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Preview: Shadowman (2018) #8

SHADOWMAN (2018) #8

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by KERON GRANT
Cover C by RYAN BODENHEIM
Interlocking Variant by RYAN LEE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ |  On Sale OCTOBER 24th

NEW ARC! NEW JUMPING-ON POINT! “RAG AND BONE” – PART 1!

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

The endless cycle of death and rebirth stops here as Shadowman and the Darque clan usher in the reckoning they’ve waited ten lifetimes to achieve – with massive repercussions for the future of the Valiant Universe – as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and high-octane artist Renato Guedes (Action Comics) return to heed the call of “RAG AND BONE”!

NYCC 2018: ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Assemble All-Star Team for Promethee 13:13

ComiXology and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, join forces to bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées PrometheePromethee 13:13. Created by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough with covers by JockPromethee 13:13 will be exclusively available on Kindle and comiXology through comiXology Originals. To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 team will be signing exclusive, limited edition posters illustrated by Jock at the comiXology NYCC Artist Alley table #1B5.

Coming 2019.

Promethee 13:13  istwo 48-page volumes will be available on Kindle and comiXology – individual release dates forthcoming. Volumes will be simultaneously available in English and French same day worldwide. It’ll be free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited.

Review: Shadowman #7

SM2018_007_COVER-A_ZONJICWho is Shadowman? It’s a question Jack Boniface has asked himself ever since he was called to protect our world from the demonic forces that lie beyond… Now, as he rides backseat in the body of a Paleolithic hunter, eons before his own birth, he will finally learn the shocking true identity of the loa spirit bound to his soul! And, as a shadow begins to spread across West Africa, Jack must defend his fellow tribesmen…or else be trapped in 40,000 B.C. forever!

This issue holds the distinction of being both the concluding part of a two issue arc, and also the fourth part of a longer story. That sounds more confusing than it is, honestly. Jack Boniface is in the middle of a multi-part arc, and while his consciousness is piggybacking with a Paleolithic hunter we see the origin of the shadow loa first bonding with a human being, which is told as a two part story (and is honestly a must read for any Valiant fan remotely curious about Shadowman). This two part story opens a vast array of possibilities for the character going forward, something that Jack seems to be aware of, and after the barrage of revelations about the shadow loa, Andy Diggle has opened the door of possibility. Dead and Gone  is poised to give Valiant fans a new era and direction for Shadowman, and I can’t wait to see where we’re taken from here.

Not all the revelations will be immediately apparent to a reader unfamiliar to the history and lore of Shadowman, but pay attention closely and you’ll notice some of the more nuanced tidbits that Diggle dangles just out of the periphery of your vision – in fact you should notice them about the same time Jack does.

But as good as the story is in this issue (and it really is), Renato Guedes is utterly fantastic in bringing the script to life. His art is haunting, and the body language and facial expressions of his figures bring forth an emotional response as you realize that the people you are reading about feel far more lifelike than most other comic characters.

Shadowman #7 is the kind of comic that you should show to new readers as an example of what can be achieved within the medium.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.8 Art: 9.1 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Andy Diggle and Alessandro Vitti Get Hardcore this December from Image and Skybound

Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics have announced Hardcore, a new comic book series by writer Andy Diggle and artist Alessandro Vitti, coming out December 12, 2018. The series will feature cover art by award-winning artist Dan Panosian.

Imagine being able to take over the body of anyone on Earth in order to track down a rogue nuke or assassinate a dictator. Sound crazy? Not for Agent Drake and the Hardcore Program. They can turn anyone—your neighbor, your co-worker, your spouse—into a human drone to get to targets that normal soldiers can’t.

Drake is the best soldier Hardcore has to offer. But when the Program itself gets hijacked, he finds himself stranded in a body—with only 72 hours to neutralize the threat. But who can he trust when his enemy can change their appearance as easily as the rest of us changes a shirt?

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #7

SHADOWMAN (2018) #7

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Cover C by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Pre-Order Edition by HANNAH TEMPLER
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 19th

Who is Shadowman? It’s a question Jack Boniface has asked himself ever since he was called to protect our world from the demonic forces that lie beyond… Now, as he rides backseat in the body of a Paleolithic hunter, eons before his own birth, he will finally learn the shocking true identity of the loa spirit bound to his soul! And, as a shadow begins to spread across West Africa, Jack must defend his fellow tribesmen…or else be trapped in 40,000 B.C. forever!

“DEAD AND GONE” reaches a monumental climax as renowned writer Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One) and superstar artist Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION) lay the building blocks that will define the Shadowman mythos for years to come!

Shadowman #8 – Andy Diggle and Renato Guedes Dig Up ”Rag and Bone,” on Sale This October!

Valiant has released a first look at Shadowman (2018) #8, the start of an ALL-NEW STORY ARC and NEW JUMPING-ON POINT by master comic writer Andy Diggle and incendiary artist Renato Guedes!

