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Green Lantern #15 Review — December 20, 2012

Green Lantern #15 Review


After already confronting the Justice League last issue, this one finds novice Green Lantern, Simon Baz, resuming his mission to find out why there was a bomb in the van he stole, in the hopes of clearing his name from being labeled a terrorist by the FBI. What makes Simon an unusual choice for a Green Lantern is that he has a criminal record for car theft, as just mentioned. He also happens to be of Middle Eastern descent, which automatically makes him a prime suspect, as far as the authorities (and most everyone else) are concerned. In other words, things aren’t looking so great for Simon.

The political thriller aspect of his story is what makes Simon such an interesting character, as well as the fact that he’s, essentially, a good person, who just happened to make the wrong decisions in trying to help his family. His mission to clear his name and get to the bottom of who the real terrorists are makes for a compelling read. Although, it’s hard to say if he’ll maintain any longtime resonance with readers, after this aspect of his story is resolved. Much of this issue’s excitement is derived from Simon’s confrontation with the supposed original owner of the van he stole, who turns out to be much more than he appears. Writer Geoff Johns continues to provide just the right amount of action, intrigue, and humor, particularly when Simon discovers his ring has run out of juice. His discovery of what it means to be a Green Lantern and the requirements and limitations of his power are fun to read. Johns also scores bonus points for writing in one of the best surprise appearances of the year, as well as revealing what might have happened to Sinestro and Hal Jordan, who will both, most assuredly, make a triumphant comeback by the time this event is over. At least, that is my hope. By the end of the issue, we are also introduced, by name, to the mysterious First Lantern, who the insane Guardians of the Universe are using to make their Third Army. It still remains to be seen if this First Lantern is friend or foe, but there is no doubt he will seek retribution on the Guardians, if he survives their abuse.

Artist Doug Mahnke is in top form, as always. His use of size and angle – particularly in an incredible title splash page – both convey a sense of epic galactic scale. His renderings of the horrific Third Army transformations and the hopeless black realm that Sinestro and Hal Jordan find themselves in really make an impression on the reader. It still isn’t clear, however, if their ordeal has any connection to what’s happening with the Guardians or if it’s something separate entirely. At any rate, this issue was a great read and another intriguing installment to this monumental event. 9/10

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IDW Announces T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS! — December 19, 2012

IDW Announces T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS!


IDW Announces T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS!
The Enduring Classic Finds a New Home!

San Diego, CA (December 19, 2012) – IDW Publishing announced to a full house at this year’s New York Comic Con that they’ve acquired the rights to publish the exploits of the legendary band of super-powered heroes, the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. AGENTS!

First published in 1965, the fan-favorite team has seen their exploits published by Tower, JC, Deluxe, and DC Comics and been written and drawn by a virtual who’s-who of comic industry titans. The diverse cast of Agents have seen their share of adventures over the years—including DC’s well-received run most recently—but IDW is excited at the opportunity to put their stamp on the legendary team.

“I’m thrilled that IDW will be bringing its extraordinary talents and craft to producing everything from beautiful omnibus volumes to bold and cutting-edge new comic book titles based on T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents,” said Michael Uslan, who initiated the project.  “With top quality, IDW will be presenting the works of comic book super-stars, including T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents creator, Wally Wood (Daredevil, MAD, EC horror and science fiction comics, All-Star Comics, Power Girl) along with the legendary Steve Ditko (Spider-Man, Dr. Strange); Gil Kane (Green Lantern, The Atom); Mike Sekowsky (Justice League); Reed Crandall (Blackhawk); Dave Cockrum (X-Men); George Perez (Wonder Woman, New Teen Titans); Murphy Anderson (Hawkman, The Spectre); Paul Gulacy (Master of Kung Fu); Jerry Ordway (Shazam, Justice Society); Ron Lim (Warlock, Silver Surfer), Keith Giffen (Legion of Super-Heroes, Lobo); Dan Adkins (Creepy, Dr. Strange), and many others.”

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents always had a great premise in addition to the list of esteemed creators who worked on the comics—people whose day job was being government-employed superheroes,” said IDW’s Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Chris Ryall, “That premise offers a resonant jumping-off point for some exciting new stories that will add to the great comics already left behind by both Tower and DC’s recent run.”

