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Black Terror Returns with Max Bemis!

The Nemesis of Crime is back in a new limited series by writer Max Bemis this October!

In this series, Bob Benton aka the Black Terror, is living in the 1970s and contending with his post-war mental health as well as the rapidly evolving social landscape around him. Say Anything band frontman and acclaimed comics writer Bemis is joined by artists Matt Gaudio and Ruairí Coleman. Rounding out the team on colors and letters are Brittany Pezzillo and Taylor Esposito

Each issue of the series acts as both the next chapter and a standalone deep dive into the Black Terror’s life and the chaotic 1970s setting. Fans can expect to see Black Terror’s infamous plain-named sidekick Tim, cult leaders, mobsters, experimental drugs and more. Bemis has described the title as a bit of an Alan Moore take, but less depressing and with some 70s Batman DNA. 

Dating back to the Golden Age, the Black Terror was created in 1941 by Richard E. Hughes and Don Gabrielson. Under the hero’s stark costume is pharmacist Bob Benton, who developed a formula which granted him powers. Often joined by his sidekick Tim, the pair vowed to stamp out evil during the war. Such legendary creators as Batman artist and Joker creator Jerry Robinson and world-renowned novelist Patricia Highsmith contributed to his original stories. His tales continue today in series published by Dynamite. 

This terrific tale is wrapped in terrifying covers by some of the best artists in comics. Actually, they aren’t too scary. Francesco Francavilla contributes the most haunting of the bunch. While Jorge Fornés has some fun with the skull & crossbones emblem for some pirate-themed fun. David Nakayama inspires some terror with his cover. Erica Henderson has Mr. Benton flying high. Adam Gorham rounds out the superpowered squad with a brooding rooftop Terror.

Preview: Jughead the Hunger Vol. 3

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER VOL. 3 (TP)

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
978-1-68255-827-0
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/17

Archie’s Madhouse brings the third collection of the terrifying horror series that tears through Riverdale’s cast of characters. Marmaduke “Moose” Mason is dead, having been executed by the Cooper clan after turning into a werewolf. Then who… or what… is FrankenMoose? Find out as Jughead the Hunger goes classic movie monster with “FrankenMoose Meets the Wolf Jug!” Collects issues #9 – #13 of the ongoing series.

JUGHEAD THE HUNGER VOL. 3 (TP)

Preview: Blossoms 666 #5

BLOSSOMS 666 #5 (OF 5)

Script: Cullen Bunn
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Pat Zircher
On Sale Date: 7/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

This is it! Who will reign as the true Anti-Christ—Cheryl, Jason or their mysterious brother Julian? And what will become of Riverdale once darkness takes over? Find out in this shocking and jaw-dropping finale of BLOSSOMS 666!

BLOSSOMS 666 #5 (OF 5)

Preview: The Punisher Annual #1

The Punisher Annual #1

(W) Karla Pacheco (A) Adam Gorham (CA) Dustin Weaver
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $4.99

PUNISHER VS. BROOD QUEEN! The man who lives to punish the foulest parasites of humanity. The most monstrous parasite in the galaxy. Zero gravity. Zero &$%# given. It’s the PUNISHER versus a BROOD QUEEN like you’ve never seen before, because this time, Earth’s own Frank Castle’s got a rocket. Who put Castle in the cockpit, and how will he and his muckraking stowaway – J. JONAH JAMESON (???) – tolerate each other long enough to survive? Only Karla Pacheco (Rick and Morty) and Adam Gorham (NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS, ROCKET, The Violent) have the answers you NEED!

The Punisher Annual #1

Review: Punk Mambo #3

Punk Mambo wants revenge. Best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

For some reason, I’m sure it’s a coincidence, I’ve been listening to Bad Religion, Black Flag and other punk bands. The raw yet refined nature of their anger mixed with strangely infectious tunes springs to mind as I read this comic. I love bands that you really can’t hum along to, so my definition of an infectious tune will differ. It’s the raw and refined anger of punk music that Cullen Bunn captures so well within these pages.

Punk Mambo’s willingness and comfort doing her own thing when facing down a powerful enemy is a great example of her mentality. Just because people think you should do a thing, doesn’t mean you should. Especially if you don’t give a shit what they think.

This issue shows us the mental toughness of the character as she faces a brutal trial by combat after wandering through a muted effervescent factory floor filled with mystics. It’s a scene the showcases Adam Gorham‘s grasp of visual presentation. His use of two double page spreads one after the other serve as the visual focal point of the comic. That’s bookended by some interesting use of perspective with the panel and grid layouts. That highlights the descent into the supernatural verses. The more structured pages earlier in the comic where the story focuses on more real-world concerns.

Beyond Bunn’s grasp of the character’s nature, and his ability to weaves that into a compelling tale about the structure of voodoo and the mystic arts, we’re treated to an exciting visual masterpiece from Adam Gorham and colorist Jose Villarrubia. It’s the perfect representation of the story in your hands. It’s a gritty, yet odd enticing tale that makes for a brilliant comic book.

