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Preview: Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

(W) Alex Child, Grant Morrison (A/CA) Naomi Franquiz
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $3.99

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys, but the authorities have no idea what monsters roam the Proctor Valley Road.

As the town – and even their families – closes in on the girls, August makes a choice to visit that haunted road one last time.

And even if she survives, an even greater threat may have its eyes on these four friends…

Proctor Valley Road #2 (of 5)

Get a look at Proctor Valley Road #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #2, the next issue of the star-studded new horror limited series from Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #2, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on April 14, 2021.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie are the prime suspects in the disappearance of the missing boys, but the authorities have no idea what monsters roam Proctor Valley Road. As the town – and even their families – closes in on the girls, August makes a choice to visit that haunted road one last time. And even if she survives, an even greater threat may have its eyes on these four friends…

Proctor Valley Road #2 features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and Dan Mora.

Proctor Valley Road #2

Review: Proctor Valley Road #1

Proctor Valley Road #1

There’s been a rise in the group ghost hunting genre. You see it on television with a smattering of shows that feel like they multiply each month and blend together. In comics, there’s been a rise as well with numerous series all giving their spin. They too tend to blend together though each has its own special something. Proctor Valley Road #1 kicks off the latest entry into the genre with a solid start that’s really good but at the same time blends in with the bunch.

Written by Grant Morrison and Alex Child Proctor Valley Road #1 takes us to the 1970s. The Vietnam War rages on and a group of girls want to see Janis Joplin in concert. To do so, they need to raise money and after various schemes don’t work out, they turn to a ghost tour that goes horribly wrong.

There’s a cinematic quality about the comic which makes sense as it’s already being adapted to television. What starts with a slight Goonies vibe turns into a series that’s more of a Stand By Me meets Fire in the Sky with a little IT sense about it.

It’s a good start with each character showing off unique and memorable personalities that make you like them all. Morrison and Child plant the story squarely in the time period with uncomfortable discussions over the war and language, though accurate, will (hopefully) make readers wince. Despite the fantastical nature of the story, this detail helps ground it in some ways. There’s also an interesting use of the war as to what happens in the comic. Again, it’s a detail that adds depth and realism to the story and series.

Naomi Franquiz handles the art delivering a lot of that personality helping to bring the characters alive. Along with colors by Tamra Bonvillain and lettering by Jim Campbell, the visuals of the comic are smart teasing the horror and building the tension. There’s something really well done with how the story is crafted visually. There’s a good use of visually building tension, whether it’s the confrontation at the fair or the events at the end. All of it never goes over the top either. The “scares” and unease are just enough to get you to come back and want to see more. The comic could have easily gone the gore route but it uses a smart build like that of IT or The Blair Witch Project to keep readers on edge as to what might happen.

Proctor Valley Road #1 is a well done comic. It unfortunately has a lot of similar comics out right now and they’re all well done. It’ll be interesting to see how this one differentiates itself from the pack. The use of the Vietnam War is one way that’s happening grounding the story and infusing real world events to make readers question what might have happened.

Story: Grant Morrison, Alex Child Art: Naomi Franquiz
Color: Tamra Bonvillain Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Anthrax’s Among the Living Full Lineup Revealed

Among the Living

The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums, with the full creative lineup announced today.
 
An anthology narrated by the longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero and written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by classic Aliens artist Nelson; Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank BelloCharlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers, artists, and other rock legends in a tribute to their landmark 1987 album, featuring covers by JG JonesEric Powell, and a preorder variant from Charlie Benante

As previously announced, Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan-favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike, and features art by longtime Dredd artist Chris Weston.
 
The full lineup can be found below:

1- Among the Living 
Writer: Brian Posehn
Artist: Scott Koblish and Alladin Collar

2- Caught in a Mosh 
Writer: Gerard and Mikey Way
Artist: Darick Robertson and Diego Rodriguez

3- I Am the Law (featuring Judge Dredd)
Writer: Scott Ian 
Artist: Chris Weston and Alladin Collar

4- Efilnikufesin (N.F.L.)
Writer: Rick Remender and Joe Trohman
Artist: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown

5- A Skeleton in the Closet 
Writer: Corey Taylor 
Artist: Maan House 

6- Indians 
Writer: Grant Morrison 
Artist: Freddie Williams II and Andrew Dalhouse

7- One World  
Writer: Frank Bello 
Artist: Andy Belanger and Tatto Caballero

8- A.D.I./Horror of it All
Writer: Brian Azzarello 
Artist: Dave Johnson

9- Imitation of Life
Writer: Rob Zombie 
Artist: Erik Rodriguez and Steve Chanks

This graphic novel event of the year will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores on May 12 and is available to preorder with your favorite retailer now. Exclusive deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged with special vinyl and more are available to order directly from Z2’s website now, with Charlie Benante’s Judge Dredd variant exclusive to Z2 preorders of the standard edition!

