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Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini Deliver The Replacer from AfterShock in April

The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, The Replacer, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.

Based on Zac Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent, The Replacer is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with stunning visuals by Arjuna Susini, The Replacer is not for the faint of heart.

The Replacer features colors by Dee Cunniffe and a cover by Susini. It’s out April 24 from AfterShock.

It’s a Tale from Animosity for Free Comic Book Day

AfterShock Comics will release of an all-new, fully illustrated tale from the critically-acclaimed world of Animosity, written by title creator Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Elton Thomasi with cover by Rafael De Latorre.

Debuting on Free Comic Book Day in May 2019, Animosity Tales is an extension of the dystopian world of Animosity, which is currently being adapted for the big screen by Legendary Entertainment, and brings readers intertwined tales of three lives and a date with destiny amid a black comedy apocalypse where animals take revenge.

Animosity plans to run an advertising and marketing campaign which hopes to achieve Free Comic Book Day’s goal, getting readers into comic shops and transforming them into comic readers.

The comic will also featured revised and updated pages from World of Animosty plus a preview of an all-new AfterShock title debuting in the spring.

Animosity Tales

AfterShock Wants you to Read Dangerously in 2019

AfterShock Comics is prompting comic readers and fans to “Read Dangerously,” claiming 2019 as The Year of Reading Dangerously. Supported by a robust advertising and marketing campaign, this call to action will serve as the rallying cry behind all AfterShock brand activities and initiatives over the course of the year.

As publisher of many of the most talked about independent titles of the past few years – including Animosity, A Walk Through Hell, Dark Ark, and Babyteeth, AfterShock will push the envelope even further in 2019 with new releases and ongoing series that continue to thrill, chill and challenge – both imaginations and sensibilities. 

Working with top writers, artists and some of the brightest new stars in the creative community, soon-to-debut 2019 titles Stronghold, Oberon, Dark Red, Out of the Blue, and Horde, to name only a few, will cut across all genres to take readers far beyond their comfort zones.

The theme will serve as the focal point of the brand’s 2019 marketing campaign, including new ads debuting in late January on the back covers of all titles, targeted digital advertising, podcast sponsorships, local comic shop initiatives, and prominent placement at major conventions throughout the year. Additional plans will be revealed at the ComicsPRO Annual Meeting to be held in Charlotte in late February.

AfterShock Comics’ Releases in February 2019

STRONGHOLD #1

Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover A: Ryan Kelly
Incentive 1:10 Cover: Tyler Walpole
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.20.2019

Our planet is actually a prison designed to both trap and shelter an amnesiac alien entity of incalculable power. Now known as Michael Grey, this cosmic angel of destruction currently believes himself to be an ordinary, midwestern insurance underwriter, who belongs to a global secret society dedicated to making sure he never discovers the truth about his past.

To make matters worse, our hero has fallen in love with Michael Grey. And for their love to be born, Earth must die.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high adventure and tragic romance unlike anything else in comics.

OBERON #1

Writer: Ryan Parrott
Artist: Milos Slavkovic
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover A: Milos Slavkovic
Incentive 1:10 Cover: Marco Rudy
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.06.2019

Betrayed by his people and exiled to Earth, Lord Oberon, the former king of the fairies, seeks out an innocent prophesied child in order to manipulate her into becoming his ultimate weapon so that he can reclaim his rightful throne.

From writer Ryan Parrot (VOLITION) and artist Milos Slavkovic, OBERON is a new supernatural adventure proving once and for all that fairies should never be trusted.

ANIMOSITY #20

Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre with Ornella Savarese
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.20.2019

The Animals awoke. What woke with them?

From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).

BABYTEETH #16

Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Garry Brown
Colorist: Mark Englert
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artists: Garry Brown
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.27.2019

2 Corinthians 11:14
“And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”

From Donny Cates, the writer of Venom, Paybacks, Redneck and the breakout hit God Country, comes this pulse-pounding series with art from THE REVISIONIST’s Garry Brown!

THE LOLLIPOP KIDS #5

Writers: Adam and Aidan Glass
Artist: Diego Yapur
Colorist: DC Alonso
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover by Robert Hack
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 2.20.2019

Short on time and experience Nick has no choice but to battle the monsters head on and save not only the city but the Lollipop Kids, too. Nick is the last man standing between the end of the world as we know it and being the hero he never asked to be. Can he succeed? Nick has an ace up his sleeve that might be just what he needs to win the day. His DYSLEXIA.

Brought to life by Adam Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, Teen Titans) and Aidan Glass, with art from Diego Yapur (The Night Projectionist, Priest: Purgatory), THE LOLLIPOP KIDS is an epic tale of the nightmares that haunt Central Park after dark…

DEAD KINGS #5

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover: Matthew Dow Smith
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 2.27.2019

AN EXPLOSIVE FINALE IN THE ASHES OF A FALLEN EMPIRE!

