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26. Review: Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1 packs a punch

Screen shot 2015-02-14 at 5.14.20 PMWriter: Jeremy Whitley

Artists: Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt

Publisher: Action Lab

This installment in the ongoing Princeless series is everything you could want from a title like Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1. A tough and self-assured lead, whose Father trained her from childhood to be a quiet, efficient warrior of the high-seas as opposed to a princess waiting in a tower for rescue. Yet in the latter situation is exactly where Raven Xingtao, the pirate princess, finds herself in the opening pages of the book. Yet it’s two other princesses on a large pink dragon that end up breaking into Raven’s tower. Adrienne is clearly not “wearing her husbands armor” as a Knight loitering beneath the tower discovers to his peril, and Bedelia formidably wields a large Harley-Quinn style mallet. Raven easily falls in with the trio leading to several action packed scenes.

Admittedly, this is was my first brush with the Princeless series, but the story was easy enough to follow. I would have liked to learn just a little bit more about Raven and her brothers before the issue ended, though. We’re fed some tantalizing bits–such as the fact that her brothers put her in the very tower she escaped from, apparently with the blessing of Raven’s Pirate King father. This is quite a reversal from the flashback scene that opened the issue, which found the King grooming a young Raven to follow in her great-grandmother Ming’s fierce, legendary pirate-of-the-Rim-Sea footsteps.

Rosy Higgins Ted Brandt are a lovely art team on this book, giving the story and action the look and feel of an animated series that would have fit right into the Disney’s afternoon programming block. Sadly, in those days princesses did not get to save themselves. Writer Jeremy Whitley seems more than aware of this fact, and the whole package makes Princeless: The Pirate Princess #1 incredibly appealing to anyone who wants a little less damsel-in-distress and a little more Kick-Ass in their fairy tales.

 

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27. Secret Wars Opens the OLD MAN LOGAN Door

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Marvel, through MTV, announced Brian Michael Bendis would revisit the world of Old Man Logan as part of the upcoming Secret Wars event. He’ll be joined by new Marvel exclusive artist Andrea Sorrentino. The story picks up where Mark Millar’s original Old Man Logan story left off, with Logan venturing out to make his world a better place. Just as we saw in the dystopian future story, Logan’s world is one run by some of the most heinous villains who have organized to overthrow and slaughter most of the superhero population leaving America decimated.

It was also noted that this Secret Wars tie-in would have direct ramifications to the main crossover event. Bendis also mentioned revisiting another event for a different Secret Wars tie-in. “The end of the Ultimate Universe is an event, the return of Old Man Logan is an event, the other book I’m doing that we haven’t announced yet is an event… It feels like you are writing a very important Marvel comic because you know that the repercussions of all of this will be felt for years to come. That is a good feeling.”Could he also be continuing another Millar and McNiven story with Secret Wars Civil War?

We know he’s doing Ultimate End, and now Old Man Logan. What event should the Marvel architect visit next for Secret Wars?

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28. Final Verdict: She-Hulk wraps with Next Week’s Issue #12 (Preview)

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Fans of Marvel Comics got something radically different in the lawyer/superhero adventures of author Charles Soule’s She-Hulk. However, the comic quickly turned into a fan favorite and sparked new interest and love into the character. Unfortunately, low sales caused the beloved series to come crashing into an early cancellation. We’re sad to run this preview with the comic’s final issue from CBR. Fortunately the incredible original artist Javier Pulido is back to celebrate the end of an era for Jennifer Walters. February 18th see’s the end of the series, in which Jessica discovers who’s really behind her investigating what’s left of the mysterious blue file and why. Marvel and Soule are resurrecting Nightwatch for the finale, an absurd 90’s character that seems to be pulling the strings of the series from the background. Celebrate the end of a great series with these preview pages.

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FINAL ISSUE!

  • The end of the Blue File…and the end of an era!
  • But when one door closes, another one opens, and Jen finds herself face to face with her most important case yet.

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29. Manga Review: One Hot Texan by Jane Sullivan and Masako Ogimaru

 

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What a happy day!  I discovered a plethora of Harlequin manga on Scribd!  I love reading these, but I don’t like buying them, because I can read one in less than an hour.  Needless to say, my subscription at Scribd just became even more of a value.  There are tons and tons of these there, so I’ll be contentedly squeezing them into the review schedule.  Just as an FYI, the site just added comics from Marvel, IDW, Dynamite, and others, so if you enjoy comics, check out their selection.  I’m not a collector (anymore), I just want to read them, so the subscription based system works great for me and takes up less room in my house!

After browsing the Harlequin manga, I settled on One Hot Texan because, well, why not?  I was hoping for cowboys and horses, and I kind of got that, just not how I expected.  Cole McCallum hasn’t had an easy life.  His mother walked out on Cole and his father, and then his father was convicted of crimes and sent to jail.  Cole was sent to Texas to live with his grandmother, but he hated the small town and the gossip that followed him everywhere.  He couldn’t wait to leave it all behind him, and when he turned 18, that’s just what he did.  He packed up, left the grandmother who always loved and believed in him, and made it big in real estate.  But then trouble found him again, and brush with the law costs him his fortune.

Back in Texas, he needs to find a wife pronto of he’ll lose the ranch that his grandmother left to him.  While marriage of convenience stories aren’t my favorite, I did enjoy this one.  Cole meets shy Virginia, and he offers her a business deal.  She’s struggling to pay off bills since her mother passed away, so if she’ll marry him for the time required to inherit the ranch, he’ll give her a cash settlement that will pay off her bills and allow her to follow  her dream of attending college.

Ginny has been brow beaten by her mother her entire life, and as a result, she’s quiet, introverted, and longing for a change.  She wants to do something with her life, but her mother’s hateful words haunt her.  She was constantly told that men were evil, and they only wanted one thing, and worse, that she wished Ginny had never been born.  Obviously, Ginny’s mother needed counseling, and so does Ginny!  She keeps Cole at arms length, reminding him time and again that theirs is strictly a business arrangement.  As time passes, she begins to care about him, and she begins to wonder if maybe, just maybe, they can make this into a permanent arrangement, but then reality intrudes, and she sees that it’s impossible. Cole just wants the ranch, so he can sell it and start over with his real estate career.

Overall, I enjoyed One Hot Texan, but I thought that Ginny’s issues were far too complex to believably resolve in such a short comic.  Cole, too, has his trust issues, but he doesn’t really acknowledge them.  I did like how tender and protective he could be, but then he blew that by treating Ginny horribly when he thinks she purposefully did not take her birth control.  Dude!  You have a responsibility to help make sure she doesn’t forget to take them; the fact that she has a prescription does not absolve you of your due diligence.  How did you run a successful business? Oh, wait…you had a lapse of judgment there, too!

