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Preview: Blood Brothers #4

Blood Brothers #4

(digital exclusive)
writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
artist | cover: Javier Caba
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Soliz Brothers have tangled with drunk orcs, a gang of werewolves, a demon luchador, Medusa, and The Minotaur. Now they find themselves up against their greatest challenge yet as the gun-toting, skull-faced maniac, Calavera, threatens to plunge the city into chaos. Get ready for the two-fisted, pulse-pounding conclusion in Hermanos de Sangre: The Temple of Bones!

Preview: Blood Brothers #3

Blood Brothers #3

writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
artist: Javier Caba
cover: Javier Caba
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The Soliz Brothers aren’t seeing eye to eye on their next move. Diego believes that the missing skull they’re looking for was purchased by none other than Medusa, and wants to question her. His brother and their boss want to them to keep looking for Calavera. Diego disobeys and finds himself in serious trouble in the form of a raging Minotaur!

Preview: Blood Brothers #2

Blood Brothers #2

writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
artist: Javier Caba
cover: Javier Caba
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In the second chapter of Hermanos de Sangre, it’s the Soliz brothers versus a pack of werewolf gangsters! Later, at an auction for magic items, the brothers find themselves having to deal with demon luchador, El Demonio! While Diego tries to find out who purchased the cursed Aztec skull, Gabe is in for the match of his life!

Preview: Blood Brothers #1

Blood Brothers #1

writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
artist: Javier Caba
cover: Javier Caba
incentive covers: Javier Caba (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Diego and Gabriel Soliz are two unusual brothers just trying to do their job in an even more unusual city. What’s their job? They’re detectives in a city populated by creatures from mythology and fantasy. When an Aztec skull is stolen from the museum, the BLOOD BROTHERS are assigned to the case!

Blood Brothers Comes to Dynamite

Dynamite Entertainment continues to bring some of the best and freshest comic book projects originating at Kickstarter to print with the news that Blood Brothers, the supernatural pulp sensation by Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba, will be serialized beginning this coming June!

Diego and Gabriel Soliz are two unusual brothers just trying to do their job in an even more unusual hometown. What’s their job? They’re detectives in a city populated by creatures from mythology and fantasy. When an Aztec skull is stolen from the museum, the Blood Brothers are assigned to the case! Blood Brothers is a pulp-influenced supernatural tale with elements of fantasy, taking place in a world where the border between reality and mythology has been broken.

Blood Brothers is slated for release in June.

Week in Review: July 22-28, 2013

I hope everyone’s finally recovered from the intensity of SDCC and all of the incredible announcements that came out of the con. Our very own Brett, your host and founder of Graphic Policy, was in attendance and helped keep us up to date (you can find his posts and updates on SDCC here). This week saw the debut of The Wolverine, origin-story sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and in comics we got a little more light cast on the events of Age of Ultron via Hunger #1, witnessed the start of a new crowd favorite Lobster Johnson mini-series, and took a look at the ever-advancing Trinity War saga, along with plenty of other reviews of one-shots, on-going series, and even a graphic novel!

Graphic Policy Radio

July 23, 2013—Elana and Brett cover the glorious Nerd-vana of SDCC, and they take a look at the convention floor, its announcements, and some of the people Brett had a chance to meet. We had some technical issues, so catch the show this coming week.

Comic Reviews

Batman/Superman #2—the second issue in Greg Pak’s and Jae Lee’s already fantastic series gets relatively high marks from Sean, despite the fact that it’s still a tad confusing…

Batwoman #22—Scott picks apart the latest Batwoman issue, and poses some interesting points about where the series is going and why this issue is hollow compared to the rest of the series.

Blood Brothers #1—a new vampire comedy, with a taste of something different gets high ranks; worth buying and reading.

Dark Horse Presents #26—an awesomely (and somewhat overwhelmingly) large anthology of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy comic shorts, featuring reviews of two of many stories.

Devil Executioner One-Shota thrilling and creepy one-shot by UK independent creator Martin Ian Smith, which could easily be the beginning of a serious about a bad-ass exorcist. Buying and reading this is a great way to support a young, up-and-coming comic creator!

Gamma One-Shot—a zany, hilarious comic by Ulises Farinas which Sean reads as a satire of some awesome 1990s children franchises.

Hunger #1—Brett takes us on a tour of Fialkov’s exploration of the long-established Ultimate universe as things get down and dirty with…Galactus!

