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NYCC 2019: Stranger Things Returns with Into the Fire in January 2020

Dark Horse Comics and Netflix are expanding the world of Stranger Things in the newest Stranger Things comic series, Stranger Things: Into the Fire!

In 1984, several years after escaping Hawkins, two survivors of Dr. Brenner’s experiments seek out their lost fellow experiment, number Nine, who needs their help now more than ever.

Writer Jody Houser, line artist Ryan Kelly, inker Le Beau Underwood, colorist Triona Farrell, and letterer Nate Piekos, explore the true effects of Dr. Brenner’s meddling experiments in Stranger Things: Into the Fire.

In Stranger Things: Into the Fire, years after escaping Hawkins Lab, two of Dr. Brenner’s former subjects try to return to their live normal lives. When news reaches them that the lab was shut down they go on a harrowing search for Nine, a powerful pyrokinetic, whose shattered psyche threatens to burn them all to ashes if they can’t find her and free her from her own malevolent imagination.

The first issue of Stranger Things: Into the Fire goes on sale January 8, 2020.

Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1
Stranger Things: Into the Fire #1

NYCC 2019: Peter Milligan and Jesús Hervas Explore a Tomorrow with Only Children

Berger Books has announced an intriguing new story for 2020, Tomorrow– a five-issue comic series by critically acclaimed and legendary writer Peter Milligan, breakout artist Jesús Hervas, and dynamic colorist James Devlin.

When a Russian computer virus jumps the species barrier and wipes out most of the adult population, the world falls precariously into the hands of the next generation.  In the wake of the devastation, musical prodigy Oscar Fuentes is separated from his twin sister Cira. Without the support of each other and stranded on opposite sides of the country, they’re swept into rapidly-evolving networks of gangs. Can Oscar find his way back to Cira… or will they be lost to each other forever, in a dangerous makeshift civilization that is mercilessly replacing the past?

The first issue of Tomorrow goes on sale February 26, 2020.


Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone Reveal the Hidden Society

Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone, the team behind Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, are teaming up once more in Hidden Society. Written by Rafael Scavone and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, Hidden Society invites you to peek into a dark world behind the curtain.

Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger—where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society’s greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.

Hidden Society #1 (of four) goes on sale February 26, 2020.

Hidden Society #1

Review: Berserker Unbound #3

Berserker Unbound #3

In Berserker Unbound #3, the warrior known as the Mongrel King, trapped in a modern world with no one but a sympathetic homeless man to keep him company, finds himself confronted by new dangers and old threats from his homeland.

Berserker Unbound #3 is an odd comic. The majority of the issue revolves around the Mongrel King and a homeless man drinking at night in Central Park. Each talks to each other in a language that neither can understand. You would think that this would leave the comic a mess with little progression. The two men essentially have separate conversations with the other, making an assumption as to what the other is saying.

You’d think that this would lead to the comic taking itself in a circle. There’s an oddly endearing feeling to the two men’s dialogue. Jeff Lemire allows a natural flow to the two conversations. It does more to develop the characters than one would expect. The barbarian and the homeless man reveal their vulnerabilities to the audience and themselves. Though because of the language barrier, not to each other.

Berserker Unbound #3 rebounds from the slower pace of the previous issue as the story finds a direction. I’m not going to say “once again” because I don’t think it ever lost its direction. The direction wasn’t as obvious at the end of the second issue as it is at the end of the third. This brings me back to a point I made in last month’s review; that Jeff Lemire is one of the preeminent writers in comics. His ability to twist expectations with the way he commands a story and the dialogue used can be some of the most exciting things in a comic book – when he’s on form.

And holy shit, is he ever on form.

Mike Deodato Jr.‘s artwork captures both the feel of the Silver Age sword and sorcery comics without ever feeling dated. Put simply, this is a gorgeous book. But it’s also more than that; with the characters essentially talking to themselves for the entire issue, what we have, for all intents and purposes, is a silent issue. While the characters can’t understand each other verbally, their body language is plain as day, allowing the Mongrel King and Joe Cobb the communicate visually. Deodato Jr. is able to show his storytelling chops with a powerful scene near the climax of the comic that will hit you with an emotional gut-punch all with barely a handful of words on the page.

It’s a great sequence and one of the many joys that readers of this series will get to experience.

I thoroughly enjoyed this comic, with its mixture of fantasy and the modern world working together in a way that adds a unique twist to a well used trope. I’d expect nothing less from a writer of Lemire’s caliber.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Mike Deodato Jr. Color: Frank Martin
Story: 9.3 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided a FREE copy for review. I’ve added this to my pull list.

