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6-page preview: Danger Club #3 – Let the bodies hit the floor!

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Image Comics Monday afternoon released a six-page preview of Danger Club #3 written by Landry Walker with art by Eric Jones. The chaos continues in part three of the series. Danger Club #3 will be in your local comic book store on July 4th, 2012.

The bodies begin piling up as the world’s governments move against the forces of the teenage superheroes. Meanwhile, Kid Vigilante is concerned about the link between Jack Fearless and the President of the United States.

Dial H #2 Further down the Rabbit Hole

Dial H #2

Written By: China Mieville

Art By: Mateus Santolouco

Last issue introduced to us to Nelse and his new-found powers brought on by the mysterious Phone Booth. This issue picks up immediately after last. Nelse is busy figuring out his powers while his best friend still sits in the hospital from his recent attack and his ex girlfriend still doesn’t give him the time of day.

It’s an interesting take on an already unique comic. Nelse’s obsessive behavior has now bleed into his use of the Dial. Through Nelse’s notes we find out that he forgets who he is every time that he changes and takes on the memories of each Superhero he inhabits.

On the subject of Superheroes China Mieville creates more than enough fun and interesting characters for Mateus Santolouco to draw. Shamanticore and Ctrl-Alt-Delete being my personal favorites this issue. Mateus’s art once again provides enough atmosphere and tension on each page. He also draws the comic with a very kinetic sense of action and creates new and inventive ways to make each page visually striking.

A few of the new Superheroes introduced in this issue of Dial H

The pacing of this issue is a bit broken but it still provides enough fun along with more questions as to who is chasing Nelse. The mystery behind who is after Nelse and his friends is still just that. With his friend place back into danger he goes back to the hospital and bites off more than he can chew. It leaves Nelse in a weakened state as he runs from his attackers with another figure waiting for him at his Dial. China Mieville and Mateus Santolouco deliver another solid issue. DC’s Dark line of books are proving to be the most surprising aspect of DC’s New 52 Relaunch.

Review Score 8/10

Mike DeVivo

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Review: Amazing Spider-Man #680 – In space, no one can hear you thwip!

Amazing Spider-Man #680
Writers: Dan Slott & Chris Yost
Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli [Pencils], Klaus Janson [Inks], and Frank D’Armata [Color]

Mayor J. Jonah Jameson’s son, Col. John Jameson, is performing repairs outside of the Horizon Labs space station Apogee 1 when suddenly he loses communication with the Horizon Labs science team on Earth–as well as his dad, who is visiting the lab.

As is typical, Jonah flips out and the team discovers that all systems on the station are failing.  As is also typical, Peter Parker rushes off in typical Peter Parker fashion, as he knows the Fantastic Four and space emergencies are their forté.

Of course, the Parker luck plays its hand and the only one home is the recently-back-from-the-dead-though-he-never-really-died Human Torch, who Spidey catches in the middle of a… somewhat compromising situation.  I won’t spoil it here, but it’s fairly amusing and all ties into Johnny taking the night off to catch up on all of the pop culture events he missed while he was “dead.”

Anyhow, Spidey convinces a less-than-serious Torch to tag along to the space station with him, where they discover something “Sinister” is afoot…

Overall, this is another stellar issue of Amazing Spider-Man.  Am I surprised that Dan Slott had help from Chris Yost with writing this?  Not really.  He’s been putting together the huge “Ends of the Earth” storyline featuring the return of the Sinister Six and the potential death of Doctor Octopus. (Yeah, I get it.  They killed Doc Ock in the ’90s during the “Clone Saga,” too.  That death, however, was pretty cheap and undeserving of a character who rivals Green Goblin as Spider-Man’s biggest enemy.)  Anyhow, the writing here has the perfect balance between humor and seriousness, not letting the one-upsmanship and one-liners between Spidey and the Torch overshadow the gravity of the plot.

Giuseppe Camuncoli, Klaus Janson, and Frank D’Armata do a great job of conveying all of this in their art, as well.  Jonah’s bug-eyed expression of panicked rage on page 4 perfectly captures the emotions of a parent whose son is in grave danger, especially when you factor in that Jonah is still probably grieving his recently-murdered wife, Marla.  In fact, practically every panel in this issue featuring Jonah is a hit.  Hell, this whole issue is gorgeous.

If you weren’t already excited for “Ends of the Earth,” the panels of Doc Ock in this issue might change that.  Never before has he looked so menacing.  If this is just the lead-in to that story, you really have to wonder how big the endgame is.

STORY: 9.5/10
ART: 9.5/10

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New DCU Earth Two images : Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman

DC Comics Friday afternoon released a variant cover by Ivan Reis and Joe Prado of Earth Two #1 written by James Robinson. Earth Two #1 will be in your local comic book store in May.