Justice League Dark #22—Trinity War continues in what Sean found to be the second-best piece in this saga (we’re only five parts in, with the Constantine and Pandora tie-ins, and JLA #6 seems to be the best), seeing all of the Justice Leagues rearranged by their loyalties to the World’s Finest and to the Trinity of Sin.

King Conan: Tee Hour of the Dragon #3—Andrew gives us a look at this acclaimed addition to the Conan franchise, hearkening back to the sword-and-sorcery quality of early Conan comics.

Lazarus #2—Scott provides an in-depth review of Greg Rucka’s hot-and-heavy sci-fi dystopic comic; get on board with this if you haven’t yet!

Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1—the much anticipated beginning of a new Lobster Johnson mini-series by Mignola gets high praise from Andrew, as a new plot develops with the Tong assassins in a definitely pulp style.

The Massive #14—hot shot Brian Wood continues his sci-fi series, which Brett calls “one of the best monthly series on the market.”

Mind MGMT #13—a surreal one-shot about The Home Maker sleeper agent, which featuring some of the best art this week (I took a look at this myself, and damn it’s great looking).

Movie Review

The Wolverine—I haven’t seen it myself, but Brett (ever our movie reviewer for all things comics and nerdom) found The Wolverine to be a good addition to the X-Men movies, despite finding it a tad boring and predictable. But see for yourself, folks!

Graphic Novel Review

Hellboy: House of the Living Dead—Sean looks back on a two-year old Mignola and Corben graphic novel that takes a look at Hellboy as a luchador, as well as a nod to the great monster films of the early 20th century.

Well that’ll just about do it for this week. Check out our reviews, updates, news, info, and previews, because there’s always more coming! See you next week, Geeks!

Review: The Massive #14, Mind MGMT #13 and Blood Brothers #1

The Massive #14

22506Closed off by rising seas and permanent power loss, New York City has been reduced to a graveyard of empty buildings. The devastation hits Ryan—the only American member of the crew—hard, and the homecoming she dreamed of for the last year is fraught with terror and betrayal. Will Ninth Wave’s mission finally meet its end?

Through the first dozen issues, we were only teased as to what was happening in the United States. Writer Brian Wood has given us our first real taste as to what has happened in this part of the world post global collapse. But, even when we think we know what’s going on, it’s clear there’s more to it.

Surrounded by what we think is the US Navy, Ninth Wave has two goals in this issue, not be taken in and also continue to hunt for a rogue nuclear submarine. This issue can be summed up as a game of chicken and we see the tension ramp up with each passing page.

Throughout all of this going on, we also get more of various characters’ pasts. This provides more of the connections between them and gives insight as to what motivates and leads to their decisions today.

What’s amazing is Wood’s ability to keep us guessing, and to go into more detail would give away some key moments of this issue, lets just say our perception as to what’s going on changes as the issue progresses. And that goes not just for this tense stand-off, but also the world as a whole. What we think is the United States Navy, might just not be. What we think are betrayals, might not be, or are they?

We also get to see more of Callum Israel’s leadership and thought process. To him, this is almost a game of chess, he’s thinking moves ahead. Moves that only become apparent to the reader as the game plays out. The man shows off why he’s in charge and we wonder what might be when he’s not.

Wood continues to put together one of the best monthly series on the market. One that entertains and makes you think at the same time.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Garry Brown
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Mind MGMT #13

23541Prepare for Mind MGMT‘s most surreal arc yet, in this first in a series of one-shot stories! This month, how will sleeper agent The Home Maker maintain her cover when Mind Management invades suburbia?

For a series that traffics in weird and surreal, this is one of the weirdest stories yet. But, writer and artist Matt Kindt continues to deliver a series the oozes cool. From the cover to the last page, every tiny detail of each issue is meticulously thought out and delivers. You’ll not just read each issue’s story and drool over the art, but also spend more time reading all of the small details that pepper the outer edges of the page.

I’ll admit, the story if this issue caught me off guard as it’s a departure from the ongoing saga. But, remembering it’s a one-shot drew me back in. Kindt here digs into the idea of a sleeper agent in suburbia, with a tone that’s serious but also played for laughs.

That duality is a trademark of the tone of the series. While it has this great vibe of an action/spy story, there’s also numerous moments of levity. With abilities to control others through various means or kill with but a touch, the back story often presented or just outright presented here, is serious but fun.

Kindt’s art is amazing with his beautiful water color like style. It evokes something I’d expect out of the 60s or 70s, and is unique and a signature of his.

