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Preview: Lola XOXO Volume 3 #1

Lola XOXO Volume 3 #1

(W) Siya Oum (A/CA) Siya Oum
In Shops: Jul 10, 2019
SRP: $3.99

It’s mayhem in The Wasteland as Siya Oum’s best-selling Lola XOXO reaches its pivotal third volume! Lola has spent the better part of her life attempting to reunite with her long-lost parents following a catastrophic nuclear level event in The United States. But, like all things in the apocalyptic “Wasteland,” the truth always comes with a price-and oftentimes that means violence – or worse, death! Superstar creator Siya Oum provides a thrilling first issue debut with her riveting story and gorgeous illustrations for the beginning of this climactic Lola XOXO Volume 3!

Lola XOXO Volume 3 #1

SDCC 2019: Aspen Reveals its Third Wave of Exclusives

Aspen Comics has released their full line-up of comic book creators appearing at their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 booth #2320, including the release of a new Aspen SDCC 2019 Sketch Edition of their best-selling Stor-Folio line of comic book cases. 

Creators Siya Oum (Lola XOXOMichael Turner’s Fathom), J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s SoulfireJirni), Paolo Pantalena (Oniba: Swords of The DemonJirni), Jordan Gunderson (Dissension: War EternalAspen Universe: Revelations), Donny Tran (Executive Assistant: IrisLola XOXO), and Alex Konat (Michael Turner’s FathomNu Way) will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 all weekend beginning on Thursday, July 18th

Aspen Comics Crew Members Frank Mastromauro, Peter Steigerwald, Vince Hernandez, Gabe Carrasco, Mark Roslan, and Megan Shirk will be appearing at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 each day of the convention, and editors Carrasco and Hernandez will be offering portfolio reviews on both Friday and Saturday in Room 206b. 

The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2019 will feature all of the aforementioned talents and will take place on Saturday from 12-1pm in Room 4. All panel attendees will receive a free Aspen Comics Mini-Print by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald, limited to 200 editions. 

Aspen VP/Editor-in-Chief Vince Hernandez will be moderating The Comic Book Editorial Panel 2019 on Friday in Room 9 from 5-6, that will also include Aspen managing editor Gabe Carrasco among many other industry editors from other top industry publishers. 

Superstar cosplayer Ani-Mia will be returning for her annual SDCC Aspen Comics cosplay meet-and-greet appearances at the Aspen Comics Booth each day from 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Aspen also released their new SDCC 2019 series of their best-selling Aspen Comics Stor-Folio comic book carrying cases, highlighted by the debut of their all-new Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Sketch Edition Stor-Folio sold exclusively at the Aspen Comics Booth for signatures and sketches, and new, Lola XOXOFathom and Soulfire editions. 

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Bad Weekend (Image Comics) – If you missed this story arc from Criminal in individual issues, now’s your chance to get it… plus extras!

Criminal #6 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics out today. Each issue is amazing and a must for folks who enjoy crime/noir comics or just quality.

Black Hammer/Justice League #1 (Dark Horse/DC Comics) – Jeff Lemire’s brilliant deconstruction of superheroes meets some of the original heroes.

Care Bears #1 (IDW Publishing) – The classic property get a comic series and we’re always excited to see classic kids properties see new life. More comics geared towards young kids is a good thing.

Fallen World #3 (Valiant) – Valiant consistently knocks it out of the park and this is a series that’s well worth checking out as to see why the publisher is known for quality.

Giant-Size X-Statix #1 (Marvel) – The X-Statix are back and you don’t need to know the past to enjoy this giant-size comic. Filled with humor and well worth checking out.

Ghosted in L.A. #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Sina Grace and Siobhan Keenan’s new series about a girl with undead roommates. The premise sounds fun.

Lola XOXO Vol. 3 #1 (Aspen Comics) – We’ve been fans of this series since the first volume. It’s a post-apocalyptic world that has a nice “western” feel to it.

The Magicians: Alice’s Story (BOOM! Studios) – The popular series comes to comics.

Naomi #6 (DC Comics) – The end of the “first season” of the series and if you’ve missed it, you’re missing one of the best superhero comics out there. It’s nailed the set-up and delivered on reveals. Naomi is a breakout star in the making. Don’t miss out on this entire series. Amazing writing and even better art.

Reaver #1 (Image Comics) – A new series from Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs, that creative team alone has us excited. Six horrible individuals are assembled to help stop the end of the new world. It sounds like the Dirty Dozen (in half) but this creative combo has us excited to see the insanity is coming.

