X-Men enter Hellfire gala, Batman returns to DCAU
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BATMAN: THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE SEASON II # 1 (DC)
The legacy of Batman: The Animated Series Still dominates the DC Universe, and Batman: The Adventures Continue Season II # 1 keeps that world alive in style. Like the first The adventures continue, the story sees Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Ty Templeton, Monica Kubina, and Josh Reed return to the DC Animated Universe. In this first issue, this Batman takes on the mysterious Court of Owls and a Talon for the first time with a little help from Deadman.
This creative team perfectly captures the timeless and signature style of the DCAU, with these seasoned designers firing on all cylinders. While the long-awaited first encounter between this Batman and a member of the Court of Owls alone is worth the wait, the murder of a classic BTAS character proves that the DCAU still has a few surprises hidden inside.
MARAUDEURS # 21 (WONDER)
After months of preparation, the “Hellfire Gala” event has finally started across Marvel’s X-Men titles. With Marauders # 21, Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Edgar Delgado, VC’s Cory Petit and Tom Muller kick off the event, which sees Marvel Mutants bringing Marvel leaders and heroes together for a massive celebration. and a mysterious announcement.
While each issue of the event will cover a different part of the night, this issue sets the stage for the rest of the proceedings well. With such a wide array of characters in one place, “Hellfire Gala” offers plenty of opportunities to get groups of unlikely characters together or to reunite with old friends, which this issue does well. And of course, the avant-garde outfits from the X-Men’s Hellfire Gala remain a highlight on every page they appear, cleverly showing what the mutant thinks of himself.
LOVELY HOUSE BY LAKE # 1 (DC)
From Swamp Thing to Vertigo and the Hill House imprint, DC has a rich history of publishing some of the best horror comics in mainstream comic book history. And with The pretty house by the lake # 1, James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Jordie Bellaire and Andworld Design continue this tradition. In this comic, several loose friends and acquaintances are brought together by their old friend Walter in an incredibly pleasant house. However, they are all getting a lot more than they expected when Walter’s secrets are revealed.
Without revealing the truly mind-boggling final twist of the book, this book is a master class in comic book storytelling by introducing sympathetic characters and subtly amplifying the tension until its explosive, haunting finale. Bueno and Bellaire deliver wonderful, eerie works of art that perfectly capture the horror of the residents of the house. The pretty house by the lake # 1 is an astonishing debut issue that launches what is sure to be one of the best new series of the year.
HEROES REBORN # 5 (MARVEL)
Although the heart of Marvel’s Heroes are reborn crossover is a fairly standard alternate reality tale where the Supreme Squadron replaced the Avengers in the story, the event is built around deep dives into this bizarre world that revel in its sheer novelty. And with Heroes are reborn # 5, Jason Aaron, finds Scalped collaborators RM Guera and Giulia Brusco for a story starring Nighthawk, the squadron’s Batman-esque superhero.
While this story intentionally mirrors parts of Batman and Spider-Man history, it’s not just a story that replaces these characters with Nighthawk. Instead, it offers a harsh portrayal of a morally complex character with brutal, gritty art. While this makes a stark contrast to Aaron, Ed McGuinness, Mark Morales, Matthew Wilson, and Cory Petit’s backing advance the overall plot of the event while also showing how Narrative Nighthawk is flexible.
IMMORTAL HULK # 47 (MARVEL)
During the last years, Immortal hulk took its titular hero to stunning creative heights by embracing the latent cosmic horror of the Marvel icon. And as the series nears its intended conclusion, Al Ewing, Joe Bennett, Ruy Jose, Belardino Brabo, Paul Mounts, and Cory Petit filter the Avengers through this lens in Immortal hulk # 47.
While the Hulk has faced the Avengers time and time again, their battles have rarely been as brutal – or as horribly depicted – as they are here. The horrors that befell the Hulk and his supporting cast are in stark contrast to the colorful Avengers superheroes, an effect that’s only magnified by the well-executed illustrations. While Immortal hulk is entering its final stages, now is the time to catch up on one of the best Marvel series of the modern age.
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