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Review: Livewire #4

Livewire #4

No friends, no teammates, no mentor…and soon, no hope!

Once, Livewire dreamed of devoting herself to the betterment of humankind. Now, her most steadfastly held ideals are about to be tested like never before as she struggles to stay alive in the clutches of a fearsome new foe! But who is the mysterious psiot mercenary hunting her…and more importantly, who do they work for?

After Livewire effectively turned off the electricity for pretty much the entire United States, Livewire #4 finally has our hero (or villain depending on which way you’re looking at it) acknowledging her actions during a fight scene that lasts the full issue, interspersed with flashbacks to highlight certain parts of the dialogue.

This is an issue that left me with mixed feelings; on one hand it had to happen so we could move on to the next phase of Livewire’s story, but on the other it fell a little flat after the previous issues.

Possibly because the fight scene was against a character I’m not familiar with other than his appearances in this series (whether that’s because I don’t remember him or he was only recently introduced I don’t know). It’s difficult to feel any real emotional weight with the confrontation that hadn’t already been played upon last issue, and so consequently the comic left me wanting more.

Raul Allen,and Patricia Martin are nothing if not consistent. The pair have a distinctive and very unique style to their work that brings the script to life. The focus on the chip in Livewire’s head builds to a wonderful visual payoff, and leads in to the culmination of the arc as a whole. The artistic team are on top form once again, remaining deliciously consistent in the quality as they veer from super detailed backgrounds to panels with a blank background that highlights the action within – especially with the focus on the bright blue items/things within the comic’s pages.

Livewire #4 takes a bit of a stumble along the way, but it’s still worth reading. So far, this book is the exception to the rule when it comes to the quality of the series, and as such I’m hopeful for a return to form with the next issue.

Story: Vita Ayala
Art: Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadowman Vol. 3: Rag and Bone TPB

SHADOWMAN VOL. 3: RAG AND BONE TPB

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES and ERIC BATTLE with ULISES ARREOLA
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover by TONCI ZONJIC
On sale March 13, 2019

Bones are buried for a reason…

Shadowman is back in New Orleans and with a better handle on his powerful abilities, just in time for a war like no other! The vicious battle between the Brethren and the Abettors over the ultimate magical artifact – the remains of Shadowman’s arch-nemesis, Master Darque – will impact the future of the Valiant Universe, so will the formidable foe return from the dead, or will his bones be destroyed once and for all?

Collects SHADOWMAN (2018) #8-11.

Shadowman Vol. 3: Rag and Bone TPB

Preview: Livewire #4

LIVEWIRE #4

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA
Cover B by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
B/W Cover C by ADAM POLLINA
Pre-order Variant Cover by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
On sale March 13, 2019 

No friends, no teammates, no mentor…and soon, no hope!

Once, Livewire dreamed of devoting herself to the betterment of humankind. Now, her most steadfastly held ideals are about to be tested like never before as she struggles to stay alive in the clutches of a fearsome new foe! But who is the mysterious psiot mercenary hunting her…and more importantly, who do they work for?

Underrated: A Random Selection Of TPBs

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: a somewhat random selection of trade paperbacks..


This week I wanted to highlight books that have either already appeared in this column, or haven’t appeared yet (but that I plan to cover in more detail in the future). There’ll be no real order here, but each book will be a jumping on point of some kind into a series that are each absolutely worth reading.

Voracious: Diners Dinosaurs and Dives (Action Lab) The elevator pitch for this series is pretty simple and immediately interesting; time travelling chef hunts dinosaurs. But as catchy as that is, it does a disservice to Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr’s series. Across two miniseries (or two trades), the pair have created a story with more flavours than a tyrannosaur steak; there’s a cop drama, genuinely funny and heart warming moments, a deeper exploration of the mechanics of time travel than you’d necessarily expect and some straight up action sequences. This is easily one of the most exciting comic series I’ve read in the last five year (the final part of the trilogy launches in the next couple of months).

