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Preview: She Kills Volume 1, Part 2

She Kills Volume 1, Part 2

Writer: Patrick Meighan
Art & Colors: Gabo
Cover: Adam Gorham
Letters: Taylor Esposito
Editor: Ashley V. Robinson
Release: May 13, 2020

A flashback is ignited and She Kills is faced with confronting her own tumultuous past.  When she comes to and finds Joaquin Dos is missing, She Kills unwittingly puts an end to the town’s event in an attempt to protect her daughter.

She Kills Volume 1, Part 2

Preview: Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog

Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Price: $14.99
Page Count: 112

From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games’ DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After). In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone’s favorite good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the “Good Good Dog” storyline from DEAD OF WINTER!

Preview: Dead of Winter #4

Dead of Winter #4

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree
Age Rating: Mature Audiences
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The epic conclusion of the thrilling tale based on the smash-hit board game DEAD OF WINTER.

In this, the most thrilling of chapters, our heroes descend upon a police station to save a captured comrade, an apocalyptic psychotic goes to war against everyone, zombies zombies everywhere, and, yes, sweet friends, your new favorite hero, Sparky the Super Dog saves the day and we all learn not only what it takes to be a hero but exactly why that dog hates zombies so much.

Preview: Dead of Winter #3

Dead of Winter #3

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree
Age Rating: Mature Audiences
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

The zombie apocalypse keeps on keeping on.

Our heroes have escaped the clutches of the terrifying and psychopathic Officer Friendly, but is he hot on their tails? You bet he is, and hiding in that mall isn’t going to do the trick.

Part three of the exciting adaptation of the popular Plaid Hat boardgame continues with zombies, explosions, drunk mall santas, terrifying situations and a sweet precious dog that always saves the day.

Also, Sparky gets a samurai sword.

Preview: Dead of Winter #2

Dead of Winter #2

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Stuck in the freezing Zombiepocalypse that is Dead of Winter, how could things get any worse for our intrepid heroes? How about they get blown up and “rescued” by a drunk mall Santa? How about being held captive in a police station by an insane police officer while it slowly becomes overrun by the zombie menace? That’s being stuck between rock and a hard place, friends!

Review: Dead of Winter #1

In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

The smash-hit board game Dead of Winter by Plaid Hat Games comes to comics courtesy of writer Kyle Starks and artist Gabo. For those who don’t know, Dead of Winter is a tabletop cooperative board game where teams of individuals have to work together with a twist, each has their own agenda, and that agenda might not be the best for the group.

I myself haven’t played the game but have circled it enough times to get a general sense of what’s going on without the fine detail (and this is one I eventually do want to get… but the pile of games already!).

This first issue dives into the world with the various personalities from the game including its break out star Sparky and translates the game itself really well. Starks does a solid job of capturing things from the game in a way that players will appreciate it and new readers will just enjoy it (searching the police station and grocery store are examples). The comic is decent creating a new addition to the saturated zombie market and doing just enough to create a unique view of it all.

The comic achieves that uniqueness by focusing on translating the game. In the game you’re limited to actions such as scavenging, attacking, clearing trash, moving between locations, etc. and this comic has each of those moments making it feel like decisions are being made in a game. What also works is that each character introduced has their own personality in a way that it feels like a group of people sitting around the game table tackling a scenario. Its translation of the game experience creates a bonus in many ways. Whether more mechanics, like secret win conditions, will be introduced and if they are how. Those secret win conditions are simply enough motivations for each character and how closely the comic will adheare to that is unknown.

There’s also the focus on Sparky who plays a big role in the comic and gives you a loveable dog to cheer for. There’s been a few “animal” focused comics lately but here we see man’s best friend front and center and kicking lots of ass.

Gabo’s art is the interesting aspect of it all. There’s obviously many other zombie focused comics out there and this one takes a different turn with a more cartoon aspect to it. Not only is the grittiness diminished due to that, but it also deviates from the board game’s art. I’m a little torn about it actually as the cartoon(ish) look takes away some of the tension but if the comic mimicked the game art, it’d just look like every other zombie comic out there. Instead we get something that feels like a cross between Walking Dead and Plants vs Zombies. By the end I didn’t notice it but towards the beginning it stood out.

The first issue does a good job of capturing the game and gives more than enough nods to it so that long time fans will be satisfied and it’s done in a way that’s not overwhelming for new readers. The comic has a grasp of what makes the game special in many ways and overall the success of the series will rest in how it translates all of that as the series goes on. So far though, it’s really getting me to want to finally dive in and play this game that I’ve heard such amazing things about, watched play, but never had a chance to play myself (Gen Con here I come!).

