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Preview: There’s Nothing There #1

THERE’S NOTHING THERE #1

Art by: Maria Llovet
Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Cover A by: Maria Llovet
Cover B by: Alexis Ziritt
In Stores: April 26, 2017

Celebrity-socialite Reno Selleti doesn’t believe in very much beyond Instagram comments, hipster drugs, and the flash of paparazzi cameras, so when a friend invites her to an EYES WIDE SHUT-type party she goes along mostly for the lulz. But the joke doesn’t feel as funny when she realizes it’s an actual occult ritual, and suddenly she’s seeing things… horrifying apparitions trying to warn her. “RUN.”

Like Darren Aronofsky remaking DRAG ME TO HELL, There’s Nothing There is a stylish & hallucinatory thriller about losing yourself in the bright lights and finding yourself at rock bottom. By new artist Maria Llovet and writer Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake).

Review: Black #5

In the aftermath of his defection from The Project, Kareem comes face-to-face with the harsh consequences of his decision. Juncture and his team enlist Detective Waters’s help in a drastic effort to find the boy before he’s too far gone into the system – but a great threat may have nefarious designs for Kareem’s unique abilities.

In Black #5, it feels everything is finally laid out for us readers to fully understand what’s going on. Up until this point I wasn’t completely sold as to who could be trust and who couldn’t and at the end of this issue, I’m still not 100%, but there’s some interesting twists and turns throughout.

The issue focuses on Kareem and The Project also trying to figure out what happened to him. While the story at its heart isn’t completely unique (a person with great power who uncontrolled could destroy the world) what Kwanza Osajyefo and Tim Smith 3 bring in the story is how that type of story has a layered meaning when the skin color changes from white to black.

The strongest thing about Black isn’t so much what it’s trying to say or the overall story, but getting the reader to see how the meaning and themes of stories change when the skin color of the main character is changed. To me, that’s the thing I’m most enjoying about it and its getting me to think about the other comics I’m consuming and how a simple change of a character’s skin color can completely change the “meaning” of a scene or series. What Black also does well as shown in this issue is take the real world events and bring them into the comic. The divide in how White America and Back America are treated is brought up as well as coded wording used to dehumanize Black individuals. It’s not overtly in your face, but natural dialogue that adds to the overarching story and its themes.

The art by Jamal Igle is solid delivering black and white action (no pun intended) and the varying characters. There’s little cut and paste here (the only example is generic soldiers in armor) instead every character has a unique look and style of their own that stands out and brings them life. As always, Khary Randolph’s covers draw you in. These are some of the best, most striking covers on the shelves.

The series has had its ups and downs, but the story as a whole is amazing in its themes and what it says. Each issue feels like it adds depth when it comes to that getting the readers to think not just about the current issue, but the past ones as well. Black is an entertaining read and one that challenges the reader to think and explore beyond the page.

Story: Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim Smith 3 Art: Jamal Igle Cover Art: Khary Randolph
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Preview: The Dregs #1

The Dregs #1

Written by: Zac Thompson & Lonnie Nadler
Art by: Eric Zawadzki
Colored by: Dee Cunniffe
In Stores: Jan 25, 2017

Heading your way on January 25th, Black Mask is proud to present THE DREGS, a 4-issue smart and unique horror comic book mini-series written by new voices Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson with evocative artwork by Eric Zawadzki (Last Born) and Dee Cunniffe (X’ed).

THE DREGS is a crime noir murder-mystery that takes place among the homeless in Vancouver during a period of gentrification, but in this sordid tale the gentrification is manifested as an upscale restaurant abducting homeless people to serve as a culinary feast for the most elite of foodies. It plays as a gripping horror mystery and also as an urgent metaphor, like a modern Sweeney Todd with a noir spin.

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Preview: The Skeptics #1

The Skeptics #1

Written by: Tini Howard
Art by: Devaki Neogi
Colored by: Jen Hickman
Lettered by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover by: Devaki Neogi
In Stores: Oct 26, 2016

It is the 1960s. The Soviets have the A bomb, the H bomb, and now the most terrifying weapon of all: a pair of psychically superpowered teens.

Terrified and desperate, the US top brass scours from coast to coast in search of psychic Americans.

