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1. The Guardians Family Welcomes an Infinite Amount of Heroes

Marvel is mixing up the publishing line with the surprise addition of another book in the Guardians of The Galaxy family: Guardians of Infinity. ComicBook.com broke the news. Previous Guardians author Dan Abnett is returning to the franchise with an art team including Marvel star Carlo Barberi on art. The roster includes new and old Guardians favorites: Drax, Rocket Raccoon, […]

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2. Kangaroo Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Pull for 8/26/15

After restoring our collective brain patterns from last week’s insane Podcorn visitation, the men and women hand selected by the government to write the world’s premiere comic book news website, The Beat, sought a nap. A new member of the team known as Frank Oliver aligned himself amongst our ranks, and after some comic book […]

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3. She Lives Again: Switch Press and Bond Double Down on Lois Lane

While the Lois Lane one-shot from Marguerite Bennett, Emanuela Lupacchino and DC in 2014 may have failed to inspire interest in DC from an ongoing series starring Lane, it hasn’t stopped Switch Press from publishing not one, but two novels featuring the character. The second, an upcoming novel story entitled Lois Lane: Double Down will launch […]

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4. Review: Book of Death #2: The Execution of all Things

Writer: Robert Venditti Artists: Robert Gill  Doug Braithwaite Colors: David Baron Allen Passalaqua Brian Reber Letters: Dave Lanphear Convinced the unnatural disasters tearing our world apart are a direct result of the new Geomancer’s arrival, the combined forces of the Valiant Universe are forced to confront the Eternal Warrior about his new charge. But to […]

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5. Asmus, Caselli and Soule launch the All-New Inhumans on a Secret Mission

Marvel has just announced another Inhumans title with Charles Soule (She-Hulk) and James Asmus (Quantum and Woody) on writing duties. The new series known as All-New Inhumans features interiors from Stefano Caselli (Secret Warriors) and will be lead by the royal family member Crystal, sister of Queen Medusa. The roster features an additional supporting team of […]

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6. The Delcourt Roundup from Comixology: Biotech Nazi Fun

Comixology publishes a group of titles from Delcourt, a French publishing house. Each week, The Beat checks out these series and tells you about what you should be reading. This week features a pair of light military stories in the Delcourt roster that are concluding their first two-issues arcs. Without further ado, we welcome you to […]

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7. Disney’s Ambitious Star Wars Land is Revealed at D23

At D23 in the Anaheim Convention center this morning, Disney revealed a short clip and some concept art for the biggest single ‘land’ expansion of Disneyland yet: Star Wars Land. The new area based on the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens film and will be built in 2017 around the Big Thunder Ranch area and […]

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8. BBC Witness interview with Harry Potter’s publisher

The BBC’s radio programme Witness have released an episode interviewing Barry Cunningham, the man who decided to take on the Harry Potter book series, on the creation of a phenomenon that would spread the globe.

BBC News said:

‘The Harry Potter series has sold 450 million copies worldwide to date. But before the first book was published, numerous publishers had turned the first book down.

Barry Cunningham was the man who decided to take a gamble on J.K. Rowling after he and his daughter became enchanted by the story.’

Cunningham says in the episode that many people ask how long it is before a publisher knows that they like a story, and in regards to what caught his attention, he says:

 ‘I was gripped by Harry’s situation … The thing that I really liked about the story was the friendship … It was the friendship between the children that really moved me’.

His daughter, Alice, read Rowling’s manuscript the night he had received it, and it was her response that solidified the deal:

‘She couldn’t stop reading’

A deal with Rowling’s agent was then made at a ‘relatively low price’, ending ‘the most significant purchase made in publishing in the last fifty years’. Cunningham laughs, saying

‘I laugh about it now, but, you know, I never would have guessed’.

Jo apparently took some convincing before she believed she was being called by a publisher, and was ‘lost for words’ when the realisation finally hit, after so many rejections. Cunningham says he wasn’t aware of this ‘journey’ she’d been on to finally be published. We’re so glad she never gave up!

J.K. Rowling’s stories have reached millions, whether by page or screen, and we definitely recommend giving this a listen! Cunningham goes on to talk about Rowling’s past, her ‘revolutionary’ proposal of turning Harry Potter into a multi-part series, and the overwhelmingly positive response to the books a year after being published. The episode features readings from Stephen Fry, Rowling herself, and snippets from book releases and fan events. Cunningham said:

‘It was at this point that we realised something was changing in the world of children’s books’.