The wreck of the Rus Empire is a violent, rusted sprawl cut across an aging continent. The Oprichnik Secret Police hold a fragile order in place by removing all the socially dissident from society…these are the Chorts, the scapegoated devils of the new word…and they deserve freedom. DEAD KINGS brings it to them.

On the border of a dried up Black Sea, Sasha Vasnetsov and Maria Kamenaya have brought war to Barracks 33 to free Sasha’s brother Gena. As the barbed wire fences fall, a family reunites in the furnace of rebellion – they may free thousands, but is it too late to save their brotherhood?

Steve Orlando (Wonder Woman, Shadow/Batman, Midnighter, CRUDE) and Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) keep punching with captured hearts and torn fists in this post-POST apocalyptic tale.

DARK ARK #14

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill
Cover: Juan Doe
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 2.13.2019

The monsters of Shrae’s Ark are being hunted for sport. With Shrae missing, Khalee, Janris, Orrin and a small cadre of monsters set out to stop the hunters from killing them off one by one. But these monsters have never trusted each other, and the dangers they face may push their uneasy alliance beyond its limits.

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions!

THE LAST SPACE RACE #5

Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Alex Shibao
Colorist: Natalia Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Alex Shibao w/ Natalia Marques
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale 2.27.2019

Disaster!

With the success of the saboteur, the ship meant to fly to the mysterious, alien vessel is minutes away from destruction. Will Sasha and Roger be able to save it before everyone on board is killed? Or will they burn up in Earth’s atmosphere? Find out what happens in the exciting, action packed conclusion of the first arc of THE LAST SPACE RACE!

Written by Peter Calloway (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger, American Gods) and drawn by Alex Shibao (Independence Day), THE LAST SPACE RACE is an imaginative investigation into wonder, hope and humankind’s grandest purpose — a truly original story AfterShock couldn’t be more fired up to tell.

BETROTHED, Vol 1: TPB

Writer: Sean Lewis
Artist: Steve Uy
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Steve Uy
$14.99 / Full Color / 128 pages / ON SALE 2.06.2019

Welcome to the World of Betrothed! Kieron and Tamara are both seniors at the same high school. They’ve never paid much attention to each other, even though they’re the only kids at school who are orphans. On the eve of their eighteenth birthdays, they discover a lifelong secret: in a dimension far away, they are each the leader of an army that is at war with the other. What’s more, they’re to be either Betrothed or Fight to the Death!

From writer Sean Lewis (The Few) and artist Steve Uy (Uncanny X-MenAvengers InitiativeGrumpy Cat) comes a Romeo and Juliet story for the next generation.  Collecting the entire series, issues #1-5.

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, Vol 1: TPB

Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Jorge Fornes
$14.99 / Full Color / 120 pages / ON SALE 2.13.2019

IS BLOOD THICKER THAN SANDWICHES?

The Khourys are a classic immigrant success story: a Lebanese family who carved their slice of the American Dream by becoming the largest distributors of vending machine sandwiches in the upper northern Midwest.

Unfortunately, the Khourys’ gains have been ill-gotten, and a branch of the Chicago Irish Mob has come back to collect a past debt. Fealty is demanded, shots are fired and long-hidden family secrets are fully revealed. Now Dorothy Khoury, the daughter of the family patriarch, is forced to unite her splintered bloodline and fight back.

Written by Eliot Rahal (Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum & Woody) with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus), Hot Lunch Special is a midwestern noir series about family, food and the fight for survival. Volume 1 collects the entire Khoury saga, issues 1-5.

AfterShock Comics Announces Oberon from Ryan Parrott and Milos Slavkovic

Betrayed by his people and exiled to Earth, Lord Oberon, the former king of the fairies, seeks out an innocent prophesied child in order to manipulate her into becoming his ultimate weapon so that he can reclaim his rightful throne.

From writer Ryan Parrot and artist Milos Slavkovic, Oberon is a new supernatural adventure proving once and for all that fairies should never be trusted.

Oberon #1 is out February 6, 2019 featuring lettering by Charles Pritchett and a main cover by Slavkovic and 1:10 incentive cover by Marco Rudy.

NYCC 2018: Aftershock Brings Signings, Variants, and Panels!

AfterShock Comics returns to New York Comic Con, October 4 – 7, for an eventful four days delivering exclusive content and opportunities for comic enthusiasts attending the largest pop culture event on the east coast.

Located at Booth #2242 at the Javits Center, AfterShock Comics will be represented on site by Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer; SVP Sales & Marketing Steve Rotterdam; Retailer/Fan Relations Manager Lisa Y. Wu; Managing Editor Christina Harrington and a roster of renowned creators.

