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Preview: House Amok #2

House Amok #2

Christopher Sebela (w) • Shawn McManus (a & c)

The Sandifers weren’t always nuts. They were made that way by stories, conspiracies, and coincidence. As Dylan continues to recount how she spent her summer vacation full of murder, the truth behind how she and her family infected each other with madness comes out. Secrets and blood run deep, but family is forever, no matter how deranged they might be.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: House Amok #1

House Amok #1

Christopher Sebela (w) • Shawn McManus (a & c)

Ten-year-old fraternal twin Dylan Sandifer and her family have fallen down a rabbit hole full of secret implants, conspiracy theories, Mandela effects, extradimensional invaders, and organ thieves. As the attacks against them intensify, the Sandifers light out on a cross-country search for answers and salvation, blazing a bloody path of torture,  arson and murder.  Can young Dylan save her family from these delusions… or is this ornate conspiracy actually true?

It’s a summer vacation the Sandifers will never forget, evoking Natural Born Killers and The X-Files for fans of Paper Girls and Locke & Key.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Crowded #1

Ten minutes in the future, the world runs on an economy of job shares and apps, including Reapr: a crowdfunding platform to fund assassinations. Charlie Ellison leads a quiet, normal life until she’s suddenly targeted by a million-dollar Reapr campaign. Hunted by all of Los Angeles, Charlie hires Vita, the lowest-rated bodyguard on the Dfend app. As the campaign picks up speed, they’ll have to figure out who wants Charlie dead before the campaign’s 30 days-or their lives-are over.

Fun with a pop sense of style, that’s my general thought about Crowded #1 that feels like a spoof of both the action genre and the Uber-economy. Taking place in the future, Charlie is forced to have numerous jobs scraping together a living through a few hustles. She babysits, drives a car, rents her card, walks dogs, all through apps that enable her to hop from one thing to another. It’s the on-demand economy that’s front and center in the story written by Christopher Sebela.

Crowded feels like a brilliant commentary about today’s society and with Charlie being targeted for assassination, it also feels like it’s a statement how the Uber-economy needs to die. Sebela and team feel like they’ve put together a story that’s a subtle jab at the subject reminding me of classics like Robocop and Starship Troopers with satire and commentary throughout that needs, and deserves to be, explored. There’s of course something by issue’s end that may shake up that initial take but that seems like it’ll be part of the fun of this series.

Ro Stein provides the art along with color by Triona Farrell, ink by Ted Brandt, and lettering from Cardinal Rae. The style is one that has an Aeon Flux sense about it all mixed with bright colors that creates a pop feel to what is a gritty action story. It’s John Wick with lots of yellows and pinks, full of action and awesome to look at.

The first issue is a winner delivering humor and a flow visually and through the narrative that sucks in the reader and makes you want more. There’s a pacing that takes you through it all and gets you to the other end waiting for more action and wanting more humor as we explore this world and characters. And, with the shiny action outside, there’s an interior depth that begs to explored and debated.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Ro Stein
Color: Triona Farrel Ink: Ted Brandt Lettering: Cardinal Rae
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for reviews

Review: Shanghai Red #2

After being abducted and spending three hard years trapped at sea, Red has finally returned to the city of Portland. As she tracks down what’s left of her family and her old life, Red begins a bloody campaign of vengeance against the runners and crimps who put her on that boat. One body at a time.

Vengeance stories are common. One that stars a woman and set during the late 1800s… well, that’s rare. Shanghai Red started off with a hell of a gut punch of a tale and the second issue doesn’t disappoint at all.

Writer Christopher Sebela delivers a character in Red that feels up there as far as this type of story. Red is brutal in her abilities and destruction, meticulous and planning in her plan, and cold in her delivery. Sebela has created a vengeance story that’s both heartbreaking and cold and calculated. Red is a character we can feel sorry for and utterly scared of. The brutal deaths emphasize that and creates a comic that’s visceral and bloody.

The art by Joshua Hixson, with lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, enhances the story by adding in a dirty and cold visual that emphasizes the brutality of it all. Fights, burning bodies, the damage is just enough to make you wince and imagine the anger and rage that led to it all. The low-fi nature of it all helps by forcing the fights to be up close and personal.

The second issue continues the story of vengeance and ups the brutal nature of it all. This is a story that’s both expected and unexpected at the same time as Red works her way up the chain to find the person(s) who wronged her while searching for her family. By giving us an anti-hero that’s rare in a setting that feels even rarer in comics we have a series that takes a story we’ve seen before and deliver something fresh and new.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Joshua Hixson
Color: Joshua Hixson Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heartthrob, Volume 2: Walk a Thin Line

Heartthrob, Volume 2: Walk a Thin Line

(W) Christopher Sebela
(A) Robert Wilson IV
(C) Nick Filardi
(CA) Robert Wilson IV with Nick Filardi
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Crime
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

Callie tried to go straight. She escaped both Mercer and the FBI to Canada. She got a new beau, a new job, and with the few years remaining on her borrowed heart, everything should be perfect. But Callie’s old life isn’t entirely done with her. As her old crew keeps robbing and sucks her back into the one thing she’s great at, Callie sets out to create a criminal empire of her own.

