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Vault Announces Door to Door, Night by Night from Cullen Bunn and Sally Cantirino

Vault has announced Door to Door, Night by Night, a chilling new horror series from all-star creators Cullen Bunn and Sally Cantirino, with colors by Dee Cunniffe, letters by Andworld, and designs by Tim Daniel

Door to Door, Night by Night brings you the story of a motley crew, the Heritage Mills door to door sales team, who travel from town to town, knocking on doors. They’re the best at what they do… which also means they’re the worst. They’re broken, each and every one of them, haunted by closets so full of skeletons, they’re bursting. When they discover a terrible secret behind one fateful door, it opens their eyes to a world full of real monsters hidden in every small town.

Door to Door, Night by Night will hit store shelves on November 16th 2022. The entire series will be published with a line of B cover variants by master horror artist, Brian Hurtt.

Underrated: The Sixth Gun

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Sixth Gun Volume One.

Published by Oni Press, The Sixth Gun  was written by Cullen Bunn and features art by Brian Hurtt. This week we’re looking at the first 11 issues collected in the hardcover (which would have been two trade paperbacks from what I.m understanding). I picked up the hardcover used for just under $20

So what’s the story about?

During the darkest days of the Civil War, wicked cutthroats came into possession of six pistols of otherworldly power. In time the Sixth Gun, the most dangerous of the weapons, vanished. When the gun surfaces in the hands of an innocent girl, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing the girl. Only Drake Sinclair, a gunfighter with a shadowy past, stands in their way. But the guns have a power… and a destiny… more terrifying than anyone imagines.

Before we get into the meat of the comic, physically this hardcover is a beast. It’s big enough that it won’t fit into an Ikea Kallax shelf unless you tip it on the side, which should give you an idea (assuming you know the size of those shelves). I went on a pretty strong Western kick over the last year or two, in no small part because of the videogame Red Dead Redemption II, and so I found myself quite excited when I found the first eleven issues of the series in one giant hardcover. Admittedly, I’ll probably continue the series in softcover – not because of the cost of the hardcover, but the size. It’s half an inch too big for my shelves, but that size does make it so much easier to enjoy the art work compared to a regular size comic or trade paperback.

And man, the artwork is good. Brian Hurtt illustrates and colours the first five issues, and is joined by colourist Bill Crabtree for the following six chapters of a fairly fast paced western story with supernatural elements. It’s a story that is perfect for comic book form. I’ve honestly no idea how hard this book is to find because I picked it up in a used store that just happened to have it for $20 (based on the ever reliable Amazon pricing, this was a great price), but if you can find either the trades, the hardcover, or even the floppy issues from your comic shop, then this is a fantastic read.

Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100. Eventually.

Manor Black Returns with a New Chapter, Fire in Blood!

The gothic horror series Manor Black returns from creators Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and Tyler Crook in Manor Black: Fire in the Blood!      

The powerful and ancient blood sorcerer Roman Black has taken a young fire mage under his wing after she has done the impossible—taken her magic house’s totem spirit inside herself.  But the totem is powerful, and may be impossible to control, especially when Roman’s children begin to see the young mage as a threat.

Roman Black treads dangerous waters in resisting the Descent—the ancient tradition of choosing a successor and transcending the mortal world. His own father held out against this inevitable fate, and the repercussions through the House of Blood were terrifying. Now, a tale of unrelenting terror from Roman’s past unfolds. What could it mean for Roman’s family? And how is Ari connected to a tragedy that erupted eighty years gone by?

Manor Black: Fire in the Blood #1 will be in comic shops February 2, 2022.

Manor Black: Fire in the Blood #1

Brian Hurtt, Marie Enger and Matt Kindt present the HEK Treasury and Launch HEK Studio

HEK Studio

What if the TWILIGHT ZONE and McSweeney’s made a baby? 

And what if the baby was one hardcover treasury of comics — curated and created by three acclaimed creators — featuring over 100 pages of story and art? 

Brian Hurtt, Marie Enger, and Matt Kindt present The HEK Treasury, a deluxe collection of all new epic, experimental science fiction, fantasy and genre short stories. The HEK Treasury will showcase each creator as they unleash new ideas, using experimental art and storytelling techniques. If funded through Kickstarter, pledges will be delivered to backers this fall. The HEK TREASURY Kickstarter campaign is live as of August 12th and runs for 30 days. 

The HEK Treasury will be presented in a large prestige format hardcover (8 ¾  x 11 5/8 )*  and offer readers an immersive experience, featuring full color art, a tri-fold narrative poster and loose-leaf story cards. Hurtt, Enger, and Kindt began sharing a studio in St. Louis in 2015 and have been creating graphic novels and comic books side by side for the last four years. This is their first truly collaborative effort and the inaugural publication by their new collective, HEK Studio.

