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Review: Abbott

As a fan of excellent storytelling, I appreciate it no matter the genre. Who could not love the multiple storylines and endless heart tugs that can be found in Love Actually? Then there’s sprawling and tempered narrative of an All-American family but riddled with bullets and blood in The Godfather. The first Guardians Of The Galaxy was a blend of genres but told a seamless and original story.

One of the few genres that rarely gets the respect it should receive is the horror genre. Although one of its main functions is to make the audience’s collective skin crawl, it still takes readers on quite a journey. Candyman gave moviegoers a rare unseen view of the true to life terrors those who live in poverty face and just how invisible they are to the world at large. Since then, not too many movies since have struck the balance between being relatable and being entertaining, with the exceptions of recent movies Get Out and Sorry To Bother You. This same poise can be found in Abbott where we’re taken to 1972 Detroit and a mysterious series of grisly murders.

We are dropped right in the middle of one of the hottest summers in Detroit, one which sees the tension between the police and the city’s black population come to a boiling point. This is where we meet Elena Abbott, a sharp chain-smoking tabloid black female reporter, whose recent articles revolved around police brutality and  who doesn’t care for anything to do with the Boys Club or the Good Ole Boy Club, as the snide remarks and the way other reporters cut her with their eyes, doesn’t her make flinch, but what she sees at the crime scene does. We soon find out that she had lost her husband to some demonic forces, as these memories of him flood her mind at the most unexpected moments. Soon, she is called to another crime scene, one that reminds her of the evil she seen that night her husband died, something she thought she would never see again.

Overall, it’s a sobering and fresh take on the supernatural genre, that mixes horror, crime noir, period drama, and thriller into a pulse pounding story. The story by Saladin Ahmed is suspenseful, imaginative, and enigmatic. The at by Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Taj Tenfold feels like it jumped out of a 1970s comic but with a new school sensibility. Altogether, a book that proves Saladin Ahmed should write more comic books as he’s a voice that is more than needed now.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie, and Taj Tenfold
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Abbott SC

Abbott SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Price: $17.99

Hugo Award-nominated novelist Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt) and artist Sami Kivelä (Beautiful Canvas) present one woman’s search for the truth that destroyed her family.

Hard-nosed, chain-smoking tabloid reporter Elena Abbott investigates a series of grisly crimes that the police have ignored. Crimes she knows to be the work of dark occult forces. Forces that took her husband from her. Forces she has sworn to destroy.

Collects the entire 5-issue series.

NYCC 2018: AfterShock Announces Out of the Blue, their Next Graphic Novel from Garth Ennis and Keith Burns

At their New York Comic Con panel, AfterShock announced a brand new graphic novel, Out of the Blue. Written by Garth Ennis with art by Keith Burns, Out of the Blue is a brand new war comic story from Ennis.

The Second World War is almost over, but no one seems to have told the Germans- as Royal Air Force pilot Jamie McKenzie finds out when he’s assigned to deadly shipping strikes along the enemy coast. Flying the Mosquito fighter-bomber against heavily armed targets is dangerous enough at the best of times, but after incurring the wrath of his vengeful commanding officer, Jamie is assigned the most unpopular navigator in the unit- not to mention the least reliable aircraft. Worse still, the commander’s sights are firmly set on Jamie’s beautiful young wife, Beth.

Ennis and artist Burns re-unite after the success of their series Johnny Red, presenting another tale of World War Two aerial combat- featuring skies black with flak and enemy fighters, nail-biting low-level action, and the dark humor of men whose lives can be snatched away at any second… Out of the Blue.

Out of the Blue features colors by Jason Wordie, lettering by Rob Steen, and a cover by Burns. The 72 page graphic novel will retail for $19.99 and be released March 2019.

Vault’s Sumberged #1, Wasted Space #1, and Wasted Space #2 All Have Sold Out and Getting New Printings

Vault Comics has announced Submerged #1Wasted Space #1 (second printing), and Wasted Space #2, have all sold out. All three issues are being rushed to new printings that will be available in stores on August 22, 2018.

