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Preview: Canto III: Lionhearted #5 (of 6)

Canto III: Lionhearted #5 (of 6)

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Drew Zucker
In Shops: Jan 19, 2022
SRP: $3.99

Fan-favorite CANTO continues! Canto; his bestial friend, the Malorex; and Aulaura, the warrior, stand between an army on one side and Canto’s oldest enemies on the other. Can Canto change the hearts of his former slavers to come to his aid against the Shrouded Man’s forces? The danger’s never been graver, but Canto will see it through!

Canto III: Lionhearted #5 (of 6)

Review: Rain #1

Rain #1
Rain #1, variant cover by Ashley Wood

Joe Hill is a master of emotional horror, of crafting stories that rip through the spectrum of human expression and into the darker things that pump life into his characters. Those things vary in form, be it the fears that accompany motherhood as seen in NOS4A2 or the excesses of life and the extremes they push us into in Heart-Shaped Box. In Image Comics Rain, adapted from a Joe Hill story of the same name by David M. Booher and Zoe Thorogood, the darkness comes from the concept of sudden loss and how unfair life can be when it comes to love.

Rain follows two young women who are in the process of moving in together. Each one has had to go through the harrowing process of coming out to their parents and their experiences range from surprisingly good to deeply traumatizing. As they arrive on the day the move actually starts, sharp crystal-like nails fall from the sky, killing everyone caught outside enjoying what was originally an invitingly sunny day.

Zoe Thorogood’s art goes for a dark fairy tale feel that frames the story in a kind of magically realistic world that’s as wondrous as it is lethal. It’s a curious approach given the only fantastical element thus far, in the first issue, is the rain of nails. Regardless, the strangeness of the event is enough to make the entire story play out as if realism isn’t an unanimously agreed upon condition.

Rain

That’s not to say it works to its detriment. Booher’s script manages to effectively translate the scope of Hill’s emotional arcs into the comic and it does a phenomenal job of keeping things grounded in that regard. It makes for a unique marriage of text and art, but one that succeeds in telling a story that requires more fantasy than usual to get its point across.

There’s also a fair bit of worldbuilding on display in Rain’s first issue, especially in terms of how the couple’s relationship fits into a time and place where acceptance isn’t as widespread as we’d hope it to be. This helps make the world the characters inhabit feel unsafe, a place where people would’ve been right to expect an actual rain of deadly nails to descend upon them at any moment.

Booher and Thorogood’s adaptation of Hill’s novella is a great example of what a creative team can conjure up when it so fully understands the vision behind a story. Adaptation is no easy task, especially when it comes with the expectation it has to be as good (if not greater) than the source text. Fortunately for Rain, the first issue starts the series out on the right foot, with the promise of more darkly curious things to come.

Story: Joe Hill and David M. Booher Art: Zoe Thorogood
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Buy and keep a metal-plated umbrella handy. The way things are going, we should be getting sharp nail showers any minute now.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review purposes.


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Advance Review: Rain #1

Rain #1
Rain #1, variant cover by Ashley Wood

Joe Hill is a master of emotional horror, of crafting stories that rip through the spectrum of human expression and into the darker things that pump life into his characters. Those things vary in form, be it the fears that accompany motherhood as seen in NOS4A2 or the excesses of life and the extremes they push us into in Heart-Shaped Box. In Image Comics Rain, adapted from a Joe Hill story of the same name by David M. Booher and Zoe Thorogood, the darkness comes from the concept of sudden loss and how unfair life can be when it comes to love.

Rain follows two young women who are in the process of moving in together. Each one has had to go through the harrowing process of coming out to their parents and their experiences range from surprisingly good to deeply traumatizing. As they arrive on the day the move actually starts, sharp crystal-like nails fall from the sky, killing everyone caught outside enjoying what was originally an invitingly sunny day.

Zoe Thorogood’s art goes for a dark fairy tale feel that frames the story in a kind of magically realistic world that’s as wondrous as it is lethal. It’s a curious approach given the only fantastical element thus far, in the first issue, is the rain of nails. Regardless, the strangeness of the event is enough to make the entire story play out as if realism isn’t an unanimously agreed upon condition.