The age of the Potterheads had arrived.

You can listen to the episode here, and read more here.

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9. Deadpool and Cable go Existential for a Split Second with Brown and Nicieza

Deadpool and Cable might not be the best of friends, but that doesn’t stop Marvel from teaming up the unlikely duo again and again. This time instead of going with the classic idea of putting the pair into a book under the moniker Cable & Deadpool, Marvel placed Deadpool’s name first in Deadpool & Cable: Split Second. […]

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10. Small Publishers

Bigger isn't always better when it comes to the size of your publisher.

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11. Russell Dauterman’s Epic Thor Gatefold Reveals New and Old Aspects of Asgard’s Mythology

As per IGN, artist Russell Dauterman revealed a brand new image for The Mighty Thor #1. The picture reveals multiple facets of the world of Asgard going forward and even features some characters that haven’t been seen in the core book for sometime. Hercules, Angela and Beta Ray Bill are lying beneath the surface of this image. Here’s […]

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12. SDCC ’15: It’s Darth Vader Vs. the Entire Rebellion in Vader Down

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Darth Vader is a “force of nature” in the Star Wars Universe, able to take on a horde of Rebel scum with no problem, that being said, would it be possible for him to do battle with the Rebel forces all by himself? Would Vader be able to do combat with the trio of Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia all by himself? Marvel’s latest crossover, Vader Down is answering those questions, exploring what would happen to an impossible villain pit against an entire army of rebels. Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen are reprising their writing roles on Darth Vader and Star Wars to tell the story, starting with Vader Down #1 joined by Mike Deodato and Salvador Larroca. Comics Beat recently caught up with the authors to ask questions about the upcoming crossover. Check out Marvel’s solicit text:

STAR WARS: VADER DOWN

A Six-Part Star Wars / Darth Vader Crossover

When: November 2015

Creators:  Jason Aaron & Kieron Gillen (W), Mike Deodato & Salvador Larroca (A)

Covers by Mark Brooks

Editor: Jordan D. White

What: A million voices cried out…and we’re giving them what they want! Since Marvel’s Star Wars line launched in January to much fanfare, the main series Star Wars and its sister series DarthVader have told both sides of the tale of the Rebel Alliance and the Galactic Empire between the original STAR WARS and EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Now, the two series come together in the Mighty Marvel manner to tell one epic tale! When Darth Vader accidentally finds himself facing off against the Rebel Fleet on his own, the rebels will learn the true strength of the Dark Side of the Force! Once Vader crashes on a nearby planet, the Rebellion is willing to risk everything for this once-in-a-lifetime chance to take out one of their biggest enemies! Luke! Vader! Leia! Aphra! Han! Chewie! And all manner of Droid, good and evil! Star Wars’s Jason Aaron and the full Darth Vader creative team of Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca are joined by artist Mike Deodato as the casts of both books come together for the crossover that binds everything together!

Note: this crossover kicks off in an oversized VADER DOWN #1 and continues throughout issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader.

Vader DOWN:

“He was shot down” explained Gillen when asked about Darth Vader ended up in the fateful situation! Aaron moved on to mention that the series kicks off with “the biggest action scene we’ve done in any of our (Star Wars) series.” The author indicated that this moment where Vader is shot down is also the next big plot moment for the title.

Darth Vader, main character?

When asked how Darth Vader serves different roles in each of the books, Aaron mentioned how he sees Vader as “a force of nature.” The villain looms large over the Star Wars franchise, and eventually, he even served as a protagonist in Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader comic “I don’t do captions for Vader — you never really know what Vader’s thinking.” This helps build the mystery and tone of the bleak descent into the mind of Vader in Gillen’s series.

How do Star Wars and Darth Vader lead-up to Vader Down:

“Well in the first act,” said Aaron, “there was that big moment where Vader is connecting Skywalker for the first time to the pirate’s plot to destroy the death star. With the fallout of that in his second arc, now he’s worked to restore order. Our books separated a little bit more in the second arc, now we’ve delved a little bit more into introducing our own new characters and now, bringing them all crashing together.”

Continuity kerfuffle and Star Wars love!

