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Preview: Blade Runner 2019 #10

Blade Runner 2019 #10

Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
Cover Artist(s): Rian Hughes (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C)

Return to the original world of Blade Runner 2019 in this perfect jumping on point for new fans! Ex-Blade Runner Ash and her charge Cleo have returned to Los Angeles, but much has changed in the years since their escape and sinister ghosts from their past are gathering! New story by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN (Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON (Supergirl)!

Blade Runner 2019 #10

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Gets a NYCC Exclusive Cover

Following the hugely successful launch of Titan Comics and Guerrilla Games brand-new series Horizon Zero Dawn, the first original comic book set in the world of the global smash-hit PlayStation game, both parties are excited to announce that an exclusive variant cover by Peach Momoko is now available to purchase as part of New York Comic Con 2020.

On top of that great news, fans will be excited to learn that this cover is actually one of a pair of connecting covers by Peach. Check out the San Diego and New York Comic-Con exclusive covers side-by-side below featuring portraits of characters from the bestselling game, Aloy and Talanah.

SDCC Variant available to pre-order from: 
US, Canada & Rest of the World
UK & EUROPE – Forbidden Planet
NYCC Variant available to pre-order from: 
US, Canada & Rest of the World
UK & EUROPE: Forbidden Planet

Titan Comics Announces Blade Runner 2029

Titan Comics and Alcon Media Group have announced the December 16, 2020, launch of Blade Runner 2029, the contin­u­a­tion of the critically acclaimed series that began with Blade Runner 2019.

Blade Runner 2029 continues the saga of the LAPD’s most lethal Blade Runner, Detective Aahna “Ash” Ashina , and features the return of the original, award-winning creative writing team of Michael Green, co-writer Mike Johnson, artist Andres Guinaldo, and colorist Marco Lesko.

Following the dramatic events of the first arc, Blade Runner 2029 sees an emotionally changed Ash back with the LAPD’s Blade Runner division and once again on the streets hunting renegade Replicants. She finds her loyalties and humanity challenged by two Replicants, one offering her salvation, the other deadly damnation.

This hotly-anticipated issue #1 is set to debut with a range of amazing variant covers to collect, including artwork by superstar artist Peach Momoko, John Wick artist Giovanni Valletta, a continuation of the iconic Syd Mead covers, plus much more!

Blade Runner 2029 #1 Peach Momoko cover

It’s Doctor Who, Time Lord Victorious #2 in October

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #2

Author(s): JODY HOUSER
Artist(s): ROBERTA INGRANATA
Cover Artist(s):
Cover A: ANDIE TONG
Cover B: PHOTO
Cover C: ALAN QUAH

A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking return of his deadliest enemies: the Daleks! But things aren’t what they seem – time is all wrong, and something is coming that terrifies even the Daleks… Part of BBC’s highly anticipated multi-platform Doctor Who epic, TIME LORD VICTORIOUS!

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #2

Preview: Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #1

DOCTOR WHO: TIME LORD VICTORIOUS #1

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
FC, 48pp, $5.99
On Sale: September 2, 2020
Cover Artists: LEE BINDING (Cover A), PRISCILLA PETRAITES (Cover B), ANDIE TONG (Cover C), DALEK METALLIC INK VARIANT / HENDRY PRASETYA (Cover D), DALEK BLUE LINE SKETCH VARIANT (Cover E)

A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking return of his deadliest enemies: the Daleks! But things aren’t what they seem – time is all wrong, and something is coming that terrifies even the Daleks… The first of two oversized issues kicking off the BBC’s highly anticipated multi-platform Doctor Who epic, Time Lord Victorious!

DOCTOR WHO: TIME LORD VICTORIOUS #1

Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #2

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #2

Writer: Anne Toole
Artist: Ann Maulina
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale: September 2, 2020
Cover Artists: Junggeun Yoon (Cover A), Game Art Wraparound (Cover B), Loish (Cover C), Artgerm B&W Variant (Cover D), Peach Momoko (FOC VARIANT)

A brand-new comic sequel story to the award-winning game by Guerrilla.
Aloy and Talanah return! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new Earth. Co-created by one of the writers of the Horizon Zero Dawn game.

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #2

Time Lord Victorious, a Thrilling New Doctor Who Adventure

From Titan Comics comes a thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor! The first of two oversized issues kicking off the multi-platform Doctor Who epic, “Time Lord Victorious“! Available at comic shops and digital platforms on September 2, 2020.

A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking return of his deadliest enemies: the Daleks! But things aren’t what they seem – time is all wrong, and something is coming that terrifies even the Daleks… The first of two oversized issues kicking off the BBC’s highly anticipated multi-platform Doctor Who epic, Time Lord Victorious!

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious is written by Jody Houser, art by Roberta Ingranata, and covers by Lee Binding, Priscilla Petraites, Andie Tong, and Hendry Prasetya.

Review: Blade Runner 2019 #9

Blade Runner 2019 #9
Blade Runner 2019 #9, Titan Comics

One of the most fascinating panels from this year’s San Diego Comic Con came from Titan ComicsBlade Runner 2019 creator roundtable. What made it so interesting, in a nutshell, is that the creators of the book agreed that what made writing Blade Runner 2019 so liberating was the fact there isn’t a long line of sequels, prequels, and trilogies to honor and reference. This isn’t Star Wars. It allowed for more creative freedom when populating the Blade Runner universe with new stories and further worldbuilding. Blade Runner 2019 #9 is a perfect example of this.

