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411’s Comic Reviews: Martian Manhunter #1, The Walking Dead #186, More

December 13, 2018 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Yesterday we discussed Greatest Comic Book Holiday Stories.

Now on with the show!

Solo & The Last Jedi Ultimate Guides

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

Experience all of the behind-the-scenes facts with this Ultimate Souvenir Guide of the eighth installment of the biggest movie franchise of all time, Star Wars: The Last Jedi! Presenting in-depth interviews with the all-star cast, exclusive revelations from the crew on the making of the movie, concept art, behind-the-scenes photography and more, Star Wars The Ultimate Souvenir Guide is the complete, official, authoritative guide to the film.

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Get the full Solo: A Star Wars Story experience as The Ultimate Souvenir Guide reveals all the behind-the-scenes secrets of the Star Wars’ universe’s favourite scoundrel!

Presenting in-depth interviews with the all-star cast, exclusive revelations from the crew on the making of the movie, concept art, behind-the-scenes photography and more, Solo: A Star Wars Story: The Ultimate Souvenir Guide is the complete, official, authoritative guide to the film.

Bury the Lede

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

BURY THE LEDE is the first release in an exciting slate of adult original graphic novels from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to a world-class group of licensed comic book series and ambitious original series, including Joss Whedon’s Firefly and Buffy The Vampire Slayer; Abbott from Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Mech Cadet Yu from Greg Pak and Takeshi Miyazawa; Grass Kings from Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins; and Klaus from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora.

“BURY THE LEDE masterfully blends the thrilling relationships of Killing Eve with the sharp insights of Devil Wears Prada for an affecting reflection on the world around us,” said Dafna Pleban, Senior Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Gaby and Claire bring a different perspective the world of crime fiction, drawing from their own experiences to examine what it really means to be an investigative journalist in a world where it’s getting harder to trust the headlines.”

Dead Kings #2

Preview by Stephen Gustafson

FOLKLORE…WRITTEN IN OIL AND IRON!

Sasha Vasnetsov would do anything to free his brother Gena from a work camp for the socially degenerate, including using a suicide bomb hidden in the last place any man would look. Sasha didn’t want to use it. He wanted to use Maria Kamenaya, a warrior from a bygone apocalypse. Too bad she’s more interested in flesh: eating it or laying with it, depending on the source. Sasha’s on his own, out of luck, on a one-way trip…to the wrong detention camp. Чорт. Am I right?

From Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, Virgil) and Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) comes a vision of humanity after a disastrous World War of Mechs and Magic.

The Walking Dead #186

Review by Stephen Gustafson

With The Walking Dead TV show displaying signs of a resurgence, it’s funny that the comic is as well.

The ‘Commonwealth’ storyline is full of potential but is taking its sweet time finding it. Issue #186 finds its footing and gives us hope that things are about to pick up.

It’s about time.

The book starts out with a quick update on various characters and lighten the tone a bit. It’s a welcome start but things notch up when the focus falls on Rick, Michonne and Dwight and how to handle things in the Commonwealth.

Do they take down Pamela Milton and impose their own will, work within the system, or is there another option out there? Things come to a head and gives us a worthy ending that makes you excited for what comes next.

With the show forking off from the source material and finding its stride, it’s nice to see the book is still finding ways to surprise and pull the reader in.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Martian Manhunter #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

DC is on a roll with first issues. After reading both Green Lantern #1 and Shazam! #1, I thought they had peaked in putting out amazing relaunches.

Then Martian Manhunter #1 came and knocked it out of the universe. The first issue (of 12), has pushed the bar and I predict will be a classic story that will raise the profile of J’onn J’onzz to a new level.

Martian Manhunter #1 touches a lot of familiar bases but it’s the parallel story of his life in Mars that really gives us a rich, complex experience of just who the Martian Manhunter is.

Steve Orlando does a superb job of balancing things and along with Riley Rossmo’s art, this book stands head-and-shoulders above the usual, paint-by-numbers stories.

This book is not what it seems and when I put it down my first thought was, “This book has no business being this great!” J’onn has long been a part of the DC universe but this is the first time I felt he truly belongs.

Rating: 9.0 out of 10

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