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Review: Red Dog #1

red-dog-1-coverSome say there’s no greater love in the universe than the love a boy has for his dog. For Kyle, the only kid living amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth, that saying is a given. Welcome to Kirawan, a planet that Kyle calls, “the worst place you could ever imagine.” Kyle stumbles through his days doing his chores hoping to live up to the steep demands of his father, the head of the planet’s mining operation. Still, it’s not all bad, there’s Q, Kyle’s robotic K-9, basically the greatest pet in the known universe. However, during an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full-scale attack on the human miners. Welcome to the world of Red Dog.

Written by Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington, Red Dog is an entertaining new sci-fi series coming soon from 451 Media. The story has some familiarity to it, but what it does really well is give a cinematic feel to it all. That makes complete sense considering Cohen is part of the team behind the films Fast and the Furious and XXX.

The issue goes into a lot of detail and provides a lot of background to the world of Kirawan. We know why humans went there. Why Kyle is special. And a bit of what this world is like. It’s an immense amount of information for a first issue, one that would probably make dungeon masters proud in the detail. But, that detail is really great as it helps make the world standout from similar story settings and it gives the comic as a whole a lot of personality.

That personality is helped by artist Robert Atkins who adds a sci-fi western element about it all. The world of Kirawan feels like the wild west in so many ways, and that’s partially due to the brown color palette that permeates the comic. I fully expected mechanical horses to show up at some point or a sheriff to step up. That’s not a bad thing at all as it helps flesh out the world and as the story shifts it helps blend the genres the story mixes. We go from a very “western” tale in the beginning to what’s clearly “sci-fi” when things wrap up. Atkins does some amazing work on Q though. The detail on the mechanical dog is impressive and it feels like it’s a patchwork robot that’d work and something someone could put together in real life.

The first issue ends at a cliffhanger that is a bit overused, but what has come before kept me entertained enough to want to see what comes next and find out more about the world. I can make some guesses as to what we’ll see, but so far, it’s pretty entertaining and well worth checking out.

Story: Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington Art: Robert Atkins
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

451 Media Group Provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/17

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


 

Alex

old-man-logan-11Old Man Logan #11 (Marvel)* Holy shit. The art in this issue is fantastic. There’s a brilliant two page spread early on that I just stared at, marveling at how interesting the layout was. And then there’s another that’s even better! In two pages, with minimal dialogue Andrea Sorrentino tells the story of the same two men fighting a similar fight fifty years apart. It’s one of the most inventive and visually interesting pieces of art I’ve seen in a long time. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Action Comics #963 (DC) There’s a human Clark Kent running around Metropolis who seems to genuinely believe he isn’t Superman. Which, considering we know he isn’t  the Superman we’ve been following since Rebirth began, is an intriguing proposition. One issue in, and this is shaping up to be a brilliant story. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

All-Star Batman #2 (DC) Despite the $4.99 price tag, this comic is so worth the money. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Souls: Legends Of The Flame #1 (Titan Comics) I wasn’t expecting this to be an anthology, but it is, and I was quite pleasantly surprised by it. The individually stories are distinct in their illustration and story telling methods, and are neatly tied together to make an in story connection to each other – and I’m sure I missed a couple more, as well. gls_cv6_dsThis comic may be aimed toward fans of the series, but it can also be enjoyed by those who have an interest in fantasy style comics. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Detective Comics #940 (DC) Wow. A must read if you’ve read the series so far.  Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Green Lanterns #6 (DC) There’s a couple of great character building moments in this issue that, for me at least, make this the stronger of the two Green Lantern titles this week. The back ad forth bickering between Simon and Jessica is entertaining, but also serves as a great narrative device to keep readers abreast of the situation while also providing a few laughs. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Kingway West #2 (Dark Horse) Not a bad issue… but it wasn’t as gripping as the first. Worth looking into if you’ve read the first issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mycroft Holmes #1 & #2 (Titan) Why haven’t I been reading this already? I picked up the first issue when it came out… and forgot about it. Then the second came around, and I grabbed it, figuring it’ll be a quick diversion. Nope – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s writing a comic that fans of the Sherlock TV show, or the movies, can expect to love. Mycroft, unlike his brother, is a likeable scoundrel who just happens to be as intelligent as the great detective. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Brett

