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Review: Radio Apocalypse #1

Radio Apocalypse

Radio Apocalypse is definitely more of a vibe than a story, but that’s A-okay as Ram V, Anand RK, and Anisha immerse us in the post-apocalyptic world of Bakerstown where the DJ still plays Springsteen and Muse. However, they’re barely scraping by, and going out after dark attracts the xinos, kind of mutant wolf creatures that emerge from the desert when they find a scent. Radio Apocalypse literally shows a day in the life of the inhabitants of Bakerstown and sets up key characters like the orphan refugee boy Rion and the couple, Tan and Cali, who are just trying to find a warm fire and shelter. The entire narrative and world is connected by the DJ of the last radio station, who is a Greek chorus meets Senor Love Daddy in Do the Right Thing with a bit of a survivalist edge.

Radio Apocalypse #1 establishes Anand RK’s distinct, yet varied art style, and his idiosyncrasies make the story memorable. Something I noticed about his approach to storytelling is that he and Ram V like to insert a panel of a foot before a tense scene like a xino jumping up, or Rion getting caught by the DJ while looking for copper wire for something the scrap and sell and get some food. Usually framed at medium range with the lower leg bending, this repeated motif shows the knife edge that Bakerstown is on. The sunset isn’t something that’s nice to know for golden hour lighting, but life or death. Anisha’s palette gauges the feelings of the characters and also corresponds to the time of day from a nice montage of various citizens on the first few pages to a far off explosion and darkness in the final few that sets up the series’ real hook and conflict.

To draw you into the story, Ram V and Anand RK use archetypal relationships: two lovers and a father and son. However, the second dynamic is different because DJ basically has Rion in indentured servitude paying him in meals and shelter instead of turning him in for breaking and stealing stuff from the station. From the first page, this station connects the world of the town with the outside world as Tan desperately reaches out to Cali with tips for surviving the night and a song in case that doesn’t happen. There are many panels where the words drop out, and RK just indulges in the power of music and all things analog. Even if nothing really nice happens in Radio Apocalypse #1, it’s nice to know that there’s still good music at the end of the world.

Radio Apocalypse #1 is like the comic book equivalent of a five minute opening track on a concept album establishing the visual language and color palette as well as the setting and key players. Ram V, Anand RK, and Anisha walk a tight rope between hope and hopelessness throughout the story and use seemingly throwaway dialogue between characters to set up the main brunt of the plot. (For now.) Compared to the areas outside it that are seen through the blurry, pain-filled POV of Cali and Tan, Bakerstown is pretty damn idyllic, but the darkness is coming.

Story: Ram V Art: Anand RK
Colors: Anisha Letters: Aditya Bidikar

Story: 7.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Vault Announces Radio Apocalypse #1 Local Comic Shop Day Edition

Vault Comics has announced their Local Comic Shop Day 2021 release: a limited, deluxe foil, full art edition of Radio Apocalypse #1, written by star writer Ram V, Eisner Award-winning artist Anand RK, colorist Anisha, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Tim Daniel.

Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.

Local Comic Shop Day takes place on Saturday, November 24th, 2021.

Readers can preorder the Radio Apocalypse #1 LCSD Edition at their local comic shop using Diamond Order Code: AUG219488.

Vault Debuts a Look at Ram V and Anand RK’s Radio Apocalypse #1

Vault Comics has released a first look at the interior art from Radio Apocalypse #1, the new series by star writer Ram V, Eisner Award-winning artist Anand RK, colorist Ahisha, and letterer Aditya Bidikar.

Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.

Radio Apocalypse #1 will hit store shelves on November 17th, 2021. Issue #1 will debut with a stunning variant from Vault Cover Artist In-Residence, Martin Simmonds and a special Vault Vintage cover from Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays homage to Kieron Gillen’s and Jamie McKelvie’s legendary Phonogram #1.

Radio Apocalypse #1

Tune Into Radio Apocalypse #1 in October

Today Vault announced that, due to Covid-related delays, the release of Radio Apocalypse #1 has been pushed back to October 2021.

