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DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Frostbite

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got the collection of DC Comics‘ and Vertigo‘s Frostbite.

Frostbite collects issues 1-6 by Joshua Williamson, Jason Shawn Alexander, and Luis Nct.

The trade is in comic stores today July 26 and book stores August 1.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Preview: Frostbite #3 (of 6)

Frostbite #3 (of 6)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Jason Shawn Alexander
In Shops: Nov 23, 2016
SRP: $3.99

The high-action futuristic Western from the writer of THE FLASH and the creator of Empty Zone kicks into high gear! Keaton has managed to get Vic out of Los Angeles, but the trouble is only just starting. The mysterious Boss Burns knows the precious cargo that Vic is carrying, and he wants it for himself. He’s put a price on the women’s heads, and now all of the nastiest gangs of the frozen American wasteland are barreling down on them, guns drawn and ready to claim the prize.

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Preview: Frostbite #2

Frostbite #2

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jason Shawn Alexander
Cover by: Jason Shawn Alexander

The start of their journey did not go exactly as planned, but Keaton made a deal to get Vic to Alcatraz safely, and nothing will dissuade her from carrying out her contract. With their main transport knocked out, and roving gangs looking to block their path, Keaton and crew are going to have to get clever if they’re going to stay alive.

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Preview: Frostbite #1

Frostbite #1

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jason Shawn Alexander
Cover by: Jason Shawn Alexander

Long after Earth has entered its second ice age, humanity has learned to cope with the frozen elements. In this cold and bleak future, heat is power, and brutal gangs roam the icy wasteland looking for it. If that wasn’t enough, a terrible disease nicknamed “frostbite” is literally freezing people from the inside out. Once you catch it, the effect is instantaneous. There is no immunity, there is no cure.

Until now. Doctor Henry Bonham and his daughter Victoria have found the key to ending frostbite. If they can get from Mexico City to a secret government outpost in Alcatraz, they could stabilize life across the globe. But to do that they’ll need to stay alive. That’s where Keaton comes in. She and her crew have faced worse journeys before, but never with the potential consequences this one poses if they fail.

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Review: Frostbite #1

frost_cv1Long after Earth has entered its second ice age, humanity has learned to cope with the frozen elements. In this cold and bleak future, heat is power, and brutal gangs roam the icy wasteland looking for it. If that wasn’t enough, a terrible disease nicknamed “frostbite” is literally freezing people from the inside out. Once you catch it, the effect is instantaneous. There is no immunity, there is no cure.

Until now. Doctor Henry Bonham and his daughter Victoria have found the key to ending frostbite. If they can get from Mexico City to a secret government outpost in Alcatraz, they could stabilize life across the globe. But to do that they’ll need to stay alive. That’s where Keaton comes in. She and her crew have faced worse journeys before, but never with the potential consequences this one poses if they fail.

Frostbite #1 is a fantastic start to this new series that feels familiar but is presented in such a way I want to really find out what comes next (and also can imagine this on the big screen). Writer Joshua Williamson really sets the tone and the world in this issue. He does it so well I felt myself getting cold at times as we look at the world to come. What’s also interesting is the introduction of a disease which drives the narrative, but will be really interesting to see how it’s used as it’s an element that sets itself apart from a story such as Winterworld or Snowpiercer.frost_1_4

The characters are interesting. We get enough about each to figure out their personality type and what we might expect. Each has their “thing,” but what’s clear is everyone is a survivor and has been impacted by this new world and the disease. That’s something that’s really interesting, especially considering the actions towards the end of the comic. What happens, I’m not going to ruin it, will clearly be something that will have a major impact to come, but it also sets a certain tone.

The art by Jason Shawn Alexander is fantastic. The world feels very lived in and real. It’s not just some white washed out thing, it’s a worn city that’s been plunged into coldness and winter. There’s some amazing detail here like the clothes people are wearing or the technology that’s used. Every small detail feels like it’s been thought out and debated on.

