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Dan Abnett Heads to Barsoom for Dejah Thoris

Dejah Thoris is back in a brand new ongoing series by sci-fi superstar Dan Abnett, launching this December!

Writer Dan Abnett and his fellow creators are heading to Barsoom to chronicle the latest tales of Dejah. His co-pilot for this mission is artist Vasco Georgiev. The crew is rounded out by colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Simon Bowland. Barsoom has always been a dying world, teetering on disaster, but it may be closer to death these days. Dejah Thoris has been many things in life; a wife, a mother, royalty and an adventurer. Now her role as a scientist must take center stage, as she attempts to investigate why her homeworld is freezing. Other skills come into play when it’s discovered that political factions may be hiding the secrets of this global catastrophe. Glittering palace intrigue and visceral adventure abound in this new series, as Dejah joins her fellow Women of Dynamite “trinity” of Vampirella and Red Sonja.

Besides her kickass abilities, acute intelligence, leadership abilities and charm, Dejah Thoris is of course renowned for her beauty. Dynamite has assembled a team of four cover artists for this first issue that are upheld by fans as masters of beautiful heroines. Painter Lucio Parrillo is a natural choice, with his decade-long attachment to the franchise, having drawn countless covers for Dynamite’s first foray into Barsoom. On the other hand, Joseph Michael Linsner has tragically only drawn one Dejah cover before, so Dynamite is correcting this egregious wrong. Even worse than that, Billy Tucci has plenty of experience drawing powerful women, but has never drawn the Princess of Mars. Completing the set is a breathtaking wraparound cover by the one and only Adam Hughes! Dynamite will also be offering an extremely limited black-bagged risqué version for those who want to appreciate Dejah’s full beauty in a manner more in line with Burroughs’s original vision. Cosplayer Mai (@maidenhellxo) returns to Dejah with another cover and the first cosplay cover on a solo Dejah Thoris series!

Mark Russell’s Red Sonja Collected for the First Time in November!

Dynamite has revealed the first collection of Mark Russell‘s acclaimed run on Red Sonja for release in November.

The volume, titled “Scorched Earth,” reprints issues 1 through 6 of the currently ongoing series and the Lord of Fools one-shot special. This tale of metal and blood chronicles the She-Devil of the Hyrkanian Steppes through becoming queen of her homeland, political and physical bouts with Dragan the Magnificent of Zamora, the introduction of her nephew Kryon, past and present tangles with supernatural forces and much more! At nearly 180 meaty pages of storytelling, Scorched Earth is a great value at only $19.99.

This story is delivered as only the Eisner-nominated writer Mark Russell and artist Mirko Colak could deliver. Not to be discounted for their similarly acclaimed contributions are colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou – also an Eisner-nominated critic by night! Artists Bob Q and Katie O’Meara make additional contributions in the special and in critical flashbacks. The tome is all wrapped up in Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts‘s breathtaking cover from the second issue.

Red Sonja Scorched Earth Vol. 1

Red Sonja and Bettie Page Celebrate Halloween with a Pair of One-Shots

Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special

Dynamite is delivering a fright-filled pair of Halloween themed special one-shots starring Red Sonja and Bettie Page!

In Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special, writer Mark Russell brings in artist Jacob Edgar to tell an extra-length spooky story. Dearbhla Kelly and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou also jump over from the regular series for this essential tale for fans of the She-Devil with a Sword. All underneath a striking cover from Erica D’Urso, drawing inspiration from the original Savage Tales #1.

This one-shot perfectly complements issue 9 of the ongoing series, out the same month. While that issue has Sonja returning to the Sorcerers of Wigur-Nomadene, Savage Tales flashes back to their first encounter. At this point, Sonja is not yet a legend, but a brute full of anger and ambition. Savage. Everyone’s favorite fiery heroine tries to convince the sorcerers to bring her family and friends back to life. 

In the Bettie Page Halloween Special, a mysterious force is hunting students at an exclusive Upstate New York college. Just the case for Bettie to investigate, and she’ll be enrolling in Werewolf 101. The supermodel/superspy’s chronicler David Avallone contributes this full-length story with artist Roy Allan Martinez. Bettie is used to men being beasts, so this issue turns that metaphor up to 11. In a bonus short story, writer Erica Schultz and artist Fernando Ruiz spin a yarn of aliens, classic cars and a sci-fi double feature at the drive-in theater. 

The issue features a cover by fan-favorite Bettie artist John Royle and another from Reilly Brown. Last year’s Halloween Special was a bucket of fun and kicked off the whole next era of Bettie’s adventures, so fans shouldn’t dare miss this one!

Savage Tales: A Red Sonja Halloween Special and the Bettie Page Halloween Special are slated for release in October 2019.