NVRLND #2 (451 Media) – Like the first issue this is a twisted take on the classic Peter Pan tale, except Peter fronts band, Hook is drug dealer… and the drug is pixie dust. It’s an interesting take on the subject and definitely unique and entertaining. The colors and art is top notch playing off of the style of the comic really well. Well worth checking out. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

redhoto_cv2_dsRed Hood and the Outlaws #2 (DC Comics) – I’m a bit shocked at how much I’m enjoying this series. The action is constant and there’s some good humor peppered throughout. I’m not totally sold on the Red Hood undercover as a bad guy aspect, but things are still shaking out. Overall Rating: 7.9 Recommendation: Read

Suicide Squad #2 (DC Comics) – Lots of action and not much else. Something about this volume isn’t quite clicking yet as it’s relying too much on Jim Lee’s art, action, and humor and not giving us much else. This is close to a Michael Bay film in comic form. Overall Rating: 6.95 Recommendation: Pass

The Flash #6 (DC Comics) – This series has been picking up speed with each issue and this one has all the reveals. Holy crap is it good as writer Joshua WIlliamson his his stride here. Add in great art and this is quickly becoming a favorite of mine at DC. Overall Rating: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Wonder Woman #6 (DC Comics) – My favorite of the series so far. This issue focuses on Wonder Woman coming to the US to return Steve Trevor. Greg Rucka really plays off of the fish out of water aspect and focuses on the language barrier. It’s a small, but amazing detail. Overall Rating: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Scooby Apocalypse #5 (DC Comics) – This series shouldn’t work, but somehow it does. It’s brainless fun. Overall Rating: 7.65 Recommendation: Read

ww-cv6_dsDeathstroke #2 (DC Comics) – Writer Christopher Priest has said we shouldn’t like Deathstroke as he’s a villain and he’s playing that up well. The issue bounces around a lot in time and locations which doesn’t quite work super well, but this one feels like it’ll come together in trade. Overall Rating: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

All-New X-Men #13 (Marvel)* – A cute issue that has Bobby trying to meet guys. It also has a clash between the young X-Men and Inhumans setting the stage for at least a bit of drama in the upcoming Inhumans vs. X-Men Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Mockingbird #7 (Marvel)* – I’ve generally enjoyed this series as its done well to play on humor and action. This issue slowly slides into the more serious area and the inclusion of a certain individual from Bobbi’s past has me nervous. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #4 (DC Comics) – I’m digging this direction and this issue has some really entertaining moments. Guy Gardner not wearing underwear anyone? We know an epic fight is around the corner, I’m just thankfully entertained until it gets here. Overall Rating: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Green Lanterns #6 (DC Comics) – Jessica and Simon battle the Red Lanterns and there’s a lot of character development for both as they finally learn to work together. The series has been pretty good and it’s great to see these D-List Lanterns get the spotlight. They’re odd couple schtick so far is entertaining. Overall Rating: 7.45 Recommendation: Read

bgbop_cv2_dsBatgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 (DC Comics) – Not a bad issue, just rather paint by numbers with scenes. Pursuit scene as they run from bad guys while in a car and on bikes? Check. The safe house being surrounded scene? Check. Characters not getting along before having to work together? Check. But, there’s some decent humor at least. Overall Rating: 7 Recommendation: Read

Gotham Academy: Second Semester #1 (DC Comics) – As cute as always and very entertaining. This is a solid series still to give to that tween looking for a comic series to be theirs. Overall Rating: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image Comics) – A murder mystery in space with a rather intriguing political world thrown in? Both topics are something I dig, so not a shocker this is a comic I’m enjoying. Overall Rating: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Elana

Doom Patrol 1 (DC): Lives up to the hype and lives up the the legacy of a title that’s been dpa_cv1_bolland_varinnovative since it’s mid sixties debut. A Doom Patrol comic for 2016 with vibrant writing and art. Thoughtful, funny and weird but accessible. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy 

