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Review: Call of Duty Zombies 2 #1

The year is 1910, the place is Morocco, and there is a job that needs doing. The man to do it? A commanding officer in the French Foreign Legion. The prize? An artifact of unspeakable power. The price? More than he bargained for.

I’m a bit conflicted about Call of Duty Zombies 2 #1. While the zombies are a bit scarce, the comic itself reminds me a lot of Indiana Jones.

Written by Justin Jordan, the first issue is the set up for what I expect to be zombies at some point. Instead, we get a man hiring an officer in the French Foreign Legion to get an artifact. Decrease his age, give him a whip and a fedora, and the issue would remind me a hell of a lot of a certain classic character.

The issue is far from what I expected, it being a Call of Duty comic and also featuring zombies. Much of that is on me as I haven’t played a Call of Duty game in some time and expected more of the storytelling we get in that series. Your expectations may vary.

But, what’s presented is good and it’s entertaining. So much so, I’d love to see Jordan take on Jones in a new comic series. The issue is good with the set up of wherever it’s going and feels like a solid archaeological focused adventure.

The art by Andres Ponce, with ink by Mauro Vargas, and color by Dan Jackson fits the story perfectly. The style evokes the time and characters well and designs are solid. Again, there’s a certain whip carrying character that it all would look well with.

Despite it not being what I expected, again on me as much as anything, the issue is an adventure that you just don’t see in comics much. It’s fun, it reminds me of a certain someone I’ve mentioned a few times now, and it has me wanting to come back and see where it goes. Don’t expect zombies in this one but do expect a fun and entertaining pulp adventure.

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Andres Ponce
Ink: Mauro Vargas Color: Dan Jackson Lettering: Nate Piekos
Cover Art: E.M. Gist
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Chris Roberson, Tony Parker, John Roshell, and Dan Jackson Deliver a God of War this November

Following the immense success of the God of War video game for PlayStation 4 and the art book chronicling its creation, Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment have revealed art from the upcoming God of War comic series. This new four-issue miniseries is full of Norse mythology-inspired action.

Writer Chris Roberson, artist Tony Parker, colorist Dan Jackson, and letterer John Roshell of Comicraft set out to explore whether Kratos, the God of War, will ever find a peace in a world of violence. The beautiful cover art is by artist E.M. Gist. The God of War comic series finds Kratos living in the remote Norse wilds after his war on the gods of Olympus. Seeking to put the rage that defined most of his life behind him, Kratos inadvertently sparks a feud with a mysterious cult of berserkers after attempting to save a stranger being mauled by a monstrous bear. But for the former Ghost of Sparta, no good deed goes unpunished.

God of War #1 goes on sale November 14, 2018.

Justin Jordan Returns to Call of Duty Zombies with artist Andres Ponce and Mauro Vargas

In 2016, Dark Horse Comics’ first wave of Call of Duty Zombies comics brought fans into the Tranzit crews’ fight for survival across the apocalyptic wasteland of a desolate, fractured, and destabilized future earth. Now, Dark Horse Comics and Activision invite fans to meet the brand-new cast of characters from this year’s game! Writer Justin Jordan returns with new artists Andres Ponce and Mauro Vargas for a thrilling prequel to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 that fills in some essential pieces to the Zombies puzzle.

In Call of Duty Zombies, pieces are set in motion that shadowy forces have long been putting into place. They believe what comes next cannot be stopped. Little do they know an unlikely group from around the globe is about to be assembled.

Call of Duty Zombies #1 goes on sale September 05, 2018. The series features cover art by E. M. Gist and colors by Dan Jackson.

Dark Horse Returns to the World of Dragon Age with Unabridged Edition of “Hard in Hightown”

Revisit the streets of Kirkwall in this unabridged edition of prolific dwarven author Varric Tethras’ Hard in Hightown.

This in-world novel follows the adventures of Donnen Brennokovic, a weathered and weary city guardsman who finds himself paired with a fresh-faced recruit. While on a routine patrol, the unlikely duo stumbles across the body of a murdered magistrate, and soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between Chantry agents and a shadowy organization known as the Executors, over a mysterious ancient artifact.

What unfolds is a fast-paced crime noir full of adventure, passion, and Varric’s signature panache to keep readers hooked.

