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Review: NewThink #1

NewThink #1

Anthologies can be a hell of a lot of fun. They provide an opportunity to check out a whole bunch of creators or deliver standalone stories brought together with a theme. NewThink #1 kicks off a new one examining the rapid proliferation of technology, the cultural and political polarization of the country, and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something…futuristic.

Written by Gregg Hurwitz, NewThink #1 delivers an interesting spin on screen addiction delivering a rather original take on the proliferation of computers in our lives. The story spins out the idea that computers were really an invading force from space, aliens here to subjugate humanity.

From that simple idea, Hurwitz dives into, and digs into, the addiction and the fallout that so many experience today. We’re glued to our screens, allowing them to dictate our lives, interactions, and self worth. It’s all an interesting concept and Hurwitz does what works great for sci-fi, uses it to examine humanity and where we stand as a society.

Mike Deodato Jr. provides the art with Lee Loughridge on color and Andworld Design handling the lettering. The look of the comic is interesting and not an easy task to convey. The art is mainly computers, people staring at screens, and people sitting at desks. Still, the art team delivers a look that fits so well to Hurwitz’s concept. The art creates an ominous tone to it all. Small details like the change in people’s body shape and size add to it all allowing the reader to come to a conclusion and go further with the horror that the narrative states.

Going into NewThink #1, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know it was an anthology nor that the comic was a one and done read. I came away scratching my head a bit honestly. But, it’s a solid read that works great as part of an anthology. Standing on it’s own, it’s a bit of a tough call. The concept is great but it also didn’t quite stick with me. it felt like a good Twilight Zone episode where you’re happy you spent the time with it but moved on not long after.

Story: Gregg Hurwitz Art: Mike Deodato Jr.
Color: Lee Loughridge Letter: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Closet #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

After Lambana: Myth and Magic in Manila (Tuttle Publishing) – It’s a graphic novel focused on Filipino myth, magic, and supernatural suspense!

Bikini Atoll (Clover Press) – A danger in the water story just in time for summer!

The Closet #1 (Image Comics) – Writer James Tynion IV has been killing it lately so just his name on this tale of existential horror has us intrigued.

Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis (DC Comics) – The opening chapter of DC’s next big events was so-so, but we’re still intrigued by this one-shot comic that fives us a world where the Justice League is gone.

Neverender #1 (Behemoth Comics) – At the edge of civilization the dominant sport is a civilized sword duel to the death.

Newthink #1 (AWA Studios) – This anthology examines the rapid proliferation of technology, the cultural and political polarization of the country, and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something…futuristic.

The Nice House on the Lake #9 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – We’ve been loving this series that has us guessing as to what exactly is going on and where it’s going.

Phalanx (Image Comics) – Image is celebrating 30 years and this one-shot that seems to be having fun with the Image of old feels like it’d be nostalgic fun.

Shadow War: Omega (DC Comics) – The finale to the mini-event that will lead directly into DC’s next big summer event.

Triskele #1 (Scout Comics) – When young Alec Ellis is granted a magical gift on Samhain night, the scales of power on the island of Albion are inadvertently shifted.

GlobalComix and AWA teams for Lesser Evils and “Global First” Localization

GlobalComix has announced a “Global First” localization partnership with AWA Studios, beginning with the release of Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story

As part of a new service in 2022 and beyond, the Global First mission focuses on translation and multiple language adaptations in order to bring all the world’s comics online, to reach readers in whichever language they are most comfortable with. From comic books to short films and webtoons, part one (of four) of the Brooklyn-based, horror/supernatural adventures has debuted on GlobalComix with the digital release of Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story, written by Ian Grody with art by Yishan Li.

Welcome to Brooklyn Through the Looking Glass, where a golem with benefits, a spiraling genie, a demon who feeds on bad vibes, and a mischievous mermaid collide with heartbroken, hard-living, and hype-obsessed humans. Lesser Evils is a hilarious, pop culture-filled universe that explores what intimacy, spite, selflessness, and friendship mean today.

Meet Lydia Loew, an artisan potter, who goes on a bender after a bad breakup. Then, in anguish and anger, she accidentally conjures up a golem from clay in her Bushwick studio.

Enter Emmett, a golem with benefits. He mixes a mean cocktail, is handy around the house, and will help Lydia exact revenge, with a vengeance. 

