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Sons of Chaos Brings the Greek War of Independence to Comics

IDW Publishing presents Sons of Chaos, a lavishly illustrated graphic novel written by Chris Jaymes and illustrated by Ale Aragon. Slated for release in June 2019, this oversized hardcover relates the real-life, heartrending story of the war that quietly shaped Western civilization.

Sons of Chaos – with its nearly 200 pages and measuring 13.5” by 10.5” – provides an immersive, panoramic experience for readers, harkening them back to the Mediterranean shores of 1821, where Marcos Botsaris, a child raised within the dungeons of an Ottoman Pasha, escapes captivity, falls in love, and fiercely leads Greece to bloody revolution.

In the announcement, Jaymes said the graphic novel is the culmination of nearly a decade of work. The graphic novel brings pivotal events from the recent past to light and exposing some of what has shaped our present-day conflicts.

The graphic novel is the real-life history of the Greek War of Independence. The Greek Revolution, fought during the pinnacle of the Romantic Period, drew impassioned fighters from throughout the world (commoners and celebrities alike) to the battlefield. The war shattered the Ottoman Empire and, even as we now approach its 200th anniversary, its lingering tensions yet plague the Eastern and Western worlds.

The 192 graphic novel retails for $49.99.

Sons of Chaos

Koren Shadmi’s Highwayman is Out this May from Top Shelf

Israeli cartoonist Koren Shadmi turns to science fiction in a sprawling, ambitious journey across time and space.

Forever on the move, Highwayman travels through the vastness of North America searching for the source of his condition. He suffers from a strange, seemingly incurable disease: immortality. Bound to the road and at the mercy of whomever will give him a ride, he encounters people who reflect the rapidly changing world around him. Moving through centuries of change, he watches humanity’s precarious trajectory towards an unknown future.

Highwayman is a 160 page graphic novel for mature readers, out May 2019 from Top Shelf!

Koren Shadmi's Highwayman

Review: Bruhas

Bruhas

Mythology allows the world to tells its story through legends, gods, goddesses, and monsters. The world has always celebrated mythology in some for or another. When people usually think of “mythology,” a thought that comes up, is that it’s not real. Some stories are told as warnings not just for children but for adults.

One such country is the Philippines, which has its own sets of monsters, angels, gods and goddesses, and an expansive pantheon of heroes.  In Bruhas, cartoonist, Trinidad Escobar brings to life, many of these creatures from Filipino mythology.

One of the first monsters is, “Manananggal,” a monster who looks human by day, but becomes a monster by night, feeding on travelers and unborn babies. Another monster is a “Siocoy,” a troll or elf with black shiny skin, which resembles an orc, who lives near rivers as Filipino children are told to stay away from water during the dry season. One monster I used to hear my grandparents talk about is the “Mumu,” which are ghosts as we were warned as children to “pag-pag,” which means to lead them somewhere else. Then there is the “Sirena,” which are water protectors, much like mermaids, and depending on which story, may even be like sirens. There is the “Tikbalang,” who are fierce proectors of holy places and they may escort to the afterlife. There is “Manananem,” who are also known as “bruhas” or witches who possess mystical knowledge which they use over humans. One of my favorites, is the “Lutao,” which are one of the many different types of zombies, which are known to scrape their way out of their graves. The last one I will highlight, is the “mandarangkal,” a bloodsucker, or vampire who seduces men and devours them whole.

Overall, this book is a welcome addition to any household. The world is full of stories and learning about this mythology and folklore only enriches one’s self. The mythology as told by Escobar is relatable and entertaining. The art by Escobar is beautiful and awe-inspiring. Altogether, as Escobar eloquently says in her preface, this serves an excellent grimoire or bestiary, to understand such a diverse lore.

Story: Trinidad Escobar Art: Trinidad Escobar
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.9 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Meg Brennan
Artist: Jenna Ayoub
Colorist: Lesley Atlansky
Letterer: Mike Fiorentino
Cover Artist: Jenna Ayoub
Price: $14.99

IT’S THE PHANTOM OF ELMORE!

