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Review: Conan: Serpent War #1

More of Robert E. Howard’s creations come to the Marvel Universe teaming up with… Moon Knight?!

Story: Jim Zub
Art: Scot Eaton, Vanesa R. Del Rey
Ink: Scott Hanna
Color: Frank D’Armata, Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Preview: Doctor Mirage #5 (of 5)

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Written by MAGDALENE VISAGGIO
Art by NICK ROBLES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by ANEKE
Preorder Edition Cover by VANESA R. DEL REY
On sale DECEMBER 11 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

How will this speaker of the dead keep her place in the land of the living?

What will Doctor Mirage have to sacrifice in order to discover the truth, in the haunting climax of DOCTOR MIRAGE’s critically-acclaimed 2019 miniseries!

DOCTOR MIRAGE #5 (of 5)

Review: Conan: Serpent War #1

Conan: Serpent War #1

I don’t know Robert E. Howard’s creations all that well. Say Dark Agnes or Solomon Kane and I’ll stare at you blankly. Still, Conan: Serpent War #1 is intriguing to me on multiple levels. It’s my introduction to those characters who join Conan the Barbarian and Moon Knight for the limited series. Going into the comic I was looking to see how well it introduces those characters. I also wanted to see how Howard’s characters gel with Marvel’s Moon Knight.

Written by Jim Zub, Conan: Serpent War #1 is a decent introduction to the various characters. They’re brought together to take on an Elder God. The story revolves around a dying James Allison, another Howard creation. Allison’s visions introduce us to the various characters as Allison experiences his past lives. It’s an interesting hook that gets to the point eventually, though slowly.

There’s a lot to pack in. We need to get a good sense of the characters and what we can expect and Zub succeeds in that. By the issue’s end, I have a good sense of the main characters, their archetypes, and some of their personalities. It’s enough I want to read what comes next making the first issue feel a bit like a chapter in a story in a way. Each character’s connection to the threat is presented and the vignettes set up what’s to come. It’s not a comic to read on it’s own but the start of the adventure to come.

Zub’s use of Moon Knight works well as his connection to Egyptian mythology fits with Howard’s world and “the Serpent God.” The disconnect that has happened with Conan meeting other Marvel heroes isn’t as present here though the adventure has just begun. The mythology as folded together feels a bit like a case is being made as to why it all fits together like a dungeon master taking ideas from various modules and mixing them to their own seamless adventure.

The art sequences are broken up between two teams. Vanesa R. Del Rey and Jean Francois Beaulieu handle Allison’s sequence while Scot Eaton and Frank D’Armata handle the rest. There’s a slight disconnect in the art in the beginning as the style differences are notable but as the issue progresses it’s less noticeable. The various eras and settings work well together and the teams present each page in the dreamlike storytelling that’s presented. Travis Lanham‘s lettering stands out as so many characters have a “unique” voice when it comes to that and it all enhances the read.

The issue also features extra material to enjoy in the form of a prose story by C.L Werner. It’s the beginning of a four-part adventure featuring Solomon Kane and feels like the cherry on top of an already enjoyable read.

The issue is a good one in that it checks the marks off as an introduction to the adventure and characters. As an opening chapter, it’s a good one but as a standalone comic, it’s just ok. This may be an adventure to read in one sitting as part of a trade or all of the issues but the issue has me wanting to read what else is to come. It feels like a menagerie of heroes come together for a roleplaying game adventure.

Story: Jim Zub, C.L. Werner Art: Scot Eaton, Vanesa R. Del Rey
Ink: Scott Hanna Color: Frank D’Armata, Jean Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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The Buffyverse is Caught in The Ring of Fire After the Events of Hellmouth

After the shocking conclusion to the first-ever Buffy and Angel comic book event, Hellmouth, comes a stunning new era for the Buffyverse in “Ring of Fire“!

This all new direction for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel comic book series begins in… Angel & Spike #9? That’s right, it’s a new name for a new direction in February 2020 as acclaimed filmmaker and writer Bryan Edward Hill and rising star artist Gleb Melnikov, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon plunge the City of Angels into mayhem. 