Dynamite Reunites Russell and Q for Red Sonja One-Shot and Upcoming Arc

This July, Dynamite will once more reunite the acclaimed creative team of Mark Russell and Bob Q for the special one-shot Red Sonja: Lord of Fools

Lord of Fools features a captivating cover by Christian Ward, who has been stunning with his covers on the ongoing series. Spinning directly out of June’s Red Sonja #6, the oversized issue includes two special, can’t-miss stories. 

First, in the eponymous tale, Mark Russell and his The Lone Rangercollaborator Bob Q execute a full length story further developing the swords and sorcery political intrigue that has fans savoring the series. While Dragan the Magnificent is busy warring with Sonja the Red, his son Cyril is back at the capital palace of the Zamoran Empire. The high priest Oracon regales him with the philosophy of the Lord of Fools, and this may yet reveal a deep secret that could unravel Dragan’s entire house of cards. 

In a second short tale, Russell joins artist Katie O’Meara to tell the lore building story of Cerkus, Sonja the Red’s tongue of fire. Both stories are complemented by the unparalleled talent of series regular colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou.

Following Lord of Fools, Bob Q will take take over as the primary artist on Red Sonja from Mirko Colak for issues 7-9, then for Colak to return for issue 10. With the seeds planted in Lord of Fools and perhaps even some hints in his prior flashback scenes, fans will not want to miss Bob Q’s upcoming arc on the series.

Check out a handful of work in progress pages from both Bob and Katie, with letters by Hassan.

Red Sonja: Lord of Fools

Get ready for a real trip: Paradiso, Vol. 1 hits stores this May

Writer Ram V, artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Dearbhla Kelly, and letterer Aditya Bidikar will release Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity, collecting the first four issues of the psychedelic sci-fi series, this May from Image Comics.

Centuries ago, civilization collapsed in a single cataclysmic event known as The Midnight. Now, it seems humanity is only able to thrive in one place: a living, breathing city called Paradiso. And it seems it’s drawn Jack Kryznan, a man haunted by fragments of old memories—and in possession of a mysterious device of awesome power—to its gates.

Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0660-8, Diamond code: FEB180586) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 16th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailer is Monday, March 12th.

Fans can find a special Book Market Edition cover of Paradiso, Vol. 1: Essential Singularity (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0883-1) in bookstores on Tuesday, May 22nd.

Preview: The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

The Wildstorm: Michael Cray #6

Story: Bryan Hill Breakdowns: Larry Hama
Art: N. Steven Harris Ink: Dexter Vines Color: Dearbhla Kelly Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Steve Buccellato
Variant Cover: Larry Stroman, Mark Morales, Hi-Fi
Group Editor: Marie Javins, Group Editor: Rob Levin Assistant Editor: Diego Lopez
In Shops: Mar 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The hunt for Arthur Curry continues, but Cray’s decisions and plans are beginning to push his teammates to the brink of abandoning him. And when Cray’s tumor begins to act in ways that it hasn’t before, his underwater brawl may end with Cray floating up to the surface as a dead man.

Preview: James Bond M One-Shot

James Bond M One-Shot

writer: Declan Shalvey
artist: PJ Holden & Dearbhla Kelly
cover: Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire (A)
FC | 40 pages | $4.99 | Teen +

James Bond’s superior, code-named M, scrambles MI6’s secret agents across the globe. Sometimes, he knowingly sends them to their deaths, for the greater good. But a traumatic event from M’s early days in the field returns to haunt him, forcing M to return to the scene of a crime…HIS crime.

An exhilarating spy standalone from superstar DECLAN SHALVEY (Deadpool Vs. Old Man Logan, All Star Batman) and PJ HOLDEN (2000 AD, Judge Dredd).

Review: Paradiso #2

Paradiso2The new post-apocalyptic fantasy series Paradiso is like a spectacular cake that is missing a critical ingredient. It has hard edged, yet gorgeous art from Devmalya Pramanik, an emotional color palette from Dearbhla Kelly, and some smart world-building from writer Ram V, who makes the cloud and big data responsible from taking Earth from a more utopian Blade Runner to the planet Jakku meets Mad Max Fury Road. However, the book lacks a real human element, especially in its main character Jack, who spends a lot of Paradiso #2 bumping around as a scavenger in Paradiso while his friend, Noira, who is left behind relives the best moment of Paradise #1, which was Jack using his magical/technological abilities to activate a toy for a child in a world where all the lights have gone off. Some of that same vibrant hope can be found in Pramanik’s faces, but it doesn’t bleed into the rest of the story, especially the plot. It’s a fascinating world, but still with no entry point for readers beyond some nebulous going to the big city to start a new life storyline.

But let’s start with some positives. Paradiso #2 is a rusty, yet beautiful vision of the future from Pramanik and Kelly because it’s set in a world where a toy lighting up and talking is cause for alarm. Kelly mostly works in the shadows, but when she does use a brighter palette, like a yellow or white, it’s a cause for hope or fear. With the help of Pramanik’s detailed architecture, she is also able to show the difference between pre and post-Midnight (An EMP-like event that triggered the apocalypse.) by using a flatter or fuller color palette.