Except for the temper tantrum mentioned above, I did like Cole.  He just needed a kick in the pants to help him realize what was important in life. 

Grade:  C

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After spending his whole childhood being raised in an unhappy home, Cole McCallum turned rebellious, dating nothing but superficial women and gaining a bad reputation. He was the most despised person in town, except for those women smitten with him. Now, Cole needs a partner for a marriage of convenience and he picks the town’s latest bloomer, Virginia. He’s looking forward to giving this inexperienced virgin girl a night she’ll never forget. After their simple wedding ceremony, Cole kisses her deeply in their shared hotel room while caressing her body—and is met with an unexpected response!

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30. Marvel Drafts a Redux of Planet Hulk for Secret Wars with Humphries and Laming

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The mystery behind what Marvel was planning with their Planet Hulk teaser has just been officially revealed with a comic entitled…Planet Hulk! The tale features the creative team of Sam Humphries on writing and Marc Laming on art, who are chronicling the new adventures of Hulk, Steve Rogers, and Devil Dinosaur during the upcoming Secret Wars crossover. CBR broke the news and ran an exclusive interview with Jack Kirby creation Devil Dinosaur on the inception of the brand new series–Yes, you read that sentence correctly.

The Dino was interviewed in place of author Sam Humphries, who took a vacation to New Attilan. Fans can look for Planet Hulk in May, and take note that this series falls under the Warzones! banner of Secret Wars.

“RAAAAAAUGH!! The scent of blood burns my nostrils,” said Devil Dinosaur to CBR. “The Captain and I are far, far from the colosseum. The colosseum of battle, and death. The colosseum where we are warbound. “May he who dies, die well.” But death follows us to Greenland. This is a place where we HUNT. We hunt the RED KING!”

This crossover bodes well for the company, as Marvel is continuing to take advantage of some really quirky ideas for tie-ins including the Garth Ennis project announced earlier this week. Where Monsters Dwell mixes World War I with more Dinosaurs. This week’s new Marvel announcements contain all the dinos that we could possibly ask for.

It seems that the extinct animal is hunting for Steve Rogers who appears to be caught in his crosshairs:

“ROOOOOAWL! The Captain and I are WARBOUND. We fight in the coliseum. Every day, the Captain’s mighty axe, bathed in blood. From different lands, yet we are brothers. Brothers in battle. I will kill all who fight the Captain! I will smash their skulls in my TEETH. I will rend their flesh in my CLAWS! They will know THE FURY OF DEVIL DINOSAUR!!”

Finally, lets give the creature a hand for some extraordinary etiquette in the manner in which the Devil Dinosaur signs out his emails:

ALL HULK FALL UNDER OUR RAGE!!!

If you have any follow up questions, I will be happy to address.

Many thanks and have a great day.

— DD

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31. Review: Did Spider-Verse End Amazing?

Amazing Spider-Man #14

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Story: Dan Slott

Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Oliver Coipel

Color: Justin Ponsor

Letters: Chris Eliopoulos

Publisher: Marvel 

 

Spider-Verse’s final chapter has finally arrived. On the whole, the event proved to be one of Marvel’s better endeavors in recent years. In a lot of ways it did for the Spider portion of the Marvel U what Sinestro Corps War did for Green Lantern. Both revealed an extensive importance of the character to their respective publishers that can sometimes be lost in the shadow of more publicized line-wide events. The premise, build up, and start of the arc were engaging and captivating which makes its ending in Amazing Spider-Man #14 feel a bit flat, but not in the way you might think.

Amazing Spider-Man #14 is all about the final battle between the Spider Totems of multiple realities and the vampire like Inheritors. The spiders converge on Loom World in an attempt to stop the blood ritual before it puts an end to every Spidey that was or will ever be. Writer, Dan Slott doesn’t skimp on the action or one-liners in this finale. You’ll even see a gif making moment with Spider-Gwen that makes the wait for her own series feel that much longer. So much of the prime cuts of the event have centered around the dynamics between this eclectic group — Miles and the Web Warriors, Gwen and Silk, and even Peter and Otto —  yet in the finale it gets over shadowed by the spectacle.

The issue is haunted by the feeling of exclusion. Should you not have read any of the tie-in books, you’ll likely be missing a lot of context for the return of Karn the Inheritor and some of the reasons not all the Spiders you saw in early chapters are nowhere to be found here. While it’s easy to forgive and accept spiders disappearing, the twist of Karn turning on his family should have been handled in the series proper.  Now that the event is over and Spider-Man is firmly on the road to Secret Wars, issue 15 could be the epilogue that gives us the character moments between all of the Spideys that didn’t get enough breathing room here.

Despite its faults, the issue really drives home the nature of what it means to be Spider-Man… Woman… Gwen… Pig, etc. Slott builds the tension to the moment of victory and manages to unite them all under the trait that separates Peter from the rest of the Marvel U, mercy. His solution to ending the conflict is well thought out and very in-tune to the nature of Spider-Man. He’s not a murderer and while that would have been an obvious way to go it’s a bit more satisfying keeping that part of Peter Parker intact.

Another thing the book does well, that others most times fail at, is sharing the art duties in a single story of an issue. Giuseppe Camuncoli is joined by the returning Oliver Coipel. While their styles aren’t remotely similar, the book manages to find an even flow that doesn’t halt or hinder the reader. Final battle chapters of stories are supposed to be visually big and this one does not disappoint one bit on the art front.

Ultimately, Spider-Verse couldn’t avoid the recent Marvel event syndrome of starting strong and finishing on a low. It had all the ingredients to end with more moments than it did, but instead steamrolled through the material and past character developments. The necessary finale gravitas is there, but anyone who isn’t Peter Parker doesn’t get an ending worth all the months of developing these awesome new spiders. If you’ve come this far there’s no reason to skip ASM #14. Those who want to come on board just for the ending, wait for the collected edition and enjoy Spider-Verse the right way.


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32. Space Goat Productions launches its own print line

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There’s a fool born every minute, but a comics publisher every other minute. But this one is launching with a pretty sound roll-out. Shon C. Bury’s Space Goat Productions is most known as a packaging and talent-management company, but in May they’re jumping into the publishing world with Space Goat Publishing. The line will launch with three titles, and has also snagged the license to Evil Dead 2. SG publishing will be making its debut at this weekend’s ComicsPRO meeting.

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• Big Game Hunters #1 – A three-issue miniseries of Victorian monster hunters killing their way through a Steampunk world, “Hellboy meets Walking Dead.”.

 

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• Mage, Inc.: The Intern #1 – A three issue miniseries about a non-paid internship at a modern Mage Guild and all of the magic and paperwork that goes with it, “Hermione Grangers first after school job.”

