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#1 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The following are previews for Dynamite Entertainment titles in stores tomorrow, March 6th, 2013. For exclusive, extended previews of THE BIONIC MAN #17, DEJAH THORIS #23 and VAMPIRELLA #27, visit the link to our news page, here.

VAMPIRELLA STRIKES #3 (of 6)

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Written by Tom Sneigoski

Art by Johnny Desjardins

Cover by Johnny Desjardins, Fabiano Neves

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The angel general, Evanuel has made a deal with devils—but why? What secret would be so dire as to make one of the most powerful angel soldiers in Heaven's legions give up his blood willingly?
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DARK SHADOWS #14

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +

Written by Mike Raicht

Art by Nacho Tenorio

Cover by Francesco Francavilla

The future of Collinwood has been glimpsed. Barnabas and his clan are headed towards dark days. What are those who endured it willing to sacrifice to make sure it never happens? Is it too late for some, or is there one last drastic measure one member of the clan can make to make the
future unknown again?
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VOLTRON: YEAR ONE VOL. 1 TP

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160 pages FC • $19.99 • Teen +

Written by Brandon Thomas

Art by Craig Cermak

Cover by Admira Wijaya

Before Arus. Before Voltron. They were Space Explorer Squadron #686.
Soon, they will be known as the legendary Voltron Force -- Keith, Lance, Hunk, Sven, and Pidge -- five young men entrusted with five powerful robot lions and the responsibility of defending the universe from unimaginable evil. Now, as one of the Space Explorers, under the command of the Galaxy Alliance, they are tasked with keeping the Earth safe and the skies clear in a universe growing more and more dangerous every day. They’re the best central command has to offer, and have never once failed a mission. Everything changes in a flash, and Commander Sven, already hammered by persistent feelings of self-doubt and inadequacy, finds himself in the middle of a conspiracy that reaches to the top of the Galaxy Alliance. All the while he continues to be plagued by nightmares, convinced that he’ll make a critical mistake that’ll lead to the horrible deaths of his friends. When the pressure on him intensifies, he pursues a number of increasingly desperate measures that just might bring these fears to terrible life. For years, Voltron fans all over the world have wondered -- why this specific team of space explorers? How did they receive the important mission to bring back Voltron? Were they sent because their superiors hoped they would succeed, or because they knew they would fail?
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• Issues the complete mini-series by Brandon Thomas and Craig Cermak
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• Writer’s commentary for issues 1 and 2 by series writer Brandon Thomas
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#2 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

@michaelthemighty17 said:

sara will you skype for the podcast

Yes I did!

@HellknightLeon said:

Thanks GiantBomb for spilling the news about Sara early. :) I wish you the best out that way Babs and stay warm. Awesome video and can't wait to see what you can do with your office space.

Thank you very much! :)

@kcvic said:

east coast whats up with that? how'd you go thru the midwest and we didn't do lunch?

It's a travesty!

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#3 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

The dialogue in this issue really struck me as spectacular. When we first open the comic we are greeted with a fantastic scene where Wonder Woman is debating how to tell Zola that her child could literally "bring about the end of time." The dynamic between the characters in this scene is amazing, from the expressions on their faces and the way they interact to the expressions on their faces. This isn't at all where that ends, however. In fact, it is just the beginning. This issue is chock full of incredible dynamic and character interactions that will have you laughing out loud. The story is just perfect, and Azzarello really uses this idea that the "enemy of my enemy is my friend" to his advantage in more than one way. These characters clearly do not want to work together, but sacrifices must be made. As a result, we get a highly entertaining comic with incredible dialogue and really interesting characters.

One particular interaction is revisited here which absolutely makes this issue worth picking up. If you read the "zero" issue of Wonder Woman you will remember we got a flash back to when Diana was a young girl. In it, we learn that she was not only trained to be a warrior at the hand of her mother and her sisters, but that she was also mentored by the God of War. There is a fantastic interaction between these two characters here where Diana engages in a discussion with War. It's really a great scene, but beyond that, it delves into the relationship between these two characters. Will she trust him? Will she be able to trust him? There are some big revelations in this issue and it might be what you have been waiting for.

The Bad

Nothing bad here. This issue is fantastic and will definitely be hard to put down.

The Verdict

Some issues of WONDER WOMAN are chock full of action and adventure. This one, however, focuses on intrigue and character development and pushes the story we have been seeing develop further than it's been pushed before. The result? Incredible character interaction and development and some great examples of how to write an interesting comic book story without beating everybody up. Beyond the fact that the creative team does a phenomenal job writing interesting and compelling character interactions, we also get to see them explored on a personal level. This issue will keep you at the edge of your seat wanting more, and will definitely leave you looking forward to Wonder Woman's next interaction with Orion. You know, because that dude is just the biggest jerk (and I kind of love it). Great art, amazing story, perfect pacing and a serious push forward in the direction of the story make this issue one you will not want to miss.

