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AfterShock Media Announces an International Deal for Adam Glass’ The Normals

AfterShock Comics and AfterShock Media have announced that The Normals from writer Adam Glass has  been optioned by Werner Films for Australia’s SBS. The series will be executive produced by Werner Films’ Joanna Werner and Stuart Menzies alongside Glass and AfterShock’s Jon Kramer, Carrie Stein, and Lee Kramer. Louise Fox will showrun the series and Rive Gauche Television, an AfterShock Media company, will distribute it worldwide. 

The Normals is a rush-of-blood-to-the-head series centered around one man who finds out his perfect life and family may all be an illusion, setting him on a crusade to save what he believes is real and loves with all his being, while having to save the world in the process as forces seek to destroy him. 

The comic series was originally released in 2017 and featured art by Dennis Calero. It ran for six issues.

The Normals

Diamond Announces a New Deluxe Tier

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Diamond Comic Distributors has announced that it has established a new tier among its publishing partners. The Deluxe Tier, which includes AfterShock Comics, Titan Comics, ABLAZE Publishing, and Frank Miller Presents (FMP), features preferred coverage in the PREVIEWS catalog and expanded support on the PREVIEWS world website, along with exclusive distribution agreements.

The Deluxe Tier spotlights robust vendor support in recognition of AfterShock, Titan, ABLAZE, and FMP’s success as top tier comic book and graphic novel publishers. Diamond will continue to be the vendor’s exclusive distributor to the comic book specialty market.

The Deluxe Tier vendors represent a diverse range of the storytelling in comics today. AfterShock Comics is a creatively driven comic book publisher led by a team of life-long comics professionals, dedicated to working with some of the brightest stars in the creative community to tell original, uniquely compelling stories – through comics, graphic novels and beyond. Titan Comics offers astounding comics and graphic novels from the world’s greatest film, television and gaming licensed properties. Alongside creator-owned comic books from new and world-renowned talent, Titan’s imprints include Titan Magazines (Marvel, Star Wars and Star Trek), Hard Case Crime, Titan Manga and the soon to be launched Titan Nova for Y/A and Middle Grade as well as the Conan the Barbarian publishing program in 2023.

ABLAZE is an independent publisher of original comic books, crowdfunded titles, and art books with a focus on increasing diversity, amplifying the voices of their creators, and bringing new creators into the fold. Frank Miller Presents focuses on creating and curating a line of comics to capture Miller’s distinct visual style while also working with a range of talent, from comics veterans to rising artists.

In September, Diamond’s PREVIEWS catalog and PREVIEWS world website will showcase AfterShock, Titan, ABLAZE, and FMP’s new status as the companies move to a new “Deluxe Comics” section, highlighting their offerings to comic shop retailers and customers. Additionally, Diamond is expanding their waiver of reorder fees beyond Image Comics and Dark Horse to include all Premier Publishers, adding BOOM Studios and Dynamite Entertainment, as well as these new Deluxe publishers.

Underrated: Animosity Volume One: The Wake

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Animosity Volume One: The Wake.



animosity.jpgI’ve had this trade sat in my digital to-read pile for quite some time, and this week I finally got around to reading it. I could give you my take on the central premise, but it sounds so much better straight from the horses mouth (because I basically reworded this the first time I wrote the opening):

“One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. Collecting the first four issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue ANIMOSITY: THE RISE. 

The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the midst of the turmoil is Jesse, an 11-year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection. One year after the incident, Jesse and Sandor begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco.”

To be honest I actually went into this series knowing only the bare minimum about it, so when the animals woke up I was actually taken aback by the entire thing. I know. The entire premise of the comic caught me off guard when it happened on the opening few pages of the story. It makes me laugh a little, too.

