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Review: BRIK #2

BRIK-#2-MARKETING_Preview-1From SupernaturalsAdam Glass and EntouragesMichael Benson comes the second installment of Oni PressBRIK. While the first issue built up sympathy for the characters , mainly the series “hero” 12-year-old Drew, issue #2 trades in on that relationship and pushes the story along getting the reader ready for the exciting twists to come in issue #3.

Drew has had a lot going on in the beginning of his heroes tale, abandoned by his dad, his grandfather’s death, mobsters after “safety” money and a crush on a classmate. Issue #2 shows the aftermath of all of the information we got from issue #1.

The issue picks up after Drew’s vanishing act following the obvious murder of his grandfather. The sudden death leaves him with questions about the validity of the stories his grandpa told him and the mysterious tattoo on his grandfather’s body. He finds himself at a local shop trying to get one of his grandfather’s friends, a Kabbalist named Sera, to translate the ink. When he doesn’t get the help he thinks he needs he goes back to his life, angry and disenchanted.

After bumping into his crush, Chase, he gets third wheeled by a school bully who’s been “filling in for him,” while he was dealing with his grief. He finds himself almost about to get beat up when one of the mobsters trying to shake his family down shows up and scares the bully off. But, since no good deed goes unpunished that seemingly helpful interaction turns into a veiled threat. Unfortunately, Drew’s day doesn’t get any better when his mom informs him, after some buttering up quality time, that they might be moving to Seattle.

Things aren’t going so well for the kid and you really feel for him, he’s losing everything, his safety, his dad, his grandpa and, now his home. Help comes in the form of a late night visit from Sera, who is also leaving him, when she shows up with a translation of his grandpa’s tattoo. Stuck with a never-ending stream of heartache Drew only has one choice, try to build the Golem his grandpa told him about.

This issue is really emotional and well written. It draws you in with every turn of the page and makes you feel invested in the story, the characters and how it’s all going to turn out. You find yourself rooting for Drew and hoping that he gets some sweet sweet revenge, or at least a friend that he can trust.

The art work is really nice, it’s kind of retro and calls back to old school Daredevil comics, where you got to see some of the grit that NY had to offer back in the 80’s, it really adds to the story. There’s also lots of shout outs and undertones of old school Marvel comic books where things were not as sleek and stylized as they are now.

The creators admitted to a darker Spider-Man being part of their inspiration, which means that in upcoming issues, Drew’s story can go either way. The first two issues set this arc up so that you could see it going in any direction, Drew could be Spidey, Carnage or Venom and that makes it a really interesting read. There’s something very edge of your seat about becoming invested in a character and not knowing if you’re rooting for a hero or a potential villain. But, I’m all in and really looking forward to the ride and seeing how the story plays out.

As a stand alone issue, BRIK #2 is a complete mini story and, a really good read. Full disclosure, I started with this issue and without having read issue #1, finished it feeling connected and invested. I then purchased issue #1 and read it and after the sinking feeling in my stomach for Drew and his family wore off, found myself a fan.

Story: Mike Benson, Adam Glass Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

ONI PRESS provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

sexcriminals15-coverIt’s new comic book day tomorrow and we’re one day closer to Captain America: Civil War and Free Comic Book Day!

To keep you entertained, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

Women Write About Comics – Fainted When She Saw My Body: Social Construction of Monstrousness in Saga  – A very interesting read.

Kotaku – The Only Thing This Ant-Man Cosplay Doesn’t Do Is Shrink – It looks pretty great!

The Nerdy Bird – GLAAD’s 2016 Hollywood Report: “Historic Low” For Representation, Star Wars Call Out – Always interesting to see these reports.


Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Daredevil #6

CBR – Faith #4

Big Shiny Robot – Golem

Comic Attack – I Am a Hero Vol. 1

CBR – Insexts #5

Talking Comics – Library Wars

CBR – Ms. Marvel #6

CBR – Sex Criminals #15

Newsarama – Best Shots Reviews: Doctor Strange – The Last Days of Magic #1, Cyborg #10, Faith #4

Golem Gets an Animated Trailer

Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy, entrenched in a culture of hyper-capitalism, Golem follows young Steno Critone as he is kidnapped during a political protest gone sour. Taken in by the band of labeled “terrorists,” he learns that things are not as they seem in society, and that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself.

