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Hastings and Valiant Entertainment Team for “The Craft of Comics”

The Craft of ComicsHastings stores across the nation have joined forces with Valiant Entertainment for “The Craft of Comics” – a groundbreaking comic book workshop live-streaming with live audience Q&A for four weeks this fall. The month-long in-store event will launch Saturday, September 19th and continue every Saturday through October 10th.

Broadcasting live into more than 140 Hastings locations nationwide, each installment of “The Craft of Comics” will feature a live tutorial with an all-star Valiant creator as they detail the practice and principles underlying one of the four key disciplines involved in the creation of comics: writing, penciling, inking, and coloring.

Each Hastings guest will receive a free exclusive “The Craft of Comics” workbook produced by Valiant Entertainment to create and refine their skills over the course of the four-week workshop. Inspired guests can then enter “The Craft of Comics” contest, where one lucky contestant will emerge victoriously and earn immortal bragging rights by having his or her work published in an upcoming Valiant comic.

Creators schedule to stream live during the workshop include:

WEEK ONE – WRITING: 
James Asmus (Writer, Quantum and Woody)
September 19th at 6pm ET (5pm CT, 4pm MT, 3pm PT)WEEK TWO – PENCILING: 

Clayton Henry (Artist, Archer & Armstrong)
September 26th at 5pm ET (4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT)

WEEK THREE – INKING: 

Ryan Winn (Inker, Divinity)
October 3rd at 5pm ET (4pm CT, 3pm MT, 2pm PT)

WEEK FOUR – COLORING: 

David Baron (Colorist, Bloodshot Reborn)
October 10th at 7pm ET (6pm CT, 5pm MT, 4pm PT)

Contact your local store that will be participating in these events regarding streaming times and other details. Come ready for fun weekends of learning invaluable comic skills and experiencing your exclusive chance to become a published comic book artist!

Review: X-O Manowar #40

XO_040_COVER-A_SANDOVALIn the aftermath of a horrible tragedy sprung upon him from a series of small yet cataclysmic decisions, Aric of Dacia is caught between the two worlds he’s sworn to protect. As X-O Manowar, Aric has made it his mission to protect the Vine’s mass of alien refugees as they seek asylum on Earth, even though his people want them dead. As he finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place, a new threat looms on the horizon, which could endanger the entire planet.

The Valiant Universe has continue to impress me, lately, and this issue is no exception to that. X-O Manowar #40 continues the arc started in the previous issue, Exodus, where we find the eponyous hero trying to forge a peace between the Vine, and, well, everybody else. Although it’s still too early to judge whether the line wide reverberations that will be felt from Exodus will be as hard hitting as Valiant are teasing, thus far the story arc is shaping up very nicely.

Written by Robert Venditti with art by Rafa Sandoval, the second chapter in this arc continues the pace set by the previous issue, and that’s no bad thing.

The art work is of the high quality that I’ve come to associate with comics published by Valiant, and there are some stunning large panel shots in this issue, not to mention some fantastic shots of X-O Manowar in action; Rafa Sandoval captures the inherent power within the suit, and the noble yet deadly nature of the man wearing it very well. Over the past few issues, I’ve really come to enjoy the war in which Aric speaks; Robert Venditti has given him a somewhat unique way of speaking that effectively conveys a man out of time without falling into the faux Shakespearian patterns that certain other characters from history and/or mythology are wont to do.

As far as the story itself goes, I can’t say that I was genuinely surprised by how well the story carried on, because that would be a bit of a lie; what I will say, however is that X-O Manowar #40 met my already high expectations for the issue, which is something I’m excited about. I’m not going to say much more about the story as I’m afraid of giving too much away for those who are yet to read it, but I’m really enjoying the arc so far, and I can’t wait to see where it ends up.

Story: Robert Venditti Art: Rafa Sandoval
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5
Recommendation:  Buy

Valiant Entertainment provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

DC_Bombshells_2_5575d95d36ac86.74035338Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Plutonia #1 (Image Comics) – A new series by Jeff Lemire? Well, that alone gets this on my list, but the idea of him tackling a coming of age story through the lense of the superhero genre is too awesome to not look forward to. Add in beautiful artwork by Emi Lenox, and this is the first comic I’m reading this week.

