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Welcome to Wilmhurst, the best gated community for slasher in Where Monsters Lie

Have you ever wondered where the mindless unkillable monster or the serial killer trapped in a doll go between their murder sprees? Kyle Starks goes behind the scenes to deliver all the gory details and more in his brand-new meta-horror series, Where Monsters Lie.

Connor Hayes survived his first slasher in summer camp. A handful of years later, he barely escaped a serial killer in an orphanage. Since then he’s been training and planning for when he inevitably runs into these creatures again. He’s a respected special agent. And now he knows where the monsters lie and he’s planning for war.

Where Monsters Lie will feature art by Piotr Kowalski, colors by Vladimir Popov, and letters by Josh Reed. The first issue will also offer a variant cover by James Stokoe.

Where Monsters Lie #1 (of 4) will be available in comic shops February 1, 2023. It is now available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

ACCIDENTAL CZAR

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Accidental Czar: Life & Lies of Vladimir Putin (First Second) – With everything that’s going on, this is a fantastic graphic novel to teach you about Vladimir Putin and some Russian history. It’s written by a former White House Russia expert and delivers a very even handed take on history and what lead to today.

Blade: Vampire Nation #1 (Marvel) – Blade as well as the Vampire Nation have been somewhat quiet recently but left with some much potential. Here’s hoping we get a solid story that does it all justice. A nation of vampires with lots of political intrigue sounds like too much fun.

By the Horns: Dark Earth #6 (Scout Comics) – We’ve loved this fantasy series. Don’t miss out on it and if you haven’t been reading it since the first issue, go start from the beginning!

Dino Mighty: Law and Odor (Clarion Books) – We’ve loved this series of dinosaur heroes. It’s meant for kids but adults will enjoy it too.

Einstein (First Second) – It’s the story of Einstein! Learn about the amazing person who has defined so much but how much do we know about his personal life?

GCPD: Blue Wall #2 (DC Comics) – Writer John Ridley explores policing in the GCPD. Ridley’s exploration of the DCU has been amazing so far including this series’ debut issue.

I Hate Fairyland #1 (Image Comics) – Over the top insanity is back!

Kepler (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel from David Duchovny? Yeah, we’re intrigued.

Maker Comics: How to Design a Game (First Second) – Step-by-step instructions for six tabletop game design projects!

Murderworld: Avengers #1 (Marvel) – We love a good story featuring the villain Arcade who doesn’t seem to get the use and respect he deserves

Rogue State #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A Presidential election plunges the country into crisis from which a mysterious figure rises, but is she a freedom fighter or a terrorist?

Terry’s Crew (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) – Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Detroit in his debut graphic novel.

James Tynion IV is launching a new comic line at Dark Horse

James Tynion IV has always been fascinated by horror and what he calls “true weird,” or the cousin to true crime—strange and unusual events like supernatural and alien encounters—especially after publishing stories like Something is Killing the Children, The Nice House on the Lake, and The Department of Truth. Now, Tynion, Tiny Onion Studios, and Dark Horse Comics are teaming up to bring deeply weird non-fiction and high concept coming-of-age monster stories to print in a new line! Featuring new and previously published creator-owned work from the mind of James Tynion IV, the new line begins with Blue Book in February 2023 and The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos in June 2023. Both were originally published on Substack, but will soon be available in print for the first time.

In Blue Book, Tynion explores strange but true stories of aliens and the supernatural. The first series details Betty and Barney Hill’s abduction encounter, also known as the first widely-publicized abduction that went on to shape and influence all future encounter stories. Teaming up with Tynion on this tale are artist Michael Avon Oeming and letterer Aditya Bidikar. Included at the end of every issue will be a short comic called “True Weird,” the first of which is called True Weird: Coney Island by Tynion, Klaus Janson, and Bidikar.

The next series to be published will be The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos, an LGBTQ+ horror-hero coming-of-age series that’s Invincible meets Doom Patrol. The concept was created by James Tynion IV and written by Tate Brombal with art by Isaac Goodhart, colors by Kurt Michael Russell, and letters by Aditya Bidikar.

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos focuses on the lonely teenage mad scientist, Christopher Chaos. When the cute boy at high school turns out to be a deadly creature, Christopher finds himself pitted in a world of monsters, heroes, and a cult of hunters out to kill them all.

The Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1

Blue Book #1 (of 5) will be available in print starting February 22, 2023 and will include three variant covers: a foil variant by Michael Avon Oeming and variants by Dave Johnson and Jill ThompsonThe Oddly Pedestrian Life of Christopher Chaos #1 (of 5) will be available June 7, 2023.

Dark Horse reveals Three New Titles set at the Height of the Jedi’s Power

Dark Horse Comics joins the Star Wars: The High Republic publishing initiative with two exciting new series and a one-shot! Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, written by New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older and illustrated by Toni BrunoStar Wars: The High Republic: The Nameless Terror, written by George Mann and Illustrated by Eduardo Mello and Ornella Savarese, and Star Wars: The High Republic: Quest of the Jedi, written by Claudia Gray and illustrated by Fico Ossio.

