First Look HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 – The Final Battle Commences in August!

Posted By Sean Tucker

Valiant is proud to present your first look at the covers for HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 (of 4) – an unstoppable pulse-pounding climax in the SEISMIC SIX-PART CROSSOVER EVENT that will wreak havoc across the landscape of the Valiant Universe! On August 29th, it all ends here as Eisner Award-nominated writer Matt Kindt (X-O MANOWAR, ETERNITY) and superstar artist Tómas Giorello (X-O MANOWAR) bring the cataclysmic showdown to an unforgettable, heart-stopping conclusion… and when the dust settles, nothing will be the same!

We called it the biggest, most impactful, most ambitious Valiant event ever attempted – and we meant it! From across the Valiant Universe, the paths of all of the world's most formidable heroes – X-O Manowar, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, Ninjak, the Secret Weapons, H.A.R.D. Corps, and dozens of newly activated psiots – have finally converged, drawn together by their old ally Livewire's last-ditch effort to protect the powerless.

Now, the long-brewing battle between Valiant's greatest icons will finally reach the stratosphere – literally – and, out of the ashes, a new order for the Valiant Universe will be hewn as New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and comics juggernaut Tomás Giorello present the MUST-READ comics showdown of 2018! On August 29th, no one gets out unscathed in HARBINGER WARS 2 #4 – featuring covers by J.G. Jones (Final Crisis), Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), Felipe Massafera (Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern)!

But first! Jump on board the astonishing first issue of HARBINGER WARS 2 when it descends on comic book stores everywhere this month on May 30th! This summer, the most anticipated event in Valiant’s publication history begins in full force as Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello crack the Valiant Universe in two in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4)!

For the rare and immensely powerful subset of humanity known as psiots, their unique abilities have come with an enormous cost. Once, their existence was known only to a select few. Now, the revelation that thousands of these latent telekinetic “harbingers” secretly live among us – with the potential to be activated at any moment – has led the American government to a dramatic tipping point…

Armed with new extra-governmental authority, the deep-black military contractor known as Omen has been authorized to identify, evaluate, and, if need be, eliminate all super-normal threats to the homeland. H.A.R.D. Corps units have been deployed into cities and towns across the United States to enforce their orders.

In the East, one of the most powerful minds on Earth, Peter Stanchek, is leading his band of Renegades across the country, activating any potential psiots willing to join them, and building an insurrection force of ultra-powerful and unwieldy new abilities that will soon bring war to Omen’s doorstep…and the unstoppable force known as X-O Manowar raging back to Earth.

In the West, Livewire – the telekinetic technopath with the ability to bend machines and computers to her will – will be forced to choose between her former allies…or her newfound team of Secret Weapons. As the situation escalates beyond human control, the United States will be plunged into darkness from coast to coast, launching Bloodshot and Ninjak into a dangerous mission to neutralize their one-time teammate – and setting the stage for the most shocking, most violent, and most consequential clash of powers ever witnessed in the history of the Valiant Universe!

On May 30th, master storytellers Matt Kindt and Tomás Giorello offer up an unprecedented collision of Valiant heroes as  X-O Manowar, Livewire, the Harbinger Renegades, Bloodshot, the Secret Weapons, Ninjak, and a cast of thousands draw their battle lines in HARBINGER WARS 2 #1 (of 4) – featuring covers by J.G. Jones(Wanted), Mico Suayan (MOON KNIGHT), Juan José Ryp (NINJA-K), Felipe Massafera (Flashpoint: Abin Sur), and Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT SALVATION)!
 

Lenni Reviews: "The Ghost, The Owl" by Franco and Sara Richard

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

One night, an owl spies the ghost of a young girl skipping across the swamp and goes to investigate. Despite the advice of his fellow owls, he decides to help the lost ghost figure out why she is lost and the mystery of how she died.