AfterShock has assembled a stellar signing schedule featuring some of the most exciting creative stars making comics today, including:

  • Declan Shalvey (DREAMING EAGLES, SHIPWRECK): Thursday, October 4, 2pm
  • Russ Braun (JIMMY’S BASTARDS): Thursday, October 4, 2pm
  • Goran Sudžuka (A WALK THROUGH HELL): Friday, October 5, 1pm
  • Omar Francia (VOLITION): Friday, October 5, 1pm
  • Taylor Espositio (BABYTEETH; HOT LUNCH SPECIAL): Saturday, October 6, 1pm
  • Eliot Rahal (HOT LUNCH SPECIAL):  Saturday, October 6, 1pm
  • Jorge Fornes (HOT LUNCH SPECIAL):  Saturday, October 6, 1pm
  • Adam Glass & Aidan Glass (THE LOLLIPOP KIDS): Saturday, October 6, 2pm
  • Juan Doe (DARK ARK, ANIMOSITY, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER): Saturday, October 6, 2pm
  • Donny Cates (BABYTEETH): Sunday, October 7, 1pm
  • Frank Tieri (PESTILENCE): Sunday, October 7, 2pm

Additionally, New York Comic Con exclusive variants only available at Booth #2242 includeThe Lollipop Kids #1 and Beyonders #1, both featuring covers by Juan Doe, and The Last Space Race #1, with cover by Declan Shalvey.

On Friday, September 5, from 4:00pm – 5:00pm in Room 1C03, AfterShock will present an up-close-and-personal panel entitled Shock Treatments – Behind the Creative Alchemy at AfterShock Comics, a deep dive into the creative processes behind the most talked about comics being published today. Attendees will get the inside track from Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts and an eclectic panel of creators on the stories and projects that will be shaking things up for months to come. Panelists will include Adam Glass and Aidan Glass, Frank Tieri, Marguerite Bennett, Steve Orlando, Elio Rahal, Jorge Fornes, Ted Anderson and more.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to get their hands on a limited edition, one-of-a-kind AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75.

Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and surprise items every comic enthusiast will enjoy.

First Impressions Featuring: Bats. Lots of Bats.

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

 

Return Of Wolverine #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Oh yeah.
Recap, review: Wolverine was dead. Now he isn’t. In the book that represents one of his first full appearances since dying in 2014 or so. With the return, we get a really interesting reintroduction that ties nicely into the character’s rich history and some of his most notable tropes over the years. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 9.1

Detective Comics #988 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Part one of a new arc, and one that you can probably dive into knowing that only Selina Kyle ditched Bruce Wayne at the alter and he isn’t doing well with it.  
Rating: 
9.0

Burnouts #1 (Image)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Highschool, drugs and aliens. A totally normal combination that makes for a really cool comic.
Rating: 
8.2

Batman #55 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Well shit me. Even having an idea of what was coming, I was in no way actually expecting what happened. A recap is irrelevant (par for the course with a new arc), and the review boils down to “you should read this.”
Rating:
8.1

The Last Space Race (Aftershock)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review:
Honestly, this is just a super fun comic that’s almost grounded in reality and realism. Almost. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 
9.0

Batman: Damned #1 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Look, you’ve probably heard about about this comic for non story related reasons. Because of the changes in art from the first and second printing (shadows in certain areas on a naked Batman will be less revealing) the price of the first printing has reached obscene levels in the first week. But is the comic worth getting the second printing for the story? Yes is the short answer – if for no other reaon than to see Lee Bermejo’s jaw dropping art work.  
Rating: 
9.0

First Impressions Featuring: Gods, Bullets and Spiders

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Old Man Logan #47 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Kinda.
Recap, review: Even though the series is winding down, issues 46 and 47 provide as enjoyable read as Logan travels to Nova Scotia with Alpha Flight to combat a weird alien menace. It’s worth reading the two issues for that alone, but you can make do with starting here.
Rating: 8.8

Batman #54 (DC)
Can a new reader start here?
Yup
Recap, review:
At this point you should know Batman got ditched at the alter. This issue has Dick Grayson being there for Bruce, whether he’s wanted or not. And it’s one of the best things Tom King has ever written.
Rating:
 9.8

Pestilence: A Story Of Satan #4 (Afterhock)
Can a new reader start here? I wouldn’t.
Recap, review: An unfortunate case of a sequel miniseries not living up to the standards of the first, A Story Of Satan is a disjointed jumble of various elements that’ll make no sense to a new reader – and barely any to an existing reader.
Rating: 6.4

The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes
Recap, review: 
Spider-Man and Peter Parker were separted  because of SCIENCE and, predictably it isn’t going well. The comic’s fun, though, and that’s what really matters.
Rating:
8.8

