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Preview: The Cloud HC OGN

The Cloud HC OGN

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: K. I. Zachopoulos
Artist: Vincenzo Balzano
Cover Artist: Vincenzo Balzano
Price: $24.99

From Archaia, the publisher of fine fantasy stories like Mouse Guard and Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand, comes a grand adventure story filled with unexpected allies and enemies alike.

The Cloud is an original graphic novel that beautifully examines themes of strength, bravery, love, and loss. Fans of Kazu Kibuishi’sAmulet or the beloved children’s fantasy The NeverEnding Story will delight in The Cloud.

“What is a wish?” That is the question the boy must answer for himself as he and his loyal wolf, Cloud, embark on a grand voyage to find the boy’s father and return the wish that was stolen from him.

The Cloud is a beautiful, and at times, heartbreaking journey of a reluctant hero forced to outwit a cast of colorful characters: a thieving girl, bizarre creatures from the Great Before, and the Mad King. It’s a quest of self-discovery where the boy will learn that not all wishes can or should come true.

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Review: March: Book Three

MarchBookThree-CoverBy the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television.

March: Book Three is the finale of writers Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and artist Nate Powell‘s trilogy of graphic novels chronicling the early years of Congressman Lewis’ life and his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement.

As I read the graphic novel from cover to cover, I found myself filled with emotions, as Lewis’ life was there in print for those to see and read. The story is a complicated one, but it’s presented in a way that feels honest and open, both good and bad. This is an inside look at one of the most important, and turbulent times in American history from not just someone that was there, but a leader of the movement. And that’s a fascinating part of this third book, is its focus on Lewis’ role as a leader.

At 25 years old, John Lewis and his friends were looked at as radicals trying to grasp power from the establishment. The graphic novel chronicles Lewis’ meeting with Malcolm X who advised him and the movement to focus on class, not race. And all of that spoke to me like nothing I’ve read before, because over 50 years later, that exact same conversation is being had. The young radicals within the Democratic party (and politics in general) are being dismissed. The idea of focusing on class instead of race is still debated. For all the victories, what was accomplished, so little has changed. From issues of inequality to Black Lives Matter, the themes and struggle of this third graphic novel echo and repeat to today. While the graphic novel book ends itself with the election of President Obama, the graphic novel forces the reader (whether on purpose or not) to think about what that means in today’s society. Where we are from where we’ve been.

This third chapter to makes the whole stronger and for as much as I thought the second graphic novel was an emotional whirlwind, this third one left me fighting back tears at times. The whole is easily one of the greatest graphic presentations of all time, and absolutely some of the best literature to have been produced in recent years. It may seem like exaggeration but this graphic novel again brings real history “to life” in a way that is educational and entertaining. It accomplishes amazing things and will easily find its way on to book shelves as well as the classroom.

This third volume somehow leapfrogs the other two. Whether it’s due to learning or the material within, something about it created an emotional reaction I haven’t felt by any media in quite some time. And most importantly it got me to think about where we as a people and nation have been, where we are, and where we’re going.

This is easily the best graphic novel of the year so far.

Story: John Lewis, Andrew Aydin Art: Nate Powell
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Semiautomagic TPB

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Professor Alice Creed doesn’t have tenure. And she never will, as long as she keeps ditching her lectures to kill monsters. But when a dark force from between universes begins seducing young souls through an innocent computer game, she packs her occult relics, holy water, and iPad to kick eldritch ass!

Semiautomagic is modern monster hunting featuring a professor with a gift for the occult. Except this particular professor is often heading for trouble with a shotgun in hand, instead of teaching. Written by Alex de Campi the graphic novel has a well-written script that has terrifying moments and bleak humor. Alice reminds me some of Giles from Buffy if he was the one headed into the action instead.

Artist Jerry Ordway manages to capture this strange almost psychedelic inspired artwork, mixed with elements of surreal horror in a superb manner. Ordway manages to keep the sense of action flowing as panels are subtlety broken up. The larger monstrous creatures look like something out Lovecraftian themed fiction. While the smaller monsters are an equal mix of disgusting, and terrifying.