Despite being predictable, this is a beautifully drawn, sweet story. The art is a treat for the eyes; soft and flowing when it needs to be and crisp and scary when it needs to be. The detail is fantastic so, even though this is a pretty standard 'find out why the ghost died so they can move on' story, it's so pretty, it should be seen. 

The ending is a bit abrupt and I would say this is too dark for very young kids but I enjoyed it and give it a 3.9 out of 5!

Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay Review

credit: Warner Bro. Animation

credit: Warner Bro. Animation

Hey O&G fans, today we have a review of DC/Warner Bro. new animated movie Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay. As always before a review here is a quick synapsis of the movie.

Amanda Waller’s secret team Task Force X (consisting of Deadshot, Bronze Tiger, Killer Frost, Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and Copperhead) is sent to retrieve a powerful mystical object that they will risk their lives to steal. Unfortunately for the Suicide Squad, there are other villains who want the prize, and they must win a race to get it, in order to stay alive.

A Little about the Movie

Credit: Warner Bros.

Credit: Warner Bros.

Following Ocean Master's defeat, Amanda Waller dispatches  Task Force X, consisting of Deadshot, Count Vertigo, Black Manta, and criminal couple Punch and Jewelee, to recover a flash drive from Tobias Whale. Despite the team successfully completing the mission, Vertigo and Jewelee betrays the others by attacking Deadshot and killing Punch. They reveal to Deadshot that they have been working together since their time in jail. Unknown to them, Waller was listening to the conversation the whole time because she suspected there was a traitor and activates nano-tech bombs implanted in Vertigo and Jewelee's necks. Vertigo is killed by the bomb while Deadshot shoots Jewelee out of mercy, much to Waller's intrigue.

REVIEW

Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay is a Dark and Bloody animated movie with some laughs, but not quite as good as Escape from Arkam. Like Escape From Arkam, Amanda Waller (The Thinner Version) sends Task Force X  on a secret mission to obtain a supernatural McGuffin. ( No Spoilers you will see what it is when you watch the movie). This is a non sanctioned mission for the Squad, they are stripped of their usual resources and gear and are reduced to driving across country in an RV (imagine an all Super Villains road trip lol).

The movie set up feels like a 70's grind house film with blood, gore and sex, which isn't a bad thing, but it doesn't seem to fully work for this animated feature.   The fight scenes look great, but the more conversational scenes in between don’t fare so well. Especially the arguments between Deadshot and Bronze Tiger, it gets old quick. The characters have these stiff stoic expressions whenever they talk. Because of this, jokes and one-liners end up falling flat.

As always a solid voice cast with these DC Universe Original Movies, and this is no exception, with standout performances by Vanessa Williams (Amanda Waller), C. Thomas Howell (Professor Zoom), Greg Grunberg (ahem..."Steel Maxum"), and James Urbaniak (Professor Pyg). My personal favorite is Tara Strong who gives another great performance as Harley Quinn.

Overall I did enjoy the movie, the action and story were good. I would rate the one lower compared to the other films in this series. Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay will release digitally on March 27, 2018 and is released on DVD and Blu-ray on April 10, 2018.

 

By Sean Tucker

 

PREVIEW: BLACK COSTUME IS BACK in AMAZING SPIDERMAN #800

Credit: Marvel Comics

Credit: Marvel Comics

Hey O&G fans, at Marvel's retailers Panal at this years C2E2, the Black Costume will make it's return in Amazing Spiderman #800. The costume was revealed in a preview of a black and white version of the interior panals.

The pages show Spiderman and Agent Venom squaring off against Norman Osbourn  a.k.a The Green Goblin. Check out the preview pages below:

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Amazing Spiderman #800 is due out May 30th.

Lenni Reviews: "Bettie Page" Vol. 1 by David Avallone

*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for older readers.

In this collection of "secret diaries," we follow our femme fetale, Bettie Page, as she dodges the cops, secret agents, and cult members all while trying to make a living as a model and movie star of B movies with aliens... All while helping beat the bad guys.