We also learned that the creative had no issue trying to navigate the piece of time in-between Star Wars movie titles and A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. The two creators quietly navigated behind-the-scenes continuity work and tell their own stories in the official Star Wars canon. Finally, Jason Aaron shared a quote regarding his personal relationship to the Star Wars franchise: “For me it’s just…I was the perfect age for Star Wars.”

Age isn’t just a number. Pick up Vader Down #1 in November, and then continue the crossover as it bleeds into Darth Vader and Star Wars shipping monthly from Marvel.

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13. Review: Book of Death #1: Knocking on Death’s Door

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Robert Venditti

Pencils:

Doug Braithwaite

Robert Gill

Colors:

David Baron

Brian Reber

Letters:

Dave Lanphear

The blockbuster Valiant event of 2015 starts here as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (X-O MANOWAR) joins superstar-in-the-making Robert Gill (ARMOR HUNTERS: HARBINGER) and visionary artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) to begin a thousand-year journey into the future of the Valiant Universe…and rain, fire, blood and war on the heroes of today.

*This review contains spoilers for The Valiant, but not Book of Death #1*

This week, Valiant decided to open the Book of Death, the publisher’s upcoming event series featuring various established characters in a shared Universe. To really get a grasp on the Book of Death is to understand Valiant’s last event mini-series known as The Valiant, where Bloodshot, a man-turned-robot attempted to save the being known as the Geomancer (Earth savior) from The Eternal Enemy. Just in case you were wondering, The Eternal Enemy is a really bad dude and The Eternal Warrior is the person tasked with protecting the Geomancer from harm. Unfortunately, the latest Geomancer, Kay McHenry fell to the clutches of The Eternal Enemy when the monster took the shape of Mr. Flay — one of McHenry’s greatest fears. Since then, Tama, the next Geomancer was introduced in the climax of The Valiant as the young heroine contained a special item: the Book of the Geomancer. The book can see into the future of the Valiant world, but only Tama can read it. The Eternal Warrior has gone rogue with Tama and the Book of the Geomancer — abandoning his friends on the Valiant superteam Unity. Drama ensues.

This first installment of the comic does an admirable job of trying to suck new readers into the mythology of Valiant, but it’s hard for new readers to absorb everything needed to read the story based off of one issue. The first issue of The Valiant did a much better job easing in those readers, giving fans a surface level understanding of each character going into the event series. In Book of Death, each character has a small black box perched next to their first appearance as well as a character bio on the opening cover of the comic — the tactic is great for the uninitiated briefing them on what’s next for the Valiant world. This issue starts out slow, but fans don’t get a great read on the individual characters populating the event within this issue. Character relationships and dynamics aren’t going to seem clear until diving deeper in the Universe.

As per our interview with Valiant creator Robert Venditti, there is a lot of really complicated character work happening behind-the-scenes of the story. Relationships are directly being paid off within the course of the this issue get even more layers of intrigue. Without the added color represented within the lineage of X-O Manowar and Unity, readers likely aren’t going to find the nuanced character trait offered within this upcoming series. Much of this comic contains information that has been already released other places. The solicitation holds much of the plot threads in this issue — it’s really hard to piece together exactly where this story is headed going forward. It’s also incredibly hard to judge the revelation on the last page of the issue without understanding the full scope of where this crossover is headed. It’s this uncertain path that leads fans to question what the Valiant Universe that could be like following this story. The issue almost reads like a chess match in some respects, where pieces are moving around the board are being strategically placed.

In the flash forward sequence from the Book of the Geomancer, the title really shined. Seeing Doug Braithwaite’s artwork in the sequence was spellbinding. Also, the assortment of characters teased was a really interesting mix that should excite newer fans of the franchise from newer titles like Ninjak. The horror twist bookends that segment with a really striking sequence where Robert Gill starts to excel in conveying an emotion. Author Robert Venditti seems to have a good handle on writing prose for Braithwaite with a more regal sensibility to his work in these moments. Gill is an interesting choice for the event series, the way that the illustrator depicts the story is visually striking and noticeably horrific. The very first splash page is wonderfully evoked in the black-and-white teasers from the preview pages. Also, the reveal sequence shrouded in shadows was another really strong moment for the art team. The two pencillers on the comic don’t detract from the title either, making the juxtaposition a moment that helps differentiate the story from the multiple writers. A very specific kind of art is needed to depict some of the horror elements of the comic.