This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as LRNZ, whose design-influenced illustration provides a lush, fluid backdrop of manga-like dynamism with the cinematic scope of western comics, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking.

Written and illustrated by LRNZ

Trailer animation by LRNZ
Trailer edit produced by Neurobellum Productions
Music by LRNZ and Kikiwest

Original 280 page graphic novel available from magnetic-press.com

Preview: Golem

Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy that is entrenched in a culture of hyper-capitalism, Golem follows young Steno Critone as he is kidnapped during a political protest gone sour. Taken in by the band of labeled “terrorists,” he learns that things are not as they seem in society, and that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself.

This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as LRNZ, whose design-influenced illustration provides a lush, fluid backdrop of manga-like dynamism with the cinematic scope of western comics, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking.


Magnetic Press Announces a Wave of New Titles

First-year, Eisner-nominated publishing company Magnetic Press recently completed its second successful appearance at the annual San Diego Comic-Con International, with their first star-studded panel featuring award-winning artists and creators, as well as a peek at new titles slated for release in Year Two. Following a first-year slate that contained twelve books, forty-four digital releases, an original comic series, and two Eisner-nominations, the publisher has no plans to rest on its initial success.

A deeper look at each title, including release dates, will be offered individually in the coming weeks.


Illustrated & written by LRNZ

Set in a future, post-Eurozone Italy, entrenched in a bizarre form of hyper-capitalism, GOLEM follows a young boy who is kidnapped during a political protest gone sour, who learns that he has the power to not only change the city, but reality itself. This intensely imaginative political-sci-fi graphic novel is a visual tour de force, created by contemporary design icon Lorenzo Ceccotti, better known as “LRNZ,” whose design-influenced illustration is a lush, fluid blend of manga masters like KATSUHIRO OTOMO with western comic icons like JOSH MIDDLETON, creating a style that is wholly unique and absolutely breathtaking.





Illustrated by Joel Jurion and written by Antoine Ozenam

Teenager Angel Tomassini has been hiding a dark and scary secret: when threatened he involuntarily turns into a violent and vicious Weretiger. He doesn’t know why, how, or what to do, because when he transforms, he loses control and people end up badly hurt. As if this isn’t enough for a kid to deal with, Angel is slowly learning his father is one of the biggest organized crime leaders in the city. And are there more like him? Are there… different creatures too?

This wildly world-popular comic series about secret wars between clans of ancient, mythic were-animals comes to the US for the first time in a new hardcover edition collecting the entire first cycle of the series in a single gorgeous volume.



Illustrated by Federico Bertolucci and written by Frederic Brremaud

The second volume in the award winning, lushly illustrated, wordless graphic novel series, LOVE: THE FOX follows a spry, intrepid, one-eyed fox during an average day of foraging when a natural disaster erupts.  Readers are taken on a thrillride as animals of all shapes and sizes react to the danger, but the fox inexplicably runs towards the fire, braving daunting obstacles and even larger predators to reach a desperate location in the heart of the storm. LOVE: THE FOX is a gorgeously rendered and ultimately heartwarming story that is also a monument to modern sequential narrative.  It is like a beautiful and exciting nature documentary in illustrated form.



Created by Cornelia Funke, written by Raul Garcia, and illustrated by Francisco Herrera

International best Selling YA author Cornelia Funke (The Inkheart Trilogy) teams up with comic book artist and character designer extraordinaire Francisco Herrera (Megamind, Venom, The Prodigies) and animated film Director Raúl García (Lion King, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Aladdin, Land Before Time) to create a wild and furry world where Hollywood werewolves are real and hiding in plain view! Entering high school is tough enough as it is, but how do you cope when you’ve also just been bitten by a Werewolf?  This beautifully illustrated, madcap all ages adventure is like a classic 2D animated feature in print!