Ghostwritten by Mary Kirby, who wrote Varric for both Dragon Age II and Dragon Age: Inquisition, and gorgeously illustrated by Stefano Martino, Álvaro Sarraseca, Andres Ponce, and German Ponce, with a painted cover by E.M. GistDragon Age: Hard in Hightown is an essential addition to Dragon Age fans’ collections!

Dragon Age: Hard in Hightown goes on sale July 31, 2018. The gorgeous 96-page hardcover retails for $19.99.

Preview: Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #3 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #3 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios, co-published with DC Comics
Writers: Robbie Thompson, Justin Jordan
Artist: Barnaby Bagenda
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Movie Poster Incentive: E. M. Gist
Classic Incentive: Paul Rivoche
Spectrum Incentive: Felipe Massafera
Unlockable “Vintage” Action Figure Variant: David Ryan Robinson
Price: $3.99

As Cornelius loses himself to the ring, Doctor Zaius and Sinestro uncover a grave truth about the Planet of the Apes. With Hal Jordan, Zira, and Nova on the hunt through the Forbidden Zone, Kilowog, Guy Gardner, and Arisia bring reinforcements.

Dark Horse is Releasing Will Save the Galaxy for Food in Early 2017

Dark Horse has announced the publication of Will Save the Galaxy for Food, written by Ben “Yahtzee” Croshaw and illustrated by E. M. Gist.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food is a satirical sci-fi adventure that follows a down-on-his-luck galactic pilot struggling for survival. Space pirates, deadly yet adorable creatures, and a missing fortune make this galactic adventure an experience for the ages!

Will Save the Galaxy for Food goes on sale on February 1, 2017.

Will Save the Galaxy for Food

The Haunted Mansion #1: A Conversational Review

haunted_mansion_1_coverMarvel released the first issue of The Haunted Mansion a couple of weeks ago, through their Disney Kingdoms imprint which focuses on telling new stories based upon the characters, rides, or attractions from Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The Haunted Mansion is a comic based upon the ride of the same name, a ride that my wife thoroughly enjoyed when we visited the park in Florida last year. So when the first issue hit the racks I made sure to pick a copy up for her.

Now, while my wife is incredibly supportive of my comic book addiction reading, she’s not a huge comic book reader herself. But because she is a big fan of the ride I was curious to find out what she thought about the first issue.

So once we’d both read the comic, we had a bit of a chat about it.

You enjoyed the comic, eh?

Yep.

How did it compare to the ride itself?

It felt a little like the ride; I liked the commitment to the little details like the wallpaper, the paintings, characters, room features and the entrance to the ride itself with the stretching paintings, which is one of my favourite parts.

Yeah, I noticed that too. I thought there were a lot of neat nods to the ride, like the order the kid encounters the different ghosts.

Yeah, that was cool.

What about the story, did that work for you at all?

Well I wasn’t sure where it was going at the beginning, but perhaps the next time I ride the ride I’ll feel I’m one of the mortals helping the ghosts to get out. I am interested to see what happens to the main character next.

Do you want me to grab the second one when it comes out on April 20th?

Yeah, I’ll read the second one. I’d like to see some of the other covers, too.

Would you be interested in reading more from Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms imprint?

Yeah, if they stayed along the same lines as this one, and offered me elements of the parks themselves, then I would be interested.

Could you see yourself reading other comics eventually as well, if you enjoy this series?

Perhaps. I mean, you have bought me a few other comics that I have yet to read. It’s a new medium for me, but I may give it another go. Why not, eh?


Why not indeed. If this comic proves to be a gateway into the comic book world for my wife, and others who pick the issue up just because of the title, then that’s a good thing for our hobby. The first issue of The Haunted Mansion  has been on sale for a couple weeks now, and it’s actually a pretty strong issue that’s worth a read if you’re even a little bit of a fan of the ride, or even Disney. As for myself, I enjoyed the comic and while The Haunted Mansion wouldn’t have ordinarily been something that I’d have picked up at the comic shop if not for my wife wanting to read the first issue. When the one comes out, though, whether she’d be interested in reading the next issue or not I’d likely be picking it up for myself anyway.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Jorge Coelho and E.M. Gist

Grim Grinning Ghosts Galore in Your First Look at Haunted Mansion #1!