Enter Dr. Isobel Santaclara, an eccentric illusionist and grifter who has recruited two teenagers and trained them to trick the US government, the Russians, and the whole world into believing they are dangerous psychics.

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Review : Kim & Kim #3

kim-and-kim-3-coverThe wait for the latest installment of Kim & Kim was well worth it. Just when you thought Kim & Kim had reached maximum capacity on the story and action front the creator, Magdalene Visaggio, cranks this intergalactic bounty hunter story up to eleven.

Issue number three builds on the promise of the previous two issues. We are treated with a journey to yet another exotic and dangerous local as our transgender anti-heroes attempt to get Tom home back to his home planet and away from El Scorchos reach.

This time around our girls take a voyage to the Lost Planet and get stranded in Never-Look-Back when The Contessa gets shot down by Robot Gorillas. We get some back story on Kim’s aunt Djune and meet her old partner and rebel pilot Mina. Lucky for Kim & Kim she’s been hiding out on the same planet that they find themselves stranded on because The Contessa needs some TLC and a really good mechanic .

kim-and-kim-3-2The rescue mission goes awry and there’s a gap in the girls memory after they get The Contessa back in working order. We get to meet some of the Kim’s friends and in a late night drink & nosh hang out, we get to see Squad Goals redefined. I hope that we get to see these four ladies take on some baddies in a future issue. There’s a lot that goes unsaid in this issue and we don’t really find out what happened to Tom or Mina after he made a run for the magic book in an attempt to get himself home. What we do know is that nothing is ever that simple in the Kim’s world and this issue ends with a Robot Gorilla showing up at Kim’s front door.

As usual Magdalene’s writing and story telling skills are on point and the ending has me sitting on my hands freaking out in the best possible way, waiting for the next installment. Magdalene creates a killer world with a nice arc, real life situations and a strong sense of self and some really relatable transgender characters.

Eva Cabrera’s artwork is clean, easy to understand, inviting and semi realistic. It adds all the necessary components to Magdalene’s great story.

Overall Kim & Kim‘s third issue is an exciting and interesting page turner that gives the readers what they want. I loved every page and panel of the story and found myself engaged even when the Kim’s were doing nothing more than hanging out. There was a lot of back story packed into this issue and it seems the creative team is giving us all the tools needed to follow along without pandering or dumbing down the story line and plot points.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Eva Cabrera
Story: 9.5 Art: 9 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Clandestino #2

CLANDESTINO #2

By: Amancay Nahuelpan
IN COMIC STORES: 3/16

Things heat up for Clandestino as he attacks the military prison where Leena is held before hurtling on a high-octane, action-packed chase. Meanwhile, General Kapala continues laying waste to rebels who threaten his regime. Guns shoot in all directions and no one is safe in this revolutionary thrill-ride!

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Black Mask Studios Updates as to Where Their Comics Are

Black Mask LogoBlack Mask Studios was one of the hottest studios of 2015. Their releases made numerous best of lists as well as seeing multiple sell-outs. Hits like Space Riders, We Can Never Go Home, Young Terrorists, and a whole lot more, were buzzed about and received praise from readers and critics. But, over the last few months they’ve been absent from shelves with no new releases.

The publisher has released an update on their Facebook page as to their status and when we can expect new comics to line shelves.

To the Black Mask Family- I know a lot of you have been wondering the same thing the past couple months: “where the heck are the new Black Mask books??” And I realize it’s been super frustrating that we’ve been vaguely repeating “we’re workin’ on it.”

The truth is we weren’t able to talk in detail about the delays, and we didn’t have any firm new dates anyhow, because we got dragged into some super annoying legal nonsense.

It was, to coin a phrase, a fucking nightmare.

BUT NO MORE! We’ve fixed the problems, shaken off the hassle-makers, and everything’s back on the rails and rolling again.

We understand January and February have been super lame without new Black Mask books, but we promise we’re gonna make it up to you.

After all, that’s why we fight like hell to put out these books even when the law gets in our way. We do it because we love these crazy comics and all our crazy readers.

FINALLY! we have some new dates for you:

Clandestino #2 drops March 16th.

X’ed #2 drops March 23rd.

And we’re way ahead on both of them, issues 3, 4, & 5 of both series are totally complete already, so these things are gonna roll smooth as astroglide.

