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Marvel, AAM-Markosia, Yen Press, and Harlequin all deliver New Releases on comiXology

There’s 13 new releaes on comiXology right now from Marvel, AAM-Markosia, Yen Press, and Harlequin. You can get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Marvel Weddings

Written by John Byrne, Gerry Conway, Steve Englehart, Stan Lee, David Michelinie, Fabian Nicieza, Jim Shooter, Roy Thomas
Art by Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, John Byrne, Jack Kirby, Andy Kubert, Paul Ryan, Joe Staton
Cover by John Romita Sr.
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Collects Fantastic Four (1961) #150 And Annual #3, Incredible Hulk (1964) #319, Avengers (1963) #59-60, 127, Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21, X-Men (1991) #30. Reed and Sue, heart and soul of Marvel’s First Family of Super Heroes. Peter and Mary Jane, the spider and the supermodel. Scott and Jean, childhood sweethearts sworn to protect a world that hates and fears them. Bruce and Betty, the beauty and the beast. Break out the tissues, True Believer: The House of Ideas cordially invites you to celebrate the history-making nuptials of its greatest couples in this keepsake edition! From the Fantastic Four to Spider-Man to the X-Men, with a few surprises in between, this commemorative volume proves the power of love can overcome all odds

Marvel Weddings

New Invaders: To End All Wars

Written by Allan Jacobsen
Art by Jorge Lucas, C.P. Smith
Cover by Scott Kolins
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Collects New Invaders (2004) #1-9. Soldiers, super heroes, sentinels of liberty since the Second World War – they’re the Invaders, and they’re back! In 1941, the greatest heroes of the day united to battle the Axis powers. Today, the Invaders have reunited to combat the Axis Mundi, a global terrorist network born from the ashes of the Third Reich. Beyond borders, beneath the seas and behind enemy lines, they hunt the hidden terrors that threaten civilization!

New Invaders: To End All Wars

Rogue: Forget-Me-Not

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Derec Donovan, Karl Moline
Cover by Scot Eaton
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Collects Rogue (2004) #7-12. A bold new direction for the Southern Belle! Rogue may be a hero now, but once upon a time she wasn’t so sweet…and that criminal past may just come back to haunt her! A traumatic encounter will leave her drastically changed…permanently!

Rogue: Forget-Me-Not

Sabretooth: Open Season

Written by Daniel Way
Art by Mark Pennington, Bart Sears
Cover by Paolo Rivera
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Collects Sabretooth (2004) #1-4. The most brutal villain in the Marvel Universe returns! But has he gone too far this time? Did Sabretooth destroy an entire island of innocent humans? And what will happen when the U.S. Military tries to bring him down? Will they succeed – or pay the ultimate price?

Sabretooth: Open Season

So I’m a Spider, So What? #52.2

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? on all digital platforms!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #52.2

The Last Magician #3

Written by Sean Meighen
Art by Thien Uncage
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Still grappling with his newfound destiny as the legendary Last Magician, Christian soon faces his first challenge when he is abducted by the demonic Shadow People. Will Christian be able to defeat the dark entities and escape with his life, or will his first adventure as Rookwood’s sworn protector also be his last?

The Last Magician #3

The Last Mundane #2

Written by Jorge Perez Bucheli
Art by Jorge Perez Bucheli
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Alliances are put to the test during Adam and his friends’ long journey to Nuke City, only to discover that there is no single safe place on their way to their final destination. Meanwhile, a lurid menace begins to take shape, led by dark forces and threatening to establish a new world order!

The Last Mundane #2

Monument #4

Written by Richard Perry
Art by RH Stewart
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As Nicole and DCI Venn seek out to solve the string of murders in East London, they both find different clues that lead them to who is responsible. Nicole seeks advise from her mentors whilst Venn visits an old enemy that he believes holds the key to all the answers.

Monument #4

Possession #5

Written by Michael Norwitz, Mary Ann Vaupel
Art by Enrico Carnevale
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“All this has happened before, and all this will happen again.” This issue turns away from the usual Possession cast for a tale of times past, in which the 1940’s heroes Shaman & Flame share a turbulent romance and confront the two-faced Head of Janus in a tragedy on the border of reality!

Possession #5

A Scandalous Proposal #2

Written by Julia Justiss
Art by Misao Hoshiai
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Emily finally realizes her love for Evan, which has liberated her. But he has to marry the sister of his best friend. A big hurdle is now standing between the two, and because she loves him, Emily decides to leave Evan…and return to the high society that she abandoned years ago?

A Scandalous Proposal #2

Another Time

Written by Susan Napier
Art by Jun Togashi
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Helen is being fitted for her wedding dress when her fiancé’s brother, Alexander Knight, suddenly appears. He stares at Helen with his ardent black eyes and asks her, “Have you forgotten that night in Hong Kong five years ago?” What is he talking about? She’s never met him before! But there are blank spots in Helen’s memory due to a past illness… Is there a secret between the two of them hidden in her lost memories?