Punk Mambo #3 is the middle part of a series that, right at the halfway point has fallen into my Must Read pile with a screaming guitar and some pounding drums. I don’t know what I expected from a Valiant series focused on the publisher’s unconventional Voodoo practitioner. It sure as hell wasn’t a tale that pulled me in so completely.

I’m not normally a fan of magic based stories unless there’s a healthy dose of sword with my sorcery, but there’s something about this character, and this comic, that just has me excited. Punk Mambo has that X factor that so many comics just fall short of, and it is glorious. For a great comic, and a series that may be read through independently of any of her previous appearances. Punk Mambo #3 is easily one of the best comics I’ve read this month – don’t miss this book.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Gorham
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Angel #2

Angel #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Bryan Edward Hill
Artist: Gleb Melnikov
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Gleb Melkinov
Letterer:  Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:  
    Main Cover:
Dan Panosian
    Preorder Cover: Scott Buoncristiano
    Incentive Cover (1:20): Will Sliney
    One Per Store Variant: Adam Gorham
Price: $3.99

The landmark reimagining of ANGEL continues here from Bryan Edward Hill (Detective Comics, Killmonger), Gleb Melnikov and series creator Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel’s The Avengers).

As Angel recovers for a devastating loss in Sunnydale, he must unravel the mysteries surrounding this new kind of monster. How can Angel fight something he can’t see? When and who will it strike next? And who is the new mysterious woman…and what do they have to do with Angel’s future? Features the first appearance of fan favorite character Fred Burkle!

Angel #2

Preview: Punk Mambo #3 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #3 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 26th

Uncle Gunnysack: 1, Punk Mambo: 0!

Punk Mambo wants revenge. Best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

Prepare yourself for some mystic mayhem!

PUNK MAMBO #3

Major First Appearance of “Fred” in Joss Whedon’s Angel #2 From BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios have revealed a first look at Angel #2, written by Bryan Edward Hill with art from Gleb Melnikov, featuring the first appearance of fan favorite Winifred “Fred” Burkle, available in stores June 26, 2019. 

Meet Angel – a vampire cursed with a soul who has spent centuries protecting humanity from the monsters that lurk in the dark…including himself. Now, looking for redemption for the atrocities committed by the monster he was when he was first turned at the age of 18, Angel stumbles upon a new demon uprising and a shocking truth: The restoration of his humanity can only come if he takes one more life – a certain Slayer from Sunnydale who he’s never met…but may now be his greatest enemy.

Angel is in Sunnydale, searching for a cure to his centuries-long existence as a vampire cursed with a soul, but all he’s found is even more death, the loss of a loved one, and a mysterious monster that he can’t see or follow, that uses the evil mirror of social media and modern communication to lure victims into an existence worse than death. Can Angel catch up to the monster before it can take the lives of any other Sunnydale teens? And what exactly does the monster want with a young, troubled woman named Winifred Burkle? 

Angel #2 features a main cover by artist Dan Panosian and variant covers by artists Scott Buoncristiano, Will Sliney, and Adam Gorham.

Angel #2

Early Preview: Punk Mambo #3 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #3 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Final Order Cutoff June 3rd, 2019
On sale June 26, 2019
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | Full Color

It’s Uncle Gunnysack: 1, Punk Mambo: 0!

She wants serious revenge—best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

Prepare yourself for some mystic mayhem!

PUNK MAMBO #3 (of 5)

Review: Punk Mambo #2

Punk Mambo #2

A totally disgusting demon named Uncle Gunnysack is abducting powerful spirits called loas in Punk Mambo #2. Can Punk Mambo stop the drooling, sharp-toothed fiend before it strikes again?

Get ready for magical brawlin’ in a bazaar!

Ahhhh Punk Mambo. The character with less shits to give that a constipated fish.

With Punk Mambo #2, Cullen Bunn highlights Mambo’s abrasive character. It’s a delight for readers as she acts as a thorn in the side of men and gods. Se also refuses to do anything she doesn’t want to do. It’s another way that Bunn allows readers unfamiliar with the character to get to know all they need. While it focuses on Punk Mambo’s attitude and world view – there isn’t a lot revealed about her past. When you know who she is, knowing what she’s done is secondary.

She’s an abrasive punk rocker with magical abilities, and that’s on full show this issue.

I maintain that Adam Gorham‘s art is suited to the character. It isn’t quite smooth and there isn’t a lot of polish or flashy digital effects immediately prevalent. The overall effect and impression of the art is brilliant. Last issue Punk Mambo unleashed her magical abilities. In Punk Mambo #2 she demonstrates her ability to take names and kick some arse. If you didn’t know anything about the character before, she’s going to be making a hell of an impression.

Punk Mambo #2 is very akin to the impact punk music has on those tired of the mundane over-produced music of today. Punk Mambo #2 is a breath of fresh air, followed by a shot of adrenaline. The reader is encouraged to be lost in the music (or the comic) and get taken along on a musical trip. Cullen Bunn, Adam Gorham and colorist Jose Villarrubia have produced one of the freshest feeling comics I’ve read in a long time. Don’t miss this.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Gorham
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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