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Preview: Thief of Thieves #20

Thief of Thieves #20

Story By: Andy Diggle
Art By: Shawn Martinbrough
Cover By: Shawn Martinbrough
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140639
Published: April 23, 2014

“THE HIT LIST” starts here! Conrad may have pulled off his last heist, but not without making some new enemies. Is anyone in his life safe?

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Review: The Walking Dead #126

walkingdead_126“It took me a while, but I’ve learned not to question you, Rick.”
- Michonne

The Walking Dead #126 concluded the All Out War story arc, and with it the bi-monthly release schedule. It feels like just yesterday Rick and company rallied the troops and headed over to Negan’s Saviors and demanded change and surrender or face battle. They demanded he step down as leader and cooperate for a new beginning and a fresher start for all the communities involved. Rick’s plan worked from the moment this arc started and, although it may not have ended with zero casualties or injuries, Rick’s side won and we can only wonder where the story goes from this point forward.

We continue the issue from the moment the last one ended and Negan in a state of shock from Rick slicing into his neck. Negan still has enough strength to fight back and he gets into one final scuffle with Rick. The issue was so carefully laid out that every page turn had me wondering if I would find Rick with a knife through his chest or a bullet through his head. I know that sounds pessimistic and cynical, but let’s face it, you all were thinking the same thing. We all worry about Rick and Carl’s limited time in the undead world and when a monumental arc, such as All Out War, is ending it is ripe with major character deaths.

Negan finally succumbs to the loss of blood and faints beside Rick, but not before the cringe-worthy panel where we see him break his leg. As the two fearless leaders lay still in the midst of chaos, Dwight takes possession of Lucille, the barbed wire wrapped bat that defined Negan as the head of The Saviors (besides his leather jacket and the myriad ways he drops the F-bomb). Dwight, now the de facto leader of The Saviors, instructs everyone to lay down arms and declares the war over. As the doc races to save Rick’s leg, Rick instructs him to save Negan’s life. I’ll admit I thought Rick wanted Negan alive only to hand him over to Maggie for execution. I figured Maggie deserved at least that much for the gruesome and horrific way Negan killed Glenn. The issue ends with Rick preventing Carl from killing Negan, explaining that it’s going to be a different world from here on out. they don’t have to worry about Negan, or his tyrannical ways, anymore.

I enjoyed the issue and thought it was the perfect end of the twelve chapter arc. I did not predict both Rick and Negan surviving this long and I believe that is what Kirkman wanted. He has been teasing for a while now that nothing will be the same after All Out War wraps up, but I guess we have to wait until issue 127 to understand what he means. I can see Negan and Rick working together to take out future foes and villains, which would make for some great story-telling.

Another good thing that came out of the past twelve issues is the amazing art by Charlie Adlard. You would think with the fast paced schedule that the art would be lacking somewhat in quality near the finish line, but #126 proves what a stellar artist Adlard continues to be. For an added bonus, Stefano Guadiano will be doing inks from now on when we originally thought he was just on for All Out War. The quality of The Walking Dead will continue to be incredible as a result and I am really excited for next month’s issue (I’m already bummed out that I don’t get to write “in two weeks”).

For over ten years and 126 masterfully written issues we have watched Rick and Carl survive and overcome the most difficult of obstacles. We have trusted Robert Kirkman to deliver, every month, another installment of our favorite post-apocalyptic survivor’s journey through their undead world. The quote at the top is what Michonne says to Rick after he addresses everyone about the future he plans for their communities. I think Kirkman put this line in there as an easter egg for the fans who doubted where the comic was headed during this arc. A lot of fans think the TV show counter-part has caused the quality of the comic book to diminish. I am sure there will be plenty of people who think All Out War was not as great as it should be, however, like I said we have trusted Kirkman with this story for so long, why would we doubt what he is doing now? I love how this arc ended and look forward to Rick and Carl’s future, but I am concerned about how many more body parts they can afford to get injured.

Thoughts and Discussion

- Where will Rick or Dwight hold Negan? This story line begs to have him escape or, at the very least, have Negan assist to fight with them in the future. Either way, I don’t think this is last we will see of Negan.

- “What Comes Next” – Rick says this in his ‘state of the community’ address to the different factions. I predict this is the title of the next arc, but what does come next? Another community with a villain for a leader? Will the walkers become an increasing threat? Will we learn more about the virus and possible government organizations?

Thank you for checking out my Review! Please comment below to discuss the issue further!

Story: Robert Kirkman – Art: Charlie Adlard – Cover: Charlie Adlard/Dave Stewart – Ink: Stefano Gaudiano – Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn – Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Undertow #3 (of 6)

Undertow #3 (of 6)

Story By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Artyom Trakhanov
Cover By: Artyom Trakhanov
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140641
Published: April 23, 2014

Surrounded by bloodthirsty humans, boiling in their landsuits as the sun rises, Redum Anshargal and Ukinnu Alal’s team comes face to face with a primordial god. He’s never killed a god before, but that doesn’t mean Anshargal isn’t up for trying. The dry frontier takes another life as the pulp monster adventure continues!

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Preview: Skullkickers #26

Skullkickers #26

Story By: Jim Zub
Art By: Edwin Huang
Cover By: James Ghio
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140629
Published: April 23, 2014

“A DOZEN COUSINS AND A CRUMPLED CROWN,” Part Two In this special issue (they’re all special, but whatever): The HiSTORY: of Dwarves (The ‘Short’ Version).

