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Top Shelf Fan Favorite Graphic Novels Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is offering one heck of a deal running for the next two weeks only. The result is a win-win that supports The Hero Initiative‘s work with comic creators in need and Traveling Stories‘ work providing books to underprivileged kids — while introducing you to a few of your new favorite graphic novels!

Name your own price, and for as little as $1, you’ll get DRM-free digital editions of books that will knock your socks off, with more and more books “unlocked” as you scale up.

What’s inside? Erin Nations‘ powerfully personal GumballsNate Powell‘s Eisner-Award-winning Swallow Me WholeJeff Lemire‘s heartbreaking Essex CountyJennifer Hayden‘s profoundly moving The Story of My TitsAlan Moore & Kevin O’Neill‘s jaw-dropping League of Extraordinary GentlemenRobert Venditti & Brett Weldele‘s bestselling The SurrogatesAlex Robinson‘s beloved Box Office PoisonShannon Wheeler‘s hilarious Sh*t My President Says: The Illustrated Tweets of Donald J. TrumpEddie Campbell‘s life-changing Alec: The Years Have Pants… and that’s barely scratching the surface! It’s your whole 2018 reading list taken care of in one click — or an incredible gift for someone dear to you.

Visit Humble Bundle for more details and to grab your bundle today!

Review: The Night Driver

Car chases in movies have always been a staple of action movies for a long time.  I remember the first time I watched, Steve McQueen as Doc McCoy in The Getaway, a sophisticated heist movie, oozed with old school Western aesthetics. These movies usually resonated with me long after, watching them. Even the car chase in The French Connection, was memorable not only because it was exciting but also because it was shot near my old neighborhood.

It is no mistake that popular culture is obsessed with these characters and the cars they drive as they represent the rebel in all of us, even if it is in a car.  There have been whole franchises made about them like The Fast and The Furious and The Transporter. Then there was the recent and more in tune with the old school movies I watched, Wheelman. Which is why I was more than keen to read Ken Lowery and Gavin Guidry’s mystery, Night Driver, which provides readers with a different twist.

In the opening pages, we meet the driver, an unnamed man, driving alone at night. The reader, right away, gets a peak at his thoughts, as something he has done slowly unravels at his very being. Panel by panel, he questions his every decision, his every action, as he ponders on what he could have done different. By book’s end, our driver breaks, as his mind start playing tricks on him and the guilt of his actions overcomes him.

Overall, a slow burn thriller, that reads like a better version of Tom Hardy’s Locke, with the added elements of murder and mayhem. The story by Lowery is intelligent, and gripping. The art by Guidry and Micah Meyers is stylish and striking. Altogether, somewhere between Michael Douglas’s Falling Down and Kevin Spacey’s Swimming with Sharks, lies this suspenseful twist on the modern laborer whose tale ends on the road.

Story: Ken Lowery Art: Gavin Guidry Letterer: Micah Meyers
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

Review: 20XX: When the Devil Drives

When I was in the military, deployments are par for the course, as just about all of us must leave our families for extended periods of time. We would visit some beautiful countries where we could hardly believe we do this for money. Countries like Colombia and France, made deployments, even easier to endure. Then there are countries where we realized right away how lucky we were.

One of those countries was Turkey, where we saw some unbelievable poverty all around its cities and amongst its people. One of the things we soon found out after entering the country, is that government ran compounds, where to pay off family debt, the female members off the family would pay it off by having sex with tourists. Looking back on it now, it makes wonder how would a government let debt be paid this way? In Ken Lowery and Jake Ekiss’ When the Devil Drives, family debt is paid by much more dangerous means.

We meet Clinton, a man whose family owes a large debt to a corporation, much like credit card companies, and must pay off his debt by being a data carrier, carrying this data from one place to another. He has to run from gangs and mercenaries, all trying to get this sensitive data, from Clinton. Along the way he uses his smarts and his onboard computer, Clippy, dodging bullets just to help his family. By book’s end, the revolution is televised and digitized, as Clinton and Clippy ends the oligarchy that rules their world.

Overall, a smart, sleek, and breakneck paced hard boiled tale that fumes with action. The story by Ken Lowery feels like an action movie, like a better Escape from LA. The art by Jake Ekiss is gorgeous. Altogether, a tour de force which will leaves readers wanting more.

Story: Ken Lowery Art: Jake Ekiss Color: Ruby Boiko, Jennifer Furman
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation:Buy

New Digital Manga Titles From VIZ Media to Kick Off 2018

Readers are invited to dive into 2018 with all-new manga series! January debuts include the post-apocalyptic adventure Fire Punch and the sleek action saga RWBY. Also catch the latest new volumes for the digital-first releases of One-Punch Man Vol. 13 and Astra Lost in Space Vol. 2, as well as the not-to-be-missed series finale of Nisekoi: False Love (Vol. 25).

