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Preview: Sleeping Beauties #5 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #5 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $3.99

A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Sleeping Beauties #5 (of 10)

Preview: Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Based on the horror novel by Stephen King and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson ( Hit Girl, Winnebago Graveyard)! With A covers by Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye)!

A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

Preview: Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Based on the horror novel by Stephen King and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (THE FORGOTTEN GIRL) and Alison Sampson (THE HIT GIRL, WINNEBAGO GRAVEYARD)! With A covers by Annie Wu (BLACK CANARY, HAWKEYE)! A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Sleeping Beauties #4 (of 10)

Preview: Sleeping Beauties #3 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #3 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Aug 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Based on the horror novel by Stephen King and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson (The Hit Girl, Winnebago Graveyard)! With A covers by Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye)! A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Sleeping Beauties #3 (of 10)

Preview: Sleeping Beauties #2 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #2 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Based on the horror novel by Stephen King and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson (Hit Girl, Winnebago Graveyard)! With A covers by Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye)!

A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Sleeping Beauties #2 (of 10)

Preview: Sleeping Beauties #1 (of 10)

Sleeping Beauties #1 (of 10)

(W) Rio Youers (A) Alison Sampson (CA) Annie Wu
In Shops: Jun 24, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Based on the horror novel by Stephen and Owen King and adapted by Rio Youers (The Forgotten Girl) and Alison Sampson (Hit Girl, Winnebago Graveyard)! With A covers by Annie Wu (Black Canary, Hawkeye)!

A strange sleeping sickness, known as Aurora, has fallen over the world, and strangest of all, it only affects women. In the small town of Dooling, a mysterious woman has walked out of the woods; she calls herself Eve and leaves a trail of carnage behind her. More mysterious: she’s the only woman not falling asleep.

Review: Broken Frontier Anthology

The overused term, “rules are made to be broken,” has been said repeatedly when it is thought that someone has gone against convention. As the world slowly embraces the diversity that surrounds it, so has popular media. Comics have always challenged type but has mostly been monochromatic. It has only recently been proactive about being diverse in not only race and sexuality, but also ability. Wave Blue World‘s Broken Frontier offers up stories where they do just that, break the rules.

In “Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher,” a police officer who loses his arm during a rescue, magically receives a mystical weapon which changes his life instantly. In “Stranger Than Fiction,” a clairvoyant helps out a murder suspect, by revisiting the day of the crime through his unconscious mind. In “Dark Dark World,” young imaginative writer plays out a scene for a story, all in her father’s work shed. In “The Wall,” set in a dystopian future, societies’ fortunes are separated only by allegiance.

In “Flyer,”  a elderly man, gives a prep talk to his adolescent granddaughter, as she prepares to engage in a dogfight by way of rocketpack. “In The Night, Mountains Grew,” a ranger’s gross miscalculation proves fatal for those she protects. In “The Beard,” a young woman uncontrollably grows a facial hair at a unusually rapid rate, something befuddles her day after day, until she realizes her greater destiny, one that would change her life forever. In “Purgatory,” a woman falls into a coma, and gets transported to a different world, where she gets to be her true self.

In “The Trip,” a rather routine start of a morning for a man and his daughter, becomes a lesson in realizing every day is precious. In “Its About Time,” a scientist uses his considerable powers to time travel before his wife died, but what he finds out changes his whole outlook on her. In “Inside Outside,” a woman coming off her meds is constantly irritated by “cute squishy monsters.” In “Last dance at Omega Point,” as a rocket heads to its firing point, a woman’s life unpacks in alternate reality.

Overall, an excellent comic anthology which explores what can be or what will be. The stories by all the writers pluck the emotions of the reader in the best way possible. The art by the creators are all beautiful. Altogether, a plus sized comic treat which entertains on every page and you will wish was longer.

Story: Greg Pak, Tyler Chin-Tanner,Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Robert Dammelin, Justin Zimmerman, A. David Lewis, Fred Van Lente, Carla Berrocal, Jamie Coe, Edie OP, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Merguerite Bennett,Frederik Hautain, Kurt Belcher,  Adam Egypt Mortimer, Karrie Fransman, David Hine, Noah Van Sciver, Sean Wang, Salgood Sam, Box Brown,  PJ Holden, Scott Ferguson, INJ Culbard, Steve Orlando, Steve Bryant
Art: Steve Bryant, INJ Culbard, Yaroslav Astapeev, PJ Holden, Salgood Sam, Sean Wang, Box Brown, Noah Van Sciver, Mark Stafford, Karrie Fransman, Jeff McComsey, Facundo Percio, Rob Croonenborghs, Varga Tomi, Ryan Kelly, Edie OP, Toby Cypress, Jamie Coe, Robert Sammelin, Carla Berrocal, Daniel Warren Johnson, Nathan Fox, Alison Sampson, Noel Tuazon, Aysegul Sinav, Mike Lawrence, Tom Raney, Simon Bowland, Taylor Esposito, Gina Going, Jason Wordie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Winnebago Graveyard Scares Up a Second Printing

Image Comics has announced that Winnebago Graveyard by Steve Niles and Alison Sampson will be sent back to print in order to keep up with the increasing level of customer demand. The second printing will feature a wrap-around cover with artwork by Katie Skelly.

