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Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Early Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to shelves on April 7 from Magma Comix.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Exclusive Reveal: Kit Buss’ Variant Cover for The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

The next thing in horror continues in June with The Modern Frankenstein #3 from Magma Comix. We have the exclusive first look at Kit Buss‘ variant cover. Retailers can receive this variant for free when they order 10 copies of the comic.

The Modern Frankenstein is by writer Paul Cornell, artist Emma Vieceli, colorist Pippa Bowland, and letterer Simon Bowland.

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

Paul Cornell (w) • Emma Vieceli (a/ca)

Discover the next thing in horror from award-winning writer of television and comics Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Saucer State, Wolverine) and acclaimed artist/writer Emma Vieceli (Doctor Who, Life is Strange), along with color artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland!

When one of James and Elizbabeth’s experiments spirals out of control, will they be able to contain the damage? And will it drive them apart, or closer together?

A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

Variant cover by Kit Buss (Critical Role, Cloven: Bloodlines)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Kit Buss!

On sale 6/23/21

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5) Kit Buss variant cover

Exclusive Reveal: Martin Coccolo’s Variant Cover for Chasing the Dragon #5

Chasing the Dragon #5 from Magma Comix wraps up in June and we have the first look at Martin Coccolo‘s variant cover for the issue. Retailers who order 10 copies of Chasing the Dragon #5 will receive one free variant by Coccolo.

Chasing the Dragon is written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3, and lettering by Gil Lazcano.

Chasing the Dragon #5 (of 5)

Denton J. Tipton (w) • menton3 (a/ca)

In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

The fatal, final faceoff between alchemical forces arrives, with the fate of Obsidian Bay hanging in the balance!

Variant cover by Martin Coccolo (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering)!

For fans of The Witcher and Breaking Bad.

*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Martin Coccolo!

On sale 6/16/21

Chasing the Dragon #5 Martin Coccolo variant

Chasing the Dragon #1 from Heavy Metal and Magma Comix Has Sold Out

We have the scoop that the debut issue from Magma Comix, Chasing the Dragon #1, has sold out.

Chasing the Dragon explores a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages?

The comic by Denton J. Tipton and Menton3 was released in comic shops on February 24 and shops may still have copies.

When announcing the news, Magma Comix stated “We are monitoring reorders, and prepared for a second printing if there’s demand.”

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to comic shops on April 7 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN211377.

Chasing the Dragon #1

Second Printing Of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 To Debut Exclusively From Heavy Metal

Heavy Metal has announced that they will be exclusively selling a second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1, the first issue of the bestselling series about the venerable science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine’s flagship character from the 1981 animated film, brought to life by writer Stephanie Phillips and art by Patrick Zircher. This special edition will also have eight pages of additional content, including a special “Script to Final Page” feature with script excerpts by writer Stephanie Phillips.

The first printing of the first three issues of the hit series Taarna, The Last Taarakian have completely sold out. With overwhelming demand from retailers and fans, Heavy Metal will be releasing the second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 to retailers exclusively as a direct order. This special printing will include a one-of-a-kind cover, illustrated by mega-popular cover artist Peach Momoko.

This August will mark the 40th anniversary of Taarna’s debut in the landmark Heavy Metal film. In Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1, writer Stephanie Phillips breathes powerful new life into the iconic and beloved character, bringing her into the modern era with a strong voice. In Phillips’ groundbreaking series, the flagship character returns in a new story of cosmic mystery, as she battles throughout the multiverse in her war against Kako, the embodiment of chaos. This is the tale of a millenia-old battle between godlike beings, with all sentient life caught in their path.

The second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 will only be available exclusively from Heavy Metal and will not be carried by any other distributors, so please reach out to your Heavy Metal representative to place your order. Retailers can also use the signup form on Heavy Metal’s website.

Individual copies of the second printing of Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 can also be purchased on the Heavy Metal shop page.

Taarna, The Last Taarakian #1 Peach Momoko cover

Heavy Metal Partners with Simon & Schuster for Distribution

Heavy Metal

Simon & Schuster signing bookstore distribution agreements with comic publishers have been coming in fast and the juggernaut has another one to add to its growing percent of the market. Heavy Metal Entertainment has entered into an agreement with Simon & Schuster. The deal covers the United States, Canada, and other international territories and began February 1, 2021.

