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Review: All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World

All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The stories are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4

writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Alé Garza (C), Derrick Chew (D), Vanta Black Cosplay Variant (E), Kunkka (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic (RI), Kunkka (RI-Virgin), Vanta Black Cosplay Variant (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW), Derrick Chew Monochromatic (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

With the fate of all things hanging in the balance, the evil necromancer Kulan Gath must be resurrected — but can it be done without sacrificing another human being? Sonja and Chastity consult another sorcerer to find a way, but with Evil Ernie, Purgatori, and Jade all chasing after Sonja and the source of Gath’s power, there’s little time to set things right. The Age of Chaos continues!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #4

Preview: Ghostbusters: Year One #3 (of 4)

Ghostbusters: Year One #3 (of 4)

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures!

It’s PETER VENKMAN’S turn to be interviewed for the Ghostbusters biography, and he proves to be an elusive subject… until he gets to talking about the national news made by the pretty pesky poltergeist that was haunting a fashionable New York dance club! Disco may have died, but that doesn’t mean it won’t come back! Ghostbusters: Year One continues here!

Ghostbusters: Year One #3 (of 4)

Preview: Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3

writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Alé Garza (C), Kunkka (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E)
Derrick Chew #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW), Alan Quah “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Adam Hughes (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Michael Turner (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

Red Sonja, paired with the half-vampire Chastity, is on the path to setting things right, restoring the timeline and hopefully saving humanity in the process. But Chastity isn’t the only strange visitor from another time; Jade, Evil Ernie, and Purgatori have all come to Hyboria as well, and they’ve taken a shine to the savage world as an easy place to indulge their dangerous natures. They may not take so well to the notion of going home. (Plus, Ernie gets to ride a dragon, which is almost impossible where he comes from.) The She-Devil’s adventure in the Age of Chaos continues here!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #3

Preview: Transformers/Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Ghosts of Cybertron

Transformers/Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Ghosts of Cybertron

(W) Erik Burnham (A) Dan Schoening (CA) Nick Roche
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $17.99

After years of civil war, the Autobots fled Cyberton, leaving their home planet in the evil clutches of Megatron and his Decepticons. Years later and millions of miles away, the Autobots pick up a Cybertronian distress signal from a mysterious planet called Earth. The ghostly signal shouldn’t exist, and it’ll bring Optimus Prime and his team-including brand-new Autobot ECTOTRON-face-to-face with… the GHOSTBUSTERS!

Transformers/Ghostbusters Vol. 1 Ghosts of Cybertron

Preview: Ghostbusters: Year One #2 (of 4)

Ghostbusters: Year One #2 (of 4)

(W) Erik Burnham (A/CA) Dan Schoening
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

In anticipation of the new Ghostbusters feature film coming to theaters Summer 2020, we look back at the Boys in Grey’s first year on the job, showcasing never before seen adventures! Being interviewed for a book on the Ghostbusters, RAY STANTZ will relate some of his earlier days working with Venkman and Spengler, as well as tell the tale of their first concrete encounter with a ghost… and the eventual fate of that spectral librarian that chased them out of the New York Public Library!

Ghostbusters: Year One #2 (of 4)

Preview: Chastity (Vol. 2) #5

Chastity (Vol. 2) #5

writers: Erik Burnham, Daniel Maine
artist: Daniel Maine
covers: Catherine Nodet (A), Alé Garza (B), Daniel Maine (C)
Daniel Maine (RI-B/W), Alé Garza (RI-B/W), Catherine Nodet (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Mature

Chastity is up to her elbows in blood — some of it is even her own! And she’s out of allies and out of options. Forget saving the group of human trafficking victims she’s given her all to protect — she’s going to have a hard-enough time getting off an uncharted (for nefarious reasons) island she’s stranded on. Is this it for Chastity Jack?

Chastity (Vol. 2) #5

Preview: Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #2

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #2

writer: Erik Burnham
artist: Jonathan Lau
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Derrick Chew (C), Alé Garza (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E)
Kunkka (RI), Kunkka (RI/Virgin), Derrick Chew Monochromatic Cover (RI), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW), Alah Quah Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Gabriele Dell’otto (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Marc Silvestri (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover
FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

IT’S A PERSONAL QUEST SONJA’S EGO CAN’T ACCEPT.

Red Sonja is fully made to understand that her victory over Kulan Gath not only led to the invasion of her world by a whole new kind of evil, but may cause time itself to end… much to the delight of the goddess of death, Mistress Hel. Only Sonja can set things right — but what she needs to do so will cost her a bargain with Lady Demon, as well as a personal quest her ego doesn’t want to accept. Thankfully she has backup in the form of the half-vampire, Chastity — and a good thing, too. To fix the path of fate, Sonja will need all the help she can get! The AGE OF CHAOS continues here!

Red Sonja: Age of Chaos #2

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10

(W) Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, Erik Burnham, Bobby Curnow, Matthew K. Manning (A) Cory Smith, Dan Schoening, Dave Watcher, Pablo Tunica, Adam Gorham (CA) Dan Duncan
In Shops: Jan 22, 2020
SRP: $49.99

Turtles… in space! Krang is set to go on trial in Dimension X but he has hired the cybernetic assassin Hakk-R to eliminate the witnesses set to testify against him. Meanwhile, the Turtles race to different planets in Dimension X to escort the witnesses to safety before Hakk-R gets to them first! Then, an enemy from Master Splinter’s past is back and hungry for revenge. To get it, he’ll summon the most dangerous foe that the Turtles have ever encountered–the Collectors, shape-shifting demons that can pass through dimensions at will and cannot be stopped once they have been summoned to harvest a soul. To save themselves, the Turtles team up with the Ghostbusters, the only people who have ever faced the Collectors and lived to tell the tale.

Collects Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe issues #19-20, issues #73-75 of the ongoing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, the Dimension X mini-series, and the TMNT/Ghostbusters 2 crossover mini-series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. 10
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