Star Wars: Darth Vader #23 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: 
Even though this is the third part in the current story, because Darth Vader has become so synonymous with science fiction and redemptive villainy, you know who he is. This issue we’re fortunate enough to jump into the story at what can be read as a new beginning which, in conjuction with the exposition from the Emperor, allows new readers, like myself, to enjoy the adventures of Darth Vader without skipping a beat.
Rating:
8.8

The Dreaming #1 (DC/Vertigo)
Can a new reader start here? No
Recap, review: 
So here’s the thing. This is a well drawn comic, but as someone who has never really immersed themselves into the Sandman lore, it is nigh on impossible to penetrate this story in any meaningful way – which means my desire to return is pretty minimal.
Rating:
6.9

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/1

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Ashley

Euthanauts-2-Cover-600x923Euthanauts #2 (IDW/Black Crown) – This book… this book. The second issue picks up where the first issue left off as we begin to see what Mercy left behind. We get to know some of the characters briefly introduced in the last issue such as Circe, Guillame, and Indi. Indi is especially fascinating in his introduction because of his involvement in the world of the Euthanauts, but also his hesitation. I’m curious to see where that goes as the series goes on. Nick Robles’ art is beautiful as usual and is given extra flair by Eva de la Cruz on colors as she injects new color into Thalia’s strange new world. While the scary things out in death space abound, I think what resonates with me the most in this issue is how Tini Howard writes relationships and touches on what it means to be left behind on the mortal plane. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Edge of Spider-Geddon #2 (Marvel) – Welp, this is a depressing one. The sequel to Edge of Spider-Verse #5, we see Peni Parker back to her usual life as SP//dr. However, she is approached at school by a new girl named Addy Brock who knows her identity, and… well… it goes off the rails in terms of teen/superhero angst from there. The story is by Gerard Way with the script by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson. The team is very good at writing Peni as the conflicted 14 year old she is, but there’s a punchiness/lyricism to Way’s writing that seems to be missing here in the follow up. Nadler and Thompson do make up for that in complete gutpunching sadness by the end though that makes me want to see more of where Peni goes from here. Of course, Rafael Albuquerque’s art is fantastic as usual. What it misses in being 90s anime, it makes up for in complete horror with Ven#m. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Logan

Runaways #12 (Marvel)– Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, and Matthew Wilson turn in a classic issue by having a laser focus on the character pairings of Nico and Karolina and Victor and Gert. They expertly weave together continuity from Runaways Vol 1 and Vision with romance and real emotion. Anka is both the master of fashion and a slow burn conversation, and Wilson’s palette is straight up beautiful. Runaways #12 is a master class is character relationships with a tasty side dish of romantic pairing off. Overall: 10 Verdict: Buy

rick and morty dndRick and Morty vs. Dungeon and Dragons #1 (IDW/Oni)- Jim Zub, Patrick Rothfuss, and Troy Little’s crossover comic is a tale of gatekeeping, puns, and thirst about podcasters. Morty wants to learn DnD so he can impress a worker at his local comic book store, who invited him to a game so, of course, he turns to his grandpa Rick to give him some knowledge. A game with a bunch of Gary Gygax contemporaries ensues, but then the real crossover starts. Like the show itself, Zub and Rothfuss aptly balance slice of life/school drama with fantasy realms, VR, and general craziness. Little’s art is bright and cartoony like the show, but also a little gross like Rick’s constant alcoholism induced belches. Overall: 8.3 Verdict: Buy

Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special (DC)– Mark Russell and Brad Walker take aim at cryptocurrency, big pharma, Twitter, and the billionaires that use them in the deliciously satirical and wise Lex Luthor/Porky Pig Special. After his PorkyBux goes under, Porkytakes a job with Lex Luthor to help run a social media network whose first audience is people who got kicked off other social media platforms. (This is probably the first time incel has been used in a DC comic.) Walker’s art is wrinkly and jowly with all the Looney Tunes charm sapped away even though there are some of funny faces. It’s really a tragic story of moral compromise and “soul renting”, and that some rich, evil men will always get away with it. Jim Fanning and John Loter’s backup story is cuter and more cartoonish story of good versus evil, and xenophobic Lex Luthor drawn in the Looney Tunes house style makes for a great villain. Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy

Ryan C

Brothers Dracul #5 (Aftershock)** – A ho-hum ending to a ho-hum series that started out reasonably promising, but quickly devolved into a tinkering-at-the-margins revision of the Dracula origin story. This issue isn’t helped by the fact that the normally-striking art of Mirko Colak is, uncharacteristically, as dull and workmanlike as Cullen Bunn’s script. Decidedly uninspired stuff. Overall: 2 Recommendation: Pass

bone parish 2Bone Parish #2 (Boom! Studios)** – We’ve got “Bad Bunn” and “Good Bunn” this week, and this is the good one. Two issues in, this is shaping up to be a damn good little horror mini-series, and the insertion of a third competing gang in the trade revolving around the remains-of-the-dead drug known as “Ash” is upping the tension considerably. Striking, moody art from Jonas Scharf completes a very impressive package. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