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• Space Goat Presents Vol. 1 – The premiere 120-page hardcover anthology features seven genre-spanning stories by both veterans and new talent.

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• An Evil Dead 2 prequel written by Frank Hannah (The Cooler) and drawn by Edgar Salazar (DC’s Smallville and Constantine).

In June, Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead by Dawn a three issue mini series written by Frank Hannah and drawn by debuts, and in July an anthology title Evil Dead 2: Tales of the Ex-Mortis comes out. Beyond Dead by Dawn is also written by Frank Hannah, with art by Barnaby Bagenda and Oscar Bazaldua. Tales of the Ex-Mortis reads more like Hellraiser with jokes and features stories from industry veterans Greg Pak, Jeff Mariotte, Justin Peniston, Georgia Ball, Ivan Cohen, and more.

These titles are a completely different license and storyline than the Army of Darkness books that Dynamite has been publishing for some while, I’m told.

“The market has matured so much since we opened our doors as a packaging and creative services company—and we feel very strongly there’s a market for the type of material we personally want to bring to readers in print and digital,” Bury explained. “We’ve packaged and provided talent and creative services for the world’s biggest comic book companies for a decade–DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Penguin Books and more. We love the editors we work with at those companies and consider them friends and partners. But there’s still talent and voices that aren’t being heard. And I want to fix that with Space Goat Publishing.”

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33. Scribd Adds Comics to eBook Library

Scribd has added more than 10,000 digital comics and graphic novels to their library.

The online eBook subscription site had partnered with 10 different comic book publishers including Marvel, IDW/Top Shelf, Boom! Studios, and Archie, in order to expand its offerings. The partnerships gives Scribd a leg up on its competitor Oyster, which does not offer comics. Scribd’s subscription model allows readers to access an unlimited number of books for $8.99 per month.

Here is more from the Scribd blog:

We’re totally nerding out over this selection: We’ve got Spider-ManMy Little PonyX-O ManowarTransformersRocket Raccoon, and more. On top of that, we’ve also added hit YA series like Locke & Key and Runaways, as well as acclaimed graphic novels from Alan MooreMatt FractionGail SimoneGeorge R.R. Martin, and more.

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34. Visit for Poison Ivy, Stay for Black Hand: DC shakes up the New Suicide Squad Roster

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DC’s New Suicide Squad team is about to get shaken up yet again. In the aftermath of Convergence, DC is rebranding the team with an all-new set of villains. No, the comic will not renumbered, but will see a roster change. The news was announced in the Channel 52 backmatter page on this week’s releases from DC. Sean Ryan is still on the writing duties of the comic when the title shifts cast with issue #9, with Carlos D’Anda tackling the pencils on the comic.

This cast is really strange, as we have Reverse-Flash hot off the fame from the brand new tv show and his guest appearance from New Suicide Squad #5. Poison Ivy joins the fray who’s seen some interest in her exploits with Harley Quinn. Black Hand is an important character, but not someone who would usually be associated with the Suicide Squad meeting. Cheetah is a villain getting some play thanks to Wonder Woman. Seeing a Talon added to the full team is a great way to up the popularity of the infamous new Batman rogue. The only true question mark is Parasite, a Superman villain that DC is trying to push as much as possible as of late.

Group Desk Sergeant/Editor Brian Cunningham chimed in on some mission orders for the New Suicide Squad team:

Parasite will be the team’s secret weapon against ISIS in the next arc beginning in June’s issue #9. Black Hand has a power that Squad taskmaster Amanda Waller might covet for a team that can go boom on any given mission–he can resurrect the dead!

Look out for the comic in June, featuring the new team roster in New Suicide Squad #9.

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35. Secret Wars Turns Up The Heat With INFERNO

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Secret Wars is turning out to be the place where classic crossovers and stories are being revisited for our enjoyment. Today, Marvel added yet another country to its Battleworld map with INFERNO. The 1989 crossover will enter Secret Wars under the “Warzones!” tie-in banner. Inferno will be written by Avengers Arena writer Dennis Hopeless with art by Javier Garron.

The premise of the series analogs Marvel’s What If line; Inferno takes place in a version of reality where the X-Men weren’t triumphant against the demon hordes and Manhattan succumbed to being a permanent “Hell on Earth,” with readers joining the story five years after the fall of Manhattan. Colossus and a small group of mutant survivors embark on a mission to rescue his sister llyana Rasputin, but she definitely won’t be the one in need of rescuing.

With the forces of Limbo running roughshod over the Marvel Universe, readers can expect to see demonized versions of some of their favorite characters. Hopeless talked about some of the fun details he planned on bringing back from the original crossover. Among them were Goblin Queen Madelyne Prior, former New Mutant Boom Boom and a brainwashed Alex Summers.

No word was given on how long this series would run but Marvel did show off a gorgeous Adi Granov variant for the first issue.

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What do you think of this latest Secret Wars announcement? Will you be checking it out or is there such a thing as too much Secret Wars?

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36. Review: The Best Laid Big Man Plans

Big Man Plans #1

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Story: Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch

Art: Eric Powell

Publisher: Image Comics

 

 

 

 

Every so often comics get away from their high soaring superhero mythos to tell stories that kick you to the ground and shove your face in the mud. Big Man Plans, from Image Comics, is one of those books. It’s an unrelenting dropkick to the groin that puts a mirror to those a**hole parts of humanity we wish didn’t exist, and it does so in the best way possible.

Big Man Plans is the story of a little person who suffers through a lifetime of ridicule, abuse, and abandonment. When he finally snaps, it’s the world that has to pay for it. Though you’ll never learn the main character’s name, you will not only see but also feel the anguish of the traumatic events his childhood is laced with. Eric Powell and Tim Wiesch tell the tale of a person who’s had their humanity hollowed out and replaced with a bottomless pit of violence, sex, and alcohol.

Despite the massacre unleashed by this little man; you can’t help but find yourself on his side, almost from page one. Wiesch and Powell might have crafted a character with a small stature but he has a huge presence. You’ll even see a little too much of that presence at one point. By the end of the book you’ll have a set up for a revenge story the likes of Kill Bill.

Powell brings his A+ game to the book’s art. He embraces the gritty ugliness needed to make this story work. Even when the book goes into heavy exposition he manages to keep the story visually interesting with an attention to detail few artists today possess. The tunnel flashback is probably going to be one of my favorite sequences of 2015. He’s like a tiny Punisher! Much like Powell’s work on The Goon, the book just flows in a way most books this bleak and dark could not.

Powell and Wiesch figuratively took “Walk” by Pantera and turned it into fire breathing dragon of a comic. Sometimes we all need a song that makes you want to break stuff and Big Man Plans is that anthem. This is a book that deserves a place on your pull list. Big Man Plans is a near perfect comic book gut-check. It’s good while at the same time making you feel bad and once in awhile we could all use that in our lives.

