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Action Lab in March 2014

BO, PLUSHY GANSTA #2 (Bi-Monthly)

Writer(s): Pavel Balabanov
Artist Name(s): Pavel Balabanov
Cover Artist(s): Pavel Balabanov
Variant cover: Pavel Balabanov

After clashing with the “Roswell” gang, Bo lies in a coma. Now it’s up to his posse to help him fight back from limbo to finish the job of taking out the next big boss, Serpent (a.k.a. Puppet Master). It’s plushy teddy vs. alien mutant gang warfare… can you dig it!?

Bo Plushy is like Ted meets Scarface in Vice City video game combat!

28 pages/ Mature Readers  /FC $3.99

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FRACTURE VOL.2 #4 (of 4)

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)
Cover Artist(s): Chad Cicconi (p/i), Bill Blankenship (c)

In this climactic last installment of the newest arc of FRACTURE, the city of Triton is held hostage by the Society of Thorns and its minions, while Virtue fights Jeff for control of their shared existence. An unexpected ally joins the battle with disastrous consequences, leading to a final shocking twist.

Variant cover by Dark Horse Comics (Athena Voltaire) creator Steve Bryant!

32 pages/ Rated PG/ FC $2.99

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GHOST TOWN VOL.1 TPB

Writer(s): Ryan Lindsay, Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Daniel Logan, Justin Greenwood
Cover Artist(s): Justin Greenwood

Collecting the hit series’ first arc.

The unthinkable has happened. In the wake of time displaced terrorist attacks on Baltimore and Las Vegas, Washington DC has been evacuated. With the government uprooted, the abandoned Capital has become a refuge for bandits, smugglers, hardened criminals and those who have chosen to stay behind in this pre-apocalyptic Ghost Town.

116 pages/ Mature Readers/ FC $11.99

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JACK HAMMER #3 (0f 4)

Writer(s): Brandon Barrows
Artist Name(s): Ionic
Cover Artist(s): Ionic
Variant Cover9s0 Des Taylor

With the architect of Eddie Newman’s death revealed, Jack goes on the offensive to confront the mastermind pulling the strings of Boston’s underworld and rescue Newman’s kidnapped widow. He knows the who and the how, but the questions remain: why? And does he stand a chance?

Variant cover by pop art Superstar Des Taylor (The Trouble with Katie Rogers)

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $2.99

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PRINCELESS ENCORE EDITION TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): M. Goodwin
Cover Artist(s): M. Goodwin

The 2011 Eisner Award nominated series is collected in a brand new printing.

Adrienne Ashe never wanted to be a princess. She hates fancy dinners, is uncomfortable in lavish dresses, and has never wanted to wait on someone else to save her. However, on the night of her 16th birthday her parents, the King and Queen, locked her away in a tower guarded by a dragon to await the rescue of some handsome prince. Now Adrienne has decided to take matters into her own hands! Come join the Eisner-nominated team of Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin for a tale of swashbuckling in the face of sexism. Princeless is the action adventure for the girl who’s tired of waiting to be rescued and ready to save herself.

128 pages/ All Ages/ FC $11.99

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PRINCELESS VOL.2: GET OVER YOURSELF TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin

Offered again! A new collection of the adventures of everyone’s favorite runaway princess, the incomparable Adrienne. This time she’s out to rescue her older sister Angelica, the most beautiful princess in the world. It won’t be easy though. Not only does Adrienne have to deal with Angelica’s legions of admirers and their sibling rivalry, but the King has hired a band of ruthless mercenaries to track her down. Can she save Angelica? Does she want to? And how willshe deal with these deadly knights who are after her head?

128 pages/ All Ages/ FC $14.99

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SKYWARD #9 (Monthly)

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale

All-out war! Three Rivers is under attack by Herod’s armies, and it may just beup to Quinn, Abigail, and the Rabites to save the city from certain destruction! But wait…who rides on the horizon? Plus: A HUGE REVELATION you won’t see coming– not to be missed! THE SMASH HIT SERIES CONTINUES! From rising star creator Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Marvel Kapow!), this issue also features a stellar homage RETAILER INCENTIVE variant cover by Gene Ha (Top Ten, Action Comics)!

