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Preview: Betty & Veronica: Lifeguards on Duty

BETTY & VERONICA: LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Fernando Ruiz
On Sale Date: 7/31
100-page, full color comic
$4.99

Swimming’s a lot of fun, but if you’re not careful, you could end up in big trouble! That’s where Betty and Veronica come in—they’re Riverdale’s best lifeguards and they’re ready for action in this digital-only collection! Between the pool and the beach, they’ll have their hands full. Can they save everyone in time?

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Review: Gregory Suicide

gs01When trying to describe Gregory Suicide without giving anything away about the comic’s plot or story, I found that it is a somewhat difficult task. What isn’t difficult is recommending the Gregory Suicide  one shot to you, but to do so without any spoilers whatsoever?

That’s not as easy as you’d think.

The brilliance of the comic is so intrinsically tied to the story that to give you any real hint or synopsis would take away from the story itself.  I went in completely blind to this comic, having nothing but the name and the cover to go by and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Eric Grissom has crafted a story that is absolutely worth reading, and while I noticed some very interesting themes running through out the comic, I don’t particularly want to talk about them because I don’t want to influence your expectations when reading the comic.

What I can talk about, however, is Will Perkins art work. It has an almost clinically whimsical feel that isn’t overburdened by heavy line work and fits so effortlessly with the story that I didn’t really notice how well it suited, and how effortlessly the details were captured in the back grounds and faces of the characters as the live their lives on the page until I had read the comic a second time.

Published by Frankenstein’s Daughter, the Gregory Suicide one shot is a really good comic book, and it costs less than a dollar (okay, it’s $0.99, but that’s still less than a dollar!). Compared to many other digital releases at four times the price, this is be a must buy for anybody who is interested in not only quality independent comic books, but for fans of comic books in general. Before you think the price is adding to my enthusiasm, I would give you the same recommendation regarding the Gregory Suicide one shot if it was $3.99; that it’s only a dollar is the icing on a very tasty cake.

Gregory Suicide is a one shot comic book, and while it is a self contained entirely whole story, it feels as if the creators have more to tell us about this world and the characters within it.

I hope they do.

The Gregory Suicide one shot will be available exclusively on ComiXology on August 5th for $0.99.

Story: Eric Grissom Art: Will Perkins Cover Colour: Phil Sloan
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

 

Frankenstein’s Daughter provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review

Preview: World of Archie: Wipe Out!

WORLD OF ARCHIE: WIPE OUT!

DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 7/24
Digital Exclusive
150-page, full color comic
$5.99

Surf’s up, brah! Wax your board and hit the waves in this new digital exclusive! Archie, Betty, Veronica and the rest of the Riverdale gang are going out to hang ten in this new collection. Can they stay afloat, or will they wipe out? You’ll have to read to find out, dude!

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Review: Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2

husk1Another of Delcourt‘s English language comic book translation from the native French language, Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future. The Arnold company makes “Husks”, biomechanical entities five meters high that provide an anatomical continuation of the body of their pilot. As the comic opens, a new biomeca is being launched. The “M5″ Husk is the result of the exceptional efforts deployed by the engineers of Arnold to satisfy all requirements; on all grounds, for military operations, maintenance of law and order, extreme rescue, or for space exploration, the new Arnold “M5″ excels in all situations!

But does the comic excel as well?

This is the second of the English language translations of the Delcourt Group‘s comics that I’ve read. The first being The Curse Of The Wendigo, which I really enjoyed. I missed last week’s releases for some reason, but I was eager to jump in to another of the publisher’s offerings. Now, I’m not normally a sci-fi fan; I tend to avoid most stories set in the future, or space, regardless of the medium that they’re being told in. When I started reading Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 I was well aware that I was doing so with a large amount of bias toward the genre. The first half of the comic didn’t really strike my fancy; I felt somewhat lost among the biomech suits – even if I did like the way they were presented – and was ready to stop reading the comic and start on something else.

I’m glad I kept going.

The second half of the comic is intensely an character driven chapter that delves into the mental state of one of the biomech pilots. For me, it was worth reading the entire comic for, and then some. Frederic L’Homme has written a comic book that starts off as a slow burn but becomes an absolutely brilliant comic book. Armand Boudoroin capture the biomechanical suits with an almost hauntingly graceful style; and I’m saying this fully admitting that Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 was a comic that I was going to avoid based solely on the synopsis.

I’m glad I decided to look past my bias when reading this, but even more so that I read it all the way through. Husk #1 may not be the kind of story you would regularly read on face value, but don’t let that stop you from picking this comic up (of course, if you’re a huge fan of sci-fi then Husk #1 may be right up your alley, in which case add a point to the score).

Script: Frederic L’Homme Art: Armand Boudoroin Colors: Armand Boudoroin and KNEES
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Delcourt provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review

Lion Forge Comics debuts on comiXology

lion forge logoToday comiXology announced a digital distribution agreement with Lion Forge Comics, a digital-first comics publisher known for its growing library of action/adventure, sci-fi, superhero, and children’s titles. The deal adds more than 20 new series to comiXology’s selection, including licensed favorites like Miami Vice: Remix, Knight Rider, and Airwolf.

Since Lion Forge’s debut in 2013, the publisher has added new licensing deals and several homegrown series to its roster, all leading up to an extensive print rollout this year that began with the Miami Vice: Remix comic book series in March. The deal with comiXology closes a gap in its audience outreach efforts that the St. Louis-based publisher has been building for years.

