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Advance Review: Death of Love # 1

Philo Harris is a man in love with the owner of a local coffee house. He buys her gifts, listens to her gripe about her boyfriend and occasionally pet-sits for her cat. Philo is a “nice guy” and not in a good way. After a night of hard drinking with some friends,  a mysterious stranger offers him some red pills to help his love life. Philo takes them and the next thing you know he’s in the bathroom staring down a very pissed off looking cherub with a bow and arrow.

Writer Justin Jordan is no stranger to gallows humor. It runs like a black thread through much of his catalog but Death of Love is the first time, to my knowledge, that he’s attempted a straight up satire and it works pretty well. While a lot of the laugh out loud moments are in-jokes for those who follow him on social media, Jordan has a fine grasp of the dark absurdity baked into his scenario and produces a piece of work that is more akin to the Coen brothers than it is to the Farrelly brothers. While it wears its point of view on its sleeve, the characters are fleshed out and compelling enough that it never feels like a polemic.

Artist Donal Delay is a relative newcomer to mainstream American comics but he’s the perfect collaborator for this project. His work here recalls Rob Guillory’s early issues of Chew with just a dash of Venture Brothers thrown into the mix. There’s a quiet confidence to his line and his layouts are interesting to look at in themselves without ever being distracting from the story. The first two page spread is also one of the most inspired pieces of mayhem I’ve seen for a long time: equal parts Quentin Tarentino and Chuck Jones. I predict we’ll see a lot of big things from him in the next few years as more people take notice of his obvious skills.

The colors (by Felipe Sobreiro and Omar Estévez) really help to set the scene. A different palette is used for every venue, and this is used to great effect to quickly ground the reader in the particular ambience of what is going on. Letterer Rachel Deering adds a touch of much needed subtlety with a few understated sound effects that actually force you to pay more attention to the edges of every panel lest you miss something. It’s a nifty trick and something I’ve never seen used by a letterer to help the artist.   

In a time when toxic masculinity has become a subject of regular discussion and female creators across all media come under regular attack for daring to even point it out, Death of Love is both a cogent and relevant critique of sexual relations wrapped up in what promises to be a brilliant (and bloody) farce. It is at once a great big middle finger in the face of Gamergaters, MRAs, “nice” guys and a valentine for everyone who despises them… or for anyone who just wants to see some angels cut down with a chainsaw.  

Story: Justin Jordan Art: Donal Delay
Color: Felipe Sobreiro and Omar Estévez Lettering: Rachel Deering
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Review: Motherlands #1

Motherlands #1 is a pretty damn bleak mother/daughter story, and no one will be comparing it to Lady Bird any time soon. But writer Si Spurrier, artist Rachel Stott, and colorist Felipe Sobreiro capture a little of the attitude, piss, and vinegar of old school 2000 AD progs in a comic that Vertigo on the cover. They embrace the dystopia and a world that features psychic abilities and multiversal travel as well as reality television and nursing homes. After a flimsy flashback that does a decent job establishing the main “sci-fi” part of this new world and a tough, effective chase sequence, Motherlands finds its footing by honing in on the relationship between Tabitha and her mother, Selena, who are both trawlers aka interdimensional bounty hunters. However, Tabitha treats her job like a beat cop or something she does to pay rent and keep food on the table while Selena did hers to be famous like the Kim Kardashian of trawlers complete with fancy outfits, one liners, and interpersonal drama.

The grotesqueness of Spurrier’s writing matches both Stott’s art and the world of Motherlands. Most of the issue features Tabitha tracking a hapless criminal, who has a real back hair issue and spends the entire chase talking about how he used to masturbate to her mom when he was kid. It’s really demeaning for Tabitha, who claims that trawling is “just her job”, but has a little bit of pent-up resentment that she isn’t getting any fulfillment out of her life and gets compared to her mother all the time. Spurrier makes Tabitha’s mark one of the most annoying fuckers in the multiverse while Stott lets the reader earn a little catharsis as he takes two slugs in the knee cap and then gets his pelvis broken at the main hub where Tabitha collects her bounty. Sobreiro indulges in a little disgusting ketchup red for the scenes of violence while laying on a nostalgic, fresh shade of lipstick red for the flashbacks of Selena doing her thing. The past was definitely more glamorous if not more problematic.

