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Preview: Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Brian Holguin, Joshua Dysart, and Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Brian Froud, Alex Sheikman, and Lizzy John
Letterers: Deron Bennett, Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
Price: $39.99

Collected for the first time in one oversized edition, this series reveals the definitive origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelfling, and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years. 

Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn: Origins), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), and Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who), and lushly illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John (Fraggle Rock), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is a breathtaking return to the fantasy world that has captivated audiences for over thirty years.

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Underrated: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado (Redux)

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: Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado


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I wanted to revisit this book, because I’ve recently reread and still don’t think it gets the attention it deserves. This originally ran in July of 2018.

Jeff Lemire has been writing Bloodshot across various series for a long time. Longer, even, than I have been reading. Two days ago, I picked up the first volume of Bloodshot Reborn as despite reading from around the eighth issue of the series on, I had never actually read the opening to the series. The blurb on the back of this book gives you a pretty good idea of the book’s plot, but what it doesn’t do is tell you that this book is so much more than your typical superhero story.

Bloodshot’s nanites made him a nearly unstoppable killing machine. His enhanced strength, speed, endurance, and healing made him the perfect weapon, and he served his masters at Project Rising Spirit — a private contractor trafficking in violence — very well. Now, Bloodshot is a shadow of his former self. He lives in self-imposed exile, reeling from the consequences of his past life and the recent events that nearly drove him mad. But when a rash of shootings by gunmen who appear to look just like Bloodshot begin, his guilt will send him on a mission to stop the killers, even if it means diving head-long into the violence that nearly destroyed him.

Picking up after the events of The Valiant (expect spoilers for that book if you haven’t read it), Colorado opens with a monologue telling you who Bloodshot was juxtaposed against images in stark contrast to who he is now. Lemire wastes no tie in showing you that a  man who was forced to kill for others has, seemingly, wasted his opportunity at a second chance for a normal life. Within a page or two, you’re hitting rock bottom with the man formerly known as Bloodshot. You can feel his guilt and shame emanating  from the paper as you turn the page, and not once do you blame him for what he’s going through.

This is a man who was broken, and who doesn’t know how to move past what he was. Who woke up from a nightmare only to understand that he was the monster, and now wears the question of whether he deserves to move on as an armour.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is an origin story, of sorts, for Ray Garrison. Which means you don’t need to have read Bloodshot prior to picking up this comic (and, really, although the first series post Valiant relaunch is good, it pales in comparison to the more psychological horror take on the character that Lemire presents us with). This first volume in the series is a brilliant read; I devoured it in one sitting and immediately wanted to read more. I am a huge fan of Jeff Lemire, and think his take on the character is a vastly underrated one when looked at in the grand scheme of the comics read world.

Lemire’s take on Bloodshot is my favourite version of the character, but the opening of his story takes more from the horror genre than one would initially expect. The character’s inner turmoil is obvious and very clear to the reader as Ray Garrison struggles to discover who he is now that he’s no longer a monster; and his biggest fear, and one he must confront as the volume progresses, is that he’s nobody. Without the monster, he is a shell of a man.

Bloodshot Reborn: Colorado is a book I can’t speak highly enough of (were this a review I’d be giving it a solid 10; the art is every bit as impressive as the story), and it genuinely surprised me that I hadn’t heard much about it prior to reading it myself. Maybe that was part of the magic, that unexpected kick in the teeth, but this first volume of Bloodshot Reborn needs to find its place on your shelf – whether physical or digital.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Review: Giantkillers

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Arkon the Giantkiller is fated to protect Auoro, the One True Chosen, so that she may destroy the evil Lord Omin. She just has to survive long enough to do it! Bart Sears pens the story he has always wanted to tell, a tale of brutal sword-swinging action as Arkon seeks to rescue the infant Auoro from her captors.

Giantkillers is the kind of book that comes along and takes you entirely by surprise. I wasn’t honestly sure what I expected when going into the comic, but I won’t pretend that I wasn’t aware of the price tag as I started reading. $8 for a 60 odd page book could be a bit steep if the content wasn’t up to snuff, but there’s no worry about that here.

