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ComiXology Has 5 New Releases from A Wave Blue World, Yen Press, Harlequin, and Magnetic Press

ComiXology has five new digital comics for you to start your week with. There are new releases from A Wave Blue World, Yen Press, Harlequin, and Magnetic Press. You can check out all of the comics here or the individual issues below.

Death of the Horror Anthology

Written by Vita Ayala, Kelly Brack, Steph Cannon, Melissa Hudson, Brian Level, Ryan K. Lindsay, Jed McPherson, Lonnie Nadler, Eric Palicki, Emily Pearson, Pat Shand, Cody Sousa, John Ward
Art by Rio Burton, Daniel Dwyer, Val Halvorson, Matthew Hann, Melissa Hudson, Francesco Iaguinta, Brian Level, Leonie O’Moore, Emily Pearson, Raymond Salvador, J Paul Schiek, Chris Shehan, Ariel Viola
Pencils Danny Lore
Colored by Dee Cunniffe, Cassie Hart
Cover by Adam Gorham, Cassie Hart
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Right in time for Halloween, A Wave Blue World brings you a new collection or terrifying stories from some of the most talented and twisted minds in comics! Curated by Kelly Brack and edited by Danny Lore, these 13 tales of horror explore the theme of inner demons and feature everything from alien encounters to blood-thirsty monsters. After reading DEATH OF THE HORROR, you’ll never be the same again!

Death of the Horror Anthology

Goblin Slayer #53

Written by Kumo Kagyu
Art by Noboru Kannatuki, Kousuke Kurose
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This series is rated Adults Only DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality gore
The goblin paladin and his forces close in on the party—it’s time to play every last trump card and finish them for good! Read the next chapter of Goblin Slayer the same day as Japan!

Goblin Slayer #53

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #35

Written by Takahiro
Art by Strelka
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This series is rated Adults Only DISCLAIMER: graphic sexuality
The remanents of Soukai gather up their fallen and attempt a retreat! Read the next chapter of Hinowa ga CRUSH! at the same time as Japan!

Hinowa ga CRUSH! #35

Marriage For Sale

Written by Carol Devine
Art by Sachiko Shirai
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At the local auction, cowboy Linc is shocked to see a beautiful woman put up for sale. Rachel’s been put on the auction block by The Community, a group who lives isolated from modern society. Wanting to grant her freedom, Linc places the winning bid, not realizing that it means he must marry her. Linc decides he’ll divorce her in order to give her independence. But naive Rachel’s purity soon wins the cowboy over.

Marriage For Sale

Pistouvi #3

Written by Merwan
Art by Bertrand Gatignol
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Winter is here, and life in the treehouse is starting to get less whimsical by the day…

Pistouvi #3

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Review: Sonitus #1

SONITUS#1_RGBSonitus #1 is the first issue in a three part miniseries published by Alterna Comics as part of their newsprint initiative. Retailing at $1.50 an issue, you’ll be able to pick up the entire series for less than $5 – which is a steal of a price no matter where you look. Sonitus #1 kicks off a story that’s steeped in supernatural creepiness almost right from the get go as the lead wanders around an empty and potentially haunted house. And honestly, that’s really the gist of what physically happens in the issue. However, Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard weave a deep and soul crunching internal monologue as Cecelia Lo Valvo and Dee Cuniff drench the pages in an atmosphere so thick you can taste it.

I’ve read this twice since starting this review, and I can honestly tell you that it gets better with each read through. The layers to the comic are nuanced and reveal themselves to you the more time you spend within the pages of the comic and walls of the decrepit house. Beneath the dark, horror like exterior is a man having a nostalgic moment for times gone by, providing an endearing dichotomy to the sense of foreboding from the comic.

Sonitus #1, being only $1.50, is well worth buying. It’s not often you can get a comic for this price that’s this reasonable, which almost makes the purchase worth it alone, but when the $1.50 comic is as good as Sonitus #1 is then there is absolutely no reason for you not to buy this. A must read regardless of your genre of choice.

Story: Cody Sousa and Dan Sheppard
Art: Cecelia Lo Valvo Colourist: Dee Cuniff Letterer: Dezi Sienty
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Alterna Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments Explores Illness, Both Mental and Physical

Launched on Kickstarter, CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments is a new comic anthology that explores illness, both mental and physical. The full color graphic novel features over 200 pages and 40 stories.