Jem And The Holograms #16 & 17 (IDW) Two perfect issues of Jem. Jen Bartel is one of the hottest rising starts in comics and her goth Lisa Frank art is the perfect fit for at series with a visual style that melds 90s alt nostalgia with the new wave 80s aesthetic of the classic cartoon. This story is funny and the group dynamics are right-on. Plus, the bear! They actually believably worked in the iconic wild grizzly bear that showed up in the TV show. And that is an achievement that had this veteran fan of the old cartoon laughing out loud. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Afterlife with Archie 10 (Archie Comics). Francisco Francavilla’s luridly cinematic art is the perfect fit for the introduction of a new immortal and only marginally moral Josie and the Pussycats to the dark world of Afterlife with Archie. I don’t normally read this series but the story was totally accessible to me. Some of the clothes weren’t quiet historically accurate but its all so good looking it got this stickler to not even care. A fun Interview with the Vampire spoof which is actually earned by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s story. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy. Disclosure: I did lights for a play Aguirre-Sacasa wrote over a decade ago. He’s as brilliant know as he was then.

Faith #3 (Valiant). A fun, new reader-accessible issue where Faith takes her new boyfriend Archer to his first comic con. Full of legitimate comic con advice, this would actually be useful thing to give to con newbies and new comic readers alike. The meta humor totally works and as always it’s refreshing to see a hero who looks like Faith in action. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy.

Patrick

Black Science #24 (Image)**: And I’m out. Lead character Grant McKay is so unappealing to me that I just don’t get why any of the other characters – particularly his daughter Pia – is even interested in helping him. For someone so smart, her memory is too short, which smacks of a writer who’s trying to push his own agenda instead of listening to his characters. In short, Grant has it too easy for someone who’s such a dickwad. Perhaps as blackscience_24-1well, the back half of this issue leans very heavily on having read the rest of the series so far. Since I’ve come late to this party, I don’t know what the emotional stakes are or who the players are. Nothing personal, Rick Remender, and it certainly has nothing to do with Matteo Scalera’s art. Overall: 7 Recommendation: if you’ve come this far, read, otherwise skip

Stray Bullets #18 (Image/El Capitan)**: Ah, now last issue makes sense. Putting two horrible women like Annie and Beth in the same room is like putting two scorpions in a jar – it’s fascinating to watch, you know it’s going to end badly, and you feel like a horrible person for watching, but then you go “Well, I’m not as bad as the guy who put them in the jar in the first place.” David Lapham has a genius for this kind of stuff, and for bringing out people’s true desires at the worst possible moment in the worst possible way. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Lady Killer #2 (Dark Horse)**: More Florida daylight noir this week from Joelle Jones. Everyone wants a piece of Josie’s action in this one – geez, can’t a lady just go about killing people on her own without a bunch of men sticking their nose in her business? Actually, now that I’ve written that, I kind of wish the series would explore that casual misogyny a little more. Clearly Josie is a capable Cosmo girl of the mercenary set, and there is no reason for the men around her to encourage that sort of independence. Not that I’m disappointed in this issue, I just like this series enough to say that I would go along with it if it went further down the well. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

purgatorio02Cinema Purgatorio (Avatar)*: I’m really only buying this for the Alan Moore/Kevin O’Neill lead story, which nails the Grant/Hepburn repartee so precisely and then rachets up the rot inside it in 6 tight pages. A haunted house in a haunted cinema. There are other stories in this book as well, but they’re forgettable for me, except Garth Ennis & Raulo Caceres’ “Code Pru”, in which our EMT tech has to go get the exorcism kit out of the ambulance. I like the short format here so well, Garth, that I kind of feel that any attempt at forcing a longer narrative on it is energy wasted. I’m perfectly okay with a black sitcom format where Pru and her partner veer through New York dealing with messed-up mystical emergencies. Overall: Cinema 8.5, Code Pru 8 Recommendation: Read

Captain Canuck #9 (ChapterHouse): There’s a fine line in any espionage story between being complicated and being obtuse, and Kalman Andrasofskzy doesn’t walk it very well. Case in point: the page one exposition of the history of the Redcoats has no dates. I’d’ve liked it in the story if it were clearer from the outset what all the rival factions were and who was purportedly working for whom. Also, the stakes aren’t particularly clear, so that this story looks like a bunch of infighting featuring recycled characters from another comics company. And does every superhero story now have to have them working for a shadowy superspy agency? Aside from saying that it’s set in northern Canada, nothing about this series actually seems to deal with what it would mean for a Canadian to be a superhero, or superagent, or whatever these people are supposed to be. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Northguard #2 (ChapterHouse): I’m not sure how Northguard is different from Captain Canuck – like, do they work for the same people or not? Anyway, this issue continues last issue’s mission against a mystical cult – but does it conclude it? I’m not sure. And I’m not sure what impact it has on writer Anthony Falcone’s overall story. What I am sure of is that Kebec is a terrible code name for a Québécoise supersniper. I know that it’s creator Richard Comely’s name and they’re stuck with it, but criss de câlice d’ostie de tabarnak, as we say. Also, speaking of sniping, I would appreciate it if they could get someone to edit the French that is being forced into the mouths of their francophone characters. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Ryan C

