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Six Gets the Spotlight in a New Stranger Things Comic Series

Attention Stranger Things fans! Are you curious about the origins of Project MKUltra and Dr. Brenner’s Hawkins Laboratory? Writer Jody Houser, penciller Edgar Salazar, inker Keith Champagne, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos are signed on to introduce us to the other subjects trapped in the Hawkins Laboratory in Stranger Things: SIX. Dark Horse and Netflix will release Stranger Things: SIX, the first prequel comic series to the Netflix Original series with covers by Aleksi Bricolt, Kyle Lambert, and David Mack.

Stranger Things: SIX follows Francine, a teenage girl with precognition. She’s struggled through a lifetime of exploitation: first by her parents, then by Dr. Brenner of Hawkins Laboratory. Dr. Brenner wants to harness her powers as well as those of the other gifted children that they hold captive at the lab. Wracked by increasingly disturbing visions, she sees an opportunity to change her life. But at what cost?

Stranger Things: SIX #1 (of four) goes on sale May 29, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Stranger Things Volume 1: The Other Side TPB goes on sale April 30th, 2019. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, fans can visit their local comic shop to pick up a copy of Dark Horse’s Free Comic Book Day Gold 2019 offering, which includes a Stranger Things story!

Stranger Things: SIX #1
Stranger Things: SIX #1
Stranger Things: SIX #1

Review: West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 Best Coast

The West Coast Avengers are back and with Hawkeye(s) in charge, they’re as insane a team as you’d expect.

West Coast Avengers Vol. 1 Best Coast collects issues #1-4, The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1, and Young Avengers Presents #6 by Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, Triona Farrell, and Joe Caramagna.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on March 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Age of X-Man: Alpha

Age of X-Man: Alpha

The age of X-Man dawns… and the X-Men cannot stop it.

For months new, we’ve been teased about the “Age of X-Man” a shift in the status-quo for the X-comics. Its echoes of the “Age of Apocalypse” had expectations the story would be similar but in reality is it is and it isn’t.

Written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, Age of X-Man: Alpha is our first real introduction to this new world which has the X-Men whisked away to a new world where everyone is a mutant. But, it’s not everyone, there are mutants still on the Marvel Prime universe and their stories are being told in Uncanny X-Men and X-Force.

We find out the “Age of X-Man” is one where some event has made everyone a mutant. The villains have been dealt with. It’s a world of peace. But is it really as good as it seems?

Through various short stories that flow from one to another, we get introductions to the various mini-series that will spin out of this event. And it’s a solid introduction to it all. There’s just enough touched upon and teased to get readers to see what comes next. It also feels just different enough to be intriguing as well. This isn’t the “positive” to the “Age of Apocalypse’s” negative, there’s something more going on here and it hints there’s an exploration of something a bit more sinister.

The art by Ramon Rosanas with color by Triona Farrell and lettering by Clayton Cowles is good. The style is interesting and leads to a feel of an almost dreamlike state of it all. The design of the characters are interesting and the flow of the story works well as the art transitions from one story to another.

The comic is one that’s a good introduction to the world and it’s our first look as to what’s going on. It’s a primer to get readers interested in what’s to come and what’s show is interesting. It’s a great way for those intrigued by this event to see what’s coming and for those who want to see what’s going on, this is a good way to do exactly that.

Story: Zac Thompson, Lonnie Nadler Art: Ramon Rosanas
Color: Triona Farrell Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One

Marvel really shakes things up with this latest volume of Black Panther taking us to space and the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda.

Black Panther Vol. 6 The Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda Part One collects issues #1-6 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuña, Jen Bartel, Paul Reinwand, and Tríona Farrell.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores February 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon

Spider-Geddon is coming but before that event get to know Spider-people from around the multiverse in this trade paperback collecting the four issue series and Superior Octopus #1.

Edge of Spider-Geddon is by Jed McKay, Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way, Jason Latour, Aaron Kuder, Christos Gage, Gerardo Sandoval, Alberto Alburquerque, Tonci Zonjic, Will Robson, Mike Hawthorne, Mark Bagley, Brahm Revel, Craig Yeung, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brian Reber, Triona Farrell, Ian Herring, Andres Mossa, Jordie Bellaire, and Dono Sanchez-Almara.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores January 15th! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Spider-Girls #1

May will do anything to protect her brother from the Inheritors, and Anya’s knowledge of the mystical Spider-Totems could save the day. But how does Annie fit in? And what chance do three girls have against ageless universal forces?!