From DC the Source:

We recently announced DC COMICS-THE NEW 52 “Second Wave,” featuring six new series coming in May. With an entire parallel world to explore in EARTH 2, writer James Robinson expands the scope of the storytelling potential in DC COMICS-THE NEW 52. There are new characters, new enemies and new conflicts – but for now, Robinson’s keeping the details under wraps.

“I’m excited and eager to let people know all the facts about the new EARTH 2 comic, but for now I have to remain vague,” teased Robinson. “Earth 2 is a world that’s very like our own, but at the same time vastly different. It has known great conflict and danger…a dark menace defeated but at a great cost both to the Earth and to its superheroes of that time. Now, in the present as new menaces emerge to attack the Earth, so new heroes must emerge too, learning to work as a team (or perhaps Society is a better word) while facing these new threats head-on. Who are these heroes? Will their powers include speed, bestial fury, and maybe even green light? Wait and see.”

REVIEW: Wolverine #300, or is that Wolverine #3000? Dude’s EVERYWHERE.

Wolverine #300
Writer: Jason Aaron
Art: Adam Kubert & Paul Mounts [Chapters 1, 4 & 7], Ron Garney & Jason Keith [Chapters 2 & 5], Steve Sanders & Sotocolors [Chapters 3 & 6]

Wolverine #300 doesn’t just mark the return of the series to its original numbering (assuming that’s how Marvel worked this out), it also marks the beginning of Jason Aaron’s final story arc on the book — Wolverine’s return to Japan.

Last issue (Wolverine #20), the stage was set for a war between the Yakuza and the Hand as a result of the Silver Samurai’s death way back in the “Wolverine Goes to Hell” storyline that began in the first issue of this volume of Wolverine.  Wolverine’s well-known for being an X-Man and an Avenger, but his history as a samurai (he’s like 200 years old, you know?) is something that some fans may not be up to speed on.  This super-sized issue, and the story arc in general, seem to be a great primer on that so far.  It features his Japanese love interest, his adopted Japanese daughter, the aforementioned Japanese mafia and ninjas, and the son of the Silver Samurai.

Oh, and Sabretooth is back from the dead.  How this happened has yet to be explained, but if the teasers for next issue (and 2012 in general) are any indication, there will be answers soon.

Overall, this is exactly the kind of story fans of the Ol’ Canucklehead have come to know and love.  It strikes the right balance of ultra-violence and pulp fun — see the in-flight fight between Wolverine and a plane full of ninjas in the opening pages, or Sabretooth with a jetpack, for example — rounded out with smart dialogue and solid writing.  There are really only two or three spots in the book where the story seems to jump around inexplicably (when the Yakuza approach Sabretooth in the Japanese brothel, and when Wolverine and Sabretooth are suddenly in the Hand temple after being in an underground tunnel), but considering the amount of action condensed into this issue, it’s somewhat forgivable.  Although, I did find myself checking to see if my copy was missing pages like a recent issue of Secret Avengers I purchased…

The art remains solid throughout, as well, which is surprising given the three art teams that worked on this issue.  I didn’t even realize three teams of artists worked on this issue until I looked at the credits again afterwords.  It’s almost that seamless, although the Steve Sanders and Sotocolors chapters are noticeably more polished than the others.

Like the main story, the back-up story — which presumably teases the upcoming “Sabretooth Reborn” story by Jeph Loeb and Simone Bianchi — also left me wanting to see what happens next.

Overall, a solid 300th issue — if it really is the actual issue 300.

STORY: 8.5/10
ART: 8.5/10 

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New 52 Review: Teen Titans #1

I was super bummed when I heard about one of the casualties of the New 52 reboot, Tim Drake’s solo adventures as the Red Robin. Red Robin was a definitely underrated book, and had a great plot as Tim fell further and further down the Batman path. (Lonely, dark, brooding, suspicious of everyone.)

With the reboot, they de-aged Tim to maybe about 15-16 or so, and redid his costume as Red Robin to look just like Marvel’s the Falcon.

 
The book sets up the premise, that teen superheroes seem to be a menace, with a Kid Flash (who claims no relation or connection to Barry Allen) causing a backdraft and a major explosion, setting off the media. It flashes over to Tim Drake, who asks someone (Batman?) “Seriously what were you thinking?” as a clandestine organization called N.O.W.H.E.R.E. tries to recruit him to their operation. Drake of course refuses, and sets off an action sequence to escape which leads into him going off to recruit Wonder Girl to fight this mysterious organization. The issue ends with a reveal of a Clone *cough*Superboy*cough* that is being activated by N.O.W.H.E.R.E.

