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Dead Reckoning Reveals Its Fall 2020 Titles

Dead Reckoning, the comic imprint of the Naval Institute Press, has announced three new graphic novels that will be released in Fall 2020. Check out below for what’s coming to shelves.

Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century
Tsushima, Jutland, Midway

By Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera

With this collection, Jean-Yves Delitte and Giuseppe Baiguera plunge you into the heart of three of the twentieth century’s greatest naval battles.

Available October 21, 2020

Great Naval Battles of the Twentieth Century

Atlas at War

Edited by Michael J. Vassallo; Art Restoration by Allan Harvey

Atlas at War! collects fifty hard-hitting stories from Atlas Comics, the company that became Marvel Comics and published more war titles than anyone in the industry between the years 1951 and 1960. Comics historian Dr. Michael J. Vassallo has chosen the best of the best, many of which are coming back into print for the first time.

Available September 9, 2020

Atlas at War

The Photographer of Mauthausen

Written by Salva Rubio; Drawn by Pedro J. Colombo; Colored by Aintzane Landa

This is a dramatic retelling of true events in the life of Francisco Boix, a Spanish press photographer and communist who fled to France at the beginning of World War II. Through an odd turn of events, Boix finds himself the confidant of an SS officer who is documenting prisoner deaths at the camp. Boix realizes that he has a chance to prove Nazi war crimes by stealing the negatives of these perverse photos—but only at the risk of his own life.

Available November 11, 2020

The Photographer of Mauthausen

Review: The Night Witches

THE NIGHT WITCHES

As a child of the 1980s, I grew up in an era that many considered a golden age of cinema. The movie industry started to produce movies that many would soon be known as “blockbusters”. These movies got audiences to come to the theaters by the millions creating an experience for friends and families. One of those movies was Top Gun, a film that embraced American machismo and set a new standard for what was considered “cool”.

The movie has many anachronisms that, though they served the story well, is considered politically incorrect today. From a technical perspective, as someone who used to be in the military, there is a ton of inaccuracies as well. One glaring omission was the lack of female pilots, something that existed before the movie was made. In Garth Ennis and Russ Braun’s The Night Witches, we get a tale of one famous squadron during WWII. It’s a story where one pilot must prove her mettle.

We’re taken to World War II Russia, where we meet Guards Major Aleksander Lukin, who just has been given the task of training the first all-female fighter squadron, the first of its kind anywhere. This is where we meet our protagonist, Lt. Anna Kharkova, who soon finds out that their mission is night bombing, a dangerous assignment, which will cost them several casualties on the first flight operation. This first mission also reveals to the Germans, that Russia is using female pilots, an anomaly no one could have anticipated and something, the Nazi battalions start to target. Eventually, Anna and her fellow pilots start to become proficient, effectively taking out forward bases and catching the eye of the Russian secret police and the Nazi army. Eventually, things don’t go as planned, and one of the fighter planes crashes in Nazi territory, leaving one survivor, Guards Captain Nadia Popova, alone with a rifle and behind enemy lines. Before long, Anna becomes an experienced pilot, flying over 200 successful missions and only wounded twice, but gets transferred to a unit of all-male pilots where she is the most experienced combat pilot there. She would rise to the rank of Captain and lead a unit of six female combat pilots which she is charged with training. The one mission she goes with her newly trained unit results in her plane getting shot down and being imprisoned in a German POW camp, which is eventually liberated. Fast forward to 1951, and Anna, after a few political missteps get busted down, not before pissing off a higher up which sends her and her best friend to jail. By the book’s end, our heroine outwits some of the same men who were threatened by her ability and possibly becoming the best pilot in all of Russia.

Overall, an engrossing read that makes the audience invest in the characters and their story arcs, as Maverick has nothing on the Night Witch. The story by Garth Ennis is well developed, well-characterized, and stays with the reader long after. The art by Russ Braun, Tony Avina, and Simon Bowland is elegant. Altogether, one of the best stories that Ennis has ever written, as it is more than inspirational, it is a vision for a progressive world.

Story: Garth Ennis Art: Russ Braun, Tony Avina, and Simon Bowland
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Churchill: A Graphic Biography

Ever wanted to learn about Winston Churchill? Churchill: A Graphic Biography walks you through the basics of what you want to know and is a good place to start to learn about this major historical figure.

