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Preview: Bloodborne #5

BLOODBORNE #5​ 

Writer Aleš Kot
Artist Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Tradd Moore
Cover B: Piotr Kowalski
Cover C: Game Art Cover
Cover D: Tradd Moore Black & White
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale: September 19, 2018

Now  an  ongoing  series,  by  popular  demand  –  the  horror  and  mystery  continue  in Bloodborne,  the  comic  based  on  FromSoftware’s  critically  acclaimed  video  game  hit!

Delve  into  the  dark  underbelly  of  the  Healing  Church,  as  writer  Aleš  Kot  (Zero,  Wolf,  Generation  Gone,  Days  of  Hate)  returns  to  the  blood-soaked  streets  of  Yharnam  with  artist  Piotr  Kowalski  (Dark  Tower,  Sex,  Robocop)!

Beast  transformation  Cover  A  by  Tradd  Moore  (Luther  Strode,  Ghost  Rider,  Venom)!

Review: The New World #1

In their new series The New World #1, Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore craft a post-nuclear apocalypse United States that has been carved into many small countries, chief among them, New California. It’s a reality not far from our own with surveillance technology, brutal police officers, partying, music, and slightly smarter home A.I’s. The most popular past time is watching a reality show called Guardians where super cops subdue criminals and the audience votes real time for them to either execute them on the spot or let them have a fair trial. Through this program, Kot crafts the logical progression of Americans’ obsessions with police procedurals, reality television (Especially with an interactive element.), and most of all, unrelenting violence.

In conjunction with cameras or a handler watching Stella Maris, New World’s protagonist and a cop who doesn’t like to kill even when the audience wants her to, Tradd Moore uses lots of full page and double page splashes and big panels to give the book a televised feel. Even his scene-to-scene transitions have a pretty big scope like a full page of a satellite in silhouette on one page zooming in back to Earth to the West Hollywood home of Kirby Miyazaki, an atheist anarchist vegan hacker, who sabotages an airing of Guardians and thanks to loads of hormones and probably moly, ends up hooking up with Stella. He’s doing just fine with his revolutionary activities and putting his war vet dad to bed after a long night of drinking, but comes off as insufferable. But weren’t we all insufferable in our early twenties? (Aka me currently). His anime protagonist good looks don’t help either and act as one big visual joke along with Kot giving the same middle name as one of the monsters in Naruto.

Like the majority of Ales Kot’s comics, New World #1 has a real activist streak, but it reads more like a coming of age romance than the chronicles of the revolution although there is a harrowing flashback showing Stella’s rebel parents being beaten down by border guards drawn by Moore from the POV of her in the back seat. New World is a YA dystopia shorn of its twee-ness and pandering to Hollywood suits. There’s banter with dads and robotic assistants about cats, and Kot and Moore soak up the daily lives of Stella and Kirby between being an action cop or subversive hacker using the extra-sized first issue to run through a literal day in their shoes. There are plenty of full face close-ups along the way to show exactly how characters are feeling with colorist Heather Moore adding intriguing touches, like a ghostly white to the features of Stella’s grandfather Herod, the governor of New California, who wants Stella to be more ruthless on TV like bulky killing machine Logan Maximus.

Even though it’s thrilling to see Kirby do his hacker thing and tell the slightly creepy person who is interviewing him for the job at Guardians how he is going to disrupt the show, New World #1 hits its peak when Kot and Moore give Kirby and Stella an opportunity to let their proverbial hair down and enjoy a rave party in Long Beach. And it’s the coolest, most energetic rave in comics since Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Dionysian one in The Wicked + the Divine #8. There’s a cascade of colors as Kirby hits the dance floor because he’s straight edge and doesn’t need booze or drugs to have a good time, and Tradd Moore draws the hell out of a crowded dance floor until two young people meet, the (not) talking leads to touching and the touching leads to sex, and you know that Rilo Kiley song. Moore’s panels flow together in a beautiful symphony of lust, and he and Kot also stick the landing when they wake up back at there separate places, but are filled with life and Janelle Monae and Billy Bragg songs. Kirby and Stella have real chemistry, and it’s all in the magic of Tradd Moore’s fluid layouts and use of body language and Heather Moore’s energetic colors.

