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Early Review: ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times

Apocalypti Girl An Aria for the End TimesOut May 20, Andrew MacLean‘s ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times is a fascinating graphic tale of a girl and her cat in a beautiful, damaged, deadly post-apocalyptic world. The story focuses on a woman and her cat trying to survive in this world, caught between to battling factions. At the same time she’s attempting to maintain her sanity after being abandoned in a scouting mission, she battles loneliness. Finally the story really focuses on what “home” means, and that even the worst situations and places can still be home.

The first thing that’s noticeable is the art. MacLean has an a style I’d associate more with European graphic novelists than what we’d find here in the US. It’s simple and beautiful to look at, adding just the right amount of detail, and at the same time not cluttering the page. The sparing use of colors enhances the look. It’s just beautiful to look at, there’s no other way to put it. You linger on each page checking out every small detail that’s been added, as if every line enhances to storytelling.

The story itself is fun and interesting with a twist towards the end I didn’t see coming at all. The comic is a layered morality tale, focusing on human nature, its propensity for destruction and through all of that, we still call each other a people and Earth home. There’s morals in there, but it’s a bit deeper than a normal comic, challenging the reader a bit. Even if you reject that sort of story, it’s still a fun, action packed comic with some fine twists and turns. I came out of it thinking a bit more about its deeper meaning. It’s a great read for a graphic novel club, perfect for debating it’s themes after.

There’s also a recurring references to opera and music. I’m sure there’s many more out there who are much more intelligent than I that can explain the significance (if any) of each of the choices of music. Again, it adds to that post reading examination that I enjoy in a comic. It’s there, but not explained for the reader, forcing us to do a bit more research and put more thought into the inclusion of the music.

The graphic novel is beautiful, and priced for a steal at $9.99. I highly recommend checking it out when it hits shelves in late May.

Story: Andrew MacLean Art: Andrew MacLean
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with an FREE copy for review

Pour diffusion immédiate: Darrow, C’Est Toujours Fou!

Dark_Horse_Comics_logoWhen it was originally published in France in the 1980’s, Geof Darrow’s cult classic graphic novel Bourbon Thret was promoted by publisher Aedena with the tagline “Darrow C’Est Fou!” which translates to Darrow it’s crazy! Next year Dark Horse Comics will finally publish the first ever American edition of Darrow’s Bourbon Thret, which features the introduction of the chainsaw wielding Shaolin Cowboy. The book will be released in the same gorgeous oversized format as Dark Horse Comics’ recently released Shaolin Cowboy: Shemp Buffet hardcover.

Bourbon Thret features the first appearance of the Shaolin Cowboy, whose ultra violent, ultra detailed and unforgettable zombie filled stories have been published by Dark Horse Comics . Darrow was living in France when he created Bourbon Thret, but his inspiration for the character’s name from traveling  in Japan where he saw t-shirts with phrases like “The Sunny Catches The Day.”

Almost the entire Dark Horse edition of Bourbon Thret will be recolored by the award winning colorist Dave Stewart. When it was originally published, Bourbon Thret was colored by a team of colorists and Darrow was unsatisfied with the look of the pages, with the very notable exception of the work done by Studio Herge. The Studio Herge pages are not being recolored for the new edition, but the rest of the material will be colored by Stewart.

Dark Horse will announce an official publication date for the book later this year.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Realist_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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: The Realist (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

Divinity #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant I think has the best superhero universe right now in comics. It helps that they’re willing to try new things as far as the characters, tone, and direction series go. This one is one of their more audacious comics to date, and it has been a wonderful read so far.

Drones #1 (IDW Publishing) – Two former predator drone operators face insurgency and insanity on the Las Vegas Strip in the surreal surroundings of the world’s first terrorism-themed hotel!

Kaptara #1 (Image Comics) – A space expedition goes horribly wrong because if it didn’t there would be no story! Reluctant explorer Keith Kanga and his crew crash land on KAPTARA, a world filled with danger and weird danger and dangerous weirdos! And if he can’t survive, then Earth, the place where YOU live, is doomed! From Chip Zdarsky, do you need another reason to check it out?

Transformers: Windblade Combiner Wars #2 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been knocking it out of the park when it comes to their latest Transformers events which brings worlds together, as well as Transformers.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Suicide Risk #24 (BOOM! Studios) – This series should be at the top of every comic fan’s list.  Its version of the superhero genre is astounding.

