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BMO Bonanza Is Charged Up and Ready to Play

BOOM! Studios and Cartoon Network Enterprises announce Adventure Time: BMO Bonanza, a one-shot comic book special debuting March 2018 that peeks into BMO’s springtime adventures in the land of Ooo. Ever wondered what BMO is up to when they’re not trying to keep Finn and Jake out of trouble? In this collection of short stories, creators Cynthia Cheng, Laura Langston, Nicole Mannino, Boya Sun, Ian Moore, and Shirley Chan follow the multi-skilled console on their very own adventure time.

Holiday Gift Guide: Supergirl: Age of Atlantis

Enjoy your superheroes on television? Enjoy your superheroes in comics? Now, you can enjoy the adventures of some of the your favorite comics and superheroes as prose books.

We show off one example with Supergirl: Age of Atlantis, a great gift this holiday season for your superhero fan.

Some of the great books you can get now!
Supergirl: Age of Atlantis
The Flash: Hocus Pocus
Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power!

 

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review
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Jeff Loveness and Jakub Rebelka Talk Judas Iscariot’s Journey Through Life and Death in Judas

Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus.

Writer and Jeff Loveness and artist Jakub Rebelka present a new take on Judas in the new limited series Judas being published by BOOM! Studios. Judas #1 comes to shelves December 13, 2017.

We got a chance to talk to Jeff and Jakub about the new series and whether they were worried about any backlash.

Graphic Policy: Where did the idea for Judas come from and why a comic?

Jeff Loveness: I know this sounds cliche, but it was an idea I bolted up with really late at night. That never, never happens. But I couldn’t shake the image of Judas Iscariot waking up in Hell, realizing how truly lost he is. I couldn’t stop thinking of all the conflicting emotions he’d feel. Guilt, terror and shame… but then he’d grow into rage, and spite towards Christ… maybe even thinking of revenge. The spiritual battle within Judas felt so compelling to me.

And then I started piecing together a narrative from things I love: Hieronymus Bosch Hellscapes. Pilgrim’s Progress. What Dreams May Come. The concept of Pre-Destination vs. the Christian notion of limitless love and forgiveness. It all started to blend into a personal, tragic spiritual epic. Can you find a way to redeem yourself, even from within the pits of Hell? Should you even want to? When you’re that deep in despair, is grace even worth the fight?

At first I was envisioning this as a one-act play, but… I don’t write plays, and that probably would’ve been terrible. It seemed like it could only be a comic once the visuals started coming to my head. Comics give you such a wild canvas, and Jakub Rebelka, as you’ll see, is knocking it out of the park.

There’s also something to be said for the visual nature of Religious stories. For hundreds of years, paintings and murals and frescoes were the primary way some people knew these stories. It’s been interesting to lean back, strip down the dialogue, and embrace the visual grandeur of the narrative.

GP: Jakub, how’d you come to join the Judas series?

Jakub Rebelka: Eric Harburn [BOOM! Studios editor] invited me to make concepts for few characters. Working on those concepts, I knew I had to draw this book.

GP: The coloring for the comic is really interesting, sticking to basic colors, with each page and section feeling like it has a palette. Where’d that decision come from?

JR: I did the concept for hell in cold blue because it is a cold and empty space.We decided to give each location a leading colour.

GP: How much of this comic is researched on real Biblical text as far as story and design?

JL: All of it. I had to exorcise all my Bible knowledge somehow. I wanted this to feel adjacent to a Bible story… but darkly inverted in some way. The horrific underbelly of Christian myth.

I love setting a story firmly within Hell. There’s a bit of Dante’s Inferno, it’s inescapable when dealing with the subject, but I wanted to make Hell a lonelier place. An emptier place. I wanted it to feel cold, like the absolute end of potential. You are tortured by your own worthlessness. We’ve seen fire and red devils and stuff like that… so I wanted to take us into a more personal space, where you have nothing but time to reflect upon your failures with no hope of escaping them.

GP: When I read the first issue, the characters stood out in the fact they’re not white. With parts of the story taking place in the Middle East, it feels like you’ve recognized that and are making sure to reflect that in the art. Is that the case?

JR: Working with BOOM! Studios is always a team effort. Credit for this idea goes to Eric- the black halo around Judas’ head was his suggestion.We wanted to make the characters more believable. My style of drawing is far from being realistic but colour can make huge difference and tell a story as well.

GP: When it comes to that depiction and the fact you’re telling a story about Judas, do you worry about being protested?