Radio Apocalypse is written by Ram V, star artist Anand RK, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Tim Daniel.

Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.

Radio Apocalypse #1

Your First Look at The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

BOOM! Studios have revealed a first look at The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1, the first issue in a new original series from acclaimed comics creator Ram V, superstar artist Filipe Andrade, and letterer AndWorld Design, that explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism, available on April 14.

With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila hatches a plan and soon discovers a way to be placed at the time and location where the creator of immortality will be born . . . But will Laila take her chance to permanently reverse the course of (future) history, or does a more shocking fate await her within the coils of mortal existence?

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 features main cover art by series artist Andrade and variant covers by famed illustrator David Mack, and acclaimed artist Anand RK.

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1

Vault Announces Radio Apocalypse from Ram V, Anand RK, and Aditya Bidikar

Vault Comics has announced Radio Apocalypse, a new series and mixtape for the end times from writer Ram V, star artist Anand RK, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Tim Daniel.

Long after the rock out of space struck the world and turned it all to dust, in Bakerstown stands the last Radio Station on the planet. Radio Apocalypse broadcasting into the unknown, a beacon in the dark for those who wander the lost places. Now change is coming to Bakerstown. Among the refugees flocking into an already precarious settlement, an orphan boy Rion, caught in an indiscretion, will twine his fate with the Radio Station. And in doing so, begin this mixtape of love and heartbreak and interminable hope. This soundtrack to the end of the world.

Radio Apocalypse #1 will hit store shelves in April 2021 and will debut with a special Vault Vintage cover from Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays homage to Kieron Gillen’s and Jamie McKelvie’s legendary Phonogram #1.

Exclusive Preview: Planet DIVOC-91 Chapter 6

Planet DIVOC-91 is an ambitious storytelling experience that brings the world of science to comics like never before. An impressive roster of comic book creators. The ambitious webcomic debuted on July 15, 2020 on WEBTOON. Chapter 6 features Nabeel Peterson, Anand RK, James Devlin, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Planet DIVOC-91 follows the adventures of two earthlings: Sanda Oung, a 23-year-old girl from the UK, and Champo Oung, Sanda’s 19-year-old, non-binary sibling. In the series, 15% of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people are now stuck on another planet, miles from the safety of home. Sanda learns that humans have been brought to Planet Divoc-91 because the Earth is at risk of an extinction level event – and young adults have been moved to safety by the Board of Adversity Scientists for Intergalactic Leadership’ (BASIL), led by a charismatic and fearsome alien named ADRO.

Chapter 6 sees the Divocians begin to turn against the humans as rumours circulate about their motives for being on the planet. Champo is particularly disheartened by this conflict, as they came to believe PD91 was a place of acceptance and belonging. Bobbie tries to calm their worries, reminding Champo that this is not a fault of the humans’, but misinformation breeding uncertainty and distrust. Meanwhile Sanda makes an incredible discovery, which could help them save the baby aliens.

We have an exclusive preview of Chapter 6 of the series as well as videos of the creation process by artist Anand RK.

Explore the Many Deaths of Laila Starr with Ram V and Filipe Andrade in April

BOOM! Studios has announced The Many Deaths of Laila Starr, a new original series from acclaimed comics creator Ram V and superstar artist Filipe Andrade that explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism, available in April 2021.

With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila hatches a plan and soon discovers a way to be placed at the time and location where the creator of immortality will be born . . . But will Laila take her chance to permanently reverse the course of (future) history, or does a more shocking fate await her within the coils of mortal existence?

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 features main cover art by series artist Andrade and variant covers by famed illustrator David Mack and acclaimed artist Anand RK.

Preview: The Picture of Everything Else #1

The Picture of Everything Else #1

Writer: Dan Watters
Artist & Colorist: Kishore Mohan
Letterer: Aditya Bidikar
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover A: Kishore Mohan
Cover B: Nathan Gooden
Cover C: Adam Gorham
Cover D: Anand RK
On Sale: 12/23/2020

As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned—with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Home Sick Pilots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.

The Picture of Everything Else #1
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