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SDCC 2019: Space Bastards Volume 1, the Quarterly Mature Readers Comic

Welcome to Space Bastards, the new quarterly hardcover anthology created by Joe Aubrey, Darick Robertson, and Eric Peterson. The first volume features the talents of Simon Bisley, Glenn Fabry, Colin MacNeil, Boo Cook, and Clint Langley and is on Kickstarter now!

The project is a massive one with a huge first volume that’s over 100 pages and a foot in height. But, they didn’t stop there, there’s a year’s worth of content, over 500 pages, already produced.

You can find some of the team at Booth #1806 at San Diego Comic-Con going on this week.

The Kickstarter ends August 2.

Space Bastards Vol. 1

Review: American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

Anyone who has read Neil Gaiman can reasonably ascertain why his writing is so magnetic. His prose can be at worst lyrical, at best heavenly. His development of characters gives you more than intimate look at these figures. The first book I read by him that drew me instantly was Neverwhere. It’s a rather ubiquitous and weird tour of those places not on the map, and hiding some of the most bizarre characters in London.

Then there was his run on Sandman. The comic series is a true masterclass in how to write an epic story while doing a deep exploration of character. The one work that has catched the public’s attention is American Gods, a tale of old and new gods right here in America and its popularity has only expanded with the television show. The show is currently in its second season and has made new fans of his work. While espousing on a variety of issues it shows audiences just how relevant the story is. In the debut issue of American Gods: The Moment Of The Storm, we find the Gods in the midst of war, burying an old friend.

We find the Old Gods transporting the body of Wednesday to his proper burial site, as a war between the old and new Gods are at its peak, and this burial offers a temporary truce. As Shadow, Anansi and Czernobog, enter Media’s house, the fragile cease fire leaves all especially Shadow uneasy. As he gets a visit by Mr. Wednesday through a dream, where his old employer warns him of the impending consequences of this meeting. By issue’s end, Anansi and Shadow share some air as Anansi lets him know of the slight the New Gods have sent the Old Gods direction.

Overall, a story that is both eccentric and compelling. It’ll both satisfy new and old fans. The story by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell is charming and intelligent. The art by the creative team is serviceable. Altogether, a story that dips the reader right into the world which is both familiar and mysterious.

Story: Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell, and Glenn Fabry
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A Storm is Brewing in American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s story of Shadow, Wednesday, and the gods comes to its epic conclusion in American Gods: The Moment of the StormAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Storm is the third and final installment in Dark Horse’s American Gods saga, preceded by American Gods: My Ainsel and American Gods: Shadows

The new and old gods agree to meet in the center of America to exchange the body of the old god’s fallen leader—heading towards an inevitable and potentially catastrophic war in this final arc to the bestselling comic series! 

American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel by #1 New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman has been adapted into a comic series by the incredibly talented writer and artist P. Craig Russell, with art and colors by award-winning artist Scott HamptonAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Stormfeatures cover art by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, with variant covers for each title by David Mack.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1 arrives April 17, 2019.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm

Preview: American Gods: My Ainsel #1

American Gods: My Ainsel #1

Story and Words: Neil Gaiman
Script and Layouts: P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton
Colorist: Scott Hampton and Jennifer Anderson
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Variant Cover Artist: David Mack

The comic book adaptation of American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman, returns with American Gods: My Ainsel #1.

The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!

Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.

Underrated: Slaine: Time Killer

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Slaine: Time Killer.



slainetkSeveral years ago when I was over in the UK I was searching for a graphic novel or trade paperback to buy that originated in Britain. I ended up in a comic shop without much selection in that area, so picked up the only trade they had, which was Slaine: Time Killer, without knowing anything about it. Once I got back to Canada, the TPB still unread, I popped it on the bookshelf without thinking and promptly ignored it for the best part of five years. Yesterday I decided to read it, and today I decided to write about it. So what’s the story about? Well according to the blurb on Goodreads…

“2000 AD’s ever-popular Celtic hero returns in a deluxe collectors’ hardback edition Before the events of ‘The Horned Go”, a group comprising of Slaine; Ukko, his faithful((if evil-smelling) dwarf; Nest, a trainee priestess who knows the secrets of the Land of the Young; and Slaine’s vast, voracious dragon steed, the Knucker, wander Tir-Nan-Og in search of the fortress of the Ever-Living Ones, arch-druids who may hold the key to the final defeat of the evil forces oppressing Slaine’s people. But a chance encounter with a demonic alien race who are besieging the fortess, hurls Slaine and his allies through time… to ever-greater battles, threats, and challenges.”