Another Time

Claiming My Bride Of Convenience

Written by Kate Hewitt
Art by Imeri Tsubakino
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Daisy, a poor waitress, decided to marry multimillionaire Matteo after they met by chance. Matteo needed a wife in order to take over his grandfather’s company and he assured her the marriage would be for two years only. However, three years have gone by now and Daisy is still married! Exasperated, she asks Matteo for a divorce. But she’s shocked when he proposes that they make their relationship real. He’s never so much as looked at her in the past three years, and now he wants a real marriage?

Claiming My Bride Of Convenience

Conveniently Engaged To The Boss

Written by Ellie Darkins
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Eva is the secretary for the president of a high-end department store. One day, the son of the president asks her to pretend to be his fiancée to comfort his father, who’s suffering from cancer. She agrees to do it, since she’s fond of his father. In order to keep up appearances, they stay at a hotel together and even choose an engagement ring. Immersed in their new pretend life, the lines start to blur between what’s fake and what’s real…

Conveniently Engaged To The Boss

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ComiXology Has 8 New Digital Comics Including Final Fantasy, Death’s Head, New Universe, and more!

There are eight new digital comics on comiXology today. You can get new comics from Marvel, Yen Press, and Harlequin right now. Check them all out now or the individual issues below.

Death’s Head 3.0: Unnatural Selection

Written by Simon Furman
Art by Shannon Gallant, James Raiz
Cover by Lucio Parrillo
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Collects Amazing Fantasy (2004) #16-20.

It’s one hundred years in the future and the now-benevolent organization known as A.I.M. has been fighting a non-violent conflict with the fascist government it wishes to change. But there’s a splinter group that’s ready to return to its violent roots with Death’s Head 3.0. Problem is, the killer robot isn’t sure what side it wants to be on.

Death's Head 3.0: Unnatural Selection

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #31

Written by Hazuki Minase
Art by Itsuki Kameya
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As the struggle against Byblos rages on, Alus enters the fray! With a new form and powerful abilities, he’s determined to break through the barriers that have been holding him back… Read the next chapter of Final Fantasy Lost Stranger at the same time as Japan!

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #31

The Man You’ll Marry

Written by Debbie Macomber
Art by Kaoru Shinozaki
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Vacation in Hawaii! Jill looks out the window of her luxurious hotel and her eyes meet the man in the room facing hers. He’s the workaholic she sat next to during her flight! Then Jill receives a package containing a wedding dress from her friend. There’s a legend that states whoever receives this dress will marry the next man she meets. As long as it’s not the neighbor across from her!

The Man You'll Marry

Marvel Two-In-One Masterworks Vol. 1

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Friedrich, Steve Gerber, Len Wein
Art by Bob Brown, Sal Buscema, Gil Kane, Jim Starlin, Herb Trimpe, George Tuska
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Marvel Feature (1971) #11-12 and Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #1-10.

Yes, the ever lovin’, blue-eyed Thing’s own series collected is between hard covers at last! Begun as a MARVEL FEATURE tryout, Ben Grimm’s headlining effort kicked off with Hulk and Iron Man battles (not to mention Thanos and the Blood Brothers), and then shifted into high gear with monster vs. monster – yup, it’s Thing vs. Man-Thing! Rounding out the first ten issues are the revival of the Guardians of the Galaxy; revelations in the life of the Valkyrie; and adventures with Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, Thor and Black Widow – and before you know it, you’ll be clamoring for more! Ya ain’t a Yancy Streeter, are ya?

Marvel Two-In-One Masterworks Vol. 1

Skin-Deep

Written by Kay Thorpe
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Tessa’s summer job is babysitting a young boy. The boy’s father, Mark, is a travel writer who always wants things done his way. Tessa rebels against his forceful ways but soon finds herself attracted to him. Things get heated when Mark’s ex-wife files for custody of their son. Suddenly, Mark needs Tessa to marry him for the sake of his child!

Skin-Deep

The Taming Of Tyler Kincaid Vol. 4: The Barons

Written by Sandra Marton
Art by Eve Takigawa
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Caitlin McCord is riding her horse when she almost crashes into a strange man trespassing on her family’s ranch. She tries to kick him out, but she’s thrown off by his gorgeous eyes and forceful yet friendly nature. The man, Tyler Kincaid, can’t explain to Caitlin his reason for needing to talk to the ranch’s owner. He accepts a job on the ranch, but everything he does is a mystery. Who exactly is Tyler Kincaid and what does he want?

The Taming Of Tyler Kincaid Vol. 4: The Barons

Untold Tales Of The New Universe

Written by Tony Bedard, C.B. Cebulski, Peter David, Tony Lee, Jeff Parker, Fred Van Lente
Art by M.D. Bright, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Leonard Kirk, Arnold Pander, Javier Pulido
Cover by John Romita Jr.
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Collects Untold Tales Of The New Universe: Nightmask, Star Brand, Psi-Force, Justice And Dp7; And Stories From Amazing Fantasy #18-19 And New Avengers #16.

Five startling stories of the New Universe from the days of the ’80s – featuring NIGHTMASK, STAR BRAND, PSI-FORCE, JUSTICE and DP7! Plus: bonus stories featuring Mark Hazzard, MERC; Kickers Inc.; and Spitfire.

