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Review – Blackout #1

Writer: Frank Barbiere
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover Artist: Micah Kaneshiro
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

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Cover by Micah Kaneshiro

What happens when you have a missing persons, a battle suit that can travel through parallel dimension and a government willing to do whatever it takes to get their hands on it, you get Frank Barbiere’s Blackout!

Blackout starts off with the main antagonist Scott Travers describing the first time he used the suit to his friend Ash, we see that he had broken into a lab and was attacked by its security. During his explanation we also find out a man name Bob is missing, it looks as if this Bob character will have a huge impact in the story line along with a company called Avenir Microanalytics. Back in the lab Ms. Luca is going over the ordeal herself and how she was dragged through a portal by the terrorist aka Travers. Although she states that the man was not someone she had known, Luca explains that the man acted as if he was unaware of what exactly he was doing.  After leaving Ash’s house Travers decides to go his job which turns out to be Avenir Microanalytics.

One character to keep a close eye on is Cassius and his benefactor, there’s a panel where we see him watching the security footage of Travers break in and he receives a call form a mysterious person who seems to be the head man in charge, he or she tells Cassius that help will be on the way to help him find the suit.

The first issue ends with Travers using the suit to get inside the lab so he could find clues of Bob’s disappear, At the same time a group of masked man break in and are trying to steal the labs hard drives. A fight for the drives begins and we get to see just how the suit actually works, while the suit doesn’t seem to been weapon base, we do get a glimpse of just how powerful the dimensional travel abilities of the suit. When Travers uses the powers of the suit we see that when he’s in the parallel dimension the world around him is freezing cold and those how are in the present reality cannot see him. In the wrong hands this suit can do some serious damage which is why Cassius and his benefactor seem to want it so bad.

Finial thoughts: To be honest Blackout #1 is a below average first issue for the simple fact that this type of story has been written before. A guy finds a special suit made by scientist then uses it to stop a corrupt corporation who helped create the suit, Granted Blackout isn’t that simple of story it does have its similarities to stories like that. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying Blackout is terrible comic, I’m just saying the basis of the story isn’t new and refreshing, which is why I think it will hurt its appeal for some readers. Blackout does have some good things going for it, one of them being the artwork, for one it’s very consistent and nicely detailed each panel is well structured and clean making it easy to follow.

Links: Preview | BuyNow
Release Date: March 26, 2014

Story:★★☆☆☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★☆☆☆ 
Overall:★★★☆☆ 
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Darkhorse & Bethesda team up for three Art books this May

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We’re pleased to announce that we’ve teamed up with Bethesda to create three incredible art books – “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, “The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives”. Each hardcover book, packed with art and game design details, will retail for $39.99.

The first in the collection, “The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order”, features full-color artwork from MachineGames’ upcoming first-person action-adventure shooter as well as developer commentary from the team. The book spans more than 200 pages and covers all facets of the game’s design, including concept art, character designs, , settings and technology – all of which was inspired by Wolfenstein’s alternate 1960′s setting. Check out sample pages from the book on http://www.bethblog.com.

“The Art of Wolfenstein: The New Order” will available in North America at your local comic retailer on May 14th and your favorite bookseller on May 27th.

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“The Art of The Evil Within” and “Dishonored: The Dunwall Archives” follow, with release dates in August and November respectively.

Wolfenstein: The New Order has not yet been rated by the ESRB. For more information on the game visit: www.wolfenstein.com.

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Review – King Conan: The Conqueror Part 1 of 6

Writer: Timothy Truman
Artist: Tomas Giorello
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Cover Artist: Tomas Giorello
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

After nearly getting the jewel from Beloso in the Hour of the dragon 22198Arc, Conan after some time has now tracked Beloso and the jewel down to Messantia. .

