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Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is On Sale Now

The first ever whiskey based on Mike Mignola’s legendary Hellboy comic book character was announced officially today by Dark Horse Comics, XXX Distillery LLC and Prestige Imports LLC. Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is a craft distilled, small batch, naturally flavored cinnamon whiskey retailing for $19.99 for a 750ml bottle. The 66.6 proof Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey is available nationally.

Hellboy Hell Water is micro-distilled, hand bottled and styled in the old traditional process of making Southern Corn Whiskey. Old fashioned corn whiskey uses only the finest corn, natural ingredients, spring water, glassware and craftsmanship.

Since Mike Mignola’s Hellboy first hit the stands in 1994, it has become a cultural sensation, racking up a dozen Eisner Awards and inspiring numerous spinoffs, from a novel line, to video games, to animated films and live action feature films. Hellboy has also inspired a draft ale, a wine and now Hellboy Hell Water Cinnamon Whiskey.

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DOTA 2 Heads to Print Courtesy of Dark Horse

Dark Horse and Valve present a collection of comics that dive deep into the characters and history of Dota 2, the most played game on Steam. The Dota 2: The Comic Collection assembles Valve’s Dota 2 web comics in print for the first time ever. This chronicle is the perfect fit for Dota 2 fans everywhere! The publication of Dota 2: The Comic Collection follows Dark Horse and Valve’s 2011 release of Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories.

Dota 2 is a free-to-play multiplayer online video game developed and released by Valve Corporation in 2013. Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy, played both professionally and casually by millions of passionate fans worldwide. Players pick from a pool of over a hundred heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control a gorgeous fantasy landscape, waging campaigns of cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

Dota 2: The Comic Collection goes on sale August 1, 2017.

Mini Reviews: Dept. H, American Monster, The Howling, Smoketown, and more!

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Christopher

Dept H. #14 (Dark Horse) – Unable to return to the surface, the surviving crew of Dept. H must make some difficult choices, with air and livable space at a premium. Will they have to sacrifice one of their own in order for the rest to survive? Meanwhile, we begin to see the larger role that Verve has played in the fate of our crew.Things are beginning to look up, as someone self-sacrifices to get the rest of the crew to the surface. Yet that still doesn’t answer who kills Mia’s father. Given they have two issue still to come, I hope they manage to answer that. Since that has been the lingering question throughout. Overall the story and art continue to impress. Merging both past and present. Writer and Artist: Matt Kindt Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan

Dead Inside #5 (Dark Horse)* – A thoroughly satisfying conclusion to John Arcudi and Toni Fejzula’s prison murder mystery complete with a Tarantino-esque Mexican stand-off on steroids? This is pretty much why I love comics in a nutshell. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

American Monster #6 (Aftershock)* – Just when you think that all Brian Azzarello is capable of these days is mailing it in, along comes the second arc of this amazingly depraved series complete with Juan Doe’s usual gorgeous, eye-popping artwork. Every single character here is a reprobate — even those who only show up for a page or two such as the couple splitting up at the start of this issue — and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Lots of moving pieces and subplots within subplots going on here, so it pays to give every single word and ever single image very close attention indeed. Heady stuff, to say the least. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

The Flash # 22 (DC Comics)* – So, “The Button” began with the death of the Reverse-Flash and ends with — the death of the Reverse-Flash? So, what was all that bullshit in between about, then? Spoiler time: Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter — at the behest of their editors, no doubt — contrive a way to bring back Jay Garrick for a few pages before exiling him off into the Speed Force again, and Dr. Manhattan goes from looming over events off-page to looming over events on-page, but if you’re looking for anything resembling a resolution, look elsewhere: this is pure set-up for DC’s sure-to-suck “Doomsday Clock” mini-series that will finally see the Big Blue-Vs.-Superman punch-up that none of us in our right minds ever wanted to come to fruition. Kill me now, please. Or better yet, kill this whole “Watchmen-Vs.-DCU” idea before it goes any further. I know, I know, it’s too late for that vain wish to come true, but still, one can live in hope. Overall: 1.0 Recommendation: Pass

Batman #23 (DC Comics)* – Seemingly out of left field, Tom King delivers the stand-alone story that almost makes the rest of his hugely disappointing run on this title worthwhile. Seeing the Dark Knight team up with Swamp Thing is always great, but King’s take on the former Alec Holland goes well above and beyond, giving us the best iteration of the character since a certain bearded gentleman from England, and Mitch Gerads’ art — apart from a couple of goofy-looking pictures of Batman on the last page — is just plain incredible. Both a moving tribute to Bernie Wrightson and a heartfelt rumination on the relationship between fathers and sons, this is straight-up comic book magic, not to be missed under any circumstances. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

