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Dark Horse Comes to Madefire

Madefire has announced that it will be bringing a range of best-selling Dark Horse graphic novels to the Madefire platform. Kicking off with a selection of high-profile entertainment franchises, Madefire and Dark Horse also have plans to expand the catalog in 2018.

With an incredible year of announcements behind it, Madefire now carries an impressive selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, from industry leaders such as Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics and many others. Now, the unique Madefire platform is the ideal place to discover and enjoy the great talent and range of legendary Dark Horse graphic fiction.

Review: Giants #1

A cataclysm of unknown origins unleashed a race of gigantic monsters whose presence has driven humanity underground.

There, two orphans discover that the most dangerous monster is ambition, which unchecked, will grow until it devours you!

I don’t know the Valderrama brothers, at least nothing jumps out at me, so their “first American work” isn’t much of a draw on that alone, but it did get me interested enough to check Giants #1 out. Written by Carlos Valderrama with art by Miguel Valderrama this series is familiar in a way that it feels like something I’ve read or seen before but its presentation is entertaining enough that I don’t care about that at all.

A combination of giant monster story and post apocalyptic gangs, the first issue introduces us to two young kids who want to be a part of one of those gangs and in their mind protected in a way. It’s a harsh reality of what would drive someone to join a gang, simple, yet the reality for many. They have a mission though where they need to get a valuable material to bring back and that sends them on their adventure where things go sideways.

The reader is thrown into this world without much as far as explanation but the way everything is presented in both story and look of it all, nothing seems out of place or odd enough to question anything. Carlos’ writing flows well and while everything feels familiar, there’s still something interesting about the presentation and our two main characters. That’s partially due to Miguel’s art style which has an almost anime aspect to it all and creates a sense of flow that’s exciting along with entertaining.

Giants is a mash-up of familiar genres and tropes and in the first issue doesn’t present anything new as far as that but what it does is present that familiar in a way that’s beyond competent and entertaining. This is just solid writing and solid art together to create an entertaining experience.

Story: Carlos Valderrama Art: Miguel Valderrama
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Suicide Squad #31 (DC Comics) – Harley makes the tough call between saving her team mate and putting down the bad guy. We also find out who got the squad together and in this big fire fueled, phantom zone adjacent mess.

Runaways #5 (Marvel) – The return of Princess Powerful is the best damn way to get me to do anything!

 

Brett

 

Top Pick: Giants #1 (Dark Horse) – A new series that feels rather familiar. Humanity now lives underground due to giant monsters that live above and society is a bunch of gangs vying for control and supplies. It’s an entertaining first issue, enough so I want to read the second right away. While it’s not totally original (so far), it’s really well done.

Action Comics #993 (DC Comics) – Booster Gold people!!!!

Coyotes #2 (Image Comics) – I thinly veiled metaphor about human trafficking? Yes please!

Judas #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The award for comic to most likely cause a protest goes to…

Star Wars #40 (Marvel) – If you’re not reading Marvel’s Star Wars comics, you’re missing out.

The Doctor is in for this New Black Hammer Universe Spin-Off

Following the success of Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston’s Eisner Award-winning series Black Hammer and its spinoff series Sherlock Frankenstein & The Legion of Evil, Dark Horse is excited to announce the next installment in the Black Hammer universe, Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost TomorrowsAbe Sapien artist Max Fiumara joins Jeff Lemire in the new four-issue miniseries. Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart and talented letterer Nate Piekos round out this super creative team. Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows will feature variant covers by Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire, J.G. Jones, Dustin Nguyen, and Annie Wu.

Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows is a dual-narrative story that chronicles the legacy of the Golden-Age superhero Doctor Star. An aged crime fighter desperately wants to reconnect with his estranged son, who he hoped would one day take the mantle of Doctor Star. Over the course of the story we learn his World War II-era origin, how he got his powers, his exciting astral adventures, the formation of some of Black Hammer’s greatest heroes, and more in this heartbreaking superhero tale about fathers and sons.

The first issue (of four) of Doctor Star & The Kingdom of Lost Tomorrows goes on sale March 07, 2018.

The Umbrella Academy Adds More Cast Members

The Netflix original series The Umbrella Academy is adding more members. Based on the popular, Eisner award-winning comics and graphic novels created and written by Gerard Way, illustrated by Gabriel Bá, and published by Dark Horse Comics, the series is adding cast members Tom Hopper as “Luther,” Emmy Raver-Lampman as “Allison,” David Castañeda as “Diego,” Robert Sheehan as “Klaus,” and Aidan Gallagher as “Number Five.”

The live-action series follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes (The Umbrella Academy) – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father Reginald Hardgraves’ mysterious death, while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities.

