How to Dive into KING IN BLACK

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As the King in Black has come to an end, the question arises, “What’s the reading order?”, and if you want that answer you can follow this link. The main objective of this article is to try to shed some light on the different levels of this summer Event, from MUST READ – all the way to a fun inconsequential TIE-IN. Hopefully this will help you decide how much to spend (or how much more to spend).

King in Black #1

RECOMMENDED READING – This issues are suggested reading prior to King in Black
Venom by Donny Cates

MUST READ – These issues are all the Main Story and all are a big part of the King in Black
King in Black #1 – 5
Venom #31 – 34
Venom #200

Venom #31

TIE-IN SIDE STORY – These issues add depth to the world of King in Black and fill in a lot of the gaps that could not be covered in the main story. If you have a favorite character and did not see them enough on the main book, they may show up in one of these titles. These are the titles where you will see weird and fun team ups.
King in Black: Planet of the Symbiotes #1 – 3
King in Black: Thunderbolts #1 – 3

Planet of Symbiotes #1

ONE SHOTS – These issues are Stand Alone stories about specific characters, these stories do not directly impact the main story but they can add depth to the arc of each of the specific characters.
King in Black: Immortal Hulk
King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom
King in Black: Black Knight
King in Black: Captain America
King in Black: Marauders
King in Black: Black Panther
King In Black: Wiccan and Hulkling
King In Black: Ghost Rider

King in Black: Iron Man/Doctor Doom

STAND ALONE STORY – These issues are very stand alone but tell a complete story. These stories focus on a specific group of individuals with a specific task or goal that in the larger scheme is inconsequential to the main story. This does not mean these titles are bad or not worth reading. These titles are for those looking for a complete picture. These stories also are enclosed so can be read without reading the main title. (although some knowledge of what the King in Black and Venom would be helpful.)
Symbiote Spider-Man: King in Black #1 – 5
King in Black: Namor #1 – 5
King In Black: Return of the Valkyries #1 – 4
King in Black: Gwenom Vs Carnage #1 – 3

Gwenom vs Carnage #1

OTHER TIE-IN – These are regular on going titles that took a small break to jump into a King In Black event. If you are a completionist, these Tie-Ins are for you
Atlantis Attacks #5
The Union #1 – 2
Black Cat #1 – 3
Spider-Woman #7 – 8
Guardians of the Galaxy #10
S.W.O.R.D. #2 – 4
Black Cat #2
Deadpool #10
Daredevil #26 – 27
Savage Avengers #17 – 18
Fantastic Four #29 – 30
Miles Morales: Spider-Man #23
Avengers #45 

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HOME #1 Advanced Review

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HOME #1 is a comic book published by Image Comics
Writer: Julio Anta
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Colorist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Home # 1 – Cover A

Home #1 by Julio Anta, Anna Wieszczyk, tells a story about a young boy and his mother trekking to America seeking asylum. The first issue tells of their trip from their country of origin, all the way to the United States. Meanwhile the narration tells of the current events, the news and some of the policies that have led to the conflict and commentary in the work.

The opening concepts were a serious tone based on current and timely real life events. Empathy is developed through the dialogue as we get to know the characters further, with lines like ”Don’t be nervous. All you have to do is tell the truth. Tell the nice men what happened to us, and why we need to come live with your aunt…” all spoken in “Spanish” per the comic notes. There are many hardships and obstacles that the characters encounter, but the idea of these events mirroring the situation of people in our country adds an extra layer to this story.

The art along with the rapid paneling really sets the pacing of the story as most of the comic is related to the trip and not so much the destination. The art feels stylized but also hopeful. The colors change in darken as the story progresses relating to the reader the upcoming issues for our characters.

Hassan’s lettering is a real driver for the severity of events, the distinction in font color for the different languages emphasizes the separation between the characters and the real life implications in the world.

This book brings all the elements together to the conclusion of the initial arc for this first issue as we are left off with the twist of the story for characters going forward. This book was not an easy read, as it is very much reflecting the current times and real life issues but it accomplishes to inform and entertain with its story.