After all, in the age of twitter and message board comments; don’t we all have an inner angry little man?


 

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37. “I was having a pint with editor Nick Lowe,” Ennis Returns to the Marvel Universe

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How many stories start like this?

I was having a pint with editor Nick Lowe, and he suggested putting the Phantom Eagle up against dinosaurs.

Thankfully at Marvel Secret Wars means that the publisher gets to play up even goofier ideas than usual.

The upcoming crossover is exploring the War part of the Secret Wars title by introducing veteran writer Garth Ennis back into Marvel comics. The legendary Punisher scribe is returning to the House of Ideas with a World War I character known as The Phantom Eagle. The story is entitled Where Monsters Dwell. Longtime collaborator of Ennis, Russ Braun is illustrating the comic. Karl Kaufmann is the Phantom Eagle, an old character who first appeared in the 1960’s. Vulture announced the news with an emphasis on dinosaurs, biplanes, and World War 1 culture. May 27 see’s a return to the legacy flavored action of Ennis and the Eagle’s adventures that started in 2008’s War is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle. Vulture had several more delectable quotes from Ennis:

 Sometime in the early 1920s, ex–Great War fighter pilot Karl Kaufmann is bumming around the Far East, getting into various scrapes and trying to make a dishonest buck. He agrees to fly naïve English socialite Clementine Franklin-Cox to Singapore, only to end up blown off course and flung into an exotic world of dinosaurs, cannibals, and a rather unusual tribe of amazons — who have their own plans for Clemmie. She, in turn, is not quite all she seems.

Finally, the author also shared how involved this story is to Secret Wars itself:

Not really for me to say.

Ladies and gentlemen we’re in for a treat!

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38. Does Morrison Spin his Astral Projections towards Redundancy in Nameless #1? (Review)

Namless-01-ff75dWith a conscious effort to stray away from superheroes, author Grant Morrison is taking even more chances than usual in the comics world. Even Multiversity, his only DC Comics project at the moment is bending the traditional superhero narrative into the world of psychadelics. Annihilator from the Legendary Comics imprint is a great example of taking chances, spinning the expectations of critics, and defying genre. In the same vein as Annihilator, The Filth, and 2012’s Happy! mini-series comes a comic entitled Nameless. A few outlets have drawn some comparisons between Annihilator and Nameless in that they are similar stories with different tones and ideas melded by each artist. The script for Nameless in particular seems tailored for Author Chris Burnham’s special brand of lunacy.

With an immoral character being introduced to a world he never knew existed, could this comic be carrying too many ideas echoed in Morrison’s other comics work?

Any tale by the author is nearly impossible to summarize in one paragraph, but this one involves an action story heavily influenced by the writer’s previous works with a certain sinister corporation (more on that later.) There is an explanation into strange and obtrusive words belonging to alien species littered throughout the issue. The rest of the plot gets even more funky, that’s where Image’s solicitation text is going to come in handy:

An astronomer kills his family, then himself, leaving a cryptic warning.
A Veiled Lady hunts her victims through human nightmares.
An occult hustler known only as ‘Nameless’ is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists for a desperate mission.
And the malevolent asteroid Xibalba spins closer on a collision course with Earth.
But nothing is what it seems—a terrifying inhuman experiment is about to begin.
Abandon all hope and experience ultimate horror in NAMELESS.




Whew, did you catch all of the in the first issue?

In many ways, the organization in this comic is a mirror reflecting Spyral, created by Morrison on his Batman tenure at DC Comics with Burnham. Visual cues and themes from that story are present here. It’s hard to deny that this issue isn’t fun and will likely turn into something unique provided the creative continue to work on the story. Still, it’s hard not to get a slight feeling of repetition from Morrison and company after work like The Invisibles and Annihilator reflect similar shades of this premise.

Burnham’s art in this comic can be described here as visceral. Fans will buy into the plight of everything that’s happening in this frenetic comic. At times it’s hard to understand exactly where this story is going, and what’s actually on the page. Also, the way that these pages are laid out in this issue is stirring. One page in particular shows Burnham’s maturation as an artist, as he’s taking some risks with layouts in this issue that are more than commendable. The fact that we can buy into the everyman perception of this hero, while intense dark sci-fi is going on in the background is a testament to the quality of the craft. Nathan Fairbairn is an important piece of the equation, and a rising talent that makes it easier for readers to pick out the mind-melding ideas of Nameless.

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Not everything needs to be absolutely understood in a Grant Morrison comic, but enough information has to be absorbed for fans to be interested in where the story is going next.  It’s interesting to see what the team can do without the constraints of DC Comics, yet still there’s not quite enough for fans to sink their teeth into to force them to run out to comic shops and grab the next issue. There’s something special in regards to getting a tale from the famed writer that is more action packed yet still contains his immense ration of ideas to page.  The author’s style may be more versatile than we could have ever thought.

While Nameless is an interesting beast, it’s not something that can quite rise above the immense amount of content from Image comics. However, this comic still contains an immense amount of great ideas worth celebrating. Fans hesitant about this story should keep an eye on what the critics say, as it could be just a few feet away from tipping into greatness.

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39. Interview: Jeff Lemire on the Stellar Future of Descender [Exclusive Art]

By: Lindsey Morris 

 

2015 is already a banner year for the creators of Descender, which has seen smashing success weeks before the release of its first issue. With the film rights recently acquired by Sony Pictures and amazing groundswell from the gorgeous preview pages, Descender is poised as an early contender for the best comic of the year.

Writer Jeff Lemire was kind enough to speak with Comics Beat about the incredible universe he has been crafting with co-creator and artist Dustin Nguyen in their new monthly ongoing series.


Comics Beat: Let’s start with a summary of Descender. What can readers expect from the series?

Jeff Lemire: So Descender is a science fiction comic in an ongoing series that I’m writing, and Dustin Nguyen is drawing and painting. The story sort of focuses on a young boy robot named Tim-21 who becomes, for various reasons, the most hunted robot in a universe where all robots, androids, and AI have been outlawed, hunted, and destroyed. There is something special about Tim and the secrets surrounding his origin that make him the most sought after robot in the universe.

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Jeff Lemire #1 Variant

CB: Tell me about the process for creating this story. You’re blending themes that you’ve worked with before in Sweet Tooth and Trillium like time, space, and being ostracized and hunted. Did this narrative come naturally to you?

JL: It certainly is an exploration of stuff that I’ve touched on in the past, but in a lot of ways … Like in Sweet Tooth, there’s the idea of the complete innocent, lost in a world full of fear and hatred and violence. Seeing it through his eyes is always something that has fascinated me and continues to.