Untold Tales Of The New Universe

X-Men Fairy Tales

Written by C.B. Cebulski
Art by Kyle J Baker, Kei Kobayashi, Bill Sienkiewicz, Sana Takeda
Cover by Sana Takeda
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Collects X-Men: Fairy Tales #1-4.

In the tradition of the X-Men classic, “Kitty’s Fairy Tale,” comes a series of new legends, reimagining the greatest X-Men stories through folktales, myths and fables from across the globe.

X-Men Fairy Tales

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Marvel Delivers Exiles and More Plus Harlequin Romance Manga, Today on comiXology

Today there are a dozen new digital comics added to comiXology‘s store. Marvel has ten new releases ranging from Exiles to Hellstorm. Harlequin also delivers two new romance manga. Check out the full list of releases here or check out the individual releases below.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Written by Chuck Austen, Judd Winick
Art by Jim Calafiore, Clayton Henry, Tom Mandrake, Mizuki Sakakibara, Kev Walker, Skottie Young
Cover by Mike McKone
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Collects Exiles #20-37 And X-Men Unlimited #41.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate. Now, relive their quest to fix the kinks in the chains of reality.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 2

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Written by Chuck Austen, Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Mizuki Sakakibara
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Collects Exiles 38-58.

They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 3

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Mark McKenna, Paul Pelletier, Mizuki Sakakibara
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #59-74 And The Age Of Apocalypse Handbook.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 4

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Written by Tony Bedard
Art by Jim Calafiore, Casey Jones, Paul Pelletier
Cover by Jim Calafiore
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Collects Exiles #75-89 And Exiles Annual #1.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality — brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 5

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Raicht
Art by Ronan Cliquet, Tom Grummett, Clayton Henry, Paul Pelletier, Steve Scott
Cover by Paul Pelletier
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Collects Exiles #90-100, Days Of Then & Now And X-Men: Die By The Sword #1-5.

Six strangers, each an X-Man from a different reality—brought together to ensure that life as we know it doesn’t cease to exist! They have become unhinged from time. They are heroes from different realities whose own timelines have become compromised. The lives they once knew are gone. To return to their worlds, they must travel together from one alternate universe to another, each time completing a mission to set right what went wrong. They have found love, experienced danger and formed friendships. Their lives are unpredictable. No one can say where their next mission will take them. They are the Exiles, and this is their fate.

Exiles Ultimate Collection Vol. 6

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Written by Garth Ennis
Art by Clayton Crain
Cover by Clayton Crain
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Collects Ghost Rider: Trail of Tears #1-6.

Here it is – the prequel to Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain’s smash hit GHOST RIDER: ROAD TO DAMNATION! Travis Parham thought he’d seen hell. As a lieutenant in the Confederate Army, he stood neck-deep in muck and blood, surrounded by the whistle of hot shrapnel and the screams of dying men. Two years later, Parham has carved a new life for himself, doing his best to forget the depravity that lurks in the pits of men’s souls. Now, Parham’s tranquil world is about to be rudely interrupted. Up from the depths comes a force of nature that transcends his wildest dreams – a fiery wraith that knows a thing or two about evil and even more about vengeance.

Ghost Rider: Trail Of Tears

Secretary On Demand

Written by Cathy Williams
Art by Maoko Nagasaki
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Waitress Shannon secretly looks forward to seeing the man who comes to her restaurant for lunch every day. But then trouble with a customer gets her fired! The man who saves her from her financial woes is none other than her lunch man, Kane! He’s the president of a major corporation and he offers her a job. He wants to turn a waitress into his secretary? Should she take him up on his offer?

Secretary On Demand

The Sheikh’s Bride: Sheiks

Written by Sophie Weston
Art by Rikako Tsuji
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While tour guide Leo is visiting Cairo with her clients, she runs into members of an Arabian royal family at the hotel where she’s staying. She is immediately drawn to a sophisticated man with a noble air. His name is Amer and he’s the sheikh of Dalmun, a country in the Middle East. The prince of the desert should want nothing to do with her. But that night, he suddenly appears in front of her when she gets fired from her job!

The Sheikh's Bride: Sheiks

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan – Equinox

Written by Alex Irvine
Art by Russell Braun
Cover by Arthur Suydam
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Collects Hellstorm: Son of Satan (2006) #1-5.

When the Son of Satan is your best option, God help you. New Orleans. The Big Easy. The membrane between our world and the underworld has always been a little thinner here. Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the outpouring of human misery has drawn demons like sharks to a bloodbath. What better time for Daimon Hellstrom – a.k.a. the Son of Satan – to pay a visit? It starts with the doctor who delivers a baby that vanishes into the night. A doctor who is devoured by demons wearing New Orleans P.D. badges. Demons who work for someone – or something – -that’s descended on the Big Easy and doesn’t give a damn who Hellstorm or his father is. Something that’s harvesting body parts in a furious race toward unspeakable purposes. This is the Son of Satan as you’ve never seen him before, brought to you by acclaimed novelist Alexander Irvine (The Narrows), with searing art by Russell Braun (Animal Man) and Klaus Janson.

Hellstorm: Son Of Satan - Equinox

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Written by Zeb Wells
Art by Clay Mann
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Heroes for Hire (2006) #11-15.

