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Science Fiction and Horror Collide in Infinite Dark

Image Comics and Top Cow have announced an all-new, sinister ongoing science-fiction series—Infinite Dark—by Ryan Cady and Andrea Mutti with colorist K. Michael Russell that will hit stores this October.

In Infinite Dark, the universe has ended, but humanity has survived. For years, the passengers and crew of the vessel Orpheus found the endless void between realities to be a surprisingly peaceful home.

Then they found a body—bloodied, brutalized, and surrounded by inscrutable runes. As Security Director Deva Karrell investigates the Orpheus’ first murder, she’ll come face to face with a horror from beyond the confines of time itself…

Infinite Dark #1 will launch from Top Cow and Image Comics this October 2018.

MCMLXXV Introduces a Tough-as-Nails Monster-Fighter of Mythic Greatness

Fan favorite writer Joe Casey and artist Ian MacEwan come together to weave modern mythology for a new generation in the forthcoming MCMLXXV launching this September.

In MCMLXXV, readers meet Pamela Evans. Much more than a typical Manhattan cab driver, she also happens to be a badass monster-fighter. Welcome to the year of her greatest adventure.

MCMLXXV #1 (Diamond Code JUL180110) hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 20th.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 6/16

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.


Ryan C

mrmiracle9.jpgMister Miracle # 9 (DC)**  Tom King and Mitch Gerads tread a lot of water in this issue, as a series of overly-stylized, minimalist negotiation scenes between Scott, Barda, and Kalibak go around in circles, Scott is treated/subjected to yet another of King’s painfully obvious apocryphal/anecdotal yarns, and then, just when things look like a complete waste of time, along comes a gut-punch of a cliffhanger that nearly redeems what had heretofore been, frankly, a pretty lackluster issue. Almost — but not quite. And goddamn, Gerads keeps burying his his stunning art under the most heavily-saturated color scheme seen in years. I’m not quite ready to say things are going off the rails with this title, but all those breathless proclamations in the series’ early going that said “this book is revolutionizing comics” and “this is the ‘Watchmen’ of the 21st century,” and what have you? Those are starting to look pretty silly right about now. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Pass

A Walk Through Hell #2 (Aftershock)** I honestly had no clue what Garth Ennis and Goran Sudzuka were getting at in the first issue of this series, but I figured I’d stick it out for one more — and I’m glad I did. There’s still a shitload of the oblique and mysterious on offer here, but the outline of what this book is about and where it’s going is coming into view, and it’s very disturbing indeed — maybe even harrowing. The art’s really solid, too, driving home the terrors both known and (mostly) unknown with professionalism and panache. My opinion of this comic just took a hard 180 for the better. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

 Dry County #4 (Image)**  Rich Tommaso is dragging his stand-in protagonist, Lou Rossi, through the wringer just prior to wrapping this pleasing little crime series up, and while it doesn’t look like he’s gonna have much of a life left by the time all is said and done, you do find yourself hoping against hope that he’s at least around to live it. Superb, fluid cartooning that reels you in and doesn’t let you off the hook. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

The Man Of Steel #3 (DC)**  Brian Michael Bendis really thinks he’s got quite the “epic” story going here — but he’s wrong. New baddie Rogol Zaar busts into the fortress of solitude, but it’s all a lame pretext to draw Superman into open combat using the bottle city of Kandor as bait, the string of arson fires that no reader gives a shit about are still going, and the whole issue is just lead-up to what looks to be a book-length fight next time out. Yawn. Ryan Sook’s art is every bit as uninspired as the story, too, in case you were wondering. Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass

Shean

deadpool assassin 1Deadpool Assassin #1 (Marvel) In what looks like a book about military operations, Deadpool kills a complete team of special ops operators on a plane. The book also reintroduces the original comic book version of Weasel, a rather straight laced less cynical version of the character in the movies and usually is the button of the jokes in this book. Eventually the plane crashes because Wade killed everyone, but crashes near a powerful threat. By book’s end, he kills everyone he is hired to assassinate but due to the collateral damage he leaves behind, can’t find too many jobs. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Star Wars Thrawn #5 (Marvel) As much as I loved this book, this issue falters close to the end, as this issue stands as this book’s “penultimate episode”, there lies a great premise gone off the rails. Overall: 6 Recommendation: Borrow

Mr H

Mister Miracle #10 (DC) Each release the book continues to astound. Tom Kings clever dialogue as well as his niche for taking God like characters and acclimating them to every day is fantastic. There is nothing bad I can say about this book. At all. Mitch Gerads is a dynamo on the pencils and finds new was to make Scott in costume so expressive. Kalak and Scott trying to find common ground over a treaty is just wonderfully written as well as the bit about the artist and the apprentice. Seriously this book is all aces. I’d make this longer but I’d never stop. Hands down the series and issue of the year for me. Overall 10/10 Sidenote: I love Tom King but …. I wish he could write Batman this well.