Second Coming #1 (AHOY Comics) – The delayed (and publisher switched) controversial series is finally out and we want to see what the buzz is all about and if it deserves the notoriaty and protests, it has.

Strangelands #1 (Humanoids/H1 Comics) – The latest entry in the Humanoids “H1” superhero comics line is an interesting concept of two individuals who cause mass destruction when they’re separated.

Unearth #1 (Image Comics) – Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ new series that seems to mix horror and science for a subterranean nightmare. Bunn is a master of horror and a new series from him in that genre is one to always check out.

Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle (Ten Speed Press) – The classic protest novel gets a graphic novel adaptation. The story brings to life harsh conditions and exploited existences of immigrants in Chicago’s meatpacking industry in the early twentieth century.

SDCC 2019: Aspen Comics Reveals their Second Wave of Exclusive Variants and Prints

Aspen Comics has released their full line-up of exclusive comic books and prints for the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 at San Diego Comic Con 2019, highlighted by the release of Siya Oum’s Lola XOXO Volume 3

The publisher is celebrating the third volume’s debut of Oum’s post apocalyptic action-adventure series with a special Lola XOXO (Volume 3) #1 SDCC 2019 exclusive cover by Oum limited to 100 copies. 

In addition to Lola XOXO, Aspen will be offering for the first time at Comic Con three special ultra limited edition SDCC 2019 exclusive variants limited to 25 copies for Siya Oum’s Lola XOXO #1 and Michael Turner’s Fathom and Soulfire #1 respectively.   

The Aspen Comics Booth #2320 will also feature a special three-part connecting cover spread across three issues: Lola XOXO #1, Soulfire #2 and Fathom #3, limited to 200 copies each. 

Aspen will be once again offering their SDCC 2019 exclusive hand-numbered and signed Aspen Daily Prints limited to 30 editions for each consecutive day of the con.

The following is the Aspen Daily Print for each day, July 17th– July 21st:

  • Wednesday: Fathom #1 SDCC 2019 Michael Turner Aspen Daily Print
  • Thursday: Soulfire #1 SDCC 2019 Michael Turner Aspen Daily Print
  • Friday: Lola XOXO #1 SDCC 2019 Siya Oum Aspen Daily Print
  • Saturday: Fathom #1 SDCC 2019 Michael Turner Aspen Daily Print
  • Sunday: Soulfire #1 SDCC 2019 Michael Turner Aspen Daily Print

Lola XOXO #1 SDCC 2019 Limited Edition of 100 Variant Cover

Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Limited to 25 Editions: Lola XOXO (Volume 3) #1 cover by Siya Oum, Michael Turner’s Fathom (Volume 8) #1 cover by Michael Turner, and Michael Turner’s Soulfire #1 cover by Michael Turner.

3 Part Connecting Covers by Siya Oum: Fathom #3, Soulfire #2, Lola XOXO #1

ASPEN COMICS SDCC DAILY PRINTS (IN ORDER OF DAY: WED-SUN)

Aspen Comics’ Releases in September 2019

FATHOM: CANNON HAWKE Vol 1 TPB

J.T. Krul – Story  / Marcus To ; Koi Turnbull – Art / Beth Sotelo – Colors

Fathom’s leading man emerges from below the surface in his own fight for the Blue’s survival!

Cannon Hawke is a key link between the Humans and the underwater race known as The Blue, serving as their Elite Commander and guardian of the Blue Council. However, with such immense responsibility, he is often called upon to take on the Blue’s most dangerous missions himself both covertly above and below the surface!

In this action-packed Volume One, Cannon Hawke finds himself at odds with his own people, The Blue, and must travel above to Japan with his trusted aide Akiko to not only clear his name—but save mankind in the process! With the powerful and mysterious Grey Matter substance ending up in dangerous hands, Cannon discovers that there are some of his own kind hidden amongst the humans willing to stop at nothing in their quest for power.

Illustrated by veteran Aspen artists Marcus To (Red Robin, Joyride) and Koi Turnbull (Black Panther, Flash), along with amazing colors by Beth Sotelo (Brightest Day, Grump), this FATHOM: CANNON HAWKE volume 1 trade paperback is jam-packed with 160 pages of everything any Fathom fan could want!

FATHOM: CANNON HAWKE vol 1 TPB is in stores September 4th, 2019!

