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Preview: Matt Kindt, Clay Mann, and Butch Guice Take Aim in Ninjak #2 – Coming in April!

Valiant has released an advance look inside of Ninjak #2 – the second 40-page chapter of the blockbuster Valiant Next ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and superstar artists Clay Mann and Butch Guice! On April 22nd, Ninjak descends deeper into the underside of the Weaponeer terror network as his hunt for the Shadow Seven continues…and the dark secrets of his classified MI-6 training come full circle in the modern day!

International financier Colin King hasn’t just come to Tokyo to take the Rippongi club scene by storm. As the covert MI-6 operative codenamed Ninjak, he’s also tracking down the men who trained him to be a lethal weapon…the very same men whose movements have now aligned with the latest terror plot by the cybernetic crime cartel called Weaponeer! But how do you detect killers who specialize in the undetectable? And how does he know that the Shadow Seven haven’t caught up with him first? It’s all-out ninja-versus-ninja warfare as the deadliest men and women of five continents converge on the Tokyo underworld for a blood-spattered blowout!

Then: don’t miss an all-new installment of Ninjak: The Lost Files – an essential second feature chronicling Ninjak’s never-before-revealed training and origin, each chapter will be integral to the lead narrative of Ninjak‘s ongoing series, clocking at 40 pages monthly for the standard cover price of $3.99!

The globe-spanning adventures of MI-6’s deadliest master spy get fast, frenzied and fatal on featuring covers by Lewis LaRosa, Dave Johnson, Pia Guerra, Raul Allen, and Das Pastoras!

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Review: Bullet Gal – It’s Not You, It’s Me

BULLET GAL_Its Not You Its Me_Under Belly TPB Collection_COVERIf you love classic noir, you’ll love Bullet Gal: It’s not You, It’s Me by Andrez Bergen (Underbelly Comics/IF? Commix) only this isn’t classic noir. It’s a new millennium pastiche of every noir motif there is but done as a stylized, digitized, mind-bending visual rhapsody that’ll leave you feeling like you’ve been slapped in the face by a French femme fatale.
The protagonist of Bullet Gal is seventeen year-old Mitzi (no last name) with a murkily tragic past who arrives in Heropa with little more than the clothing a Beat poet would carry in her valise and her 9mm Model B pistols with pearl handles. She hates injustice and has seen her share of it so she has no qualms about using those pistols to wreak havoc on the bad guys. Who are the bad guys? Gangsters and composites of every gangster you‘ve ever heard of or someday will. They’ve heard of Mitzi and even though she’s easy on the eyes, they know they have reason to watch their backs.

BULLET GAL sample 143Lee, a Cape (i.e. member of the Crime Crusaders Crew) is Mitzi’s mentor in this twisted and confusing universe that’s part Gotham/ Metropolis, part futuristic Melbourne, and part Chicago in the 1940’s. Lee gives her advice and vital information, but there are eight versions of him, in varying shades of seriousness, honesty and sincerity, so Mitzi has to rely on her own sharp instincts, smarts and toughness to survive. And man, is she tough. Her worst enemy is one she barely even knows, but who knows her: Brigit, French girlfriend of Sol. He’s a bad-ass gangster but even he defers to the supreme villainy of Mademoiselle (don’t call her ma’am or madam, please!) Brigit. Like Mitzi, tragedy has followed her as well, only she’s the one who deliberately left it in her wake, often using sharp objects.

Sample excerpt 3Bullet Gal has formerly been seen in individual comic book format and those are all here, so you can start from the beginning, read each installment and conclude with the final issues yet to be released as individual comics. Funded through Kickstarter, this volume, containing the entire Bullet Gal oeuvre, contains interpretations of her by various artists, which is amazingly appropriate because throughout Bullet Gal, Mitzi takes on varying looks and shapes according to whatever visual media/beautiful/ tough-girl avatar/ image has been selected to portray her. She is always Bullet Gal, that obscure object of desire armed with pearl handled pistols only half as dangerous as she is, but the various representations only reinforce the idea of Mitzi’s sublime adaptability, an indispensable trait in Heropa.

To say that one reads Bullet Gal is somewhat inaccurate; it’s really more of an experience. There’s sharp dialogue and clever narrative but the visuals are incredibly rich and amazing, especially if you like hard-boiled noir, whether set in the past, future, or in a digitized sci-fi world that might get re-set at any time. Like I indicated at the beginning, this is noir run through a blender and spiked with a little something illicit and exotic that’ll send you reeling. At first I felt like I might be missing something, tried to go back and see if there was more explanation that would help it all make sense sooner but then I realized that partaking of Bullet Gal is like looking at an expressionist painting, reading a modernist novel or watching The Big Sleep; if you look too closely it doesn’t make sense. You have to take a step back and get lost in it; feel it.