Written and illustrated by Peter Mohrbacher and Eli Minaya

This stunning art book of mind-bending illustrations, poetry, and short stories is unlike anything you have ever imagined. Exploring the eleven angelic emanations of the Tree of Life, ANGELARIUM paints a world of sheer awe, unveiling unknowable symbolic entities that point towards an immutable ancient truth: “As above, so below.”  Fans of Wayne Barlowe’s EXPEDITION and INFERNO will find this book to be a fascinating exploration of an entirely new world of wonder.



Illustrated by various, produced by Dave Pasciuto

Leaping from the online webpages of Robot Envy, an online community of the world’s most exceptional and innovative illustrators from the film, comic, and video game industries, ROBOT ENVY: ZENITH is a lush, high-end art book that celebrates the coolest robot designs you have ever seen.  From cutesy robot mascots to giant robot war machines, the pieces in this massive collection cover a wide spectrum of visual styles, but all of them are uncategorically stunning and loads of fun.



Written by Austin Wilson and illustrated by Logan Faerber

In the future, robots have been legally granted the right to life. Their intelligence is not artificial, and it may not be the best approximation of a personality, but they reflect all the intricacies of a human mind and personality, only from within a manufactured shell, developing and learning as the rest of us do. They mirror us in all the ways we would want, but also in those ways we would wish to exclude…

Carbon Barnes is one such robot, just looking to get by with a meager job, nights out at the club with friends, maybe meet a nice girl.  But he still has a lot to learn about the world, as all of us do, starting with what to make of this weird nightly phenomenon folks call “dreaming.”  A slice-of-life story for everyone, with a robot-twist.




Illustrated by Kevin Castaniero and written by Chris Northrop

This madcap graphic novel introduces readers to the high-functioning alcoholic, middle-aged, overweight private eye, Beer-O.  He specializes in missing dog cases, but one such case turns sour, and he quickly finds himself entangled in the murder of the son of the most dangerous capo in the Burbank Mafia.  Things spiral down the drain faster than car keys in the toilet, and pretty soon, Beer-O is up to his neck in danger.

A loving, and somewhat sideways, satire on traditional noir tropes, BEER-O pays as much homage to THE MALTESE FALCON as it does to THE BIG LEBOWSKI.



Written by Russell Brettholtz and illustrated by Miguel Mendonca

The first title from the newly-announced partnership imprint Darby Pop! Richard is having a bad week. He has a secret alter-ego: Phantasm, sidekick to Mr. Marvelous (Chicago’s most beloved super-hero) who has never lets him forget his “lesser” place as a sidekick.  Richard compares notes with his sidekick colleagues, and comes to realize that all of his sidekick friends are systematically disrespected by the heroes they work with, ignored by the media, and taken wholly for granted by society. How much can these five endure before they decide that enough is enough?  And what then?  A slightly-irreverent, sarcastic look at life behind the masks



Written by Ryan Schifrin and Larry Hama, illustrated by Various.

The third and fourth volumes in the quarterly graphic novel quadrilogy follow the unlikely, thieving duo of Alaric Moebius, Oxford playboy turned dashing cat-burglar, and Basil Fox, former SAS commando slumming it in the Queen’s guard, as they continue to fetch rare and exotic artifacts for the mysterious — and otherworldly — billionaire known as “The Collector.”  As The Collector’s collection grows more complete, thanks to the duo’s excellent adventuring skills, his wicked scheme starts to unfold, leaving the pair of scoundrels to question what they’ve done… and how to undo it. This epic high-adventure series will be further supplemented by more digital prose short stories by fan-favorite writers Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole, Greg Bear, Richard Lee Byers, and Rose Estes.


Review: Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #1 (of 3)

Breath Bones 1Whether you knew it before, or not—and now you know—Judaism and comics go hand in hand, especially here in America. I’m talking creators (Will Eisner, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Al Jaffee, Neil Gaiman, Jerry Robinson, and Art Spiegelman), famous comics and graphic novels (Maus), and thematic issues which can be read as metaphors for anti-Semitism (X-Men). But while Greek, Roman, Norse, and Indian mythology populate the narratives and superhero origin stories of thousands of comics and characters, Jewish mythology seems to be missing—and I think most people would ask, what is Jewish mythology?

