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Alterna Comics’ Releases in February 2018

SONITUS #1 of 3

(W) Cody Sousa, Dan Sheppard
(A) Cecilia Lo Valvo, Dee Cunniffe
(L) Dezi Sienty

Mysterious voices lure a man back to his hometown to visit an abandoned house that he used to frequent as a child. But as he journeys through his old hangout, he encounters a supernatural presence that forces him to face his past and his darkest fears.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Black & White

SCRIMSHAW #4

(W) Eric Borden
(A) Dave Mims
(L) Spike O’Laochdha

SCRIMSHAW is back! All is quiet until mercenary cut-throat Danny Yuda finds Hans and his crew. Outmanned, outgunned, and with their backs to the wall, the battle for the Tanto octopus begins…!

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE XII #1 of 5

(W) Patrick Trahey
(A) Luis Suarez

The Sacred City holds the promise of a better life for Caleb and his family. Unfortunately, they’ll have to travel the “Dead Roads” to get there. As winter falls upon them, they traverse the barren wasteland and quickly realize that their safety comes at a price – perhaps the ultimate one.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
40 pages, Full Color

THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS #4 of 6

(W) Terry Mayo
(A) Lucas Romero, Chris Hall
(L) Brandon DeStefano

After narrowly escaping from The Ballpark, Lucas and JC find themselves alone… and vulnerable. As the shadow of death falls across the burnt landscape of San Diego, loyalties begin to erode and a deadly, unexpected alliance emerges.

In Shops: Feb 21, 2018
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Action Comics #992 (DC Comics) – With “The Oz Effect” over, we’re intrigued to see where this series goes as that story attacked the very hope Superman is built on.

The Apocalypse Girl #1 (Amigo Comics) – Metis is 16, has all these problems and more. Because, on top of that, the End of the World happened and she has to cope with bloodthirsty demons and a 4,000-years old, critical, undead mom! This just sounds awesome.

Betty and Veronica: Vixens #1 (Archie Comics) – We’ve read it, it’s awesome. Check out our early review.

The Demon: Hell is Earth #1 (DC Comics) – Out! Out! Our favorite Demon is back in a new limited series. The first issue is intriguing and should be fun for long time fans of the character.

Detective Comics #969 (DC Comics) – Kicking off “Fall of the Batmen.” That title alone has us taking notice.

Doomsday Clock #1 (DC Comics) – We’ve already posted multiple reviews, but this is THE comic of the week. After lots of build up the world of Watchmen and DC collide.

Doppleganger #1 (Alterna Comics) – Dennis’ grip on reality fully unravels when an evil version of himself begins to torment him. Alterna has been doing an awesome job with their newsprint line of comics and this is a brand new one to check out. Just $1.50 people!

Eleanor & the Egret #5 (AfterShock) – Amazing art and beyond adorable story. If you’re not reading this series, you’re missing out.

Gregory Suicide (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel taking on clones and a story that spirals in paranoia. A solid read with some really cool art.

Imaginary Fiends #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – Imaginary friends that also want you to kill. The procedural meets… well, we’re not quite sure. First issue is a great set up in what will be an interesting twist on the police genre.

Long Lost #1 (Scout Comics) – Stranger Things meets Ghost World in Long Lost, the haunting story of two estranged sisters who find themselves drawn back to their small southern hometown to unlock the disturbing mysteries that are hidden there, with all roads leading back to their enigmatic, secretive mother

Motor Girl #10 (Abstract Studios) – The final issue of the series. We’re sad already.

Rugrats #2 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – We loved the cartoon. We loved the first issue. We’re getting our Rugrats fix, how about you? A comic that’s great for kids and their parents looking for nostalgia.

Sherlock Frankenstein & the Legion of Evil #2 (Dark Horse) – The world of Black Hammer continues to expand in this series. Jeff Lemire people!!!

Silver Sable and the Wild Pack #36 (Marvel) – 90s nostalgia, nuff said.