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dragon Age: Blue Wraith

Fans of BioWare’s hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris.

Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1

It’s the Mourning After at Blackwood

Creators Evan Dorkin, Veronica Fish, and Andy Fish bring us back to the Blackwood College campus with the new four-issue series Blackwood: The Mourning After, starting February 2020!

The continuation of the hit occult fantasy series returns to where we first left off. Blackwood College is in mourning after the death of Dean Ogden and Dennis. The students have a lot to learn about these mysterious deaths and the repercussions left behind, but while they investigate a traitor hides in their midst looking to bury the rest of the school too.

Blackwood: The Mourning After #1 (of 4) arrives February 12, 2020.

Blackwood: The Mourning After #1 (of 4)

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 9/21

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Once and Future #2 (BOOM!)– The second chapter of Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s grandson/grandma vs. King Arthur and his undead knights of the Brexit table leans more towards the action spectrum of the action adventure genre. Although, there is plenty of breathless banter as Duncan is trying to take everything in: Ladies of the Lake, swords in stone, a man slowly growing back sinew by sinew. Mora and colorist Tamra Bonvillain come in handy for that second part and really pour on the blood and guts for Arthur’s return with Gillen sneaking in there to skewer British nationalism between reminding readers that the Anglo-Saxons were once invaders of England. Once and Future #2 is a thrilling read with two compelling lead characters and one hell of a Big Bad in development (Hint: not Arthur). Also, it has a nice cliffhanger in the classic adventure tradition. Overall: 9 Verdict: Buy

Steeple #1 (Dark Horse)– John Allison writes and draws comedic gold in Steeple #1, which is like Father Ted (But Cornish and Anglican) meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The bright eyed and bushy tailed Billie has come to Tredregyn, Cornwall to help their nocturnal, alcoholic, and covered in bruises parish priest. But then her car blows up and sets up Allison’s comedy of errors with a side of monster fighting. Allison’s cartooning is simple, yet utterly hilarious, and he crafts a weird world of empty tourist houses and a potential not so friendly rivalry between the Church of England and Church of Satan. (The second one has leather jacket wearing motorcycle babes, but also incels.) Billie’s naivete and determination makes her a great protagonist, and I can’t wait to laugh at more funny panels and learn more about this strange world on the south end of England. Overall: 9.5 Verdict: Buy


Black Panther and the Agents Of Wakanda #1 (Marvel)– In a situation where SHIELD no longer exists, the Avengers have no way of gathering Intel. This is where Black Panther steps in and starts his dream team of superheroes. As the team still tries to find their footing, they have already ran into their first threat, leaving them desheveled. By issue’s end, the villain is revealed, leaving our heroes to doubt themselves. Overall, the story feels like it hasn’t quite gotten off the starting blocks, I am hoping the second issue shows more promise. Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Borrow

Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Crone Gets a Backup Story by Dennis Culver, Ramon Villalobos, and Christy Sawyer

Dennis Culver and Justin Greenwood‘s new series Crone just got a lot better, but only if you buy it from a comic shop! The Romero Muerte backup story will only be featured in the print edition of the comic from Dark Horse Comics.

Starting with issue two, Crone will feature an exclusive Romero Muerte backup story written by Dennis Culver, illustrated and colored by Ramon Villalobos, and lettered by Christy Sawyer! In Romero Muerte, a lone man walks across the ruined landscape of the former U.S./Mexican border. He avenges the victims of all who celebrate Hell and devastation.

Crone finds the Sword Savior and Champion of Men once known as Bloody Bliss nothing more than a reclusive old crone. When an old enemy returns, Bliss is once more needed to save the Three Kingdoms. But does she have the strength to answer the call?

The first issue of Crone goes on sale November 6, 2019, and is available now for pre-order at your local comic shop. Fans can pick up Crone #2, with the first chapter of Romero Muerte, on December 4, 2019 only at comic shops.


Alien and Predator Clash Again in Thicker Than Blood

Starting this December, a terrifying new series will once again pit the iconic Aliens and Predators against each other. From Dark Horse Comics comes Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood, written by Jeremy Barlow, illustrated by Doug Wheatly, and lettered by Michael Heisler, with the cover illustrated by Chun Lo

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood kicks off when Predators board a luxury charter spaceship, unleashing a path of terror and bloodshed. An adolescent girl and her younger “brother” are the last to survive and begin a cat-and-mouse chase with the attackers. They hope for an escape, but they haven’t counted on the Alien . . .

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #1 (of four) goes on sale December 11, 2019.

Alien vs. Predator: Thicker Than Blood #1
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