Little Mermaid #3 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s under the radar series has veered a bit towards the expected, but it is still a fresh take on the fairy tale.

Manifest Destiny #14 (Image Comics) -The strange adventures through middle America continue, but will Sacajawea reveal something soon?

Postal #3 (Image Comics) –  The series has managed to be extremely gripping in its first couple of issues.  Secrets abound in the town of criminals.

Satellite Sam #13 (Image Comics) – The medium’s standout crime noir title returns with possibly some answers to the questions on the way.

 

Elana Levin

Top Pick: Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 (DC Comics) – The original Wolfman/Perez run of New Teen Titans was glorious soapy teenage hero wonder.   And now we get more of it and with Nicola Scott on pencils– a fantastic artists whose work I first fell for when she drew Secret Six. She draws attractive people but with real characterization and “acting” shining through in a way very few artists do. I don’t care about Tangent universe, which provides the characters they are fighting. But this old school Titans line-up and combination of classic and new talent have me sold.

I’d hazard to guess that fans of Claremont’s X-Men & the various Young Avengers series would enjoy the young characters’ soapy exploits if these books are anything like the original.

Velvet #10 (Image Comics) – Stylish as ever and unique. Complex, sexy and mature female characters are still rare in comics, and anywhere. Velvet is always a pleasure. A film version of her would make Brubecker a wealthy man and would be doing the world a favor. We need Velvet!

Lazarus #16 (Image Comics) – Lazarus is the scifi dystopia our world needs. Smart work that goes where no others dare. I should’ve proposed a session on this series for Left Forum or maybe get Jacobin Magazine to do an in depth review. I’d have ranked this higher but the story works better in tradepaperback.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) –  Adorable, zany and feminist as hell. I love the way Erika Henderson draws Galactus.

 

Nevada

Top Pick: Harvey Kurtzman: The Man Who Created MAD & Revolutionized Humor in America (Fantagraphics) – I’m a fan of MAD and can’t wait to read this fascinating account of Mr. Kurtzman’s life and work, from the founding of MAD and then his early departure, to an investigation with the FBI during the McCarthy Era and beyond.  Packed with interviews by friends and family, this promises to be a revealing look at a great American humorist.

MAD Magazine #533 (Mad Magazine) – Speaking of MAD, I’ll have to catch this issue featuring Weird Al Yankovic along with Alfred E. Neuman on the cover. Whether you remember Weird Al’s work from the ‘80’s or you’re just now discovering his genius, this pairing on the April cover is truly inspired!

Miami Vice Remix #2 (IDW Publishing) – Oh, speaking of the ‘80’s, if you weren’t around to experience the fashion/ cultural/ musical phenomenon that was the original TV show, Miami Vice, here’s a Remix! This looks great—and quite bad-ass! Read this comic-book update and check out the original show that’s been playing on Esquire and Cozi networks and pretty soon you’ll be rolling up the sleeves of your pastel blazer and sporting a five o’clock shadow (guys), or slipping into a leather mini-skirt and double-processing your hair (chicks).

The Cartoon Introduction to Philosophy (Hill & Wang) – A canoe trip with Heraclitus through the great debates of Western thought? Sounds like the cruise of a lifetime and a fun way to try and wrap your head around the mysteries of life and the universe, or vice versa.

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4 (Marvel) – I’m new to Squirrel Girl comics but this looks like a winner! I always knew squirrels were clever, agile, resourceful, and brave; add to that true Girl-Power and Squirrel Girl has to be an unbeatable addition to the super hero pantheon.

Preview: The Realist HC

The Realist HC

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Asaf Hanuka
Artist: Asaf Hanuka

Acclaimed Israeli cartoonist Asaf Hanuka’s weekly strips unfold an emotional autobiography full of humor and melancholy, wild imagination, and quiet desperation. Collected for the first time in English and including never-before-collected strips, The Realist delivers both honesty and whimsy from a master of his craft. With echoes of R. Crumb and Daniel Clowes, Hanuka moves readers with his depictions of everyday life, commenting on everything from marriage to technology to social activism through intimate moments of triumph and failure.