All currently published Lion Forge comics are live today on comiXology’s cloud-based platform, with more set to debut every month in 2015. The assortment includes comics for young readers published by the Roar Comics imprint, and all licensed titles including the upcoming Care Bears and Madballs series published in partnership with American Greetings.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? While you decide on that, here’s some news and reviews from around the web to keep you busy.

Around the Tubes

BBC – The 100 Greatest American Films – Agree? Disagree?

Comics Alliance – ‘Ant-Man’ Director Peyton Reed Reveals Alternate Ending – An interesting ending. Better? Worse? What do you think?

Bleeding Cool – Europe Comics Will Host International Digital Comics In English – Pretty cool to see this.

Comics Alliance – Marvel’s Kevin Feige on When We’ll See The Wasp in the MCU – A good plan? A band plan?

The Christian Science Monitor – How comic books are combating extremism in Pakistan  – A lot of articles on this lately.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Nothing But Comics – The Disciples #2

Comics Alliance – Mercury Heat

Preview: Satanic Hell #5

SATANIC HELL #5

story by Grigoris Douros
art by Kevin Enhart, Newel Anderson, Jimmy Kerast
$1.99
24 pages
Digital Comic
17+, Horror/Thriller

After her punishment, Eva makes the ultimate decision: choosing between heaven or hell. With Dr. Wartech and Reverend Scudder delivering retribution to the band, Death Priest, Dante and Exodus get a new understanding of eternal suffering. Can an unexpected visitor save the beleaguered trio and get them back on track to save Texas from itself?

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Exclusive Preview: Fables: The Wolf Among Us Chapter 33

This Wednesday sees the release of Fables: The Wolf Among Us Chapter 33. The spin-off title is inspired by the hit-selling, Bill Willingham created, comic book, Fables. Chapter 33, written by Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges with art by Travis Moore, follows up from last week’s chapter involving our lead protagonist, Bigby, being shot with a silver bullet!

With Bigby down for the count, Bloody Mary is free to wreak the havoc her mysterious boss so desires…

The chapter will be available for download on Wednesday via the DC Comics App, Readdcentertainment.com, iBooks, comiXology.com, Google Play, Kindle Store, Nook Store, and iVerse ComicsPlus.

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LINE Webtoon Announces Deals with Marc Silvestri and Stan Lee

LINE WebtoonStan Lee Headshot, the digital comic service, has unveiled some interesting new partnerships including one with Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment and Top Cow founder Marc Silverstri.

Along with Lee and POW!, the company has unveiled an initiative to discover new talent through the company’s Superhero Comics Contest. The contest will give aspiring creators the opportunity to submit their Superhero-themed comics for the chance to win $30,000 and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to receive Stan Lee’s guidance and feedback.

The Superhero Comics Contest is the third contest in LINE Webtoon’s Challenge League system, which is proven to be a new and innovative way to find new comic talent. To enter, artists over the age of fourteen can upload at least three chapters of an original superhero comic directly to the contest’s entry page. Finalists will be chosen by Stan Lee and his team at POW! Entertainment along with LINE Webtoon’s editorial team. The grand prize winner will receive $30,000 and the opportunity to receive guidance and feedback from Stan and have their comic published by LINE Webtoon.

A second place winner will receive $10,000 and, along with the third and fourth place winners, will have the opportunity to become paid, featured LINE Webtoon artists.

Marc Silvestri HeadshotThe company has also announced that renowned creator Marc Silvestri will be launching the next chapter of his hit comic series, Cyber Force, created by Silvestri and written by famed comics scribe Matt Hawkins, exclusively on LINE Webtoon beginning in Fall 2015. The latest two trades of Cyber Force will be reformatted and available on LINE Webtoon for new readers to catch up before the new chapters begin.

Additionally, LINE Webtoon and Top Cow are developing the series as a multi-platform experience for fans who keep up with the rest of the Top Cow universe. The title Aphrodite IX, written by Top Cow president Matt Hawkins, will be deeply tied to the events of Cyber Force on LINE Webtoon, driving fans from the print editions of Aphrodite IX to the weekly chapters on LINE Webtoon and back.

With more than 10 years of experience in Korea, LINE Webtoon launched in the U.S. in 2014, and its partnership with POW! continues the company’s major expansion in the U.S., which includes new artists, partners, ways to interact with the content, and much more.

Kids Can Press debuts on comiXology

Bigfoot BoyComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, announced today a digital distribution agreement with Kids Can Press, the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world. This agreement with Kids Can Press brings such noted series as Bigfoot Boy, Three Thieves and the Binky Adventures to comiXology.

The following Kids Can Press titles can be found on comiXology today:

Bigfoot Boy series, written by J. Torres and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, including:
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 1: Into the Woods
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 2: The Unkindness of Ravens
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 3: The Sound of Thunder

Tower of TreasureThree Thieves series, written and illustrated by Scott Chantler, including:
Three Thieves Vol. 1: Tower of Treasure
Three Thieves Vol. 2: The Sign of the Black Rock
Three Thieves Vol. 3: The Captive Prince
Three Thieves Vol. 4: The King’s Dragon
Three Thieves Vol. 5: Pirates of the Silver Coast

A Binky Adventure series, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, including:
A Binky Adventure Vol. 1: Binky the Space Cat
A Binky Adventure Vol. 2: Binky to the Rescue
A Binky Adventure Vol. 3: Binky Under Pressure
A Binky Adventure Vol. 4: Binky Takes Charge
A Binky Adventure Vol. 5: Binky: License to Scratch

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