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Advance Review: 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 story 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

A Wave Blue World offers Free Comics to Supporters of Mark Waid’s Legal Fund

A Wave Blue World (AWBW), publisher of anthologies such as Broken Frontier, All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World, and the upcoming Death of the Horror Anthology, announces they will send free digital copies of This Nightmare Kills Fascists and a special color version of the All We Ever Wanted ashcan edition to anyone who donates $15USD or more to Mark Waid‘s legal fundraiser.

The longstanding comic book pro is currently being sued by one of the perceived leaders of the online harassment movement called ‘ComicsGate’. To fund his defense against the suit, Waid has launched a crowdfunding appeal on Go Fund Me.

Curated and edited by Matt Miner (GWAR, Poser) and Eric Palicki (No Angel, Atlantis Wasn’t Built For Tourists), This Nightmare Kills Fascists is a horror anthology in the style of Creepy and Eerie, told against the backdrop of modern politics.  It boasts stories from a plethora of hot creators including Vita Ayala, Tini Howard, Justin Jordan, Ariela Kristantina, Ryan Ferrier, and many, many more.

All We Ever Wanted: Stories of a Better World is an upcoming anthology spearheaded by the same editorial team plus AWBW publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner that looks into a more hopeful and positive future, and has been described as “less Mad Max, more Star Trek.”  Currently available to order in the October issue of Previews, the anthology is set to hit stores in December.

The print version of the ashcan was an exclusive for NYCC ‘18, but can now be obtained digitally only by those who support this fund. It contains three of the stories from the anthology by creators Robbi Rodriguez, Tyler Chin-Tanner, Paul Allor, Juan Romera, Eric Palicki, and Eryk Donovan.

AWBW publisher Tyler Chin-Tanner said in the release:

Over his entire career, Mark Waid has always been a champion for creators’ rights and now he’s standing up for them against bullying and harassment. It’s important for us to come together now as a comics community to support him.

Comic creator Matt Miner added:

If our fascist-smashing anthology can help Mark Waid fight against actual fascists in comics then I’m all for it. I stand with my LGBT family and trans friends in denouncing comicsgate and all the hate that they spew.

Comic creator Eric Palicki also said:

I don’t know Mark personally, but I’ve followed his work for as long as I’ve been reading comics. It’s no surprise a writer who understands Superman or Daredevil so profoundly would devote so much of himself to standing up to real-life bullies, and I’m proud to help Mark in any way I can.

To obtain the PDFs for This Nightmare Kills Fascists and the All We Ever Wanted ashcan, please send a screenshot of your receipt of your donation of $15USD or more to Mark Waid’s fundraiser to tyler@awbw.com.

comiXology Originals and Comix AF Reunite for a New Series Fair Trade from Tini Howard and Eryk Donovan

ComiXology reunites with Comix AF for the newest addition to the comiXology Originals lineup: Fair Trade. Debuting spring of 2019, Fair Trade is written by Tini Howard and illustrated by Eryk Donovan.

To celebrate this announcement, Eryk Donovan will be at New York Comic Con signing limited quantities of the exclusive Fair Trade poster at the comiXology Artist Alley table #1B5. He will also appear in two comiXology-hosted panels – The New Comics Publishing Frontier and The Voices of ComiXology Originals.

Fair Trade isa series for magical girls-gone-bad! Fair Trade is a classic mafia-style story of a blooming prodigy with more skill than good sense, set in a city where inspiration is the trade and magic colors outside the lines.

The 5-issue miniseries will be available on Kindle and comiXology and individual release dates are forthcoming. The series is free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited. A print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.

Earlier this year, on July 18, comiXology and Comix AF debuted the exciting horror/spy mashup series Grave Danger on Kindle and comiXology, featuring a slew of monsters by Tim Seeley and artist Mike Norton.

Preview: Eugenic SC

Eugenic SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Dee Cunniffe
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $14.99

  • From the GLAAD Award-nominated team of James Tynion IV (Dark Nights: The Casting, Detective Comics) and Eryk Donovan (Constantine: The Hellblazer) comes a new vision of humanity’s future in the vein of Black Mirror.
  • When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are… unnatural, and the definition of “normal” is forever altered.

Preview: Quantum Teens Are Go: Collected Trade

QUANTUM TEENS ARE GO: Collected Trade

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Eryk Donovan
Colored by: Claudia Aguirre
Lettered by: Zakk Saam
112 pages | $12.99
DCD# JUN171274

Mad science is the punkest shit there is. Teenage sweethearts Nat & Sumesh spend their nights breaking into abandoned superlabs, stealing parts to build a time machine – and they’ve just found the key component: a cool af tachyonic actuator. But mysterious entities keep trying to stop them from turning it on. Now all they’ve gotta do is hang on long enough to figure out why.

Preview: Gotham City Garage #8

Gotham City Garage #8

(W) Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly (A) Ming Doyle, Colleen Doran, Eryk Donovan (CA) Tula Lotay
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 24, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Diana takes Kara on a trip. Literally and figuratively.

Preview: Eugenic #3 (of 3)

Eugenic #3 (of 3)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Eryk Donovan
Subscription Cover: Robbi Rodriguez
Price: $5.99

It’s been 200 years since the human uprising. The NuMan culture has stagnated without diversity, but a secret found in Dr. Cyrus Crane’s original notes could save them all.

Review: Eugenic #2 (of 3)

It’s been 200 years since the New Humans first appeared and became the dominant form of life. Now the human resistance fights back.

Eugenic is a comic where I’m sucked in and already can tell I want more. Only a three issue series, Eugenic #2 jumps 200 years into the future of the first issue to see the ramifications of decisions made there.

The story is a fascinating one in that each issue is a segment as opposed to a continuing a narrative through each. Writer James Tynion IV and artist Eryk Donovan are exploring concepts, philosophy, and society in this three issue series by presenting short stories that hint at the greater whole. It’s up to the reader at times to fill in the blanks as to how things have gone over each time period. This is a comic that challenges the reader to explore its themes instead of just presenting a narrative to enjoy.

Part of the enjoyment is filling in the blanks though.

With 200 years passed between the first and second issue we’re delivered bread crumbs as to what’s happened and we’re asked to piece it all together like the puzzles that are the Numans.

That Numan puzzle is delivered courtesy of Donovan who is tasked with the fun task of a palette of characters that are diverse in a whole new way. Each is unique in their own special way with mutations and contortions that I’d never dream of (or have nightmares of). This is clearly an artist who is going wild with ideas on the page and while you think of what each page teases out you can spend time looking at every detail which creates a story unto itself.

This isn’t a comic in the traditional sense where we follow a few characters along the way in a story. Instead we’re being presented pieces of a puzzle each looking at the ramifications of a decision and the philosophy about them. This is a parable in comic form and it’s all the more fascinating for it.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Eryk Donovan
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Eugenic #2 (of 3)

Eugenic #2 (of 3)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Eryk Donovan
Colorist: Dee Cunniffee
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Eryk Donovan
Subscription Cover: Robbi Rodriguez
Price: $5.99

It’s been 200 years since the New Humans first appeared and became the dominant form of life. Now the human resistance fights back.

Baltimore Comic Con 2017: Eryk Donovan Talks Eugenic

When a plague ravages the world, one scientist discovers the cure and becomes the savior of mankind. Hope is restored, and the world rebuilds. But then people who took the cure begin having children who are… unnatural, and the definition of “normal” is forever altered.

At Baltimore Comic Con we got a chance to talk to artist Eryk Donovan about his new comic series Eugenic with writer James Tynion IV.

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