PENNY DREADFUL: THE VICTORY OF DEATH
Writer: Chris King
Illustrator: Jesus Hervas
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 112pp, $16.99, £13.99
On sale: March 19, 2019
The continuation of the Penny Dreadful story where the future of humanity is at stake.
Mankind has been caught in the middle of a war, one which they have little chance of surviving. As the relics of an evil long since thought vanquished emerge from the darkness, the legacy of Vanessa Ives’ death is clear: A battle is coming, and the victor shall show no mercy. With so much at stake, old grudges must be cast aside if humanity is to take a stand against the armies of evil mustering to destroy each other.
TANK GIRL: DIRTY OLD TANK GIRL
Writer: Alan Martin
Illustrator: Mick McMahon, Rufus Dayglo
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 264pp, $24.99, £21.99
On sale: March 19, 2019
Tank Girl wheels in with a wallop in this double whammy of wonderfully wild and whacked out adventures, straight from the pages of Carioca and Skidmarks. Gaze in amazement with your ocular orbs on the latest collected editions of the eclectic adventures of Tank Girl. Carioca: Written by Tank Girl co-creator Alan Martin with artwork by the legendary Mick McMahon. After our heroine is rudely snubbed on a TV game show, she plots the death of the vulgar host in question unwittingly releasing the vengeance of his embittered wife and a gang of highly trained assassins as a result! Skidmarks: Drawn by Rufus Dayglo. Tank Girl sets off on an illegal cross-continental race in a bid to win enough money for an incredibly expensive operation to bring her best friend Barney out of a skateboard-accident induced coma.
Nancy Drew: Palace of Wisdom TP
writer: Kelly Thompson
artist: Jenn St-Onge, Triona Farrell
cover: Jenn St-Onge
FC | 128 pages | Crime/Mystery | $14.99 | Teen+
Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything…ESPECIALLY solving crimes.
But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she’ll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her…and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed.
KELLY THOMPSON (Uncanny X-Men, Mr. & Mrs. X, Jessica Jones) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!
MAN FROM RIVERDALE (TP)
Script: Frank Doyle
Art: Bob White
Cover: Bob White
$10.99 US/$11.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/20
The villainous Mad Doctor Doom and his organization C.R.U.S.H. have targeted the students of Riverdale High with a devious plan to turn them into the Walking Dazed! Now it’s up to special agent Archie Andrews and his team at R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. to stop them in this chronological collection of the classic MAN FROM R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. series!
As the grandson of a war veteran, I grew being regaled by stories by my grandfather about World War II. He wasn’t a veteran in the traditional sense, as he was not recognized until very recently long after his death. Hundreds of Filipino WWII veterans and their families finally got recognized by President Obama for their contribution. Even though the world did not see these men and women as heroes, families like mine always did. His stories piqued my interest and fascination with the war itself.
My interest went from reading books to watching movies and eventually reading war comics like Sgt. Rock which gave us a view from the trenches. It would also lead me to reading Unknown Soldier which was a military spy whose face you never saw but his missions were always for the greater good. These comics would not only sentimentalize the war for me but would stoke my interest in storytelling. In Garth Ennis and Kilian Plunkett’s story we find one lone agent searching for the Unknown Soldier.
We meet Agent William Clyde, a veteran CIA agent who is hot
on the lead of a clandestine organization, with some very deep roots in major
historical events and a bloody trail, which raises even more questions. As he
digs deeper into who they are, the more connections to the Unknown Solider,
starts to pop up, as everyone he interviews, has a story about this shadow
assassin, a man who defines “tip of the spear”. Of course, the closer he gets,
the more dangerous the path, as a fellow agent gets killed a hit squad comes
after him and the mercenary sent to kill him, join forces with him to find the Unknown Soldier. By book’s end,
Clyde comes face to face with him, and finds exactly why they are hunting him
and why the Unknown Soldier lead him to where he was.
Overall, an uneven story that doesn’t quite deliver on the promise of the premise. The story by Ennis is fragmented, at times very interesting, but ultimately not his best work. The art by Plunkett is serviceable. Altogether, a story that doesn’t quite live up the legacy and is neither creator’s best work.
