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Review: This Nightmare Kills Fascists

There has been an awakening in the public arena due to the 2016 American Presidential election. An election the world is still reeling from the ramifications. Artists, especially those who operate in the comic realm, were (and are) particularly incensed. This cognizance of international politics is very present in the excellent anthology This Nightmare Kills Fascists.

In “Diane The Hunter” the proliferation of violence on women is explored, as a pair of assailants, walk right into a “wolf trap”. In “Thermonuclear Hunger Strike,” a worst-case scenario of what the world will be under President Trump is played out, with an assassin taking apart the oligarchy that is left. In “The Pledge,” a young man despite his girlfriend’s pleas pledges a fraternity who is known for their misogyny and racism. During a hazing ritual they unleash an ancient evil. In “Dear Jane,” a woman who wakes up from a sleep undergoes a carefully constructed game, one that is the stuff of nightmares. In “Black Friday,” a man’s impulsive actions to leads to death of a stranger ad the one person he would kill for.

In “This Land,” America is reimagined as a country drawn along racial lines, literally. A family gets into a dangerous game of fox and hound, as a band of racist vigilantes chase them down, ending in the bloodiest way. In “Yellow,” a woman who has been emotionally abused by her husband over time, eventually hits turning point, one which she redefines her sense of self worth.  In “A Forest,” a man who was protesting deforestation, gets killed by something, not from this world. In “Devil Daddy,” a young lady who was raped by Satan himself, reclaims her power.

In “Long Division,” one woman who is helping to build the wall along the Mexican border, becomes part of it most horrific section, one where torture of American becomes legal. In “Thank God,” the evils of taking the Bible literally is played in this one high school. In “Do Unto Others,” the demagogue virtues of religious freedom is explored, ending up in just desserts. In “Fury From The Deep,” the dangers of fracking is brilliantly told and just how those who run in the industry has no limits on the evils they will do. In “Office Party,” a Senator who opposed heath care gets a Scrooge like visit, which leaves him not changed but horrified.

In “The Abyss Of Observation,” a writer’s observations about the Siege of Sarajevo, is played in dramatic fashion. In “The Price Of Fashion,” a young lady obsessions with clothes, proves deadly for one of her lovers. In “One In Heart and  mind,” a woman’s faith is shaken once she finds out exactly who her pastor is.

Overall, an engrossing anthology which pulls you into every page and highlights each artist and writer at the top of their game. The stories by each writer shows their depth at wielding a meaningful story while remembering to entertain. The art by each artist displays their synchronicity with each story providing readers with depth and warmth. Altogether, a book which means to stir the incendiary nature of every good human being. It not only does that but makes them aspire to higher.

Story: Vita Ayala, Justin Jordan, Ryan Ferrier, Michael Wernke, Erica Schultz, Forrest Helvie, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Ryan Lindsay, Matt Miner, Tini Howard, Christopher Sebela, John Bivens, Dave Ebersole, Joe Corrallo, Andrew Shaw, Eric Palicki, Fabian Lelay, Ryan Cady
Art: Eric Zawadzki, Crees Hyunsung Lee, Kelly Williams, Juan Castro, Claire Connelly, Joseba Morales, Yosam Cardenas, Soo Lee, Ariela Kristantina, Christian Dibari, Katy Rex, Matt Harding,  Jamel Jones, Sean Van Gorman, Don Cardenas, Fabian Lelay, Philip Sevy
Story: 10 Art: 8.8 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Sins of the past return to haunt in Top Cow’s Cutter Trade Paperback

Television writer Seamus Kevin Fahey, comic writer Robert Napton, and acclaimed horror artists Christian Dibari and Maan House team up for Top Cow’s Cutter trade paperback, which collects issues #1-4 and will be available this October.

What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of Cutter, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you.