The Heroes return to New York to find it the first battleground in WORLD WAR HULK. Will Humbug’s recently amplified powers be a factor against Hulk’s compatriots, Miek and Brood? Can the heroes salve the wounds of their adoptive city and still turn a profit? Both answers are “yes” if Misty Knight has anything to say about it!

Heroes For Hire Vol. 3: World War Hulk

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Written by Chris Giarrusso, Marc Sumerak, Paul Tobin
Art by Chris Giarrusso, Andy Kuhn, David Williams
Cover by David Williams
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Collects Hulk and Power Pack #1-4.

Power Pack couldn’t be more excited to meet their father’s new colleague, the world-famous Dr. Bruce Banner. But when the kids find themselves trapped in the tunnels beneath Manhattan by the Absorbing Man, they find out what happens when the good doctor gets angry! Get ready to go gamma as a brand-new team-up begins here!

Hulk And Power Pack: Pack Smash!

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

Written by Marc Sumerak
Art by Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover by Gurihiru
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Collects Iron Man and Power Pack #1-4.

Everyone’s favorite super-powered siblings – Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie – join forces with the Armored Avenger to bring down the mega-sized metallic monstrosity known as Ultimo; Marvel’s fastest villain, the Speed Demon; and the cryogenic criminal called the Blizzard! Does the action ever end? Not for Marvel’s youngest heroes! Someone is using stolen Stark Industries technology to take control of Marvel’s most high-tech heroes and villains. Sounds like the perfect time for Power Pack to attend an exhibit of old Iron Man armor! Nothing could possibly go wrong there…right?

Iron Man And Power Pack: Armored And Dangerous

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Review: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special #1

WWTazCoverWonder Woman fights and then teams up with the embodiment of chaos from Down Under, The Tasmanian Devil, in the latest DC/Looney Tunes crossover Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1. Tony Bedard’s script for the main story starts out serious and then gets kind of adorable as Diana and Taz start to bond. Artists Barry Kitson and John Floyd depict the Labyrinth, various monsters, and Taz’s classic whirling dervish moves with great care while colorist Lovern Kindzierski uses some magical purples for their shared enemy, Circe. But the real highlight of the comic is the Looney Tunes’ hilarious and satirical take on the Trojan War courtesy of Bedard and Flintstones artist Ben Caldwell in the backup story.

However, the main story from Bedard, Kitson, and Floyd is no slouch. It’s a classic mythical quest story meets mismatched buddy comedy. Bedard takes a page out of the Pizza Dog issue of Hawkeye and has Taz communicate his intentions with images and not words except for a really dramatic part of the story. And because Amazons speak hundreds of languages, Diana can speak to him too even though the rest of the world sees him as a dumb, dangerous beast that is to be avoided at all costs. Instead of killing him to get a trophy and beat one of her Amazon training challenges, she negotiates with him and promises him a feast in return for help and takes one of his horns while sleeping. This isn’t the most ethical behavior.

However, Bedard uses the non-linear nature of the plot in Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil to show Diana’s development as a woman and a hero. This time she uses her Golden Lasso to promise to give Taz his long awaited feast, and the buddy adventure part of the story begins. Whereas in the past, Diana was more insecure as the only young person on Themiscyra, she is more sure of herself in the present as well as being a better negotiator and warrior too. The journey of Diana and Taz through the labyrinth is the most fun stretch of the story with Kitson using layouts that mimic a maze, and Lovern Kindzierski making the Minotaur as dark as his completely evil heart. Plus there is Taz’s image based “dialogue” that adds some humor to what could just be a mythology influenced adventure yarn. The whole turning to stone plot is very cliched, but it’s pretty fun to see Taz do his tornado thing with a group of trolls, who are working for Circe.

Taz and Diana have a connection because she “stopped” him with music when she faced him as a young woman instead of trying to beat the crap out of him. And, of course, after he has devoured the Amazon’s feast, he wants to hear her sing. And her song is the Looney Tunes’ (plus Wonder Woman) take on the Trojan War courtesy of Bedard and artist Ben Caldwell.

Honestly, I could read a whole single issue of the Trojan War with these characters plus some modern day satire with Elmer Fudd’s Priam standing in for Donald Trump, and Troy for his much-vaunted border wall. (Of course, the Trojan Horse is a pink pinata.) Bedard and Caldwell also poke fun at the gender disparity in classic stories and manage to rhyme “cuckold and duckold” with Daffy Duck putting in an underrated performance as Menelaus. Some of the key players in the Iliad and Odyssey show up, including Odysseus and Achilles, and Bedard’s “casting” is spot-on even if Helen and Paris get most of the panel time. It’s also tied into classic Looney Tunes rivalries like Roadrunner and Wile E. Coyote.

And since the feast in Themiscyra is in Taz’s honor, the traditional Trojan War story takes a bit of a chaotic twist. However, it makes the backup story and the whole Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil Special that much endearing as Tony Bedard, Barry Kitson, and company start with the horror of Diana being hunted by Taz and end up in riotous comedy of them feasting and poking fun at the Trojan War.

