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Preview: Going to the Chapel #2

GOING TO THE CHAPEL #2

Written by David Pepose
Art by Gavin Guidry
Colors by Elizabeth Kramer
Lettering by Ariana Maher
Covers by Sweeney Boo, Maan House, and Gavin Guidry
$3.99 | 22 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale OCT. 23

Action Lab’s outrageous new crime comedy revs up in GOING TO THE CHAPEL #2! As the police swarm the chapel, conflicted bride Emily must make a fateful choice — go through with her wedding, or team up with the Bad Elvis Gang to evade the bonds of holy matrimony. What could possibly go wrong? Unfortunately, playing both sides isn’t as easy as it looks… Fans of Sex CriminalsHawkeye and Crowded should not miss Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) and superstar artist Gavin Guidry (The Death Defying)’s off-the-wall heist thriller, available in comic shops and digital devices October 23!

GOING TO THE CHAPEL #2

Review: Killswitch #1

Killswitch #1

Killswitch #1 is an interesting debut. With elements of Minority Report, the comic feels like a nice sci-fi allegory with an emphasis on the action and mystery.

Augurs are pre-cognitive individuals enslaved and used to better society. They’re seen as abominations who are supposed to be turned in by their friends and family when discovered. They’re also abused and at times killed in the process to discover what they see. They also want their freedom.

Writers Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges deliver a story that feels familiar but is still well done and interesting. It’s solid science fiction that you can read at numerous values. There’s the surface of the Augurs just wanting to escape. Then there’s the deeper use of an enslaved group of individuals to better society and the militaristic control that keeps everyone in line. It’s numerous tropes and things explored elsewhere mixed together for an entertaining story.

But, what the Bridges do, and do well, is add in depth and backstory to the characters. There’s an emotion here that keeps it all interesting and feels a bit fresh. While some of it is cookie-cutter, the overall package is a bit different than what we’ve seen before. The characters all get their moment and by the time things wrap you can understand motives and have a bit of a connection to all involved.

The art by Walter Geovani is solid work. Along with color by Brittany Peer and lettering by Simon Bowland, there’s a lot packed into the issue and every panel is filled with detail. Beyond the dialogue, the art really delivers the information as to what this society is like. We get the strict sense of military discipline from this and a cold sense of society in general.

Killswitch #1 is just solid science fiction. It doesn’t have a lot that’s new but it does a great job at everything presented. The art, the story, it comes together for a really good read and a series that’s well worth exploring for those that enjoy the genre.

Story: Jeffrey Bridges, Susan Bridges Art: Walter Geovani
Color: Brittany Peer Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

X-Men #1

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!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Absolute Carnage #4 (Marvel) – The event has been going strong and we really want to see where it all goes as it gets bigger and bigger as far as characters involved.

Crazy #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 80 years of Marvel with this bit of a throwback comic.

Killswitch #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The concept kind of sounds like Minority Report but the idea of clairvoyants looking to escape captivity still sounds interesting enough to check out.

Marked #1 (Image Comics) – A double-sized premiere about a secret order that protects the world by using their tattooed powers.

The Mask: I Pledge Allegiance to the Mask #1 (Dark Horse) – The Mask is back with what sounds like a timely political spin to it.

Metal Men #1 (DC Comics) – The classic characters get a twelve issue miniseries and picks up on Nth Metal and the Dark Multiverse. We’re intrigued.

Once & Future #3 (BOOM! Studios) – Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora have been killing it with this modern fantasy series. Great action and great characters with an interesting twist.

Robotech Remix #1 (Titan Comics) – The next step in the Robotech franchise. We’re excited to see what Brenden Fletcher does with it!

Something is Killing the Children #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Children dying in towns seems to be a big “genre” now but this series stands out with it’s delivery on the topic. Just a solid mix of mystery and horror.

Superman Smashes the Klan #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve wanted to read this since it was announced. The series is inspired by the famous 1940s radio serial.