Imperium #8 (Valiant Entertainment) – Harada and Divinity, two of the most powerful beings in the Valiant universe have come face to face. This is the climax to “Broken Angels,” continuing the awesomeness that is this series.

Midnighter #4 (DC Comics) – Writer Steve Orlando has made punching to solve problems cool again. I’ve never been the biggest Midnighter fan, but Orlando has given me reasons to be as he’s given the character a fresh mix of a personal life and superhero life. Such a fantastic series.

The Omega Men #4 (DC Comics) – Superhero terrorists? This series shows the gray and that there’s a fine line between terrorist and revolutionary, all in space! A very cool sci-fi series that does what sci-fi does best, explore our society through entertainment.

Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye #44 (IDW Publishing) – I’ll keep plugging the various IDW Transformers series until you people wake up and see that it’s more than just giant robots and fighting! Every series has been an interesting mix of political intrigue, action, and religious philosophy. It’ more than meets the eye (sorry had to).

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #40 (Valiant Entertainment) – I’ve become a huge fan of this series over the past few months, and after the way the last issue ended, I’ve been looking forward to this for weeks.

We Stand On Guard #3 (Image Comics) – I have been really enjoying this series so far. We’re almost at the half way mark, and I’m really looking forward to see where the story takes us.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Danger Girl: Renegade #1 (IDW Publishing) – Love’m or hate’m, the Danger Girl team is back, and this time focuses on one of the team’s unanswered questions, Abby’s past.  Those that like the series can expect more tongue-in-cheek humor combined with decent action.

Jem and the Holograms #6 (IDW Publishing) – More fun abounds for this series which has been focused so far solely on the battle of the bands, and while it has been a simple enough concept, the creative team fills these pages with life.

Lazarus #19 (Image Comics) –  The ongoing battle of Duluth proves to be an issue for Forever after she is nearly killed in the last issue.  How thia works from here on will be interesting as numerous clans are trying to take down the Carlyles.

Star Lord and Kitty Pryde #3 (Marvel) – A lot of the Secret Wars tie-ins have either mostly ignored the crossover or told a crossover-centric story.  This is one of the few that does both while maintaining the charm of what made the pair of heroes so special to begin with.

Wonderland #39 (Zenescope) – Zenescope’s stand-out series returns with higher stakes as Calie faces threats in Wonderland and on Earth.

 

Elana

Top Picks Tie: 8House: #3 Kiem Part 1 (Image Comics) – Brandon Graham’s inter-connected fantasy world series begins a new storyline. The art by Xurxo G. Penalta is beautifully detailed and creative. The world has an air of Dune mixed with cyberpunk. The story involves astrolprojection. This will be unlike anything else you buy.

Top Picks Tie: Heavy Metal #276 Jack Kirby Issue (Heavy Metal) – Jack Kirby made art for the CIA’s secret Operation Argo plan to free American hostages. Never before published, we can finally see it in this issue! It is based on Robert Zelazny’s famous fantasy series “Lord of Light.” The rest of the mag sounds good too. But the Kirby cover alone with worth the cost of admission.

Jem and The Holograms #6 (IDW Publishing) – The Food Fight of the Century is over and now it is time for the Battle of The Bands! A really fun series for people of all ages and genders. Which band would you be voting for: The Holograms or The Misfits (not the Danzig Misfits, the entirely fictional Misfits that the artist has said sound like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs)? I think Black Sabbath singer Dio would vote for Jem and the Holograms but Black Sabbath singer Ozzy would vote for The Misfits. Please tweet me your own wild speculations to @Elana_Brooklyn #JemBattle (this is just me, not an official IDW tag).

Midnighter #4 (DC Comics) – I’m addicted.

Toil and Trouble #1 (BOOM! Studios) – I’m fairly discriminating about my “re-imaginings of Shakespeare” but this new mini series looks stunning, innovative and feminist.

Silver Surfer #14 (Marvel) – A title that had felt at the periphery of the Marvel U (in an interesting, exploratory way) now finds itself at the middle of it. It looks like the rebuilding of the post Secret Wars Marvel U starts here. The last issue ended on some absolutely stunning art. Among the best I’ve seen in ages. I was very frustrated with Slott’s response to the Hercules bi-erasure story but he’s apologized so I’m still reading this.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: DC Comics Bombshell #2 (DC Comics) – Making this story a period piece has me interested in the many ways they could take Wonder Woman, Batwoman, and Supergirl, after a solid set up in the first issue. But it’s mostly the gorgeous art that has me most excited about diving back into this world.

