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Review: Astro Hustle #1

Astro Hustle #1

Chen Andalou, the black sheep of a prominent activist family, returns after being accidentally put in cryo-stasis for sixty years. Chen, a cosmic criminal, wakes up to find his younger brother is now the President of the Galaxy. Chen does what he knows best: he steals stuff and causes a problem.

Let us not pretend you don’t think you know exactly what Astro Hustle #1 will be like before you even open the cover. A cover which looks like a 70’s or 80’s science fiction poster in the vein of Star Wars, but with a lot more pink.

With an art style reminiscent of the same era, Astro Hustle has a strange retro feel to its presentation, but there’s nothing retro about the story itself. Tom Reilly‘s art is both evocative of the space operas of yesteryears comic books and also freshly appetizing for today’s new readers. Ursula Decay brings a vivid life to the book, which is exactly what I hoped for and expected after staring at the cover before opening up the comic. visually, this is a brilliant comic; the interplanetary locations feel individual and alive while retaining visual queues that help the reader take in information regarding the story; things like cleanliness, weather and atmospheric conditions that you don’t think you notice.

Jai Nitz pens a swift escapist space crime story that should bring all your fond memories of the various pirates and space pirates and their adventures that you’ve ever read (or watched), but despite the sense of an old friend coming back to see you, this is a story that’s more than original enough to stand on its own.

There’s a rich history hidden within these pages, both of the universe and of the characters, that’s hinted at throughout the comic that’s just waiting for exposure over the course of the story (of course it could be that I missed the first series/miniseries, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t. If I did, then credit should be given for never once making me feel lost in the story).

Rarely do I read science fiction comics I enjoy as much as I have Astro Hustle. All the hallmarks of a great story is here, from the commentary about privilege, punishment and corruption for those willing and wanting a deeper story, but there’s also a flat out exciting story if you just want to be entertained.

Plus, space pirates.

Story: Jai Nitz Art: Tom Reilly
Colours: Ursula Decay Letters Crank!
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Suicide Squad: Black Files #5 (of 6)

Suicide Squad: Black Files #5 (of 6)

(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Will Conrad
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Katana’s spirit is still trapped in the body of the evil Eve-and now she must combat the schemes of Kobra with the Suicide Squad and Halo in hot pursuit! But will Halo recognize the real Katana in time? Plus, back from the dead and behind the eight ball, the magic users of Suicide Squad Black return to Earth, and the situation is worse than ever before. Sebastian Faust is on the cusp of eliminating all magic and has possessed Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang and Killer Croc to do his bidding. Waller has to pull out all the stops to save the world and avoid losing both her teams. Not everyone will make it out alive.

Suicide Squad: Black Files #5 (of 6)

Preview: Suicide Squad: Black Files #4 (of 6)

Suicide Squad: Black Files #4 (of 6)

(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher (CA) Will Conrad
RATED T+
In Shops: Feb 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

In part four of “Revenge of Kobra,” Katana finally escapes the deadly dimension of the Soultaker, only to find herself trapped in the body of Lady Eve! Now she must save Halo and the Suicide Squad from King Kobra and his wife, the impostor Katana–even though the Squad and Halo see her as a mortal enemy!

Also in this issue, the heist on Gemworld got the entire Suicide Squad Black team killed. With her new squad dead, Amanda Waller is out of magic bullets. Things go from bad to worse when Waller sends the regular Suicide Squad to catch Sebastian Faust. Can their technology possibly stand a chance against a foe whom magic couldn’t defeat?

Suicide Squad: Black Files #4 (of 6)

Preview: Suicide Squad: Black Files #3

Suicide Squad: Black Files #3

(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher (CA) Frazer Irving
RATED T+
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $4.99

“KATANA: REVENGE OF KOBRA” part three! Trapped in the mystic dimension within the Soultaker sword, Katana and her husband, Maseo, fight the forces of the mad swordsmith Muramasa, who has amassed an army to invade the world outside-our world!
“SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK” part three! Suicide Squad Black comes face to face with Sebastian Faust, who naturally makes Amanda Waller’s supernatural enforcers an offer they can’t refuse. Will the Suicide Squad make (another) deal with the devil?

Suicide Squad: Black Files #3

Do the Astro Hustle this March with Jai Nitz

Get ready to boogie and hustle as Dark Horse blasts off on a sexy space pirate romp inspired by the sci-fi disco era of the late ‘70s from writer Jai Nitz.

Astro Hustle follows Chen Andalou, a cosmic criminal and the black sheep of one of the galaxy’s most prominent families. Chen wakes up sixty years after he was accidentally placed in cryo-stasis to find that his younger brother is now the president of the galaxy. Instead of reforming his dastardly ways, Chen gets back to what he does best: piracy and causing problems! 

Astro Hustle #1 (of four) goes on sale March 6, 2019.