swm_cv2_dsSuperwoman #2 (DC)*: A major step backward for Phil Jimenez’ ambitious series, as confused panel layouts and poorly-staged action sequences get things rolling before a huge lull in the middle kills story’s rhythm and flow — adding insult to injury, or writer/artist finishes by giving us a reveal of the mystery “big bad” that has little, if anything, to do with Lana or Lois — who may or may not still be dead. Overall: 2.5 Recommendation: Pass

Briggs Land #2 (Dark Horse)**: Family drama is the order of the day from Brian Wood and Mach Chater as our protagonist consolidates power in her breakaway sect far more easily than I would have guessed and the story slaps its obvious “Godfather Part II” influence right on its sleeve by quoting the film directly. Still pretty solid stuff on the whole, but something of a letdown after a terrific first issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image)** : The “C.O.W.L.” triumvirate of Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel, and Rod Reis take us into the future — and into outer space, to boot — with a series that seems to be staking its bets on the idea that we’re going to find a combination sci-fi mystery thriller/post-breakup domestic drama interesting. Which, I suppose, it could be, but the characters are drawn in strokes that are far too broad to be able to make that hadrianswall_01-1determination at this point. Nice to see Reis drop the “updated Sienkiewicz” look to his art and adopt a style more uniquely his own, but I’m keeping this series on a fairly short leash. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

The Fix #5 (Image)**: Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber pick up right where they left off after a short hiatus, and nothing’s changed — which is a damn good thing. Our hopelessly lame and corrupt “hero” is even more lame and corrupt than we thought, the mayor of LA is a dipshit millenial “bro,” and there’s more to the murder at the center of our story — much more, in fact — than we would have possibly imagined. I still think Spencer’s a massive dickhead, but this is a damn fun comic. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

The Forevers #1 (Black Mask)– What would one do to gain wealth and fame? This question is explored immensely within the first issue of this exciting series. As a group of friends make a black magic pact which gains them these things and more. Ten years pass, and each individual is affected by what the pact has brought them, but as we find out in the first issue, when one of them dies, the power gets spread out to the rest. Unfortunately for this group of friends, one of them figures out this and goes about killing each of them, but the-forevers-1-12which one? This is part of the mystery which makes this series very interesting already. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Jughead #9 (Archie)– Jughead has always been the best friend that all other best friends wish they were, as he has served as comic relief for his more confident friend, Archie. In the latest issue, the gang comes back to school, while Jughead struggles to understand why Archie is so girl crazy, he gets his first crush. Pops hires a new girl who moved into town as the diner ‘s mascot and instantly dazzles Jughead. Within this issue, he not only gets his first crush but also goes on his 1st date,and oh yeah, that girl is Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

doom-patrol-1Wednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #3 (Valiant) – I love this series. There’s a fun, infectious energy here that just grabs you and pulls you in for one fantastically uplifting ride. Plus, Faith heads to a comicon with Archer – and that’s going to be fantastic.

Action Comics #963 (DC Comics) – It’s a Superman comic, and the Man Of Steel has grown on me considerably since Rebirth. I’m looking forward to finding out who the depowered Clark Kent is, and how Metropolis reacts to a different Superman. Should be fun.

All-Star Batman #2 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder is, at least for me, one of the best writers to take on the Dark Knight in some time. Any time I see his name attached to a bat-project I’ll be reading it.

Dark Souls: Legends Of The Flame #1 (Titan Comics) – I am a huge fan of the Dark Soulsworld and it’s incredibly deep lore (especially because it’s not spoon fed to you throughout the games), so getting a chance to explore that world’s stories through this two part story makes me a little excited.

