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Advance Review: All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The story are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Vampirella Halloween Special One-Shot

Vampirella Halloween Special One-Shot

writers: Scott Lobdell, Blake Northcott
artists: Rapha Lobosco, Anthony Marques
cover: Reilly Brown
FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Teen+

Where Vampirella comes from they don’t celebrate birthdays — so she had to choose her own. Is it any wonder she picked Halloween night? Unfortunately, her simple celebration is interrupted by — you guessed it — one of those pan-dimensional demonic invasions that often seem to take place on All Hallows Eve!

Preview: Red Sonja Halloween Special One-Shot

Red Sonja Halloween Special One-Shot

writers: Erik Burnham, Tom Defalco, Anthony Marques, Liam Marques
artists: Tom Garcia, Anthony Marques, Avery Marques
cover: Reilly Brown
FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Teen+

During the Festival of the Dead, an old woman hires Sonja to find and save her son from a terrible evil. What Sonja is not told is that this terrible evil is the curse of lycanthropy… can Sonja defeat a werewolf during one of the longest and most magic-filled nights of the year, or will skill and luck finally fail her? Find out in RED SONJA: CURSE OF THE WOLF!

Preview: Barbarella #9

Barbarella #9

writer: Mike Carey | artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Dave Bullock (A), Scott Chantler (B), Eoin Marron (C), Anthony Marques (D)
Kenan Yarar (E-Sub), Eoin Marron (RI-B/W), Scott Chantler (RI-Virgin), Dave Bullock (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Barbarella has been lied to. Worse, she’s been weaponized, and someone’s going to answer for that, for sure. (Well, assuming she survives the judgement of the Esseverine sun-giants, and an armada of a thousand ships…)

Preview: Red Sonja Vol. 4 #17

Red Sonja Vol. 4 #17

writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham
artist: Daniel HDR
covers: Mike McKone (A), Tula Lotay (B), Jordan Gunderson (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D), Anthony Marques (E-Sub)
Mike McKone(RI-B/W), Anthony Marques (RI-B/W), Tula Lotay (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

Following the defeat of Kulan Gath, Sonja discovers her trusty sword has a secret history as the legendary Blade of Skath and faces a decision: does she keep her steel, or return it to its rightful Cimmerian owner?

Preview: Red Sonja Vol. 4 #15

Red Sonja Vol. 4 #15

writers: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham
artist: Carlos Gomez
covers: Mike McKone (A), Carlos Gomez (B), Juan Doe (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D)
Anthony Marques (E-Sub), Mike McKone (RI-Virgin), Juan Doe (RI-B/W), Carlos Gomez (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen +

In the penultimate chapter of Hell or Hyrkania, Sonja returns to where her adventure started, the nation of Meru, to find it completely under the iron rule of Kulan Gath—who is using the native magic to grow more powerful than ever. The wizard needs to be stopped once and for all, before he finally gains the omnipotence he craves…but there’s one thing still standing between Gath and Sonja—and it’s something the she-devil never expected to face.

Preview: G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man #2

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero vs. the Six Million Dollar Man #2

Story: Ryan Ferrier
Art: SL Gallant
Ink: Brian Shearer
Color: James Brown
Cover A: Stuart Sayger
Cover B: Anthony Marques, J. Bone, Chris O’Halloran
Retailer Cover: Michael Adams
Letterer: Robbie Robbins
Editor: Tom Waltz
Assistant Editor: Chase Marotz

Stranded in a snake pit! On a COBRA-sieged island, Hawk and his G.I. JOEs must protect the world’s most powerful leaders of peace from a renegade Six Million Dollar Man, while Snake Eyes and Scarlett begin their impossible ascent up the planet’s deadliest structure… with Cobra Commander waiting at the top!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Mighty Mouse #5

Mighty Mouse #5

writer: Sholly Fisch
artist: Igor Lima
covers: Igor Lima (A), Anthony Marques (B)
Igor Lima (RI-B/W), Anthony Marques (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | All Ages

It was bad enough when Mighty Mouse got trapped in the real world. But now, Mouseville faces an alien invasion! And the aliens are invading our world too! How can Mighty Mouse and his human friend Joey possibly defend two worlds and save the day?

Preview: Doc Savage: Ring Of Fire #4

Doc Savage: Ring Of Fire #4

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Brent Schoonover (a), Anthony Marques (b)
incentive cover: Brent Schoonover (B/W art), Anthony Marques (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Chapter Four: Phoenix in Flight

John Sunlight wants to light up the Ring of Fire, causing havoc and destruction all along the West Coast. Can Doc Savage and Amelia Earhart stop him in time? Catch the apocalyptic climax of Avallone and Acosta’s DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE!

Preview: Doc Savage: Ring Of Fire #3

Doc Savage: Ring Of Fire #3

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Brent Schoonover (a), Anthony Marques (b)
incentive cover: Brent Schoonover (B/W art), Anthony Marques (B/W art)
Order the cover of your choice.
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Man of Bronze meets Amelia Earhart, just like we promised. She’s in the clutches of John Sunlight – Savage’s dark mirror, a madman with an apocalyptic plan and the deadly means to pull it off. The South Pacific is boiling over, in the penultimate chapter of Avallone and Acosta’s DOC SAVAGE: RING OF FIRE.  As an added bonus, the Brent Schoonover covers for issues 1-4 will connect to form 1 complete image!

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