JULIO ANTA and ANNA WIESZCZYK debut with a deeply grounded and heartfelt five-issue series that explores the real-world implications of a migrant with extraordinary powers.
Release Date: April 14, 2021
Price: $3.99
Read It Digitally: Home #1 via comiXology

Rating 4/5

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 Review

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Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 is a comic book published by DC Comics
Written by Scott Snyder
Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Yanick Paquette & Bryan Hitch
Colors by FCO Plascencia, Nathan Fairbarn & Alex Sinclair
Letters by Tom Napolitano 

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 cover by Capullo, Glapion & Plascencia

AN ANTI-CRISIS, PART VII: A SLAP IN THE FACE 
DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight. This extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe—and no fan will want to miss that!! 

This will contain a bit of spoilers for anything prior to issue number seven. This issue is the culmination of the battle for the universe and the faith of everything going forward. We pick up with Wonder Woman fighting the Darkest Knight but she is not the only one, multiple battles take place across the battleground and although the story focuses on DC’s Trinity, there are many characters whose arcs come to a close in this last chapter. This battle will be settled here.

Scott Snyder‘s final symphony of Death Metal brings about the most epic fight in the history of the Multiverse. This issue is not only delivering a fantastic, bombastic story, but it’s rewarding long time readers of the comic books and those engulfed in DC continuity. This is a very emotional issue and it’s a roller coaster of a ride from the beginning, the pacing picks up as the issue ramps up to its crescendo,  and the moment when you feel all is lost Snyder’s writing picks you back up and rallies back to continue the fight until we arrive at a moment of peace and serenity.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

The team of Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion and FCO Plascencia is a well oiled machine and this may be their best collaboration in comics to date. There are so many individual characters and the level of detail in each of them is outstanding. The panel layouts of this book are one of the most impressive parts of the full composition, not only does Capullo and the team make the reader physically turn the book as he has done in the past, but the layouts illustrate multiple events happening at the same time but it allows the reader to be clear on what is happening on each page Plascencia colors are vibrant and elevate the art and the impact at the conclusion of the event the art becomes simple and very calming The two back of stories have completely different art in our teams and this helps understand that the world is now different moving forward

This whole issue is accented and rounded off by Tom Napolitano‘s lettering. The multiple styles portrayed for each of the universes and the different characters that inhabit this issue allow the reader to have a clear distinction on the difference between them.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 really feels like a combination of years of storytelling and hard work on behalf of the team and DC comics. The event as a whole is an impressive showcase of both talent and the depth of the DC Multiverse and although it may not be the most “first time reader friendly” book, it is an enjoyable ride that rocks everyone’s faces off.

If you’re interested in seeing How Deep to dive into the Tie-ins of this event check out our previous article

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 is available January 5th wherever comics are sold.

Rating 5/5

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Dark Nights: DEATH METAL – How far to Dive in?

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Reading time 3 minutes

Dark Nights: Death Metal is the Sequel to Dark Nights: Metal from 2017. This DC Comics event has shaped the DC Universe over the past few years and this current event promises to change it all forever.
The Main Issues of this event have been created by the team of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia and Tom Napolitano.

DC Comics Formally Announces Dark Nights: Death Metal - The Fanboy SEO
Promotional Art by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion & FCO Plascencia

These comic book events can often times have alot of supplementary tie-in comics and series. This article is not about the reading order, for that I recommend checking out this article be the great folks at How to Love Comics.
This post is our way to help you decide how deep to dive into this event.
We read all the tie-ins so you don’t have to, unless you want to.

