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Action Lab Delivers Even More New Series in 2017

If the first three months were any indication, 2017 looks to be a breakthrough year for Action Lab Entertainment. Fresh on the the heels of their largest release ever with DollFace #1, Action Lab has announced its next wave of creator-owned series. Upcoming titles include Spencer & Locke, Medisin, Kid Sherlock and two Hero Cats series, Hero Cats of Skyworld and Midnight Vol. 2.

Find out what happens if Calvin & Hobbes grew up in Sin City with Action Lab: Danger Zone’s Spencer & Locke in April.

Written by David Pepose and illustrated by Jorge Santiago, Jr., Spencer & Locke follows Detective Locke, who returns to the scene of his horrific upbringing when his grade-school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins, is found dead in a lonesome back alley. But when Locke’s investigation dredges up menacing figures from his traumatic past, there’s only one person he can trust to help him close the case — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer.

Fans of Ed Brubaker’s Criminal, Nick Spencer’s Thief of Thieves, and the work of Bill Watterson will love Spencer & Locke.

In May, Action Lab welcomes Medisin, a six issue mini series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone about healthcare for super villains.

Health care for super villains. What a concept. Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

Fans of the Suicide Squad and Breaking Bad will love Medisin!

May also marks the continuation of the all-ages series Hero Cats with Hero Cats of Skyworld and Midnight Vol. 2.

What if the Breakfast Club took place in a Dungeons & Dragons world? Now imagine that the jock, the criminal, the princess, the brain, and the basket case are all cats. Get ready for the wildest stories ever told in – “The Hero Cats of Skyworld”!

Midnight is a black cat wielding the claws of justice. He has to find a way to save the world! Take James Bond and Batman, mix it with some beautiful Frank Miller inspired art, and throw in a prison break. What do you get? An instant hit for cat loving fans everywhere!

June marks the beginning of the all-ages comedy mystery series Kid Sherlock.

John Watson is nervous being the only dog at his new school, Baker Elementary. But when he takes an interest in fellow student, Sherlock Holmes, the two become unlikely, and sometimes contentious, friends. Together they deal with bullies, track down lost toys, investigate stolen playground equipment, and even face an unseen threat terrorizing the school halls. All the while Watson tries to help Sherlock make friends with his fellow students and Sherlock tries to help Watson become a better detective.

In addition to these upcoming titles, Action Lab will continue to publish their all-ages series such as comic legend Peter David’s Artful, the sci-fi series Blue Hour and ZAG Entertainment’s Miraculous. Action Lab’s mature imprint, Danger Zone, will continue its various series, including AmeriKarate, DollFace, The Circle, Tomboy, Vampblade and Zombie Tramp.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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.

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Top Pick: Batman/TMNT Adventures #5 (IDW Publishing) – This book has just been plain all out fun! I was skeptical of the quality it would be after the last Batman/ TMNT crossover, which was good but this story so far just ninjas the previous teams ass! It takes the very best aspect of Batman: The Animated Series and melds it together in the Turtles world. Each issue is better than the previous and even though they are leaning to The Mad Hatter being the big boss behind it all, when Tetch is written correctly he is quite the villainous force. I can’t wait to see how this joyride through my childhood icons ends.

Action Comics # 976 (DC Comics) – Well here it is, the battle for Superman’s future! Can Supes defeat Myx (not spelling his damn name) and get back his family or will he lose more than he gained in the process? All I know is if Jon becomes a casualty out of it, I’m going hunting with Kryptonite bullets. Nevertheless a good twist on a classic Superman character and I am enjoying the various runs on my hero since Rebirth. Can anyone say New New 52?

Reborn #5 (Image Comics) – I have really dug this team up of Millar and Capullo thus far. I don’t think it has tremendous long term value but the short term storyline has been fantastic. The art is some of Capullo’s best and Millar’s writing is less Millar-y than usual which keeps it at a nice tempo for me. Very interesting look into the theory of reincarnation and one that wants to make sure my pet gets all the love he can get before I meet him in the afterlife. A fun ride for sure, not ready to get out of the car yet.

Iron Fist #1 (Marvel Comics) – The timing for this couldn’t be better as I have just reached the middle of my binge watching of “Iron Fist” on Netflix and I love it. My Danny Rand – ometer is at it’s peak right now so more firery chi punching for me is a must. This book is welcome, hope it meets my kung fu needs.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – What did he do to make him unworthy?! It seems like this is the issue where we should finally learn what was whispered into Odinson’s ear.

Action Comics #976 (DC Comics) – The end of the fantastic Superman Reborn arc! I loved this entire run so far and this arc has been so crazy it works.

Doom Patrol #5 (DC’s Young Animal) – This is one of the most fun and wacky comics out. I am obsessed with Nick Derrington’s art and wished he was drawing everything lately.

Black Hammer #7 (Dark Horse) – It has returned! One of the best comics out in the medium and written by one of my favorite writers, Jeff Lemire.

