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Preview: Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

During a vicious xenomorph outbreak, terraforming engineer Derrick Russell leads a desperate group of survivors onto a rickety mining vessel. They hope to escape the creatures overrunning their colony—but they’ll face horrors both in space and on the strange planet they crash on. Ties in with the Prometheus and Aliens films!

The first issue in an exciting new direction for Aliens, the comic is brought to us by writer Chris Roberson and artist Patric Reynolds.

Aliens: Fire and Stone #1 is on sale September 24th.

ALIENS FIRE AND STONE #1

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Review: POP #1

pop 1 coverWhat if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped?

Written by Curt Pires with art by Jason Copland, POP #1 is the beginning of what looks like an interesting satirical take on pop culture and it’s impact on society. Though much of the issue is just set up, what’s shown, and “said” focuses on how celebrities and products now drive our life, almost giving us meaning for existence. We get the basics, that celebrities are grown and controlled by someone group, and that one of them has escaped.

The main story focuses on Coop and Elle (Elle’s the escaped individual). The take by the series is very apparent with Coop literally being saved, and finding purpose in Elle. His life is turned around due to “celebrity” and a “product.” That seems to be the general take of the series, at leas that’s what I took away from the first issue.

There’s also some jabs at current celebrities, including a knock-off Justin Bieber who’s injured in a satisfying way. The satire isn’t subtle at all, and we’ve seen similar ideas in other stories, but so far the issue is entertaining enough and I’m interested in seeing what the greater take away is.

Copland provides solid art that reminds me of British comics from the 80s. That might be due to some of the use of color, but overall, there’s a familiar style to it all that matches the subject matter. POP, has a look of pop about it.

POP bills itself as a “white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life.” To really succeed the series really needs to have something interesting (and preferably new) to say about the top it’s taking on, pop stars and celebrity. The first issue is definitely a solid start, but this ride in the end will hopefully have something to say about our culture, instead of just being shallow like what it attempts to satirize.

Story: Curt Pires Art: Jason Copland
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1

Cal’s changed . . . and maybe not for the better. Locked away and drowning himself with booze and aspirin, Cal feels the evil consuming him. Will he be able to withstand its pull or will he become the monster war’s greatest weapon of destruction?

The series is written by Steve Niles and art by Christopher Mitten.

Criminal Macabre: The Third Child #1 is on sale September 17th.

CRIMINAL MACABRE THE THIRD CHILD #1

Preview: Grendel Vs. The Shadow #1

Sparks fly and bullets blaze when the original Grendel, Hunter Rose, is transported to 1930s New York and faces off with the original dark-night avenger, the Shadow! Two pulp-noir icons go head to head in this three-issue prestige-format series written and drawn by legendary Grendel creator Matt Wagner.

Matt Wagner continues his fan-favorite character-Grendel!

Grendel Vs. The Shadow #1 is on sale Septemer 3rd.

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SDCC 2014: Dark Horse to Manufacture Halo Replica Ships and Vehicles

HALOIN #1 FC FNLIt was announced during Dark Horse’s “The Art of Video Games” panel at this year’s San Diego Comic Con that Dark Horse would develop and manufacture a line of replicas based on the ships and vehicles which have appeared in the multi-million selling video game franchise, Halo!

Furthering the arrangement between 343 Industries and Dark Horse, which has to date, produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical storylines written by writers from the video game franchise, this news is sure to excite gamers and collectors alike!

The product category was created in 2005 with the massively successful line of ships from Joss Whedon’s Serenity, which was soon followed by a popular line based on Bioware’s Mass Effect series, to great success and the unanimous approval of gamers, collectors, and comic fans!

While 343 Industries and Dark Horse are not yet ready to disclose which ships and vehicles will be included in the program, fans and retailers are encouraged to keep an eye on the news in the coming months for more information!

Preview: Concrete Park #1

A troubled young outcast from Earth awakens on a distant desert planet that’s gripped by gang war. Will the exiles of Scare City destroy each other or create something surprising, beautiful, and new? Concrete Park returns with volume 2’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T arc—a sexy sci-fi saga by Tony Puryear and Erika Alexander!

Concrete Park #1 is on sale Septemer 3rd. Retailer FOC is Monday, August 11th.

concrete park #1

Preview: Pop #1

What if the world’s pop stars and celebrities were literally products, grown by the world’s wealthiest (and most depraved) minds—and one of them escaped?

As unique as it is entertaining, Pop is a white-knuckled thrill ride through the marketing-mastered, technologically tethered tragicomedy we call life courtesy of Curtis Pires, Jason Copland, and Dark Horse.

Pop #1 is on sale August 27th.

pop #1 preview

Preview: Sundowners #1 by Tim Seeley

Faster than lightning! Stronger than steel! Crazier than an outhouse rat? Enter the Sundowners—sworn to protect humanity from interdimensional invaders! But is the threat real, or is it all in their heads?

From Tim Seeley, Jim Terry, and published by Dark Horse, Sundowners is a dark look at the thin line between heroism and insanity!

Sundowners #1 is on sale August 27th.

sundowners #1

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: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

SDCC 2014: Dark Horse to Publish the Art of He-Man and The Masters of the Universe!

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse and Mattel are teaming up to deliver the biggest art book of 2015 – The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe!

Made in close cooperation with Mattel and He-Man historians, The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe collects over 30 years of behind-the-scenes material, lore, and classic imagery!

In 1982, the world was introduced to He-Man and Masters of the Universe. What followed was a cultural sensation that changed the landscape of children’s entertainment forever! Join Mattel and Dark Horse in this comprehensive retrospective chronicling the decades-long epic journey of He-Man® from toy, to television, to film, to a true pop culture phenomenon!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe includes rarely seen images of concept sketches, prototypes, and more from Mattel’s archives. Featuring beautifully restored art from master illustrator Earl Norem—celebrated artist of the most memorable He-Man® images!

The Art of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe arrives in comic shops on April 1, 2015 and in bookstores April 14, 2015 Preorder your copy today!

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