Story/Backup Story: Tony Bedard Pencils: Barry Kitson
Inks: John Floyd Colors: Lovern Kindzierski
Backup Art: Ben Caldwell

Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Suicide Squad/Banana Splits Special #1

Tony Bedard gives us the mash up that we never saw coming, we get a shove back into the way back machine for this very special “Suicide Splits” comic. The Banana Splits are way before my time but, that doesn’t make this issue any less enjoyable to me. I was drawn in for the Suicide Squad and stayed for the animal rescue team that Amanda Waller provided to help the Squad out of a jam. It’s all fun and games until there’s an ambush in a Forrest and some rogue robot factory.

Ben Caldwell‘s penciling and Mark Morales’ ink work provide the perfect jump off point for Jeremy Lawson‘s insane color palette. There’s darkness when there needs to be, a little bit of Reservoir Dog stylization and some seriously fun pop color, cartoon-like artwork for the Squad. The artwork is exactly what you need it to be for a story that isn’t taking itself too seriously. There’s also so killer detail on the Banana Splits making them appear to be the prominent drivers of the story.

The story is just fun and considering the previous issues of the Suicide Squad comics have been tense and violent up until thus point, a little bit of fun is exactly what us readers needed. There’s not a lot going in that adds to the Squads universe as a whole, thus us just a fun romp through silly town that gives the reader some action and comic relief. It’s well written, well executed and interesting enough without being too silly to take seriously. It’s an unlikely crossover comic that gives you a bit of the Squad without too much heart-wrenching darkness.

Suicide Splits is exactly what you’d expect and what your soul wants in your one off mash-up story. Well written, great art and a bit of a pulp all in one comic. Trading off of the Squads badassery and having them need a rescue from a pop band who hasn’t had a hit since before I was born is a cute touch that works well with the over the topness of the Squad.

Story: Tony Bedard Art: Ben Caldwell, Mark Morales and Jeremy Lawson
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits Special #1

“SUICIDE SPLITS”! Mistaken for metahumans, thrown in the bowels of Belle Reve, the animal rock band Banana Splits are recruited by Amanda Waller for a secret mission: to save the Suicide Squad! What follows is the weirdest team-up you never thought you’d see! How can Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky stand up to Harley, Deadshot, Katana and Croc?!

And in the backup feature, Snagglepuss is a Southern gothic playwright working with an ensemble cast of cultural figures, exploring an intensely creative time in the New York City theater scene of the 1950s…

Ok, want a concept that shouldn’t work by does and then you realize it’s something you’re missing in your life and you want more of it? Then take the Suicide Squad, add in The Banana Splits, and have it written by Tony Bedard with art by Ben Caldwell.

While the Suicide Squad is well know partially due to their high profile from a film its been a while since The Banana Splits has been a thing and for those that don’t know them, think 70s music focused show where the band is dressed in costumes and are made of nightmares similar to the animatronic Chuck E Cheese band. In this story after a misunderstanding the band is recruited by Amanda Waller and must save the Suicide Squad and it’s insane. Like, what’d Bedard take while writing this insane. But, it works. This comic is fun, full of energy, and completely out there. It makes me want to see more of this, and especially The Banana Splits as a hardcore rap group (read the comic it makes sense). Bedard in his writing not only is able to use the insanity of the Suicide Squad times ten, but he also seems to mine NWA and CB4 for material as well. More please!

Caldwell’s art too is fantastic. The style by which it’s all done feels like it enhances the insane energy and these two together as writer and artist are awesome. Caldwell makes the case that he needs to do a Harley Quinn comic as his renderings show off her insane glee of destruction. It’s a perfect mix of concept, writer, and art.

But, the main story’s insanity isn’t the best part!

That’s delivered by writer Mark Russell and artist Howard Porter who deliver Snagglepuss as a Southern gothic playwright dragged in front of the House of UnAmerican Activities committee. That’s funny, but the second half of the story is tragic and a hell of a statement as to the importance of art in society. It’s a gut punch through the laughter, but again shows off that Russell is a master at mixing comedy with social relevance in an entertaining package. Porter’s art is top notch here with a very cool design of Snagglepuss and the world around him. It’s just a fantastic combination that makes me want to see more of it all.

This comic is my favorite of the week delivering two entertaining stories that are entertaining in totally different ways.

Suicide Squad/The Banana Splits

Story: Tony Bedard Art: Ben Caldwell
Story: 9.35 Art: 9.35 Overall: 9.35 Recommendation: Buy

The Snagglepuss Chronicles

Story: Mark Russell Art: Howard Porter
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Teen Titans #24

tt_cv24In this climactic issue, the team is forced to make a decision: continue fighting crime as the Teen Titans…or go their separate ways.

How to review Teen Titans #24 without spoiling it? That’s actually a challenge. This issue written by Tony Bedard is best read after reading Detective Comics #940. The issue’s content is a direct continuation of the events there. Without spelling things out, folks can probably guess as to what happens there.

The Teen Titans are at a crossroads, reflecting about a member, and also figuring out what comes next. The issue is a decent one telling lost stories in a way from various characters’ perspectives. It manages to take what should be a completely dour moment and add in moments of levity.