32 pages/ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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SKYWARD VOL.2: STRANGE CREATURES

Writer(s): Jeremy Dale
Artist Name(s): Jeremy Dale
Cover Artist(s): Jeremy Dale

Jeremy Dale and Action Lab proudly present the second volume of the runaway hit action-fantasy, Skyward! New, curious allies and strange, twisted enemies emerge as Quinn runs headfirst into a conflict that’s bigger than he ever dreamed possible. Who will catch up to our young hero? Enter… The savage Rabites! Or will it be Skerrigan who ends our hero’s journey? Continuing the series that TMStash lauds as “…Breathtaking. You won’t be able to put this down!” Thrill to the fantastic storybook adventure from Jeremy Dale (G.I. Joe, Marvel Kapow!), following the exciting tale of Quinn and his dog, Jack– left orphaned by an invasion of his homeland. Collects Skyward #4-6, as well as the critically-acclaimed Halloween Comicfest 2013 short story, “Into the Grim.

96 pages/ All Ages/ FC $8.99

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Review: Double Jumpers TPB, Ehmm Theory #2, Ghost Town #2, Skyward #1

Ehmm Theory #2

Ehmm-Theory-2-coverI went into the series thinking we were looking at a horror/comedy comic series, and by the end of this issue, I’m totally confused as to what genre I’m reading, but that only makes me want to read more. Gabriel and Mr. Whispers discover the true connection they share with the mysterious Alyona. One step closer to Gabe’s father, the three encounter the top-secret super-team know only as G.O.D.D. and fight for their lives against a cybernetic crab. What? Yes. Craborg is coming!?

Did you read the above? Did you see how that all got twisted around? This flagship title for Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint definitely kept me on my toes for this second issue. That’s good and bad. It’s good in that it kept me interested in a series that I might not have normally dug (the straight horror/comedy). The bad is that it all comes off as a bit schizophrenic. Almost as if the comic was trying to be everyone for everyone. I’m fully expecting the third issue to be all romance.

With all that being said, I found the comic unique enough to keep me interested. It definitely isn’t like anything else out there, especially when it comes to what genre it’s supposed to be.

And that really comes down to taste. While I found the hopping around interesting, some items seemed to come out of left field in an almost zany sort of way. It was all a bit disjointed because of that. But, I do like the characters and the dialogue and a lot of the ideas. The comic though is almost like it’s trying to be too much for too many people.

I think when this first volume is done, it’ll all be a bit clearer, but for now, the shift from the first to second issue was a bit too much for me. I think this might be a better read once it’s all collected eventually. Not for me, but it might be for others.

Story: Brockton McKinney Art: Larkin Ford
Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Ghost Town #2

ghost-town-2-coverThe unthinkable has happened. In the wake of the terrorist’s time displaced attacks on Baltimore and Las Vegas, Washington DC has been evacuated. With the government uprooted, the abandoned Capital has become a refuge for bandits, smugglers, hardened criminals and those who have chosen to stay behind.

The concept of Ghost Town is amazing and I was wondering how it’d shift from that first fantastic issue to the second. That first issue was all set-up and now we get the fallout. The series has gone from a macro story to a micro one focused on a few characters at the local level.

And it’s cool. There’s a lot of potential here in this next story arc. It’s a complete break from that first issue. I expected more of the fallout of the police/FBI/military/etc dealing with the actions of the first issue, instead it’s a simple story of people trying to survive in this new world and how those actions changed it.

That’s a cool direction and not an expected one. It’s a tale where we’re able to relate to the characters more instead of being driven by the events as much. And the characters are great. The way they’re living, what they’re doing and how they’re dealing is engaging and interesting. While the situation they’re in is over the top, they are not, nor is the day to day dealings and discussions in the world they inhabit.

This second issue isn’t what I was expecting, but it’s a cool direction and now I can’t wait for what comes next.