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The kingdom of Messantia is know for its trade and Conan has figure that if Beloso is to sell the jewel it would be here, so in order to find more info about Beloso’s whereabouts he sneaks into Publio’s villa and demands him to help find Beloso, Publio agrees to help Conan but not before secretly stating he’ll get rid of the cimmerian once and for all. At the same time a group of assassins set to capture or kill Conan have arrive, when publio returns he tells him that Beloso is sleeping in the house of Servio. When night falls Conan makes his way to Beloso’s room, when he arrives Beloso is laying dead with the mark of Set on his chest, Conan comes to realization that someone else is also tracking the jewel and maybe still be around, After noticing a ship leaving the bay Conan tries to follow but is confronted by some men Publio paid to take his life, outnumbered Conan is knocked out by the men and is left for dead. Meanwhile the assassins have confronted publio about Conan and where he may be hiding, At first publio tries to lie saying that he sent Conan to the house of servio but when one of  the men he sent to take out Conan returns and tells him and the assassins that they have killed Conan and his body lays at the seaport, the assassins then make Publio and the man show them where the body is laid. When they get to the port Conan’s body is no longer there and they notice a ship leaving, the issue ends with heavily wounded Conan rowing away on the boat and the assassins vowing to follow Conan to wherever seas he may go even to hell if needed.—————————

The Conqueror starts off fast from the jump, Truman doesn’t waste anytime getting into it. The pacing is extremely fast, mostly due to the fact that its a continuation story, so character development and other things that involves a new arc aren’t really explored feature in this issue, So new readers may want to catch up on some back issues in order to figure what’s going on. that aside King Conan: The Conqueror Part 1 is a typical Conan issue, and i mean that in a good way.

Timothy Truman’s King Conan arcs are completely different from Brian Woods, While woods likes to show more emotions in his version of Conan, Truman keeps Conan at his purest and true savagery nature which in actuality is Conan’s true character. Artist and Colorist Tomas Giorello, Jose Villarrubia are back and bring that consistency we all come to expect from the both of them.

As expected in a first issue nothing big really happened, Turman uses The Conqueror Part 1 as a setup for the next issue so expect more in the next issue.

Links: Preview | BuyNow
Release Date: February 26, 2014

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★½☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 
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Review – Conan The Barbarian:The Song Of Belit – Part Three & Four

Writer:Brian Wood
Artist: Leandro Fernand
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

In the Song of Belit part three we see Conan change back to his old 22890self only this time with a broken heart, After Belit and the crews death Conan is left only on a mysterious and dangerous land, and in part three we see him cut and slash his way through a pack of Hellhound like creatures. From the first page to the last Conan is fighting for his life, the action is non stop. finally we see him make it out alive and back to sea.
Part 4 we see that Conan has landed at the Black Kingdom, we finally see how the death of Belit has effected him. known as the Ghost by the local’s Conan now spends his time drinking and partaking in meaningless gladiator fights, when the local Tavern owner Thessy confronts him about the man he has become Conan finally picks up the pieces of his broken heart and decides to move on as changed man no longer living just for treasure.

22891Brian Woods Conan run has been one that should be praised, we have seen Conan as a character growth and maturation throughout his run, things like doubt,Fear,love,Devotion,happiness all these at one point was shown, and for that i give Woods much credit. The artwork also deserves its praise, artist’s Leandro Fernand, Riccardo Burchielli, Paul Azaceta, Davide Gianfelice, Becky Cloonan, James Harren made the world of Brian Woods version Conan to life, and for the most part the work was always consistent and every artist kept the art style similar to a degree, Don’t forget Massimo Carnevale amazing cover art as well

I enjoy Brian woods work and sad that its come to an end,hopefully the next writer will put the time and effect woods has done for his run.

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Dark Horse Comics will end its Star Wars partnership in 2015

With the New Year comes new beginnings and Disney is starting off with major changes for the future. One of those changes are the pulling of all marvel based video games, an assortment list games have already bit the dust, Spider-Man games Edge of Time, Shattered Dimensions, Friend or Foe, and Web of Shadows, as well as X-Men entries Destiny, Origins: Wolverine,  So how The Amazing Spider-Man game hasn’t been removed form shelves. Digital stores like Steam, Xbox Live and PSN have also taken down its marvel collection of games.

Just recently Disney made another move with the Star Wars franchise; first they announced a new Star Wars Episode VII film with J.J. Abrams as the supposed Director,then at the start of this year they ended its partnership with Dark horse. For years Dark horse has kept the Star Wars franchise alive through its comic publications, Dark horse rep Mike Richardson released this statement:

The End of an Era

All things come to pass. So too, do all licensed deals. I am sad to report that Disney, the new owner of Lucasfilm, has notified us here at Dark Horse of their intention to move the Star Wars publishing license to another of their recent acquisitions, Marvel Comics, beginning in 2015. This will end a partnership that has lasted more than two decades.