After all, confusion, liquor, cigarette smoke, and too much coffee late at night are all integral to the mood of noir, along with a vague sense of paranoia, longing, and wicked humor. Mitzi’s world is awash in all these things but she is a creature of it and navigates the dark stairways, lonely hospital hallways and deadly streets with self-assurance and confidence — and those two polished nickel 9mm Star Model B pearl-handled pistols. Mademoiselle Brigit, beware.

Writer/ Artist: Andrez Bergen
Story: 9.5 Artwork: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Andrez Bergen provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Penguins of Madagascar #4

Penguins of Madagascar #4

STORY BY: Cavan Scott
ART BY: Lucas Ferreyra
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: March 4, 2015

FEATHERS WILL FLY!

The concluding chapter of the adventures of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private in DreamWorks’ Penguins of Madagascar new 4-issue comic series. Brought to you by Cavan Scott (Doctor Who) with eye-popping art from Lucas Ferreyra!

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Here’s some of this week’s announced sell-outs!

Action Lab: Danger Zone

Action Lab has found success with writer Jeremy Holt and artist Alex Diotto‘s Southern Dog. The trade paperback release has been a complete sell out at Toronto’s Silver Snail comics, London’s Orbital comics, Burlington,Vermont’s Earth Prime Comics and Midtown Comics in New York City.

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Dark Horse Comics has announced that Rafael Albuquerque and Mike Johnson’s critically acclaimed EI8HT #1 has sold out at the Diamond level and gone to a second printing. The second printing should hit shelves on March 25.

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Preview: Valiant Debuts Bloodshot Reborn #1 Animated Trailer

Valiant has released a video trailer and first lettered interior preview for Bloodshot Reborn #1 – the FIRST ISSUE of the devastating new ongoing series by New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and visionary storyteller Mico Suayan! On April 15th, start reading here as the Valiant Next initiative reaches its boiling point with an action-packed and unpredictable new vision of Valiant’s toughest, most unrelenting hero!

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit – a private contractor trafficking in violence – very well.

Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving headlong into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

The Valiant was only the beginning… On April 15th, discover an all-new beginning for the indestructible man-turned-machine at the center of the Valiant Universe as Jeff Lemire and Mico Suayan unleash a gripping new odyssey of destruction, death, and darkness in Bloodshot Reborn #1!

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Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by MICO SUAYAN with JEFF LEMIRE
Cover A by JUAN DOE (FEB151641)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN (FEB151642)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (FEB151643)
Cover D by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB151644)
Valiant Next Variant by MICO SUAYAN & TOM MULLER (FEB151646)
Variant Cover by JEFF LEMIRE (FEB151647)
Variant Cover by BUTCH GUICE (FEB151648)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (FEB151649)
Blank Cover also available (FEB151645)
$3.99 |40 pgs.| T+ | On sale APRIL 15 (FOC – 3/23/15)

Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor issue #9

Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor issue #9

STORY BY: Al Ewing
ART BY: Boo Cook
COLOR BY: Hi-Fi
COVER A BY: Boo Cook
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGECOUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: Wednesday, March 4, 2015

“I DISLIKED MY ENEMY SO MUCH… I BOUGHT THE COMPANY!”

Fresh from a bruising battle with the Amstrons, the Doctor has decided that enough is enough – if SERVEYOUinc won’t stop plaguing him and his friends wherever they land, he’s going to hit them where it hurts – by buying a controlling interest in the company!

But what does the Doctor’s corporate career mean for Alice, ARC and Jones? Is there a place for them in the Doctor’s bold new venture? And what kind of sting does SERVEYOUinc have left to deploy?

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Prison Horror comes to Comics in Manticore #1

MANTICORE

by Keith Miller and Ian Gabriel
Rosarium Publishing
RELEASE DATE: May 5, 2015

The Aryan race warrior.

A Colombian drug lord.

A Korean hit man.

A career stick-up man.

The wrong guy at the wrong place at the wrong time.

The puke Cho-mo-kiddy-toucher.

And you!

This ain’t the Breakfast Club and these are ain’t your new friends.

Welcome to the Protective Housing Unit (PHU), home to some of world’s worst criminals—many of whom so reviled they must not only be shielded from the American public, but the general prison population. This is your new life.