I think as a parent myself, I kind of look at the world that my son will grow up in, and the fear and ignorance in everything going on – and it’s a scary place. I start to worry about what will happen when I can’t protect him from that anymore, so that’s always something that’s very much on my mind, and definitely something that went into Sweet Tooth, and again into Descender.

I think Descender has maybe something a bit new for me, in terms of exploring our relationship with technology. And again, I think that goes back to my son. He’s six now and I look at his relationship with technology compared to how it was for me when I was six. I’m 40 now, so you know, when I was a kid we didn’t even have computers in our houses or anything and here he is swiping an iPad when he’s five. It’s such a bizarre leap in technology and just the way he relates to technology. So that’s something that was on my mind as well. You look at Tim, and he epitomizes that, because he IS technology. He’s the ultimate interface between mankind and technology – he’s a robot so advanced that, in a lot of ways, he’s the most human character in the book.

So that was all swimming around in my head when I was developing the story, for sure.

CB: It’s funny you should say that, because when I was reading the first issue, I actually forgot for awhile that Tim was a robot.

JL: Yeah, I kind of wanted that. When I was first writing, I almost wrote it so that the first half of the book you think he’s just a normal boy, until he kind of reveals himself. And the way Dustin watercolors the book – the humanity he puts into the faces of the children and in general – I knew, hopefully, that Tim would be a very relatable character.

CB: Well Dustin is doing an amazing job, those pages are breath-taking.

JL: Yeah, it’s crazy he can do that on a monthly schedule. He’s a machine. Dustin was exclusive at DC for I think 14 years, and I think he was underused there. They sort of took him for granted just because he was so reliable. He’s one of those rare guys that can do the monthly deadline without much of a problem. So when they had something they needed to get done, they went to him, and as a result he didn’t get much opportunity to spread his wings. I’d see his sketchbooks and stuff at conventions, and I saw the drawings and paintings he’d do, and I knew that if he had a chance to do creator-owned, he’d really catch some people by surprise. He’s really embraced the opportunity on this book for sure. I’m pretty lucky to be working with him.

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A Nguyen sketch for Tim-21

CB: So how did you two end up on this project together?

JL: Well I was at DC as well for what, five years? So Dustin and I just got to know each other through circumstance of being at events together or whatever. I think we both really admired each others work and always talked about wanting to do something together. And then I knew his exclusive was finally coming up and mine was as well, and I was looking to do more creator-owned stuff so it just seemed like a great time for us to try something, and he was really into the idea. So it was just a combination of good timing, and us both being at a point in our careers where we were both anxious to do more creator-owned stuff.

It’s a very effortless collaboration to be sure, and he’s an easy-going guy, so it’s very easy. I’m very hands-off with him, and he’s the same with me, because we really like each others work and just let each other do our thing. It’s very relaxed – there’s very little communication outside of “Oh, this looks cool, thanks!”

CB: Well that was actually my next question, because it seems like you maybe don’t give him too much direction, and just let him go nuts. All that freedom could be a little overwhelming to some, but you both seem to be taking it in incredible stride.

JL: Yeah, I know his work, so I knew that we both come at visual story-telling from a similar place. I knew just inherently that he would tell a story just as good or better than I could if I was doing layouts or whatever, so I didn’t feel the need to control that element. I just let him do his thing and it’s been awesome working with him.

Comics Beat exclusive look at the Ray Fawkes variant cover.

Exclusive look at the Ray Fawkes #1 variant cover.

CB: Did you have the watercolor medium in mind already when crafting the story?

JL: No, I think I had a one-page sort of pitch of Descender that I showed him, and it was pretty undeveloped at that time, just the basic idea. The idea of him doing it in watercolor wasn’t part of it then, but as soon as he said he wanted to do that I got really excited about the possibilities.

Another thing Dustin does really well is he has a background in design. So when you’re building these cultures, worlds, technologies, architectures, and everything else, he can actually design that stuff. He has the robots figured out on a 3-dimensional level where he can actually take them apart and put them back together. So when you have that degree of design sensibility in the pages, but then executed it in watercolor, which is a very organic looking medium, it creates a very interesting visual tension on the page.

Sci-fi can be very cold and sterile, depending on the artist, so the use of watercolor gives it a certain sense of life, an organic look that I really like.

CB: So how long was the first issue in the making? It’s almost flawless, so a lot of careful work must have gone into creating this introduction.

JL: Just by the nature of the story there was a lot of ground work to be done before I could start writing scripts. The story itself revolves around a central mystery involving Tim, and these giant robots that appear in issue one – what they could be and what they might mean. So there was a lot of things I had to make sure I had figured out, and I had to know where I was going.

On top of that, just the world building. There’s I think 12 or 13 different planets at this point that we’ll be visiting throughout the story, and I wanted each one to feel like a real place. So you have to put a lot of work into designing and figuring out the technologies and cultures of these worlds, just to give them a different look and feel from one another. There was a few months of hardcore world-building and plotting before I wrote scripts. It’s been awhile – at least 8 months before I wrote any scripts.

CB: The first issue of Descender is already incredible cinematic. Was that on your mind while creating this universe?

JL: Oh, for sure. When Dustin and I started talking about Descender and conceiving it, our influences were a lot more cinematic than comic. Just by its nature the sci-fi we really loved tended to be films or television shows, and not so much comics. 2001: A Space Odyssey is my favorite movie, so a lot of Kubrick’s pacing and the way he frames shots were really in my mind, and Dustin’s as well. Dustin brings his own set of influences, but I really feel like the pacing on this is a lot more cinematic than other work that I’ve done.

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CB: So Sony Pictures recently acquired the film rights to Descender. And super quickly!

JL: Haha, yeah it all happened very quick. I’ve had other properties or stuff I’ve created… there’s always talk of stuff happening, options and stuff, but it takes forever for anything to actually get done, or it falls through. But this one, for whatever reason, as soon as we announced the book at San Diego last year with Dustin’s promo image, there was just a ton of interest from Hollywood right away. I guess it just sparked something, and basically as soon as we had the first issue ready we started getting offers. It was a bit of a whirlwind.

At the end of the day it’s very exciting and everything, but Dustin and I mostly just care about telling the comic. I kind of write for him. I write stuff that hopefully he’ll think is really gonna be fun to draw, and when he reads the scripts and reacts, that’s sort of the satisfaction I have. That and seeing the art come in. If the movie stuff keeps happening and turns out to be good, that’s awesome, but again, I’m really focused on the comic. That’s what I control and that’s what I can get excited about.

CB: Is there anything else you can tell us about what we have to look forward to in the wake of Descender #1?

