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Review: Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

Star Trek: The Next Generation – Mirror Universe Collection

As far back as I can remember Star Trek has been one of those franchises that always been part of the public imagination. Permeating throughout popular culture, leading to even George Lucas admitting the franchise’s influence on his Star Wars saga.  Even though I watched and enjoyed the original series, the movies including the original cast, and the cartoon series, it was definitely before my time. What really got me pulled into this universe was The Next Generation series.

I remembered the first episode where we met the crew, and of course, Data is who stood out. The other aspect of Star Trek, I have enjoyed are the ever-interesting Mirror Universe episodes, which every show that came after the original series got to has enjoyed, except for ST: TNG. As it would have been an interesting endeavor by the show, giving us a different view of our favorite characters. In David and Scott Tipton’s Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection, we get some wish-fulfillment in a trio of comic stories which shows just how menacing our heroes are in the Mirror Universe.

In “Mirror Broken,”, we’re introduced to the crew of the ISS Stargazer and their insidious captain, Jean Luc Picard and belongs to the once-powerful Terran Empire, and where Vulcans are slaves to the powerful Klingon-Cardassian alliance, which gives Picard the perfect opportunity to assemble the crew we know, but more ominous, to take over the Enterprise and give the Empire an advantage over their enemies with a long-dormant weapon. In “Origin of Data”, we get an interesting side story of how Picard recruited Data to his ranks in this alternate dimension. In “Through the Mirror”, the ISS Enterprise crosses over to the Prime Star Trek universe where they meet the heroes we know and looks to conquer worlds in their dimension, while the mirror universe Picard hatches a plan to infiltrate the Enterprise which leads to a tense standoff between both crews. In “Ripe for Plunder”, Data goes on a solo mission to find Emperor Spock, who was thought to be long dead and reveals long-hidden keys to Picard’s plans. In the last story, “Terra Incognita”, one of the show’s long-endeared characters takes a baleful turn as his evil doppelganger infiltrates the Prime Universe Enterprise crew.

Overall, Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Mirror Universe Collection is an exciting set of stories that play with alternate universes and realities masterfully. The stories by the Tiptons are engrossing and exciting. The art by the creative teams is beautiful. Altogether, a collection that gives more than fan service, as it stretches the imagination and the possibilities, infinite.

Story: Scott Tipton and David Tipton
Art: J.K. Woodward, Charlie Kirchoff, Josh Hood, Marcus To, Chris Johnson, Carlos Nieto, Debora Carita, Tony Shasteen, Angel Hernandez
Color: Jason Lewis, Brittany Peer, Jason Lewis, David Garcia Cruz, Fran Gamboa, Jay Fotos, Jo Mettler, Mark Roberts
Letterer: Andworld Design, Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.8 Art: 9.6 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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A Wave Blue World Provides Retailers with 2 Free Exclusive Variants as a Thank You

A Wave Blue World is kicking off 2021 by showing thanks to retailers who have supported them by ordering their books, backing their Kickstarters, or signed up for their monthly newsletters.

AWBW will be sending supporting retailers 2 limited edition copies of The 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition featuring an exclusive cover by artist Leo Colapietro. The exclusive is limited to a print run of 300.

Crush is the follow-up to 2018’s original mechs vs. monsters graphic novel The 27 Run. The sequel introduces a new hero, Beti, and her telepathic dog, E.K., as they face off against 27 towering monsters in a post-apocalyptic Earth. Created and written by Justin Zimmerman, the series features art by Ethan Claunch and Russell Brown, colors by Fran Gamboa, and lettering by Thomas Mauer.

The 27 Run: Crush #1

The regular edition of The 27 Run: Crush #1 Premier Edition hits retail shops on January 13, 2021 with a cover by Ken Lashley and Juan Fernandez. A hardcover collected edition will be released on March 10 featuring cover artist Robbi Rodriguez.

Other Premier Editions due out this year from A Wave Blue World include Averee by Stephanie Phillips and Marika Cresta with an exclusive cover by Dave Johnson (February 2021), and The Orphan King by Tyler Chin-Tanner and James Boyle with an exclusive cover by InHyuk Lee (April 2021).

Early Review: Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special

Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special

Sorry warm woolen mittens, but short stories, horror fiction, and comic books are a few of my favorite things. Lucky for me, Zenescope has combined all my favorites into a single comic book. As an added bonus, this special one-shot is coming out just in time for Halloween. The Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special, due to hit comic shops on October 21st, collects three original tales of terror. Each story is introduced by Keres the goddess of death.

Keres may be the goddess of death, but in this Halloween Special, she’s moonlighting as a fortune teller. Each of the three tales in this comic revolve around people who walk into her shop hoping to learn what fate holds in store for them. This connecting story sets up the high point of the comic, Tarot card inspired page breaks, drawn by Sheldon Goh and colored by Ivan Nunes. These page breaks are so gorgeous, I found myself wishing I could hang them up on my wall. Different teams of artists illustrate and color each of the three stories. Unfortunately, not all of their work is of the same quality as the page breaks.

