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Preview: Britannia Deluxe Edition HC

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP, ROBERT GILL, RYAN LEE, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE, JUAN CASTRO, BRIAN THIES
Colors by JORDIE BELLAIRE, FRANKIE D’ARMATA, JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA, DIEGO RODRIGUEZ, ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON
$49.99 | 320 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st | HARDCOVER | ISBN: 978-1-68215-320-8

On the fringes of civilization, the world’s first detective is about to make an unholy discovery.

In the remote outpost of Britannia, Antonius Axia – the First Detective – will become Rome’s only hope to reassert control over the empire’s most barbaric frontier…and keep the monsters that bridge the line between myth and mystery at bay.

Collecting BRITANNIA #1–4, BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #1–4, and BRITANNIA: LOST EAGLES OF ROME #1–4, along with over 20+ pages of rarely seen art and extras!

BRITANNIA DELUXE EDITION HC

Preview: Punk Mambo #4 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #4 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by DAVID MACK
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 31st

Punk Mambo faces off against a sinister sorcerer!

What does Azaire want with the loa he’s collected?

Mambo reaches deep into her bag of tricks to level the playing field. Sex magic may or may not be involved. But voodoo dolls definitely are.

PUNK MAMBO #4 (of 5)

Review: Psi-Lords #2

Psi-Lords #2

After an explosive escape from a cosmic prison, Psi-Lords #2 has the team of amnesiac astronauts needing to find a way home!

But where is the ship that brought them here in the first place? And just who are these Psi-Lords they keep hearing about?

It’s a deadly scavenger hunt around the Gyre in search of a way back home. But, this cosmic ring of decaying ships hides many threats within its aging walls!

You know those stories that don’t start at the beginning, but instead begin closer to the middle and fill in the blanks through dialogue, flashbacks and things like that? Welcome to Psi-Lords. A series that features four humans of varying nationalities who wake up in deep space with no memory and with some awesome new powers as they try to figure out who they are and how they can get home.

The characters’ lack of memory plays well into the story. Though there hasn’t been much revealed about how their story began, that doesn’t seem to matter. The reader begins to discover the same little nuggets about the character origins as the characters do. Plotwise it makes for a good way to trickle the origin in with the main flow of the story. It prevents interrupting the story with flashbacks that end up revealing too much too fast.

Psi-Lords #2 is a step up from the previous issue. Writer Fred Van Lente has a more concise story to tell that has a much smoother flow. Although this isn’t one of Van Lente’s better comics, it no longer has the missteps of the first issue when it comes to the pace and plot points. There’s still room for improvement but this issue is better in terms of how the story moves along. There’s also a wonderfully dry comment about the nature of the amnesia the characters are dealing with that made me laugh more than it probably should have.

Once again, Renato Guedes is utterly phenomenal on artistic duties. The otherworldly elements and oddly adorable yet kind of creepy alien species introduced in the book. For the second time this series, Guedes elevates this comic into one you have to spend time with to truly drink in all the details on the pages in your hand. His art has a wonderful feel that does more to place the comic away from Earth than you may initially give credit for as the colours and soft edges pull you into the far reaches of space.

Psi-Lords #2 is a step above the previous issue. If it keeps trending this way then it’s going be an absolute must-read within a couple of issues. Keep your eye on this one.

Story: Fred Van Lente
Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 6.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Psi-Lords #2

PSI-LORDS #2

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAVID NAKAYAMA
Cover B by CASPAR WIJNGAARD
Cover C by STEPHANIE HANS
Pre-Order Edition Cover by PAULINA GANUCHEAU
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 24th

After an explosive escape from a cosmic prison, the team of amnesiac astronauts needs to find a way home!

But where is the ship that brought them here in the first place? And just who are these Psi-Lords they keep hearing about?

It’s a deadly scavenger hunt around the Gyre in search of a way back home, but this cosmic ring of decaying ships hides many threats within its aging walls!

Review: The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5

The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5

In The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5, Toyo Harada is dead! 

