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Preview: Killers #4 (of 5)

KILLERS #4 (of 5)

Written by B. CLAY MOORE
Art by FERNANDO DAGNINO
Cover A by JONBOY MEYERS
Cover B by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover C by RICK LEONARDI
Cover D by VERONICA FISH
Pre-Order Edition Cover by WHILCE PORTACIO
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 16th

It’s kill or be killed as the superninjas meet face to face!

What are they all trying to slaughter each other for? The reason behind the deadly race revealed!

It’s all-out action as the Killers face off against deadly Arctic assassins!

KILLERS #4 (of 5)

Preview: Psi-Lords #5

PSI-LORDS #5

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
Cover B by AL BARRIONUEVO
Cover C by RAÚL ALLÉN
Pre-Order Edition Cover by SCOTT FORBES
$3.99 | 32 pages | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 16th

RISE UP! Can our space prisoners overthrow their alien captors?

The new story, “Conquest” starts here. But who will be conquered? Prison riots, secrets revealed, brand-new baddies, and more await the brave who read this.

PSI-LORDS #5

Review: Livewire #11

Livewire #11

Amanda McKee—aka “Livewire”—continues the fight to clear her name in Livewire #11.

Teamed up with politician John Wright, Amanda learns there’s more to superhero-ing than just punching bad guys.  When masked men hold a charity rally hostage, Livewire is ready to show the world she can be a hero in the spotlight!

With Vita Ayala placing Livewire in a situation that finds her caught in the middle of a political battle being used as a pawn in an election battle between an incumbent senator and his challenger, we’ve been treated to a unique and interesting story that has a focus away from what we’ve been used to seeing; Livewire’s reputation being repaired through political means.

It’s a fascinating concept, and I’ve really enjoyed how Ayala has allowed this to play out while giving us an at first subtle subplot to the arc, as well.

There’s a touch less subtly this issue as Livewire attends a charity ball/event/whatever-it-is, which (as you may have guessed from the above preview text) leads to her having a very quick and very real impact on the lives of the party goers. Whether this furthers the agenda of the politician looking to make a career based on taking a stand for psiots. That there’s an underlying motive goes without saying, and it’s how both plots weave in and out of focus as the story progresses that has struck me.

Yes, Livewire’s redemption is a secondary concern to the councilman, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t playing the game to the best of his ability (and we still don’t know what his end game is, I’m enjoying the tidbits we’re getting).

Tana Ford‘s art still isn’t my cup of tea, but I still think that I just need time to adjust to the thicker lines and a style that gives me a rough pop art feel. I can understand the appeal, but I’m not there yet (and I say yet, because I wasn’t fond of Raul Allen and Patricia Martin’s style until after I spent a good few issues absorbing it).

Livewire #11 is, on the whole, a really solid comic with an interesting angle on the way politicians and public figures manipulate the general public’s perception and thoughts.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Tana Ford
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.4 Art: 7.1 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Quantum & Woody Return in 2020 by Christopher Hastings, Ryan Browne, Ruth Redmond, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Supervillains and mad scientists are on the loose and only the world’s worst superhero duo can save us in an all-new Quantum & Woody series!  

This January, superstar scribe Christopher Hastings and astonishing artist Ryane Browne present Quantum & Woody #1, a side-splitting superhero adventure and the first brand-new title from #VALIANT2020! Feast your eyes on fun pages from the debut issue below and enjoy the ride!

The best team-up ever begins in Quantum & Woody #1 on January 29th, 2020, featuring colors by Ruth Redmond, letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and covers by David NakayamaDavid LopezDave Johnson, and Erica Henderson.

QUANTUM & WOODY #1

Faith Stars in Valiant’s First Young Adult Novel

Valiant Entertainment and HarperCollins Publishers imprint Balzer + Bray have announced a new series of young adult novels featuring Valiant comics characters, kicking off in Spring 2020 with Faith: Taking Flight by #1 New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy

Faith: Taking Flight is the story of Faith Herbert, a regular teen, who, when she’s not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, is volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove. So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to her Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there’s also that small matter of recently discovering that she can fly… and a super cool (to say the least!) new girl in town, one who Faith never in her wildest dreams ever thought she would get to meet.

