Written by David Pepose Art by Ruben Rojas Colors by Whitney Cogar Lettering by DC Hopkins
What if The Hurt Locker took place in The Wizard of Oz? Find out in THE O.Z., the smash-hit Kickstarter series from Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, Scout’s Honor) and rising star artist Ruben Rojas (Proton)! This action-packed series follows Dorothy Gale’s granddaughter, a disillusioned Iraq war veteran who is swept up by a tornado and stranded in the war-torn land of Oz. Forced to confront her past and her grandmother’s ties to this magical battlefield, this new Dorothy will have to navigate the Tin Soldier, the Scarecrow, and the Prince of Lions if she hopes to bring peace to the Occupied Zone… or as the locals call it, The O.Z.
ComixTribe has announced the full list of creators contributing new stories and art that will be featured in Wailing Blade: Headtaker, the collected edition of its popular dark-sci fi fantasy mini-series released last year, which is currently funding on Kickstarter.
Wailing Blade is created by Rich Douek, writer of the IDW series Road of Bones and the upcoming Sea of Sorrows, and Joe Mulvey, artist of ComixTribe’s SCAM and Mummy’s Always Right and the upcoming Happy Hill.
Billed as Mad Max meets Masters of the Universe, Wailing Blade takes place in a future dark age, and tells the story of a bandit prince who will stop at nothing to save a father sentenced to death by the hands of the legendary Headtaker… even if it means falling to the Wailing Blade himself.
The four-issue mini-series is being collected for the first time and will be available in a softcover format as well as a deluxe, die-cut foil-enhanced hardcover edition. The new trade will include an extensive cover gallery as well as an additional final scene not included in the single issues.
ComixTribe has also enlisted a murders-row of comic talent to help add even more fire-power to this trade collection. This collection features an all-new “Legends of the Wailing Blade” section including over a dozen tales of the origin of the titular blade. In this world, no one truly knows where the Wailing Blade came from or why it wails… but in every tavern, a different tale is spun.
The full roster of participating creators announced include:
Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, The After Realm)
David Andry (Resonant)
John Lees (Sink, Hotell, Mountainhead)
David Pepose (The O.Z., Spencer & Locke, Scout’s Honor)
Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy, Black AF: Devil’s Dye & Trve Kvlt)
Ryan K Lindsay (Eternal, She, Negative Space)
Lane Lloyd (God Puncher)
Kenny Porter (Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Barnstormers)
Gavin Smith (Dead Legends)
Malissa White (Nightmare)
Russell Nohelty (Ichabod Jones: Monster Hunter, Cthulhu is Hard to Spell)
J Paul Schiek (The Lion and the Unicorn, Hush Ronin)
Tyler James (The Red Ten, Oxymoron)
Jarret Katz (The Foreigner)
Alex Cormack (Sink, Road of Bones, Sea of Sorrows)
Fraser Cambell (Alex Automatic, Ind-Xed)
Iain Laurie (And Then Emily Was Gone, The Edge Off)
Andrew Hahn (Powered by The Blood of Five Vampires)
Steven Forbes (Runners, The Proving Grounds)
Travis Hymel (Arkworld)
Rob Multari (Night Wolf)
Marc Thomas (The Monstrous Adventures of Beowulf)
Mario Candelaria (Killchella)
Daniel Earls (Hellfire, Tales from the Pandemic)
Matt Zolman (Epic)
The Wailing Blade: Headtakercampaign to raise $30,000 on Kickstarter to help fund the print run for the deluxe hardcover collection runs until Friday, November 20 at midnight. When funded, the books will ship in February, with digital rewards to be fulfilled in December.
Writer: David Pepose Artist: Luca Casalanguida Colorist: Matt Milla Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia Incentive Cover: Brent Schoonover $4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 1.06.21
Years after a nuclear apocalypse, a new society has risen from the ashes…and their bible is an old Ranger Scout manual.
A young Ranger Scout named Kit has endured the harsh survivalist upbringing needed to conquer the irradiated Colorado Badlands. But after discovering a terrible secret once lost to history, Kit must risk everything on a dangerous quest to uncover the truth behind the Ranger Scouts’ doctrine.
From multiple Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke, Going to the Chapel, The O.Z.) and artist Luca Casalanguida (James Bond, Lost Soldiers) comes a post-apocalyptic coming-of-age tale that proves when all you know is a lie, a Scout’s Honor is the only way to move forward.
Writer David Pepose heads to Kickstarterfor his latest series with The O.Z., a re-imagining of the classic story that sees a disillusioned Iraq War vet surviving in a war-torn land of Oz.
Described as The Hurt Locker meets The Wizard of Oz, Pepose teams with artist Ruben Rojas for a 44-page first chapter. Along for the fantasy ride is colorist Whitney Cogar and letterer DC Hopkins.
The Kickstarter is for the first issue of the series and features digital copies as well as variant covers. Some tiers also include behind-the-scenes material like scripts, inks, and colors. Higher tiers include original art, the chance to be drawn into the comic, and even plush dolls from Pepose’s Spencer & Locke!
If you’ve wanted to check out Pepose’s past work, this is your chance as well with numerous print and digital editions of Spencer & Locke and Going to the Chapel.