Story: Alex de Campi Art: Jerry Ordway
Story: 8 Art: 9 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ian Fleming’s Original James Bond Novels Get Graphic Novel Adaptations

Dynamite Entertainment has announced the first-ever graphic novel adaptations of Ian Fleming‘s original James Bond novels, beginning with his seminal debut, Casino Royale, slated for release in November. The first book in the newly announced series will be adapted by Van Jensen, with art by DC and Marvel veteran Matt Southworth.

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Dark Horse to Publish Original Graphic Novel “Muhammad Ali”

Dark Horse Comics is set to release Muhammad Ali, the story of an icon in a graphic novel from writer Sybille Titeux and artist Amazing Ameziane.

Published for the first time in English, this critically acclaimed French graphic novel celebrates the life of the glorious athlete who metamorphosed from the young boxer Cassius Clay to the legendary three-time heavyweight champion, activist, and provocateur Muhammad Ali, and focuses on key figures in the civil rights movement.

Cassius Clay is a kid who rushes into boxing by chance after his bike is stolen. His talent for the sport is proven when he wins an Olympic gold medal. The world heavyweight champion never takes a hit without fighting back. Clay becomes Muhammad Ali, a Civil rights activist, contemporary of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and one of the greatest icons of the twentieth century.

Not only a titan in the world of sports but in the world itself, he dared to be different and to challenge and defy through his refusal to be drafted to fight in Vietnam, his rejection of his “slave” name, and ultimately his final fight with his body itself through a thirty-year battle with Parkinson’s disease. Witness what made Ali different, what made him cool, what made him the Greatest.

Muhammad Ali debuts on October 26, 2016.

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Preview: Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater

Love Addict: Confessions of a Serial Dater

Koren Shadmi (w & a & c)

LONELY? THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT. Reeling after a breakup, young animator “K”

is pushed by a friend to join the popular dating site Lovebug. His journey begins as a search for true love, but soon awakens a relentless craving for novelty and sexual conquest.

With the touch of a button, K embarks on a dating spree, browsing a digital marketplace of the flesh. Who can stop when Lovebug offers an endless stream of prospective mates, sorted by algorithms and stored on a distant server, ready on demand like TV episodes or Chinese takeout? And in the face of this addiction, can K hold on to his friends, his job, or even his humanity?

The acclaimed author of In the Flesh and The Abaddon presents an evocative tale of modern love… in a world where even full bars can lead to a bad connection.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 232 pages • 6.25” x 9” • ISBN: 978-1-60309-393-4

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Preview: The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen

The Adventures of Dieter Lumpen

Jorge Zentner (w) • Ruben Pellejero (a & c)

The first English translation of the entire Adventures of Dieter Lumpen series, the most famous work of the Angoulême award-winning team of Jorge Zentner and Rubén Pellejero!

Dieter Lumpen is a man of the world, an adventurer who wants no part of adventure. Nonetheless, he is swept along to exotic locations from Turkey to the Caribbean, from China to Venice. He is not quite so hard-boiled as the typical adventure hero. As written by Zentner, Dieter’s irony is gentler, more subtle, more reflective, and more tongue-in-cheek than hard or bitter. Pellejero is quite simply one of Europe’s top comics artists, who was chosen for the plum job to illustrate the new adventures of Hugo Pratt’s Corto Maltese. Dieter Lumpen began in 1981 and continued until 1994.

This definitive omnibus collects all eight short stories and the three graphic novels with a foreword by Tim Sale.

TPB • FC • $49.99 • 264 pages • 8.5” x 11” • ISBN: 978-1-63140-606-5

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Soupy Leaves Home for Dark Horse

Dark Horse has announced the launch of the original graphic novel Soupy Leaves Home, written by Eisner nominee Cecil Castellucci and illustrated by Jose Pimienta.

The graphic novel follows Pearl “Soupy” Plankette, a young girl who runs away from home to escape her abusive father and an unhappy future. Disguised and reborn as a boy named Soupy, she finds a kindred spirit in Remy “Ramshackle” Renault, a hobo who helps her navigate life on the rails. Together, the two try to survive life in Depression-era America by hopping trains to get to California.