T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents is a classic, beloved property,” added Greg Goldstein, IDW’s President and C.O.O.. “Its original stories featured some of the best superhero art of the silver age and it was well ahead of its time in many areas of storytelling. As an example, it was the first mainstream comic book to feature the ‘permanent’ death of a major character.”

In addition to the rights to reprint classic T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents comics as well as create all-new series around the property, IDW also now controls the rights to fellow Tower Comics titles Undersea Agent and Fight the Enemy, too.

“We are very excited that T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents has found a new home at IDW,” said David M. Matthews, Managing Director of Radiant Assets, owner of the property.  “Their history of high-quality publications coupled with top-notch creative teams perfectly compliments our desire to expand not only the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agent franchise, but Undersea Agent and Fight the Enemy, as well.  We join them with great optimism about bringing this storied team’s past, present and future to a whole new generation of readers, who will join the longtime legion of fans already anxious for the continuation of the team’s legendary exploits.”

Though specific plans have yet to be revealed, 2013 is looking to be a mighty year for the T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents!

DC Comics Preview: Batwoman #15 —
DC Comics Preview: Green Lantern #15 —
Marvel Comics First Look: Winter Soldier #15 —

Marvel Comics First Look: Winter Soldier #15

WinterSoldier_15_CoverStory By: JASON LATOUR

Art By: NIC KLEIN

Variant Cover By: NIC KLEIN

Cover By: DECLAN SHALVEY

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Price: NA

Release Date: 6th February 2013

Marvel is pleased to present your first look at Winter Soldier #15, from the creative team of writer Jason Latour & artist Nic Klein. In the wake of the hunt for the Black Widow, a broken and beaten Winter Soldier begins a quest for atonement. But just as Bucky makes peace with his deadly past – a new villain from his future is out for his head! This February, Latour and Klein send Captain America’s former partner on a road to redemption like no other in Winter Soldier #15!

