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Preview: Vampblade ’98: Special Edition #1

VAMPBLADE ’98 SPECIAL EDITION #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Arturo Louga
Cover Artist(s): Arturo Louga (cover A – regular, and cover B), Pow Rodrix (cover C and D), Daniel Campos (cover E and F)
Cover B – Risqué variant (limited to 2000): Arturo Louga
Cover C – limited variant (limited to 1500): Pow Rodrix
Cover D – limited variant Risqué (limited to 2000): Pow Rodrix
Cover E – limited variant 2 (limited to 1500): Daniel Campos
Cover F – limited variant 2 risqué (limited to 2000): Daniel Campos
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Take a trip back to the late 90’s, when everyone obsessed over Y2K, and “bad girl” books were the biggest thing in comics! One obscure book turned out to be real– the sexy nocturnal exploits of its titular vampire-slaying character weren’t tales of science-fiction, but chronicles of a hidden reality. Relive the cult classic story of Vampblade… for the very first time!

Features 3 pairs of regular and risqué 90s style covers.

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Preview: The Circle #3

THE CIRCLE #3

Writer: Damon Clark
Artist Name: Alyzia Zherno
Cover Artist(s): Alyzia Zherno, David Murdoch

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

The ritual has begun with the spilling of blood, and Christian’s soul is cursed forever… unless he can do the only thing that can reverse the ritual. Christian must kill all of his friends.

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DollFace #1 Sells Out At Diamond, Second Printing Coming Soon

With a combined print run of over 20,000 units across multiple covers, DollFace has struck a chord with fans and retailers alike. DollFace is the story of Lila, a 17th-century witch hunter whose soul is brought forward in time into the body of a ball-jointed, 3-D printed doll.

With only a few remaining copies of DollFace #1 trickling into the market, Action Lab has announced a second printing of the over-sized book, and offer their partnership to comic retailers with limited edition retailer exclusive variants.

Orders for the second printing will be available through Diamond soon.

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Preview: Zombie Tramp #32

ZOMBIE TRAMP #32

Writer(s): Jason Martin, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): Celor
Cover Artist(s): Celor (cover A – regular, B), Dan Mendoza (cover C-D)
Cover B – Risqué (limited to 2500): Celor
Cover C – variant (limited to 2000): Dan Mendoza
Cover D – risqué variant (limited to 2500): Dan Mendoza
Cover E – artist variant (limited to 2000): Winston Young
Cover F – artist risqué variant (limited to 2500): Winston Young
32 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

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!!!

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

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Review: Voracious: Feeding Time #3

PrintMy first reaction upon reading this issue was, and I quote, Bloody Hell, Markisan. Bloody fucking Hell.

When was the last time you read a genuinely amazing comic that made your jaw drop so fast it nearly dislocated? For me it was ten minutes ago when I opened the PDF review copy of creators Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr’s Voracious: Feeding Time #3. It was an issue that I have been looking forward to for some time, and yet despite my high expectations, I was utterly blown away. I just…  it’s just so bloody awesome.

Markisan Naso has got to be one of the most exciting comic book writers to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), and this is his second miniseries. He has an uncanny ability to convey so much emotion through his narration and dialogue, and you feel like you’ve known his characters all your life when you hear them speak, but watching them come alive with Jason Muhr’s artwork is astonishing. As much as the writing gets you into the characters, it’s Muhr’s layouts, and the way he composes his pages that elevate this comic into pure brilliance. I’m aware I’m sounding overly hyperbolic here, but Naso and Muhr have created a wonder comic here; Voracious: Feeding Time #3 is like a man who has been eating gas station beef jerky finally gets to eat a fillet mignon.

These are men you need to keep your eyes on.

Out of respect for the creators, joined again by colourist Andrei Tabacaru, I won’t spoil any thing about the issue. But it’s easily the best single issue I have read in a long time, with more nuances and subtle hints than you’d ever expect in a comic book. You often hear people say that something is the culmination of everything that came before it, and that has never been more accurate than with Feeding Time #3; if you’ve read the other issues of Voracious and Voracious: Feeding Time, then you’re going to thoroughly thoroughly enjoy every page of this issue.

It’s only February, and I’m pretty sure this will be the best single issue I’ll read all year; the bar has been set pretty fucking high from here on out. Having said that, if you intend on  reading this comic based entirely on this review without reading any of the previous issues, then you’ll be doing yourself, and the story, a huge disservice. This issue is a complete and utter work of art, and one of the most astonishing comics I’ve read in some time, but without reading at least the first two issues of this series then you’ll think I’m touched if read Feeding Time #3. It’s a phenomenal comic, but it’s not the best jumping on point. There’s not enough of you reading this series, and you’re all missing out.

I have no idea how Markisan Naso and Jason Muhr will top this, but I can’t wait to find out.

Story: Markisan Naso Art: Jason Muhr Colours: Andrei Tabacaru
Story: 11 Art: 10 Overall: 11 (that’s not a typo, this review goes to eleven) Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided a FREE copy for review. I’m also buying a print copy when the comic is released because the art looks so much better on the paper than my laptop screen.