JL: Yeah, well every issue is going to be painted, which is fun. The cast is a little bigger than the first issue would have you believe. Tim-21, it’s his story, but there are a lot of other characters that bring different points of view to this universe that I’m excited to explore. Issue #2 kind of focuses a bit more on Tim’s past. We see how he came to the colony, and his first interactions with humanity and how they made him who he is. We learn that he’s very adaptable. You know, he’s a machine created in a laboratory, and he was sent to this colony and you kind of see how his first interactions with humankind evolved him into this character that you see in #1.

The final call for pre-orders is Monday, 2/9/15, so be sure to use Diamond Order Code JAN150567 to reserve your copy!

Descender #1 hits the shelves 3/4/15 from Image Comics.

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40. Review: Getting Hit By Stray Bullets Has Never Felt This Good

STRAY BULLETS : SUNSHINE AND ROSES #1

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Story & Art: David Lapham

Publisher: Image Comics/El Capitan

 

 

 

 

It’s no secret that Stray Bullets is one of the best comics being published today, possibly ever. David Lapham’s latest Sunshine and Roses remedies the missing gratuitous violence of Killers at the cost of diverting from that arc’s engaging plot. However, this is the most brutal and meaty the Stray Bullets series has been in awhile, and that speaks volumes for what you’ll find in these pages.

Linear storytelling has never been Lapham’s aim for the series. It’s allowed him to take chances and experiment with the world he’s created. David Lapham has done some traumatic breaking of characters, jumped time periods on a whim, and killed his cast in ways that haven’t even been invented yet. Stray Bullets Sunshine and Roses #1 follows the story of Kretchmeyer, a suave would be gangster trying to get in the game. He begins a romance with a feisty east coast woman named Beth. Unknowingly, the secrets of their lives begin to intertwine and unravel in a crime/love story that hasn’t been told this well since True Romance.

Black and white comics might not be for everyone but if they’re done right you hardly notice the lack of color. Laphan does it right. His art has a way of simplifying the complexity of the narrative down to raw emotion. It’s a treat to ride this tense roller coaster of lust and violence because each page is more striking than the one before it.

If you’ve never read Stray Bullets, the beauty of the series is its never closed nature. Almost every issue is a self contained story. Whether you start with the original number one or this latest Sunshine and Roses arc you’ll never feel as though you’re in a story that’s already years in unfolding. For long time Stray Bullets fans… rejoice! It’s back and it’s just as good as ever!


 

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41. Review: crime makes a strange exit to Eden in Postal #1

 

postalcoverWritten by: Bryan Hill, Matt Hawkins

Art by: Isaac Goodhart

Colorist and Editor: Betsy Gonia

Letterer: Troy Peteri

Publisher: Top Cow

Strange small towns commanded by dogmatic despots have long been a staple of post-apocalyptic fare like The Walking Dead. So when Postal #1 opens on a church sermon delivered by a preacher waving a gun at a man who is bound at the foot of the altar, it seems a familiar scenario. Perhaps this is what the comic wants us to think, lulling us into a false sense of narrative security to contrast with it’s intriguing final pages.

The sermon is cut short by a turn of the page and text that reads: 24 hours earlier. We are in the town of Eden, Wyoming and at it’s post office we meet Mark: a mail carrier who takes his job very seriously, with ritualistic attention to detail. He leads us through his day, which apparently includes transcribing letters that are damaged at his mother’s behest, calling it “policy.” Somehow I don’t think the USPS would agree. In this case, Mark transcribes a damaged letter that implicates a shady Eden resident in a drug operation. Wanting to “help” the man, Mark ends up stumbling right into the middle of his meth lab.

As the issue unfolds we meet a host of characters that border on cliches: A tall, “injun” man who speaks in an accent straight out of a John Ford western; the beautiful, sad, yet caring waitress who Mark yearns for; a cantankerous chef who only speaks French. Those cliche’s grind to a halt when we meet Mayor Shiffron, who also happens to be Mark’s mother. The Mayor lays out some of the rules of Eden to an overly muscled white-power newcomer and they aren’t exactly what you’d expect. This piqued my interest. The Mayors tense, cold relationship with her son was also a surprise. By the time I reached the books’ ending which recalls the strange, small town of Twin Peaks, I found myself wondering what the next issue would bring.

Postal #1 offers well-rendered characters, different in their build, height and affect which are colored nicely. The gray and pastel palate gives the effect of isolating the town, making it feel as if it exists outside of the world we know. The end of the book includes a dossier on the important characters we’ve met so far and provides some further clarity while also expanding the mystery of Eden. If Postal #2 avoids the pitfall of piling too many mysteries on top of each other, it could prove to be a solid new series.

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42. Wade Wilson’s Secret War

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If the Marvel Universe, as we know it, ends in this Summer’s Secret Wars then it’s not pulling any punches on the way out. Today the publisher announced ANOTHER tie-in book to its be-all-end-all Secret Wars event. Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars revisits the original 1984 event. Written by Cullen Bunn, this new series will see wade Wilson stick his nose, guns, and blades into the landmark 84′ war. Readers will see just how the Merc With a Mouth shaped events seven years before his first appearance in comics.

As Bunn tells it “Deadpool was always part of the original Secret Wars, it’s just been secret until now.” Details remain scarce outside of the premise, but Bunn had pitched Marvel the idea of Deadpool being part of past events from the shadows before. Secret Wars seems like as good a place as any for an off-beat idea like this to flourish. No artist or length of series was given but we expect to hear more about this and the already announced books in the coming weeks.

Given the recent announcement of the Deadpool’s demise  in April’s Deadpool #250, it may seem odd for the character to appear in more stories right away. So it’s almost certain Wilson’s incarnation in this Secret Wars tie-in would be one from the past instead of already being back from the dead.

Would you be willing to accept such a retcon to an event that shaped decades of the Marvel Universe? 

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43. Review: Cluster #1 War is Hell on Celebrities

By Davey Nieves

CLUSTER #1

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Story: Ed Brisson

Art: Damian Couceiro

Color: Michael Garland

Publisher: Boom! Studios

 

 

 

Given the rash of criminal activity celebrities get away with dominating headlines today, Cluster feels like a timely commentary on current events. Ed Brisson’s story follows the semi-celebrity daughter of a politician, Samara Simmons. We pick up Samara’s story in the middle of her hitting rock bottom as she’s arrested for operating a vehicle under the influence after the accident she causes kills someone close to her. While someone like her in the real world might get away with simple community service; in Brisson’s dystopian future any crime that involves weapons or the death of another person is an automatic life sentence in prison. In a world where laws are absolute, appeals take the form of a 15 year military service suicide mission.