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The Ultimate True-Crime Story Returns

This October, experience the story of one of America’s most notorious killers as Green River Killer heads to paperback for the first time.

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.

Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider’s account of America’s most prolific serial killer.

The graphic novel is out this October 21 and you can read my original review here.

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Preview: Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1 TP

Gunnerkrigg Court Vol. 1 TP

Imprint: Archaia

Author: Thomas Siddell
Artist: Thomas Siddell

Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows Antimony through her orientation year: the people she meets, the strange things that happen, and the things she causes to happen as she and her new friend, Kat, unravel the mysteries of the Court and deal with the everyday adventures of growing up. Available in softcover for the first time!

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Top 100 Graphic Novels in March 2015

Previews has released the list of the top 100 selling graphic novels in March 2015. IDW Publishing held the top spot with Nemo: River of Ghosts.

Marvel did well holding four of the top ten spots. Image Comics also had four of the top ten spots. The final slot was taken by Dynamite‘s first volume of Bob’s Burgers comics.

DC Comics‘ best book placed in number 14, and Dark Horse‘s best book clocked in at number 33.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in March 2015

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 NEMO RIVER OF GHOSTS HC (MR) $14.95 JAN151622 IDW
2 MS MARVEL TP VOL 02 GENERATION WHY $15.99 DEC140970 MAR
3 LOW TP VOL 01 THE DELIRIUM OF HOPE (MR) $9.99 DEC140670 IMA
4 HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL TP $16.99 DEC140975 MAR
5 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
6 DEADPOOL TP VOL 07 AXIS $17.99 DEC140987 MAR
7 DEADPOOLS ART OF WAR TP $12.99 DEC140974 MAR
8 DEADLY CLASS TP VOL 02 KIDS OF THE BLACK HOLE (MR) $14.99 DEC140657 IMA
9 BIRTHRIGHT TP VOL 01 HOMECOMING (MR) $9.99 JAN150622 IMA
10 BOBS BURGERS TP VOL 01 $17.99 JAN151278-M DE
11 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
12 LAZARUS TP VOL 03 CONCLAVE (MR) $14.99 JAN150631 IMA
13 COPPERHEAD TP VOL 01 A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN $9.99 JAN150625 IMA
14 JUSTICE LEAGUE TP VOL 05 FOREVER HEROES (N52) $14.99 DEC140382 DC
15 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
16 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
17 WAYWARD TP VOL 01 STRING THEORY (MR) $9.99 JAN150664 IMA
18 NAILBITER TP VOL 02 BLOODY HANDS (MR) $14.99 JAN150641 IMA
19 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 POWER COUPLE (N52) $16.99 DEC140383 DC
20 WOLVERINE ORIGIN II TP $19.99 DEC140989 MAR
21 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
22 BIG HARD SEX CRIMINALS HC (MR) $39.99 NOV140582 IMA
23 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 JAN140558 IMA
24 YU GI OH 5DS GN VOL 07 $9.99 JAN151695 VIZ
25 ROCHE LIMIT TP VOL 01 $9.99 DEC140688 IMA
26 GUARDIANS GALAXY PREM HC VOL 04 ORIGINAL SIN $24.99 DEC140962 MAR
27 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
28 ADVENTURE TIME TP VOL 06 $14.99 JAN151168 BOO
29 BATMAN 66 MEETS THE GREEN HORNET HC $22.99 NOV140308 DC
30 TINY TITANS RETURN TO THE TREEHOUSE TP $12.99 DEC140398 DC
31 MORNING GLORIES TP VOL 08 $12.99 JUL140503 IMA
32 TEEN TITANS GO TP VOL 01 PARTY PARTY $12.99 DEC140400 DC
33 BPRD HELL ON EARTH TP VOL 10 DEVILS WINGS $19.99 OCT140012 DAR
34 SHE-HULK TP VOL 02 DISORDERLY CONDUCT $15.99 DEC140985 MAR
35 MARVELS AVENGERS TP AGE OF ULTRON PRELUDE $16.99 DEC140951 MAR
36 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
37 SHAOLIN COWBOY HC THE SHEMP BUFFET $19.99 NOV140056 DAR
38 DEATH OF WOLVERINE TP WEAPON X PROGRAM $19.99 DEC140980 MAR
39 Y THE LAST MAN TP BOOK 02 (MR) $19.99 DEC140421 DC