The Umbrella Academy will be produced by Universal Cable Productions. Steve Blackman will serve as executive producer and showrunner, with additional executive producers Bluegrass Television and Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg from Dark Horse Entertainment. Gerard Way will serve as co-executive producer. The pilot script was adapted from the comic book series by Jeremy Slater.


Tom Hopper (Luther)
“Luther” was groomed by his father from an early age to be the leader of The Umbrella Academy – a responsibility that has always weighed heavily on him. He is resilient, a workaholic, and possesses the ability of heightened physical strength. Upstanding to a fault, Luther always tries to do the right thing, even if that means putting others before himself.

About Tom Hopper
Hopper just wrapped shooting a starring role opposite Amy Schumer and Michelle Williams in Voltage/STX’s comedy I Feel Pretty, written and directed by Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein. Most recently, he played “Dickon Tarly” in Season 7 of HBO’s explosive hit series Game Of Thrones.  Hopper also starred as “Billy Bones” in Starz’s Black Sails, produced by Michael Bay, and has appeared in numerous other television series and film projects over his career including Netflix’s Kill Ratio, The History Channel’s event series Barbarians Rising, and the hit TV series Merlin for BBC1/Syfy Channel.

Emmy Raver-Lampman (Allison)
“Allison” is beautiful, elegant, and a formerly world-famous movie star who possesses the power of suggestion – anything she says aloud comes to pass. Her life seems perfect from the outside, but her ability has undermined every relationship she’s ever had. With her career on the decline and her marriage in shambles, she refuses to use her power as she seeks a more authentic life.

About Emmy Raver-Lampman
Emmy Raver-Lampman is the breakout star of the 1st National Touring Company of the Tony-winning phenomenon, Hamilton.  After being a part of the original Ensemble on Broadway, Emmy was promoted to the coveted role of “Angelica Schuyler” for the West Coast run.  Previous Broadway credits include Jekyll & HydeHair and the National Touring Company of Wicked.  The Umbrella Academy marks her very first television role.

David Castañeda (Diego)
“Diego” is a skilled, intense vigilante who has a real problem with authority. He isn’t as naturally strong or smart as his siblings, so he’s worked three times as hard for everything. Believing he should have been the leader of his family instead of his brother, he carries a massive chip on his shoulder that makes him hostile to just about everyone.

About David Castañeda
David Castañeda is currently shooting the Billy Crystal/Ben Schwartz comedy, “We Are Unsatisfied.” His recent work includes a lead role in the independent feature “El Chicano,” opposite Raul Castillo and George Lopez.  He also stars alongside Benicio Del Torro and Josh Brolin in Lionsgate’s forthcoming “Soldado,” the sequel to the smash hit “Sicario.”

Aidan Gallagher (Number Five)
“Number Five” appears to be a thirteen year old boy, but in actuality he is a fifty-eight-year-old man trapped in the body of a child. He doesn’t suffer fools and is the smartest person in the room. He’s haunted by the things he’s seen and done, and is on the verge of losing his grip on reality.

About Aidan Gallagher
Aidan Gallagher starred as “Nicky” on Nickelodeon’s Emmy-winning series Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, which just wrapped shooting a fourth season. For his performance, Aidan was nominated  “Favorite Male TV Star” at the 2017 and 2016 Kids Choice Awards.

Robert Sheehan (Klaus)
“Klaus” is a drug addict and lovable mess of a human being and yet, if you ask him, any day now his life is going to turn around. He’s a classic “middle child” – a disarming pleaser who is seemingly everyone’s friend, but will rob you blind without thinking twice.

About Robert Sheehan
Robert Sheehan (Misfits) next transforms into an East European, non-gender specific character in Mute on Netflix, the second part of a planned trilogy from writer/director Duncan Jones that began with Moon. Next year, Sheeha also stars opposite David Tennant in Dean Devlin’s thriller Bad Samaritan. In December, he’ll star in Christian Rivers’ Mortal Engines, a sci-fi/fantasy movie co-written and produced by Peter Jackson. For television, Sheehan is currently shooting the second season of Genius (National Geographic), which chronicles the life and work of Picasso.

Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece Reunite for Incognegro: Renaissance

Dark Horse and Berger Books are excited to reveal art from acclaimed novelist Mat Johnson and veteran artist Warren Pleece’supcoming series, Incognegro: Renaissance. This new series is a perfect companion and prequel to the tenth-anniversary edition of the 2008 Vertigo graphic novel, Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery.