Lovers of genre content and longtime Heavy Metal devotees will surely be excited by this distribution partnership as the publisher continues to expand into the world of prose, graphic novels and ebooks. Heavy Metal views the partnership as a huge step forward in continued marketplace growth.

Among the first wave of titles to be released under this agreement will be collected editions of Heavy Metal’s current best-selling comic titles, including Dylan Sprouse’s Sun Eater, and Dan Fogler’s Brooklyn Gladiator and Fishkill. Simon & Schuster will also be printing the enhanced second edition (“The Galactic Edition”) of CEO Matthew Medney’s best-selling, hard science fiction novel Beyond Kuiper: The Galactic Star Alliance, featuring 60 pages of new content. Additionally, the first volume of the eagerly-anticipated Taarna, The Last Taarakian series will be released, featuring Heavy Metal’s iconic heroine, in addition to some to-be-announced prose projects from celebrated creators.

Heavy Metal Entertainment, Incendium, and Evanescence Debut ‘Echoes From The Void’

Evanescence, Incendium, and Heavy Metal Entertainment announce the launch of Echoes from the Void, an Evanescence Graphic Anthology Series, under Incendium’s all-new music-focused OPUS imprint.

Echoes from the Void is a fantasy Graphic Anthology Series, comprised of 48-page deluxe comic books, each featuring two or more story adaptations from the Evanescence catalogue. Beginning with story themes based on songs from their upcoming March 26th release The Bitter Truth (BMG), and culminating in revisiting iconic material from throughout the band’s career, the project is comprised of a series of short stories created by an all-star cast of graphic artists, animators, illustrators, fine artists, screenwriters, novelists, and more.

Combining bandleader Amy Lee’s love of visual arts, fantasy-inspired graphics, and graphic novels with the narrative power of Evanescence’s music, the series is being developed in close collaboration with Amy as she oversees the creative direction of the art and stories. Echoes from the Void begins as a 5-issue series, with each issue containing stories based on two or more of Evanescence’s songs, presented in a variety of visual styles and mediums. Issue #1, available in limited-edition, includes two stories inspired by the songs “Better Without You” and “Wasted On You,” from the forthcoming Evanescence album, The Bitter Truth, with tales written by Carrie Lee South and Blake Northcott. The issue will feature illustrations from Hugo Award-winning artist Abigail Larson and highly-esteemed painter Kelly McKernan.

The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited-edition collectible comic book, with cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 3,000 copies priced at $18.95, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships in June 2021.

The art of Echoes from the Void will also be made available to purchase through a series of archival fine art prints, the first of which is illustrated by Kelly McKernan. Incorporating symbols and themes from across the band’s discography into an intricate traditionally painted work that also debuts a mysterious original character, the print features a blue tint glow in the dark base with a luminous pink UV active overlay, as part of an individually numbered 500-piece collection. Kelly’s print is available now.

Cradle of Filth Goes Heavy Metal with a New Comic Anthology Series

Incendium and Heavy Metal Entertainment have announced the launch of Maledictus Athenaeum, a Cradle of Filth comic book anthology series, under the all-new music-focused OPUS imprint.

In the ruined halls of the Maledictus Athenaeum lie occult histories, sealed records, and cursed artifacts – this unholy archive explores the far corners of Cradle of Filth’s musical legacy, a vast universe of Ageless Vampires, Mythical Creatures and Vengeful Gods. The Countess, The Huntress, Lilith, The Manticore, and many more, will be revisited in stories from an all-star roster of comics talent from the pages of Heavy Metal Magazine and beyond.

Maledictus Athenaeum begins as a 5-issue series. The first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering. Each first printing will be limited to 2500 copies at $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships in May 2021.

The cursed tales of Maledictus Athenaeum will extend beyond the printed page into toys and collectibles. Dani Filth and the iconic Succubus of Cradle of Filth’s 2001 album Bitter Suites to Succubi make up Wave 1 of the Cradle of Filth action figure range, also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping June 2021.

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