But, the issue, more importantly, acts as a good finale and a bridge to what comes next. There’s lots of foreshadowing of what we can expect in Teen Titans: Rebirth as well as Raven’s own miniseries which kicks off next week. It’s a reflection on what was and what is coming. You get a sense of that from the cover which while it features this line-up we also see a hint of Cyborg’s leg. It’s a good finale for this volume.

Artist Ian Churchill and inker Norm Rapmund give us all sorts of situations and characters. Everything from Trigon’s realm to a gay pride parade are covered in this issue. The art is decent though nothing that blows me away. It is impressive in how much is covered though and the different settings still work. There’s an anthology vibe about it all.

The comic is good and for fans of this group of Teen Titans, they’ll probably enjoy it. It doesn’t quite pack an emotional impact, but as a dual prologue and epilogue it works well.

Story: Tony Bedard Art: Ian Churchill Ink: Norm Rapmund
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review : Superman : The Coming Of The Supermen #1

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The name Neal Adams is still a legendary one in comic book circles, and I suppose it always will be, but who are we kidding? In recent years — check that, recent decades — it’s become synonymous with “batshit crazy” every bit as much as it has with, say, “revolutionary illustrator.” Neal’s been milking the fame he justly earned for his late-’60s/early-’70s work on titles such as BatmanGreen Lantern/Green ArrowDeadmanandThe Uncanny X-Men for all it’s worth, and if I were in his shoes I’d probably do the exact same thing, but it took the release of his Batman: Odyssey series a few years back to remind folks that this is the guy who gave us SkatemanMs. Mystic, and Armor, as well. Truth be told, comics fans are such a forgiving bunch (at least toward some creators) that those 1980s debacles from Adams’ own Continuity Comics imprint probably would have been remembered — to the extent that they were at all — as strange, even charming, curiosities if he hadn’t decided to dust off his keyboard and give it a go as both writer and artist again — with predictably disastrous, if highly entertaining, results.

Reaction to Batman: Odyssey was more or less universally negative, of course, but let’s not kid ourselves — it also exposed the rampant double-standards that exist among the largely-unpaid legion of critics out there. If, say, Grant Morrison came out with a 12-issue epic that featured Batman riding around on a pterodactyl in a hidden jungle kingdom in the center of the Earth, he would be praised to the heavens for being “post-ironic” and “making comics fun again,” but when our guy Neal does it, he’s chided as being “past his prime” and “soft in the head.” Granted, Adams’ much-publicized theories on the “hollow” or “expanding” Earth go some way toward buttressing the notion that he’s a more than a little loopy, but again, those ideas are no more “crazy” or “outlandish” than some of the stuff that’s come out of Morrison’s mouth over the years. Maybe Neal just needs to shave his head, declare that he has real-life superhuman abilities, and develop a nearly-impenetrable Scottish accent and all his eccentricities will be forgiven?

Or maybe — just maybe — his advancing age (he’s 75 as of this writing) is being held against him. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that sort of wretched discrimination has reared its ugly head in fan circles. Jack Kirby, for instance, produced some of his best work toward the tail end of his career, but by and large comics like Captain Victory And The Galactic Rangers and Silver Star languished in the “also-ran” category for 20 or 30 years before even a few people began to recognize them as the deeply-personal meditations on timeless themes that they are.

Please don’t think I’m trying to advance an argument that Batman : Odyssey is anywhere near as good as those latter-day Kirby works, though, because it’s not. I’m simply pointing out a pattern — when legendary creators get long in the tooth, the public turns on ’em. It happened to Kirby. It happened to Ditko. It’s happening right now to Alan Moore, despite the fact that he’s producing some of the best work of his career. And, to a certain extent, it’s happening to Adams — although, in his case, his critics do have a point (or several, as the case may be). Neal really can’t write, and his personal obsessions really are of little interest to anyone other than himself, and yeah, by and large his art really isn’t as strong and compelling as it used to be — but that doesn’t mean that this late stage of his artistic oeuvre is any less interesting than his earlier, more celebrated period. Quite the contrary.

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Which brings us to the first issue of his new six-part series Superman : The Coming Of The Supermen, where again Adams is pulling double-duty as both writer and artist (although it should be noted — even if the cover, in a less-than-classy move, fails to do so — that Tony Bedard is on board as a co-writer here, possibly to prevent the kind of editorial turnover that Odyssey understandably suffered from), but in all honesty this book actually seems downright tame, at least to this point, in comparison to Neal’s other efforts of recent vintage. True, it’s still about 50 times crazier than anything else in the staid, boring DC Comics line-up lately, and there are plenty of juicy hints interspersed throughout indicating that the wheels of sanity will almost certainly be coming off sooner rather than later, but the notable absence of things like our writer/artist’s penchant for — bizarre — and ill-timed —pseudo- dramatic — pauses in — his dialogue, and his marked tendency to spend page after page “building up” some massive would-be confrontation and/or revelation only to seemingly forget about it completely and move on to something else? Well, so far those things are being pretty well kept in check, which will sound highly improbable I’m sure once I tell you that this story concerns a contingent of three Kryptonians in costumes identical to Superman’s arriving on Earth (let’s call them sandy-blonde Superman, red-haired Superman, and black Superman, since we don’t actually know their names yet) and battling Kalibak and his army of Parademons in the LexCorp tower while the real Man of Steel is off in the Middle East for reasons never explained and after a military and/or terrorist skirmish there picks up a youthful orphaned boy and his dog under orders from a winged, green-skinned djinn and takes them back to Metropolis before promptly engaging in the Supermen-vs.-Kalibak battle himself and then re-encountering said djinn who takes him back in time to the period of the construction of the Sphinx in ancient Egypt whereupon he learns that the pharaoh who had it built was — Darkseid’s dad?

