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Z2 and Anthrax are Among the Living

Among the Living

Just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, Z2 gives music fans something to celebrate with news of one of the publisher’s most ambitious projects yet! The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track by track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums! Today’s announcement brings news that Anthrax has teamed with the publisher of music tie-in graphic novels to assemble an all-star cast of famous fans to bring the band’s breakthrough album to the printed page for the first time!

An anthology narrated by the longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero; Among the Living unites Charlie Benante and Scott Ian with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced. Artists include Roland BoschiMaan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Charlie Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. Bandmembers Benante and Ian will collaborate on an original story inspired by the fan favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike!

This extensive project will be offered in multiple formats, with deluxe and super deluxe editions inclusive of special picture disc vinyl, an exclusive MadBalls™ toy, art prints, and even a gold record plaque! All editions are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to preorders of the standard edition!

Preview: Faithless II #3

Faithless II #3

(W) Brian Azzarello (A/CA) Maria Llovet
In Shops: Aug 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Faith is ready to take new risks with her art and her magic – and something powerful that lives between the two. But her experiments draws new attention, and a mysterious collector may be interested in more than just Faith’s art.

Faithless II #3

Faithless II #1 Sells Out and Returns with a New Printing

BOOM! Studios has announced that Faithless II #1, the premiere issue of the brand new six-issue sequel series, has sold out at the distributor level! To meet demand, BOOM! Studios has announced the Faithless II #1 Second Printing, available in July 2020 and featuring main cover art by superstar artist Kris Anka, as well as an erotic variant cover by Anka that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Each erotic variant cover will be limited to its initial print run and will not be reprinted or collected in any subsequent formats.

From critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello and artist Maria Llovet, who return to the world of their bestelling erotic series, with letterer AndWorld Design, comes the story of Faith and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), as they spread magic and chaos in the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

Print copies of Faithless II #1 Second Printing will be available for sale on July 15.

Preview: Faithless II #1

Faithless II #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Azzarello
Artist: Maria Llovet
Letterer: AndWorldDesign
Cover Artists:  

    Main Cover: Maria Llovet
    Erotica Variant Cover: Tula Lotay
Price: $3.99

The best-selling erotic thriller returns from the acclaimed team of Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Heartbeat) as Faith, and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), bring magic and chaos to the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers. Curious about this blockbuster occult sex thriller? This is your new jumping-on point! Featuring the first of six connecting erotic variant covers by superstar Tula Lotay that are too explicit to show you in PREVIEWS!

Faithless II #1

Preview: The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

(W) Brian Azzarello, Paul Dini, Dennis O’Neil, Scott Snyder, Tom Taylor, James Tynion IV, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Lee Bermejo, Simone Bianchi, Tony S. Daniel, Mikel Janin, Jock, José Luis García-López, Eduardo Risso, Riley Rossmo, Others (CA) Greg Capullo
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $9.99

The Clown Prince of Crime celebrates 80 years of chaos! The Joker has been the greatest villain in comics since his debut and to celebrate we have a who’s who of comics’ finest talent giving the Harlequin of Hate the birthday roast he deserves. The stories feature a range of terror and anarchy, showing how the Joker has impacted Gotham City from the police to Arkham Asylum, from the local underworld to the Dark Knight and his allies! Make sure to RSVP to this birthday bash-you wouldn’t want to wake up with a Joker Fish on your doorstep, would you?

The Joker 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular

Review: Birds of Prey #1

Birds of Prey #1

With the Birds of Prey having a bit of a moment with a cult love of the recent movie release, you’d think DC Comics would be focused on capturing that wave with a comic that’s accessible, new reader-friendly, and most importantly. Instead, we get Birds of Prey #1, a one-shot comic that’s a part of the “adult” DC Black Label line of comics. It’s also a mess.

Written by Brian Azzarello, the story follows a Mexican drug cartel and their soldiers, the Esposas De La Muerta, as they make a move on Gotham’s drug trade. What follows is a story that is steeped in stereotypes, many bad, and action movie cliches. The drug mentioned is fentanyl, which is the first issue of the comic and highlighting the unfortunate choices from there. While “Mexican drug cartels” might be the “enemy” the current President points to, fentanyl is mainly flowing from China. So, for those who know these things, that detail takes me out of the story. It makes the “bad guys” presented feel even more cliche and not needed.

From there, it’s just bad plotlines like drug overdoses, calls to missed connections just before getting killed, crooked cops (this part doesn’t even make sense), and shoot outs that defy all logic. It’s a poorly paced, badly plotted comic that has so many issues… well, lets try to find something positive.

Azzarello does deliver some nice banter. The interaction between Huntress, Harley Quinn, and Black Canary is fun with some solid banter and dialogue. The lettering by Steve Wands really pays off here. There are also some fun “action film” moments that are enhanced by Emanuela Lupacchino‘s art but so much is steeped in bad cliche and stereotype.

Lupacchino’s art absolutely has its moments but there’s just comically bad moments as well. It all comes together for a rather blah visual experience. The design for the Esposas De La Muerta take from the Dia De Los Muertos. Again the gives us nothing new or interesting, just Mexican visual stereotypes. That extends to speech patterns in Azzarello’s writing.

Birds of Prey #1 doesn’t take flight and instead plays off like an 80s B-movie mixed with really outdated views of Mexicans and just incorrect real world information. It’s hard to overlook the bad here. Take out the Birds of Prey, and you have a bad crime story that’s forgettable in every way. DC had an opportunity to deliver a comic that’d entice movie audiences to discover more but this comic’s end result might be the opposite.

Story: Brian Azzarello Art: Emanuela Lupacchino
Ink: Ray McCarthy Color: Trish Mulvihill, John Kalisz Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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