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Preview: Vigilante: Southland #1

Vigilante: Southland #1

Written by: Gary Phillips
Art by: Elena Casagrande
Cover by: Mitch Gerads
Variant cover by: Tony S. Daniel

Donny was feeling pretty settled in his cushy life. Even though his girlfriend was politically active, he never gave social justice or racial issues any time. So, when Dorrie discovers something she shouldn’t have and ends up dead, no one expects Donny to be the guy to carry on her work—but that’s exactly what he does, putting on a mask and taking to the streets. He soon finds himself tangled in family history, political conspiracy, and a plot that goes far deeper than he ever imagined.

Set in the heart of Los Angeles, this new VIGILANTE series raises an old question while making it relevant to our times: when you witness bad things being done, how far would you go to set them right? Written by Gary Phillips, noted writer of the Ivan Monk series of novels, and drawn by Elena Casagrande (Suicide Risk), this hard-hitting tale of revenge and redemption takes the Vigilante into a whole new danger zone.

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Preview: Peepland #1

Peepland #1

Writers: Christa Faust, Gary Phillips
Artist: Andrea Camerini
COVER A – Fay Dalton
COVER B – Mack Chater
COVER C – Ben Oliver
COVER D – Alex Ronald
COVER E – Dennis Calero
COVER F – Tomm Coker
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 12

Times Square, 1986: the home of New York’s red light district where strip clubs, porno theatres and petty crime prevails. When a chance encounter for

When a chance encounter for Peepbooth worker Roxy Bell leads to the brutal murder of a public access pornographer, the erotic performer and her punk rock ex-partner Nick Zero soon find themselves under fire from criminals, cops, and the city elite, as they begin to untangle a complex web of corruption leading right to city hall.Like The Naked City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one of them.

Like The Naked City, there are eight million stories in The Deuce. This is one of them.

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Titan’s Hard Case Crime Comics Debut at New York Comic Con 2016

Titan Comics has announces that writer Christa Faust, Triggerman co-writer Matz and Hard Case Crime founder Charles Ardai will be unveiling Titan’s new Hard Case Crime comics at New York Comic-Con this October 6 – 9!

Hard Case Crime is the leading publisher of hardboiled crime novels, publishing the giants in the genre: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Donald E. Westlake, James M. Cain and Max Allan Collins, whose best-selling Quarry series was adapted for TV by Cinemax in September to rave reviews.

An all-new line of crime comics, Titan’s Hard Case Crime kicks off with Peepland – a punky semi-autobiographical 80s neo-noir – from writers Christa Faust, Gary Phillips and artist Andrea Camerini, and Triggerman – an operatic Prohibition era epic – from visionary director of The WarriorsWalter Hill and co-writer Matz, with art from trusted collaborator Jef.

These two comics launching Titan’s Hard Case Crime line will exclusively debut at NYCC with special never-before-released variant covers by Fay Dalton – only available to purchase at the show at Titan booth #2142.

As part of this special NYCC appearance, Peepland writer Christa Faust, Hard Case Crime editor Charles Ardai and Triggerman co-writer Matz will be speaking at an unmissable Livestream interview from 3:15PM on Friday 7 October (at the NYCC Livestream stage), taking attendees exclusively behind-the-scenes of the new series and revealing hot new scoops on the future of the line.

But that’s not all! Attendees will also have the unique opportunity to meet Christa Faust, Matz and Charles Ardai at a special Hard Case Crime signing at 2:30PM at Titan booth #2142 on Saturday 8 October.

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Titan Reveals the Covers to the Second Issues of Their Hard Case Crime Series

Hard Case Crime is the leading publisher of hardboiled crime novels, publishing the giants in the genre: Stephen KingMichael CrichtonLawrence BlockMickey SpillaneEd McBainDonald E. WestlakeJames M. Cain and Max Allan Collins, whose best-selling Quarry series is destined for TV in the highly anticipated adaptation for Cinemax in September.

Starting this fall, Titan Comics will bring Hard Case Crime’s gritty, sexy, violent world to life. The first shots fired out of the Hard Case Crime comics line will be Prohibition epic Triggerman by the legendary director of The Warriors, Walter Hill, and punky neo-noir Peepland from celebrated crime authors Christa Faust and Gary Phillips.

Check out the covers for the second issue of each series.

PEEPLAND #2

WRITER: Christa Faust & Gary Phillips
ARTIST: Andrea Camerini
COVER A – Chris Wahl
COVER B – Will Conrad
COVER C – Alex Shibao
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Nov 23

With the evidence in hand, Nick and Roxy begin piece together movements of the Central Park slayer, but the NYC police department have another suspect in mind.  Meanwhile, the real killer steps up the search for the missing videotape.

