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Radical Publishing Presents – Shrapnel signing at Barnes & Noble

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RADICAL PUBLISHING’S SHRAPNEL CREATOR LAUNCHES TRADE PAPERBACK AT BARNES AND NOBLE

November 10, 2010, Los Angeles – Radical Publishing is proud to announce that critically acclaimed Idlewild trilogy author and Sci-Fi Channel series writer Nick Sagan and rising star Clinnette Minnis will be discussing and signing copies of Radical’s sci-fi military epic Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising and Shrapnel: Hubris on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7:00 P.M. at the Barnes & Noble store located at 91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514. Both Nick Sagan and Clinnette Minnis will be on hand to answer questions, chat with fans and sign copies of their work.

Co-created by Nick Sagan and Mark Long and the first of a three-part series, Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising introduces readers to a planet in peril and a people divided. As the Solar Alliance increases its sphere of influence across the Solar System, the citizens of one planet, Venus, led by former Marine and war hero, Vijaya “Sam” Narayan, has the guts and bravery to stand against their reign.  Shrapnel:Hubris follows Sam and her resistance force as they expand their battle against the Solar Alliance to Mars and beyond, giving the downtrodden a chance for freedom while embarking on their epic struggle.

Both Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising and Shrapnel: Hubris are available in trade paperback editions and can be purchased on the day of the event. Writer/Creator Nick Sagan and Shrapnel: Hubris co-writer Clinnette Minnis will host a discussion about their inspiration for creating Shrapnel followed by a signing session.

About Radical Publishing

Radical Publishing is a leading creator of science fiction, action-adventure and fantasy based comic books and graphic novels .  The company has produced award winning properties, including; Hercules, Legends, Aladdin, Caliber, Hotwire, FVZA, and The Last Days of American Crime.  Founded in 2007 by Barry Levine and Jesse Berger, whose vision was to develop high-concept stories intertwined with leading edge artwork created by the industry’s marquee talent.   For more information, visit www.radicalpublishing.com, www.facebook.com/radicalpublishing, www.twitter.com/radicalcomics, www.myspace.com/radicalpublishing.

Shrapnel Hubris #3

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SHRAPNEL: HUBRIS #3 (3 of 3)

Creator NICK SAGAN & MARK LONG
Writer NICK SAGAN & CLINNETTE MINNIS
Artist CONCEPT ART HOUSE
Letterer SEAN KONOT
Cover Artist STEPHAN MARTINIERE

Diamond Order Code: MAY101101
Price: $4.99
Page Count: 56
Format: Full Color

The concluding chapter in the sequel to Radical’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising.

Savior to some, terrorist to others, controversial ex-marine “Sam” Narayan returns to the war-ravaged red planet of her birth to raise an army against those who would tyrannize her people.  Yet at the onset of Sam’s campaign, she begins to slip into the darkness of her own soul, putting her army and cause at risk of annihilation by the most formidable foe of all…herself.

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Review – Shrapnel: Hubris #2


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There’s a lot going on in the second issue of Shrapnel: Hubris #2 and I’m torn on what I think.  The issue is published by Radical Publishing, created by Mark Long and Nick Sagan, written by Sagan and Clinnette Minnis with art by Concept Art House and the cover by Stephan Martiniere.  The second issue picks up with the first and takes us through the build up to Captain Narayan’s assault on the Solar Alliance.

Consumed with advancing their War of Unity on multiple fronts, the Solar Alliance may be vulnerable to an audacious, high-risk assault on one of their most valued possessions.  So rests the hopes of oppressed Helots across the System as a plot against the oldest extraplanetary colony moves forward.  Once loyal marines now turned freedom fighters, Captain Narayan, Colonel Rossi and their troops have a golden chance to slow down the enemy war machine…but at what cost?

I almost thinks there’s too much going on in this issue with a lot of cutting and back and forth.  Like another Radical title I reviewed the blacks in the art made it very difficult to figure out exactly what was going on and at times figure out who is who.  Overall, the story is entertaining.  The world is pretty cool with a hint of Total Recall.  When I could make out the art, it’s beautiful and really nice to look at.  There’s just points where there’s a lot of black and other dark colors too, making it hard to make at what’s what.

