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All in print, all together, all for the first time! Action Lab: Danger Zone presents the complete collection of John and Ben Matsuya’s Midnight Massacre! This graphic novel is perfect if you’re a fan of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, Shaun of the Dead, Cabin in the Woods, or Adventureland. An amusing horror story guaranteed to make you smile as much as gasp, Midnight Massacre will be available on September 23rd at a comic store near you! Midnight Massacre features art by Ben Matsuya with color assist by Aaron Daly and Erin Fekete, covers by Ben Matsuya, Jasen Smith, and Megan Huang, and edited by Shawn Gabborin and Nicole D’Andria.
Halloween is on the horizon for the visitors of Calico Adventure Park, and the park’s executives have been hard at work preparing for their annual extravaganza, the park’s “Midnight Massacre”. But this year’s main event is going to be more horrifying, more visceral, more realistic, and more unexpected than any of the park’s visitors could ever realize. We’re not talking about employees in suits, folks. We’re talking monsters—the real deal. And when all hell breaks loose, it’s up to Amy Nicholson, a jaded games booth employee and her friends to save the park, the town, and maybe even the world.
So, join Amy Nicholson, jaded games employee, as she and her friends save the town, save the park, and save the world, one horrifying monstrosity at a time in the complete print collection of Midnight Massacre! Coming soon to a comic shop near you, order the graphic novel with Diamond item code JUL200967!
There are many different types of crime stories. Leap M, a new one-shot from Action Lab‘s Danger Zone imprint, is one of the most original I’ve come across in a long time. It has the mood of a noir story, the emotional charge of a revenge fantasy, and the futuristic edge of a science-fiction thriller. The premise of Leap M revolves around a brutal but efficient means of controlling prison populations. This method gives new meaning to the saying, “the only real prison is your mind.” Convicted prisoners are chemically aged to match however much time they’ve been sentenced to serve. Then a virtual reality chip is inserted into the prisoner’s skull. The chip simulates the full length of their sentence within their mind and then runs a rehabilitation program.
After being framed for a murder he did not commit, Wilbur submits to his punishment and is aged forty-five years while undergoing the rehabilitation program. Once he’s released from prison, Wilber sets out to get revenge on those who framed him. Once Wilbur has been introduced and the plot details established, the story moves forward at an enthralling pace. Writer Doug Wood makes the most out of every page as Wilber works to discover who framed him and then sets out to enact his revenge. There’s a lot of visual storytelling, which I always enjoy. Wood generally keeps the dialogue to a minimum. When there is text in a panel it is narration that adds to a scene instead of just explaining what the reader is already seeing on the page. The narration sets the tone and the dialogue and action follow it seamlessly.
Artist Matt Battaglia doesn’t use the most refined or detailed style, but his illustrations fit the tone of Leap M perfectly. His heavy lines and dark shadowing are well suited for a gritty revenge story. The colors used by Battaglia in this comic differ from those of classic noir works. Instead of black and white with the occasional pop of bright red or another accent color, Battaglia uses muted greens and blues. Accent colors are used to fill in the background of panels. There’s also a flashback that is presented in full color. In the flashback, Battaglia does a great job of capturing the ferocity and direness of a battlefield.
Leap M has everything I want out of a crime story. Action that gets your adrenaline pumping, high stakes that deliver palpable tension, and a conclusion that produces an emotional response. I must confess that I’m not usually the biggest fan of the comics Action Lab puts out. However, Leap M has truly converted me. From the writing to the page layouts to the art, this one-shot is a prime example of quality comic book storytelling.
Story: Doug Wood Art: Matt Battaglia Letters: Justin “Lettersquids” Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy
Action Lab provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Writer Name(s): Doug Wood Artist Name(s): Matt Battaglia (Pencils, inks, and colors) and Lettersquids (Letters) Cover Artist Name(s): Matt Battaglia 28 pgs./M/FC $2.99 Digital Release
In the future, to eliminate the overcrowding prison population, The US Government has created the Leap Machine, which ages a convict to their age of sentencing within an hour. A young dishonorably discharged veteran is framed for a crime and sentenced to the Leap. Now with the clock running out, he seeks revenge on the person who stole his life.
A tight revenge thriller in the vein of Frank Miller’s Sin City with the sci-fi revenge-edge of Rian Johnson’s Looper.
Up-and-coming writer Doug Wood, artist Matt Battaglia (colorist on Micheal Moreci’s Roche Limit), letterer Justin “Lettersquids”, and editor Nicole D’Andria team to bring to life a brutal story of revenge and time stolen.
Writer(s): Dillon Gilbertson Artist Name(s): Francesco Iaquinta (Pencils/Inks), Marco Pagnotta (Colors), Saida Temofonte (Letters) Cover Artist(s): Francesco Iaquinta and Marco Pagnotta 26 pgs./ M / FC $3.99
Maddie gets wrapped up in a risky plan to save a child’s life. Is it worth the price? Or is it destined to fail?
AMALGAMA: SPACE ZOMBIE: THE GALAXY’S MOST WANTED #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 – Michael McComb Variant (limited to 2000) Cover D – Michael McComb Risqué Variant (limited to 2500) Cover E – Celor Virgin Variant (1000 copies) Cover F – Celor Virgin Risqué Variant (1000 copies) 24 pgs./ M / FC$4.99 covers A-D, $9.99 covers E-F
The start of a new story arc! She may be the most wanted “woman” in the galaxy, but she’s also the most dangerous. And now that Amalgama’s hunting her bounty hunters, does anyone, or anything, stand a chance? Features 3 regular and risqué variants, including two super limited virgin art variants!
Writer(s): Vince Hernandez Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni Cover A – Marco Maccagni Regular Cover (unlimited) Cover B – Marco Maccagni Risqué Cover (limited to 2500) Cover C – Michael McComb Variant (limited to 2000) Cover D – Michael McComb Risqué Variant (limited to 2500) Cover E – Megan Huang Artist Variant (limited to 2000) Cover F – Megan Huang Artist Risqué Variant (limited to 2500) 32 pgs./ M / FC $4.99
The mind-bending “69 Ways To Die” story arc reaches its conclusion as Angel Lynch is forced to either accept the mantle of the Zombie Tramp and its lineage, or fall victim and suffer in an eternity worse than hell or any reality she could imagine! Meanwhile, Tatiana and Angel’s allies must make a fatal decision to restore balance to the world—and save their own lives in the process!
Features 1 of 2 covers this month from featured artist Megan Huang!!!
Writer(s): Alexander Banks-Jongman Artist Name(s): Robert Ahmad Cover Artist(s): Robert Ahmad Letters: DC Hopkins Editor: Nicole D’Andria 24 pgs./ M / FC$2.99 Digital-Release
Hank Kelly is a hero – lauded by the world for saving the life of a woman in danger. However, Rosalind Lovejoy sees through the lies, as the bodies begin to pile up in his wake. Hank’s wife, Laurel,makes a deal with Hank to secure the prosperous future of their daughter – despite his misdeeds.
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