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Review: Olympia #1

Olympia #1

Olympia #1 kicks off a love letter to comics. The debut issue revolves around Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books. One day his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing into reality. The concept is something we’ve seen before but there’s a heartfelt aspect to this debut that oozes off of the page.

Created by Tony Pires and Curt Pires, Olympia was created by them as Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer. There’s an earnest meditation on hope and loss in the first issue as we get hints of Elon’s life. The comic also oozes wonder as Elon meets his hero. There’s something for every comic fan to relate to in this debut which makes it all the more impressive. Whether it’s Elon’s personal life or his isolation reading comics, it’s something we’ve experienced.

While the concept, so far, doesn’t feel original, there’s just an enthusiasm that works in the comic. It’s relatable and emotional set up that sucks readers in. It’s also clearly a love letter to comics. From the magical story itself to the art.

The art by Alex Diotto riffs on the classic work of Jack Kirby who’s quoted within the comic. From the colors by Dee Cunniffe to the lettering of Micah Myers there’s a feel of “retro” in so much of the comic. A use of a Kirby crackle to the style of the colors and type of coloring, there’s been a lot of thought to create a look that evokes the classic comics the story loves.

Olympia #1 is the fantastical experience of a reader being drawn into the world they’re engaging in. There’s a meta aspect to the comic as we the reader are sucked into the experience ourselves. It’s a comic you can enjoy for the story and connect on an emotional and personal level. It’s an experience and story we can all relate to in some way.

Story: Tony Pires, Curt Pires Art: Alex Diotto
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Micah Myers Design: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

AfterShock Introduces You to The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time

The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time #1

Writer: John Layman
Artist: Karl Mostert
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: John Layman
Cover: Karl Mostert w/ Dee Cunniffe
1:15 Incentive Cover: Larry Stroman
$4.99/ 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.05.20

Sean Bennett is just your everyday, ordinary lab worker in a high-tech lab with a proto-type time machine. And, yeah, he’s got the same temptations any of us would have about going back in time, just a bit, to correct mistakes of the past and right old wrongs. So, when he meets a version of himself from the future who encourages him to do just that, Sean takes the temporal plunge. Only…can you guess what happens next? Did you read the book title? Yup. All of TIME is f#%&ed up now, and it’s up to Sean to cor-rect it-or else! 

Presenting a time-twisted sci-fi action-comedy, a butterfly effect noir, by multiple Eis-ner-winning writer John Layman (Chew, ELEANOR & THE EGRET) and talented new-comer Karl Mostert. Order it today…before time runs out!

The Man Who F#%&ed Up Time #1

Review: Trees: Three Fates #1

Trees: Three Fates #1

There’s not a whole lot I remember about Warren Ellis and Jason Howard‘s Trees. There’s big giant structures from space that landed on Earth but that was about it. Trees: Three Fates #1 is set in that world and while the first issue is interesting it could stand on its own.

The setting is one of the more intriguing things about this debut issue. There’s the alien structures but also that it takes place in a remote Russian village of Toska. But settings are different but so far don’t stand out as vital. On its own, Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid start to a whodunnit set in a remote town. What’s interesting is the location becomes a bit of a distraction as I found myself wondering why it all matters to the story.

And the story? A body is found at the base of a Tree and the question is who is the individual and who killed them? It’s pretty simple but the cast of characters is what makes the comic stand out. While none are “character of the year” material, they all have their quirks and small details that adds depth. There’s clear thought as to what’s presented, said, and shown.

Some of those details are in Howard’s art. Along with Dee Cunniffe‘s colors, the town feels rundown and isolated and a bit behind the times. Despite cell phones there’s a shortage of diesel and even with solar power an animal’s sleeping habit can cause issues. The mix of the dialogue and art paint an interesting location and town.

Trees: Three Fates #1 is a solid read that can be enjoyed even if unfamiliar with the world of Trees. It’s a basic murder mystery with a unique location and setting but it’s the details and characters that make it stand out.

Story: Warren Ellis Art: Jason Howard
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letters: Fonografiks
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation:
Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Returns this November with a Second Graphic Novel

Dynamite has announced the second entry in Pierce Brown‘s Red Rising: Sons of Ares graphic novel trilogy – Volume 2: Wrath!

