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5-page preview: Shadowman #1 – bring on the nightmare

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Thursday afternoon Valiant Entertainment released a five-page preview of Shadowman #1 written by Justin Jordan and Patrick Zircher with art by Patrick Zircher. This continues the relaunch of the popular 90s comic property. Shadowman #1 will be in your local comic book store sometime in November.

VALIANT’s SHADOWMAN Envelops PATRICK ZIRCHER & JUSTIN JORDAN

The next epic expansion of the Valiant Universe starts this November in Shadowman #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new ongoing series from comics superstar Patrick Zircher (Captain America, Thor: Ages of Thunder) and Harvey Award-nominee Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, Team 7)!

There’s a million dreams in the Big Easy. But now its worst nightmare is about to come true. As the forces of darkness prepare to claim New Orleans as their own, Jack Boniface must embrace the legacy he was born to uphold. As Shadowman, Jack is about to become the only thing that stands between his city and an army of unspeakable monstrosities from beyond the night. But is the mantle of Shadowman a blessing or a curse? And what is the true cost of his otherworldly power?

“Shadowman is one of the most popular characters in the Valiant Universe and the fans have been asking me since day one when he’s going to return,” said Valiant Executive Editor Warren Simons. “Justin and Patrick have put together an action-packed debut that also adds an incredibly important new dimension to the Valiant Universe. And as Patrick’s pages clearly demonstrate, he’s one of the finest artists working in the medium today. We’ve got an amazing team at the helm of our fifth ongoing launch and I can’t wait for the first issue to hit the stands.”

On sale this November, Shadowman #1 features a standard cover by Patrick Zircher with incentive variants by Eisner Award-winning industry icons Dave Johnson and Bill Sienkiewicz. Additionally, Valiant is continuing its wildly successful Pullbox Exclusive Variant program with a “blackout” cover by Patrick Zircher – available only to those comic shop patrons who pre-order Shadowman #1 with their local retailer.

X-O Manowar, Harbinger, Bloodshot, and Archer & Armstrong have captivated a new generation of fans and critics. Now prepare for the rebirth of the next Valiant icon. Fear no evil when Shadowman #1 strikes this November!

SHADOWMAN #1 – ON SALE THIS NOVEMBER!
Written by JUSTIN JORDAN & PATRICK ZIRCHER
Art by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Cover by PATRICK ZIRCHER
“Blackout” Pullbox Exclusive Variant by PATRICK ZIRCHER
Variant Covers by DAVE JOHNSON & BILL SIENKIEWICZ

3-page preview: Spider-Men #3 – sort of…


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Marvel Comics Friday afternoon released a three-page preview of Spider-Men #3 written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Sara Pichelli. The problem with the preview is some of the panels are blackout till you read Spider-Men #2. No one wants spoilers but it seems like a have hearted effort by Marvel Comics. Also, the Comic Vault is waiting to review Spider-Men till something happens because the first issue is just a very long setup. Bendis is great at witty banter but could use some help with the pacing. With that said, Marvel loaded the press release with quotes from other comic book website and I feel like I read a different book.
The Comic Vault would like your opinion of what you thought of the first issue of Spider-Men #1.

“With well-judged pace and tone, it’s everything a Spider-Man fan could want.” – ComicBookResources.com

“A fine comic book that is spilling with the same charm that we get from Ultimate Comics Spider-Man each and every month.” – IGN.com

“…there isn’t a single panel that feels static.” – AintItCoolNews.com

“A purely enjoyable comic book, and three cheers if that continues through to the end.” – Comicsbeat.com

SPIDER-MEN #3 (MAY120671)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Penciled by SARA PICHELLI
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Variant Covers by SARA PICHELLI & TERRY DODSON
FOC – 6/18/2012, On Sale – 7/11/2012

Review : The Flash #5 Barry Allen’s trial and error with the Speed Force catches up to him

The Flash #5

Story By: Francis Manupal and Brian Buccelato

Art By: Francis Manupal

Review Score: 8.5/10

Francis Manupal and Brian Buccelato’s Flash series has been a really enjoyable and inventive retelling of the character thus far and this issue keeps this  trend racing in the right direction. Barry’s friend Manuel has been taken away by Mob Rule , Central City is in complete Chaos after an EMP pulse created a blackout and Iris is all alone in Iron Heights prison with the inmates on the loose.

That is a lot of story to try and wrap up in a single issue but Manupal and Buccelato manage to do it and in in genius fashion. The first thing I have to mention is how beautiful Francis Manupal’s art is in this issue. He has been experimenting here and there with ink washes and this issue is no different. He uses Dark blues and whites to convey Central City during the Blackout scenes and goes back to his bold and bright colorful style when we follow Barry as he tries to help all of his friends.

Francis Manupal’s version of The Flash may be my favorite Ive seen . The opening title page is beautiful showing Barry running across the ocean with two barges following closely behind in his Slip Stream as the Ice in the ocean breaks around them and forms the title sequence . He constantly is drawing Barry in motion using his new costume and the electricity it creates as a character of its own. Flash finally has his version of Batman’s cape for artists to interpret . Art is clean and he still manages to give each character there own unique look . I cant wait to see his redesign of Captain Cold next issue.

Amazing Opening Page to Flash #5 by Francis Manupal courtesy of IGN

I’ll come right out and say that this is a big concept book . Things that happened in the first two issues finally pay off here and we learn the consequences of Barry using the Speed Force on the fly ( I wont spoil it for you but it creates a great amount of potential for the future ).

I also enjoy the theme of friendship and family in this issue and how every one of the main characters view one another. Barry is willing to sacrifice himself for his friend Manuel even though he already has shown he is more interested in saving himself.  Then we get to see Patty valuing Barry in a way he has yet to show her. It creates a nice narrative towards the end of the issue and makes these characters seem real .

The end of the issue Manupal and Buccelato drop a bombshell explaining how The Flash’s Speed Force powers are effecting the world around him which again creates an amazing amount of story possibilities down the road. The Flash has become a very solid and fun Sci Fi superhero book giving Barry Allen a fresh and new take on his life and powers as the Flash. Kudos to Francis Manupal and Brian Buccelato for taking the character in a new and exciting direction.

Mike DeVivo

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