January Digital Manga Promotion

  • YU-GI-OH! Digital Manga Sale

Start off 2018 with discounts on the expansive collection of YU-GI-OH! titles. All YU-GI-OH! volumes, including YU-GI-OH!, YU-GI-OH!: DUELIST, and YU-GI-OH!: MILLENNIUM WORLD, will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available through January 8th across all digital platforms.

WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Updates

Holiday Annual Subscription Sale

Don’t miss out on special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for only $19.99. The special annual subscription sale is available for a limited time only through January 15th.

Readers are invited to dive into Free Chapters of popular series in SHONEN JUMP’s free section. Check out Free Chapters.

Free chapters are available for the following series:

  • BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
  • DRAGON BALL SUPER
  • JUNI TAISEN: ZODIAC WAR (manga)
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA
  • MY HERO ACADEMIA: VIGILANTES
  • TOKYO GHOUL: RE
  • And More!

Notable new shojo releases for January include ANONYMOUS NOISE (Vol. 6), KIMI NI TODOKE: FROM ME TO YOU (Vol. 28), NATSUME’S BOOK OF FRIENDS (Vol. 21), and THE WATER DRAGON’S BRIDE (Vol. 4). Also catch a variety of new Shonen Jump titles such as BLUE EXORCIST (Vol. 18), HAIKYU!! (Vol. 19), and 7thGARDEN (Vol. 7). Digital exclusives for the month include BOYS OVER FLOWERS SEASON 2 (Vol. 7) and élDLIVE (Vol. 4).

VIZ Media’s December Digital Update Continues

VIZ Media concludes 2017 with a mid-month digital manga update for December featuring special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to Weekly Shonen Jump.

The second half of December is highlighted by the digital debut of Shiver: Junji Ito Selected Stories, a frightening anthology of spine tingling stories from the undisputed master of horror manga. The latest volumes of several other continuing acclaimed series such as Golden Kamuy (Vol. 3), Sweet Blue Flowers (Vol. 2) and Tokyo Ghoul: Re (Vol. 2) are also among the new digital releases readers won’t want to miss.

December Digital Manga Promotion

Shonen Jump Digital Manga Sale

Celebrate the holidays with two fan-favorite manga series from VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump imprint. All One Piece and Hunter X Hunter volumes will be on sale for only $4.99 each. Available through December 25th across all digital platforms.

Weekly Shonen Jump Updates

Holiday Annual Subscription Sale

Take part in special holiday pricing on an annual subscription to the world’s most popular weekly manga magazine for only $19.99. The special Weekly Shonen Jump sale is available for a limited time only from December 15th to January 15th.

Weekly Shonen Jump members receive 48 weekly digital issues throughout the year as well as special premiums such as Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards, digital-only promotions, and access to subscriber-only content.

Readers are also invited to dive into all-new Free Chapters of continuing series in Shonen Jump’s free section. Check out Free Chapters of popular Weekly Shonen Jump series.

Free chapters are available for the following series:

  • Boruto: Naruto Next Generations
  • Dragon Ball SUper
  • Juni Taisen: Zodiac War (manga)
  • My Hero Academia
  • My Hero Academia: Vigilanters
  • Tokyo Ghoul: Re
  • And More!

The Final DC Digital Sale of the Year Wraps Up January 4th!

As 2017 winds down, DC Comics is offering holiday shoppers the perfect opportunity to give the gift of reading (to friends, family or themselves) by loading up new devices with their favorite DC comics adventures. Perfect for comic fans, this blowout sale features a jaw-dropping selection of over 400 single-issue titles, available for up to 80% off! Catch up on the biggest event of the year – Rebirth – with single issues of iconic series like Wonder WomanAll-Star Batman, Superman, Batman, The Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman and more!

Plus, fans looking for complete stories can also purchase a massive selection of original graphic novels and trade paperbacks via digital download for only $4.99 (excluding pre-orders, bundles and select omnibus editions).

DC’s holiday blowout begins December 19th and runs until January 4th on ReadDCEntertainment.com, comiXology, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook and other digital platforms.

Review: Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost

A Christmas Carol is one of those stories that resonates with you for years. I say this, knowing that most people only know the story from watching the many adaptations of the story itself in the movies or your favorite’s show’s own version. Recently, Charles Dickens’ own adventure in creating the story itself has been immortalized on screen in The Man Who Invented Christmas. Then there is the twist of the same story, but with hint of modernization and a ton of sentimentality in Its Wonderful Life, which many consider a classic all its own but borrows heavily from Dickens epic tome.