FC                               160 pages                                $14.99                         TPB

FATHOM: CANNON HAWKE Vol 1 TPB

LOLA XOXO Vol 3 #3

Siya Oum – Story & Art

It’s mayhem in The Wasteland as Siya Oum’s best-selling Lola XOXO has reached its pivotal third volume!

The struggle of rebuilding a civilization begins to take its toll on both sides, as The Divide’s citizens begin to raise suspicions about their idyllic society’s hidden agenda. Meanwhile, Lola’s time spent with the children at Yellowstone lead to her questioning her own maternal instincts. Meanwhile, Rega makes a power play of her own that most likely will spell doom for all parties! 

Superstar creator Siya Oum provides a thrilling adventure with her riveting story and gorgeous illustrations for this climactic Lola XOXO Volume 3!

LOLA XOXO vol 3 #3 is in stores September 11th, 2019!

FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: LOLA XOXO vol 3 #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist and creator Siya Oum and artist Paolo Pantalena. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

LOLA XOXO vol 3 #3 RETAILER VARIANT:

Retailers may order the variant Siya Oum LOLA XOXO vol 3 #3 cover at net $4 each with no quantity limitation or restrictions.    

SOULFIRE Vol 8 #4

J.T. Krul – Story  / Raffaele Forte – Art / Valentina Taddeo – Colors

Soulfire is back with its biggest story—and greatest challenge to its heroes ever!

Malikai races to the Everlands in hopes of stopping Grace before things get any worse, but war is imminent and sides must be chosen. However, a crucial question must be posed–which side will Malikai be on?

Veteran Soulfire scribe J.T. Krul (Soulfire, Jirni) returns and teams up with rising star Raffaele Forté and colorist Valentina Taddeo (Aspen Visions: Soulfire) in this magical world-shattering new volume that will change the face of everything you know about the Soulfire Universe!

SOULFIRE vol 8 #4 is in stores September 25th, 2019!

FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: SOULFIRE vol 8 #4 will ship with two different covers by series artist Raffaele Forte and artist Siya Oum. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SOULFIRE vol 8 #4 RETAILER VARIANT:

Retailers may order the variant Michael Turner SOULFIRE vol 8 #4 cover at net $4 each with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FATHOM Vol 8 #5

Vince Hernandez – Story  / Mauricio Campetella – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The world below is no longer a secret and everything has led to this…

In the past, The Black shattered the surface world in ways that humanity still has not recovered from. But now, they look to their own, as The Blue capitol city of Muria is set in their sights with Anika as its new leader. Meanwhile, Aspen and Kiani discover that Killian’s ultimate plan for The Blue is to rise up from the ashes of destruction into something far greater…even if it means he is the one forging the devastation. The penultimate issue to volume eight will forever change the landscape of the Fathom Universe!

Aspen’s Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: Kiani, Charismagic) marks his debut on Fathom’s principal series alongside artist Mauricio Campetella (Jirni) and colorists Peter Steigerwald (Fathom, Superman/Batman) in a storyline that will define the Fathom universe for years to come!

FATHOM vol 8 #5 is in stores September 18th, 2019!

FC                               32 pages                                  $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM vol 8 #5 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mauricio Campetella and Fathom creator Michael Turner. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FATHOM vol 8 #5 RETAILER VARIANT:

Retailers may order the variant Siya Oum FATHOM vol 8 #5 cover at net $4 each with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

ASPEN VARIANTS

BubbleGun vol 1 #1 – Aspen 10th Anniversary Edition , LE 250

in stores September 18th, 2019!

Featuring an all black embossed cover, this stunning Aspen Anniversary edition cover to BubbleGun #1 is a must have for any Aspen fan!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

BubbleGun vol 2 #1 – Phoenix Con 2017 , LE 200

in stores September 18th, 2019!

An incredible depiction of BubbleGun’s Molly ready for action is highlighted on this variant cover, making it an instant collectors item!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

Broken Pieces #1 – New York Comic Con 2011 , LE 500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

This thrilling NYCC exclusive cover by Alex Konat belongs in every Aspen collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

Fathom: Cannon Hawke Prelude – Wizard World Philadelphia 2005 , LE 2500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

One of Aspen’s earlier convention exclusive covers, this hard to find variant by superstar Marcus To is certain to be a highlight of your collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $9.99

Fathom: Cannon Hawke #0 – San Diego Comic Con International 2005 , LE 2500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

Featuring an intense depiction of Fathom villain Taras by artist Koi Turnbull, this rare SDCC variant cover is a must have for any Fathom or Aspen fan!