The world famous attraction haunts Marvel Comics this March! And the residents are just dying to meet you! Marvel Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering have released a first look inside Haunted Mansion #1, the newest Disney Kingdoms limited series! Step inside foolish mortals, as rising comic stars Joshua Williamson and Jorge Coelho throw open the doors of the mansion for a delightfully chilling thrill ride!

It seems that no one lives in the elegant mansion on the hill…but where then is that eerie organ music come from? Are its iron gates meant to keep people out…or keep some things in? Filled with wall-to-wall creeps and hot and cold running chills, the happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion come to (after)life like never before! Get ready to meet the 999 spooks lingering within. But be warned, they’re looking for the 1000th!

Crypt doors will creak, and tombstones will quake. And the next spine-tingling Disney Kingdoms adventure is about to begin. What terrifying secrets lie deep within the mansion? Hop in your Doom Buggy and find out this March!

HAUNTED MANSION #1 (JAN160749)
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by JORGE COELHO
Cover by E.M. GIST
Variant Covers by BRIAN CROSBY (JAN160750) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (JAN160751)
Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (JAN160752)
FOC – 02/15/16, On-Sale – 03/09/16

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The Haunted Mansion #1 Brings Grim Grinning Ghosts to Marvel in 2016!

Haunted_Mansion_CovThe world famous attraction haunts Marvel Comics in 2016! And its residents are just dying to meet you! Marvel and Walt Disney Imagineering are proud to announce The Haunted Mansion #1, coming in March! Step inside foolish mortals, as rising comic stars Joshua Williamson and Jorge Coelho throw open the doors of the mansion for a delightfully chilling thrill ride!

It seems that no one lives in the elegant mansion on the hill…but where then is that eerie organ music come from? Are its iron gates meant to keep people out…or keep some things in? Filled with wall-to-wall creeps and hot and cold running chills, the happy haunts of the Haunted Mansion come to (after) life like never before! Get ready to meet the 999 spooks lingering within. But be warned, they’re looking for the 1000th!

Crypt doors will creak, and tombstones will quake. And the next spine-tingling Disney Kingdoms adventure is about to begin. What terrifying secrets lie deep within the mansion? Hop in your Doom Buggy and find out this coming March!

Additionally, Disney Publishing Worldwide will release multiple book titles in July 2016 based on the Haunted Mansion attractions from the Disney Parks including: Disney Parks Presents: The Haunted Mansion, a beautifully illustrated picture book that uses narration from the ride, all-new art, and comes with the song “Grim Grinning Ghosts” on a CD; and Tales from the Haunted Mansion Volume I: The Fearsome Foursome, the first book in an all-new chapter book series that features chilling tales about the ghosts who haunt the notorious Mansion, with eerie illustrations throughout and a beautiful three-piece cloth cover, the books are designed to look like they came straight from the library in the Haunted Mansion.

THE HAUNTED MANSION #1
Written by JOSHUA WILLIAMSON
Art by JORGE COELHO
Cover by E.M. GIST
On-Sale Print & Digital this March!

 

TALES FROM THE HAUNTED MANSION, VOL. I: THE FEARSOME FOURSOME
Written by mansion librarian Amicus Arcane
Transcribed by John Esposito
Illustrations by Kelley Jones
On-sale July 2016

 

DISNEY PARKS PRESENTS: THE HAUNTED MANSION
Includes a CD with Song!
Music by Buddy Baker
Lyrics by Xavier “X” Atencio
Illustrations by James Gilleard
On-Sale July 2016

Ellen Datlow Returns With Nightmare Carnival Anthology!

Hugo and Bram Stoker Award–winning editor Ellen Datlow presents a new collection of insidious and shocking tales in the horrific and irresistible Nightmare Carnival!

Dark Horse is proud to bring you this masterwork of terror from such incredible creative talents as Terry Dowling, Priya Sharma, Dennis Danvers, and Nick Mamatas, featuring cover artwork by E. M. Gist!

A washed-up wrestler goes toe to toe with a strange new foe. A young lad’s eleventh birthday heralds the arrival of his bizarre new entourage. A suicidal diva just can’t seem to die. All of these queer marvels and more can be found at the Nightmare Carnival!

For fans of horror, noir, fantasy, crime, and the short fiction format, sixteen stories for $19.99!

Nightmare Carnival is on sale September 24, 2014, in comic shops and October 7 in bookstores everywhere!

NIGHTCARN CVR