One of my favorites of the adaptations of this epic tale is the Muppets Christmas Carol which added some levity to an otherwise gloomy yet hopeful tale. Another of my favorites is Scrooged, the vey definition of dark comedy throughout, as it was both funny and horrifying. Within the comic realms, I cant recall any direct adaptation for the work, until I heard of Harvey Kurtzman working on his own adaptation a few years before he died. It is a good thing that his unfinished work was discovered recently, and what was discovered is probably the most brilliant adaptation of Dickens work, in Marley’s Ghost.

In the opening pages, we get an even grimmer version of Ebenezer Scrooge, a man whose whole life has passed him up, including his business partners. The one consistency amongst all the adaptations is just how dispirited Ebenezer is, and this one doesn’t mince words, as the creators behind this book, understood what Dickens was trying to convey including the late Kurtzman. Each ghost also is as haunting as every adaptation, this one is more on the spooky side sie than some of the more light hearted version. By book’s end, Scrooge, gets a new lease on life, as most anybody who knows this story.

Overall, this is the adaptation that comics fans will love to read over and over again, as it captures those iconic moments the movie and television shows did, including some moments only book readers will remember. The story by Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Harvey Kurtzman captures the perfect balance between adaptation and storytelling. The art Gideon Kendall is gorgeous as it reminded me of some of my old MAD Magazines. Altogether, you may think you know this story, but definitely not the way this team brings it together.

Story: Josh O’Neill, Shannon Wheeler, and Harvey Kurtzman Art: Gideon Kendall
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comes to Madefire

Madefire has announced that it will be bringing a range of best-selling Dark Horse graphic novels to the Madefire platform. Kicking off with a selection of high-profile entertainment franchises, Madefire and Dark Horse also have plans to expand the catalog in 2018.

With an incredible year of announcements behind it, Madefire now carries an impressive selection of new and established classics, Motion Books, video shorts, graphic novels, collected editions, and archived favorites, from industry leaders such as Marvel, DC Comics, Image Comics and many others. Now, the unique Madefire platform is the ideal place to discover and enjoy the great talent and range of legendary Dark Horse graphic fiction.

Umami #2 is Out Now on Panel Syndicate

Well, what do you know? Umami #2 by the awesome Ken Niimura has arrived on Panel Syndicate!

Going through the mountains looking for Ami’s partner, our heroines end up being kidnapped by two dangerous and somewhat peculiar bandits.
What will Uma and Ami do in the face of this setback?

Find out in our 33-page digital comic book now available at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay!

Review: Black Panther: Long Live The King #1

As the Black Panther and an Avenger, T’Challa has had to save the world time and again — but those duties pale in comparison to his responsibilities as king of Wakanda. As the nation rebuilds in the wake of revolution, T’Challa finds his people besieged by a massive monster tearing through the country, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake!

Novelist Nnedi Okorafor and artist Andre Araujo tackle the latest comiXology Original digital series in a comic that’s a fun read and set up. The digital series so far have all been fun, though none stand out, and this debut continues that with a story that creates a nice mystery while emphasizing what makes Black Panther and Wakanda stand out.

A monster has caused an earthquake that seems to have sucked the energy out of the Vibranium used for the power grid leaving the nation in a blackout. But, does the monster exist? T’Challa seems to have been the only one who witnessed the creature and he, and we the readers, are left to question its existence. That aspect is really fun and creates a mystery that I have no idea where it’s going.

Okorafor has a solid handle on the world of Black Panther with an emphasis on the technology and T’Challa as its ruler. There’s also a good focus on the action with earthquakes destroying some of the city and it presented in a way where it feels like the vibrations are flowing off of the screen. The comic is also a perfect entry point for new fans interested in dipping into the world of Black Panther. Okorafor also teases diving into a part of Wakanda not really explored and in a way expanding the world of Black Panther too.

The art by Araujo is solid and looks good on a screen. It’s more of a cartoonish style (not a bad thing) but what particularly stands out is the earthquake sequences which are rendered in a way where it almost feels like the vibrations are coming through the screen. It’s simple but makes the extended sequence work in a lot of ways.

The first issue is good though not great but it impressively serves to be easily accessible for new readers while expanding the world for long time fans. It’s also solid enough I want to see what’s next. The focus on the technology of Wakanda has me very interested in seeing where it’s going and what we’ll see, there’s a lot of potential there and that aspect has me excited to see what’s next.

You can purchase this digital comic now through comiXology or read it for free as part of comiXology Unlimted.

Story: Nnedi Okorafor Art: Andre Araujo
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Marvel and comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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