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Preview: Letter 44 Hardcover, Book 1

Letter 44 Hardcover, Book 1

(W) Charles Soule
(A) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
(C) Guy Major, Dan Jackson
(CA) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque with Dan Jackson
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Science Fiction, Action/Adventure
Price: $59.99
Page Count: 368

Newly-elected president Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and health care. But in a letter penned by the outgoing president, Blades learns the truth that redefines “critical”: seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close—assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination. This deluxe edition collects the first 2 arcs of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning series in a new oversized format. Packed with extras, behind the scenes bonus material, sketches, concept art and more, this is one collection not to be missed.

Review: Dark Days the Road to Metal

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 the collection that gets you caught up for Metal!

Dark Days the Road to Metal features Dark Days: The Forge #1, Dark Days: The Casting #1, Final Crisis #6-7, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1, Batman #38-39, and Nightwing #17 by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita, Jr., Scott Williams, Klaus Janson, Danny Miki, Alex SInclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Steve Wands, Grant Morrison, Doug Mahnke, J.G. Jones, Carlos Pacheco, Marco Rudy, Christian Alamy, Jesus Merino, Tom Nguyen, Drew Geraci, Norm Rapmund, Rodney Ramos, Walden Wong, Pete Pantazis, Tony Avina, Rob Clark, Jr., Travis Lanham, Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Guy Major, Jared K. Fletcher, Brad Anderson, Greg Capullo, FCO Placencia, Tim Seeley, Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual, Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, Marilyn Patrizia, and Rian Hughes.

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.

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Oni Press Triples The Summer Reading Fun With Three New 2018 Volume Collections

Why double up when you can triple up on your summer reading? Oni Press has announced three new volume collections: Letter 44 Hardcover Book 1, Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Volume 2: Out of the Woods, and BroBots Vol. 3: BroBots and the Shoujo Shenanigans!, to add to your library:

Letter 44 Hardcover Book 1 (July 18) Written by Charles Soule, Illustrations by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, Colors by Guy Major and Dan Jackson

This deluxe edition collects the first 2 arcs of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning series in a new oversized format. Packed with extras, behind the scenes bonus material, sketches, concept art and more, this is one collection not to be missed.

Newly-elected president Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and health care. But in a letter penned by the outgoing president, Blades learns the truth that redefines “critical”: seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close—assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination. What Blades learns about the aliens, and those sent to find them, will affect his entire presidency.

In 2016, Letter 44 made the Official List for Angoulême and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque won the Grand Prix at the Palavas Comics Festival.

Junior Braves of the Apocalypse Volume 2: Out of the Woods (August 8) Written by Michael Tanner & Greg Smith, Illustrations by Zach Lehner

In a zombie wasteland of unknown origin, Troop 65 marshals onwards in the hopes of finding their families in Seattle, the nearest logical evacuation location. After a difficult journey by land and river, they make a stop in a suburban town that serves as ground zero of a battle between a corporate office that may have caused the apocalypse, and the survivors staying in the nearby tribal casino.

BroBots Vol. 3: BroBots and the Shoujo Shenanigans! (August 15) Written by J. Torres, Illustrations by Sean Dove

The return of the Parent’s Choice Foundation pick, BroBots! The return of the Parent’s Choice Foundation pick, BroBots! The BroBots return in another thrilling, top-billing adventure—with cousins Mary Ann-droid and Barbara Ann-droid in tow! What should be a routine trip to the moon to see pop sensation Starlite quickly turns to disaster when the BroBots discover her in a deep sleep! Waking up is hard to do, but the BroBots are experts at going by the book. But where’s the book that tells them how to defeat the giant, evil moon monster putting everyone to sleep? Against their biggest, baddest foe yet, do the BroBots—and their cousins—stand a chance?

Preview: Letter 44, Volume 1: Escape Velocity (Square One Edition)

LETTER 44, VOLUME 1: ESCAPE VELOCITY (SQUARE ONE EDITION)

(W) Charles Soule
(A/CA) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
(C) Guy Major, Dan Jackson
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi, Drama
PRICE: $10
160 PAGES

The hit series from Charles Soule (Poe Dameron, Daredevil) and Alberto Jiménez Alberquerque (Mystery Girl) is now available for just $10! Newly-elected president Stephen Blades hoped to tackle the most critical issues facing the nation: war, the economy, and a failing health care system. But in a letter penned by the outgoing president, Blades learns the truth that redefines “critical”: seven years ago, NASA discovered alien presence in the asteroid belt, and kept it a secret from the world. A stealth mission crewed by nine astronauts was sent to make contact, and they’re getting close—assuming they survive the long journey to reach their destination.

