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Preview: Drifter #2

Drifter #2

Story By: Ivan Brandon
Art By: Nic Klein
Cover By: Nic Klein
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140736
Published: December 17, 2014

Abram and the Sheriff explore the sunken ruins of Abram’s crashed ship. In search of answers, they find a horde of scavenging raiders and a lightning storm that brings more than just thunder and rain.

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Preview: Oddly Normal #4

Oddly Normal #4

Story By: Otis Frampton
Art By: Otis Frampton
Cover By: Otis Frampton
Variant Cover By: Robb Mommaerts
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140752
Published: December 17, 2014

New classmates, new teachers and a perplexing new lunch menu. Oddly’s first day at a strange new school continues…

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Nailbiter/Hack/Slash One-Shot Crossover: a Bloody Good Read

Bestselling writers Joshua Williamson and Tim Seeley team up with artists Mike Henderson and Emilio Laiso for a crossover one-shot event of killer proportions—Nailbiter/Hack/Slash—coming to Image Comics on March 4, 2015.

In Nailbiter/Hack/Slash, the infamous serial killers of Buckaroo, Oregon meet the ultimate serial killer hunter, Cassie Hack… let the blood-bath begin. In this one-shot it’s Cassie Hack vs. the Nailbiter! Vlad vs. the Lucha Eliminador! IT’S ON!

Nailbiter/Hack/Slash features two brand new tales of terror by the creative teams of the Image hits Nailbiter and Hack/Slash, and Tim Seeley makes his grand return to the character he created to give you a nasty blast from the past. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to read these two horrific comics, now is your chance!

Nailbiter/Hack/Slash (Diamond Code JAN150593) one-shot clocks in at 40 pages and hits shelves on March 4.

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Preview: Goners #3

Goners #3

Story By: Jacob Semahn
Art By: Jorge Corona
Cover By: Jorge Corona
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140742
Published: December 17, 2014

“WE ALL FALL DOWN,” Part Three A family separated. A family found. A family death.

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Preview: Intersect #2

Intersect #2

Story By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Ray Fawkes
Cover By: Ray Fawkes
Variant Cover By: Matt Kindt
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140745
Published: December 17, 2014

While a mysterious, luminous singer begins the last aria of Detroit, our travellers are witnesses to the shifting form of the city from on high. Is this collapse, or something far stranger? The intricate, mind-bending mystery of INTERSECT is unfolding…

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Preview: The Activity #16

The Activity #16

Story By: Nathan Edmondson
Art By: Mitch Gerads
Cover Price: $4.50
Digital Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: MAR130557
Published: December 17, 2014

“WARFARE WITHOUT WARNING” Special double-size issue. The Activity is going to war.

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Preview: Alex + Ada #11

Alex + Ada #11

Story By: Jonathan Luna
Story By: Sarah Vaughn
Art By: Jonathan Luna
Cover By: Jonathan Luna
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: OCT140729
Published: December 17, 2014

Ada needs to find a balance between freedom and safety. Alex’s friends have opinions on his relationship with Ada.

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Preview: The Li’L Depressed Boy: Supposed To Be There Too #3

The Li’L Depressed Boy: Supposed To Be There Too #3

Story By: Shaun Steven Struble
Art By: Sina Grace
Cover By: Sina Grace
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: OCT140748
Published: December 17, 2014

To escape all the recent drama, the Li’l Depressed Boy and Spike run off for a day of fun and music. Featuring an appearance by Bridge Nine recording artist LEMURIA!

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Explore the mythology of the Dreamstone in Five Ghosts: Special #1

Writer Frank J. Barbiere and writer/artist S.M. Vidaurri come together to paint a special Fabian Gray backstory in Five Ghosts: Special #1 coming to Image Comics on March 25, 2015.

Five Ghosts: Special #1 features a full-length story written and painted by S.M. Vidaurri that explores the history of The Dreamstone—a magical relic that gives Fabian Gray his ghostly powers—and introduces us to a brave medieval knight named Emma. The story also features demons, wizards, a bold new villain with supernatural powers, and some famous literary figures making surprise appearances.

Five Ghosts: Special is an oversized issue that also features an all-new story from Barbiere and artist Jamie Jones. This special backup features Fabian Gray in an unforgettable literary heist that readers won’t want to miss!

Five Ghosts is a monthly comic book series from Image Comics that follows the adventures of infamous treasure hunter Fabian Gray, who after his encounter with an artifact known as “the Dreamstone” was possessed by five literary ghosts and granted access to their unique abilities. SyFy is currently adapting the series for television with a pilot scripted by Evan Daugherty. Daughtery is also attached to executive produce along with Matt Pizzolo and Brett Gurewitz of Black Mask Studios and Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, and Jake Wagner serving as producer for Universal Cable Prods. and Benderspink.

Five Ghosts: Special #1 (Diamond Code JAN150579) hits shelves on March 25.

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Review: Wytches #3

If any comic on the stands today knows how to control a specific atmosphere, it’s Scott Snyder and Jock’s Image Comics-published Wytches. The pages practically bleed colorfully painted splotches of suffocating dread. The latest issue, #3, continues to build onto the ongoing conflict of the Rooks family, offering lots of scares that delve deep into a very real kind of fear. While I was left a bit wanting in regards to plot progression, this third issue is a great comic that manages to keep getting readers to care more and more intimately about these characters while simultaneously courting some healthy skepticism.

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In classic Snyder fashion, this issue starts off with and occasionally flips back to a seemingly unrelated story from these characters’ past and thematically ties it into the present in a way that really affects. It’s so cool how this writer can take such a small anecdote about childhood play and present it in such a way that manages to conjure up all sorts of anxiety. A simple approach can go a long way when it comes to monster stories, but Snyder goes down a more complex road and succeeds. All looming danger in this series is caked in concern for this poor, anxious girl and her endlessly caring father.

This issue takes place some time after the first issue, exacerbated by a flashback that explains issue #2’s ending. Detailing a creepy encounter the father has with an odd, monstrous woman, this scene is not only viscerally uncomfortable, but gives some much needed hints at the mysteries of this first arc. Presented in this comic is an intriguing mystery that forces readers to think about the psychological limits of the characters. In the process, readers will probably stumble into having these thoughts about themselves, revealing the true terror of Wytches.

What’s unfortunate is that, despite all of this issue’s achievements, I was left wishing the plot had moved forward a little more. The regular monthly release cycle of comic books necessitates a substantial wait time between issues, so it can be a bummer when things don’t considerably progress. There are some fun surprises and a cliffhanger that seems to tease a truly exciting next issue, so it isn’t all bad.

The art here does continues to dazzle, in all of its eerie, discomforting and foreboding glory. On that same note of streamlining, however, I did occasionally find the paint-splattering in this issue to be a tad overdone. The purposely obtuse imagery that makes things hard to make out plays with one’s imagination in such a way as to force some dark analysis, even though sometimes I was left a bit annoyed that I couldn’t quite understand what I was looking at.

At the end of the issue, Snyder wrote up an essay delving into what emotionally drove him to develop Wytches. It’s a story that any die-hard Snyder fan will already know from interviews he’s done, but it’s a chilling and well-written read all the same. In it, he paints a clear connection between Wytches and real-life fears formed from the implications of relationships with loved ones combined with mind-numbing anxiety. He’s not full of shit.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Jock
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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