Superman: Year One #3 (DC Comics) – Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman wraps up and after a gonzo and cringey second issue…

Tales From the Dark Multiverse: Batman Knightfall #1 (DC Comics) – DC launches a new line of comics that takes major DC events and shows us the Dark Multiverse take on them. We’re excited for all of this.

Trees: Three Fates #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue returned us to the world of “Trees” but that aspect seems to not matter as much. Three Fates is more murder mystery than sci-fi weirdness but with a unique setting and solid pacing, it’s a must for those that enjoy that type of story.

X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Dawn of X launches!

Midnight Massacre: Visit the Greatest Horror-Themed Amusement Park this Halloween

Enjoy this Halloween with Action Lab: Danger Zone‘s digital first premiere of John and Ben Matsuya‘s Midnight Massacre! Halloween is here and so is Calico Adventure Park’s annual Halloween extravaganza “Midnight Massacre!” But when the corporate executives `conjure real monsters, all hell breaks loose… literally. It’s up to a jaded teenage employee to save the park and the world! Midnight Massacre is a rollicking horror comedy guaranteed to scare you out of your quarter life crisis.   

So, join jaded games employee and part-time rebel Amy Nicholson as she tries to save everyone from the nightmare that is the “Midnight Massacre” Halloween event at Calico Adventure Park. Midnight Massacre is written by the Matsuya’s with pencils and color by Ben Matsuya with a color assist by Aaron Daly and Erin Fekete and fonts by Blambots. The first and fourth issue covers are by Ben Matsuya, the second issue cover by Jasen Smith, and the third issue cover by Megan Huang. The comic is edited by Shawn Gabborin and Nicole D’Andria.

The complete story of Midnight Massacre will be on comiXology this month! Issues #1-2 release on 10/16 and issues #3-4 release on 10/30. And watch out next year for the physical trade collection!

Midnight Massacre

Baltimore Comic Con 2019: Action Lap Reveals Exclusives

Action Lab Entertainment will be at Baltimore Comic-Con booth #2107. Several titles that have been nominated for Ringo Awards will be at the show, including Aberrant, Jupiter Jet, and The Ghost, The Owl! They’ll also have several Baltimore Comic-Con exclusive variants (seen below), along with other offerings for both all-age fans and mature readers.

Numerous Action Lab creators will be at Baltimore Comic-Con. See Bryan Seaton (MiraculousDollFace), Rylend Grant (AberrantBanjax), David Pepose (Spencer & LockeGoing to the Chapel), Katie Cook (Gronk), Cullen Bunn (Subspecies), Vito Delsante (StrayAction Lab: Dog of Wonder), Jamal Igle (Molly DangerVenture), Sean Izaakse (Actionverse Featuring Stray), Nate Lovett (Actionverse), Bill McKay (Danger Doll Universe Cover Artist) and Sorah Suhng (Raven the Pirate Princess Cover Artist, Zombie Tramp Cover Artist).

Rylend Grant, who’s been nominated for best writer (AberrantBanjax) and best single issue (Aberrant #4) by the Ringo Awards, will be hosting the panel “Publishing Your First Comic”. He’ll be joined by David Pepose and several other amazing panelists to talk about how they developed their comic book ideas and found publishing success! That will be on Sunday from 1:30-2:30 in Room 343-344.  

So stop by Action Lab booth #2107 on October 18, 19 & 20, 2019 at Baltimore Comic-Con!

