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Review: The Kitchen #1

the kitchen #1 coverNew York City, late 1970s. Times Square is a haven for drugs, peep shows, pimps and prostitutes. That deranged killer Son of Sam still stalks its streets. The city teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, while the ’77 blackouts prove just how close to anarchy the city really is.

This is the world of The Kitchen, a new eight-issue miniseries from Vertigo.

The Irish gangs of Hell’s Kitchen rule the neighborhood, bringing terror to the streets and doing the dirty work for the Italian Mafia. Jimmy Brennan and his crew are the hardest bastards in the Kitchen, but now they’re all serving time. Their wives – Kath, Raven, and Angie – have got it all stacked against them. They’re three women trying to make it in the predominantly male world of violent organized crime, and they’ve decided to keep running the family rackets. And once they get a taste of the fast life and easy money, it won’t be easy to stop.

But the trio soon learns that they can only live on their husbands’ name for so long. Sooner or later they’re going to need to make their own name out on the streets.

In the Kitchen, you don’t earn respect staying at home.

I’m a sucker for crime stories, and set that story in the rough 70s on top of it, and I’m set. I went into The Kitchen #1 knowing nothing, and walking out wanting to read the entire eight issue run now. It’s clear writer Ollie Masters and artist Ming Doyle went into this series hoping to evoke the classic gangster/crime stories, and the first issue nails it in tone and look.

The story, like a lot of mob/crime tales, relies on archetypes and stereotypes, but it’s what I’d expect and want from a story like this. Each character stands out, with their very unique personalities, and how the story breaks down in the beginning is interesting, reminding me of the opening credits of a movie. And that’s what this story, and comic feels like, a movie. So far it’s as good as a lot of the classics I enjoy in the genre.

I really can’t gush enough as to how much I enjoyed this issue. I love this first issue, it nails everything I’m looking for in this type of story, and very well might be my favorite first issue of the year.

Story: Ollie Masters Art: Ming Doyle
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Preview: Quantum and Woody #8

QUANTUM AND WOODY #8

Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by TOM FOWLER (DEC131336)
Variant Cover by MING DOYLE (DEC131337)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE FEBRUARY 19th!

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Quantum and Woody vs. Magnum Security…for all the marbles! Who would have suspected that Quantum’s employer Mr. Magnum and his private security firm were up to no good? So now the would-be victims of Magnum’s violence and greed rally around our unlikely heroes to protect their heavily fortified, heavily armed mountain town. These colors don’t run!

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History is Re-Written This April in What If: Age of Ultron!

If you thought the Age of Ultron turned the Marvel Universe on its head, you won’t believe what will happen in What If: Age of Ultron, a mind-bending  five-part series from Marvel Comics! They say one person can truly make a difference, and that statement couldn’t ring truer for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. So what if another founding Avenger had died in the Golden Age of Heroes instead of Hank Pym? Could the reality we know endure without one of its strongest pillars? The short answer is—NO!

Each issue of What If: Age of Ultron explores a Marvel Universe without one of it’s greatest champions. Imagine—an Armor Wars without IRON MAN! A RAGNAROK without THOR! A country without CAPTAIN AMERICA! Written by rising star Joe Keatinge and an assembly of tomorrow’s hottest artists, What If: Age of Ultron hits hard with its twisted takes on the Marvel Universe!

Was the Age of Ultron truly the darkest reality that the Avengers could endure?

WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #1 (OF 5)
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by RAFFAELE  IENCO
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY RAFFAELE IENCO
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 3/12/14, ON-SALE 4/2/14

WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #2 (OF 5)
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by RAMON VILLALOBOS
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY JAMES STOKOE
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 3/17/14, ON-SALE 4/9/14

WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #3 (OF 5)
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by MICO SUAYAN
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY DECLAN SHALVEY
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 3/24/14, ON-SALE  4/16/14

WHAT IF? AGE OF ULTRON #4 (OF 5)
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by PIOTR KOWALSKI
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY PIOTR KOWALSKI
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 3/31/14, ON-SALE 4/23/14

WHAT IF: AGE OF ULTRON #5 (of 5)
Written by JOE KEATINGE
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by CHRIS STEVENS
VARIANT COVER BY MING DOYLE
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
FOC 3/31/14, ON-SALE 4/23/14

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Preview: Quantum and Woody #7 Is Coming to Take Our Guns Away!

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of Quantum and Woody #7 by acclaimed creators James Asmus and Ming Doyle! Business in the front, party in the back… The world’s worst superheroes have blundered into a suicide mission and they don’t even know it yet!

Quantum finally has finally landed his dream job – on-staff superhero for billion dollar defense contractor Magnum Securities! But when the Midwestern militia compound he’s been assigned to infiltrate discovers the true nature of his visit, Eric’s very first field mission may just become his last. Can he convince the anti-government secessionists of the Stronghold that he isn’t just a socialist commie-pinko government stooge sent to suppress their Second Amendment right to a flamethrower? And can he do it before Woody swoops in for the “rescue” and accidentally sets off a civil uprising?

Look for the Quantum and Woody #7 Connect-the-Dots Variant by Valiant superstar Tom Fowler on shelves everywhere the same day!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #7
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art & Cover by MING DOYLE (NOV131288)
Connect-the-Dots Variant by TOM FOWLER (NOV131289)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE JANUARY 8, 2014

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Review: Fairest: In All the Land

FAIRATL_HC_DJ_FRONTFairest: In All the Land is the latest original graphic novel set in the Fables/Fairest universe. Featuring short stories by Bill Willingham, the graphic novel is told through the perspective of the Magic Mirror! The murder mystery contains two illustrated prose chapters that bookend thirty comic chapters, that all combine to tell the story of the worst week of Cinderella’s life. The art is provided by a murderers row of artists, showing off their unique talent with the help of Willingham’s story telling ability.