The graphic novel covers a wide range of topics from peanut allergies to losing an eye, from depression to epilepsy, what it takes to care for a sick person to the stigma of chronic illness.

The creative line-up is impressive:

COVER ART BY: Mark Wang

You can get a digital copy for as low as $12 and items range from your name in the back of the book to comissions.

The project is looking to raise $25,000 and ends on March 4th.

Check out some art from the graphic novel below.

Alterna Reviews: Croak #2, Adam Wreck #2, Amazing Age #2 & Lilith Dark #2

Over the past two months Alterna Comics have been publishing comics on newsprint paper, which has had the effect of dropping cover prices on these bi-monthly titles to as low as $1 in the case of The Chair, but the majority have been priced at the still ridiculously low price of $1.50. Consequently, despite Graphic Policy probably receiving some review copies, the following comics were all reviewed from the print versions that were purchased at a physical location. This had the benefit of allowing me to have a multilayered experience not only reading the comics but literally feeling the newsprint between my fingers as the distinctive smell drifted toward my nose; yeah, it’s safe to say that these gems tugged at my nostalgia for a bygone era (and bygone prices).

As already mentioned, the following comics were all purchased, and took a grand total of $6 out of my pocket (closer to $8 Canadian dollars if you need specifics), and all are worth the money I paid for them

croak 2The first of the four comics I read was the second issue of Croak (8.50/10), which can best be described as a campfire horror story given comic form. You remember sitting around a campfire telling horror stories, or did you tell them huddled under blankets with a flashlight under your chin? Which ever you did (or wanted to do) will give you an idea of what’s on offer here as the issue reveals a little more about what has befallen a group of unwitting campers.

Cody Sousa‘s writing is incredibly atmospheric and panic laden, though I may have chuckled a couple of times as I read the comic, and he effortlessly captures the sense of a truely interesting horror/thriller comic. Couple that with Francesco Iaquinta‘s art and Chris O’Halloran‘s colour work bringing the comic to a nightmarish life. I’m well and truly hooked on this series.

Up next is Adam Wreck #2 (7.75/10), a science fiction yarn about a young teenage boy adam wreck2who has been travelling through space for two years, and is now just incredibly bored. Or at least he was until his ship was attacked by space pirates and he was sent in an escape pod all by his lonesome. Michael S. Bracco is the creative force behind this series, handling both the art and writing duties for this fun and well paced story. There’s a very Han Soloesque vibe to Captain Voric as he hunts for treasure before fulfilling his end of the bargain he made with Adam to save his family. There’s not a whole lot of depth on offer here, with the comic rated E for Everyone, but that’ not to say you won’t enjoy this issue; Adam Wreck #2 is the kind of comic you’ll be able to just chill out and enjoy purely on face value. The art has a wonderful quality to it which belies it’s relatively simple colouring scheme while bringing to life the far reaches of space. You can pick up the entire three issue miniseries (when the 3rd issue is released) for $4.50, lilith dark2which is an incredible price for a story this enjoyable.

Up next is Lilith Dark #2 (7/10), a comic by Charles C. Dowd that centers around a little girl with an overactive imagination who is always seeing little monsters that aren’t real. Except… what if they are? When the monsters in the closet are real, and they anoint Lilith their queen, then you get the kind of comic that mimics almost every child’s fantasy – no matter the age of the child. Fittingly, this is an all ages comic, which makes the story super easy to follow (especially in the parts where there’s minimal narration and dialogue), as well as being quite enjoyable.

The final newsprint comic on offer from Alterna this week was Amazing Age #2 (7.25/10), written by Matthew D. Smith, with art by Jeremy Massie and colours provided by Christine Brunson. The story has echoes of Axe-Cop  in how much of it amazing age2stems from the mind of a young writer: the nine year old Matthew D. Smith. Amazing Age #2 picks up as three highschool kids have been transported to another dimension where they’re quickly confronted with the realization that superheroes exist here in a world that’s eerily familiar to them as one of their number used to create comics, the heroes of which are currently standing right in front of them. It’s a fantastic concept that is geared toward younger audiences with the plot having an easy-to-follow flow that takes you swiftly from one moment to the next, but part of me can’t help but wonder how the same concept could be handled with a slightly more mature vein (though that doesn’t mean that all audiences won’t enjoy it either).

 

As I said earlier all of these comics are worth picking up when you next visit your LCS, and with three of them being perfect for all ages, you can’t help but love the affordable entry point for those looking to get into comics.

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