FC                               32 pages                                  $9.99

Soulfire: Search for the Light, Despair #1 – San Diego Comic Con International 2012 , LE 500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

This alluring SDCC exclusive cover by artist Pasquale Qualano belongs in every Aspen or Soulfire collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

Soulfire: Search for the Light, Faith #1 – San Diego Comic Con International 2012 , LE 500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

This alluring SDCC exclusive cover by artist Pasquale Qualano belongs in every Aspen or Soulfire collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

Soulfire: Search for the Light, Power #1 – San Diego Comic Con International 2012 , LE 500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

This alluring SDCC exclusive cover by artist Pasquale Qualano belongs in every Aspen or Soulfire collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

Soulfire: Search for the Light, Grace #1 – San Diego Comic Con International 2012 , LE 500

in stores September 18th, 2019!

This alluring SDCC exclusive cover by artist Pasquale Qualano belongs in every Aspen or Soulfire collection!

FC                               32 pages                                  $14.99

REOFFERS:

BubbleGun vol 1 TPB
BubbleGun vol 2 TPB
Soulfire: Shadow Magic TPB

SDCC 2019: Aspen Reveals Their First Wave of Exclusives

Aspen Comics has announced the first wave of their San Diego Comic-Con 2019 exclusives, and this year will be introducing a mystery box item available exclusively at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320.

The Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Mystery SuperBox will be limited to 250 total boxes and will only be offered via the publisher’s Comic-Con Booth with limited quantities available on their website.

The Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Mystery SuperBox retails for $50 and will feature a large assortment of SDCC exclusive items highlighted by a brand newMichael Turner Ashcan, a collection of the Aspen Comics founder’s gorgeous artwork. 

All Aspen Mystery SuperBoxes will contain:

  • One (1) Michael Turner SDCC 2019 Ashcan limited to 250 hand-numbered editions.
  • One (1) Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Executive Assistant: Iris trading card.
  • One (1) Aspen Comics sticker.
  • One (1) randomly inserted AspenStore.com exclusive Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald Marvel or DC Comics variant selected from over eighteen possible limited editions.
  • One (1) randomly inserted Aspen Comics trade paperback selected from over twenty possible TPB’s.
  • One (1) random Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 exclusive hyper limited to 50 variant from the following list of titles:
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #1
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #2
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #3
  • Michael Turner’s Soulfire V.8 #1
  • Michael Turner’s Soulfire V.8 #2
  • One (1) random Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 exclusive hand signed and numbered mini-print featuring the following cover art:
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #1
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #2
  • Michael Turner’s Fathom V.8 #3
  • Michael Turner’s Soulfire V.8 #1
  • Michael Turner’s Soulfire V.8 #2

Plus, there is a 1:50 chance to win $50 Aspen Bucks, usable at the Aspen Comics Booth #2320 or www.AspenStore.com, in each Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Mystery SuperBox. The $50 Mystery SuperBox contains a retail value of over $120.

In addition to the Aspen Comics SDCC 2019 Mystery SuperBox, the publisher will be releasing several more waves of exclusives leading up to Comic-Con.

Preview: Fathom Vol. 8 #2

Fathom Vol. 8 #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Mauricio Campetella – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Color

The world below is no longer a secret and everything has led to this…

Wind—a new commander of The Blue, emerges to lead her people from the ashes of Anika’s destructive attack on the capitol city of Muria. However, the city receives two new powerful visitors—Aspen and Kiani! Meanwhile, Anika continues her warpath deeper into the depths, as she arrives at the secret realm of the world’s most deadly beings—The Black!

Aspen’s Vince Hernandez (Michael Turner’s Fathom: KianiCharismagic) marks his debut on Fathom’sprincipal series alongside artist Mauricio Campetella (Jirni) and colorists Peter Steigerwald (FathomSuperman/Batman) in a storyline that will define the Fathomuniverse for years to come! 

FATHOM vol 8 #2 is in stores June 12th, 2019!                               $3.99

Fathom Vol. 8 #2

Lola XOXO Returns this Summer for its Third Volume

Aspen Comics recently announced its approach to streamline their release of titles in 2019 and focus on their core and flagship titles in an effort to feature the standard of quality the publisher is known for in the industry. 

