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Exclusive Preview: The Vineyard #3

The Vineyard #3

Writer: Brian Hawkins
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color /On Sale 10.19.22

Maranatha is caught off guard by the second sacrifice’s identity, which causes her to lash out and question just how much more she can take of her family’s murderous obedience to Dionysus. Meanwhile, siblings Sophia and Adonis face off about the extremism of their father’s belief, and Calum gets in between.

The Vineyard #3

Preview: The Vineyard #2

The Vineyard #2

Writer: Brian Hawkins
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 09.07.22

The Vines family finds their second victim and sacrifice. Adonis dives deeper into his devotion to Dionysus, to his father’s delight. Meanwhile, Sophia returns home to save her mother, but Maranatha isn’t willing to give up on the family just yet.

The Vineyard #2

Review: The Vineyard #2

A family hides a deadly secret as to why their vineyard is so good and so successful.

The Vineyard #2 delivers solid family drama but the rest doesn’t quite click.

Story: Brian Hawkins
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Exclusive Preview: The Vineyard #2

The Vineyard #2

Writer: Brian Hawkins
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 09.07.22

The Vines family finds their second victim and sacrifice. Adonis dives deeper into his devotion to Dionysus, to his father’s delight. Meanwhile, Sophia returns home to save her mother, but Maranatha isn’t willing to give up on the family just yet.

The Vineyard #2

Review: The Vineyard #1

A family hides a deadly secret as to why their vineyard is so good and so successful.

Story: Brian Hawkins
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Zeus Comics


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Head to The Vineyard with Brian Hawkins, Sami Kivelä, Jason Wordie, and Taylor Esposito in August

THE VINEYARD #1

Writer: Brian Hawkins 
Artist: Sami Kivelä 
Colorist: Jason Wordie  
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie 
Incentive Cover: Francesco Francavilla
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 8.03.2022

THE VINEYARD is a family-owned winery that sows and reaps by the blessing of the great god of wine and revelry, Dionysus. However, the Vines family’s patron god requires complete devotion in the form of four sacrificial killings a year before each harvest. This has been done in unfettered obeisance. But all of that changed when the family’s patriarch, Didache Vines, was in a horrible accident that left him paralyzed and in a wheelchair.  

Now, the sacrificial and murderous duties of the Vines family have fallen to wife and matriarch, Maranatha Vines. With harvest season fast approaching and the family short of their annual sacrificial killings, Maranatha’s struggle with her conscience puts all of her family – husband, son and daughter – in jeopardy. 

Written by Brian Hawkins (Black Cotton, Believe in the Name, Don’t Ever Blink) and illustrated by Sami Kivelä (THE HEATHENS, UNDONE BY BLOOD, Abbott), THE VINEYARD is what happens when family values and otherworldly obligations collide. 

The Vineyard #1

Scout Comics’ Black Cotton #1 Goes to a Second Print

Scout Comics has revealed that Black Cotton #1 is going back to print. Set in an alternate reality where the social order of “white” and “black” is reversed, an elitist family, the Cottons, are rocked by a tragic shooting that begins to unravel long-standing family secrets that could not only destroy the family but also divide the fragile social climate of the world.

Black Cotton is written by Brian Hawkins and Patrick Foreman with art by Marco Perugini. Use order code JAN218878 to order the second printing.

Black Cotton #1 2nd printing

Review: Black Cotton #1

Black Cotton #1

Black Cotton #1 is an interesting concept of a comic. The world is similar to ours but the dynamics of race are switched. Whites are the minority in this world. The story dives into race relations and power when a Black police officer from a wealthy family shoots a White woman he thought was armed. It’s a story that plays our far too often in our world with the races reversed. I was hoping Black Cotton would have something intriguing to say on the subject, unfortunately, the debut issue doesn’t seem to.

Entertainment can be a powerful way to explore our world and discuss issues that society must deal with. The exploration of race relations and power dynamics is nothing new and something that has been well done in comics in recent years. Black took us to a world where only Black individuals had superpowers. It showed how that impacted race relations and exacerbated the issues that we deal with in the real world. I was hoping Black Cotton #1 would give us something else to really think about but the story just delivers a similar world where just the skin color of the individuals has changed.