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures, eight issue series: From New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older comes the origin story of Jedi Sav Malágan.

As a teenage Padawan, Sav has been training her entire life to understand the ways of the Force and become a Jedi Knight, until a chance encounter with pirate queen Maz Kanata and her outlaw crew finds Sav longing for greater adventures beyond her world of disciplined studies.

By chance, the news of an alliance of dark Force users requires Sav to join her new friends to uncover the true nature of this dark alliance. 

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures

Star Wars: The High Republic: The Nameless Terror, four issue mini-series: A routine Jedi mission to the planet Dalna suddenly comes under deadly assault by an unseen foe. Cut off from help, a Republic Pathfinder team with three Jedis aboard, find themselves cornered in their crashed ship. Will they be able to make their stand here, or will they fall prey to the ruthless predator and Nameless Terror!

Star Wars: The High Republic: The Nameless Terror

Star Wars: The High Republic: Quest of the Jedi one-shot: On the ancient world of Angcord, the Force works in unforeseen ways. When legendary Jedi Knight Barnabus Vim and his intrepid Padawan arrive on this mysterious world, seeking an ancient artifact of the Force, they quickly find more than they were bargaining for. But just what is the mysterious Echo Stone, and what does its existence mean for the continued survival of all those who call Angcord home?

Star Wars: The High Republic: Quest of the Jedi

Star Wars: The High Republic Adventures , Star Wars: The Nameless Terror and Star Wars: Quest of the Jedi will be in comic shops November 30, 2022, December 28, 2022, and March 1, 2023 respectively.

In Space Job no one can hear you procrastinate

Dark Horse Comics has announced Space Job, an all-new series by writer David A. Goodman. The crew of the SS George H.W. Bush may not be the best in the galaxy, but they’re, well… a crew. Space Job features art by Álvaro Sarraseca and colors by Jordi Escuin Llorach.  

It’s the future, and serving aboard the S.S. Bush is the worst job in the fleet. The Captain is every terrible, self-centered boss you’ve ever had, more concerned with what he bought on Space eBay than he is in getting the work done; the Communications Officer always seems to be on a personal call, and nothing gets fixed because the Chief Engineer really is only interested in hitting on his coworkers.   They’re on a simple cargo run, and the biggest threat to the ship is the fact that the Operations Officer, the one guy holding it all together, is updating his resume. What could go wrong?

Space Job #1 (of 4) will be available in comic shops February 8, 2023. It is available for pre-order now at your local comic shop and will retail for $3.99.

Space Job #1

Dive deeper into the world of Thedas with Dragon Age: The Missing #1

Join the diverse cast of the acclaimed BioWare series Dragon Age for their latest adventure from Dark Horse ComicsDragon Age: The Missing #1 begins an all-new series that follows Varric and his trusty partner Bianca, along with lead Inquisition scout Lace Harding. The story is written by George Mann with art by Kieran McKeown and colors by Michael Atiyeh, and features cover art by Matt Taylor

Dragon Age: The Missing is a prequel story leading directly into BioWare’s upcoming game, Dragon Age: Dreadwolf!

Varric Tethras and Lace Harding descend into the abandoned Deep Roads beneath Marnas Pell in pursuit of a former friend. But the corruption of the blight has infected the walls, and the threat of darkspawn looms heavy in the air

Dragon Age: The Missing #1 (of 4) will be available in comic shops January 25, 2023. It is available for pre-order now at your local comic book shop and will retail for $3.99.

Dragon Age: The Missing #1

Witness the past of Dr. Brenner in Stranger Things: The Many Ghosts of Dr. Brenner #1

Dark Horse Comics teams up with writer Brenden Fletcher to present Stranger Things: The Many Ghosts of Dr. Brenner #1. This new comic series based on the hit Netflix series, Stranger Things, explores the dark past of one of the show’s most enigmatic characters, Dr. Brenner. The comics feature art by Mack Chater as well as coloring by Rosh and lettering by Nate Piekos.

The year is 1968. Dr. Martin Brenner, a disgraced American scientist, returns to the abandoned lab where he and his colleagues collected research for top-secret government projects. But Brenner’s unfinished business in his old lab isn’t the only thing haunting him: a ghostly face from his past seems to be following his every step. 

Stranger Things: The Many Ghosts of Dr. Brenner #1 (of 4) will be in comic shops January 11, 2023, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop for $3.99. Fans can collect the standard cover edition with cover art by Marc Aspinall, as well as three variant covers by Kyle Lambert, Diego Galindo, and Malachi Ward.

Exclusive: The Witcher: Ballad of Two Wolves #2 cover reveal

Dark Horse has provided an exclusive first look at the covers to The Witcher: Ballad of Two Wolves #2.

Geralt is caught in a web of lies as the truth behind the werewolf is distorted by the townsfolk and Piglet sisters’ own agendas. But if it’s not slaughter that the wolf craves, then what is?

