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The Umbrella Academy Gets Ellen Page to Star based on the Comic by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Deadline is reporting that Ellen Page will be one of the leads for The Umbrella Academy, a live-action series based on the comic series by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics. The show is set to premiere in 2018 on Netflix and is from Universal Cable Productions.

The comic series was published in 2007 and ran until 2013. Rumors of a new run have persisted over the years. Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five are a dysfunctional family of superheroes who attempt to solve the death of their father. The series takes place in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated, and primarily set in 1977.

Page will play Vanya, aka The White Violin, is the black sheep of the family and has no apparent special abilities.

This isn’t the first time Page has been involved in a live action comic adaptation. She played Kitty Pryde most recently in X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as X-Men: the Last Stand both based on the Marvel property, the X-Men.

Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose Cook Up Horror in Hungry Ghosts

Prior to San Diego Comic Con 2017, Dark Horse announced the launch titles of Karen Berger’s imprint at Dark Horse. Today, Dark Horse and Berger Books are excited to share art from the upcoming series: Hungry Ghosts!

Author, chef and Emmy award-winning television star Anthony Bourdain and acclaimed writer Joel Rose tell haunting tales of terror, irritable spirits, and horribly strange beings in Hungry Ghosts, a four-issue anthology series of interconnected tales steeped in Japanese legend. Joining them for the first issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope. Subsequent issues will feature art from Francesco Francavilla, Leonardo Manco, Paul Pope, Mateus Santolouco, and others.

Inspired by the Japanese Edo Period game Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai or 100 Candles, played by samurai warriors to test their courage, Hungry Ghosts reimagines this classic game of dread and terror as a circle of international chefs invoke modern tales of horror, terrifying yokaiyorei, and obake, all with the common thread of food—and pray that they survive the night. For the first course, with bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates gets more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.

The first issue goes on sale January 31, 2018.

Mages of Mystralia Goes from Webcomic to Print this January

Dark Horse Comics and Borealys Games conjure up the release the popular Mages of Mystralia webcomic in a new graphic novel coming to bookstores and comics shops in January 2018

Acclaimed fantasy author Ed Greenwood lent his magic to the Mages of Mystralia storyline for the game while writer Brian Clevinger and artist Carey Pietsch brought the lore from the game to the acclaimed webcomic.

The graphic novel will include concept art from the game and exciting bonus material. The game is currently available now, with the graphic novel hitting retailers in early 2018.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 10/22

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.


dept h 19.jpgChristopher

Dept H #19 (Dark Horse) Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt The story continues to merge in elements of the past, as the surviving crew arrives at the first many substations. Taking a much darker color scheme than previous issues. Creating a heavy atmosphere of desperation as the world may depend on the survival of the crew. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Joe

Batman #33 (DC) While a bit of a slow burn, I have enjoyed Tom King’s run on Batman, and this issue was no different. After the proposal was answered, we see Bruce and Selina in a far away land (I won’t spoil here), on a secret mission that has everyone more than a little worried. It’s a good set up, and a good addition to this series. Also, Joelle Jones is now on art for this arc, and it’s beautiful. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) While there is a lot of awesome art from many of the great Thor artists, and Aaron writes and sets up more pieces to something bigger, I was hoping for something more. I don’t know if that’s on my expectations, but it is issue 700, and I don’t think it should have served as a set up comic, but something bigger. That being said, it’s still enjoyable and looks great. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) Riri and Doom are both given plot threads that are sure to connect again soon. Ben still will never forgive Victor, and that makes sense. As CABLE #150for Riri, Amanda, and MJ, they have a company takeover to worry about, oh and that whole what happened to Tony business. There’s a pretty good cliffhanger at the end that sets things up nicely. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Cable #150 (Marvel) This is another nostalgic X-Book like Gold and Blue. That doesn’t mean it’s bad, I just found it to be a by the numbers, elbow nudging, hey remember this comic. We get Shatterstar, Longshot, Doop, and Cable looking into the death of an External. Brisson has done a solid job on Old Man Logan, and Iron Fist, so he’s shown he can do fun action quite well. If you’re looking for more 90s X-Force stuff, then look no further. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Logan

Batman #33 (DC) With sumptuous desert vistas and sultry glances between the newly engaged Batman and Catwoman, Joelle Jones with the help of colorist Jordie Bellaire immediately puts her mark on the Batman title. If you liked Tom King’s work with Tim Seeley on Grayson, this comic will especially make you smile as Batman and Catwoman go undercover while the Robins past and present crack wise at home about their former or current mentor’s descent into darkness. Jones has a great command over BM_Cv33_dsbody language, and King has a killer sense of self-awareness about Batman’s relationship to his “family”. Batman #33 is worth a read to see Jason, Dick, Duke, and Damian’s reaction to Bruce’s engagement alone. Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