Cutter trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0094-1, Diamond Code AUG170547) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

Review: Magdalena #1

Magdalena1Cover.pngIn Magdalena #1, writers Tini Howard and Ryan Cady, artist Christian DiBari, and colorist Mike Spicer dust off a nearly 20-year-old character from the Witchblade universe and give it a soft-ish reboot with style. Patience is a 32-year-old woman and happens to have the blood of Mary Magdalene, which allows her to wield the Spear of Destiny that pierced Jesus Christ’s side when he hung on the cross. She uses this Spear to defend the Earth from demons, but isn’t on speaking terms with the Vatican, her old employers. Except her powers have been going wonky recently, and the spear and her abilities don’t have the same effect on evil as she used to be.

Howard, Cady, and DiBari bookmark Magdalena #1 with riveting action scenes featuring freaky demons and pyrotechnics from colorist Spicer, but do an even better job fleshing out the women behind the spear. Patience has been feeling the weight of her burden as the longest serving Magdalena in history and just the persistent crush of evil and institutions that do nothing about it. Howard and Cady’s dialogue for Patience is wry action hero one-liners, but their captions for her are more vulnerable and thoughtful. She is coming to a crossroads in her life, and maybe it’s time to pass her mantle on. Di Bari’s art helps with this as well with panels of wounds on Patience’s torso that are slow to heal as she falls into Logan with even more religious imagery mode and comes to grips with her own mortality.

And this is where Maya Dos Santos aka your new favorite Goth Latina skeptic mystical MagdalenaInterior.pngweapon wielder-in-training comes in. Her first scene in Magdalena #1 is an argument with her mother about religion and not going to Mass. However, Tini Howard and Ryan Cady don’t writer her like a Reddit/Bill Maher atheist and give her a nuanced view of religion. Maya wishes she could believe in a higher power, but sadly can’t. Maya has strong emotions and her passion as a character makes her endearing from the get-go as her long-suffering friend Shilpa deals with her from wanting to have fun at the club to pining for a boy and then back to feeling sad. They have an easy, self-aware banter with Shilpa being the more responsible one while still having fun.

His faces and inking style reminds me a lot of fellow Top Cow artist Stepjan Sejic (This is a compliment.), but Christian DiBari’s work in Magdalena #1 stands out when he indulges his taste for devilish horror. For example, Maya’s problematic crush Greg, who happens to be the host for the demon Beelzebub, Lord of the Flies, starts retching and then his neck snaps when the demon takes over his body. The neck snap, and the gruesomely green vomit from DiBari and Spicer crosses the book from urban fantasy into horror territory and provides Maya with a rude awakening into the world of being a Magdalena as she must learn her new abilities while one of the most powerful demons is on the loose. I look forward to more slicing, dicing action from DiBari and Spicer like the first time Maya wields the Spear of Destiny and gets a surge of energy that almost pops up in the page.

Tini Howard, Ryan Cady, Christian DiBari, and Mike Spicer successfully reimagine a popular 90s character in Magdalena #1 by giving their two protagonist relatable feelings and personal issues to go along with the demon ass kicking. Maya is 19 and trying to become her own person when she gets drawn into a world of Christian symbolism and demons while Patience is having a midlife crisis on a cosmic level.

Patience and Maya’s doubts and flaws along with their grit and determination plus some cool action, demon designs, and general gore make Magdalena #1 worth picking up even if you’re like me and only knew Magdalena from a lyric from “I Wanna Live in a World Full of Heroes” by nerd rock band Kirby Krackle.

Story: Tini Howard and Ryan Cady Art: Christian DiBari Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics/Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

WonderCon 2016: American Gothic Press’ Announcements

At their first ever WonderCon panel, American Gothic Press took the stage and talked about their first year they’ve had with titles like Gunsuits, Broken Moon, Project Nemesis, Monster World, and the more recent success in Irwin Allen’s Lost in Space: The Lost Adventures.

The discussion then focused on the upcoming action title Killbox, with writer Tom Riordan and artist Nathan Gooden on hand to talk about the process and the decision to keep the comic in black and white. They revealed the cover of the upcoming third issue (see below). The comic drops April 20, 2016.

KILLBOX

After Killbox, the conversation switched to Lost in Space, with discussion of both the current story arc “The Curious Galactics” and the upcoming “Malice in Wonderland” (LOST IN SPACE #4-6). It was announced that colorist and cover artist Patrick McEvoy will be taking over art duties for the second arc.

