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The Ride Celebrates 15 Years with a New Five-Part Story Starting this June

Image Comics has announced that The Ride will celebrate its 15th anniversary with an all-new, five-part story from the award-winning team of PlasticDoug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard. This action-packed miniseries will launch from Image Comics in June and will feature special backup content from Adam Hughes.

After serving a hard 15 years in prison on a murder plea, former Atlanta P.D. detective Samantha Vega now makes her living as a bouncer at an exotic dance club. But life on the outside isn’t easy, especially when enemies have scores to settle…

The Ride #1 Cover A by Hughes (Diamond Code APR190014) and The Ride #1 Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code APR190015) will be available on Wednesday, June 12. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 20.

The Ride #1 A cover by Adam Hughes

Review: Hard Place #1

After five years in prison, AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity.

But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place.

I’m a sucker for this story. If there were a target audience, it’d absolutely be me. So, it’s not surprising how much I enjoyed Hard Place #1 a new noir/crime comic that feels like it’s well timed with the release of the movie Baby Driver not too long ago.

Written by Doug Wagner, the story is a solid addition to the genre as we’re introduced to AJ, a criminal whose release from jail gives him an opportunity to start over. Unfortunately stories like this aren’t built on happiness. Wagner spends the issue setting up AJ taking us into his world and intelligently takes his time getting to the real action. Wagner knows this type of story’s success hinges not on the action, but us readers caring about AJ and by taking us through his acclimation back into society we’re given numerous reasons to find sympathy and begin to cheer for him. This is someone I want to see succeed and not get sucked back into a life of crime. We all know that’s not going to be the case.

The art by Nic Rummel and Charlie Kirchoff is solid taking us into the world and helping to build an atmosphere that when the action eventually goes down, it’s shocking in a way. Their art helps perpetuate the calm before the storm and each character is delivered in a style all their own that creates a uniqueness about them all. It’s a great mix of storytelling and art.

I loved the first issue to the point I’m already wanting a big screen adaptation. Wagner and the team create a sympathetic main character who I really feel like is being dragged into a crappy situation. That also has me actually caring about what happens to him and also the ability to enjoy more than just the action. A solid debut that understands action isn’t everything.

Story: Doug Wagner Art: Nic Rummel, Charlie Kirchoff Cover Art: Brian Stelfreeze
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.50 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Get All Dolled Up for Plastic this October

Writer Doug Wagner teams up with artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin for a chilling crime series in the Plastic trade paperback available this October. It collects issues #1-5.

In PPlastic, retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges.

Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD Crown Vic, eating doughnuts and enjoying their insatiable appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom.

And the twist to all of this? Virginia is a sex doll.

Plastic trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0377-5, Diamond Code AUG170576) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, September 4th.

Wagner & Rummel Join Forces for the Heart-Pumping Anarchy of The Hard Place

Image Comics is pleased to announce Doug Wagner, Nic Rummel, and Charlie Kirchoff’s new high-energy action series The Hard Place, which will launch this August.

In The Hard Place, readers meet ex-con AJ Gurney, a legendary wheelman in Detroit, who has decided it’s time to go straight. He returns home to work in his father’s garage and disappear into anonymity.

But during a visit to the bank, AJ is recognized by two violent bank robbers, and they demand AJ be their getaway driver. To ensure his compliance, they take a young female hostage; unfortunately, she happens to be the daughter of a Russian crime lord. AJ now finds himself pursued by a bitter police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob. Without a doubt, he’s in a very hard place.

The Hard Place is a car wreck disguised as a comic book. Readers won’t want to miss a single second of it.

The Hard Place #1 Cover A by Brian Stelfreeze (Diamond Code JUN170668), Cover B by Rummel (Diamond Code JUN170669), and Cover C by Stelfreeze (Diamond Code JUN170670) will launch on Wednesday, August 23rd. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, July 31st.

Hit Series Plastic Rushed Back to Print

The new hit series Plastic by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard continues to fly off the shelves and will be sent back to press. Readers can’t get enough of this twisted, suspense story that Robert Kirkman calls, “the weirdest sh*t I’ve ever read. I love it!” Plastic #2 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?

Plastic #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code APR178673), Plastic #3 Cover A by Robinson (Diamond Code APR170847) and Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code APR170848) will be available on Wednesday, June 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

Doug Wagner, Daniel Hillyard & Laura Martin team up for the creepy, unsettling Plastic

Writer Doug Wagner teams up with artists Daniel Hillyard and Laura Martin for a chilling new crime series—Plastic.

Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good… until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. The twist? Virginia is a sex doll.

Plastic is an unsettling serial killer story that readers won’t be able to look away from.

Plastic #1 Cover A by Andrew Robinson (Diamond Code FEB170551) and Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code FEB170552) hits stores on April 19th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, March 27th.

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Preview: ICE: Bayou Blackout #1 (of 3)

ICE: BAYOU BLACKOUT #1 (of 3)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Daniel Hillyard with Charlie Kirchoff
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale May 6th

The Infektsi, a group of Chechen mercenaries, have entered the city of New Orleans, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. ICE agents Cole and Ezra head to Louisiana to try and keep the terrorists from taking out a main hub of the US power grid. Launching directly out of FCBD, you won’t want to miss the Giant-Sized, 40-page issue of ICE: BAYOU BLACKOUT #1!

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12-Gauge Comics in June 2015

ICE: BAYOU BLACKOUT #2 (of 3)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Daniel Hillyard with Charlie Kirchoff
$3.99 | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale June 10th

With power cut to the entire city New Orleans, chaos ensues. Meanwhile, at a local hospital, the Chechen terrorist group known as the Infektsi has their first run-in with ICE agents Cole and Ezra. Bullets fly and the action ramps up while the crescent city burns!

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12-Gauge Comics in May 2015

ICE: BAYOU BLACKOUT #1 (of 3)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist: Daniel Hillyard with Charlie Kirchoff
$3.99 | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale May 6th

The Infektsi, a group of Chechen mercenaries, have entered the city of New Orleans, leaving a trail of bodies in their wake. ICE agents Cole and Ezra head to Louisiana to try and keep the terrorists from taking out a main hub of the US power grid. Launching directly out of FCBD, you won’t want to miss the Giant-Sized, 40-page issue of ICE: BAYOU BLACKOUT #1!

ICE BAYOU BLACKOUT #1 (of 3)

Preview: ICE: Critical Mass #3 (of 4)

ICE: CRITICAL MASS #3 (of 4)

Writer: Doug Wagner
Artist: Daniel Hillyard
Colorist: Charlie Kirchoff
Cover Artist (Covers A & B): Jason Pearson
$3.99 | 24 pgs. | T+ | On sale January 28

After being ambushed while conducting an investigation in a small Montana town, ICE agents Cole and Ezra escape to the safety of a deserted hunting cabin. While doing recon, they discover helicopters, dead pilots, and a radiation badge in the dead pilot’s hand. Cole and Ezra realize this has just become much more serious than drugs; terrorists have smuggled nuclear materials across the American border…

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