Space Bastards— the high-octane, outrageous comic series about murderous mercenary mailmen in space — is returning to Kickstarter. Space Bastards Volume 2 features stories co-written by Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey with artwork by The Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson, Boo Cook, Colin MacNeil, and Clint Langley.
In the future, violence is everywhere. Corporations are exploiting the weak and disenfranchised. And while America has taken to the cosmos, unemployment is rampant, infrastructure is crumbling, and basic services are unreliable. Getting mail between planets is damn near impossible. And when you’ve got nothing left to lose, you join the Intergalactic Postal Service. No paperwork. No boss. No punching a clock (though someone somewhere is definitely getting punched). Postal carriers are encouraged to intercept, kill, and steal from each other to complete deliveries. The courier that actually delivers the package gets paid. The ones that don’t—even if they survive—get squat.
The wild ensemble cast of Space Bastards features an unemployed accountant, a death row inmate, a divorced real estate agent, an alien immigrant, a raging alcoholic, a retired privateer, and a former executive assistant in their new lives delivering packages for the Intergalactic Postal Service. Under the volatile leadership of Postmaster General Roy Sharpton, these Space Bastards are forever at each other’s throats trying to settle scores and earn big money.
The Kickstarter featuresSpace Bastards prints by Darick Robertson, Colin MacNeil, Clint Langley, and superstar artist Simon Bisley.
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Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects
Written by Greg Pak Art by Renato Arlem Cover by Jae Lee Purchase
Collects Marvel Nemesis: The Imperfects #1-6.
An evil scientist sets his crosshairs on planet Earth, in search of test subjects for his experiments, transforming even the most timid creatures into vicious fighting machines. Thousands of years later, the Thing, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Elektra all find themselves unwilling participants in the scientist’s millennia-old trials…or perhaps not all of them are that unwilling.
Ororo: Before The Storm
Written by Marc Sumerak Art by Carlo Barberi Cover by Mark Brooks Purchase
Collects Ororo: Before the Storm #1-4.
Celebrating 30 years of Storm! The back alleys of Cairo’s thieves-quarter are no place for a child to grow up — unless that child is destined to be one of the greatest Marvel heroines of all time! Long before she became the X-Man known as Storm, a young orphan named Ororo Munroe stalked the streets of Cairo picking pockets and scraping to survive. Get ready for some awesome Egyptian action and adventure as Ororo leads her fellow street urchins on the adventure of a lifetime! This is a history lesson you won’t want to miss!
The Innocent’s Secret Baby Vol. 1: Billionaires & One-Night Heirs
Written by Carol Marinelli Art by Yuuki Mizuswa Purchase
While staying at a very fancy Venetian hotel, Lydia happens to be seated at a table beside Raul Di Savo, a real estate tycoon. He overhears the conversation between her and her stepfather, who plans to use Lydia for a business deal. Lydia is disgusted by the terms and flees the table, but Raul chases her and presents her with an offer she can’t refuse. He’ll stay with her tonight, but on her terms. She’s never had anyone in her life respect her opinions, so why does he?
Le travail de Gina l’a amenée jusqu’au royaume du désert de Kabuyadir, un endroit dans lequel, il était une fois, elle a passé une nuit magique avec un homme costaud du nom de Zahir. Alors qu’ils se sont promis de se revoir un jour, Gina n’a pas pu croire aux voeux d’amour de son amoureux au long cours, alors elle a rompu. Elle est maintenant revenue pour évaluer le Coeur du Courage, un joyau transmis par la famille royale Kabuyadir avec la prophétie que tous les membres de la famille royale ne vivront toujours que par amour. Et qui devrait arriver pour accueillir Gina au palais, sinon Zahir lui-même ! Jamais, dans ses rêves les plus fous, Gina n’aurait imaginé que Zahir était un roi ! L’a-t-il appelée ici pour se venger de l’avoir largué il y a tant d’années ?
Wolverine Vol. 1: Brotherhood
Written by Greg Rucka Art by Darick Robertson Cover by Esad Ribic Purchase
Collects Wolverine (2003) #1-6.
The world’s deadliest mutant Wolverine embarks on a dangerous mission of revenge, seeking justice for a young neighbor who was murdered in her sleep. Logan must use all of his lethal skills to take on a mysterious organization hell-bent on keeping its dark secrets hidden from the world.
Wolverine Vol. 2: Coyote Crossing
Written by Greg Rucka Art by Leandro Fernandez Cover by Leandro Fernandez Purchase
Collects Wolverine (2003) #7-11.
In a dusty border town on the edge of Mexico, Wolverine, the world’s most dangerous – and most popular – mutant, chances upon a grisly discovery that begs for his unique brand of justice.