The plot is serviceable , however, it all feels a little like a retread of the beginning of Civil War. Substitute Speedball for Kid Flash, and voila, we are in Connecticut.  The art is average, and doesn’t feel special or notable. The plot needs some work, and hopefully as the issues go on we can get some more answers, and move beyond the Teen Superheroes are a Menace motif that the book seems to be running with so far. After three other reboots you think DC would finally get it right, it’s shortcomings are really noticeable especially when you compare it to Christos Gage run on Avengers Academy.

Story: 4/10

Art: 4/10

DC’s New 52: Lesser known titles you should add to your pull list

Dc’s new 52 has been a shockingly  successful experiment in my opinion at least after this first month. If you’re like me you have to pick and choose what comics you get each week .  We all know Superman , Batman , Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are going to sell and the reboot  has injected new life into each of those respective books.  However there have been a few Comics and characters that belong at the top of your pull list along with the aforementioned Superheroes. I wanted to highlight a few of those titles below and give props to the creative teams that are making me giddy with excitement for issue #2.

Batwoman #1

Written by : J.H. Williams III & W.  Haden Blackman

Art by: J.H. Williams III

Let me start by saying this was one of the books I was most excited about but also  most worried about. Over a year ago Detective Comics handed itself over to writer Greg Rucka and artist J.H. Williams while Bruce Wayne was Traveling through time with identity issues . This lead to an amazing run on Detective Comics that helped set the tone and character for Batwoman rebooting with issue #1 . After much delay and a change in writers ( Greg Rucka left and handed over shared writing duties ) Batwoman is back again in a issue #1 and it is just as spectacular as it was a year ago.

Immediately J.H. Williams’ Art and Layouts will knock your socks off. He uses a painterly style with Batwoman and pencils and inks for her alter ego Kate Kane  . The Layouts themselves are some of the most creative Ive ever seen . You can tell every panel is thought out and you could spend an hour on each page easily making this one of the most beautiful titles of the relaunch. Further more I’m impressed with the ease at which our writing team is able to drop you right into the story and still inform you of the characters interactions and back story . The plot is great, and the antagonists are perfectly creepy. A well timed argument towards the end of the issue catches you up on anything you may have missed over a year ago while also continuing to push the story  forward with ease. This book is amazing and is firing on all cylinders and deserves your attention.

 

Best surprise of the new 52 launch so far

 

Animal Man #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire

Artist: Travel Foreman and Dan Green

Jeff Lemire uses a very ingenious way to bring us into the story, and catch us up on all things Animal Man by having us read an interview featuring our title character on the first page. What follows is a double page spread showing Buddy Baker settling into his new life as Father and family man. This is a very grounded book which is great for building tension in a book where no one feels “safe” . Buddy however has an itch to go back out on Patrol as Animal Man and things go from bad to worse by the end of the issue. The art is greatly detailed with nice muted colors and a dream sequence with which the artist uses  ink wash with pops of  red to really create a sense of anguish and dread. However its the cliff hanger at the end involving  his daughter Maxine ,  who has a unique take on her fathers power that has me biting at my nails to check out the next issue.

 

 

 

Swamp Thing #1

Writer : Scott Snyder

Artist : Yanick Paquette

Scott Snyder, who has been  on a roll recently with Batman and Detective Comics now flexes his writing muscles on the new Swamp Thing reboot.  Right off the bat we are introduced to a future Metropolis with Superman noticing Dead birds falling from the sky and then we are quickly sent to the Bat cave where we see Batman puzzled as his pet bats scatter and fall all around him. Scott Snyder quickly chooses to bring us into Alec Hollands life as he is now working in construction giving up his life’s work as a scientist in the process.  For fans wanting to get a taste of what Superman will look and sound like after he’s grown out of his T shirt and jeans phase , look no further. Superman and Alec Holland share a great moment together in the opening pages that touches on how important of a character he is to the DC Universe now. I especially like the stern and direct approach Alec takes with Superman . Also having Alec remember all of Swamp Things memories from his long storied past is a nice way to show us that there is going to be a symbiotic relationship again between the two characters in the near future.

Yanick Paquette does amazing things with foliage and dead animals in this book . Necks get twisted , creepy bugs fly into ears, and people die in horrible ways , this by no means is kid stuff. After this first issue I’m convinced he was the perfect choice for art duties. The immediate threat as gruesome and shocking as it is , borrows a bit from The Happening .  Instead of their being creepy wind , we get creepy wind with an actual disgusting monster. Scott however manages to inject enough intrigue and despair at the end of the issue with Swamp Thing coming back to claim his host.  I am counting the days for the next issue to see how all of these story threads play out.

Mike DeVivo



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