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Review: Revenge of Wonderland

Revenge of Wonderland

Recently, I went back home to the place where my father was from and where I was raised for a portion of my adolescent years. The thing is, the time between when I was last there and when I recently went had been 30 years. As with most places and people you have not seen in a while, it’s not quite the same. In some instances, it definitely is completely different and when you realize that, is when you typically grasp that you have changed as well.

I know certainly this is what I think of when I go back home to New York. I loved my upbringing, my friends, and my family, but really cannot see living there again. What happens when a place you love, is not what you remembered? In the first volume of Revenge Of Wonderland we find out what happens to a place which has turned into the total opposite of what it was originally conceived as.

WE meet Callie and Violet Liddle, a mother and daughter who share more than blood as Violet suffered a similar strange ordeal as her mother, Callie. As Callie ruled as the White Queen in Wonderland for many years until an uneasy truce made her step down. As things change, so has Wonderland, and so has that truce, which has forced the Liddles to come back to bout for the land they once fought for. As we catch up with the Liddles, enjoying their normal lives back on Earth. As Callie meets an obsessive fangirl of her books, whose fixation becomes dangerous for all, opening a door back to Wonderland and trouble headed the Liddles way, in the form of the Duchess. As there is even more trouble as mysterious murders, sightings of large purple cats and child disappearances causes Violet to investigate what is causing all these things and what is their connection to Wonderland. This catches the Duchess’s attention, leading her to unleash the Clubs, her dangerous faceless underlings, who take Violet, which leads Callie back to Wonderland to save her daughter. As we find about the Duchess and how became who she was, as she was not always evil. We also find out about our other villain, one even more insidious, Mr.Monarch, a serial killer who has been trapping members of his community one by one. By book’s end, Callie and Violet battle the Duchess, but eventually win her over by showing how love is stronger than hate, and though their lives go back to normal fr now, a worst foe has been awakened.

Overall, an interesting and well told story that injects the reader in to this magical world and does alternate universes right. The story by Raven Gregory is lavish, comprehensive, and action packed. The art by the creative team is utterly elegant and intense. Altogether, an excellent story which more comic book fans should know.

Story: Raven Gregory Art: Allan Otero, Grostieta, and Maxflan Araujo
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Paradise Court #1

When it comes to crime noir, there is nothing like towns with secrets. In every town there are always skeletons and much more that is hiding in the shadows. In the last season of the highly entertaining and recently cancelled Hap and Leonard, the story revolved around a town which a reporter friend of theirs goes missing. As they start poking their noses everywhere, they find the town is seething with KKK members, rapists, pedophiles, and crooked cops. The scary reality of this situation is that more often than not, we do not know our neighbors, like we should.

As many neighborhoods have people who mind their own business and rarely know of the evil that dwells nearby. As this is what scary stories are made of and even scarier legends are abounding with, as the undercurrent of reservation when everything seems tranquil, is what makes these perfect pictures, not as flawless. This is more frequent for those who grew up in big cities as we are used to seeing the evil men do. In the first issue of Joe Brusha and Allan Otero’s Paradise Court, a couple visits their friends in one such neighborhood only to find their hesitations proven true.

While taking a cross country trip, a young couple stops to visit one of their long lost friends who live in an idyllic gated community in the Midwest. Not long after they arrive, they find out that a girl has gone missing and that something sinister may be lurking behind the mansions and well-manicured lawns of Paradise Court. Nothing is what it seems in this comic.

Overall, a skin crawling debut issue which will remind readers of some of the best horror movies of yesteryear. The story by Brusha is creepy, tense, and may make you jump out of your seat. The art by Otero is sleek and gorgeous. Altogether, one of the better horror comic books to come out in years.