Winner of the Joe Shuster Award in the Outstanding Canadian Comic Book Writer category, Cecil Castellucci has built a successful career in creating engaging content for young adults: “When you write stories, you are a bit of a time traveler. When you write for young people you are often going to a time and place with them for the first time, which is beyond exciting. I knew that during the Depression, many young people took to the rails, and train travel and hobo signs have always fascinated me. In Soupy Leaves Home, I wanted to write about a girl who feels as though her whole world is shut down, by the time she lives in, the family she has, the gender that she is, until she abandons her old self and finds a new secret world that opens up to her and shows her the way through her own depression.”

Cecil Castellucci will attend the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con and will host a signing on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Dark Horse’s Xenoverse Signing Stage. Soupy Leaves Home goes on sale April 19, 2017.

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Preview: Johnny Red Vol. 4: Flying Gun

JOHNNY RED VOL. 4: FLYING GUN

WRITER/ARTIST: Tom Tully
PC – 160pp – $24.99 – On sale in stores: Jul 13

From the pages of classic war comic Battle comes the finest air-combat strip ever created in Britain!

Johnny Redburn has just led Falcon Squadron on a successful mission over Stalingrad. But Major Rastovitch has a new mission for Johnny: to fly an important Russian official to a top-secret conference in England in the incredible “Flying Gun”. The stakes are high and danger never far away …

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Diamond Reveals Top 100 Graphic Novels for June 2016

Diamond has revealed the top 100 graphic novels that were oredered in June 2016.

Image Comics saw success and had the top spot with Saga Vol. 6. All together the publisher had three of the top ten ordered graphic novels and trades.

DC Entertainment continued its sales dominance for the month with five of the top ten titles. Its top book was Dark Night: A True Batman Story which came in second.

Marvel Comics‘ adult coloring book Color Your Own Young Marvel by Skottie Young ranked #5.

Dark Horse Comics finished the top ten with Neil Gaiman’s How to Talk to Girls.

TOP 100 GRAPHIC NOVELS
Based on Total Unit Sales of Products Invoiced in June 2016