All Darwin wants is a starring role in Elmore Junior High’s latest theatrical production—except he accidentally helps unleash a curse on the school by speaking the name of the play that was so horrific, it gave a student a mortal case of stagefright. When students start falling victim to the sickness caused by the curse, Gumball and Darwin must do everything in their power to complete the show and cure their fellow classmates.

Join writer Megan Brennan (Steven Universe, Pencil Pup) and artist Jenna Ayoub (Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy) as Elmore’s favorite pair of siblings discover what it truly takes to fulfill theater’s greatest promise: the show must go on!

Amazing World Of Gumball: Midsummer Nightmare OGN SC

Bolivar Returns this November with Bolivar Eats New York

BOOM! Studios has announced Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure, a new original graphic novel arriving in stores November 2019 from Bolivar creator Sean Rubin.

Debuting in 2017, Bolivar introduced readers to a dinosaur that lives in New York City—and his young neighbor Sybil who tries to tell everyone about him. The original graphic novel earned universal acclaim including numerous nominations and awards.

In Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure, Sybil learns that Bolivar only likes corned beef sandwiches, so she informs him that he’s been missing out on one of the great attributes of New York City and its rich communities–delicacies from around the world! Knishes! Falafel! Dim Sum! And it wouldn’t be a story in the Big Apple without pizza! Explore the five boroughs: Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan in this lushly illustrated Discovery Adventure where kids and parents alike search for their favorite foods, and find other sites unique to one of the greatest cities in the world!

Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure  will be available for sale in November 2019.

Bolivar Eats New York: A Discovery Adventure

Poppy Announces First Ever Graphic Novel, Genesis 1. Out July 2019.

Today, Poppy announced her first ever graphic novel, Genesis 1 which will be available this July. Written by Poppy, Titanic Sinclair, and Ryan Cady and drawn by Masa Minoura and Ian McGinty, Genesis 1 tells the elusive origin story of Poppy.

I am Poppy. I am Poppy. I am Poppy. I am Poppy. I am Poppy. I am Poppy.

Is she a girl? Is she a machine? Is she humanity’s redemption, or its damnation? Don’t be scared — either way, she is Poppy… and you love Poppy. Witness the genesis of the internet phenomenon in this original graphic novel, bundled with an exclusive brand new album.

500 copies of the limited deluxe edition of Genesis 1 will be available for pre-sale on Z2 Comicswebsite. This deluxe edition will include an oversized 9×15 Slip Cased Hard Cover, a free print and vinyl signed by Poppy.

Genesis 1
Poppy Genesis 1 slipcase

Polar Gets Posters and a Trailer. Coming to Netflix January 25.

Based on the graphic novel/webcomic series by Victor Santos, Polar gets two posters as well as a trailer. It debuts on Netflix January 25.

The world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen), is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.

Review: Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life

Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life

I remember the first time I fell in love with a screen icon. It seems as though red-blooded male I knew, knew that they loved women from that first sight. One of my friends from work talked about this very instance he has with all three of his sons. They were watching a trailer for the Justice League movie and the moment they saw Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, they all had a big grin across their faces, as they all felt those proverbial butterflies about the same woman.

My first onscreen crush was Brooke Shields. I remember seeing her in the Blue Lagoon and being “smitten” with those sea blue eyes. Since then, I had a few, and even some from yesteryear, one of them being Hedy Lamarr. I remember the first time I saw her, it was in Samson and Delilah. She played the titular female protagonist and she captivated my attention the whole film. So, when I heard that there was a graphic biography of the film icon, Hedy Lamarr: An Incredible Life, I was definitely interested.

