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Preview: Lucy Dreaming #2 (of 5)

Lucy Dreaming #2 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Letterer: Colin Bell
Price: $3.99

Lucy dreams herself into the world of the dystopian novel that’s currently all the rage at her school—but instead of being the hero, she’s the villain of this particular story.

ComixTribe’s SINK Vol 1: Welcome to Glasgow is Up on Kickstarter

A forgotten East End district of a warped funhouse mirror vision of Glasgow, Scotland, Sinkhill is a hive of crooks, deviants and killers, and ordinary folk unfortunate enough to live among them.

If killer clowns prowl the streets in a blue van, a shovel-wielding vigilante in a fox mask serves brutal justice after dark, and the last bus home is always full of corpses, well, pal…

You must be in Sinkhill!

ComixTribe has been shaking things up when it comes to comics and comic marketing, especially with their series SINK. Not only have they been creating the usual printed issues (which have sold out and become collectors items) but they have also built buzz with free digital issues before the releases.

Now, the publisher is using Kickstarter to print the first volume of the series. A 160-page perfect bound collection, there’s a few different options to get the trade. Not only does it feature the comics but also pin-ups, galleries, bonus tales, and more… plus a soundtrack to listen to while you read!

As I said, they’re willing to do things differently and on their campaign you can find a download to the first issue for free and there’s also a “money back guarantee.”

If you’re a fan of horror, this is a must get from a company with a proven record for delivery.

The campaign runs through April 24th so don’t delay.

Review: Lucy Dreaming #1

A sweeping, coming-of-age fantasy about living your dreams, literally. In her dreams, Lucy is the hero of all her favorite stories, living each night as a grand adventure. These journeys will teach her more about herself and the real world around her than she ever expected!

The magical girl trope is one that has been spreading throughout comicdom for years now delivering some excellent series and becoming a genre by itself. So, it’s surprising when you get a new entry into the genre that impresses and has something new. Lucy Dreaming is both.

Lucy Dreaming #1 by writer Max Bemis with art by Michael Dialynas and lettering by Colin Bell is the newest entry and published by BOOM! Studios which has firmly planted its flag as a publisher of comics aimed towards tweens and in that genre orbit. They seem to have another (cult) hit on their hands with this one as it takes the “magical” aspect and puts a sci-fi spin on it all.

We’re introduced to Lucy, a young girl who’s in her early teens and while not quite an outcast, one that would rather have her head in a book than interacting with those around her. She lives in fantasy though isn’t consumed by it. It’s clear from what she says about her world that she’s quite grounded in it all. One day her eyes change color and things get all weird as her dreams become more like reality and in this case one that looks a hell of a lot like a certain popular science fiction franchise.

Bemis continues to explore perception and reality in this comic series (something he’s done more than once in previous ones and a theme he seems to enjoy). And he does it all with a wink, nod, and some humor. That humor and twists as Lucy “takes control” of her dream left me smiling and chuckling out loud a bit as Bemis needles that popular franchise mentioned above.

Lucy Dreaming‘s first issue is all set up with little explanation but it’s done so in a way that’s fun, quirky, and relatable. We get Lucy and understand where she’s coming from for the most part. I can’t say if Bemis nails the “voice” of a tween girl but what he presents is fun and doesn’t feel like it’s off in that department. It’s this dream world that’s the mystery and one we’ll quickly learn about in the second issue judging by the end.

The art style by Dialynas is fun and fits a lot of the other series BOOM! has been putting out. For so many numerous indie comics, they certainly have a style about them and that’s not a bad thing as it’s an art style I enjoy. The designs are interesting and unique but also bring a familiarity about them all that includes the dream and real world. There’s also some nice framing of scenes as we are introduced into Lucy’s world with the background adding in the details of it all.

The lettering stands out as well as a lot of the introduction of the series is done in a “journal” like way. It’s a lot of text and there’s something about it that blends that internal monologue with captions. It clicks in a weird way and different lettering wouldn’t have pulled it off.

I don’t know what I was expecting with this comic series but I want more. BOOM! has another fun one on their hands that hopefully becomes an ongoing based on the first issue. There’s so much potential here and a voice about it all that’s fun and entertaining, exactly what comics should be.

Story: Max Bemis Art: Michael Dialynas
Letterer: Colin Bell Cover Art: Michael Dialynas
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Lucy Dreaming #1 (of 5)

Lucy Dreaming #1 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Max Bemis
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas
Price: $3.99

Max Bemis (Moon Knight writer and lead singer of Say Anything) and Michael Dialynas (The Woods) present a sweeping, coming-of-age fantasy about living your dreams—literally.

In her dreams, Lucy is the hero of all her favorite stories, living each night as a grand adventure. These journeys will teach her more about herself and the real world around her than she ever expected.