Rebel Wilson Snags Christopher Sebela, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt’s Crowded

Crowded is the latest comic to be optioned for a possible movie. The comic written by Christopher Sebela and drawn by Ro Stein and Ted Brandt, and published by Image Comics was optioned by Rebel Wilson.

In the near future the world’s economy is all job sharing and apps where a crowdfunding platform that funds assassinations named Reapr is all the rage. The story follows a woman named Charlie who becomes a target on Reapr with a multimillion-dollar bounty. Charlie then hires the lowest-rated bodyguard on an app called Dfend. The two must work together to take down the assassins before the 30-day period concludes or their lives are over.

Sebela will be a consulting producer and a search for a writer to adapt the comic has begun.

Preview: Harley Quinn #44

Harley Quinn #44

(W) Christopher Sebela (A) Mirka Andolfo (CA) Bilquis Evely
In Shops: Jun 20, 2018
SRP: $2.99

And in issue #44, she’s up crazy creek without a hoagie when Harley Quinn goes full Batman to hunt down whoever made her favorite bodega go boom. But while digging her way through a twisted trail of clues, Harley discovers trouble that could mean the end of New York City… only nobody believes her!

Review: Shanghai Red #1

Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or even reveal who she truly is. Now she’s coming back in a boat covered in blood to find her family and track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.

A revenge tale. That’s Shanghai Red in a nutshell. The creative team of Christopher Sebela, Joshua Hixson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou have put together a fascinating first issue that sets a tone of brutality and twists and turns that are fantastic. The story itself is a standard revenge one as the main character, Red, rises up to freedom and sets on a path to get some brutal justice from those that did her wrong. But, this is in the late 1800s. The guns are basic and the transportation is on the high seas. The setting and low-tech vibe of it all creates a gritty setting that just makes it all meaner and all the much cooler.

We’ve seen this type of story. But, this creative team has given us something new. First, there’s Red’s story taking us through the life of the time and what she had to do to survive. Everything is raw and dirty and none of it smooth and easy. There’s something really engaging about that and it gets the reader into the story and where it goes. Then there’s the reveal of who Red is early on. It’s unexpected (at least by me who didn’t read the solicit) and adds to the kick-ass nature of it all, especially when Red tells her story of the why of it all. And Red is a great character. No shits taken and justice is delivered. And she is just. After rising up, she treats her crew well eventually winning them over. She may be a murderer but she’s also a leader in so many ways. The case is made as to why she should be followed and that’s not just the brutality and skill but also an honesty and fairness too.

The art matches the setting with a gritty nature look. Things are clean and clear instead the style almost has a grime that matches the high seas it’s initially set on. We can feel the dirt in a way and the designs are fantastic despite a limited initial stage. That limitation also adds to the latter of the issue when we get a better look at the crew’s destination of Portland, Oregon and we can appreciate how much bigger the adventure’s going to get.

Shanghai Red is a revenge tale, but it’s one that feels unique due to its setting and characters. There’s a grittiness about it all and a low-fi aspect that makes it stand out from the pack. This is an absolutely fantastic debut issue and one that has me sucked in to see where it all goes.

Story: Christopher Sebela Art: Josh Hixson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Christopher Sebela is a two-time Eisner-nominated writer, designer and publisher living and dying in Portland, Oregon. He’s co-created books like Crowded, Shanghai RedHouse AmokEvolution, HeartthrobHigh CrimesWe(l)come BackDead Letters as well as publishing his comics Short Order Crooks and The Death Defying thru his Two Headed Press. He also writes things in other peoples’ sandboxes like Ghost RiderHarley QuinnKiss/VampirellaDetective ComicsCaptain MarvelInjustice: Ground Zero and Demonic. He is catnip for weirdos, a fan of every dog and contains toxic amounts of caffeine.

He tweets @Xtop

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Christopher Sebela is a two-time Eisner-nominated writer, designer and publisher living and dying in Portland, Oregon. He’s co-created books like Crowded, Shanghai RedHouse AmokEvolution, HeartthrobHigh CrimesWe(l)come BackDead Letters as well as publishing his comics Short Order Crooks and The Death Defying thru his Two Headed Press. He also writes things in other peoples’ sandboxes like Ghost RiderHarley QuinnKiss/VampirellaDetective ComicsCaptain MarvelInjustice: Ground Zero and Demonic. He is catnip for weirdos, a fan of every dog and contains toxic amounts of caffeine.

He tweets @Xtop

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