Story: Ryan K. Lindsay Art: Daniel J. Logan
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Double Jumpers Vol. 1 TPB

double jumpers #1 coverThe cult hit of 2012 is finally collected! After Jason and his team of programmers get stuck in virtual reality game, Dungeon Lords, they must find a way back to the real world. Unbeknownst to them, the fantasy characters they inhabit have taken control of their bodies… and now wizards and warriors run free in Las Vegas!

I’m a fan of video games, so when I first found out about this 9-bit of fun, I had high expectations. Then there’s also the fact that when I think of Action Labs I think of some great comics for all ages and very “girl friendly.” Then I got to read the first issue and boy was I off in what I was expecting.

Instead of some deft commentary on gaming and its community instead we got a series that played directly into the juvenile stereotypes you’d expect. This was more dick and fart jokes than anything else. That’s not a bad thing and I went with it for a while.

And there’s a lot I thought was funny. The story and its plot, how it played out, that was solid. It was some of the jokes that fell flat for me. The biggest is the idea of a female character being stuck in a male character’s body and vice versa. Most of it was easy jokes and some of it a bit tasteless, but that’s my personal opinion. Others might find it funny, but there’s so much of it, for me, it drew me out from really enjoying the rest.

When it comes down to it, this one is very much a personal taste thing. It might be different for you, but this wasn’t really for me.

Story: Dave Dwonch Art: Bill Blankenship
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Skyward #1

Skyward-1-Cover-671x1024The fantastic storybook adventure begins! The new creator-owned series from Jeremy Dale follows the thrilling tale of Quinn, left orphaned by an invasion of his homeland. He and other lost villagers run headfirst into a conflict and world that is much bigger and fantastic than they could possibly imagine.

I read the Free Comic Book Day offering for Skyward and it intrigued me. I liked this new fantasy world, one that was all-ages and accessible to new readers of the genre.

I’ll throw the bad right out there. Some of the actions that set Quinn upon is journey are predictable. And some of them hit very overused tropes as well. That’s the worse thing about the comic and even then, the story those tropes and overused plot devices begin is exciting.

The action is present and just comes at you and takes you along for the ride. The pacing is great and story just moves along with a great flow. Quinn too is a character I like so far. While his situation has been seen many times before, there’s something about him that makes me want to cheer for him. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but he’s a likeable character.

Dale pulls double duty on the issue with his art style fitting perfectly for the story. He’s showing off with this first issue why he’s a creator to keep our eye on in the long run.

If you’re a fan of fantasy or looking for a good introduction to it for younger readers, this is an excellent way to spend your hard earned dollars and support solid indie comic work at the same time.

Story: Jeremy Dale Art: Jeremy Dale
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Action Lab Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Pick(s) of the Week: Collider #1 and a Whole Bunch More

COLLID_Cv1_PRINT_3pncuy4wjo_Normally, I’d choose the “Pick of the Week” by which comic was on the most of our lists, but out of the slim choices this week, there was actually only one comic on more than one list. So, I’m going with executive privilege and choosing this week’s pick, Collider #1 by Vertigo.

It started small: temporary gravity failures, time reversal loops, entropy reversals. With much fanfare a new government agency was formed with a mandate “to prevent and protect.” Its official title: The Federal Bureau of Physics. Humans, if nothing else, adapt to the changing parameters of their existence. What was extraordinary soon became ordinary, a part of people’s daily lives. They move on and do what people have always done: survive. But even that new status quo is now under threat. Things are getting worse, and it falls to Special Agent Adam Hardy and his FBP team to figure out what’s going on, before it’s too late…

Um, how can you not get this? Vertigo has been kicking as as a publisher, and this latest release I’m sure will be just as solid.

Check out below for the full list from some of the members of the Graphic Policy team.

Andrew:

Batman Annual #2 (DC) – Of all of the various Batman comics out there I read Snyder’s religiously. He’s got huge shoes to fill and Zero Year hasn’t let down.

Five Ghosts: The Haunting of Fabian Gray #5 (Image) – If you’re not reading this series…you’re wrong. It’s phenomenal.

