by NeatherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Taylor played a pivotal role in creating the best-selling Injustice: Gods Among Us comic and served as the series’ original writer. His run quickly became a fan-favorite and was widely considered a huge critical and sales success.

Similar to the first Injustice comic, the new Injustice 2 series will serve as a prequel story to the Injustice 2 videogame, releasing new digital chapters every week and making its momentous debut prior to the game’s launch in 2017.

Also revealed on the Injustice 2 panel was a stellar new gameplay trailer for the upcoming video game that revealed two new characters: Wonder Woman and Blue Beetle.

Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #1 Coming in March!

Official Press Release

ROCKETEER ADVENTURES Vol. 2 #1 Coming in March!

IDW to release second all-new anthology of Dave Stevens’ beloved character

[Rocketeer Adventures Vol. 2 #1 Cover]San Diego, CA (January 24, 2012) – The second all-new, all-fantastic Rocketeer Adventures series launches into stores in March! Each extra-long issue—boasting 25 pages of story and art— will feature covers by Darwyn Cooke and Dave Stevens. The first issue’s line-up includes Peter David, Marc Guggenheim, Sandy Plunkett, Stan Sakai, and Bill Sienkiewicz, with Arthur Adams supplying a pin-up.

The Rocketeer takes us back to another time,” said series editor Scott Dunbier, “one stuffed to the brim with heroism and thrilling adventures. Some might call these stories old-fashioned—and what’s wrong with that?”

Other contributors to the series include Kyle Baker, J. Scott Campbell, Eric Canete, Paul Dini, Michael Golden, Dave Johnson, David Lapham, John Paul Leon, Bill Morrison, Louise Simonson, Walter Simonson, Chris Sprouse, Tom Taylor, Matt Wagner, Colin Wilson, and more. Rocketeer Adventures is in the current issue of Diamond Previews.

As with the first series, a portion of the profits from Rocketeer Adventures will be donated to the Hairy Cell Leukemia research. Dave Stevens, the creator of The Rocketeer, died of the disease in 2008 at the age of 52.

ROCKETEER ADVENTURES VOL. 2 #1 ($3.99, 32 pages; full color) will be available in March 2012. Diamond order code: JAN12 0408.

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About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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