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Apr 162015

Bloodshot by Jeff Lemire

The final chapter of the Valiant Next initiative landed in stores yesterday. At last, the eagerly awaited Bloodshot Reborn #1 arrived, heralding a new take on the character from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mico Suayan. Following The Valiant’s conclusion, Bloodshot’s life has changed in drastic ways, and I, along with many other comic fans, was eager to see the next stage in this former soldier’s life.

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Apr 092015

The Shadow #1 cover

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” This phrase, followed by chilling, rictus laughter initiated every radio drama starring the pulp hero known as The Shadow. I grew up listening to cassette tapes of these radio plays on long family car rides, and was enamored with The Shadow for much of my youth: the idea of a man who can win by outsmarting his opponents and clouding their minds, while prying into their psyches was unlike any other hero in my childhood.

Flash forward almost two decades later and my relationship with Lamont Cranston had almost completely evaporated. I’d listen to a radio play now and then, and flip through a few pages of comics starring the character in my local comic shop. Thanks to Comic Bento, however, I got the chance to check out The Shadow Volume 1: The Fire of Creation. This comic took my childhood vision of the character and flipped it on its head in the best possible way.

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Apr 022015

Convergence #0

After months of teases and promotion from DC Comics, Convergence #0 hit stands yesterday. The weekly 9-issue series provides a break for DC during its two-month move from New York City to the West Coast. Given my love of Superman, Brainiac, and multiverse-focused stories in general, I hotly anticipated this title. I’ve never followed a weekly before, so this was also my first chance to try out that format.

Did the first issue wow me? Can this miniseries sate DC fans during the two-month hiatus of the main titles?

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Mar 262015

The Valiant #4 cover

I almost didn’t want to read this issue. No, it’s not because I don’t like this miniseries; quite the opposite. However, with all of the amazing buildup during the past three issues, I had no clue how Jeff Lemire, Matt Kindt, and Paolo Rivera would wrap up this epic battle between good and evil. Still, it was hard to contain my excitement as I cracked open the pages of the final installment of The Valiant.

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Mar 232015

Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting edition of Silverwolf Suggests! Each month, I select three different comics for a friend that I think she or he will like. The friend then selects one of the three, and, if they like, I’ll purchase it for him or her. Later, we discuss the comic, the results of which are shared here!

This month, I’m joined by my friend Oliveblair, who read Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples at my recommendation. It’s a highly regarded comic, and so I was very intrigued to hear her thoughts on it.

Saga #1

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Mar 192015

Red One #1

The Cold War has always been a fount of engaging fictional stories, as the period itself was one of the most tense and tumultuous in human history. When superheroes get involved, these narratives are all the more interesting, especially as they often reflect the time in intriguing ways.

Red One #1, released yesterday from Image Comics, chronicles the rise of the United States’ greatest superhero during the Cold War. The only catch? She’s actually a Soviet Agent, tasked with winning over the American people! For anyone keeping score, this is the third time I’ve been very excited about and reviewed a comic starring a Communist protagonist (Superman: Red Son and Divinity were the previous examples…don’t read anything into that). As it stands, I couldn’t be happier to check out Red One.

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