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TRIGGERMAN #2 

WRITER: Walter Hill, Matz
ARTIST: Jef
COVER A – Alex Ronald
COVER B – Steve Scott
COVER C – Dennis Calero
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: Nov 9

Fresh out of the slammer and tasked with tracking down a missing half-mil, Roy Nash’s latest assignment takes him to the City of Angels where a trip to a backalley speakeasy might spell more trouble than it’s worth.

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SDCC 2016: Gary Phillips Talks The Vigilante: Southland

In July, DC Comics announced The Vigilante: Southland, a new miniseries updating the classic character! The series will be written by Gary Phillips with pencils and inks by Elena Casagrande, colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads. The series will be hitting comic retailers October 5.

We got a chance to talk to Gary about the series at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 about the series and what we can expect.

Titan & Hard Case Crime Team Up For New Comics Line!

Titan Comics is drawing down on the iconic crime imprint Hard Case Crime, ready to pull the trigger on a brand new line of comic books.

Hard Case Crime is the leading publisher of hardboiled crime novels, publishing the giants in the genre: Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Lawrence Block, Mickey Spillane, Ed McBain, Donald E. Westlake, James M. Cain and Max Allan Collins, whose best-selling Quarry series is destined for TV in the highly anticipated adaptation for Cinemax in September – and for comic books in an all-new Quarry comic series from Titan and Hard Case Crime in 2017.

Starting this October, Titan will bring Hard Case Crime’s gritty, sexy, violent world to life. The first shots fired out of the Hard Case Crime comics line will be Prohibition epic Triggerman by the legendary director of The Warriors, Walter Hill, and punky neo-noir Peepland from celebrated crime authors Christa Faust and Gary Phillips.

Debuting in stores on October 5, Triggerman is an operatic Prohibition era mini-series, co-ritten by Walter Hill, director of cult 70s New York City gangland smash The Warriors, and collaborator Matz with art by Jef. In the mean streets of Chicago, a convict is thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets to save the girl he left behind…

Hitting stores the following week, on October 12, is Peepland – a semi-autobiographical neo-noir mini-series with a punk edge set in the seedy Times Square peep booths of 1980s New York City. Written by award-winning crime novelist and former peep show employee Christa Faust with Gary Phillips and art by rising star Andrea Camerini.

These two explosive new titles debut with a range of variant covers to collect by top industry artists including Fay Dalton, Mack Chater, Alex Ronald, Caitlin Yarsky, Andrea Camerini, Robert Hack, Dennis Calero, and Francisco Paronzini.

Peepland #1 (on-sale October 5) and Triggerman #1 (on-sale October 12) are both available to order from the August edition of PREVIEWS.

Crime Novelist Gary Phillips takes on The Vigilante: Southland in October

The spirits of Greg Saunders and Adrian Chase are alive and well at DC, but instead of the open prairie or the skyscrapers of Manhattan, the next Vigilante will be battling crime on the seedy backstreets of Los Angeles, as DC Entertainment has announced The Vigilante: Southland, a six-issue miniseries written by Gary Phillips with pencils and inks by Elena Casagrande, colors by Giulia Brusco and covers by Mitch Gerads, will be hitting comic retailers October 5.

In the announcement and release, DC Entertainment Co-Publisher Dan DiDio said that “this take on Vigilante incorporates current social and political issues.”

Phillips in the release said the series is “…relevant to our times. It’s a politically tinged story that touches on a myriad of contemporary issues, such as gun violence, class struggle and Black Lives Matter. The book also provides me an opportunity to contemporize classic issues/tropes, like the fight over water rights in Southern California. I’m very excited to show readers this character, reimagined for the 21st century.”

The Vigilante: Southland is the story of Donny Fairchild, a failed NBA player who’s just making ends meet as a maintenance man. When his girlfriend stumbles on a conspiracy to steal water rights through a series of shady land-development deals, she’s mysteriously murdered. Once Donny starts getting too close to the cause of her death, his house is blown up and he’s left for dead. Determined to bring the killers to justice, Donny undergoes training from an urban legend known as the Eastsider to become a masked vigilante.

The Vigilante: Southland #1 arrives at comic retailers on October 5.

Preview – The Rinse #4

THE RINSE #4

Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 32pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Paul Azaceta
Diamond Code: OCT110930

Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! The stage is set. The pieces are in place. But time is running out for Jeff Sinclair as the first arc of the smash hit series THE RINSE comes to a close! Steve Maxon, the kingpin of Vegas, has come to San Francisco in search of his stolen casino skim money, and he ain’t happy. The stakes have never been higher — will Jeff be able to pull off the rinse…or will he die trying? A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL!