Text: Vincent Delmas
Translated by: Ivanka Hahnenberger
Historical Consultant: Francois Kersaudy
Story-Board: Christophe Regnault
Design: Alessio Camardella
Art: Alessia Nocera

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Bookshop.org

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Review: The Stringbags

The Fairey Swordfish was an outdated biplane in the age of monoplanes. It was underpowered and undergunned and obsolete. Instead, it flew into legend during World War II.

Writer Garth Ennis delivers three interconnected stories taking place during World War II about this legendary plane.

Story: Garth Ennis
Art: PJ Holden
Color: Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letterer: Rob Steen

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Kindle
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Review: Churchill: A Graphic Biography

Ever wanted to learn about Winston Churchill? Churchill: A Graphic Biography walks you through the basics of what you want to know and is a good place to start to learn about this major historical figure.

Text: Vincent Delmas
Translated by: Ivanka Hahnenberger
Historical Consultant: Francois Kersaudy
Story-Board: Christophe Regnault
Design: Alessio Camardella
Art: Alessia Nocera

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Bookshop.org

Dead Reckoning provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

With Garth Ennis and PJ Holden’s The Stringbags, Dead Reckoning Maintains May 20th On-Sale Date and Establishes Comic Store Terms

The Stringbags

Dead Reckoning, the graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press, will maintain the on-sale date of May 20, 2020 for The Stringbags by Garth Ennis, PJ Holden, and Kelly Fitzpatrick. Considering the current upheaval in the comics distribution pipeline, Dead Reckoning has established comic store terms for those shops that may wish to order direct and advises that The Stringbags is also available from Ingram Content Group.

Based on the Royal Navy’s combat squadrons who flew the Fairey Swordfish aircraft during World War II, The Stringbags is a subject Ennis has wanted to write about for years. Because of an extensive partnership effort during May and June 2020 with Wargaming.net and its hit game, World of Warships (whose combined reach is one half billion users worldwide), Dead Reckoning believes that those comic stores operating on an online or curbside basis will receive requests for this book.

Robin Noonan, director of sales and marketing, and Jack Russell, sales and marketing manager, are reaching out to comic retailers to inform them of the newly created terms. Shops interested in purchasing The Stringbags or any other Dead Reckoning titles direct are encouraged to contact  sales@deadreckoning.org.

Garth Ennis and PJ Holden Fly Into Legend with The Stringbags from Dead Reckoning

If you do the incredible often enough, they’ll want you to do the impossible.

Writer Garth Ennis and artist PJ Holden present The Stringbags, an original graphic novel based on the true story of the Royal Navy’s Swordfish crews in early World War II.

A biplane torpedo bomber in an age of monoplanes, the Fairey Swordfish was underpowered and under-gunned; an obsolete museum piece, an embarrassment. Its crews fully expected to be shot from the skies. Instead, they flew the ancient “Stringbag” into legend. From their triumphs against the Italian Fleet at Taranto and the mighty German battleship Bismarck in the Atlantic, to the deadly challenge of the Channel Dash in the bleak winter waters of their homeland.

The Stringbags is an epic tale of young men facing death in an aircraft almost out of time. They lived as they flew, without a second to lose—and the greatest tributes to their courage would come from the enemy who strove to kill them.

The Stringbags features colors from Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettering by Rob Steen, and will be published by Dead Reckoning on May 15, 2020. The hardcover graphic novel will retail for $29.95.

The Stringbags

Dead Reckoning and Marvel Deliver Atlas at War!

Atlas at War

Dead Reckoning and Marvel are working together to release Atlas at War on June 17, 2020. The collection features fifty hard-hitting stories from Marvel’s Atlas era.

From 1951 to 1960 Atlas Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, published more war titles than ayn other comic company. The collection is edited by comics historian Dr. Michael J. Vassallo. Some of these comics are being reprinted for the first time. 4 never-reprinted classics were written and penciled by Jack Kirby.

The collection features stories from sixteen different Atlas war titles and features the artwork of artists like Russ Heath, John Severin, Bernie Krigstein, Joe Maneely, Jerry Robinson, Steve Ditko, and Kirby.

Each page has been restored from its first printing by comic art restorer Allan Harvey.

Atlas at War

In the 1950s, when these Atlas war comics were originally published, the hand-drawn artwork was photographed, and the resulting negatives used to produce the printing plates from which the final comic was printed. In the intervening sixty or seventy years the artwork, negatives, and plates have all been lost or destroyed, so, if a publisher wishes to reprint these comics, the only thing they have to use as a source is the decades-old printed comic. Over that period of time acids within the paper itself have acted to darken the paper and make it brittle; oils from countless fingers, too, may have taken their toll, making a clean reprint very difficult—without help. That’s when someone like me steps in.