Preview: Judas #4 (of 4)

Judas #4 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jakub Rebelka
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jeremy A. Bastian
Price: $3.99

With the fate of all of life and the afterlife hanging in the balance, Judas performs an intervention on Jesus in the pits of Hell.

Preview: Judas #3 (of 4)

Judas #3 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Jakub Rebelka
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jeremy A. Bastian
Price: $3.99

Judas confronts Jesus in the pits of Hell.

Preview: Godshaper SC

Godshaper SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Jonas Goonface
Letterer: Colin Bell
Cover Artist: Jonas Goonface
Price: $19.99

Eisner Award-nominated writer Simon Spurrier (The Spire, X-Men Legacy) and breakout talent Jonas Goonface introduce a vast world teeming with bold ideas exploring ownership, freedom, and the pettiness of possession—both physical and spiritual.

Ennay is a Godshaper—godless social pariahs with the ability to mold and shape the gods of others. Paired with Bud, an off-kilter but affectionate god without a human, the two travel from town to town looking for shelter, a hot meal, and the next paying rock’n’roll gig.

Collects the complete 6-issue limited series.

Preview: Judas #1

Judas #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Cover Artist: Jakub Rebelka
Letterer: Colin Bell
Price: $3.99

Emmy and WGA Award-nominated writer Jeff Loveness (Marvel’s Nova) presents an exploration of the classical biblical character, perfect for fans of Preacher and The Goddamned.

Judas Iscariot journeys through life and death, grappling with his place in “The Greatest Story Ever Told,” and how much of his part was preordained. In a religion built on redemption and forgiveness, one man had to sacrifice himself for everyone…and it wasn’t Jesus.

Review: Spencer and Locke Vol. 1 TP

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I heard about Spencer and Locke a few months ago. I had seen the premise somewhere online, and thought it was an interesting concept, but never got around to reading it until this past week. I soon discovered I was missing out on something that was familiar, but also new. Sure, it’s no secret that Spencer and Locke borrows its basic idea of a childhood toy coming to life for adventures with his human friend from the legendary Calvin and Hobbes, but it adds a wrinkle to the classic formula by having the boy be a full-grown man, Detective Locke, and the childhood toy and friend, Spencer, be a blue panther, complete with a button for an eye.

You constantly hear the term page turner, but that is exactly what this is. Writer David Pepose writes a fantastic and quick-moving story following the death of Detective Locke’s high school sweetheart, Sophie Jenkins. Along with the help of his panther friend, Spencer, whom to everyone else is of course a stuffed animal, they uncover many things from their past. The story gets dark in spots, but it never felt out-of-place. That may seem odd, since much of this is familiar to the childhood tale most everyone loves, but this is still an adventure after all, similar to what Calvin and Hobbes went on. The only difference is the adventures of Spencer and Locke involve murder, alleyways, abuse, and many more horrible things that exist in the real world of a traumatized boy who grows up to be a man.

The art by Jorge Santiago Jr. and colors by Jasen Smith works quite well with the story, and while most of the book has a distinct cartoon noir style, there are some great pages that channel the classic style made famous by greats like Bill Watterson. You really feel like you’re looking at a Calvin and Hobbes strip until the end where something like violence, child abuse, or something else really deep hits you hard. It’s effective, nostalgic, and really pulls off something that could have come off as cheesy, or as a cheap rip off. That’s the beauty of this entire book. It’s an ode to the past while bringing a new perspective to an old idea.

While it borrows from Bill Watterson’s classic comic strip, there’s a lot of Frank Miller and Ed Brubaker type inspired crime drama here as well. It’s somehow a perfect marriage of the two, which probably wasn’t an easy thing to pull off by the creators.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a new take on an old classic, or just some original idea to what seemed like an already done formula. It’s a buddy cop story with a man and his stuffed panther doll. The ending was intense, and left me wanting more. The producer of the Hitman movies has optioned the movie rights, so hopefully something comes of this, because it would be awesome on the big or small screen. This could work awesome as a Netflix series. I look forward to more of this series, and think you should check it out as well, because there is something here to love for everyone.

Story: David Pepose Art: Jorge Santiago Jr. Colors: Jasen Smith Lettering: Colin Bell
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Spencer & Locke TPB

SPENCER & LOCKE TPB

Written by DAVID PEPOSE
Art by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
Colors by JASEN SMITH
Lettering by COLIN BELL
Cover by JORGE SANTIAGO, JR.
$14.99 | 128 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale AUGUST 2

Collecting the hit mini-series, Spencer & Locke follows hard-boiled Detective Locke as he investigates a brutal murder with the strangest of partners — his childhood imaginary panther, Spencer. But when they face brutal gunfights, deadly car chases and memories of Locke’s traumatic upbringing, can this unlikely pair survive long enough to find the truth? Find out in David Pepose and Jorge Santiago, Jr.’s action-packed send-up of Calvin and Hobbes and Sin City, which was just picked up for a feature film by Hitman producer Adrian Askarieh and Prime Universe Films!

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