President Blades has just become the most powerful man on the planet. This planet.

Marvel Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Deadpool: Too Soon?

It’s Wednesday which means new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got a new volume from Marvel, Deadpool: Too Soon?.

Deadpool: Too Soon? collects issues 1 to 4 and material from Gwenpool Holiday Special: Merry Mix-Up #1 by Joshua Corin, Todd Nauck, Jim Charalampidis, Andy Troy, Chynna Clugston Flores, and Guy Major.

Find out about the trade and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find both in comic stores March 22 and bookstores April 4.

Get your copies now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Deadpool: Too Soon?
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NYCC 2016: AfterShock Announces Blood Blister and Animosity: The Rise

At New York Comic Con 2016, AfterShock Comics announced two new series during their panel. The two series will debut in January and you can find out more details below!

BLOOD BLISTER #1

Written by: Phil Hester
Art by: Tony Harris
Inked by: Eric Layton
Colored by: Guy Major
Cover by: Tony Harris
$3.99/ 32 pages / Color/ On-Sale January 4th

Sin is a joke to Brandon Hull. Morality a crutch for the weak, laws mere tools to be abused. But when the corruption he scoffed at begins to manifest on his once-perfect body, Hull finds himself cast into a hidden world of unspeakable horror from which there is no escape. How can you be saved when the evil possessing you is your own soul? Opening a jarring window on to a world of horror.

Opening a jarring window on to a world of horror from the writer of The Coffin, Firebreather, and Deathstroke and the Eisner Award-winning artist of Ex-Machina and Starman.

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ANIMOSITY: THE RISE (one-shot)

Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Juan Doe
Cover by: Juan Doe
$3.99/ 32 pages / Color/ On-Sale January 18th

“The Animals thought, spoke, and took revenge. The dust has settled and the blood dried, but a new force is rising in the West, ready to help Animal-kind seize power in the dark new world to come…”

Spinning out from Marguerite Bennett’s hit new series ANIMOSITY is this special one-shot, illustrated by AMERICAN MONSTER’s very own Juan Doe! Witness the devastating effects of “The Wake” and how it affected other parts of the world on that terrifying day!

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Review: B.E.K: Black Eyed Kids #1

STL000944This issue sets out to establish tone more than anything else. Focusing on a young sleepwalking boy named Michael, the story also encompasses locals noticing the appearance of black-eyed kids (yes, even if it’s in the title, I still have to say it) as they make their presence known in the community.

Mostly just by walking around being black-eyed kids.

This book is #1.99. In an era of rising prices, with DC and Marvel hitting the $4.99 mark, $1.99 is a big deal. So, here’s the $1.99 review: This book is a fast read that delivers on its creepy-kid concept. It’s dark and doesn’t shy away from violence. Hopefully once the story builds, this horror concept will make this a gripping book. For $1.99, it is well worth the investment and the fun.

Here’s the review without any consideration of price: The book is called Black Eyed Kids and it delivers that and only that. Who are the black eyed kids? They’re… the kids with black eyes. What do they want? I… I don’t know. Who’s Michael? Well, he’s the main character, I guess, which is to say he’s the only character who has his name said more than once. He sleeps walks and has a sister and neither of those statements are always true.

So, the problem is, if you aren’t holding that book in your hand aware of what an amazing deal you got it… if you’re one of those people who grabs a stack of books and pays for them without knowing what each one cost… you’re going to feel gypped. This book fails to go much further than its pitch. Actually, it doesn’t get that far because a pitch usually has a twist or a plot summary. This is somebody saying, “I read a creepy pasta about kids with black eyes and I think I know someone who could draw that.”

That sounds super cynical. Maybe it is. When I started buying comics they were a dollar. If Magneto bloviated through most of the issue, it didn’t matter, it was drawn by Jim Lee and I’d only spent a dollar. If the artist broke his hand halfway through but kept drawing, it didn’t matter because it was only a dollar. If it was ridiculous that Batman was fighting a guy with marionette, it didn’t matter because it was a dollar. The era of rising prices means we get to demand more from comic books. Marvel and DC see it as a way to cover their losses, not an obligation to match their quality to their price.

It’s not a bad thing to say B.E.K.: Black Eyed Kids #1 is $1.99 and worth every penny. It’s a good thing. We’re supposed to be able to pick up a bunch of comics for $20 and go home and enjoy them, not four books for $20 that “pave the way” to a tie-in to a movie based on a story I’ve already spent $50 on!