Story: Garth Ennis Art: Kilian Plunkett
Story: 6.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 5.4 Recommendation: Read
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Vol. 7 SC
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kyle Higgins
Artist: Daniele di Nicuolo
Colorist: Walter Baiamonte
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell
Lord Drakkon and his newly reformed army are crossing dimensions in order to execute an all-out attack on our reality! For the first time in comic book history, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers will join forces with some of the most popular Power Rangers teams from across time and space to face the ultimate threat.
Writer Kyle Higgins (Nightwing) and artist Daniele Di Nicuolo (Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink) raise the stakes as Rangers from across realities band together to save the universe in this first installment of the critically acclaimed event, Shattered Grid.
Collects Mighty Morphin Power Rangers issues #25-28.
Star Wars Adventures Vol. 5 Mechanical Mayhem
(W) John Barber, Pierrick Colinet, Elsa Charretier, Nick Brokenshire, Scott Peterson (A) Nick Brokenshire, Elsa Charretier, Mauricet (A/CA) Chad Thomas
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
These ARE the droids you’re looking for! Your favorite dysfunctional droid team, R2-D2 and C-3PO, bumbles through the Star Wars universe in these kid-friendly tales. First, R2-D2 tries to stop an Imperial spy from revealing a rebel secret. But will C-3PO help, or just get in the way? Then, in a story set in the time of the Clone Wars, Anakin and Padme are desperate to get away from the endless fights, both on the battlefield, and the floor of the Senate. But when their vacation goes haywire, will R2-D2 and C-3PO be able to set things right? Collects issues #9, 12, and 13.
Rick and Morty vs. Dungeons & Dragons
(W) Patrick Rothfuss, Jim Zub (A/CA) Troy Little
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
#1 New York Times-bestselling fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss, acclaimed comics writer Jim Zub, and Eisner-nominated artist Troy Little bring you the comics crossover of the year! You’ve got to (bellllch!) roll for initiative, Morty! Two pop culture juggernauts are teaming up and neither multiverse is prepared for what comes next! When Morty sees a cute girl at school playing Dungeons & Dragons, he asks Rick to show him the ropes, only to discover that his grandfather is a veteran gamer. Next thing he knows, the entire family has been pulled into a campaign that escalates from virtual D&D simulations to alternate universes governed by the rules of the game. And as it turns out, Rick isn’t the only one who knows his way around a d20.
VAMPIRONICA VOL. 1 (TP)
Script: Greg and Meg Smallwood
Art: Greg Smallwood, Greg Scott, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 3/13
When Veronica Lodge is bitten by a centuries-old vampire, her thirst for blood threatens to turn Riverdale into a haven for the undead. Will she put an end to the vampire threat or give in to her blood lust? Archie Horror’s latest series paints Riverdale red in the vampiric first collection by siblings Greg & Meg Smallwood! Collects VAMPIRONICA issues 1–5.
In 1994 the Pander Brothers brought us the political sci-fi thriller graphic novel, Triple X. Now, 25 years later, Triple X has been remastered and rereleased with all new never-before-seen story and art as Dissident X.
In Dissident X, Hans Nobel, a fugitive American journalist with a photographic memory, must escape a 2033 surveillance state after New York City falls under martial law, only to find a new tyrannical conspiracy awaits him in Amsterdam. With nowhere left to run, Hans must choose between the pen or the sword to expose the truth and ignite a revolution. Dissident X takes us on a wild ride into a not-too-distant fictional political dystopia with state-controlled media, mega-corporation domination, and ecological destruction.
Since 2016, the Eisner Award-nominated Pander Brothers have been busy producing new story, art and colors for this definitive edition of Dissident X that presents not only the original graphic novel—now in full color—but also includes a brand new introductory prequel and finale, completely remastered and redrawn artwork, and a never before seen sketchbook section.
The 416-page Dissident X TPB goes on sale for $29.99 in comic shops September 4th 2019 and wherever books are sold September 17th.