Rain

That’s not to say it works to its detriment. Booher’s script manages to effectively translate the scope of Hill’s emotional arcs into the comic and it does a phenomenal job of keeping things grounded in that regard. It makes for a unique marriage of text and art, but one that succeeds in telling a story that requires more fantasy than usual to get its point across.

There’s also a fair bit of worldbuilding on display in Rain’s first issue, especially in terms of how the couple’s relationship fits into a time and place where acceptance isn’t as widespread as we’d hope it to be. This helps make the world the characters inhabit feel unsafe, a place where people would’ve been right to expect an actual rain of deadly nails to descend upon them at any moment.

Booher and Thorogood’s adaptation of Hill’s novella is a great example of what a creative team can conjure up when it so fully understands the vision behind a story. Adaptation is no easy task, especially when it comes with the expectation it has to be as good (if not greater) than the source text. Fortunately for Rain, the first issue starts the series out on the right foot, with the promise of more darkly curious things to come.

Story: Joe Hill and David M. Booher Art: Zoe Thorogood
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Buy and keep a metal-plated umbrella handy. The way things are going, we should be getting sharp nail showers any minute now.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review purposes.


Purchase: comiXologyKindleZeus ComicsTFAW

Preview: Canto III: Lionhearted #4 (of 6)

Canto III: Lionhearted #4 (of 6)

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Drew Zucker
In Shops: Nov 10, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Fan-favorite CANTO continues! In the frozen north, Canto confronts someone he never thought he would see again. As the Shrouded Man’s army approaches, Canto must make one last desperate plea to his old foe for aid. Even if Canto succeeds, will it be enough?

Canto III: Lionhearted #4 (of 6)

Joe Hill’s Rain Launches Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood’s Syzygy Publishing

 A graphic adaptation of Joe Hill’s Rain will serve as the debut offering from Syzygy Publishing, Chris Ryall and Ashley Wood’s new publishing venture. This first, five issue miniseries will kick off the new line of comics, graphic novels, and art books—from the Zombies vs Robots co-creators—beginning in January 2022

The award-winning creative team consisting of writer David M. Booher, artist Zoe Thorogood, colorist Chris O’Halloran, and letterer Shawn Lee will come together to bring Joe Hill’s Rain to sequential form. Ryall and Wood contribute editorial and logo/production design, respectively.

Rain first appeared in author Joe Hill’s acclaimed novella collection Strange Weather, and tells the story of a seemingly normal August day in Boulder, Colorado—the skies are clear and Honeysuckle Speck couldn’t be happier. She’s finally moving in with her girlfriend, Yolanda. But their world is literally torn apart when dark clouds roll in and release a downpour of nails—splinters of bright crystal that shred the skin of anyone not safely under cover. 

Rain makes vivid this escalating apocalyptic event, as the deluge of nails spreads across the country and around the world, threatening everything young lovers Honeysuckle and Yolanda hold dear. 

Rain’s debut issue features a primary Klimpt-inspired cover illustrated by Thorogood; while Elizabeth Beals offers up a vibrant variant cover. Wood also pays tribute to Klimpt in a special painted 1:25 copy incentive cover. 

As an added highlight, each issue of Rain will feature a bonus story from Unnamed, an upcoming series by Ryall and Wood following immortal hunters in pursuit of a fanged creature and set during swingin’ ’60s London. 

Rain #1 (of 5), a 32-page, $3.99 comic, will hit shelves on January 12, 2022:

  • Cover A by Thorogood – Diamond Code NOV210023
  • Cover B by Beals – Diamond Code NOV210024
  • Cover C Blank cover – Diamond Code NOV210025
  • Cover D 1:25 copy incentive by Wood – Diamond Code NOV210026
  • Cover E 1:50 copy incentive De Liz – Diamond Code NOV210027
  • Cover F 1:100 copy incentive Thorogood sketch – Diamond Code NOV210028

NYCC 2021: Canto #1 Gets an Exclusive Reprint

Before the movie announcement with Will Smith’s Westbrook Studios, before the Clockwork Fairies and the Curse of the Shrouded Man, Canto began as a tiny knight in search of a heart. Now, the dynamic creative duo of writer David M. Booher and artist Drew Zucker have announced a partnership with Whatnot for a special New York Comic Con exclusive 4th printing of Canto #1 from IDW Publishing to celebrate just how far the tiny clockwork knight has come.