King Conan: The Hour of the Dragon #3 (Dark Horse) – The plot of this latest run pays homage to earlier Conan storylines and includes fantastic artwork by Tomás Giorello.

The Wake #3 (Vertigo) – Snyder’s deep sea thriller is exceptional. I want to know what the creature is, where it came from, and whether there are more.

Brett:

Top Pick: Collider #1 (Vertigo) – see above. This series just sounds too cool to not choose.

Ghost Town #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – The first issue of the Action Lab: Danger Zone series was awesome. Mixing time travel and terrorism, it truly was a series that you had no idea what was coming. The second issue, more of the same when it comes to that.

Guardians of the Galaxy #5 (Marvel) – Angela makes her first comic since Age of Ultron. Want to find out what Marvel’s plans with her are? Well, here you go. Expect this one to sell out.

Liberator #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Politics + comics = awesome! The series that follows animal liberators is a unique voice in the comic industry right now.

Skyward #1 (Action Lab) – Kick ass women in a kids comic is a specialty from Action Lab. This series adds to their varied and family friendly releases. A great comic the whole family can enjoy.

The Wake #3 (Vertigo) – Scott Snyder and Sean Phillips’ series has been amazing so far.

TPB of the Week: 39 Minutes – A winner of Top Cow’s Pilot Series, and one I really dug. ROBBING A BANK IS EASY, IT’S THE GETAWAY THAT’S HARD. The bank is surrounded by police officers, alarms are blaring, customers and employees are screaming, and the streets are blocked off. So what’s the solution? Kill everyone in town!

Sean:

Top Pick: Captain Midnight #1 (Dark Horse) – after a look at Captain Midnight #0, which utterly blew me away, I can’t see how the ‘first’ issue of this pulp hero rival could be anything but incredible. They’ve sure been marketing the hell out of it, so are you in? $2.99.

Akaneiro #3last of this Brian Wood mini-series based on American McGee’s game; let’s see what happens with Kani and those demons! $3.99.

Amala’s Blade #4 – this series by Horton and Dialynas is in my opinion Dark Horse’s best mini-series of the year; the ending is a must have! $3.50.

Batman, Incorporated #13 – Morrison’s titanic series comes to a crashing end as Batman “saves the world and loses everything.” Morrison’s been building this series for years, and now we’re getting it’s conlusion…or are we? $2.99.

Daredevil #29 – Waid and Samnee’s Daredevil is not only my favorite DD run, but also Marvel’s top series right now (followed by Hawkeye and Superior Spidey). And Samnee’s back on the art after a short hiatus. Woohoo! $2.99.

TPB of the Week: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics (Fantagraphics Books)—the wonderful reprint collectors over at Fantagraphics are putting out an anthology that promises to be a collection of the worlds greatest LGBTQ comics. It’s definitely worth a look if you want to explore a little more about the social issues driving and driven by our favorite medium here at Graphic Policy. $35.00 (but 20% off online retailers like TFAW.com or Amazon.com).

Both Action Lab: Danger Zone Launch Titles Sell Out At Distributor

DANGERZONE_LOGO_FINALAction Lab has announced that their Action Lab: Danger Zone launch is a hit. Their two release titles, Ehmm Theory #1 and Ghost Town #1, have sold out all their copies through Diamond Distribution with all reorders for retailers on hold.

The high demand for the growing publisher is fantastic as they called this news a “tremendous success.” The publisher is tapping the company’s suply of convention stock to meet all orders through Diamond.  Retailers still have the opportunity to get first-print copies of both Ehmm Theory and Ghost Town’s premier issues.  They will be issuing a resupply to Diamond later this week to cover all outstanding orders.

The publisher has thanked their fans and retailers for making this happen:

Again, thank you so much to all the retailers, reviewers, and fans who have made our lives a little more difficult – in the most pleasant way possible.

You can read our reviews here.

Picks of the Week: Superman Unchained #1 and 9 other Choices

superman unchained #1 coverI’ve been a bit down on Superman since the launch of DC’s New 52. In general, I think the existing series lack something, though not quite sure I can put my finger on it. Some writing is just incomprehensible and others lack the wonder and excitement I’m looking for. That’s why I’m intrigued by Superman Unchained #1 from the team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Jim Lee. That team alone makes this a “buy” and one of the highest profile comics this week, probably this month.