Star Wars #39 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics you’re missing out on great action and a fantastic extension of the world. If you’re a fan of the movies and not reading these, you’re really missing out.

Transformers: Optimus Prime #13 (IDW Publishing) – Post “First Strike” Optimus heads into the Cybertronian wilderness to search for the first new life in four million years. These types of stories tend to really stand out.

Void Trip #1 (Image Comics) – The story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They’re low on fuel, they’re low on food, and they’re low on psychedelic space froot, but they’re still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria.

WWE #11 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re a fan of wrestling, these comics are a must.

X-O Manowar #9 (Valiant Entertainment) – One of the best series out there today.

 

 

Alterna Comics’ Releases in January 2018

GO WEST #1 of 3

(W) Garrett Gunn
(A) Saint Yak, Sean Forney
$1.50, 32 pgs, Action/Western, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Now seeking a life of peace, “Slade the Blade” used to be one of the deadliest men in the New West. But when his family is brutally murdered, Slade embarks on one of the grimmest, grittiest, and goriest tales of revenge that the world has ever seen.

DOPPELGANGER #2 of 4

(W) Jordan Hart
(A) Emmanuel Xerx Javier
$1.50, 32 pgs, Horror, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Dennis decides he must fight to reclaim his life. He turns to his best friend, Riccardo, to help develop a plan to kill his Doppelgänger. The two conjure up a solid strategy, but it will force Dennis to be brave, confrontational, and forceful… three characteristics he’s never possessed.

MR. CRYPT #3 of 3

(W) Troy Vevasis
(A) Aleksandar Jovic
$1.50, 32 pgs, Humor, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Mr. Crypt and Baron Rat make their triumphant return in the final story of this 3 issue mini! After earning a well-deserved vacation, Mr. Crypt soon discovers that this will be a trip like no other. Also: find out what Baron Rat does when Mr. Crypt isn’t home!

AMAZING AGE #5 of 5

(W) Matthew D. Smith
(A) Jeremy Massie, Christine Brunson
$1.50, 32 pgs, Full Color, Newsprint Interior

Heroes and villains collide in this dimension-splitting conclusion! Can Sam finally summon the power of “Mr. Might” to rescue his friends and allies? And even if the battle is won, will our three heroes ever return home?? Find out in the senses-shattering final issue!

Alterna’s Feast or Famine Up on Kickstarter

What would happen if the world’s greatest scientific minds, Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, partnered together? Oh, and then went on a cosmic rescue mission together? In the all-new sci-fi comic book series, Feast or Famine, we get to find out. In a parallel version of Earth, these two futurists come together to make profound scientific discoveries. Propelling our world into a golden age of technology during the early days of the 20th century.

This 3 issue mini-series, coming next year from independent comic book publisher Alterna Comics, will chronicle the mind-bending first adventure of these brilliant scientist as they travel to a distant alien world. What begins as a benevolent adventure, quickly spirals into an unexpected and dangerous mystery. With consequences that can rewrite all of history!

Created by writer Dave Swartz and drawn by industry veteran Joseph Cooper, Feast or Famine mixes a futuristic turn of the century style with a retro, 1950’s vision of an alien world. Filled with all manner of strange aliens and reality-bending machines that will challenge everything these collective geniuses thought they knew about the universe.

The Kickstarter/Pre-Order Campaign just launched and is offering a ton of really great pledge rewards, including issues of the book, limited edition prints, commissions and sketch covers, and even original artwork from the series!

New York Comic Con 2017: Alterna Comics Reveals 2018 Newsprint Lineup

As part of their New York Comic Con announcements, Alterna Comics introduced readers to 13 new titles that will be debuting in 2018.  The comics will all be part of their newsprint line, with the vast majority of cover prices set at $1.50.*

*The only title that will be priced at $1.99 will be THE FEAR DIARIES due to the 56 page size of the one-shot.

Go West created by Garrett GunnStan YakSean Forney, and Hde, is coming to comic shops in January 2018. One part Death Wish, one part True Grit, Go West will be a 3 issue mini-series.