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Shake a tail feather & don’t miss Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo

John Layman and Rob Guillory team up to bring back Chew fans’ most beloved homicidal cybernetic kung-fu rooster in an all-new Chew spinoff series: Warrior Chicken Poyo.

Where Secret Agent Poyo was Chew through a James Bond lens turned up to 11, Warrior Chicken Poyo is Layman’s and Guillory’s mad take on high fantasy, The Lord of the Rings, Conan, and with a dash of The Wizard of Oz thrown in.

Layman declared in a release:

Secret Agent Poyo was the most important comic ever published by Image, in addition to being the best comic book ever published in the entire history of humanity. And Warrior Chicken Poyo is SO good, it will make Secret Agent Poyo look like rancid, smelly garbage! THAT’S how good it’s going to be! Warrior Chicken Poyo will change comics forever, as well as the life of anybody who reads it.

Guillory spoke of the pressure to outdo such greatness as Secret Agent Poyo.

After drawing Secret Agent Poyo, I flirted with the idea of retiring from comics,” admitted Guillory. “I mean, how could we ever top the magnum opus that was Secret Agent Poyo? But now, with the arrival of Warrior Chicken Poyo, I worry, have we flown too close to the sun? Can comics—nay, MANKIND—withstand the terrible beauty of such a book as Warrior Chicken Poyo?!!

Chew: Warrior Chicken Poyo #1 arrives in stores on 7/9, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140608.

CHEW WARRIOR CHICKEN POYO #1

Marketing Monday: Top Comic Apps

It’s Marketing Monday here at Graphic Policy and we’re still tracking various comic apps, how they rank up against each other, and the general app population.

For this report, I felt it best to focus on Wednesday of the previous week, since that should be the busiest day of the week for apps since its new comic day. This report also focuses on the ranks in the United States. I’ll eventually look at the entire week down the road and expand the location. I also wanted to look at the gross income for the apps, so apps included are those where you’d purchase books. So apps like comiXology’s offerings would be included, but Marvel’s AR app isn’t. Marvel Unlimited is included on the list too, though isn’t measured by revenue like the rest of the apps. I’ve also separated the apps based on their platform as best I could.

Most apps are on the iOS platform, which isn’t surprising at all. The Comics app by comiXology is the juggernaut in every category. This week saw the various rankings increase and decrease with no rhyme or reason. It’ll be interesting to see how comiXology’s rank might change on Amazon over time with the announced purchase by the tech company. There’s also been some comings and goings for apps since last week as well.

iOS

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Google

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Amazon

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And that wraps up this week’s breakdown. I’m still thinking through a good name for this feature, so if you have suggestions, let me know!

Warren Ellis Pens Supreme: Blue Rose in July for Image

You are not dreaming.
We are trying to communicate with you.
Local reality has been reinstalled.
Things have gone wrong.
The revision has corrupted.
Finding Ethan Crane is your supreme priority.
We are speaking to you from the ultimate bunker within the structure of multiversal time.
Do not trust Darius Dax.
We are all going to die.

Warren Ellis teams up with Tula Lotay to re-introduce the central Image Comics character in Supreme: Blue Rose, coming this July from Image Comics.

In a release Ellis said:

One day I woke up with an idea, that came out of nowhere, for how to extend this most strange and storied of ‘analogue’ properties into a new space. A new floor on top of Alan Moore and Rob Liefeld’s house. And, since I had some time on my hands that year, I emailed Image, and we got my friend Tula Lotay involved—and her work will be a revelation to people.

Supreme: Blue Rose #1 arrives in stores on 7/23, and will be available for $2.99. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140571.

SUPREME BLUE ROSE #1

In Dark Engine a savage woman seeks her destiny against all odds

Ryan Burton teams up with John Bivens for an all-new ongoing series that blends elements of dark fantasy and action with mystery.

With ribsword in hand, with gore in her curling locks, Sym has been sent to the distant past to murder her creators’ enemies. But the twisted alchemists who made Sym do not know that the engine that powers her is sentient, that it is the seed of their destruction. By blood and by fury, Sym will carve out her destiny in this new ongoing series.

Dark Engine is about the evil things that lurk inside us all. “Some drive us, some are alive and thinking. And Sym will learn just exactly what drives her, and why she was sent back in time to essentially murder anything standing,” explained Burton. “Of course, John [Bivens] does a brilliant job of capturing the enormous scope of the story, whether it’s showing the stygian machinations of Sym’s creators or the harrowing vistas that are littered with the husks of old Lovecraftian monsters, it’s all there.”

Dark Engine #1 arrives in stores on 7/16, and will be available for $3.50. It can be pre-ordered with Diamond Code MAY140574.

DARK ENGINE #1

Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Amigo Comics

Before it even hit shelves Amigo Comics announced that Ghost Wolf #1 had sold out at the distributor level. They are encouraging fans who didn’t get a copy to let their stores know so that the publisher can kick off a second printing. The series is by El Torres and Siku.

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Image Comics

Image has announced that Manifest Destiny #6 has sold out at the distributor level. The Skybound series sixth issue, by Chris Dingess and Matthew Roberts, will return for a 2nd printing on May 14.

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Early artwork revealed for Black Kiss: XXXMas in July Special

Let the raunchy festivities begin! Howard Chaykin returns with another sexy one-shot in Black Kiss: XXXMas in July Special. Because nothing says Holiday fun like an endless stream of incredibly nasty revenge sex.

Black Kiss: XXXMas in July Special will be steaming up the shelves on 7/2 for $5.99 and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code MAY140601.

BLACK KISS XXXMAS IN JULY SPECIAL cover

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