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Preview: The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Stories

The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Stories

EDITORS: Kate Ashwin, Sloane Leong, and Kel McDonald
WRITERS: Various
ILLUSTRATORS: Various
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $15.00

In this thrilling and witty comics collection, some of storytelling’s finest talents reimagine classic folklore from the Pacific with a modern twist. Ghostly warriors, angry gods, and monstrous tyrants? That’s just the start of this collection of folklore from the Pacific, retold in comics! This is a thrilling, funny, and totally new take on stories spanning the entirety of the region, with loads of lesser known myths and legends from the Philippines, New Zealand, Hawaii, and beyond.

The Night Marchers and Other Oceanian Stories

Preview: You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

EDITORS: Kel McDonald, Andrea Purcell
WRITERS: Various
ILLUSTRATORS: Various
AGE RANGE: General Adult
SRP: $20
PAGE COUNT: 260
PUB DATE: March 23, 2021

Death — the one aspect of life we all have in common — is waiting for everyone, yet our practices, beliefs, myths, and stories about it are as diverse as we are. YOU DIED celebrates these vibrant cultural expressions of the great equalizer in a thrilling, life-affirming whirlwind of a book, an inspirational volume to be treasured through times of both loss and abundance (and every day in between).

At turns brazen and insightful, morose and optimistic, YOU DIED collects unforgettable tales of death and what comes next. Filled with beautifully illustrated accounts of grief and mourning, ancient myths, memorial rites around the globe, afterlife in the far reaches of space, and the simple and touching ways both the living and the dead carry on, this lively collection starts a comforting and much-needed dialogue about death as a natural part of life.

Featuring an introduction by death positivity movement pioneer and activist mortician CAITLIN DOUGHTY and a murderer’s row of comics talent including RAINA TELGEMEIER, SHAE BEAGLE, and LISA STERLE.

You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife

Preview: The Crossroads at Midnight

The Crossroads at Midnight

(W) Abby Howard (A) Abby Howard
SRP: $18.00

A masterful collection of tales from the faded border between our day-to-day world and the horrifying unknown on the other side of midnight. An old woman living alone on the edge of a bog gets an unexpected – and unsettling – visitor, throwing her quiet life into a long-buried mystery. A misfit little girl, struggling to make friends, meets an understanding soul one day at the beach: but why will he only play with her alone at night? In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.

The Crossroads at Midnight

Preview: Julian in Purgatory

Julian in Purgatory

(W) Jon Allen (A) Jon Allen
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $15.00

Being the mayor’s son comes with a lot of pressure: pressure to conform, perform, and live up to expectations. But Julian’s opting out of it all. He’s living on his girlfriend’s couch, dealing drugs, and watching the days pass, empty and unfulfilled. It… wasn’t too bad, to be honest. At least, not until Dana flushed his stash and booted him to the street. Alone, adrift, broke, and jonesing, Julian has burned his last bridge, his schemes have gone from “moronic” to “tied up in an abandoned mine shaft,” and the tiny town of Piney Bluff is swiftly running out of safe harbors for its most fortunate son. It’s time for Julian to take some steps, but first he has to find a way out of purgatory.

Julian in Purgatory

Preview: Last Dance

Last Dance

WRITER: Hanna Schroy 
ILLUSTRATOR: 
Hanna Schroy
SRP: $12
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
PAGE COUNT: 200

Miriam has trained her whole life to fulfill her dreams and it’s finally paid off now that she’s the prima ballerina of the Lulli Dance Company, but she’s been keeping a secret from them. The years of sprains, fractures, and bruises have taken their toll and a catastrophic ankle injury now means one terrible thing: she has to give it all up forever. Distraught beyond consolation, Miriam runs from the studio and discovers a secret room she’s never seen before. Inside she finds a pair of gleaming white and gold slippers and a mysterious voice whispering to her in the dark. If she tries on the slippers, it says, she’ll regain the strength to raise en pointe. It speaks the truth!

Soon, Miriam is back, but each achievement means danger for everyone around her and negotiation with the spirit who claims it wants just one little harmless thing in return . . . to join the ballerinas and dance, just like her.

Last Dance

Preview: Softies

Softies

WRITER: Kyle Smeallie
ILLUSTRATOR: Kyle Smeallie
AGE RANGE: Middle Grade (10-12)
GENRE: Science Fiction / Humor
SRP: $15
PAGE COUNT: 200
PUB DATE: October 20, 2020
PUBLISHER: Iron Circus Comics

Earth has exploded! Here’s what happens next.

When planet Earth just kind of blows up without warning, 13-year-old Kay becomes the world’s youngest chunk of space debris. She’s inadvertently rescued from the vacuum by Arizona, an alien space-waste collector, and Euclid, his erudite cybernetic pet, and from there this unlikely trio blasts off for the most outlandish, hilarious, and occasionally bureaucratic adventure of their lives!