RANK DESCRIPTION PRICE ITEM CODE VENDOR
1 SAGA TP VOL 06 (MR) $14.99 MAR160684 IMA
2 DARK NIGHT A TRUE BATMAN STORY HC (MR) $22.99 FEB160250 DC
3 SEX CRIMINALS TP VOL 03 THREE THE HARD WAY (MR) $14.99 OCT150608 IMA
4 DC SUPER HERO GIRLS TP VOL 01 FINALS CRISIS $9.99 APR160322 DC
5 COLOR YOUR OWN YOUNG MARVEL BY SKOTTIE YOUNG TP $9.99 MAR160943 MAR
6 BATMAN THE KILLING JOKE SPECIAL ED HC $17.99 NOV070226 DC
7 PREACHER TP BOOK 01 (MR) $19.99 MAR130303 DC
8 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 03 LITTLE LIGHT (MR) $14.99 MAR160681 IMA
9 HARLEY QUINN TP VOL 03 KISS KISS BANG STAB $16.99 MAR160265 DC
10 NEIL GAIMANS HOW TO TALK TO GIRLS AT PARTIES HC $17.99 FEB160019 DAR
11 SAGA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 AUG120491 IMA
12 MS MARVEL TP VOL 05 SUPER FAMOUS $17.99 MAR160945 MAR
13 FIGHT CLUB 2 HC (MR) $29.99 FEB160014 DAR
14 BATMAN EARTH ONE TP VOL 02 $14.99 MAR160257 DC
15 MARCH GN BOOK 01 $14.95 JUN131298 IDW
16 BUFFY HIGH SCHOOL YEARS FREAKS & GEEKS TP $10.99 FEB160029 DAR
17 DEADPOOL WORLDS GREATEST TP VOL 02 END OF ERROR $15.99 MAR160944 MAR
18 MARCH GN BOOK 02 $19.95 NOV141657 IDW
19 VISION TP VOL 01 LITTLE WORSE THAN MAN $17.99 APR161081 MAR
20 COLORING DC WONDER WOMAN TP $15.99 MAR160275 DC
21 CIVIL WAR TP $24.99 JAN072436 MAR
22 I HATE FAIRYLAND COLORING BOOK TP $12.99 APR160711 IMA
23 BACK TO THE FUTURE TP UNTOLD TALES & ALT TIMELINES $19.99 MAR160337-M IDW
24 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 OCT140637 IMA
25 HARLEY QUINN HC VOL 04 A CALL TO ARMS $24.99 FEB160223 DC
26 JUPITERS CIRCLE TP VOL 02 (MR) $16.99 MAR160676 IMA
27 DEADPOOL DRACULAS GAUNTLET TP $24.99 MAR160948 MAR
28 HAWKEYE TP VOL 06 HAWKEYES $17.99 MAR160946 MAR
29 SPIDEY ALL NEW MARVEL TREASURY EDITION TP $15.99 MAR160929 MAR
30 HARBINGER TP VOL 02 RENEGADES $14.99 MAR131332 VAL
31 BATMAN AND ROBIN ETERNAL TP VOL 02 $34.99 MAR160259 DC
32 SAGA TP VOL 05 (MR) $14.99 JUL150565 IMA
33 HARBINGER WARS TP $14.99 JUL131325 VAL
34 ARMOR HUNTERS TP VOL 01 $14.99 SEP141710 VAL
35 FAITH TP VOL 01 HOLLYWOOD & VINE $9.99 MAY161860 VAL
36 DEADPOOL KILLS MARVEL UNIVERSE TP $14.99 AUG120709 MAR
37 WATCHMEN TP $19.99 FEB140265-M DC
38 DEADPOOL CLASSIC TP VOL 16 KILLOGY $34.99 MAR160949 MAR
39 RICK & MORTY TP VOL 01 $19.99 JUL151482-M ONI
40 UNCANNY X-MEN SUPERIOR TP VOL 01 SURVIVAL OF FITTEST $15.99 APR161077 MAR
41 PAPER GIRLS TP VOL 01 $9.99 JAN160645 IMA
42 TOKYO GHOUL GN VOL 07 (MR) $12.99 APR162103 VIZ
43 FLASHPOINT TP $16.99 OCT138324 DC
44 PREACHER TP BOOK 02 (MR) $19.99 JUN130299 DC
45 SHANG-CHI MASTER OF KUNG FU OMNIBUS HC VOL 01 $125.00 DEC150876-M MAR
46 CLEAN ROOM TP VOL 01 IMMACULATE CONCEPTION (MR) $14.99 MAR160289 DC
47 INFINITY ENTITY TP $14.99 APR161088 MAR
47 SPIDER-WOMAN TP VOL 01 BABY TALK $15.99 MAR160931 MAR
49 WONDER WOMAN 77 TP VOL 01 $16.99 MAR160277 DC
50 ULTIMATES OMNIVERSAL TP VOL 01 START WITH IMPOSSIBLE $17.99 APR161085 MAR
51 JAMES BOND HC VOL 01 VARGR $19.99 APR161508 DE
52 DC THE NEW FRONTIER TP $34.99 MAR160267 DC
53 PATSY WALKER AKA HELLCAT TP VOL 01 HOOKED ON FELINE $17.99 MAR160939 MAR