Matt’s contribution to The HEK Treasury is “The Great Mech Wars,” 3 interconnecting 10-page chapters presenting the tale of an old, sad war-mech.

Marie’s Enger’s stories for The HEK Treasury share a dystopian theme of bleak, fantastical, ruined worlds and great despair —  leading to new, dangerous, beginnings. From death cults to telepathy, her stories push the outer limits of storytelling.  

Brian Hurtt’s stories, like Matt’s, consist of three interconnected dystopian tales, featuring weaponized flora and fauna, suspended animation and mutants.

Last summer, HEK Studio purchased a vintage Route 66 garage (circa 1953). They’ve been working on converting it into the first full-time exclusive comic book studio in St. Louis.

 The HEK TREASURY Kickstarter campaign is live now.

Review: Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1 is a fascinating comic. The debut has you fully engaged and expecting one genre then eventually pulls the rug out from under you.

Written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Manor Black #1 feels like a traditional slasher film. A group of teens(ish) are on the run away from someone. Then that someone appears like so many classic horror films. But from there, expectations are shattered as the debut issue morphs.

Within is a comic that has elements of horror, fantasy, crime, and even superhero to some extent. Bunn and Hurtt have created a comic that defies expectations and transcends genres.

To say more would give away the twists and turns. The perfect pacing to it will suck you in as the issue morphs from expectations.

The art by Tyler Crook, who co-created the series with Bunn and Hurtt, is solid. The style fits the morphing genres quite well making it all flow nicely. Crook’s style has a dramatic feel to it. It plays off the beats we’ve seen before in particular scenes but doing so with a flair and style that makes it all stand out. Character designs and details get more and more interesting as the issue progresses building on the mystery within.

I have no idea where Manor Black is going after this first issue. I expected a horror series but this is so much more delivering a unique comic that stands out from the pack. The trio of creators have another solid release here showing off the talent we’ve come to expect from all of them. Even with high expectations that not met them but blew past them in every way.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shadow Roads #7

Shadow Roads #7

(W) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt
(A) Brian Hurtt
(C) Carlos Zamudio
(CA) A.C. Zamudio with Carlos Zamudio
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Fantasy/Action-Adventure
Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

In the river-pirate sanctuary of the Black Banks, Isabella, Ghost Eyes, and Anton meet the strange Mizadori. A politely sinister man of mysterious power and even more mysterious connections. Meanwhile, back in Oxford, Barry is approached by a man who carries a dire warning in regards to Henry.

Shadow Roads #7

Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and Tyler Crook take us to Manor Black

Dark Horse has announced a new miniseries from writers Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, and artist Tyler Crook. Described as “a soapy, eerie new comic that delivers as many laughs as it does jolts — often at the same time,” by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, Manor Black #1 features covers by Tyler Crook and Dan Brereton.

From the creators of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun, comes a gothic horror fantasy about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Roman Black is the moribund patriarch of a family of powerful sorcerers. As his wicked and corrupt children fight over who will take the reins of Manor Black and represent the black arts, Roman adopts Ari, a young mage, who he gifts his powers to with the hope that someone good will take his place against the evil forces out to bring down his family and legacy. 

The first issue of Manor Black (of four) goes on sale July 31, 2019.

Manor Black
Manor Black

Preview: Shadow Roads #6

Shadow Roads #6

(W) Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt
(A) Brian Hurtt
(C) Carlos Zamudio
(CA) Cover A: Carlos Zamudio with A.C. Zamudio, Cover B: Carlos Zamudio
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences — Genre: Fantasy/Action-Adventure

Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

Finding themselves at loose ends following their defeat of The Hunter, the shootist Isabella and her traveling partner, Ghost Eyes, are made an intriguing offer by Deputy Marshal Karloff of the Black Stars. Meanwhile, Henry begins his mystical training under the tutelage of the eccentric medicine woman, Buzzard Wife.

Shadow Roads #6

Preview: Shadow Roads #5

Shadow Roads #5

(W) Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, (A) A.C. Zamudio, (C) Carlos N. Zamudio, (CA) A.C. Zamudio with Carlos N. Zamudio
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure — Price: $3.99 — Page Count: 32

The Hunter has stolen the power of the Crossroads for himself, and he uses it to battle Abigail, Henry, and Isabelle around the globe. Not all of our heroes will survive this fateful, final encounter with the soul-stealing monster!

Preview: Shadow Roads #4

Shadow Roads #4

(W) Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt
(A) A.C. Zamudio
(C) Carlos Zamudio
(CA) A.C. Zamudio with Carlos Zamudio
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Heroes from all corners of the Earth join forces for the first time to battle the Hunter’s minions. But with blood in the air, the Hunter himself is drawn out of hiding. In desperate hope of killing the creature once and for all, Kalfu opens a Crossroads doorway to the Hunter’s lair.

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