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Preview: Project Superpowers: Blackcross #6

Project Superpowers: Blackcross #6

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Colton Worley
covers: Tula Lotay (a), Declan Shalvey (b)
subscription cover: Gabriel Hardman
incentive covers: Colton Worley (The American Flag), Tula Lotay (“virgin art”), Declan Shalvey (B/W art), Gabriel Hardman (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+


The American Spirit is in Blackcross. Six haunted people are in his murderous path. This is where it ends.


Review: James Bond #1

JamesBond01-Cov-A-ReardonBeginning “VARGR”, the first story in the ongoing James Bond comic series by best-selling writer Warren Ellis! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin…

James bond came to film in 1962, and the first comic appearance was 1963, a decade after his creation by Ian Fleming in 1953. 62 years later, and perfectly timed for his latest movie SPECTRE, 007 is back to comics this time with Ellis writer, Jason Masters providing art, and Dynamite publishing it.

The first issue is… good. This isn’t Craig, Moore, Connery, or any of the actors, Bond, Ellis has crafted his own take on the character, a kind of gentleman assassin. Which is interesting as he’s referenced within the comic as a blunt instrument, a line uttered towards Daniel Craig’s more rough and brutish take on the character. The look of bond is a mix of Moore, Dalton, Brosnan, and Connery. Dark hair, skinnier and somewhat tall, this depiction is closer to singer Hoagy Carmichael who Fleming says the character resembles.

What’s interesting is the story itself would work fine as the opening credits of a Bond film, but quickly get dull with discussion of Diplomatic immunity, carrying weapons in the UK, and whether the department will be eliminated. This is the Trade Federation and trade blockades of the Star Wars prequels, details that may be important to set the tone, but rather boring.

The end of the comic did pique my interest introducing the villain with a quirk who will likely be Bond’s nemesis for the first story-arc. He doesn’t quite seem grounded, instead reminding me of Die Another Day, not a good thing.

Masters’ art does a nice mix of upperclass gentleman and thuggish brute depicting the action and quieter moments nicely. The combo isn’t easy to do to keep visual interest, but he transitions from one to the other quite well.

Overall, the first issue doesn’t blow me away, but Bond’s adventures are best measured on the whole not the individual part. What will be interesting is if we’ll get a more over the top Bond adventure which may fit “comics,” more, or if we’ll see a more grounded adventure like the latest movies. We’ll have to wait and see. If nothing else, the comic helped satisfy a bit of my craving to see the character’s adventures.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Masters
Story: 7 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: James Bond #1

James Bond #1

writer: Warren Ellis
artist: Jason Masters
cover: Dom Reardon
incentive covers: Francesco Francavilla, Stephen Mooney, Dan Panosian, Gabriel Hardman, Glenn Fabry, Jock
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Beginning “VARGR”, the first story in the ongoing James Bond comic series by best-selling writer Warren Ellis! James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent. But something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin…

“In Stores November 4th in advance of the block buster movie on November 6th!”


Review: Karnak #1

Karnak #1 CoverTHE FLAW IN ALL THINGS “My curse is that I see the flaw in all things. Systems. Philosophies. Structures. People. Everything. Never forget who I am. I am Karnak of the Inhumans.” You may not know who Karnak is now, but you will when Warren Ellis and Gerardo Zaffino are done with you. Phil Coulson goes to Karnak to help with a SHIELD case with Inhuman implications and what he’s going to find will terrify you.

Out of the numerous announced comics as part of Marvel‘s All-New, All-Different relaunch, Karnak with Ellis writing was one I was more intrigued about. I enjoyed Ellis run on Moon Knight, and that’s impressive for me, as I generally find him to be one of the more overrated writers out there.

For a high-profile writer, and a rather anticipated comic, I’d say this debut comic was a disappointment in that I expected better, but it’s not a bad first issue. Ellis isn’t giving us something new as much as it’s a redux of what he did with Moon Knight, a focus on the character, quirks and all. That’s not a bad thing at all, it just feels like we’ve been here and done this before. Not so all-new, all-different. Add in the fact that so far you could replace Karnak with numerous other characters (Shang-Chi or Iron First could be similar comics) and it definitely doesn’t feel like anything special or exciting.

