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Review: Nowhere Men #7

nowheremen_07-1Nowhere Men’s first arc ended more than two years ago, and it went out with a bang. Now, Eric Stephenson’s series returns with Dave Taylor and Emi Lenox on art.

Nowhere Men #7 is a comic about a world where scientists have the pop cultural impact of rock stars like The Beatles, but readers don’t need a science background to enjoy the comic. The newest issue is a direct continuation of the first arc, and introduces a few new characters, including Emerson Strange’s daughter, Monica, who was only mentioned once in the first issue. The story also jumps directly into the fallout of the previous issue, and clarifies some of the points that were lost in the chaos of Ellis, Strange, and the station scientists’ escape from the Arctic lab.

This is also a welcome refresher for the series because of the two-year gap between arcs one and two. Image’s website advertises that Nowhere Men will be released monthly through May 2016–a good thing, because nothing seems to have suffered for the break, and the story is more compelling than ever. Even the exposition necessary to begin the new plot lines is interesting, because it asks, but also answers and provides hints about other characters. Readers get to delve a little more into who Ellis and Strange are outside of their science careers, and may also soon find out what happened to the elusive Thomas Walker. 

The writing didn’t lose momentum during this time, and Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox, and Jordie Bellaire fill Nate Bellegarde’s shoes well. (The artist change occurred after Nate Bellegarde took time to deal with personal issues, which he wrote about here. We at Graphic Policy wish him all the best.) The art styles are comparable, most notable in their use of clean lines and expressive faces.

Overall, Nowhere Men #7 is a good continuation of the previous story and a strong beginning to the new one.

Story: Eric Stephenson Art: Dave Taylor, Emi Lenox
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A First Look at The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #2

A lethal menace has been loosed on the world and everyone – living, dead, or in between – is in harm’s way!

Valiant has released an advance preview of The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage: Second Lives #2 (of 4) – the next breathtaking chapter from Eisner Award-nominated writer Jen Van Meter and astonishing artist Roberto de la Torre! The hotly anticipated follow-up to Valiant’s Harvey Award-nominated debut continues this January as the world’s top paranormal investigators discover the true meaning of oblivion!

Shan Fong-Mirage is married to a ghost – the late Hwen Mirage, who she herself pulled back from the brink of eternal imprisonment in the underworld. But this team of paranormal investigators has discovered that even the unliving like Hwen can be killed…and that their own research has unwittingly freed a malevolent spirit from a centuries-old enchantment. Now innocent victims – both among the living and dearly departed – are being massacred. To set this right, the Mirages need to unlock another copy of the ancient spell…and only one other paranormal collector has it. And so now the good doctors must pay a house call to an old enemy…

Featuring mesmerizing covers by Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Kevin Wada, Roberto de la Torre and Emi Lenox!

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Written by JEN VAN METER
Art by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE
Cover A by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (NOV151717)
Cover B by KEVIN WADA (NOV151718)
Cover C by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (NOV151719)
Variant Cover by EMI LENOX (NOV151720)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JANUARY 13 (FOC – 12/21/15)

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Nowhere Men Returns With New Series Artist

Eric Stephenson teams up with new artist Dave Taylor, the returning Eisner Award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, and Fonografiks for the eagerly anticipated new story arc of Nowhere Men.

The next chapter of the Eisner Award-nominated series will begin with Nowhere Men #7 and will hit stores this January 2016.

Best known for his work on Batman and Judge Dredd, British artist Dave Taylor will join the creative team on the fan-favorite series that follows scientists Dade Ellis, Simon Grimshaw, Emerson Strange, and Thomas Walker’s rise to fame and simultaneous fall from grace when World Corp.’s more unorthodox experimentations begin to go awry.

Nowhere Men #7 begins an all-new story arc and picks up where Nowhere Men, Vol. 1’s cliffhanger ending left off and will feature art by Emi Lenox in the form of the sketch diary of Emerson Strange’s daughter.

Nowhere Men #7 (Diamond Code NOV150515) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, January 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, December 21st.

Nowhere Men, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1607066910) is available as well and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR158616 (teal t-shirt cover), Diamond Code MAY150607 (red t-shirt cover).

