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Review: Astro Hustle #1

Astro Hustle #1

Chen Andalou, the black sheep of a prominent activist family, returns after being accidentally put in cryo-stasis for sixty years. Chen, a cosmic criminal, wakes up to find his younger brother is now the President of the Galaxy. Chen does what he knows best: he steals stuff and causes a problem.

Let us not pretend you don’t think you know exactly what Astro Hustle #1 will be like before you even open the cover. A cover which looks like a 70’s or 80’s science fiction poster in the vein of Star Wars, but with a lot more pink.

With an art style reminiscent of the same era, Astro Hustle has a strange retro feel to its presentation, but there’s nothing retro about the story itself. Tom Reilly‘s art is both evocative of the space operas of yesteryears comic books and also freshly appetizing for today’s new readers. Ursula Decay brings a vivid life to the book, which is exactly what I hoped for and expected after staring at the cover before opening up the comic. visually, this is a brilliant comic; the interplanetary locations feel individual and alive while retaining visual queues that help the reader take in information regarding the story; things like cleanliness, weather and atmospheric conditions that you don’t think you notice.

Jai Nitz pens a swift escapist space crime story that should bring all your fond memories of the various pirates and space pirates and their adventures that you’ve ever read (or watched), but despite the sense of an old friend coming back to see you, this is a story that’s more than original enough to stand on its own.

There’s a rich history hidden within these pages, both of the universe and of the characters, that’s hinted at throughout the comic that’s just waiting for exposure over the course of the story (of course it could be that I missed the first series/miniseries, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t. If I did, then credit should be given for never once making me feel lost in the story).

Rarely do I read science fiction comics I enjoy as much as I have Astro Hustle. All the hallmarks of a great story is here, from the commentary about privilege, punishment and corruption for those willing and wanting a deeper story, but there’s also a flat out exciting story if you just want to be entertained.

Plus, space pirates.

Story: Jai Nitz Art: Tom Reilly
Colours: Ursula Decay Letters Crank!
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Imaginary Fiends #1

“Polly Peachpit.” Those were the words ten-year-old Brinke Calle said when she was found covered in her own blood by the woods in rural Cannon Falls, MN. Her best friend, Melba, had just attempted to murder her because a spider girl named Polly Peachpit told her to.

Since that day, Melba has spent seven years in a mental health facility. Tomorrow is her eighteenth birthday. Tomorrow, she’ll be transferred to a federal prison. Tomorrow, her real sentence will begin.

That is, until she receives a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett. Crockett explains that there is another world beyond ours, where hungry spectral aliens stalk the minds of the impressionable and weak. These things, called IMPs (Interdimensional Mental Parasites) feed on compliance. They convince hosts to do things for them, and the more they feed, the stronger they become. More IMPs stream into the world each day, invisible to everyone but his or her hosts.

After years of drugs and counseling, Polly and Melba have developed a unique relationship—and to Crockett, this relationship represents something her people can work with. In exchange for release from prison, Crockett asks Melba (and Polly) to serve as IMP hunters. For Melba, it’s a chance to prove that she’s innocent, convinced to murder by a monster…a monster she must now unleash.

Writer Tim Seeley creates a paranormal tale with Imaginary Fiends, filled with mystery, interdimensional beings, and murder. Along with the rather creepy beings, we’re also treated to disturbing nursery style rhymes in the process. Seeley does an excellent job of creating the setting and setting up the story to come with its focus on Melba and her situation in a mental hospital until she’s paid a visit and given an offer she can’t refuse.

The art by Stephen Molnar shifts as the settings shift, and things in Melba’s live go from innocence to incarceration. Molnar brings in a lighter, and brighter color scheme in Melba’s youth which contrasts with various shades of grey as she lives in the mental health facility. This shifts again as she moves into her new role. The art sets up the Melba’s mood in a way.

The first issue delivers an interesting set up that mixes together horror with a more traditional detective setting.