There are three stories within this book that tell part of the story of Arkon at various parts of his life, all written by Bart Sears with various artists joining him. The mixing of the creative teams adds a flavour to the two comic strips, but the highlight for me was Sears’ prose story, It Begins… At The End, with the additional illustrations to emphasize certain story moments with the prose. I’m not saying the comic strips were a low point of the comic, rather that in a comic full of greatness, the prose was a highlight.

The bulk of the comic is dedicated to Killer, a brutal tour de force that has one man taking on numerous orcs and giants with a delightfully brutal grace. It’s not a story you should be showing kids, but the action is incredibly cathartic and beautifully illustrated.

With Giantkillers giving us a look at three different stages of Akron’s life, you’re left with just enough to tantalize. Just enough to leave you wanting needing more from this world. Bart Sears hasn’t quite crafted a masterpiece, but he has written a bloody fine comic that is worth every penny of the $7.99 that you should spend on this.

Killer
Writer: Bart Sears Breakdowns: Rick Leonardi Finishes: Mark Pennington
Colours: Nanjan Jamberi Letters: A Larger World Studios
It Begins… At The End
Writer & Illustrator: Bart Sears
Kitty, Kitty,
Writer: Bart Sears: Art: Meghan Hetrik
Colours: Nanjan Jamberi Letters: Dave Lanphear
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

ECCC 2019: Matt Wagner’s Grendel Returns to Dark Horse

Grendel Prime searches the stars for a new home for mankind, and Matt Wagner returns to his darkest creation! Dark Horse has announced a new Grendel series from Eisner Award-nominated creator Matt Wagner, joined by colorist Brennan Wagner, and letterer Dave Lanphear.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey sees Grendel back in action as he sets off into space to save humanity itself. This new series will see standard issue covers illustrated by Grendel creator Matt Wagner, with a special issue #1 variant illustrated by Eisner Award winner Fábio Moon and variant covers coming for all subsequent issues.

As civilization comes to an end on Earth, the final Grendel Khan gives Grendel Prime a new directive: Find a new home for the human race. But will the deadly and relentless paladin ultimately save humanity . . . or destroy it? Find out in Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey!

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1 (of eight) goes on sale October 2, 2019.

Grendel: Devil’s Odyssey #1

Review: Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen The Complete Collection Vol. 1

Kieron Gillen steers the X-Men through Fear Itself, Schism, and Regenesis! Plus, Beast and Abigail Brand must save S.W.O.R.D. when Peter Gyrich stages a coup!

Collecting S.W.O.R.D. #1-5, UNCANNY X-MEN (1981) #534.1 and #535-544, X-MEN: REGENESIS and UNCANNY X-MEN (2011) #1-3.

Story: Kieron Gillen
Art: Steve Sanders, Billy Tan, Carlos Pacheco, Terry Dodson, Jorge Molina, Rodney Buchemi, Ibraim Roverson, Paco Diaz, Greg Land, Jamie McKelvie
Ink: Craig Yeung, Cam Smith, Dan Green, Nathan Lee, Rachel Dodson, Roger Bonet, Walden Wong, Jorge Molina, Paco Diaz, Jay Leisten
Color: Matthew Wilson, Andres Mossa, Frank D’Armata, Justin Ponsor, Rachelle Rosenberg, Jim Charalampidis, Jorge Molina, Dommo, Rex Lokus
Letterer: Dave Lanphear, Rob Steen, Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores on March 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Decades Marvel in the ’50s “Captain America Strikes”

Marvel continues to celebrate 80 years with Decades Marvel in the 50s which takes a look at the publisher during that decade.

Entitled “Captain America Strikes,” the trade includes Young Men #24-28, Captain America #76-78, Men’s Adventures #27-28, and Captain America: Theater of War – America First! by John Romita, Sr., Mort Lawrence, Jack Abell, Howard Chaykin, Edgar Delgado, Dave Lanphear, and more.