Old Man Logan #11 (Marvel) – Old Man Logan is the tormented Wolverine that comic fans remember, without the near immortality his healing factor had become. It’s that vulnerability that makes the promised scrap between Logan and a whole whack of ninjas so enticing – Jeff Lemire hasn’t been shy about the old man having his hairy arse handed to to him, so there’s a legitimate chance that Logan will loose the fight this issue (well…maybe). Either way, it’s gonna be bloody.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Katana (DC Comics) – Katana was underused in the movie and she’s really an interesting character with a really dope backstory. So, here’s a chance to get to know almost everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Katana but, the movie refused to show.

Black Monday Murders #1 – 2nd Printing (Image Comics) This reprint is coming out the same day as Issue #2 which means you can play catch up and see what you missed before going in for round 2. There’s occultism, money cartels and,  evil magical banks that might be running things shadow government style. Who doesn’t like a good conspiracy theory?

Lady Killer 2 #2 (Dark Horse) – Hit squads, hitman mash-ups and lady hitwomen. Making murder for hire as normal as ordering a pizza or going grocery shopping.

Batgirl & The Birds of Prey #2 (DC Comics) – The “Who is Oracle” Story arc is almost over and you don’t want to miss a thing!

Throwaways #3 (Image) – I’ve got some high hopes for this issue of Throwaways. When I reviewed issue #2 last month I was like warm on it, mostly because I expected more. It looks like this issue is going to deliver and give a bit more the the story itself, the Abby & Dean and the plot is going to get thick and juicy enough to make it feel like you’re reading through split pea soup.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Detective Comics #940 (DC Comics) – Something major is happening… is this the end of Tim Drake!? DC has been tight lipped with this one, and teasing out something major will happen, so get this issue and the Teen Titans.

Doom Patrol #1 (DC’s Young Animal/DC Comics) – So much hype and I’m beyond intrigued to see what this new imprint within DC is like. I checked out the panel at San Diego Comic-Con and they sold me with what’s planned and the look of it all. The vibe I’m getting is superhero meets Vertigo, something I’m totally on board with.

Hadrian’s Wall #1 (Image Comics) – A murder mystery in space! I’ve read the first four issues of the series and it’s really good.

NVRLND #2 (451 Media Group) – A spin on the story of Peter Pan, but the comic takes place in modern LA and Peter’s the head of a rock band and Hook is a drug dealer. The two issues have been solid and well worth checking out if you want a more adult take on Pan.

Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts (Graphix) – A family moves due to the illness of a daughter and wind up in an area with lots of ghosts. The concept sounds touching and fun, but really it’s Raina Telgemeier and this will be one of the top-selling comics and graphic novels of the year. Find out why Telgemeier’s graphic novels crush the competition and outsells the spandex crowd!

Advance Review: Red Dog #1

red-dog-1-coverSome say there’s no greater love in the universe than the love a boy has for his dog. For Kyle, the only kid living amongst 200 grownups on a distant mining colony light-years away from Earth, that saying is a given. Welcome to Kirawan, a planet that Kyle calls, “the worst place you could ever imagine.” Kyle stumbles through his days doing his chores hoping to live up to the steep demands of his father, the head of the planet’s mining operation. Still, it’s not all bad, there’s Q, Kyle’s robotic K-9, basically the greatest pet in the known universe. However, during an upload of resources bound for earth, the alien natives of Kirawan launch a full scale attack on the human miners. Welcome to the world of Red Dog.

Written by Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington, Red Dog is an entertaining new sci-fi series coming soon from 451 Media. The story has some familiarity to it, but what it does really well is give a cinematic feel to it all. That makes complete sense considering Cohen is part of the team behind the films Fast and the Furious and XXX.

The issue goes into a lot of detail and provides a lot of background to the world of Kirawan. We know why humans went there. Why Kyle is special. And a bit of what this world is like. It’s an immense amount of information for a first issue, one that would probably make dungeon masters proud in the detail. But, that detail is really great as it helps make the world standout from similar story settings and it gives the comic as a whole a lot of personality.

That personality is helped by artist Robert Atkins who adds a sci-fi western element about it all. The world of Kirawan feels like the wild west in so many ways, and that’s partially due to the brown color palette that permeates the comic. I fully expected mechanical horses to show up at some point or a sheriff to step up. That’s not a bad thing at all as it helps flesh out the world and as the story shifts it helps blend the genres the story mixes. We go from a very “western” tale in the beginning to what’s clearly “sci-fi” when things wrap up. Atkins does some amazing work on Q though. The detail on the mechanical dog is impressive and it feels like it’s a patchwork robot that’d work and something someone could put together in real life.