Centering around Jesse and her beloved dog Sandor’s relationship, and his overwhelming desire to protect her because she loves him. He’s one of the few animals not to hate humanity, and others who are still somewhat fond of humans are typically those who weren’t abused or mistreated in any way – and sadly, humans have done far too much of that in our time on this planet. Marguerrite Bennett‘s script is remarkable; she touches on the bigger impact of animals gaining sentience and the political and economical ramifications of this often in passing but with enough detail to answer some of the questions you’ll be having regarding food sources, population control… there’s a lot to set up in this trade, and for the most part the four issues of the main series collected here succeed in doing that.

There is a time jump that some may find jarring, but as with  any time jumps it will give us something to flash back to in subsequent trades and issues.

Artistically, Rafael De La Torre and Rob Schwager deliver. Their animals are able to convey the requisite emotions and atmospheric design needed to pull you from page to gorgeous page. Animosity‘s first volume is remarkably solid and enjoyable – and well worth checking out.

 


Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Campisi: The Dragon Incident #4

A mob fixer has to deal with a dragon that’s come to the territory. Do you need to know anything more than that? It’s the mob vs. a dragon! Campisi #4 brings this volume to a close very nicely and sets up what’s hopefully next.

Story: James Patrick
Art: Marco Locati
Color: Marco Locati
Letterer: Rachel Deering

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Review: Campisi: The Dragon Incident #1

Campisi: The Dragon Incident #4

The dragon $&#% has hit the fan. It’s all but certain that the dragon is going to destroy Green Village, and the people who couldn’t or wouldn’t leave the neighborhood are going to die. Sonny Campisi has one last desperate chance to save his home, but he’s going to need the help from the most unlikely source.

Having finally caught up with this series just this weekend, it is finally time to read the latest issue, Campisi: The Dragon Incident #4 before it hits the racks so you will know whether it’s worth picking up the series now that the first arc is completed (in fairness, there may not be another arc, I’m just making a guess based on the subtitle and mixing that with a little hope). Combining elements of classic Mafia tales with a less than subtle dose of fantasy, Campisi: The Dragon Incident is an engaging story driven by its characters and the relationships they have with each other.

Writer James Patrick writes Sonny Campisi as the mobster with a heart; the man who’s trying to protect his neighborhood from both internal and external threats, who knows and is at least liked by everyone. Campisi is an endearing protagonist, though not without his faults, who has to try and convince a dragon not to burn his home town down. The final issue of The Dragon Incident wraps up the story in a way that feels right given what Patrick and artist/colourist Marco Locati have delivered thus far in the story. I’m being vague in case you haven’t read the series, but one of the most striking images is Campisi himself facing off against a dragon the size of a house with nothing but a baseball bat – it was that that sold me on the series, and Patrick, Locati and letter Rachel Deering delivered splendidly on the promise of that image for the following four issues.

The Campisi: The Dragon Incident #4 finds Campisi still trying to stop the dragon from exacting a thousand years of vengeance, and perhaps my favourite part about the entire book is that he never tries to resort to violence (because he’s realistic in his chances), and he never really treats the dragon as less than a sentient being; it’s a thing that can be reasoned with, and because Campisi understands the dragon’s mission, you begin to feel for what the dragon is going through because of the empathy the title character has for his foil.

Campisi: The Dragon Incident is another book that upholds Aftershock’s reputation as a quality comics publisher; if you see a comic that half interests you with the Aftershock logo, you can have confidence that at the very least it’ll be a good book that’s worth reading. Whether it’s up your alley is something else, but you’re not likely to find an Aftershock comic you don’t like because its creative team were having an off day.

Writer: James Patrick Artist & Colorist: Marco Locati Letterer: Rachel Deering
Story: 9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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Underrated: Animosity Volume One: The Wake

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Animosity Volume One: The Wake.



animosity.jpgI’ve had this trade sat in my digital to-read pile for quite some time, and this week I finally got around to reading it. I could give you my take on the central premise, but it sounds so much better straight from the horses mouth (because I basically reworded this the first time I wrote the opening):

“One day, for no reason, the Animals woke up. They started thinking. They started talking. They started taking REVENGE. Collecting the first four issues of the best-selling series, plus the special one-shot issue ANIMOSITY: THE RISE. 

