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Comics Deserve Better Episode 11: Interview with Zoe Thorogood (The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott)

After a short hiatus, Comics Deserve Better is back and ready to cover your favorite indie comics! In this episode, Brian and Logan interview talented writer/artist Zoe Thorogood about her debut graphic novel, The Impending Blindness of Billie Scott. They chat about everything from color palettes and character designs to the power of art to inspire and even video games! Later, Darci joins the fun to talk about the indie comics Bang!, The Citric Arc, Getting It Together, We Live, Stillwater, and The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys: National Anthem.

(Episode art by Zoe Thorogood.)

Preview: Bang! #2

Bang! #2

(W) Matt Kindt (A/CA) Wilfredo Torres
In Shops: Mar 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

A constant stream of terrorist attacks follows John Shaw, and the only thing that keeps him one step ahead is a collection of power-giving inhalers and a hatred of shoes.

When he’s once again caught in the middle of a terrorist plot, Shaw finds that these random attacks may not be so random-and the fabric of reality may be at stake.

Bang! #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Alienated #2

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.

Alienated #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Three kids discover an alien and there’s no way this goes well. An amazing first issue and we’re expecting the same from the second.

Archangel 8 #1/Hotell #1/Red Border #1/Resistance #1 (AWA Studios) – AWA Studios launches with four series all being released this week. We’ve read the teaser magazine and these all look great. A new publisher? We’re in!

Artemis & the Assassin #1 (AfterShock) – A time traveling assassin and a spy from 1944 try to kill each other. Yeah, this sounds awesome.

Bad Reception #4 (AfterShock) – Each issue is like an Agatha Christie novel and it’s been so good.

Bang! #2 (Dark Horse) – The debut was a crazy riff on the James Bond genre. There were enough twists to make it stand out and we want to see where it goes.

Canopus #2 (Scout Comics) – Fantastic sci-fi and a must get. The debut issue was one of the best of the year so far. Helen’s stuck on a mysterious planet and doesn’t know why.

Outlawed #1 (Marvel) – There are absolutely echoes of Civil War but the first issue is a solid start to what’s coming.

Plunge #2 (DC Comics/DC Black Label/Hill House Comics) – The first issue was fantastic horror and we’ve been awaiting the second.

Starship Down #1 (Dark Horse) – An extraterrestrial ship is discovered buried under the ice for thousands of years.

Undiscovered Country #5 (Image Comics) – This comic has been crazy with everything it’s throwing out there and mixing together. Mad Max and apocalypse story with possible time travel-ish elements. It’s all over and just crazy fun.

Wicked Things #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A spin-off from Giant Days about everyone’s favorite child detective: Charlotte Grote!

X-Ray Robot #1 (Dark Horse) – Mike Allred’s latest and Allred’s name alone has us excited for the first issue.

Bang! #1 Gets a 3rd Printing

The debut issue of the hit comic book series BANG! by writer Matt Kindt, artist Wilfredo Torres, colorist Nayoung Kim, and letterer Nate Piekos is going back to press for a third printing, featuring an all new cover by acclaimed artist David Rubín.

The first printing of BANG! #1 sold out ahead of publication, following widespread press attention and endorsements from Keanu Reeves and some of the comic book industry’s most respected writers and artists. Following the sell out of the second printing, a third printing of BANG! will go on sale from Dark Horse Comics on April 1, 2020. Orders close for the third printing cover on March 9th, 2020.

Bang! #1

Review: Bang! #1

Bang! #1

Matt Kindt is a brilliant writer. His stories can delve into the trippy and ethereal playing off of established genres. Bang! #1 gives us a “James Bond” like debut but with Kindt’s usual twists and turns.

Thomas Cord is a secret agent who works for MI-X, an off the books organization fighting the evil group Goldmaze. Then, there’s an author whose works delve into the spy genre and might be a Goldmaze agent, or at least passing along secrets. The mission? Cord is to hunt down Philip Verve and find out what’s going on. The problem? Cord has memories of missions going back decades before he was even born.

Wait. What!?

Yes, Kindt throws in twists and turns of possible false memories and who knows what else. Bang! #1 takes you down the rabbit hole as Cord himself figures out something isn’t right. This is the type of genre bending that Kindt is known for and excels at. This debut promises a series that seems like it’ll deliver and meet high expectations.