The first issue ends at a cliffhanger that is a bit overused, but what has come before kept me entertained enough to want to see what comes next and find out more about the world. I can make some guesses as to what we’ll see, but so far, it’s pretty entertaining and well worth checking out when it’s released.

Story: Rob Cohen and Andi Ewington Art: Robert Atkins
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

451 Media Group Provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

451 Media Teams Up with The Raveonettes for a NVRLND Music Video

Just in time for the launch of NVRLND #1, 451 Media Group has launched a music video to help promote the comic. Directed by Dylan Mulick, who together with Stephanie Salyers created and wrote the series, features a host of rising social media stars and a new original song from veteran indie rock band The Raveonettes, written specifically for NVRLND.

NVRLND is a reimagining of the Peter Pan myth set in modern Hollywood. In this telling, Peter Pan is the lead singer of rock band The Lost Boys, who play at a secret underground club called NVRLND. Wendy Darling, the new girl in school, naturally falls for the brooding, bad boy. But in this heightened reality, kids are falling victim to a club drug called “pixie dust” being pedaled by tattooed, biker nemesis James Hook, which makes them feel like they can fly.

Adding to the video’s authenticity, NVRLND was filmed at The Smell, a notorious punk rock club in LA that has been set for demolition some time after the filming of the video.

Review: NVRLND #1

NVRLND #1The story of Peter Pan is a classic having been adapted numerous times and who knows how many “alternate takes” exist at this point. Enter NVRLND, a new (and original) take on the classic tale.

Written by Stephanie Salyers and Dylan Mulick, the setting is now present-day Hollywood. Peter is the lead singer of the band The Lost Boys, Wendy Darling befriends Tiger Lily in high school, and there’s a new designer drug called Pixie Dust which kids are dying from using. James Hook is present too, this version a tattoo artist who preys on those who flock to Peter and his band.

The story is entertaining with fantastic pacing for a first issue. It drops you right into the action building this new, yet familiar world. Everything is there and how it all comes together is interesting and feels like it’s a rock and fantasy version of Law & Order: SVU. How it comes together is the fun and interesting part. Seeing how each character is depicted is not only fascinating, but also what really sets the series apart from other takes. Even with so many iterations of the characters and story, Salyers and Mulick still find a unique spin to it all. And it’s a spin that has me wanting to come back to see more and where it goes.

Salyers and Mulick also give each character a very unique personality. Each feels like their own person with their own habits, quirks, and how they act. You can see why some act the way they do and each character’s actions make complete sense considering age and setting. While it’s a fantasy, it still feels natural.

Helping that unique spin is artist Leila Leiz who gives us a style that has a Western look infused a bit with manga. The design and style pops on the page creating a look that matches the pop and rock sensibility of it all. Though it’s set in the “real world,” the design and look still feels like it fits the classic story that we know.

The first issue of NVRLND does an excellent job of setting things up with all of the familiar characters we know, but at the same time giving each enough of a unique spin to make it all feel original. I’ll admit I rolled my eyes when I heard that it was another take on Peter Pan, but having read the first issue, I’m looking forward to see what comes next.

Story: Stephanie Salyers and Dylan Mulick Art: Leila Leiz
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

451 Media Group provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

All Star Batman #1 CoverWednesdays 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.

Jason

Top Pick: The Vision #10 (Marvel) – Delivering emotional gut punches and shocking moments, King and Walta’s and heart-achingly tale of family, conformity and identity hit’s it’s sure to be devastating endgame. The Visions mission for normality and a place in the world falls apart and promises the violence and inevitable confrontation with his fellow avengers that has been lurking in plain sight since the very first issue. Continually gripping and equally shocking, I can only imagine what the last three issues of what is sure to be known as a classic will bring for the Vision and his family.