Space Bastards #1 delivers a concept that’s so simple but at the same time so much fun. In this world the Intergalactic Postal Service will get your package delivered but, it’s a competition. The delivery game is a mercenary business with everyone out for themselves. They attempt to steal the packages from each other so they can get it delivered and paid. The more delivery people who touch it, the higher the price for the package and more money earned.
Writers Joe Aubrey and Eric Peterson deliver over-the-top action in Space Bastards #1. It’s REALLY over the top. The blood flies. The heads splatter. The violence is ultra.
The story focuses on David S. Proton. He’s an accountant, fired from his job, and is desperate for money. While the series could easily just drop us into the world, Aubrey and Peterson are smart to focus on Proton. He’s an everyman through whom we can relate. Having an alien or someone already in the business at the center of the story, the reader might be a bit more disconnected. We get to see Proton evolve and fall into the job eventually standing up and embracing the game.
And the game is the real draw. The comic is violent. There’s a dance about that. The package bounces from one courier to the next wracking up a higher score for the person who eventually delivers it. The violence is entertaining and over the top creating gore and destruction that’s so over the top, it’s hard to take serious. It’s meant to be silly in this way, a violent Looney Tunes where everyone is both Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner.
Much of that silliness is due to Darick Robertson‘s art. It’s perfect here with such a vision. The aliens are unique, the worlds have personality. This isn’t a cut and paste job where there’s the same thing over and over. Instead, everything feels unique and original. You want to stay on the page and see what stands out. The comic has such personality. Every location, every world, every character, and every death. They all come together for a visual treat of violence. It’s over the top in every way and Robertson’s art feels like it embraces it with glee.
Space Bastards #1 is a lot of fun. That fun is squarely in its violence. It’s such a simple concept but takes such pleasure in the violence. It takes it and amps it up to 11. The comic reminds me a lot of Bisley’s Lobo where it just reveled in its action. The comic is a throwback in some ways and a comic you can just get lost in and enjoy the symphony of violence.
Story: Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson Art: Darick Robertson Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Humanoids provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
(W) Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson (A) Darick Robertson In Shops: Jan 13, 2021 SRP: $5.99
Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey as they unleash the galaxy’s most vicious and depraved…parcel couriers? Poor David S. Proton. A meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money, he joins the Intergalactic Postal Service, paired with Manny Corns, a.k.a. “The Manicorn,” a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the IPS. But delivery is mercenary for these intergalactic dispatchers-payment goes solely to whoever fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless degenerates in the cosmos. Stand back, Lobo! Make way, Han Solo — here come the Space Bastards!
When Humanoids debuts Space Bastardsby The Boys artist and co-creator Darick Robertson and writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey this January 13th, there will be a one-in-ten collectible, black light variant cover by acclaimed artist Dan Panosian and a 50/50 virgin variant cover by Darick Robertson. In Space Bastards, David S. Proton is a meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money. He joins the Intergalactic Postal Service only to be paired with Manny Corns (a.k.a. “The Manicorn”), a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the company. And things only get worse from there.
In Space Bastards, violence is everywhere. Corporations are exploiting the weak and disenfranchised. And while America has taken to the cosmos, scientific advancements and technology have outpaced civilization as we know it. Even getting mail between planets is damn near impossible. Enter the Intergalactic Postal Service, a deadly organization with a brutal, mercenary business model. Whoever delivers the package gets the cash. And every delivery can be made by any means necessary.
Space Bastardskicks off in January with the seven-part monthly “Tooth and Mail” arc by series co-creators Robertson, Peterson, and Aubrey. Later in the year, writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey will be joined by all-star artists Simon Bisley and Clint Langley.
(W) James Asmus (A) Connie Daidone (CA) Darick Robertson In Shops: Nov 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
SURE, Earth may have been consumed by the Nothing, and a freak accident killed the ONLY being who could have possibly stopped it, and yes, the Cult of Nothing’s armada is on its way, but look at the bright side… I’m sure it’s here somewhere… right?
John Constantine has been in trouble before, but running afoul of the Devil himself is crossing a line even for the self-styled Hellblazer. But that’s exactly who darkens Constantine’s door with news that John’s investigation into the gruesome “angel murders” of London’s billionaire class and Satan’s own vendetta against a treacherous demon are actually the same mission. What’s that mean? You guessed it: It’s time for a team up!
ComiXology has eight new digital comics available for purchase right now. There’s a mix of what you can get including new digital comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and graphic novel from SelfMadeHero. Check out all of the releases here or the individual releases below.
