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Review: Pretty Violent #1

Pretty Violent #1

Some comics just live up to their title and Pretty Violent #1 is one of those. Created by Derek Hunter and written by Hunter and Jason Young, the story is about Gamma Rae, a hero wannabe. She’s had powers since she was young and can’t quite get the hero part down.

In her attempts, we get decapitations, spines ripped out, people being squashed. It’s over the top violence with a cartoonlike spin to it all. Hunter also provides art with Spencer Holt on the colors. It all feels a bit like Skottie Young’s style with a mix of cute and violent.

Pretty Violent #1 is one of those comics you sit back and enjoy the read. None of the characters are likable, it’s the reactions that are the draw. The crowd’s comments. The battles. The violence. It all comes together for a Looney Tunes like cacophony of violence.

Part of the enjoyment is the art which feels more PowderPuff Girls than anything else. It’s cute and harmless until a spine is ripped out or the first “fuck” is dropped. The cute adds to the humor of it all.

There, of course, is a twist and that has me coming back as it makes the comic more than just swearing and violence. If you want your superheroes a little less serious and a lot more violent, this is one to definitely check out.

Story: Derek Hunter, Jason Young Art: Derek Hunter
Color: Spencer Holt
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Transformers '84 #0

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 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 Wednesday.

Bad Reception #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a celebrity wedding with no cellphones and no wifi and someone’s killing the guests. The concept sounds like entertaining slasher horror and we’re excited to check it out.

Criminal #7 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics on the market. Amazing writing and amazing art and consistently good. If you’re a fan of crime stories, this is a must and even if you’re not, check it out for the execution.

Excellence #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new take on modern-day wizards, the series gets better with every issue.

The Goon #4

The Goon #4 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun comics out there. It’s a comedic horror Popeye (these are all good things) that mixes some action and punching with a good dose of humor.

Powers of X #3 (Marvel) – We’re halfway through this volume of Jonathan Hickman’s reinvention of the X-Men and the ideas are out there and keep coming.

Pretty Violent #1 (Image Comics) – Gamma Rae wants to be a superhero and has had powers since she was a baby. The problem is, her siblings are notorious hero-murdering criminals. The comic sounds like an over the top superhero comedy and we’re here for it.

Springtime in Chernobyl (IDW Publishing) – Emmanuel Lepage chronicles his trip to Chernobyl in 2008 in this graphic memoir.

Strayed #1 (Dark Horse) – A military-industrial complex reigns over humanity and destroys alien worlds. The galaxy’s only hope is in an astral-projecting cat and its owner. This sounds like exactly what sci-fi is about, entertainment and reflecting on socio/political issues.

Superman: Year One #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s take on Superman’s origin was interesting and exceeded our expectations so we’re excited to see if the second issue can deliver too.

Transformers ’84 #0 (IDW Publishing) – Celebrating 35 years of Transformers, the issue is a prequel to the original comic series. Yeah, our inner child is squealing over this one.

It’s Superpowered Teen Rebels in Heart Attack

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced an all-new, action-packed series by Shawn Kittelsen and Eric ZawadzkiHeart Attack — which will launch this November. 

In Heart Attack, gene therapy has saved Americans from disease—only to give birth to Variants: people with powers so unique, the government denies their human rights. But a rebellion has begun… Charlie North is on the run from the police when he crosses paths with Jill Kearney. Instant attraction becomes mass destruction when they unlock powers neither knew they had. Now, the question isn’t how to use them—but how far they’re willing to go.

Superpowers and teenage romance ignite in this electric, original new offering from Skybound Entertainment. 

Heart Attack #1 (Diamond Code SEP190037) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20.

Heart Attack #1

Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs’ Reaver #2 Gets a 2nd Printing

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that Reaver #2 by Justin Jordan and Rebekah Isaacs is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the growing demand for the hot new series. 

The continent of Madaras once promised a new start for settlers, but 200 years after its discovery, the war rages on. Deep within this savage and untamed land, a darkness builds at that must be stopped at all costs.

To do so, the Imperials assemble six of its most despicable prisoners—a turncoat, a skin eater, a sorcerer and his bodyguard, a serial killer, and the Devil’s Son—the only ones who can stop the end of the new world. They are Hell’s Half-Dozen.

In Reaver #2, Hell’s Half-Dozen’s suicide mission to the Anvil leads them straight through Rael territory, home to the many nations of skin eaters. Five of these dangerous convicts are prepared to fight for their freedom—but which one is working on a secret agenda of their own?

Reaver #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUL198216) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 19.

Reaver #2, second printing

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Trees Returns with “Three Fates” this September

Image Comics has revealed interior pages from the upcoming return of bestselling science-fiction series, Trees, by Warren Ellis and Jason Howard and in stores this September. 

The five-issue story arc, “Three Fates“, is set in the remote Russian village of Toska. There’s a dead body by the leg of the Tree that landed eleven years ago. Police sergeant Klara Voranova, still haunted by that day, has no idea how this murder will change everything—nor what awaits her in the Tree’s shadow.

Trees: Three Fates #1 (Diamond Code JUL190094) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 19.

Trees: Three Fates #1

Todd McFarlane’s Spawn #300 Covers are Revealed

Image Comics has finally revealed the highly anticipated Todd McFarlane covers for the upcoming milestone Spawn #300 issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of Spawn. 

The record-setting Spawn #300 hits stores on Wednesday, September 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 12. 