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The Good

If you read the last issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL you might recall that things have changed in a big way for Carol Danvers. Without spoiling the issue, let's just say things are infinitely different for Carol than ever before, and if she wants to live, she is going to have to exhibit some serious self control.

This issue starts similarly to the last one where Carol's personal life is at the center of the story. We notice very quickly that there is a relationship between her and a character that surprises her a bit, and it's nice to see writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela incorporate him here. The issue breaks up the focus on Carol's personal life by integrating a scene where the character has to save the day. This was a good decision because if this hadn't been here the issue would have felt incredibly monotonous.

We are also introduced to Carol's new adversaries, and although they look a bit silly, it will be interesting to see whether they have anything to do with Carol's loss of powers. Is the reason she is struggling because of this new adversary, or is that just a coincidence?

The Bad

This issue feels a bit repetitive. The writer focuses heavily on the fact that Captain Marvel's power set has changed, and we get a lot of scenes featuring the character walking abound a bit annoyed and stubborn, disregarding everything everyone around her is saying. However, even though she is told not to do something in this issue, we see her do it regardless. It would have made more sense if something were to have happened to Carol the moment she tried to fly, but we don't really see that. Rather than showing us the character really suffer the effects of her illness, we just see characters talk about it. This is all well and good but it would have been better to incorporate that as an action in the story as opposed to simply stating it for the reader.

The Verdict

This issue follows in the same vein as the previous issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL. It really explores the character on a more personal level which is something I found really interesting. In it we see Carol's personality shine a little bit and get a glimpse at her hard-headedness and stubbornness. We also see that there are people in Carol's life that are important to her and are looking out for her, and both these things were great. Having said that, this issue doesn't feel like it rides the high that the last issue ended with. Things could have been a bit more dramatic and we could have seen Carol literally suffer after attempting to fly. The issue ends on a pretty dramatic note which is good, but a big chunk of what happens in the middle could have been a bit better.

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The Good

Three Thor's from three different points in time attempt to eradicate The God Butcher, but will they succeed? This story has been very interesting. We were initially introduced to this murderer of the Gods very briefly, and I really like the way the story has unfolded gradually. It is now, in the fifth issue that we get a closer look at the adversary of this story and a peek at not only who he is but also at what his motives are. His "dream of a Godless Age" is really a rather interesting concept that goes far deeper than just this surface notion that Gods should die. He has a reason for it, for this desire to eliminate them and it is something that we see here in this issue at the very start of the story.

It is interesting to see the three versions of Thor's character (young, middle aged and old) interact in this issue, each one fighting together against a common enemy. It is clear the character aged and matured over time, and it is interesting to see that play out here in this issue. We also see the battle between these two characters take place over an extended period of time. This killer has come after Thor time and again, and we get to see that replayed over and over.

The art, once again, is really beautiful. The colors are perfect to tell this somber story, and some of the close ups of the characters capture the raw emotion of Thor's character in the midst of battle in a fantastic way. It's really well done with these light inks and these light colors.

The Bad

There are moments that are definitely confusing because the story jumps around between time periods and it can sometimes be difficult to understand at first what is going on. In this way, the story feels a bit disorganized. Once you reach the end, however, things improve and the story makes a bit more sense.

The Verdict

This is an interesting issue because it brings Thor from three different points in his existence together to work towards a common goal. The result is this rather interesting story that gives readers a perspective of how the character has evolved over time, and how his manner of fighting has changed. In addition to this we get a closer look at who the God Butcher is and what his motives are, which makes for a rather interesting story. Pretty art and an interesting story makes this a solid issue. I would recommend picking up the previous four to really get a better understanding of what is happening in this story.

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#6 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

The Good

One of the things I have been enjoying about this series has bee writer Mike Johnson's grasp on Supergirl and who she is. This issue exemplifies the fact that Kara is a reckless, young, broken woman who is passionate about one goal: to bring back her home planet. I think Johnson captures that really well in this issue in the way that Kara's actions are so reckless. She is hard-headed and stubborn and she refuses to listen to reason, I think that's important. It also makes sense that Kara would be acting and feeling in this way since she has lost absolutely everything. Johnson has Kara's character down really, really well there is no question about that.

There were a few good segue's where we get to see exactly what is happening outside of Supergirl's battle with Wonder Woman. We catch a glimpse at the "bigger picture," and although it would have been nice to see more of that, it was still good that some of those moments broke up the fight between Supergirl and Diana.

The Bad

I know that this is not a Wonder Woman comic, but the way she was written even on the very first page of the issue is so out of character that it feels really jarring. In most cases something like this really wouldn't matter since this title isn't hers, but I think it's important here because of the role Wonder Woman plays to the plot as a whole. Here she proposes a counter argument to Kara where she explains that Krypton is gone and "nothing can bring it back."