JL: Haha. I feel Christians have enough on their plates to deal with in the world right now, but if they wanna trade some Bible verses with me, I’ll be in the Orange Julius in the Topanga Mall Court, waiting for them. I say they should deal with that Roy Moore guy before attacking a comic about Judas Iscariot in Hell… but it’s up to them.

Also, I would ask them to read all 4 issues. You guys will have to let me know if we succeed, but I … kinda feel it’s not blasphemous. I feel it lines up pretty well with Christian doctrine. It both exposes the hypocrisies and flaws latent within it AND makes a compelling case for why this story, flaws and all, has stood the test of time for 2000 years. There’s something undeniably noble and beautiful about it, even if we aren’t the heroes of the story.

I love The Brothers Karamavoz by Dostoyevsky. I think that book gives the best defense, and attack against, Christianity that I’ve ever read- and all within a 100 pages or so. I am not Dostoyevsky. I write comic books about talking space-trees. But I was inspired by how you can show the agony and ecstasy of both experiences.

JR: Not really – its’ just a story. Nobody here wants to offend anyone.

GP: The first issue really seems to play with the concept that Judas’ role was preordained. Where’d that idea come from for the comic?

JL: The Bible itself. Jesus said “Woe to he who betrays the Son of Man. It would be better if he had never been born.” That’s a… pretty harsh thing to say about your friend who was born to betray you. I always felt sorry for Judas growing up. All of this seemed bigger than he was. And he never had a choice to do anything but this. And nobody cared what happened to him afterwards. I wanted to begin Judas’ story right where it usually ends.

GP: With so many different interpretations of Christianity, how’d you settle on which to tackle for this series?

JL: Good point. Christianity has so many interpretations and denominations, and it’s unfair to lump it all together. But I tried taking the story we all know from the 4 canonical Gospels- and going from there. Gnostic Gospels and extra books are always fun, but I wanted to make a statement about the overall, macro-story, not the fringe or niche elements.

GP: Have you thought about taking on other religious stories in comics?

JL: I feel it’s hard to write a Western-style story without some Christianity peppering itself in somewhere. At the moment, this is my only specific religious story… but I dunno. World Reader was full of meandering cosmic space-theology… which is by far my favorite kind of mythology. Everything I write, be it a comic or a TV show, seems to have a youth pastor with a goatee in there somewhere. I will never be free of him.

GP: What else do you have on tap that folks can check out?

JL: I’ve written Groot and Nova for Marvel, along with a 3 part Spider-Man/Captain America/Inhumans crossover that I like, and a couple little Marvel things beyond that. My very first original sci-fi comic, World Reader, just came out in paperback. There’s some similar, Judas-y themes in that.

There are a few TV things in the works I can’t announce yet… but uh… follow me on Twitter and that’ll probably come out soon: @JeffLoveness.

You can check out Miracle Workers, out on TBS next year. Or just watch… any episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live from the last 6 years. Or just hunt me down in the Topanga Mall Orange Julius. I will be waiting.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Suicide Squad #31 (DC Comics) – Harley makes the tough call between saving her team mate and putting down the bad guy. We also find out who got the squad together and in this big fire fueled, phantom zone adjacent mess.

Runaways #5 (Marvel) – The return of Princess Powerful is the best damn way to get me to do anything!

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series that feels rather familiar. Humanity now lives underground due to giant monsters that live above and society is a bunch of gangs vying for control and supplies. It’s an entertaining first issue, enough so I want to read the second right away. While it’s not totally original (so far), it’s really well done.

Action Comics #993 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold people!!!!

Coyotes #2 (Image Comics) – I thinly veiled metaphor about human trafficking? Yes please!

Judas #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The award for comic to most likely cause a protest goes to…

Star Wars #40 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics, you’re missing out.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week of awesomeness. The Last Jedi opens up this week and we’ll have our review when the embargo lifts this Tuesday! We can’t wait to see it and if it lives up to the hype! While you (and we) wait, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Engadget – Marvel comics arrive in Hoopla’s public library app – Nice!

Daily Herald – Graphic Novels foster literacy – Yes they do.

The Robesonian – UNCP professor’s show picked up by The North Carolina Channel – Very cool to see this.

The Buffalo News – Valuable comic book collection swiped from former state senator – That sucks. If anyone has info that can help catch the thief…

Kotaku – Marvel vs. Capcom Tournament With Special Rules Lets Pro Mess With Opponent’s Controls – Well that’s an interesting way to play.

Kotaku – This Weekend’s Marvel vs. Capcom Trophy Is A Light-Up Infinity Gauntlet – Want!

