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411’s Comic Reviews: Female Furies #1, Daredevil #1, More

February 14, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Now on with the show!

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse: The Official Movie Special

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse: The Official Movie Special is a fantastic collector’s guide to the new animated movie winning awards (including 7 Annie Awards!) and garnering phenomenal critical acclaim – Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse!

Experience an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the world of Marvel’s greatest hero as never before in this deluxe collector’s edition. Discover secrets behind the production of Spider-Man’s spectacular new film as the filmmakers and voice cast reveal how they brought the expansive Spider-Verse to life.

This new hardcover also includes never-before-seen artwork and everything you need to know when swinging through one of Spidey’s biggest films yet.

Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

BOOM! Studios announced HEX VET: THE FLYING SURGERY, the next softcover original graphic novel about witches-in-training Nan and Clarion, from cartoonist Sam Davies (Stutterhug), which will debut in stores December 2019.

It’s time for the monthly “Winged Creature Clinic” at Willows Whisper Veterinary Practice, where flying creatures from all over come to get treated. But when Glenn the Wildlife Warlock brings in an injured flying pig that looks like it may have been mistreated, panic strikes and a greater mystery unfolds.

It’s up to everyone’s favorite witches-in-training, Nan and Clarion, to keep everything under control at the chaotic clinic while Dr. Talon is away. Will Nan and Clarion save the day and keep their jobs? Or are their days at Willows Whisper numbered?

“For this book, I wanted to expand on some of the more fun elements having a magical vets surgery could include. . . like literally launching a bit of it into the sky if you need to!” said Sam Davies. “I hope it will make the world feel bigger and more exciting for readers who enjoyed the first book and wanted to know more. There’s a lot Nan and Clarion have to deal with on top of learning to care for their patients this time around. Let’s hope they can rise to the challenge!”

Sam Davies is the creator of the beloved silent webcomics Stutterhug and The Shape of Things, as well as original graphic novel Hex Vet: Witches in Training from BOOM! Studios.

“These lovely little hex vets are the best, and now they’re taking their wild and charming antics up into the clouds. How much fun is The Flying Surgery going to be? I’d say sky’s the limit,” said Bryce Carlson, Vice President, Editorial & Creative Strategy, BOOM! Studios. “Sam continues to be nothing short of brilliant. Her cartooning and storytelling are perfect for readers of all ages and we’re incredibly grateful that Sam is continuing to explore this world. Not only do we get more Nan and Clarion shenanigans, this next installment of Hex Vet is filled with more magical creatures, new endearing characters, and the continued admirable mission of doing whatever it take to help save animals.”

HEX VET: THE FLYING SURGERY is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ award-winning KaBOOM! imprint, home to comics for middle grade and younger readers including licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Regular Show, Ben 10, and Over The Garden Wall, along with original series like Pandora’s Legacy by Kara Leopard, Kelly & Nichole Matthews, RuinWorld by Derek Laufman, and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.


Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Beginning in April, IDW Publishing will launch an all-new front in the War on Drugs with the official Narcos comic book series, an original story set within the continuity of the first season of the drama series, a Netflix Original produced by Gaumont.

Written by Ryan Ferrier (G.I. Joe: Silent Option) with art by Vic Malhotra (The X-Files), the four-issue Narcos miniseries introduces new dangers for DEA agents Steve Murphy and Javier Peña to face, while at the same time, El Patrón must contend with a dangerous threat to his drug empire.

“I’m thrilled to take fans new and old into a deeper, unseen story from the volatile, teeth-gritting world of Narcos,” says Ryan Ferrier. “I’m even more excited to bring this to life alongside Vic Malhotra, whose immense talent and style will show us a new side of Narcos — one with dangerously high stakes and a new, chaotic presence that will affect the DEA, the Cartels, Don Pablo himself, and all of Colombia.”

Vic Malhotra says, “I’m stoked that IDW and Gaumont selected me as the artist for this book. Narcos feels very authentic, its brooding characters and gritty world. It’s very important to bring that feel to the comic page, to inject it into the way things are drawn, the colors, the compositions. It’s been fun and challenging so far, and I hope readers dig it!”

Editor Bobby Curnow says, “The team behind the Narcos series did such a fantastic job of bringing the audience into this fascinating world of power and deceit. Ryan and Vic have seamlessly integrated into this world and are bringing us a story that fits right into the larger picture. This feels like it could be an episode of the show while still retaining that unique comic book magic!”

“IDW Publishing is one of the most prolific graphic novel publishers in the U.S. and the talented and accomplished team they have assembled to create this Narcos comic book series are heralded in the industry,” says Tim Stephen, Head of Legal and Business Affairs. “Fans of Narcos will be captivated as they discover new ways to experience the real-life rise to global power and wealth story of the world’s most infamous drug lords through this dynamic and engaging new format!”

Stronghold #1

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Our planet is actually a prison designed to both trap and shelter an amnesiac alien entity of incalculable power. Now known as Michael Grey, this cosmic angel of destruction currently believes himself to be an ordinary, midwestern insurance underwriter, who belongs to a global secret society dedicated to making sure he never discovers the truth about his past.

To make matters worse, our hero has fallen in love with Michael Grey. And for their love to be born, Earth must die.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high adventure and tragic romance unlike anything else in comics.

Daredevil #1

Review by Stephen Gustafson

To me, no comic book character has over-performed and exceeded expectations like Daredevil. For a character that’s been around since 1964, no one could have predicted the Man Without Fear would inspire a number of classic stories, introducing iconic supervillains, a movie, and a successful Netflix series.

Daredevil #1 by Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto, and Sonny Gho is the perfect example of how Daredevil has enjoyed such longevity and will continue to entertain for years to come.

The creative team knows what works and what to focus on, giving us a classic Matt Murdock in some familiar, and not so familiar, territory.

Not only that, we get a healthy dose of subplots, setting up some interesting future possibilities. An easy one to recommend and add to your pull list.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Female Furies #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

DC continues putting out amazing #1’s with Female Furies. It’s everything you want in a comic and while easy to digest for new readers, old fans will love this issue as well.

The Fourth World will be getting even more attention soon with an upcoming New Gods film from director Ava DuVernay. Also, the latest Miracle Man is coming to trade and will be a must own for any comic book fan.

Female Furies #1 puts the spotlight on the ladies of Apokolips and doesn’t take long to pull you in and show you a good time.

For some, Jack Kirby’s Fourth World has a mythical quality to it. While praise is heaped upon it for its concept, it’s never really connected with audiences in a meaningful way.

This issue, to me, finally scratches on its potential and is a story that will reach its intended audience. Writer Cecil Castellucci gets it. She knows what we love about this world and keeps the action moving, giving us plenty of character moments to get to know the cast.

Balancing present day action with flashbacks, this one issue lays out things on Apokolips for the audience better than just about any other series.

DC keeps it going. Thumbs way up!

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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[Ed. Note: the original version of this article misgendered Cecil Castellucci. We apologize for the error.]