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Preview: Sea of Sorrows

Sea of Sorrows

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Feb 02, 2022
SRP: $17.99

Plunge headfirst into the icy waters of dread in this graphic novel of deep sea adventure with a horrific twist!

In the aftermath of the Great War, the North Atlantic is ripe for plunder by independent salvage crews. When a former naval officer hires the SS Vagabond, he leads the ship to a sunken U-boat, and a fortune in gold. Tensions mount as the crew prepares to double cross each other, but the darkness of the ocean floor holds deeper terrors than any of them have bargained for!

From the creative team behind the horror graphic novel Road of Bones, comes an all-new tale of bone-chilling terror!

Sea of Sorrows

Review: The Crimson Cage #1

The Crimson Cage #1

Take Shakespeare’s Macbeth and put it in the world of professional wrestling and you get The Crimson Cage #1, an interesting debut that should be pretty enjoyable for fans of sports entertainment.

Set in New Orleans in 1984, Chuck Frenzy is the headliner of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory. He of course wants more. In a fateful meeting, Frenzy comes across a trio of beings who promise him glory, a run as the champion. But, to get there, he must do something horrible.

Written by John Lees, The Crimson Cage #1 is an interesting debut that works in some ways and others it falls a little short. The story takes a lot from Macbeth and that works really well for the overall plot. But, it’s some of the specifics and details that feel a little off.

The idea of a story about the ins and outs of professional wrestling and one doing something horrible to reach the top is a great idea. That stands on its own and has no need of any supernatural elements. It’s the supernatural elements that takes the story out of its focus.

It’d be easy to just focus on the wrestling, and yes the idea of supernatural beings pushing the narrative is part of Macbeth, but the story so far would still work, and work well, without them. I’d argue it’d make some of the decisions and moves even more ominous and cold. It’d be straight want as opposed to being driven by what you’re told is your destiny. There’d be something a bit more dramatic about it all as opposed to just being pre-determined events. Though, for wrestling there’s something interesting there that isn’t quite played up enough.

The art by Alex Cormack delivers all the action and drama with a dark cloud hanging over it all. Ashley Cormack provides the colors with lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. The style of the comic delivers a flair for all the characters that creates larger than life characters but at the same time does so in a small time promotion sort of way. Each character has a look and style that tells a story by itself. The wrestling action is captured really well. There’s a lot of emotion as well that plays out in the panels.

The idea of a pre-determined destiny playing out in a pre-determined sport is an interesting concept. That’s what the elements of Macbeth brings to The Crimson Cage #1 but that juxtaposition isn’t focused on enough in the debut. Instead, it feels like a normal story of greed with some supernatural elements that don’t quite fit. There’s something really close to being a hell of a read here but it dances around either its more interesting aspects or dives into them without much need for them.

Story: John Lees Art: Alex Cormack
Color: Ashley Cormack Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.7 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Crimson Cage #1

Crimson Cage #1

(W) John Lees (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Dec 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Double double toil and rumble…Brace yourself for a No-Holds-Bard reimagining of William Shakespeare’s Macbeth from the critically-acclaimed creators of Sink. New Orleans, 1984. Chuck Frenzy is the main event star of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory, but yearns for something greater. A fateful encounter with a trio of terrifying beings in the Bayou gives Chuck a glimpse of championship glory beyond his wildest dreams…if he is willing to do something terrible to achieve it. Join writer John Lees (Hotell) and artist Alex Cormack (Sea of Sorrows) for a thrilling new vision of the classic tale of ambition and madness, starting with this special, oversized first chapter.

Crimson Cage #1

AWA Studios Announces Hotell Vol. 2 #1 and The Crimson Cage #1 for December

Hotell Vol. 2 #1

(W) John Lees (A) Dalibor Talajic, Lee Loughridge
(CA) Keron Grant, Mike Deodato Jr.
ORDER CODE – A: OCT211314, B: OCT211315
FOC: November 8 On Sale: December 1

Five more interconnected stories chronicle another harrowing week at Pierrot Courts, the mysterious roadside motel where lost souls make their last stand with the demons that haunt them. A family, desperate and destitute after being evicted from their home. A struggling artist, yearning for inspiration. A lonely bachelor, tending to his beloved, ailing dog. A brutal motorcycle gang, hunting for a runaway initiate…When all these haunted souls check into the Pierrot Courts, who will survive to check out?

The Crimson Cage #1

(W) John Lees (A/CA) Alex Cormack, Ashley Cormack
ORDER CODE – A: OCT211316, B: OCT211317
FOC: November 15 On Sale: December 8

Double double toil and rumble…Brace yourself for a No-Holds-Bard reimagining of William Shakespeare’s MACBETH from the critically-acclaimed creators of Sink. New Orleans, 1984. Chuck Frenzy is the main event star of the local Louisiana pro wrestling territory, but yearns for something greater. A fateful encounter with a trio of terrifying beings in the Bayou gives Chuck a glimpse of championship glory beyond his wildest dreams…if he is willing to do something terrible to achieve it. Join writer John Lees (HOTELL) and artist Alex Cormack (SEA OF SORROWS) for a thrilling new vision of the classic tale of ambition and madness, starting with this special, oversized first chapter.

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Vagabond erupts in chaos as the Siren makes her final move. The only question remaining is who will be the last to go-and Nick is forced to make a decision more grave and harrowing than anything he encountered in the war. Will he survive, or finally find the peace he’s sought after in death? Find out in the exciting conclusion to SEA OF SORROWS!

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Vagabond erupts in chaos as the Siren makes her final move. The only question remaining is who will be the last to go-and Nick is forced to make a decision more grave and harrowing than anything he encountered in the war. Will he survive, or finally find the peace he’s sought after in death? Find out in the exciting conclusion to SEA OF SORROWS!

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

An incoming storm forces the crew to step up work on the wreck – but the divers discover a horrible truth about the Bremen’s wreck, and the promise of sunken treasure. On deck, tensions explode, as Jim escapes the brig and wreaks havoc. And through it all, the siren continues to prey on the crew’s minds, and their very flesh.

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

An incoming storm forces the crew to step up work on the wreck – but the divers discover a horrible truth about the Bremen’s wreck, and the promise of sunken treasure. On deck, tensions explode, as Jim escapes the brig and wreaks havoc. And through it all, the siren continues to prey on the crew’s minds, and their very flesh.

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Battle lines are drawn aboard the SS Vagabond, as the disappearances of more crew members drive the paranoid survivors against each other. The gold they came to salvage is mere fathoms beneath their feet, but is any fortune worth the price of their lives?

Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Historical horror at its finest! The gripping tale of terror beneath the ocean continues! Tensions rise among the crew of the Vagabond as technical delays and mechanical failures frustrate their salvage of the sunken U-boat, Bremen. But, the siren song of sunken gold is nothing compared to the seductive power of the monster stalking them all!

Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)
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