Pramanik is no slouch when it comes to storytelling using a nine panel grid to lay out a chase scene that belongs in a much better comic with the protagonist Jack hanging for life by a thread on the bleak city cliffs of Paradiso while hallucinating about a mysterious hat and coat wearing, but faceless being. There’s a bunch of cool imagery that evokes the post-apocalyptic sci-fi work of Sean Murphy, Matteo Scalera (Black Science), or even Geof Darrow, but less gore and more tinker toys. Devmalya Pramanik would make a great storyboard artist. Paradiso is something that I would definitely flip through if they ever made an “Art Of”, but it’s lacking in both the character and plot momentum department.

The climax of Paradiso #2 is the aforementioned chase where Jack jumps, falls, and runs around a ruined cityscape before meeting a “friend”, the hard nosed Vance, who is either a mentor figure or antagonist masquerading as one. However, this setpiece doesn’t feel earned because Jack is still more cipher than character, a kind of grungy “magical boy”, and his pursuers are even more one dimensional. The scene is well-drawn and smooth, but there’s no real suspense even though if Ram V, Pramanik, and Kelly offed Jack, I wouldn’t mind. Honestly, there is nothing interesting about Jack except the “pneumas” (Greek for soul) power he used in Paradiso #1, and his character motivation is vaguely running to a city that provides opportunity and also is ground zero for the apocalypse. Ram V and Devmalya Pramanik’s setting is fantastic, but their characters are boring and the plot is just wheel spinning. For example, there’s an overlong interrogation sequence that feels like tuning into the middle of a police procedural case of the week that you’re unfamiliar with. Breaking a kid’s toy is just mean though.

I really wanted to like Paradiso #2 after a promising premiere issue and an epic flashback sequence showing the rapid transition from hope and optimism in technology to death and cynicism, but the half-baked characters and sluggish plot (Rooftop chase aside.) means I won’t be making a return journey to this world.

Story: Ram V Art: Devmalya Pramanik Colors: Dearbhla Kelly
Story: 5.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 5.8 Recommendation: Pass 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Paradiso #1

The Midnight Event forever changed the world. Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device-one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis, the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

You ever read or seen something that visually is amazing but at first the story is a little muddled but you stick with it because you know it’ll be amazing eventually? That’s the general sense after finishing Paradiso #1, a new series by writer Ram V. with art by Dev Pramanik and Dearbhla Kelly.

The first issue gives a lot of vague ideas abotu what has happened. We know there’s some event that seems to have damaged technology. There’s these individuals who are good with fixing technology and revered. And people are trying to get to this place called Paradiso City though we don’t quite know why. It’s the makings of a solid story and what’s presented is intriguing enough to continue going with some interesting concepts to make it stand out a bit too. The mystery and the settings are the draw though. No character is really given enough to really care too much about their quest or goal and the main character Jack is the mysterious hero. And the story itself so far feels like the basic mystery character needs help getting to a location. It’s a story we’ve seen with fantasy settings to sci-fi and everything in between. More will be coming but for now, it’s pretty basic storytelling.

But, what sells the comic is the visuals which are impressive. There’s some amazing things here and also visuals which feel trippy in a techno sort of way. The world and art has personality and then some and presented in a way that’s intriguing and will have you lingering on the page picking out all of the details. A lot isn’t laid out about the world which forces the reader to rely somewhat on the art to fill in the gaps as to what’s going on, what the deal with certain characters are, and what’s up with this world.

What the team has put together here is a series that has a very “Heavy Metal” feel about it all. Add in a rock and roll soundtrack with some 80s animation and you’d have one hell of an entertaining movie that would feel right at home with some of the classics and anime of the time. This is one where the style and the look stand out and help along a story that’s entertaining but doesn’t quite deliver enough to really be sucked in.

Story: Ram V. Art: Dev Pramanik, Dearbhla Kelly Cover Art: Christian Ward
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.45 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ram V, Dev Pramanik, Dearbhla Kelly, and Aditya Bidikar Take Us to Paradiso City

Writer Ram V, artist Dev Pramanik, colorist Dearbhla Kelly, and letterer Aditya Bidikar team up for the mind-bending science fiction tale Paradiso this December.

The Midnight Event forever changed the world.

Now, centuries later, Jack Kryznan arrives on the outskirts of Paradiso City, haunted by fragments of childhood memories and in possession of a mysterious device—one with the power to change the destiny of this living breathing metropolis: the people who dwell within, and the guardians who strive for and against it.

Paradiso #1, Cover A by Dev Pramanik (Diamond code: OCT170582) and Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond code: OCT170583), hits comic book shops Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 13th.