 

Sonitus created by Cody SousaDan SheppardCecilia Lo ValvoDee Cunniffe, and Dezi Sienty is coming to comic shops in February 2018. Focusing on supernatural horror elements, Sonitus reunites most of the CROAK creative team and will be a 3 issue mini-series.

The XII created by Patrick TraheyLuis Suárez, and Martín A. Pérez is coming to comic shops in February 2018.  Fans of survival thrillers will enjoy The XII. Mapped out as an initial 6 issue mini-series; there are tentative plans to continue the story with another mini-series in 2019/2020.

Tinseltown created by David Blake LucarelliHenry Ponciano, and Hde is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  Loosely based on the experiences of one of the first female cops in the early days of Hollywood, Tinseltown combines action, drama, and mystery over the course of a 5 issue mini-series.

Zero Jumper created by Patrick Mulholland is coming to comic shops in March 2018.  A time travel story that’s heavy on sci-fi fantasy elements, Zero Jumper will be a 4 issue mini-series.

The Fear Diaries created by Garrett GunnNicolas Touris, and Hde is coming to comic shops in May 2018.  This 56 page all ages one-shot mixes elements of Toy Story and Legend.

Cyko KO! created by Robert Feldman is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This three issue mini-series centers around Cyko KO (pronounced “psycho Kay-OH”) and his insane adventures on Super Earth.  This series combines elements of Scooby Doo, Madman, Venture Bros., and The Tick.

Eden created by Eric Henson is coming to comic shops in July 2018.  This four issue mini-series is one part Star Wars and one part Guardians of the Galaxy. If you’re a fan of sci-fi, fantasy, and adventure… then this one’s for you.

Blood Realm created by Robert Geronimo is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  This 4-part series will feature 3 issues in each mini-series over the course of 2 years.  An epic fantasy adventure story, Blood Realm is perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones.

Binary Gray created by Chris CharltonRowel RoqueAnthonie Nemo Wilson, and Brant Fowler coming to comic shops August 2018.  This six issue mini-series centers around a man that can control all aspects of modern technology.  His newfound powers get him into a world of trouble though when a corporation puts a price on his head.

Exilium created by Benjamin SlabakSalo FariasMarc SintesCarlos Jobani, and Hde is coming to comic shops in August 2018.  The six issue mini-series will see humans joining forces with a race of aliens against a common intergalactic enemy.

Midnight Mystery created by Bernie Gonzalez is coming to comic shops in October 2018.  This twelve issue anthology horror series focuses on the various cases of a paranormal private investigator.

Feast or Famine created by Dave SwartzJoseph Cooper, and Micah Myers is coming to comic shops in November 2018.  Parallel dimension versions of Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein team-up to save the universe and end up unlocking a secret that will have repercussions across time and space.

Alterna Comics Expands Newsstand Distribution, Adds Toys”R”Us; Books-A-Million

After introducing their product line to a test market of newsstands back in July, Alterna Comics has expanded distribution to include nearly half of all Barnes & Noble stores, all Books-A-Million stores, and they have secured a deal for their all ages (Adam Wreck, Amazing Age, Lilith Dark) titles to be distributed into the top 200 Toys”R”Us stores over the holiday season.

The company has been shaking up their business and distribution model. Earlier this year they launched a new line of newsprint comics with a cover price of $1 to $2 which has resulted in multiple printings. They also recently launched television ads to air in the New England region.

In the announcement Peter Simeti (the publisher and founder of the eleven-year-old company) had this to say:

I’m thrilled for the creators at Alterna, obviously. They’ll be able to get their comics in more stores, in front of more people. That’s a great thing for comics in general. Comic shops are obviously still the best place to find comic books, but expanded distribution in today’s market is an absolute necessity. Comics should be everywhere and as a publisher, my entire job revolves around getting our comics in as many places as possible. I’m happy to report that we’ve been receiving dozens of messages from readers that are finding our titles on newsstands and then going to comic shops to add them to pull lists or pick up other titles that might have been sold out. This is exactly what we wanted to happen.