As Arizona tries to keep their ship on course and show Kay the ways of the wider universe, her new role as Earth’s sole survivor slowly comes into focus through each increasingly silly stop on their wild intergalactic road trip. The fledgling team is on a search for the next big score and a loose concept called “home,” both answered by the eternal question: “Where to next?”

Softies

Preview: Penultimate Quest

Penultimate Quest

WRITER: Lars Brown 
ILLUSTRATORS: 
Lars Brown, Bex Glendining
AGE RANGE: Teen+
GENRE: Fantasy / Philosophy
SRP: $25
PAGE COUNT: 340
PUB DATE: October 6, 2020
PUBLISHER: Iron Circus Comics

Far across the Western Ocean on a mist-shrouded island guarded by giant sea monsters, heroes come to explore the mysterious dungeons that lie below the surface. None have yet to reach the bottom and return to tell the tale. Each party gathers daily for a new round of potion-making, sword-sharpening, armor-buying, and dungeon-crawling, and after hours of leveling up in dangerous battles with monstrous creatures from the depths, they rest and try again the next day when everything repeats. That is, until one adventurer stops to ask why. Is it endlessly exciting, or simply endless?

In a witty, genre-defying tale of magic, mystery, and philosophy, brave warriors must learn the difference between diversion and escape as they try to break the cycle of a penultimate quest in which the final fantasy never arrives.

Penultimate Quest

Preview: Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon

Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon

WRITER: Ryan Estrada 
ILLUSTRATOR: 
Axur Eneas
TRIM: 6″ × 9″
AGE RANGE: Middle Grade (8-12)
GENRE: Action / Mystery
SRP: $15
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
PAGE COUNT: 150
PUB DATE: September 22, 20200

When eight-year-old student ambassador Joseph Bazan wins a photo op with the President of the United States, he doesn’t quite know what to expect, but it certainly isn’t hanging out with the leader of the free world in a secret compartment inside the resolute desk! Joseph’s pluck and kid logic not only charm the president, but they soon help resolve a thorny trade dispute. This gives POTUS an idea. Across the ocean, eight-year-old boy king Nang Nukatau III has taken his father’s crown and clumsily stumbled into an international incident, and now Joseph’s got a pressing mission: talk the tiny dictator back from the brink of war!

The diplomatic slumber party soon goes from awkward to scary as the castle is stormed and the boys are lost across South Korea and Japan where they have to outrun bad guys, learn to read Hangul, unravel the riddle of Gyeongbok Palace, break out of an abandoned bathhouse, befriend an army of snow monkeys, and crack the Case of the Missing Dragon, all while showing Nang how to live in a world where everyone doesn’t always bow to you. Can a kid with a C+ in social studies solve the mystery and teach a king to be a kid?

Student Ambassador is a globe-trotting action-adventure set in the real world where dangers mount, the stakes are high, and smarts save the day!

Student Ambassador: The Missing Dragon

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Atlas at War

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.

Atlas at War (Dead Reckoning) – The graphic novel collects fifty hard to find war stories published by Marvel between 1951 and 1960.

Cyberpunk 2077 Trauma Team #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The highly anticipated video game comes to comics.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Trinity Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – Really, this should have been part of the main series, so we’re highlighting it so you don’t dismiss it as just another one-shot tie-in.

Dog Man Vol. 9 (Graphix) – The series is huge and this latest volume is being printed in the millions. Comics aren’t dying, they’ve got a whole new generation hooked.

Dry Foot #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – It’s Miami in the 1980s and a group of kids are attempting to escape the violence and drugs of the city.

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio (Abrams Comicarts) – A graphic novel depiction of the tragic day that reflects on the violence we see today.

Rise of Ultraman #1 (Marvel) – We’re intrigued to see how this Marvel take on the classic manga/anime character turns out.

Stargazer #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – If you like alien abduction stories, this is a great first issue of an intriguing mystery.

Student Ambassador Vol. 1 (Iron Circus Comics) – An eight-year-old wins a photo op with the President of the United States but is pulled into an international incident when another eight-year-old takes his father’s crown and stumbles into trouble.

Vampire: The Masquerade #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue was a bit heavy on the terms from the classic roleplaying game but nailed the characters and world down.

Preview: The Harrowing of Hell

The Harrowing of Hell

WRITER: Evan Dahm 
ILLUSTRATOR: 
Evan Dahm
TRIM: 8 x 10
AGE RANGE: General Adult
GENRE: Religion / Philosophy
SRP: $15
FORMAT: Hardcover
PAGE COUNT: 128
PUB DATE: August 11, 2020

A modern reinterpretation of the apocryphal tale of Christ’s descent into Hell after his death, The Harrowing Of Hell is a densely illustrated allegorical tale of the world’s most famous political revolutionary. Evan Dahm draws upon a wide array of texts to create a brand new window into the life and death of Christ, a vision of a dying man’s revolutionary drive and fervent belief in humanity’s salvation from all manner of jailers. A richly symbolic, densely illustrated allegorical tale that echoes back to us from ancient times, this is a fascinating reinterpretation of one of the most important religious figures in history.

The Harrowing of Hell
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