Spidey: First Day (Marvel) – Marvel hasn’t exactly left fans desperate for Spider-man related titles in the last few years with readers able to get their arachnid fix in Infamous, Amazing, 2099, Silk and Gwen flavors to name just a handful. Hearing about this new title I was skeptical at first especially in the high school setting the films still obsess over even now. The truth is despite the enduring Image of Peter, he only spent about thirty or so issues actually in High school, which makes it the perfect place to get some old school, no nonsense webslinger stories. This first volume collects writer Robbie Thompson (already a Spider-vetron having written Silk and Venom: Space Knight) and Wolverine and the X-Men artist Nick Bradshaw. With Peter back in high school and his early career as the wallcrawler, the pair have been creating an essential re-tweaking of this time in our hero’s life. Even within the confines of a soft re-imagining they succeed in thrilling at every turn with the mix of high school drama and updated canonical appearances of classic Spidey villains like Doc Oc. The super detailed work on Bradshaw gives a much needed youthful energy to the book as he did with Wolverine and the X-Men.

While I’m thrilled with the major character development and changes Peter Parker has had over the last few years it’s still great to see a book out there for an audience who wants fun, exciting old school Spidey tales. With Peter back in high school and his early career as the wallcrawler, the pair have been creating an essential re-tweaking of this time in our hero’s life. Even within the confines of a soft re-imagining they succeed in thrilling at every turn with the mix of high school drama and updated canonical appearances of classic Spidey villains like Doc Oc. The super detailed work on Bradshaw gives a much needed youthful energy to the book as he did with Wolverine and the X-men.

While I’m thrilled with the major character development and changes Peter Parker has had over the last few years it’s still great to see a book out there for an audience who wants fun, exciting old school Spidey tales.

 

Alex

Top Pick: A&A: The Adventures of Archer And Armstrong #6 (Valiant) – I always enjoy reading the adventures of these two, in what is easily one of Valiant’s most entertaining comics. And from arguably the best publisher around, that’s saying something (or it should be). This issue kicks off a new arc, and Valiant are pretty good at easing new readers into their comics at the start of each arc, so this is an ideal issue to start with if you’re not already reading this series.

All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder returns to Batman with a new monthly comic. As one of my favourite Batman writers in recent times, I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this comic and seeing how it compare to his earlier work, and also the current writers of Detective Comics and Batman.

Old Man Logan #10 (Marvel) – I have wanted to love this series since it launched, but I’ve found it a little hit and miss as the issues have ticked by – more hit than miss, in all honesty, though. The art has been consistently brilliant, however, and the series has been worth reading for that alone, but the new arc seems to be taking Old Man Logan into an intriguing story line.

Red Hood And The Outlaws #1 (DC Comics) – I’m just curious to see if it’s just Red Hood here, or if the Outlaws from the New 52 series will join him.

Ninjak #18 (Valiant) – One of my favourite tie-ins to Book Of Death involved both of the characters featured in this new story: Ninjak and the Eternal Warrior, from around this time period in Valiant’s continuity. I’m excited to see the pair of them back together again.

 

Mr. H

All-Star Batman # 1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder back on Batman? What more is there to say but Hell Bleepin’ Yes! Suicide Squad this past weekend gave me a little shot of Batman and now I need a full dose! I am very excited for the premise as Snyder always finds a way to reinvent the classic foes and throw new and exciting challenges at the Dark Knight. Plus I heard Batman with a chainsaw on a road trip? Sign me up!!! Not even packing a bag for this one, it’s just get up and GO!

 

Paul

Top Pick: A-Force #8 (Marvel) – While the Civil War II event has been ho-hum at best, I’m looking forward to seeing which side of the battle the members of A-Force will take.  Will they stand with their teammate Captain Marvel?  Medusa for sure, but the rest?  Hard to say, but I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve enjoyed this book from the start, and things look like they’re going to get a lot more interesting.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 (DC Comics) – Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro. This has to be one of the oddest team-ups I’ve seen, but I am interested.  I’ve been enjoying a few of the Rebirth books and getting reacquainted with characters I haven’t really been following for a while.  Red Hood has always been an interesting character (to me) so I’m looking forward to seeing how he gets teamed up  with an amazon and Bizarro.

Scarlet Witch #9 (Marvel) – This title, sadly, has not been the fantastic journey for Wanda I was hoping it would be.  It’s been pretty bland to be honest. But, Quicksilver is visiting his sister (I think they’re still related, not too sure after the awful decision to rewrite their history) but I am looking forward to seeing them reunite and take their sides in the civil war.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Black Monday Murders #1 (Image Comics) – The fact that Jonathan Hickman is writing this should be enough to get you to want to get it, it does for me. The concept sounds amazing as well. It’s a new take on magic and occultism where schools of magic are actually clandestine banking cartels who control society. Magical conspiracy theories from Hickman? I’m sold.

