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Altered Carbon to Get Original Comic Books at Dynamite

Author Richard K. Morgan will bring Altered Carbon, the Philip K. Dick Award-winning novel published by Gollancz in the UK and soon to be adapted as a Netflix television series, to Dynamite Entertainment with all-new, in-continuity stories, exclusively available in the comic book and graphic novel formats.

Altered Carbon takes place four hundred years from now, when mankind is strung out across a region of interstellar space inherited from an ancient civilization discovered on Mars. The colonies are linked together by the occasional sublight colony ship voyages and hyperspatial data-casting. Human consciousness is digitally freighted between the stars and downloaded into bodies as a matter of course. But some things never change. So when ex-envoy, now-convict Takeshi Kovacs has his consciousness and skills downloaded into the body of a nicotine-addicted ex-cop and presented with a catch-22 offer, he really shouldn’t be surprised. Contracted by a billionaire to discover who murdered his last body, Kovacs is drawn into a terrifying conspiracy that stretches across known space and to the very top of society.

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 7/22

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.

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RoyalCity_05-1Royal City #5 (Image)** – Jeff Lemire wraps up the first story arc of his long-form series with an issue that’s an almost unconscionably quick read given its $3.99 cover price, but the biggest blunder comes with the poorly-executed and clumsy double-cliffhanger, which actually serves up the most surprising revelation first and then follows it up with one that you already saw coming. Still, the art’s lush and beautiful, and the story at least moves all the major plotlines forward. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Winnebago Graveyard #2 (Image)** – The second issue of Steve Niles and Alison Sampson’s fast-moving homage to ’70s cult horror is every bit as masterful an evocation of its various “source materials” as was the first, and while you can predict every beat in the story, who are we kidding? That’s a big part of the charm here. Granted, as sparse as the script is chances are this thing should simply have been released as a 64-page special (or, if you absolutely must pump the public for cash, a graphic novel), but Sampson’s art is so flabbergastingly gorgeous that I’m more than happy to shell out for bucks a pop for it in singles. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

 Jimmy’s Bastards #2 (Aftershock)** – Garth Ennis and Russ Braun are the definition of a “known quantity” creative team at this point, and if you like their brand of irreverent, bordering-on-sick-and-wrong humor and cartoonishly exaggerated, but still very much grounded in reality, illustration, odds are you’ll get a kick out of this story about a James Bond stand-in being hunted down by his literally hundreds of illegitimate kids. Personally, I do like it, and so I’m having all kinds of guilty-pleasure fun here, especially since this issue kick-starts the plot into gear much better than the first did. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Batman #27 (DC)** – It seems pretty early on for “The War Of Jokes And Riddles” to need an “interlude,” as this issue bills itself as being, but whaddya know — once again Tom King shows that his stand-alone stories in this series are so much better than his long-form “arcs.” The origin of Kite-Man is far from the joke one would expect, and King deftly handles some very sensitive and tragic subject matter with genuine skill and compassion — and that double-splash with The Joker saying “good grief” is the biggest laugh we’ve gotten from any Batman book in decades. Fill-in artist Clay Mann, for his part, does a pretty nice job with a style of illustration that falls somewhere in between that of the the series’ two regulars, David Finch and Mikel Janin. All in all a great read that’s nice to look at. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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IHateFairyland_14-1 I Hate Fairyland #14 (Image)** – Skottie Young is back on story and art, sending Gert into the labyrinth of Loveth Lovelord to retrieve the Balls of Redemption. If she succeeds (naturally, defeating the dragon at the centre), she gets her wish to become good. If she fails, she marries the creeptastic LL. Along the way, she also makes any number of marriage deals and indeed faces a dragon. This issue just clocks along with a cocky skip in its step and is great, sour-candy fun. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Lazarus X+66 #1 (Image)** – This is the first in what I take to be a series of standalone issues that explore Greg Rucka’s very complex world. Good idea! In this story, Rucka and artist Steve Lieber deliver the story of Casey Solomon’s training to be an ultra-elite Dagger. It’s a very solid basic training story, and Lieber does a great job on the art, but if you didn’t know it existed in the Lazarusverse, you would think it was taking place in today’s mundane reality. In that sense, although it adds a bit to Casey’s story, it doesn’t follow through on the promise of exploring and expanding the world. Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Bitch Planet Triple Feature #2 (Image)** – As I thought, the second issue of this anthology feature finds its feet: as Kelly Sue DeConnick points out, the tone is not “mercilessly bleak” but ROBOCOP. And I will always buy that for a dollar. Real quick: Che Grayson and Sharon Lee De La Cruz bring us the “Miss Tween Neck Competition” – but what price victory? And what other very precise anatomical competitions are also going on?… In “This is Good for You,” Danielle Henderson, Ro Stein and Ted Brandt make a very sharp link between “self-care,” “family values,” and “compliance.” And anchoring the pack, Jordan Clark and Naomi Franquiz’ “What’s Love Got To Do With it” brings us the story of Amaya, a nurse who, upon turning 30, needs to avoid the Old Maid Tax, receiving for her birthday a literal Biological Clock. This issue is the one you’ve been looking for, Kelly Sue. Overall: 6.5, 8, and 9. Recommendation: Buy