We first meet Hedy, when she was 5 years old, growing up in Vienna, as her father becomes the person who stoked her interest in understanding how everything works, including cars and lights, which will start a lifelong interest in inventions. As she became a teenager, soon her interests were enthralled by the movies, and soon she pursued a career in movies, working behind the scenes, until a casting director saw her, and put her in her first film. Unfortunately, her career would be derailed, as she gets herself in an unhappy marriage, the death of her father, and growing presence of the Nazi regime in Austria, pushes her to pursue her dreams in Hollywood. As her star brightens, she begins to catch the attention of many Hollywood luminaries, everyone from Howard Hughes to Errol Flynn, while the situation in Austria, begins to get more dangerous, she works to get her mother with her in America. By book’s end, one of her inventions, the wireless network, becomes a trailblazing idea, which has changed the world, and has made he world take notice that she was more than the most beautiful woman in the world, but also one of the smartest people on the globe.

Overall, Hedy Lamarr is the true personification of “beauty and brains,” as she not only marveled the world with her presence but changed the world with her mind. The story by William Roy is riveting, evenly paced, and articulate. The art by Sylvain Dorange is ethereal and vivid. Altogether, a life story that shows despite how much people underestimate you you are more than the sum of your parts.

Story: William Roy Art: Sylvain Dorange
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Djinn Vol. 13: Kim Nelson

Djinn Vol. 13: Kim Nelson

When a story ends, we rarely ask ourselves why the protagonist started their journey in the first place. Yes, we get caught up in the action, or the series of interactions, which pushes the story forward. Do we ever ask, why did they agree to it? One of those characters is Peter Quill, the de facto leader of the Guardians Of The Galaxy.

I am particularly referring to the movie origin that fans have come to know. The character was taken by space pirates right when his mother is on her death bed. Anytime after his abduction he could have rebelled against Yondu, found ways to escape. But he persevered and adapted and became Star Lord.

In the final volume of Djinn, we find out the circumstances that lead Kim Nelson from India to Africa and back again, back to the cursed child princess of Eschinapur, to fulfill a vow made by the elusive Djinn, Jade. Kim truly comes into her own, assuming her power as a temptress in the name of justice and vengeance… vengeance always cruel, but always sweet…

The volume is full of villainy with double crosses, hidden treasure, death and destiny. Overall, it’s an engaging final volume that more than lives up to the expectations from everything building to this pint. The creative team has put together a grand finale. The story by Jean Dufaux is action packed, emotional, and ultimately, satisfying. The art by Ana Miralles is graceful and luminous. Altogether, it’s a story no reader will ever forget and will want to re-read from the beginning.

Story: Jean Dufaux Art: Ana Miralles
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Blake & Mortimer Vol. 6: S.O.S Meteors

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 6: S.O.S Meteors

If you were born in the 20th century, you were treated to some of best acting performances of all time. There were actors that are once in a generation. Some of my favorite actors of all time, are no longer with us, like John Candy and Raul Julia. One of those actors made the world smile while the other actor made the world feel.

Another actor, who is still with us, but is more retired than working these days, is Sean Connery. He’s probably best known for his time as James Bond. One of his best movies of all time, one in which he plays an older maverick, is The Hunt For Red October. Then there are some of his not so great movies, like The Avengers, where he played Sir August De Wynter who plans to take over the world with a climate changing machine. In the sixth volume of Blake and Mortimer, our heroes are fighting a climatic threat, one that is obliterating Europe.

We catch up with Professor Mortimer, as he is in Paris, to figure what is causing the atmospheric disruptions when he notices the inordinate amount of rain, affecting transportation, and in effect causing accidents. Meanwhile, Blake is following a case surrounding a mysterious network which lead him to Paris as well. We soon find out that an old foe came out of hiding, as he has joined forces with some French gangsters and a mad scientist, to take control of Western Europe.

Overall, this volume is an engaging story that shows even the most over the top plots can by executed perfectly in the right hands. The story by Edgar P. Jacobs is action packed and funny. The art by Jacobs is alluring.  Altogether Jacobs proves he can tell a story that both well developed and entertaining.

Story: Edgar P. Jacobs Art: Edgar P. Jacobs
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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