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Preview: The Freeze #1

The Freeze #1

(W) Dan Wickline (A/CA) Phil Sevy (Cover B) Raffaele Ienco (L) Troy Peteri

SERIES PREMIERE!

The entire human population is frozen by a mysterious global event… all except Ray, and only he has the power to unfreeze them. Now with the fate of the world in his hands, he must figure out what is going on, how to set things right again, and answer the question: does everyone deserve to be saved?

Dan Wickline and Philip Sevy Freeze You this December

Writer Dan Wickline and artist Phillip Sevy team up for The Freeze, an all-new science fiction series coming this December from Image Comics and Top Cow Production.

The entire human population is frozen by a mysterious global event…all except Ray, and only he has the power to unfreeze them. Now—with the fate of the world in his hands—he must figure out what is going on, how to set things right again, and answer the question: does everyone deserve to be saved?

The Freeze #1 (Diamond code: OCT180028) hits stores on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th.

Preview: Blood Queen 2014 Annual

Blood Queen 2014 Annual

Troy Brownfield, Dan Wickline (w)
Fritz Casas, Carlos Reno, Noah Salonga (a)
Fabiano Neves (c)
FC • 48 pages • $7.99 • Mature

Years before the rise of the Blood Queen, the king’s father fought a great battle to protect the witches and the Daughters of the Line. When another kingdom makes a bid to exterminate the witch class, King Tibor stands against this monstrous cruelty. His defiance leads to open war, setting the stage for events that are unfolding monthly in the pages of THE BLOOD QUEEN. Watch as the lines are drawn, as magic and steel chose sides, and as the destinies of kingdoms are decided! But then, what about Elizabeth and The Elder? How did the woman that will become the Blood Queen come into the Elder’s keeping? Witness the pivotal events that began Elizabeth’s mission and set her on a dark road. It’s all here in GHOSTS OF WAR, THE BLOOD QUEEN ANNUAL. Also featuring a special back-up story written by Dan Wickline!

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Review: Grimm Fairy Tales Halloween Special 2014

gfthFairy tales and horror go hand in hand. One of the main reasons that fairy tales were created was to create a system of scaring children into behaving properly by teaching some aspect of morality. In case they didn’t they would face against supernatural forces that would devour them for their small or big transgressions. Though they are not often linked, Halloween and fairy tales therefore have a fair amount in common, and so the connection between the franchise of Grimm Fairy Tales and Halloween would seem to be a natural one. Over the past six years Zenescope has put out a Halloween special every year and although these have been of mixed quality, the spooky horror aspect has been a common link between them, even if the actual scares were more light-hearted or just resorted to gore as a last resort. That being the case, this is the first of the series which somewhat abandons that concept for something else.

It is interesting to look upon the Grimm Fairy Tales stories as a representation of the direction of the company itself. The series started off with a fairly strong concept, but then transformed into something different as the stories behind the stories were told, as darker forces were made apparent that were pulling the strings. Heroes were added and the original stories were all but forgotten as a shared universe was sought after, incorporating among other things Greek legends and the fantastical worlds of Wonderland, Oz and Neverland. While along the way a lot of interesting work has been created, the main series has gone off track, getting too caught up in its own characters, and straying too far from the concept that made it popular to begin with. While there are evidently still a lot of fans of the series, it is nonetheless not what fans of the original run were familiar with.

I read the main series for a while, and found the first few years of issues to be pretty engaging, but as more of the shared universe creeped in, I left it behind. I still have enough of an interest to check out some of the specials though, but the newest special left me feeling somewhat disappointed. The specials have generally followed a template of introducing shorter stories, numerous of which can be told in one book, and the mechanic for telling these stories in the past has been clever enough.  In this year’s edition, this mechanic is more about exposure for newly-introduced characters which I am unfamiliar with and who are equally not engaging. The resulting focus on these characters and not the horror makes this issue fall somewhat flat.  There is very little actual horror here at all, only looking at some of the nightmares of the characters in passing. It is not even really clear who the protagonist of this is either.  The end result is an issue which loses any chance it had at success before it began.

Story: Dan Wickline Art: Butch Mapa
Story: 3.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 3.25 Recommendation: Pass

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Artifacts #36

Artifacts #36

Story By: Dan Wickline
Art By: ROM
Cover By: ROM
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB140592
Published: April 2, 2014

Tom Judge and Tilly track down students who used a math equation to open up a portal to the Ancient Ones (featured in THE DARKNESS: REBIRTH). Former Angelus and Witchblade bearer Daniel Baptiste investigates related murders.

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Zenescope to Publish Sleepy Hollow

Zenescope Entertainment is re-inventing another classic tale the story of Sleepy Hollow. The comic is scheduled for an October release date.  The mini-series is written by Dan Wickline with story by Zenescope’s Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco and Raven Gregory.  Cover art for issue #1 is by Marat Mychaels and Matt Triano, and interior artwork for the series will be handled by Allan Otero.

Zenescope Entertainment’s Sleepy Hollow takes place on campus of the fictional Tarrytown University in upstate New York.  The story of the headless horseman has become something of myth and legend but it’s a legend that is about to become all too real when a college prank goes deadly wrong.  Those responsible will learn the truth behind the legend as the Headless Horseman returns to exact a disturbing revenge that none will ever forget.

Sleepy Hollow #1 hits shelves in October in time for Halloween and is available for order in this month’s Diamond Previews.

Zenescope New Releases

Grimm Fairy Tales #73

Written By Raven Gregory

Sela sets off in search of the Tomb of Death and finds herself joined by an unlikely ally who is also searching for a way to redeem herself from the failings of her past.  But will this new ally be enough to help Sela defeat the dreaded black ghost knights who guard the swamplands that lead to the Tomb?  Meanwhile, Alicia, Baba Yaga, Venus, and the Goblin Queen begin the final stage of their mysterious plans to rule the four realms and the very nexus itself.  The final count down to the Grimm Fairy Tales 75 begins here.  Don’t miss out!

32 pgs, $2.99
Out – 5/16/2012

Neverland Hook #5

Written By Joe Brusha

Barre’s power continues to grow and its only a matter of time before Neverland falls to him and the earth soon after. Cross, Tiger Lily and Wendy are all that stand in his way but without Tinker Belles help they don’t stand half a chance of defeating the evil tyrant. Unfortunately she has her hands full battling the mysterious dark fairy and even if she manages to win and survive it may prove to late to stop Barre’s madness.

32 pgs, $2.99
Out – 5/23/2012

CALL OF WONDERLAND #1 (MINI-SERIES 1 OF 4)

Written By Dan Wickline

The COUNTDOWN to the brand new WONDERLAND ongoing series begins here!!!  The Jabberwocky has been defeated.  The Queen of Hearts is dead and Wonderland is in a state of chaos with no ruler on the throne.  Enter the Red Knight who is determined to destroy all of Wonderland and the world at large by unleashing a deadly ancient force long thought to be gone.  Meanwhile on earth, a literary student researching Lovecraft will discover a long forgotten secret that could save or damn us all.  Don’t miss out on this incredible mini-series that sets the stage for the upcoming Wonderland ongoing series!

32 pgs, $3.99
Out – 5/30/2012

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