The world is plunged into chaos as the newly-intelligent Animals fight humanity, and simply fight each other, for their own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. In the midst of the turmoil is Jesse, an 11-year-old girl, and her dog, Sandor, who is devoted to her and her protection. One year after the incident, Jesse and Sandor begin a cross-country journey to find Jesse’s half-brother, Adam, who is living in San Francisco.”

To be honest I actually went into this series knowing only the bare minimum about it, so when the animals woke up I was actually taken aback by the entire thing. I know. The entire premise of the comic caught me off guard when it happened on the opening few pages of the story. It makes me laugh a little, too.

Centering around Jesse and her beloved dog Sandor’s relationship, and his overwhelming desire to protect her because she loves him. He’s one of the few animals not to hate humanity, and others who are still somewhat fond of humans are typically those who weren’t abused or mistreated in any way – and sadly, humans have done far too much of that in our time on this planet. Marguerrite Bennett‘s script is remarkable; she touches on the bigger impact of animals gaining sentience and the political and economical ramifications of this often in passing but with enough detail to answer some of the questions you’ll be having regarding food sources, population control… there’s a lot to set up in this trade, and for the most part the four issues of the main series collected here succeed in doing that.

There is a time jump that some may find jarring, but as with  any time jumps it will give us something to flash back to in subsequent trades and issues.

Artistically, Rafael De La Torre and Rob Schwager deliver. Their animals are able to convey the requisite emotions and atmospheric design needed to pull you from page to gorgeous page. Animosity‘s first volume is remarkably solid and enjoyable – and well worth checking out.

 


Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Underrated: Undone By Blood: The shadow Of A Wanted Man

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Undone By Blood: Shadow Of A Wanted Man.


I actually passed on this when the first issue came out because I was running out of capacity to buy and read comics at the time, and I ended up getting something else instead (the truth is I probably have a short box of new comics yet to read, and close to the same in trades as well). I don’t remember what book I picked up instead of this one so I can’t honestly say whether I should have picked up the first issue of Undone By Blood: The Shadow of a Wanted Man or the other comic, but I am glad I was able to grab the trade from my comic shop ($17 USD well spent).

So what is the book about? Well, to borrow from the back of the book…

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him. As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.

It’s strange to say that I only picked this trade paperback up because I had a chance to talk to one of the writers, Zac Thompson about part of the inspiration behind it, Red Dead Redemption 2, which reminded me that this was a series I’d been interested in when it first came out but had fallen off my radar. I’m glad I had the chance to talk to Zac, because without that chat I’d likely have left it on the shelf awhile longer until something reminded me to check it out.

I’m a big fan of the dual narratives between Ethel and Solomon, even more so how how Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson alternate between prose pages and comic pages. The entire presentation of the trade paperback is brilliant; there’s a weathered aging effect applied to some of the interior pages (most obviously on the prose pages) that immerses you into the two time periods in subtle ways. As a western story, this is one of the best that I’ve read in any form, whether comic or book.

Undone By Blood: The Shadow Of A Wanted Man features some killer artwork by Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou – the entire creative team are utterly brilliant. Now is an ideal time to pick this book up as the second volume is due to hit later this year.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

UNDERRATED: THE MAN WHO F#&%ED UP TIME

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Man Who F#&%ed Up Time.


Time travel comics are always interesting. How the writer plays with chronology in the story can make an otherwise A to B story take on an entirely new journey when you start to realize just how much small things can impact each other.

One of my favourite time travel stories is the twelve issue series from Valiant Ivar, Timewalker, released a half decade or so ago. One of the strengths of that story is how time travel is played relatively straight – Ivar’s journey is linear even if it doesn’t happen in linear time.