The New World #1 is the socially responsible young people falling in love story that we deserve in summer of 2018 featuring smart world building and tongue in cheek humor from Ales Kot and jaw dropping visuals from Tradd Moore and Heather Moore. Don’t forget “ACAB” though.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Tradd Moore
Colors: Heather Moore Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: James Bond: The Body #6

James Bond: The Body #6

writer: Aleš Kot
artist: Luca Casalanguida
covers: Luca Casalanguida (A)
Luca Casalanguida (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

A pub. A meeting between old friends. But is it just what it seems? All threads of The Body converge, and Bond has to face the consequence of his actions.

Days of Hate is Collected into Trade this July

Bestselling writer Aleš Kot, artist Danijel Žeželj, and Eisner-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire introduce readers to a near-future dystopian America in Days of Hate: Act One this July.

The United States of America, 2022: the loss that ripped two lovers apart drove one into the arms of the police state and the other toward a guerrilla war against white supremacy. This is the story of what happens when they meet again. A story of much more than just revenge.

Days of Hate: Act One (Diamond Code MAY180060, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0697-4) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, July 18th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, June 4th.

The trade paperback collects chapters #1-6 of the twelve-part series.

Preview: Bloodborne #4

BLOODBORNE #4

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Vanesa Del Rey
Cover B: Game Cover
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: May 30, 2018

Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski! Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood…

Mad Max meets Romeo + Juliet in Tradd Moore & Ales Kot’s Edgy The New World

Aleš Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore come together for The New World—a ballistic, science-fiction, action, romance miniseries set to launch this July.

The New World #1 begins with a massive-sized, 72-page debut issue, and features a backup comic introducing the talents of Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Sunando C.

Set in The United States of America—after the Second Civil War—The New World follows two lovers. One: a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist boy with a penchant for messing with the State. The other: a chaotic, hedonistic cop with a reality TV show and a license to kill. This really shouldn’t happen—and yet, somehow, it does. Soon, the entire state of New California is after them—so they have to run.

The New World #1 hits stores on Wednesday, July 25th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, July 2nd.

  • The New World #1 Cover A Moore & Muller (Diamond Code MAY180036)
  • The New World #1 Cover B Moore & Muller (Diamond Code MAY180037)
  • The New World #1 Cover C Bertram (Diamond Code MAY180038)
  • The New World #1 Cover D Muller (Diamond Code MAY180039)

Preview: James Bond: The Body #5

James Bond: The Body #5

writer: Aleš Kot
artist: Hayden Sherman
covers: Luca Casalanguida (A)
Luca Casalanguida (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The beatings. The virus. The assassin. The secrets. Everything comes together during a terror attack that may not even exist.

Preview: Bloodborne #3

Bloodborne #3

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Color: Brad Simpson, Kevin Enhart
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Cover A: Piotr Kowalski
Cover B: Game variant
Editor: Tom Williams
Design: Wilfried Tshikana-Ekutshu
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 25, 2018

Written by Image Comics superstar Ales Kot, with artwork by Piotr Kowalski! Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted endemic – Where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of paleblood…

Preview: James Bond: The Body #4

James Bond: The Body #4

writer: Aleš Kot
artist: Eoin Marron
cover: Luca Casalanguida
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

On the run from a lethal antagonist, weaponless and wounded deep in the Highlands, Bond finds solace with a woman who exchanged her job as a doctor and a life in the city for a cottage and solitary life of a writer. Can Bond find a quiet peace unlike he has known before or will his life choices catch up with him?

Preview: Bloodborne #2

​BLOODBORNE #2

​Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Damien Worm
Cover B: Game variant
​Publisher: Titan Comics​
​FC, ​32pp, $3.99, On sale: March 28, 2018

A brand-new comic series spinning out of FromSoftware / Hidetaka Miyazaki’s critically acclaimed, best selling videogame.

Awakening in an ancient city plagued by a twisted epidemic – where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned – a nameless Hunter embarks on a dangerous quest in search of Paleblood.

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