The art by Zaffino is interesting and I found myself both liking and disliking it at the same time. Particularly what bothered me was a weird pattern we see throughout the issue that feels like a boot imprint. It’s a pattern and choice I don’t quite understand I found it rather distracting.

The issue isn’t bad at all, and I want to see what the second issue is like, despite a weird stopping point. There’s absolutely some potential in the fist issue and where it all goes is key, but the comic overall doesn’t feel like it’s special or new. Hype has definitely hurt the comic, but expectations are what they are. In this case, the comic didn’t meet them, and feels like something I’ve seen before.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jorge Zaffino
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Mad Monk of the Inhumans Goes Solo in Karnak #1!

This October, the most mysterious and enigmatic of the Inhumans is on his own for his very first ongoing series! Marvel has released a new look at Karnak #1 – the new series from writer Warren Ellis and artist Gerardo Zaffino!

Who is Karnak? You may not know now, but you will! With the power to see the flaw in all things – systems, philosophies, structures, people – there is nothing he cannot defeat. But when Phil Coulson  and S.H.I.E.L.D. request his help with a peculiar case, even Karnak may have met his match! Prepare for an explosive debut unlike any you’ve seen in the Marvel Universe before!

KARNAK #1 (AUG150782)
Cover by DAVID AJA
Variant Covers by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150784), SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG150783),
Design Variant by GERARDO ZAFFINO (AUG150785)
Connecting Variant Cover by JIM CHEUNG (AUG150787)
Hip-Hop Variant by KAARE ANDREWS (AUG150788)
Kirby Monster Variant by ERIC POWELL (AUG150789)
FOC – 09/28/15, On-Sale 10/21/15


Preview: Project Superpowers: Black Cross #5

Project Superpowers: Black Cross #5

Warren Ellis (w)
Colton Worley (a)
Tula Lotay, Declan Shalvey (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Colton Worley Exclusive Art retailer incentive cover
Tula Lotay “Virgin” Art retailer incentive cover
Declan Shalvey B/W Art retailer incentive cover
Gabriel Hardman B/W Art retailer incentive cover

The American Spirit has Federal Agent Bart Hill’s throat in his hand. Maggie Allen is bleeding from the eyes. Marietta Chesler and Rob Benton are burying a body. Gary Preston is still missing, presumed incinerated. All these people were part of an escape plan, but it’s all gone wrong. In the penultimate episode of Blackcross, secrets are told, threats become real, and six haunted people are about to be murdered.


BOOM! Studios Announces Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus

BOOM! Studios and Electric Shepherd Productions are pleased to announce they will collect BOOM!’s entire 24-issue Eisner Award-nominated comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a complete softcover omnibus for the first time. The comic series, as realized by artist Tony Parker, was published by BOOM! from 2009-2011. The new collection features a new cover by Mondo artist Jay Shaw and essays from popular industry professionals, including Ed Brubaker, Warren Ellis, and Matt Fraction.

Dick’s novels revolutionized the science fiction genre and influenced many well-known sci-fi films such as Minority Report, Total Recall, and the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, which was based directly on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. His novel The Man in the High Castle was recently adapted as a pilot and subsequently ordered to series through Amazon Studios.

In Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. The World War has killed millions, driving entire species to extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic fakes: horses, birds, cats, sheep—even humans. Rick Deckard is an officially sanctioned bounty hunter tasked to find six rogue androids. They’re machines, but look, sound, and think like humans—and infinitely more dangerous.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Omnibus will arrive in comic shops and bookstores this December.

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep Omnibus Cover by Jay Shaw

SDCC 2015: Warren Ellis & Gale Anne Hurd Take on El Pantera for Universal + Kill Shakespeare!

UCP_Refresh_CMYK_FMAs San Diego Comic-Con 2015 kicks off, Universal Cable Productions (UCP) has unveiled several new deals that will continue to fortify the studio’s growing genre library and cater to the high demand for television content inspired by science fiction, graphic novel and comic book stories. As part of its overall deal with Valhalla Entertainment, UCP today announced renowned graphic novel writer Warren Ellis, will adapt the popular 1970s Mexican comic book and Televisa format El Pantera as his first original TV series with Gale Anne Hurd set to executive produce and Televisa USA to co-produce.