Simon, a white-collar criminal, is a new transfer to Pensacola Federal Prison Camp. He’s having a hard time adjusting to prison culture, and his newfound “friends” aren’t all that interested in making his new life any easier. Everyone in the PHU has his own agenda; alliances are, at best, temporary; and even the notion of friendship is laughable. But all that is about to change. This brutal yet familiar life they’ve all grown accustomed to is about to come to an end as a mysterious stranger is transferred to their unit and these hardened inmates start to die… Horribly.

One at a time.

Manticore is a 5-part prison horror comic book series by the talented duo, Keith Miller and Ian Gabriel. Keith is the writer behindTriboro Tales, Insensitives, and the forthcoming Rat Ronin zombie tale, Infest. This is Ian’s first professional comic book title.

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Preview: Surface Tension #1 (of 5)

SURFACE TENSION #1 (OF 5)

WRITER/ARTIST: Jay Gunn
COVER BY: Jay Gunn
PAGE-COUNT: 40PP
PRICE: $3.99
ON SALE: Wednesday, May 27, 2015

“We are all made of water”

Months after mysterious corals drew 99% of humanity into the sea, a band of survivors ekes out a hollow existence on a remote British island.

When two people are cast up on the beach, completely blue, but very much alive, the island is thrown into turmoil.

What caused the mass extinction event? How did these two return from the deep, when billions died? Most importantly, what is the coral, and what does it want with the Earth?

A timely ecological fable of a planet rebelling against its inhabitants – perfect for fans of The Walking Dead, The Day of the Triffids, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Surface Tension is a gorgeous adventure of unprecedented scope. The oceans have never seemed so threatening!

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Dark Fantasy Manga Series Requiem of the Rose King Debuts in March from Viz

VIZ Media delivers an engrossing new series from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary manga with the launch of Requiem of the Rose King on March 10th.

Inspired by an early draft of William Shakespeare’s Richard III, one of literature’s most famous and polarizing political dramas, Requiem of the Rose King was created by Aya Kanno, widely known for her previous manga series Blank Slate and OtomenRequiem of the Rose King is rated ‘T’ for Teens and will carry a print MSRP of $9.99 U.S. / $12.99 CAN. Future volumes of the continuing series are scheduled to be published domestically twice a year.

In the series, Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, is a tortured soul who believes he is damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.

In the opening volume, set in medieval England during the age of the Wars of the Roses, a fierce battle rages between the House of York and the House of Lancaster. Young Richard of the House of York is determined that his family will ascend the throne…but he’s hiding a secret that could destroy everything he desires.

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Action Lab Entertainment in Mary 2015

AERO GIRL #1

Writer(s): DeWayne Feenstra
Artist Name(s): Axur Eneas
Cover Artist(s): Axur Eneas & Juan Paul Reibeling (reg); Joel Gomez & Beth Sotelo (var)

As Aero-Girl, Jacqueline Mackenzie is the protector of Foxbay. As the sidekick to Battle Jack, her father, her life couldn’t be any better; but tragedy is just around the corner! Will she be ready to defend her city against the evil of Dr. Chimera and his army of AniMen? Can Aero-Girl be the hero she (and her father) alway.

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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BEYOND THE WESTERN DEEP Vol.1

Writer(s): Alex Kain
Artist Name(s): Rachel Bennett
Cover Artist(s): Rachel Bennett

For over 100 years, the animal races of the Four Kingdoms have lived side-by-side in uneasy truce. But when conflict ignites in the north, old alliances threaten to send the world into chaos. Experience the beginnings of an epic all-ages fantasy in this first collected volume!

80 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $9.99

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GRONK: A MONSTER’S STORY VOLUME 4 TPB

Writer(s): Katie Cook
Artist Name(s): Katie Cook
Cover Artist(s): Katie Cook

The latest, full-color volume of Katie Cook’s popular webcomic, Gronk! This new installment has never been in print before and is coming to Action Lab as a brand-spankin’ NEW book! Follow Gronk and her friends’ adventures for another silly, fun, weird year. Like cats? This book has ‘em. Like dogs? We have those too. Like tiny green monsters? Look no further, you’ve found your new favorite book!

64pgs./All Ages/ FC $9.99

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KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE #1

Writer(s): Robert Tinnell
Artist Name(s): Brendon Fraim (p) Inker: Brian Fraim (i)
Cover Artist(s): Penciler: Brendon Fraim Inker (p): Brian Fraim (i)

Creator Robert Tinnell returns to the world of his popular film, KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE. Kevin is a normal middle school kid who suddenly finds himself encountering the legendary wizard Merlin – and discovers he has a destiny that involves King Arthur’s sword, Excalibur, and grave danger in the form of the king’s greatest enemy!

