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Review: Cold War Vol. 1 Dead Future

Panacea Cryonics promised life after death by freezing clients then reviving them in the future. The corporate pitch was too good to be true as they awaken in a world at war. Who’s the enemy and why are they fighting? That’s the mystery.

Cold War Vol. 1 Dead Future collects issues #1-15.

Story: Christopher Sebela
Art: Hayden Sherman
Letterer: Hayden Sherman

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Early Review: Kill a Man

Kill a Man

I’ve been a fan of MMA for quite some time. While my enthusiasm has waned in recent years, I still enjoy turning on the tv and catching the occasional fight. The sport, much like comics, has had a rocky relationship with the “outside” world. Both have been seen as juvenile and corrupting at various times. Both have also been accepted to become drivers in entertainment (ironically, also dominated by a few brands). Kill a Man is the latest comic to bring the world of MMA to the page. Unlike previous attempts, the focus isn’t so much about the punches and grappling but the fighters themselves. It delivers depth in character we haven’t really seen up to this point.

Written by Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Kill a Man takes us through a new generation of fighter, James Bellyi, impacted by the in-ring death of his father. James is also gay and not out. In a world of machismo, sexuality is still a touchy subject and when James is outed, his world is turned upside down.

Orlando and Johnson deliver the takedowns and knee kicks but they also focus on James’ journey of being outed and the rejection it brings. Bellyi’s father was killed in the ring as payback for homophobic slurs directed at his opponent. James himself is deeply repressed. He has hidden his sexuality from those closest to him. That’s partially due to the world of MMA that he has trained for his entire life. It’s also due to the homophobic views of his mother who blames a “gay man” for killing her husband.

While I have only been able to read the first half, the two creators have delivered a fantastic graphic novel. As the story progresses they make sure to add layers to James’ character. We get a brutal tale in both the fighting but also James’ world. As his upbringing is revealed we’re given hints as to why he’s hidden his sexuality beyond what happened to his father.

Orlando and Kennedy don’t dive too much into the foreign language of holds and moves of the MMA world. There is more than enough for those who enjoy the matchups. There’s enough detail and focus on moves or even how to fighters compare that there’s an authenticity to it. It’s still accessible for that are not familiar or lacking depth. I don’t need to know what an armbar is. I might understand taking someone to the ground. That’s a difference between being for a wide audience and the MMA diehards.

The art by Al Morgan and lettering by Jim Campbell are fantastic. There’s a gritty dirtiness to it all that fits James’ brutal life. It’s not just the fighting, it’s his upbringing and the world around him. There’s the punch but there’s also the sex which is more carnal than about connection. That aspect of James’ life delivers visuals that make it feel as cold as the fights in the ring about the physical dance than a connection otherwise. There’s a rawness in the fighting and in James’ personal life that the visuals emphasize.

Kill a Man has amazing potential and I’m excited to read the second half of the graphic novel. The first is so good and follows what I liked about the flow of films like Rocky or Creed. Yes, there’s some formula to it but there’s a focus on James as a person that’s missing from so many other stories. By the end of these initial 64 pages, I understand who he was and more importantly, I wanted to see where he, and the story, are going from there.

Kill a Man is set to be released June 3, 2020 and can be pre-ordered from shops.

Story: Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art: Al Morgan Letterer: Jim Campbell

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Review: Dark Ark: Arc One

We know the story of Noah but did you know there was another boat commanded by a sorcerer named Shrae? He too had a mission and animals… well, more monsters.

Dark Ark: Arc One collects issues #1-15.

Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill, Dave Sharpe

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Review: The Last Space Race Vol. 1 Pale Blue Dot

A mysterious object is spotted deep in space and the United States scrambles to put together a mission to intercept it.

The Last Space Race Vol. 1 Pale Blue Dot collects issues #1-5

Story: Peter Calloway
Art: Alex Shibao
Color: Natália Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon

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Review: Killer Groove

It’s 1970s Los Angeles and a tale of music and murder as a struggling musician gets mixed up with a local mob hitman.

Killer Groove collects issues #1-5.

Story: Ollie Masters
Art: Eoin Marron
Color: Jordie Bellaire
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Review: Dark Red Vol. 1 The Forgotten Man

The vampire genre comes to MAGA country in this layered horror series.

Dark Red Vol. 1 collects issues #1-5.

Story: Tim Seeley
Art: Corin Howell
Color: Mark Englert
Letterer: Marshall Dillon

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Review: Knights Temporal

Auguste de Riviere is a knight during the Crusades who ventures into a dark forest and emerges into the modern world.

Knights Temporal collects issues #1-5.

Story: Cullen Bunn
Art: Frank Galán
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

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New to You: It’s AfterShock Week!

We’ve got a lot of new things coming on GPTV and first up we’re launching “Publisher Week.” We’re focusing on one publisher for the entire week reviewing a bunch of their releases giving our honest opinion and helping you purchase your copies to support them.

Up first? AfterShock comics!

Reviews kick off today and we’ve got lots coming throughout the week!

Exclusive Preview: Godkillers #2

Godkillers #2

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Maan House 
Colorist: Hernan Cabrera 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Mirko Colak
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 3.25.2020

The Godkillers are an elite special forces unit created to fight insurgents who are using mythological creatures.  As they battle a Penanggalan in the Philippines that may be in league with ISIS, the Godkiller’s first Arab American officer is forced to grapple with both his inner and outer demons. 

From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.

Godkillers #2

AfterShock reveals a first look at Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johson, Al Morgan, and Jim Campbell’s Kill a Man

Kill a Man OGN

Writers: Steve Orlando & Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist and colorist: Al Morgan
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover: Al Morgan
$17.99 / 128 pages / Color / On sale 6.3.2020

As a child, James Bellyi watched his father die in the ring as payback for slurs thrown at the other fighter. Today, he’s a Mixed Martial Arts star at the top of his game, and one of the most popular fighters in the world…until he’s outed as gay in his title shot press conference.

Abandoned overnight by his training camp, his endorsements, his fans and his sport, to 
regain his title shot Bellyi is forced to turn to the last person he ever wants to see again: Xavier Mayne, a gay, once-great fighter in his own right…and the man James once watched kill his father.

A singular achievement from writers Steve Orlando (Martian Manhunter, DEAD KINGS) and Phillip K. Johnson (Aquaman, Adventure Time, The Last Time) with art from Alec Morgan (Midnighter, Daredevil, Battlestar Galactica).

Kill a Man
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