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Preview: Eve Stranger #2

Eve Stranger #2

David Barnett (w) • Philip Bond (a & c)

Eve Stranger can do anything thanks to the nanotech that she has to inject every week to stay alive… anything except remember who she is or where she’s been. Her talents sold by the shadowy E.V.E. Project to the highest bidder, Eve’s latest mission finds her on the run in Pamplona, Spain. High-octane adventure, weird science, and doomed romance meet the jet-set in “Retrograde”!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Eve Stranger #2
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Preview: Punks Not Dead: London Calling #5

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #5

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmons (a & c)

It’s the moment the whole story has been building to… Fergie comes face-to-face with Billy, the dad he’s never met. Or should that be Beleth, banished prince of hell? But before that, have Sid and Fergie actually found a way to stop being stuck together? And finally, Dorothy and Asif return to London with Natalie in tow for a battle royale unlike any other. Don’t miss “To the Underworld,” the smashing conclusion to our sophomore arc!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #5

Preview: Punks Not Dead: London Calling #4

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #4

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmonds (a & c)

Butch and Sundance! Bonnie and Clyde! Laurel and Hardy! History is littered with great double acts, but the ultimate boy-meets-ghost odd couple is no more as Fergie and Sid go their separate ways. While Sid heads off to look up old mates, Fergie finally meets his dad in London Calling: “To the Imitation Zone.”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #4

Review: Eve Stranger #1

Eve Stranger #1

The premise of David Barnett, Philip Bond, and Eva de la Cruz’s Eve Stranger #1 is basically “What if Jason Bourne was a girl with blue hair?” There’s also a little bit of Luc Besson’s “tiny girl assassin with one name kicks ass” in its DNA. This first issue follows the amnesiac Eve as she goes forward with her first “mission” that involves traveling to hotels, saving kids from human traffickers, and lots of sad, but cute childhood flashbacks. With occasional digressions to show how Eve’s blood is basically a commodity, Barnett keeps the plotting linear, yet mysterious like Eve Stranger’s past. And it’s all contradicted by his and Liz Prince’s backup story, which seems like a joke/cheeky political satire, but is it?

The real highlight of Eve Stranger #1 is Philip Bond’s artwork complemented by bright pops of blue and yellow from Eva de la Cruz to add intrigue and action to the hum drum of modern living. Bond worked on Deadline in the 1990s with Jamie Hewlett of Tank Girl and Gorillaz and collaborated on Grant Morrison classics like Kill Your Boyfriend and Invisibles. His style is a hybrid between the smooth lines of Frank Quitely and Hewlett’s cartoon anarchy. It works well for a slick spy caper with just the hint of attitude as Eve isn’t a monosyllabic Bourne or Terminator and beams with glee when she buys yet another Rolls Royce motorcycle.

Bond has a real gift for crafting cool action moments like when Eve kicks the room service attendant right in the tray after lazing in bed for the previous few pages or the bit of gunplay that goes down later in the issue. But he and David Barnett don’t skimp on the emotion creating a connection between Eve and her real (?) dad that continues throughout the comic. Any time, Eve sees a child, there is a flashback to her childhood with her dad and a group of kids that were probably trained to be assassins too. It’s a quick visual reminder that Eve is a teenager and not just a weapon, and the use of Herge Tintin eyes on the kid characters allows for the reader to identify with them..

And the teenage part especially shines in Barnett and Prince’s backup story to Eve Stranger #1 whose ending leads into the beginning of the issue and gets a wee bit meta with references to other Black Crown stories. It’s a sweet story about Eve as a girl reporter, who because she can only observe events and can’t interfere, has to wait for sexy shirtless fireman to rescue her elderly neighbor’s cat. Prince has a cute, humorous art style with big gestures and faces that lulls you into a false sense of security while Barnett makes the connection to the main story.

Eve Stranger #1’s story is a tad derivative of the action movies that I mentioned in the first paragraph, but David Barnett and Philip Bond seem to be just as concerned with their protagonist’s emotion and quest for autonomy as showing her doing cool things. Plus the art and colors are stylish, distinct, and the opposite of house style, which has been one of the strengths of the Black Crown imprint as a whole.

