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Get barbaric with Head Lopper

Andrew MacLean will release his critically-acclaimed, action-packed indie hit Head Lopper in trade paperback this October, collecting all four double-sized issues. The Head Lopper, the legendary hero who’d much rather go by

The Head Lopper, the legendary hero who’d much rather go by Norgal, and the nagging severed head of Agatha Blue Witch arrive on the Isle of Barra to find it overrun with beasts: minions of the Sorcerer of the Black Bog. When Queen Abigail hires Norgal and Agatha to slay the Sorcerer, our heroes trek across the island relieving the horrors of their heads—and playing right into the hands of a master manipulator.Head Lopper, Vol. 1:

Head Lopper, Vol. 1: The Island or a Plague of Beasts (ISBN: 9781632158864) hits comic book stores Wednesday, October 5th and bookstores Tuesday, October 11th and will be available for $19.99.

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Preview: Rick and Morty Vol. 2

RICK AND MORTY VOL. 2

(W) Zac Gorman
(A) CJ Cannon, Andrew MacLean, Marc Ellerby, and Cat Farris
(C) Ryan Hill and Nick Filardi
(CA) CJ Cannon with Ryan Hill
Age Range: 15 and up
Genre: Comedy
Price: $19.99

The hit comic book series based on Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland’s hilarious [adult swim] animated show RICK AND MORTY continues!

Catch up on the adventures of degenerate genius Rick Sanchez and his bumbling grandson Morty as they explore the outer reaches of time, space, and decency. This collection features issues #6-10 of the comic book series, including the “Ball Fondlers Special” by guest artist Andrew MacLean, “A Very Special Blumbus,” illustrated by series writer Zac Gorman, and a cyberpunk adventure across the multiverse. Plus: bonus mini-comics showcasing fan-favorite characters!

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Head Lopper—The critically-acclaimed indie comes to Image

Head LopperCartoonist Andrew MacLean brings the critically-acclaimed indie hit Head Lopper to Image Comics.

In Head Lopper #1, mighty swordsman Norgal and his unlikely companion, the severed head of the blue witch Agatha, have been summoned to the Scottish Isle of Barra to rid the town of the sea monster plaguing its shores. But what the duo did not intend is to find a much more sinister and ancient evil.

The two now face a series of trials that will test both their strength and their faith. Even if they survive the island, can they survive each other’s company?

The dark humored quarterly adventure begins with a double-sized first issue, with 80 pages of story and a premium pin-up gallery for the regular price of just $5.99.

Head Lopper #1 (Diamond Code: JUL150559) will be available on Wednesday, September 9th. Cover B by Rafael Grampá will be available with Diamond Code JUL150560.

Oni Press Goes All Out for Special Rick and Morty Comic Issue

Oni Press has announced the sixth issue of its Rick and Morty comic, which is based on the hit Adult Swim animated series from creators Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland, will be a special issue featuring guest artists Andrew MacLean and Nick Filardi and starring fan-favorite action team, The Ball Fondlers.

The Ball Fondlers are an unlikely team of action-star heroes appearing as an in-universe television show within the Rick and Morty television series from Harmon and Roiland. On this special comic adventure our heroes embark on an explosive, high stakes mission that takes them deep into the jungles of Central America. There they will attempt to save a United States Senator from a hostile rebel army, in the greatest sendup of 80s action films you’ve ever seen.

Andrew MacLean, of hot new comic series Head Lopper, joins as guest artist for this explosive issue, as well as contributing a Ball Fondlers alternate cover. Joining him will be guest colorist Nick Filardi with comic series writer Zac Gorman writing this special adventure.

The Ball Fondlers issue (Diamond Code: JUL151483, MacLean cover: JUL151484) of the Rick and Morty comic series is available for preorder now and is scheduled to arrive in stores on 9/30.

Rick and Morty #6 Standard Retail Cover by CJ Cannon Rick and Morty #6 Variant Cover by Andrew MacLean

Early Review: ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times

Apocalypti Girl An Aria for the End TimesOut May 20, Andrew MacLean‘s ApocalyptiGirl: An Aria For the End Times is a fascinating graphic tale of a girl and her cat in a beautiful, damaged, deadly post-apocalyptic world. The story focuses on a woman and her cat trying to survive in this world, caught between to battling factions. At the same time she’s attempting to maintain her sanity after being abandoned in a scouting mission, she battles loneliness. Finally the story really focuses on what “home” means, and that even the worst situations and places can still be home.