Following the digital release of GlobalComix’s Emmett: A Lesser Evils Story, AWA Studios will debut never-before-seen content from the Lesser Evils universe at Tribeca Festival in New York, directed by Justin Fair. Print copies of the comic series will be available with special QR code that unlocks the comic in six languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, and Hindi.

AWA Studios announces Sacrament from Peter Milligan and Marcelo Frusin

 AWA Studios has announced the upcoming launch of its latest sci-fi, space adventure series, Sacrament. From the UK award-winning writer, Peter Milligan and esteemed international Argentinian artist, Marcelo Frusin, Sacrament is a riveting thriller set in outer space that examines the vulnerability of faith in a technologically-driven world. The all-new, original comic will kick off on August 3.

As a master of the craft who has decades of experience creating action-packed, thought-provoking comic series, Peter Milligan has a reputation for creating exciting, smart, and accessible series. In Sacrament, the year is 3000, and mankind has abandoned Earth and fled into outer space. Now, a disgraced priest, called into action to perform an exorcism on a remote space colony, is about to discover that no matter how far you run, you can’t escape your demons, and the Devil is, in fact, real.

Sacrament #1

Discover AWA’s Primos by Al Madrigal and Carlo Barberi on New Comic Book Day

AWA Studios is bringing Primos to Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) taking place Saturday, May 7. AWA’s first issue of Primos, the popular Mayan legend and Latino culture mixed limited series created by the all-Mexican team of comic legends, Al Madrigal and Carlo Barberi. The release will feature Primos #1 in both English and Spanish, marking the first time a publisher has released a dual-language issue.

Primos is a 4-issue limited series that features a Latinx hero. Written by Madrigal and illustrated by Barberi, Primos was originally announced in December of last year. After the first issue was released on February 2, it quickly sold out across the country. Issue #2 was released on March 9 while issue #3 and issue #4 will be available on April 20 and June 1 respectively.

In Primos, centuries ago, two Mayan brothers constructed a spacecraft that sent them hurtling into outer space. Returning to Earth only to find their culture and civilization destroyed, one of the brothers vows revenge and seeks to decimate the planet with intergalactic technology gathered on his travels. To prevent this, his sibling creates a contingency plan that activates the world’s protectors – descendants of their own Pascal family. Now, the fate of the planet lies in the hands of three cousins scattered throughout Central and North America who have never even met.

To further promote the series for Free Comic Book Day, AWA has partnered with the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC), the nation’s premier multidisciplinary Latino arts service organization. A special ad will be included in the Primos FCBD offering with a forward note from Al Madrigal for consumers to learn more about PRIMOS, the organization, and what it’s doing for Latino creators and artists. For over 30 years, NALAC has delivered programs that stabilize and revitalize the US Latino arts and cultural sector by providing critical advocacy, funding, networking opportunities, leadership development, and professional training for Latino artists and arts organizations in every region of the country.

Fremantle and AWA Studios Form a TV Partnership

AWA Fremantle

Fremantle is pursuing its premium content push striking a strategic development deal with AWA Studios, the film and television division of AWA (Artists, Writers & Artisans), a leading independent developer of bold and relevant stories from the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, and artisans. 

The deal will allow Fremantle and AWA Studios to collaborate, mutually identify and co-develop a slate of TV projects based on AWA’s rapidly expanding IP library. 

The graphic fiction publisher and entertainment studio, which sold its millionth comic this year, was founded in 2018 by alumni of Marvel, DC, NBA, Fox, and MTV. AWA is unique in how it champions creators, supporting originality and enabling artists and writers to do their best work and retain ownership of their ideas.

Fremantle and AWA Studios will work in close collaboration in all aspects of this dynamic partnership, with Fremantle leading on raising production finance and funding the development of projects. Fremantle will run studio efforts and execute physical productions as well as handle international distribution for all projects launched under this partnership. 

AWA is backed by James Murdoch’s Lupa Systems, SISTER, and Lightspeed Venture Partners.  In early 2021, the company established AWA Studios, its Film and TV division, helmed by Hollywood veteran Zach Studin as President, who will oversee the partnership with Fremantle. Since its 2021 launch, AWA Studios has quickly amassed a robust Film and TV operation, having announced the feature film adaptation of Bryan Edward Hill’s graphic novel CHARIOT, which Warner Bros. acquired in competitive bidding for Joseph Kosinski (TOP GUN: MAVERICK) to direct, Julian Meiojas (JACK RYAN) adapting and 21 Laps (FREE GUY & ADAM PROJECT) producing in partnership with AWA.