With it being Superman’s 75th anniversary and a new movie out this week. I’m crossing my fingers this is the Superman comic I’ve been waiting for from a team I know can turn out amazing stuff.

Checking out my other picks below in alphabetical order.

  • American Vampire: The Long Road to Hell #1 – It’s American Vampire how is that not reason enough to purchase this!?
  • Bravest Warriors #9 – One of the  most consistently funny comics on the market. Great for kids and adults.
  • BubbleGun #1 – Aspen’s latest series is an anime like sci-fi adventure. Cool premise and interesting art.
  • Ghost Town #1 – My favorite so far of Action Lab’s Danger Zone line. The concept is terrorists with the ability to time travel.
  • Six-Gun Gorilla #1 – Simon Spurrier + BOOM! = awesome!
  • Supurbia #8 – It’s super heroes mixed with a soap opera and it is fantastic.
  • Thor: God of Thunder #9 – Easily one of the best Marvel NOW! series. Not great for new readers, but an amazing story. Definitely should be read from the first issue.
  • Thumbprint #1 – Joe Hill’s latest comic series!
  • The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys #1 – Gerard Way’s latest comic series!

Review: Ehmm Theory #1, Ghost Town #1, The Final Plague #1, Double Jumpers TPB, The Trip, Night of the 80s Undead #1

Ehmm Theory #1

ehmm theory #1 coverWhat start’s out as a horror comedy, with young Gabriel Ehmm waking up dead with his kitten now talking, begins to shift into more genres as they try to solve the mystery of what’s happening to them… you know while battling giant cyborg crabs!!!!

A mix of horror and comedy Ehmm Theory is one of the flagship titles for Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint. As far as a title I’d throw out there as a flagship it’s not too bad, though I think some of the other series are strong.

This series might come down to personal taste of how you like your horror and comedy mixed together. While I thought a lot of it was funny, some of it also fell flat for me. Further issues, I’m crossing my fingers to see how it goes, because there is a lot I like.

Overall the series is pretty solid start. If you enjoy horror and comedy, this is a good pick for people who enjoy those types of stories. I went back and forth as to whether this is a “buy” or “read,” but I’m leaning towards “buy” for folks who enjoy those types of stories. This one could be more than anything else and it’s a series I feel definitely deserves to be checked out.

Story: Brockton McKinney Art: Larkin Ford
Story: 7 Art: 7 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

Ghost Town #1

GhostTown1-CoverMoments after scientists create a time machine, terrorists steal and weaponize the device, sending bombs into the future. Las Vegas evaporates in flame as the terrorists reveal their future target: Washington DC. Now, the FBI must find the terrorists before the capital becomes a Ghost Town, The clock is ticking.

Take Time Cop and throw in terrorism and you have this series. It’s an interesting concept and presented in a way for folks who are fans of tense police thrillers. Can the terrorists be tracked down in time? And time is the key thing here, how does time travel twist up the concept of this series that we’ve seen before. That’s enough to make it unique and got me really interested.

There’s this dread throughout and build up of tension as the comic moved on. As time passed me reading the comic, the tension increased. For me, there was something really fun about that.

This the type of comic I’m drawn to, so it’s not shocking at all as to how much I enjoyed it and that I’d recommend it for others. There’s some cool characters, an exciting plot, and a concept that leads to tension and some interesting possibilities. Take in the fact that a major city goes bye-bye early on, you don’t know how far the comic will go, adding in to the excitement. Overall, a solid read that I want more of.

Story: Dave Dwonch Art: Justin Greenwood
Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

The Final Plague #1

The Final Plague 1The Final Plague has begun, and with it mankind’s final hours. Can a rural Iowan family survive the initial onslaught of crazed, rabid animals, presumably the product of a mutated super-virus? Or will they succumb to the plague that threatens to end all life as we know it?

