It’s the summer vacation from hell! Ten-year-old twin Dylan
Sandifer and her family have fallen down a rabbit hole full of secret implants,
conspiracy theories, Mandela effects, invaders, and organ thieves. As the
attacks intensify, the Sandifers light out across the country in search of
answers and salvation, blazing a bloody path of arson and murder.
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Shawn McManus In Shops: Mar 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
Ten-year-old twin Dylan Sandifer is now in the driver’s seat of more than the converted old school bus her family called home for a summer murder spree. Will she turn on her family and the sacred bond between twins and break free from the shared madness? Conspiracy theories, organ thieves, and secret histories collide in the explosive final issue!
Dylan is sane
again and trapped inside her family’s madness as it drags them all further
across America and deeper down a rabbit hole full of delusions and murder. But
as the attacks from the forces of the Elders begin to warp the world and even
their own home on wheels, Dylan will have to choose between saving her family
or saving herself.
Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.
These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.
Dead Man Logan#1 (Marvel)* – We find Logan dying as he searches for Mysterious. We also find Miss Sinister working against him as she is two steps ahead. By issue’s end, we see an old enemy has reemerged and it’s up to Logan to stop them. Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Heroes In Crisis #3 (DC Comics)** – Tom King is doing his “Tom King Thing” here — all stilted dialogue, “jump-cut” scenes out of chronological order, other easily-spotted script gimmicks — but at least the Lee Weeks guest art is nice. Regular artist Clay Mann does the first and last pages, and while they look fine, they point to the essential flaw in today’s “assembly-line” comics, namely : even with a mini-series, deadline crunches ensure that no smoothly self-contained visual “flow” is possible. Things here appear headed in a very uninspiring direction, indeed. Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass
Books Of Magic #2 (DC Comics/Vertigo)** – Tim Hunter gets chased around by some entities, and that’s about it. Tom Fowler’s art is nice enough, if bland, but there’s no excusing the laziness of Kat Howard’s script. Two issues in, this feels like a series where the writer isn’t even especially trying. Overall: 1.0 Recommendation: Pass
Come Into Me #4 (Black Mask Studio)** – The long production delays this mini-series suffered didn’t help matters much, but even leaving those “off the table,” this body-horror story comes to a flat, predictable conclusion. Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler do a lot of good work, but they never seemed to throw their full creative weight into this one, so it’s just as well that Piotr Kowalski’s always-exceptional art at least made each issue worth looking at. That’s about all you can say in its favor, though. Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass
House Amok #3 (IDW/Black Crown)** – Another “up” in this “up-and-down” conspiratorial horror series sees writer Christopher Sebela rebound nicely from a lackluster second issue and set things up for what could/should be a pretty solid conclusion next month. Shawn McManus’ art has been strong throughout, and that continues here, so in the final analysis maybe the previous installment will just prove to be a little bump on an otherwise-superb ride. Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy
Daredevil #612 (Marvel)* – Well here we are true believers. The last stop for ol Hornhead. Daredevil might have been enjoying a renaissance via his Netflix show (which season 3 is the best, come at me bro) but his comic books have always ranged from pretty good to genius. This latest run from Charles Soule is definitely one for the genius pile. Matt and his cohorts have been trying to take down Mayor Kingpin and a story line which has allusions to real life electoral issues, it is a damn fine comic yarn being spun here. Matt has been tormented recently by a new enemy known as Vigil. Vigil seems to be able to counteract everything Matt can do and finally here you see why. It’s a touching issue with guest stars galore and tie up moments. Phil Noto gives us some wonderful art here as we traipse away through the pages. Of course we get the obligatory superhero show down but it is the quieter moments and characterization that really shines here. The portrayal of Fisk on the witness stand and his unraveling is spot on. Yes there’s even a Karen Page reunion that was solicited. This comic does so well and hits all the feels for this merry Marvel maniac. While I wish they would take some time off from the Daredevil title. I’m looking forward to the new crew and what comes next. Overall: if you like Daredevil get this book. It is a wonderful end for now. Score: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy it. I’m still getting it though.
Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!
Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).
(W) Christopher Sebela (A/CA) Shawn McManus
In Shops: Nov 28, 2018
Dylan and her family have all fallen down the rabbit hole of madness together, aiming their campaign to save the world at a brand new target and collecting more bodies and hidden microchips along the way. But as Dylan is plagued with the flu and the family’s first grand move leads them down a nightmare road full of the dreaded ReArrangers, the Sandifers will stare conspiracy right in the face and hope it blinks before they do.
The Sandifers weren’t always nuts. They were made that way by stories, conspiracies, and coincidence. As Dylan continues to recount how she spent her summer vacation full of murder, the truth behind how she and her family infected each other with madness comes out. Secrets and blood run deep, but family is forever, no matter how deranged they might be.
Ten-year-old fraternal twin Dylan Sandifer and her family have fallen down a rabbit hole full of secret implants, conspiracy theories, Mandela effects, extradimensional invaders, and organ thieves. As the attacks against them intensify, the Sandifers light out on a cross-country search for answers and salvation, blazing a bloody path of torture, arson and murder. Can young Dylan save her family from these delusions… or is this ornate conspiracy actually true?
It’s a summer vacation the Sandifers will never forget, evoking Natural Born Killers and The X-Files for fans of Paper Girls and Locke & Key.
The Ruling Class of creator-driven titles continues its reign this summer as Shelly Bond’s band of miscreants continues to grow in numbers and talent. The Editor of Black Crown has set her sights on the imprint’s next two series and they are as original as the first wave of titles currently out in the wild.
Writer Tini Howard is taking no prisoners with her current run on Assassinistas (with artist Gilbert Hernandez) and will be diving into the great beyond with Euthanauts, her second Black Crown title. She’ll be joined by artist Nick Robles to answer the ultimate question: What happens to us after we die?
Two women aim to find out in this series which combines classically intrepid explorers with our anxieties about death and the beyond — with psychonautic mindspaces to match. The first arc will kick off this July.
As if that weren’t enough to entice you, Black Crown dares invites you to enter House Amok. From the creative powerhouse team of Christopher Sebela and Shawn McManus, this 5-issue miniseries is equal parts bloody reality, dark conspiracy, and magical fantasy. Delve into a character-driven study of a damaged nuclear family as we follow twin sisters in a claustrophobic, high-speed American road trip from Portland to the east coast.