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Review: He-Man: The Eternity War #7

Story: Rob David
Script: Dan Abnett
Penciler: Edgar Salazar
Inkers: Jason Gorder, Denis Freitas, Rob Lean
Colorist: Mark Roberts
Letterer: Deron Bennett
Cover: Jonboy Meyers

DC Comics

“Master Of Death”

In my entire childhood, I never once thought I could ever feel sorry for skeletor. This issue, it made me rethink that stance. Growing up, I always knew there had to be more to skeletor’s story. I’ve always knew that the lands of Etheria and Eternia have always been interconnected. Now I know how.

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Preview: Korvac Saga #1

KORVAC SAGA #1 Pits Guardians of the Galaxy Against Avengers in the WARZONES!

This June, one of the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy’s greatest foes returns to the fore. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at KORVAC SAGA #1 – a brand-new Secret Wars series from critically acclaimed writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians 3000) and rising star artist Otto Schmidt! In the Forest Hills domain of Battleworld, Lord Michael Korvac governs over all, ruling with an iron fist, keeping his subjects in line by any means necessary. Yet tensions are rising in his corner of Battleworld. Full-scale war with neighboring baron Simon Williams and his squad of Avengers is all but assured. Korvac and his royal guard – the Guardians of the Galaxy – stand at the brink of destruction from within and without. Escalating border conflicts and chaotic threats from beyond the Shield threaten all they hold dear. Worst of all, a dark madness is spreading throughout the population, twisting and manipulating residents of Forest Hills into monsters.

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‘Korvac Saga’ Joins Marvel’s Battleworld Warzones

KORVAC SAGA #1 Pits Guardians of the Galaxy Vs. Avengers
in the WARZONES!

This June, one of the Avengers & Guardians of the Galaxy’s classic villains returns to the forefront in KORVAC SAGA #1 – a brand-new Secret Wars series! Fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy, Guardians 3000) and newcomer Otto Schmidt take you inside the mind of one of the Avengers deadliest, and most misunderstood foes.

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Preview: Battlestar Galactica: Death of Apollo #3

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Dan Abnett
Dietrich Smith
Mike Mayhew, Dietrich Smith, Livio Ramondelli, Ardian Syaf

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

FC • 32 pages • Teen+ 
Dietrich Smith B/W Art retailer incentive cover
Ardian Syaf B/W Art retailer incentive cover
Dietrich Smith “Cylon Red” Art retailer incentive cover
After years of silence, the Cylons have returned, and their first strike at the fleet has cost the life of Galactica’s favourite son, Apollo. As the grieving Galacticans struggle with their loss, and Starbuck contemplates reckless revenge, Adama must find focus and contemplate the odds: the Cylon threat is stronger and more insidious than ever before. Unless the fleet can defeat or outrun the Cylons, humanity will soon be as dead as his beloved son. Shocking drama and continuity-shaking military SF action from the acclaimed cosmic creative team of Abnett and Dietrich Smith.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy #14

Guardians of the Galaxy 14

Brian Michael Bendis (WRITER) • Nick Bradshaw (ARTIST)
• 45 years in the making! It’s finally here!!! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy! (Okay it’s actually the 101st, but we had an X-Men crossover to get through! Sheesh!)
• It’s an all-star celebration of the most popular super team of 2014 as cosmic captain Brian Michael Bendis welcomes Nick Bradshaw (WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN) to the team!
• As the GOTG gets ready for new members VENOM and CAPTAIN MARVEL, there are unexpected dangers that promise to tear the team to its core.
• Plus in this special double sized anniversary issue…two special back up stories by former GOTG writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning!
48 PGS./Rated T …4.99

Despite being bogged down in an event or three, and only being just over a year on the shelves, I have adored this volume of Guardians of the Galaxy way too much for it to be a Bendis book. It’s not that I don’t like Bendis; I loved his New Avengers up to a point; but he’s been writing a team for so damned long that it’s hard to believe that he can still come up with refreshing ideas. But he’s been doing it, and this ish 14 was no different. Actually, now that The Trial of Jean Grey storyline is finally done, issue #14 gets back to the business of the Guardians, intros some new members and immediately makes them important, and act as a great jumping on point for new readers while remaining entertaining to long-time fans. Better yet, this is an anniversary issue or some such, and comes with two really fun back-up stories. All this culminates into an enjoyable comic book experience.

The Good

Although Bendis jumps right into already established concepts from his run on this book, he brings them into the issue by recapping them, while still making the book interesting to long-time readers, which was an amazing feat. Starlord and Kitty Pryde’s relationship is addressed, Rocket and Groot were showed off, Gamora’s backstory (the most story-centric of them all) was seamlessly added, and Drax acted as a great way to bring Venom into the fold and make it seem both relevant and interesting. And Venom’s intro into the Cosmic Marvel Universe may become an important part of the entire series, as Flash seeks out his symbiote’s origin. I’ve never really cared about Venom’s origin, but set in the backdrop of the Guardians, it may be fun to find out. Nick Bradshaw was showing off in this title, and he was a great choice for this issue. His transition work, action panels, and attention to detail worked well in this anniversary ish. Although Captain Marvel was a last page reveal and did nothing in the book besides show up, it’s cool to see her, and the Andy Lanning Groot backup story, and Dan Abnett future Guardians tale made up for it quite a bit.

The Bad

There really wasn’t a whole lot wrong with this ish in the context of it being a jumping on point for new readers. Although, I am not a new reader, and things like Starlord arguing with his daddy, yet again, and the same bounty hunter getting the drop on Gamora, yet again, seemed more like retelling for the sake of new readers than anything geared towards those reading from ish #1. Although everything is still done to move an existing story forward, even for Bendis, it was a slow, rehashed, yet entertaining, progression to the last page. The backup stories were so good that Marvel needs to give readers more of those. Short, backup stories should come back to comics, but I fear that will come with a price increase, and it just shouldn’t.

The Verdict

While only dotted with wildly entertaining new elements, Guardians of the Galaxy #14 is a fantastic place for new readers to get on the bandwagon that is this franchise. But, if you’ve had your seat on the wagon for awhile this isn’t as good of an issue as it could be, and the story catchup was an unnecessary distraction. That does nothing, however, to take away from the totality of awesome that was this issue. The Venom stuff alone would make the issue redeemable, but the Captain Marvel reveal, Bendis’ skill in intertwining new elements and old while pushing the story forward, Nick Bradshaw’s great work, and those amazing backup stories, make this ish well worth the $5 price. If you haven’t been reading this, now is the time to jump on, and if you have been reading it, you’re in for an informed treat of a comic.

Story: 4.5 Out of 5
Art: 4.5 Out of 5
Overall: 4.5 Out of 5