I hate rats. That fact alone had me squirming as I read this comic. This is a horror comic that plays off the real world fears of individuals. I see rats daily living in a city, and we’re talking big ones and you better believe the disease they carry is on my mind. Reading this comic, that wasn’t helped at all.

The story and art are beyond creepy. Just thinking about it, I get shivers. This is Arachnophobia but with rats, big plague carrying rats.

What I also liked about it, wasn’t just the ick factor, but also the characters. The family dynamic here is really solid and how everyone interacts with each other. It’s really great stuff and the fact you have these very normal characters, that you like, dealing with this type of issue, the build up is tense and left me a bit uneasy.

As you can tell, I liked this for the gross factor. A nice horror comic that could actually be all too real, which makes it all the much better.

Story: JD Arnold Art: Tony Guaraldi-Brown
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Double Jumpers Vol. 1 TPB

double jumpers #1 coverThe cult hit of 2012 is finally collected! After Jason and his team of programmers get stuck in virtual reality game, Dungeon Lords, they must find a way back to the real world. Unbeknownst to them, the fantasy characters they inhabit have taken control of their bodies… and now wizards and warriors run free in Las Vegas!

I’m a fan of video games, so when I first found out about this 9-bit of fun, I had high expectations. Then there’s also the fact that when I think of Action Labs I think of some great comics for all ages and very “girl friendly.” Then I got to read the first issue and boy was I off in what I was expecting.

Instead of some deft commentary on gaming and its community instead we got a series that played directly into the juvenile stereotypes you’d expect. This was more dick and fart jokes than anything else. That’s not a bad thing and I went with it for a while.

And there’s a lot I thought was funny. The story and its plot, how it played out, that was solid. It was some of the jokes that fell flat for me. The biggest is the idea of a female character being stuck in a male character’s body and vice versa. Most of it was easy jokes and some of it a bit tasteless, but that’s my personal opinion. Others might find it funny, but there’s so much of it, for me, it drew me out from really enjoying the rest.

When it comes down to it, this one is very much a personal taste thing. It might be different for you, but this wasn’t really for me.

Story: Dave Dwonch Art: Bill Blankenship
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Trip

the tripA group of college kids on a desert-baked road trip take a Native American drug that unlocks their deepest fears. Now, if a teenager and his grandfather from the local reservation can’t find them in time, they’re going to have to face their own personal terrors, or be consumed by them! The Trip is an Indian drug fueled ride into horror!!

A college road trip, how many horror movies start out with one of those? Then the kids do something stupid, like have a party or do drugs (as in this case) and then all hell breaks loose and people die. That’s the basic plot here, generally what you’d expect in a horror movie, and at the same time I came away enjoying the story, a lot.

Like many of the other horror titles for Action Lab’s Danger Zone imprint, it’s the dread that got me. The tension and build up as bodies piled up got me hooked and wanted to see what was coming next and how it’d get resolved.

This is basically a drug trip gone bad, but that aspect, to me at least, was pretty original. What the drug does and how each individual meets their fate kept me entertained.

Then there’s the main character and the issues she faces, it’s hard to go into that one without giving spoilers away, but while everyone else’s horror was a bit out there, this one was all too real. That again helps the story and adds to it all.

While this might seem like a typical college road trip gone bad, there’s something here that makes it unique and worth checking out. It has that “messed up” quality that makes it stand out.

Story: Jess Grillo Art: David Brame
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Night of the 80’s Undead #1

night of the 80s undead #1 coverIt’s 1986, and Russia’s last-ditch cold war effort is to strike at our American excess lifestyle with bio-engineered Colombian cocaine. What happens when two girls out for a good time cross paths with a huge celebrity party hyped up on commie zombie blow?!?! Radical undead action man! Totally!!

I grew up in the 80s. I appreciate 80s music and 80s movies and 80s fashion. The fact this comic takes all of that and rips it to shred made me enjoy the comic. Making fun of that decade and the stars, that alone makes the comic a buy for folks who grew up during that time and remember it well. If jokes about Charlie Sheen and OJ Simpson among others seems entertaining, well then here you go. That’s funny to me, and the comic is so absurd and over the top, it works, really works.