54 WICKED & DIVINE TP VOL 01 THE FAUST ACT (MR) $9.99 SEP140684 IMA
55 FABLES THE WOLF AMONG US TP VOL 02 (MR) $19.99 MAR160290 DC
55 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 25 NO TURNING BACK (MR) $14.99 DEC150677 IMA
57 FLASH THE SILVER AGE TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR160261 DC
58 MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR TP VOL 01 BFF $17.99 MAR160937 MAR
59 SAGA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 APR130443 IMA
60 BATMAN TP VOL 01 THE COURT OF OWLS (N52) $16.99 DEC120323 DC
61 JUGHEAD TP VOL 01 $19.99 APR161259 ARC
61 WALKING DEAD TP VOL 01 DAYS GONE BYE $14.99 NOV128157 IMA
63 RACHEL RISING TP VOL 07 DUST TO DUST $16.99 APR161109 ABS
64 BATMAN SHADOW OF THE BAT TP VOL 01 $24.99 MAR160268 DC
64 LEGENDS 30TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION TP $17.99 MAR160278 DC
66 STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION TP VOL 01 REBELLION $39.99 MAR160914 MAR
67 SQUADRON SUPREME TP VOL 01 BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY $15.99 MAR160936 MAR
68 VENOM SPACE KNIGHT TP VOL 01 AGENT OF COSMOS $17.99 APR161082 MAR
69 BITCH PLANET TP VOL 01 EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE (MR) $9.99 MAY150482 IMA
70 CAPTAIN MARVEL EARTHS MIGHTIEST HERO TP VOL 01 $29.99 MAR160935 MAR
71 SUPERMAN WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 03 CASUALTIES OF WAR $16.99 MAR160276 DC
72 WOLVERINE OLD MAN LOGAN TP $29.99 JUL100692 MAR
73 BATMAN HUSH COMPLETE TP $24.99 MAY090178 DC
74 DESCENDER TP VOL 01 TIN STARS (MR) $9.99 JUL150554 IMA
75 CAPTAIN AMERICA MAN OUT OF TIME PREM HC $19.99 MAR110758 MAR
76 ART OPS TP VOL 01 (MR) $14.99 FEB160254 DC
77 ID GN (MR) $9.99 MAR160635 IMA
78 DAREDEVIL HC END OF DAYS $39.99 APR130714 MAR
79 SAGA TP VOL 04 (MR) $14.99 OCT140644 IMA
80 PREACHER TP BOOK 03 (MR) $19.99 OCT130293 DC
81 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 03 DEMONS (MR) $14.99 JAN160696 IMA
82 WYTCHES TP VOL 01 (MR) $9.99 MAR150524 IMA
83 RAT QUEENS TP VOL 01 SASS & SORCERY (MR) $9.99 JAN140555 IMA
84 TOKYO GHOST TP VOL 01 ATOMIC GARDEN (MR) $9.99 JAN160652 IMA
85 HULK RETURN OF MONSTER PREM HC $29.99 DEC110712 MAR
86 MINIONS DIGEST TP VOL 02 $6.99 OCT151691 RAN
87 RINGSIDE TP VOL 01 KAYFABE (MR) $9.99 FEB160631 IMA
88 SAGA TP VOL 03 (MR) $14.99 JAN140556 IMA
89 SUICIDE SQUAD TP VOL 01 KICKED IN THE TEETH (N52) $14.99 APR120250 DC
90 OUTCAST BY KIRKMAN & AZACETA TP VOL 02 (MR) $14.99 JUL150633 IMA
91 52 TP BOOK 01 $34.99 MAR160270 DC
92 CARNAGE CLASSIC TP $34.99 MAR160953 MAR
93 MARVEL ADVENTURES THOR SPIDER-MAN DIGEST TP $9.99 MAR110787 MAR
94 AVENGERS STANDOFF HC $50.00 APR161065 MAR
94 INCREDIBLE HULK EPIC COLLECTION TP MAN OR MONSTER $34.99 MAR160947 MAR
96 NORTHLANDERS TP BOOK 01 THE ANGLO SAXON SAGA (MR) $29.99 MAR160295 DC
97 CAPTAIN AMERICA AMERICAN NIGHTMARE PREM HC $24.99 JAN110822 MAR
98 MMW AVENGERS HC VOL 16 $75.00 DEC150874-M MAR
99 LEGENDARY STAR-LORD TP VOL 03 FIRST FLIGHT $15.99 MAR160933 MAR
100 NOVA HUMAN ROCKET TP VOL 01 BURN OUT $17.99 MAR160934 MAR
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