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And yet — so far, at least, none of these disparate elements seem particularly incongruous or “weird,” at least by contemporary Adams standards, and the story has a fairly natural and unforced flow to it that stands in marked contrast to Batman : Odyssey‘s breakneck-paced parade of balls-out nonsense. Which means, of course,  that Superman : The Coming Of The Supermen is both better and more boring than its most recent predecessor in the Adams canon.

But enough about the story — for now, at any rate. Let’s talk about the art! Adams is definitely doing his level best to channel the spirit of Kirby here, but his “level best” simply ain’t what it used to be. The old one-time-revolutionary dynamics are still there, as are the inventive and highly pleasing page layouts, but I think Neal’s overly-melodramatic inking is really doing a disservice to his pencils here, and buries things under a tidal wave of thick, almost “greasy” cross-hatching. His near-photo-realistic facial expressions are occasionally still on display, so that’s a plus, but too often he seems to be taking some short-cuts in that department that have the unfortunate effect of making everyone look, at times, like some kind of mutated human/horse hybrid. The cover is plenty solid and packs enough of the old “Neal Adams Wallop,” as do a handful of the interior panels, but frankly too many of those look just plain rushed and sloppy. Not as sloppy as a number of the conceptually-dead variant covers that he’s been producing for DC this month as part of their promotional push for this book do — most of which are “re-imagined,” and highly diminished, modernized updates of his most well-known covers of years gone by inked by an all-star array of talents who still can’t manage to inject much life into them — but when you combine this second-rate art with Alex Sinclair’s garish and often just plain ugly colors, the end result is a book that looks like the portfolio work of a 16-year-old kid who’s going around to conventions trying to “wow” editors with his “Adams-meets-Kirby” pastiche-style artwork that’s been colored by his glue-sniffing buddy. Even some of the images that probably started out as a good idea at the breakdown stage — like a nice, big, half-page panel of a mouth-foaming Lex Luthor ranting into a television camera Bill O’Reilly-style — end up looking pretty crappy once Adams layers the thick, soupy embellishments on. It’s all interesting to look at, sure, and oftentimes quite arresting, but by and large I’d be lying if I said it was actually good.

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Still — I’m more than willing to concede that this series, numerous flaws and all, is probably going to be well worth following for six issues. Kieran Shiach over at Comics Alliance, for instance — the same site that made the brilliant observation that Batman: Odyssey was the comic book equivalent of Tommy Wiseau’s now-legendary “midnight movie” favorite The Room, and that spilled more “digital ink” analyzing that series than any other — advances a strong argument that The Coming Of The Supermen is a work of mad genius, which probably isn’t too far off the mark (I’ll certainly give you the “mad” part). The fact that it completely ignores post-Flashpoint , and even post-Crisis, DC continuity by having Clark Kent and Lois Lane still working as TV news anchors (Lois is seen providing live on-air coverage of the battle at LexCorp tower even though no cameras appear to be on-hand to film it?) certainly shows that Adams couldn’t be bothered to actually familiarize himself with how Superman stories work these days, and that’s a very good sign that his barely-restrained excesses are about to burst through in a big way, hopefully as soon as next month.

How, then, are we to judge a comic like this? Not by any sort of traditional definitions of “good” and “bad,” since that was never in the cards to begin with. What we want from a modern-day Neal Adams comic — and the only thing we have any right to expect — is unfiltered, unintelligible, unrestrained, and unapologetic insanity. And yet even by that less-than-lofty standard, the first issue of Superman: The Coming Of The Supermen falls short. There are tantalizing glimpses that there’s plenty of crazy in the offing, though, and that’s why I’ll continue to pick this book up. I hear a loud screech in the distance, and there might even be some smoke coming from the other side of the hill, but goddamnit — I need to see the full train wreck play out in excruciating, slow-motion detail.

Don’t let us down, Neal. We know you can do it.

Traditional scoring can’t really be applied to this comic, but if I had to, I’d probably give the story a 4 and the art a 3, for an overall rating of 3.5 — and then recommend that you buy it (which I did, no publisher “freebie” here) anyway.

DC Comics Spills More Details about Convergence

Taking place in April and May 2015, Convergence is a massive two month publishing move for DC Comics that takes advantage of their multiverse to bring what hopefully is interesting stories. The company has revealed plans for their first ten releases, and have given some more insight into what we can expect for the next ten.

SUPERMAN: MAN OF STEEL

(Writer: Louise Simonson; Artist: June Brigman and Roy Richardson, with color by John Rauch)
Metropolis was taken when Superman was missing, so it’s up to Steel to guard the city from the heroes of GEN13 in his absence.