May “Mayday” Parker, the original Spider-Girl, Anya Corazon, the Prime Universe Spider-Girl, and Annie May Parker, a.k.a. Spiderling, three kick-ass Spiders together for the first time!

Spider-Girls #1 spins out of Spider-Geddon so if you’re not reading that event, and you should, this may not completely excite you as a comic. Still, writer Jody Houser delivers a hell of a first issue that does its best to be its own story while still tie into the bigger event.

Houser delivers an action packed first issue where our heroines face numerous villains, deliver the Spider humor you’d expect. The comic just nails the tone of that fun, smart-assness of Spider-Man, and puts a family dynamic into it. And there’s a lot of mystery mixed in with Annie’s powers and what’s coming with the big event. Drama too! Did we mention the drama? Yeah, Houser adds that in with a few panels that hit you in the heart. It’s just so much packed in, it’s a lot of fun.

That’s helped by Andrés Genolet’s art with color by Tríona Farrell, and lettering by Joe Caramagna. The world, the characters, the designs of the bad guys, it all comes together for something that’s so familiar but also really stands on its own. The designs alone, especially for Annie and her family, are great with solid coloring that make them pop. There’s nothing drab here, it feels like there’s inspiration from the neon of New York City.

The comic’s a lot of fun. So much so, I want to see this trio together in a series when an event isn’t going on. There’s a certain flow to the issue and it all that just puts a smile on your face and allows you to sit back and enjoy it all.

Story: Jody Houser Art: Andrés Genolet
Ink: Andrés Genolet Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 2 SC

Mech Cadet Yu Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Price: $14.99

The second Sharg war has begun. As the alien invasion grows to a worldwide threat, the Mech Cadets answer the call alongside their robos to defend the planet. First year students, however, are grounded and forbidden from fighting on the front lines. But while training in secret, Stanford, Park, Olivetti, and Sanchez will discover that their enemy takes more shapes than they could have ever known.

Collects issues #5-8.

Review: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2

After Gerard Way and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in Spider-Verse, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 brings you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

Too short, that’s the problem with Edge of Spider-Geddon #2. Based on a story by Gerard Way, Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson craft what is a very entertaining re-introduction to Peni Parker. But, by the end, we’re given a bit too little. This is an issue that could have benefited from about 25-50% more pages to flesh out some concepts and scenes. But, that’s also a good thing in a way in that the character and concepts are really good too. While the comic feels a little rushed as far as story, things are set up so well that, much like the first issue of this miniseries, we want to see more of this character and world.

Peni Parker and her Spider mech suit is a familiar concept and with the young age of the character and some of the concepts within, it’s hard to not be reminded of Mech Cadet Yu by Grek Pak (this character originated that series). Pak has had a dozen issues to flesh out his ideas though and Nadler and Thompson do their best giving us more Peni and introducing us to this world’s Venom. There’s also Peni’s Uncle Ben and Aunt May to meet, as well as another twist on a villain, and you can see how so much is there, it’s hard to do it all justice. It’s still entertaining though and left us wanting more.

The art by Alberto Albuquerque with color by Tríona Farrell and lettering by Cory Petit is good. There’s of course mechs running around but there’s also a horror aspect to it all later in the issue. What’s shown, while not explained fully, has a bit of a scariness to it all. It’s a mix of the organic and mechanic in a way that is a bit of a flashback to Superman III (you know the scene we’re talking about). With some solid action and character designs, this is a series that feels like it’s made for the tween set, and succeeds in look and story.

More. That’s the gist of it. We want more. This is a great concept with interesting characters and too few pages to explore any of it enough. If an issue gets you to that point and leaves you wanting more instead of frustrated, that’s a good thing right?

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque Color: Tríona Farrell Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: West Coast Avengers #1

Spinning out of her fantastic Hawkeye run, Kelly Thompson kicks off the next stage in Kate Bishop’s heroic career and makes her the leader of the Avengers with artist Stefano Caselli and Triona Farrell. Well, it’s the West Coast Avengers to be honest, and they fight lands harks and 200 feet Tigras and are funded by Quentin Quire’s reality TV show and camera crew. But questionable credentials aside, Thompson and Caselli have created something special: a comedic superhero team in the vein of the classic “bwahaha” Justice League International for 2018. Caselli can do literal big action and big funny as well as romance (Kate’s boyfriend from Hawkeye is on the team as the rookie superhero, Fuse) and even capture the watercolor beauty of traveling through America Chavez’s star portals. He gives West Coast Avengers a blockbuster scope while not sacrificing the humor or quirkiness.