When the end of a story makes me curious enough to purchase the next, the tale is doing something right. While this isn’t a first issue chock full of massive revelations, it does pose interesting mysteries and an ending sequence that merits attention from longtime Valiant readers. However, this isn’t a title recommended to hand to someone who has no idea about the extended Valiant cannon.

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14. The Delcourt Round-up from Comixology: You Should be Reading!

Comixology has partnered up with Delcourt, a French publishing house to deliver comics from across the pond. The titles contain wonderful art and a sense of intrigue not usually evoked from American comics. We sifted through this week’s releases via Comixology to give readers a taste of what they can expect to see from each title.


 

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Elves #1

Writer: Jean-Luc Istin

Artist: Kyko Duarte

Colorist: Saito

Translation: Christina Cox-De Ravel

The Blue Elves of Ennlya, a small port town of Nordrenn, have been murdered!

Lanawyn, a Blue Elf, and Turin, her human ally, set out to discover who is responsible. The trail they uncover leads back to a clan of Yrlans – Northern men who hate Elves.

At the same time, Vaalann, a young Blue Elf, undergoes a dangerous test, that of the Water of the Senses. Her future, as divined by The Mother Prophetess, is closely linked to the Sacred Crystal… A powerful artifact, which enables the wielder to control the Ocean itself!

Could Vaalann be the messiah that the Blue Elves have been waiting generations for?

Elves #1 takes a high fantasy approach to the elves concept complete with individuals riding polar bears. Pure awesomeness. The comic’s coloring via Saito meshes well with the pencils of Duarte, realizing a complex and imaginative world. The series is a slow burn, as is the case with most of the titles in the genre, but this is a land that seems well realized and worth the time sink. Expect lots of characters, locations, races and more. The translation is easy to follow as well.


 

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The Call of the Stryx #1: Shadows 1/2

Writer: Eric Corbeyran

Artist: Richard Guérineau

Colorist: Isabelle Merlet

Translation: Studio Charon

Southwest United States, in the Mojave Desert on the border of Arizona, the President officially inaugurates a new military complex – a secret base with a warehouse full of weapons and nuclear warheads. But during the visit, a terrorist group attacks and tries to eliminate the President, and a mysterious woman suddenly appears out of the blue…

Stryx is another Delcourt title taking place in Arizona, the series is an espionage comic. The title features an engaging set of pencils from Guérineau and the piece as a whole channels the feel of artists like Marcos Martin– especially in the way that the title is colored by Isabelle Merlet. The way that the story imagines the fictional locales through an outsider’s eyes is made impressive with a lot of really tiny lines crammed into nearly every panel of the comic.

The story has some interesting sci-fi elements and a stunning cliffhanger of an ending to its first issue. This is a great story to really study the colors of, as the palette of each scene changes ever so slightly to match its tone. I would love to see this effect used more in Image, Marvel and DC Comics.


 

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Hauteville House Vol. 1: Zelda 1/2

Writer: Fred Duval

Artist: Thierry Gioux & Christophe Quet

Colors: Carole Beau

Variant Cover: Mahmud Asrar

1864, under an imaginary Second Empire, Napoléon III uses his army and his secret service to study certain phenomena relating to the occult and to popular legends. His goal is quite simple: achieving world supremacy.

I might sound like a broken record at this point, but Hauteville is yet another comic book with stunning lineart. The series has a steampunk vibe, containing lots of ships comprised of stirring technological splendor. The artwork excels when Gioux and Quet are working with the backgrounds and architecture to instill mood into the story. The creative team has made a sprawling and beautiful world larger than those of most Image comics.


 

I don’t think that readers of interesting comics should pass up these new titles from Delcourt.

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15. Sandman Visits the Beat Staff Pull for 7/22/15

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After powering down from Comic-Con team Beat needed a nap…or twelve. While we were away, the team continued to see visions of none-other-than Wesley Dodds, the original Sandman creeping through hallways at the Stately Beat Manor in which Team Beat takes residence. We tried to brush it off at first and stick to our legions of reviews, previews and news coming to the site. Our naps were becoming more frequent during the day, and we found certain items missing from the stash including lucrative and expensive key back issues in the collection. After an intense stake out fueled by the ideas we got from watching Ant-Man last weekend, one of our staffers managed to apprehend the vigilante and retrieve important pieces of our collection. We called the authorities, and while they were on the way Mr. Dodds turned to us and offered his staff picks for the week of 7/22/15.


