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Preview: Xena: Warrior Princess #4

Xena: Warrior Princess #4

writer: Vita Ayala
artist: Jordi Pérez
covers: David Mack (A), Rachel Stott (B), Paulina Ganucheau (C)
David Mack (RI-Virgin), Rachael Stott (RI-Virgin), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Xena’s World Tour rolls on! This month…ALASKA!?

The Warrior Princess, her companion Gabrielle, and the dastardly (and depowered) god Discord are forced to fend off the freeze and may have to make a deal with (ANOTHER!?) god in order to get back home! By VITA AYALA (Shuri, Wonder Woman) and ERICA D’URSO (Life of Captain Marvel)!

Xena: Warrior Princess #4

Review: Livewire #7

Livewire #7

The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program are uncovered in Livewire #7! Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured? Plus: Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!

You know that feeling you get in your gut when something isn’t quite right? It’s like when you know you’ve forgotten something. You leave the house to take the dog for a walk, but can’t quite place it. You pull up to the dog park and the pooch is being unusually quiet? It’s only then you realize that something isn’t quite right (I don’t have a dog, by the way).

That’s the feeling I got when reading Valiant’s Livewire #7 written by Vita Ayala and featuring Kano‘s artistic talents.

And speaking of talent, Kano is a tour-de-force in this issue. There’s a brutally intense fight scene early in the comic. As the scene progresses the colors become more and more red as the anger and rage between the combatants increases. And then it stops suddenly, the fight over. There’s a flash of the anger red hue a moment later. How Kano has framed the action and facial expressions the intensity never leaves the comic. Then there are the softer yellows and colder blues of the later comic. Kano matches the color scheme to the emotional content of the story. You’re never explicitly told how to feel. You know how the characters are feeling because of the backgrounds and the panel layout before you ever have to look at the art itself.

Ayala’s pacing with Livewire #7 leaves this as one of the better issues in the series so far; we see beneath Livewire’s reputation and get to glimpse the woman who just wants to help people – despite her actions in the past, we’re being reminded that at her core, Amanda McKee is still a hero. But the characters within the Valiant Universe may not realize that just now. This series may not have had the immediate connection with me that some of Valiant’s other series have, but the deeper that Ayala dives into Livewire’s psyche, the more I am enjoying the series.

Livewire is one of the rare series Valiant has right now that has more than five issues, and Ayala is proving why a longer run with a character can pay dividends in the long run. This is an incredibly enjoyable comic on every level, and it comes highly recommended from yours truly.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Kano
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.1 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Acts of Evil Concludes this September!

The melee is on as “Acts of Evil” enters its final round! Modeled after the 1989-90 fan-favorite storyline “Acts of Vengeance,” “Acts of Evil” pits Marvel mainstays against mismatched and unexpected foes, and this September, Ghost-Spider, Wolverine, and Moon Knight will be the ones battling for their lives!

Spanning eight Annuals across three months, “Acts of Evil” kicks off this July, with Venom: Eddie Brock, Ms. Marvel and The Punisher squaring off against extraterrestrial power players Lady Hellbender, the Super-Skrull and the Brood Queen! And it’s Deadpool Vs. Nightmare, plus She-Hulk Vs. Bullseye the following month!

This September, the opposition’s just as strange! Ghost-Spider: Gwen Stacy scrambles through Arcade’s Murderworld, facing a tower of terror as she takes on some of the deadliest Marvel villains! Then, Moon Knight’s up to bat against Avengers menace Kang the Conqueror! And Khonshu’s avatar must find a way to fix the time stream before Kang fulfills an ancient grudge! Finally, it’s berserker strength vs. magical mayhem, as Wolverine takes on sorceress Morgan le Fay…in 1930s Hollywood!

GHOST-SPIDER ANNUAL #1

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by PERE PEREZ
Cover by EMA LUPACCHINO

MOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA
Cover by PHILIP TAN

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by GERALDO BORGES
Cover by DAVID YARDIN

Preview: Xena: Warrior Princess #3

Xena: Warrior Princess #3

writer: Vita Ayala
artist: Jordi Pérez
covers: David Mack (A), Emanuela Lupacchino (B), Paulina Ganucheau (C)
David Mack (RI-Virgin), Emanuela Lupacchino (RI-B/W), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

The Warrior Princess and her travelling companions are trapped in the Mirador Basin of Mexico! Xena(who’s not great at being ordered around) is ordered to steal a feather from Quetzalcoatl in The Temple OfQ’uq’umatz. She doesn’t want to (see earlier note), but the alternative is being trapped in the Basin forever…so let the magical feather-questing commence! By VITA AYALA (Shuri, Wonder Woman) and JORDI PÉREZ (Rumble)!

