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Preview: Black Science #7

Black Science #7

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Matteo Scalera
Art By: Dean White
Cover By: Matteo Scalera
Cover By: Dean White
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140696
Published: July 30, 2014

THE SECOND ARC OF THE SMASH SCI-FI HIT BEGINS HERE! The mystery of the onion’s truth unfolds the deeper one travels. The mythology of the Eververse unveils new truths and new dangers. The team is hurled to a seemingly alien world that holds the key to their true purpose. For what is magic but science that we don’t yet understand?

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SDCC 2014: Action Lab Entertainment’s 2014-2015 Plans

Flanked by Action Lab staffers and talent including Ray-Anthony Height, Jeremy Dale, Vito DelSante, Gayle Middleton, Emily Martin, James Wright, Phillip Selvy and Nick Marino, Creative Director and writer/ artist Dave Dwonch announced Action Lab’s slate of upcoming releases at the is years San Diego Comic Con.

New releases include the all new series of Puppet Master books, written by Shawn Gabborin, successfully funded Kickstarter projects like Cazadora by Randy Kintz and Sam Eggleston, Nutmeg by James Wright and Jackie Krofts as well as Erik Taylor and Leia Del Duca‘s The Pantheon Project.

The line-up also features the return of several popular Action Lab titles. The award winning series, Princeless returns with a new sea faring storyline. Everyone’s favorite buccaneer/gumshoe, Smitty returns in a brand new volume of Pirate Eye, and Dean Rankine‘s hysterical Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candyland return in a new one shot.

Action Lab continues to prove it’s the home of creation and innovation. With their 5th anniversary looming in 2015, look for more huge announcements.

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Preview: Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo One-Shot

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo One-Shot

Story By: John Layman
Art By: Rob Guillory
Cover By: Rob Guillory
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140608
Published: July 30, 2014

Comics’ most beloved homicidal cybernetic kung fu rooster returns for what we humbly anticipate as the most important literary achievement of the 21st Century. All other comics will be made irrelevant. The best thing that’s ever happened to comics, and possibly the best thing that’s ever happened… EVER! Plus: an all-star pin-up gallery from some of the most staggeringly talented artists in the industry! DO. NOT. MISS.

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Preview: Day Men #4

Day Men #4

Writer(s): Matt Gagnon, Michael Alan Nelson
Artist(s): Brian Stelfreeze

The Virgo family has suffered a devastating blow at the hands of the Ramses, but there’s no time to mourn…along with Titus, the Virgo’s champion, David sets out on a mission of revenge.

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Review: Deep Gravity #1

deep gravity #1 coverHe didn’t get onto the most lucrative interstellar mission for the money—Paxon wants to be reunited with the woman he loves. But his high-stakes journey takes him to a savage world full of the galaxy’s most dangerous game, where the gravity can turn your bones to powder.

I’m much more of a sci-fi person than a fantasy person, so getting my hands on the start of a new series, I’m always a bit excited to see what it brings to the table. Deep Gravity #1 by Mike Richardson, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, with art by Fernando Baldó, is familiar, but there’s just enough that’s new and different to get me to want to come back for more.

The familiar part is an alien world that a company has gotten rights to mine/explore/grab resources from/etc. That’s been done many times before, and many times well. Here are the tiny details. As the title hints at, the gravity on this world is different, much greater than that of Earth. Add in radiation, and the amount of time someone can stay on the planet is limited. With a new crew coming on planet, and old crew leaving, you can see where its all going. Add in the relationship angle and there’s a lot that we’ve seen before in other stories. But, again, its the small details that matter here, and those are entertaining and new.

But how its put together is interesting. Much of the writing reminds me of Hardman and Bechko’s previous work, like their Planet of the Apes run. They have a certain style to what they bring to the page. That’s not good or bad, but if you’ve enjoyed their previous work, there’s familiarity here that’ll get you to probably enjoy this new series as well. The two plus Richardson, have dreamed up an interesting world that we learn about as the main character Paxon does. That leads to some exciting moments that catch him and us off guard. Going forward, that discovery will likely be the strength of the series.

Artist Fernando Baldó brings us a solid style. It’s not too flashy or fancy, and definitely doesn’t jump out to me, but it’s solid work with some nice design for the alien world and space ship. It gets the job done and there’s some nice touches.

Overall, while the first issue might seem familiar, and “been there,” there’s a lot new and some great potential going forward. I’m pretty sure I know what to expect next, but even so, if the rest is as entertaining as this first issue, we’ll have a solid sci-fi read to finish off the summer and take us into the fall.