Williamson and Alexander have presented us with a world I want to learn more about. The characters have personalities and based on their actions, they’re willing to take action that feels natural and justified. There’s real emotion here which is something I’d expect in a world worn down. Frostbite feels like a series I want to spend the upcoming winter months (and beyond) with.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Jason Shawn Alexander
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Joshua Williamson Goes Exclusive with DC Comics and Vertigo and Gets Frostbite

Talent_WonderCon2012_JoshuaWilliamsonWhen DC Comics announced the various teams taking on the new series announced for DC Rebirth, the inclusion of Joshua Williamson on The Flash to me was an intriguing one and one that had me excited. Williamson’s writing on Marvel‘s Illuminati and Birthright and Nailbiter for Image Comics are some of my favorite comics to read right now.

Today DC announced that Williamson will create “comic book content solely for the company’s DC Comics and Vertigo imprints.” Williamson took to Twitter to assure that his work on Nailbiter and Birthright would continue though.

The release also announced Williamson’s Vertigo debut, Frostbite, a new six-issue miniseries joining the title lineup. Jason Shawn Alexander will accompany Williamson on the book, handling art duties.

B044---Flash-1-FLS_Cv1_R2Frostbite follows Keaton, a South American woman and a “coyote,” a human trafficker specializing in no-questions-asked transportation of people across dangerous landscapes. Decades earlier, the world entered a new ice age; though the remaining populace has survived and adapted to the frozen environment using new technology, the weather is not their biggest danger. A new disease nicknamed “Frostbite” is making its way across the remaining communities. It literally turns people into ice, slowly freezing the moisture in their cells. Keaton and her crew are tasked with transporting two scientists from Mexico to a science lab on Alcatraz where they are working on a cure. It should be easy; after all, it’s only an elderly man and his adult daughter. But when the transport is attacked Keaton finds out that the scientist and his daughter have a bounty on their heads, and this simple transport job becomes very, very complicated.

Williamson makes his Rebirth debut with The Flash: Rebirth which speeds to shelves on June 8 and The Flash comes to shelves on June 22. The events of the Rebirth Special have left Barry Allen at a crossroads, and issue #1 begins chapter one of “Lightning Strikes Twice,” where a new storm brews over Central City, and disproves the old adage about lightning never striking twice. This time, just when Barry Allen is beginning to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts! But where did he come from, and is there more to him that meets the eye? As part of the Rebirth line wide relaunch, The Flash will ship twice monthly, with art by Carmine DiGiandomenico and Neil Googe, at a lower price of $2.99.

Preview: Empty Zone #1

Empty Zone #1

Story By: Jason Shawn Alexander
Art By: Jason Shawn Alexander
Cover By: Jason Shawn Alexander
Cover Price: $3.50
Digital Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR150504
Published: June 17, 2015

JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER of “CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD” returns with an ALL-NEW SERIES! In this sci-fi/horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

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Image’s Empty Zone Will Fill Readers with Horror

Artist Jason Shawn Alexander returns to the drawing and writing table with an all-new series sure to disturb readers in Empty Zone: Conversations with the Dead, which will launch from Image Comics on June 17.

In this sci-fi horror saga, Corinne White attempts to reconcile with the ghosts of her violent past, literally, as she trudges through a world of dystopian cityscapes, reanimated corpses, & ganglands full of animal human hybrids.

The series comes from an idea which came to Alexander 20 years ago. He wanted to create a sci-fi series that veers off into ghosts and the supernatural and becomes something completely different.

Empty Zone #1 arrives on June 17 and can be ordered with Diamond Code APR150504.

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Preview: Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #2 (of 6)

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser: Bestiary #2 (of 6)

Writers: Christopher Taylor, Ben Meares, and Mark Miller
Artists: Jason Shawn Alexander, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Carlos Magno

The journey into the Bestiary continues! In this issue, Christopher Taylor and Jason Shawn Alexander tell a tale of a blues singer who possesses a very unique guitar, while in the second part of “The Hunted,” we learn just who hired the mercenaries tasked with stealing Pinhead’s pins.

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Preview: The Shadow #19

THE SHADOW #19

Chris Roberson (w)
Andrea Mutti (a)
Alex Ross, Jason Shawn Alexander (c)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+
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Francesco Francavilla original art retailer incentive cover
Alex Ross “sketch art” retailer incentive cover

A voice from the past raises questions that the Shadow cannot answer, and leads him away from the concrete canyons of New York City on a journey that will carry him halfway round the world, from the snowy wastes of Siberia to the steaming jungles of Guatemala. What is the secret of the girasol?

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