Overall Mind MGMT is one of the crown jewels in Dark Horse’s cap and a maxi-series unlike any other. This should be on everyone’s list to read and I fully expect it to top numerous best of lists when the year ends.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: Matt Kindt
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Blood Brothers #1

22884Nick and Tree have smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, and even fronted a death metal band. But after a century of friendship, these inseparable vampire buddies are on the verge of splitting up. Terrible timing, as an apocalypse-obsessed villain is plotting an end to humanity.

When I first heard about this series, I rolled my eyes thinking it’s yet another comic having to deal with vampires (not sure if that’s better or worse than zombies right now). But I decided to dive into it and give it a shot and beyond glad I did. The comic is hilarious with fantastic banter between it’s characters and some nice twists to the usual vampire mythos.

First there’s the history between the two, shown in numerous flashbacks each funnier than the last. Next there’s their relationship which is having some issues having been together for so long. They have rules set out when it comes to their lives, including on dating women, and one of them is getting a bit antsy. The dialogue also stands out with a great back and forth that’s not super witty banter, but really entertaining. And finally there’s the action. There’s some fun stuff there that just brings it all together.

While on the surface this might seem like jut another vampire comic, writer Mike Gagerman brings just enough new to make it stand out. That’s helped by artist Evan Shaner whose style fits the characters and the tone of the writing perfectly. It’s a solid pairing between the two.

Blood Brothers has a lot of potential to be a fun summer read.

Story: Mike Gagerman, Andrew Waller Art: Evan Shaner
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Pick(s) of the Week: Day Men #1 and 9 Other Choices

Daymen_CV_1AFor thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the “50 Families” — a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector…Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors.

This week sees the release of BOOM! Studios‘ newest original series Day Men. It also marks the first release from industry legend Brian Stelfreeze as part of the BOOM! family, his first monthly drawing of a comic since 2005. The series is created by Matt Gagnon and co-written by Michael Alan Nelson someone who absolutely knows how to write these types of comics.

Do yourself a favor and check out this new series that has a hell of a lot of buzz.

Below are nine other choices in alphabetical order.

  • Batman ’66 #1 – The DC comic book has a lot of chatter and all of it good in this campy return to the feel of the classic television series.
  • Blood Brothers #1 – Dark Horse’s new series that has two vampires who are also modern day bounty hunters. There’s a great comedic tone in this one.
  • The Killer Vol. 4 Unfair Competition – Matz is back with his amazing international series following an international assassin. It’s beyond cool and perfect for fans of Bond.
  • Numbercruncher #1 – Titan Comics has been cranking out some amazing series, and this is no exception. By Si Spurrier!
  • Red Sonja #1 – Gail Simone’s anticipated new take on Red Sonja arrives! And it’s already sold out at the distributor level.
  • Revival #12 – You folks should be reading this!!!!
  • Scarlet #7 – Brian Michael Bendis’ take on the current political unease and activism. It might be a while between issues, but its worth the wait.
  • The Strain: The Fall #1 – The horror series is back with the next volume. Pick it up before it hits the airwaves as a television series.
  • Superior Carnage #1 – So far all of Marvel’s “Superior” comics have been fantastic (though it is just two of them). Can they three-peat?

WonderCon 2013: Gagerman & Waller’s Blood Brothers – Best Friends…Forever!

Dark Horse Comics announces Blood Brothers, a new miniseries by writers Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller that takes friendship to an entirely new level. The comic has already found friends at MGM, where it is also being developed as a major motion picture.

With interiors by Evan Shaner and covers by Juan Doe, this vampire buddy action series is sure to be the talk of the summer at local comic shops.

“Our goal with Blood Brothers was to create a comic with the feel of a classic buddy action comedy, like Lethal Weapon or Rush Hour, but with two vampires as the heroes,” said Andrew Waller. “It’s really a story about two regular guys, who just happen to be vampires. They’ve treated the last millennium like a thousand-year bender, but now find themselves having to save humanity just to keep the party going.”

More about Blood Brothers: Nick and Tree have seen everything together. They’ve smoked opium with Genghis Khan, had orgies in Michelangelo’s studio, even fronted a death metal band in the seventies. But after a millennium of friendship, these inseparable, immortal buddies are on the verge of going their separate ways. Terrible timing, as an apocalypse-obsessed vampire villain is plotting an end to humanity, and Nick and Tree are the only ones standing in his way. Can they put their baggage aside long enough to save the world?

Mike Gagerman and Andrew Waller are writers who have been friends for twenty-five years. Their Black List screenplay Search Party, about two best friends who set off on a road trip to save their roommate, who is lost and naked on a road in Mexico, is shooting this summer for Universal.

Blood Brothers #1 is on sale July 17, 2013.