Preview: Couger and Cub #2

COUGAR AND CUB #2

DIGITAL ONLY
Writer(s): Nick Marino, Rosie Knight
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
32 pgs./ M / FC
$2.99 (DIGITAL)

The crime-fighting chemistry has dramatically dipped following Cougar and Cub’s unexpected one night stand! With Megaville’s supervillains eager to pounce on their vulnerable prey, a trap is set at Megaville Comic Con by Norm and the Regulars. Can our feline fighters fend off this bunch of belligerent bullies?

Plus, peer into the past through a sensuous silver age story as Cougar struggles to pry her wayward Cub from the paws of a rodent interloper!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

super-sonsWednesdays 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Animosity #5 (Aftershock) – This is one of the best comics to come out in the last year. It’s consistent, interesting, emotional, and just everything I want in a story. I never know where the series is headed next and that is what keeps me coming back.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – WildStorm returns! And Warren Ellis returns with it. I am excited to see what Ellis does with this grittier new and seemingly more grounded approach to some of my favorite characters. It sounds perfect for fans, both old and new.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Holy cow, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this! Robin and Superboy go on wild adventures in what I can imagine as fun, action packed, and nostalgic to be everything a teen superhero book should be.

God Country #2 (Image) – What an awesome comic. A comic that takes the idea behind Thor and has some fun with it. This revolves around an old man with Alzheimer’s who remembers everything when he touches a magical sword. There’s also gods and demons, so there’s that.

Batman #17 (DC Comics) – The end of the last issue was intense, even if it was just symbolic. What will Bane do? What will Batman do? This has been coming to a head and I expect the doors to be blown off everything as these two collide. Tom King’s series is really getting some legs and I expect all of the slower issues to pay off soon with the excellent building up to this pressure cooker story.

 

Alex

Top Pick I: Savage #4 (Valiant) – Usually by the time I’m writing this I’ve already read Valiant’s offerings for the week, but in a strange twist I actually haven’t opened the review copy just yet and I’m debating just waiting for the print copy from my LCS to read, but we’re expecting a bout of weather early in the week that may impact the postal service… anyway. Savage has been a really interesting series so far, and I’m really excited to see whether this issue will tie the character into the rest of the Valiant Universe or not. Plus it has some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time.

Top Pick II: Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – So… I’ve actually already read this issue, and it’s frigging phenomenal. Why am I excited to pick it up? Because are some visual sequences that I need to see in print.

God Country #2 (and #1) (Image) – I somehow missed the first issue of this series, and would have missed this were it not for the fact that it’s being written by Donny Cates, one of the authors behind The Paybacks, which is al the reason I need to go find these issues on Wednesday.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – The Aliens vibe of the recent arc has been fantastic. Jeff Lemire’s ability to capture the isolation of outer space, as well as the desolation of the waste lands of Old Man Logan’s past is stunning.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – If you put Damian Wayne in a comic, I’m going to read it.

 

Paul

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #16 (Marvel) – The Shi’ar and their royal guard have invaded Asgard, bested some of their greatest warriors and have managed to kidnap Thor, to bring her face to face with their gods. I am pumped to see the Shi’ar and their royal guard back in action and curious to see what their beef with Asgard and Thor is all about.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – This a series that has not disappointed.  I’m not Wolverine’s biggest fan, and I have never read the original Old Man Logan story this book is named after. But I have consistently been enjoying this book and recommend it. This story arc in particular has been pretty trippy. Logan is trying to save Alpha Flight from the Brood; but also in the Wastelands trying to rescue the Cage baby and both are happening at the same time? A great story that comes to a close with this issue; you don’t want to miss it.

Uncanny Inhumans #19 (Marvel) – Maximus has the secret to create Terrigen crystals. This cannot be good for the X-Men or mutants as a whole. Or can it? The tie-ins for the Inhumans vs. X-Men event have worked very well in telling the smaller stories outside of the main battle issues, but I think Maximus’ plan will have larger consequences that will bring an end to the fighting, one way or another.

Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel) – So last issue was a little slower, focusing on some character development between Storm and Forge. It was an alright issue that saw the X-Men’s plan to take care of the Terrigen cloud literally blow up in their faces. This issue says Magneto will be deploying his team of secret mutant sleeper agents to aid in the fight against the Inhumans. Secret sleepers you say? That alone has me anxious to read this issue.

 

Shay

Gamora #3 (Marvel) – Gamora racks up enemies like nobodies business, she also unearths some secrets that might rock her world.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a prologue of epic proportions and I’m here for the backstory.

Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) – It’s fun with some serious shade to the current political climate and some serious girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Killer Vol. 5 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – For those who are unfamiliar with Matz and Luc Jacamon’s epic story the short version is Frank, aka “The Killer” is James Bond for the Third World. Evil political dealings involving oil, assassinations, IMF, political jockeying, imperialism, for a political geek like me, this series has cool and depth. This is the fifth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. Will Frank find happiness? Will he go out in a blaze of bullets? How Matz and Jacamon finish the series will be interesting and I can’t wait to see what they have to “say” when it’s over.