  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190014
  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190015
  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO – Diamond Code JUN190016
  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN – Diamond Code JUN190017
  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190018
  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE – Diamond Code JUN190019
  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL – Diamond Code JUN190020
  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPEÑA – Diamond Code JUN190021
  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER – Diamond Code JUN190022
  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE – JUN190023
  • SPAWN #300 CVR K 25 COPY (limited) CAPULLO & MCFARLANE VIRGIN – JUN190024
  • SPAWN #300 CVR L 50 COPY (limited) MCFARLANE  VIRGIN – JUN190025
  • SPAWN #300 CVR M CAMPBELL VIRGIN – JUN199041
  • SPAWN #300 CVR N CAMPBELL B&W – JUN199042
  • SPAWN #300 CVR O OPEÑA VIRGIN – JUN199043
  • SPAWN #300 CVR P OPEÑA B&W – JUN199044
  • SPAWN #300 CVR Q BLANK SKETCH CVR – JUN199116
  • SPAWN #300 CVR R NYCC EXCLUSIVE

Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into historic Spawn #300 and record-breaking Spawn #301 when Spawn becomes the longest-running creator-owned comic in the world.

SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190014
SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190015

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 Features Becky Cloonan, Gerry Duggan, Kim-Joy, Jock, Tula Lotay, and more!

Image Comics have announced this year’s forthcoming Thought Bubble Anthology 2019, which will hit stores this October. 

It will feature contributions from such creators as Becky Cloonan, Gerry Duggan, Abigail Jill Harding, Lee Garbett, Benji Goldsmith, Jock, Daniel Warren Johnson, Kim-joy (The Great British Bake Off finalist), Tula Lotay, Mildred Louis, Pernille Ørum & Luke Pearson (creator of the Netflix show Hilda), and cover artwork by Helen Mingjue Chen.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 is part of the United Kingdom’s Thought Bubble Festival, which takes place in Yorkshire, Northern England from November 4-10, 2019. All profits from this comic go to Barnardo’s, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 (Diamond Code AUG190062) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 9.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019

Sonata #2 and Sonata #3 Sell Out and Head Back to Print

Image Comics and Shadowline have announced that both Sonata #2 and Sonata #3 — by critically acclaimed writer David Hine and artist Brian Haberlin — are being rushed back to print in order to keep up with the growing demand for the action-packed, steampunk fantasy series. 

In Sonata, Sonata travels through a hidden underworld where she discovers impossible science, a giant killer bird, and a young man named Pau, who sees himself as her knight in shining armor. He is also the son of the rival Tayan leader, which makes them deadly enemies.

The buzz for this hot new series coincides with excitement for the creative team’s other forthcoming collaboration, The Marked, which will launch from Image and Shadowline this October. 

The Marked may look like a group of cool young influencers, but beneath the designer clothes, their bodies are tattooed with the magical glyphs of an ancient order that secretly protects the world against evil forces. With no new occult threats, The Marked use their tattooed powers solely for the pursuit of pleasure until a young woman called Liza creates a dangerous new form of Hybrid Sorcery. 

Sonata #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUL198214) and Sonata #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUL198215) will both hit stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 19. 

The Marked #1 Cover A (Diamond Code AUG190025) and The Marked #1 Cover B (Diamond Code AUG190026) will both hit stores on Wednesday, October 16. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, September 23.

Sonata #2, second printing
Sonata #3, second printing
The Marked #1

Curt Pires, Tony Pires, and Alex Diotto Explore Hope and Loss in Olympia

Image Comics has announced an all-new miniseries by Curt Pires, his father, Tony Pires, and artist Alex DiottoOlympia, which will launch this November. 

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through… something evil followed him.

A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia is also a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe (Diamond Code SEP190047) and Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond Code SEP190048) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe
Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward

Jason Shawn Alexander Teams with Rodney Barnes for a New Vampire Horror Series, Killadelphia

Image Comics has announced an all-new, skin-crawling series by writer Rodney Barnes and artist Jason Shawn AlexanderKilladelphia—which will launch this November.

In the announcement, Barnes said:

I wanted to tell a story about people who have fallen through the cracks of society. Those who dream the American dream but do so from the back of the line. That is until now. Can they who have been shown little mercy themselves be merciful? We shall soon see. I can’t say enough about Jason Shawn Alexander’s art, which beautifully captures the mood and tone of an American city under siege. And I’m excited for all to experience the horrors which lurk in the alleys and low places of a town we call Killadelphia.

When a small-town beat cop comes home to bury his murdered father—the revered Philadelphia detective James Sangster Sr.—he begins to unravel a mystery that leads him down a path of horrors that will shake his beliefs to their core. The city that was once the symbol of liberty and freedom has fallen prey to corruption, poverty, unemployment, brutality… and vampires. Welcome to KILLADELPHIA.

Alexander added

Killadelphia has a human element that I don’t often get to see in the horror genre, and rarely get a chance to portray. The story, at times, has me at the edge of my seat and at others, leaves me with a lump in my throat. One gets the feeling you’re reading about real people with real lives in an extraordinarily frightening situation. Luis NCT and my part, at this point, is to bring the art to the level of Rodney Barnes’ emotive words. I think the audience, and myself, have an amazing ride ahead of us.

Killadelphia #1 Cover A by Jason Shawn Alexander (Diamond Code SEP190042) and Killadelphia #1 Cover B “Black Friday Variant” by Francesco Mattina (Diamond Code SEP190043) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 27.

Killadelphia #1
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