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Preview: Something Is Killing The Children #2

Something Is Killing The Children #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Werther Dell’Edera
Colorist: Miquel Muerto
Letterer: Andworld Design
Cover Artists: 
Main Cover:
Werther Dell’Edera 
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Ian Bertram
Price: $3.99

Children are dying in the town of Archer’s Peak and the ones who survive bring back terrible stories. A strange woman named Erica Slaughter has appeared and says she fights these monsters behind the murders, but that can’t possibly be true. Monsters aren’t real… are they?

Something Is Killing The Children #2

Ian Bertram and Darcy Van Poelgeest’s Little Bird gets Collected this November

The bestselling, critically acclaimed miniseries by Ian Bertram and Darcy Van PoelgeestLittle Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope—will be collected, in its entirety, into a hardcover edition and available from Image Comics this November.

In the world of Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

With the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky and Margaret Atwood’s Handmaid’s Tale.

Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope hardcover edition (ISBN 978-1534313453, Diamond Code AUG190079) collects all five issues of the miniseries and will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, November 20 and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 26.

Little Bird: The Fight for Elder’s Hope

Little Bird #1 Sells Out Again and Gets a Fourth Printing

The debut issue of award-winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s bestselling miniseries Little Bird is being rushed back to print yet again to keep up with customer demand.

The miniseries’ final issue—Little Bird #5—will release on July 15, but the series will not be immediately collected. 

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1, fourth printing (Diamond Code MAY198629) will be available on Wednesday, July 24. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, July 1.

le Bird #1, fourth printing

Little Bird #1 goes Back for a Third Printing

Award-winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s breakout miniseries Little Bird is being rushed back to print to keep up with increasing customer demand. 

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year-old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Featuring the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

Little Bird #1, third printing (Diamond Code MAR198649) will be available on Wednesday, May 29. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, May 6.

Little Bird #1, third printing

Little Bird #1 Gets a New Printing

Award winning director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest and fan-favorite artist Ian Bertram’s highly anticipated Little Bird launched this week from Image Comics and is already being rushed back to print to keep up with overwhelming fan enthusiasm for the unique, eye-popping miniseries.

With the same limitless scope as a new East of West or Saga—and the drama and surrealism of AkiraLittle Bird follows a young resistance fighter in a science-fiction style reminiscent of Alejandro Jodorowsky.

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1, second printing (Diamond Code JAN198548) will be available on Wednesday, April 10. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, March 18.

Little Bird #2 (Diamond Code FEB190164) will be available on Wednesday, April 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, March 25.

Little Bird #1, second printing

Review: Little Bird #1

Little Bird #1

Little Bird follows a young resistance fighter who battles against an oppressive American Empire and searches for her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1 is a comic I’ve been looking forward to reading for some time. The concept of a resistance standing against a religious fundamentalist American empire is a story that sounds intriguing to me. While there’s a lot to like in the first issue, there’s also some stumbling as well in its world building.

Written by Darcy Van Poelgeest, the first issue feels like a cross between Saga, We Stand on Guard, and East of West. A Canadian resistance attempts to take on the evil American empire which works as a story, it’s something we’ve seen before. Where the issue stumbles a bit is in the small details of its worldbuilding which at times feels like weird to just be weird. Bathing in blood with what looks like intestines coming out. Weird baldheaded floating intestine creatures. It’s all visually interesting but with so little explanation we’re expected to go with it. What it winds up being is somewhat of a distraction.

Little Bird is a techno-organic religious world that we’re expected to go with. While the visuals are solid, we’re left wondering about those interesting concepts and it doesn’t help matters. A more straightforward visual would have helped. Getting rid of the weird focuses the story a bit. All of these things might be explained but in the first issue it’s all left hanging.

The concepts though are neat and the story pretty easy to get in to if you’re willing to overlook these open questions. The characters are interesting. The conflict has a lot of potential. The juxtaposition of societies is solid. There’s a lot of set up for what’s to come and a good inclusion on what we need to know of the past.