Prisoners who sign up for the program are taken to Midlothian, a habitable planet the government has gone to war over against an alien race known as the Pagurani. Just when the circumstances couldn’t get any bleaker, prisoners are equipped with a “punch” in their chest. When sent on missions, the device must be checked into the prison within 24hrs or the prisoner will excruciatingly die from internal organ liquification. By the end of the first issue all hell breaks loos on Samara’s first mission and she along with a group of prisoners find themselves in a race against time to keep their insides from turning to strawberry Quik.

The opening chapter of Cluster is a bit predictable but solid all around. Brisson lays a lot of exposition down in these pages but manages to keep it from crossing into boredom. We still don’t see the reasons to root for Samara, but the premise is interesting enough to warrant a return for issue two. Hopefully as the series goes on and the supporting cast become more fleshed out Samara’s redemption story will add more layers to the character.

Damian Couceiro’s art continues to evolve from his previous work on Full Moon Fever and Murder Book. His sequentials are on point and the hard boiled action scenes are superb. Where his work could be ramped up is in the character designs themselves. A story like Cluster is a world that’s being designed and an artist should take big chances when illustrating on that type of scale, which is an issue for the creative marriage of writer and artist to tackle.

Cluster is an intriguing premise that strives to combine the hopelessness of a prison movie with the action drama of survival story. Issue one doesn’t execute to it’s full potential but succeeds enough to see if they can work out the kinks in the next chapter.

 

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44. Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers

When Marvel announced Girl Comics four years ago it unleashed a firestorm of outrage (just check out the comments if you care in the link). Now they are announcing a whole month of variant covers by female artists and everyone thinks it’s A-OK! Because suddenly women read comics.

The event will celebrate Women’s History Month in March but also spotlight some of Marvel’s most popular artists. “2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso in a statement. “Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow.  In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.”

Here’s the complete list…and eight covers released so far, by some of the top cover artists out there such as Sana Takeda, Sara PIchelli, Colleen Doran, Amanda Conner and MORE. Can’t wait to see the whole list!

  • All-New Captain America #5 by TBD
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE
  • All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS
  • Amazing Spider Man 16 Doyle WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE
  • Ant Man 3 Cook WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK
  • Avengers #42 by TBD
  • Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY
  • Captain Marvel #13 by AFUA RICHARDSON
  • Deadpool #43 by TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 25 Henderson WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON
  • Legendary Star Lord 10 Takeda WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA
  • Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD
  • New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI
  • Rocket Raccoon 9 Lee WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE
  • SHIELD 4 Doran WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN
  • Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD
  • Thor 7 Hans WOM Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Thor #6 by TBD (Above image by Stephanie Hans)
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER
  • Uncanny X Men 33 Stacey Lee Women of Marvel Variant Marvel unveils Women of Marvel Variant Covers
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

 

 

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45. Kot and Gorham leave a Dead Drop on the Valiant Universe

1bd75a78 f6fa 4910 bfaf e60a5ea8875d 197x300 Kot and Gorham leave a Dead Drop on the Valiant UniverseAuthor Ales Kot and penciller Adam Gorham are entering the Valiant Universe with a four issue mini-series entitled Dead Drop. The story features Archer, X-O Manowar, and more of the Valiant stable of characters. In keeping with the unexpected tone of Kot’s work, each issue follows a different character as they explore a contagion deep within the black market of New York City. The contagion is also set to have alien origins. CBR broke the news along with the first covers and interview with Kot on the tale.

“When I looked at the characters and clicked with the right ones, I did more research. I had some familiarity with the Valiant Universe,” said Kot. “I rarely read superhero comics these days. That’s not a diss — they just don’t resonate with me. So the challenge here is, how do I make a superhero comic that would resonate with me? “Secret Avengers” is a good example of me figuring that out. I want Dead Drop to be another.”

Among the characters already mentioned, some supporting cast members from the greater Valiant Universe like Detective Cujedo (Quantum and Woody) and Neville Alcot (Unity) are also included.

“Yes. I want to tell everyone who already reads Valiant comics to come in and take the ride. Then I want to steer the ride somewhere unusual and new. The strategy is calculated, but not cold.”

Those following Secret Avengers by the author have grown accustomed to the style that Kot has been writing, featuring action and Twin Peaks-style black humor. When asked what tone he would be incorporating in the series with it being either silly or dramatic, the author had this to say:

Both. And more.

With any luck it will feature the same brand of hard espionage and bloodthirsty robots that fall in love with their adversaries.

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Written by ALES KOT
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B by ADAM GORHAM
Cover C by JUAN JOSE RYP
Cover D by BRIAN LEVEL
$3.99 US | T+ | 32 pgs. | On sale MAY 2015

Dead Drop is Dropping in May, (Sorry for that pun!)

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46. Marvel Launching Secret Wars 2099

By Davey Nieves

You won’t be able to escape it. Your world and that parallel world where Nationwide didn’t depress everyone is coming to an end, at least that’s what Marvel have been claiming. The only thing we know is come this May you can’t escape the ocean of Secret Wars books. Today Marvel announced yet another, this time the 2099 universe enters the fray.

Secret Wars 2099 will pick up after the end of Spider-Man 2099 (yep, it’s ending) and feature the same creative team of Peter David and artist Will Sliney. While it’s not known at this time if the series will be limited or ongoing; the big draw will be a never before seen team of 2099 Avengers who work for the mega corporation Alchemax. This is also the first book to admittedly not tie-in directly to the Secret Wars event. While it takes place on the same world as the war, David made mention how the series will be a story unto itself and may only mention the events going on. The writer wanted fans to know that it’s both a continuation of the 2099 story and a place for new readers to jump on and enjoy.

Here’s the solicit for the first issue and the art released today:

SECRET WARS 2099 #1

Written by Peter David

Penciled by William Sliney

Cover by TBD

On Sale 5/27/2015

When everything ends, it’s time to go back to the future. Revisit the world of 2099 and see it a whole new light, as characters who have never been seen before make their first appearances – including the AVENGERS 2099. Can the ideal of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes survive in a world where megacorporations rule with an iron fist?

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47. Imperium #1 Review: A Beautiful Lie

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When Valiant Next was first announced, the biggest question mark for fans was: why Imperium? What is the series? Where’s Harbinger?

It turns out we were asking all the wrong questions, or so author Joshua Dysart would have us believe in Imperium #1. We should have been asking:

What will the future look like?

Thanks to the incredibly well designed cover by Raul Allen, the questions multiplied. Even though various interviews like the ones here disclosed more information about the book, there is still lots of secret information about this comic regarding the Renegades and other cast members.

What we do know about Imperium is that series takes the premiere Valiant nemesis, Toyo Harada, and teams him up with an assortment of ragtag villains.