That trend is set to continue with the return of Aspen’s hit series, Lola XOXO, with issue #1 on July 10th, 2019. Creator Siya Oum’s popular dystopian action-adventure series debuts its third volume with four covers that includes Aspen’s new No Restrictions ordering policy for Retailer Special Edition variant covers. 

The publisher has announced they will be offering two Lola XOXO #1 Retailer Special Edition variant covers with no restrictions on order quantity by creator Oum and several others to be revealed. This is the first time Aspen has provided retailers the chance to order their incentive variants with no restrictions and encourages fans to check with their local comic book store to pre-order.

Review: Fathom Vol. 8 #1

Fathom Vol. 8 #1

Fathom is a series I’ve always wanted to enjoy but it never quite clicks for me. Fathom Vol. 8 #1 is a perfect example of that as the issue attempts to be all things to all readers.

Written by Vince Hernandez, the issue is the latest volume in the long running series. Much has taken place and with a new volume you’d hope a clear explanation would be present for new readers. Hernandez attempts that, weaving in a lot of history from the previous seven volumes. The result is an issue that attempts to be new reader friendly but falls short with too many references to the past and not enough explanation.

The issue puts forth the key players of this latest volume and story and does its best to explain it all. But, when you need to have numerous editorial explanations of when things took place, there may be too much reliance on the past. Instead of clear explanations, it feels like the reader is expected to go back and read the references. It leaves one feeling left out when the issue should deliver enough to understand why what’s references is important.

Fathom Vol. 8 #1 does set things up well though. There’s more than enough intrigue and action that by the end of the issue, you may feel compelled to come back and see where things go. It ends with a nice cliffhanger that’s a bit traditional in a way but makes it clear as to what to expect next.

The at by Mauricio Camptella is nice. With colors by Peter Steigerwald, there’s a cool blending of the world of the blue and humans though at times it doesn’t feel like it goes far enough. The team is working off what has come before and for an underwater world, the design feels rather plain and basic, not taking advantage of the underwater beauty enough. There’s both a lack of detail and detail at the same time. What’s present is nice but there could be more of a blending of the inorganic and organic worlds.

Fathom Vol. 8 #1 is entertaining in a lot of ways and moves the narrative forward. Where it ends up delivers what’s likely a second issue that might be more new reader friendly. With some narrative changes, this could have been an explosive debut reinvigorating the series. As is, it attempts to please two camps of readers and in the end wind up making neither happy.

Story: Vince Hernandez Art: Mauricio Campetella
Color: Peter Steigerwald Letterer: Zen
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Aspen Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez & the Freshman Force: Who Dis? (Devil’s Due Comics) – We’re a sucker for these types of comics and we’ll admit the political nerds in us are really interested in seeing exactly what’s within the pages of this issue.

All-Time Comics Zerosis Deathscape #0 (Floating World Comics) – An all-new five issue miniseries and if it’s like the previous releases, we’re psyched. This superhero world is a mix of modern and classic and just a lot of pulp action fun.

Black Badge #10 (BOOM! Studios) – One of the best comics on the market, it’s a twisted take on a Boy Scouts like group that’s used to recruit and train young assassins. You can learn more about the history of the program here!

Fathom Vol. 8 #1 (Aspen Comics) – Aspen has been hit and miss lately with a few false starts over the years but they seem to be more focused this time and we’re excited to see if this new volume reflects a renewed Aspen.

Giant-Man #1 (Marvel) – The many individuals who have used that name come together in this War of the Realms tie-in and we’re kind of excited for it.

Last Stop on the Red Line #1 (Dark Horse) – A supernatural crime story from Paul Maybury and Sam Lotfi that has us really intrigued to check it out.

Marvel Action: Spider-Man #4 (IDW Publishing) – IDW’s Marvel line has been great for kids and each issue a lot of fun. So, check it out, especially if you’re looking for comics for kids.

Planet of the Nerds #2 (AHOY Comics) – The first issue was funny and AHOY packs so much in each and every issue they put out. Just a great value for your dollar.

Science Comics: Cars, Engines that Move You (First Second) – First Second’s graphic novels in this line are fantastic if you want to learn more about the topic. This is solid for kids and adults who want to learn.

War of the Realms #4/War of the Realms: Spider-Man & the League of Realms #1/War of the Realms: Strikeforce – War Avengers #1 (Marvel) – We’re suckers for this, we’ll be honest. The event has been very hit and miss but we’re hoping it turns around. It has to, right?

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