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Stephen Molnar Cover: Richard Pace
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ghostbusters “Answer the Call” Crew to Star in New Comic Series

Fire up your proton pack—the Ghostbusters universe is set to expand with Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, a five-issue comic book series launching in October 2017.

The members of the Ghostbusters team from Sony’s 2016 feature film were first introduced to IDW’s long-running Ghostbusters comic books line with Ghostbusters 101, in which they joined forces with the original Ghostbusters for an inter-dimensional crossover adventure. Their highly publicized comic book debut sold out upon release, and now the proton pack-wielding women are back. No longer content to share the spotlight, they are busting out into their very own comic series!

The creative forces behind this series are writer Kelly Thompson and artist Corin Howell both of whom have confronted the paranormal and lived to tell the tale, each having played in the Ghostbusters comics sandbox previously. Their rendition of the new generation of ‘busters is the next exciting addition to the ever-expanding Ghostbusters shared universe, and will serve as the perfect jumping-on point for Ghostbusters fans—old and new alike—combining the spirit of the original franchise with the spunk of the 2016 film.

In the exciting series debut, “What Dreams May Come, Part 1!,” while on a routine house call to dispose of a simple Class III spook, Abby, Patty, Erin, and Holtzmann encounter a truly terrifying Class VII that appears to be feeding on fear. Able to create illusions that prey on their greatest fears and with designs on turning the world into its own nightmare dimension (‘natch!), our ladies may have finally met their match!

Fans in need of a healthy dose of ectoplasm can look for Ghostbusters: Answer the Call #1 in stores October 2017. Corin Howell will draw the main cover, with Elsa Charretier and Valentina Pinto providing the variant covers.

Preview: Real Science Adventures: The Flying She-Devils #2

Real Science Adventures: The Flying She-Devils #2

Brian Clevinger (w) • Lo Baker (a) • Scott Wegener (c)

The Flying She-Devils get into a real adventure with science plus action! Hoo-boy! Golly-gee! Plus, the Sparrow infiltrates a top-secret Nazi weapon station. It all continues in this book!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Kickstarter Spotlight: You Are Not Alone 3

yaby Andrew Goletz

The project I’m here to write about today is Your Are Not Alone 3, the latest installment of our anti-bullying anthology aimed at younger readers who are confronted with issues like abuse, depression, homophobia, racism and violence on a daily basis. The stories themselves are filled with messages of hope and contained within the books’ chapters are resource contacts for those who feel they have no place to turn.

For more than five years, GrayHaven Comics has offered itself as a place that supports new creative voices. In those 5 years we’ve published over 70 comics and featured over 300 different creators who often got their work published for the very first time.

Our most ambitious project to date was You Are Not Alone, our anti-bullying anthology aimed at younger readers. In the Fall of 2013 I was honored to take home the award for Comic Book Creator of the Year by Geekadelphia and the Philly Geek Awards for the work done on You Are Not Alone This was followed a year later by the equally important You Are Not Alone 2.

Now the time has come to revisit these themes in a 3rd volume of You Are Not Alone.

Unlike our first two volumes where our crowdfunding was created a year before publishing, You Are Not Alone 3 is almost completed. The final stories are being lettered and the book will be ready to go to print by mid to late August. This means your rewards will arrive shortly after the successful funding of this project.

The successful funding of our previous You Are Not Alone volumes allowed us to go above and beyond where we wanted to reach an audience. It allowed us to create additional copies and the money earned help to offset printing and shipping costs which enabled us to comp copies of the book to schools and youth organizations that wanted them.

We aren’t offering a lot of ‘bells and whistles’ with this campaign, choosing to keep things simple for the most part. There are PDF and Print versions of the book. Standard and variant covers. We added a few art rewards from some talented illustrators as well as some editorial feedback rewards.

The Kickstarter campaign is in its early days but we need some help in getting the word out there. We want to be able to reach goal quickly in order to put some cool stretch goals in place. Thank you for taking the time to read this and please pledge and share the link.