House Amok #1 (IDW/Black Crown)** – Christopher Sebela is doing all kinds of good stuff these days — see “Shanghai Red” and “Crowded” — but if this first issue is any indication, this five-parter may be the best of his current projects. Twin girls share an elaborate fantasy world that the rest of the family weaves into an elaborate QAnon-on-bad-acid-style conspiracy theory and uses as a crutch to justify heinous crimes — but now one of he twins is waking up and smelling the bullshit? I’m all in, and veteran artist Shawn McManus illustrates the proceedings in an entirely different style than the slick, “cartoony” look he built his career on — with amazing results. Do not miss this one under any circumstances. Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 Euthanauts #2 (IDW/Black Crown) – The first issue of this series was just oblique enough that it seemed to offer near-endless possibilities for a re-interpretation of death on a conceptual level, but now that the parameters of what writer Tini Howard has in mind are becoming more concrete, a good deal of the mystery and ingenuity are reined in considerably. A truly lackluster cliffhanger doesn’t help matters, either. Still, I’m not ready to throw in the towel justl yet and will give this one more installment to win me back; certainly the art by Nick Robles is pleasingly “cosmic” and “trippy,” and makes it worth hanging around to see whether or not this chapter was an unfortunate hiccup, or the start of a downward trend. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Read

Elana

The Wicked + The Divine 38 (Image)** How is there anyone not reading this yet? The latest delves in to the anthropology of religion via an infamous historical figure who absolutely belongs in the series. Art and colors are gorgeous as ever. PS if you aren’t WickedAndTheDivine_38-1listening to Steven Attewell’s WicDiv podcast on SoundCloud. Check it out https://graphicpolicy.com/…/godscast-issue-2-gods-as…/ Overall: 10 Recommendation: Read 

Adventure Time: Beginning of the End #1-3 (Boom) With the beloved cartoon series wrapping up I decided it was time to dip my toe back into the Adventure Time comics. I’d always liked them but I hadn’t been able to keep up with how many were out. This 3-part miniseries is an excellent stand-alone for lovers of the show. The creature design is fabulous and the story highlights the character growth of so many favorites from the cast. Creative team (W) Ted Anderson (A) Marina Julia (CA) Victoria Maderna have absolutely got me excited to catch up with Adventure Time comics again. Overall: 9
PS if you love the show be sure to check out this week’s episode of Graphic Policy Radio where we’ll discuss the finale with Oliver Sava and Jameson Hampton

Patrick

Mage: The Hero Denied #11 (Image)** – The cover is the best thing about this issue: a powerful image of father and daughter, hand in hand through the woods, in silhouette: his icon a lightning bolt, hers a heart. It brought up my own feelings about fatherhood and what we pass on, what we hope our kids turn out to be, what they want to be, how we help them dream, the magic we weave, the magic we leave. None of this, unfortunately, has anything to do with the story inside, which continues from last issue without really revealing anything more about any of the characters or why they are in danger. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Skip

proximacentauri_03-1Proxima Centauri #3 (Image) – Farel Dalrymple is just so good at capturing a certain kind of adolescent boyhood. I think Sherwood is pretty rad, but of course he’s also trying too hard to impress a girl who isn’t really there. The adults around him, like Scientist, are so busy trying to give him advice that they don’t realize he doesn’t understand any of it. He treats his best friends like shit because they’re closest to him, and then has to find a way to apologize without losing face. He goes on adventures to stave off the boredom (Dalrymple’s take on the Spielbergian flying BMX’s is very welcome here), and then gets in real, serious trouble. The last page was a gut-punch and I’m terrified to see what happens next. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack #12 (Boom|) – The final issue of this romp is on firm par with the rest of it. John Carpenter & Anthony Burch’s script is full of twists and turns and sharp dialogue, and what more can I say about the awesomeness of Jorge Corona’s art? The action is comic, the comedy is active, and there’s even a happy ending for good measure. I’m going to miss this series showing up at my LCS. Overall: 8 Recommendaton: Buy