Faith: Taking Flight

Editor Greg Tumbarello Joins Valiant

Greg Tumbarello

With more than a decade-and-a-half of experience in the comics and entertainment industry to his credit, Valiant Entertainment has announced the hiring of Greg Tumbarello as Editor!

Tumbarello has over fifteen years professional experience in the comics and entertainment industry, having worked as an editor, writer, and producer for MTV Networks, Disco Fries Music/Liftoff Recordings, Image Comics, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, Tokyopop, Marvel Entertainment, and DC Entertainment, among others. He spent seven years as an editor at Legendary Entertainment after cofounding and structuring their successful comic book division with acclaimed editor Bob Schreck.

Greg is currently immersed in the Valiant Universe, developing new properties while advancing and evolving existing franchises. Furthermore, Greg’s excited to bring new creators to the evergrowing universe of superheroes!

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada TPB

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA TPB

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN, BUTCH GUICE, ADAM POLLINA, KANO, DIEGO YAPUR, DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover by MICO SUAYAN
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-328-4
$24.99 | 224 pgs. | T+ | On sale OCTOBER 9th

The world’s most powerful man is about to become its most dangerous… Don’t miss this sweeping, continent-spanning chronicle of Toyo Harada’s last gambit to remake Earth in his own utopian image…or sacrifice everything in the process. Collecting the complete THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA six-issue limited series.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA TPB

NYCC 2019: Valiant’s Reveals and Signings

From Thursday, October 3rd to Sunday, October 6thValiant is unleashing the first look at an amazing Bloodshot action figure, a can’t-miss panel, signings with popular comic book creators, and exclusive merch!

Valiant is incredibly proud to exclusively reveal the prototype of the McFarlane Toys Bloodshot action figure at New York Comic Con, which is based off of Sony Pictures’ upcoming film Bloodshot! This cool collectible will be on display at the Valiant booth #1635, so be sure to swing by and see it for yourself and catch Bloodshot the movie in theaters on February 21, 2020.

While you’re at the booth, meet some of the biggest and best names in the graphic novel industry! All weekend long, Valiant is hosting signings with:

  • Declan Shalvey (“Moon Knight,” “Bloodshot”)
  • Bob Layton, Kevin VanHook (“Bloodshot” co-creators)
  • Christopher Hastings (Valiant project to be revealed soon!)
  • Paul Levitz (“Legion of Super-Heroes,” “The Visitor”)
  • YouTube’s Comicstorian and ComicPOP
  • And more! 

There’s also a great selection of merch at the booth! In addition to must-read graphic novels, Valiant is presenting brand-new t-shirts and pins featuring Bloodshot artwork from the comics!

On Saturday, October 5th, make sure you grab a seat at the Valiant Uprising: News and Announcements and More panel because Valiant is going to drop a major announcement! Hosted by Comicstorian, the panel will feature an all-star lineup of creators, including a special appearance by New York Times bestselling author Julie Murphy! The panel will also exclusively reveal brand-new artwork from two upcoming titles! The panel kicks off at 6:30pm in Room 1A02 – don’t miss it!

Review: Doctor Mirage #2

Doctor Mirage #2

Death was no obstacle for Doctor Mirage, who could speak to the departed. But what happens if she’s one of the deceased? In Doctor Mirage #2, her new ally, Grace, claims to be in the same dead boat. Can you really trust someone so young and inexperienced?

How did Doctor Mirage end up in this spot? Find out here!

Sometimes it’s the subtle things about a comic that make your jaw drop. Sometimes it’s the most visibly obvious things like Jordie Bellaire‘s trippy yet utterly appropriate coloring work that lays upon Nick Robles art like a Picasso painting. This comic is a visual mindfuck from beginning to end, and I absolutely love every minute of it. Or panel, I suppose. It feels like what life would have been like in the sixties as the Beatles reached their most hallucinogenic phase. I bloody love it.