Charlamagne Tha God Launches Comics and Graphic Novels with Simon & Schuster and AWA Studios

Multimedia mogul and best-selling author Lenard “Charlamagne Tha God” Mckelvey, has announced the strategic expansion of his media empire with plans to develop new lines of graphic novels and comic books series. Charlamagne Tha God has tapped renowned creator and comic book professional Kevin Grevioux as writer for an original graphic novel project, Darkstorm, to be released under Charlamagne’s Black Privilege Publishing, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Additionally, Charlamagne and Grevioux have partnered with AWA Studios, the independent developer of bold and relevant stories from the world’s most outstanding artists, writers, and artisans, to develop original comic book series.  

Charlamagne and Grevioux are developing original IP to be brought to life as graphic novels and comics. Grevioux is a seasoned entertainment professional with decades of experience as a creator, screenwriter, producer, director, actor, and comic book professional.

The first project from Charlamagne and Grevioux will be a signature superhero epic series, Darkstorm. The graphic novel, featuring art by Ken Lashley, will chronicle the tales of a PTSD-laden and reluctant superhero that is projected as an anti-hero except to those that know him best. The stories told in this project will reflect Black Privilege Publishing’s mission to amplify Black and brown narratives. 

In addition to the Black Privilege graphic novel series, Charlamagne has finalized a deal with AWA Studios – the burgeoning comic entertainment company founded by former Marvel executives Bill Jemas and Axel Alonso – to develop original comic book series.  The first series in development is entitled The Vindicators, which presents a unique and stimulating take on a diverse superhero team, with an uber-realistic origin basis that is relatable even against the backdrop of a dystopian future, a backdrop that is admittedly bleak. 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) 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 week.

Alice Ever After #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on Alice in Wonderland? Yeah, we’re in.

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #1 (DC Comics) – It’s Terry’s first year without Bruce Wayne brought to us by Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing, and art by Max Dunbar. We’re beyond excited for the combo of creative team and character.

Devil’s Reign #6 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we have no idea where it’s going from here.

GILT #1 (AHOY Comics) – A time travel urban fantasy. We’re intrigued.

Joneses #1 (AWA Studios) – A suburban family must hide their superpowers from those that fear them.

Lead City #1 (Red 5 Comics) – There’s not enough Western comics, so we’re excited when one debuts.

LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The toyline comes to Skybound and we’re intrigued to see what the publisher primarily known for adult comics does with the property.

Marauders #1 (Marvel) – Kate Pryde is back with her crew and a refocused mission. With new crewmates, this is an intriguing direction for the series and its brand-new creative team.

The Ocean Will Take Us #1 (AfterShock) – Something’s lurking in the waters of Almanzar Bay – and when Casey March tries out for the swim team, he learns firsthand that messing with the social order of his new high school can have dangerous – even deadly – consequences!

The Rocketeer: The Great Race #1 (IDW Publishing) – This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Rocketeer! Celebrate with a brand new miniseries.

Spider-Punk #1 (Marvel) – The concept is just fun. We’re in for that alone.

Third Wave 99 #2 (Scout Comics) – We thought the series was about surfing culture and clothing but nope, there’s undercover cops and drugs. Not what we expected at all.

West of Sundown #1 (Vault Comics) – A beautiful vampire must flee monster slayers in New York City and reclaim the ancestral soil that restores her undead flesh. But much has changed in the rough frontier town where lots of monsters have settled.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #2 (DC Comics) – Taking us through the history of the Amazons, the first issue set a high bar with a beautiful and haunting story matched with some of the best art of the year. Here’s hoping the second issue comes close to matching it.

X-Men Red #1 (Marvel) – Get your ass to Mars. With Destiny of X kicking off, the focus shifts to the mutants of Arakko and their growth on Mars.