ABERRANT #4

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Davi Leon Dias (Artist), Iwan Joko Triyono (Colorist)

CHAPTER 4: I BELIEVE I CAN FLY. Global political hell breaks loose when Russia’s Bond villain of a President cavalierly announces that he is pressing into service the world’s first aberrant military unit. In a desperate attempt to restore order, Article 13’s mole inside NORCO makes a truly audacious move. Featuring the music of R&B superstar R. Kelly.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99

ABERRANT #4 Baltimore Comic Con variant

BANJAX #1

Writer(s): Rylend Grant
Artist Name(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist), HdE (Letterer)
Cover Artist(s): Fábio Alves (Artist), Edson Ferreira (Colorist)

CHAPTER 1: THE CURE. A wholly original and delightfully twisted deconstruction of the superhero genre by Hollywood screenwriter/Aberrant-scribe Rylend Grant. Liard Mason, a disgraced former superhero, is diagnosed with terminal cancer, brought on by years of using his powers. Defending what he has deemed an ungrateful and ultimately unworthy city is literally killing him. With just months to live and a legacy hanging in the balance, Mason launches a violent and misguided Death Wish-like campaign to purge the city of supervillains before he dies.

32 pgs./ M / FC $3.99

BANJAX #1 Baltimore Comic Con variant

ZOMBIE TRAMP #64

Writer(s):Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Sorah Suhng

As she battles forces from all sides looking to claim, kidnap or kill her, Angel Lynch discovers that the key to her salvation is buried deep in her own past and psyche—as the events that led to her ending up in Russia reveal the path to salvation! The “Sex Clubs and Rock and Roll” story arc ends here! 

24 pgs./ M / FC $4.99

ZOMBIE TRAMP #64 Baltimore Comic Con variant

Preview: Amalgama: Space Zombie #1

AMALGAMA: SPACE ZOMBIE #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover A – Winston Young Regular Cover (unlimited)
Cover B – Winston Young Risqué Variant (limited to 2500)
Cover C – Marco Maccagni Variant (limited to 1500)
Cover D – Marco Maccagni Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover E – TMChu Variant (limited to 1500)
Cover F – TMChu Risqué Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover G – Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama Set Variant (limited to 2000)
Cover H – Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama Set Risqué Variant (limited to 2500)
24 pgs./ M / FC
$4.99

Now in her own series, the fan favorite Zombie Tramp/Vampblade/DollFace mash-up (with the powers of all three iconic characters) returns!! Rocketed into space by the Danger Doll Squad, Amalgama: Space Zombie plots a course for explosive sci-fi grindhouse action!

Debut issue in a new Danger Doll universe series!

Features 4 regular and risqué variants, including cover 1 of 3 from the Elias Chatzoudis Amalgama variant set!!

Preview: Killswitch #1

KILLSWITCH #1

Writer(s): Jeffrey and Susan Bridges
Artist Name(s): Walter Geovani (pencils, inks), Brittany Peer (colors), Simon Bowland (letters)
Cover Artist(s): SOZOMAIKA (Cover A), Natasha Alterici (Cover B)
24 pgs./ M / FC
$3.99

In a future where clairvoyant Augurs are used for their powers but feared, held captive, and persecuted, a disaffected military major is shocked into action by the grim realities of the Augurs’ treatment. She puts her life and career on the line to help them attempt a daring escape from captivity.

KILLSWITCH #1

Preview: Awry Volume 1

AWRY VOLUME 1

Writer: Wes Locher
Artist: Graeham Jarvis
Cover Artist: Graeham Jarvis
98 pgs./ T+ / FC
$5.99
Digital Only

It took 10 years for the Phyllos to reach the black hole Formax-C, and in that time, the crew of four came to loathe one another. But when the mission suddenly goes awry, the astronauts must overcome their differences and work as a team if they hope to survive an unforgiving alien world and make it back home.

AWRY VOLUME 1

NYCC 2019: Action Lab: Danger Zone’s Exclusives

Action Lab Entertainment will be exhibiting several limited edition New York Comic Con exclusives at booth #3044. Regular and Risqué covers are both available for Danger Doll Universe related covers.

AMALGAMA: SPACE ZOMBIE #1

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Winston Young
Cover Artist(s): Michela De Sacco

Debut issue in a new Danger Doll universe series! Now in her own series, the fan favorite Zombie Tramp/Vampblade/DollFace mash-up (with the powers of all three iconic characters) returns!! Rocketed into space by the Danger Doll Squad, Amalgama: Space Zombie plots a course for explosive sci-fi grindhouse action! Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Michela De Sacco, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 throughout Thursday, Friday and Sunday!