Like most team superhero first issues, West Coast Avengers #1 is all about assembling the team and setting up the team’s first obstacle. Thompson and Caselli create this new Avengers squad from a highly organic place: Kate Bishop freaking out. Seriously, fighting land sharks with a bow and arrow and some martial arts is a tall order. There’s also the more logical place that most superheroes in the Marvel Universe are clustered around New York City and really there needs to be a dedicated, experienced superhero team to protect the West Coast, especially the United States’ second biggest media market, L.A. (Sorry Runaways!) Thompson and Caselli immediately set up the team’s key relationships by having Kate call in the other Hawkeye, Clint Barton and her BFF, America Chavez to help out with the initial threat. They have an easy conversational rhythm in the heat of battle, and Barton especially fits into his supporting role with Stefano Caselli drawing hilarious reaction shots of him watching Kate ride a herd of sharks into the ocean or his responses when Fuse acts about Kate’s ex Noh Varr, who wasn’t invited to the team.  He also acts as the connection

The two wild cards on West Coast Avengers are Gwenpool and Quentin Quire, who brings in the reality TV show angle and makes sure everyone around him knows that he’s an omega level mutant and the strongest member of the team. Since the mid-2000s and the New Warriors, the reality TV superhero angle has been used a lot in comic, but Thompson and Caselli don’t use it for broad brushed satire. Instead, they use the sound bites for characterization and quick moments of levity like when Quire and Gwenpool blow something up in the background while Kate is doing a semi-serious confessional. During these big gags, colorist Triona Farrell’s palette is bolder and absurd than her usual sunny SoCal color choices with the soft purple of Kate’s costume or the glow of the horizon.

West Coast Avengers is a grounded world of ex-boyfriends and sprawling and eating pizza after a hard day’s work, but it’s also a world of Looney Tunes Gwenpool guns and this never gets old, land sharks. Stefano Caselli uses reaction panels to wink at the audience and say, “Yes, this book is weird. Enjoy it!” It can segue from a romance beat to a comedy beat and then an action beat and back again in the space of a couple pages like when Kate and Fuse are making out, run into Quentin Quire and Gwenpool aka “useless Deadpool knockoff” bickering about a wet towel prank to jumping into action via an America star portal. West Coast Avengers has a light tone without devolving too much into parody. For example, giant Tigra is a very real threat to the team and also an opportunity for team leader, Kate Bishop, to exercise situational ethics as she begins with getting Tigra’s old teammate Clint to try to talk her down before bringing in Quentin Quire with the psychic knockout punch.

In recent years, Marvel Comics has had several strong comedy titles in their lineup (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Howard the Duck, and Max Bemis’ Worst X-Man Ever come to mind), but Kelly Thompson, Stefano Caselli, and Triona Farrell bring the funny to a team superhero book in West Coast Avengers.  It also continues the fantastic arc that Thompson has crafted for Kate Bishop over the past two years and providing a new home for the madcap antics of Gwenpool, the goofiness and salt of the earth earnestness of Clint Barton, the laconic punching of America Chavez (Hopefully, she isn’t relegated to team chauffeur.), and the pompous edginess and untapped potential of Quentin Quire. In one issue, a team with an interesting dynamic has been assembled as well as a bad guy that fits the tone of the book so all in all, West Coast Avengers #1 is a win.

Story: Kelly Thompson Art: Stefano Caselli
Colors: Triona Farrell Letters: Joe Caramagna

Story: 8.4 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (of 4)

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson, Gerard Way
Art: Alberto Albuquerque
Ink: Alberto Albuquerque
Color: Triona Farrell
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Jake Wyatt
Variant Cover: Cully Hamner, Morry Hollowell
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 29, 2018
SRP: $3.99

After Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, The Umbrella Academy) and Jake Wyatt created SP//dr back in SPIDER-VERSE, she was one of the most requested heroes. With Spider-Geddon on the horizon, SP//dr is back. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler are joining the team to bring you the next chapter in Peni Parker’s life and set the table for the Spider-Event of 2018!

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