Get your copy in comic shops today and in book stores on February 26! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Matt Wagner’s Mage Comes to an Epic Conclusion in Style after 35 Years of Adventure

Image Comics has announced that long-running, cult-favorite series Mage by Matt Wagner will feature a special, breathtaking 8-page gatefold in the finale issue of the series, Mage: The Hero Denied #15. This highly collectible issue will bring the series to a stunning conclusion after 35 years of adventure.

First premiering as part of the indie comics boom in the ’80s, Mage tells the story of the classic Hero’s Journey through the lens of a contemporary setting and as an allegorical autobiography of Wagner himself.

Wagner’s fictional alter-ego, Kevin Matchstick, confronts both supernatural enemies as well as his own humanity in his heroic role—a modern-day incarnation of the legendary Pendragon, wielder of the mystic weapon, Excalibur.

A vanguard of the independent comics movement for decades, Wagner is perhaps best known for his epic crime-and-sci-fi noir narrative, Grendel, but it is in the pages of Mage that his most personal story comes to fruition.

Mage: The Hero Denied #15 Cover A by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180259) and Cover B by Wagner (Diamond Code DEC180260) will feature colors by Brennan Wagner and letters by Dave Lanphear as a special oversized issue weighing in at 56 pages.

It will retail for $7.99 and arrives in stores on Wednesday, February 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 4th.

Preview: Ninja-K #13

NINJA-K #13

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letter by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover A by KANO
Cover B VIKTOR KALVACHEV
Ninja Programme Variant by MARC LAMING
Pre-Order Edition by JIM MAHFOOD

Betrayal looms!

At long last, Ninjak’s finally got the Dying One in his crosshairs! But as the two deadly warriors prepare to do battle for the fate of the Eternal Warrior’s body, another threat looms on the horizon… MI6 is closing in on their master spy with another covert operation – one that will force Ninjak to forsake the woman he loves!

Pulse-pounding writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and senses-shattering artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE) tighten the screws as “FALLOUT” reaches an unforgettable turning point!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale NOVEMBER 14th

Preview: Ninja-K Vol. 2: The Coalition TPB

NINJA-K VOL. 2: THE COALITION TPB

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

“THE COALITION” spells doom!

A once-loyal agent has defected from the ranks of MI6’s most elite espionage unit… and Ninjak has been dispatched across the globe to prevent his secrets from plunging the world into chaos. But, in the shadows of Mexico City, Colin King is about to discover something far more deadly… The Ninja Programme’s own former sensei, the Jonin, has assembled a conspiratorial circle of enigmatic enemies – the Dying One, Kostiy the Deathless, Linton March, and The United’s Ultimo – for a purpose so sinister that even Ninjak can’t risk engaging them alone. Enter: Livewire, Punk Mambo, Dr. Mirage, and GIN-GR – Ninjak’s brand-new black ops team with a very specific set of skills…and a license to kill the unkillable!

Collecting NINJA-K #6-9.

$14.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 10th
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-281-2

Preview: Ninja-K #12

NINJA-K #12

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE LANPHEAR
Cover A by KANO
Cover B KOI TURNBULL
Ninja Programme Variant by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 10th

Catch me if you can!

With the fate of the Eternal Warrior hanging in the balance, Ninjak has tracked The Dying One – a being who reemerges in a new human body whenever they die – to a small town outside of Chernobyl. But Colin King is about to uncover secrets more unsettling than the loss of his friend Gilad. Abandoned in the wilds of the Russian wilderness, the world’s most dangerous super-spy must now survive against an unthinkable onslaught of science experiments from the twisted mind of his immortal foe!

“FALLOUT” continues as renowned writer Christos Gage (Netflix’s Daredevil) and celebrated artist Roberto de la Torre (THE DEATH-DEFYING DOCTOR MIRAGE) lead a manhunt for the ages!

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