This book is a whole lot of cheese and I kinda love it for that. I am an absolute sucker for pin-up art and all the guest art and the comic itself is lovely to look at; even with the batshit crazy ideas. However, there's this sensation of being in a glitter bomb; shiny, pretty, but confusing in all it's bright colors and movement. At the end, I had to re-read it all because I didn't remember what exactly happened. Gotta give it a 3 out of 5 for that but it sure is pretty.

The Original 5 X-Men headed for Marvel's EXTERMINATION

Art by Marvel Comics

Art by Marvel Comics

Marvel's five original X-Men are headed toward a story titled Extermination. The series, by writer Ed Brisson and artist Pepe Larraz, was announced by Marvel Editor-In-Chief C.B. Cebulski on Twitter, along with a cover by Mark Brooks.

According to a subsequent statement from Marvel, more details on Extermination will be revealed at this weekend's upcoming C2E2 convention, which takes place in Chicago from April 5-8.

The announcement will happen during Marvel's True Believer panel, which is scheduled for 12:15-1:15pm CT on Sunday April 8. Entry into the panel requires "Marvel Mastercard ® or Marvel Mastercard invitation, current Marvel Unlimited Plus membership or emailed RSVP confirmation" according to the publisher.

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Melissa MCarthy in Talks to for Virtigo's The Kitchen

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Melissa MCarthy is in Talks to co-star in New Line cinemas THE KITCHEN, according to Deadline.

Based on DC/Vertigo series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle, THE KITCHEN already has Writer/Director Andrea Berloff and actor Tiffany Haddish on Board.

Mcarthy's reported role in THE KITCHEN is unknown.

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Thanos #15 Preview

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credit: Marvel Comics

Thanos confronts the sins of his past in this preview of Thanos #15, on shelves January 24.THANOS #15  

DONNY CATES (W) • GEOFF SHAW (A/C)

THANOS WINS Part 3

As King Thanos and his Rider prepare to face the coming forces of the Fallen One, he surveys the Universe he’s dominated…just a king and his dog. His big…green…dog…

32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

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Valiant & Elhoffer Team Up for "The Faith Collection" – A Stylish New Fashion Line Available Exclusively at ThinkGeek!

Valiant & Elhoffer Team Up for "The Faith Collection" – A Stylish New Fashion Line Available Exclusively at ThinkGeek!

Debuting exclusively at ThinkGeek, Valiant Entertainment and Elhoffer Design are proud to unveil a new fashion-forward line of women's and unisex apparel inspired by Valiant's internationally renowned, breakout superhero sensation, Faith, and her allies on the Harbinger team of super-powered teenagers.

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Meet The Madrox Gang in Old Man Hawkeye #1

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credit Marvel

Hey O&G fans, Check out the Old Man Hawkeye preview set in the Old Man Logan Universe.

OLD MAN HAWKEYE #1 (of 12)
ETHAN SACKS (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (A/C)
Variant Cover by RON LIM
Variant Cover by Steve McNiven
SKETCH VARIANT COVER BY STEVE MCNIVEN
Variant Cover by Greg Land
Avengers Variant Cover by BARRY KITSON
Blank Variant Cover also available
AN EYE FOR AN EYE Part 1
The super heroes have fallen.  The country has been divided into territories controlled by super villains.  Among the wastelands lives CLINT BARTON – one of the few Avengers to survive.  But it’s been 45 years, and he’s no Avenger.  Trying to eke out a living anyway he can, the former HAWKEYE is confronted with a startling discovery:  the sharpshooter is going blind.  With time running short, Clint realizes there’s one last thing he wants to see: revenge for his fallen comrades-in-arms.
Rising-star writer ETHAN SACKS and superstar artist MARCO CHECCHETTO take you back to the Wastelands in a story set five years before the original classic OLD MAN LOGAN.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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X-MEN RED REVEALS FINALLY TEAM MEMBER

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Hey O&G fans, X-Men Red has revealed it's final teammate.  Gambit has been named as the final member of the team led by Jean Grey. "Things have heated up with attacks on mutants across the globe" says series editor Mark Paniccia. The Characters stayed hidden of the roster when the series was announced in November.

cover by Travis Charest

cover by Travis Charest

Marvel Launches Create Your Own Comic Platform

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Marvel is introducing a new comics development program called Create Your Own that it's promoting as a "game changer" for people wanting to make comics - but it comes with a lot of content restrictions that would nix the usage of many of the company's most popular characters.