Alex J.’s picks:

Archie Vs. Sharknado #1

Writer: Anthony C. Ferrante Art: Dan Parent

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It’s that time of year in Riverdale! The end of the school year. Time for beaches, barbecues, fun in the sun and… sharknados!?! That’s right, get ready as Archie and the gang brave the storm of a tornado full a sharks that riffs off the pop culture phenomenon known as Sharknado! The story unfolds as sharknados are spotted on the ‘Feast’ Coast! Our heroines have to figure out how to get back to Riverdale, where the storm is about to hit next. Soon Archie and the gang go, go, go as they battle the Sharknado-ravaged Riverdale! Who will live? Who will die? Will this take a bite out of the end-of-the-year prom? Uh… probably! The comic book action is also concurrent with the plot of Sharknado 3 and hits stands right before the film’s premiere in July on Syfy. Written by the Sharknado trilogy director Anthony C. Ferrante with Dan Parent.

Sharknado. Archie. The match made in heaven. These two characters were made for each other — or so says Wesley Dodds, as the police were on the way. He pointed that Archie and Sharknado are both sort of niche franchises that continue the reign of awesomeness supported by the publisher’s interesting choice of titles right now. Dan Parent has been an excellent creator to lend talents to Archie and Anthony C. Ferrante, Sharknado director is writing the script for the series. This is one that you shouldn’t miss this week.

Cyborg #1

Writer: David Walker Art: Ivan Reis

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The machine that gives Cyborg his powers is evolving! The only problem is that machine is his body and he has no idea what’s causing these changes!

Wesley wanted to support an old friend getting his own series set in the brand new DC Universe. He knew Cyborg as a Teen Titan and thoroughly supported him through his Justice League years. Now, it’s time for Cyborg to go off and do something different with the art of the fantastically amazing Ivan Reis and written by David Walker. Getting a creative team like for a character like this is something worth supporting at DC right now. Let’s put our money where our mouth is…if only for the stellar art of Reis and supporting his awesome costume design on Cyborg.


Kyle’s Pick:

Prez #2

Writer: Mark Russell Art: Ben Caldwell

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With the election in chaos and a Congress mired in corruption, Twitter sensation @corndoggirl becomes the first teenaged President of the United States!

As you might have seen last month, I deeply enjoyed the first issue of the Prez relaunch, so much so that it probably was my favorite first issue of the entire “DC You” June set of releases. While at San Diego Comic Con, Hannah and I took the opportunity to meet Ben Caldwell and pick up a copy of his equally brilliant collaboration with Shannon Wheeler: God Is Disappointed In You. In reading that, I was quite taken by the even-handedness that Russell treated the Bible with. Prez takes a very similar approach with social media culture and American politics, and the result is refreshing and, at least based on one issue, quite hilarious. Don’t let this one slip through your grasp.


Alex L.’s Pick

Power Up #1

Writer: Kate Leth Art: Matt Cummings

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It has been foretold that four noble warriors of incredible strength would be gifted with cosmic abilities at a moment of planetary alignment…which, yeah, something definitely went wrong here. Amie is a disaffected twenty something with a lot of attitude, Kevin is a washed-up athlete way past his prime, Sandy’s a mother of two teenagers, and Silas…is a goldfish. Just a normal goldfish. Are we sure we read that prophecy right?

Boom! Studios is billing this new title as Sailor Moon meets Scott Pilgrim.  As someone whose childhood crossed with both of these titles, Power Up strikes me as a WOA, a winner on arrival.  The premise is wacky and completely off-base (one of the leading characters is a magical goldfish), and Cummings’ art style, as seen above, is emotionally evocative while being adorably simple in nature.  Finally, the hilarious Kate Leth, of Kate or Die fame, has surely written a script that will have me counting stitches in a hospital bed, lamenting my lack of insurance.

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16. Choosing a Publisher

Money isn't the only thing to consider when choosing between publishers.

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17. Cyborg #1 (Review): Reis, Walker and Horror?