The Submerged#1 second print cover will be a part of the Vault Vintage line of covers that celebrate the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary professionals of the comic book industry. For Submerged #1, artist and designer Tim Daniel pays homage to the iconic cover to Marvel Comics’ New Mutants #19, illustrated by Bill Sienkiewicz. 

Wasted Space #1 returns for a third printing after back-to-back sell-outs. Wasted Space #2 returns for a second printing after a complete sell out. Both new printings will feature brilliant recolored covers from series artist, Hayden Sherman.

SUBMERGED #1 SECOND PRINTING VAULT VINTAGE COVER
Illustrated and designed by Tim Daniel

DIAMOND ORDER CODE:
JUN188458

Written by Vita Ayala, drawn by Lisa Sterle, colored by Stelladia, and lettered by Rachel Deering.

On the night of the biggest storm in New York City history, Elysia Puente gets a call from her estranged little brother Angel, terrified, begging for help. When the call cuts out suddenly, despite the bad feelings between them, Ellie rushes into the night. Finding his broken phone in front of a barricaded subway station, Ellie follows echoes of her brother into the sinister darkness of the underground, desperate to find him before it’s too late.

In stores August 22, 2018.

WASTED SPACE #1 THIRD PRINTING COVER
Illustrated by Hayden Sherman and designed by Tim Daniel

DIAMOND ORDER CODE:
JUN188459

Written by Michael Moreci, drawn by Hayden Sherman, colored by Jason Wordie, and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Billy Bane is a prophet who got it all wrong, and the galaxy has been burning ever since. All he wants is to waste away in the darkest corner of space with his best pal Dust, a supercharged Fuq bot. But when a new prophet comes calling, Billy is summoned to save the galaxy he’s at least partially responsible for destroying. Too bad he couldn’t care less.

In stores August 22, 2018.

WASTED SPACE #2 SECOND PRINTING COVER
Illustrated by Hayden Sherman and designed by Tim Daniel

DIAMOND ORDER CODE:
JUN188460

Written by Michael Moreci, drawn by Hayden Sherman, colored by Jason Wordie, and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Mayhem, cyborgs of destiny, and boozed out prophets. It’s all here in Wasted Space, so strap in and hold on tight for the wildest sci-fi ride of 2018. Never has a more ragtag, unwilling group of heroes-“heroes”-been assembled, but if they don’t pull their sh*t together, it just might spell the apocalypse. Which would be bad. Right?

In stores August 22, 2018.

Preview: Planet of the Apes: Ursus #5 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #5 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera
Intermix Cover: Michael Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Ursus digs deeper into the secrets of the Forbidden Zone and learns a terrible truth.

Review: Broken Frontier Anthology

The overused term, “rules are made to be broken,” has been said repeatedly when it is thought that someone has gone against convention. As the world slowly embraces the diversity that surrounds it, so has popular media. Comics have always challenged type but has mostly been monochromatic. It has only recently been proactive about being diverse in not only race and sexuality, but also ability. Wave Blue World‘s Broken Frontier offers up stories where they do just that, break the rules.

In “Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher,” a police officer who loses his arm during a rescue, magically receives a mystical weapon which changes his life instantly. In “Stranger Than Fiction,” a clairvoyant helps out a murder suspect, by revisiting the day of the crime through his unconscious mind. In “Dark Dark World,” young imaginative writer plays out a scene for a story, all in her father’s work shed. In “The Wall,” set in a dystopian future, societies’ fortunes are separated only by allegiance.

In “Flyer,”  a elderly man, gives a prep talk to his adolescent granddaughter, as she prepares to engage in a dogfight by way of rocketpack. “In The Night, Mountains Grew,” a ranger’s gross miscalculation proves fatal for those she protects. In “The Beard,” a young woman uncontrollably grows a facial hair at a unusually rapid rate, something befuddles her day after day, until she realizes her greater destiny, one that would change her life forever. In “Purgatory,” a woman falls into a coma, and gets transported to a different world, where she gets to be her true self.