As a restoration artist, I take a high-resolution scan of the printed comic page and load it into computer software [See image 1 above] where I use my skills to remove or minimize the accumulated dirt and deterioration of the ages. First, I strip out the color information, which results in a very washed-out file [See image 2 above]. I work on this extensively, manually darkening the linework and black areas, removing deterioration, dust and dirt and any problems introduced on the original printing press, such as line drop-outs, etc. This process produces a file which looks as close to how the artwork would have looked when the artist handed it to the editor back in 1950 as I can make it. [See image 3 above]

At this point I reintroduce the color information and work on that, again removing defects and smoothing out the “look” to my satisfaction, working and re-working it until I get a sharp, clean digital color file [See image 4 above], from which reprints can be made, allowing these exciting comics to be brought to a whole new generation. The time taken to complete a page varies, but, on average, a single page can be produced in around 4-6 hours.

– Allan Harvey

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Doctor Mirage #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage #2/Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1/Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1/Venom #17 (Marvel) – Events often don’t live up to the hype but “Absolute Carnage” has delivered so far. There’s only been good to great so far so we’re all in until we see otherwise.

Batman/Superman #1 (DC Comics) – The Batman Who Laughs has poisoned superheroes and this classic team-up returns to deal with it. The next chapter in an epic tale.

Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant) – How do you solve the case of your own death? That concept is too cool to not check out.

Grass (Drawn & Quarterly) – An anti-war graphic novel about a Korean girl forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

House of X #3 (Marvel) – The big picture is finally revealed and Hickman isn’t giving us a restart of the X-Universe but delivering the next major event.

Killers #2 (Valiant) – A deeper dive into Valiants “Ninja” world. It’s been cool so far adding a lot to this intriguing corner of the universe.

Knights Temporal #2 (Aftershock) – The first issue was really intriguing with a knight transported to modern times. The details are still a mystery but it’s a mystery we’re intrigued by.

Mall #1 (Vault Comics) – The Mall isn’t just a bunch of stores, this consumeristic mecca is filled with tribes and name brand gangs!

Manor Black #2 (Dark Horse) – If you read the first issue, you know why this is on the list. The comic is a mix of horror and superheroes and we’re intrigued to see where it all goes.

Marvel Comics #1000 (Marvel) – We’ve read this one and it’s an intriguing celebration of Marvel’s 80 years.

Mountainhead #1

Mountainhead #1 (IDW Publishing) – A father and son are nomads who think the government is after them. A lone survivor of a climbing expedition is covered in blood. The two will collide in this intriguing debut.

Power Pack: Grow Up #1 (Marvel) – Louise Simonson and June Brigman return to the beloved characters to celebrate 80 years of Marvel.

Red Winter #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was solid gritty crime/noir and we’re all in for the second issue.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga (Dead Reckoning) – Exploring the bloodiest battle of World War II.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (Dark Horse) – An alternate history where Eliot Ness is after Al Capone who’s dealing in magic.

Dead Reckoning Announces Once Upon a Time in France and Smedley

Dead Reckoning is the graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press. Focused on the military genre, the publisher has announced two new graphic novels to be released this fall.

Once Upon a Time in France

Based on a true story, Once Upon a Time in France, written by Fabien Nury and drawn by Sylvain Valleé, follows the life of Joseph Joanovici. Joanovici was a Romanian Jew who immigrated to France in the 1920s and became one of the richest men in Europe as a scrap-metal magnate. During the German occupation of France, Joanovici worked for the Nazis and financed the resistance—all while lining his own pockets. Playing both sides, for some, he was a villain. For others, a hero.

The French graphic novel is an international bestseller winning numerous awards and selling over 1 million copies

Smedley

Jeff McComsey takes a look at the life of Smedley Butler in Smedley. Smedly, is one of the most decorated Marines of all time. Through conflicts like the Philippine-American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Banana Wars, and the War to End All Wars, he helped define what the Marine Corps is today.

The graphic novel begins in 1932 with Butler retured from the Marines and having lost his bid for Senator of Pennsylvania. The graphic novel has him recount his stories to a group of World War I veterans before he’s to speak before the Bonus Army encampment in Washington DC.

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