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Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Review: Past the Last Mountain #2

Past the Last Mountain #2

What I really enjoy about this site is to be able to read and discover comics I might not otherwise get a chance to. This is a perfect example of that. Past the Last Mountain #2 continues what is one of my favorite discoveries of the year continuing a series that entertains and makes you think.

Written by Paul Allor, Past the Last Mountain #2 continues the story of three escaped fantasy creatures. They’re on the run looking for a mythical land for them to call home. Years ago, a war was fought between the humans and fantasy creatures with the creatures losing and being rounded up to live on reservations. There’s so much to read into the series, you can debate what it’s an allegory to or just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Allor sticks to tried and true concepts for the series and it’s what makes it work so well. It feels like a Disney film out of the 80s and that’s a good thing. There’s the jaded adults trying to protect the innocent child on the run. In pursuit there’s the evil military but of course there’s one individual who has some doubts about what they’re doing. It’s a formula we’ve seen many times before but it works and works really well.

Louie Joyce is on the art for the main story with layouts by Gannon Beck. The art style is interesting as it has a bit more of a comical look to it. It’s not a heavy fantasy feel at all but it works really well. Where the comic really stands out is the emotions of the trio of monsters. You can feel their sadness and fear as they debate what they should do or think about what they should have done. The look on the dragon’s face when it asks if it did the right thing is heartbreaking. But, it’s also a small detail that adds a solid emotional punch to it all. You gain sympathy for the characters and want them to reach their goal safely.

The comic also features a bunch of short stories from the war, all adding to the history and the world. Written by Allor, they feature art by Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, and Rebecca Nalty. Every entry, like the first issue, is solid. They all add to the world and the story giving us a better idea of what’s going on and how we got to the moment. It’s such a great addition to the main story and a fantastic way to build out the world even more. It’s such a fantastic idea and not only feels like an added “bonus” but each story is so solid on its own. It makes me want another series where we can get even more of this and maybe some longer “short stories”. It shows there’s a lot that can be done with this world and there’s such potential.

Past the Last Mountain #2 continues a series that’s probably not on many people’s radars. And they’d be missing out. It’s a hell of a series so far that feels like a classic journey but with a bit more to say.

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Louie Joyce, Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, Rebecca Nalty
Layouts: Gannon Beck Color: Louie Joyce Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

CEX Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

A pack of goblins work to track down the creatures, leading to a violent confrontation with tragic consequences.

Plus, short stories illustrated by Jeffrey Verrege, Eric Zawadzki, Ashley A. Woods, JD Faith, Silvio dB, and Brittany Peer!

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

A pack of goblins work to track down the creatures, leading to a violent confrontation with tragic consequences.

Plus, short stories illustrated by Jeffrey Verrege, Eric Zawadzki, Ashley A. Woods, JD Faith, Silvio dB, and Brittany Peer!

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

CEX Publishing reveals Sparks of Chaos and more for September!

SPARKS OF CHAOS #1

Written by TEMUR SCHELM
Art by ALEX MALYSHEV, GLEB MELNIKOV
Cover A by ALEX ”EX” MAKAROV
Covers B & C by ALEX MALYSHEV
Retail Price: $7.99
On Sale 9/28

An epic journey begins here! A century ago, the ancient demigods were hunted down and forgotten by humanity. Now, they’re fighting back, in a steampunk twist on ancient myths!

Featuring interconnected A Covers in the style of a Greek vase, each oversized issue contains 48 pages of Gods and Monsters battling for the fate of our world!

Diamond ID: JUN221437 / JUN221438 / JUN221439
Lunar Product Code: 0622CX229 / 0622CX230 / 0622CX231

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE CONQUEROR WORM: LIMITED MONSTER VARIANT

Written by EDGAR ALLAN POE
Art and Cover by CLARA MEATH
Retail Price: $19.99
On Sale 9/28

CEX is proud to present the MONSTROUS variant cover by Clara Meath in the ultimate presentation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm! A terrifyingly gorgeous cover, worthy of this extraordinary adaptation. Limited to only 100!

Diamond ID: JUN221436
Lunar Product Code: 0622CX232

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE CONQUEROR WORM: LIMITED MONSTER VARIANT

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN – ORC GIRL VARIANT EDITION

Written by PAUL ALLOR
Art by LOUIE JOYCE, GANNON BECK, THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
Cover by THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
Retail Price: $5.99
On Sale 9/28

The complete ORC GIRL prequel to Paul Allor, Louie Joyce, and Gannon Beck’s hit series PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN is collected in this final issue of the series! And this time with a special ORC GIRL cover by fan-favorite artist Thomas Boatwright! This limited edition celebrates the acclaimed one-shot with the extremely rare original Orc Girl cover!