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99

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NUTMEG #3

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts 

Fall, Part 3: “What Girls Are Made Of.” Bobby Benson and friends devour Poppy and Cassia’s illicit brownies and find they have a completely different effect than any of them expected. Meanwhile, Poppy learns something sobering about the nutmeg they used. Will it be enough for her to quit the game?

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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PIRATE EYE: EXILED FROM EXILE TPB

Writer(s): Josiah Grahn
Artist Name(s): Carl Yonder
Cover Artist(s): Carl Yonder

Former pirate Smitty is finally adjusting to his new life as a detective for hire when an old enemy takes it all away. Now Smitty will be forced to find out just how far he will go to stay alive, to retrieve what he’s lost and to take revenge.
Collects the critically-acclaimed Pirate Eye: Exiled from Exile #1-4.

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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PRINCELESS :THE PIRATE PRINCESS TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

The complete collected edition of Princeless: The Pirate Princess. Adrienne has been on the run and working to save her sisters, but when she finds another princess locked away in a tower, she decides to spring her! But Raven Xingtao, the daughter of the Pirate King, is more of a handful that Adrienne could have ever expected. Before she knows it, Adrienne is off on a whirlwind adventure to complete Raven’s quest for revenge!

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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STRAY TPB

Writer(s): Vito Delsante
Artist Name(s): Sean Izaakse
Color Artist(s): Ross Campbell and Simon Gough
Cover Artist(s): Dean Haspiel
Collecting the hit mini-series, STRAY tells the story of Rodney Weller, the former sidekick known as “the Rottweiler.” When his mentor, the Doberman, is murdered, Rodney has to decide if he wants to come back to the world of capes and masks and, if he does, who he wants to be. Cover by Emmy Award winner, Dean Haspiel (The Fox)! Collects Stray #1-4.

128 pgs./Teen/ FC $14.99

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VAMPLETS: THE NIGHTMARE NURSERY #3 (of 6)

Writer(s): Gayle Middleton and Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Amada Coronado (p), David Dwonch (i) Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Amanda Coronado (a), Bill Blankenship (c)

Teenager Destiny Harper continues her adventures in the world of Gloomvania, where dark creatures lurk the streets, and the world is being mysteriously overrun by baby vampyres called Vamplets! Can Destiny serve her term as Governess of “The Nightmare Nursery” and return home? Fairy tales get a modern update in this coming of age tales of monsters, mayhem, and magic! Variant cover by Gayle Middleton herself (limited to 2000 copies!).

32 pgs./All Ages / FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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PUPPET MASTER #3

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Michela Da Sacco (pencils, inks) and Yann Perrelet (colors)
Leech Woman Cover: Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks) , Yann Perrelet (colors)
Leech Woman Sketch Cover: Michela Da Sacco (pencils/inks)
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And then there were two.

Two friends still trapped at the Bodega Bay Inn. Two friends being hunted by Andre Toulon’s twisted Puppets. Or is only ONE of them truly in danger? The Offering has been made…will it be accepted? Features three variant covers depicting Leech Woman! Limited to 1500 copies each.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #11

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant), Dan Mendoza (limited variant), Winston Young (limited variant)
Risque variant cover (limited to 2500): TMChu
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Vampblade variant cover (limited to 2000): Winston Young

Zombie Tramp creates a flesh beast from cemetery inhabitants to do battle with the hulking meth monster that’s plagued her visit to Detroit; but will Motown’s supernatural defender Vampblade help Janey in her fight, or team-up against her? It’s a boneyard brawl of beasts and beauties, as Janey fights for her right to ease on down the road! Features a variant cover spotlighting guest starring character Vampblade, as well as a variant cover by Dan Mendoza (limited to 2000 copies) and a risqué variant cover (limited to 2500 copies).

32 pgs./Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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ZOMBIE TRAMP VERSUS VAMPBLADE #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Winston Young
Connecting character variant covers (limited to 1500)
Connecting risque variant covers (limited to 2000)

In a story too big to contain in the pages of her regular monthly series, fan-favorite undead antiheroine Zombie Tramp breaks out into an all-new limited series that pits her against a new larger-than-life supernatural foe… Vampblade! Can Zombie Tramp hold her own against this new interdimensional weapon-wielding comic book bad girl brought to life, or has she met her sexy/crazy/cool match? Let the hair pulling and blood spilling begin! Features special variant covers featuring each character that connect to form one image, in both regular (limited to 1500 copies) and risqué designs (limited to 2000 copies).
32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99/ $4.99 Variant

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