Daredevil #18 (Marvel) – Honestly, I could break down the multitude of reasons this comic is worth reading but, to keep it simple, when Mark Waid is writing Daredevil it is always worth checking out.

Deadpool vs. Thanos #1 (Marvel) – Deadpool messing with anyone is usually all I need to be happy, but watching him send Thanos into a massive rage has me feeling extra giddy inside.

Herald: Lovecraft and Tesla #6 (Action Lab Entertainment) – Being a history junky, I am all for any type of twisted history tale. And just the potential of watching Mark Twain versus a book golem is enough to make me want to read this right now.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Deadpool vs. Thanos #1 (Marvel Comics) – The one who personifies death vs. the one who can talk you to it? Oh yes this is a must see even for me. Viva la Deadpool!

Daredevil #18 (Marvel Comics) – The final chapter. See how it all ends. I am on the bench with anticipation.

DC Comics Bombshells #2 (DC Comics) – The Womens’ Super Revolution continues. Is Steve Trevor going to make it? We shall see…

Green Lantern #44 (DC Comics) – Hal as a renegade just really fits and I’m liking this fun little space chase, I’m hoping that some incoming Thanagarian influence can shift it into over drive though!

Thors #3 (Marvel Comics) – Move over CSI and every other crime drama. This one is how it’s done.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Thors #3 (Marvel) – This is one of my favourite books to come out of Secret Wars.  The Thors have been hunting a murderer who has been targeting Jane Fosters from different areas of Battleworld, and now they have a suspect.  This is a great cop story, following the Thors as they uphold the laws of Doom, and I can’t wait to see the interrogation of their suspect.

Age of Apocalypse #3 (Marvel) – Issue 1 was fantastic and took me right back to the AoA I remember…and then issue 2 totally left me flat, basically a rehash of the first.  I am really hoping they pick this story up and we get more into the thick of things.  I’m really enjoying seeing the story from Cypher’s point of view, but I want to see more then some observations on character behaviour.  There’s been hints of a virus that could end all the mutants…can we please see more of this story?

Squadron Sinister #3 (Marvel) – I was surprised that I enjoy this book as much as I do.  I’m familiar with the Squadron Supreme, and Hyperion from his time in Avengers…and it’s a fun read to see Battleworld’s version of this team being nothing more then an organized gang, quietly taking over realms to expand their power…but how long will this go before Doom steps in?

Preview: Imperium #8

IMPERIUM #8

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO (JUL151688)
Cover B by SCOT EATON (JUL151689)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUL151690)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 2

You never saw this one coming…”BROKEN ANGELS” reaches its unbelievable climax as DIVINITY takes hold!

Toyo Harada is the most powerful mortal man in the world. To build his imperium, he has collected monsters. Now he comes face to face with a god. Confronted by the unfathomable depths of the man who is no longer a man, who can only be called Divinity, Harada plunges his mind into infinity. Can even the unstoppable Harada survive the fall?

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Sell-Outs and New Printing Roundup

Check out some of this week’s announced sell-outs and new printings!

Valiant Entertainment

Valiant has announced that Bloodshot Reborn #4 and #5 have both sold out at the distributor level. The series from writer Jeff Lemire and featuring artwork by Mico Suayan and Raúl Allén will be getting a new printing. Both will be on sale September 30.

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Ivar, Timewalker #9 – Fred Van Lente and Pere Pérez Count Down to “Ending History” in September!

Valiant has released an advance preview of Ivar, Timewalker #9 – the FIRST ISSUE of “Ending History“, an all-new story arc from writer Fred Van Lente and artist Pere Pérez! On September 16th, the all-star creators that brought you ARCHER & ARMSTRONG reunite for a daring new journey through the infinite expanse of time and space – and then go back to where it ALL began – as Dr. Neela Sethi reaches out to save the life of the mysterious Timewalker by contacting…Ivar Anni-Padda? Wait…what?!

