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Review: Constantine the Hellblazer #3

Constantine the Hellblazer #3 CoverSomeone is murdering ghosts, a supernatural crime so impossible to solve that John Constantine is forced to return to London and seek help from the one person he hates more than any other; a magician above reproach, a darling of London high society, and a friend to superheroes everywhere. She is Georgiana Snow…the HECKBLAZER!

Constantine the Hellblazer has John Constantine heading home, to not just explore and find out why ghosts are being killed, but also lift the veil a bit on his past. I haven’t read much with Constantine in it, so I’m completely unaware if any of this is new to folks, it’s obviously new to me.

Writers James Tynion IV and Ming Doyle peel back the curtains to Constantine’s past and show us the girl who he’s clearly into, and the beginnings of how he ruined so many folks’ lives. It’s really interesting to see the start of what got him to where he is today, and also hints that whatever is plaguing him now is probably rooted into his past. Basically Constantine is paying for his sins in a way.

What I particularly liked was Georgiana Snow, a more professional version of John. Her prim and proper by the books attitude is in stark contrast to Constantine’s flying by the seat of his pants. The difference between the two makes a very interesting combination, especially when it’s clear that John isn’t as far ahead of Georgiana as he thinks. It’s nice to see someone a bit superior to him, again emphasizing what a screw up he is.

The art is interesting and I’m a bit mixed on it. There’s the usual fantastic look and then the past is in a different style. Vanesa Del Rey is a talent, and there’s a need to differentiate between the present and the past, but something was a little off to me. It’s still great to look at, but not as solid as Riley Rossmo’s first two issues.

The comic is a solid one in that it gives us a lot of insight in John Constantine’s history and some of the sins of the past. It also hints as to the beginning of his dabbling into the mystic arts, and at the same time expands that world a bit with the introduction of new characters.


Story: James T Tynion IV and Ming Doyle Art: Vanesa Del Rey
Story: 8.5 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Listen to the Archive of Monday’s Graphic Policy Radio with guest Ming Doyle

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Did you miss Monday’s latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio? We had guest Ming Doyle to talk DC ComicsConstantine the Hellblazer the latest series to take on the classic character. We discussed her career, influences, and even got some hints as to what we can expect in the series.

You don’t have to wait to listen to the latest episode, you can catch the show live on Monday’s at 10pm ET.

Graphic Policy Radio Live this Monday with Guest Ming Doyle

GP Radio pic MondayThis Monday is a brand new episode of Graphic Policy Radio, the show that mixes comics and politics. Joining us this episode is writer and artist Ming Doyle. Ming is writing a brand new series from DC Comics as part of their new direction, Constantine the Hellblazer. You can listen in LIVE at 10pm ET.

Ming Doyle was born in Boston to an Irish-American sailor and a Chinese Canadian librarian. In 2007, she earned her BFA from Cornell University with a dual concentration in painting and drawing. She has been working as a freelance illustrator and comic book artist ever since. She worked with such companies as Boom! Studios, Image, Tokyopop and Valiant, and now DC Comics. Works include (but not limited to) The Kitchen, Mara, Quantum and Woody, and now she’s taking on writing duties with Constantine the Hellblazer.

We’ll be talking about her career as well as her take on John Constantine and what we can expect out of the new series.

We also want to hear what questions you might have for her too. Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

Review: Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

CONSTANTINE_HELLBLAZER_1_54fde8038f26a8.49418357The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!

The character John Constantine is a character I’ve read only here and there. Some Hellblazer, some Constantine and Justice League Dark, and I watched and generally enjoyed the season of the Constantine television show. But, with a new creative team and new vibe and direction, I was looking forward to seeing where things go.

Writers Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV joined by artist Riley Rossmo are laying the groundwork for a fresher take on John Constantine. Rossmo brings his very unique and signature look, while Doyle and Tynion put together an awesome take on the character. This is Constantine remixed taking some of the best parts of what’s come before.

The smarmy, smart ass characterization is still there. That person you love, and at the same time you want to punch. Back, and front and center is the fluid sexuality that can have him in the issue flirting or having sex with a man as much as a woman. This is a more liberated Constantine, especially compared to his tv counterpart. All of it combined makes a great anti-hero. Someone who in the end will do good, but there might be some bad in-between and he’ll be a jackass throughout.

Rossmo’s art is distinctive and fantastic. One previous series like Bedlam and even Dia De Los Muertos, there’s a rawness and look that just fits perfectly for a “horror” comic. But, at the same time, it’s clean and easy to look at. It’s a style I love and very unique in look.

This first issue is such a departure from what I expected. DC Comics promised we’d see a fresh and diverse new line of comics, and this series is clearly a key in that. The look is fresh. The voice is fresh and fantastic. The character is finally unique than just a mystique who’s a jackass. I’m signed up, and can’t wait to see where it goes.

Story: Ming Doyle and James Tynion IV Art: Riley Rossmo
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Women of Marvel Variants Come to Your Favorite Marvel Comics This March!

This March, Marvel is celebrating Women’s History Month by gathering some of the best and brightest female artists to tackle some of Marvel’s most iconic characters for a very special variant cover theme. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your new look at a selection of March’s Women of Marvel Variant Covers!

In the release Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said:

2014 was a huge year for Women of Marvel, both in our comics and behind the scenes. Marvel now has more titles starring female leads than ever before, the Women of Marvel panel is one of the most highly attended at conventions, and the weekly Women of Marvel podcast continues to grow.  In 2015, we intend to continue that tradition, and March’s Women of Marvel variant covers — featuring 20 of the best female artists in the industry – is just the beginning.

From the biggest names in the industry today to the superstars of tomorrow, you won’t want to miss a single one of these jaw-dropping variant covers coming to these exciting March titles:

  • All-New Captain America #5 by TBD
  • All-New Hawkeye #1 by SHO MURASE
  • All-New X-Men #39 by FAITH ERIN HICKS
  • Amazing Spider-Man #16 by MING DOYLE
  • Ant-Man #3 by KATIE COOK
  • Avengers #42 by TBD
  • Black Widow #16 by VANESA DEL REY
  • Captain Marvel #13 by AUFA RICHARDSON
  • Deadpool #43 by TBD
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #25 by ERICA HENDERSON
  • Inhuman #13 by JILL THOMPSON
  • Legendary Star-Lord #10 by SANA TAKEDA
  • Ms. Marvel #13 by TBD
  • New Avengers #31 by SARA PICHELLI
  • Rocket Raccoon #9 by JANET LEE
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. #4 by COLLEEN DORAN
  • Superior Iron Man #6 by TBD
  • Thor #6 by TBD
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 by GURIHIRU
  • Uncanny Avengers #3 by AMANDA CONNER
  • Uncanny X-Men #33 by STACEY LEE

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

Preview: Quantum and Woody #8


Written by JAMES ASMUS
Cover by TOM FOWLER (DEC131336)
Variant Cover by MING DOYLE (DEC131337)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


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!


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?

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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!

Written by JAMES ASMUS
Art & Cover by MING DOYLE (NOV131288)
Connect-the-Dots Variant by TOM FOWLER (NOV131289)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.


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

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