The long-lost secret of Harada’s estranged son revealed! Harada’s final allies stand strong as they protect their master’s vision!

The penultimate issue of Valiant’s The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada shows how the members of Harada’s team are dealing with his demise and the fall of his dream. That Toyo Harada could be seen as a villain is a fairly obvious statement; he was the antagonist of much of the Harbinger series, after all. The opposite can also be said. Harada’s primary goal has always been to create a Utopian society. One where the problems and issues stemming from current governing systems can be avoided or corrected. One has to ask, in the face of this utopia, which he will do anything to achieve, is the world justified in declaring war against Harada?

Who is the villain in this story that has more grey areas than a certain book series.

Toyo Harada is the kind of character that doesn’t come around often, and when they do, they’re always divisively popular as they begin to make one question whether they are truly villainous or merely driven by their goals. Harada was often framed as the villain in Harbinger, though one can argue that was simply because of the side of the story we were following, rather than the character being evil (again, there’s the divisive aspect of the man – there are more times than not that I find myself agreeing with his goals, but not always his methods). As Alan Moore wrote in Watchmen “I understand. Without condoning or condemning, I understand.”

I wrote this in the review of the second issue, and felt it needed repeating. This is a book that lives in the moral grey areas, and I love it.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #5 opens with some poignant and at times heartbreaking moments. It features Harada’s allies as they each come to terms with his death in their own way. Stronghold’s thread reveals a little more about Harada’s past through the eyes of a young Stronghold. Sunlight On Snow’s scenes are an absolute highlight of the comic. They’re beautifully presented and are one highlight among a comic full of wonder.

I’ve already mentioned that artistically, The Life And Death Of Toyo Harada #5 is freaking awesome. With the talent of Cafu and Kano, who are joined by colourist Andrew Dalhouse, the expectations are obviously going to be high – and they’re more than met. When a series has so much potential as this one has, it’s easy to assume that maybe there’d be a fault to find – either with the art or with Joshua Dysart‘s writing. There isn’t. This book, indeed the entire series, is nigh on perfect.

It’s actually kinda hard to explain in words just how awesome this series is; both as a capstone to Dysart’s run with the character, but also as a standalone series about a man who knows he’s destined for greatness. The series as a whole has risen from strength to strength, and with one issue left, I’m already earmarking this as being an early favorite for my top comic of 2019.

Story: Joshua Dysart Art: Cafu and Diego Yapur
Colours: Andrew Dalhouse
and Diego Rodriguez Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided a FREE copy for review, but this is a book I’ll be buying when it hits the racks.

Preview: The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #5 (of 6)

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #5 (of 6)

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by CAFU, KANO
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by BUTCH GUICE
Cover B by RAÚL ALLÉN
Cover C by JACK HERBERT
$4.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale JULY 17th

Toyo Harada is dead! 

The long-lost secret of Harada’s estranged son revealed! Harada’s final allies stand strong as they protect their master’s vision!

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOYO HARADA #5 (of 6)

Roku is unleashed by Valiant, Cullen Bunn, and Ramón F. Bachs this October

New York Times bestselling writer Cullen Bunn and stunning artist Ramón F. Bachs unleash Roku, Valiant’s villainous redhead! Former MI6 operative turned contract killer, Roku’s new mission will test her in ways she never expected!

Roku is a thrilling, four-issue limited series launching from Valiant at comic book shops everywhere on October 30, 2019, featuring colors by Stéphane Paitreau, letters by Dave Sharpe, and covers by Viktor KalvachevDave JohnsonMarc Laming, and Howard Chaykin.

Roku

Review: Punk Mambo #3

Punk Mambo wants revenge. Best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

For some reason, I’m sure it’s a coincidence, I’ve been listening to Bad Religion, Black Flag and other punk bands. The raw yet refined nature of their anger mixed with strangely infectious tunes springs to mind as I read this comic. I love bands that you really can’t hum along to, so my definition of an infectious tune will differ. It’s the raw and refined anger of punk music that Cullen Bunn captures so well within these pages.

