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Preview: Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

Martian Manhunter/Marvin the Martian Special #1

(W) Steve Orlando, Frank J. Barbiere, Jim Fanning (A) Jerome K. Moore, John Loter (A/CA) Aaron Lopresti
RATED T
In Shops: Jun 14, 2017
SRP: $4.99

Martian Manhunter tries to halt Marvin the Martian’s determination for world domination. J’onn is conflicted with his own Martian identity as he attempts to stop the hapless, determined Marvin from blowing Earth to bits in order to gain a clear view of Venus. And the bonus Looney Tunes backup story features DC characters written by Jim Fanning with art by John Loter!

Crime Romance Violent Love Arrives in Paperback this May

Creators Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos will release the first trade paperback collection of their pulpy romance series Violent Love this May.

Oozing with style and action, Violent Love is the tale of Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley, two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest—who fell in love.

Violent Love TP Vol. 1: Stay Dangerous (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0044-6, Diamond code: MAR170849) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 24th and bookstores Tuesday, May 30th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.

Review: Violent Love #2

violentlove02_coveraRight from the opening pages of the first issue of Violent Love, it’s made quite apparent that this tale of eventual bank robbers and lovers Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley is greatly influenced by stories and films in the same genre; Dylan Todd’s striking designs connect with the cinematic aesthetic by having the creative team page look like it came right from the bottom of a movie poster. Though the influences aren’t even hidden all that well (Daisy seeing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos are definitely crafting something different and unique both in its method of storytelling and flow of visuals.

This second issue throttles forward into 1971 in New Mexico where Daisy has joined forces with a man named Charlie to rob banks. There is a great point of view splash page from the bank teller’s perspective, confronting the reader with Daisy’s green eyes, just slightly peeking out from her sunglasses, and a double-barreled shotgun held next to an open sack in her other hand. The images are paced out fast, flowing the narrative forward and knowing when to slow down and focus on the smaller, quieter moments. Santos does an excellent job at drawing attention to particular aspects within the frames, consistently utilizing the spaces effectively. violentlove2-2He also uses color, or the lack thereof, to emphasize the importance of certain objects or actions. For example, when Daisy sits in the hotel room where she and Charlie just engaged in a hot and heavy game of extracurricular activities, her entire body is black as the eye is drawn to the muddled orange/red hat in her hands. The previous frame reminds the reader of its importance to her, also using the color red to deviate from the use of green to shift in time. This in effect not only deepens the impact of these kinds of moments and objects but also elevates and accentuates Santos’s ability as a visual storyteller.

Daisy has clearly changed from the first issue, becoming more and more reckless as the rage of her father’s death drives her to find the man who committed the murder: Johnny Nails. Barbiere’s script is fast and quick-witted, gets straight to the point and doesn’t make the language too flowery; this is a crime/romance story after all. Rock is also introduced in this issue, doing his best James Dean impression, exuberating calm, cool and collected…at least for now. Daisy and Rock’s first meeting is filled with slight jabs at one another but the primary focus still remains on Daisy’s mission to find Johnny. This mission is leading Daisy into some fairly precarious places and people, setting up the next issue with a very interesting situation for her.

Story: Frank J. Barbiere Art: Victor Santos Designs: Dylan Todd
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Violent Love Is Shown Some Love and Gets a Second Printing

Image Comics has announced that the first issue of Violent Love—written by Frank Barbiere and illustrated by Victor Santos—is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

In Violent Love, readers meet Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley—two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love.

Violent Love #1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: SEP168902) and Violent Love #2 Cover A (Diamond code: OCT160646) and cover B (Diamond code: OCT160647) will be available on Wednesday, December 7th.

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Review: Violent Love #1

violentlove01_coveraViolent Love #1 isn’t the first crime romance story we’ve seen, and it certainly won’t be the last. Over the years there’s been Bonnie and Clyde, True Romance, Natural Born Killers, and more. This book reminded me of a combination of them. It had similar themes to those films, and while it isn’t accidental, it can form an intriguing narrative. Within the first few pages of the comic, Violent Love gives us a little glimpse at the ending of the story, without giving us every detail.

The story written by Frank J Barbiere is said to be inspired by true events. It starts with a young girl named Penny visiting someone she calls Mr. Lou who appears to be her grandfather or a family friend. Mr. Lou used to be a lawman who is now older and retired living in Texas in 1987. When Penny sees the wanted ad containing the names Rock Bradley and Daisy Jane, he explains to Penny that while they were notorious crooks, they also saved his life. We then are treated to Mr. Lou telling Penny all about the dangerous couple, and how they had a very violent love.

From here the book jumps to 1969, and we get our first look at one-half of our violent couple, Daisy Jane. She is a much different person than the one we see in the wanted ad. By the end of this issue we start to see the tragedy that she goes through that sets her path to destruction in motion, or at least the end of her innocence. From waiting tables in a diner and going to college to what she is forced to witness by the end would change anyone. Even the purest of us.