Lost in Space

The discussion then focused on the upcoming Tales From the Ackermansion Kickstarter launching in May. To celebrate Forrest J Ackerman’s 100th birthday later this year, Famous Monsters of Filmland is putting together a graphic anthology to honor their founder. The list of contributors so far includes Kirk Hammett, Ray Fawkes, John 5, Richard Christian Matheson, Dan DiDio, Matt Frank, Christian DiBari, Charlie Benante, Juan Ferreyra, Darick Robertson, Bob Eggleton, Ben Meares, David Weiner, Holly Interlandi, Joe Moe, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Travis Williams, Dave Kelly, Trevor Goring, Buzz Dixon, Mark L. Miller, Jim Terry, Jonathan La Mantia, Lara Antal, Victoria Lau, and Patrick McEvoy.

TALES FROM THE ACKERMANSION

Looking towards the future, the cover for Island 731 by Jeremy Robinson and Kane Gilmour was debuted, illustrated by Jeff Zornow. The first issue solicits in May 2016.

ISLAND 731

Gunsuits will return later this year with Gunsuits: Alix, a one-shot with Philip Kim, Holly Interlandi, and Dennis Calero as the creative team.

GUNSUITS

Finally, it was announced that Broken Moon will also be returning, with Nat Jones returning on art duties. The cover was shown, featuring a sinister looking Gill-Creature.

BROKEN MOON

Review: Hoax Hunters Vol. 2 #1

Hoax Hunters #1 coverWith the Hoax Hunters team in shambles following Jack’s untimely departure, they head to Paris under Donovan’s controversial leadership. Don’t miss this landmark issue, as the series reaches a crucial turning point on and off of the page!

Hoax Hunters is an original series created by Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley, and features art by Christian Dibari, it used to be at Image, but now more appropriately is being published by Heavy Metal. Nothing is lost in the switch, and the series is as fun and entertaining as the first volume, picking up where it left off, but also being perfect for new readers to check out.

Multiple volumes for series is not a new thing, but since the series follows a team of reality ghost/monster hunting stars the fact it’s back for a new season feels so appropriate.

I liked the first volume, to me it was a solid mix of spoofing the reality shows out there, especially ghost related ones, while at the same time mixing in a good X-Files vibe and monster of the week mentality. The fact it balances the two is impressive, and not easy to do.

Back with its second season, the series has a team that’s not quite together and stumbling quite a bit. The fact things aren’t going well is more than enough to make the second season seem fresh and different from the first. Yes, there’s still the monster of the week aspect (it is their show’s schtick after all), but the squabbling and unease sets it all apart.

It’s only one issue, but that’s more than enough to get me excited to see what’s coming down the road this season. Hopefully the series keeps its solid balance between spoofing ghost/monster reality series and its monster hunting side, the first issue still has that down, though it isn’t quite as prominant.

New publisher, same fun series, check out Hoax Hunters, it’s going to be another fun ride.

Story: Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley Art: Christian Dibari
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Read

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Cutter #4

Cutter #4

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140547
Published: October 29, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #3

Cutter #3

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140546
Published: October 15, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #2

Cutter #2

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140545
Published: October 8, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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Preview: Cutter #1

Cutter #1

Story By: Robert Napton
Story By: Seamus Kevin Fahey
Art By: Christian Dibari
Cover By: Christian Dibari
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: AUG140544
Published: October 1, 2014

CUTTER: Issues 1-4, weekly throughout October! What if that kid you and your friends picked on in your youth came back with a vengeance…to kill you and your friends? That dark guilt-ridden fear is at the core of CUTTER, a cautionary tale about the sins of your past coming back to haunt you. Jeremy lives a quiet life with his wife in a rural town. Successful and stable, Jeremy is the guy next door. But he and his high school friends share a dark secret. And when that secret literally comes back to haunt them, Jeremy must confront his past and his own sanity as he comes face to face with a vicious serial killer…”The Cutter.” From television writer SEAMUS KEVIN FAHEY (Battlestar Galactica, The Following) and comic writer ROBERT PLACE NAPTON (Son of Merlin) with art by acclaimed horror artist CHRISTIAN DIBARI.

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