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Skybound, Wizard World Announce The Walking Dead Series for 2015

The Walking DeadSkybound’s The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman continues to captivate audiences worldwide. With the debut of Season 5 of the television series, Skybound, Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, and Wizard World, Inc. announced the launch of an entirely new series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of popular issues of The Walking Dead comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at every Wizard World Comic Con event in 2015.

Superstar artists who regularly appear at Wizard World events will draw the unique covers for each of the 24 shows scheduled to date, beginning with Wizard World New Orleans Comic Con, January 9-11 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The artists for each book will be announced as they are selected. A similar series in 2013 featuring exclusives of The Walking Dead #1 proved to be wildly popular with fans.

The exclusive The Walking Dead editions will be produced in extremely limited quantities and are available at registration to fans only while supplies last at each Wizard World convention. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic.

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Review: Deadly Class #8

There has been an interesting mystery lurking throughout the entirety of Rick Remender and Wes Craig’s Deadly Class. Readers have been forced to guess who the deformed, monstrous figure constantly looking to attack Marcus is. The one big hint the comic gave before was that this man formed a grudge against Marcus during his time at the orphanage; something also kept mostly in mystery up to this point. Issue #8 gives loads of answers and totally delivers. Deadly Class #8 is a visually-interesting, exciting, and twisted look into a very revealing segment from the past of this book’s protagonist.

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The coloring here, from Lee Loughridge, is done in a very simplistic fashion, bathing the pages in such a way that simultaneously makes it look like a flashback and something simply stylish and cool. At the start, pages are soaked entirely in yellow, and then it shifts to red, and then green, at which point the colors blend along with the heightening of the story’s franticness. Out of context this minimalistic take on coloring is neat, but it’s especially impressive in how it fits the story of the comic. Aside from this bold change, characters look as gross and intimidating and the action looks as dynamic as brutal as ever. Deadly Class #8 is a fantastic looking comic.

In terms of plot, what’s delivered here is disturbing enough to be downright enticing to read. This portion of Marcus’s upbringing spent in a hugely fundamentalist and generally evil Christian orphanage sure was terrifying. Like the art, the plot functions well in a vacuum but even better in context. The strange and nauseating events of this issue, along with the triumphant, action-packed fight back Marcus gives, is great fun on its own. Good turns to great whenever the rest of the series is taken into consideration, this issue serving as an explanation for so much of Marcus’s character.

This issue was a long time coming, and it did not disappoint. The concept of a school for young assassins may have seemed potentially trite at the start of this series, but Remender pleasantly surprised whenever the series turned into something much different. Deadly Class is a fascinating character study on a bunch of sad, screwed up kids; they just so happen to attend some crazy classes sometimes.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Wes Craig
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Here’s this week’s announced sell-out and new printing.

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James Harvey‘s Masterplasty has sold out. It’s going back to print at a standard trim size and will be priced at $3.99. The new printing will be available on November 12.

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Preview: Drifter reveals early artwork

Image Comics has revealed early artwork from writer Ivan Brandon and artist Nic Klein, from their new, dark sci-fi series, Drifter. The ongoing series will launch with issue #1 on 11/12 and final order cutoff deadline for retailers is 10/20.

In Drifter, mankind has spread across the universe in a frantic rush to survive and has colonized and strip-mined countless planets in the process. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of a strange and alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Drifter #1 will be available on 11/12, the Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is 10/20.

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Review: Southern Bastards Vol. 1 “Here Was A Man”


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, story by Jason Aaron and art by Jason Latour, announces its intentions on the very first page: a jumble of signs pointing out churches a few miles ahead, overgrown woods creeping up to the highway, and a dog taking a crap by the side of the road. It screams at you, “This is what I’m about, this is what I am, and I don’t care what you think.” And really, that’s what the South is all about.

Being from the South myself, I can relate to much of this comic. I have a preference regarding vinegar versus tomato based barbeque sauce. I’ve been to high school footballs games (my high school’s mascot was a Rebel, even) on Fridays and I’ve seen how much it meant to people. I think a restaurant lacking in good sweet tea isn’t much of a restaurant at all. And yeah, travelling around the South, and even among the older generations of my own family, I’ve experienced some prejudice towards other people.

This comic is about all of those things, particularly family, to an exaggerated, hyperbolized extent. This comic is all about history, which the South has in spades.

Earl Tubb (a man most likely in his 50s or 60s) returns to the fictional Craw County, Alabama, in order to sell his dad’s house. He comes driving into town in a “Y’All Haul” truck, thinking that he’ll be gone within three days. He’s wrong. Earl finds that his hometown has a larger hold on him than he thought, that it’s more important to him than he thought, and he stays to right what he views as the wrongs in his town: he takes aim at the corrupt coach of the local high school football team, who apparently has his fingers in everything.

There are a few through lines in this book. One is particularly gross, but effective: most issues we see a really mangy, stray dog barking or taking a crap somewhere. It speaks to the low down nature of the characters as well as the griminess of the subject matter in the story and the art. The second lends this story an element of personal tragedy apart from the larger, Greek tragedy stylings of the plot: while there aren’t narration or caption boxes, Earl Tubb spends a few panels of each issue on his cell phone, and we don’t know who he’s calling (and who’s never calls him back) until the very end. As the story progresses, his phone calls get more and more desperate. It’s through his phone calls that we learn how Earl Tubb really feels. We learn about how he’s breaking, little by little. When he finally bursts into tears as he’s leaving yet another message it’s earned, and it’s one hell of a gut punch.