The Main Core of the Story.
These 7 issues are the main part of the story, there is enough here in these issues for complete story, no extra reading just pure DEATH METAL
Dark Nights: Death Metal issues 1 – 7

Death Metal Issues 1 – 7

The Sounds of Death Metal!
The following issues are all one shots that although not immediately relevant to the main story, really allow the reader to understand certain events and references that the characters in the Main DEATH METAL title are experiencing. These titles could be seen as side quest that are consequential to the main story. None of these issues are an ongoing series but they directly affect our protagonists and antagonists.
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Legends of the Dark Knights
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Trinity Crisis
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Speed Metal
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Multiverse’s End
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Rise of the New God

The Coda of Doom
If you are in this deep and need more lets go on a SIDE QUEST
the issues below are part of an ongoing series and the events are directly related to DEATH METAL. The Events on this miniseries indirectly affect the characters and lead up to Death Metal issue #5
Justice League Issues 53 – 57 (2020) “DOOM METAL”
This story directly deals with the fate of the Legion of Doom during the Events of DEATH METAL. For a Full breakdown check out this article from DC Comics

Justice League #53 – 57

Turn it up to ELEVEN, and ROCK OUT
This level for the true completionists. If you are into the deep cuts these issues are for you. This is where the creators explore the backgrounds and motivations of everyone involved in the story. Explore the dark multiverse at your leisure. Although these titles do not directly impact the main story they add depth and substance.
Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Robin King
Dark Nights: Death Metal – Infinite Hours Exxxtreme!
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Multiverse Who Laughs
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Secret Origin
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last Stories of the DCU
Dark Nights: Death Metal – The Last 52: War of the Multiverses

Tie-in issues for big events are not for everyone, but this should help you decide how to spend your money and how deep to dive into Dark Nights: Death Metal
ROCK ON!!

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101: Next Issue Podcast Investor Call 2020 – Part 1

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This episode is part 1 of our 2 part discussion

This week Clay, Kyle Josh and Daniel discuss all the announcements from the Disney investor call 2020

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Taskmaster #1 Review

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Early review of the upcoming comic Taskmaster by Jed MacKay, artist Alessandro Vitti, colorist Guru-eFX, and letterer Joe Caramagna.

Taskmaster #1 (2020)

I’ll be honest.  I’ve never read a Taskmaster story.  Not even once.  I know who the character is and what his abilities are, but that is due to different video games and Marvel cartoons.  I’ve never really read a Taskmaster story or arc involving the character.

For those of you that do not know much about him, Taskmaster is the alter ego of Tony Masters.  He is a super villain, mercenary, and anti-hero.  He first appeared in Avengers #195.  He has the ability to mimic any persons movements, fighting styles and mannerisms which makes him a very formidable opponent. 

Taskmaster #1 starts with him in the middle of doing odd jobs to make ends meet.  In the middle of the job, he is suddenly attacked.  With no weapons and no time to react he is forced to run.  Only to be helped by an unlikely accomplice.

I think the premise that the writer sets up is pretty genius and lends to the situational humor I found throughout the book. We find out that Tony has been framed for something he didn’t do, and must now set out to clear his name or die. Writer Jed Mackay, builds an arc that looks to be part buddy cop, one part fugitive on the run and one part murder mystery. 

Alessandro Vitti’s art is really well done.  There was quite a bit of action in the pages and I think it was well handled.  Also the supporting characters are all well known Marvel characters and are very well drawn with subtle nods to make them his own.  

All in all, I very much liked this first issue and will put this on my pull list to see how this first story arc plays out. 

Rating 3.5 / 5  

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The Autumnal #1 Review

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The Autumnal #1 is a comic book published by Vault Comics. Written by NYT bestselling author Daniel Kraus (The Shape of Water, Trollhunters), art by Chris Shehan, colors by Jason Wordie and letters by Jim Campbell

In THE AUTUMNAL, is part of the NIGHTFALL Line, Vault‘s annual fall horror imprint. Every year as the weather turns brisk and autumn sets in, NIGHTFALL comes. As Vault continues its usual line, select new series introduced from September to December will bear the NIGHTFALL icon, promising genuine horror. Following the death of her estranged mother, Kat Somerville and her daughter, Sybil, flee a difficult life in Chicago for the quaint–and possibly pernicious–town of Comfort Notch, New Hampshire.

In this series premiere from Vault Comics NIGHTFALL line we catch up with Kat as her life is in a state of imbalance and disarray. At this very moment the death of Kat’s mother starts a series of events that take Kat and her daughter Sybil back home. The small town setting, along with the familiar story of having to go back to your roots set up the mystery in this issue. We find Kat and Sybil’s lives to be complicated and full of challenges. Each other is all they really have, and they have to take the chance to make this trip. 