Going to the Chapel is the type of comic that when you finish, you immediately dream of it being on the big screen. It’s the type of story that’s a hell of a wild ride. Writer David Pepose delivers a story that’s Tarantino in nature with twists and turns that are off the wall on a Looney Tunes sort of way.
Going to the Chapel focuses on a wedding that’s broken up by a robbery that goes wrong. Of course, there’s more to it than that and that’s part of the fun. Over the four issues, the situation gets more out of hand as the police surround the church and the guests decide they’ve had enough. A wedding gone wrong is an understatement as to the experience.
Pepose delivers winks and nods throughout the series making sure the story never gets too serious. With some solid banter and jokes throughout, the comic will put a smile on your face. There’s absurdity throughout and so much coming out of the blue. It catches you off guard and hits the right notes. It’s a hell of a lot of fun.
Gavin Guidry nails it on the art. With colors by Liz Kramer and lettering by Ariana Maher and Colin Bell the art ups the humor of the situation. The style and art nail the moments and adds to the absurdity. Looks on faces and the body language is at times is all it takes. The situation and the visuals combine to get you to laugh. It’s the small details that really help and deliver the jokes. Pepose’s writing is solid but the art is what makes the pacing of some of the dialogue delivery. Everything is just so over the top it’s hard to not have fun and just smile at the chaos.
Going to the Chapel is a mashup between Kevin Smith and Tarantino and the result is so much entertainment. I often joke that it seems like very comic is now optioned and in this case, I want this story to be. It’s a great comic and would be a fantastic fun film. If you like the heist gone wrong genre, this is a must get. If you just like a damn good comic, you can’t go wrong with this.
Story: David Pepose Art: Gavin Guidry Color: Liz Kramer Letterer: Ariana Maher, Colin Bell Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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Writer(s): David Pepose Artist Name(s): Gavin Guidry (Pencils), Liz Kramer (Colors) Cover Artist(s): Johanna the Mad (Cover A), Maan House (Cover B), Gavin Guidry (Cover C) 24 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99
It’s time to bride or die! With the police about to storm the chapel, Emily must choose her allegiances and her own uncertain future. Can Emily face her fears of lifelong commitment, or will her anxieties be dashed by a runaway bullet? Find out here in this thrilling finale!
The wedding gone wrong gets collected on Valentine’s Day as Going to the Chapel is brought together in one handy collection.
Emily Anderson is a wealthy bride-to-be grappling with a serious case of cold feet — but before she can say anything, her wedding is hijacked by the bank-robbing Bad Elvis Gang. But when this smash-and-grab spirals into a full-blown standoff with the police, Emily will become the unlikely ringleader of her own hostage situation in order to decide where her happily ever after truly lies.
Written by David Pepose with art by Gavin Guidry, color by Liz Kramer, and lettering by Ariana Maher, the trade is due in stores February 12, 2020.
It’s time to bride or die, as the year’s funniest crime comic reaches its grand finale in Going to the Chapel #4! With the police about to storm the chapel, Emily must choose her allegiances and her own uncertain future. Can Emily face her fears of lifelong commitment, or will her anxieties be dashed by a runaway bullet? Fans of Crowded, Sex Criminals, and The Fix should not miss Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose and superstar artist Gavin Guidry’s thrilling conclusion, due in stores and digital December 2019, featuring a show-stopping main cover from Fence artist Johanna the Mad!
Going to the Chapel #4 features colors by Elizabeth Kramer, lettering by Ariana Maher, and variant covers by Maan House and Gavin Guidry.
Just when you think can’t get any crazier in this series, Going to the Chapel #3 ups the insanity. The wedding robbery turned hostage situation gets completely out of hand as shots are fired and the hostages decide they need to do something.
Writer David Pepose ups the madness. And that’s really the only way to describe the issue. When a comic involves a shotgunning toting grandmother and a person being upside the head with a fertility statue, madness is the only way to describe it. Frenetic madness.
And most importantly, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.
The kinetic insanity is drawn by Gavin Guidry with color by Liz Kramer and lettering by Ariana Maher. Everything is just so over the top in expression and delivery it’s hard to not have fun and just smile at the chaos.
Within the first few pages of Going to the Chapel #3, I was not just smiling in enjoyment but laughing out loud. The comic is pure craziness and fun from start to finish. Just when you can’t think Pepose can top himself, he does exactly that. The series keeps getting better with every issue and promises to deliver a bang of a finale.
Written by David Pepose Art by Gavin Guidry Colors by Elizabeth Kramer Lettering by Ariana Maher Covers by Emily Pearson, Maan House, and Gavin Guidry $3.99 | 22 pgs. | Action Lab: Danger Zone | T+ | On sale NOV. 6
The heist of the century continues in GOING TO THE CHAPEL #3! Locked in a stalemate with the police, an unexpected loss sends Emily and the Bad Elvis Gang spiraling into chaos — and unfortunately, Emily’s dysfunctional wedding party isn’t going to take this lying down. Can this bride pull off one last escape, or will her worst secrets be unveiled? Fans of Sex Criminals, Crowded, and The Fix should not miss Ringo Award-nominated writer David Pepose (Spencer & Locke) and superstar artist Gavin Guidry (The Death Defying)’s hilarious crime caper, available in comic shops and digital devices Wednesday, November 6!