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Get Your First Look at John Constantine: Hellblazer #2, Out December 18

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Aaron Campbell
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The original Constantine is back in John Constantine: Hellblazer from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…

In the second issue of this new series set in DC’s Sandman Universe, curated by Neil Gaiman, John’s return to London isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped…though it’s already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who’s pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John’s inability to deal with them.

And what will K-Mag learn from scrying remains this month?

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Review: John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

I’ve been intrigued as to how John Constantine’s return to his own series would play out. Now under the “Sandman Universe” label and published under DC Black Label, the character and series seemed to be getting back to its Vertigo roots. John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 delivers a debut that’s a solid horror story, one that’s accessible for new readers.

This debut issue feels like a fresh start in a way. For a new(ish) reader like myself, it’s devoid of years of continuity. Instead, I was able to pick it up to read and enjoy without having to know much about the character or his history. Also missing is the need to know what’s going on with the rest of the “Sandman Universe.”

What we get is a lot of personality before the eventual dive into the occult and his first challenge. The comic is broken up into two parts. The first half focuses on Constantine and his attitude as he hangs out in front of a bar talking to a bouncer. His full quips and personality are on display. By the end, you have a good sense of who he is as a character. It establishes what this version is like and what we can expect. The second half of the comic is the mystery. We’re presented with an issue in a park involving “Angels” that are attacking and killing individuals. Of course, there’s so much more to it.

Writer Simon Spurrier delivers not just Constantine’s personality but that of the comic itself. It’s steeped in a feel that this is a comic that takes place in England. There’s enough specific dialogue that I had to take a step back to figure out what was being said at times. It sucked me into the comic even more.

The art by Aaron Campbell is fantastic. Along with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is full of moody imagery that dances around its occult and horror genre. As the comic progresses the imagery becomes much more focused on its genre, it’s a slow spiral into the world visually and what’s presented from the beginning to what we see at the end are in contrast. The comic slowly sucks us in instead of throwing the reader directly into this world of the weird.

I never read John Constantine’s adventures in its Vertigo roots. I’ve only experienced him as part of the DC Universe. Whether those adventures are over remains to be seen but this is a solid debut that delivers a horror comic that creeps but doesn’t scare. While the greater Sandman Universe hasn’t been my cup of tea, I’m all in on this series. I’m sure there’s more for long-time fans that I don’t know but as a debut issue, it nails being open to new and old readers alike.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Aaron Campbell
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Get an Early Look at John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Written by Simon Spurrier (Coda, The Dreaming)
Art by Aaron Campbell (Infidel)
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
Variant Cover by Charlie Adlard
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

There’s nothing more wretched than a bastard with a conscience…” –Simon Spurrier

The original Constantine is back in a new series from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…

John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness…and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn’t have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London’s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord’s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but…and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece!

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Preview: Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Jason Loo
Colored by: Paris Alleyne
Lettered by: Aditya Bidikar
Edited by: Allison O’Toole
$2.99

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new series featuring car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. This title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Jamie McKelvie Launches The Killing Horizon with Matthew Wilson and Aditya Bidikar in the Summer of 2020

The Killing Horizon is the explosive new sci-fi vision from Jamie McKelvie, co-creator of the bestselling, award-winning The Wicked + The Divine, and Eisner Award winning colorist Matthew Wilsonlaunching from Image Comics in Summer 2020.

The project sees McKelvie return to writing for the first time in a decade, after establishing himself as both a popular artist of comics such as Young Avengers and designer of iconic superheroes including Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel and Loki.

The Killing Horizon takes place in the post-post-apocalyptic future. Far from Earth, a specialist in studying dead alien societies is embedded with a military unit to excavate a new find. She’s done it before. It’s good work and it’s safe. She thinks it’s just another job.

She’s wrong.

Lost and alone, deep beneath the warped, skeletal spires of the millennia-dead city, she finds something powerful. Something unlike anything any human has ever known. Something that needs her to take it on a journey no living being has ever taken. Something that will make her a target for every side fighting a deadly war. It calls to her.

She answers.

Joining the established partnership of McKelvie and Wilson are letterer Aditya Bidikar, designer Cecile Richard, and editor Katie West.

The Killing Horizon

Vault Joins Local Comic Shop Day with These Savage Shores Gold Edition Trade Paperback

Vault Comics joins Local Comic Shop Day 2019 where they will release a limited, exclusive Gold Edition of These Savage Shores – with a cover printed with special gold ink.

Local Comic Shop Day takes place on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019.

These Savage Shores LCSD Gold Edition TPB

Writer:  Ram V. 
Artist:  Sumit Kumar 
Colorist: Vittorio Astone
Cover Artist: Sumit Kumar 
Letter:  Aditya Bidikar 
Designer: Tim Daniel

This Local Comic Shop Day exclusive Gold Edition comes with a cover printed with special gold ink.

Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.

Along These Savage Shores, where the days are scorched and the nights are full of teeth.

These Savage Shores LCSD Gold Edition TPB

Coffin Bound #1 Gets New Printing Ahead of Its Release

The anticipated new series Coffin Bound #1 by Dan Watters and artist Dani with colorist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Emma Price, is being rushed back to print ahead of this week’s release. 

