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Preview: Lucy Dreaming #3 (of 5)

Lucy Dreaming #3 (of 5)

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

Lucy learns that she may not be alone in her dream landscapes.

Review: Coda #1

In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, a former bard named Hum (a man of few words, so nicknamed because his standard reply is “hm”) seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the Weird Wasteland.

Simon Spurrier manages to create an intriguing post-apocalyptic world with Coda #1 that seems to a strange product of blending Mad Max and Lord of the Rings. Spurrier takes elements from both of them to create an impressive premiere issue.  The first issue follows the journey of an unusual bard, who wants to save his wife. Through him we’re introduced into a world where magic is a commodity and the shortage has led to a magical apocalypse. With a tech blend, the world is so much more than swords and sorcery with a steampunk-ish tinge to it all. There’s so much potential here and as a debut it’s beyond impressive in its world building.

Matías Bergara‘s art with color by Michael Doig is impressive. It takes in a mixture of bleak sights, and inspiring sights as Hum’s journey begins. As the issue progresses the art reveals the more fantasy inspired elements of the world, including a talking skeleton of an immortal dragon, something rather original. Also standing out is the lettering of Colin Bell who really uses the size of he lettering itself to set personalities and drive the dialogue. Some words are very small as if talking under one’s breath or muttering. It adds personality to a comic that’s full of it.

This first issue is fantastic creating a world that is begging to be explored and characters that make it entertaining. There’s a lots of fantasy out there but this debut manages to find more than enough that feels new and unique to make it stand out from the pack.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Matías Bergara
Wraparound Main Cover: Matías Bergara Intermix Cover: Jae Lee Incentive Cover: Jeff Stokely
Color: Michael Doig Letterer: Colin Bell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: Coda #1 (of 12)

Coda #1 (of 12)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Cover Artist:
Wraparound Main Cover: Matías Bergara
Intermix Cover: Jae Lee
Incentive Cover: Jeff Stokely
Colorist: Michael Doig
Letterer: Colin Bell
Price: $3.99

Simon Spurrier (The Spire, Godshaper) and Matías Bergara (Cannibal, Supergirl) present a broken fantasy world that’s perfect for fans of Mad Max and The Lord of the Rings.

In the aftermath of an apocalypse which wiped out nearly all magic from a once-wondrous fantasy world, a former bard named Hum (a man of few words, so nicknamed because his standard reply is “hm”) seeks a way to save the soul of his wife with nothing but a foul-tempered mutant unicorn and his wits to protect him…but is unwillingly drawn into a brutal power struggle which will decide forever who rules the Weird Wasteland.

Oversized first issue, with 40 pages of story content and additional backmatter at no extra cost!

12-issue limited series

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.

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