Captain America And The Falcon: The Swine
Written by Jack Kirby Art by Jack Kirby Cover by Jack Kirby Purchase
Collects Captain America #206-214 and Annual #3-4.
The King keeps Cap’s quests coming with menaces from deep in space and deeper in the human soul! Even the evil of the Red Skull might pale before the fearsome Bio-Fanatic! Plus: Magneto and a rarely seen batch of evil mutants! Featuring the Falcon and Nick Fury of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Written by Garth Ennis Art by Darick Robertson Cover by Gary Frank Purchase
Collects Fury: Peacemaker #1-6.
Before he presided over S.H.I.E.L.D., before he ran with the Howling Commandos, Sgt. Nick Fury fought on the blood-stained sands of the Tunisian desert. It was there that he came face-to-face with the incomparable might of the 21st Panzer Division and its skilled warrior commander, General Stephen Barkhorn, and barely lived to tell about it. And it was there that he got a second chance at life – and revenge. In this gripping tale, Garth Ennis (GHOST RIDER, PUNISHER) and Darick Robertson (PUNISHER: BORN) offer a never-before-seen glimpse into the soul of a warrior you only think you know.
The Guardian’s Dilemma: The Steepwood Scandal
Written by Gail Whitiker Art by Chieko Hara Purchase
Schoolteacher Helen starts sweating the moment she sees Oliver, the guardian of a new student. She wonders if he remembers saving her all those years ago from her aristocratic employer’s wandering hands. Oliver remembers, all right, and can hardly believe an aristocrat’s prostitute could become a teacher! Does he dare leave his young stepsister in the care of this lewd woman?
The Maid Of Lorne
Written by Terri Brisbin Art by Kaishi Sakuya Purchase
During a revolt by the Scottish army against the king, Lara and her siblings are captured along with their father, the leader of their clan. By order of the king, Lara is forced to marry Sebastien, the king’s loyal subordinate. If she refuses, she and her family will be killed. On the verge of despair, she makes up her mind to fulfill her duty as the daughter of a clan leader. On their wedding night, Lara is terrified, but Sebastien treats her gently. She is surprised at first but ultimately follows his lead. But there is a secret behind his gentle demeanor…
Written by Steve Englehart, Justin Gray, Karl Kesel, Joe R. Lansdale, Jim McCann, Jimmy Palmiotti, Jeff Parker, Dan Slott, Fred Van Lente Art by Homs, Eduardo Barreto, Tomm Coker, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Rafa Garres, Federica Manfredi, Jimmy Palmiotti, Marshall Rogers, David Williams Cover by Eric Powell, Marshall Rogers Purchase
Collects Marvel Westerns: The Two-Gun Kid, Marvel Westerns: Western Legends, Marvel Westerns: Kid Colt And The Arizona Girl, Marvel Westerns: Strange Westerns Starring The Black Rider, And The Marvel Westerns: Outlaw Files Handbook.
Marvel’s masked men ride again in all-new tales by a posse of today’s most talented creators! It’s the raucous return of Two-Gun Kid, Hurricane, Red Wolf, the Man From Fort Rango, Kid Colt, Arizona Annie, the Black Rider, Gunhawk and more! And introducing the Philadelphia Filly and Spender! Plus: re-presenting the origin of Rawhide Kid by Jack “King” Kirby and other classic Marvel Western tales.
Punisher: Very Special Holidays
Written by Andy Diggle, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti Art by Paul Gulacy, Kyle Hotz, Mark Texeira Cover by Mark Texeira Purchase
Collects Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Bloody Valentine And Punisher: Silent Night.
Spend the holidays with the Punisher! In RED X-MAS, ’tis the season – for revenge. Following an eight-casket funeral, a group of vengeful mob widows go holiday shopping for the perfect assassin to take down the man responsible – and enlist the services of the lovely and lethal Sicilian assassin known as Suspiria! In BLOODY VALENTINE, something sparks the little black pit in Frank Castle’s chest – the one that used to be a heart! Suspiria’s back, and she wants to kiss and make up. It seems the murderous pair have a mutual enemy, an arch-villain whose pursuit will take them to Suspiria’s home turf of Rome. Can Frank withstand his partner’s charms? Does he want to? And finally, are you ready for a little holiday cheer? No? Neither is Frank Castle. In SILENT NIGHT, he’s more interested in tracking down a mob rat in the witness protection program and punishing him. But to do that, he’ll have to face his greatest foe. Hint: He’s fat, dresses in red and sports a white beard!
Shanna, The She-Devil
Written by Frank Cho Art by Frank Cho Cover by Frank Cho Purchase
Collects Shanna The She-Devil #1-7.
