Tag Archives: black mask studios

Black Mask Studios to Donate a Portion of Mail Order Sales to Comic Shops

Publishers are stepping up and figuring out ways to help comic shops who are already struggling in these uncertain times.

Black Mask Studios is stepping up in an intriguing way. They are sending half of their mailorder sales to local comic shops.

When ordering from their site put the name of the comic shop you want to support in the “Special Instructions’ at the checkout and they take care of the rest.

It’s a simple and innovative way for a publisher to step up and pitch in. For those who’ve never read one of the series published by Black Mask, now is a perfect opportunity.

Preview: Sex Death Revolution

Sex Death Revolution

written by Magdalene Visaggio
art by Becca Farrow & Katarzyna Witerscheim
colors by Harry Saxon
letters by Zakk Saam
edited by Hannah Means-Shannon
$19.99 | full color
132 pages
Mature
On Sale 3.11.20

Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten.

Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her coven, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened — terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time.

Life is full of ch-ch-ch-changes in this urban fantasy from Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim), artists Becca Farrow (Ladycastle) and Katarzyna Witerscheim (Jem And The Holograms), colorist Harry Saxon (Vagrant Queen), letterer Zakk Saam (Kim & Kim), and editor Hannah Means-Shannon.

Collects issues 1-5.

Sex Death Revolution

Review: LOUD

Loud

What people usually call ‘silent comics’ is often entirely the opposite. The absence of words, of text, does not automatically rob a comic of sound. In fact, it can bring other sounds to the forefront, making it even louder in the process. María Llovet’s LOUD is a perfect example of this, a comic that attacks every sense imaginable with minimal text but with all the sound it can muster.

LOUD plays out like a kind of living anthology of stories all taking place inside a music bar/strip club. These stories range from full erotica to horror, from romance to crime. One story sees two lovers flirting around the fact neither has forgotten their last sexual encounter from two years previous while another story looks at a potential hit job on a man with a seriously sinful sexual history. It even goes as far as to dabble in the supernatural to explore violence between certain guests that prefer blood over alcohol as their preferred beverage. And that’s on top of some of the other stories, which are driven by erotic pure erotic energy and raw emotion.

What’s interesting about the stories is that they’re not divided by chapter breaks, nor do we get individual story titles. Everything feels like it’s happening simultaneously, and it unfolds seamlessly. What does give each story its uniqueness is its ‘sound’ design.

Loud

Stories that take place in the strip club part of the bar are flooded with onomatopoeias sounding out musical beats and their accompanying dance moves. Whenever we see characters escaping into other parts of the bar looking to satiate their lust, for instance, we can expect them to create their own sounds. It’s expertly synchronized and well-orchestrated.

Llovet’s art style is perfectly suited for this type of story. Her characters, environments, and sound effects all feel dream-like in parts, hallucinatory in others. Colors bleed into each other, forcing the reader to be a more active participant in their interpretation of them. Action sequences, dance sequences, and sex scenes are all very lively and wonderfully kinetic. You really have no choice but to see it all in motion. It’s an impressive feat.

As stated earlier, the comic isn’t entirely textless. There are some dialogue exchanges but they never take up more than two or three panels. What’s there is carefully selected and minimal. Character development and story progression come less from this and more from the characters’ bodies themselves. Llovet showcases a masterful approach to body language, and it’s not just the face or the upper body or even the hand gestures. Each character is a story unto itself and it takes all their individual parts to move the narrative forward.

LOUD is a statement on visual storytelling, both in terms of erotica and on sound in comics. Few wordless comics manage to tell their stories with such intensity. It genuinely feels like Llovet created her own imaginary soundtrack for the book. There’s nothing quite like it out there. It quite literally demands to be seen and heard.

Story: María Llovet Art: María Llovet
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy and display!

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Lab Raider TPB

Lab Raider TPB

written by Matt Miner
illustrated by Creees Lee
colored by Joshua Jensen
lettered by Matt Krotzer
$16.99 | full color
112 pages
MATURE
On Sale 2.19.20

A pair of young vigilantes break into a shady laboratory where bizarre tests are being run on animals. What at first seems like a simple rescue mission becomes more dangerous when they stumble on secret military experiments, discovering to their horror that the animals they sought to help have been turned into something different, something monstrous… and, once the cages are opened, Jeanette and Sarah quickly become the prey of these weaponized beasts. This high-octane action comic blends vigilante heroics with sci-fi horror for a brutal new adventure.
Collects issues 1-4.