The symbol on H'el's chest is something that is alluded to in this issue but not really explored. It is something Kara notices very briefly and addresses quickly before she seemingly changes her mind out of the blue. This is what was strange: she had been holding on to her convictions throughout the last three issues of her series and then all of a sudden she flips a switch and changes her mind. I almost felt like she should have been asking a series of questions instead. What does the symbol on his chest mean? Did you lie to me? She should have explored the moment in more detail but she didn't, it just sort of happens that she changes her mind.

We also get this short moment with Lois Lane and Jimmy at the Daily Planet where they relive the same moment twice. It is unclear why the destruction of the sun would cause these characters to relive these moments, to be honest, and it would have been nice to see that explored further.

The Verdict

The bulk of this issue was mostly a fight between Diana and Kara, which is fine, but there should have been a bit more conversation and dialogue between the two characters where Diana would explain what exactly is going on and why helping H'el is a big no-no. At it's core, there were some interesting moments in this issue but in the end it did not make a whole lot of sense. It's difficult to determine exactly how Kara was able to come to her sense so quickly. The fight between she and Wonder Woman could have had a little bit more substance, too.

In the end this issue was not the best, but it was not so bad either. I think the writer depicted Kara very appropriately. It makes sense that she is uneasy and a little bit reckless in some scenes. The art in the issue was also very good and the layout of the panels (particularly the action scenes) were really well executed. This is not really the best place to pick up the story. If you have been following the 'H'el On Earth' story arc then you might enjoy it, but I personally felt this to be one of the series' weaker issues.

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The Good

Brace yourself, this one's a tear jerker. One of the great things about this series is the consistency. When I think about the last 23 issues of DAREDEVIL I can honestly say that there has not been one issue I haven't enjoyed. This issue of DAREDEVIL is no different. Waid opens the issue by drawing a parallel between the events that led to Matt becoming Daredevil as a young boy, and to a science experiment that has recreated the toxin and driven people mad. The question remains, who is behind these experiments? It is obvious, based on this issue, that someone is targeting Daredevil by committing crimes that speak directly to him, and this has been the overarching theme throughout this series. Someone has it out for Matt, and it will be interesting to find out who.

Waid also balances the telling of a compelling overall story with a very personal one. This issue draws the focus away from crime-fighting and focuses instead on the foundation of the relationship between Matt and Foggy. What do these two characters mean to one another?

One of the things I enjoyed was seeing Foggy throw caution to the wind a bit and see the world from Matt's perspective for once. I think that this moment really digs deep into the relationship between these two characters and it also delves into what is currently happening in Foggy's life. The focus here is definitely on friendship, and for that reason this is a truly beautiful issue. It's also really great to see Waid let the artist, Chris Samnee, tell so much of the story particularly towards the end.

The Bad

Some of the pacing felt a tiny bit off, as though the comic felt a bit rushed towards the end. In the scene where we see Foggy looking at the clock waiting for Matt there could have been a little bit more suspense in that scene. Will Matt make it or will he let Foggy down again? It may have been the layout of the sequence of panels in that scene that I think could have been better executed.

The Verdict

Overall, this is another really wonderful issue of DAREDEVIL and one that will leave you feeling a little bit sad, particularly if you are heavily invested in these characters. This issue features some great dialogue and equally great art from Chris Samnee. I love that Mark Waid uses silence in scenes where it counts, allowing the artist to tell the story for him. There were some parts that felt a bit rushed, but overall this was a great issue.

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The Good

The sixth issue of AVENGERS by Jonathan Hickman and Adam Kubert is interesting. Readers are given a recap of the most recent events, something that makes this issue very accessible to new readers who may not be caught up on the story in general. The issue opens with a completely black panel and the recounting of the 'big bang:' the birth of the universe. It's an incredibly dramatic sequence of panels leading up to a moment of meditation shared between two characters. The scene is very pretty, and speaks to this higher level of thought that all things in the universe have "some bits of celestial uniformity." There is a reason why Hickman titled this issue 'Zen And The Art Of Cosmology,' and it becomes very obvious very quickly as to why. What we get is a rather interesting conversation between a Man and a God. The dialogue from the very start of this issue is fantastic and really compelling: it pulls you right into the story in a really eloquent way.

Just as the last two issues focused on Smasher and Hyperion, respectively, this issue zeroes in on Shang-Chi. What are his abilities? What strengths and advantages will he bring to the Avengers team? Through Shang-Chi's dialogue and actions we discover more about the Universe's "Mother," a figure that appeared briefly in the third issue of this series. It is because of her that the three Gods we met on Mars let the Avengers go. The question remains, though, who is she? With Shang-Chi's help, the figure begins to recount her earliest memory and attempts to recall who she used to be.