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 (**).

Warframe, Vol. 1 Dives Deep into Game Lore for a Compelling New Story

This July, writer/Top Cow President and COO Matt Hawkins, writer/editor Ryan Cady, and digital art concept/production studio Studio Hive will release Warframe, Vol. 1, collecting issues #1-5 of the Warframe online game tie-in series.

In the far future, humanity’s descendants scramble to survive in a solar system rife with conflict. Only the Tenno, a faction of powerful warriors, fight to preserve peace and keep the technological masterpieces of the long-dead Orokin out of the wrong hands. But when a faction of enhanced Grineer soldiers begin to scour the Earth for a particular hidden artifact, only a lone Tenno and a blinded girl can stop them.

Warframe, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0512-0, Diamond code: MAY180094) will hit comics shops on Wednesday, July 25th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 31st.

Mirenda is Collected in Paperback this October

Originally serialized in Island, cartoonist Grim Wilkins’ experimental fantasy adventure series Mirenda will be collected in an oversized trade paperback this October.

When a jungle-dwelling woman discovers a mysterious demon trapped in her leg, she sets off on an extraordinary adventure to get it out. A deeply visual—and nearly silent—graphic novel, Mirenda plays with the possibilities of the medium, taking up the torch left by the works of Moebius and Frazetta.

Mirenda (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0844-2) hits comics shops on Wednesday, October 31st and bookstores on Tuesday, November 6th.

Human Grim Reaper September Mourning will seek out new souls this January 2019

Bestselling writers David Hine, Mariah McCourt, and metal singer/songwriter sensation Emily Lazar (aka: September Mourning) team up with artist Tina Valentino to tell the story of a human grim reaper hybrid and her destiny in September Mourning. Issues #1-4 of the ongoing series, which first launched through Kickstarter, will be collected into trade paperback and available from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this January. In conjunction with the release of this book, September Mourning will be releasing new music via Sumerian Records, which will bring further life to the storyline.

Set in a world where Reapers prey on the souls of the living, imprisoning them in the shadow-land of Mortem, there is one last hope for humanity. Her name is September Mourning. Half human, half Reaper, she takes the souls of the wicked so the innocent can live again. September has joined forces with a woman who was murdered and restored to life, and a young blind girl who sees only the dead. Together, as The Trinity, they set out to fulfill a prophecy that will finally free all the lost souls who are trapped in Mortem.

September Mourning, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1030-8) hits comic shops on Wednesday, January 16th and bookstores on Tuesday, January 22nd.

Preview: God Complex: Dogma #6

GOD COMPLEX: DOGMA #6

Writer: Paul Jenkins & Bryan Lie
Artist / Cover: Hendry Prasetya
Age Rating: M

Far beneath Delphi, Seneca’s investigation leads him into a secret labyrinth that guards a centuries-old secret—but the hidden treasures beneath the city are insignificant next to the danger they present. Here, Seneca will learn the truth of his existence and find answers to the mysteries of the Rulers and the Trinity…but the price he pays may be too much to endure. Concluding the first arc of the smash-hit GOD COMPLEX!

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard Re-Team for Cemetery Beach

Warren Ellis and Jason Howard, the creators of the critically acclaimed Trees (currently being adapted for television), bring a high-speed, mind-bending new series in Cemetery Beach—launching this September.​

In Cemetery Beach, a professional pathfinder, his only ally a disaffected young murderess, breaks out of a torture cell in pursuit of his worst extraction scenario ever: escaping on foot across a sprawling and secret off-world colony established a hundred years ago and filled with generations of lunatics.

Cemetery Beach #1 (Diamond Code JUL180123) hits stores on Wednesday, September 12th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 20th.

