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    Go for the Gold with X-Men

    Coming in the first week of April for NCBD. We have X-Men Gold, Sovereigns and Shade #7. Check out our other blog articles so see our thoughts on other books. Be sure to comment or share our post on Facebook or Twitter if you like our articles!

    SPOILER ALERT — We try to keep from posting spoilers, but one may sneak through to our reviews now and again. Read with caution, true believers.

    Sovereigns #0
    By: Ray Fawkes, Johnny Desjardins, Stephen Segovia, Mohan, Kyle Higgins, Jorge Fornes, Chris O’Halloran, Chuck Wendig, Alvaro Sarraseca, Triona Farrell, Aubrey Sitterson, Dylan Burnett

    The End of the Golden Age. Sovereigns #0 kick off a new era for the Dynamite heroes. The comic starts off hinting at the end and slowly moves backwards to give us small bits of what’s to come in the series. Not only are we shown what Sovereigns will bring but what the other Dynamite series, like Mangus and Turok, will also bring.

    Sovereigns #0 is split into several sections and timelines, each one giving us a taste of what’s happened and what’s coming next.

    Sovereigns writer Ray Fawkes, along with artist Johnny Desjardins and colorist Mohan, does a great job with the set-up in the first section. Everything looks peaceful and calm until you flip the page and see the truth. [Martin M. at TFAW.com]

    At a Dollar for This Introduction You Can’t Go Wrong!

    X-Men Gold #1
    By: Marc Guggenheim, Ardian Syaf

    After the success of X-Men Prime #1, a great deal of pressure falls on writer Marc Guggenheim to keep the ball rolling with this brand. I’m proud to say he does just that and then some.

    The story in X-Men Gold #1 opens not with large amounts of exposition but with a bang, putting us directly into a fight between the X-Men and Terrax, of all people. By the second page, the book gives us almost everything the X-Men are known for, including teamwork and humor. By the end of the book, everything else the X-Men is missing is now there: prejudice, romance, softball games, and the surprise return of a group of villains that takes the X-Men back to their roots.

    X-Men Gold #1 is a home run and is such a callback to the days of Claremont that you’d almost expect his name on the cover. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]


    Shade: The Changing Girl #7
    By: Cecil Castellucci, Marguerite Sauvage, Becky Cloonan

    Billed as a stand-alone story, Shade: The Changing Girl #7 is a great jumping on point for anyone who has wanted to see what this book is all about. Fair warning: As part of the Young Animal line of comics, this is a book that is intended for mature readers only.

    The story that writer Cecil Castellucii tells is a sad one, and while it involves aliens and other interplanetary forces, the core of the story will resonate with anyone. The story touches on issues such as struggling to fit into society and feeling like an outsider even among friends. It’s a powerful issue with an ending that will truly make you feel for the main character. The art by Marguerite Sauvage is breathtaking and brings the story to life.

    If you’ve yet to check out Shade: The Changing Girl #7, this is the perfect issue to jump right in. The story is well-written, the art is fantastic and it’s story unlike anything else DC is currently putting out. [Josh P. at TFAW.com]

    Be Sure to Pre-Order Shade: The Changing Girl Vol 1!

    What did you think of these books? What should we review next week? Let us know below!

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    Review: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #5

    Review of Green Lantern - Edge of Oblivion #5

    Green Lantern Edge of Oblivion #5Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #5 opens with Tom Taylor (Writer) experiencing a rather jarring memory that is revealed as none other than Guy Gardner’s. The memory gives the readers a little insight as to why Guy is the way he is. We all know him as this annoying rabble-rouser, but only now do we get to see where the man we love to be annoyed by comes from.

    With Guy at the helm, he leads the attack against the wolves in sheep’s clothing known as “The Blackest Knights.” But only Guy and his small group know the truth, so they must face their own Corps to get to the real threat faced in this book. Without giving away spoilers, Guy enlists the help of a powerful ally to help lift the veil of the enemies and expose them for what they truly are…and they’re true form will make for a grand finale in the next issue!

    One thing that struck me about this issue is that I noticed that Scott McDaniel was brought on board to manage layouts. His name should be familiar to hardcore comic geeks: he did a lot of great work in the 90s on books such as Nightwing and Daredevil. McDaniel’s talents really shine in this book, and having a separate person to do the layouts always seems like a good idea to me.

    The issue also flows well visually considering that there are many close-ups and conversational focus shifts along the way. Reveals are never too obvious, and as a reader, I am never confused about where my eye should be drawn to next.

    This issue focuses not just on the next logical step of plot for this arc, but it also gives readers a little look into Guy Gardner’s past. Guy is generally a character that doesn’t get much backstory, but one well-planned page of this book gives readers a great peek into this character’s background. Continuing that point, Taylor wants this history shown rather than told, and Aaron Syaf (Pencils) delivers in that regard. Furthermore, the team of inkers help capture the dark past we get to see, and they give that page its own style without contaminating the style of the rest of this issue.

    Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #5, written by Tom Taylor, art by Ardian Syaf and Cliff Richards, layouts by Scott McDaniel, and inks by Jonathan Glapion and Mark Irwin. Published May 11, 2016.

    Review by Alex Mitts

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    Review: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4

    green lantern corps, edge of oblivion #4Our story in Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 opens up by informing the readers that there are only three days until total collapse as we peek in on a conversation between Kilowog and a naked, muzzled Guy Gardner. We see that many of the Lanterns are now disarmed prisoners.

    John Stewart is attempting to locate his friends, but an evil force has stolen their rings and is holding them captive! Taylor has taken what could have been a normal hostage story and made it better by showing us the savage nature of Marniel, our main villain. No captive is safe without their ring, and even in compliance, that doesn’t mean everyone is going to make it out of this situation in one piece, even if all demands are met.

    Syaf’s artwork and layouts make this a fun issue to read through, and it prompts the reader to keep the pages turning to see how Marniel’s story is told through a visual platform that will have readers empathizing with this terror after just a few short pages. We see that her story is one of betrayal and that she is misunderstood by our heroes. And that’s not all! This story hinges on trust and betrayal, and it is a page-turner to say the least!

    In this issue, Syaf’s artwork is both beautiful and bone-chilling. The characters emotions are plain as day, and our villains in this issue are downright scary based on appearances alone. Coupled with Taylor’s plot reveals, this story will cause readers to lose their breath at each poignant plot point.

    Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4, written by Tom Taylor, art by Ardian Syaf, published April 13, 2016. Tip: Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #5 is available!

    Review by Alex Mitts.

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