These are not the only two characters we see in this issue, either. This is not the first time that Hickman has written Spider-Man. In fact, some of the most sentimental moments in FANTASTIC FOUR and FF featured the character. This is, however, one of the first times that Hickman has written this new Spider-Man (Doctor Octopus) and it's fun to see the blatant differences between the two characters and the way they are written.

I think beyond the fact that we get beautiful dialogue and stunning art in this issue, we also get a peek at Hickman's "bigger picture." In the third issue of this series we saw this being mentioned that the Earth bears some sort of importance and it is the reason why it cannot be destroyed. Hickman delves into this idea and explains why and what role the earth plays in regards to the bigger picture. Hickman draws a parallel between the universe and the host body in an interesting way.

The Bad

Nothing bad here, another brilliant issue in this incredibly compelling story.

The Verdict

Although the first three issues of this series felt like they were self contained and had a definitive beginning and an end, it is clear that Hickman has a bigger picture that he is playing with, and we see a glimpse of that here/ The being that the Avengers are introduced to at the start of this series plays an important role not only in this issue, but in this story in general. It's great to see Hickman circle back to a concept we saw previously, something I think that is essential to the story he is trying to tell. The dialogue is fantastic: it sets up the story in a compelling way and it clues us into the direction that Hickman plans on taking this series. Not only do we get a great story, but we have equally gorgeous art, too. Hickman manages to teeter between executing a story that is compelling and complex while still accessible to new readers.

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#9 Posted by No_Name_ (16193 posts) - - Show Bio

Guys and ladies,

I want to thank you for reading the article I wrote yesterday and providing us with your personal perspectives on the subject! I think it's healthy to disagree and debate in a way that is respectful, and I was surprised to see that 90% of the comments focused on the context of the story and what the Joker's death means to Batman. Again, thanks for all the comments, most of these have stayed on topic and were really great. :)

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The following are Dynamite Entertainment's previews for the week of February 20th, 2013. Check them out below and let us know whether you plan on picking up any of these issues. Don't forget to also check out our exclusive, extended previews for both THE SPIDER #9 and SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE LIVERPOOL DEMON #2, here.

THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE #1 (of 8)

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Written by Matt Wagner

Art by Wilfredo Torres

Cover by Alex Ross, Matt Wagner, Howard Chaykin, Chris Samnee

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THE SHADOW is a character that has lasted through decades on the pages of pulp magazines, over the radio airwaves, thru the silver screen, and in the panels of comic books. Shrouded in mystery, his origins have been explored and hinted at over the years…but never fully revealed. Much is known of Kent Allard/Lamont Cranston’s years spent in the Orient and Central America—wherein he gains his powers and purpose…but not how he first developed his persona as the Master of Darkness. Eisner Award-winning author, Matt Wagner is joined by artist Wilfredo Torres in an exhilarating limited series that will explore the dynamic events that first drew Cranston back to the States, how he first met his companion and lover, Margo Lane, how he began to assemble his vast network of agents and how he first adopted the famous black hat and cloak as his alter-ego's disguise—all secrets that, up until now…only The Shadow knew
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DEJAH THORIS AND THE GREEN MEN OF MARS #1 (of 4)

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Written by Mark Rahner

Art by Lui Antonio

Cover by Jay Anacleto

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The princess of Helium is kidnapped and taken to the underground cave hideaway of the brutal rogue Thark, Voro, who threatens to destroy the recent peace between the red-skinned Heliumites and the green-skinned Tharks. But Voro doesn’t want a ransom. He’s a butcher. For Tharks who never lost their taste for red meat, common Helium women are always in demand, but the incomparable Dejah Thoris will be the rarest of delicacies.
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THE BIONIC WOMAN #8

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Teen +

Written by Paul Tobin

Art by Juan Antonio Ramirez

Cover by Mike Mayhew

Is that a 90mm Matador rocket launcher, or are you just happy to see me? Jaime's search into the remnants of her past lead her to discover a high-school friend who has gone on to become an international weapons dealer, and a high-ranking member of the Russian "Bratva" mob's "most wanted... dead" list! Can Jaime save her friend's life? And... should she? And what part do the fembots play? It's violence in Volgograd, when the Bionic Woman comes to town!

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LORD OF THE JUNGLE #13

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32 pages FC • $3.99 • Mature

Written by Arvid Nelson

Art by Roberto Castro

Cover by Lucio Parrillo

The savage ape-man clashes with Russian super-fiend Nicholas Rokoff in the shadow of the legendary city of Opar. Don't worry! It's only the fate of the free world hanging in the balance. Rokoff is holding the ape-man's true love hostage, and he won't hesitate to kill her. But wait – the savage denizens of Opar are out for vengeance following the ape-man's escape from their clutches, and they could ruin everyone's plans. Lord of the Jungle #13: Through the Valley of the Shadow!
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