Preview: Suicide Squad: Black Files #2 (of 6)

Suicide Squad: Black Files #2 (of 6)

(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Cliff Richards
In Shops: Dec 05, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Trapped inside her Soultaker sword, the soul of Katana is torn between staying with her murdered husband or rejoining the world of the living. Meanwhile, Kobra’s Queen, Eve, makes nefarious use of Katana’s body as she infiltrates the Suicide Squad. Also in this issue, Suicide Squad Black tries to leave its deadly first mission in the past and get one step ahead of the apocalypse warlock, Sebastian Faust. To beat the sorcerer, this magically fueled task force needs something he covets. But like all things Suicide Squad, their next mission is no ordinary smash-and-grab, but rather a jewel heist on Gemworld!

Preview: Suicide Squad: Black Files #1

Suicide Squad: Black Files #1

(W) Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz (A) Philippe Briones, Scot Eaton (CA) Frazer Irving
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Two members of Task Force X are back in these all-new adventures! First up: “REVENGE OF KOBRA” by writer Mike W. Barr and artist Philippe Briones. To oppose the terrorist Kobra is to earn his undying hatred, and that’s what the samurai Katana did when she killed his beloved Eve. Now, Kobra stalks Katana beyond the bounds of the Earth itself, to a supernatural world where he will steal from her everything that she has-including her very soul! And in “SUICIDE SQUAD BLACK,” by writer Jai Nitz and artist Scot Eaton, Sebastian Faust, the U.S. government’s top arcane operative, has gone rogue! To track down America’s most dangerous magician, Amanda Waller assembles a special ops team unlike any other: an expendable coven of dark arts experts including El Diablo, Enchantress and Gentleman Ghost. They are Suicide Squad Black, and they will take you to places where even the dead can die!

Preview: Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Adventure Time Comics Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Max Davison, Jai Nitz, David DeGrand, Justin Jordan, Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Leah Williams, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Luca Claretti, Devmalya Pramanik, David DeGrand, Mattia Di Meo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, E Jackson, Anoosha Syed, Marie Enger, Jenna Ayoub, Ben Passmore, Bethany Sellers, Ryan Jampole, Ian Herring, Kinoko Evans
Cover Artist: Paul Pope
Price: $14.99

Dive into mathematical shorts from across the the Land of Ooo, written and illustrated by acclaimed writers and artists from around the world.Collects issues #13-16.

Review: Chasing Hitler #1

As WWII draws to an end and the Allies surround Berlin, Adolf Hitler realizes that all is lost. Or is it? Two Allied servicemen are tasked with verifying Hitler’s death. When they can’t, the chase begins!

The idea of another Nazi filled comic honestly makes my eyes roll. The idea of Hitler not killing himself, that also creates a slight moan too. But, it’s not the concept that got me interested in reading Chasing Hitler #1 being published by Red 5 Comics, it’s who’s writing it.

Jai Nitz is the creator behind characters such as the Suicide Squad’s El Diablo and while his name is on the comic, it’s his high school niece Hayley Nitz whose idea sparked the series. It’s this creative team that and their backgrounds that have me the most interested in it all.

Jai Nitz is a talented writer and what I’ve read of his, I’ve enjoyed. Wanting to see if that talent extends to his niece is something that got me to read this. And, it would seem talent runs in the family.

Chasing Hitler #1 is the set up for the adventure to come as we see the wind down of Hitler in his bunker and his plan to escape as well as the two individuals who are tasked with verifying what has happened. While the first issue is a little choppy at times for the narrative, like the conclusion at the end, the story itself is entertaining and flows nicely. No moment is wasted and it all helps build out the two servicemen who are the center of our story. While they are a bit generic in some ways, they have enough chemistry to make things interesting.

There’s also some nice acknowledgement of history. When Germans surrender to the servicemen they’re presented with the prospect of being turned over to the Soviets. Their reactions feel pretty authentic and a nice nod to the reality of that situation (the Soviets reportedly didn’t treat prisoners as well as the rest of the Allies).

The art by Jethro Morales is solid. I really like the character design and the look of the comic as a whole. It feels set in World War II and a different style wouldn’t quite work. This is a good match of style and story.

Chasing Hitler #1 represents the start of a new voice in comics and it’s one that I want to see more of. This is an impressive start with a good concept, entertaining characters, and some solid art. There’s much further to go in the limited series so we’ll need to see if it sticks the landing but this start has me looking forward to the next issue.

Story: Jai Nitz, Hayley Nitz Art: Jethro Morales
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Red 5 Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Adventure Time Comics #13

Adventure Time Comics #13

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Jai Nitz, Max Davidson, David Degrand
Artists: Antonio Sandoval, Devmalya Pramanik, Luca Claretti, David Degrand
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Kim Myatt
Subscription Cover: Jorge Monlongo
Incentive Cover: Sean Chen
Price: $3.99

During a game of hide and seek, Finn finds himself lost in the land of the Forgotten. In another tale, we find the unlikeliest of heroes united to save Finn and Jake: Magic Man and Tiny Manticore!

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