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The Thistleburn is Unveiled in Your First Look at Eat The Rich #4

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Eat The Rich #4, the next issue in a chilling new original five-issue comic book series from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey with artist Pius Bak, colorist Roman Titov, and letterer Cardinal Rae, about the unspeakable horrors lying in wait behind the idyllic lives of the one percent, available on November 17, 2021.

Even as Joey struggles to make sense of everything she’s seen, what role her beloved Astor has in it, and what it means for her relationship with him, Crestfall Bluffs is a flurry of activity preparing for the Thistleburn Unveiling Gala Party. When Joey intervenes in a situation she doesn’t fully understand, it will bring everything to a head in the most unexpected way! 

Eat the Rich #4 features main cover art by famed illustrator Kevin Tong and variant covers by acclaimed artists Becca Carey, and Corin Howell.

Eat the Rich #4

Preview: Deadbox #1

Deadbox #1

Writer: Mark Russell 
Artist: Benjamin Tiesma
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover BBenjamin Tiesma
Cover B: Corin Howell
On Sale: 9/8/2021

You are what you watch.

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Deadbox #1

Preview: Deadbox #1

Deadbox #1

Writer: Mark Russell 
Artist: Benjamin Tiesma
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover BBenjamin Tiesma
Cover B: Corin Howell
On Sale: 9/8/2021

You are what you watch.

Welcome to the town of Lost Turkey, where the main source of entertainment is a cursed DVD machine that seems to know more about the fate of its citizens than they do.

Deadbox #1

Vault Announces Lunar Room by Danny Lore, Gio Sposito, DJ Chavis & Andworld Design

Vault has announced Lunar Room, a wild new sci-fi-fantasy-noir hybrid series from writer Danny Lore, artist Gio Sposito, colorist DJ Chavis, letterer Andworld Design, and designer Tim Daniel. Magic, tech, gangsters…and one very tired werewolf.

Cynthia “Sin” Breaker used to be a lot of things. A werewolf. A mob enforcer for a powerful mage. A name feared on every street of Solar City. But now she’s forcibly retired from all those things, trying to get over her past job and past loves.

Lunar Room #1 will hit store shelves in November 2021, and will debut with a variant cover by Vault Cover Artist-in-Residence, Corin Howell.

Preview: Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Written by: Rachel Smythe, Stephanie Williams, Tillie Walden, Che Grayson, Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Rachel Smythe, Ashley A. Woods, Tillie Walden, Corin Howell, Jamie McKelvie

This new, visually stunning, and all-star-packed celebration of Wonder Woman continues! Some of comics’ greatest storytellers present five beautifully bombastic tales that take Diana all over the DC Universe. First stop…the very depths of hell! Both friend and foe come along for the ride of a lifetime with guest appearances by Steve Trevor, Nubia, and the First Born. The issue concludes with a journey to a place never seen before-Wonder Woman’s dreams-as the celebration of her 80th anniversary continues!

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #2

Vault Announces Interlocking Witchblood Variant Series by Yoshi Yoshitani

Vault has announced an out-of-this-world series of interlocking Witchblood variants from Vault Cover-Artist-in-Residence, Yoshi Yoshitani. Each of the five connected pieces will be published as open-order variants for Witchblood issues #1 through #5.

Vault’s 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence (or “CAIR”) variant program, features Yoshi YoshitaniMartin Simmonds, Corin HowellJoshua Hixson, and Jen Hickman. The CAIR program will see each of these artists drawing open-order variants for the entire run of the Vault series of their choosing.

Witchblood is written by Matthew Erman, drawn by Lisa Sterle, colored by Gab Contreras, lettered by Jim Campbell, and designed by Tim Daniel.

A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes WITCHBLOOD, a blend of action, lore, and Americana-perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.

Vault Announces its 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence Variant Program

Vault has announced the 2021 Cover Artists-in-Residence (or “CAIR”) variant program, featuring Yoshi YoshitaniMartin Simmonds, Corin HowellJoshua Hixson, and Jen Hickman. The CAIR program will see each of these artists drawing open-order variants for the entire run of the Vault series of their choosing.

Vault’s 2021 Cover Artist-in-Residence program will kick off with Yoshi Yoshitani’s mind-blowing cover to Matthew Erman’s and Lisa Sterle’sWitchblood #1, on sale March 31st, 2021. Hickman’s, Hixson’s, and Simmonds’, cover runs will follow.

Check out previous Vault covers from Yoshitani, Simmonds, Hixson, Howell, and Hickman below.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Kelley Jones, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, Charles Paul Wilson, Nicoletta Baldari, Megan Levens (A/CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $19.99

Why would anyone break IN to the dreaded stronghold of Darth Vader? Find out in this spooky graphic novel perfect for middle-grade readers!

How does a band of rebels distract themselves when sneaking into the creepiest place in the galaxy? Tell scary stories of course! Your favorite characters, like Obi-Wan, Han and Chewie, Hera Syndulla, and the Ewoks, face classic creeps like ghosts, monsters, witches, and more. But the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe hold even more terrifying tales: stories featuring a wretched hive of scum and villainy including the likes of Darth Maul, Jabba the Hutt, Grand Moff Tarkin, and Asajj Ventress-all under the shadow of Vader himself!