 

Allie

Night Owl Society #2 (IDW Publishing) – I had hopes for this. Not high hopes but hopes. Sadly, Night Owl Society #2 let me down again. As I mentioned in my review before, the writing and story presented here is bland and predictable. The main character has no redeeming qualities and the foils around him are all two-dimensional. Simply put, there’s just no reason to put any emotional stock behind these characters and reading made it feel like it was just a matter of when the “twists” would come less than what they would be. All in all, another disappointment that makes me want to drop the series entirely, if for no other reason than that I can probably call the ending right now. Recommendation: Hard Pass

 

Patrick

Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #3 (Dynamite) – I finally nailed what’s been bothering me about this competently-written, competently-drawn series: it’s trying SO HARD to be Noir, when the actual genre of the Hardy Boys novels is Procedural. The former assumes that nothing can be solved; the latter assumes that every crime can be solved with the application of reason, science, and intelligence. So the mixing of the two genres could be interesting – but they just don’t dig in deep enough. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Pass

Will Eisner’s The Spirit: Corpsemakers #3 (Dynamite) – Normally I love Fernando Francavilla, and the Black Beetle is a favorite. But maybe I’ve just read too many Spirit stories, so anything more than 8 pages gets too far away from the Platonic ideal of Eisnerian. I had the same problem with the Cooke/Bone/etc version a while back. It’s also devilishly hard for us goyim to really nail the Yiddishkeit of the originals – that combination of pathos and humor, romance and tragedy. Overall 7.0 (because Francavilla after all) Recommendation: Pass

Smoketown #2 (Scout Comics) – As an Army brat, I’m always happy to see stories that explore the life of military personnel and the demands that are made of them without most civilians really understanding what we’re asking them to do. Writer Philip Kennedy Johnson does a pretty good job with this crime fiction of a soldier returned from Afghanistan and the demands that his new civilian life makes of him, without understanding what has happened to him and what he’s dealing with. Artist Scott Van Domelen is also pretty good here, though still I think in a no man’s land between graphically flashy and kitchen-sink drama (I can’t help but compare his war sequences to Leandro Fernandez on The Old Guard). There’s something there, but not quite there yet. Overall 7.5 Recommendation: Read

The Howling #1 (Space Goat Productions) – Try as they did to recap the 1981 movie in the first few pages to bring us up to speed for this sequel, I found myself having to go back and rewatch it. So how does writer Micky Neilson and artist Jason Johnson’s work stack up? Pretty poorly. The original movie at least had something to say about the end of the 70’s, California cults, and the beginning of the 80’s fascination with the media. But this comic is just another werewolf story, and not even a particularly scary one at that. The writing is paint-by-numbers and the art is just too well-lit and neatly-delineated for the genre. Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass (but do watch the movie!)

 

Shean

Star Trek TNG: Mirror Broken #1 (IDW Publishing) – In this debut issue of the Mirror Universe implications for the TNG crew, what one finds is a much more sinister and cynical crew. We find a muscle bound Picard wanting to climb the ladder in rank but is stuck on a ship called the Stargazer. While at HQ, he stumbles upon what looks like plans for a new class of ship. He recruits Laforge into his dastardly evil plans and gives the reader, a familiar sight on the horizon. Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Review: Aliens: Defiance #11

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The mangled Europa is in a state of free fall in Earth’s atmosphere with Zula, Davis, Hollis, and a previously frozen xenomorph onboard. Davis battles the alien threat while Hollis and Zula scramble to the escape hatch. Impact is unavoidable; survival is doubtful.

After all of the intense action Aliens: Defiance #11 returns us to Earth. As one might expect, things don’t go according to plan for Zula or Hollis. Despite Zula’s agreement with her doctor, they both find themselves under arrest. I think they’re only being kept alive to be used as scapegoats for the mission being a failure. I’m curious to see how this plays out for both Hollis and Zula.

The art style shifts some to something more grounded which makes sense considering the setting. The flashbacks do come off as confusing though they are intriguing. Unfortunately that all seems out of place. It feels like it builds in the mystery making me wonder if there are more to them than it appears.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Stephen Thompson
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Ether #3

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Boone is investigating a murder mystery in another dimension. The Blaze was a great hero of the Ether, sworn protector of the weak. Her murder was an attack on the Ether itself. As Boone hunts for clues to solve the crime, he makes powerful enemies and unexpected allies.