God Country (Image) The concept for this story is pretty unique and straight forward; a man with Alzheimer’s regains his memory when holding a mysterious sentient sword. The only problem is, the sword apparently belongs to some space gods… God Country is one of Donny Cates finest stories, and one that has the potential to hit a lot of us who have experienced a loved one suffering with this horrible disease. There’s also an undertone about discovering who you once were, who you are, and the question of whether a sentient sword is a possession or a free being. Plus, with this being made into a movie in the future, you’ll want to read this sooner than later.

Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior: Risen (Valiant) Hardly surprising I’d include a Valiant book, and Risen is the introductory story to one of Valiant’s finest fourteen issue runs in recent memory. This chapter tells the story of how the Eternal Warrior comes back to life each and every time he dies – another simple concept, but one that weighs heavier and heavier each time you see him fall later in the series.

Sex Criminals (Image) Sometimes you just really need a good crime story. And despite the title, this isn’t about sex criminals, but criminals who have sex and then commit a crime. Because every time they orgasm time freezes so they choose to rob a bank (or take a shit in their bosses office). As you do.

Letter 44: Vol I (Oni Press) I had very little idea what this was about when I picked up the first trade, but quickly discovered that it tells the story of humanity’s first contact with extraterrestrial beings, and the president who chose to keep their existence a secret (all the while perpetuating wars to give his soldiers combat experience and developing incredible technology to combat the potential threat). Equal parts political intrigue and science fiction story, I’m still not sure whether the tension is higher in space than it is on Earth, but the story is freaking amazing.

Ether (Dark Horse) A tale about a scientist who can travel inter-dimensionally, Ether explores what would happen if said scientist arrived in a world where magic, not science is the rule of law – but what is magic but as-yet unexplained science?


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 (of 6)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, MICO SUAYAN
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by BEN HARVEY
Cover C by DAVID MACK
Glass Variant Cover by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Pre-order Variant Cover by CAFU
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale March 13, 2019

The Atomic Age. 

Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart (HARBINGER, HARBINGER WARS) returns to the Valiant Universe to continue crafting Toyo Harada’s controversial mission to save humanity from itself. Presented in an oversized format and featuring a lineup of all-star artists, including Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), CAFU (RAI), and more, THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA will place the planet’s most powerful man in the spotlight as he strives to control the course of history. But with the menacing mastermind’s resources dwindling after the downfall of the Harbinger Foundation and a target on his head, will the formidable psiot re-emerge as humanity’s greatest hero…or its most dangerous villain?

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 (of 6)

Valiant Is Off to Emerald City Comic Con with Exciting Talent, Exclusive Merch, and More!

Valiant Entertainment has announced it will head to the Pacific Northwest to meet and greet current and new fans alike at Emerald City Comic Con (ECCC) in Seattle!

From Thursday, March 14th to Sunday, March 17th, head to Booth #2101 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA, where Valiant will be set up to bring congoers an unbeatable selection of trade paperbacks and deluxe hardcovers and much more, including Volume 1 collections that are specially priced at only $9.99!

Valiant will also have for sale at its booth limited quantities of the Emerald City Comic Con variant of The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 with a cover illustrated by striking artist Jeffrey Veregge. Veregge will be on hand in Artist Alley at booth FF6 to sign your copy after you pick one up at the Valiant booth. The six-issue limited series by Eisner-nominated writer Joshua Dysart and acclaimed artist CAFU about the most powerful man in the Valiant Universe debuts in comic shops everywhere on March 13th.

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #1 ECCC VARIANT, Cover Art by Jeffrey Veregge

At the show, Valiant will debut a new item for 2019: the Punk Mambo Metallic Ink T-shirt, featuring an iconic image of the voodoo priestess, illustrated by stunning artist Cris Delara. Punk Mambo stars in her own comic series from celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and phenomenal artist Adam Gorham starting April 24th.

Punk Mambo Metallic Ink T-shirt, Art by Cris Delara

At its booth (#2101), fans will have an opportunity to meet Valiant creators David Baron, Tim Seeley, and Vita Ayala to sign books and talk comics, and Valiant editors are scheduled to meet with aspiring artists to review their portfolios!
 