All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics) – Scott Snyder continues with Batman in an all new series that focuses more on the villains and anyone that knows Snyder, knows his take on villains is amazing. Add in a rotating who’s who of artists and you have a series that’ll be a must get.

Deathstroke: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) –  Writer Christopher Priest returns, nuff said.

Superwoman #1 (DC Comics) – Phil Jimenez takes on a super-powered Lois Lane in this new series which feels like a real heir to the Superman mantle. A positive take and some great twists make this a comic a must get.

NVRLND #1 (451 Media Group) – A new twisted take on Peter Pan. It’s a solid first issue that has me wanting more. You can read my review.

Around the Tubes

BitchPlanet08_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s doing geeky things this weekend? Sound off in the comments below.

While you wait for the weekend to begin, here’s some geeky news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Consequence of Sound – Dwayne Johnson to adapt graphic novel Son of Shaolin into feature length film – Are there comics not being adapted at this point?

Dread Central – Eli Roth and Jim Carrey Adapting Graphic Novel Aleister Arcane – See above.

CBR – Paramount, CBS Release ‘Star Trek’ Fan Film Guidelines – Very interesting.

ICv2 – 451 Media Launching ‘Red Dog’ – Cool.

Newsarama – Star Wars Actress Hired As CW’s New Vixen – Well ok then.

Newsarama – Report: Bokeem Woodbine Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming As Yet Another Villain – Well that cast is growing.

Newsarama – Sony Will Expand Spider-Man Universe With Marvel, Calls Animated Spider-Man A ‘Breakthrough Sensation’ – Alrighty.

The Beat – Barnes & Nobles loses $24 million in fiscal 2016, set to open restaurants – Well that’s not good.

The Outhousers – REPORT: All of San Diego to Have Free, Inadequate Wifi During Comic Con – Ha!

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Action Man #1

The Outhousers – Autumnlands #13

The Outhousers – Bitch Planet #8

Comic Attack – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4

ICv2 – Power Cubed TPB

Comic Attack – Power Man and Iron Fist #5

Nothing But Comics – Pretty Deadly #10

The Outhousers – She Wolf #1

The Beat – Snotgirl #1

Early Review: NVRLND #1

NVRLND #1The story of Peter Pan is a classic having been adapted numerous times and who knows how many “alternate takes” exist at this point. Enter NVRLND, a new (and original) take on the classic tale.

Written by Stephanie Salyers and Dylan Mulick, the setting is now present-day Hollywood. Peter is the lead singer of the band The Lost Boys, Wendy Darling befriends Tiger Lily in high school, and there’s a new designer drug called Pixie Dust which kids are dying from using. James Hook is present too, this version a tattoo artist who preys on those who flock to Peter and his band.

The story is entertaining with fantastic pacing for a first issue. It drops you right into the action building this new, yet familiar world. Everything is there and how it all comes together is interesting and feels like it’s a rock and fantasy version of Law & Order: SVU. How it comes together is the fun and interesting part. Seeing how each character is depicted is not only fascinating, but also what really sets the series apart from other takes. Even with so many iterations of the characters and story, Salyers and Mulick still find a unique spin to it all. And it’s a spin that has me wanting to come back to see more and where it goes.

Salyers and Mulick also give each character a very unique personality. Each feels like their own person with their own habits, quirks, and how they act. You can see why some act the way they do and each character’s actions make complete sense considering age and setting. While it’s a fantasy, it still feels natural.

Helping that unique spin is artist Leila Leiz who gives us a style that has a Western look infused a bit with manga. The design and style pops on the page creating a look that matches the pop and rock sensibility of it all. Though it’s set in the “real world,” the design and look still feels like it fits the classic story that we know.

The first issue of NVRLND does an excellent job of setting things up with all of the familiar characters we know, but at the same time giving each enough of a unique spin to make it all feel original. I’ll admit I rolled my eyes when I heard that it was another take on Peter Pan, but having read the first issue, I’m looking forward to see what comes next.

Story: Stephanie Salyers and Dylan Mulick Art: Leila Leiz
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.1 Recommendation: Buy

451 Media Group provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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