For those who are new to the industry, Dark Horse revolutionized the treatment of comics based on films. After a history of movie properties being poorly handled with little regard for execution and continuity, Dark Horse took a new approach, carefully choosing licenses and approaching them with excitement and creative energy. Our goal was to create sequels and prequels to the films we loved, paying careful attention to quality and detail, essentially treating those films as though they were our own. Star Wars has been the crown jewel of this approach. We began chasing the title as far back as 1989, and with the launch of Tom Veitch and Cam Kennedy’s Dark Empire, a new era in comics was born. I’m not ashamed to admit that we were Star Wars geeks, and we have been determined to spare neither effort nor expense in the pursuit of excellence.

It is ironic that this announcement comes at a time when Dark Horse is experiencing its most successful year ever. For obvious reasons, we have prepared for this eventuality by finding new and exciting projects to place on our schedule for 2015 and beyond. Will they take the place of Star Wars? That’s a tall order, but we will do our best to make that happen. In the meantime, 2014 may be our last year at the helm of the Star Wars comics franchise, but we plan to make it a memorable one. We know that fans of the franchise will expect no less. The Force is with us still.

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As you can see Disney has plans for the franchise, and let’s hopes they can’t continue the success Dark horse has established. As for Dark Horse, the loss of the Star Wars license is a significant loss, but with its future and present franchises they have established the loss shouldn’t affect them in the long run and recent news has stated so (Year Of The Horse).The concern most fans have with this move is that Disney will not give the Comics the proper attention it deserves.

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Review – Star Wars: Dawn Of The Jedi Force War #2

Writer: John Ostrander
Penciller: Jan Duursema
Inker: Dan Parsons
Colorist: Wes Dzioba
Cover Artist : David Michael Beck

The war between the Je’dii and Rakata is at full its highest, both 22794forces are pushing for power in the war. This issue we find out two major things, one being more important to the overall story. The first one is that Xesh name isn’t really his name, but is his slave name given to him; his real name is Tau which means soul in his native language. We get to see Xesh and shae koda become closer to one another, with shae Koda confessing her love for Xesh. I find this relationship between these two to be interesting when Koda tells Xesh she loves him Xesh tells her that love is some he’s never experienced due to being a Force Hound, express that he to has feeling for her but doesn’t know if its love.

In the first issue we find out that the je’dii have a traitor amongst them, and in this issue its finally revealed, and its je’dii member Trill. She informs the Rakata of the Je’dii’s plan to attack their main command center, with Trill’s help Rakata master Skal’nas devise a plan to sabotage the Je’dii when they attack.

When Daegen Lok, Sek’nos Rath and the other Je’dii’s attack the command center, they are ambushed by the Rakata soilders, which leads to Daegen Lok being taken down. The issue ends with Trill leading Xesh to a underground complex where other Je’dii have been captured and put into capsules. Xesh states that if they don’t stop the Rakata all Je’dii will share this fate; Trill replies saying it will be and attacks Xesh form behind using force lighting.

Star Wars: Dawn Of the Jedi Force War #2 has good action sequences once again which it’s safe to say will be a constant throughout this story. While some may say that there is a little too much meaning less dialog at times, Ostrander does a wonderful job with bring out each characters personalities , given the reader the chance to get to know the characters.

The artwork like I stated before is great in my opinion, Jan Duursema  has some of the most consistent artwork a heavily action base comic and reader can get, Some comics that features a ton of fight scenes usually starts to lose consistency , So far Duursema doesn’t have that problem.

Links: Preview | Buy
Release Date:  Dec 18, 2013

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Story: ★★★☆☆ 

Art: ★★★½☆ 

Dialog: ★★★★☆ 

Overall: ★★★☆☆ 

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Review – Conan The Barbarian:The Song Of Belit – Part Two

Writer:Brian Wood
Artist: Riccardo Burchielli
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale

I’ve read that this issue is one the most talked about issue ever, and I 22889have to agree with whoever said that statement. The Song of Belit is dark and has one of the most surprising endings I’ve seen thus far. Brian Woods lays it all on the line in this issue, for the beginning to the end there’s a sense of danger throughout the entire issue, unlike the past arcs there isn’t a happy ending if fact it’s one the most unexpected comic conclusions I’ve read in a while.