She’s bold, she’s beautiful, and she’s your best hope of escaping the raptors nipping at your heels. She’s Shanna, the She-Devil! Award-winning creator Frank Cho brings you Marvel’s bodacious jungle girl as you’ve never seen her before: Reborn from Nazi science gone mad to battle her genetic destiny on an island full of prehistoric horrors. Trust us, Shanna has never looked this good…or acted this bad.
Emil Zátopek is arguably the greatest Olympic champion of all time. The Czech runner’s three gold medals at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Olympics, for the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter, and marathon is an achievement that has never been matched. His success as a runner made him a national hero, but as a public figure, outspoken and unafraid to take a stand, he was equally impressive. Even before the Helsinki Games, Zátopek had scored a remarkable victory, successfully pressuring the Communist regime to allow his colleague Stanislav Jungwirth, who until then had been excluded on political grounds, to compete. In Zátopek, Jan Novák and Jaromír 99 trace the extraordinary life and times of the great Olympian, from his first meeting with Dana, the love of his life, to the victories that would ensure his lasting legacy.
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Humanoids is launching a kickass, intergalactic story like none other: Space Bastards. The Boys artist Darick Roberston and writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey team up to unleash the galaxy’s most vicious and depraved…postal couriers?
David S. Proton is a meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money. David joins the Intergalactic Postal Service only to be paired with Manny Corns (a.k.a. “The Manicorn”), a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the company. And things only get worse from there. In Space Bastards, violence is everywhere. Corporations are exploiting the weak and disenfranchised. And while America has taken to the cosmos, scientific advancements and technology have outpaced civilization as we know it. Even getting mail between planets is damn near impossible. Enter the Intergalactic Postal Service, a deadly organization with a brutal, mercenary business model. Whoever delivers the package gets the cash. And every delivery can be made by any means necessary.
The mega-sized, 44-page first issue debut of Space Bastards kicks off on January 13 with the seven-part monthly “Tooth and Mail” arc by series co-creators Roberston, Peterson, and Aubrey.
Later in the year, writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey will be joined by all-star artists Simon Bisley and Clint Langley for a series of high-octane Space Bastards specials, a single one-shot followed by two annuals.
John Constantine isn’t a character I know a lot about. I’ve read a couple dozen comics featuring him but the details of his history elude me. I have a good sense of the character but his relationships with specific characters or deep history of screwing over individuals isn’t something I know a ton of. So, going into Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One my plate was pretty clean.
This DC Black Label series dives into one of the many mistakes of Constantine’s past. It’s a mistake that turned deadly leading to the loss of a young kid. The story dives into his history beyond that, going further into his childhood, something I’ve never read about myself. Writer Tom Taylor delivers a character haunted by loss and the abuse spinning out of his early years. This is a kid who has been abandoned by family and acts out to gain power and thus control over his world. And, like any good Constantine story, his actions leave a wake of destruction in its path.
Taylor gives us an interesting take on the character. He feels a bit more pathetic than usual, a little more broken. Taylor focuses on those around him and his impact showing not everyone has been broken by him and some are off in better spaces. But, there’s also some groundwork laid as to why Constantine is the way he is. It creates a bit more tragic of a character and for me, as someone that’s relatively new, it also gives me a character I can relate to a bit more. Whether this has been presented before, I don’t know. But, to me as a reader, it feels new and delivers a bit more depth to a character who we generally enjoy for his attitude.
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One also is a comic that’s full of small details that make it enjoyable. A conversation about stolen boyfriends as an example feels natural and gives us so much as far as the relationship between characters. It’s these moments that really made the comic for me taking it from a horror mystery to something a bit more.
Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez handle the art duties and for me it’s… ok. Robertson has his distinct style we’ve seen so many times before including the over the top gore. It’s such a distinct style it felt a little odd looking at it without Garth Ennis, a regular collaborator, writing. It’s fine in the overall look and very distinctive. It also doesn’t quite click for me. It’s hard to tell if the comic is supposed to be horror, more grounded, or even comedic. There’s also a little bit of inconsistency of the characters that feels like a regular Robertson thing. Again, not bad, it’s just not completely for me.
Hellblazer: Rise and Fall Book One is a fun comic with a balance of horror, humor, and a little bit of comedy. Constantine fans should enjoy this self-contained story. Those that are new to the character can dive in without any knowledge of the character. It’s not the best I’ve read featuring Constantine but it’s entertaining and there’s a lot of potential for where it’s all going. As is, the first issue is good but doesn’t quite have the spark to make it really stand out so far.
Story: Tom Taylor Art: Darick Robertson with Diego Rodriguez Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review