Shean

Venom: First Host#1 (Marvel)– Venom is one of those characters you either liked or hated, but as of recent, he has been gaining favor with the Marvel faithful. This new book proves why as we get an origin story but not about Eddie Brock but about the first person to Don the symbiote. As we get dropped in the middle of the Kree / Skrull war, where the species was more weaponized for good. Fast forward to present day, and venamEddie gets attacked by a Skrull which is where things gets really interesting. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 Web Of Venom: Ve-Nam #1 (Marvel)– In this one off story, before Eddie Brock, we find out that SHIELD. Had knowledge of the Venom symbiotes before Brock got his. As the reader gets treated to a story that is a cross between The Predator, Leviathan and Punisher Platoon, as we get dropped into the Vietnam War and SHIELD has been busy trying to create a different supersoldier since Captain America was frozen. Eventually the program is no longer under their control, so they ask Wolverine to help find them. By book’s end, he finds a way to control them and Nick Fury recruits one of his first agents.  Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy



Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

AfterShock Comics’ Releases in November 2018

WITCH HAMMER OGN

$19.99 / 64 pages / Full Color/ ON SALE NOVEMBER 28th
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Dalibor Talajic artist
Colorist: Seb Camagajevac
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Dalibor Talajic

Witch. The word conjures images of hags in black robes and crooked hats, standing over cauldrons of bubbling brew. But witches are among us, and we do not realize it. They are our friends and neighbors. They are our family members. They are our idols.

And someone is murdering them.

A killer is stalking witches, hunting them down mercilessly. Agents Frontenac and Guinness are on the killer’s trail. But as they delve deeper into the hidden, magical world around them, they are haunted by a terrifying question. Is the killer doing the right thing?

A WALK THROUGH HELL vol 1 TPB

$14.99 / 120 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 28th
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Goran Sudžuka
Colorist: Ive Svorcina
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

So these two FBI agents walk into a warehouse…

Special Agents Shaw and McGregor handle the routine cases nowadays, which is just the way Shaw likes it. She’s pushing 40, a borderline burnout, the ghastly memories of her last investigation still clinging like shadows. McGregor is younger, more dedicated, hanging onto some measure of idealism whatever the world might throw at him.

When two fellow agents go missing inside a Long Beach warehouse, Shaw and McGregor are sent to investigate. But what they find waiting is far from routine, as the local police have already discovered to their cost. Before the night is out, our heroes will encounter terror beyond their most appalling nightmares—in a place where the night may never end at all.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer).

A WALK THROUGH HELL #6

$3.99 / 32 pages / color / on sale NOVEMBER 21st
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Goran Sudžuka
Colorist: Ive Svorcina
Letterer: Rob Steen
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

As deputy-director Driscoll attempts to discover what happened to her missing agents, Shaw and McGregor find their reality twisting once more, plunging them into an entirely new dimension of horror. Leaving the familiar world even further behind, the pair begin to understand the true scale of the nightmare that has enmeshed them.

So begins A Walk Through Hell book two: The Cathedral.

A new kind of horror story for modern America, written by Garth Ennis (Preacher, The Boys, Crossed) and drawn by Goran Sudžuka (Y: The Last Man, Hellblazer)

THE LOLLIPOP KIDS #2

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / On Sale NOVEMBER 7th
Writers: Adam and Aidan Glass
Artist: Diego Yapur
Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Cover by Robert Hack

Nick knows he’s no hero, so he says thanks to the Lollipop Kids for all of the bad memories, and heads out of the park, back to his old, safe, boring life.

But something follows Nick, a GREMLIN named EXPO. Nick almost kills Expo, but FRESNO stops him and explains that the Gremlin is on their side, not all monsters are evil. Fresno gives Nick one last chance to join their ranks and to fulfill his destiny, but Nick’s soiled pants tell him all he needs to know.

Nick leaves again, but soon he stumbles upon something much worse than a gremlin—and this time NOBODY is coming to his rescue.

Brought to life by Adam and Aidan Glass (ROUGH RIDERS, THE NORMALS, DC COMICS TEEN TITANS) with art from Diego Yapur (The Night Projectionist, Priest: Purgatory), THE LOLLIPOP KIDS is an epic tale of the nightmares that haunt Central Park after dark…

THE NORMALS vol 1 TPB

$14.99 / 120 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 14th
Writer: Adam Glass
Artist: Dennis Calero
Colorist: Adriano Augusto
Cover: Juan Doe

Think about your “life” for a moment…the people you’ve known, the one’s you’ve loved, and all the stuff in between. Now imagine you learned that everything YOU believed, everything YOU lived, everything YOU felt actually never happened…it was ALL not real. But it is REAL to YOU and you now must fight to save it and everyone you love. But to do that, you first have to save the world. Welcome to “The Normals.“

Created and written by Adam Glass (executive producer of Supernatural and writer of Suicide Squad and Teen Titans) with art by Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir).

THE LAST SPACE RACE #2

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 7th
Writer: Peter Calloway
Artist: Alex Shibao
Colorist: Natalia Marques
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Alex Shibao w/ Natalia Marques

It started as an anomaly—an outlier in the noise that’s so common in astronomical data. But the truth sends the United States—and the world—careening into what will become humanity’s LAST SPACE RACE.