A huge reason why it’s such a gut punch is the absolutely brilliant work of Jason Latour. His artwork is perfectly matched to the story. It’s scratchy at all times, but extremely expressive during the emotional scenes, and extremely violent during the fights. His work captures the weight of every punch and swing of a baseball bat, and I never lost track of who was who or where people were standing in a scene. Plus, and this is really the best part of all, his art really makes me want to eat some ribs.

Sidebar: this release includes a cover/variant cover gallery as well as a recipe for fried apple pie that looks simply delicious.

I really can’t say enough good things about this book. I will recommend it to every single person that I know. It speaks to me both personally and as a lover of comics. The story is memorable and tragic, the art is flawless and animated. If you missed these four issues, please pick up this trade. It’s easily one of my very favorite comics right now, and I can’t wait for #5.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Jason Latour
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall 10 Recommendation: Buy it RIGHT THIS INSTANT

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Black Science #9

Black Science has carved out a name for itself in the comics community through its remarkable story-telling, mixing sublimely exciting action sequences with fascinating, complex character work. The world crafted here by writer Rick Remender and artist Matteo Scalera is filled with colorful creatures and loads of explosive battles, but just as prominent is the cast of colorful and explosive characters. The latest issue, #9, offers more good stuff despite being a noticeably weaker entry, with characterization and action that are solid but feel shallow in comparison to past efforts.

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Creeping in the background of this series has always been the notion of alternate universes, filled with altered versions of the same people. An eerie, revealing dream sequence at the start of this comic explores this concept to chilling effect. It’s a very well-done bit of storytelling, giving readers reason to care more about one of the more tertiary characters. Unfortunately, this manages to only come off as just a taste whenever Black Science‘s regular, in-depth version of exploring characters is considered. Characterization is cut short for action that is fine but ultimately comes off as little more than filler.

The latter half or so of the comic focuses on something totally different, offering an action sequence carried by narration that feels at home in this series. It all leads into a big reveal that is sure to lead to incredibly compelling and interesting plot threads in the future. The visuals are done especially well in this section, with zippy action and exaggerated facial expression put to great use to create a frantic atmosphere. This part of the comic is ultimately hurt, however, by the fact that a lot of details are left in the dark, leading to some confusion. The narration is satisfying and it plays into past thematic beats, but it can only go so far because readers are only cued into so much.

Black Science always manages to entertain, even though occasionally it hits a relative low point. This is one of those points, but what’s important to understand is that a bad issue of Black Science is still a very good comic.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Matteo Scalera
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Supreme: Blue Rose #4

Supreme: Blue Rose #4

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Totay
Cover By: Tula Totay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140685
Published: October 15, 2014

People are disappearing from the world. People who may not have belonged in the world at all. Secret protocols are being activated. Diana Dane is on a lost highway. Nothing is what it seems.

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Preview: Deadly Class #8

Deadly Class #8

Story By: Rick Remender
Art By: Wes Craig
Art By: Lee Loughridge
Cover By: Wes Craig
Cover By: Lee Loughridge
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140642
Published: October 15, 2014

For the first time in his life, teenage assassin-in-training Marcus Lopez has a lot to lose: a circle of friends, a lover, a home. All these things are on the line when a terrifying figure from Marcus’ own shadowy past comes back into his life to torment him. It all started during those years Marcus spent in an orphanage, the year’s he’s chronicled in his secret journal.

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Cloonan lends striking variant to Drifter

Writer Ivan Brandon and artist Nic Klein, paint a dark and eerie alien landscape in their forthcoming series Drifter, which was first announced at Image Expo preceding San Diego Comic-Con this year. Becky Cloonan lends her interpretation of Drifter to issue #2 as a blue-toned variant cover that displays her characteristically humanistic take on character design. The ongoing series launches with issue #1 on 11/12; issue #2 lands on 12/17.

In Drifter, mankind has spread across the universe in a frantic rush to survive and has colonized and strip-mined countless planets in the process. Abram Pollux barely survives a crash landing on Ouro, a lawless backwater world where life is cheap. This world’s unique properties set the stage for a story that combines the dark wonder of an alien landscape with the struggles of an abandoned and lawless frontier town.

Drifter can best be described as Unforgiven meets Dune and boasts strong, stark revenge themes against a layered world-building backdrop.

Drifter #1 is available on 11/12 and Cover A by Klein can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP140546. Cover B featuring artwork by Esad Ribic can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP140547. Cover C with art by Cliff Chiang can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code SEP140548.

Drifter #2 hits stores on 12/17. Cover A by Klein can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT140736. Cover B by Cloonan can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code OCT140737.

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Preview: Manifest Destiny #11

Manifest Destiny #11

Story By: Chris Dingess
Art By: Matthew Roberts
Art By: Owen Gieni
Cover By: Matthew Roberts
Cover By: Owen Gieni
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: AUG140661
Published: October 15, 2014

“What do you plan on using as bait?”

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