In Canto #1, Canto’s adventure begins! Enslaved for generations, Canto’s people once had hearts. Now they have clocks. When slavers damage a little tin girl’s clock beyond repair, Canto must brave his strange and fantastic world to bring back her heart. Can he overcome the dangers that await to save the one he loves?

Seeking to make a positive community driven marketplace, this is Whatnot’s first partnership for a comic exclusive. Originally launched in June 2019, this exclusive 4th printing of Canto #1 is a great homage to the issue that started it all. Three variant covers will be available based on the original first printing cover. Cover A and cover B (a limited variant without title dress) have new colors by Canto colorist Vittorio Astone. Cover C is a limited black and white variant. The exclusives will only be available at NYCC 2021 at the Whatnot booth, as well as on the Whatnot app during the convention while supplies last.

Both David M. Booher and Drew Zucker will be in attendance at New York Comic Con, Oct. 7-10, with exclusive signings at the Whatnot booth #2057, Friday 12:30pm-2:30pm, Saturday 12-2pm, and Sunday 2-4pm.

Preview: Firefly: River Run #1

Firefly: River Run #1

(W) David M. Booher (A) Andres Genolet (CA) Christian Ward
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $7.99

How did Simon save River from the terrifying Hands-Of-Blue?

The great lengths Dr. Simon Tam had to go to in order to save his only sister, River, from her captors are finally revealed in this special standalone issue!

Follow Simon’s “fall from grace” as he risks it all and races against time to save River… even as she struggles to hold onto her sanity.

The truth of River’s life in the Alliance Academy facility, what really happened to her there, and the origin of Firefly’s greatest sibling bond is finally revealed by writer David S. Booher (Canto) and artist Andrés Genolet (Runaways)!

Firefly: River Run #1

Preview: Canto III: Lionhearted #3 (of 6)

Canto III: Lionhearted #3 (of 6)

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Drew Zucker
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

As Canto and Aulaura embark on the quest to find the Vikus in the icy Frysta Wastes, Falco and Rikta sneak into the City of Dis to scout for a surprise attack. Neither quest goes according to plan. Falco and Rikta stumble on a much greater threat, and Canto teeters on the edge of failure-literally.

Canto III: Lionhearted #3 (of 6)

Preview: Canto III: Lionhearted #2 (of 6)

Canto III: Lionhearted #2 (of 6)

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Drew Zucker
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Fan-favorite CANTO continues! The clockwork knight and his old friend, the warrior Aulaura, are in search of allies in their coming war against the Shrouded Man. Possibly the greatest allies they could hope for are Canto’s former slavers, but before they can attempt to build bridges and combine their efforts, they must be found! And the only one who knows where they may be is on the other side of a Kraken!

Canto III: Lionhearted #2 (of 6)

Preview: Canto III: Lionhearted #1 (of 6)

Canto III: Lionhearted #1 (of 6)

(W) David M. Booher (A/CA) Drew Zucker
In Shops: Jul 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Fan-favorite CANTO continues! The tiny clockwork knight in search of a heart has found his people’s freedom and has saved them from the curse of the Shrouded Man, but is he ready to face his enemy on the battlefield? After making the ultimate sacrifice, Canto bears a weapon that could defeat the Shrouded Man and free all the inhabitants of the Unnamed World. Now, he races to find a hidden settlement of his former slavers to enlist them as allies in the coming war. That is… if the Shrouded Man doesn’t find them first…

This July, join the latest adventure in the Canto-verse that Major Spoilers called “a quest story to savor.”

Canto III: Lionhearted #1 (of 6)
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