The rich are still rich trying to by silence and skirt justice. The minorities are up in protest over the abuses of the rich and powerful. It’s our real world story just the races of the perpetrators and victim have changed. There’s nothing very new or interesting in that so far. About all that stands out is some scenes of protests where signs are emblazoned with slogans about “white lives”. This could be intriguing is “white lives matter” wasn’t so politically charged as is. Creators Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins aren’t delivering anything thought provoking yet. The story they present seems to be making the argument that race is the corruption, money and power are the corruption. It throws out race dynamics as an underlying issue squarely focused on the economic division. It’s a real world debate but as presented is a bit clunky.

The art by Marco Preugini is good. The character designs and world feel realistic and lived in. The characters deliver a lot of emotion in their frustrations, guilt, sadness, and more. The emoting is the highlight of the art and the comic. The comic is in black and white and while interesting in a meta sort of way it hurts the comic a bit as the difference between races isn’t as clear as it would be in color. There’s a lessoning of the impact of the point of the comic.

Black Cotton #1 has potential. It could be a hell of an exploration of race relations. But, the first issue delivers a familiar story with the only difference being the color of the skin. It doesn’t provide anything new or interesting to chew on. In fact, it feels like it distills our real world ills to economic disparity and that’s it. It’s simplistic in its approach. Hopefully future issues deliver a bit more to chew on and contemplate as the story progresses.

Story: Patrick Foreman, Brian Hawkins Script: Brian Hawkins
Art: Marco Perugini Letterer: Francisco Zamora
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Black Cotton Launches in February from Scout Comics

Set in an alternate reality where the social order of “white” and “black” is reversed, an elitist family, the Cottons, are rocked by a tragic shooting that begins to unravel long standing family secrets that could not only destroy the family, but also divide the fragile social climate of the world.

Elijah Cotton, the modern patriarch of the Cotton family and business mogul of Black Cotton Ventures, tries to manage the public outrage and fallout from his police officer son, Zion Cotton’s, shooting of a young white woman. Meanwhile, Qia Cotton, the only daughter of Eljiah and the CEO of Black Cotton Ventures, attempts to assuage the situation by paying off the victim and her family; Xavier Cotton, the youngest Cotton and sophomore in high school, works on a history project that takes him down a rabbit hole of family history.

Black Cotton is written and co-created by Patrick Foreman and Brian Hawkins with art by Marco Perugini, lettered by Francisco Zamora, and graphic design by Jerry Nilsson. It comes to shelves in February from Scout Comics.

Black Cotton

Mad Cave Showcase 2.0 is Coming in October

Mad Cave Showcase 2.0

Mad Cave has announced the Mad Cave Showcase 2.0, which will be broadcast live and hosted by Jazzlyn Stone on Saturday, October 3rd, 12pm ET/9am PT! Join the Mad Cave crew along with some very special guests including comics creators Cullen Bunn and Sweeney Boo and more!

For the Mad Cave Showcase 2.0, we wanted to step it up and provide our fans with an exciting day filled with major announcements that will affect Mad Cave for years to come, must-see interviews with talented creatives, exclusive offers on a limited amount of Showcase exclusive variant covers from creators like Liana Kangas and Hannah Templer, and a live-drawing by the amazing Sweeney Boo—check out the full schedule below!

October 3rd, 12 pm – 5 pm EST
12pm EST:
●    Welcome with Mark London 
●    Announcement with Editor-in-Chief, Chris Sanchez
●    Exclusive Mad Cave Showcase 2.0 Variant Cover Giveaway

1pm EST:
●   Interview with Lela Gwenn & Rowan MacColl
●   Interview with Jay Sandlin & Patrick Mulholand
●   Interview with Ennun Ana Iurov & ​David Pinckney

2pm EST:
●  Live drawing with Sweeney Boo

3pm EST:
●    2020 Talent Search Winners Announcement with Chris Fernandez
●    Interview with Cullen Bunn
●    Interview with Winners from 2019 Talent Search, ​Shane Connery  Volk, and David Hazan, and their editor, Brian Hawkins

4pm EST:
●    Editorial Interview with Chris Sanchez, Steenz, Michael Moccio, and Erica Schultz
●    Q+A

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