The Karman Line is the first release from Mad Cave Studios’ original graphic novels, written by Dennis Hopeless with art by Piotr Kowalski, colors by Brad Simpson, and letters by Chas! Pangburn!
It’s all sex, lies and betrayal on a reality show streaming from space until the crew receives a message reading “ABORT MISSION AND GET HOME NOW”. Things unravel quickly as they find the shuttle damaged and a crew member dead. They’ll have to fight to survive and hopefully escape… While cameras record everything.
Following The Karman Line, Mad Cave Studios will be releasing 5 other Original Graphic Novels in 2023 with creators Dan Panosian, Liana Kangas, Amit Tishler, Ennun Ana Iurov, among others.
The Karman Line is slated for March 2023.
Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 and Heart Eyes #1 from Vault Comics have sold out at the distributors on the day of release and are being rushed back to print.
The Barbaric: Axe to Grind #1 second printing will go on sale September 21st alongside the series’ second issue. The Heart Eyes #1 second printing will go on sale September 28th, alongside issue #2. The new printing covers are pictured above.
Barbaric: Axe to Grind is the second book in the massively successful fantasy/comedy hybrid series written co-created by Michael Moreci, drawn and co-created by Nathan Gooden, colored by Addison Duke, and lettered by Jim Cambpell.
It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – the start of an all-new arc of BARBARIC!
Follow Owen and his magical companion, the tender, talking Axe as they spread kindness and hope in a world gone bad…just kidding! Owen, Axe, and Soren are back, and so is all the mayhem and bloodshed that follows them wherever they go! This time, they’re out to settle an old score against Gladius, a wicked a$$hole who did Owen wrong way back in his barbarian days. As always…it’s just f***ing barbaric.
Heart Eyes is the brand new Lovecraftian horror/romance hybrid series co-created by smash hit writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Victor Ibáñez, with colors by Addison Duke and letters by Simon Bowland.
Sanity-eating monsters ended humanity. The unlucky few who survived now hide in the cracks of a broken world. And yet somehow, beneath the graveyard that used to be San Antonio, Rico met Lupe, the girl of his dreams. But how did she get here? And why is she smiling? No one survives out in the street. No one smiles where the monsters lurk.
Vault Comics has kicked off 2022 by teasing what we’ll be seeing this year from the publisher. The latest teaser features Dennis Hopeless and Víctor Ibáñez!
A city overrun by an unstoppable threat. A clash between titans. And a diabolical plan revealed.
The epic conclusion of Dennis Hopeless and Emilio Laiso’s X-O Manowar run cannot be missed!
I’ve made no secret that I’ve felt this series has had it’s ups and downs. Nothing like a rollercoaster ride, mind, because when the series has been good it’s been very good, and when it hasn’t been good it’s still far from bad. A good part of the series being as consistent as it has been lies with the artwork of Emilio Laiso and colourist Ruth Redmond; the pair haven’t had a misstep in nine issues more often than not being the high point of each issue for me.
The concluding part in the nine issue run that Hopeless has had on X-O Manowar #9 does end on a high note. Hopeless really brought Aric of Dacia’s costume/suit/armour Shanhara into her own as a character, emphasizing that X-O Manowar is an active partnership between Shanhara and Aric by delving deeper into their relationship and underscoring what Hopeless has been hinting at for the past nine issues; Aric and Shanhara may be very capable alone, but together they’re one of the most powerful heroes in the Valiant universe.
There’s an interesting use of colour in the comic, with green being featured heavily as a background and also as the primary colour of the Singularity. For me it serves as a subtle way to give a technology based threat a natural (read organic) undertones – the shades of green used aren’t the bright neon like colours often associated with technology, but rather colours you’d see in nature (or used to colour nature in comics), subverting what you know about the Singularity. I’m sure it’s a coincidence that the two primary colours of the X-O Manowar armour are blue and (almost) yellow, too.
X-O Manowar #9 is a satisfying end cap to the current creative team’s run. At the end of the day, you can say that Hopeless and Laiso’s run with X-O Manowar took the character to places that we haven’t seen him in before. They re-grounded Aric and established a life for him outside of the military life he’d led. Personally, I think it was a great direction for the character, and I wouldn’t mind seeing it explored a little more in the future.
Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Emilio Laiso
Colors: Ruth Redmond Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read
Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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