Bursting out of the pages of Archer & Armstrong #1, take a temporal trip back to ruins of ancient Ur to find out how Ivar became the time stream’s most reviled, rebellious, and razor-sharp thrill-seeker as his own former protége pulls him from out of harm’s way…and into the path of a coming cataclysm as big as space-time itself! But can Neela teach the brand-new Ivar, Timewalker the ropes of quantum adventuring before time collapses? Or will the universe finally meet its doom?

Featuring covers by Raúl Allén, Carolina Bensler, Francis Portela, and Al Barrioneuvo, don’t miss an all-new introduction to the many worlds of Valiant’s own century-spanning daredevil!

IVAR, TIMEWALKER #9 (NEW ARC! “ENDING HISTORY” – PART 1)
Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by PERE PÉREZ
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JUL151677)
Cover B by CAROLINA BENSLER (JUL151678)
Variant Cover by FRANCIS PORTELA (JUL151679)
Variant Cover by AL BARRIONUEVO (JUL151680)
$3.99 US | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 16 (FOC – 8/24/15)

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Preview: X-O Manowar #40

X-O MANOWAR #40

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RAFA SANDOVAL
Cover A by RAFA SANDOVAL (JUL151685)
Cover B by TOM FOWLER (JUL151686)
Variant Cover by ROBERT GILL (JUL151687)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale SEPTEMBER 2

“EXODUS” – PART 2! Two peoples. One world. Can a man of war broker peace between Earth and the alien nation it now harbors?

In the aftermath of a horrible tragedy, Aric is trapped between the two worlds he’s sworn to protect. As X-O Manowar, he has made it his mission to protect the Vine’s mass of alien refugees…but his people want them dead…and G.A.T.E. wants them gone! Now, an old enemy will attack Aric at his weakest moment – and the Earth may pay an impossible price for Aric’s loyalty.

EXODUS unleashes a monumental new chapter as New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Green Lantern) and Rafa Sandoval (X-Men: Legacy) continue the series-defining X-O Manowar epic of the year!

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Master Darque Brings Down the Darkness in Book of Death #3 (of 4) – Coming in September!

Valiant has released an advance preview of Book of Death #3 (of 4) – the next 40-page chapter of Valiant’s smash-hit summer event! On September 23rd, writer Robert Venditti and artists Robert Gill and Doug Braithwaite reveal the sinister mastermind behind the events foretold in the Geomancer’s book as Master Darque descends on the Valiant Universe! History’s most powerful necromancer has returned with a powerful new ally at his side…and if he can’t manipulate the Eternal Warrior and new Geomancer into joining him, he’ll destroy human civilization instead!

As the terrible future chronicled in the Book of the Geomancer continues to reveal itself via a series of horrible, unnatural calamities, an unexpected and untold player – Master Darque – has emerged to make his play for young Tama, the latest in the line of Earth-communing mystics called Geomancers… But does the reappearance of Darque mean that the apocalyptic future foretold by Tama has been avoided…or guaranteed? As the heroes of the Valiant Universe fall and nature itself turns on humanity, all that stands between the devastated planet and ultimate evil is the Earth’s undying Fist and Steel himself…Gilad Anni-Padda, the Eternal Warrior!

Featuring covers by Cary Nord, Clayton Crain, Stephen Segovia, Pere Pérez, and Paolo Rivera, jump on board here to find out why fans and critics are calling Book of Death one of 2015’s best comic book events.

BOOK OF DEATH #3 (of 4)
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by ROBERT GILL and DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by CARY NORD (JUL151656)
Cover B by CLAYTON CRAIN (JUL151657)
Cover C by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (JUL151658)
Valiant Icons Variant by PERE PÉREZ (JUL151659)
Artist Variant by PAOLO RIVERA (JUL151660)
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 23 (FOC – 8/31/15)

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Review: Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak #1

BOD-NINJAK_001_COVER-A_KANOSo let it be written, so let it be done…

In the ruins of his mansion, Colin King hunkers down as the last living member of Unity after the Third Armor Hunt – or so he thinks. A visit from an old friend and a peace offering present the chance for Ninjak to break the cycle of death and escape the horrible fate foretold in the Book of the Geomancer. Will he betray his dead friends or will The Fall Of Ninjak come to pass?

Valiant’s Book Of Death has become one of the best event story lines from any publisher this summer, and it’s definitely my favourite, but is this tie-in standalone worth reading?