Also I know there’s been a lot of demand for Young Terrorists #2 (and I appreciate it!). Issue 2 has been done for a long time, it was actually finished before we even solicited #1. But, since I’m not just the writer of YT but also chief cook and bottle washer at BMS, I had to focus on fighting this fight because it affects all our creators and readers and shops–and it’s hard to type with boxing gloves on! So I want to make sure we’re well ahead on Young Terrorists issues (like we are on Clandestino and X’ed) before I announce new street dates. But rest assured, we’re hard at work in the lab and new issues will be rolling out soon.

Plus, the We Can Never Go Home / Young Terrorists split FCBD book just went to print! So you’ll have that wild ride to sink your eyeballs into soon.

Our next #1 – 4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK (by Matthew Rosenberg & Tyler Boss) – is on schedule for April release. And it’s awesome.

And we will be announcing our full slate of upcoming new releases shortly. You’re gonna take one look and start bleeding out of your eyes from all the awesome. It’s gonna be disgusting. Super good.

Everybody here at Black Mask deeply appreciates the support all the comic readers and bloggers and shops have shown us. We hope you’ll stick with us because there are so many more exciting stories we want to tell you and so many new and daring creators we want to introduce you to. Thank you so much for the opportunity to create all this madness!

Very sincerely,

Matt Pizzolo
Black Mask Studios

Whatever the reason, we here can’t wait!

Preview: Clandestino #1

CLANDESTINO #1

By: Amancay Nahuelpan
IN COMIC STORES: 10/13

The country of Tairona became a no man’s land after the military coup. Guerrillas were formed across the lands, and rebels unified against the dictator to resist the regime. The hopes of many lay on Clandestino, who barely escaped from the military attacks as a child, and was then recruited by the rebel forces, to later lead the revolution against the dictator. An all-new miniseries by Amancay Nahuelpan.

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NYCC 2015: Black Mask Invades!

Once again, New York Comic Con descends upon us all. 4 days of huge crowds, celebrity sightings, street cart food, long walks, and bad smells. And comics.

Lucky for you team Black Mask will be at the show in force, signing books and selling convention exclusives. Below is a list of who will be there and where to find them.

WHERE IS EVERYONE?

  • TYLER BOSS (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME) Q13
  • VANESA DEL REY (SINATORO) K12
  • JOSH HOOD (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME) J5
  • YASMIN LIANG (OUR WORK FILLS THE PEWS) Y6
  • MICHAEL MORECI (TRANSFERENCE) U17
  • AMANCAY NAHUELPAN (YOUNG TERRORISTS / CLANDESTINO) BB3
  • MATT PIZZOLO (YOUNG TERRORISTS / GODKILLER) BB3
  • MATTHEW ROSENBERG (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME / 12 REASONS TO DIE) Q13
  • RON SALAS (TRANSFERENCE) Y6
  • BEN TEMPLESMITH (GODKILLER) M1
  • MICHAEL WALSH (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME) AA1
  • ERIC ZAWADSKI (LAST BORN) BB3

WHAT CAN I BUY?

YOUNG TERRORISTS #1 NYCC LIMITED EDITION SKETCH COVER
Only available at: Matt Pizzolo & Amancay Nahuelpan’s table BB3

YOUNG TERRORISTS #1 NYCC

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME LIMITED EDITION PRINT
Art: Josh Hood
Only available at: Josh Hood’s table J5

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME LIMITED EDITION PRINT

CLANDESTINO #1 NYCC LIMITED EDITION SKETCH COVER
Only available at: Amancay Nahuelpan’s table BB3

CLANDESTINO #1 NYCC LIMITED EDITION SKETCH COVER

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #1-5  LIMITED EDITION NYCC COVERS
Art: Ramon Villalobos
Only available at: Matthew Rosenberg’s table Q13

CLANDESTINO #1 NYCC COMICXPOSURE VARIANT
Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Only available at: ComicXposure Booth 562

CLANDESTINO #1 NYCC COMICXPOSURE VARIANT

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME MYSTERY THING
A SECRET ITEM THAT YOU CAN ONLY GET BY ASKING FOR IT. THIS IS A REAL THING. WE PROMISE.
Only available at: Matthew Rosenberg’s table Q13

WE CAN NEVER GO HOME MYSTERY THING

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