Xena: Warrior Princess #3

Livewire #7’s Epic Brawl Between Amanda and Jada!

Livewire’s one of the most powerful psiots on the planet, but she doesn’t need powers to kick butt. As she searches for the truth, she’s brought face to face with Jada, and what happens next is a real jaw-dropper. Get ready for melee mayhem in Livewire #7!

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by FRANCIS PORTELA 
Cover C by BECCA FARROW
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 19th

The masterminds behind the Psiot Security and Education Program uncovered!

Can Livewire save Phoebe and avoid being captured?

Phoebe’s backstory is revealed!

Livewire #7

It’s Heroes vs. Villains in Epic Battles wit Acts of Evil

Last month, Marvel announced the debut of Acts of Evil – where Marvel’s most iconic heroes meet their match against some of Marvel’s most vicious villains! From Ms. Marvel to Venom, epic encounters will ensue as Marvel’s greatest heroes battle against enemies they have never faced before – leading to an outcome that no one will expect!

This month, Marvel is excited to debut the creative teams and stories for the titles debuting in August and September, along with new covers and a handy checklist to track all your favorite stories!

DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1: DEADPOOL VS. NIGHTMARE
Written by DANA SCHWARTZ
Art by REILLY BROWN
Cover by AARON KUDER

DEADPOOL ANNUAL #1: DEADPOOL VS. NIGHTMARE

SHE-HULK ANNUAL #1: SHE-HULK VS. BULLSEYE
Written by ALEXANDRA PETRI
Art by ANDY MACDONALD
Cover by MIRKA ANDOLFO

GHOST SPIDER ANNUAL #1: GHOST-SPIDER VS. ARCADE
Written by VITA AYALA
Art by PERE PEREZ

MOON KNIGHT ANNUAL #1: MOON KNIGHT VS. KANG
Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by IBRAHIM MOUSTAFA

WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1: WOLVERINE VS. MORGAN LE FAY
Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by TBD

Review: Livewire #6

Livewire #6

In Livewire #6, Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. Is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

The last issue of Livewire introduced a new organization to the Valiant Universe in PSEP. Livewire was apprehended and taken in by PSEP, which sets up Livewire #6. Writer Vita Ayala gives us a more cerebral comic than we’ve had before. Livewire is focused on trying to gather information on the organization that may or may not be holding her captive.

Kano‘s style is visually impressive as he makes use of every ounce of space in the page. His focus on the security cameras tells you more than anything that Ayala says. The art to draws your attention and tells you all you need to know. His panels, angles and framing in this comic are once again subtle and yet strangely exciting. It gives the comic a much more traditional feel with the panels and grids. That style works exceptionally well in this issue again.

There’s an awesomely choreographed action scene that is one of the focal points of the book. It works both in terms of how Kano lays it out, and the dialogue that surrounds on page action. One gets the sense that the real fight isn’t necessarily the one happening on screen…

Livewire #6 is a strong, cerebral issue that adds a lot to the story by focusing on the title characters mental and physical assets. Livewire may be an incredibly powerful psiot, but she’s also more than capable without her powers. This issue reminds you of just how compelling that combination is.

Story: Vita Ayala Art: Kano
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Xena: Warrior Princess (2019) #2

Xena: Warrior Princess (2019) #2

writer: Vita Ayala
artist: Olympia Sweetman, Vasil Georgiev
covers: David Mack (A), Emanuela Lupacchino (B), Paulina Ganucheau (C)
David Mack (RI-Virgin), Emanuela Lupacchino (RI-B/W), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

“The Grand Old Army”

The epic journeys persist, courtesy of VITA AYALA (Shuri, Livewire, The Wilds) and OLYMPIA SWEETMAN!

Xena and Gabrielle find themselves amidst a deadly quarrel between The God Of Strife and The God Of Discord! The only way to save a village of innocents is for Xena to agree to lead an army against an incoming Roman legion. But Xena’s “army” is comprised of…the village elders!?

Xena: Warrior Princess (2019) #2

Preview: Livewire #6

LIVEWIRE #6

Written by VITA AYALA
Art by KANO
Letters by SAIDA TEMOFONTE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by JOHN K. SNYDER III
Cover C by JUAN DOE
On sale May 15th, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

Amanda finds herself face-to-face with a brand-new foe, and things are beginning to get personal. The Psiot Safety & Education Program welcomes Livewire into a supported safe haven for psiots. But is Livewire willing to let the same government that once hunted psiots house her family of outcasts?

LIVEWIRE #6
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