The first thing that’s noticeable is the art. MacLean has an a style I’d associate more with European graphic novelists than what we’d find here in the US. It’s simple and beautiful to look at, adding just the right amount of detail, and at the same time not cluttering the page. The sparing use of colors enhances the look. It’s just beautiful to look at, there’s no other way to put it. You linger on each page checking out every small detail that’s been added, as if every line enhances to storytelling.

The story itself is fun and interesting with a twist towards the end I didn’t see coming at all. The comic is a layered morality tale, focusing on human nature, its propensity for destruction and through all of that, we still call each other a people and Earth home. There’s morals in there, but it’s a bit deeper than a normal comic, challenging the reader a bit. Even if you reject that sort of story, it’s still a fun, action packed comic with some fine twists and turns. I came out of it thinking a bit more about its deeper meaning. It’s a great read for a graphic novel club, perfect for debating it’s themes after.

There’s also a recurring references to opera and music. I’m sure there’s many more out there who are much more intelligent than I that can explain the significance (if any) of each of the choices of music. Again, it adds to that post reading examination that I enjoy in a comic. It’s there, but not explained for the reader, forcing us to do a bit more research and put more thought into the inclusion of the music.

The graphic novel is beautiful, and priced for a steal at $9.99. I highly recommend checking it out when it hits shelves in late May.

Story: Andrew MacLean Art: Andrew MacLean
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with an FREE copy for review

Preview: Colonial Souls – Phase 1: Egg

COLONIAL SOULS – PHASE 1: EGG

Art by ANDREW MACLEAN
Colors by PETE TOMS
Written by NOLAN T. JONES
Available Digitally for $2.49 via ColonialSouls.com

Which came first– the beginning or the end?  Once mighty conquerors, a race of reincarnating bugs found themselves nearly blown out of universe by the many enemies whose very souls they had murderously stolen.  A new Queen looks to save her race by attempting a new and dangerous tactic to provide them with the souls they will need if her people are to last another day… let alone for another generation.

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ECCC 13 Review – Department O #1 and Black Wraith #1

This weekend Emerald City Comicon hits and comic book fans have an opportunity to grab two awesome comics from Monkey Pipe Studios.

Department O #1

DEPT 0 #1 coverSeverely depleted by a mission gone wrong, the mysterious Department O find themselves sequestered for a diplomatic mission, with a twist!

This first issue of a new horror comic series is very deep in set up with not a whole lot being laid out or explained and that’s ok. The energy and excitement that bleeds from the pages got me excited enough to overlook not totally getting everything. Some times you need that and some times comics are so much fun, you don’t care. This is the latter of those two.

The best I can do to describe the comic is thing of something out of Mike Mignola’s mind, whether it’s B.P.R.D. or Hellboy. The story seems very influenced by that in plot, art and color. And that’s very ok. Those comics are a blast to read so feel free to give me something similar!

It’s hard to go in to details without giving too much away, but each character that makes up Department O is introduced. Each has their own quirks, all of which are interesting. And that’s where I’m going to leave it really.

From the story to the art, there’s something very much Mignola about it all, and that’s a very good thing. The comic is fun, with great pacing, interesting characters and solid art. If you like Hellboy type comics, this is an absolute buy.

Story: Jamie Gambell Art: Andrew Maclean Color: Heather Breckel

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

The Black Wraith #1

CMYK KablamspecThere’s been a resurgence of pulp characters and classic pulp comics. But in most of those cases, the characters have been modernized and darkened. Some times it works, but a lot of times you get a brooding hero that just seems like an anachronism. However, there’s some writers who understand how much fun the carefree pulp comics of the past are.

The Black Wraith is a comic that takes more of a queue from Atomic Robo than the updating brooding retro heroes.

In addressing this, writer G. Brett Williams sums it nicely in the back of the comic:

The Black Wraith will be the kind of story you loved when you were a kid that you can still love as an adult… I think what this book can do is inspire you to remember what it is about comics that made you fall in love with this medium in the first place. It wasn’t about angst, it was about hope.

I think that really sums up the appeal of this first issue to me. It’s a fun comic with goofy characters and bad guys. It has lots of action and neat gadgets, but most importantly it’s entertaining. It’s a fun action comics perfect for adults and kids. It’s an action comic you can share and one that comes really close to capturing the family friendly classic pulp adventures that are to few these days.

Story: G. Brett Williams Art: Lee Harris

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Monkey Pipe Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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