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Bryan Edward Hill and Priscilla Petraites’ Chariot Gets a Director in Top Gun: Maverick’s Joseph Kosinski

Chariot #1

Another comic is in the works to come to the big screen as Chariot from Artists, Writers and Artisans (AWA) has found a director in Joseph Kosinski. Kosinski is the director behind the upcoming Top Gun: Maverick. The film will be scripted by Julian Meiojas.

Chariot is by writer Bryan Edward Hill with art by Priscilla Petraites and colors by Marco Lesko. You can read our review of the first issue.

Chariot is a riff on 80s action films that features a state-of-the-art sports car created by the government during the Cold War. After sinking into an ocean, decades later a petty criminal stumbles on the car to find out it’s now controlled by a secret agent’s consciousness.

21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing with Kosinski. AWA’s Zach Studin is the exec producer. This is the first project for the recently formed AWA Studios. That’s the film and TV arm of the graphic fiction publisher. This is AWA’s first project but it’s clear the comic publisher has its eye on doing more.

Z2 Comics and Vince Staples Invite Readers to Limbo Beach

Z2 Comics is pairing with one of the biggest names in rap music to the roster with his first ever foray into four color fiction from an original concept by Vince Staples to be executed in partnership with comic book and screenwriter Bryan Edward HillChris Robinson, and Buster Moody.

“Every kid has the same story. Wash up on shore. Enter the amusement park. Get superpowers. Why are you so different?”

Join fan-favorite artist Vince Staples on an adventure into the mysterious Limbo Beach, an island theme park ruled by adolescents with unique abilities! Follow the newest member of the Wunderlosts, a band of misfit teenage raiders, on a journey to discover the truth about the park—and himself—in a tale that is equal parts Lord of the Flies and The Warriors.

Staples will bring his talent and personality to the comic book world with his first-ever graphic novel this fall, with Vince Staples Presents: Limbo Beach is available to preorder now in both a standard softcover and hardcover formats, as well as slipcase, deluxe and super deluxe editions featuring exclusive items in one time limited editions.

Limbo Beach

Review: Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1

Ubisoft’s Far Cry franchise possesses a curious history in terms of how its narrative has evolved throughout each game. The first two, while top-tier sandbox fps games, were relatively light on story, letting the action and highly flammable environments take the lead. When Far Cry 3 came out in 2012, the franchise discovered its true identity: signature sandbox gameplay with a deep sense of narrative complete with an iconic villain, Vass Montenegro in this case. This is the format subsequent games adhered to and it’s what Dark Horse’s new Far Cry comic sets out to celebrate.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1, written by Bryan Edward Hill and illustrated by Geraldo Borges, sets out to establish the father/son relationship that seems to be at the center of Far Cry 6, the newest yet-to-be released entry in the franchise, in which a dictator named Anton Castillo tries to prepare his son Diego on the day of his thirteenth birthday for the things he must do when he grows up.

Issue 1 tries to establish a lineage of villainy for the Far Cry universe and it starts with Anton telling his son the story of Vaas Montenegro, a man that represents a kind of aspirational but cautionary tale about how morality can shackle power. Vaas’ trajectory is laid out like a triumph of self-determination that led to self-destruction after underestimating the challenges he met during the third game’s story.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1

The way Vaas’ story is laid out positions him as an imperfect example to follow, but an example nonetheless. The setup works beautifully as Anton’s narration comes off as an extension, in weight and tone, of the narrative trailer Ubisoft released for Far Cry 6. As of the writing of this review, details on the actual game and its characters are scarce, so Rite of Passage is a much needed look at what FC6 might end up being about, especially for fans.

Anton is played by Giancarlo Esposito in the game and the comic manages to capture the measured intensity the Breaking Bad actor brings to the character. Borges gets Esposito’s likeness most of the time and it helps the reader see the trailer and the comic as both being part of a whole. The same goes for Vaas, who is played by Michael Mando in FC3. His likeness is also a highlight and helps differentiate the two Far Cry stories from each other.

Hill’s script succeeds in creating an environment that isn’t just a mere transfer of the game into the comics page. He’s not afraid to lean heavy on narrative at the expense of action. Rite of Passage isn’t a retread of past games nor is it a giant action set-piece. It’s all character development and character study. Hill goes out of his way to give Far Cry ‘s villains the attention they deserve.

The remaining entries of Far Cry: Rite of Passage will each take on one of the main bad guys from parts four and five of series. The next issue will focus on FC4’s Pagan Min, with Joseph Seed being the focus of issue #3.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1

Seed presents the possibility of controversy as his characterization in FC5 responds to American gun worship and cult politics. Previous villains feel distanced enough from the American experience that they can be taken as foreign threats in foreign lands, thus a reflection of crime and corruption elsewhere. Seed casts a more complex reflection of American behavior and the country’s relationship with fringe groups. Issue #3 has the potential to really explore some dark themes.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage is an ambitious character study of bad people. Hill and Borges treat the subject matter with the seriousness it deserves while also celebrating Far Cry’s rogues gallery. It’s a strong companion to the game series and even deepens our understanding of the sandbox world Far Cry presents gamers with. Hill and Borges make it a treat to get up close and personal with evil men.

Writer: Bryan Edward Hill Artist: Geraldo Borges
Colorist: Michael Atiyeh, Letters: Cover: Matt Taylor
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Buy and make sure to brush up on your survival skills.