Chris Sheran brings this world to life as their art sets up the eerie slow burn of this story. The detailed facial expressions in the story fill the panels with the feelings of the protagonist. The backgrounds are filled with details about Kat and Sybil that inform the reader about their personalities. Wordie’s color palette is cool and muted initially and as the setting changes to the town of comfort Notch where the colors explode with lush vibrant autumn tones. Furthermore the panel work is very distinct, although mainly shaped like normal rectangular panels, the borders bleed into the story as conflict escalates and they provide a sense of uneasy and raise the tension. 

Something is amiss in this small town and this first issue sets up the mystery of Autumn in the town of Comfort Notch. The future of Kat and Sybil remains a mystery. The book addresses personal trauma in the context of a horror story. The characters are likeable, approachable and sympathetic. All of these elements make this a very entertaining and engaging read.     

The Autumnal #1 Variant cover

THE AUTUMNAL #1 hits store shelves on September 23, 2020, and will launch with two variant covers, both by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel. Sold wherever comic books are found

Rating 4.5/5

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7: Next Issue thinks about a BAD IDEA

This week Josh, Clay and Daniel discuss some comic related news for the week! 

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 35:00]

Comic books Mentioned

  • Karmen #1
  • God of War #1
  • The Joker #1
  • Children of the Atom #1
  • Ragnarok: Last God Standing
  • Non Stop Spider-Man #1

Main Topic [35:00 – 01:05:00]

News for the Week 

Recommendations [01:05:00 – End]

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6: Next Issue Watched WANDAVISION

This week Kyle, Josh, Clay and Daniel discuss their SUPERMAN
the New TV Pilot for the CW, and a possible new movie. Also, comic books! 

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 31:00]

Comic books Mentioned

  • Batman #106
  • Infinite Frontier #0
  • BRZRKR #1
  • Demon Days X-Men #1
  • Crime Syndicate #1,
  • Future State Catwoman 1 – 2
  • Heavy Metal 1 – 5
  • Den by Richard Corben
  • Batman/Catwoman 1-3

Main Topic [31:00 – 01:45:00]

WANDAVISION Full season in review
Full Spoilers

Recommendations [01:45:00 – End]

Daniel: Children of the Atom #1 by Vita Ayala/Bernard Chang
Kyle: Punky Brewster on Peacock – Jaleel White podcast & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kbgWzN0OWc – Kid 90
Clay: Fangs by Sarah Andersen & The Real World Reunion – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=84Rn6BCizSA

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05: Next Issue and Superman – Man of Steel

This week Kyle, Josh, Clay and Daniel discuss their SUPERMAN
the New TV Pilot for the CW, and a possible new movie. Also, comic books! 

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 31:00]

Comic books Mentioned

  • Invisible Kingdom Vol. 1
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #2
  • Spiderwoman
  • Strange Adventures
  • Old Man Quill #1-3
  • Crossover #1
  • Spider-man #60
  • Nuclear Family #1
  • Damned Cursed Children #2
  • The Department of Truth Vol. 1

 

Main Topic [31:00 – 01:37:00]

SUPERMAN MEGAEPISODE! 

 Recommendations [01:37:00 – End]

 

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04: Next Issue Vs Comic Book Romances

This week Kyle Clay and Daniel discuss their favorite Holiday Media! Comic book couples

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 21:00]

WANDA SPOILERS from [7:00 – 14:00] feel free to skip ahead 

Comic books Mentioned

  • DC Love is a Battlefield
  • Wolverine: Black, White & Blood #3
  • Strange Adventures #8
  • Batman / Catwoman #2

Main Topic [21:00 – 01:10:00]

What are our Comic Book couples and some messed up relationships in comics 

Recommendations [01:10:00 – End]

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3: Next Issue Vs the DC Animated Universe!

This week Kyle Josh and Daniel discuss their favorite Holiday Media! 

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 37:00]

Main Topic [37:00 – 01:30:00]

What are our Favorite DC Animated Movies? 