Story: Mike Richardson, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko Art: Fernando Baldó
Story: Art: Overall: Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Low #1

Low #1

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Greg Tocchini
Cover By: Greg Tocchini
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAY140566
Published: July 30, 2014

In the far distant future, the sun’s premature expansion has irradiated Earth, sending humanity to the lowest depths of the seas, hidden within radiation-shielded cities, while probes scour the universe for inhabitable worlds to relocate to. After tens of thousands of years, a single probe returns, crashing on Earth’s surface, a now-alien place no human has seen for many millennia. Frequent collaborators RICK REMENDER (BLACK SCIENCE, Uncanny Avengers) and GREG TOCCHINI (Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) dive into an aquatic sci-fi/fantasy tale following two teams from the last remaining cities undersea as they race to the most unexpected alien world of all—the surface of Earth. Special introductory issue features 30 full pages of painted art!

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Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day! What’s everyone thinking of getting this week when they head to the shop?

Around the Tubes

The Beat – The State of Conventions in 2014 (AKA – The Annual Gripes Turn Up) – A good read.

The Beat – SDCC ’14: Fashioning a Response to Cosplay Harassment – A very good read as well. Especially in light of recent horrific events.

ICv2 – Father Gabriel Joins ‘The Walking Dead – Awesome!

GamePolitics – FCC Opens Public Comments On State Laws Banning Municipal Broadband Operations – Comment folks! Internet providers shouldn’t have a monopoly.

Preview: Evil Empire #3

Evil Empire #3

Writer(s): Max Bemis
Artist(s): Ransom Getty

With the presidential election looming close, and Reese even closer to the truth of the corruption at the heart of America, she must struggle to separate her friends from her enemies before it’s too late. Lines are drawn and sides are being taken. And there’s no backing out for Reese now that she has blood on her hands.

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ComixTribe Releases a Trailer for And Then Emily Was Gone

On the even of the direct market debut of And Then Emily Was Gone #1, ComixTribe has released a full trailer for horror mini-series before its world-wide debut July 30.

Greg Hellinger is a man who sees monsters. A former detective driven to the brink of madness by terrifying apparitions, he is tasked with finding a missing girl named Emily. Hellinger’s search takes him to a remote community in the Scottish Orkney Islands, where strange and terrifying things are happening…

A 5-part monthly comic event, And Then Emily Was Gone is created by award-winning creators John Lees and Iain Laurie and features variant covers by comic superstars Riley Rossmo, Nick Pitarra, Garry Brown, and more!

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

bodies #1 coverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in! Below are ten suggestions of comics, graphic novels, or trade paperbacks you should spend some extra time checking out and think about picking up.

Pick of the Week: Bodies #1 (Vertigo) – A new Vertigo mini-series that follows four detectives over four different time periods. A centuries-spanning murder mystery like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with four sensational artists illustrating a six-page chapter in each issue. Sounds so interesting, sign us up!

Armor Hunters: Harbinger #1 (Valiant) – Valiant has one of the best universes out there, and their current Armor Hunters story has been fun action bringing the various corners together to battle one foe.

Caliban #5 (Avatar Press) – Garth Ennis does creepy sci-fi horror in this underrated and criminally overlooked series.

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo (Image Comics) – Have you read any of the previous issues of Chew with Agent Poyo? That alone merits this to make it on the list.

Deep Gravity #1 (Dark Horse) – A new sci-fi series that takes us to a new planet where gravity is greater and teams are rotated in and out over short stints. The first issues is solid setting things up for what looks like an interesting story.

Evil Empire #3 (BOOM! Studios) – It feels like a while since this last issue but Max Bemis’ series that looks at a crumbling America turning towards Libertarian anarchy is too fascinating a concept to not make the list.

Hawkeye #19 (Marvel) – This one has been a long time coming. The rumors say this series is running down, so we’re savoring every issue while we can.

Letter 44 Vol. 1: Escape Velocity (Oni Press) – If you missed the first issues, here’s your chance to catch up. A new President learns about why his predecessor ramped up wars, and the revelation changes his view of the world, his job, and the humanity as a whole. A great mix of science fiction and politics

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #31 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s entire Transformers line has been fantastic giving us a new spin on the classic characters. The comics are focused on religion, and nation building, but with giant robots.

The Wake #10 (Vertigo) – Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy’s series wraps up! It’s been a hell of a run!

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