Incognegro: Renaissance is a new prequel series that follows cub reporter Zane Pinchback through the glittering nightlife of the Harlem Renaissance as he goes undercover, passing as white, for the first time. When a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s New York, Zane is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane goes “incognegro” for the first time to bring the murderer to justice. With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue, and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder’s only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of “roaring twenties” Harlem.

The tenth-anniversary edition of Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery finds Zane Pinchback going “incognegro” to investigate the arrest of his own brother who is charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay “incognegro” long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother—and himself. This edition of the acclaimed and fearless graphic novel features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material.

The first issue of Incognegro: Renaissance goes on sale February 07, 2018Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery goes on sale February 06, 2018 and retails for $19.99.

A First Look at Berger Book’s Mata Hari #1, Out this February

Mata Hari, the infamous “stripper spy” lived a colorful life that came to a dark end. The woman who claimed she was born a Javanese princess died a figure of public hatred when she was executed by a French firing squad in 1917. A century after her death, questions are still raised about her conviction, her life, and the line between fact and fiction.

Now, breakout talent writer Emma Beeby, artist Ariela Kristantina, and colorist Pat Masioni tell the intriguing and often tragic tale of the original femme fatale in this carefully researched series, which includes information from original MI5 files.

The first issue of Mata Hari introduces us to the controversial figure on the eve of her execution as she writes her memoir, walking the line between the romantic tale of a Javanese princess who performed “sacred” nude dances for Europe’s elite, and a real-life saga of a disgraced wife and mother who lost everything in her fight for what she believed was right.

But, as she sits trial for treason and espionage, we hear another tale, of a flamboyant Dutch woman who became “the most dangerous spy France has ever captured”–a double agent who whored herself for secrets, lived a life of scandal, and loved only money. Leading us to ask . . . who was the real Mata Hari?

Mata Hari #1 (of five) is on sale February 21, 2018 from Berger Books and Dark Horse.

The Valderrama Bros.’ Giants this December

Carlos and Miguel Valderrama, A.K.A. “The Valderrama Bros.”, are emerging new talents and Dark Horse is thrilled to bring their first five-issue miniseries Giants to American audiences this December.

Following a cataclysm of unknown origin, a race of gigantic, horrifying monsters is unleashed, driving humanity underground. There, two orphans discover that the most dangerous monster is ambition, which left unchecked, will grow until it devours you. With nowhere to run and nowhere to hide, the boys must fight the giant monsters above and the growing monsters within themselves.

Giants #1 (of five) goes on sale December 13, 2017.

ComiXology’s Cyber Monday Sales Expands with a DC Buy One Get One

Black Friday isn’t until tomorrow but comiXology already has lots of sales going on for comic fans. Check out all of the deals currently running and then come back tomorrow for even more!

Marvel Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale (11/21-11/27)

250 Marvel collections up to 78% off

 

DC March to Black Friday (11/21-11/24)

1,600 DC collections and graphic novels for $4.99 each

 

Dynamite 50% off Promotion Code (11/21-11/30)

50% Off all Dynamite comics; excludes titles released after 10/20/17

 

IDW Transformer Sale (11/21-11/30)

100 collections and 400 issues up to 60% off

 

Image Black Friday/Cyber Monday (11/24-11/27)

620 Image collections for up to 63% off


BOOM! Black Friday/Cyber Monday (11/24-11/30)

200 collections for up to 57% off



Dark Horse Comics 50% Off Promotion Code (11/24-11/26)

50% Off all Dark Horse Comics with promo code fri17 at checkout, Includes all active titles; excludes preorders and bundles

 

DC Cyber Monday Buy One, Get One Sale (11/25-11/27)

DC Comics BOGO with code dc17 at checkout; excludes titles released after 11/7 and “Metal” main series and tie-ins

ComiXology’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales Expands

Black Friday isn’t until tomorrow but comiXology already has lots of sales going on for comic fans. Check out all of the deals currently running and then come back tomorrow for even more!

Marvel Black Friday/Cyber Monday Sale (11/21-11/27)

250 Marvel collections up to 78% off

 

DC March to Black Friday (11/21-11/24)

1,600 DC collections and graphic novels for $4.99 each

 

Dynamite 50% off Promotion Code (11/21-11/30)

50% Off all Dynamite comics; excludes titles released after 10/20/17

 

IDW Transformer Sale (11/21-11/30)

100 collections and 400 issues up to 60% off

 

Image Black Friday/Cyber Monday (11/24-11/27)

620 Image collections for up to 63% off


BOOM! Black Friday/Cyber Monday (11/24-11/30)

200 collections for up to 57% off



Dark Horse Comics 50% Off Promotion Code (11/24-11/26)

50% Off all Dark Horse Comics with promo code fri17 at checkout, Includes all active titles; excludes preorders and bundles

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