Similar things can also be said about The Man Who F#&%ed Up Time, only as you’ve probably guessed from the title there’s a lot more humour in this book, and as such a lot of what happens is genuinely funny as the proverbial shit starts really hitting the fan. The book, written by John Layman with art by Karl Mostert and colours by Dee Cunniffe, was published by Aftershock in 2020. I picked up the collected edition second hand from my comic shop this week solely to read for this column and then intended to trade it back, though after finishing the book I’ve shelved it away because it’s the kind of story I know I’ll want to read again.

I’m not going to tell you too much about the plot beyond what is on the blurb on the back:

Sean Bennett is just your everyday, ordinary lab worker in a high-tech lab with a prototype time machine. And, yeah, he’s got the same temptations any of us would have about going back in time, just a bit, to correct mistakes of the past and right old wrongs. So, when he meets a version of himself from the future who encourages him to do just that, Sean takes the temporal plunge. Only…can you guess what happens next? Did you read the book title? Yup. All of TIME is f#%&ed up now, and it’s up to Sean to correct it – or else!

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The writing in the book is top notch, but it’s the vibrant and enthusiastic art that really sells the story; Mostert and Cunniffe bring their A game with The Man Who F#&%ed Up Time.

This book is a lot of fun, and will make an excellent diversion on a lazy day sat with your feet up. Plus, who doesn’t like a bit of time travelling goodness?


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Seven Swords #1

A weary and jaded D’Artagnan is drawn into a final conflict with the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, whose ruthless quest for power has led him to the supernatural. But the Last Musketeer can’t defeat these infernal enemies alone.

Seven Swords #1 delivers a classic swashbuckling tale full of action.

Story: Evan Daughert
Art: Riccardo Latina
Color: Valentina Bianconi
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Backmatter design: Charles Pritchett

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Seven Swords #1

Seven Swords #1

A weary and jaded D’Artagnan is drawn into a final conflict with the wicked Cardinal Richelieu, whose ruthless quest for power has led him to the supernatural. But the Last Musketeer can’t defeat these infernal enemies alone. Seven Swords #1 kicks off a swashbuckling adventure.

To save the world, he’ll need to join forces with seven iconic swashbuckling heroes: Don Juan, Captain Blood, Cyrano de Bergerac, to name a few.  SEVEN SWORDS, who must overcome their host of differences and work together if they have any hope of thwarting Richelieu’s diabolical plans. 

Seven Swords #1, published by Aftershock, picks up five years after almost all the Musketeers were killed, and finds D’Artagnan chasing down his arch-nemesis Cardinal Richaeu. The sequence showcases Riccardo Latina‘s artwork and pulls you into the comic. There’s a double-page spread around the seventh page that I spent a long time looking at; it shows the last Musketeer running along the outside of a church, but Latina pulls off one of the classic sequences of a character in multiple positions moving across the page really well. In fact, I kept reading the comic specifically because Latina and colorist Valentina Bianconi are an exciting pair.

It’s not that Evan Daughtry‘s script is bad, but after reading the previews, it feels like the comic does nothing other than show us how awesome D’Artagnan is and shows brief flashes of the other characters who will eventually be brought together. It’s not often a story treads water in the first issue, but that’s sort of how this issue feels as there’s not a lot to advance the plot beyond what you already know will happen (and ultimately hasn’t after the first issue).

It does feel at one point that Daughtry tries to sabotage the story with a reveal about certain action scene a few pages after it happens that’s supposed to add to the mystique of a character but instead ends up coming across as more of an afterthought than anything else (which for me lessened said sequence a little).

And yet despite my misgivings about the plot, Seven Swords #1 is a competent comic that has me curious enough to come back for the next issue – hopefully, there’ll be a little more time spent getting to the meat of the story, because that looks to have a lot of promise.

Story: Evan Daughtry Art: Riccardo Latina
Colors: Valentina Bianconi Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.6 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

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