Punk Mambo’s willingness and comfort doing her own thing when facing down a powerful enemy is a great example of her mentality. Just because people think you should do a thing, doesn’t mean you should. Especially if you don’t give a shit what they think.

This issue shows us the mental toughness of the character as she faces a brutal trial by combat after wandering through a muted effervescent factory floor filled with mystics. It’s a scene the showcases Adam Gorham‘s grasp of visual presentation. His use of two double page spreads one after the other serve as the visual focal point of the comic. That’s bookended by some interesting use of perspective with the panel and grid layouts. That highlights the descent into the supernatural verses. The more structured pages earlier in the comic where the story focuses on more real-world concerns.

Beyond Bunn’s grasp of the character’s nature, and his ability to weaves that into a compelling tale about the structure of voodoo and the mystic arts, we’re treated to an exciting visual masterpiece from Adam Gorham and colorist Jose Villarrubia. It’s the perfect representation of the story in your hands. It’s a gritty, yet odd enticing tale that makes for a brilliant comic book.

Punk Mambo #3 is the middle part of a series that, right at the halfway point has fallen into my Must Read pile with a screaming guitar and some pounding drums. I don’t know what I expected from a Valiant series focused on the publisher’s unconventional Voodoo practitioner. It sure as hell wasn’t a tale that pulled me in so completely.

I’m not normally a fan of magic based stories unless there’s a healthy dose of sword with my sorcery, but there’s something about this character, and this comic, that just has me excited. Punk Mambo has that X factor that so many comics just fall short of, and it is glorious. For a great comic, and a series that may be read through independently of any of her previous appearances. Punk Mambo #3 is easily one of the best comics I’ve read this month – don’t miss this book.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Gorham
Colours: Jose Villarrubia Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.2 Art: 9.2 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Punk Mambo #3 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #3 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Pre-Order Edition by ADAM GORHAM
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 26th

Uncle Gunnysack: 1, Punk Mambo: 0!

Punk Mambo wants revenge. Best of luck to anyone standing in her way.

Prepare yourself for some mystic mayhem!

PUNK MAMBO #3

Review: Psi-Lords #1

Psi-Lords #1

The Psi-Lords make their debut in the modern-era Valiant Universe in a brand-new ongoing series! 

But WHO are they? And where they heck are they?! Prepare for a cosmic adventure like no other! Seriously, it’s wild stuff.

Psi-Lords was teased in a Free Comic Book Day issue from… oh, at least a couple of years ago, now. To say that fans have been waiting a long time for the comic is a bit of an understatement. Having never read the original Valiant 90s series, I have no reference for comparison. I approached this with the expectation that all I need to know to enjoy the comic will be within.

The book opens with four individuals in a high tech, or potentially alien, prison with little to no idea who they are. Guided by a disembodied voice, the four discover they have incredible powers, and may even be gods. What follows is a strangely disjointed prison escape tale. that is little more than a couple of key moments surrounded by cliche designed to further the plot. And that’s the major gripe with this comic – it feels too much like Fred Van Lente is trying to get to a certain point that he’s moving the comic quickly while trying to provide some context, and it doesn’t work. Psi-Lords #1 is certainly not one of the writer’s finest works.

It isn’t quite clear what level of amnesia the characters have, nor why they only remember they have powers once they’re told about them – I’m willing to give the series the benefit of the doubt for another issue or two, but the writing doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.

Thankfully, Renato Guedes is able to carry the load with some utterly phenomenal art. At the very least you need to see this book to believe it – it is breathtaking to watch Guedes navigate the characters through the unfamiliar environs and stark halls, the explosive action sequences leap from the page and pull your eyes into a comic you may have been otherwise tempted to ignore.

Psi-Lords #1 doesn’t require any real knowledge of the original series, but the plot doesn’t really stand out either. It’s a comic that is visually fantastic, but with a plot that barely rises above average. Whether it’s worth reading is up to you, but for me it wasn’t worth the wait.

Story: Fred Van Lente
Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 6.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.1 Recommendation: Read

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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