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Review: You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH TALES UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1

Everyone’s favorite member of the Umbrella Academy, Klaus Hargreeves aka Seance, finally gets his own solo series in You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 from writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon and the (sadly underrated in the United States) artist I.N.J. Culbard. The book also acts as a bit of a prequel to the main Umbrella Academy series and is set after Klaus is expelled from the Academy for drug use and other shenanigans by his exacting adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. But it’s an entertaining story in its own right full of, well, drug use, vampire chimpanzee crime lords, a dash of humor, and clean, evocative art and colors from Culbard.

With a varied power set and a charismatic personality in both the Umbrella Academy show and comics, Klaus’ escapades are ripe fodder for a solo spinoff. Way, Simon, and Culbard spend the first small bit of the book establishing why Klaus is so out of place at the Umbrella Academy and establishing his frenemy-ish relationship with his siblings Luther, Allison, and Diego as well as his enmity-filled relationship with Sir Reginald through zippy, humorous vignettes. Culbard uses grid-like layouts to show how Klaus is trapped in the orderly world of the Academy before opening up the page when he hits the road to The City and beyond with a dream and a cardigan. (And a suitcase for accuracy purposes.) His color choices also match this mood going from neutral tones to basically candy with the ever-present green whenever Klaus uses his abilities, such as possessing people or communicating with the dead.

Something I love about Umbrella Academy is how much it embraces the strangeness of superpowers and the folks that wield them starting in the first issue of the series when the young Umbrella Academy fights Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel in Paris. Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard continue that tradition in You Look Like Death #1 while maintaining laser focus on the character of Klaus and what he does to keep busy/have fun/keep the talking to dead people pain away while being away from his siblings. The miniseries has been advertised to take place in Hollywood, but the lion’s share of You Look Like Death #1 takes place in The City.

Way, Simon, and Culbard dig into the generic superhero city, NPCs, and all aspect of the setting as soon as Klaus packs his bags. I will probably never stop laughing at a place where you can obtain drugs at a shop with a neon sign that says “Drugs” and is probably part of larger 7/11-esque franchise owned by the aforementioned chimpanzee vampire drug lord. This playful approach to setting persists even when Klaus hits the West Coast, and he goes from standing out to being just part of the scenery. And speaking of the scenery, I.N.J. Culbard adds all kind of wonderful background dressing when Klaus goes out and about, like interesting back tattoos or darkly humorous posters in adoption centers, that add to the liveliness of the world that he, Gerard Way, and Shaun Simon have crafted. I am definitely down to follow Klaus down some dark alleys and into buildings with fun graffiti patterns and even more fun denizens inside.

You Look Like Death #1 is a direct hit to the pleasure-feeling parts of your brain. I got the same feeling from reading this comic as I did driving into cop cars and hapless civilians in the Grand Theft Auto games sans all the unnecessary carnage. Klaus uses his powers for pure hedonism, angers authority figures, and has a good time, rinse and repeat. There’s also a bit of void-filled darkness because what else would you expect from a co-writer, who sang lead vocals on “Helena”. However, that’s background radiation. For now, You Look Like Death is the feel-good party comic with queer lead of 2020, but drink plenty of water and get ready for that hangover in subsequent issues…

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
 Art: I.N.J. Culbard Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comics With Around 160 New Releases

Iron Man #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital needs. There’s around 160 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of what you can get here or the individual issues by the publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Abrams Comicarts

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

HarperCollins

Hermes Press

Heroic Publishing

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

NBM

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

SelfMadeHero

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Top Shelf Productions

Valiant

Vault Comics

Virus

Zenescope


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Seven Secrets #2

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Batman #99 (DC Comics) – Easily the best issue of “Joker War” so far. This is the point where it finally comes together and gets us hyped for Batman #100.

Detective Comics #1027 (DC Comics) – DC celebrates 1000 issues since Batman’s debut. It’s packed full of creators and as always these are a fun read.

Giant-Size X-Men: Storm #1 (Marvel) – Storm is supposed to get the spotlight soon and it begins with this issue. It’ll be a key one from our reading of things.

Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World’s Most Infamous Prison (Abrams Comicarts) – Journalist Sarah Mirk tell the stories of ten people whose lives were shaped by the prison including prisoners, lawyers, social workers, and service members.

Heavy #1 (Vault Comics) – The series is going to be a hit. We already have two positive reviews and more on the way. Read our reviews here and here.

Iron Man #1 (Marvel) – A new volume and a back to basics. We’re excited to see what Christopher Cantwell brings as a writer because his Doom has been amazing.

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio (Abrams Comicarts) – If you don’t know the history, this is a good place the start.

The Mueller Report (IDW Publishing) – We’ve been excited for this since it was announced. Shannon Wheeler and Steve Duin take on the infamous report giving their own entertaining spin.

Seven Secrets #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was a lot of fun about a secret order protecting something that could potentially change/destroy the world. We’re excited to see where this series goes from the debut and if it can keep up the energy.

Slaughterhouse-Five (BOOM! Studios) – The classic book is adapted into comics for the first time.

