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The Beatles Yellow Submarine Graphic Novel Gets a Trailer

Titan Comics has released a brand-new The Beatles Yellow Submarine graphic novel adaptation to tie-in with the 50th Anniversary of the release of The Beatles iconic animated film, Yellow Submarine.

The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, with colors by Nathan Kane, this fully authorized graphic novel adaptation hits stores on August 28, 2018.

Matt Hawkins and Raffaele Ienco Explore Junk DNA in Stairway

Writer Matt Hawkins and artist Raffaele Ienco team up for an all-new original graphic novel series beginning with Stairway, Vol. 1 this August.

Stairway, Vol. 1 follows a postgraduate student who discovers a way to unlock information hidden deep in our “junk DNA,” and parts of bio-schematics and other pieces of baffling data are found. This discovery triggers the largest scientific initiative since the Manhattan Project, with teams of scientists working to collect and collate this information. But will they find a stairway to heaven, or will they unleash something that will kill us all?

Stairway, Vol. 1 (Diamond Code JUN180083, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0801-5) hits stores on Wednesday, August 22nd and bookstores on Tuesday, August 28th.

Paranormal Mystery Meets Conspiracy Thriller in Scoop Vol. 1 Breaking News

Paranormal mystery meets conspiracy thriller in this action-packed comic for young adults starring 14-year-old Sophie Cooper, a brilliant student intern turned sci-fi sleuth out to clear her family’s name.

Written by Richard Hamilton with art by Joseph Cooper, and color by Alba Cardona and Peter Pantazis, Scoop, Vol. 1: Breaking News is our June 19th from Insight Comics. Scoop tells Sophie’s story as a red-headed, Cuban American high school freshman and the daughter of a loving father—who’s currently under house arrest for embezzlement and money laundering.

While her mother struggles to support the family, and her bratty younger brother Kit sits around tinkering with his “inventions,” Sophie has only one goal: clearing her father’s name.

When an internship opens up at the local news station, Sophie seizes the chance to  do a little investigating of her own. Unfortunately, WMIA 7 isn’t exactly CNN. In between logging Betacam tapes and fetching coffee for the station’s washed-up reporting team, Sophie sifts through the “broken stories”: crank calls and dead-end tips reporting everything from UFOs to alligator-men. However, one name keeps popping up: Matheson Savings and Trust, the bank that accused Sophie’s father of money laundering.

Determined to follow her lead, Sophie sets out to investigate the bank, uncover a conspiracy, and clear her family’s name . . . just as soon as she finishes her homework.

This thrilling graphic novel demonstrates the importance of putting family first and the power of true investigative reporting. For Sophie, that means trusting her instincts and relentlessly following the truth no matter where it may lead her.

Brandon Dayton’s Green Monk Returns this September

Brandon Dayton once again brings mythical Russia to life in the highly anticipated  Green Monk: Blood of the Martyrs—an original graphic novel coming to Image Comics this September.

Set in a mythical Russia, Green Monk: Blood of the Martyrs follows a mysterious young boy raised by an order of peaceful monks. As he grows to manhood, bizarre dreams and the call of destiny lead him down a path to discover a powerful, mystical weapon and to face a terrible, violent choice.

Green Monk: Blood of the Martyrs (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0831-2) hits comic book stores on Wednesday, September 26 and bookstores on Tuesday, October 2nd.

Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet From Dark Horse this October

Dark Horse has announced Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet, a new original graphic novel for younger readers based on Disney’s Aladdin. This new volume tells the special story of Jasmine and Rajah’s friendship. Award-winning writer and illustrator Nidhi Chanani adds humor and depth to this iconic pair of characters. At once sweet and humorous, this story will appeal to fans of all ages. Also included in this graphic novel are a variety of story-related activities and special features.

In Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet, Jasmine loves Rajah, her new tiger cub. But living in the palace has rules, and Rajah finds them difficult to follow! He ruins pillows with his claws, knocks over potted plants, chases the palace peacock, and wakes Jasmine in the middle of the night with his yowling. If Jasmine can’t teach Rajah to behave better, her father the Sultan will send Rajah away to live with someone else! Jasmine and Rajah have just a week to learn how to follow the rules together.

Disney Princess: Jasmine’s New Pet goes on sale October 10, 2018, and is available for preorder. This 48-page graphic novel retails for $7.99.

Review: The Winner

Retrofit Comics is known for publishing some amazing indie comics and I got a chance to read one of the entries from their latest Kickstarter to publish their 2018 lineup. The Winner is by Karl Stevens and only one word can describe it… amazing.