More of the world of Ether is revealed as characters find answers to one of the many burning questions. Yet, in the process of doing so, he only finds more questions. Even the flashback scene at the ends up leaving you with one other question. Writer Matt Kindt is definitely creating one hell of a mystery with this one.

The half-mechanical, half magical golem is an interesting sight from artist David Rubin. The brief peek of how it works is interesting and some solid art. The Faerie Kingdom is a unique place, from what is seen and revealed. Rubin does a great job creating distinguishing the cities in the Ether giving each a unique style all their own.

Story: Matt Kindt Art: David Rubin
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Dark Horse and Nelvana Partner for “Mysticons”

Corus Entertainment’s Nelvanab announced yesterday a licensing agreement with Dark Horse Comics. Dark Horse will produce a series of graphic novels based on Nelvana’s original animated action series, Mysticons. Set to be released late summer 2018, the graphic novels follow the epic tale of four unexpected heroes who transform into legendary warriors and undertake a mythic quest to save the world.

Dark Horse’s Shantel LaRocque will act as editor on the Mysticons graphic novel series. Having previously worked on titles such as Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Fight Club 2, Rexodus, and David Mack’s Kabuki, LaRocque brings a great knowledge of comics and genre fiction to the project.

Mysticons is slated to premiere on Nickelodeon in the U.S. this Summer and on Corus’ TELETOON network in Canada this Fall. The series is produced by Nelvana Limited, with Steven A. Cohen and Noel Bright executive producing for The Topps Company and Scott Dyer and Irene Weibel executive producing for Nelvana. Sean Jara is Creator, Writer and Executive Story Editor for the series.

Review: Alien vs Predator: Life and Death #4

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On LV-223, it’s the last stand for the Colonial Marines—and their Predator allies—against an overwhelming army of Alien warriors determined to protect their new queen. Only one thing can stop them . . . and it’s the last thing anybody wants!

Alien vs Predator: Life and Death #4 gives us an explosive climax that ends this part of the massive “Life and Death” story arc. The cover slightly spoils things a little, but not all of it. Now that the aliens and predators have fled, will the remaining humans survive the wait for rescue, or will they die? With only one issue remaining, I can’t wait to see what happens at the end as writer Dan Abnett has delivered with this series.

Like previous issues, the art by Brian Thies is polished and desolate in ways. Thies’ art feels like it focuses on more Chris’s actions including some interesting speeches about the power of love. I’m curious to see how the art will amplify the ending of the story arc.

Story: Dan Abnett Art: Brian Thies
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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

Bryan Talbot’s Steampunk Detective Gets a “Grand” Finale

Dark Horse has announced the grand finale of Bryan Talbot’s epic anthropomorphic steampunk detective thriller with Grandville: Force Majeure! The Eisner and Hugo nominated series began in 2009 with Grandville, followed by 2010’s Grandville Mon Amour, 2012’s Grandville Bête Noire, and 2014’s Grandville Noël.

Grandville: Force Majeure finds Detective Inspector LeBrock wanted for murder and on the run from gangland overlord Tiberius Koenig. But LeBrock is a fighter and now, battling against insurmountable odds, the British Badger needs every ounce of his strength, deductive skills and tenacity to in order to survive. Can he make it?

Bryan and Mary Talbot’s The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia was nominated for a United States National Cartoonist’s Society Reuben Award. The winners will be announced on May 27 at the NCS Reuben Awards dinner in Portland, Oregon.

The 176-page masterpiece Grandville: Force Majeure hardcover goes on sale November 1, 2017, and retails for $24.99.

I Am a Hero Rises at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has announced I Am a Hero Volumes 1-4, the first collaboration with Japanese publisher Shogakukan!

I Am a Hero finds Hideo—a mentally unhinged manga artist—witnessing the beginning of a zombie outbreak in Tokyo. He’s certain of only two things: he’s destined to be the city’s hero, and he possesses something quite rare in Japan—an actual firearm! Each Dark Horse Manga omnibus edition includes two Japanese volumes!

Finally translated to English, I Am a Hero is the worldwide best-selling series, 2015 feature film, and winner of the esteemed Shogakukan Manga Award.

I Am a Hero Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are now available and Volume 4 is available for preorder also!

Dark Horse Ventures Into “The Dark North”

Dark Horse and Charles Wood Publishing AB are excited to terrify more readers with The Dark North! Originally crowdfunded for publication in 2016, this illustrated prose-art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy.

Writer Martin Dunelind composes The Dark North’s five enthralling tales. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists—including Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin. Lukas Thelin also creates the beautiful cover. With a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker, this anthology is sure to delight and terrify any horror fan in equal measure.

The Dark North goes on sale September 27, 2017.

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