Preview – The Rinse #3

THE RINSE #3

Written by Gary Phillips
Drawn by Marc Laming
SC, 24pgs, FC, SRP: $3.99
COVER: Paul Azaceta
Diamond Code:SEP110891

Acclaimed crime novelist Gary Phillips (THE JOOK, VERTIGO’S ANGELTOWN and COWBOYS) returns to BOOM! with a new brand of crime! The rinse is spiraling out of control for money launderer Jeff Sinclair — not only have his clients flown the coop, but he is also caught in the crosshairs of both IRS agent Della Dash and the menacing casino henchmen tracking down the stolen cash. Jeff only has three options left: get arrested, get killed…or pull off the biggest rinse of his life. A grounded, gritty look at the world of money laundering in the vein of Elmore Leonard, THE RINSE is a modern crime classic in the making! For fans of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ CRIMINAL!

BOOM! Studios Review – The Rinse #2, Irredeemable #30, Snarked #1

The Rinse #2

The first issue of The Rinse was a solid outing.  It brought us into the world of money laundering and what could easily become a convoluted and complicated explanation of the world and what it entails instead was boiled down into a simple, easy to understand explanation.  Instead we’re given Sinclair who is dragged into a game that might be out of control hiding now from both the mob and the government.

What I’ve really liked about the first two issues is that on top of the action and all that’s going on, there’s still a focus on Sinclair.  He’s a pretty fleshed out character with lots of small details and quarks making another noir character stand out a bit from the pack.  The second issue also expands upon his world, dragging in friends and giving us a hint as to how Sinclair entered and got involved in the world of money laundering.

The art is solid and adds to the feel of the comic quite well.  The art doesn’t blow me away or having that gritty feel you sometimes get with crime comics, but instead reminds me more of something you’d find in a 70s cop show.  That’s not a knock at all, I really do enjoy the look and feel.

My one issue is there are a lot of moving parts to the series.  That means a lot of characters and a lot of sub-plots.  Reading each issue on their own I found myself having to go back and remember who was who and how everyone was connected.  It’s not so bad that you need a vendiagram but I wonder if the series would read better as a trade.

If you enjoy crime and noir comics, The Rinse is a solid series to add to your reading pile.

Writer: Gary Phillips Art: Marc Laming Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Buy

Irredeemable #30

Irredeemable is a series that really should be getting more attention than it does.  For thirty issues Mark Waid has been exploring what it means to be a hero and the fine line they walk between doing good and abusing power.  While the main focus and driver of the series is Plutonian, it’s the larger cast that many of the questions surround.  There’s really three parts to this issue.

The first focuses on Survivor and the fact that there’s a third brother.  We get to meet him and Survivor confronts him on the fact that as three brothers they had enough power to stop Plutonian from his attack on the world.  The twist is, as one brother dies the power is transferred to the remaining ones.  So, Survivor is left with a quandary, if his brother won’t help, should he just kill him, take his power and then take on Plutonian himself?

The second involves Plutonian who for all of the destruction he has caused, is actually protecting some.  There’s definitely a lot more to him than just being a super hero gone nuts, but we knew that.  It’s interesting how a character who has killed millions can then turn around and protect one.

The final part focuses on the U.S., Japan and China’s response to the return of Plutonian.  A pact has been made and there has been talk of sacrificing billions to save millions.  We get a sense of where that’s all going towards the end.

Mark Waid continues to explore this world and the difficult decisions that are made.  I’d say that this is another post apocalyptic story, but that doesn’t do the series justice.

Writer: Mark Waid Art: Diego Barreto and Damian Couceiro Publisher: BOOM! Studios

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Snarked #1

It would be easy to dismiss Snarked as a kids comic book by Roger Langridge has put together a comic book series that’s enjoyable by adults and children alike.  The series plays on the fantasy world set up by Lewis Carroll in that it involves folks like the Walrus and the Carpenter and Red Queen.

There’s a lot of humor in the comic and it still reminds me of old Popeye cartoons.  The feel and tone is fun and light hearted even with the scheming villains never truly coming off as scary.  The first issue focuses on the Walrus and Carpenter and Princess Scarlett who must seek the two out at the behest of the Cheshire Cat.  But there’s individuals who plot to take over the crown themselves.

The art is solid and there’s enough jokes and winks throughout that the comic is entertaining for adults and I can see kids enjoying it too.  I always have to throw props around to a comic that’s fun for an entire family.

Writer: Roger Langridge Art: Roger Langridge Publisher: kaboom!

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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