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Regina King to Direct Bitter Root Based on the Comic Series by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown

Bitter Root #1

Bitter Root has found its director in Regina King. The film is based on the comic series created by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene, and Chuck Brown. Published by Image Comics, the film is being released by Legendary.

King will produce along with Reina King via their Royal Ties banner, along with Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, and Sev Ohanian. Walker, Greene, Brown, and Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo will executive produce.

The film’s draft is currently being rewritten by Bryan Edward Hill.

Set in 1924 during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance, the story focuses on a fracture family of once-great monster hunters. They face an evil that has decended upon New York City. The family must overcome the wounds of their past if they hope to stop an invasion.

The series is well praised receiving nominations for a 2019 Eisner Award for “Best New Series” and 2019 Ringo award for “Best Series”.

Preview: Chariot #2

Chariot #2

(W) Bryan Hill (A) Priscilla Petraites (CA) Jeff Dekal
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a super-charged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.

Chariot #2

Preview: Chariot #1

Chariot #1

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Priscilla Petraites (C) Marko Lesko (CA) Jeff Dekal
In Shops: Mar 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.

Chariot #1

Review: Chariot #1

Chariot #1

The 1980s brought a certain sense of style with a fashion sense distinctive to the decade and a color palette to go along. The entertainment also had a certain flair dominated by macho action films. Chariot #1 delivers that aesthetic with an interesting start revolving around a cool and mysterious car.

For its opening seven pages, Chariot #1 takes us on a chase that befits the crazy action of the 80s. A mysterious enemy fires upon the “cool” car using so much of what they have to stop it. Bullets bounce and the “cool” car does its moves to survive. It’s wordless letting the visuals and display do all the talking.

Writer Bryan Edward Hill focuses on that cool factor. It’s not just the car but also Jim, the down on his luck dad trying to make money to pay for his kid’s cancer treatment. Jim owes money to some bad people and needs more money to continue to help his child. It’s the criminal attempting to do good and put into a shitty position. His is a story we can relate to in some way. He just can’t get ahead and above water. He’s drowning in what he must do and does bad things because he has no other options. It’s a familiar archetype but one that works.

But it comes down to those visuals and the “cool” factor. Priscilla Petraites handles the art with color by Marco Lesko. It all evokes the 80s without completely enveloping itself in nostalgia. The color dips itself in the bright colors of the time without hurting the eye. It uses it is a highlight in many ways without making it the center of attention.

Chariot #1 has a sense of style about it that works. It feels like films like Drive in that the visuals and essence are a driver of its draw. It’s a cool start with an intriguing premise and concept. The latter half is a bit surprising where it goes resulting in an unexpected direction. For those that want a little bit of nostalgia, Chariot #1 is something to check out.

Story: Bryan Edward Hill Art: Priscilla Petraites Color: Marco Lesko
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Chariot Gets Variant Covers from Jeff Dekal, Mike Deodato Jr., Elias Chatzoudis, and John Gallagher

AWA Studios’ imprint Upshot Studios has unveiled all six covers for their March “Big Book” title Chariot by Bryan Edward HillPriscilla Petraites, and Marco Lesko.

The Chariot was a Cold War-era secret government project to provide its star agent with a weapon unlike any other in the form of a supercharged muscle car. It sank into the ocean decades ago, and the agent along with it. Now, a petty criminal looking to reform his life has stumbled upon the Chariot, and he’s about to find out that the agent’s consciousness is still controlling it in this synthwave thriller.

Along with AWA Studios’ Cover A by Jeff Dekal and Cover B by Mike Deodato Jr.,  Upshot is announcing the retailer exclusive variants commissioned by Sanctum Sanctorum Comics & Oddities of Plymouth, MI and Slab City Comics in Godalming, Surrey, UK, featuring artist Elias Chatzoudis; and Sad Lemon Comics in Ickleford, UK, featuring artist John Gallagher.

Chariot is in shops March 3, 2021.

Far Cry Expands into Comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage

Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft are teaming up to expand the universe of the hit game series Far Cry into comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage. Written by Bryan Edward Hill, illustrated by Geraldo Borges, colored by Micheal Atiyeh, and lettered by ComicraftFar Cry: Rite of Passage features covers by artist Matt Taylor!

Bringing in fan-favorite villains, Far Cry: Rite of Passage is a gritty tale of the intricate road that leads to the ascension to power. The story kicks off as President Antón Castillo’s only son, Diego, has just turned thirteen. But this birthday is more than a celebration—it’s a rite of passage. Antón wishes to teach Diego important lessons in leadership and recounts cautionary tales he has heard about the undoing of three legendary men: Vaas Montenegro, a pirate, Pagan Min, a dictator, and Joseph Seed, a preacher.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1 (of three) will be in comic shops on May 19, 2021.

Preview: Angel & Spike Vol. 1

Angel & Spike Vol. 1

(W) Bryan Edward Hill (A) Gleb Melnikov (CA) Dan Panosian
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $15.99

Angel has returned from the Hellmouth in Sunnydale…only to find that Gunn and Fred are now aligned with his mortal enemy, Spike. But as the two vampires must resolve their complicated history, new faces have emerged to threaten Angel and Spike’s missions.

The acclaimed team of writer Bryan Edward Hill (DC Universe’s “Titans”,”Detective Comics” and artist Gleb Melnikov (“Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers” ) kick off an all new era for Angel, Spike and the whole team as they begin a new mission to save Los Angeles from it’s true enemy. And they just might pull it off if Angel and Spike manage not to kill each other. Again.

Collects Angel & Spike #9-12

Angel & Spike Vol. 1
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