Comic Book Release’s: 19th of December —

Comic Book Release’s: 19th of December

This Weeks Releases

A + X #3

ADVENTURE TIME #11

AIRBOY: DEADEYE #5

ALL NEW X-MEN #4

AMERICA’S GOT POWERS #4

ANGEL AND FAITH #17

ASTONISHING X-MEN #57

AVENGERS #2

AVENGERS ARENA #2

BATWOMAN #15

BEFORE WATCHMEN: MOLOCH #2

BIONIC WOMAN #6

BIRDS OF PREY #15

BLACK BEETLE: NIGHT SHIFT

BLUE BEETLE #15

BPRD: 1948 #3

BPRD: HELL ON EARTH: RETURN OF THE MASTER #5

BRAVEST WARRIORS #3

BROKEN PIECES #5

CABLE AND X-FORCE #2

CAPTAIN AMERICA #2

CAPTAIN AMERICA AND #640

CAPTAIN MARVEL #8

CARBON GREY VOLUME 2 #2

CASTLE: A CALM BEFORE STORM #1

CATWOMAN #15

CLASSIC POPEYE #5

COMEBACK #2

CRITTER (ONGOING) #7

DAREDEVIL #21

DARK HORSE PRESENTS #19

DARK SHADOWS #11

DC UNIVERSE PRESENTS #15

DJANGO UNCHAINED #1

EMPOWERED SPECIAL #3

EVIL ERNIE #3

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT ASSASSINS #6

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS #1

FABLES #124

FF #2

FREELANCERS #2

GAMBIT #7

GREEN HORNET #32

GREEN LANTERN #15

GREEN LANTERN: NEW GUARDIANS #15

GRIMM FAIRY TALES #80

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: GODSTORM #3

GRIMM FAIRY TALES: WONDERLAND #6

HAPPY #3

HARBINGER #7

HAUNT #28

HAWKEYE #6

HE MAN AND THE MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE #5

HELLBLAZER #298

HELLRAISER: ROAD BELOW #3

HYPERNATURALS #6

IDOLIZED #4

INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2

JOAN OF ARC: FROM THE ASHES #2

JOE PALOOKA #1

JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #647

JSA: LIBERTY FILES: WHISTLING SKULL #1

JUDGE DREDD #2

KILLOGY (ALAN ROBERT) #2

LEGION OF SUPER HEROES #15

LOCKE & KEY: OMEGA #2

MACGYVER: FUGITIVE GAUNTLET #3

MAD #519

MARS ATTACKS #6

MASKS #2

MULTIPLE WARHEADS: ALPHABET TO INFINITY #3

NIGHTWING #15

NOWHERE MEN #2

NUMBER 13 #1

PANTHA #5

PRINCELESS: STORIES FOR WARRIOR WOMEN #2

PRIVATE EYE

RACHEL RISING #13

RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS #15

RIPD: CITY OF THE DAMNED #2

ROBYN HOOD #4

ROTTEN APPLE

SAGA #8

SCARLET SPIDER POINT ONE #12

SECRET AVENGERS #35

SIMPSONS COMICS #197

SIXTH GUN #27

SLIPSTREAM SPECIAL

SNAKE EYES #20

SONIC UNIVERSE #47

STAR TREK 100 PAGE SPECTACULAR #4

STAR TREK TNG/DOCTOR WHO: ASSIMILATION #8

STAR TREK NEXT GENERATION: HIVE #3

STAR WARS AGENT OF THE EMPIRE HARD TARGET #3

STAR WARS: DAWN OF JEDI: PRISONER OF BOGAN #2

SUPER DINOSAUR #16

SUPERGIRL #15

SUPREME #67

SWORD OF SORCERY #3

THE SPIDER #7

THIEF OF THIEVES #11

THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #3

THUNDERBOLTS #2

TRANSFORMERS: MORE THAN MEETS EYE #12

TRANSFUSION #2

ULTIMATE COMICS: SPIDER-MAN #18

ULTIMATE COMICS: ULTIMATES #19

UNCANNY X-FORCE #35

UNWRITTEN #44

VAMPIRELLA #25

VENOM #28

THE VICTORIES (MICHAEL AVON OEMING) #5

WASTELAND #42

WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS #2

WITCH DOCTOR: MALPRACTICE #2

WITCHBLADE #162

WITCHBLADE #9162

WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN #22

WONDER WOMAN #15

X-FACTOR #249

X-MEN LEGACY #3

X-O MANOWAR #8

X-TREME X-MEN #8

Guarding the Globe #4 Review — December 18, 2012

Guarding the Globe #4 Review

This is a really clever group of superheroes. Well-balanced and truly unique, at times. The story has jumped about a little, but I think that is an indication of the way the team’s resources are being spread thinly around the globe. At the end of issue #3, we saw Japandroid being possessed and standing up against her old friends, as she is half human and half machine The Guardians are really up against it. This is all new to the Guardians. Will they cope with fighting one of their own? Read on.

Japandroid transforms to an eight-legged killing machine and Chupacabra stands up to her chopping off one of her legs with his razor sharp claws. The rest of the team notice that the soul of Japandroid is still inside her body, trying desperately to get out. This has deadly consequences, as she enters her nuclear core to destroy the creature within, not knowing that her body contains millions of eggs. They try to escape her body as she goes into meltdown, but Japandroid holds her own. As her core explodes, it takes the creatures with it. Another job well done by The Guardians, but at the ultimate price, it seems. In Virginia Donald, another Guardian is watching his boy Donny struggle at the school track meet. His wife reminds him how fortunate they are that he is healthy. She refers to Brit’s son Brit Jr., who has Autism, but that doesn’t matter, as Donald is a perfectionist and hates losing at anything. His abruptness doesn’t go down well with his wife, which is another indication that not all the team members are level-headed.

Back down at Guardian HQ, Robot stands over the dead body of Japandroid. Scanning it, he sees that none of the Alien Entity is present. As her body is highly radioactive, no one else can enter the room, apart from Robot. The rest of the team look on, obviously distressed. Her body is contained for safety reasons, but this may not be the last time we see her, as the team couldn’t understand her workings from the day they met. So you never know. Outrun strangely seems the most upset at what had happened, but Best Tiger has worked out why. She has been possessed by something or someone. He had worked it out by the way the wind whistled under her armpit when she ran. Strange, but clever. The entity leaves her body and escapes, leaving Outrun wondering what had happened.

The entity looks for ‘Set’, her accomplice, but is horrified when he is thrown through a train and, indeed, through her body. What could have done this? Whatever it was now has the entity under his power. I think the people she was possessing are going to be the people she will ultimately need to help her.

This issue is a marked improvement, with the introduction of possibly another two characters. A tight story is kept ticking along. The artwork is brilliant on the other hand, expertly drawn panels and frames bring the story and The Guardians to life. An extra point, taking it to 8/10.