Pick up Steve Niles’ new 3-part mini-series from Dark Horse, Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem, illustrated by Dave Wachter, and you’ll get a grand taste of one of the most famous figures in Jewish mythology: the Golem.

Of course, just about any Nerd knows what a Golem is, especially those who’ve played D&D or basically any fantasy RPG in the last 30 years (console, computer, or tabletop). Golem means ‘unshaped form’ in Classical Hebrew (a language which I have some training in, as both a Jew and a former Classics student), and stories of the Golem date back to the time of the Talmud (c.200 CE) and stretch throughout the Middle Ages and, as this comic shows, to the present. The Golem is seen as a protector, and nothing could be more of a superhero for the downtrodden, denigrated, and persecuted Jews of Eastern Europe. Effectively, the Golem might be the original superhero figure at least in theme.

Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #1 is a wonderful read, and it’s a book I’ve been looking forward to for a long time, as a Jewish comic book collector and a literary enthusiast. Steve Niles is typically a horror comics writer, one of the finest there is, and his story (co-developed with Matt Santoro) does not disappoint from a general reader’s perspective. It’s a touching, vivid portrayal of the horrors of war from the eyes of a young Jewish boy, showcasing the burden of parents in protecting their charges both physically and emotionally. It’s also a tale of a tight-knit community working together to save a man and protect themselves, knowing full-well that the onslaught of war will reach them no matter what.

As Americans, it’s truly difficult for us to imagine the fear of war-wrought devastation and the total breakdown of national security and personal/communal safety. It is my theory that, following the events of 9/11, the rise of apocalyptic scenarios in film, television, and literature is partly a result of America mentally preparing itself for what a world without order, ruled by war, would be like. We haven’t known that fear so close to home since the 1860s, and yet for most of the rest of the world’s citizens (except, perhaps Canada and Antarctica) the trauma of war and conflict is recent history or current events.

World War II may be almost 70 years in our past, but the historical and generational trauma of the event in Europe and for the Jews in particular is very much alive, especially in a world where Holocaust deniers persists and anti-Semitism continues to be a popularly held conception in many circles. Niles captures this perfectly, telling a story that is not sappy with self-pity but instead resilient and staunch in its objection to persecution and resistance against all odds.

Dave Wacther’s black-and-white prints drain the color from this bleak period in history, a time of rations and hysteria, when the sound of any engine or thump was cause for alarm. Wachter’s art is some of the most complex, detailed, and humanistic I’ve seen in a while, the comic book equivalent of Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers, busy with intensity when appropriate, calm and quiet (but not serene) when necessary. And kudos to the folks at Dark Horse for printing all of the interior advertisements in color and not disrupting the flow of the visual narrative.

If you only read superhero comics, you’re missing out; there’s so much the comics medium can achieve, and Niles and Wachter showcase just some of its breadth with eloquence and respect, bringing another Dark Horse masterpiece to market in the shape of Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #1

Story: Steve Niles and Matt Santoro  Art: Dave Wachter
Story: 9  Art: 10  Overall: 10  Recommendation: Buy

Kickstarter Spotlight – Golem

Kickstarter, the popular crowd funding site, has become the go to place for comic book creators to launch their latest projects. Some of the founders of the website IGN have turned to it to get the funding for their trade paperback, Golem. The creative team is made up by former IGN Editor-in-Chief Hilary Goldstein, Giovanni P. Timpano provides the art, video game veteran developer Laura Schumacher is the colorist, and Garry Brown is creating covers for all four chapters.

They framed Danya Ben-El’azar for the murder of the President, executed her husband in front of her, and nearly took the life of her son. Big mistake. Exiled from America, Danya and her six-year-old son Jonah have become the international mercenary team known only as Golem. With sword and pistol, mother and son travel the world hunting the people who destroyed their lives.

Golem offers a futuristic twist on the the Jewish legend of a monster formed from clay to protect the innocent and with their pledge supporters gain an exclusive version of the forthcoming trade paperback.

Funding also goes towards the development of a brand-new mobile “Comic Book Director’s Cut” app that will revolutionize the way creators connect with readers. This app will be made available for use by independent comics creators following the launch of GOLEM.

