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Preview: Wicked Things

Wicked Things

(W) John Allison (A/CA) Max Sarin
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $16.99

Return to the world of Giant Days, where Charlotte Grote has her whole life ahead of her; straight to Oxford and a future as a real detective – until she’s framed for murder!

Facing going to jail forever or joining the police, Lottie decides to hit the beat, all while trying to find the real murderer.

Could the future of law enforcement be 5’2″ with a strong bangs game?

Yes. Very yes.

Collects Wicked Things #1-6.

Wicked Things

Preview: Peanuts: Scotland Bound, Charlie Brown

Peanuts: Scotland Bound, Charlie Brown

(W) Jason Cooper (A/CA) Robert Pope
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $9.99

ADAPTING AN UNDISCOVERED STORY FROM THE SCHULZ STUDIO ARCHIVES!

Discovered in the archives of the Schulz Studio, Scotland Bound, Charlie Brown is an original graphic novel adaptation of an unproduced, feature-length storyboard by Charles M. Schulz and Bill Melendez from the team of Jason Cooper (Adventure Time Comics) and Robert Pope (Scooby Doo).

Good Ol’ Charlie Brown has fallen in love with his pen-pal from Scotland! In a rare moment of unbridled enthusiasm and confidence, Charlie Brown convinces his friends Linus, Lucy, Schroeder, and his faithful dog, Snoopy, to accompany him on an international trip abroad.

Whether it’s golf, music, or the mystery of Loch Ness, each one discovers something extraordinary about the legendary country…even Charlie Brown, who realizes he’s wishy-washy wherever he may be.

Peanuts: Scotland Bound, Charlie Brown

Preview: Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

(W) Alex Child, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Naomi Franquiz
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys, but the authorities have no idea what monsters roam the Proctor Valley Road.

As the town – and even their families – closes in on the girls, August makes a choice to visit that haunted road one last time.

And even if she survives, an even greater threat may have its eyes on these four friends…

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

BRZRKR #1 Goes Back for a Fourth Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that BRZRKR #1, the historic premiere issue of the original comic book series from the iconic Keanu Reeves and New York Times bestselling co-writer Matt Kindt, acclaimed artist Ron Garney, colorist Bill Crabtree, and letterer Clem Robins, about an immortal being’s eternal struggle with the hidden truth behind his existence,  has sold out of the second printing at the distributor level! The inaugural issue has already sold over 615,000 copies at the distributor level, making it the highest-selling original comic book launch in almost thirty years.

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced the BRZRKR #1 Fourth Printing will be another foil edition featuring brand new cover art by Rafael Grampá.

The man known only as B. is half-mortal and half-god, cursed and compelled to violence…even at the sacrifice of his sanity.  But after wandering the world for centuries, B. may have finally found a refuge – working for the U.S. government to fight the battles too violent and too dangerous for anyone else. In exchange, B. will be granted the one thing he desires – the truth about his endless blood-soaked existence…and how to end it.

BRZRKR #1 Fourth Printing will be available exclusively at local comic book shops on May 19, 2021.

BRZRKR #1 FOURTH PRINTING

BOOM! Announces Sas Milledge’s Modern Witchcraft Series Mamo

BOOM! has announced Mamo, the five-issue debut comic book series from acclaimed illustrator and rising star cartoonist Sas Milledge, about a young hedge witch who returns to her hometown after her grandmother’s death, only to find an unlikely new friend and a series of mysterious magical disturbances that need to be solved, available in July 2021.

Orla O’Reilly has never been the type of witch to put down roots. The youngest in a long line of hedge witches, Orla finds herself back in the town where she grew up after her grandmother, Mamo’s, death. But without Mamo around to deal with the town’s magic, it’s quickly fallen into chaos and now there’s a poltergeist in local Jo Manalo’s attic!

When Jo goes to Orla for help, the young hedge witch is reluctantly pulled into the town’s complicated relationship with the Fae, and Jo gets a crash course on the surprising world of magic that lies right beneath the surface of her normal, boring hometown. They’ll have to work together to find the source of all their otherworldly problems but are the two up to the task?

Mamo #1 features main cover art by series creator Sas Milledge and variant covers by acclaimed artists Trung Lê Nguyễn and Veronica Fish.

Mamo #1

Preview: Mighty Morphin #6

Mighty Morphin #6

(W) Ryan Parrott (A) Marco Renna (CA) In-Hyuk Lee
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Still reeling from the revelation of the New Green Ranger’s true identity, the New Mighty Morphin team must join with former Ranger Grace Sterling to save Angel Grove from a new threat tied to Zordon’s surprising past.

But nothing could prepare the Rangers for the two people who stand in their way…

Mighty Morphin #6

Something is Killing the Children and Once & Future Get Deluxe Hardcover Editions

BOOM! Studios has announced that Something is Killing the Children and Once & Future Deluxe Hardcover Editions, the definitive collections of the critically acclaimed Eisner Award-nominated series from superstar creators James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera, Kieron Gillen, and Dan Mora, available in October and November 2021.

Something is Killing the Children Deluxe Hardcover Edition collects the first 15 issues of the Eisner Award-nominated horror series from GLAAD Award-winning author James Tynion IV, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Miquel Muerto, and letterer AndWorld Design, available in stores October 2021.

Once & Future Deluxe Hardcover Edition collects the first 12 issues of the Diamond Gem Award-winning series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, available in stores November 2021.

