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It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d everyone get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

WNWO NBC – Grant allows Toledo Lucas County Public Library to start comic book clubs at local schools – This is great to see.

Newsarama – Tokyopop Branches Out Into Digital-First with New Titles by Shadow and Tim Smith 3 – That’s a very interesting move.

Global News – No ‘to be continued’ for C4 comic convention – That’s a long running convention.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Witchcraft makes a mess of magic and feelings – Free comics!

Newsarama – DC Hires Editor Ben Meares – Some staffing news.

Reviews

AIPT! – Adventures of Spider-Man: Spectacular Foes
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Marvel Rising: Heroes of the Round Table
The Beat –
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Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Ripley’s Believe It or Not #1

Television of the 1990s usually get a bad rap, as most critics including myself tend to celebrate 1980s more than any other decade. The thing is that the decade deserves to be revered for the many excellent genre shows it introduced to the world. This was the decade that brought the world, The X-Files and Buffy The Vampire Slayer. As these shows are not only cultural milestones but worldwide movements, as these characters often spoke to audiences who have never been heard.

One show that premiered in the crux of these two wunderkind decades is Tales From The Crypt. I wasn’t old enough to even remember these comics, but the stories that came out of the series, made the horror accessible to the mainstream. As the shows were well told but still was scary enough to creep out viewers. In the debut issue of Ripley’s Believe It Or Not, we get a series of vignettes that will remind readers of the landmark show.

In “A Tale As Old As,” we get the true story behind Beauty and The Beast, one which proves to be far more interesting than  the fairytale readers around the world have gotten to know. In “I’ve Been Working on The Railroad,” a man survives an accident which would have killed anyone else but became one man’s strength. In “The Ride of His People,” one man wins a race only to die once he reaches the finished line. In “Mother Nature Blew Her,” one father foretells his daughter how the world will be if world continues with pollution of the land and water. In “49 Lives,” one cat predicts the death of a patient.

Overall, it’s an interesting set of mostly true stories are as bizarre as they are riveting. The stories by the different writers captures the eeriness of the show. The art by the different artists is both captivating and alluring. Altogether, one of the best horror books to come out in a while.

Story : Howard Mackie, Ben Meares, Dale Mettam, Victoria Rau
Art: Hakan Aydin, Marcelo Basile, Pat Broderick, Deivis Goetten, Daniel Maine
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #6

Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #6

Writer: Ben Meares
Creator: Philip Kim
Art: Nat Jones

They’ve faced cannibalistic bikers, gill men, Tok-tok, depth dwellers, vampires, krakens, and Cthulhu himself. Now, the heroes of Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep must be witness to a battle deciding the fate of the world. Dagon has been awakened to fight Cthulhu, and it’s not guaranteed that anyone will survive the encounter — in fact, readers not yet caught up on the series who are keen on avoiding SPOILERS might want to skip the following pages!

Writer Ben Meares has once again teamed up with creator Philip Kim and artist Nat Jones to bring you a conclusion worthy of the icons that inspired it.

Preview: Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #5

Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #5

Story: Philip Kim, Ben Meares
Art: Nat Jones

Welcome back to BROKEN MOON: LEGENDS OF THE DEEP, where warring factions of monsters have temporarily laid down their arms upon the threat of Old God Cthulhu and his relentless spread of madness! Creator Philip Kim (MONSTER WORLD) and writer Ben Meares (HELLRAISER) have brought our band of heroes to the edge of the ocean, where mysterious Depth Dwellers will lead them to their last hope: Dagon. But they have to get past a protective army of sea serpents first…

Rockstar horror artist Nat Jones (’68) infuses this monster mash with incredible atmosphere.

Preview: Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #4

Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #4

created by Philip Kim
written by Ben Meares
illustrated by the amazing Nat Jones

The great C’thulhu has returned to poison the world. But what kind of war can Korbin and his friends make against madness?

