(W) Jed MacKay (A) Travel Foreman (CA) J. Scott Campbell Rated T In Shops: Jul 10, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Felicia Hardy prides herself on the fact that she can get into ANYWHERE… but does that REALLY include Doctor Strange’s SANCTUM SANCTORUM?! Can the Black Cat get into the most protected house in the Marvel Universe? YES. But the question really is… can she handle what’s inside?
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I wasn’t sure what to expect in Black Cat #1. The character is a classic one but Felicia Hardy has never starred in an ongoing series. This debut makes up for some lost time and delivers an entertaining read. Black Cat #1 feels like a heist film. It takes beats and visual nods to that genre immersing the reader into the experience. It’s hard to not read this comic and experience the pause in motion as a scrawl flashes on the screen as to where a character is from.
Writer Jed Mackay and artist Travel Foreman are synced up in the flow and beats of the comic. There’s a finesse about it all that is fitting for the character of Felicia Hardy. Much like herself, the comic has a taste for the finer things. Black Cat #1 focuses on the details that makes the adventure fun.
The series continues Hardy’s new status-quo set up in The Amazing Spider-Man. She’s on the run after having angered the New York Thieves Guild. But, you need a good heist in there too. With an entertaining gang joining her, the comic has everything you’d want from action, to humor, and some playful banter.
The art is solid. Foreman is joined by colorist Brian Reber and letterer Ferran Delgado. There are some issues where panels, and a page or two, looks a little different than the rest of the comic. But, overall, it’s visually entertaining. The art balances the sexiness of the character. It never crosses the line and instead uses it to distract just as a thief would.
But, there’s more! The comic features two back-up stories that make it feel like all the more bang for your buck.
Nao Fuji delivers a fun and entertaining wordless story about Felicia and her cats that is beyond cute. While it doesn’t quite fit the other two, it’s a solid addition and something I want to see more of.
Mackay teams up with artist Mike Dowling, colorist Reber, and Delgado on lettering for a story concerning Felicia’s past. It’s clearly tied in to the main story and an excellent way to flesh that out without distractions. It too is fun and entertaining with a classical sense of adventure.
Black Cat #1 is an excellent debut. It’ll have you wondering why it’s taken so long for this character to get her own series. It’s a fun read that’ll put a smile on your face and leave you wanting more.
Thieves Like Us Story: Jed Mackay Art: Travel Foreman Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Ferran Delgado
The Ongoing Adventures of Black Cat Story: Nao Fuji Art: Nao Fuji
The Black Fox in Leaving Miami Story: Jed Mackay Art: Mike Dowling Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Ferran Delgado
(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Travel Foreman In Shops: Apr 17, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The revolution is off to a rocky start, and War Cry is to blame! Can our hero convince his fellow warriors that their captors have no interest in peace? If he fails, Earth isn’t the only planet on the brink of destruction-the whole universe will fall under Firestorm’s wrath! The nail-biting conclusion of this cult-hit miniseries will alter the future of the DC Universe forever.
(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Travel Foreman In Shops: Mar 20, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Reeling from a sudden, tragic death, the remaining Electric Warrior rebels discover a dark secret about one of their own. Can War Cry keep the group together after the truth about his identity is revealed? Or is this all just part of the Gil’Dishpan’s plan to keep the universe under their control for good?
(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Travel Foreman RATED T+ In Shops: Feb 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
After infiltrating a secret Covenant gathering, our heroes are left disheartened and helpless. Have all of their battles been for nothing? Will their home planets ever survive the harsh reality of the universe that surrounds them? It’s up to an unexpected leader, the Interceptor, to inspire his cohorts once more. But will his efforts ensure victory or only the beginning of the end for the Electric Warriors? And what will their rebellion mean for all their friends and family back on their home planets?
DC announced today that it’s expanding its line of comics currently exclusive to Walmart. The publisher is increasing the slate of 100-Page Giant comics from four to six. In addition, two titles from the original lineup will be re-titled and renumbered as #1 issues. All titles, including the Superman 100-Page Giant featuring Tom King with Andy Kubert and the Batman 100-Page Giant featuring Brian Michael Bendis and Nick Derington, will arrive in participating U.S. Walmart retail stores by Sunday, February 17.
Additions to the lineup include the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant #1 and The Flash 100-Page Giant #1. As with the other Walmart titles, each book will retail at $4.99 and combine new original stories with “flashback” content from popular DC story eras such as DC Rebirth, the New Age of Heroes and the New 52.