Something is Killing the Children Deluxe Hardcover Edition will be available for sale on October 6, 2021 at local comic book shops and on October 12, 2021 at bookstores everywhere. Once & Future Deluxe Hardcover Edition will be available for sale on November 17, 2021 at local comic book shops and on November 23, 2021 at bookstores everywhere.

Review: Magic #1

Magic #1

Welcome to Ravnica, the home of magic. Kaya the Ghost-Assassin. Ral Zarek the Stormheart. Vraska the Queen of the Downtrodden. While each resides somewhere different in Ravnica, each will face down many foes due to a sudden attack in Magic #1. Who sent them is unknown but it’s part of the mystery of the multiverse of Magic.

I’m coming into Magic #1 as someone who knows absolutely zero about Magic: The Gathering but with any fantasy system, it’s about finding the components and putting them into terms you are familiar with. As someone who has played Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, I wasn’t completely confused with the goings-on of this first issue. It’s definitely a good setup issue. It provides an introduction to Ravnica and the various Planeswalkers and a couple of steps into what each is capable of. I’m not ready to go get a deck but the character work laid out within the pages is definitely enough to keep me entertained.

I’m fairly impressed with Magic #1. Jed McKay put together a simple enough story, which is great for someone like me who doesn’t understand MTG and yet there’s enough of the terms and abilities and such thrown about that it quickly brings you into the fold. McKay has put in a good amount of worldbuilding, action, and intrigue to really help make Magic #1 a quality fantasy comic.

Add Ig Guara’s art to the mix, I really like the art style used here. One of the great things about fantasy is the mixture of the strange and exotic and there’s definitely a lot of strange and exotic with this issue and having an artist up to the task of drawing all of this up is key. I know some of this has to come from the game itself but there’s a lot of cool character designs here. It’s a comic book with a lot of bright and vibrant colors. Arianna Consonni’s colors really add to the fantasy feeling and with Ed Dukeshire’s letters, I feel this issue of Magic is an adventurous first issue.

Magic #1 is very much in the vein of IDW’s Dungeons & Dragons comics, which I also really enjoy. We can never have enough fantasy-driven work in comics so if that’s what you like, take a chance with Magic.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 Sells Out Before Release

BOOM! Studios has announced that The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1, the premiere issue in a new original series from acclaimed comics creator Ram V, superstar artist Filipe Andrade, and letterer AndWorld Design, that explores the fine line between living and dying in Mumbai through the lens of magical realism, has sold out at the distributor level before release!

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! has announced The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by superstar artist Christian Ward available in stores May 5, 2021.

With humanity on the verge of discovering immortality, the avatar of Death is fired and relegated to the world below to live out her now-finite days in the body of twenty-something Laila Starr in Mumbai. Struggling with her newfound mortality, Laila hatches a plan and soon discovers a way to be placed at the time and location where the creator of immortality will be born . . . But will Laila take her chance to permanently reverse the course of (future) history, or does a more shocking fate await her within the coils of mortal existence?

Print copies of The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 First Printing will be available for sale on April 14, 2021.

The Many Deaths of Laila Starr #1 Second Printing

Review: Magic #1

Magic #1

The popular game Magic: The Gathering has found a new home in comics with BOOM! Studios. Magic #1 kicks off a new series and adventure in the worlds crafted over decades by Wizards of the Coast. The debut is an interesting one that can be enjoyed for the straightforward story or the deeper cuts into the world of Magic: The Gathering. It’s been years since I played but the comic is full of references that fans of the game will enjoy.

Written by Jed MacKay, Magic #1 introduces us quickly to the multiverse and concept of Planeswalkers and most importantly the setting of Ravnica. The setting is an interesting one. It’s not just a setting of a Magic: The Gathering set but it also might defy expectations of those new to the world. Ravnica is as much a character in the comic as the Planeswalkers. It’s a sprawling city with thousands of cultures, numerous guilds, and lots of possibilities.

Despite the at times complicated world of the game, MacKay keeps things simple. Magic #1 focuses on an assassination attempt on three heads of guilds and the fallout from that. It’s a simple concept that introduces the key players, creates conflicts, and gives a logical reason for these characters to come together. Fans of the game will recognize the high-profile choices. Where I fall short is recognizing the spells. There’s some I think I know but those who have played and know the world will likely appreciate some of what’s on the page more. It’s a comic that feels like it has a lot for long-time fans but it also presents things so that new readers can hop in and not feel overwhelmed or that they’re missing something.

The art by Ig Guara is interesting. Along with color by Arianna Consonni, the art is much more geared towards “comics”. Those expecting an art style that’s similar to Magic: The Gathering cards might be disappointed. The art though is really engaging. Ravnica looks fantastic and the introduction to the various guilds makes it all look fantastical and sucks the reader in. The art does a great job of balancing the various perspectives with page layouts that are dynamic. There’s some really interesting choices that make an exciting flow to the story. Ed Dukeshire‘s lettering is great too, really adding emotion to the characters. At times, there’s also a lot of dialogue as well but Dukeshire’s choices never feel overwhelming and the art still shines.

Magic #1 does a solid job of bringing the massive world of Magic: The Gathering to comics. Its story keeps things simple with an attack and assassination attempt, something that’s easy to understand and brings characters together in an organic and easy way. It’s a great mix of the game and comics that’s fun for long-time fans and those new to the world.

Story: Jed MacKay Art: Ig Guara
Color: Arianna Consonni Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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