Creator Pierce Brown returns for this entry, alongside co-writer Rik Hoskin and artist Eli Powell. Toby Cypress contributes another beautiful cover. Rounding out the team are colorist Dee Cunniffe and letterer Tom Napolitano. Brown’s cosmic tapestry expands further in this chapter continuing the prequel to the New York Times bestselling novel series. Fitchner’s quest for revenge continues as he and the Sons of Ares seek out the Golds who have wronged his family. Though their actions will come with repercussions and a back and forth will evolve into battles and the seeds of revolution.

 The Red Rising saga depicts a future wherein mankind has explored and expanded across the cosmos. The ruling class has established a rigid caste system based on colors to stratify society, with “Golds” at the top. The eponymous first novel follows the tribulations of a Red joining a resistance movement and infiltrating Gold society to dismantle the entire system. The Sons of Ares graphic novels build the foundation for those threads by depicting the beginnings of their titular rebel organization.

Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Son of Ares Volume 2: Wrath is slated for release in November 2019.

Pierce Brown's Red Rising Son of Ares Volume 2: Wrath

Curt Pires, Tony Pires, and Alex Diotto Explore Hope and Loss in Olympia

Image Comics has announced an all-new miniseries by Curt Pires, his father, Tony Pires, and artist Alex DiottoOlympia, which will launch this November. 

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through… something evil followed him.

A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia is also a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe (Diamond Code SEP190047) and Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond Code SEP190048) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe
Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward

Exclusive Preview: Stronghold #5

STRONGHOLD #5

Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Ryan Kelly
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 8.21.2019

Michael and Claire’s quest reaches a shattering conclusion when they are faced with a choice: abandon their love, or embrace their destiny and awaken an entity de-signed for the annihilation of humanity.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (The Wicked + The Divine, Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high-adventure and tragic romance.

STRONGHOLD #5

Artist Christian Ward Writes His First Comic in Tommy Gun Wizards

Dark Horse Comics has announced a new genre-bending comic series from acclaimed artist, now writer, Christian Ward and illustrator Sami Kivelä with colors by Christian Ward in collaboration with Dee Cunniffe, about an alternate 1930s Chicago, where the contraband of choice isn’t booze—it’s magic! Tommy Gun Wizards marks Christian Ward’s first foray into writing, and features backup stories drawn and written by Ward with and an issue #1 variant cover by Declan Shalvey!

Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn’t dealing in alcohol, but in magic. With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards, ordinary men become monsters, and darker secrets than Ness can imagine lie at the heart of it all in Tommy Gun Wizards.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (of four) goes on sale August 28, 2019.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1

Exclusive Preview: Stronghold #3

STRONGHOLD #3

Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Ryan Kelly
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 04.17.19

When the last vestiges of normalcy are stripped from Michael Grey’s life, he is finally confronted by his past in the far-flung cosmos…and the enemies he made there. Can the Stronghold put the broken pieces of Grey’s life back together before the terrors he battled in the stars follow him to our fragile Earth?

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (The Wicked & The Divine, Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high-adventure and tragic romance unlike anything else in comics.

STRONGHOLD #3

Exclusive Preview: Stronghold #2

STRONGHOLD #2

Writer: Phil Hester
Artist: Ryan Kelly
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover: Ryan Kelly
$3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 03.20.19

As Michael Grey investigates the global conspiracy dedicated to concealing from him his mysterious past, he learns the enemies he created in that forgotten life are decidedly not of this earth. Tragic romance and cosmic horror collide in this second issue of Hester and Kelly’s epic saga.

Phil Hester (The Coffin, Deathstroke, The Darkness, SHIPWRECK) and Ryan Kelly (Lucifer, Saucer Country) weave a tale of cosmic horror, high adventure and tragic romance unlike anything else in comics.

Zac Thompson and Arjuna Susini Deliver The Replacer from AfterShock in April

The 1990’s. Tragedy strikes the Beharrell family in the form of a debilitating stroke. Now the youngest child in the family is convinced his paralyzed father didn’t truly fall ill but is possessed by something sinister. He believes a demon, The Replacer, has come to take away his jolly, agreeable, tech-obsessed Dad. But no one seems to see the monster — and with every passing day, his father falls deeper into the clutches of evil.

Based on Zac Thompson’s true story of coming to terms with a disabled parent, The Replacer is a complete 64-page graphic meditation on loss, tragedy and fear told through the eyes of a nine-year-old — a horror tale about learning to walk again, even if a demon has to teach you how to do it. A bizarre mashup of IT, The Exorcist and The Diving Bell and The Butterfly, with stunning visuals by Arjuna Susini, The Replacer is not for the faint of heart.

The Replacer features colors by Dee Cunniffe and a cover by Susini. It’s out April 24 from AfterShock.

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