Like the first issue, I feel like I was missing something.  It was just hard to literally see what was going on at times.  Also like the first issue the story doesn’t focus on the action of the attacks but instead the lead up and chess playing that occurs before.  An interesting take and one I really appreciate.

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It’s a Radical Week for Releases

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Radical dropped seven (yes seven) new comics on us all coming out this week.  Below is what you can expect and many of them look very cool.  Expect reviews as we make our way through them over the next few days.

TIME BOMB #1 (1 of 3)

Creators and Writers JIMMY PALMIOTTI & JUSTIN GRAY

Artist PAUL GULACY

Colorist RAIN BEREDO

Cover Artist PAUL GULACY & RAIN BEREDO

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

From Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), with interior illustrations from multi-award winning industry veteran Paul Gulacy!

When a hidden city is discovered beneath the streets of Berlin, Hitler’s ultimate doomsday weapon – an Omega bomb designed to wipe out the human race – is accidently activated. Now, crews of specialists with state-of-the-art weapons and equipment must travel back in time to stop the bomb from going off. However, they soon discover that, rather than going back in time as intended, they’ve been sent back into the heart of Hitler’s Germany.

DRIVER FOR THE DEAD #1 (1 of 3)

Creator and Writer JOHN HEFFERNAN

Artist LEONARDO MANCO

Cover Artist LEONARDO MANCO

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

Radical introduces a new supernatural horror set in the heart of Louisiana, from John Heffernan and illustrator Leonardo Manco (Hellblazer).

Alabaster Graves is a driver for the dead. As a veteran of funeral homes, mortuaries, and coroners’ offices across the Deep South, Graves chauffeurs hundreds of bodies to their final resting places. But now, Alabaster must cover the distance from Shreveport to New Orleans to retrieve the remains of Mose Freeman, renown voodoo priest, with Freeman’s sultry granddaughter riding shotgun. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pursued by a resurrectionist named Fallow – a necromancer who gets his power from stealing body parts… and for whom the corpse of Mose Freeman would be the ultimate prize.

HOTWIRE: DEEP CUT #1 (1 of 3)

Created by STEVE PUGH and WARREN ELLIS

Writer and Illustrator STEVE PUGH

Letterer STEVE PUGH

Cover Artist STEVE PUGH

Price: $3.50

Page Count: 32

Format: Full Color

Detective Exorcist Alice Hotwire is back! After the events of Hotwire: Requiem for the Dead, the city’s only supernatural investigator is taking some much needed R&R. But when a Blue Light from her colored past appears in front of her door, it sparks a series of events that lead Hotwire and Mobey across the city attempting to stop the results of a secret government project from turning the city into another living nightmare. With backup from Coroner Love and Metro Police, can Hotwire and Mobey save the day one more time? Join groundbreaking creator/writer/illustrator Steve Pugh for a glimpse into Alice Hotwire’s past and peer through a gateway into her future.

AFTER DARK #1 (1 of 3)

Creators ANTOINE FUQUA and WESLEY SNIPES

Writer PETER MILLIGAN

Artist JEFF NENTRUP

Additional Art by SARA BIDDLE

Cover Artist FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA

Mature Readers

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

From celebrated director Antoine Fuqua (Brooklyn’s Finest, Training Day), acclaimed actor Wesley Snipes (Blade) and award-winning writer Peter Milligan (X-Statix, Skreemer) comes the post-apocalyptic saga of After Dark!

Guided by an amoral drifter, a crew of jaded mercenaries must travel into the dark places of the ruined planet, and the even darker places of their own pasts, on a journey to find a woman who might just save the world. But maybe the world is past saving. And maybe the people who still inhabit that world aren’t worth saving. After Dark is a story of hidden demons and the passion for survival, set in a future that could very well be ours.

SHRAPNEL: HUBRIS #2 (2 of 3)

Creator MARK LONG & NICK SAGAN

Writer NICK SAGAN & CLINNETTE MINNIS

Artist CONCEPT ART HOUSE

Cover STEPHAN MARTINIERE

Price: $4.99

Page Count: 56

Format: Full Color

Consumed with advancing their War of Unity on multiple fronts, the Solar Alliance may be vulnerable to an audacious, high-risk assault on one of their most valued possessions.  So rests the hopes of oppressed Helots across the System as a plot against the oldest extraplanetary colony moves forward.  Once loyal marines now turned freedom fighters, Captain Narayan, Colonel Rossi and their troops have a golden chance to slow down the enemy war machine…but at what cost?