Lab Raider TPB

Preview: Loud

Loud

written & illustrated by
Maria Llovet
$16.99 | full color
Hardcover | 96 pages
MATURE
On Sale 2.12.20

The LOUD nightclub. A latecomer stripper, a pissed waitress, a hitmen couple, a suspension bondage performer, a pregnant teenager, a clan of vampires, a pedophile, a lesbian junkie, a divorcing middle-aged woman, a sadistic dominatrix, and many other souls in search of love, drugs, and blood converge at the hottest club in town on a night that none will ever forget. If they survive.

LOUD is like THE HUNGER if directed by Tarantino — a stylish, tripped-out bloodbath of beautiful and vicious decadence.You’ll feel the beat throbbing in your skull, smell the sweat, taste the blood, and lose yourself in the wicked underworld masterfully wrought by MARIA LLOVET (Faithless, There’s Nothing There).

Lovingly designed for release as a hardbound edition, LOUD is the kind of book that will get into your spine and give you flashbacks twenty years later, you’ll turn to your friend and say “remember when comics had guts and creators made books like LOUD?”

Loud

Preview: Nobody is in Control #3

Nobody is in Control #3

written by Patrick Kindlon (Survival Fetish, We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There)
art by Paul Tucker (Tet)
lettered by Wallace Ryan

The conspiracy grows to include pornographic manga, America’s 1980s fixation on ninjas and, of course, children’s books featuring a lovable family of bears. Richard is in deep, and by the end of this issue there may be no way out.

Nobody is in Control #3

Review: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

It’s been twenty years since the riders defeated the Destroyer God of Evil and saved the galaxy. But when The Mother of All Evil Gods appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL! Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 kicks off a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 jumps twenty years ahead since the last volume and the riders have separated from each other. The issue has no problem dropping you into the action with assassins attacking Peligro delivering attitude fantastic visuals. From there, it’s space gods and cosmic weirdness. It’s clear writer Carlos Giffoni loves Jack Kirby as the series drips the cosmic craziness.

Twenty years have passed since the events of the previous two volumes, separating the riders from each other. Things start off with, assassins attacking Peligro for reasons unknown. Yet, they are swiftly eliminated in battle when Mono calls him using the stars themselves. Peligro manages to arrive in time to save Mono from the spirt of Maria Lionza. Mono reveals the strange, mystical origin story of the women and the threat her return represents to the universe. Will the riders save the universe again?

The art by Alexis Ziritt is a fantastic blend of psychedelic color schemes and science fiction. It took feels like a love letter to Kirby and psychedelic 70s rock posters. Ziritt shows us the lethality and combat prowess Peligro has retained, as he easily fights off and dispatches his assassins. It sets up the character as one who might be able to take on a god. Ziritt also delivers some fantastic visuals as we learn more about the gods and what threat looms.

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 is the start of the latest cosmic space opera that is a love letter to comic creator greats while forging its own path.

Story: Carlos Giffoni Art: Alexis Ziritt Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Come Into Me

Come Into Me

Written by: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art by: Piotr Kowalski
Colored by: Niko Guardia
Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

From the critically acclaimed writers of The Dregs comes a new horror series about body image, social media, and memory.

When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials.

Come Into Me is a contemporary comment on connected culture and our longing for approval in the digital age. This is a world where technology and flesh become indistinguishable. Prepare yourself for the insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

Collects issues 1-4.

Come Into Me

Preview: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Written by: Carlos Giffoni
Art by: Alexis Ziritt
Lettered/Designed by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

The satanic nightmare continues. A vortex of death and blood takes the riders to an unexpected location before they can reach the empress of darkness, Mar a Lionza. The final barrier, demonic versions of themselves ready to take over the reins of their souls!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Preview: Snap Flash Hustle Vol. 1

Snap Flash Hustle Vol. 1

Written by: Pat Shand
Art by: Emily Pearson
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
In Stores: November 27, 2019

In this stylish crime thriller, Haley Mori, a downtrodden alternative-model, happens upon a secret society of elite models in NYC that are using their platforms to sell narcotics.

Seeing a possible escape from a lifetime of crushing debt, Haley becomes involved and works her way up the rank, making new alliances and enemies alike while getting a taste of a power she never knew she craved.
Collects issues #1-4.

« Older Entries