Sorry… Back on topic.

Pick this book up and enjoy it. It’s only $1.99!

Disagree? Thing I’m old because of what comics used to cost? Care to tell me how much they were when you started buying? Tell me in the comments or on Twitter.

Story: Guy Major Art: Marshal Dillon
Story: 5 Art: 7 Overall: 6 Recommendation: Buy (Seriously, just do it!)

Aftershock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Oni Press Starter Pack 2016

ONI PRESS STARTER PACK 2016

Writers: Cullen Bunn, Charles Soule, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Zander Cannon, Greg Rucka
Artists: Brian Hurtt, Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, Joe Infurnari, Zander Cannon, Justin Greenwood, Joëlle Jones, Gabo
Colorists: Brian Hurtt, Guy Major, Joe Infurnari, Ryan Hill, Zander Cannon, Nick Filardi, Gabo
Age Range: 16 and up
Genre: Western, Fantasy, Sci-fi, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Crime, Adventure… pretty much a little bit of everything!
Price: $5.99

The Oni Press Starter Pack 2016 collects seven complete first issues from Oni Press’s acclaimed creator-owned series. Try out new titles or reconnect with your favorites in one giant-sized volume for one low price.

What’s Inside:
Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s THE SIXTH GUN #1
Charles Soule, Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque and Guy Major’s LETTER 44 #1
Joshua Hale Fialkov and Joe Infurnari’s double-sized THE BUNKER #1
Zander Cannon’s KAIJUMAX #1
Greg Rucka, Justin Greenwood, and Ryan Hill’s STUMPTOWN #1
Cullen Bunn, Joëlle Jones, and Nick Filardi’s HELHEIM #1
Joshua Hale Fialkov and Gabo’s THE LIFE AFTER #1

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Review: Letter 44 #3

letter 44 #3 coverHow do astronauts have sex in space? Relationships among the Clarke crew are explored, while a signal from a mysterious asteroid provides clues to the nature of the alien presence in Earth’s solar system. On Earth, intrigue deepens as one of President Blades’ closest advisors suffers a savage attack!

Mixing science fiction and politics this series made it onto my “best of 2013” list as one of the best new series of the year. Issues like this is a prime example why I’m totally behind this series and why writer Charles Soule is one of the hottest writers in the comic industry (and one of the hardest working people too).

Lets start with the science fiction. We found out in the last issue, one of the crew members was pregnant. With such few people, on such a long mission, clearly some issues are going to arise when it comes to pairing off. That comes up as we learn a bit more about the crew, including the “controversial” sex in space scene. The science fiction aspect is also awesome as some contact is made with the unknown aliens. What does their signal mean? That’s all debated and next steps are decided.

Back on Earth, President Blade reflects on his first two months in office where he hasn’t achieved what he has wanted to. His agenda sounds pretty similar to the current real world’s President and there’s discussion with his Chief of Staff as to what he can do about it. That leads to a pretty gutsy political decision, but how will the President’s other advisers react to that? Political intrigue!

Artist Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque balances the artistic needs of scenes set in a science fiction setting of space as well as those quieter more down to Earth moments as well. He does both masterfully bringing Soule’s tightrope balancing script to life.

If you’re a sci-fi fan, buy this book. If you’re a fan of politics, buy this book. If you like great concepts and original comics, buy this book. Pretty much, you should buy this book.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque
Story: 8.5 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy

Letter 44 #1 Sells Out!

A new President, freshly inaugurated and faced with an impossible scenario, a spaceship full of American heroes flung far across our solar system, unsure of whom or what will greet them, and a lone structure of unknown origin floating untouched in the vacuum of space.

These are but a few of the elements that have led to the maiden voyage of Charles Soule and Alberto Jiménez Alburqurque’s Letter 44 #1 to sell out of its initial 22,000 copy print run!

Riding high atop its unique premise and eye-catching art, Letter 44 #1 premiered in a special black and white variant edition at San Diego Comic-Con earlier this year, fueling fans’ desire for the series to finally premiere with Guy Major’s vivid colors. Fans and retailers responded thunderously, depleting Diamond Comics Distributors’ stock of the specially priced $1 issue in less than a day.

Holding its introductory price of $1, Letter 44 #1 will be receiving a second printing with a new cover by superstar artist Javier Pulido, scheduled to hit shelves on November 27th, the same day as Letter 44 #2!

You can read our review here!