Dynamite Entertainment continues to bring some of the best and freshest comic book projects originating at Kickstarter to print with the news that Blood Brothers, the supernatural pulp sensation by Fabian Rangel Jr. and Javier Caba, will be serialized beginning this coming June!
Diego and Gabriel Soliz are two unusual brothers just trying to do their job in an even more unusual hometown. What’s their job? They’re detectives in a city populated by creatures from mythology and fantasy. When an Aztec skull is stolen from the museum, the Blood Brothers are assigned to the case! Blood Brothers is a pulp-influenced supernatural tale with elements of fantasy, taking place in a world where the border between reality and mythology has been broken.
Blood Brothers is slated for release in June.
Writer Anthony Del Col brings noir style pulp comic book to Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys – The Big Lie. The comic starts off “The Big Lie” story arc in a police station where the Hardy Boys are being interrogated separately about the murder of their father after his dismissal from the police force and arrest for corruption. There’s something to be said about a good dose of nostalgia and a decent throwback murder mystery calling you back to your childhood and teen years and, that’s just what this comic book provides. There’s nothing fancy and not a wow moment in sight, just a well written and by the numbers mystery but, that’s nit a bad thing. The Big Lie seems to have a few cards up its sleeve and a couple of surprises in store that might just take the old school fan on a nice jog through memory lane.
Artist Werther Dell’Edera keeps his art simple and 1930’s old school in this issue, lots of dots and pop art inspired frames. The faces are simple , art is crude but, in an old school way. The lines are deliberate, the shadows are intense and the lack of detail gives fans of the old books a sense of nostalgia. The color palette is muted and basic keeping the focus on the story itself and not the art , somehow this frenetic style adds a bit of chaos into the mix and keeps the easer a bit off balance because of its simplicity and unwillingness to give off any clues outside of what the writer shares with us. You know from the shadows that this is a dark story but, the art itself keeps you in the dark.
This isn’t a comic that you’d pick up if you weren’t into Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys before coming across it, unless you’re into pulp comics and/or mystery comics but, that doesn’t mean it’s not worth a read. This issue lays solid groundwork for what could be an interesting arc that’s right in line with the source material. It’s a murder mystery , through and through and fans of that style and genre who just want a good dark read will be checking this out in droves. The writing is solid and the story seems pretty planned out, if you can adjust your eyes for the art, if you’re the type that’s into more stylized art work, then you’re in for a surprise treat.
It’s not an extraordinary comic book but, it serves its purpose and does what it’s supposed to do. It’s entertaining and interesting enough to make you want to see what happens next. Truth be told, not everything needs to be fast paced and in your face, sometimes just being different and well written is enough to warrant some praise.
Story: Anthony Del Col Art : Werther Dell’Edera
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read
Dynamite Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Dynamite Entertainment is launching Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness, an all-new series in the popular comic book franchise based on the 1992 cult favorite film, with a #0 issue at the introductory retail price of only $0.99. This great value, billed as “S-Mart Special Pricing” as a in-joke to hardcore AOD enthusiasts, will welcome new fans as the perfect comic book “impulse buy”. The opening chapter in the latest Army of Darkness epic comes courtesy of the red-hot writing team of Chad Bowers and Chris Sims, along with artist Mauro Vargas.
For 25 years, Ash Williams has been waging a war in film and comics against the Army of Darkness. Now, Dynamite Entertainment is proud to present the next thrilling chapter, kicking off in this special prelude! Ash may be the Chosen One, but that doesn’t mean he can hold down a steady job at S-Mart. When he’s scrambling for employment, will he find himself once again thrown into battle against the Deadites? Here’s a hint: The book ain’t called Ash: The Guy With A Regular Job Who Doesn’t Battle Against The Forces of Evil.
The 99-cent debut issue of Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness features a cover by superstar artist Nick Bradshaw. Five variant editions are available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue with stocking thresholds. These variant editions include three “Sneak Peek” editions by Reilly Brown, series artist Mauro Vargas, and Pasquale Qualano; a “Blood Red” Line Art cover edition by the aforementioned Nick Bradshaw; and a J. Scott Campbell “13th Anniversary Flashback” cover edition, re-presenting the very first Army of Darkness comic book cover when Dynamite launched its flagship title in 2004.
Ash Vs. The Army of Darkness is slated for release in June.
Dynamite Entertainment has announced an exclusive partnership with Electric Entertainment to develop the hit television series The Librarians into an all-new series of comics and graphic novels!