– Movies we liked, disliked, and everything in between. 

 

Recommendations [01:30:00 – End]

 

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STRANGE ADVENTURES #8 Preview

Written by Tom King
Art by Mitch Gerards & Evan “Doc” Shaner
Letters by Clayton Cowles

Cover by Mitch Gerards
Can the Justice League Stop the Pykkts?

CHAPTER 8

“The battle against the Pykkts continues! The Justice League—including Green Lantern, Doctor Fate, Batman, the Flash, Superman, and Wonder Woman—has scattered across the Earth, pushing back the marauders wherever they appear. Even Mr. Terrific takes a break from investigating Adam Strange’s alleged war crimes to land a punch or two in their stupid alien faces. But Adam Strange has made his decision: to save Rann at any price—even if that price is the Earth itself!”

This title will be available January 26th 2021 wherever DC comics are sold
32 pages – $4.99

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2: Next Issue Vs HEROES REBORN – Aggressively 90s!!!

This week Kyle Josh and Daniel discuss their favorite Holiday Media! 

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Previously on Next Issue … [01:00 – 20:00]

COMICS DISCUSSED

  • Dragon Ball, Vol. 4: Strongest Under the Heavens by Akira Toriyama
  • King in Black #3 by  Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer and Frank Martin
  • DCeased: Dead Planet #7 by Tom Taylor Trevor Hairsine Gigi Baldassini and Rain Beredo
  • Future State Catwoman by V and Otto Schmitt
  • Future State Harley Quinn by Simone Di Meo and Stephanie Phillips
  • That Texas Blood by Chris Condon and Jacob Phillips 

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Main Topic [20:00 – 01:04:00]

WHAT IS HEROES REBORN? 1996 vs 2021

Marvel Article for HEROES REBORN (2021)

 

QUESTION OF THE DAY Godzilla Vs Kong

 

Recommendations [01:20:00 – End]

  • Kyle: Cobra Kai Season 3 & “They call us Bruce” podcast

  • Clay: Rec from Urban Legends – Dept of Truth by by James Tynion & Martin Simmons

  • Daniel: Get DC Universe Infinite – BRUCE WAYNE: FUGITIVE (W) Greg Rucka & (A) Cliff Chiang

BONUS DISCUSSION after the Credits 

Spoiler Season 3 of Cobra Kai 

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DC First Look: Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War #1

SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR #1
Writer(s): Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Becky Cloonan, Brandon Easton, Michael Conrad, and Jeremy Adams
Artist(s): Mikel Janin, Valentine De Landro, Siya Oum, and Gleb Melnikov
Cover Artist(s): Mikel Janin

Cover art by Mikel Janin

Superman Worlds at War
“This monumental Future State title features four big stories! First, Clark Kent is gone, leaving a Superman-shaped hole behind. People gather in Smallville to celebrate their hero, little realizing that he is across the galaxy helping others. Superman has gone to Warworld, where he fights as a gladiator in the deadly pits of Mongul. But this is Superman we’re talking about—and his idea of a victory does not line up with the expectations of Mongul’s hordes!”

Mister Miracle Part 2
“Meanwhile, on the other side of Warworld, other agents are at work, struggling for a better life. Shilo Norman, the man known as Mister Miracle, has ridden a Boom Tube across the cosmos from Metropolis to finds himself at odds with an entire planet!”

Midnighter
“At the same time, Midnighter, the greatest fighter from Earth, is punching his way through a whole mess of trouble. He’s on the hunt for a new energy source deadlier than Kryptonite. His goal: to shut it down before it gets unleashed on an unsuspecting universe.”

Black Racer
“On top of that, the Black Racer, a girl raised in the slums of Warworld to be one of its top competitors, turns betrayal into a crusade to fight for the freedom of others like her.”

Superman: Worlds of War #1 shows the Future State of the Man of Steel in shops and digital platforms on January 19, 2021.

Will you be picking up SUPERMAN WORLDS AT WAR #1?
In Shops: January 19, 2021 (DC Tuesdays!)
$7.99 US | 64 PAGES

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