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Reptil’s trip to New Orleans goes south in Marvel’s Voices: Reptil #37

MARVEL’S VOICES: Reptil #37

Writer: Daniel José Older
Artist: Michael Shelfer
Colorist: Ceci de la Cruz
Editor: Sarah Brunstad
One-shot launches on Wednesday, January 25

Reptil’s trip to New Orleans to visit his cousin Eva at Strange Academy suddenly goes south with the appearance of a new villain challenging them to a…soccer match?! Lace up your shoes and get ready to take the field in this action-packed adventure!

Preview: Grimm Fairy Tales Horror Pinup Special 2022

Grimm Fairy Tales Horror Pinup Special 2022

Story: Dave Franchini
Art: Erik Tamayo
Color: Grostieta
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Dave Franchini
Cover A: Alfredo Reyes / Ylenia Di Napoli
Cover B: Igor Vitorino / Ceci de la Cruz
Cover C: John Royle / Jagdish Kumar, Ula Mos
Cover D: Michael DiPascale / Sanju Nivangune

Just in time for the Halloween season comes the Grimm Fairy Tales 2022 Horror Pinup Special! Get ready to check out all of your favorite Grimm Universe heroines and villainesses, donning the cosplays of pop culture’s most famous monsters! Some of the industry’s top artists contribute gorgeous pin-ups in this stunning collection. Also includes a never before published Grimm Fairy Tales short story!

Grimm Fairy Tales Horror Pinup Special 2022

Preview: Man Goat & the Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Blam #2

Man Goat & the Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Blam #2

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini & David Wohl
Writer: Joe Brusha
Art: Jordi Tarragona
Color: Walter Pereyra
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Editor: David Wohl
Cover A: Igor Vitorino, Ivan Nunes
Cover B: Jordi Tarragona, Ceci de la Cruz
Cover C: Alfredo Reyes, Grostieta

The world’s greatest monster fighting team is back! Man Goat and Bunnyman are ready to save the world again…if they don’t kill each other first.

Man Goat & the Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Blam #2

Preview: Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Sleeping Beauty

Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Sleeping Beauty

Writer: Dave Franchini
Art: Julius Abrea, Igor Vitorino, Guillermo Fajardo & Allan Otero
Color: Grostieta, Jorge Cortes & Adriano Augusto
Letterer: Kurt Hathaway
Editor: Dave Franchini
Cover A: Igor Vitorino, Ula Mos
Cover B: Guillermo Fajardo, Ceci de la Cruz
Cover C: Ivan Tao

Rory Norris is a talented graphic artist–with a creative vision unlike any other – but when tragedy strikes, she is forced into a world of utter darkness. Broken and with the feeling, for the first time, of truly being alone, she will send herself on a path she never knew existed. The horrors that lie ahead of her are far from any she could have imagined, and the secrets she will uncover, hiding in our world, will change everything!

Grimm Universe Presents Quarterly: Sleeping Beauty

Preview: Man Goat & The Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Blam! #1

Man Goat & The Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Blam! #1

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, David Wohl
Writer: Joe Brusha
Art: Jordi Tarragona
Color: Walter Pereyra
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover A: Al Barrionuevo / Ivan Nunes
Cover B: Igor Vitorino / Ceci de la Cruz
COver C: Riveiro / Ula Mos

The world’s greatest monster fighting team is back! Man Goat and Bunnyman are ready to save the world again…if they don’t kill each other first.

Man Goat & The Bunnyman: Green Eggs and Black! #1

Preview: Oz Annual: Dominion of Ozmo

Oz Annual: Dominion of Ozmo

Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, David Wohl, Jenna Lyn Wright
Writer: Jenna Lyn Wright
Art: Dario Tallarico, Jordie Tarragona, Eduardo Garcia, Andrea Errico, Massimiliano La Manno
Color: Leonardo Paciarotti, Ceci De La Cruz, Jorge Cortes, Walter Pereyra

Dorothy was once a young farm girl from Kansas, but now she rules in the Emerald City as the queen of Oz. The land of Oz is much larger and far older than its current inhabitants truly know, and the southern wall separating the Emerald City from the rest of the land has been broken. Now, sweeping in from the south, comes a force so evil and so powerful, that the heroes may not be enough to defend the world they love. Arriving in an all-new extraordinary adventure, Ozmo makes his triumphant return to the world he once called his dominion, to a people who knew only fear and destruction under his rule.