The Winner is a series of short comics, with a few longer ones, by Stevens that blends high and low art and explores the world of that in comics. Early on Stevens questions his place as an artist and from there explores the world with his life as well as creates fantastical worlds. There’s fantasy. There’s science fiction. And there’s slice of life. The 104 page graphic novel is a blending of topics that all have a theme laid out in the beginning, where does Stevens fit in comics and art?

Stevens wears his doubt in his sleeve. Though he received a Xeric Foundation grant, has been nominated for awards, where his style fits in the two worlds is an interesting one.

For the most part, Stevens delivers a painted style which looks absolutely gorgeous. With his wife as his muse the stories vary in topics but the style is pretty consistent and it just looks amazing. We’re talking art gallery worthy comic art. Beyond the short thoughts, Stevens delivers some longer form comics all of which evoke a trippy narrative that evokes Kirby and Starlin.

The package is award worthy material and shows the impeccable taste of Retrofit Comics. I constantly say when you see their name on a comic you know you’re in for quality and this graphic novel is a prime example of it. There’s some amazing shorts which took my breath away and others that had me laughing. No matter what, the material is easy to relate to and a style you’ll linger on.

It’s an absolute must get.

Story: Karl Stevens Art: Karl Stevens
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Retrofit Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Hotel Dare is a New Magic Kingdom For You to Discover in April 2019

BOOM! Studios has announced Hotel Dare, an all-new original graphic novel (OGN) written by Terry Blas and illustrated by rising talent Claudia Aguirre. Arriving in stores April 2019, this world-hopping fantasy follows Olive and her adopted siblings, Darwin and Charlotte, as they spend their summer with their estranged grandma Mama Lupe at her creepy hotel in Mexico. When their boring chores lead them to discover a secret hiding behind every door of the hotel – thanks to a mysterious ancient mask — the kids are transported to three magical worlds filled with space Pirates, bearded Wizards, and cotton-candied kingdoms. But if they’re gonna save these three worlds from certain jeopardy, they’ll need to embrace the love and acceptance of family…before they tear themselves apart!

Review: Buck Danny Volume 7 Missing in Action

Tom Hanks is one of the most iconic actors of recent memory, who fits a type of actor, who rarely get celebrated, the character actor. Very few including Hanks com to mind other than Samuel L Jackson and Luis Guzman. All these actors blend right into heir character without any expectation for fanfare, yet that is where their star quality lies, in the life they give their characters. One of Hanks’ most memorable characters just so happens to exist in real life, Charlie Wilson.

The movie, Charlie Wilson’s War was about a sly politician who took a special interest in the war in Afghanistan, one that would have an adverse effect. The full force of that effect would not bee seen for years what was used as a weapon became the biggest reason no one has been successful against the insurgents for years to come. Much of what makes it difficult to fight in that country, is the terrain. The seventh volume of Buck Danny goes undercover in Afghanistan to rescue an agent lost behind enemy lines.

We catchup with our heroes, back stateside, as they enjoy being back home and keeping up their flight qualifications. They get pulled into the base commander’s office to take on a n undercover mission, one that would test their skills and their humanity. Tumb becomes embedded in another part of the country, not knowing the very person the crew was looking for was right beside him all along. By book’s end, Buck uncovers secret double agent and the CIA agent is recovered.

Overall, both a fun and fast paced installment to this underrated series about fighter pilots. The story by Francis Bergese is action packed and entertaining. The art by Bergese is joy to look at. Altogether, so far, the best book in the series, as Bergese shows his expertise as both the artist and writer of this book.

Story: Francis Bergese Art: Francis Bergese
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios Releases a First Look at Petals

BOOM! Studios continues to spotlight the best middle grade comic books and graphic novels from the award-winning imprint KaBOOM! in the coming months with your first look at Petals, a new original graphic novel by writer/artist Gustavo Borges, along with Eisner Award-nominated colorist Cris Peter, debuting in stores September 2018.

Petals tells an unforgettable story in which a family of foxes desperately try to survive a merciless winter. One day, the young cub leaves his house looking for much needed firewood and crosses paths with a tall and peculiar bird wearing a singular top hat. This deeply emotional and resonant story about friendship, life and selflessness unfolds in a completely silent original graphic novel.

Review: Persephone

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new spin on a classic Greek myth!

Persephone is by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky.

Get your copy in comic shops today and book stores May 22. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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