40 ALL NEW X-MEN PREM HC VOL 06 ULTIMATE ADVENTURE $24.99 OCT140918 MAR
41 PROPHET TP VOL 04 JOINING $17.99 DEC140684 IMA
42 HUMANS TP VOL 01 HUMANS FOR LIFE (MR) $9.99 JAN150630 IMA
43 ALEX + ADA TP VOL 02 $12.99 AUG148160 IMA
44 SUPERMAN DOOMED HC (N52) $49.99 NOV140304 DC
45 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
46 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 22 A NEW BEGINNING (MR) $14.99 SEP140657 IMA
47 JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA TP VOL 02 SURVIVORS OF EVIL (N52) $16.99 DEC140381 DC
48 INHUMAN TP VOL 02 AXIS $15.99 DEC140984 MAR
49 AVENGERS TP VOL 05 ADAPT OR DIE $19.99 DEC140957 MAR
50 MS MARVEL TP VOL 01 NO NORMAL $15.99 JUN140725 MAR
51 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 02 TWO WORLDS ONE COP (MR) $14.99 OCT140654 IMA
52 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN HC VOL 02 WAR AND PEACE (N52) $24.99 NOV140305 DC
53 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 02 MILES BEHIND US (NEW PTG) $14.99 SEP088204 IMA
54 SEX TP VOL 03 BROKEN TOYS (MR) $14.99 JAN150655 IMA
55 BATMAN BEYOND JUSTICE LORDS BEYOND TP $16.99 DEC140388 DC
56 BATMAN TP VOL 02 THE CITY OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 JUL130235 DC
57 UNITY TP VOL 01 TO KILL A KING $14.99 JAN141356 VAL
58 SHADOW TP VOL 01 FIRE OF CREATION (MR) $19.99 SEP120990 DE
59 COLDEST CITY HC $19.99 JAN121214 ONI
60 DOCTOR WHO 10TH HC VOL 01 REVOLUTIONS TERROR $19.99 SEP141636 TTN
61 NEW LONE WOLF AND CUB TP VOL 04 (MR) $13.99 NOV140113 DAR
62 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
63 NARUTO GN VOL 69 $9.99 JAN151694 VIZ
64 SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN HC VOL 03 $34.99 OCT140919 MAR
64 DOCTOR WHO 11TH HC VOL 01 AFTER LIFE $19.99 SEP141640 TTN
66 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMA
67 AVENGERS OMNIBUS HC VOL 02 $99.99 OCT140912-M MAR
68 BATMAN TP VOL 03 DEATH OF THE FAMILY (N52) $16.99 FEB140248 DC
69 HULK TP VOL 02 OMEGA HULK BOOK 01 $19.99 DEC140978 MAR
70 SUPERMAN RED SON TP NEW EDITION $17.99 JAN140353 DC
71 FLASHPOINT TP $16.99 OCT138324 DC
72 JUSTICE LEAGUE UNITED HC VOL 1 JUSTICE LEAGUE CANADA (N52) $24.99 NOV140300 DC
73 UNCANNY X-MEN PREM HC VOL 05 OMEGA MUTANT $24.99 DEC140961 MAR
74 CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS TP $29.99 AUG058162 DC
75 ASTRO CITY VICTORY TP $16.99 DEC140407 DC
76 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
77 CRIMINAL TP VOL 03 THE DEAD AND THE DYING (MR) $14.99 JAN150628 IMA
78 USAGI YOJIMBO SAGA TP VOL 02 $24.99 OCT140088 DAR
79 ALL NEW X-FACTOR TP VOL 03 AXIS $24.99 DEC140986 MAR
80 SECRET AVENGERS TP VOL 02 LABYRINTH $12.99 DEC140953 MAR
81 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 21 ALL OUT WAR PT 2 (MR) $14.99 MAY140652 IMA
82 RUNAWAYS COMPLETE COLLECTION TP VOL 03 $39.99 DEC140990 MAR
83 SOUTHERN BASTARDS TP VOL 01 HERE WAS A MAN (MR) $9.99 JUL140517 IMA
84 SUPERMAN EARTH ONE HC VOL 03 $22.99 OCT140340 DC
85 MMW INVINCIBLE IRON MAN HC VOL 09 $75 OCT140920-M MAR
86 DEAD BOY DETECTIVES TP VOL 02 GHOST SNOW $14.99 OCT140396 DC
87 UNITED STATES OF MURDER INC PREM HC VOL 01 TRUTH (MR) $24.99 SEP140912 MAR
88 ROCKETEER THE COMPLETE ADVENTURES TP $19.99 DEC140476 IDW
89 BATMAN TP VOL 04 ZERO YEAR SECRET CITY (N52) $16.99 JUL140237 DC
90 SUPER VILLAINS UNITE TP COMPLETE SUPER VILLAIN TEAM UP $34.99 DEC140982 MAR
91 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 03 SAFETY BEHIND BARS $14.99 NOV082245 IMA
92 ALL STAR WESTERN TP VOL 06 END OF THE TRAIL (N52) $14.99 DEC140377 DC
92 KINGDOM COME TP NEW PTG $19.99 SEP138294 DC
92 SEXCASTLE OGN (MR) $15.99 JAN150621 IMA
95 ASTRO CITY PRIVATE LIVES HC $24.99 NOV140331 DC
96 TREES TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 DEC140696 IMA
97 AMAZING SPIDER-MAN EPIC COLLECTION TP ROUND ROBIN $34.99 DEC140973 MAR
98 GODZILLA CATACLYSM TP $19.99 JAN150520 IDW
99 HAWKEYE TP AVENGING ARCHER $34.99 DEC140950 MAR
100 DEADPOOL TP VOL 01 DEAD PRESIDENTS NOW $15.99 MAR130727 MAR