A challenger appears!

Sasha Balodis isn’t the only one that desires to discover the secrets waiting beyond the orbit of Saturn.  His business rival Roger Franklin wants in—and if he doesn’t get what he wants he’ll tear the whole thing down.

Written by Peter Calloway (TV’s Legion, Cloak & Dagger, Under the Dome) and drawn by Alex Shibao (Independence Day), THE LAST SPACE RACE is an imaginative investigation into wonder, hope and humankind’s grandest purpose—a truly original story AfterShock couldn’t be more fired up to tell.

 

DEAD KINGS #2

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st
Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Matthew Dow Smith
Colorist: Lauren Affe
Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Cover: Matthew Dow Smith

FOLKLORE…WRITTEN IN OIL AND IRON!

Sasha Vasnetsov would do anything to free his brother Gena from a work camp for the socially degenerate, including using a suicide bomb hidden in the last place any man would look. Sasha didn’t want to use it. He wanted to use Maria Kamenaya, a warrior from a bygone apocalypse. Too bad she’s more interested in flesh: eating it or laying with it, depending on the source. Sasha’s on his own, out of luck, on a one-way trip…to the wrong detention camp. Чорт. Am I right?

From Steve Orlando (Batman/Shadow, Crude, Midnighter, Virgil) and Matthew Dow Smith (October Girl, Suicide Squad, X-Files) comes a vision of humanity after a disastrous World War of Mechs and Magic.

ANIMOSITY #18

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 21st
Writer: Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Rafael De Latorre
Colorist: Rob Schwager
Letters: Marshall Dillon
Cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo

What has been seen cannot be unseen. What has been known cannot be unknown. The survivors gaze upon a changed world of grief, rage, love, and remorse—a world where, win or lose, they will forfeit the blissful ignorance they once held dear.

From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Rafael De Latorre (SUPERZERO).

DARK ARK #11

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 14th
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill
Cover: Juan Doe

NEW ARC STARTS HERE!

At long last, the rains have stopped. But the flood waters have yet to recede. Still, new life—both human and monster—is born into the world. And as the Manticore Kruul learns what it means to be a father, Shrae’s newborn grandchild is dying from a supernatural ailment. The secret of a cure lies with one of Shrae’s most bitter enemies!

From writer Cullen Bunn (UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Juan Doe (ANIMOSITY: THE RISE, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions!

MOTH & WHISPER #3

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 7th
Writer: Ted Anderson
Artist: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Jen Hickman

Everyone knows the two greatest thieves in the city are the Moth and the Whisper, but few know that they’re missing. And what nobody knows is that the new Moth and Whisper are actually one person pretending to be both of them: Niki, their teenage child.

With the help of an unexpected ally, Niki gets closer to Wolfe than ever. But they have no idea what’s in store for them—and what they don’t know will end up hurting them…

A Young Adult cyberpunk thriller starring a genderqueer super-thief, MOTH & WHISPER is the brainchild of Ted Anderson (My Little Pony, Adventure Time) and Jen Hickman (Jem and the Holograms, The Dead)—a socially significant and engaging story that AfterShock is proud to tell.

PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! #3

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 14th
Writer: Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Marco Ferrari
Colorist: Patrizia Comino
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists: Marco Ferrari w/ Patrizia Comino

Disregarded, disrespected and dismissed, Renny has a chip on his shoulder.

Once a partner in the criminal syndicate that rules Las Vegas, he’s been banished to a shack in the desert. But Renny’s been busy building a robot army—and now it’s time to march into the neon hell of a cyberpunk Vegas and retake his seat at the table.

Old friends better run, because Operation PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! is underway.

While Renny and Marisol argue over which of them is the captive and which is the kidnapper, Robot Paul takes a job at the casino. His manager’s name is Death By Torture Bot, so it’ll be a difficult first day of work. Plus: The Organization answers Renny’s transgression with explosive violence!

Written by Patrick Kindlon (There’s Nothing There, We Can Never Go Home) and drawn by Marco Ferrari (Famous Monsters Presents), PATIENCE! CONVICTION! REVENGE! continues Kindlon’s exploration of difficult characters and irreverent themes.

BEYONDERS #4

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 28th
Writer: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Wesley St. Claire
Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Cover Artist: Wesley St. Claire

Imagine that you were a teenager who had embarked on a treasure hunt of the most epic proportion—a search through mysteries thousands of years in the making—only to discover that the stakes were quite literally the survival of humanity.

Now, imagine that you were accompanied by a brilliant young woman with the power to predict the future using just calculus, and a one-eyed Welsh Corgi with a farting problem. Imagine that by solving the riddles of the treasure hunt, you had the potential to save the world. Is that cool, or what?