Limited to 100 copies through this outlet! Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

Diamond IDs: JUN221440
Lunar Product Codes: 0622CX233

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN – ORC GIRL VARIANT EDITION

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

(W) Paul Allor (A) Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck (CA) Louie Joycen, Gannon Beck, Jody Edwards
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The search continues, as the fantasy creatures seek shelter with a kind stranger, and the humans consider drastic actions to bring them back! Plus, short stories illustrated by Caspar Wijingaard, Eion Marron, Sjan Wiejers, Joe Lalich, and Juan Romera!

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

Review: Past the Last Mountain #2

Past the Last Mountain #2

What I really enjoy about this site is to be able to read and discover comics I might not otherwise get a chance to. This is a perfect example of that. Past the Last Mountain #2 continues what is one of my favorite discoveries of the year continuing a series that entertains and makes you think.

Written by Paul Allor, Past the Last Mountain #2 continues the story of three escaped fantasy creatures. They’re on the run looking for a mythical land for them to call home. Years ago, a war was fought between the humans and fantasy creatures with the creatures losing and being rounded up to live on reservations. There’s so much to read into the series, you can debate what it’s an allegory to or just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Allor sticks to tried and true concepts for the series and it’s what makes it work so well. It feels like a Disney film out of the 80s and that’s a good thing. There’s the jaded adults trying to protect the innocent child on the run. In pursuit there’s the evil military but of course there’s one individual who has some doubts about what they’re doing. It’s a formula we’ve seen many times before but it works and works really well.

Louie Joyce is on the art for the main story with layouts by Gannon Beck. The art style is interesting as it has a bit more of a comical look to it. It’s not a heavy fantasy feel at all but it works really well. Where the comic really stands out is the emotions of the trio of monsters. You can feel their sadness and fear as they debate what they should do or think about what they should have done. The look on the dragon’s face when it asks if it did the right thing is heartbreaking. But, it’s also a small detail that adds a solid emotional punch to it all. You gain sympathy for the characters and want them to reach their goal safely.

The comic also features a bunch of short stories from the war, all adding to the history and the world. Written by Allor, they feature art by Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, and Rebecca Nalty. Every entry, like the first issue, is solid. They all add to the world and the story giving us a better idea of what’s going on and how we got to the moment. It’s such a great addition to the main story and a fantastic way to build out the world even more. It’s such a fantastic idea and not only feels like an added “bonus” but each story is so solid on its own. It makes me want another series where we can get even more of this and maybe some longer “short stories”. It shows there’s a lot that can be done with this world and there’s such potential.

Past the Last Mountain #2 continues a series that’s probably not on many people’s radars. And they’d be missing out. It’s a hell of a series so far that feels like a classic journey but with a bit more to say.

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Louie Joyce, Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, Rebecca Nalty
Layouts: Gannon Beck Color: Louie Joyce Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

CEX Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

(W) Paul Allor (A) Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck (CA) Louie Joycen, Gannon Beck, Jody Edwards
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The search continues, as the fantasy creatures seek shelter with a kind stranger, and the humans consider drastic actions to bring them back! Plus, short stories illustrated by Caspar Wijingaard, Eion Marron, Sjan Wiejers, Joe Lalich, and Juan Romera!

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

CEX Reveals its May 2022 Releases

THE MACABRE MOTEL (ONE SHOT)

(W) Frank Martin (A) Alper Gecgel (CA) Ryan Lee, Ryan Kroboth, Luke Cooper
Diamond: FEB221347 / FEB221348 / FEB221349
Lunar: 0122CX239 / 0122CX240 / 0122CX241

Writer/creator Frank Martin welcomes you to The Macabre Motel, a Twilight Zone-inspired weird horror story that will leave you feeling deeply unsettled long after the final page!

Anxious about meeting his girlfriend’s family, Steve decides to rest his eyes at the only motel around. But once inside, the bizarre cast of characters leaves him shaken, terrified and questioning his very sanity! Are you ready to enter… The Macabre Motel?

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

(W) Paul Allor (A/CA) Gannon Beck (A/CA) Louie Joyce (C) Jody Edwards
Diamond: FEB221350 / FEB221351 / FEB221352 / FEB221353
Lunar: 0122CX233 / 0122CX234 / 0122CX235 / 0122CX236

Two full issues in one!

It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!” Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

HONCHO #2

(W) Jeff McClelland, Jeff McComsey (A/CA) Jeff McComsey
Diamond: FEB221345 / FEB221346
Lunar: 0122CX237 / 0122CX238

In this giant-sized finale, Captain Stanley and Matty are forced into a life or death game of Baseball after raising hell all over the countryside. They survived roving gangs of bandits, malevolent teenagers and hunger, but will they survive “The Great American Pastime.”

Another tale of post collapse adventure brought to you by Jeff McComsey (Grendel Kentucky, The Fourth Man) and Jeff McClelland (The Tick).

Perfect bound format, with 64 pages of story for $7.99.

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