Based on TNT’s hit movie franchise of the same name, The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library, dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT’s Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Harlan Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world’s mystical treasures, with Emmy winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle, who originated the role of Flynn Carsen, one of the longest-surviving librarians in the mythology created in TNT’s hit movie trilogy, has recurred throughout the series and continues to serve as an executive producer.
The Librarians first aired on TNT and burst onto the scene with a chart-topping launch in 2014. It went on to finish the year as the #2 new series on basic cable. The show’s success has prompted TNT to order an additional 12 new episodes for the fourth season, which is slated to launch later this year.
Look for further news on the release date and creative team in the coming months, with the fourth season of the series to premiere later this year!
Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Magnus, the comic book series with futuristic action and cybernetic intrigue, returns with an all-new interpretation of the character courtesy of writer Kyle Higgins and artist Jorge Fornés. With a debut issue set for release in June, Magnus #1 includes a bonus Turok back-up story by Chuck Wendig and Álvaro Sarraseca, a continuation of the serial in the Magnus sister title, The Sovereigns.
The all-new Magnus takes the famous Philip K. Dick question and turns it on its side: Do humans dream of owning electric sheep? Artificial intelligences, rather than becoming our overlords, have settled into an uneasy symbiosis with humanity – they work for us as our colleagues and servants, earning vacation-time they spend in a boundless digital universe running on human-maintained server farms. But not all A.I.s are cool with the deal. Enter Magnus, a human psychologist tasked with navigating both worlds in order to bring recalcitrant AIs back into productive society…
The debut issue of Magnus features a wide selection of cover variants, providing fans and retailers with the freedom of choice! The cover artwork features the talents of Giuseppe Camuncoli, interior artist Jorge Fornés, Aaron Conley, and Daniel Warren Johnson. Five limited variant editions in “Black & White” and “Virgin Art” formats are also available as retailer incentives for comic shops that support the launch issue by achieving stocking thresholds.
Magnus #1 is slated for release in June.
Army of Darkness/Xena #6
writer: Scott Lobdell
artist: Diego Galindo, Igor Lima
incentive cover: Moritat (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Ash met Xena the Newborn! Pirate Xena hired Ash as her first mate! They even fought Nazi Deadites to keep America safe in the final days of World War II! Now all these eclectic encounters have brought them together to battle a threat as old as Mankind in a battle at the end of time! Don’t miss the pulse-pounding, warrior-princessing, boom-sticking conclusion to “Forever… And A Day!”
Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemaker #2
writer | artist | cover: Francesco Francavilla
incentive cover: Francesco Francavilla (“virgin” art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
It started like a very ordinary investigative case for the Spirit, but just when he seemed to have it all figured out, the tale took an unexpected turn to reveal a larger criminal plan at work. Will Danny Colt find a way out or will this end up with a BANG?
Eisner winner Francesco Francavilla continues building a web of intrigue around our hero in this chilling second chapter.
The Great Divide #6
writer: Ben Fisher
artist: Adam Markiewicz
covers: Adam Markiewicz (a), Adam Markiewicz “Homage Cover” (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature
The shocking conclusion to what critics have called a “flat out impressive” series that “rewrites apocalyptic standards.” The secrets of the Divide have been revealed, but at great personal cost. In the face of certain death and against impossible odds, can Paul and Maria save each other – and, just maybe, the world?
writer: Amy Chu
artist: Kewber Baal
covers: Lucio Parrillo (a),
Charles Wilson III (b), Photo Cover (c)
incentive covers: Lucio Parrillo (“virgin” art), Charles Wilson III (“virgin” art), Photo cover (“virgin art”)
Order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
Blackwell’s big secret is out. The twins discover what it means to be heroes. But are they too late to save the world they know?
James Bond: Felix Leiter #3
writer: James Robinson
artist: Aaron Campbell
cover: Mike Perkins
incentive cover: Mike Perkins (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
In the aftermath of a major terrorist attack in Tokyo by an Aum Shinrikyo-like cult, Felix Leiter finds himself unwittingly drawn into the investigation. And under the oversight of Tiger Tanaka—the Japanese James Bond—and with a squad of Tanaka’s elite operatives, Leiter himself helps to bring down the cult’s leader! But now it’s up to Leiter and Tanaka to work desperately against the clock: they must discover the secret of the cultist’s deadly bio-weapon – especially if they’re going to try and avert another terrorist attack!