The solution may just lie with a small coven of vampires, who have gone into hiding since the destruction of Vampire City. Marzia, their leader, still scarred from the previous battle, is not keen on working with humans and werewolves — until she witnesses firsthand what effect C’thulhu has on the vampires’ prey… and the results are not pretty.

Thus a reluctant alliance is formed in this new issue of BROKEN MOON: LEGENDS OF THE DEEP, a watery post-apocalypse created by Philip Kim (MONSTER WORLD), written by Ben Meares (HELLRAISER), and illustrated by the amazing Nat Jones (’68).

The Legends are True – C’thulhu Lives. Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #3 Preview.

The ocean holds many secrets… and in the post-apocalypse, they’re coming into the open! First gill men, then the demented creatures known as “Tok-tok”… and now, David, Avery, and Keeney — survivors of the attack on Vampire City — have come bearing tales of mysterious “Depth Dwellers” who speak of an ancient god.

A sudden explosion has sent Korbin and To’klace’s group of gill men scattering for cover, and the culprit is none other than Lorren! But even the crazed gang leader is given pause when something enormous rises from the water, bringing truth to the legends and madness to all living things.

Don’t miss the newest installment of the hit series created by Philip Kim and written by Ben Meares, with moody artwork by Nat Jones.

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Preview: Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #2

Broken Moon: Legends of the Deep #2

Story: Philip Kim and Ben Meares
Art: Nat Jones

The first arc of BROKEN MOON brought werewolves, vampires, and Frankenstein legend into the same ruined universe… and teased the existence of another, lesser-known classic monster: the gill man! Now with LEGENDS OF THE DEEP, creator Philip Kim and writer Ben Meares (HELLRAISER) have brought the gill men and their world to the forefront of a new tale, and original series artist Nat Jones is along for the ride!

Following a barely staved-off kraken attack, a score of gill men have appeared at the edge of Korben’s tiny fishing village in now-waterlogged Nebraska. What could the creatures possibly want from humans?

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WonderCon 2016: American Gothic Press’ Announcements

At their first ever WonderCon panel, American Gothic Press took the stage and talked about their first year they’ve had with titles like Gunsuits, Broken Moon, Project Nemesis, Monster World, and the more recent success in Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures.

The discussion then focused on the upcoming action title Killbox, with writer Tom Riordan and artist Nathan Gooden on hand to talk about the process and the decision to keep the comic in black and white. They revealed the cover of the upcoming third issue (see below). The comic drops April 20, 2016.

KILLBOX

After Killbox, the conversation switched to Lost in Space, with discussion of both the current story arc “The Curious Galactics” and the upcoming “Malice in Wonderland” (LOST IN SPACE #4-6). It was announced that colorist and cover artist Patrick McEvoy will be taking over art duties for the second arc.

Lost in Space

The discussion then focused on the upcoming Tales From the Ackermansion Kickstarter launching in May. To celebrate Forrest J Ackerman’s 100th birthday later this year, Famous Monsters of Filmland is putting together a graphic anthology to honor their founder. The list of contributors so far includes Kirk Hammett, Ray Fawkes, John 5, Richard Christian Matheson, Dan DiDio, Matt Frank, Christian DiBari, Charlie Benante, Juan Ferreyra, Darick Robertson, Bob Eggleton, Ben Meares, David Weiner, Holly Interlandi, Joe Moe, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Travis Williams, Dave Kelly, Trevor Goring, Buzz Dixon, Mark L. Miller, Jim Terry, Jonathan La Mantia, Lara Antal, Victoria Lau, and Patrick McEvoy.

TALES FROM THE ACKERMANSION

Looking towards the future, the cover for Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour was debuted, illustrated by Jeff Zornow. The first issue solicits in May 2016.

ISLAND 731

Gunsuits will return later this year with Gunsuits: Alix, a one-shot with Philip Kim, Holly Interlandi, and Dennis Calero as the creative team.

GUNSUITS

Finally, it was announced that Broken Moon will also be returning, with Nat Jones returning on art duties. The cover was shown, featuring a sinister looking Gill-Creature.

BROKEN MOON

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