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Preview: Locke & Key: Dog Days

Locke & Key: Dog Days

(W) Joe Hill (A) Gabriel Rodriguez (CA) Jay Fotos
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $4.99

TWO new stories by creators Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez-“Nailed It” and “Dog Days”-plus a behind-the-scenes tease of the coming TV series, and a 5-page preview of an all-new series by Hill and artist Martin Simmonds, too!

Locke & Key: Dog Days

Review: Pandemica #1

Pandemica #1

Diseases are breaking out all around the world in Pandemica #1. What’s strange is, the diseases seem to be racist and geared towards specific ethnic groups. Writer Jonathan Maberry uses the concept of designer disease to create a story of conspiracy and action.

The comic brings the band together. As the story unfolds we’re introduced to the individuals who will help unravel this mystery as well as provided hints as to who’s behind it. In that way, things are pretty standard. But, it’s the concept that’s truly interesting.

The concept of modifying a disease to infect one particular group isn’t the thing of science fiction and knowing that makes the comic all the more frightening. It’s a concept that hasn’t been used much in stories and something that deserves more attention.

Maberry peppers this science fiction with enough hints as to the real world to make the first issue all too real at times. Breakouts in immigration detention centers, actual conflicts, and a villain that probably falls in the white supremacist category add to the “realness” of it all.

The art by Alex Sanchez is good. There are interesting design and characters and what especially stands out is a break from a “standard” comic character design. Character’s faces and noses are at times rough and misshapen a little. They’re varied and with some being a more standard comic “beautiful” style one has to think this is deliberate. The color by Jay Fotos is drab adding to the melancholy feel of the comic. This isn’t so much an action comic as horror with a political spin. The art and color choice emphasize that.

The concept of the series is what stands out. Pandemica #1 is a standard gathering of the team. At times the storytelling is a bit choppy too. But, between the concept and the characters, there’s more than enough to return and check out more.

Story: Jonathan Maberry Art: Alex Sanchez
Color: Jay Fotos Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Defy Authoritarianism this September in Pandemica


Jonathan Maberry – tells a dark, action-packed story of defiance against authoritarian abuses. Pandemica is a new comic book epic coming this Fall from IDW Publishing. Maberry is the New York Times Bestselling author of V-Wars and Rot & Ruin. –

The first issue of Pandemica depicts an America on the verge of war. A shadow government prepares to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters bands together to avert this disaster. Maberry joins artist Alex Sanchez and colorist Jay Fotos in inviting readers to resist the sickness that plagues the nation — and ultimately save the world!

The story reflects the fears about the direction in which the United States, and the world, is going. The story features a diverse cast who discovers that a secret organization is selling designer pathogens for use in ethnic cleansing.

In the announcement, Maberry said he’s working with scientists, including epidemiologists and molecular biologists, to make the bioweapons in the series as realistic as possible. Much of what’s presented is possible and groups and governments have actively worked to make these kinds of weapons.

Pandemica #1 is out this September.

Preview: Diablo House #4

Diablo House #4

Ted Adams (w) • Santipérez (a & c) • Jay Fotos (colorist)

Do you believe in magic? Many magicians have visited Diablo House to pull back the curtain on unimaginable secrets. Do you dare give it a tug?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Locke & Key: Small World

Locke & Key: Small World

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez & Jay Fotos (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99


Preview: Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (of 5)

Godzilla: Rage Across Time #5 (of 5)

Jay Fotos (w) • Jeff Zornow (a) Bob Eggleton (c)

Travel back to the age of monsters to discover the secret origins of the monsters! The mysterious circumstances behind their arrival may spell doom for mankind in the present!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Review: The Disciples #4

The race to colonize the planets has begun. A wealthy tycoon turned cultist has landed on one of Jupiter’s 63 known moons and has taken his disciples with him, among them, a certain senator’s young daughter.

The crew, Dagmar, Rick and Julian are hired out to get her back.

A daring space adventure turns raw with horror after the crew nears our galaxies biggest moon, Ganymede.

The characters are punk inspired, perhaps taken from writer and creator Steve Niles’ background in the DC punk/hardcore scene.

The story is set in the near future, people are not exploring the furthest reaches of the universe, but instead, our own galaxy. Venus, Mars, Saturn, Jupiter and all their moons are the subject of curiosity and the ever expanding search to stake one’s claim in new territories. There is talk of some holding water, others hosting weird,tiny creatures. What will the crew encounter in the cold reaches of these yet explored icy planets?

I must say, I love this comic. The story does not cease to surprise and astonish, breaking from the traditional trajectory that many comics go. Prepare to be kept guessing. Also, having a  alt-punk female lead does not hurt.

Artist and co-creator, Christopher Mitten has outdone himself, the pacing is well set, and the inking, clean yet not without grit, truly suits the horror genre. Check out his Tumblr, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by his prints, pages and other works.

Colorist Jay Fotos, and production artist Philip W. Smith III make for a great team and a well done new project by multi talented Steve Niles, and Christopher Mitten. The art team deserves applause.

The aesthetics are done so well–staggering craters, rock walls and machinery– that there is almost a blue silence that permeates the comics, sliding under dialogue and action, bringing to mind deep space and what, perhaps, early settlers once experienced in the shadow of great forests. The excitement. The horror.

This is a definite Buy.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Christopher Mitten
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Disciples #4

The Disciples #4

Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Niles and Mitten crank up the horror they’re famous for in the brain-combusting conclusion toThe Disciples’ first story arc. Amid horrifying deaths and an even more horrifying birth, can our heroes escape the carnage on this haunted moon of Jupiter?


Preview: The Disciples #3


Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colorist: Jay Fotos
Letterer: Thomas Mauer

Dagmar, Rick, and Jules, intrepid private eyes/bounty hunters, have been hired by a high ranking Senator to retrieve his teenage daughter who’s run off to join a mysterious religious cult. This is no ordinary cult though. In the near future of The Disciples, the ultra-wealthy have become true Masters of the Universe by colonizing moons throughout the solar system. Billionaire industrialist McCauley Richmond is one such colonist: he’s built a new society on Ganymede, a moon of Jupiter, where his flock of cultists can have the religious freedom to worship him. But when the team reaches Ganymede in their Starship Venture, they discover something has gone horribly wrong… This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre, Steve Niles, with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.


Preview: The Disciples #2


Artist: Christopher Mitten
Writer: Steve Niles
Colors: Jay Fotos
Letters: Thomas Mauer

Despite foreboding premonitions, interstellar private investigators Dagmar, Rick, and Jules land on Jupiter’s moon Ganymede… and, to their horror, our doomed heroes realize things are far worse than they could have imagined. One will die this issue… and that’s the lucky one.

This ghost story in space reunites comics’ king of the macabre Steve Niles with his longtime collaborator Christopher Mitten, whose stylish mix of grit and flow matches Steve’s sharp characterizations and taste for screams.


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