The Beat – Meg Lemke takes over as Graphic Novels Review Editor at Publishers Weekly – Congrats!

The Beat – Mel Caylo leaves Boom! – Boooo! We love Mel!!!!

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Batman #36

Comicosity – Bingo Love

Bam Smak Pow – Jem and the Holograms: Dimensions #1

Talking Comics – Paradiso #1

Bam Smack Pow – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #77

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands Announce Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rangers and Zords Poster Book

BOOM! Studios and Saban Brands have announced the oversized Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rangers and Zords Poster Book, featuring a curated collection of 20 iconic cover images from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic book series, illustrated by fan-favorite artist Goñi Montes. The posters, which measure 11” x 16” and are suitable for framing, are perfect for display in the home or office and add a morphinominal touch to any wall.

Following the success of the first Power Rangers poster book that BOOM! Studios released with Saban Brands this past September, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rangers and Zords Poster Book is an ideal follow up. For 25 years, Saban’s Power Rangers and their Zords have continued to be poster-worthy pop culture icons.

Max Bemis and Michael Dialynas Invite You to Witness Lucy Dreaming

BOOM! Studios has announced Lucy Dreaming, a new limited series debuting March 2018 from Say Anything frontman Max Bemis and GLAAD Award-winning artist Michael Dialynas about a young girl who goes to sleep every night and becomes the hero of all of her favorite stories, living out grand adventures and learning more about the reality she lives in than she could ever learn in her waking life.

Lucy is a grumpy, emotive, full-of-life, 13-year-old girl who keeps waking up in the shoes of various archetypal female heroes. One night she’ll wake up as a space princess turned rebel leader, another night she’ll be a reluctant heroine who becomes the symbolic motivation for an entire country to revolt. But as fantastic as these “dreams” are, they carry the same life-and-death stakes as if Lucy was awake in real life. The reason why all this is happening to her, though, is a secret for now.

BOOM! Studios published Bemis’ first original comics work, Polarity, in 2013, followed by Evil Empire and Oh, Killstrike. With artist Michael Dialynas, the publisher recently published the conclusion to his award-winning, long-running series, The Woods, with writer James Tynion IV.

Preview: Adventure Time/Regular Show #5 (of 6)

Adventure Time/Regular Show #5 (of 6)

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Conor McCreery
Artist: Mattia Di Meo
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Phil Murphy
Intermix Cover: Phil Murphy
Subscription Cover: Daniele Di Nicuolo
Mash-Up Homage Incentive Cover: Diigii Daguna
Price: $3.99

Rigby and Mordecai’s powers help turn the tide in the battle against the Master of Division, but he may have divided the bros for good! Meanwhile, Ice King is convinced that they are on Earth before the Mushroom Bomb…

Preview: Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original Vol. 2 SC

Sons of Anarchy Redwood Original Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Ollie Masters
Artist: Eoin Marron
Cover Artist: Chris Brunner
Colorist: Adam Metcalfe
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $16.99
Synopsis:

Jax Teller is at rock bottom, stripped of his prospect kutte and deemed a civilian in the eyes of the club. But with the help of his best friend Opie, Jax has one last-ditch plan to get back in Clay’s good graces and regain his position in the Sons of Anarchy: track down the Biker with No Name that has been terrorizing SAMCRO.

Writer Ollie Masters (Snow Blind, The Kitchen) and artist Eoin Marron continue the authorized prologue to Kurt Sutter’s critically acclaimed television series Sons of Anarchy, depicting Jax Teller’s first year as a SAMCRO prospect.
Collects issues #5-8.

Preview: Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 2: Beast on the Planet of the Apes HC

Planet of the Apes Archive Vol. 2: Beast on the Planet of the Apes HC

Release Date: 12/13/2017
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Doug Moench
Artists: Dan Adkins, Alfredo P. Alcala, Mike Esposito, Rico Rival, Sal Trapani, Herb Trimpe, and George Tuska
Cover Artist: Bob Larkin
Price: $59.99
Synopsis:

Experience Marvel Comics’ legendary 1970s Planet of the Apes Magazine with new eyes. Remastered and collected here for the first time, this prestigious hardcover edition chronicles the complete adventures of Derek Zane, a technological genius bent on using time travel to find the whereabouts of Colonel Taylor and the crew of the Liberty 1.

Live the movies like never before with the original adaptations based on the acclaimed Rod Serling (The Twilight Zone) and Michael Wilson (Lawrence of Arabia) screenplay for Planet of the Apes, and the Paul Dehn (Murder on the Orient Express) screenplay for Beneath the Planet of the Apes.

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