Review: The Magic Order #1

After all the marketing pizzazz, including the fact that this comic will only have one printing, Mark Millar, Olivier Coipel, and Dave Stewart‘s The Magic Order #1 is here, and it’s the first Millarworld comic book under the imprint’s new deal with Netflix. The book could be described as Harry Potter with the intrigue of Kingsman and the family dynamic of Jupiter’s Legacy. Basically, sub out spy gadgets and superheroes for wands and magic, and you’ve got The Magic Order. Millar and Coipel also play off King Lear a little bit in the names of the main cast: stage magician Leonard Moonstone and his children Regan, Cordelia, and Gabriel, who all have varying attitudes to their destiny as magical guardians of the universe

Narrative-wise, Millar and Coipel do a lot of things right in The Magic Order #1, including a gripping and violent five page opener that twists the famous scene in Harry Potter where Lord Voldemort kills Harry’s parents in front of him by having the evil wizards use a man’s son to kill him in front of his wife after having sex one last time. So, yeah, it’s the typical Millarworld sex and violence spiel. However, it shows that this story isn’t going to be about the wonder, but its horror. This is reflected on later when Regan recruits his reluctant brother Gabriel to fight against the Bellatrix Lestrange-esque Madame Albany, and Gabriel refuses while having a flashback about his daughter dying because of magic. Stewart juxtaposes a golden, angelic color palette of her wanting to be a member of the Magic Order like her father with grey shadow as he weeps at her grave. Millar and Coipel wisely restrain their more ultraviolent impulses and nail his feelings of loss in one stark image.

Gabriel is definitely the most emotionally resonant character in The Magic Order #1. He’s very much a normal dude, who wants to get away from the trappings of magic and war because of the cost it’s taken on him, his family, and friends. In his introductory, Coipel zooms on paper towels to emphasize the regular nature of his life compared to his showier brother Regan, who talks to him while levitating in some kind of invisible cloud bubble instead of walking the aisles and chatting like a human. We also get to see the threats that the Magic Order protects humanity from through young Gabriel’s eyes, and he’s total frightened as his dad and other members of the Order fight these gigantic beings of cosmic horror, and Coipel shows that he can do action, day to day conversation, and throw in some Mignola monsters for good measure.

If Gabriel goes straight to the heart, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel make Cordelia  the thrill seeker of the bunch. Her grand introduction is in the back of police car with plenty of snarky and foul mouthed anecdotes about why she’s in trouble, and then she just flat out vanishes. Coipel gets to do a little physical humor through the cops’ reaction and the car skidding down the road while a single pair of handcuffs just chills for a second. Cordelia is all id and decadence, and Coipel and Stewart wreathe her shadow just like Madame Albany. But, her dad wears a black tuxedo and top hat so this might just be conjecture.

Sadly, in contrast with his more interesting siblings, Regan doesn’t get much to do other than be a conversation partner and into magic. But Millar nails the personalities of three of the four leads and establishes a quite powerful threat in the first issue so it’s not so bad. He and Coipel are creative with some the dark magical spells beginning with the child hitmen and ending with a riff on shapeshifting and mind wiping that lets Coipel go a little Dadaist and take a break from clean lines for a bit. It’s a real treat seeing Millar cut Coipel loose and draw a variety of scenes instead of the standard talking heads and splash pages of superhero fare with Dave Stewart setting the mood through his color palettes.

With a blockbuster opening sequence, a couple interesting lead characters, and masterful visuals from Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart, The Magic Order #1 is the start of a beautiful partnership between Mark Millar and Netflix and a nice sop to those who have grown a bit cynical towards adults whose only reading is the adventures of a boy wizard…

Story: Mark Millar Art: Olivier Coipel
Colors: Dave Stewart Letters: Peter Doherty

Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics/Millarworld/Netflix provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Weatherman #1 Gets a Second Printing

Image Comics is pleased to announce that, in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand, The Weatherman #1 by Jody LeHeup and Nathan Fox is being fast-tracked for a second printing.

The Weatherman #1 introduces Nathan Bright—a man who had it all: an awesome girlfriend, a kickass dog, and a job as the number one weatherman on terraformed Mars. But when he’s accused of carrying out the worst terrorist attack in human history—an event that wiped out nearly the entire population of Earth—Nathan becomes the most wanted man alive and a target of a manhunt that spans the galaxy. But is Nathan truly responsible for such a horrific crime? And why can’t he remember?

The Weatherman #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code MAY188562) will be available on Wednesday, July 11th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 18th.

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