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Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #4

Horizon Zero Dawn #4

Author(s): Anne Toole
Artist(s): Ann Maulina
Cover Artist(s):
Cover A: Peach Momoko
Cover B: Game Art Wraparound
Cover C: Loish
Cover D: Stanley Artgerm Lau Blue Virgin Variant

A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla. Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole.

Horizon Zero Dawn #4

Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #3

Horizon Zero Dawn #3

Author(s): Anne Toole
Artist(s): Ann Maulina
Cover A: PEACH MOMOKO
Cover B: GAME ART WRAPAROUND
Cover C: LOISH
Cover D: STANLEY ARTGERM LAU GREEN VIRGIN VARIANT

A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla. Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole.

Horizon Zero Dawn #3

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Gets a NYCC Exclusive Cover

Following the hugely successful launch of Titan Comics and Guerrilla Games brand-new series Horizon Zero Dawn, the first original comic book set in the world of the global smash-hit PlayStation game, both parties are excited to announce that an exclusive variant cover by Peach Momoko is now available to purchase as part of New York Comic Con 2020.

On top of that great news, fans will be excited to learn that this cover is actually one of a pair of connecting covers by Peach. Check out the San Diego and New York Comic-Con exclusive covers side-by-side below featuring portraits of characters from the bestselling game, Aloy and Talanah.

SDCC Variant available to pre-order from: 
US, Canada & Rest of the World
UK & EUROPE – Forbidden Planet
NYCC Variant available to pre-order from: 
US, Canada & Rest of the World
UK & EUROPE: Forbidden Planet

Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #2

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #2

Writer: Anne Toole
Artist: Ann Maulina
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale: September 2, 2020
Cover Artists: Junggeun Yoon (Cover A), Game Art Wraparound (Cover B), Loish (Cover C), Artgerm B&W Variant (Cover D), Peach Momoko (FOC VARIANT)

A brand-new comic sequel story to the award-winning game by Guerrilla.
Aloy and Talanah return! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new Earth. Co-created by one of the writers of the Horizon Zero Dawn game.

HORIZON ZERO DAWN #2

Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Horizon: Zero Dawn #1
Titan Comics

When Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.

Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.

Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.

While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.

Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.

Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.

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Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.

Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Vampire: The Masquerade #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Alien: Original Screenplay #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The original screenplay gets turned into a comic and we’re excited to see what the result is.

Bad Mother #1 (AWA Studios) – A suburban mom’s kid goes missing and she goes on a mission to get her back. There’s an 80s tinge to the concept we’re digging.

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 (DC Comics) – DC’s best line of comics they’ve got going right now.

Disaster, Inc. #2 (AfterShock) – The series about disaster tourism sounded interesting but the supernatural twist has us really intrigued.

Empyre #4 (Marvel) – The summer event has been getting better with each issue and with no preview, Marvel has something up their sleeve.

Far Sector #7 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The series has been amazing with a mix of socio-political/action/mystery/romance. This issue leans a little heavier into the action but it’s so good and visually amazing.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 (Titan Comics) – We haven’t played the video game but know the visuals and the world and we’re intrigued how it’s adapted into comics. Some massive potential here.

My Little Pony/Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s just so crazy, it might work.

Undiscovered Country #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been off the wall insane and we seriously have no idea of what’s next.

Vampire: The Masquerade #1 (Vault Comics) – Vault isn’t a publisher we think of when it comes to licensed comics but what they have put out matches perfectly for what we’d want in a comic based on the popular roleplaying game.

Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Author(s): Anne Toole
Artist(s): Ann Maulina
Cover Artist(s): Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (CVR A), Game Art (CVR B), Loish (CVR C), Ann Maulina (CVR D), Peach Momoko (CVR E), Blue Line Sketch Variant (CVR F)

A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla. Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole. Horizon Zero Dawn FCBD #0 ties into this brand-new #1!

Horizon Zero Dawn #1

SDCC 2020: Titan Comics Reveals Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Peach Momoko San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Cover!

This August, Titan Comics and Guerrilla will embark on an exciting adventure together, as the first original comic book series set in the world of the global smash-hit PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn comes to comics. This new series takes place after the events of the game as Talanah, a strong and determined hunter, struggles to find purpose after her trusted friend Aloy disappears. When a mysterious threat emerges in the wilds, she sets out to hunt and to defeat it, only to learn that a whole new breed of killer machines stalk the land!

You can join the story too at this year’s Horizon Zero Dawn Comic SDCC@Home panel, where the creative team behind this hotly-anticipated comic book launch — writer Anne Toole, artist Ann Maulina, Guerrilla narrative director Ben McCaw, principal artist Gilbert Sanders, and Guerrilla studio director/art director Jan-Bart van Beek — discuss bringing the critically-acclaimed Horizon world to this illustrated medium. Follow this link on Thursday July 23 to watch the panel live and learn more about Horizon Zero Dawn: The Comic Series.

To celebrate SDCC 2020, Titan Comics has revealed a never-before-seen issue #1 cover by Peach Momoko! The U.K. and Europe can purchase it here. U.S., Canada, and the rest of the world can purchase it here.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 is set to debut in comic stores on August 5, 2020.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Goes on Sale August 5. Get a First Look!

Titan Comics’ new Horizon Zero Dawn comic book series – co-created by Anne Toole, one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn, with artwork by fan-favorite artist Ann Maulina – takes place after the events of the game as Talanah, a strong and determined hunter, struggles to find purpose after her trusted friend Aloy disappears. When a mysterious threat emerges in the wilds, she sets out to hunt and to defeat it, only to learn that a whole new breed of killer machines stalk the land!

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 features fantastic covers for fans to collect including Stanley ‘Artgerm’ LauPeach Momoko, and Loish!

Set on a far-future Earth, where nature has reclaimed the planet but massive, animal-like machines now rule the land, Horizon Zero Dawn follows the story of Aloy, an extraordinary young woman whose quest to solve the riddle of her mysterious origins takes her deep into the ruins of the ancient past.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 is set to debut at comic book retailers worldwide and digital devices on August 5, 2020.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Horizon Zero Dawn Comes to Comics

Titan Comics and Guerrilla embark on an exciting adventure together with their first original comic book series set in the world of the global smash-hit PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn. The hotly-anticipated debut issue is set to arrive in stores summer 2020 with a cover by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

Set on a far future Earth, where nature has reclaimed the planet but massive, animal-like machines now rule the land, Horizon Zero Dawn follows the story of Aloy, an extraordinary young woman whose quest to solve the riddle of her mysterious origins takes her deep into the ruins of the ancient past.

Released in 2017, Horizon Zero Dawn garnered praise from both fans and critics alike, receiving numerous awards including the 2018 Writers Guild of America Award for Achievement in Videogame Writing and the 2018 BAFTA Games Award for Original Property.

Titan’s new comic book series – co-created by Anne Toole, one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn, with artwork by fan-favorite artist Ann Maulina – takes place after the events of the game as Talanah, a strong and determined hunter, struggles to find purpose after her trusted friend Aloy disappears. When a mysterious threat emerges in the wilds, she sets out to hunt and to defeat it, only to learn that a whole new breed of killer machines stalk the land!

Issue #1 is set to debut in comic stores on July 22, 2020, with a range of amazing variant covers to collect, including artwork by superstar artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, fan-favorite digital illustrator LoishPeach Momoko, original game art, plus much more! Fans of Horizon Zero Dawn can also look forward to a one-shot prequel comic book, which leads into this brand-new issue #1 to be released as part of Free Comic Book Day 2020

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 hits comic stores and digital devices on July 22, 2020.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1
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