Story: Kyle Starks Art: Gabo
Story: 8.05 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Dead of Winter #1

Dead of Winter #1

(W) Kyle Starks
(A/C) Gabo
(CA) Brian Hurtt with Bill Crabtree (Cover A), Erica Henderson (Cover B)
In Stores: 8/2/17
Age Rating: Mature
Genre: Horror/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

From the tabletop smash hit comes this new series starring beloved characters from Plaid Hat Games’ Dead of Winter, written by Kyle Starks (Sexcastle), and illustrated by GABO (The Life After). In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

Preview: The Life After Volume 4

THE LIFE AFTER, VOLUME 4

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
In Stores: 7/26/17
Age Rating: Mature
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

Jude is the son of God, cast out from the heavens and forced to make a life on earth. Cursed with the knowledge of the afterlife but unable to reach it, Jude focuses his power on convincing people to disavow their belief in a higher power. On the other side of the fight is Essie, the child who was never born, who recruits believers to her side. When the fight between faith and disbelief is fought on the mortal coil, the fallout is catastrophic.

This volume collects the final five issues of Exodus: The Life After, the fourth volume of The Life After saga, a strange and insightful journey that goes far beyond the veil.

Oni Press Announces Three New Series, Dead of Winter, Made Men, and Spectacle

Oni Press announced three new series at the Diamond Retailer Summit 2017 in Chicago, IL: Dead of Winter, Made Men, and Spectacle.

Dead of Winter is a new horror-comedy mini-series based on the smash hit tabletop board games by Plaid Hat Games. Featuring the talents of Eisner Award-nominated writer Kyle Starks and Eisner Award-nominated artist Gabo, and cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, Dead of Winter arrives in comic shops this August. Fans and retailers can also look forward to a pretty freaking funny variant cover by Erica Henderson, as well.

In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

A hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Airbud (no, really), the Dead of Winter comic series draws from the incredibly fun and diverse sandbox of characters from the hit board games, starring fan-favorite canine, Sparky the Stunt Dog.

Get your fuel and food ready for the arrival of Dead of Winter #1 on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, at local comic book shops and on ComiXology! Dead of Winter #1 will solicit in the June for August PREVIEWS catalog, in comic book shops on Wednesday, May 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 10.

Made Men is a new action dark-comedy mini-series written by New York Times best-selling author Paul Tobin and illustrated by Arjuna Susini with colors by Gonzalo Duarte, arriving in comic shops this September.

After an ambush leaves Detroit Special Ops Officer Jutte Shelley left for dead (and the rest of her squad DEFINITELY dead), she decides to go into the family business. You see, Jutte’s actually a Frankenstein, and thanks to her ancestors’ various experiments, she has the ability and the know-how to bring people back from the dead. So that’s exactly what she does with her squad: brings them back to life (using some non-human parts in the process) so they can get revenge on those who had the audacity to try and kill them.

Made Men #1 arrives in comic book shops and on ComiXology on Wednesday, September 6, 2017! Made Men #1 will solicit in the July for September PREVIEWS catalog, in comic book shops on Wednesday, June 28. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 14.

Spectacle is a three-volume YA graphic novel series about a supernatural murder mystery by Megan Rose Gedris. Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural… until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. But how can you solve a mystery when everyone around has their own shady secrets?

Spectacle, Volume 1 is slated for publication in Winter 2018.

 

Dead of Winter Comic Coming from Oni Press in July

Oni Press has announced Dead of Winter, a new comic book series based on the smash hit tabletop board games by Plaid Hat Games. Featuring the talents of writer Kyle Starks and artist Gabo, featuring cover art illustrated by Brian Hurtt and Bill Crabtree, arriving this August.

In the pantheon of heroes, none are more lovable and loyal than everyone’s beloved good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV star turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and not yet undead?

A hilarious mix of The Walking Dead and Airbud (no, really), the Dead of Winter comic series draws from the incredibly fun and diverse sandbox of characters from the hit board games, starring fan-favorite canine, Sparky the Stunt Dog.

Get your fuel and food ready for the arrival of Dead of Winter #1 on Wednesday, August 2, 2017, available at local comic book shops and ComiXology! Dead of Winter #1 will solicit in the June for August PREVIEWS catalog for ordering information, in comic book shops on Wednesday, May 31. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 10, 2017.

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