Alterna has also expanded newsstand distribution to western Canada and to Germany. Between comic shops and newsstands, Alterna is reporting that over 1000 stores are currently carrying their comics.

Alterna Comics Film Adaptation of The Chair set for Halloween Release

The film adaptation of The Chair, which stars Roddy Piper in his last feature film role, is being released to blu-ray and DVD combo pack this Halloween.

Based on the Alterna Comics graphic novel created and written by Peter Simeti with art by Kevin Christensen, The Chair is a psychological horror thriller that takes place on death row and has received rave reviews for the intense performances in the film and the layered subtext within the plot.

The Chair stars an ensemble cast of veteran actors that include Bill Oberst Jr., Tim Muskatell, Zach Galligan, Naomi Grossman, Noah Hathaway, and Ezra Buzzington.

New York Comic Con 2017: Alterna Reveals TV Commercials with Local Comic Shops

You have to like a comic publisher that’s willing to break the mold and broaden the audience they’re marketing to. Alterna Comics has partnered with two local comic shops in the New England area to create commercials that will be aired locally in the shops’ respective regions. Stairway to Heaven Comics in Newington, NH and Friendly Neighborhood Comics! in Bellingham, MA are both big supporters of Alterna’s initiative to bring back lower-priced newsprint comics to comic shops and newsstands.

The commercial with Stairway to Heaven Comics:

The commercial with Friendly Neighborhood Comics:

XFINITY customers in the areas listed below will be able to see these commercials aired on Sundays at 11pm during Rick and Morty (Adult Swim) and Wednesdays at 10pm during South Park (Comedy Central) during the months of October and November.

Ashland, MAWest Boxford, MA
Bellingham, MABerwick, ME
Blackstone, MADover, NH
Franklin, MADurham, NH
Holliston, MAEast Kingston, NH
Hopedale, MAEliot, ME
Hopkinton, MAEpping, NH
Marlborough, MAExeter, NH
Medway, MAFremont, NH
Mendon, MAGreenland, NH
Milford, MAHampton Falls, NH
Millis, MAHampton, NH
Plainville, MAKittery Point, ME
Woodville, MAKittery, ME
Burlington, MALee, NH
Lynnfield, MAMadbury, NH
Peabody, MANew Castle, NH
Reading, MANewfields, NH
Stoneham, MANewington, NH
Wilmington, MANewmarket, NH
Winchester, MANorth Hampton, NH
Woburn, MANottingham, NH
Beverly, MAPortsmouth, NH
Boxford, MARaymond, NH
Danvers, MARollinsford, NH
Hamilton, MARye Beach, NH
Hathorne, MARye, NH
Marblehead, MASeabrook, NH
Middleton, MASomersworth, NH
Prides Crossing, MASouth Berwick, ME
South Hamilton, MASouth Hampton, NH
Topsfield, MAStratham, NH
Wenham, MAWest Nottingham, NH

Alterna Comics’ Releases in December 2017

THE CHAIR #4 of 4

OCT171104
(W/A/L/Cover) Peter Simeti
(A) Kevin Christensen

It’s a murderous fight to the finish as the house of cards comes tumbling down for Sullivan and the Warden. No matter what happens, Death wins. Featuring cover art by creator/writer Peter Simeti. Read the comic before you see the film!

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.00
32 pages, Black & White

TRESPASSER #4 of 4

OCT171105
(W) Justin M. Ryan
(A) Kristian Rossi
(L) DC Hopkins

While his daughter’s life hangs in the balance, Hector makes a desperate gamble with the beings who threaten their existence. With nothing left to give, Hector makes his last stand. Don’t miss the jaw-dropping conclusion to one of the most acclaimed titles of 2017!

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

THE WICKED RIGHTEOUS #3 of 6

OCT171106
(W) Terry Mayo
(A) Lucas Romero, Chris Hall
(L) Brandon DeStefano

After Lucas and his brothers narrowly escape the ruins of downtown San Diego, they end up in a much worse situation. Thrust into the battle arena formerly known as Petco Park, will everyone make it out with their lives and their limbs?