I’ve been a long time fan of the Fables world and it’s spin-offs, even going so far as to buy original art from Mark Buckingham who contributes here. One of the highlights has been the spy-like mini-series featuring Cinderella, that have mixed the fantasy setting, mashing it up with Bond like spy dramas. Here, instead of having to wait months for a new mini-series, we’re treated to a full story in one go, one that has actual impact in the continuity.

While Cinderella is usually thrown into spy-action thrillers, instead we’re given a murder mystery, as she attempts to figure out who is killing some of the fairest in the land. It’s fun watching this character who usually solves her problems with kicking, punching and weapons, attempt to fill the role of Bigby Wolf, the usual detective/sheriff. Her stumbling throughout is charming and a nice change from what we usually see with her.

Overall the story is really solid, and it’s great to read a graphic novel with these characters. Hopefully we’ll get one or two more before Willingham wraps up his series (or more after he does!). There’s also some nice commentary on the women we’ve come to expect and accept in classic fairy tales. Read the graphic novel and you’ll understand.

The mix of art is an interesting mix as well. I can’t say it added anything for me, but all of these artists are top notch, so seeing all their styles and takes on the same characters is interesting. It being one narrative throughout is interesting as well, as opposed to an anthology of related by standalone stories. Overall, the art is solid and much beautiful to look at.

The graphic novel is a great addition for long-time fans and the fact it has impact on continuity makes it even better. This is how you do a solid graphic novel tie-in.

As I said, I want to see more of this, here’s hoping we do. If not, at least we’ve got a few great graphic novels of this fabulous comic world.

Story: Bill Willingham Art: Chrissie Zullo, Karl Kerschl, Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon, Fiona Meng, Mark Buckingham, Phil Noto, Meghan Hetrick, Russ Braun, Tony Akins, Gene Ha, Tula Lotay, Marley Zarcone, Ming Doyle, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Nimit Malavia, Dean Ormston, Kurt Huggins, Adam Hughes, Al Davison, Shawn McManus, Inaki Maranda, Kevin Maguire
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: You’ve Just Rented an Apartment to Quantum and Woody #5… Kiss That Baby Goodbye!

Valiant has released a preview of Quantum and Woody #5 – the FIRST ISSUE of “In Security,” an all-new story arc from award-winning writer James Asmus and fan favorite artist Ming Doyle! Start reading here on with an all-new arc, an all-new jumping-on point, and all-new…problems?

Imbued with unpredictable new superpowers in the wake of an energy experiment gone wrong, Eric and Woody Henderson have just had their lives turned upside down – and they need to “klang” together every 24 hours or else their atoms will disperse. So what do you do when the most annoying person in your life is also the only thing keeping you alive? You move in with him! And his goat. And his barely legal clone girlfriend. Besides, every team of heroes needs a secret headquarters…and this one has a slightly used hot tub. Plus: Quantum gets a job – and meets his first true blue super-villain!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #5 (NEW ARC – “IN SECURITY”)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON (SEP131359)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEE GARBETT (SEP131360)
Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ (SEP131361)
Variant Cover by MIKE McKONE (SEP131362)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/5/13

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Preview: Red Sonja #4

RED SONJA #4

Gail Simone (w)
Walter Geovani (a)
Jenny Frison, Ming Doyle (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Red Sonja is just inches from death, when voices from the past call her away from digging her own grave, to fight possibly the last battle of her life, against the woman who taught her everything she knows about combat! With special variant cover by guest-star Ming Doyle.

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Preview: Mara #6 (of 6)

Mara #6 (of 6)

Story By: Brian Wood
Art By: Ming Doyle
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Ming Doyle
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR130579
Published: October 2, 2013

CONCLUSION!A few short months ago, Mara Prince had the world in the palm of her hand. Now the world has so completely rejected her she has no place left to go. Or does she? The dramatic conclusion to MARA is here.

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Must Read Valiant! Ming Doyle Joins Quantum and Woody #5 in November!

Valiant has announced that fan favorite artist and rising star Ming Doyle is joining writer James Asmus and colorist Jordie Bellaire as the newest member of the world’s worst superhero team!

Asmus, Doyle and Bellaire will make their joint debut in November’s Quantum and Woody #5 – launching the next installment of the MUST READ VALIANT initiative with an all-new new story arc and easily accessible entry point for the wildly acclaimed superhero series about two estranged foster brothers struggling with their newfound superpowers…and no responsibilities whatsoever.

Eric and Woody Henderson have just had their lives turned upside down. So what do you do when the most annoying person in your life is also the only thing keeping you alive? You move in with him! And his goat. And his barely legal clone girlfriend. Besides, every team of heroes needs a secret headquarters…and this one has a slightly used hot tub. Plus: Quantum meets his first true super-villain!

QUANTUM AND WOODY #5 (NEW ARC)
Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art by MING DOYLE
Cover by ANDREW ROBINSON (SEP131359)
Pullbox Exclusive Variant by LEE GARBETT (SEP131360)
Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ (SEP131361)
Variant Cover by MIKE McKONE (SEP131362)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/6/13 (FOC – 10/14/13)

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Preview: Mara #5 (of 6)

Mara #5 (of 6)

Story by: Brian Wood
Art By: Ming Doyle & Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Ming Doyle
Price: $2.99

Everything’s on the table as far as the military’s position on Mara, but who’s the one with the nuclear option? How much power can one woman hold before the world says “enough”?

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