The art by Ian Bertram is absolutely interesting and as I said above, it can be distracting as well. Joined on colors by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is one that has so many small things for you to linger on the page and stare at. While those visuals absolutely help build the world and hint at what we’re dealing with, they also aren’t explained enough and seem a bit odd for odd’s sake. Those cool visuals also distract without an explanation of the “why” and “what.”

The first issue has a lot of potential and I want to see where it goes. There’s a good chance the miniseries will read better as a whole than it does as single issues and those issues I have with the weird visuals will be explained later. Little Bird #1 absolutely creates and builds an interesting world but leaves too much out there not explained or acknowledged to not distract from the main story.

Story: Darcy Van Poelgeest Art: Ian Bertram
Color: Matt Hollingsworth Letterer: Aditya Bidikar

Design: Ben Didier
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Darcy Van Poelgeest, Ian Bertram, and Image Explore an Ultra-Nationalist North America in Little Bird

Director/screenwriter Darcy Van Poelgeest boasts a long list of awards and accolades for his storytelling prowess and brings the same writing finesse to Ian Bertram’s breathtakingly detailed artwork in the gorgeous, hyper-detailed miniseries Little Birdlaunching from Image Comics this March.

In the world of Little Bird, North America has been devastated by three decades of war as the American Empire expands under an ultra-nationalist, theocratic government. But from the ashes of defeat rises Little Bird, a 12-year old girl who sets out to reignite the Canadian Resistance and discover her own identity in a world on fire.

Little Bird #1 (Diamond Code JAN190099) will be available on Wednesday, March 13. The final order cutoff deadline for comics shop retailers is Monday, Feb. 18. 

Little Bird #1

Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram’s House of Penance Gets a Deluxe Library Edition

With their series House of Penance, Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram wove a macabre tale of guilt, ghosts, and guns, in a fictionalized account of Sarah Winchester’s descent into madness. Now, Dark Horse is releasing a deluxe library edition collecting all six issues of House of Penance in an oversized hardcover format with new cover art, sketchbook extras, and more.

House of Penance is a horrific tale of how fortune brings misfortune, as a grim and determined woman oversees the construction of a house twenty-four hours a day for twenty years mission to wash away the blood curse of her husband’s invention, the Winchester rifle, from claiming her own life and soul.

House of Penance Library Edition HC goes on sale March 27, 2019. This 176-page volume retails for $34.99.

Review: House of Penance #6

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Evil has infiltrated Sarah’s sanctuary. Even Warren Peck, her newfound protector, and confidant is overwhelmed by the spirits that seek revenge upon her. In the terrifying conclusion of Peter Tomasi and Ian Bertram’s horror miniseries, Sarah is forced to confront her demons, face to face.

House of Penance #6 is a little short on dialogue by writer Tomasi but it’s filled with action as the series concludes. Sarah seems extremely jubilant as her house falls apart around it and falling apart feels like an understatement somehow though. The twist ending I think will actually surprise you.

The art by Bertram continues to shine in a terrifying and grotesque manner. I will admit the way the house falls apart reminds me of a jigsaw puzzle if it was made by M.C Escher. There’s something haunting about its image.

Story: Peter Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: House of Penance #5

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Warren Peck is surprised to discover how far he is willing to go to protect the tormented widow. Their connection deepens as Peck contemplates his bloody past and Sarah grows more determined than ever to atone for her family’s sins.

With only one more issue left of House of Penance, the end begins to crack through, both literally and figuratively, as madness seems to infect the mansion. This causes fights, racial tension, and violence as an unexpected guest arrives to attempt to stop it all. Peck is given the reason Ms. Winchester decided to build the mansion and reveals how he became who is he. There’s a lot revealed here by writer Peter Tomasi.

The art style by Ian Bertram gets a little explosive as a sea of red begins to worm its way into place. I will admit the odd dream scene widow Winchester has stands out in this issue. It shows her descent into madness as she attempts to get her family back. While I wish I could share it, the one large vertical panel in this issue is one that should get attention. The attention to detail in that panel is well done, showcasing the sheer size of the house.

Story: Peter Tomasi Art: Ian Bertram
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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