Until the plot twist at the end, Motherlands #1 is by no means a hopeful or even fun comic book. However, in the tradition of the best science fiction, it is a fantastic metaphor for millennials and Baby Boomer’s attitude towards capitalism and by extension, work and life. Selena sees the life of a trawler and jumping between dimensions as highly exciting and mugs for the camera wearing sunglasses like a movie star while Tabitha wears more functional armor and hunts down a perp like she’s punching a time clock. She knows that she’s just a cog in a machine or a “clusterfuck” as one supporting character calls the hopping between various dimensions. Tabitha doesn’t try to fit her life into some kind of epic narrative like her narrative until the last few pages when things gets downright Skywalker-esque, but in a FUBAR kind of way.

Motherlands #1 is a rough bit of SF from a talented creative team, and with the lion’s share of the exposition and worldbuilding out of the way, Si Spurrier, Rachel Stott, and Felipe Sobreiro are free to lean on the prickly, yet interesting relationship between Selena and Tabitha as they hunt down one hell of a bounty in a multiverse that makes the multiverse in Rick and Morty look downright utopian. (I’ve never seen a single episode of that show so suck it, nerds.)

Story: Si Spurrier Art: Rachel Stott Colors: Felipe Sobreiro
Story: 7 Art: 8.2 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Vertigo provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Spread Plunges Ahead this July

Writer Justin Jordan, artist John Bivens, and colorist Felipe Sobreiro will launch a new story arc in their ongoing gore-iffic survival story this July.

Previously in Spread, Jack and Molly struggled to save No’s life as enemies new and old came at them from all sides.

In Spread #14, No and company have found a place where civilization seems to have survived and where safety can be found. Is it too good to be true? Also, starting this issue: a special four-part series of interlocking covers by co-creator KYLE STRAHM!

Spread #14 Cover A by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro (Diamond code: MAY160619) hits stores Wednesday, July 6th. SPREAD #14 Cover B by John Bivens and Felipe Sobreiro (Diamond code: MAY160620) will also be available Wednesday, July 6th.


Preview: Strange Attractors #1 (of 5)

Strange Attractors #1 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Greg Scott, Soo Lee
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Greg Scott with Scott Newman
Incentive Cover: Ryan Stegman, Felipe Sobreiro
Price: $3.99

Dr. Brownfield believes that a series of cataclysmic events are coming to New York City, and someone has to keep the city safe after he’s gone. Enter Heller Wilson, a brilliant mathematics student, who discovers that his ailing, perhaps insane, mentor has been saving New York City from societal collapse by a series of “adjustments,” a la the Butterfly Effect. But now, all signs point toward an impending disaster. Can Wilson take what little he’s learned and save the city in time?


Spread kicks off new story arc

Spread #12Writer Justin Jordan and special guest artist Jen Hickman will launch a special stand-alone issue in the ongoing horror series Spread this January.

Previously in Spread, a man named No found an orphaned baby named Hope. Hope is the key to stopping The Spread—the gruesome cancerous growth of monsters that’s brought civilization to a grinding halt—but not everyone sees her as a savior. The key to keeping Hope alive has been Molly, a crazy survivor with an unknown background.

In Spread #12, Molly’s story is told.

Spread #12 Cover A by Kyle Strahm and Felipe Sobreiro (Diamond code: NOV150648) hits stores Wednesday, January 13th. Spread #12 Cover B by Camila Torrano (Diamond code: NOV150649) and SPREAD #12 Cover C by Michael Adams and Kyle Strahm (Diamond code: NOV150650) will also be available Wednesday, January 13th.

Preview: Spread #8

Spread #8

Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Kyle Strahm
Art By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover By: Kyle Strahm
Cover By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150601
Published: June 24, 2015

“THE CHILDREN’S CRUSADE” There is a place that offers sanctuary from the Spread. The only problem? No and company need to escort a group of children through the Spread to get there.


Preview: Legacy Of Luther Strode #2

Legacy Of Luther Strode #2

Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Tradd Moore
Art By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover By: Tradd Moore
Cover By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAR150573
Published: June 24, 2015

With the help of Delilah, Luther and Petra have tracked the cult to Russia, where they have to confront their deadliest foe yet…the Gardener!