There’s a commentary here that’s not only funny, but also has a deft message about the excess of the 80s. The drugs, the debauchery, the “me me me” it’s all here and nothing seems to be too sensitive to make fun of.

There’s the whole thing about looking at the past through rose color glasses, in this case though, it’s looking at the past, and then pissing on it, while giggling. Sign me up.

Story: Jason Martin Art: Bill McKay
Story: 8.25 Art: 8 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Ghost Town Cover Contest with Stockton-Con

Stockton-Con has announced its second annual all ages art contest. Beginning with this year’s contest, it will be known as the Tony DeZuniga Memorial Art Contest. Tony passed away last year, but his legacy will continue to live on with his family and those that he inspired. He made Stockton his home for the greater part of the last decade and he worked with many local artists, mentoring them when he could. He is an important figure in comic, gallery, and illustration art for several reasons. During the 1970s, he brought a realistic look from his advertising style of illustration. Some of his best work was in collaboration with John Buscema in the early issues of The Savage Sword of Conan. He also co-created Jonah Hex and The Black Orchid for DC comics and worked with a number of important stories in the comic world.

To honor Stockton’s connection to Mr. DeZuniga, the art challenge is for each artist to create a “Tribute to Tony” poster (11”x17”) in any medium.

In addition to the other great prizes for the art contest, Action Lab Entertainment will award the first prize winner a cover for an upcoming issue of Ghost Town.

This contest is open to anyone with following prizes:

  • First Prize – $250 cash prize, Future cover of Action Lab’s Ghost Town, $100 Gift Certificate to Ka-Blam, Back Cover of Stockton-Con program
  • Second Prize – $100 cash prize — $50 Gift Certificate to Ka-Blam Inside Back Cover of Stockton-Con program
  • Third Prize – $50 cash prize — $25 Gift Certificate to Ka-Blam
  • Fan Favorite — Inside Front Cover of Stockton-Con program, Professional Framing for entry piece by Deck The Walls ($200 value)

The image submitted must be an original piece of high resolution, but may not exceed 25 MB. The entrant must also sign, scan and email the artist’s release. One entry per artist. Entries must be received by July 6, 2013. Entries should be emailed to stocktonconartcontest@gmail.com

Entries will be displayed on Stockton-Con’s Facebook page,72 dpi, and may be reproduced as full size posters for display at and for use in promotions both before and after Stockton-Con on August 4, 2013.  Smaller reproductions may also be used to promote Stockton-Con. All entries may be reproduced in the Stockton-Con program.

Entries, with artist’s name blocked out, will be judged by a panel of professionals who will select First, Second & Third place winners and honorable mention awards. The Fan Favorite award will be selected solely by Facebook viewer votes.

Action Lab Lowers Comic Prices

While some publishers were making announcements about new series and creative teams at C2E2, Action Lab Entertainment was going a different direction. Instead they’ve announced the reversal of ever rising comic book prices.

The publisher has announced starting with their comics listed in June’s Previews being offered for $2.99 instead of their previous standard of $3.99. The next part is those comics now being a standard 32 pages. The publisher’s NFL Rushzone books will now be available twice monthly with 20 pages for $1.99.

Additionally, beginning with Jamal Igle’s Molly Danger (in the current previews, available in July), Action Lab will be offering a number of 48 page oversized European style hardcovers at $19.99.  This is coming right on the heels of the release of our first preview of Molly Danger alongside their breakout hit Princeless in their Free Comic Book Day release.

Perhaps even more impressive is that this month marks the launch of Action Lab’s new mature readers line Action Lab: Danger Zone.  This launch will be approximately doubling the size of their monthly catalog and will include a variety of books including:  Ehmm Theory (where a dead man and his talking cat are tasked by St. Peter with a number of insane missions – including fighting zombie circus clowns), The Final Plague (an infestation of undead animals), Ghost Town (a tale of time-travel and terrorism), and Night of the 80’s Undead (a mashup of John Hughes type romance and George Romero type horror).