Mags Vissaggio‘s story is strangely grounded despite the supernatural core and the incredibly exciting visuals, but it’s a balance that’s needed. Too often you read things trying to be edgy, experimental and all of that. But, they don’t quite cut the mustard. Doctor Mirage #1 cuts with ease because the artistic vision is a fully complete one. Where the art is off the walls in a fantastic way, the story remains very easy to follow. I’d love to know if the imagery in the comic was what Vissaggio pictured when putting pen to paper.

The recap explaining how Doctor Mirage ended up in the afterlife tugs a little at the heartstrings. It’s reinforced by Robles’ art in a gut wrenching panel as the explanation comes to its close. Vissaggio continues to employ the director-like framing for the narration. With the effect being employed to certain parts of the story, it remains an unequivocal success for me. Both as a harsh reality check, a throwback to the character’s television show, and to highlight the scenes in which the writer uses the technique.

Doctor Mirage #1 was a wonderful experience. Doctor Mirage #2 is every bit as wonderful, and doubles down on the direction of the miniseries. I already want Vissaggio to write more Doctor Mirage, and this series isn’t over yet.

Quite possibly one of the most exciting things on the shelves today – I urge you to check this out.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Nick Robles Colours: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Bloodshot #1

Bloodshot #1

Bloodshot is back with a few new thrilling tricks up his sleeve in Bloodshot #1!

No amount of high-octane explosions can keep Bloodshot from completing his new mission. Who is the mysterious BLACK BAR, and what do they want with Bloodshot?

Bloodshot: Rising Spirit left a bit of a sour taste in my mouth. It wasn’t bad on the whole. A lot of the positives from that series writing comes from the contributions of Eliot Rahal. It stumbled artistically too in places. On the whole, was far from the quality of the previous Bloodshot series Reborn and Salvation.

Bloodshot #1 washes that taste entirely from my mouth.

Reading this comic the week of the real G7 Summit gives the comic a very timely feel. I particularly enjoyed the real world nod to the British Prime Minister’s first introduction to this level of the political sphere. It’s through his eyes that we are first (re)introduced to Bloodshot. Writer Tim Seeley, artist Brett Booth, inker Adelso Corona, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Dave Sharpe make the bold, and much appreciated, choice not to retell the character’s origin.

Again.

Instead, for those who may be coming to this series because of the upcoming movie (release date of which is currently billed as February 2020) there is a brief recap of how the character came to be. It makes sense within the story and only needs just over a page and change. Most of that is dedicated to visual homages to previous series. That serves as a nice tip of the hat to longtime readers, and just looks awesome for newcomers (and everyone, really).

The comic’s story is, when you really look at it, pretty straight forward. There are no real surprises, though there’s nothing telegraphed either. Which is a strange sentence to write, but I’ll stick by it. Bloodshot #1 is a perfect (re)introduction to Bloodshot. It’s packed with exactly what you’d hope from with a character who is a walking army. It’s an extended fight sequence lovingly brought to life by the artistic team and some exposition along with explanation as to the general direction Seeley and the team will be taking Bloodshot over the next few issues.

It is, ultimately, a fairly straight forward and simple comic book story.

But the simplicity of the plot is actually one of the comic’s strengths and is the reason that you’ll be coming back. The simplicity is the hook. It pulls you in and you’re reminded that a comic doesn’t need to have anything more than the perfect balance of words and pictures to be a great piece of art.

Seeley doesn’t try to over complicate things, leaving plenty of room in the story for Booth, Corona and Dalhouse to flex their creative muscles. The art in this comic is right up my alley; clean lines, interesting panel usage and layouts, and some sharp and subtle colouring work. There’s a timelessness to this issue’s art; it looks as though it could have been published at any point in the last fifteen years whilst remaining fresh and exciting from cover to cover. Dalhouse utilizes a colouring method that feels far less digitally coloured than it probably is – his work adds a warmth to Booth and Corona’s black and white artwork.

As an issue, Bloodshot #1 is a comic with the final product being greater than the sum of its parts. I absolutely love it.

The list of comics I’ve read this week that are as good as Bloodshot #1 is depressingly small. This is just the ticket if you want an action-packed explosion of fun on your pull list.

Make no mistake, I will be buying this when it’s released next month.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Brett Booth
Ink: Adelso Corona Color: Andrew Dalhouse Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.1 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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