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Writer:

David Walker

Artists:

Ivan Reis

Joe Prado

The machine that gives Cyborg his powers is evolving! The only problem is that machine is his body and he has no idea what’s causing these changes!

Can an ongoing series set in the New DC world really work for Cyborg? It’s a question that Ivan Reis and David Walker tackle in the first issue of the hero’s ongoing series. When he graduated from the Teen Titans and became an MVP in the Justice League world, Victor Stone took on new life. We’re closer to seeing the hero on-screen than ever before — as one of the fabled “seven” players in the JLA, now seems as good a time as any to spend intimate time with one of the newest characters on the League.

It may require a double take from the reader, but it is worth mentioning that Cyborg recently underwent a fairly massive redesign. While it is a little sad that the previous outfit, with its machine emblem and mostly black-and-white suit, has been retired, the new one by artist Ivan Reis is both slim and sleek. It is dismaying that the only artist that may actually be able to draw this correctly is Reis, as the new outfit is one of the most complicated and effective character designs featured in the DC You.

This directly ties into what might be the greatest strength of the comic: the intensive detail in Reis’ art. This story has incredible levels of polish that really shows the nuance demanded by a character shortchanged like Victor Stone. The initial splash recognizes Cyborg’s costumes and outfits from the New 52 to now, documenting just how much change Victor Stone has gone through over the years. Reis has had defining runs in the New 52 for quite some time on titles like Justice League and Aquaman, and even previously served to simplify Cyborg’s hulking Jim Lee design in the first couple of pages of his run on Justice League. I’m glad to see the artist put such great time and detail into this comic.

David Walker, writer of acclaimed Dynamite’s series Shaft, is the writer of Cyborg #1 and is someone who seems to understand the complicated tightrope he’s walking between the original Marv Wolfman version of Cyborg and the new version of this hero, who comes with a simplified backstory courtesy of the New 52. This new Cyborg is still hung up on some of the same things that the original version was. To be honest, it’s kind of nice to see him go through some of his previous struggles again, as it’s often easier to relate to the problems that younger characters go through.

Not to worry though, this Cyborg isn’t too young… he seems to be in his 20s. We mentioned it above, but this story makes Victor Stone’s newly redesigned body into a key plot point of the series. This is refreshing, as Cyborg has had a large number of previously unexplained costume redesigns in an extremely condensed period of time.

It’s really refreshing to to see frightening horror elements in a book like Cyborg as well.  Aquaman, another book drawn by Reis contains similar elements of terror. Not only that, but this first issue of Cyborg also gives the titular man-machine a brand new supporting cast, setting the series up for the long haul.

Ultimately, the creative team on this book attempts to tackle a lot in their first issue.  They have to introduce Victor to new readers while acknowledging his condensed history for the sake of established fans.  They set up his new team of sidekicks, lay down groundwork for a completely original villain, and ensure that that villain is one that only Cyborg can face.   The road Walker and Reis have chosen to take isn’t going to be an easy one — that being said, this first issue of Cyborg is a more than confident approach to the solo exploits of Stone. Here’s to a long run to come.

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18. More details on Doctor Who Comics Day: new website and variant covers

We’re less than a month away from the second annual Doctor Who Comics Day on August 15th, and if our SDCC exclusive details on Paul Cornell‘s four Doctor series (not to mention the book’s first six pages) aren’t enough to get you vworping with excitement, check out the recent updates to the tumblr Titan has set up for the occasion. There you’ll find a trailer for the five-part crossover arc (which kicks-off in connection with the Doctor Who Comics Day celebration) featuring Doctor’s Ten through Twelve, their companions, and The War Doctor.

The four Doctor series is illustrated by Neil Edwards (Assassin’s Creed) and officially debuts on August 12th, but you’ll only get the chance to meet Doctor Who comic creators and artists if you drop by a participating store the following Saturday for Doctor Who Comics Day. The tumblr has a list of of the talent you can catch at in-store signings, as well as a peak at the local cosplayers scheduled to appear. Not enough? Most stores will also feature Doctor Who themed giveaways, contests and games.

