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Preview: Champions #5

Champions #5

(W) Eve Ewing, Danny Lore (A) Bob Quinn, Luciano Vecchio (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Champions are done running. The time to stand up and fight is here. But can they win when an entire government is aligned against them? And if they can’t….where do the Marvel Universe’s next generation of heroes go from here?

Champions #5

Preview: Champions #4

Champions #4

(W) Eve Ewing (A) Bob Quinn (CA) Toni Infante
Rated T
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Guest-Starring CYCLOPS and the MARAUDERS!
Avast, ye! CHAMPIONS ON THE HIGH SEAS! NOVA, IRONHEART, MILES and MS. MARVEL have narrowly escaped C.R.A.D.L.E. for now with the help of their old teammate, but it’s out of the frying pan and into the…ocean.

Champions #4

Jump Fifty Years into the Future in We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6

BOOM! Studios has revealed We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6, the launch of a brand new story arc in the acclaimed sci-fi comic book series from writer Al Ewing, artist Simone Di Meo with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti, and letters by AndWorld Design, about one crew’s epic search for the truth about gods in space . . . and the dire reality-shattering consequences of their quest, available in stores on May 19, 2021.

Fifty years have passed since Captain Malik and the crew of the Vihaan II embarked on their fateful mission – and the universe has changed in ways no one ever expected. Jason Hauer, one of the fated Vihaan II crew, is now 71 years old and living a life on the razor’s edge between the Harvesters and the Worshippers. 

As these rival religious factions clash throughout the galaxy, Jason finds himself thrown into the center of the chaos and forced to confront his tortured past. And the only people who can help Jason have their own secret agenda – one that may bring him face to face with Captain Malik in ways beyond comprehension…

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #6 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant cover art by fan-favorite artists Bengal, Mike Del Mundo, and Toni Infante.

Secret Origins of Erica Slaughter Revealed in Something is Killing the Children #16

BOOM! Studios has announced Something is Killing the Children #16 will launch a brand new story arc in the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, about Erica’s early experiences with the House of Slaughter and the start of her monster-hunting career… before the horrifying events that brought her to Archer’s Peak.

The story you demanded begins here: the origin of Erica Slaughter! What shocking events brought Erica to the House of Slaughter… and what did she have to do to join the Order of St. George? The secrets are revealed here for the first time in this perfect jumping-on point for new readers.

Something is Killing the Children #16 features main cover art by series artist Werther Dell’Edera and variant cover art by fan-favorite artists Jenny Frison and Toni Infante. In comes to shelves in May 2021.

Review: Future State: Harley Quinn #2

Future State: Harley Quinn #2

The debut of Future State: Harley Quinn is a comic that caught me off guard. It used Harley’s background in a take on Silence of the Lambs in this new Gotham. Future State: Harley Quinn #2 wraps up the story in a nice two-issue twist that leaves us wanting more.

In this future Gotham, the Magistrate has outlawed masks hunting down some of the biggest names. Black Mask is still out there and Harley is in prison and being used to try to capture him. Playing Clarice to Harley’s Lecter is Jonathan Crane, aka Scarecrow.

Written by Stephanie Phillips, Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is an interesting take on the character playing off of her smarts more than her wackiness. It’s a Harley I like a lot more making her more than a comedic foil. While the exact details about Crane and Black Mask don’t get too far into the weeds, what’s presented is really interesting. We get to see Harley as she works the system to get her out of the mess she’s in. Black Mask is really a “fill in the slot” role whose more of a means to tell the story Phillips wants to tell. That’s the back and forth between Harley and Crane of who’s smarter.

This is a world and series I want to see more of. The concept of Crane having gone legit and working for the Magistrate is intriguing and something I want to see more of. But, it’s the dance with Harley that’s really intriguing. It’s a more cerebral superhero comic with Harley giving just enough to meet her goals. But, also staying a few steps ahead of Crane.

The art continues its anime inspired and neon infused visuals. Simone DiMeo and Toni Infante team up with Tamra Bonvillain on color and Troy Peteri on lettering. The future Gotham plays well to Harley’s visuals highlighting her bright colors and look. The neon really makes the character pop and though the story is “dark” overall, taking place at night, the art and color still feel bright with a visual punch. There’s a solid visual punch to it all that really plays to all of the strengths of the story and character. Black Mask, Scarecrow, and Harley all look solid with a slight anime look to them all but not quite fully diving into that style.

Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is a great second issue that wraps up the story quite nicely. It’s a solid read that builds upon this new Gotham nicely. It’s nice to see a story more focused on Harley’s smarts and background in psychology than just her goofy sense. The comic still delivers some solid humor despite the setting and world bringing the laughs and leaving us wanting more.

Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Simone DiMeo, Toni Infante
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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The Champions Go Undercover this April from writer Danny Lore and artist Luciano Vecchio

The Champions’ latest ongoing series continues this April with an all-star new creative team and a killer new threat. Taking over from acclaimed creative team of Eve L. Ewing, Simon Di Meo, and Bob Quinn, writer Danny Lore and artist Luciano Vecchio will kick off a brand-new storyline starting in Champions #6.

Launched last year, Champions has ushered in a redefining era for some of Marvel’s most popular heroes such as Ms. Marvel, Nova, and Miles Morales. Now, the Marvel Universe will need the Champions more than ever as an extraordinary new threat emerges that only the Champions can take down in the new “Killer App” story arc.

The Champions tried fighting fair. Now it’s time to fight dirty. A sinister corporation is cheating the system to try to keep Kamala’s Law on the books, so the Champions infiltrate the company to take it down from the inside. But the company’s wildly popular self-help app is already turning public perception against teen superheroes. Can the Champions wage war on a trend? And how dirty will their hands get before it’s over?

Don’t miss this definitive chapter in the sagas of  Ms. Marvel, Ironheart, Miles Morales, and more when Champions #6 hits stands in April featuring a cover by Toni Infante!

Get a First Look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #5

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #5, the sci-fi epic from Al Ewing and Simone Di Meo, with color assistance by Mariasara Miotti and letters by AndWorld Design, about one man’s unrelenting quest throughout space to discover the truth—no matter where it takes him. Available in stores on January 20, 2021.

After the tragedy that befell the crew of the Vihaan II, just as they discovered a brand new god on the outer edges of space, Captain Malik and Richter face off for the last time . . . but only one of them will survive. . . and the rest of the crew are faced with a shattering discovery that will change the fate of everyone in the universe forever.

We Only Find Them When They’re Dead #5 features main cover art by series artist Simone Di Meo and variant covers by fan favorite artists Toni Infante, Lorenzo De Felici, and Alex Garner.

We Only Find Them When They're Dead #5

Get a First Look at Mega Man: Fully Charged #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Mega Man: Fully Charged #5, part of the six-issue comic book series from Mega Man: Fully Charged television series writers A.J. Marchisello and Marcus Rinehart, along with artist Stefano Simeone and acclaimed comics creators and TV/film executive producers, creators, and writers, Man of Action Entertainment.

Mega Man is betrayed and defeated by the last person he expected. Now, there’s just one more chance to save Silicon City and the people he loves most – can Mega Man go FULLY CHARGED one more time?

Mega Man: Fully Charged #5 features main cover art by Toni Infante, as well as variant cover art by artist Miguel Mercado, and Alex Garner are scheduled to be available on December 16, 2020.

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