Review: Plutona #1

Plutona01_CoverPlutona follows the story of five suburban kids who make a shocking discovery while exploring the woods one day after school…the body of Plutona, the world’s greatest superhero. A dark and heartbreaking journey about friendship and coming of age all through the lens of the superhero genre.

Jeff Lemire is one of the best comic writers working today, each series he touches are such fantastic reads, and this brand new series is no exception. Here, he shares writing duty with newcomer Emi Lenox who does double duty also handling the art, which is absolutely gorgeous.

The first issue of this series feels very familiar. It has some bits from Stand by Me, some bits from The Breakfast Club, and mix that with a superhero genre, sort of. What’s great about this first issue, much like Lemire’s Descender, is that it approaches kids with wide eyes. There’s a fantastic innocence about both that oozes off the page, and both seem to tackle the “coming of age” story.

Lenox’s art is amazing. It feels like something I’d see in a teenage focused graphic novel put out by a premiere publisher who focuses on graphic novels. I can’t quite describe it, but it’s an almost refined indie vibe about it. Beautiful to look at.

Jeff Lemire, nuff said really. This series should be on everyone’s buy list, and this along with his other output should get Lemire on everyone’s “best writer” list by year’s end. This series will also likely be challenging for best new series/best series as well.

Just a magical beginning mixing familiar genres and tropes creating something better.

Story: Jeff Lemire and Emi Lenox Art: Emi Lenox
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Expo 2015

image expoImage Comics had a banner year in 2014, launching numerous high-profile, well received, projects from some of the industry’s top creators. Today’s Image Expo was not just a look back at was, but what will be coming, as the publisher attempts to take its momentum and capture even more of the market share.

General Announcements:

  • The publisher has introduced $9.99 Volume Ones that create an easy and cheap access point for those interested in exploring any of these series
  • Image Has been awarded the Diamond Comics’ Publisher of the Year Gem Award for the second year in a row
  • Image finished the year with a double-digit market share
  • Image has announced a $2.99 price point
  • They reported a double digit year-to-year growth from 2013
  • Image had a 16.48% market share for graphic novels in the book market in 2014

New series:

  • Savior  asks what if the most dangerous man on Earth was also the one trying to do the most good? Announced by Todd McFarlane, by Brian Holguin.
  • Paul Jenkins has been announced as the new writer for Spawn.
  • James Robninson and Phillip Tan announce a new sci-fi series where humans go to war with God called Heaven.
  • Starve is announced by Brian Wood, Danijel Zezelj, and Dave Stewart
  • Black Road is announced by Brian Wood and Gary Brown.
  • 8House is mentioned, it’s created by Brandon Graham with art by Marion Churchland, Emma Rios, Hwei Lim and more. This series has been mentioned at previous events.
  • Brandon Graham announces Island, a new comics magazine.
  • Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios’ series Pretty Deadly will return with a second arc set during World War I.
  • Emi Lenox‘s travelogue graphic novel set in Japan Tadaima was announced.
  • Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire will bring us A.D. After Death.
  • Jeff Lemire also has Plutona with Emi Lenox and Jordie Bellaire about a group of kids who find a dead super hero in the woods.
  • We Stand on Guard by Brian K. Vaughan and Scott Skrooce has “giant fucking robots”
  • Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda bring us Monstrous
  • Brian Buccellato and Tony Infante team up for Son of the Devil
  • Eric Canete and Jon Tsuei announce Run Love Kill
  • Kieron Gillen, and David LaFuente are blessing us with The Ludocrats
  • No Mercy by Alex DeCampi, Carla McNeil, and Jenn Manley Lee is announced
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s The Wicked + The Divine will have guest artists focusing on individual gods.
  • Chip Zdarsky and Kagan McLeod have Kaptara coming, which he calls a “gay Saga,” a sci-fi comedy series where they can do “whatever (they) want”
  • Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie will bring us Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl which will be a final statement to those characters
  • Darwyn Cooke returns to Image with Revengeance
  • Skottie Young‘s I Hate Fairyland has been announced
  • Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang will bring us Paper Girls where four 12-year-old girls experience something very strange the day after Halloween

We’ll provide more information as it is released.