Well, imagine that the very book you were enjoying this story in contained its own awesome treasure hunt, hidden inside every panel, and you’d have Beyonders #4! Even cooler.

From Paul Jenkins (ALTERS, Wolverine: Origin, Sentry) and Wesley St. Claire (FU JITSU, Teen Titans) comes the mystery series that can be summed up in one word of its own—AfterShock!

RELAY #5

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 28th
Writer: Zac Thompson
Story: Zac Thompson & Donny Cates
Artist: Andy Clarke
Colorist: Jose Villarrubia
Letterer: Charles Pritchett
Cover Artists: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia

In the future, the galaxy is united under the Galactic Relay. The towering monument is meant to inspire conformity of ideas, technology and progress, but many have begun to resent the foreign structure. And now, Jad Carter, a Relay employee, has found the Relay’s mythological creator.

In the deep reaches of space, the truth behind the Monolith is revealed! The electrifying finale to the first arc is here…but who will survive and will the universe ever be the same?

Written by Zac Thompson (The Dregs the co-writer of Cable) and art by Andy Clarke (REPLICA, Batman). Story by Zac Thompson and Donny Cates (BABYTEETH, Venom, Thanos, Doctor Strange, God Country).

HOT LUNCH SPECIAL #4

$3.99  / 32 Pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 14th
Writer: Eliot Rahal
Artist: Jorge Fornes
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover Artist: Jorge Fornes

A midwestern noir series set in the harsh landscape of the northern Minnesota Iron Range—Hot Lunch Special is all about family, food and the fight for survival. Only one question is worth asking…is blood thicker than sandwiches?

Dorothy Khoury has accidentally created two more dead bodies.

The number one problem with most corpses is…they’re super hard to get rid of. Now, the frightened Khoury family must cover up the trail of blood they’re leaving behind, while also projecting strength. They finally have a hostage they can use to negotiate an end to the war with the Moran Family Mafia.

From Eliot Rahal, the writer of Cult Classic, The Paybacks and Quantum & Woody comes HOT LUNCH SPECIAL, with art by Jorge Fornes (Amazing X-Men, Wolverine, Magnus)! 

CLANKILLERS #5

$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color/ ON SALE NOVEMBER 28th
Writer: Sean Lewis
Artist: Antonio Fuso
Colorist: Stefano Simeone
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover Artists: Antonio Fuso w/ Stefano Simeone

Like the demented stepchild of Game of Thrones, Braveheart and Mark Millar’s Kick Ass, CLANKILLERS brings readers into an ancient Ireland filled with clans, mystics, warriors and monsters of mythic proportion!

The first arc of your favorite medieval bloodbath comes to an end.

Finola’s final face off with her sisters and her friend Cillian’s discovery of Finola’s true self converge to graphically violent and heart-rending conclusions! Grab your sword and prepare for the epic conclusion!

From writer Sean Lewis (BETROTHED, The Few) and artist Antonio Fuso (James Bond, G.I. Joe) comes a revenge thriller that’s sure to become a fan-favorite.

DARK ARK vol 2 TPB

$14.00 / 120 pages / Full Color / On Sale November 21st
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Juan Doe
Letterer: Ryane Hill
Cover: Juan Doe

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood!

Two arks sail this flooded world. On one, Noah tends the animals of the natural world. On the other, the sorcerer Shrae stands watch over the monsters that haunt the night. But in order for Shrae’s charges to thrive in the World That Waits, Noah’s Ark must also survive. And when Noah’s vessel encounters trouble, Shrae’s monsters must work in secrecy to ensure that their would-be prey find land.

From writer Cullen Bunn (X-Men BlueDeadpoolVenom) and artist Juan Doe (AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER) comes a sinister tale of biblical proportions that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

BROTHERS DRACUL vol 1 TPB

$14.99 / 120 pages / Full Color / ON SALE NOVEMBER 7th
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Mirko Colak
Colorist: Maria Santaolalla
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Mirko Colak w/ Maria Santaolalla

The legend of Vlad the Impaler is the stuff of nightmares. The inspiration for the most iconic of monsters—Dracula—Vlad tortured and murdered thousands of victims. But what turned him into such a depraved killer? The truth lies in his teenage years, when Vlad and his brother Radu were held hostage by the Ottoman Empire. During this time, the brothers learned many things—archery, riding, the art of combat, matters of court…and how to stalk and slay vampires.

From writer Cullen Bunn (DARK ARK, UNHOLY GRAIL, X-Men Blue, Deadpool, Venom) and artist Mirko Colak (UNHOLY GRAIL, The Punisher) comes a tale of brothers and blood that HAD to be told at AfterShock Comics.

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