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Preview: Bloodborne #16

Bloodborne #16

Author(s): Aleš Kot
Artist(s): Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson
Cover Artist(s): Connor Magill (A), Yoshioka (B), Game Art (C)

The Veil, Torn Asunder (4 of 4)! Darkness falls and madness reigns, as the Great Ones awake at last! Acclaimed horror-mystery team Ales Kot and Piotr Kowalski unearth the bloody climax of this latest story, set in the world of FromSoftware and SIE’s smash hit video game – Bloodborne!

Bloodborne #16

Preview: Bloodborne #15

Bloodborne #15

Author(s): Aleš Kot
Artist(s): Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson
Cover Artist(s): Abigail Harding (A), Yoshioka (B), Game Art (C)
Retail Price: $3.99
Ship Date/Month: September 18, 2019

The Veil, Torn Asunder (3 of 4)! Stranded in blood-slick streets, our lone wanderer must navigate the crumbling city of Yharnam, and the broken roads of his own mind. Ales Kot and Piotr Kowalski delve deeper into the world of smash hit video game Bloodborne, in this critically acclaimed horror-mystery comic!

Bloodborne #15

Black Stars Above from Lonnie Nadler, Jenna Cha, Brad Simpson, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and Vault Comics this November

Vault is thrilled to announce Black Stars Above, a terrifying new comic book series that is part of Vault’s annual autumnal horror imprint, Nightfall.  

A horror story that’s part The Revenant and part At the Mountains of Madness, Black Stars Above is a chilling historical cosmic horror tale of survival from the deranged minds of writer Lonnie Nadler and debut artist Jenna Cha, with colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

The year is 1887 and a storm brews. A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat. The fur trade is dead and the nation is changing. Yet, Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she has. 

Black Stars Above #1 will receive a Vault Vintage B Cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller’s iconic cover to Whiteout, by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber (Oni Press, 1999). The Vault Vintage cover line celebrates the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary comics artists. 

Black Stars Above #1 hits store shelves on November 6th, 2019.

Black Stars Above #1

Take One Last Adventure with Crone this November

Dark Horse Comics invites you on a quest for blood and vengeance that is equal parts Unforgiven and Xena: Warrior Princess.

The Sword Saviour and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss is now nothing more than a reclusive old Crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms but does she have the strength to answer the call? Only Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood know for sure!

Joining Dennis and Justin on this epic adventure are colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Pat Brosseau. Together they craft a tale never seen before in the fantasy genre.

Crone #1 (of five) reawakens the fierce warrior inside us all on November 6, 2019.

Crone #1

Review: Coffin Bound #1

Coffin Bound #1

Coffin Bound #1 is either utterly pretentious or utterly sleazy. Dani and Brad Simpson‘s visuals are that of the grindhouse or carsploitation film with a touch of a Western and religious rituals. I definitely could feel a Pretty Deadly vibe from this book, but it seems sleazier. Some of that might be chalked up to Dan Watters’ writing which runs the gamut from Philosophy 101 bullshitting to terse, salt of the Earth dialogue.

Beneath all the purple prose and self-flaying strippers, Watters’ plot is a straightforward one. A girl named Isabel wants to obliterate every trace of her from her fucked up post-apocalyptic world, and a gimp mask sporting psychopomp named Earth Eater (In the literal sense). So, she goes on a road trip looking for an oracle named Cassandra, who turns out to be someone she has a warm, possibly even romantic relationship with. Her road trip buddy is a vulture, which drives home the point that, yes, this is a book about primal things like death.

Coffin Bound is a comic that I liked more for the aesthetic and general visual feel than for the contents of the issue until the very end when it maybe becomes a queer love story. Dani’s cover sets the tone for the book with a raven-haired girl slumped by a loud, yellow car with bones around her disdainfully holding a gun and cigarette like she doesn’t give a fuck. This attitude extends to the opening action scene that’s filled with equal parts humor and nihilism as Isabel struggles to put her pistol together to fight off the men who are trying to kill her for Earth Eater. A brick does the job just as well too and is maybe an homage at the original cat vs mouse comic Krazy Kat, which also had idiosyncratic use of language like this book. Later, Isabel has car problems and complains to her “manager” using florid prose, and the scene made me crack a smile because even poetic, post-apocalyptic badasses’ cars break down sometimes.

Coffin Bound is a very good comic whenever Watters and Dani focus the story on Isabel and the Earth Eater, who just shows up on a couple of pages like a good classic horror monster. However, it loses some of its momentum in the strip club sequence although Dani’s heavy inks and Simpson’s sleazy color palette and focuses on the red meat of the self-flaying stripper creates a pretty fucked up atmosphere. Watters seems to be filling in the world of Coffin Bound and the relationships that Isabel has and is trying to undo, but it hurts the comic’s pacing as a chase story. It’s like if Mad Max Fury Road cut immediately from a war rig action scene to a secondary female character working the pole for one of Immortan Joe’s lieutenant. Hopefully, it works once we get the full arc, but is a weak scene in this single unit of story.