In the beginning we get a back story of sorts about the inhabitants of the black kingdom ,we see that as the land change so did the creatures that lived there, the climate changes forced species to evolve as time went by.  Form there we see Conan trapped in the vines of the Black Lotus, But he escapes and starts to look for N’Gora who seems to be missing, Conan then finds the weapons of his crew, but also notices that someone is watching him, to his surprise it was N’gora who is under some kind of spell,  and  tries to take Conan’s life. During their fight Conan feels uneasy about the bout and is trying to beak whatever spell that has been cast on N’gora, but it cannot be done, so Conan is forced to take n’gora’s life. After burying N’Gora, Conan beginnings to look for Belit, so races back to the ship to see if she and the other mates have gone back.  This part is interesting we see Conan panic alittle bit after funning the corpse of all the crew men.

When Conan finally reaches the ship, you can see that it’s been attacked the Head and mainsails have been broken, Conan reluctantly walks to his and Belit’s chambers. We that the doors are slightly open and in front lay what looks like a flatten red blossom peddle, When Conan opens the door we see Belit hanging form a rope.

Final thoughts: This issue left me feeling bad for Conan, he a Belit endured so much with each other, and devoted there life’s to one another, it truly look as if the two would have a happily ever after, but to then see it shattered at the end was unexpected, I knew it would end sooner or later, but I didn’t expected it to end like it did. I also really enjoyed the darkness of this arc and issue form the jump you knew something was going too happened, you just didn’t know what exactly. And that’s one aspect of the issue I liked a lot.  What else can be said, Brian Woods is on a roll. I will continue to read is run

Links: Preview | Buy
Release Date:  Dec 18, 2013

Story:★★★½☆ 
Art:★★★☆☆ 
Dialog:★★★★☆ 
Overall:★★★½☆ 
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ALL-NEW INVADERS #1 All-New Invaders #1 variant cover by Skottie Young
Written by James Robinson
Art by Steve Pugh

“GODS AND SOLDIERS” PART ONE
Eisner Award winner James Robinson (STARMAN, EARTH 2) returns to MARVEL, uniting with Steve Pugh (ANIMAL MAN, HOTWIRE, GEN-X) to create a unique, modern day take on the Invaders. The Kree Empire intends to conquer the universe using a weapon that will grant them an army of Norse Gods. It falls to four heroes united by their past—Captain America, Namor, The Original Human Torch and the Winter Soldier—who must now face the future and wage war against the Kree to save Earth.

32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 
On Sale January 22, 2014

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Written by Charles Soule
Art by Javier Pulido

Jennifer Walters Is….The She Hulk! A stalwart Avenger, valued member of the FF, savior of the world on more than one occasion, she’s also a killer attorney with a pile of degrees and professional respect. A 7-foot-tall drink of cool, emerald water, she’s tough enough to knock out Galactus with one punch (possibly?) and has a heart bigger than the moon. But juggling cases and kicking bad guy butt is starting to be a little more complicated than she anticipated. With a new practice, a new paralegal and a mounting number of super villains she’s racking up as personal enemies, She-Hulk might have bitten off a little more than she can chew…but she just calls that that Tuesday.

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On Sale February 12, 2014

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Marvel Collectables: Bruce Banner Collectible Figure

Are you looking to add to your Avengers collection figure set, Well Hot Toys and marvel has release an exclusive Bruce Banner/Hulk figure base on the Avengers movie.

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The 1/6th scale Bruce Banner Collectible Figure specially features:
- Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in The Avengers
- Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture
- Body with over 30 points of articulations
- Approximately 30 cm tall

Eight pieces of interchangeable palms including:
- One pair of fists – One pair of relaxed palms
- One pair of open palms
- One right palm for holding Chitauri scepter
- One left palm for holding glasses

Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted Costume:
- One purple shirt
- One brown blazer
- One pair of brown pants
- One pair of brown shoes

Accessories:
- One Chitauri scepter
- One pair of glasses
- One watch – Figure stand with Bruce Banner nameplate and the movie logo.

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