Dead Inside #3 (Dark Horse) – A murder inside a prison… sounds like an easy case, right? Nope! The last issue ended with a shocker and this southern noir-ish crime comic has me engrossed.

The Rift #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The first and second issue feel like a classic Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone story. Entertaining and just plain fun. Like comics should be.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – The team-up we’ve seen so far of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne in Superman has been amazing and for them to get their own series… well, I’m super excited. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits it’s two young leads.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not the biggest Warren Ellis fan (he’s hit and miss for me), but I’m intrigued to see what will happen in this re-imagining of the classic universe. The first issue is a solid start that reminds me a lot of the third volume of Wildcats. In today’s world, that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Preview: Voracious: Feeding Time #3

VORACIOUS: FEEDING TIME #3

Writer(s): Markisan Naso
Artist Name(s): Jason Muhr
Cover Artist(s): Jason Muhr, Kristen Gudsnuk
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Imprisoned, analyzed and interrogated by the Saurians, Nate is forced to face the monstrous effects his dinosaur hunts have had on the future of another world.

Featuring a “Midnight Special” variant cover by Henchgirl creator Kristen Gudsnuk! Limited to 1,500 copies!

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Cougar and Cub Goes Digital Plus an Exclusive Look at Issue 2’s Backup Story

cougar-and-cub-2January saw the debut of Cougar and Cub, the new series from writer Nick Marino and Daniel Arruda Massa, the creators of guilt pleasure Holy F*ck, and published by Action Lab Entertainment mature imprint Action Lab: Danger Zone. The series also features backup stories from Rosie Knight with art by Massa. While the first issue saw a release in both print and digital, the second issue is getting a stealth cancellation of sorts and will only see a digital release for the remaining issues through comiXology and Kindle.

There is a chance the series will be released as a trade collecting all five issues in September but to make sure that happens, buy the comic digitally!

The series is a comedic superhero series that follows Cougar and Cub, Megaville’s ferocious feline fighters who after tussling with their rogues also tussle with each other. What happens when a superhero has sex with their sidekick?

We asked writer Nick Marino about the change which he said:

Daniel, Rosie, and I have worked our butts off to make Cougar and Cub a comic book that both roasts and toasts superheroes with equal vigor! We hope everyone who picked up the first issue in comic shops will continue to follow the series on comiXology as we continue to deliver tons of humor, action, and drama with this five issue tale.

So, show your support for indie comics! You can get the first issue now and second issue digitally when it’s released this Wednesday.

Until then, check out this exclusive of the backup story from Cougar and Cub #2 written by Rosie Knight with art by Daniel Arruda Massa.

Review: Infinite 7 #1

i7_1_cvr-a-regFor centuries, a secret world government has employed the INFINITE SEVEN, the world’s greatest assassins to do their dirty work. The only way to become one of their members is to prove your worth by killing one of their members. But what happens when Anthony Zane, a teenage boy from the suburbs does just that? Action hero archetypes are re-imagined in what is sure to be the blockbuster series of the year!

The first issue of Infinite 7 is an interesting one, playing off of action film stereotypes with characters that we’ve seen before (especially if you grew up in the 80s). There’s the Schwarzenegger-esque character, the take on Bruce Lee complete with Enter the Dragon outfit, a version of Snake Plissken, and more. And just seeing that alone made the comic enjoyable and fun. If that’s all writer Dave Dwonch was planning, it’d be entertaining. But, Dwonch gives us a twist at the end that I’m not ruining that here. And that twist is where the comic goes from lampooning a decade of films to doing something a bit different, and what that is we’ll see in the second issue.

Dwonch throws in Anthony Zane and as the story builds you’re not quite sure how he fits in. I did my best to ignore the descriptor text, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in how he fits in the comic. As we move along, you get a bit better of an idea until the end and when you think it’ll all go one way, the story veers in another, and with that I was hooked.

Infinite 7 #1 is a fun action comic at times sending up the archetypes we’ve seen before and at the same time celebrating them in a way. It both makes fun of and revels in it all too. And weirdly it had me excited to see what familiar things we’d see in future issues, it feels like part of the fun.

The pencils by Arturo Mesa and colors by Geraldo Filho drive home that fun and excitement in a way by recognizing the silliness of it all and exaggerating the scenes and actions much like the characters are exaggerations. It’s clear Mesa and Filho are in on the fun as they channel what made 80s action movies great with testosterone-fueled scenes and action sequences that can only be described as over the top. The fun story translates into fun art and vice versa.

I didn’t quite know what to expect with Infinite 7 and while I thought the series was going to go one way, it surprises me and goes another keeping me on my toes and bringing something new to this type of story. The one bad thing about an early review is I have to wait that much longer for the second issue, but that also gives me more time to think about where it’s all going and then be proven wrong and surprised, much like this first issue.

If you’re a fan of 80s action films like Commando, Escape From New York, or its recent incarnation in The Expendables, then this is a comic for you.

Story: Dave Dwonch Art: Arturo Mesa Colors: Geraldo Filho
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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