Friday, March 15, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Tim Seeley

Friday, March 15, 1:00-2:00 pm
David Baron
 
Friday, March 15, 3:00-4:00 pm
Portfolio Review Session
 
Saturday, March 16, 2:00-3:00 pm
Vita Ayala
 
Sunday, March 17, 3:00-4:00 pm
Portfolio Review Session

Valiant staffers will distribute FREE copies of the Valiant Spring 2019 Preview, featuring a cover by Dan Brereton, which contains sneak peeks of upcoming titles Punk Mambo #1 by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham; Fallen World #1 by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina; and Psi-Lords #1 by Fred Van Lente and Renato Guedes, so be sure to pick one up!

VALIANT SPRING 2019 PREVIEW, Cover Art by Dan Brereton

 
ECCC visitors are invited to the Now Is the Perfect Time to Read Valiant! panel on Thursday, March 14th, 3:00-4:00 pm in Room TCC L3-R4, where writers Vita Ayala and Tim Seeley will be joined by Valiant staffers Heather AntosEmily Hecht, and Mel Caylo to talk about several exciting projects, including never-before-seen peeks of upcoming titles and news on recent announcements. With 11 new titles launching in 2019, a “Bloodshot” movie from Sony Pictures starring action superstar Vin Diesel coming in 2020, plus a free gift for every attendee, you won’t want to miss this panel!

As always, Valiant encourages fans and new readers to stop by its booth (#2101), even if it’s just to say hello! Fans who cosplay as a Valiant character or wear any Valiant apparel are especially asked to stop by to be rewarded with a special surprise! (One per person per day, please!)

Valiant is Teasing a “Jaw-Dropping” Artist. Can You Guess Who it Is?

An industry icon is joining the Valiant Universe to work on a big ongoing series! Information about the title is currently classified, but we’re so excited about it that we had to share a small sample of their upcoming work.

Based on the literally jaw-dropping artwork above, can you guess who it is and what title they’re working on? Feel free to speculate using #ValiantCLASSIFIED!

All will be revealed next week…

Valiant Reveals the Punk Mambo #1 Flocked Punk Variant Cover

Valiant Entertainment has revealed the first look at the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant, which features a striking cover image by incredible artist Dan Brereton and a textured flocked treatment that will offer a unique, tactile experience rarely seen—or felt—in comics!

From celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and badass artist Adam Gorham comes the hilariously horrifying Punk Mambo, about a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, relocates to the Bayou, and becomes a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

Punk Mambo #1 debuts in comic shops on Wednesday, April 24th. Along with the flocked Punk Variant cover, Punk Mambo #1 features a main cover by Brereton and additional shelf covers by Zu Orzu and Cris Delara. A Pre-order Edition cover by Gorham and a blank cover are also available.

Retailers can obtain one copy of the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant for every qualifying order of 100 copies of Punk Mambo #1. There is no limit per store—100 copies ordered will net one Punk Variant, 200 will net two Punk Variants, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics by Monday, April 1st.

Advance Preview: The Forgotten Queen #2

THE FORGOTTEN QUEEN #2 (of 4)

Written by TINI HOWARD
Art by AMILCAR PINNA
Colors by ULISES ARREOLA
Letters by JEFF POWELL 
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by VIKTOR KALVACHEV
Cover C by MIRKA ANDOLFO

All’s fair in love and war!

True to the name she’s been called throughout history, the War-Monger knows how to get a good fight going among even the best of friends. The outcome of the battle never mattered to her – at least, not until she fell head over heels for the Mongol Empire’s most fearsome warrior. She can poison hearts against one another…but can she win one for herself?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 27

Advance Preview: Livewire #4

LIVEWIRE #4

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN & PATRICIA MARTÍN
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by ADAM POLLINA
Cover B by KALMAN ANDRASOFSZKY
B/W Variant Cover by ADAM POLLINA

No friends, no teammates, no mentor…and soon, no hope!

Once, Livewire dreamed of devoting herself to the betterment of humankind. Now, her most steadfastly held ideals are about to be tested like never before as she struggles to stay alive in the clutches of a fearsome new foe! But who is the mysterious psiot mercenary hunting her…and more importantly, who do they work for?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale MARCH 13th

LIVEWIRE #4
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