RADICAL PREMIERE: THE RISING

Creator and Writer E. MAX FRYE

Artist J.P. TARGETE

Cover Artist J.P. TARGETE

Price: $1.00

Page Count: 32

Format: Full Color

Creator/Writer E. Max Frye (HBO’s Band of Brothers) and artist J.P. Targete (illustrator for Pixar’s John Carter of Mars film adaptation) present a very special $1.00 introduction to launch the upcoming miniseries.

After years of war, economic chaos, and mankind, itself, teetering on the verge of thermonuclear extinction, an alien force invades the planet.  When a deadly virus is released, this militaristic empire massacres the world’s defense forces and most of the human population. The survivors are forced into slavery, helpless as they watch this new enemy plunder the remaining natural resources of Earth. Jarrett Jakes, chosen to fight and die as a gladiator, escapes from Zone R.X. 84 (formerly New York City) to lead a ragged band of guerrilla warriors in hopes of inspiring a downtrodden world to rise up against their alien oppressors.

RADICAL PREMIERE: RYDER ON THE STORM

Writer DAVID HINE

Artist WAYNE NICHOLS

Cover Artist FRANCESCO “MATT” MATTINA

Mature Readers

Price: $1.00

Page Count: 16, No ads.

Format: Full Color

From the team that brought you FVZA, a special $1.00 preview comic for the upcoming 3-issue, bi-monthly, miniseries, brimming with elements of H.P. Lovecraft, mixed into a noir mystery.

Ryder on the Storm follows Ryder, a private eye hired by the beautiful femme fatale Katrina Petruska to investigate the horrifically bizarre suicide of her lover, Michael Hudson. Ryder’s journey to solve the case and finish Hudson’s work leads him to discover a truth more sinister and terrifying than he could ever have imagined – daemons walk among us. Now, he must team up with the last daemon hunter, Charles Monk, to take down the cabal of ancient evil controlling the city while struggling to reconcile the dark side of his own nature.

Review – Shrapnel: Hubris #1


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I’m still fairly new to Radical’s line of comic books.  They definitely stand out with their packaging and art.  For $4.99 you get 64 pages of high quality product.  Shrapnel: Hubris is the follow up to Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising. Written Nick  Sagan and Clinnette Minnis with art by Concept Art House, the story follows the last free colony in the solar system as they’re besieged from orbit.

The last free colony in the Solar System has yet to fall, but how long can it withstand the siege? Under constant barrage from orbit and kept from replenishing much-needed supplies by a planetary blockade, the colonists of Venus find themselves in desperate circumstances. But unwilling to let their stand be in vain, the surprise hero of the war—notorious ex-marine Vijaya “Sam” Narayan—must reverse their fortunes before time runs out once and for all.

While I really enjoyed the first issue, I can’t help but feel I was missing something not having read the first series.  Even missing that, the science fiction war setting is a nice change of pace focusing on relationships and interactions between characters instead of mindless action.

Radical prides itself on producing quality product and this series definitely falls into that category.

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Preview – Radical Presents Shrapnel: Hubris

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RADICAL PRESENTS SHRAPNEL: HUBRIS

SHRAPNEL: HUBRIS #1 (1 of 3)
Creator MARK LONG & NICK SAGAN
Writer NICK SAGAN & CLINNETTE MINNIS
Artist CONCEPT ART HOUSE
Cover Artist STEPHAN MARTINIERE
64 pages, FC, $4.99

Mark Long and Nick Sagan return to take a planetary revolution across the solar system in the sequel to Shrapnel: Aristeia Rising.

The last free colony in the Solar System has yet to fall, but how long can it withstand the siege? Under constant barrage from orbit and kept from replenishing much-needed supplies by a planetary blockade, the colonists of Venus find themselves in desperate circumstances. But unwilling to let their stand be in vain, the surprise hero of the war—notorious ex-marine Vijaya “Sam” Narayan—must reverse their fortunes before time runs out once and for all.