The Witcher: Ballad of Two Wolves #2 is written by Bartosz Sztybor with art by Miki Montlló and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Cover A is by Miki Montlló, Variant Cover B by Jakub Rebelka, Variant Cover C by Otto Schmidt, and Variant Cover D by David Lopez.

It comes to comic shops January 25, 2023.

Underrated: Black Beetle: No Way Out

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Black Beetle: No Way Out


Another week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand.” This week we’re looking at the first volume of Francisco Francavilla‘s Black Beetle: No Way Outanother book that I found at a thrift store for an absolute bargain price. Actually, bargain is understating things. I paid $1 for this book (technically $1.25, but at but 4 get 1 free it works out to a dollar). Which is an absolute steal of a deal for a hardcover trade.

Black Beetle: No Way Out is published by  Dark Horse, written and drawn by Francavilla, and takes the form of a modern reinterpretation of the old pulp novels of the 30’s and 40’s, with all the semi futuristic-steampunk technology and sleek lines that includes.

This throwback feeling permeates the entire graphic novel, genuinely allowing it to read as a pulp novel from a bygone era – but one with the tonal sensitivities of today. It’s within this area that Francavilla tells the story of a vigilante who is equal parts the Shadow, the Spider and the Black Bat – and though comparisons to Batman will be made, the only similarity there is that Batman is more prevalent in the cultural awareness of our medium than the other three characters previously mentioned. I’m not saying the comparisons are unfair, but that the similarities are more in line with the characters Batman took inspiration from rather than Bruce Wayne himself.

The story, then, that is told within No Way Out is very reflective of those pulp novels, especially the original covers that are used as story breaks between the individual issues. Francavilla’s artistic approach is very evocative of the art styles of the time – simple colours, thick lines and a sense of foreboding. With Francavilla handling both the writing and the art duties in the book, we’re given a tour-de-force of a creative offering as he delivers an incredible experience.

And that, ultimately, is why I loved this book so much. It’s an incredibly fun pulp story, a classic hero romp with a hero who in’t shy about using his guns. Of course that does leave a little room for folks to be concerned about a lack of substance in the plot, but I think for the most part that is a concern that can be put aside by the artistic offering.

This is a book that’s absolutely worth a read.

Yes, I only paid $1 for it, and yes, I only bought it because it was in a thrit store, but I am so glad that I did. Black Beetle: No Way Out is easily the best thing I have read all week – including the four other books I picked up – and I am frankly astounded that I had never read this before. I’m equally as astounded that I’d never even heard of the book before.  Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Earthdivers #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

3Keys #1 (Image Comics) – Inhabitants from another dimension fled into ours to save themselves from the Great Old Ones. Or are they helping us prepare for a final devastating invasion?

A.X.E.: Starfox #1 (Marvel) – This event tie-in focuses on Starfox, obviously, and we want to see where this character thrust in the spotlight goes.

A.X.E.: X-Men #1 (Marvel) – The X-Men get their one-shot turn as judgement is given to those of Earth.

By the Horns: Dark Earth #5 (Scout Comics) – The series has been consistently a favorite of ours with its mix of fantasy and tech and its heroes quest to try to restore magic and save their land.

Dark Ride #1 (Image Comics) – We got a tease of this in Skybound X and we’re excited to find out more about this twisted theme park.

Earthdivers #1 (IDW Publishing) – A group of outcast Indigenous survivors who have discovered a time travel portal and set off to kill Christopher Columbus before he reaches the “New World”.

Golden Rage #3 (Image Comics) – It’s a Battle Royale meets Lord of the Flies type series involving older women and it’s so good.

Gotham City: Year One #1 (DC Comics) – The origin of Gotham City!

The Joker: The Man Who Stopped Laughing #1 (DC Comics) – We were surprised by the first Joker series and we want to see where this one goes.

Kaya #1 (Image Comics) – After the destruction of their village, a young girl with a magic arm and a fighting spirit is tasked with delivering her little brother to a faraway safe haven.

Mind MGMT: Bootleg #4 (Dark Horse) – The series has been the mind twist we expected and wanted and love the fact it’s expanding it’s reach beyond comics.

Miracleman #0 (Marvel) – After a lot of false starts, it looks like we’re finally getting Miracleman from Marvel?

Revolvers #1 (Image Comics) – Hampton Wales, a Detroit homicide detective, finds himself trapped in a mysterious and violent reality, only to find himself dead while attempting to solve a seemingly average and routine homicide.

Savage Avengers #6 (Marvel) – This team book is one of the most fun Marvel has been putting out and will leave you guessing as to where it’s taking readers with each issue.

Spider-Man #1 (Marvel) – A big story for the “Spider-Verse” kicks off here and we’re expecting some big things out of this.

Victory Stand: Raising My Fist for Justice (Norton Young Readers) – Olympic medalist Tommie Smith looks back through his life to the iconic moment of protest during the Mexico City Olympics.

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