On October 24th, Diggle and Guedes join forces once again after a prehistoric two-parter of epic proportions in Shadowman #6 and Shadowman #7, this time bringing Jack Boniface back to the present for a new threat that bears a familiar face…

As Shadowman returns to New Orleans with a revelatory new understanding of the immense abilities within himself, he won’t have long to adjust…because a war for control of the ultimate magical artifact – the bones of Master Darque, his old arch-nemesis – is about to erupt out of the underground and into the harsh view of day!

On one side: The Brethren, a society of wealthy and powerful occultists obsessed with Darque’s resurrection and ushering in a millennia-long reign of darkness. On the other: Shadowman’s old allies from The Abettors…and Darque’s own sister, Sandria, who would like nothing more than to grind her brother’s bones to dust…

Featuring covers by Tonci ZonjicKeron Grant, Ryan Bodenheim, and Ryan Lee!

Preview: James Bond: Hammerhead TP

James Bond: Hammerhead TP

writer: Andy Diggle
artist: Luca Casalanguida
cover: Luca Casalanguida
FC | 168 pages | $19.99 | Teen+

Bond is assigned to hunt down and eliminate Kraken, a radical anti-capitalist who has targeted Britain’s newly-upgraded nuclear arsenal. But all is not as it seems. Hidden forces are plotting to rebuild the faded glory of the once-mighty British Empire, and retake by force what was consigned to history. 007 is a cog in their deadly machine – but is he an agent of change, or an agent of the status quo? Loyalties will be broken, allegiances challenged. But in an ever-changing world, there’s one man you can rely on: Bond. James Bond.

Review: Shadowman #6

SM2018_006_COVER-B_MACKHis soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

Interestingly enough, as Andy Diggle takes the spirit of Jack Boniface back through time and his bloodline’s relationship with the Shadowman loa, he’s been revealing as much, if not more, about the loa itself than he has about Jack. That rings even more true with this issue as we go right back to the beginning – the Stone Age and before. Finally, we will see the origin not of the Boniface bloodline, but of the Shadowman loa.

Shadowman #6 is, by it’s very nature an easy comic for new readers to pick up; this is the ultimate of all origin series, and is probably the best place for those unfamiliar with the character to jump on board that we’ve seen thus far – and yes, I am including the first issue of this series in that blanket statement. Diggle, along with artist Renato Guedes and letterer Simon Bowland have come together to produce a stunning prehistoric story that (so far at least) stands alone from the rest of the series, and the Valiant universe in general. It is full of sweeping vistas, the odd reference to later events (that you don’t need to catch) and some evocative imagery and choreography as the characters flow across the page.

Shadowman is a very rich character, with some deep history running through his veins, and now we get to see how deep.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Renato Guedes Letter: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.7 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.9 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadowman (2018) #6

SHADOWMAN (2018) #6

Written by ANDY DIGGLE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by SIMON BOWLAND
Cover A by TONCI ZONJIC
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Interlocking Variant by DAVID LAFUENTE
Shadowman Icon Variant by KAARE ANDREWS
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 22nd

At humanity’s dawn…the rise of the Shadowman of 40,000 B.C.!

His soul cast adrift in the astral void, “DEAD AND GONE” has led Jack Boniface across the centuries in search of the origin of the Shadowman’s curse – and now it’s taking him all the way back to the beginning of mankind! Standing beside his ancestors in the kill-or-be-killed world of primordial Africa, Jack is about to awaken something ancient, hungry, inhuman…and, as darkness descends, the long-hidden face of the Shadowman loa will be known!

Review: Shadowman #5

SM2018_005_COVER-A_ZONJICAs roving gangs ravage the landscape of post-Civil War America, there’s little hope and even fewer chances of escape for those caught in their clutches…except in the shadows! Enter: Marius Boniface – first bearer of the Shadowman loa and Jack Boniface’s own great-great-great grandfather! But as the sun sets, the Shadowman’s coming will lead to more than just a rebellion… Unstuck in time, Jack is about to come face-to-face with the first to bear his curse, and will finally learn the truth about the Shadowman legacy’s connection to his family’s doomed bloodline!

The existential trip down memory lane continues as Jack Boniface rides his soul train back to 1875 and the first man to host the shadow loa, civil war veteran Marius Boniface. Shadowman #5 focuses almost exclusively on Marius’ story with only the odd hint of Jack in the narration boxes. It’s this focus on another chapter in the history of the Boniface family that allows those unfamiliar with the series the opportunity to just pick up and dive right in with what promises to be a character you’ll want to see a lot more of.

It’s a shame that for all intents and purposes that this is only a one shot story, because if you’re like me, then you’re going to want to learn more about Marius. But alas, according to the previews for Shadowman #6, that’s not the case.

That being said, what we do get is fantastic; a post Civil War era story set in the American West with a character that could easily live in your nightmares. Andy Diggle weaves a wonderful script that Doug Braithwaite illustrates masterfully. The only niggle with the art work comes with Jose Villarrubria‘s colours that occasionally seem to wash out the art – now one could argue that’s a depiction of the bright sun in the specific scenes, and I could be convinced of that. But ultimately… it still bothered me enough to take me out of an otherwise fantastic comic.

Story: Andy Diggle Art: Doug Braithwaite
Colours: Jose Villarrubria Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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