The Pat Mill‘s scripted stories in this TPB  originally appeared in the weekly British magazine 2000 AD in three separate serialized runs. Dragonheist (with Massimo Belardinelli providing the art), in 2000 AD #361–367 from 1984, and The Time Killer  (with art by Glenn Fabry, David Pugh and Bryan Talbot), in 2000 AD #411–428 and 431–434 from 1985. Those original stories were all black and white, and that’s how they’re reprinted in the 172 page collected edition, which means that the art has a high level of detail and line work packed into each page.

time_killer_02 page

The compact nature of 2000 AD‘s publishing style (anaverage of three to five pages of the story are in each issue of the magazine) mean that the story moves at an incredible pace, with something interesting happening every other page or so. When it comes to a story published nearly thirty five years ago in a weekly anthology style magazine, it’s surprising how well it continues to hold up. The nature of the short bursts of story across multiple weeks means that there are very small recaps at the beginning of each of the reprinted weekly stories mean that there’s never, ever, a danger of losing what’s happening. Unfortunately, the preview text on the back also dictates almost the entirety of the first half of the book (which I have kindly placed up above for you with slightly different wording).

So why is this underrated? Have you ever heard of the character, let alone this specific trade?

Don’t go into this expecting a deep and soul searching journey. This is a Conan the Barbarian style yarn mixed with some fantasy science fiction and a lot of rather gruesome action. The science doesn’t always work, and there are some flaws along the way, such as some hastily explained concepts mere moments before or after they occur in the story. But the second person narrative from Slaine’s companion is enjoyably dry, and the visuals show just how good black  and white art can be (and remember, these strips were published weekly).

That’s all I have for this wee, but next week there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

I’ll see you then.

Dan Fogler, Simon Bisley, Andrew Harrison, Ben McCool, and Tom Hodges’ Brooklyn Gladiator this April

Chapterhouse Publishing are proud to announce the forthcoming release of Brooklyn Gladiator – Volume Zero on April 11th 2018 the sci-fi lovechild of Orwell, Huxley, and stoner conspiracy theories, knitted together by the mad and ingenious mind of Dan Fogler.

Joined by Andrew Harrison, Ben McCool, and artist Tom Hodges, with cover art by Glenn Fabry, Brooklyn Gladiator is a vivid, violent, and frightening glimpse into a fictional future that feels all too familiar, a future that feels all too familiar, a future we may find ourselves sleepwalking into if we’re not careful. Artist Simon Bisley joins the team for Volume One.

John Miller is public enemy number one, fighting nanite-enhanced maniacs in the underground gladiator circuit and selling bootleg drugs that undercut the government’s own brand. Now John is developing uncanny psychic powers that allow him to bypass the state’s tech and tap into ancient knowledge. As he sets out to dismantle the machines that run his world, he’ll come to a completely new understanding of the concept of civilization.

And more there will be, as Chapterhouse will release Brooklyn Gladiator – Volume One and an Omnibus with never-seen-before stories of Fogler’s Hitchcockian horror Moonlake later this year.

Preview: Bloodshot Salvation #2

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #2

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by LEWIS LAROSA and MICO SUAYAN
Cover A (Standard) by KENNETH ROCAFORT (AUG172109)
Cover B (Villains) by MONIKA PALOSZ (AUG172110)
Cover C (Battle Damaged) by PHILIP TAN (AUG172111)
Interlocking Variant by GREG SMALLWOOD (AUG172113)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by GLENN FABRY (AUG172114)
Blank Cover Also Available (AUG172112)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 25th

Salvation through sacrifice!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the nanite-infused killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Descender) and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and Mico Suayan (BLOODSHOT REBORN) soldier forward for a heart-wrenching, revenge-fueled firefight!

Rampage Reigns in Bloodshot Salvation #2 – Coming in October!

Valiant has released a first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #2 – the next bone-breaking chapter of the BLOCKBUSTER ONGOING SERIES from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and extraordinary artists Lewis LaRosa and Mico Suayan! This October, Ray Garrison – the cutting-edge war machine codenamed Bloodshot – will be wrenched back into the destructive ways he left behind for a soul-shattering mission to save his wife and daughter from a gallery of terrifying new threats… His next target? The technologically augmented powerhouse named Rampage!

Today: Ray Garrison and his true love, Magic, thought they had left their days of tumult and violence behind them as they raise their newborn daughter, Jessie, in the quiet isolation of the countryside… Until Magic’s father – the depraved cultist simply named “Daddy” – seeks to bring his wayward progeny back into his flock by any means necessary. Now, torn between the family that loves him and the rage within, the walking weapon of war once called Bloodshot is about to give in to revenge…

Meanwhile: In the near future, can Magic and the now-adolescent Jessie outmaneuver the killer called Rampage long enough to answer the question that has haunted them for years… Whatever happened to the man they both loved? Whatever happened to Bloodshot?

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortMonika PaloszPhilip TanGreg Smallwood, and Glenn Fabry!

The Second Coming of American Gods with American Gods: My Ainsel

Last year at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

Readers can catch up on the series by purchasing the hardcover collection of American Gods: Shadows. The 264-page American Gods: Shadows collects the first nine issues of the series, along with art process pieces layouts, character designs, and variant cover art by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave McKean, and more! The hardcover goes on sale February 28, 2018.

Preview: American Gods: Shadows #1

Dark Horse Comics has released a preview of the highly anticipated first issue of American Gods: Shadows which goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show adapted by Bryan Fuller. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods will be adapted into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm.

The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

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