Image Expo Returns to San Francisco, January 2015

image expoImage Comics has announced the return of Image Expo to the San Francisco Bay Area! After the success of this year’s Image Expo at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the popular media event will return on January 8, 2015 and begin the new year with a line-up of exciting creator-owned news. The event is open to all fans, comics retailers, and members of the media.

This will be an all-day event featuring such guests as Brian K. Vaughan, Todd McFarlane, Scott Snyder, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, and Marjorie Liu. In addition, there will be special surprise guests in attendance.

Tickets to the event are now available for sale. General admission tickets are $20, Premium tickets are $50 and include preferred seating and exclusive Image Comics releases. Seating is limited. Admission for retailers and members of the media is complimentary.

Don’t miss your chance to meet creators, attend panels and signings, receive exclusive swag, and get the scoop on all that Image Comics has in store for 2015.

Preview: Burn The Orphanage: Reign Of Terror #2 (Of 5)

Burn The Orphanage: Reign Of Terror #2 (Of 5)

Story By: Daniel Freedman
Story By: Sina Grace
Art By: Sina Grace
Cover By: Sina Grace
Variant Cover By: Emi Lenox
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140558
Published: June 4, 2014

Tensions are rising as Rock’s distrust for Izabel splits the rebel group in two. With resources dwindling and spirits descending, MannCorp’s assault-bots will have an easy time picking the team off unless they can find a way to work together.

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Preview: CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013

Story By: Tim Seeley
Story By: Corinna Bechko
Story By: Joshua Williamson
Story By: Steve Seeley
Story By: Michael Moreci
Art By: Joe Eisma
Art By: Emi Lenox
Cover By: David Marquez
Price: $4.99
Published: October 2, 2013

A COMIC BOOK LEGAL DEFENSE FUND BENEFIT BOOK!
“TALES OF BLOOD & COURAGE!”

CBLDF LIBERTY ANNUAL returns with Dark Horse editor-in-chief SCOTT ALLIE pulling together an all-star roster of writers and artists to battle censorship with 48 PAGES OF ALL-NEW stories! Tim Seeley brings Hack/Slash back for what might be the most bizarre tale in the series, and legendary creator Richard Corben tells the story of an underground cartoonist bringing back his most famous (and well-endowed) hero.

Everyone has a story to tell, but what happens when a story gets taken away from its creator? LIBERTY ANNUAL 2013 looks at the creative costs of censorship, either through the sort of outside interference the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has fought for 27 years, or through more private forms. The Hoax Hunters battle a cable news program for the life of sasquatch, a young punk rock journalist examines Pussy Riot, and Masks and Mobsters writer Josh Williamson answers the question, “What If Wertham Were Right?”

All proceeds from this book benefit the important First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, who’ve been fighting censorship in comics for over 25 years!

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The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Tease Their 2013 Liberty Annual

The 2013 Liberty Annual is almost here and today is the final order cut off for retailers!  You should support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and order your copy today!

CBLDF Liberty Annual 2013 is edited by Dark Horse Comics’ Editor in Chief  Scott Allie.  It features the talents of  Richard Corben, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Art Baltazar, Franco, Paul Tobin, Emi Lenox, and many, many more!  With stories ranging from reactions to the Pussy Riot incarceration to Richard Corben’s reflection on cartoonists and censorship and lots more in between, this year’s Liberty Annual is sure to inspire readers from all walks of life!

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Preview – Glory #32

Glory #32

Story by: Joe Keatinge Art By: Ross Campbell, Owen Gieni, Emi Lenox, Greg Hinkle, Sloane Leong, Jed Dougherty Cover By: Ricken
Price: $3.99

“WAR TORN,” Part Two
The dawn before war. Glory and her allies face inevitable death. With only hours left to live, everyone’s final moments are revealed in short stories illustrated by some of the greatest new talents in comics, including OWEN GIENI, GREG HINKLE, SLOANE LEONG, JED DOUGHERTY and a very special crossover with EMI LENOX’s EMITOWN!

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