Well first of all, Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak is not required reading in terms of understanding the over arching story of the event that it ties into; you can easily skip this comic and you won’t harm your enjoyment of the main Book Of Death series. If you do that, however, you’ll miss out on a tie-in comic that has a deeper reach than just the main Book Of Death story line that it will be primarily associated with. There are hints in this comic that may answer some questions from other series that readers may have, but then again maybe that’s just me.

In terms of the characterization within this comic, Matt Kindt gives us a look at a much more experienced, and a much more mature, Ninjak in this comic. This older version of Ninjak may be unfamiliar to those used to the character in his usual setting, but you can still feel echoes of that younger man in this issue. That is to say that the character presented here really feels as if he’s had sigificant life experience, and has grown a lot from the younger incarnation in the comics.; although the older Ninjak may be unfamiliar, Matt Kindt has given us a story that undoubtedly stars everybody’s favourite purple clad ninja (from the Valiant Universe).

The three artists on this book, penciler Trevor Hairsine, inker Ryan Wynn and colourist Allen Passalaqua, work together in such a way that the art work feels incredibly in sync.  Ryan Wynn‘s inks never swallow Trevor Hairsine‘s original pencil work; indeed for the first few pages I was wondering whether the pencils and inks were done by the same person. Allen Passalaqua gives us some truly fantastic final pages, really bringing the scenes to life, giving a soft beauty to the final moments in the Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak.

You don’t need to read this comic book in order to follow along with the main Book Of Death story arc, but by skipping this comic you’ll miss out on a great standalone story that takes place far into Ninjak‘s future.

And you wouldn’t want to do that, would you?

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Trevor Hairsine, Ryan Wynn, Allen Passalaqua
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recomendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Ninjak #6

NINJAK_006_COVER-A_SUAYANWho are the Shadow Seven? That’s the question Ninjak was sent to answer when he was dispatched to destroy terrorist organization Weaponeer from the inside out. As the mysterious new enemies make their move, he’s on a globe-spanning race against time to stop their machinations. Plus: discover how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from Colin as Ninjak: The Lost Files continue…

The sixth issue of the ongoing monthly Ninjak series begins a new arc, The Shadow Wars, for the main story in this comic, making it as good a jumping on point as any now that the series is underway. This is the second Ninjak comic on sale this week that’s also written by Matt Kindt, the other Book Of Death: The Fall Of Ninjak being a tie in to Valiant’s event series Book Of Death, and I quite enjoyed the that book, so does Ninjak #6 hold up to that one?

Almost.

That’s certainly not to say anything negative about Ninjak #6 at all, indeed this is still a very entertaining comic, and the monthly series is certainly worth reading, but it’s just not the best Ninjak comic this week.

For those unfamiliar with the character, picture James Bond, and now imagine that he’s a ninja who continues to work for the MI-6. If you’re a fan of the Bond movies and ninjas (and, frankly, who doesn’t like ninjas?), and you also read comics, then why aren’t you at least curious about this series?

As is often the case when a new arc begins, some measure of familiarity with the previous arc may be helpful to the reader, but it’s not overly necessary; the recap page gives you enough back ground so that you’re not lost (imagine that – a recap page recapping previous events). The main story The Shadow Wars is pretty good, not great, although it is only the opening chapter of the new arc and there is still plenty of time for the story to come into it’s own. There’s also plenty of things to love about this issue, with Matt Kindt focusing more on the leg work of the spying business than the all out action that Ninjak is capable of, and it works very well. There’s still action, but this first chapter of The Shadow Wars focuses less on that than the later chapters probably will.

That’s not a bad thing.

The back up story, The Lost Files, is also quite good, and is the perfect length for a back up tale. Although the eight page story probably isn’t enough to justify you buying the comic just for that, it’s an excellent companion piece to the main story arc; and while I actually preferred the art style to the back up story over the main story, your mileage may vary.

Overall, this is a solid issue. It’s not a great jumping on point for the series, but it is a very good one, and if you’re at all curious about Valiant‘s purple clad ninja, then this is a decent place to start reading the monthly series.

The Shadow Wars
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Raol Allen with Patricia Martin
The Lost Files
Writer: Matt Kindt Artist: Stephen Sergovia
Ninjak #6 Overall
Story: 7.75 Art: 8 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

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