Dept. H #12 (Dark Horse) – Matt and Sharlene Kindt have been so consistently good on this book every month. I love this cover and I am excited to return to the deep and find out whodunit.

 

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #1 (Valiant) – I have the review copy sat on my desktop just waiting to be opened up and read again, but before I did that, I realized that this was honestly one of the few comics this week I’m looking forward to reading (again) when I pick it up i print so I can see the art without the watermark on it. I can’t wait to see it.

Hulk #4 (Marvel) – I read the first issue of this entirely by accident and immediately found one of my favourite new series. The tension you feel as Jen struggles to not change into the Hulk is palpable, and so well written. I don’t even need a villain in the series, I could read about Jennifer Walters living her life all day long.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #20 (Marvel) – The war between the X-Men and the Inhumans has come to an end, and the X-Men need to figure out their next move. I am very excited for the upcoming ‘ResurreXion’ event and looking forward to seeing the new paths the X-Men take.

Top Pick: Hulk #4 (Marvel) – This has been a great book from the start, showing that even a superhero can be shaken to their core after traumatic events.  Jen has definitely seen her share, from losing her cousin to almost dying by Thanos’ hand. This book is doing a fantastic job of showing her struggle to try and gain back her life while keeping her Hulk side at bay. If you aren’t reading this book, jump in now while it’s still early; you won’t be disappointed.

Invincible Iron Man #5 (Marvel) – I’ve been enjoying this book and getting to know Riri Williams.  It’s a fun book, seeing her being mentored by AI Tony Stark, and seeing her show him a thing or two in the process.  This issue should be fun as well, as various heroes are approaching her to join their teams but, of course, we’ll some villains tag along.  This should be fun.

Unworthy Thor #5 (Marvel) – Will Odinson just pick up the damn hammer already?!?!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Torture Report: A Graphic Adaptation (Arcade Publishing) – On December 9, 2014, the Senate Intelligence Committee released a report condemning the CIA for its secret brutal torture during the Bush administration. This graphic novel summarizes and makes that important document understandable for individuals. The illustrations add poignancy to the facts.

The Circle #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A solid teenage horror tale that mixes fantastic art with a creepy story.

Heathen #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue was great, the second issue is somehow better. This is a fantastic new series from a relatively new voice in comics and definitely a unique spin on things. Two words: lesbian. vikings.

Powerless #1 (Vault Comics) – Everyone has powers, but a new disease takes away those abilities. A cool concept from the upstart publisher.

Terms and Conditions (Drawn & Quarterly) – R. Sikoryak has taken the iTunes Terms and Conditions and created a word for word graphic adaptation.

Preview: The Circle #4

THE CIRCLE #4

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist Name: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artist(s): Alyzia Zherno (Cover A), Mark Torres (Cover B)
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Christian has to kill his friends to break the curse, but when his friends strike first will Christian be ready for them? There will be death in this issue, and the Circle will get smaller.

Preview: Zombie Tramp #33

ZOMBIE TRAMP #33

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (Covers A-B), Marco Maccagni (Covers C-D), Celor (Covers E-F)
Cover A – Regular: Dan Mendoza
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Marco Maccagni
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Marco Maccagni
Cover E – artist variant (limited to 2000): Celor
Cover F – artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Celor
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Now that we know of Xula’s secret alliance with Kaiju Queen, will she prove her worthiness in the next task that has been laid out for her? Fan favorite voodoo priestess Xula gets the spotlight!

Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including a pair of covers by series creator Dan Mendoza (DollFace)!!!

Graphic Policy Celebrates Women’s History Month: Our Favorite Women in Comics

patsy walker aka hellcat 1 featuredLogan: Kate Leth, Brittney Williams, Megan Wilson, and Rachelle Rosenberg’s Hellcat has been a joyful celebration of superheroes, young people, and queerness. I will miss its humor, chibi style art, and especially my bi bae Ian Soo when it ends in a couple months.

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Alex: Faith (Valiant) I really can’t understate just how enjoyable this series is. There have definitely been some issues stronger than others, but each and every one in the ongoing series (and preceding miniseries) has been nothing short of a pleasure to read.

Jody Houser, Marguerite Sauvage and the revolving cast of artists have taken Faith to stunning heights in an effortlessly charming and warm series that will make you fall in love with comics all over again.

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Shay: Gail Simone brings me LIFE! As does Roxane Gay! And I’m really loving Amanda Conner and her hubby’s direction for Harley Quinn! Also, loving Marguerite Bennett for the realistic portrayal of lesbians in Batwoman!

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Joe: One of the best titles in the last year is Animosity from Aftershock. This fantastic story is written by Marguerite Bennett who has taken the comic book world by storm lately, and drawn by Rafael de Latorre. Basically, society has collapsed when animals can talk and decide to take over the world from humanity. Instead of a boy and his dog adventure like we’ve seen so many times, we get a girl and her dog. Jesse and her hound, Sandor are not only an awesome pair, but the story is about Jesse’s growth into womanhood without a mother figure. Sandor knows he cannot help like her mother could, but he learns to rely on the other female animals to guide her. It’s brilliant, and everyone should be reading it.