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BATMAN: SHADOW OF THE BAT

(Writer: Larry Hama; Artist: Philip Tan and Jason Paz, with color by Elmer Santos)
A year ago, Batman got trapped in Metropolis when hunting down Azrael. Now he must team with the man that replaced him, and see how differently they operate as Batmans.

BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

(Writer: Ron Marz; Artist: Mike Manley, with color by Sotocolor)
The levity of the JLI team collides with the severity of the world of Kingdom Come.

JUSTICE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL

CATWOMAN

(Writer: Justin Gray; Artist: Ron Randall, with color by Gabe Eltaeb)
A year under the dome can change anyone, even Catwoman. She’s set aside her life of crime to become the protector of Suicide Slum, but when the dome falls she will face her greatest challenge—Kingdom Come Batman.

CATWOMAN

SUPERGIRL: MATRIX

(Writer: Keith Giffen; Artist: Ramon Bachs, with color by Hi-Fi)
What do Supergirl, Lady Quark, and Ambush Bug have in common? Well… nothing really. But that didn’t stop us from sticking them in a story together. You are SO welcome.

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SUPERBOY

(Writer: Fabian Nicieza; Artist: Karl Moline and Jose Marzan Jr, with color by Hi-Fi)
Has Kon-El earned the right to be the man of steel? Kon will have to prove his mettle in battle against the Superman of Kingdom Come! But what if the only way to save Metropolis is to lose the fight?

SUPERBOY

AQUAMAN

(Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Cliff Richards, with color by John Rauch)
Trapped in the domed city, Aquaman struggles with the loss of his hand as he confronts a deadly adversary—Deathblow.

AQUAMAN

SUICIDE SQUAD

(Writer: Frank Tieri; Artist: Tom Mandrake, with color by Sian Mandrake)
When Kingdom Come’s floating fortress of New Oa threatens Metropolis, it’s up to Amanda Waller to put together a team of the city’s deadliest villains to stop it.

SUICIDE SQUAD

GREEN LANTERN/PARALLAX

(Writer: Tony Bedard; Artist: Ron Wagner and Bill Reinhold, with color by Paul Mounts)
Rookie Green Lantern Kyle Rayner gears up to battle invaders, but is he ready to fight Hal Jordan, also known as Parallax?

GREEN LANTERN PARALLAX

GREEN ARROW

(Writer: Christy Marx; Artist: Rags Morales and Claude St-Aubin, with color by Nei Ruffino)
Oliver Queen meets Connor Hawke for the first time, but is he ready to hand over the Green Arrow mantle to his son?

GREEN ARROW

(via Blastr and HitFix)

DC Comics Reveals More Details on Convergence

Last week DC Comics revealed the cover to their big event next year Convergence. Now, They’ve revealed even more details about what we can expect during the event including plot details, creative teams, and teaser images. Check out below for what you can expect.

SUPERMAN

Superman and Lois deal with the impending birth of their child as he is called in to protect the city. Dan Jurgens (W), Lee Weeks, Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund (A).

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THE ATOM

Ray Palmer finds that Ryan Choi is still alive. Together, they meet and confront Deathstroke, the man responsible for “killing” Choi, before fighting the invading Extremists. Tom Peyer (W), Steve Yeowell and Andy Owens (A).

THE ATOM

BATGIRL

After a year in the dome, Stephanie Brown is not sure she wants to be Batgirl again. But when Flashpoint Catman attacks, Red Robin and Black Bat call her back into service.Alisa Kwitney (W), Rick Leonardi and Mark Pennington (A).

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NIGHTWING/ORACLE

Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon reevaluate their relationship under the dome (wedding!), but Flashpoint Hawkman & Hawkwoman attack, and everything changes. Gail Simone (W), Jan Duursema and Dan Parsons (A).

NIGHTWING ORACLE

SPEED FORCE

Wally West and his kids are separated from Linda, which was bad enough, but when the dome falls, Flashpoint Wonder Woman comes for them. Tony Bedard (W), Tom Grummett and Sean Parsons (A).

SPEED FORCE

TITANS

Starfire and Donna Troy come to get Roy Harper who has gone into seclusion since the death of his child and loss of his arm, but then Arsenal has to choose between his team and resurrecting his dead daughter. Fabian Nicieza (W), Ron Wagner and Jose Marzan (A).

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JUSTICE LEAGUE

When Supergirl, Zatanna, and Jade went to Jessie Quick’s baby shower, they didn’t expect to be taken to another planet for a year, or to be attacked by Flashpoint Aquaman. Frank Tieri (W), Vicente Cifuentes (A).

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THE QUESTION

Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as the Question to help him beat the odds. Greg Rucka (W), Cully Hamner (A).

The Question

BATMAN & ROBIN

Bruce Wayne and Damian have friction with Red Hood before the Extremists attack. Ron Marz (W), Denys Cowan and Klaus Janson (A).

Batman and Robin

HARLEY QUINN

Harley Quinn is enjoying her normal life under the dome until Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight Captain Carrot. Steve Pugh (W), Phil Winslade and John Dell (A).

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(via iO9 and CBR)

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