"Hey there, True Believers! Have you ever wanted to write your own Marvel comics? TapTap Comics is empowering fans around the world by offering up the great power (and great responsibility) of storytelling to worthy recipients—and that means you!" wrote Marvel assistant editor's Tucker Chet Markus. "Get ready to join a fan-powered community where users can write, create, and share their own Marvel stories. It’s called Marvel: Create Your Own, and it’s going to be a game changer for fledgling comic creators looking to do their own thing."

A website for the platform is up now, with an unspecified launch date.

 

Under its "Terms & Conditions" page, Marvel: Create Your Own is limited to those 13 and older, and only in these four countries: the United States, Canada, Australia, and Singapore. Among the long list of prohibited subject matter for user-created Create Your Own content are:

  • Content that could frighten or upset young children or the parents of young children
  • Prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication, vitamins, and dietary supplements
  • Sensationalism (killer bees, gossip, aliens, scandal, etc.)
  • Politics (lobbyists, PAC sites, political campaigns, alternative lifestyle advocacies)
  • Graphic violence (including certain types of game sites) unless approved by Tap Tap on a case-by-case basis
  • Death
  • Illegal activities or any materials that infringe or assist others to infringe upon any copyright, trademark, or any other intellectual property rights Other controversial topics (social issues, etc.)
  • Guns (firearms, bullets, etc.)

Also, users of the Marvel: Create Your Own must accept a contract that the copyright to any material they create there be given to Tap Tap/Marvel.

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Comics Announced

Free Comic Book Day 2018 Gold Comics Announced

The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has selected the twelve Gold Sponsor comic book titles for the comic book industry's most anticipated annual event, Free Comic Book Day. FCBD happens each year on the first Saturday in May at participating comic book shops worldwide, with next year's event taking place on May 5th, 2018.

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Banner is back in Avengers: No Surrender

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Press Release

Avengers: Disassemble! The epic weekly takeover continues this February when Paco Medina takes the reigns to draw the third month of Marvel’s biggest team adventure, and Marvel is excited to reveal the covers for issues #683 - #686 of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER by Mark Brooks as well as the first look at February’s interlocking variant covers by Nick Bradshaw!

Month three of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER takes its epic storytelling to another level, as Jarvis’ life hangs by a thread and the Black Order is on the attack. And as if the Avengers don’t have enough to worry about, they’ll need to deal with a betrayal of one of their own.

Co-written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub with art by Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto and Paco Medina, AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER unites the casts and creative teams of three titles into one weekly book of exciting action. It all starts with AVENGERS #675 this January, when the teams of THE AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, and U.S. AVENGERS come together in a story as exciting and powerful as the Marvel Universe itself.

Find Avengers: No Surrender in stores on 1/10! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

 

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #683

Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

 

 

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #684

Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING

Art by PACO MEDINA & JOE BENNETT

Cover by MARK BROOKS

 

 

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #685

Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

 

 

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER #686

Written by MARK WAID, JIM ZUB and AL EWING

Art by PACO MEDINA

Cover by MARK BROOKS

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X-Men Dark Phoenix, Photos, Setting, Villian and Funeral Pic

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The first images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix have been released via Entertainment Weekly. They include glimpses at Jean Grey's Phoenix effect, outer space concept art, a look at Jessica Chastain's unnamed villain - and even what appears to be a funeral. 

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is due out in theaters November 2, 2018.

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