Details on the project can be found at: golemcomic.com. Backer incentives include a personal sketch from Timpano, private editing session with Goldstein, the opportunity to have a character named after you, and the chance to be killed in Golem by comics’ newest femme fatale, Danya Ben-El’azar.

GOLEM hits shelves next summer, but Kickstarter backers get an exclusive version of the TPB in April 2013.

Studio 407 Makes It Easier Than Ever To Pre-Order Comics!


March 19, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Studio 407 makes it easier than ever to pre-order THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST and GOLEM from your local comic shop with the Studio 407 pre-order sites. Check out this simple and quick way to let your local comic shop know you want Studio 407 comics!



Click on either of the two links above to pre-order our comics from a number of participating retailer across America! Just choose the retailer nearest you, complete the information form and we’ll send an email to your chosen retailer to make sure you get your Studio 407 comic on the day of release. Its free, easy and takes only seconds!

Can’t find a comic retailer near you? No Problem. You can submit the email of your favorite comic shop and Studio 407 will contact them to sign them up. Check back regularly as our list will constantly be updated.

For our international fans we’ve paired up with Things From Another World to be able to deliver THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST and GOLEM directly to your home wherever you may live, visit the pre-order sites to find out how.

So if you haven’t told your local comic shop you want THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST and GOLEM from Studio 407 now’s your chance. Don’t delay, pre-order today!

THE NIGHT PROJECTIONIST TPB is written by Robert Heske (BONE CHILLER) and illustrated by Diego Yapur (PRIEST: PURGATORY). This graphic novel ships in May at a price point of only $12.99 and a Diamond code of MAR121187. Pre-order your copy at your local comic shop and through the NIGHT PROJECTIONIST pre-order site today!

GOLEM TPB is written by Scott Barkman and Alex Leung (NIGHT & FOG) with illustrations by Mark Louie Vuycankiat (TIGER & CRANE, THE EDGE). This graphic novel is the full continuation of the GOLEM one-shot previously published by Studio 407. This book ships in May at a price point of only $12.99 and a Diamond code of MAR121186. Pre-order your copy at your local comic shop and through the GOLEM pre-order site today!

The 407 Age Of Comics Continues With Golem! May 2012



March 7, 2012 – Los Angeles, CA – Forged by ancient magic and out for cold-blooded justice, he’s the dirt that brings the hurt and he’s not letting letting anyone or any thing stop him from his righteous quest – this May make way for GOLEM!

“I’m thrilled to finally bring the entire GOLEM story to life with the help of my amazing team!” says Managing Director Alex Leung. “Writer Scott Barkman really helped me make sure this graphic novel was exciting a read as possible and Mark Louie Vuycankiat brought every bit of action to life with his sensational kinetic art. We put our all into making GOLEM and fans will be able to see that from page 1!.”


“This book is a stunning action thrill ride that will have you flipping the pages faster than you can read!” says Marketing and PR Manager Ivan Salazar, “How many times have you wanted real world villains like dictators, warmongers and profiteers to get their due? Golem thinks it’s about time they did! This is a seriously thrilling “what if…” pitting a huge clay monster against the real villains of our world with some great twists you won’t want to miss. This May be sure to get your hands on GOLEM!”

In war-torn Sarajevo, one man fueled by rage and loss uses mystic cabala magic to create the ultimate defender of the weak – a hulking mountain of destruction known as GOLEM! But Golem soon breaks free from his creator’s control to deal justice on his own terms, blazing his own path of retribution and devastation. Can the forces of both good and evil be marshaled together to destroy the uncontrollable abomination? Or will the world face the first WMD with teeth? It’s an no-holds-barred, slug fest you can’t miss!

GOLEM TPB is written by Scott Barkman and Alex Leung (NIGHT & FOG) with illustrations by Mark Louie Vuycankiat (TIGER & CRANE, THE EDGE). This graphic novel is the full continuation of the GOLEM one-shot previously published by Studio 407. This book ships in May at a price point of only $12.99 and a Diamond code of MAR121186. Pre-order your copy at your local comic shop today!