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Review: Lone Wolves

The Lone Wolves saga from Black Library and Games Workshop is collected in color for the first time.

Story: Dan Abnett
Art: Karl Richardson
Color: Derek Dow

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Scout Announces Category Zero for 2019

A man-made virus infects the entire population of Earth but only a rare few possess the gene needed for it to become active. The incredible and amazing abilities the virus grants these people makes them a threat to the public’s safety. The decision is made to round them up and put them into isolation facilities. It’s only then that the world realizes how big a threat these people really are.

Category Zero was created and is written by Adem Kiamil with artwork by Ton Lima, and colors by Derek Dow. It comes to comic store shelves in 2019.

 

Review: Rum Row #1

rum row 1.jpg“Jules Verne meets The Untouchables, in a prohibition themed aerial crime adventure. To avoid dry laws rum runners and patrons alike take to the sky. Dirigibles and hot air balloons now serve as speakeasies and black markets for alcohol. Sky gangs and the police battle it out for rights to the sky.”

I don’t care who you are, that description is fucking awesome. Written by Andrew Maxwell, the man behind Aldous Sparkthis is another comic with a setting that immediately stoked my curiosity. Now this next sentence is pretty irrelevant to everybody,  but I was just about to unplug for the night and read a book before heading to bed (The Name Of The Wind by Patrick Rothfuss if you’re curious), but before I did that I wanted to have a quick look at the cover of Rum Row. As I said my curiosity was piqued by the blurb I had already read

Out of habit I checked the following page, and if my curiosity was piqued before, then it was distilled into a fine whiskey once I’d laid eyes upon the second page (I’m aware the analogy may not make sense. No, I don’t care).

The second page contains the comic’s credits, which are set up like an old broadsheet newspaper, and it does more to set the scene and tone of the comic than I’ve ever seen a credits page do before. The story centers around the raid of a speakeasy in the Prohibition era of American history, and because I don’t want to reveal too much of it here I won’t go into details, but it’s a really enjoyable comic and one that’s well worth the price of admission.

Artistically this is a great looking book, with every aspect feeling right for the period (even if an aspect may be more in the lines of a fantasy/steampunk style addition rather than historical).

The comic can be read as a standalone story, although the ending is open enough to allow for the story to continue effortlessly (indeed, there has been a Kickstarter launched for the second issue, which you can find here). Check out the first issue on ComiXology. It’s $2, and well worth the price.

Story: Andrew Maxwell Art: Michele Bandini Colours: Derek Dow 
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1

cover1_optionGThe year is 1899. A secret war is being fought for the control of the 20th Century. At the center of the conflict is Aldous Spark, covert operative of the Black Moth Society, an underground collective of anarchists, saboteurs, and other deadly eccentrics. Together with his apprentice, Isaiah, Aldous wages a silent battle against the forces of power in an attempt to reshape the industrial age for the good of all.

When an email arrives in my inbox entitled Anarchist Magician, then it’ll get my attention.  Published by Grenade Fight, IncAldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1 has just under fifty pages of story content in it’s first volume (judging by the pdf version I read, at any rate), which makes this debut issue a very ambitious project especially since  the physical copies come in an oversized hardcover printing.

It’s a good thing, then, that Aldous Spark is a bloody good read.

The advantage to the extended format is that you get a really good sampling of what this series will offer, and the first issue is also a very complete story in and of itself that could very easily serve as a standalone story were it not for the very natural build toward the next chapter in the story.

Once I finished the book, I asked myself how best to describe the comic is to step slightly outside the world of comics in that it feels reminiscent of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movie with a liberal dash of Dan Brown’s The Davinci Code all mixed up in a cauldron and finished with a striking art job.

Aldous Spark is a well written and wonderfully illustrated comic graphic novel that takes you on a breakneck story across the rooftops and through the back alleys of England and France at the turn of the last century. It’s a time period that’s always interested me, although I don’t tend to enjoy many comics set during this time – thankfully, this graphic novel is more than able to be the exception to that. This is a fantastic read from cover to cover, bonus features included, and I enjoyed every page. Although not strictly a comedy, there are moments that had me laughing during the frenetic pace of the action sequences.

If you’re interested in purchasing the book then you can head over to the Facebook page an drop the team a message – the physical books should be arriving sometime in April and will set you back $20. If digital is more your thing then the book will be $3.99 on comiXology, and should be released the first Thursday in May. If $20 for a print copy is to steep for you, then there’s no reason for you not to look into the digital version. $4 is an incredibly good price the book, and  honestly, I highly recommend you look into Aldous Spark: Meddler In History And Other Unsavory Affairs #1.  The result of a successful Kickstarter campaign, this graphic novel is exactly the kind of thing you should be backing on that platform.

Story: Andrew Maxwell and Peter Mirani
Art: Maurico Alvarez Colours: Derek Dow Letters: Bernardo Brice
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review