The debut issue of the Swamp Thing 100-Page Giant includes an original story, “Desert of Ash,” written by Tim Seeley, with art by Mike Perkins. This 12-page tale features Swamp Thing and his witch companion Briar as they face the pyromaniac Char Man, who possesses the ability to control flames, a power granted by the elemental spirits of fire itself. Issues #2 and #3 feature “Bog of Blood,” a two-parter by Seeley with art by Joëlle Jones, which introduces a terrifying and potentially supernatural slasher stalking the swamps of Louisiana.
This 100-page spectacular also includes fan-favorite stories from DC’s New 52 period, including Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman,and Dan Green’s “The Hunt,” from Animal Man, in addition to “Raise Dem Bones,” from the New 52 Swamp Thing by writer Scott Snyder and Yanick Paquette, plus “Death in a Small Town,” featuring Detective Chimp and Shadowpact.
The Flash 100-Page Giant #1 features an all-new tale of the Scarlet Speedster, written by Gail Simone with art by Clayton Henry. In the 12-part arc “Glass Houses,” Barry Allen is dedicated to keeping the streets of Central City safe as the Fastest Man Alive. But when his old foe Mirror Master shows up looking to cause trouble, it’s up to the Flash to stop him. This book also debuts classic tales of the New 52 version of the Flash by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, in addition to the spacefaring adventures of Adam Strange from 2004 by Andy Diggle and Pasqual Ferry, plus the classic New 52 “rebirth” of the World’s Mightiest Mortal, Shazam, from Geoff Johns and Gary Frank.
Both the Justice League of America and Teen Titans Giants will retain their same contents but continue with new cover titles and will be renumbered with #1 issues. The Justice League of America 100-Page Giant becomes Wonder Woman 100-Page Giant #1, continuing the original Wonder Woman story by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti ,Tom Derenick, and Chad Hardin, with “flashback” stories from Geoff Johns’ New 52 Justice League and Aquaman, plus 2006’s “Who Is Wonder Woman?” by Allan Heinberg, Rachel Dodson, and Terry Dodson.
The Teen Titans 100-Page Giant continues as Titans 100-Page Giant #1, with writer Dan Jurgens continuing his original story with art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher. In addition, the book will continue the ongoing reprint stories from Geoff Johns and Tom Grummett’s Teen Titans from 2004, Peter Tomasi’s Super Sons from 2017’s DC Rebirth and Kenneth Rocafort, Dan DiDio, and Max Raynor’s Sideways from the New Age of Heroes.
Each 100-page comic sells for $4.99 and are available in more than 3,000 participating Walmart retailers in the United States.
(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Travel Foreman In Shops: Jan 16, 2019 SRP: $3.99
The revolution starts now! Inceptor accidentally digs too far into the memories of the Electric Warrior from Gil’Dishpan and uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the Covenant. The planet games are meant to bring profit and keep the various peoples across the galaxies in check, rather than encourage peace and cooperation. If Inceptor can convince the other Warriors of what he’s learned, it might just spark the revolution that will free a galaxy.
Havok is back and trying to make up for his turn as a bad guy. His attempt to become an X-Man again has him bringing together a team that includes Dazzler, Warpath, Beast, and Colossus and puts them on a course to take on the Reavers and O.N.E.
Astonishing X-Men: Until Our Hearts Stop collects issues #13-17 and Astonishing X-Men Annual #1 by Matthew Rosenberg, Greg Land, Neil Edwards, Travel Foreman, Jay Liesten, Frank D’Armata, and Jim Charalampidis.
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(W) Steve Orlando (A/CA) Travel Foreman
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
The Planet Covenant is live! Warrior representatives from across the known galaxies have gathered to wage battle and prove their cosmic superiority. Representing the humans of Earth is War Cry, who enters into his first gladiatorial match with all the ego and bluster we can expect from Earthlings. But will it be enough to stop the lava-spewing champion of Saturn? Alliances are formed in and out of the arena, as each fighter starts to establish their rank. War Cry thinks he has found a friend in an empathic healer from distant Vrang, but he can’t help but think his only true friend may be the oceanic Deep Dweller, his rival from Earth. And of course, what no one yet knows is what the ruling powers are after. It can’t just be watching species from around the cosmos tearing each other apart…can it?