Story: David Barnett Art: Philip Bond
Colors: Eva de la Cruz Letters: Jane Heir
Backup Art: Liz Prince
Story:7 Art: 9 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

IDW/Black Crown provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Eve Stranger #1

Eve Stranger #1

David Barnett (w) • Philip Bond (a & c)

You have unlimited funds, a jet-set lifestyle, and extraordinary abilities. And your bloodstream is filled with nanobombs. The contents of a syringe will deactivate them for a week and also wipe your memory. So what happens when you develop a sneaking suspicion that you’re actually working for the bad guys? EVE STRANGER, amnesiac-for-hire.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Eve Stranger #1

Preview: Punks Not Dead: London Calling #3

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #3

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmonds (a & c)

In northern England, Fergie’s mom Julie gets a fatal blow—while in London, Sid and Fergie… hit the pub? Plus, we take a trip back to 2002 to learn the true story of why Fergie’s father disappeared, and how super spy Dorothy Culpepper was involved. Hint: it’s basically all her fault!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #3

Preview: Punks Not Dead: London Calling #2

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #2

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmonds (a & c)

In the spirit of awkward house calls, Fergie and Sid’s urgent quest for Fergie’s long-absent father finds them holed up in a dilapidated London boozer… where they meet some unwelcome old enemies and make an interesting new friend. Back in Preston, Dorothy Culpepper of The Department of Extra-Usual Affairs gets a proper wallop and Fergie’s mom Julie and kinda-girlfriend Natalie end up with blood on their hands. The spirit of ’77 is alive by night with power chords and psychic grenades in London Calling: “To the Faraway Towns.”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #2

Preview: Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmonds (a & c)

Teenage geek Fergie Ferguson and his BF Sid, the ghost of a punk rocker who only Fergie can see or hear, are on the lam for a murder they didn’t exactly commit. They’ve made it to London but on their tail are the police, the quirky paranormal investigation agency the Department of Extra-Usual Affairs, and some really freaky magpie monsters, so there’s not (much) time for sightseeing.

While Fergie tracks down his long-absent father to get answers about his powerful new “abilities” (Sid calls them “psychic grenades”), DfEUA’s old-school mod super spy Dorothy Culpepper and her sensible young partner Asif Baig uncover evidence that links Fergie to the underworld. Fergie’s mum Julie and his not-a-girlfriend Natalie also join forces to save Fergie from life in prison… but with a psychopathic serial killer showing an interest, everybody might soon be running out of time.

How does any of this connect to a visually searing three-chord apocalypse? Never mind the bollocks—another season of the critical darling PUNKS NOT DEAD is here with endless pints of anarchy and social distortion!

PUNKS NOT DEAD: LONDON CALLING is a five-issue miniseries written by David Barnett (Calling Major Tom) and illustrated by Martin Simmonds (Friendo, Marvel: Jessica Jones, and Quicksilver covers). Featuring a variant cover by fan-favorite Rafael Albuquerque (Batgirl, A Study in Emerald). FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Punks Not Dead: London Calling #1

IDW’s Black Crown Imprint Sets Its Sights on Eve Stranger, Amnesiac-for-Hire

Writer David Barnett and artist Philip Bond debut the ultimate undercover operator in Eve Stranger, a five-issue miniseries brought to you by Black Crown, IDW’s creator-owned imprint for fiercely independent voices.

Launching in April, Eve Stranger follows a formidable young woman with unnatural abilities and a repeatedly wiped memory, available to the highest bidder under the threat of exploding nanobombs in her bloodstream.

Eve Stranger

Preview: Punks Not Dead, Vol. 1: Teenage Kicks

Punks Not Dead, Vol. 1: Teenage Kicks

David Barnett (w) • Martin Simmonds (a & c)

As if being an awkward, bullied 15-year-old wasn’t enough, suddenly “Fergie” Ferguson can see ghosts. Well, one ghost specifically… a certain punk rocker named Sid.

Sid’s spirit has been trapped in London’s Heathrow airport for 40 years, until the day he meets Fergie. Now Sid’s ghost is stuck to Fergie, and Fergie has to content with an unruly Ghost sidekick and some weird, uncontrollable new “abilities.” How does the father Fergie never knew fit into all this? And why is the Department of Extra-Usual Affairs showing an interest? Never mind the bollocks—all of this, plus fish fingers, chunky chips, and endless pints of anarchy in the critically-acclaimed series that collects Punks Not Dead issues #1-6.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 152 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-342-1

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