Newthink explores the polarization of the country and the technocrats driving us to extremes

 AWA Studios has announced the sci-fi anthology series, Newthink. From writer Gregg Hurwitz alongside an all-star team of artists each tackling a different issue, the original comic holds a dark mirror up to the modern world of technology and the culture wars. Featured artists in the 5-issue series include Mike Deodato Jr., Ramon Rosanas, Mike Choi, Keron Grant, and Will Conrad

Newthink is a science fiction comic set in a faraway world…that is actually the reality of living today in America. Much in the way that Star Trek transported 1960’s social upheaval to faraway planets or The Twilight Zone broadcast Cold War anxiety through the lens of monsters and aliens, this Black Mirror-style series continues a long tradition of using science fiction to underscore social commentary. Newthink aims to examine the cultural and political polarization of the country and the technocrats that have driven us to extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something futuristic. Each story in the 5-issue anthology consists of unique characters and independent storylines that highlight these themes. 

Newthink #1 will be available Wednesday, June 1st both digitally and in stores wherever comic books are sold.

Underrated: A Handful of Indie Comics On The Racks Right Now

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: a handful of indie comics on the racks right now.

I was trying to think of a subject for this week’s Underrated, and realized that as I haven’t been reading as many trades lately, I didn’t have a huge sampling to choose from (the one book I do have picked out for the column, I haven’t had a chance to actually read yet). But there have been a lot of indie comics I’ve been reading lately that I’ve been really enjoying – only in most cases the series isn’t over yet. So, I decided why not just look at those books as they are right now? Maybe you’ll find something in there that you’ll quite enjoy. Or maybe not.

By The Horns (Scout) Okay, so technically the first volume is complete, but the trade is hitting soon, and that’s all the excuse I need to include this here. Markisan Naso, Jason Muhr and Andrei Tabacaru aren’t one of the more well known creative teams in comics, but they’re certainly one of the best. By The Horns is a story set in a lusciously vibrant fantasy world with technology not unlike what you’d see in the Star Wars franchise. It’s a beautifully illustrated and written series that should be on every person’s pull list. Volume two picks up in April, which is within a month (possibly).

Wrong Earth: Trapped In Teen Town (Ahoy) The best way to describe the premise of Wrong Earth is that the Batman from the 1960’s TV show (Dragonfly Man) switched places with Ben Affleck’s version of Batman (the Dragonfly); one, an idealistic man with gadgets not unlike the Bat-Shark Repellant, and the other, a vigilante who’s far more violent (and deadly) in his approach. In the main story, the two men have exchanged places, but this standalone story sees the Dragonfly and his sidekicks being dragged into what essentially amounts to an Archie comic. It’s fantastic, and the first in a series of similar concepts written by guest writers (Trapped In Teen Town was penned by Gail Simone). Highly worth reading if you’re at all a fan of the Wrong Earth universe.

Shadowman (Valiant) Valiant have had some ups and downs this year, but the unequalled high point for the publisher was this book from Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis Hunt. In what is probably my favourite take on the character, we’ve had four issues that are essentially stand alone comics with an overarching theme, all of which have been building to The Deadside War which kicked off in the fifth issue. It remains one of the highest points that the publisher has reached in nearly two years.

Good Boy (Source Point Press) Think about the first John Wick movie. What if the wannabe gangsters at the beginning killed John Wick and not his dog? What if, in this world, there are anthromorphic animals, and what if John’s dog was just as deadly as him? Welcome to Good Boy, and it is every bit as amazing as you’re thinking.

Knighted (AWA Studios) I can’t really describe this any better than the official blurb… “Bob Ryder is a hapless bureaucrat whose bad luck streak comes to a crescendo when he accidentally kills the city’s masked vigilante, The Knight. Oops. Now, Bob is forced to take on the mantle of the legendary hero before the city descends into chaos. Good thing he’s got The Knight’s former butler/assistant to show him the ropes.” This is a comic set within the world of The Resistance, but you don’t need to have read that series to enjoy this (in fact, four issues in, it only clicked for me when I went to check out the blurb, so there you go).

Once And Future (Boom) It’s almost cheating to include this given the buzz that surrounds the comic on a consistent basis, but here we are. Once And Future brings fairytales, myths and legends from Europe into a more modern setting. The series has been consistently brilliant with the stakes escalating in an organic and believable way – there’s no out of the blue or unexpected twist when it comes to villains, but rather a genuine progression from where the series has progressed from the first issue to the current. Keiran Gillen, Dan Mora and Tamra Bonvillain have never produced any less than a good comic book month after month.

Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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