Story: Joe Brusha Art: Allan Otero
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

SDCC 2018: Zenescope To Premiere Revenge of Wonderland

After a three year hiatus, Zenescope’s smash hit series returns with Revenge of Wonderland. The first issue will be released at San Diego Comic Con and hit shelves at comic book retailer shops in late July. Zenescope’s Wonderland series became a breakout sensation for the young publishing house back in 2007 with its original title: Return to Wonderland. The company went on to publish several sequels and prequels over the following eight years. In 2012, Zenescope debuted Alice in Wonderland which sold out of the initial 20,000 copy print run within the first week of its release.

Revenge of Wonderland is a twisted tale of love, loss and vengeance. The story follows “The Duchess” as she rises to power within the now abandoned dimension of Wonderland and begins to fill it with brand new inhabitants of her own twisted design. But the Duchess’s disturbing creations will force Calie Liddle – and her daughter, Violet – back into Wonderland to confront a brand new horror that neither is prepared to face. Raven Gregory returns to write the series based on a story by Zenescope’s Ralph Tedesco, Joe Brusha, and Dave Franchini. Artist Allan Otero will illustrate the six part mini-series.

Zenescope will also be launching a Revenge of Wonderland marketing campaign with collectible sticker art prints. The company will be giving hints out where to collect the stickers up until the series release. On the series release date, fans can collect the final sticker and can assemble the art print with the stickers they have collected. The first fan to send a full image of the art print will be drawn into Zenescope’s next Wonderland series and get free tickets to attend any comic con on Zenescope’s 2019 show schedule.

Preview: Wolfcop #3

Wolfcop #3

writer: Max Sarks
artist: Allan Otero, Arcana Studios
cover: Mario Gully
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

After a brutal run-in with black magic leaves him alone and wolfed-out full time, WolfCop has to turn tail back to Woodhaven for a reunion with old friends. But Lou Garou’s hometown is even less welcoming than it was when he left it, and some unfamiliar faces have planned one hell of a surprise party for him, one where home field advantage might just not be enough…

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Preview: Wolfcop #2

Wolfcop #2

writer: Max Marks
artist: Allan Otero, Arcana Studios
covers: Dean Motter (a)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

WOLFCOP: LITTLE BROTHEL OF HORRORS has errant lupine lawman Lou Garou and his conspiracy-crazed sidekick Willie Higgins running into more trouble on the road. When Lou accepts a bit of small-town hospitality from local bordello madame Fey, he’s quickly trapped in a prison of his two favorite vices: Women and booze. But this den of sin harbors a dark secret, one that just might eat WolfCop alive…

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Satan’s Hollow: An All New Terrifying Tale From Zenescope Entertainment!

This March, Zenescope Entertainment brings you a brand new horror series that explores the decades old urban myth of Satan’s Hollow, a place that some say is a direct path to the underworld. And, twenty years later, the legend continues with a survivor’s return to the hellish town, albeit with an immensely evil companion…

Writer Joe Brusha and interior artist Allan Otero combine their talents to make up Satan’s Hollow’s creative team, with covers by: Caio Cacau, Abhiskeh Malsuni, and Pasquale Qualano.

Local comic shops are ordering Satan’s Hollow until February 29th, 2016, so those interested in reserving a copy should contact their local comic shop with the following Diamond Order codes: JAN161847, JAN161848, JAN161849, JAN161850.

Zenescope to Publish Sleepy Hollow

Zenescope Entertainment is re-inventing another classic tale the story of Sleepy Hollow. The comic is scheduled for an October release date.  The mini-series is written by Dan Wickline with story by Zenescope’s Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory.  Cover art for issue #1 is by Marat Mychaels and Matt Triano, and interior artwork for the series will be handled by Allan Otero.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Sleepy Hollow takes place on campus of the fictional Tarrytown University in upstate New York.  The story of the headless horseman has become something of myth and legend but it’s a legend that is about to become all too real when a college prank goes deadly wrong.  Those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a disturbing revenge that none will ever forget.

Sleepy Hollow #1 hits shelves in October in time for Halloween and is available for order in this month’s Diamond Previews.