But as Gunn, Fred, Lorne and Lilith fight back against the evil that’s infected their city, they can’t do without the help of their vampire leader…Spike! As TEAM SPIKE faces down the new threat of legal firm Wolfram & Hart, there’s one question on everyone’s minds: What happened to Angel?

In the aftermath of Hellmouth, the new normal looks like a Ring of Fire, unfolding in issues of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the new Angel & Spike ongoing series, beginning with Angel & Spike #9. Read closely, because each issue will have clues leading to an unprecedented revelation that will leave every Buffyverse fan stunned!

Angel & Spike #9 features main covers by artist Dan Panosian, along with variant covers by acclaimed artists Vanesa R. Del Rey, Scott Buoncristiano, and Jonas Scharf. It comes to shelves on February 26, 2020.

Preview: The Empty Man: Manifestation SC

The Empty Man: Manifestation SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Niko Guardia
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Price: $14.99

The Empty Man has gone viral—not just pathologically, but also through the airwaves as cultists broadcast their “message” of indoctrination to all within range of a television. Agents Jensen & Marsh must escort the Kerry family outside the city limits, shielding them from quarantine crews and the cults looking to bring the infected Melissa into their ranks. 

Written by Eisner Award-nominated author Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Bone Parish) and illustrated by artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand), Manifestation is the third installment in The Empty Man franchise, bringing the haunting story of the Kerry family to a close.

Preview: The Empty Man: Recurrence SC

The Empty Man: Recurrence SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Niko Guardia
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Price: $14.99

Horror sensation Cullen Bunn (Harrow County, Bone Parish)  returns to the world of Empty Man with artist Jesús Hervás (Lucas Stand, Clive Barker’s Hellraiser) in this new ongoing series. 

The nation is in the grip of a terrible pandemic. The so-called Empty Man disease causes insanity and violence. Government quarantines are mandatory. 

One of the afflicted is Melissa Kerry, and the next step should be to quarantine her—but those who enter quarantine are never seen again. Melissa’s family won’t let that happen. All they have to do is care for her, keep her worsening condition a secret—and they’ll do anything, trust anyone, to keep her safe.

Recurrence is the second installment in The Empty Man franchise and explores the psychological horror of a family member in decline, and the depths one will go to protect those they love.

Collects issues #1-4.

The Empty Man: Recurrence SC

Preview: Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #7

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Ron Ackins, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Javi Garron (CA) Patrick O’Keefe
Rated T+
In Shops: Jun 19, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• After the dramatic conclusion of the first arc, Miles has to take stock in his life.
• What do his parents think of all of this?
• How do his friends, particularly Bombshell, react to what’s happened?
• All this, a surprise return and a cover by the art director of SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE, Patrick O’Keefe!

Miles Morales Spider-Man #7

Preview: The Empty Man #8

The Empty Man #8

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Niko Guardia
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
    Preorder Cover: Jesús Hervás
Price: $3.99

FINAL ISSUE! Jensen and the Kerry family make one last desperate attempt to stop the Empty Man’s signal before the world is completely lost.

The Empty Man #8

Preview: Faithless #2

Faithless #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorld Design
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Paul Pope
    Erotic Cover: Vanesa R. Del Rey
Price: $3.99

Faith is drawn into a new world when she attends a party at the home of renowned artist Louis Thorn.

It’s a world of opulence, excess, and sensuality—and something darker that she can’t put her finger on. There is something . . . curious about these people, a darkness or shadow just at the edge of reason . . . and maybe it is exactly what Faith is looking for.

Faithless #2

Preview: The Empty Man #7

The Empty Man #7

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Jesús Hervás
Colorist: Niko Guardia
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Vanesa R. Del Rey
    Preorder Cover: Jesús Hervás
Price: $3.99

After the return of someone long thought dead, Jensen and the Kerry family might finally have the reinforcements needed to stave off the Empty Man’s advances once and for all.

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