Coffin Bound #1 is a comic that looks cool and knows it thanks to Dan Watters’ dark sense of humor, Dani’s take no prisoners visuals, and Brad Simpson’s scorched Earth color palette. It suffers a little bit when it gets away from the cat and mouse game between Isabel and Earth Eater, and sometimes the dialogue is a little bit up it’s own ass. But it’s nice to see a comic that’s not afraid to get its hands dirty in an age of house art and polished sheen.

Story: Dan Watters Art: Dani Colors: Brad Simpson
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Coffin Bound #1 Gets New Printing Ahead of Its Release

The anticipated new series Coffin Bound #1 by Dan Watters and artist Dani with colorist Brad Simpson, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Emma Price, is being rushed back to print ahead of this week’s release. 

The upcoming issue is scheduled to hit shelves this Wednesday, August 7 and—due to increasing demand—will ship sold-out at the distributor level. 

Cars! Guns! Entropy! Coffin Bound follows Izzy Tyburn, who is chased by an unstoppable killer and has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. 

Ride shotgun on an unforgettable road trip through blood-splattered, grindhouse action best described as Bitch Planet and Mad Max: Fury Road set in the dark, twisted fantasy world of Sandman.

Coffin Bound #1 second printing (Diamond Code JUN198336) hits stores on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 12. 

Coffin Bound #2 (Diamond Code JUL190117) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 19. 

Coffin Bound #1 second printing

Lore Creator Aaron Mahnke Delivers New Chills with Wellington Comic Book Series

From the mind of Aaron Mahnke, creator of the award-winning Lore podcast, comes Wellington, a five-issue comic book series delving even deeper into Lore’s dark side of history!

Written by New York Times bestselling author Delilah S. Dawson with Aaron Mahnke, featuring artwork by Piotr Kowalski, and colors by Brad Simpson, this fear-fraught tale – debuting December 2019 – introduces the creature-hunting Duke of Wellington, investigator of the most thrilling mysteries and monsters found on the smash hit podcast!

Wellington

Preview: Bloodborne #12

BLOODBORNE #12

Writer: Ales Kot
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Colorist: Brad Simpson
Cover A: Damien Worm
Cover B: Yoshioka
Cover C: Game Variant
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: May 15, 2019

A Song of Crows (4 of 4)! The maddening conclusion to Eileen’s story! What awaits the Hunter of Hunters in the latest arc of the official Bloodborne comic, from acclaimed creative team Ales Kot and Piotr Kowalski? Explore the world of Sony Interactive Entertainment and FromSoftware’s horror-action gaming smash hit!

BLOODBORNE #12

It’s Grindhouse Nightmares and High-Octane Chills in Coffin Bound

Dan Watters teams with artist Dani for an all-new action series full of grindhouse nightmares and high-octane chills in Coffin Bound. The ongoing series will launch from Image Comics this August. Dani is joined by Brad Simpson on colors.

Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s retreading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash… and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. 

Readers won’t want to miss joining in on this road trip through a blood-splattered life.

Coffin Bound

Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway.

Take some kung-fu, mix in a little 70s exploitation films, stir some of the Bible, and you get Jesusfreak, a gonzo take on Jesus Christ.

The comic is a mix of over the top insanity and sort of “grounded” Biblical tale that mixes into a comic that feels like it’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra go back and forth between a story that’s a spin on the Biblical story we know and something else. That something else is a kung-fu infused action/adventure featuring giant lizard people and a style that’s a bit 70s exploitation. It never quite commits one way or another and without doing so never quite gels in a way that makes sense. Aspects seem to come out of nowhere and never quite explained like there’s pages missing to the story.

Marra’s art, with color by Brad Simpson and lettering by Rus Wooton is good. The art style really helps deliver that retro feel to it all. There’s some odd art here and there (one panel has Jesus’ finger looking like they’re broken as he performs kung-fu) but there’s a charm to it all that makes it entertaining. One also can’t overlook the fact that Jesus isn’t white and those depicted are of a darker complexion as they should be.

There’s a lot of potential here but the comic never quite commits as to what it wants to be. It’s entertaining in a pulp/grindhouse sort of way but at times it feels like it wants to be serious and other times it wants to be something like a John Carpenter film. With a bit more focus, the story would be amazing and a lot of fun. As is, it feels like it’s unsure as to what it wants to be much like the Jesus it depicts.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Color: Brad Simpson Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sonia Harris
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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