Preview: Spread #7

Spread #7

Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Kyle Strahm
Art By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover By: Kyle Strahm
Cover By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: NOV140686
Published: April 29, 2015

“THE PREACHER’S STORY,” with guest artist LIAM COBB.


Preview: Legacy Of Luther Strode #1

Legacy Of Luther Strode #1

Story By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Tradd Moore
Art By: Felipe Sobreiro
Cover By: Tradd Moore
Cover By: Felipe Sobreiro
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB150498
Published: April 8, 2015

Luther Strode returns. For five years, Luther Strode and Petra have been on the run. Now the time for running is over, and the Murder Cult is going down. The road to Cain starts here. JUSTIN JORDAN (SPREAD) and TRADD MOORE (All-New Ghost Rider) bring back Luther and Petra for their final adventure. The last chapter in the hit trilogy begins NOW. Special double-sized issue!


Preview: Inkshot


$8.99 – Ages 17+
263 Pages
Writers: Danilo Beyruth, Marcelo Braga, Gabriel Góes, Ric Milk, Priscila Perca, Stêvz, Leandro Melite, DW Ribatski, João Pinheiro, Rodrigo Solsona, Diocir Assis Jr, Gabriel Renner, Tainá Camilo, Flávio Alves Paixão,  Daniel Werneck, André B. Ducci, Bruno Stahl, Estevão Ribeiro, Diogo Cesar Correa, Roger Keesse, Gabriel Barazal, Leonardo Melo, Abs Moraes, Denis Pacheco, Hector Lima, Lucio Manfredi, Marcos Sacramento, Ana Cristina Rodrigues, Marcio Massula, Simone Campos, Sueli Mendes, Paulo Gallian, Ranulfo Medeiros,   Cadu Simões, Bruno Azevedo, Daniel Esteves, Chico Barney, Mauricio Santoro, Diego Ignácio, Emerson Magalhães, Rodrigo Alonso, Rodrigo Piovezan, Pablo Casado, André Dantas
Artists: Danilo Beyruth, Marcelo Braga, Gabriel Góes, Ric Milk, Priscila Perca, Stêvz, Leandro Melite, DW Ribatski, João Pinheiro, Rodrigo Solsona, Diocir Assis Jr, Gabriel Renner, Tainá Camilo, Flávio Alves Paixão, João Lavieri, André B. Ducci, Bruno Stahl, Davi Calil, Pablo Mayer, Jon Suguyama, Eduardo Schaal, André Caliman, Leonardo Frey, George Schall, Anderson Nascimento, Alex Genaro, José Aguiar, Alex Lancaster, Caio Majado, Péricles Jr., Sueli Mendes, Kaori Nagata, Pedro Caraça, Jozz, Wilson Jr., Mario Cau, Rafael Anderson, Angelo Ron, Mauricio Pierro, Emerson Magalhães, Felipe Cunha, Eduardo Medeiros,  Felipe Sobreiro, Milton Sobreiro, Sam Hart, Gil Tokyo, Marcelo Fahd, Val Deir
Letterers: Wanderley Felipe, Felipe Sobreiro, Pablo Casado, Cadu Simões
Cover: Felipe Sobreiro

A shot of ink, an ink gunshot, ink-made. INKSHOT is a new anthology of ideas in small doses – three to five pages – small universes you can dive into and get lost in many different genres.

Featuring never before seen stories by Danilo Beyruth [Image’s POPGUN], José Aguiar [Paquet’s ERNIE ADAMS], Milton & Felipe Sobreiro [Boom Studio’s C’THULU TALES, Zuda’s EARTHBUILDERS], Bruno Stahl [HEAVY METAL MAGAZINE], Gabriel Góes [SAMBA], Davi Calil [MAD Magazine], Pablo Casado [SABOR BRASILIS], Felipe Cunha [JESUS HATES ZOMBIES], Hector Lima [THE MAJOR], George Schall [DARK HORSE PRESENTS], Eduardo Medeiros [Marvel’s STRANGE TALES], Estevão Ribeiro [215 Ink’s LITTLE HEROES] and many others, INKSHOT is a showcase of some of the best Brazilian comics of the 21st Century.


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