The Wild Storm #8 (DC/WildStorm)** An issue heavy on revelations that successfully eschews feeling like an “info dump.” Warren Ellis is definitely starting to tie his disparate threads into an increasingly-seamless whole, while Jon Davis-Hunt continues to just plain kill it on art. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC)** More dull “What If—?” re-imaginings of Batman, this time with a thoroughly mediocre Batman/Aquaman mash-up script from Mr. Assembly-Line himself, Dan Abnett, and thoroughly uninspired, “New 52”- esque art from Philip Tan and Tyler Kirkham. Four dollars of your money and 15 minutes of your time that you’ll never get back. Overall: 1 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #33 (DC)** Lavish and sumptuous art from Joelle Jones that oozes atmosphere from the page is almost enough — almost — to make you overlook yet another lackluster Tom King script. The interaction between Robins then and now (and hey, we’ve got a Duke Thomas sighting!) is fun, but the Bat/Cat relationship still reads as stiff and emotionless, and the story is clearly “de-compressed” to the point of feeling hopelessly padded. Shooting a horse at the outset is decidedly un-heroic, as well. Overall: 6 LUKE CAGE #166 1Recommendation: Read — or, more specifically, look at it. 

Luke Cage #166 (Marvel)  A reasonably topical and socially-conscious script from the always-reliable David F. Walker kicks off “Caged!,” a new arc that sees our hero back inside prison walls, but Guillermo Sanna’s art is sparse on detail and even downright lazy-looking in numerous panels. The storyline seems like it has the potential to be interesting, but if a $3.99 book doesn’t look good, I can’t in good conscience recommend buying it. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

Shean

Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) In anticipation for the upcoming movie, Marvel decided to release a Prelude, which usually takes place before the upcoming movie, thus one does a different take. The reader is actually taken back before Civil War. We are dropped in the middle of T’Challa struggling with his princely duties as T’Chaka is still alive in this book and his role as the Black Panther, his first meeting with Okoye, and some Wakandans are held hostage. By book’s end, one of the hostage takers has gotten their hands on some Vibranium bullets, and T’Challa might be outgunned. Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Deadpool Vs Old Man Logan#1 (Marvel) In the debut issue of what looks to monopolize on Marvel’s most popular characters, we find our heroes in the middle of New York. Deadpool literally bumps into Old Man Logan, where a chase/fight ensues riddled with a ton of jokes. Logan is on his way to help a young mutant while Wade is trying to make money. By issue’s end, Sentinel Services shows up, and both heroes must fight their way out. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

 


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 (**).

Preview: Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Wonder Woman/Conan #2

(W) Gail Simone (A) Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan (CA) Darick Robertson
RATED T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

Diana has escaped the Cimmerian gladiator’s arena, but she’s exchanged that battleground for an equally dire fate. Now she’s chained to Conan-the warrior who refused to fight-and they’ve been sold to a pirate’s crew! When their ship founders in a storm, a leap into shark-infested waters seems like the safest course… Co-Published with Dark Horse Comics.

Preview: Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1

Story: Jeff Lemire
Art: David Rubín

Writer Jeff Lemire and artist Dean Ormston have captivated readers and critics alike with their Eisner Award-winning, creator owned superhero saga Black Hammer, which follows the forgotten champions of Spiral City long after the age of heroes has passed. This week, Dark Horse Comics expands the universe of Black Hammer with Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, written by Lemire and illustrated by artist David Rubín. The four issue mini-series reveals the secret origins of the Black Hammer’s greatest villains.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #700 (Marvel) – I am optimistic with most things that Jason Aaron touches. He has been killing it on this title, and while some are still arguing if Thor should be a female or not, I have been loving this run. Does Jane die? How does Odinson fit into this? We are into Marvel Legacy territory now, so does that mean he returns as Thor? Or is that too easy? Either way, I can’t wait to find out.

Batman #33 (DC Comics) – Tom King is just getting done with “The Proposal” and “The War of Jokes and Riddles”, and is now joined by Joelle Jones on art to start a new arc. I cannot wait to see what Jones comes up with on art, as I love her style. I also cannot wait to see where King takes us next with the Dark Knight.

Invincible Iron Man #593 (Marvel) – Bendis catches a lot of flack, and sometimes it may be warranted, but I have actually enjoyed what he has been crafting with Riri and Doom. I am pleasantly surprised that this has become one of my most anticipated titles and plots.

Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil #1 (Dark Horse) – It’s more of the Black Hammer universe, and Lemire, oh and Rubin. These are two of my favorite creators in the medium, and I can already imagine how their styles will go together, and it excites me.