Kindt has teamed up with artist Wilfredo Torres. Torres is joined by Nayoung Kim on colores and Nate Piekos on lettering. The art is good with a style that doesn’t go for flashy. The art is a straightforward delivery. It eschews crazy action-filled page layouts but delivering on the right amount of detail and focus. That visual lull helps in a way as the rug is pulled out of Cord. At that point, the visuals hit and much like Cord’s experience the reader experiences a different visual read.

The visuals extend to opening and closing pages from a novel with its blood soaked pages. Kindt has a habit of extending the story beyond the panel and he does that here adding in a flair that enhances the reading experience.

Bang! #1 is a solid start. It might seem like a straightforward spy adventure with tips to the hat to James Bond. In reality, it’s so much more as we learn the further along the story we go. Kindt nails it again with a debut that’s as much a mystery to the reader as it is to the main character.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Wilfredo Torres
Color: Nayoung Kim Letterer: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation:
Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

Bang! #1

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Smash Pages – Creators for Creators accepting 2020 grant applications through May 11 – This is great and comic creators should check it out!

Variety – Jude Law, Taika Waititi Team on Showtime Limited Series ‘The Auteur’ – Interesting.

Reviews

Newsarama – Alienated #1
Newsarama – Bang! #1
Newsarama – Gwen Stacy #1
The Beat – Snapdragon
Newsarama – Wolverine #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wolverine #1

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.

2020 Machine Man #1 (Marvel) – The 2020 story has been just ok but Marvel has been doing some interesting stuff with Machine Man and we want to see where they take this classic character.

Archie Meets the B-52s #1 (Archie Comics) – “Rock Lobster,” nuff said.

Bang #1 (Dark Horse) – Matt Kindt and Wilfredo Torres is all we need to have us excited about this secret agent/action/mystery/altered reality series.

Canopus #1 (Scout Comics) – An amazing sci-fi debut that’s an absolute must for those that enjoy comics not by the big two. Helen wakes up on an alien planet with no memories beyond a haze and an urgency to return to Earth.

DCeased Unkillables #1 (DC Comics) – The second volume of this new take on the classic “zombie/apocalypse” genre. This time, it’s the villains in the spotlight.

Doctor Tomorrow #1 (Valiant) – A fantastic debut with a character that will hopefully take off. A great addition to the Valiant Universe.

Godkillers #1 (Aftershock) – A special forces unit that fights insurgents who use mythological creatures as weapons of mass destruction. The concept sounds awesome.

The Goon #8 (Albatross Funnybooks) – The Goon is one of the most consistently entertaining comics on the market. Think of it as an over the top Popeye.

Hellboy & the BPRD: Return of Effie Kolb #1 (Dark Horse) – A continuation of the classic “The Crooked Man” tale. Hellboy is always entertaining.

Marvel’s Voices #1 (Marvel) – A one-shot comic that features a whole lot of interesting creators taking on a wide range of characters.

On the Stump #1 (Image Comics) – Elections are now decided by hand-to-hand combat and that concept alone has us all in.

Plunge #1 (DC Comics/Hill House Comics) – A sunk ship sends out a distress signal 40 years after it went missing. Sounds like a great horror concept.

Savage Bastards #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A tale of revenge and betrayal set in 1873. You don’t see a lot of “Western” comics anymore, so we’re always intrigued to check out a new one.

Undiscovered Country #4 (Image Comics) – So far, this series has been amazing blending together so many differnet concepts. We have no idea where this mystery will all go but it’s a hell of a ride so far.

Wolverine #1 (Marvel) – An oversized issue that’s worth the oversized price.

BANG! From Kindt, Torres, Kim, and Piekos Sells Out Before Release

The debut issue of the all-new, highly anticipated series BANG! by writer Matt Kindt, artist Wilfredo Torres, colorist Nayoung Kim, and letterer Nate Piekos has sold out ahead of its publication on February 19, 2020.

Dark Horse Comics has announced a second printing, featuring a cover by legendary comic book artist Denys Cowan.

Since the series was first teased last fall at New York Comic Con, buzz has been building for the high octane spy thriller. The series has already sparked interest from film studios for media adaptation.

Orders close for the second printing cover on February 10, 2020.

BANG!