In “The Trip,” a rather routine start of a morning for a man and his daughter, becomes a lesson in realizing every day is precious. In “Its About Time,” a scientist uses his considerable powers to time travel before his wife died, but what he finds out changes his whole outlook on her. In “Inside Outside,” a woman coming off her meds is constantly irritated by “cute squishy monsters.” In “Last dance at Omega Point,” as a rocket heads to its firing point, a woman’s life unpacks in alternate reality.

Overall, an excellent comic anthology which explores what can be or what will be. The stories by all the writers pluck the emotions of the reader in the best way possible. The art by the creators are all beautiful. Altogether, a plus sized comic treat which entertains on every page and you will wish was longer.

Story: Greg Pak, Tyler Chin-Tanner,Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Robert Dammelin, Justin Zimmerman, A. David Lewis, Fred Van Lente, Carla Berrocal, Jamie Coe, Edie OP, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Merguerite Bennett,Frederik Hautain, Kurt Belcher,  Adam Egypt Mortimer, Karrie Fransman, David Hine, Noah Van Sciver, Sean Wang, Salgood Sam, Box Brown,  PJ Holden, Scott Ferguson, INJ Culbard, Steve Orlando, Steve Bryant
Art: Steve Bryant, INJ Culbard, Yaroslav Astapeev, PJ Holden, Salgood Sam, Sean Wang, Box Brown, Noah Van Sciver, Mark Stafford, Karrie Fransman, Jeff McComsey, Facundo Percio, Rob Croonenborghs, Varga Tomi, Ryan Kelly, Edie OP, Toby Cypress, Jamie Coe, Robert Sammelin, Carla Berrocal, Daniel Warren Johnson, Nathan Fox, Alison Sampson, Noel Tuazon, Aysegul Sinav, Mike Lawrence, Tom Raney, Simon Bowland, Taylor Esposito, Gina Going, Jason Wordie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Wasted Space #1 Gets Two Second Printing Covers

Vault Comics has unveiled two brand new covers for the second printing of Wasted Space #1The first cover is illustrated by Vault Comics’ Art Director, Nathan Gooden, and the second by heavyweight artist Darick Robertson. Both covers are designed by Tim Daniel.

Nathan Gooden’s cover references Shuster and Eisenberg’s classic Action Comics No. 1 cover, which was released 80 years to the day before Wasted Space #1. Darick Robertson’s cover is a loving parody of George Pérez’s unforgettable Crisis on Infinite Earths cover. The back covers of both Wasted Space #1 2nd prints will feature a historical note about the covers referenced.

The Robertson cover is a 1:2 variant tied with the Gooden cover. Every 2 copies ordered of the Gooden cover will enable retailers to order one copy of the Robertson cover. The #1 second print covers both hit shelves the same day as the second issue of Wasted SpaceMay 30th, 2018. Retailers can look at Previews Plus for more information.

The series is written by Michael Moreci, illustrated by Hayden Sherman, colored by Jason Wordie, and lettered by Jim Campbell.

Preview: Abbott #4 (of 5)

Abbott #4 (of 5)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Artist: Sami Kivelä
Cover Artist: Taj Tenfold
Colorer: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $3.99

Abbott has hit rock bottom—no job, no friends, and no hope against the mysterious forces that continue to plague Detroit. But that doesn’t mean she’s giving up.

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: Ursus #4 (of 6)

Planet Of The Apes: Ursus #4 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera
Intermix Cover: Mike Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Price: $3.99

As Ursus’ mysterious past comes to light, we learn the truth about his hatred of mankind.

Preview: Planet of the Apes: Ursus #3 (of 6)

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #3 (of 6)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: David F. Walker
Artist: Christopher Mooneyham
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Paolo Rivera
Intermix Cover: Michael Allred
Subscription Cover: Becca Carey
Price: $3.99

Feeling betrayed by Zaius taking control over the investigation, Ursus rallies his forces to forever put to rest the threat that is man.

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