In Winnebago Graveyard, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. The series promises to take readers on a plot-twisting road trip filled with mystery and intrigue as they encounter creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

Winnebago Graveyard #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY178160) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover A Sampson (Diamond Code MAY170741) and Winnebago Graveyard #2 Cover B Rubin (Diamond Code MAY170742) hit stores on Wednesday, July 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 26th.

Review: Winnebago Graveyard #1

Winnebago Graveyard #1 is a freaky as fuck. I don’t know why I decided to wait until almost 11 PM the night before it came out to read and review it. I haven’t been this terrified by a comic book since Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches. Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, and Stephane Paitreau open the book in a crescendo of flame, gore, and ritual cultist nudity, switch over to domestic drama for a second, and then conclude by invoking one of the scariest settings of all: the old roadside amusement park. The setup of the comic is pretty simple: a father is taking his first vacation together with his wife and stepson and instead of going to one of the Disneys, Six Flags, or a solid, corporately branded theme park, they and their RV stop by the decrepit ruins of a carnival. And the dad makes them leave their phones in the car because he is a complete and utter dumbass. (Or connected to the cult in the cold open, who knows?)

The opening few pages are a master class in using pacing and especially color to set the mood of a comic, and the final few pages are a similar master class in how to do suspense. Niles and Sampson avoid jump scares and sink us deeper and deeper into this Southwestern wasteland. One thing that helps with Winnebago Graveyard”s overall tenseness is that the characters look and act like ordinary human beings. Sampson’s figures are photo-realistic, but not stiff. I darkly laughed at all the faces that the mother, Christie, was pulling as her husband decided to stop at the park and especially her reaction to her son brandishing a stick as they wandered far from civilization with no phones or transportation. Niles writes her as the consummate voice of reason while her husband is definitely the new stepdad trying to overcompensate by showing his stepson a whimsical, or creepy good time. It’s a relatable situation thrown into an environment that starts out as fantastical, but could just be another rural desert area in Texas, Arizona, or New Mexico. 

Stephane Paitreau’s color palette truly matches gradual increase in the intensity of Steve Niles’ plot while also subverting some readers’ expectations. For example, it might seem like the carnival in Winnebago Graveyard could be like the infuriating (in difficulty) late-90s arcade game CarnEvil where all kinds of ghosts and ghouls chase you in an abandoned Midwest amused and be the epicenter of the horror in the book. No, Paitreau’s colors are neutral and faded like the glory days of the park. But when the family leaves the park in search of a phone or some form of civilization, his palette turns gloomy. Mountains and Joshua trees that would usually be in the background of nature selfies become just as freaky as a dark wood in a more on the nose horror story in Simpson and Paitreau’s hands.

PaitreWinnebago Graveyard #1 made me never want to leave an urban adjacent area and have my cellphone permanently glued to my hand. Steve Niles, Alison Sampson, and Stephane au are masters of gory and atmospheric horror storytelling, and your heart will feel like the creepy naked guy’s heart in the first few pages when you reach the final page cliffhanger.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Alison Sampson Colors: Stephane Paitreau
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Early Review: Winnebago Graveyard #1

In Winnebago Graveyard #1, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. This horror-adventure story about a family stuck on a road trip gone terribly awry is filled with creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

I’m rather mixed on horror stories with them being rather hit and miss for me. I couldn’t say exactly what I enjoy, I just know I enjoy it. Winnebago Graveyard is the type of horror I enjoy with a solid build up in a first issue that’s full of creepiness and enough to make me squirm and be full of lots of questions. In other words, I really want to see what happens next.

Written by Steve Niles, Winnebago Graveyard reminds me a lot of classic horror films especially that of the 70s but infused with a somewhat modern take playing off the uneasiness that pervades America. Niles is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to horror, and everything presented is done so in a way that it adds to the story or cuts off the usual tropes and traps we see in this sort of tale.  But, what Niles does especially well is set the mood that gave me an uneasy feeling throughout the story.

That’s helped by Alison Sampson‘s art which is helped by Stephane Paitreau‘s colors. The art enhances the mood, especially giving us the 70s throwback meets modern time mix that works so well. Sampson’s art enhances the uneasiness throughout the story with things never being quite perfect and slightly off. Whether done on purpose or just Sampson’s style it works so well for this story helping keep the reader off balance and upping the creep factor.

As I said, I’m not of a horror person and I know what I like when I see it. I really liked this first issue as it was both familiar and left me wondering where things are going and what’s happening next. This is a must for horror fans.

Winnebago Graveyard #1 is in stores June 14.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Alison Sampson
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.80 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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