The upcoming issue is scheduled to hit shelves this Wednesday, August 7 and—due to increasing demand—will ship sold-out at the distributor level. 

Cars! Guns! Entropy! Coffin Bound follows Izzy Tyburn, who is chased by an unstoppable killer and has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. 

Ride shotgun on an unforgettable road trip through blood-splattered, grindhouse action best described as Bitch Planet and Mad Max: Fury Road set in the dark, twisted fantasy world of Sandman.

Coffin Bound #1 second printing (Diamond Code JUN198336) hits stores on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 12. 

Coffin Bound #2 (Diamond Code JUL190117) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 19. 

Coffin Bound #1 second printing

These Savage Shores #1 – #3 Gets New Printings with Special Collector’s Covers

Vault Comics is thrilled to announce that, due to extremely high demand in the series, These Savage Shores #1 – #3 will receive an additional printing with special collector’s set covers

These design-led covers, created by Vault’s VP of Branding & Design, Tim Daniel, feature striking silhouettes of the book’s main characters while highlighting exceptional inks from the books within the outline.

These Savage Shores readers can purchase the covers as 24 X 36 poster prints right now at the Vault Store

One of the most critically-acclaimed comics of 2018 with interest that continues to grow rapidly as the series concludes this year, These Savage Shores is written by Ram V, drawn by Sumit Kumar, colored by Vitorio Astone, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

There’s still time to order: These Savage Shores #1-3 reprints will hit shelves May 22, 2019.

Issue #1, Cover art featuring Bishan.

Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.

These Savage Shores Issue #1, Cover art featuring Bishan

Issue #2, Cover art featuring Kori.

The untimely demise of a nobleman gives the East India Company a new angle in negotiations to build their trade route. A vampire hunter finds bigger prey than he had bargained for, deep within the royal reserve.Along These Savage Shores, where the hunt is eternal, and hunter and hunted move in shadow.

These Savage Shores Issue #2, Cover art featuring Kori

Issue #3, Cover art featuring Count Grano.

The stench of war clings to the air as Hyder Ali of Mysore comes calling for the levy. Good men and demons alike are set to march, even as lovers part with the promise of a safe return. But in these troubling times the promise of a hunt brings the devil himself to this faraway coast.Along These Savage Shores where blood begets blood and dawn-light shimmers over a land soaked in betrayal.

These Savage Shores Issue #3, Cover art featuring Count Grano

Review: Little Bird #1

Little Bird #1

Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time. The concept of a resistance standing against a religious fundamentalist American empire is a story that sounds intriguing to me. While there’s a lot to like in the first issue, there’s also some stumbling as well in its world building.

Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, the first issue feels like a cross between Saga, We Stand on Guard, and East of West. A Canadian resistance attempts to take on the evil American empire which works as a story, it’s something we’ve seen before. Where the issue stumbles a bit is in the small details of its worldbuilding which at times feels like weird to just be weird. Bathing in blood with what looks like intestines coming out. Weird baldheaded floating intestine creatures. It’s all visually interesting but with so little explanation we’re expected to go with it. What it winds up being is somewhat of a distraction.

Little Bird is a techno-organic religious world that we’re expected to go with. While the visuals are solid, we’re left wondering about those interesting concepts and it doesn’t help matters. A more straightforward visual would have helped. Getting rid of the weird focuses the story a bit. All of these things might be explained but in the first issue it’s all left hanging.

The concepts though are neat and the story pretty easy to get in to if you’re willing to overlook these open questions. The characters are interesting. The conflict has a lot of potential. The juxtaposition of societies is solid. There’s a lot of set up for what’s to come and a good inclusion on what we need to know of the past.

The art by Ian Bertram is absolutely interesting and as I said above, it can be distracting as well. Joined on colors by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is one that has so many small things for you to linger on the page and stare at. While those visuals absolutely help build the world and hint at what we’re dealing with, they also aren’t explained enough and seem a bit odd for odd’s sake. Those cool visuals also distract without an explanation of the “why” and “what.”

The first issue has a lot of potential and I want to see where it goes. There’s a good chance the miniseries will read better as a whole than it does as single issues and those issues I have with the weird visuals will be explained later. Little Bird #1 absolutely creates and builds an interesting world but leaves too much out there not explained or acknowledged to not distract from the main story.

Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest Art: Ian Bertram
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Design: Ben Didier
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Vault Comics Launches Vault Lines, Deluxe Black and White Special Editions, with These Savage Shores

Vault Comics has announced that, after extremely high demand, These Savage Shores #1 will receive a very special printing as part of the new Vault Lines series of deluxe black-and-white special edition issues highlighting the astonishing original inks from Vault artists.

Printed on deluxe heavyweight paper, Vault Lines introduces a brand-new presentation venue to the growing Vault catalogue which aims to spotlight the artists of some of our most successful titles in a series of pristine black and white editions.

One of the most critically-acclaimed comics of the year, These Savage Shores is written by Ram V, drawn by Sumit Kumar, colored by Vitorio Astone, and lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.

These Savage Shores #1 Vault Lines Edition will hit store shelves on March 27, 2019. Stores can order the issue by using the Diamond Order Code: JAN198618.

These Savage Shores #1 Vault Lines Edition
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