Within the description text in the first issue villain and protagonist Toyo Harada notably wishes to: “end global conflict and bring about world peace…at any cost.” That’s a great window into this character, especially when thinking about how world peace may not be the absolute answer to all our problems on a global scale.

Joshua Dysart is a writer with political concerns in mind, a perspective that superhero comics rarely include. This story takes those elements to ground and enhance the backdrop of the story.

IMPERIUM #1 [VALIANT NEXT]

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A (Harada) by RAUL ALLEN
Cover B (Lord Vine-99) by RAUL ALLEN
Cover C (Major Mech) by RAUL ALLEN
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER
Character Design Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Artist Variant by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Blank Cover also available







What will the future look like?

Have you ever found yourself asking that question? That’s the thesis on the first half of Imperium #1, a tale that might be one of the most bold superhero works since Dysart chronicled Unknown Soldier at Vertigo.

The author’s consistent choice to veer into the unexpected does not alienate readers, but fully draws them into the narrative surrounding the text. With that in mind, this comic is not for readers looking for a more traditional superhero story. This is not a more static reinterpretation of a villain in the Valiant world, it’s the start of something completely new.

Similar to Rai, there are various stray links to the Valiant Universe, equating to a stronger and more interesting storyline. Even if this comic is innovatively formatted, it’s still part of a huge shared Universe. The story never lets the reader forget that, and it’s all the better for it.

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Readers will never see the plot twist coming, as the title has so perfectly evaded a concrete story synopsis. After a long form interview with Joshua Dysart conducted with Comics Beat, never once did the author mention nearly anything that happened in Imperium #1. The only clues to what the opening of the series are the preview pages already solicited.

This first installment of the story uses the protagonist in an extremely creative manner, having him interact with the story in an innovative hands-off approach. A new psiot taking the point-of-view narration is fully realized and reflected positively upon numerous interactions within the story.

Imperium #1 is built upon a lie, a potent beatiful lie that creates an exciting narrative thread. The implications for what this story could possibly mean and what the greater Valiant Universe holds for the rest of the series is left wide-open, but it’s for the better. If Dysart continues this streak of really using Imperium to make it’s audience second guess every decision they have ever made, this could be something really special. Imperium #1 stands out against a thousand #1’s in a crowded comics market. This is a comic that demands focus but culminates in an incredibly emotionally charged reward.

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48. Marvel Opens Their Diary in Secret Wars Journal

By Davey Nieves
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Marvel today announced another book in the cornfield of Secret Wars books already revealed. It’s not Punisher War Journal, it’s the entire Marvel Universe in Secret Wars Journal. The anthology spearheaded by editor Jake Thomas will feature some of Marvel’s most unconventional characters.

Thomas had this to say about the title, “We’ve got a Night Nurse—You heard me right, kids! Night Nurse!—story that is going to be killer, an intense X-Men story, a completely bonkers Misty Knight and Paladin tale. Honestly, there are times I can’t believe I’m getting away with this stuff.”

While the book is advertised as a creator driven series there was no word on exactly what creators will be involved or how many issues this limited series would run. Thomas did make it clear that the book would tie in “very directly” to the core Secret Wars books and still offer glimpses at parts of Battleworld no other books would touch.

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49. Nice Art: Valiant Debuts Mico Suayan’s ENTIRE artwork for Bloodshot Reborn #1

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Valiant Entertainment are unveiling the interior artwork in full for the upcoming Bloodshot Reborn #1 written by Jeff Lemire with art from Mico Suayan. The company is launching each page on their brand new Tumblr account. The Tumblr is set to reveal daily updates with a behind-the-scenes peek at all the big artwork happening with Valiant Next. Bloodshot #1 debuts on April 15th.

Valiant’s Director of Marketing Communications & Digital Media Hunter Gorinson chimed in to explain what else the company has in store for their new social media account.

“Valiant prides itself on its close relationship with fans around the world, and this is a terrific place for us to add a whole new depth to that experience,” said Gorinson. “Every day, we’ll be showcasing something special from the walls of Valiant HQ – advance artwork, covers, webcomics, interviews, and more – beginning with each and every page of artwork from the biggest Valiant release of 2015 thus far: BLOODSHOT REBORN #1”

After becoming aware of Project Rising Spirit guiding his every move, Bloodshot is now living in exile. How does a killing machine controlled by others cope with life? Keep your eyes peeled on the Tumblr, as it will be receiving updates throughout the day.

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50. Review: Once Upon A Hard Time Is A Good Time For The Goon

By Davey Nieves

The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time #1 

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Story & Art : Eric Powell

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

 

 

 

If there’s a textbook that exist on making comics, then Eric Powell probably wrote about half of it. The five time Eisner Award winner consistently crafts quality stories with every book he produces. His latest, The Goon: Once Upon A Hard Time is yet another example of how great a work of art comic books can be.

After the events of Occasion of Revenge, the witch coven that demolished Goon’s life is closer to their goal of total control of the unnamed town. Powell shows how a character like The Goon can only be bent but never truly broken. The series opening picks up in the middle of his vengeful rampage against the Magpies who played him for a fool and shattered his world. It wouldn’t be a Goon story if it wasn’t coming at him from all sides as he’ll also have to deal with an angry Don Rigatti who’s seeking payback of his own for Rory’s death in the perevious series. For anyone looking for the humor of the older stories, there’s none to be found here. This story is an unrelenting tale of a man pushed too far.

Books like this are rare. Once Upon A Hard Time uses emotion to justify its sheer gorgeous brutatlity. There’s anger, grief, and fervor bursting from the panels drawn by Eric Powell. Each nuance shows just how much the characters have become part of him. There’s only a handful of panels where Goon isn’t holding a bottle or a weapon, or a bottle to use as a weapon. After all these years of creating Goon stories, Powell doesn’t relent on any of the most minuscule details when it comes to character.

The previous Occasion of Revenge story marked a turning point for the character in more ways than one. Powell’s inking experiments on his own work refined his detailed touch and added more power to the emotions already expressed on the page. All this helped the shock value of seeing those bright colors on the final pages. Once upon a Hard Time continues the affair with color splash but Powell’s evolution in rendering emotion is what sets it apart. Every ghoul, monster, and human like face expresses feeling in a way that few horror books can. You’ll see just how far he takes it in the panels with spider.

Perhaps the most unique thing about Dark Horse’s 50th issue of The Goon is how new reader friendly it is. That’s odd because it really isn’t suppose to be. If you’re already a fan of The Goon you won’t be able to understand the direction of this issue unless you’ve read Occasion of Revenge. Those that have never read Goon, who can accept the premise at face value will find themselves in such a violent and gorgeous world that can’t help but go back and read them all.


Goon or Goonies Dave rants about it on twitter @bouncingsoul217

 

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