Kill or Be Killed #13 (Image Comics) – I always look forward to this incredible book. Brubaker is crafting another classic, and I cannot wait to see the ending, but I also never want it to end. That is the dilemma of awesome writing.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman: The Drowned #1 (DC Comics) – DC has been knocking it out of the park with Dark Nights: Metal and these one-shots have been introducing us to these nightmarish Batmen. This one is Batman mashed up with Aquaman and the comic itself is one of the best produced yet.

Infernoct #1 (Scout Comics) – A new series from Scout Comics is always worth grabbing and this new one should be on everyone’s buy list. This horror series is one that every fan of H.P. Lovecrraft and horror should check out and it’s perfect for this Halloween season.

Kid Lobotomy #1 (IDW Publishing/Black Crown) – I’m intrigued to see what this new imprint has. I’m expecting Vertigo and we’ll see if this can meet expectations. The series is described as Kafka meets King Lear by way of Young Frankenstein and that alone has me interest.

Normandy Gold #4 (Titan Comics) – I love me some noir and this is a brutal one in a period piece setting. Grim, grimy, gritty, and so good.

The Realm #2 (Image Comics) – This series’ first issue was fantastic, a fantasy Walking Dead and I expect it to find a following like that show. It has the potential to be the next big thing in comics.

 

Shay

Top Pick: Suicide Squad Rebirth Vol. 1 (DC Comics) – All of the awesome in one collected issue. The Squad doesn’t kneel before Zod and it’s amazing!

Top Pick: Black Panther Prelude #1 (Marvel) – The becoming of Black Panther is highlighted in part one of this two part story.

Batwoman #8 (DC Comics) – The “Fear and Loathing” arc continues and the 2nd installment ramps things up to 11.

Harley Quinn #30 (DC Comics) – Who doesn’t want to VOTE HARLEY!

Deadpool vs Old Man Logan #1 (Marvel) – Bring popcorn, it’s about to get real… bloody!

Vinegar Teeth, a Lovecraftian Buddy-Cop Action Comedy in January

High-concept comics superstars Damon Gentry and Troy Nixey are back with an off-the-wall story with unforgettable art–Vinegar Teeth!

Artie Buckle is a grade ‘A’ schmuck. His excessive fondness for booze compliments his flash temper, but hold their feet to the fire, his fellow officers would agree; Artie is one helluva cop. He’s gonna need that scrap of goodwill because Brick City is under siege from its citizenry and to top it off Artie’s been saddled with the city’s newest hero as his partner; a hideous, monstrous, but completely likable, extra-dimensional being named Vinegar Teeth. Can Artie pull his head out long enough to work together with a Lovecraftian monster with a heart of gold and set Brick City back on its feet?

Strap in for a helluva ride with this epic genre mash-up of horror, humor, crime, and science fiction! You ain’t seen nothing like it!

The first issue of Vinegar Teeth (of four) is on-sale January 24, 2018.

Around the Tubes

A new week and we’re gearing up for New York Comic Con! Who’s going and what are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for the convention to start, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Broadway World – Graphic Novel-Inspired ‘CIRCLE OF BLOOD’ Will Be Shadowbox Live’s Next Original Show – Interesting. The next Fun Home?

CBR – Former Dark Horse Editor-in-Chief Scott Allie Exits Publisher – What will he take a bite out of next?

ComicMix – Marc Alan Fishman: Can I Love the Art But Not the Artist? – A very intriguing question. What do you all think?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

The Outhousers  – Infamous Iron Man #12

Talking Comics – Marvel Legacy #1

Comic Attack – War Mother #2

Review: Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2

Winter break isn’t so relaxing for the team! A creature from the dark dimension Nephos has been summoned to their town by unknown enemies. The girls also discover they aren’t the only Zodiac Starforce team–are they friend . . . or foe?

In Zodiac Starforce: Cries of the Fire Prince #2 things get complicated as Nephos paints the town red which grants Alice and her friends their powers back in the processes. There’s some nice twists and turns as the Zodiac Starforce manage to encounter him, almost defeating him. Then Nephos reveals he is more powerful then the simple dancer he claimed to be. However, with the appearance of another Zodiac Starforce near the end, I’m curious to see how it impacts the story and where this all goes. Writer Kevin Panetta has me really interested in what is up his sleeve.

The art by Paulina Ganucheau continues to be well balanced. The issue shows off the “normal” aspects of the Zodiac Starforce members’ life as they deal with family and school and then balances all of that with introducing parts of Cimmeria’s kingdom. Despite the briefness of the glimpses, you can see the influence of Arabic and Medieval culture in it. It’s impressive to be able to seamlessly blend things so unlike each other and make it all work so well.

Story: Kevin Panetta Art: Paulina Ganucheau
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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