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411’s Comic Reviews: The Walking Dead #193, Superman: Up in the Sky #1, More

July 11, 2019 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
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Hello and welcome to 411mania’s weekly Comic Book Review! Each week we’ll be serving up a warm dish of reviews (and previews) from Marvel, DC, and anything else that captures our interest. What did you pick up this week? Let us know in the comments.Want to write a review? If you can write at least one review a week, consistently, email me at [email protected]!

Hex Vet: The Flying Surgery

Preview by Steve Gustafson

BOOM! Studios today revealed a first look at HEX VET: THE FLYING SURGERY, the newest softcover original graphic novel in the beloved series about the various misadventures of witches-in-training and veterinarians to supernatural creatures, 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 come from all over the land to get treated, and Clarion is excited to have his Grandad joining them at the clinic as a volunteer. But when Glenn the Wildlife Warlock brings in an injured flying pig that looks like it may have been mistreated, that’s one complication too many, and panic strikes while a greater mystery unfolds.

It’s up to everyone’s favorite witches-in-training, Clarion Wellspring and Annette “Nan” Artifice, to keep everything under control at the chaotic clinic while Dr. Talon is away, and solve the mystery of the flying pig on top of everything else!

Going to the Chapel #1

Preview by Steve Gustafson

Get ready to say yes to distress in GOING TO THE CHAPEL, an insanely action-packed romantic comedy from Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) and rising star artist Gavin Guidry (The Death Defying) at Action Lab: Danger Zone. Emily Anderson’s big day was the wedding from hell — and that was before the bank robbers showed up. What do a conflicted bride, her dysfunctional family, a gang of Elvis-themed crooks, and one relentless sheriff have in common? They’re all about to discover love is the ultimate hostage situation. Don’t miss the perfect date-night comic — fans of Sex Criminals, Jessica Jones, and 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank will say “I do” to GOING TO THE CHAPEL, available in comic shops and on digital devices September 4, 2019!

Blade Runner #1

Preview by Steve Gustafson

n the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a new case: a billionaire’s wife and child, apparently kidnapped by Replicants for dark purposes … An all-new ongoing comic series from the pen of Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Michael Green (Blade Runner 2049, Logan, American Gods), with longtime co-writer Mike Johnson (Batman/Superman, Supergirl, Star Trek), illustrated by Andres Guinaldo (Justice League Dark, Captain America). The first comic to tell original, in-canon stories set in the Blade Runner universe!

The Walking Dead #193

Review by Steve Gustafson

I guess this is goodbye. In a move that just about no one saw coming, Robert Kirkman pulled off one last surprise on The Walking Dead fandom and ended the series with issue 193.

This issue itself is a satisfying end chapter to a series that has left an indelible impact on comic books, the zombie category, and pop culture itself.

The series was never afraid to kill off a beloved character or get too comfortable in a certain storyline. It showed that humans were more dangerous than the walkers and always found a way to shock us.

This is an easy book to recommend and not just for Walking Dead fans. It’s a book that deserves a place in just about every collection. An end to an era that won’t soon be forgotten.

Rating: 9.5 out of 10

Superman: Up in the Sky #1

Review by John Pumpernickel

If you didn’t have a Walmart by you and didn’t get the chance to read Superman Giant #3 and #4, here’s your chance to see what you missed.

And it’s worth it. Superman: Up in the Sky #1 is a fun read from writer Tom King and artist Andy Kubert. Writing an engaging Superman book takes the right kind of writer and King has a solid handle on the Man of Steel.

A young boy presents a challenge to both Superman and Clark Kent that sets the stage for a weighty issue that has heart and emotional ties to real world problems. It’s also a fine example of what makes Superman work and why he’s still the bar other superheroes strive to reach.

Superman: Up in the Sky #1 is a smart move on DC’s part as it’s a story that needs to be read by more people. Grab it at your local comic book shop.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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