Oz Annual: Dominion of Ozmo

Early Review: Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special

Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special

Sorry warm woolen mittens, but short stories, horror fiction, and comic books are a few of my favorite things. Lucky for me, Zenescope has combined all my favorites into a single comic book. As an added bonus, this special one-shot is coming out just in time for Halloween. The Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special, due to hit comic shops on October 21st, collects three original tales of terror. Each story is introduced by Keres the goddess of death.

Keres may be the goddess of death, but in this Halloween Special, she’s moonlighting as a fortune teller. Each of the three tales in this comic revolve around people who walk into her shop hoping to learn what fate holds in store for them. This connecting story sets up the high point of the comic, Tarot card inspired page breaks, drawn by Sheldon Goh and colored by Ivan Nunes. These page breaks are so gorgeous, I found myself wishing I could hang them up on my wall. Different teams of artists illustrate and color each of the three stories. Unfortunately, not all of their work is of the same quality as the page breaks.

The first story has a lot of flashbacks, but artist Dario Tallarico and colorist Maxflan Araujo don’t do much to distinguish these scenes from those set in the present. The reader eventually catches on, but some sort of deviation of color would have helped make the change of setting much clearer. The second story looks much better than its predecessor. Oliver Borges uses perspective to great effect. He draws panels from varying angles, giving the story a cinematic look. Plus, the monster he gets to draw looks fearsome and badass.

Artist Novo Malgapo puts fine detail into some aspects of the third story, but seems to slack off in other aspects. Most notably, the proportions of the main character are sometimes drawn very poorly, making him look misshapen. As for the connecting story, Babisu Kourtis draws New Orleans in a very recognizable way. Even if the narration didn’t explain that New Orleans was the setting for the connecting story, the reader would be able to tell the location just by taking in the illustrations.

Unlike some of the artwork, the stories contained in this comic are all high quality. The first story has a lot of different horror elements, but the writers are able to connect everything into a creepy story. In the second story, the writers put a cool twist on a classic monster myth. The final story takes a familiar premise and brings it into the modern world. The obsessive nature and depravity of the main character in this story made my skin crawl. Plus, it’s got a surprising ending that’s tinged with a touch of dark humor.

Before I wrap up this advance review, there’s one more thing I want to mention. I find it really cool that Zenescope’s President and Chief Creative Officer Joe Brusha is not only one of the writers on this special, but he also created the Grimm Tales of Terror series. It’s not like it is unheard of for a publisher’s executive to contribute to a comic, but I feel like these days they only come off the bench for big events or anniversary issues. It’s refreshing to see a CCO take the time to write an entire holiday special. Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special is due to be released on October 21st, just in time for Halloween.

Writer: Joe Brusha Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Art: Novo Malgapo, Sheldon Goh, Babisu Kourtis, Maxflan Araujo, Oliver Borges
Color: Ceci de la Cruz, Ivan Nunes, Fran Gamboa, J.C. Ruiz, Maxflan Araujo, Grostieta

Letters: Taylor Esposito Art & Colors: Various Art Teams
Story: 10 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.0 Reccommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Pre-Order: Kindle/comiXology

Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: Gretel #1

Gretel #1

There is something about broken-hearted superheroes which keep fans coming back for more. Take for instance, the newest program on DC Universe, Doom Patrol. The show is made up of protagonists with very complicated backstories, all of them heart wrenching. It’s the reason people have watched the Showtime show Ray Donovan. They love difficult people they can identify with. It’s even true with music videos as anyone who has seen Alicia Keys’ Dreaming With a Broken Heart, can see in its few minutes, a story of a hero who cannot love.

As human beings often offer empathy through art, each of these stories offer something indelible to their audiences.  What tethers the last Avengers movie together so well is how attached we were to each character who became part of Thanos’ act to diminish existence of half of its population.  Many of us who know the story and anyone who has seen the trailer know this is what drives the remaining heroes forward. In the debut issue of Zenescope‘s new seriesGretel, we get one such protagonist whose powers are put to the test by revisiting some painful history.

Gretel #1 introduces us to a new corner of Zenescope’s Grimm Universe and serves as a solid introduction to the character. It’s a twist on the classic tale following Gretel, who must deal with the tragic events involving her brother and a maniacal witch. She is now cursed with a life that’ll span centuries.

She now also has the gift of premonition which has shown her the end of the world.

Overall, an exceptional debut issue that tells a very different take on a well-known character. The story by Ben Meares is action packed, scary, and solid. The art by Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz is vivid and elegant. Altogether, a pulse pounding introduction that shows writers everywhere how to write a great backstory.

Story: Ben Meares Art: Allan Otero and Ceci De La Cruz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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