The first story has a lot of flashbacks, but artist Dario Tallarico and colorist Maxflan Araujo don’t do much to distinguish these scenes from those set in the present. The reader eventually catches on, but some sort of deviation of color would have helped make the change of setting much clearer. The second story looks much better than its predecessor. Oliver Borges uses perspective to great effect. He draws panels from varying angles, giving the story a cinematic look. Plus, the monster he gets to draw looks fearsome and badass.

Artist Novo Malgapo puts fine detail into some aspects of the third story, but seems to slack off in other aspects. Most notably, the proportions of the main character are sometimes drawn very poorly, making him look misshapen. As for the connecting story, Babisu Kourtis draws New Orleans in a very recognizable way. Even if the narration didn’t explain that New Orleans was the setting for the connecting story, the reader would be able to tell the location just by taking in the illustrations.

Unlike some of the artwork, the stories contained in this comic are all high quality. The first story has a lot of different horror elements, but the writers are able to connect everything into a creepy story. In the second story, the writers put a cool twist on a classic monster myth. The final story takes a familiar premise and brings it into the modern world. The obsessive nature and depravity of the main character in this story made my skin crawl. Plus, it’s got a surprising ending that’s tinged with a touch of dark humor.

Before I wrap up this advance review, there’s one more thing I want to mention. I find it really cool that Zenescope’s President and Chief Creative Officer Joe Brusha is not only one of the writers on this special, but he also created the Grimm Tales of Terror series. It’s not like it is unheard of for a publisher’s executive to contribute to a comic, but I feel like these days they only come off the bench for big events or anniversary issues. It’s refreshing to see a CCO take the time to write an entire holiday special. Grimm Tales of Terror Quarterly: 2020 Halloween Special is due to be released on October 21st, just in time for Halloween.

Writer: Joe Brusha Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini
Art: Novo Malgapo, Sheldon Goh, Babisu Kourtis, Maxflan Araujo, Oliver Borges
Color: Ceci de la Cruz, Ivan Nunes, Fran Gamboa, J.C. Ruiz, Maxflan Araujo, Grostieta

Letters: Taylor Esposito Art & Colors: Various Art Teams
Story: 10 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.0 Reccommendation: Buy

Zenescope provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Review: The Watcher #1

The Watcher #1

As a fan of horror movies, it can be difficult to find a film that is both good narrative-wise and in relation to entertainment value. The movies that usually stay with you re the ones that are completely plausible. Take, for instance, the plot of The Purge. A film series and television show which answers a very real question concerning overpopulation. Then there’s Hostel, a story based on actual acts that take place in Thailand.

Then there’s entertainment that “feels real,” but is less so because it deals with the supernatural.  Take, for instance, the 2004 movie Sightings-Heartland Ghost starring Nia Long and Beau Bridges. The film crew on the show Sightings filmed a demon possession. It was an event that would forever change the film crew and the family that was being haunted. The debut issue of The Watcher features a story much like that film unspools and is one of the best “jump scares” I have ever read.

We open on a young woman who’s seemingly asleep having nightmares. The dream becomes too much, as every night it feels even more real. We’re taken to Saint Michael’s High School, in East Point, Massachusetts, where we find our protagonist, Erica, beginning at her fifth school in so many years. Her acclimation to her new surroundings has its own bumps in the roads. Finding friends is easy but someone she can trust is more difficult. The series spirals into the introduction of a brutal killer whose targets seem more than coincidental.

Overall, The Watcher #1 is a story that mixes coming of age tropes with supernatural and horror elements. That changes the paradigm on the genre. The story by Ralph Tedesco and Victoria Rau is horrifying, smart, and exciting. The art by the creative team is stunning. Altogether, a story that looks to make the reader jumps out of their socks and does it exceedingly well.

Story: Ralph Tedesco and Victoria Rau
Art: Carlos M. Mangual, Julius Abrera, Fran Gamboa,
and J.C.Ruiz
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.4 Recommendation: Buy

Something EVIL is rolling this way. Blood & Gourd #3 is on Kickstarter!

Fans awaiting Blood & Gourd can back the third issue now on Kickstarter. Scheduled for a May 2018, the third issue is wilder! Gorier! Scarier! Created/Written by Jenz K. Lund, with art by Jonas Scharf, and colors by Fran Gamboa, the campaign runs through November 23rd, covering both of the major pumpkin holidays! There’s a variety of rewards available, and an Early Bird incentive running through Halloween.

Blood & Gourd #3: Children of the Vine, rolls right back into the Cucurbita chaos! A handful of survivors, including Kitty and Mason, find temporary respite in the corn maze, but will they find a way out before The Gourdfather and his minions make pumpkin gelato out of their brains? Calvin and Vern make a gruesome discovery, little Sasha finds what’s lurking in the greenhouse basement, and Mister Pleasant demonstrates how evil can choke the roots of any family tree.

It’s Devil’s Night in Olympia, WA – and out at Henderson Farms, the festivities are reaching a crescendo. Young and old have gathered to pick their own pumpkin, drink hot apple cider, and partake in the usual pumpkin farm fare. However, something has awakened from deep within the fertile soil. After years of abuse and humiliation, the pumpkins are ready…to pick US! You can beg! You can plead! You can scream! But these hell’s lanterns are lit only with a burning desire to: Watch. You. Die!