My favorite two variants so far:

Bohemian Rhapsody inspired Forbidden Planet exclusive cover from Joshua Cassara And Luis Guerrero:

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*and*

This lovely nod to the season five episode “Vincent and the Doctor” from David Carr for Twilight Comics:

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19. Nice Art: The Espionage of Ninjak #5

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Ninjak has been one of the most highly anticipated releases from Valiant Entertainment to date and…spoilers…we have been loving every issue of the comic here at The Beat. Each installment of the title has been full of intrigue and wonderful ideas that serve to enrich the character of Ninjak even further than before. With someone who has had so much representation in the Valiant Universe, watching the evolution of Ninjak as a solo character was a risky gamble. We’re almost five issues into the Ninjak title as Matt Kindt, Clay Mann and Butch Guice are continuing to document the experiences of everyone’s favorite British agent. The ninja is exploring the secrets of the Shadow Seven and Ninjak’s new friend Roku (if you could call her that.) The comic is still split into two different halves with the immediate portion drawn by Mann and the other section illustrated by Guice documenting the early days of Ninjak in Ninjak: The Lost Files. Each chapter of the book has been really slowly building to the ascent of Colin King into ninja extraordinaire. If you aren’t already reading this series from Valiant, let these preview pages from Mann and Guice change your mind. Also, look at these awesome covers from Lewis Larosa, Dave Johnson, Raul Allen and Cafu!

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NINJAK #5

Written by MATT KINDT

Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE

Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (APR151766)

Cover B by DAVE JOHNSON (APR151767)

Variant Cover by RAUL ALLEN (APR151768)

Variant Cover by CAFU (APR151769)

The final secret of the Shadow Seven exposed!

Ninjak’s mission to destroy Weaponeer and its secret cabal of shinobi masters just got a bit more complicated…since the newest leader of Weaponeer is… Ninjak himself?! Meanwhile, Roku’s gone missing, but we all know the world’s deadliest woman is at her most dangerous when she’s out of sight!

Plus: Colin King’s past comes back to haunt him in a big way as NINJAK: THE LOST FILES reveals a deadly connection to Ninjak’s present as Clay Mann (X-Men) returns with Matt Kindt (THE VALIANT, RAI) and Butch Guice (Captain America)!

$3.99 | 40 pages | T+ | On sale JULY 29

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20. Nice Art: Archie #2 Preview: A Burger for Little Jughead

The first issue of Archie rang triumphant in the comic book space with the creative team of Fiona Staples and Mark Waid delivering something akin to an earnest take on a beloved American icon. Archie Andrews is everything but traditional himself nowadays that he’s clean cut and and an earnest comic book lead. There’s no grit on […]

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21. (Preview) Boruto: Naruto the Movie Manga are you a True Fan?

With the incredibly popular manga and anime Naruto coming to an end, (true) fans are being treated to a brand new one-shot featuring Boruto, the son of the titular character in the last series in manga form. With Naruto fulfilling his dreams and becoming the seventh Hokage (the strongest ninja in the Hidden Leaf village,) the […]

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22. Mysterio Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull for 7/29/15

Team Beat, a group of the world’s most elite comic book reading/writing forces assembled in the Stately Beat Staff Manor to deliver The Beat — the world’s premiere comic book website. Recently, Marvel and DC characters from decades past have found themselves wandering through the manner including Bessie the Hellcow, Ruby Tuesday, Vibe, Prez and […]

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23. Abnett and Ross give Marvel’s Hercules “consideration” and a New Costume

Dan Abnett and Luke Ross are bringing Hercules back to the Marvel Universe with a new title named after the titular hero. The series will be available for purchase in local comic book shops in November and will feature the Olympian attempting to atone for some of his previous mistakes. Hercules, a key ’70s Marvel […]

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24. Bendis Teases an Additional Iron Man title and Celebrates 200,000 Pre-Orders

This morning author Brian Michael Bendis teased a second Iron Man title in addition to his upcoming Invincible Iron Man via his Tumblr account: “Man, the launch of ‘Iron Man’ is going so well, I might have to launch another!” The writer initially shared the debut of a variant for the Invincible Iron Man comic by frequent collaborator Sara […]

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25. Devil Dinosaur Visits the Stately Beat Manor Staff Comics Pull for 8/5/15

Last week some of our most elite staffers that contribute to The Beat found themselves in an impossible situation. When our entire team worked on apprehending Spider-Man rogue Mysterio, he suddenly opened a portal to a brand new comic book world — one very familiar to those who are acquainted to the work of Jack Kirby…that’s […]

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