Throughout the story, we also are shown Johnny Nails, who I originally thought was the man in the wanted ad and Daisy’s lover. When I went back and remembered the name Rock Bradley, I was a little happier. Johnny is a very bad man, and he just didn’t seem like a character I could sympathize with. I know that sounds odd, but there are plenty of bad villains that I enjoy, and so far in this issue, Johnny wasn’t one of them. By the end of the issue, he is a very unlikable character, and that would appear to be the point. Thankfully, it would appear that Rock is another character altogether.

I have been a fan of Victor Santos for a while, and he does a nice job with the art in this book. He has a very recognizable and distinct style, and it really stands out. The inking has thick lines, that really make the characters pop. In the violent scenes with Johnny Nails, it makes the characters blend in with the shadows for some very cool but disturbing panels.

I really want to know how Daisy and Rock fall in love, and I want to see how Daisy ends up on the wrong side of the law. I know what she went through is absolutely tragic, but I still am intrigued at what would make her turn to a life of violent crime. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and I am excited for Barbiere and Santos to answer them.

Story: Frank J Barbiere Art: Victor Santos
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Precinct Collection

The Precinct Collection

writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Crizam Zamora
cover: Joe Benitez
FC • 128 pages • $19.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5

In the sprawling, steampunk metropolis of the big city, it’s up to one group to keep the peace and uphold the law: the officers of The Precinct! Mortimer Hill is a veteran officer who has busted his fair share of criminals, but when a high-ranking official ends up dead and mechanical monsters start causing trouble, he’ll need to use all his wits to get to the heart of the mystery. Alongside his new partner Josephine Winters, a representative from the enigmatic Alchemy Academy, Mort will face the biggest case of his career… and the most dangerous!

Join writer Frank J. Barbiere (The Howling Commandos of SHIELD, Avengers World, Five Ghosts) and Crizam Zamora (Swords of Sorrow: Black Sparrow & Lady Zorro) on an action-packed adventure full of mystery and magic, set in the world of Bill Willingham’s steampunk epic, Legendary!

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Listen to Frank Barbiere Talk Violent Love with Graphic Policy Radio on Demand

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The Revisionist, The Precinct, Broken World, Dejah Thoris, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lobo, Dr. Strange, Avengers World, Five Ghosts, writer Frank Barbiere has written comics for almost every major comics publisher. His comics are always high on action and fun bringing crazy ideas to the page and entertain. This Monday Barbiere joined Graphic Policy Radio to talk about his comic career and upcoming comic series Violent Love which reteams him with artist Victor Santos and out this November from Image Comics.

Barbiere is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in English & Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s in English Education.

Barbiere exploded onto the mainstream comics scene in 2013 with the indie hit Five Ghosts (Image Comics) and in his short time in the industry has worked for BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics.

Fans will fall for Violent Love

Creators Frank J. Barbiere and artist Victor Santos team up for a fresh, pulp-infused criminal romance in Violent Love. The new ongoing series is set to launch from Image Comics this November.

In Violent Love, readers meet Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley—two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest. And then they fell in love.

Violent Love begins the adventure with a double-sized issue that oozes style and will rope readers in with its fast-paced action.

Violent Love #1 Cover A (Diamond Code SEP160635) and Cover B (Diamond Code SEP160636) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, November 9th.

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Frank Barbiere Talks Violent Love with Graphic Policy Radio LIVE This Monday

GP Radio pic MondayThe Revisionist, The Precinct, Broken World, Dejah Thoris, Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lobo, Dr. Strange, Avengers World, Five Ghosts, writer Frank Barbiere has written comics for almost every major comics publisher. His comics are always high on action and fun bringing crazy ideas to the page and entertain.

This Monday Barbiere joins Graphic Policy Radio to talk about his comic career and upcoming comic series Violent Love which reteams him with artist Victor Santos and out this November from Image Comics.

Listen in LIVE as we chat at 10pm ET.

Barbiere is a graduate of Rutgers University with a degree in English & Creative Writing, as well as a Master’s in English Education.

Barbiere exploded onto the mainstream comics scene in 2013 with the indie hit Five Ghosts (Image Comics) and in his short time in the industry has worked for BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, Image Comics, Dark Horse Comics, DC Comics, and Marvel Comics.

Join us this Monday as we talk to Frank and Tweet us your questions @graphicpolicy.

Listen to the show this Monday live.

Preview: Dejah Thoris #6

Dejah Thoris #6

writer: Frank J. Barbiere
artist: Francesco Manna
cover: NEN
incentive cover: NEN (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

The thrilling conclusion to Dejah’s latest adventure! Reunited with John Carter, Dejah arrives in Helium to find the city in the midst of an uproarious revolution! Will she be able to bring peace to her city and find the truth behind the disappearance of her father?

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