In Shops: Dec 13, 2017
SRP: $1.50
32 pages, Full Color

FUBAR Empire of the Rising Dead 5th Anniversary Edition

OCT171107
(W) Chuck Dixon, Jeff McClelland, Michael McDermott, Fabian, Jr. Rangel, Steve Becker, Shawn Aldridge, Jeff McComsey
(A) Steve Becker, Jeff McComsey, Matt Smith, Michael S. Bracco, Rob Croonenborghs, Chris Peterson, Dominic Vivona
(Cover) Danilo Beyruth

The New York Times-bestseller is back from the dead with a fifth anniversary edition! After a zombie outbreak reaches pandemic proportions during World War II, soldiers must not only contend with each other but with a horrifying and seemingly unbeatable undead menace as well.

In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $14.95
256 pages, Black & White

SCRIMSHAW Vol. 1

OCT171108
(W) Eric Borden
(A) Dave Mims
(L) Spike O’Laochdha

With the planet ravaged by war, ruthless corporations have the world’s governments in their pockets. Faced with impossible odds, Captain Hans Tanaka and the crew of the Runaway Horse have been branded pirates, cutthroats, mercenaries, and the GOOD guys. Collects issues #1-3 and contains exclusive never-before-seen material.

In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $14.95
120 pages, Full Color

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick(s): Bloodshot Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4 (Valiant Entertainment) –  There’s a funny thing this week. There’s really only two comics I can’t wait to pick up from my LCS, and both are from Valiant: Bloodshot: Salvation #1 and Secret Weapons #4. While I’ve read both, I want to reread them both in print without the review copy watermark on them.

Mr. Crypt #1 (Alterna) – It’s a living skeleton and the comic is about $1.50. What’s not to love?

 

Paul

Top Pick: Jean Grey #7 (Marvel) – I’ve really been enjoying this series and seeing Jean meeting up with other heroes and learning from them has been fun. But to be totally honest, I’m really just looking forward to seeing Scarlet Witch in this issue. Not too much of a fan boy, eh?

Super Sons #8 (DC Comics) – This is a fun, action filled super hero book that you all should be reading.

U.S.Avengers #10 (Marvel) – I’m interested to see how the fall of Hydra will effect this team, and looking forward to them going out to look for Cannonball. This book is hit or miss with me, and the Secret Empire tie ins were just alright, so I’m hoping things pick up.

X-Men Gold #12 (Marvel) – This book has been a good read, even though I do have a few issues on how some characters have been depicted or altogether pushed to the side (looking at Storm). I would like to see this book be more of a team feel like the first few issues were; lately is just feels like ‘the tales of Shadowcat and Colossus’ with the rest of the team just popping up as support.

 

Shay

Batwoman #7 (DC Comics) – Kate and her dad spend some time stranded in the first installment of the Fear and Loathing story arc.

Harley Quinn #28 (DC Comics) – Harley’s running for office. An anti-heroine for the people!

Harley Quinn Batman Day Special (DC Comics) – I’m all for anything Harley related especially when we get to see her toxic relationship fable with Joker. Here’s to hoping that she stays smart and stays single .

Luke Cage #5 ( Marvel) – It’s going down in New Orleans and I’ve got popcorn.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Red Death #1 (DC Comics) – I’m all in with DC’s latest even Metal and this one gives us the scoop on one of the alternate worlds’ Batman. I’ve read it and holy crap is it good.

Catalyst Prime: Superb #3 (Lion Forge Comics) – I’ve been sucked into the Catalyst Prime world and this series is standing out in a teenage superhero sort of way that has enough different to make it a must read.

Dark Ark #1 (AfterShock) – You know the story of Noah… but what about that other ark?

Misbegotten: Runaway Nun #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Haven’t read this yet but it feels like the grindhouse sort of concept and movie that I really enjoy.

World of Animosity #1 (AfterShock) – This amazing comic world expands with this new series and is absolutely a world you should be checking out if you haven’t already.

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