Stillwater #1 (Image Comics) – A new horror series from Chip Zdarsky, Mike Spicer, and Ramon K. Perez. Those names alone make it a buy.

Tenacious D: Post Apocalypto (Fantagraphics) -Tenacious D comes to comics in this graphic novel! “Music” comics are a big thing right now and this graphic novel is sure to be wanted by fans of the band.

You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – We loved the issue and you can read our review here. If you’re an Umbrella Academy fan, it’s a buy.

ComiXology Delivers Nearly 60 New Digital Comics For You Today

Batman #99

It’s Tuesday which means it’s one of two new comic book days this week! ComiXology has nearly 60 new digital comics for you to buy and read right now. Check out the full list of everything you can get here or the individual issues by publisher below!

Abrams Comicarts

Coamix

comiXology Originals

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Fantagraphics

Harlequin

Kodansha

Marvel

VIZ Media

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling from Mariko Tamaki and Babs Tarr is a Surprise Drop Today

Check this out! Overwatch and Dark Horse Comics have surprised folks with the new Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling comic series based on everyone’s favorite damage hero, Tracer!

Illustrated by the New York Times bestselling comic artist Babs Tarr and written by the Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki, the series will follow a Young Tracer as she zips through the streets of her hometown.

The series officially launches today with the first release of five issues. Issue #1 is making its digital debut for players and fans to read for free exclusively via Dark Horse Digital and on PlayOverwatch! The comic is available in over 13 languages so players around the world can join our hero on her adventures in the UK!

Alongside the London Calling comic series, Overwatch is hosting the Tracer Comic Challenge. Players can earn a brand-new epic skin, Comic Book Tracer, and other cosmetic goodies by winning games of Overwatch beginning tomorrow Sept. 15 – Sept. 28. The skin features original art from the London Calling comic book issue. A variety of comic book themed sprays can be earned by watching Overwatch streamers on Twitch during the same period.

Ever get that feeling of déjà vu? Soon you will, because Issues #2 through #5 will be released monthly so you can follow along each month as Tracer darts around town. For fans who want to collect them all, every issue in the series will be available in print with issue #1 hitting comic shelves on December 2, 2020!

Overwatch: Tracer—London Calling

Early Review: You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1

YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH TALES UMBRELLA ACADEMY #1

Everyone’s favorite member of the Umbrella Academy, Klaus Hargreeves aka Seance, finally gets his own solo series in You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 from writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon and the (sadly underrated in the United States) artist I.N.J. Culbard. The book also acts as a bit of a prequel to the main Umbrella Academy series and is set after Klaus is expelled from the Academy for drug use and other shenanigans by his exacting adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. But it’s an entertaining story in its own right full of, well, drug use, vampire chimpanzee crime lords, a dash of humor, and clean, evocative art and colors from Culbard.

With a varied power set and a charismatic personality in both the Umbrella Academy show and comics, Klaus’ escapades are ripe fodder for a solo spinoff. Way, Simon, and Culbard spend the first small bit of the book establishing why Klaus is so out of place at the Umbrella Academy and establishing his frenemy-ish relationship with his siblings Luther, Allison, and Diego as well as his enmity-filled relationship with Sir Reginald through zippy, humorous vignettes. Culbard uses grid-like layouts to show how Klaus is trapped in the orderly world of the Academy before opening up the page when he hits the road to The City and beyond with a dream and a cardigan. (And a suitcase for accuracy purposes.) His color choices also match this mood going from neutral tones to basically candy with the ever-present green whenever Klaus uses his abilities, such as possessing people or communicating with the dead.

Something I love about Umbrella Academy is how much it embraces the strangeness of superpowers and the folks that wield them starting in the first issue of the series when the young Umbrella Academy fights Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel in Paris. Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard continue that tradition in You Look Like Death #1 while maintaining laser focus on the character of Klaus and what he does to keep busy/have fun/keep the talking to dead people pain away while being away from his siblings. The miniseries has been advertised to take place in Hollywood, but the lion’s share of You Look Like Death #1 takes place in The City.

Way, Simon, and Culbard dig into the generic superhero city, NPCs, and all aspect of the setting as soon as Klaus packs his bags. I will probably never stop laughing at a place where you can obtain drugs at a shop with a neon sign that says “Drugs” and is probably part of larger 7/11-esque franchise owned by the aforementioned chimpanzee vampire drug lord. This playful approach to setting persists even when Klaus hits the West Coast, and he goes from standing out to being just part of the scenery. And speaking of the scenery, I.N.J. Culbard adds all kind of wonderful background dressing when Klaus goes out and about, like interesting back tattoos or darkly humorous posters in adoption centers, that add to the liveliness of the world that he, Gerard Way, and Shaun Simon have crafted. I am definitely down to follow Klaus down some dark alleys and into buildings with fun graffiti patterns and even more fun denizens inside.

