Writer: Jeffrey Morris, Fredrick Haugen Pencils & Inks: Christopher Jones Colors: Zac Atkinson
Cover: Dylan Hansen Letters: Cortland Bechtell, Jordain Cheng-Kinnander Editor: Jeffrey Morris, Kimberly Morris Publisher: FutureDude Digital Cover Date: September 2014 Print Cover Date: October 2014 Cover Price: $3.99
From the minds of Jeffrey Morris & Fredrick Haugen comes a story that traverses multiple parallel universes, yet tells a story that’s as intriguing as it is engaging. The story hops back and forth from parallel earths in a tale about The Ascendency and the rebellion that wants to take them down.
The Ascendency has been pillaging and enslaving worlds throughout the Multiverse for over 40 years and now they’ve set their sights on “Beta 76” aka our world.
Writer: Kel Symons Art & Colors: Mathew Reynolds Cover: Mathew Reynolds Letters: Pat Brosseau Editor: Sebastian Girner
Publisher: Image Comics Cover Date: February 2014 Cover Price: $2.99
Title: “Nice Work If You Can Get It”
It’s 1938. Somewhere in the South Pacific, Jack and his band of mercenaries and expatriates are looking for treasure. With the war between Japan and China raging, It’s a rough time to be in those waters and of course things aren’t going so smoothly for the crew.
The Mercenary Sea #1 introduces us to the players in this high adventure in the South Seas. Mathew Reynolds sets up the mood perfectly in the opening pages with his out-of-focus backgrounds and the silhouetting of the characters against the lush jungle. The tension is palpable and you can almost hear the sounds coming from the animals that inhabit the location.
“The Humanity Bomb” Begins – Your First Look at INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #16!
Here’s your first look at Indestructible Hulk #16 by writer Mark Waid and artist Clay Mann, courtesy of Marvel Comics – on sale November 27th, 2013.
Hulk smashes, and Banner builds. But what happens when Hulk can’t smash? Marvel is proud to present your first look at Indestructible Hulk 16 – from superstar writer Mark Waid and red-hot artist Clay Mann!
Earth’s scientists have a deadly problem they can’t solve, and with time running out they’ve turned to Bruce Banner for help! Now, with a problem Hulk can’t smash, it’s up to Banner’s super intellect to help build….an extremely powerful bomb?! Plus: which of Banner’s assistants will make it out of this one alive?
Here’s your first look at X-O Manowar #19 by writer Robert Venditti and artist Cary Nord from Valiant Comics – on sale November 20th, 2013.
Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of X-O Manowar #19 – the FIRST ISSUE of an all-new, standalone story arc at the heart of 2013’s most anticipated comic book event by New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Eisner Award-winning artist Cary Nord!
Aric of Dacia has fought to reclaim the ancestral lands of the Visigoths – and he has bled for it. But nothing he has faced before can prepare him for the combined might of UNITY – and the deadly combination of Harada, Ninjak, Eternal Warrior and Livewire! To some, he is a king… To others, the ultimate threat… Now find out just how brutal, how savage, and how cunning a warrior X-O Manowar can be as he engages the world’s most elite superteam head-on!
Story: Jai Nitz
Art & Lettering: Greg Smallwood
Cover: Alex Ross
Editor: Patrick Thorpe
Asst. Editor: Everett Patterson
Designer: Adam Grano
Production: Allyson Haller
Publisher: Dark Horse
Cover Date: May 2013
Cover Price: $3.99
“What would you do if you woke up in a strange room and didn’t know where you were, or what you’d done the night before to get there?”
So begins the first issue of a 5 part mini series by Jai Nitz & Greg Smallwood.
Things seem to be falling apart in John Lincoln’s life; being in between jobs and a recent burglary at his girlfriend’s place have left things unstable between them. Things only get stranger after he steals an Aboriginal mask from a museum.
Writer & co-creator: Mark Millar Pencils & co-creator: John Romita Jr. Inks & washes: Tom Palmer Colors: Dean White Letters: Chris Eliopoulos Editor: Jennifer Lee
Publisher: Marvel Comics Cover Date: July 2013 Cover Price: $2.99
Kick-Ass 3 has arrived and brings to a close the saga of Dave Lizewski that Mark Millar & John Romita, Jr. began with the first series.
The story begins with Hit Girl being imprisoned but leaving Dave and his buddies the resources and detailed directions of how to spring her. All they need to do is go through with it. On top of that, Dave has to deal with all the headache of running a gang of superheroes who don’t always do what’s expected of them.
I can’t say I was terribly excited by this read but I have to say I may be the wrong age for it. I found it to have a very Saturday morning cartoons feeling, but with a little more violence. This may, in fact, be a perfect read for someone in the 10 – 14 age range. But even with that in mind, I feel that young people today may be exposed to more complex and interesting characters. By the end of issue 2 I was still waiting to see how these characters stood out as something a little different.
Writer: Ann Nocenti Artist: Alex Sanchez Colors: Matt Yackey Letters: Taylor Esposito Cover: David Finch Editors: Rickey Purdin, Rachel Gluckstern
Publisher: DC Comics Cover Date: April 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 US
Title: “Way Of The Outsider”
Review by Jason Olson
Katana. Ghostly eyes. A stoic demeanor. Strange whispers spoken to her sword. A lethal and quick-to-kill assassin who we have seen jump in and out of various story lines. I find her to be a terrifying and odd character and I have enjoyed her appearances in Birds of Prey under the helm of Gail Simone. The female reconfiguration of a Samurai warrior, mixed with the eerie attachment to her dead husband, whose spirit apparently occupies her sword, Soultaker, was always a fun juxtaposition with the busty and brassy sass of Starling and Black Canary. I won’t even bother with the Freudian nuances here when discussing her love of a sharp and long sword that is her most injurious weapon.