Dead Peasant is a 100% artist owned and operated indie publisher. Through crowd-funding and sheer determination, its team has successfully conjured up a bizarre, offbeat, and exciting comic book series. Blood & Gourd is like EC Comics meets classic cult horror in 2017!

Additional contributors to Issue #3 and/or the Kickstarter rewards include: Rocio Canteros (Zenescope), Nick Gucker (Nick the Hat), Roberta Ingranata (Image, Top Cow), John Macleod (Cömic Räwk, Strange Kids Club), Phil Postma (Minion Factory, Strange Kids Club), JC Ruiz (Zenescope), and Greg Smith (Oni Press).

Preview: Grimm Tales of Terror #7

Grimm Tales of Terror #7 – Bloody Mary

Story by Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Josh Gorfain
Written by Ralph Tedesco
Art by Joel Ojeda (1-13) and Eleonora Carlini (14-22)
Colors by Fran Gamboa
Letters by Micah Myers
Edited by Nicole Glade
Price: $3.99
Release Date:  2/4/15

As the legend goes, if you say those words three times while looking in a mirror, the ghost of Bloody Mary will appear.  But what happens when an innocent ghost story becomes much more real?

The horror anthology series from Zenescope Entertainment continues!

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Preview – Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #4 (of 4)

Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #4 (of 4)

Story by: El Torres Art By: Enrique Lopez Lorenzana Colored By: Fran Gamboa
Price: $3.99

If Nancy and Mr. Macabre can’t trust each other, will they be able to join forces to stop Archangel Gabrielle from destroying the world? And even if they success, Hell will keep spreading over the Earth. And what happens with Lucifer and his Twelve?

Nancy In Hell On Earth #4 Is Late And The Creators Are Sorry…

The creators of Nancy in Hell apologize for the lateness of issue four of Nancy in Hell (on Earth)!

Originally scheduled to be released a month earlier, the creators give the fans a graphic excuse and explanation as to why this happened…

Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #4 (of 4)

Story by: El Torres
Art By: Enrique Lopez Lorenzana
Colored By: Fran Gamboa

Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: FEB120511
On Sale: November 07, 2012

If Nancy and Mr. Macabre can’t trust each other, will they be able to join forces to stop Archangel Gabrielle from destroying the world? And even if they succeed, Hell will keep spreading over the Earth. And what happens with Lucifer and his Twelve?

Preview – Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #3 (of 4)

Nancy in Hell (On Earth) #3

Story by: El Torres Art By: Enrique Lopez Lorenzana Variant Cover by: Fran Gamboa
Price: $3.99

The whole world will be annihilated and consumed by Hell. And the Angels want to cut out that cancer… and that means to destroy the Earth. Nancy and Lucifer must join forces with their worst enemy, Mr. Macabre, to stop Gabrielle… and the nuclear devices she’s ready to

Nancy Missed Her Period In Hell

Smoking Hot Image Comics title is detailing her tardiness!!

“Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be too late!”
-The White Rabbit, Alice in Wonderland

Yes, we were so late finishing this third issue of Nancy in Hell (on Earth). But it wasn’t because we were spending the time on our yacht drinking margaritas. We are working full-time in this series, and this time there are several pages with no text that needed extra artwork on it.

I know. I’m killing Enrique Lorenzana. Every time I came up with a new, horrid idea “Hey, what if we set San Diego in fire and hordes of angels with torches. And I mean hordes!”. And Enrique pulls out his last reserves of energy, and staggers forward the table. Comics have no budget lines and we can illustrate everything, we have effort lines.

I know I’m killing Fran Gamboa, Sergio and Carmelo, our colorist and color separators. “Hey, let’s make this scene darker but with a brighter side here. Like an Apocalypse Now scene, you know”, I say. And they sigh and work on the tiny details of every page.

If you open the book, you’ll see the excruciating detail in every panel, “more guts, blood and sliced flesh!” than in any other book. So in issue #3 you have the Celestial Hosts fighting against twelve cons of the Death Row leaded by Lucifer. Nancy and Pytho as allies. Tits. Guts. Chainsaws. Swords. Demons. Funny lines.

Because Nancy in Hell is a fun series. Fun for us, the ones involved in its creation, and we hope also fun for you, readers and supporters. A grindhouse movie translated to comics, but doing the things that comics can do better than any other media.

So I humbly apologize to our faithful readers for the long wait. Now you have Nancy on the shelves, so tell us if it was worth the effort.

Read it, have fun!

Nancy In Hell (On Earth) #3
Story by: El Torres
Art By:Enrique Lopez Lorenzana
Variant Cover by: Fran Gamboa
Edits by: Richard Boom

The whole world will be annihilated and consumed by Hell. And the Angels want to cut out that cancer… and that means to destroy the Earth. Nancy and Lucifer must join forces with their worst enemy, Mr. Macabre, to stop Gabrielle… and the nuclear devices she’s ready to detonate.

Diamond ID:JAN120596
On Sale:June 20, 2012

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