While the latest issue of the series is being presented as a new jumping on point for fans, there’s no doubt the book is aimed at readers that have been following the story since day one. I won’t spoil the story up to this point, but know that the kidnapping case that sets off the events of the entire series are still influencing the path the main character, Ash, is on.

Operating outside the legal confines of Blade Runners, Ash lands on a new problem that threatens to derail her search for answers involving old clusters of replicants hiding in old but familiar places and long lost projects coming up to the surface once more. Some of these parts of the story allow for accessibility but are still reliant on the previous developments. Not an easy jump in.

Blade Runner 2019 #9, Titan Comics

The creative team of Michael Green, Mike Johnson, and artist Andres Guinaldo do manage to keep the dark neon world of Blade Runner welcoming. In fact, Guinaldo’s work alone is enough to justify the buy. Issue #9 sees a return to the Los Angeles we’ve come to know and love from the movies and Guinaldo takes extra care to revisit classic locations with both nostalgia and new mysteries leading the way.

There’s a scene where Ash flies over the ruins of the Tyrell Corporation that’s particularly impressive due to how imposing it still manages to be regardless of its current state. Green and Johnson’s scripting put Guinaldo in a position to carry a lot of the storytelling on visuals alone. In fact, one of the things this comic does well is not overwhelm the pages with text. The comic genuinely plays to the idea that dystopic LA is its own character.

While the Phillip K. Dick sci-fi vibes are definitely present in this new story arc, I was pleasantly surprised to find a bit of horror thrown into the mix. Ash meets a group of zombie-like replicants that put their own spin on synthetic body horror, subtly but effectively. There’s the potential for even more disturbing replicant designs as the story moves forward.

The same pulp sensibilities of the previous entries and the movies is still present and it helps emphasize each small happening into a crucial and story-defining development. In a world where change comes at the cost of humanity, these things matter. Green, Johnson, and Guinaldo do a good job of capturing it all and giving it the time it deserves.

Blade Runner 2019 #9 is not as simple a jumping on point as it suggests it is, but if it inspires people to go back and read the first issues then it is hitting all the right notes. This series is a treasure trove of cyberpunk storytelling and any excuse it gives readers to explore it is a good one.

Script: Michael Green & Mike Johnson, Art: Andres Guinaldo
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5
Recommendation: Read or reread Blade Runner 2019 issues 1-8, then read #9

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Blade Runner 2019 #9

Blade Runner 2019 #9

Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
Cover Artist(s): Tommy Lee Edwards (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C), George Caltsoudas (CVR D), Tommy Lee Edwards B&W Variant (CVR E)

Return to the original world of Blade Runner 2019 in this perfect jumping on point for new fans! Ex-Blade Runner Ash and her charge Cleo return to the rain-soaked dystopic future of Los Angeles but now the hunter has become the hunted. New story by Academy award-nominated screenwriter MICHAEL GREEN (Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and co-writer MIKE JOHNSON (Supergirl)!

Blade Runner 2019 #9

Underrated: Thrud the Barbarian

This column is a rerun from late 2018. Enjoy!

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Thrud the Barbarian


Another week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” or it would be had Alex not received Carl Critchlow‘s Thrud the Barbarian  a few years  ago from the now defunct Comic Bento. Published by Titan Comics, the trade paperback collects the original Thrud the Barbarian five issue miniseries, as well as a couple of single page shorts from White Dwarf magazine, and was originally published in 2013. If you missed this when it first came out, don’t be surprised – I’m not sure it was ever released on a large scale outside Britain.

Thrud the Barbarian is what I’d consider a quintessentially British comic; it blends in equal parts the violence , chaos and destruction that one would expect from a Conan parody with the silliness and tongue in cheek humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Monty Python skit. But with a lot more smashed heads and limbs flying free of bodies. The Titan Comics collection consists of five stories that can be read independently of each other (seven if you’re counting the bonus strips), or in one go – which is what I did when rereading it recently.

Honestly, I reread it because I was reorganizing my bookcase and saw the cover again and wanted something fun, easy and not too deep or involved to read. Thrud was certainly that, and I loved every irreverent thought, every stunningly painted cover, and the computer coloured artwork. It was exactly the kind of book that I needed to read after a busy week, a book that I am glad I own, and one I am even happier that I noticed on the shelf.

Thrud2

As a fan of heroic fantasy books, I loved Critchlow’s send up of the genre; the visualization and sight gags and some brilliant punchlines across all the stories in in the collection. I loved every aspect of this book; the sound effects, the dumb-as-a-post hero just wants his beer and the cartoon-like hyper violence that ties it all together in such a lovely package.

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite books I’ve ever written about for this column, even if I did forget I owned it for a little while.

And yet, had it not been for the Bento box, I would never have heard of this book. Which is easily one of the best aspects of the online blind box subscription thingies – the introduction to new and exciting books and comics you otherwise would never have been exposed to. Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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