Collects the two five-issue series, Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle and Star Wars Adventures: Return to Vader’s Castle.

Star Wars Adventures: Vader's Castle

Review: Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle

Star Wars Adventures: Vader's Castle

The best thing about new additions to the Star Wars canon is the cross-pollinating of genres. Each new project has given fans a fresh new take on the universe. No longer is it just a space opera, it has become so much more. Things have been expanded infusing the universe, with a plethora of new and interesting characters. Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle is an example collecting two volumes with a horror them about them.

Rogue One gave us an interesting take on the heist movie, it also gives us some much-needed explanation on a glossed over plot point in the original films. Then there is Solo, which gives us the definitive back-story of the coolest smuggler in 12 parsecs. But at its heart is a new take on the coming of age story. Then there is the much-lauded Mandalorian, which introduces new characters as well as let us know where certain characters have been like Boba Fett. In the generously devilish collection, Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle, the universe dips in the horror genre, while uncovering legends, true and untrue, about some of the universe’s most legendary figures through the well-spun tales of our crypt keeper, Lina Graf, while on  Mustafar, the home of Vader’s Castle.

In “The Haunting Of The Ghost”,  the crew of the Graysom lands on the planet of Mustafar, and uncover a haunted ship. In “Count Dooku: Prince Of Darkness”, the aforementioned villain takes refuge on the planet of Bray where a showdown with Obi-Wan becomes inevitable and where he gains an unfair advantage.  In “The Briar Witch”, where Han and Chewie take the job to Rendel, where a plant controlled by a witch makes anyone who touches it, suddenly much older. In “Night Of The Gorax”, we are taken back to Endor, where we saw an Ewok version of Beowulf. In “ The Fearful Finale”,  Han and Chewie help someone uncover the Treasure Of Rane Mahal, where everyone gets double-crossed. In “ The Horned Devil”,  we are taken to Lotho Minor, where a ragtag band of scavengers, find Darth Maul, only to almost finding their own ends.  In “The Curse Of Tarkin”,  a ship gets a surprise visit from Governor Tarkin, who unleashes his version of Frankenstein, which almost kills everyone on the ship. In “ Bop, She Bop, Little Sarloc Horror”, Asajj Ventress takes a job, where Sarlaccs is the center of a settlement’s many problems. In “Vault of the Living Brains”, Jabba The Hut’s cousin leads him to a place of untold riches, only to find that his cousin had their own ulterior motives. In the final story, “Night Of The Lava Zombies”, a zombie plague infects an Empire ally, making Vader, compliant to a different master.

Star Wars Adventures: Vader’s Castle is an entertaining set of stories that plunges into this universe while exploring some of these very famous characters. The stories by Cavan Scott are astonishing. The art by the creative team is splendid. Altogether, an excellent collection, that feels like Tales From The Crypt meets The Outer Limits.

Story: Cavan Scott
Art: Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio, Robert Hack, Corin Howell, Kelley Jones, and Charles Paul Wilson III
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Shadow Service #1

Shadow Service #1

Well that escalated quickly. Shadow Service is Jessica Jones with a twist of John Constantine. Shadow Service #1 introduces us to Gina Meyers a private investigator with some magical powers. She takes whatever jobs to make a living and uses her powers for whatever needs to be done. She’s a witch who needs to make a living.

Written by Cavan Scott, Shadow Service #1 is a bit surprising. The debut issue does an excellent job of introducing you to Gina and the world. It lays out the general rules and what she can do within the story and not spending lots of time sidetracked by that. Shadow Service #1 sets her up as powerful but tortured and worn out by that. It also delivers a bit of a twist.

The comic for the most part plays out like a standard detective story. Gina is on a mission to find an individual for a client. She then moves on to figure out more about an individual following her. And that simplicity is used by Scott. This could easily be a detective story with magic. Instead, that is escalated multiple times with gruesome situations and scenes.

The search for an individual spirals into a creepy sequence we don’t get all the answers for. The search for an individual spying on her at a gym too goes out of control. Where the comic starts and where it ends feels like it’s almost two different stories in some ways. Where we’re left feels like the real start of what’s to come with everything up to it a prelude to the real action and story.

Scott is helped by Corin Howell‘s pencils, Triona Farrell‘s colors, and lettering by Andworld Design. The art is key in that it goes from fairly come to borderline gross quickly and does it in a way that’s dropping the hammer. There’s no build up to it, it hits you with the imagery. The magic too is displayed in interesting ways popping off the page especially due to the colors and use of lettering. It’s quiet and chill until it isn’t. Like Gina’s magic the chills just pop out of nowhere going from 0 to 60 right away.

Shadow Service #1 is an interesting debut. I thought I knew what the comic was going to be like going in to it but by the end, it’s not what I expected at all. What starts as a simple detective story winds up as something totally different by the end and leaves me intrigued to see what’s next.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Corin Howell
Color: Triona Farrell Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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