 Bettie Page #1 (Dynamite)** – The premise is that we are reading the secret diary of Bettie Page, who in 1951, in exchange for a lift to Hollywood, became a federal agent. Writer David Avallone gives us a tough-as-nails, sharp-as-a-tack Bettie, and Colton Worley nicely captures her look. But otherwise, it’s a bog-standard story of a secret cult plot that takes way too long to develop and does not otherwise require the presence of its protagonist. When you have an iconic character on your hands, I think you can do a lot more with it. Mostly it made me want to go back and watch Mary Harron’s excellent Notorious Bettie Page. Well-made and professional but missing heart and spark. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read 

 

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 (**).

Dynamite Announces a Second Shadow/Batman Cross-Over Event

Batman and The Shadow, two of comics’ most iconic characters, will again join forces to save the world this October as Dynamite Entertainment, DC Entertainment, and Conde Nast partner for a brand new, six-issue crossover event that will unite history’s most well-known vigilantes as they confront the World’s Greatest Evil! Writer Steve Orlando and artist Giovanni Timpano will team to tell this instantly classic tale of noir, mortality and generational heroes and villains, set to hit stores October 4th!

The World’s Greatest Mystery. The World’s Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World’s Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world’s most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries, attached to its heart. Can Batman and the Shadow save the world without killing it in the process?

Shadow/Batman is not the first time these iconic characters will join forces, as The Shadow appeared in two issues of Batman’s regular monthly comic in 1973 and 1974. Most recently, DC Entertainment, Conde Nast, and Dynamite Entertainment partnered in April 2017 to publish Batman/The Shadow, a six-issue mini-series from creators Scott Snyder, Steve Orlando and Riley Rossmo. The series, which has since been met with wide critical acclaim, is the thematic prequel to Dynamite’s new Shadow/Batman series.

Preview: Charmed #5

Charmed #5

writer: Erica Schultz
artist: Maria Sanapo
covers: Joe Corroney (a), Maria Sanapo (b), Paige Photo Cover (c)
incentive covers: Maria Sanapo (B/W art), Joe Corroney (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

…A THOUSAND DEATHS

The final showdown! With the Power of Three broken, how will the sisters defeat Djall and prevent the Underworld from taking over our world? The Halliwell sisters still have a trick up their sleeves.

Preview: Animal Jam #2

Animal Jam #2

writer: Fernando Ruiz, Eric Esquivel
artist: Fernando Ruiz
covers: Fernando Ruiz (a), Tony Fleecs (b), Coloring Book Variant (c)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • All Ages

The all-ages action continues in Animal Jam #2, the second issue of Dynamite Entertainment’s WILDEST new sensation– based on the MASSIVELY popular video game by National Geographic and WildWorks (with over 70 million players worldwide)!

Preview: Z Nation #4

Z Nation #4

writers: Craig Engler, Fred Van Lente
artist: Edu Menna
covers: Denis Medri (a), Lucio Parrillo (b), Photo Cover (c)
incentive covers: Denis Medri (“virgin art”), Lucio Parrillo (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Z Nation: Sea of Death – Part 4! Specialist Israel Johnson and Private Edie Cutter learn the disturbing truth about what really powers the cruise ship Empress of the Seas, even as they inadvertently trigger a mutiny.