BLACK BETTY #8

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Rafael Dantas (art), Rosa “Rosakaz” Rantila (colors)
Cover Artist(s): Michela De Sacco

It’s time for Betty to take out a siren! But can she avoid the siren’s song long enough to do it?? Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Michela De Sacco, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 throughout Thursday, Friday and Sunday!

DOLLFACE #16

Writer(s): Dan Mendoza, Bryan Seaton & Nicole D’Andria
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Michela De Sacco

While Lila and Ivan are away searching for the scale of a green Dragon, Naiimus pays Emily a deadly visit. Will she get the crystals? More importantly, will Emily make it out of the ordeal alive?! Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Michela De Sacco, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 throughout Thursday, Friday and Sunday!

GOING TO THE CHAPEL #1

Writer(s): David Pepose
Artist Name(s): Gavin Guidry (Pencils), Liz Kramer (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Hannah Templer

From the writer/creator of the critically acclaimed SPENCER & LOCKE comes Die Hard at a wedding. It was the wedding from Hell — and that was before the bank robbers showed up. What do a conflicted bride, her dysfunctional family, a gang of Elvis-themed crooks, and one relentless sheriff have in common? They’re all about to discover love is the ultimate hostage situation. Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Hannah Templer (GLOW, Jem and the Holograms). Creator/writer David Pepose will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044!

MR. BEAVER #1

Writer: Pablo Verdugo Muñoz; Editor: Ben Slabak
Artist Name(s): Pablo Verdugo Muñoz (Pencils, Inks), Jose Expósito (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Pablo Verdugo Muñoz

The world’s most powerful crime organization – “The Twelve” – had managed to evade justice for far too long and in desperation, the police reach out to the one individual who just might be able to turn things around. Enter special agent Mr. Beaver, returning to his hometown fresh from the Alpha Academy and itching to take down the dark underbelly… after taking care of his own rumbling belly, of course. Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Pablo Verdugo Muñoz, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 (check for times at the booth)!

VAMPBLADE SEASON 4 #5 (Legacy #42)

Writer(s): Jason Martin
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Michela De Sacco

Vampblade may have returned to her home reality, but things are far from back to normal. For one thing, how do you reunite with your girlfriend when you’re sharing a body with your alternate universe self… who happens to be straight?? For another, what’s up with all the new Glarkian space vamps!? Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Michela De Sacco, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 throughout Thursday, Friday and Sunday!

ZOMBIE TRAMP #64

Writer(s): Vince Hernandez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni
Cover Artist(s): Michela De Sacco

As she battles forces from all sides looking to claim, kidnap or kill her, Angel Lynch discovers that the key to her salvation is buried deep in her own past and psyche-as the events that led to her ending up in Russia reveal the path to salvation! The “Sex Clubs and Rock and Roll” story arc ends here! Limited edition NYCC 2019 exclusive cover by Michela De Sacco, who will be signing copies at Action Lab booth 3044 throughout Thursday, Friday and Sunday!

Spencer & Locke is Getting a Third Volume

Writer David Pepose has announced that his popular comic series Spencer & Locke is getting a third volume. Joining Pepose are returning creators Jorge Santiago, Jr. on art, Jasen Smith on colors, and Colin Bell is lettering. The below teaser image is by Joe Mulvey with Smith’s colors.

“His partner was imaginary… but the reckoning is all real.”

No release date has been announced but the series is “coming soon.”

The series is best described as Calvin and Hobbes meets Sin City as it follows a detective and his (not so) imaginary stuffed cat partner. With tons of homages and references, the previous two volumes are deep for fans of comic history and comic strips. We’re expecting more of the same for the third volume!

You can purchase the first and the second volumes physically and digitally now.

Spencer & Locke III
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