 

 

 

While we’re no longer picking crowd funding projects to spotlight on our site, we’re allowing project creators to make their case for their project on our platform. We remind individuals, we don’t endorse any of these projects, and that by supporting any crowd funding project, you’re taking any risks associated with doing so. – the Management

Preview: Kids of the Round Table #2

KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE#2

Writer(s): Robert Tinnell
Artist Name(s): Brendon Fraim (p) Inker: Brian Fraim (i) Cover Artist(s): Penciler: Brendon Fraim Inker (p): Brian Fraim (i)
32 pgs./All Ages / FC
$3.99 (reg.)

Creator Robert Tinnell returns to the world of his popular film, KIDS OF THE ROUND TABLE.  Middle school student Kevin thought his vivid dreams of Merlin, Excalibur, and some of King Arthur’s most dangerous enemies were rough – but now those dreams have spilled over into reality – and brought the danger with them!  Can Kevin protect his friends with the power of the magical sword Excalibur?

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Preview: Danger Club #7

Danger Club #7

Story By: Landry Q. Walker
Art By: Eric Jones
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JAN130579
Published: February 25, 2015

All of reality has been rebooted! A new universe, and new Danger Club, once again stand at the brink of destruction. Is this a bold new direction for the critically acclaimed teenage heroes? Or is this the beginning of the end?

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Comixstravaganza Live! this Wednesday at 8pm ET/7pm CST

No Geeky Tales, just Awesome Cool Adventures!

If you love comic books, Star Wars movies, Pop Culture and general awesomeness, then you’ll LOVE Comixstravaganza Live!

Johnny Dellarocca, AKA Big Daddy Cool (Swing Magic, The Magic Cabaret, Diesel Powered Podcast, Tales From The Geek) is the host and producer of Comixstravaganza Live! He his the time-traveling, comic book-loving, Dieselpunk Prophet of Pop Culture!

Comixstravaganza also stars former “geek girls” Tina Veda and “Darth Lee” LeeAnna Player! With weekly news from the Unlockable Characters and Cosplay news with the Cosplay Collective!

PLUS weekly guests and live performance segments!

You can catch the show right here this Wednesday January 7 at 7pm CST.

West Coast Port Issues Delay IDW Releases

IDW PublishingFor those who haven’t heard, there’s been massive issues with shipping in the United States due to a labor dispute that has slowed down, and at times shut down, the Long Beach, CA ports. The problems there have affected companies who rely on it to receive material from around the world. Wizkids and Fantasy Flight Games have both seen delays to their releases due to the issue. A strike in December delayed comics from IDW Publishing, and it looks like it’s happening again.

IDW has announced that the titles that were to arrive on February 18 won’t be making it. In an announcement they said:

Due to the ongoing problems at West coast ports, our normal shipping procedures have been completely interrupted, causing unpredictable delays. Regrettably, this has resulted in all our books planned for release on 2/18 to be delayed. We’ve looked at every possible scenario to prevent this, but the situation is completely beyond our control. We are taking steps to improve this for the immediate future, but the books and products that are currently on the water cannot be re-directed. We will be updating our weekly releases and keeping you informed as the situation works toward a resolution. We understand this is not an ideal situation, and apologize for any inconvenience this causes, and look forward to things getting back to normal in ensuing weeks.

To keep things fair, they will also be delaying their digital releases that week as well.

With all the delays, which costs publishers money, you wonder if it’s finally at a point it might be cheaper to print domestically?

Catch below the jump to ge tthe full list of titles that won’t be making it to shelves.

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Preview: Supreme Blue Rose #2

Supreme Blue Rose #2

Story By: Warren Ellis
Art By: Tula Totay
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140581
Published: August 20, 2014

Diana Dane is being transported by Darius Dax in the hunt for the mysterious Ethan Crane. It’s a car ride that takes her a lot further than she expects: out into the nature of the universe itself.

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