Based on the popular 1970s Mexican comic book and hit Spanish language TV series adapted by Televisa, El Pantera is a vigilante crime drama set in a fictional metropolis on the U.S. Mexico Border. When a young officer is appointed Head of Police, he only has one request: He asks that his friend, who was wrongfully imprisoned, be set free. Under the guise of his rumored death, the two create ‘El Pantera’ to rid the city of the Mexican mob. Warren Ellis is set to adapt the comic with Gale Anne Hurd’s Valhalla Entertainment attached to produce and Televisa USA to co-produce with UCP.

UCP is also developing the award-winning cult British film, The Machine into a scripted series for Syfy with the film’s Caradog James set to write the script and John Giwa-Amu to produce. The story follows a brilliant computer programmer, desperate to save his terminally ill daughter, who creates the first-ever piece of self-aware artificial intelligence.  But things go terribly wrong when the technology, designed to help injured soldiers, is hijacked by the government and used to create the ultimate robotic weapon. The Machine will follow multiple storylines as it takes a broad view of cutting edge scientific breakthroughs in genetic engineering, trans-humanism, and artificial intelligence.

Kill ShakespeareAdditionally, the studio has recently optioned the critically acclaimed comic series Kill Shakespeare, created by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, and released by IDW Publishing. This dark take on Shakespeare – which has also spawned a stage production and board game – pits his greatest heroes (Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff) against his most menacing villains (Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in an epic adventure to find and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard named William Shakespeare. Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery are set to write.

UCP also announced this week a first-look production deal with legendary comic book publisher, Dark Horse Entertainment focused on developing and producing scripted programming from their extensive comic book library as well as new material.

Other notable genre projects in UCP’s development pipeline include: for Syfy: Channel Zero, a horror anthology series from Nick Antosca set to write the script, and Max Landis set to produce. The first season will be based on Candle Cove by Kris Straub, a story that originates from the user-generated internet horror phenomenon known as creepypasta;  Brave New World, based on the classic novel by Aldous Huxley published in 1932 with Les Bohem set to write, and Amblin attached to produce; Hyperion, based on the Hugo Award-winning science fiction novels that form The Hyperion Cantos by writer Dan Simmons with Bradley Cooper, Graham Kin, and Todd Phillips attached to executive produce and Itamar Moses to write the script and serve as co-executive producer.

UCP is also developing Dreadstar, based on the classic 1980s character from the Marvel-owned Epic Comics imprint by iconic Marvel comic book writer Jim Starlin with Evan Daugherty attached to adapt, BenderSpink attached to produce, and Starlin and Ford Gilmore set to executive produce.

Preview: Injection #3

Injection #3

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Declan Shalvey
Art By: Jordie Bellaire
Cover By: Declan Shalvey
Cover By: Jordie Bellaire
Variant Cover By: Declan Shalvey
Variant Cover By: Jordie Bellaire
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY150494
Published: July 8, 2015

Robin Morel is consulted on the operating systems of pixies and his betrayal of the natural world. Civilization is dying and only five people know.


Warren Ellis takes on James Bond. 007 Comes to Comics Courtesy of Dynamite.

Dynamite has announced that fan-favorite author Warren Ellis will be writing the James Bond 007 ongoing comic book series, the first to appear in over two decades. James Bond 007 is scheduled for release in November 2015, featuring interior artwork by Jason Masters.

The news of the high-profile author’s involvement with the James Bond 007 series follows Dynamite’s announcement of their partnership with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd. (IFPL), the Fleming family company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming’s published works, including his fourteen James Bond books. Under their agreement, Dynamite has been granted worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007.

The first six-issue story arc in the James Bond 007 comic book series will be entitled “VARGR.” James Bond returns to London after a mission of vengeance in Helsinki, to take up the workload of a fallen 00 Section agent… but something evil is moving through the back streets of the city, and sinister plans are being laid for Bond in Berlin.


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