Sea of Death is a prequel set in the world of Syfy’s hit zombie series Z Nation, produced by The Asylum. Featuring Z Nation’s signature blend of horror, humor and heart, Sea of Death is a six-issue miniseries from acclaimed writer Fred Van Lente (Marvel Zombies, G.I. Joe) and Craig Engler, based on the long running series Z Nation created by Karl Schaefer and Craig Engler.

Preview: Magnus #2

Magnus #2

writers: Kyle Higgins (main), Chuck Wendig (Turok bonus story)
artists: Jorge Fornés (main), Álvaro Sarraseca (Turok bonus story)
covers: Giuseppe Camuncoli (a), Jorge Fornés (b)
incentive covers: Giuseppe Camuncoli (B/W art), Jorge Fornés (B/W art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

In the aftermath of a high-profile murder committed by an artificial intelligence, psychologist Kerri Magnus has been tasked by the authorities to play bounty hunter and bringing the rogue AI to justice. But inside the AI’s virtual world, nothing is quite as it seems – and she risks losing her very sanity the longer she stays inside of it…

BONUS TUROK STORY: The thrilling conclusion! Turok finally receives the crucial information he needs, and makes his move to escape the clutches of Railtown – but standing in the way of freedom is an army! Now Turok must FIGHT his way to freedom!

Dynamite Signs the License for Elvira

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that Elvira, Mistress of the Dark – the beloved horror icon brought to (after)life by actress Cassandra Peterson – will join their line of licensed pop culture properties courtesy of a new licensing agreement with Queen “B” Productions and DevlinAgency. The publisher will develop and manufacture a wide variety of product categories including comic books, trading cards, posters, lithographs, card games, and board games.

With her signature blend of sex appeal, fearlessness, sarcasm, and smarts, Elvira rose to stardom in 1981 as the nationally syndicated hostess of Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Her distinct personality a hit with audiences everywhere, she evolved quickly into a cultural icon and film star (including two motion pictures, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills). Becoming a universally recognized brand, Elvira is a hallmark of Halloween costumes, action figures, pinball machines, Halloween decor, model kits, calendars, perfume, and dolls, and over the course of thirty-plus years, has served as a spokesperson for global brands including Coors and Pepsi.

Preview: Bettie Page #1

Bettie Page #1

writer: David Avallone
artist: Colton Worley
covers: Terry Dodson (a), Joseph Michael Linsner (b), Scott Chantler (c), Photo Variant (color) (c), Photo Variant (B/W) (c)
subscription cover: Colton Worley
incentive covers: Terry Dodson (B/W art), Joseph Michael Linsner (“virgin art”), Terry Dodson (“virgin art”), Scott Chantler (B/W art), Terry Dodson (“red hot” line art)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

She’s more modest than Ms. Blaise, but peels more than Ms. Emma. She out-vamps Vampirella, but she’s sweeter than Honey West. She put the mod in model, and the bangs in bang-bang. Now the world can know the truth: her classified adventures back in 1951 Hollywood have been declassified. Dynamite, David Avallone and Colton Worley are proud to present The Secret Diary of Bettie Page, in handy comic book form.

Preview: James Bond: Kill Chain #1

James Bond: Kill Chain #1

writer: Andy Diggle
artist: Luca Casalanguida
covers: Greg Smallwood (a), Juan Doe (b), Luca Casalanguida (c)
incentive covers: Greg Smallwood (“virgin art”t), Luca Casalanguida (B/W art), Juan Doe (“virgin art”)
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FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

When a counterespionage operation in Rotterdam goes catastrophically wrong, James Bond finds himself in the crosshairs of a plot to smash NATO.

Someone is assassinating allied agents, and 007 is the next target in the kill chain. Having kept the peace for decades, the old alliance is collapsing, pitting MI6 against its former ally – the CIA! Dynamite Entertainment proudly presents the return of writer Andy Diggle (James Bond: Hammerhead, The Losers, Green Arrow: Year One) and artist Luca Casalanguida (James Bond: Hammerhead) as they plot the return of James Bond’s oldest and deadliest foe: SMERSH!

 

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