You Look Like Death #1 is a direct hit to the pleasure-feeling parts of your brain. I got the same feeling from reading this comic as I did driving into cop cars and hapless civilians in the Grand Theft Auto games sans all the unnecessary carnage. Klaus uses his powers for pure hedonism, angers authority figures, and has a good time, rinse and repeat. There’s also a bit of void-filled darkness because what else would you expect from a co-writer, who sang lead vocals on “Helena”. However, that’s background radiation. For now, You Look Like Death is the feel-good party comic with queer lead of 2020, but drink plenty of water and get ready for that hangover in subsequent issues…

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
 Art: I.N.J. Culbard Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

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


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Underrated: Black Hammer: Secret Origins

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Black Hammer: Secret Origins


A lot has been said about Black Hammer, Jeff Lemire’s homage to the classic hero comics of yesteryear, and much of that praise can be found on the back of this very collection. Scott Snyder, Charles Soule, Cullen Bunn, Dan Jurgens and more are all effusive in their praise for a comic that Mark Millar called “the most brilliant comic I’ve read in years.”

I would agree with everything said on the back of the book, honestly. Jeff Lemire is one of the dozen or so writers whose work I will read without caring what it is because I know the quality of writing will always be very high (of course there are some things that just don’t do it for me, but not because they’re bad – but because it’s not entirely my cup of tea). Black Hammer is one of those things that is both really good (better, honestly, than I expected), and entirely my thing.

In short, it’s one of the best things that I have ever read from Jeff Lemire.

So what exactly is the book about? I’ll use the blurb from the back of the book to explain:

Wiped out of their superhero universe by a multiversal crisis, the forgotten heroes of Spiral City now live as a dysfunctional family on a mysterious farm in a small town from which they have no escape.

If it sounds intriguing, well you’ll be happy to know that’s only the very tip of the iceberg. The premise is good, and promises an interesting look at what life looks like after (forced) retirement, but it’s the way that the characters come to life on the page that’s truly gripping. Some have accepted their new lot in life, and are even making the best of what cards they’ve been dealt as they adjust to life after superheroics.

And some, well, some have never given up trying to get home.

The way that Lemire frames the opening parts of Black Hammer (as I write this I have the following three volumes on my read pile, but I’m just looking at volume one today) is that escape is hopeless, and anything other than acceptance is foolishness. But if that were you, would you accept what you’ve been given or do your damnedest to get back to the home you knew, even if it may not be as peaceful as where you are?

The answer, ultimately, would depend on a couple key differences; whether you were at least content with the new life you had or if it was driving you to insanity. Within the pages of Black Hammer, there are characters nearing their breaking point (or in some cases may have already gone beyond the breaking point), and it’s fascinating watching them all struggle to navigate the normal that they now find themselves in.

Black Hammer has spoken to my love of modern takes on distinctly Golden Age heroes. With a Justice League like group of characters locked in mysterious pocket dimension where they’re forced to live normal lives on a farm, we get to explore what happens to a hero on a forced retirement. Not everybody I know is a fan of where this comic is going, and how it’s been getting there, but every issue has been a win for me – which is another reason this appears in this issue of Underrated. But the tinges of something lingering just beneath the surface give a genuine sense of unease to the comic. Black Hammer is very much a slow burn, but it’s going to be incandescent when we get the pay off at the end…


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

ComiXology Has Your New Comic Book Day Covered with Close to 125 New Digital Releases

Empyre: Aftermath Avengers (2020) #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day! ComiXology has you covered with your digital releases with close to 125 new comics available to purchase right now. Check out the full list of releases and start buying now or check out what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

Action Lab: Danger Zone

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Keenspot

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

Th3rd World Studios

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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Check Out Today’s New Digital Comic releases of Nearly 150 New Comics

Empyre #6

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your hookup for your digital needs! There’s nearly 150 new digital comics for you to get right now. Check out the full list of comics here and get buying now or see what you can get by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Action Lab Entertainment

AfterShock

Antarctic Press

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

Caliber Comics

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Hermes Press

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Titan Comics

Valiant

Zenescope


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Dark Horse Comics Teams Up with Legend of Korra Cast for Another Live Read

Following the excitement of the release of Nickelodeon’s hit animated series The Legend of Korra on Netflix snd CBS All Access, Dark Horse has announced another live reading event featuring Janet Varney (Korra) and Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), P.J. Byrne (Bolin), David Faustino (Mako), and Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong), the cast members of The Legend of Korra, on Dark Horse’s Twitch channel, twitch.tv/darkhorsecomics, Wednesday, September 2, at 2:00 p.m. Pacific.

The cast members will conduct a live reading of an excerpt from The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One, picking up where the last live-reading left off!

During the live stream, fans are invited to ask questions about The Legend of Korra. Following the reading, the actors will take part in a moderated Q&A session.

A free digital excerpt of The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One on Dark Horse will be available beginning Monday, at 12:00 a.m. Pacific, so that fans can follow along during the live reading.

During the stream, Dark Horse will give away one prize, to include one copy each of: The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Library Edition and The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Parts 1-3. Participants must enter the giveaway during the live stream in the stream chat (instructions will be given during the broadcast). One entry per person/Twitch account.

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Library Edition and The Legend of Korra: Ruins of the Empire Part 3
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