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Patrick: Ann Nocenti’s run on Daredevil blew my mind when it was coming out. It was so different from what I’d been used to seeing from Denny O’Neil and Frank Miller – a strange urban poetry that was as close to magic realism as I’d ever seen in mainstream comics. With an off-kilter humor – the Human Torch showing up in a tight t-shirt reading “Bad!” – twisted romance, and psychodrama. Her writing was like nothing else on the stands.

A huge thanks to the editors and publishers behind the scenes who made a ton of great comics happen: Jenette Kahn, cat yronwode, Diana Schutz, Louise Jones/Simonson, Ann Nocenti, Shelly Bond, Alisa Kwitney, and most especially the inestimable Karen Berger.

Troy: It was a bit short lived, but I think there was a Defender’s title by Cullen Bunn about Valkyrie being tasked with assembling Midgard’s Valkyrie. Fear Itself the Fearless was kind of the prelude series to that. I really would have loved to see this series fleshed out.

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Madison: It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Monstress and Bitch Planet. They’re not for everyone, but they’re two of my go-to recommendations for people who love science fiction or fantasy. Elizabeth Breitweiser, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Jordie Bellaire consistently blow me away with their incredible colors.

Brett: I’m slightly obsessed with M. Goodwin’s Tomboy which is published by Action Lab: Danger Zone. The series follows a teenage girl whose best friend is murdered in a corrupt cop/conspiracy and she gets posessed by an avenging ghost in a way. Think Kick-Ass but a teenage girl in the lead and a manga influence to it all. An amazing mix of horror, action, and manga the hero Addison is a teenager that can kick ass and get some vengeance.

Preview: Infinite Seven #2

INFINITE SEVEN #2

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Arturo Mesa (Pencils), Geraldo Filho (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Arturo Mesa (Covers A, B, D, E), Bill McKay (Cover C)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Somehow Anthony Zane has killed top assassin, Smash Brannagan. Now he has 72 hours to prove that he is a worthy replacement… and his fate will be decided in THE OCTAGON.

NOTE: Covers D and E interlock with 5 covers to be released throughout the first arc to form a MASSIVE Infinite Seven Poster!

Spencer & Locke #2 Races Into Stores and Digital This May!

Action Lab‘s noir mashup of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City continues in Spencer & Locke #2! Spencer and Locke’s investigation leads them to the seedy nightclub known as the Red Rose. But what kind of power does the Red Rose’s owner hold over Locke? Meet Ramona Sinclair. If this femme fatale doesn’t do these gumshoes in, a death-defying car chase just might. The second chapter of David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.‘s pitch-black love letter to Watterson and Miller will arrive in comic shops and digital devices May 2017!

Featuring colors by Jasen Smith, letters from Colin Bell, a main cover by Jorge Santiago, Jr., and variant by Maan House.

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Preview: Dollface St. Patrick’s Day Special 2017

DOLLFACE ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL 2017

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza & Bryan Seaton
Artist Name(s): Dan Mendoza
Cover Artist(s): Dan Mendoza (regular and Tattered & Torn variants), Marcelo Trom, Bill McKay
Cover A – Dan Mendoza (unlimited)
Cover B – Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover C – Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500): Marcelo Trom
Cover D – Pin-up Tattered & Torn variant cover (limited to 2000): Marcelo Trom
Cover E – Pin-up variant cover  (limited to 1500): Bill McKay
Cover F – Pin-up variant cover (limited to 1500): Bill McKay
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Lila’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local pub is quickly interrupted by a disgruntled leprechaun out for revenge.

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Action Lab Exclusive Covers at ECCC 2017

Stop by Action Lab‘s booth (1502) and Emerald City Comicon and pick up copies of some exclusive covers from March 2nd-March 5th. Meet the creators at the booth, including Bryan Seaton, Jason Martin and Bill McKay.

DOLLFACE ST. PATRICK’S DAY SPECIAL 2017

Cover Artist: Mary Bellamy
Lila’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration at a local pub is quickly interrupted by a disgruntled leprechaun out for revenge.

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #32

Cover Artist: Bill McKay
It’s zombie witches vs monster truckers as Zombie Tramp’s road saga comes to a furious conclusion! Also, Vampblade’s along for the ride!!!

32 pgs./ M / FC $20 (ECCC Exclusive)

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Preview: Brigands #5

BRIGANDS #5

Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Alex Diotto, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist(s): Somnath Pal
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99

The final issue of the hit mini is HERE!

The sky is blood red as the Myros Comet comes ever close to the port-city of Cartaduan. Half of our heroes are trapped, and the others powerless to save them. New allegiances will be forged, and scores will be settled. War is on the horizon, and a reckoning is at hand.

One last time into the fray, Brigands!

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