Preview: Scott Pilgrim Vol 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Scott Pilgrim Vol 6: Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour

Writer: Bryan Lee O’Malley
Artist: Bryan Lee O’Malley with Nathan Fairbairn

The final color hardcover edition! In stores 4/22

Scott Pilgrim has faced down six of Ramona Flowers’s evil exes but now that the happy couple is no more, was it even worth it? And if Scott and Ramona aren’t together, then why do the ominous messages from Gideon Graves keep coming? This the end of the SCOTT PILGRIM saga like you’ve never seen it before–in a full glorious color hardcover edition with a bevy of extras. This is truly SCOTT PILGRIM’S FINEST HOUR.

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Adi Granov Covers Two Classic Star Wars Adaptations!

This May, Marvel and Lucasfilm are set to return you to the story that started it all with the Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope OGN. Completely remastered for the modern age, this iconic story now comes to an entire new generation of fans. But before that can’t miss graphic novel hits shelves this May – Marvel has released a first look at the covers to Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back OGN and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi OGN!

Brought to life by famed artist Adi Granov, these stunning images will grace the covers of the original Marvel adaptations of these iconic films. Also remastered and recolored,  don’t miss your chance to relive these iconic stories when the oversized Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back OGN and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi OGN come to comic shops and book stores in 2015!

Pre-Order Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back OGN on Amazon!

Pre-Order Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi OGN on Amazon!

STAR WARS: EPISODE V – THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN-HC (APR150894)
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Pre-Order on Amazon
On Sale August 2015!

STAR WARS: EPISODE VI – RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN-HC
Written by ARCHIE GOODWIN
Art by AL WILLIAMSON & CARLOS GARZON
Colored by CHRIS SOTOMAYOR
Pre-Order on Amazon
On Sale November 2015!

STAR WARS EPISODE V - THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK OGN-HC COVER STAR WARS EPISODE VI - RETURN OF THE JEDI OGN-HC

Titan Comics Unleash Universal War One!

This August, Titan Comics are thrilled to announce they are set to publish the ultimate edition of science fiction classic graphic novel Universal War One which Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada called, “huge and epic… beautiful and fresh!”

Created by one of the most respected writer/artists working in the medium of comics, Denis Bajram, the mighty graphic novel is currently being developed for a major motion picture!

As Inter-planetary civil war rages, humanity is facing an even bigger threat!

A black wall is cutting the solar system in half. It falls to the crewmen of the United Earth Force to discover what this wall is, where it’s come from, and how to stop it in this cosmic-scale mystery of life, death and the future of mankind.

Universal War One is available to order from the​ April edition of PREVIEWS, using the order code APR151735​.​

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