Over the past two years Action Lab Entertainment has made remarkable strides as a small comic book publisher.  The company has gone from it’s first published work to its first Eisner nomination and on to its first major license (announcing an NFL RushZone comic earlier this year).

Kickstarter Spotlight: Action Lab’s Danger Zone!

action labAction Lab Entertainment has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help push its recently-announced Danger Zone imprint, which incorporates a wide variety of titles aimed at more mature readers.

The Kickstarter campaign’s primary focus is on six of the first creator-owned titles to be released under the Danger Zone banner.  Three of them–The Final Plague, Ghost Town, and Night of the 80s Undead–are bimonthly series, while the remaining three–The Trip, Zombie Tramp, and Double Jumpers–are either trade paperbacks or original graphic novels.

Donors to the Kickstarter can receive a number of unique items only available there, including exclusive covers, a fold in poster, original artwork, and even the opportunity to hang out with the Action Lab crew at San Diego Comic Con 2013.

With the emphasis on fun no-limits content, Danger Zone titles offered range from comedy, to horror, to science fiction, to whatever creators can dream up!  Danger Zone is the place where anything goes, both for readers and creators. As with any independent publisher, Action Lab is tirelessly working to get this exciting material in front of as many eyes as possible.  The company believes the Kickstarter campaign can contribute to that goal.

Having read the majority of the comics featured, they’re entertaining and fun to read. Absolutely a project worth supporting.

Best Pledge: $30 – there’s a few choices, but you get unique Kickstarter covers of the individual issues, a poster or can get one of the trades. There’s lots of different levels and combos, so go with the series that interests you.

Risk: LOW – Action Lab is a solid publisher that knows what they’re doing. Since I’ve read review copies for most of these series, creating them isn’t an issue. Maybe printing and shipping could be delayed a bit, but I’m confident they’ll come through.

Action Lab merges with SR Graphics to take comics to…The Danger Zone with a Mature Line!

DANGERZONE_LOGO_FINALAction Lab Entertainment is excited to announce that Super Real Graphics publisher Jason Martin has accepted a position to spearhead its new mature readers line, Action Lab: Danger Zone, and merge his SR Graphics with the new brand.

While Action Lab is known more for its high-profile all-ages friendly properties, including the Eisner-nominated Princeless, the upcoming Molly Danger from Jamal Igle, and various licensed properties from toys and animation, it reinforces its dedication to publishing a full spectrum of comic book content.  The creation of the Danger Zone imprint allows it to continue to seek out the best projects for any audience, and as the newly-appointed publisher for the brand, Martin can use his experience running a mature readers line of books to help ALE achieve bigger and better things.

In merging the two creator-owned publishing companies, Action Lab now also brings the existing Super Real Graphics properties to their new Danger Zone catalog, including the cult indie hit Zombie Tramp from Dan Mendoza.  A fan favorite since its release in late 2010, Zombie Tramp’s sold-out graphic novel will be getting both a new printing, as well as a sequel series in 2013. Additionally, all of Action Lab’s current projects that qualify as ‘mature’ will move over to the new line, including the trade paperback collection of Dave Dwonch’s just-concluding critically acclaimed video game raunch-fest, Double Jumpers.

In 2013 the line will launch with several new books–both from new talent (with titles like the horror-tinged desert-baked graphic novel The Trip, the viral-outbreak survival saga The Rabid, and the mind-bending genre-blending exploits of a boy and his talking kitten in Ehmm Theory), and from previously- published creators (including Tony Fleecs and Tone Rodriguez’s poetry-powered American Goth Chick, Dave Dwonch and Rob Ruddell’s time-hopping rogue nuke mythology Ghost Town, and Martin’s own Regan-era zombie lovefest Night of the 80’s Undead).   There are more titles in store as well, including the aforementioned SR Graphics title Zombie Tramp, and Grant Gould’s Norse mythology by-way-of Tolkien The Wolves of Odin saga.  Overall, this is a truly inspired line-up for fans of graphic fiction that will see release in print via comic book shops, as well as online via ComiXology and all major digital providers.

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