Preview: Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3

Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Yanick Paquette

The epic conclusion to the New York Times bestselling original graphic novel series from superstar and critically acclaimed duo Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette is here!

Diana, now queen of the Amazons, must assemble the disparate Amazonian tribes for the first time in a millennium. Max Lord’s assault on Paradise Island with his destructive A.R.E.S. armors is on the horizon, and in order to weather the war that is coming, Wonder Woman will need the full might of her sisters by her side! Can Diana finally bring her message of peace to Man’s World, or will Max Lord’s war burn the world and the Amazons to ashes?

Continuing the tradition of the critically acclaimed Earth One tales that challenge the status quo of the comics industry, Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3 is Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette’s final installment of this visionary and enterprising graphic novel series.

Wonder Woman: Earth One Vol. 3

Preview: The Green Lantern Season Two #12

The Green Lantern Season Two #12

Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Liam Sharp

It’s Hal Jordan vs. Hector Hammond, and our Emerald Knight will need to summon all of his willpower to face down the psionic madman. Check out Grant Morrison and Liam Sharp’s grand finale more than two years in the making! This tale touches on every plot thread from the entire run, and it’s fully charged with fantasy, sci-fi, and Green Lantern lore. Say it with us now, “In Brightest Day, In Blackest Night…”

The Green Lantern Season Two #12

Preview: The Green Lantern Season Two #11

The Green Lantern Season Two #11

Written by: Grant Morrison
Art by: Liam Sharp

Hal Jordan’s future as a Green Lantern is threatened when the Young Guardians’ plans to restructure the Corps move into high gear. What’s a guy to do but take a vacation? But when Jordan arrives on the swords-and-sorcery world of Athmoora for some R&R, he comes face to face with the biggest threat the universe has ever known-and a coalition of foes determined to bring his career and his story to its apocalyptic end! You cannot miss the game-changing two-part finale of Morrison and Sharp’s epic run…

The Green Lantern Season Two #11

Stare into the Face of Evil in Proctor Valley Road #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Proctor Valley Road #1, kicking off a star-studded new horror limited series from visionary writer Grant Morrison, Alex Child, Naomi Franquiz, and Tamra Bonvillain about the mysterious monsters that haunt Proctor Valley Road – and the four misfit teenagers who must stop them. Proctor Valley Road #1, developed in partnership with UCP Graphic, is available on March 3, 2021.

August, Rylee, Cora & Jennie have organized a Ghost Tour with their classmates on the most haunted, demon-infested stretch of road in America to fund attending the concert of their dreams. But when their visit turns deadly, these four friends race to rescue the missing students…before the town tears them limb from limb. Now they must slay the evils roaming Proctor Valley Road…along with the monsters lurking in the hearts of 1970s America.

Proctor Valley Road #1 features main cover art by Franquiz, along with variant covers from superstars Chris Wildgoose, Christian Ward, and Peach Momoko.

Proctor Valley Road #1

All Four Members of the Classic Anthrax Lineup Will Contribute to the Among the Living Graphic Novel

Last fall, Z2 Comics announced an upcoming graphic novel inspired by Anthrax, the titans of thrash metal’s landmark 1987 album. The Among the Living graphic novel pulls together a who’s who of names from around comics and music for a track-by-track storyline inspired by one of heavy metal’s most iconic albums. All four members of the classic Anthrax lineup will contribute to the upcoming graphic novel, with Frank Bello writing a chapter, and Joey Belladonna penning the foreword.

An anthology narrated by longtime mascot “The Not Man” newly designed by Greg Nicotero, Among the Living unites bandmembers Joey Belladonna, Frank Bello, Charlie Benante, and Scott Ian, with writers Brian Azzarello, Grant Morrison, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian Posehn, Rick Remender, Corey Taylor, Joseph Trohman, Gerard and Mikey Way, and Rob Zombie, with more to be announced. Artists include Roland Boschi, Maan House, Dave Johnson, Scott Koblish, Darrick Robertson, and Erik Rodriguez, and more, with covers by Charlie Benante, JG Jones, and Eric Powell. As previously announced, Scott Ian will contribute an original story inspired by the fan-favorite anthem “I Am the Law,” featuring the legendary comic book antihero Judge Dredd, in partnership with 2000 AD. This will make official the decades-long connection between the character and the band, rewarding comic book fans and metalheads alike.

Among the Living

Preview: Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus

Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus

(W) Grant Morrison (A/CA) Dan Mora
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $17.99

An ageless ice queen commanding an army of robotic snowmen built of enchanted wood. An evil soda corporation hellbent on trademarking Christmas itself at the behest of a dark doppelganger. It’s all just another day in the life of Klaus, the man who became Santa Claus.

Luminary author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Happy!) and Eisner Award-nominated illustrator Dan Mora (Once & Future) bring their lauded reinvention of Santa Claus fully into the 21st century with two modern tales of Klaus saving Christmas from sinister threats that span dimensions.

Collects Klaus and the Witch of Winter #1 and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1.

Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus
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