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Review: Villainous #1

Villainous #1

Villainous #1 is an interesting comic. With the popularity of shows like The Boys, the timing of a story about the good/bad nature of heroes and the corruption of groups can be good or bad. It’ll most likely get compared by many. Villainous #1 is a solid debut with a direction that’s not quite as straightforward as expected.

Written by Stonie Williams, Villainous #1 follows Matilda “Rep-Tilly” Anderson, a wannabe superhero who joins the Heroes of the Coalition. Rep-Tilly is a new recruit who’s being paired with a superhero to learn the ropes and train to become one herself. Anderson is paired with Showdown an arrogant full of himself hero who’s the powerhouse of the team.

To go from there as to what really works in the comic would spoil it. We know there’s more to the heroes and villains of the story and that Rep-Tilly will be forced to make a choice between the two. We know that because it’s part of the description of the series. But, the details and where Williams takes the series is unexpected. I fully expected it to go in one direction but the steps are ramped up a bit in a way I wasn’t prepared for. It also changes up some of the aspects of where I thought the series would be going. Defying my expectations is a good thing.

Jef Sadzinski handles the art with Joana Lafuente on color and Justin Birch lettering. I like the designs of the comic which is a mix of familiar and new. There’s also a bit of comedic aspect to it that sucks a little of the seriousness from the storytelling. It could easily have gone that route. It’d then be another deconstruction of the superhero and villain dynamic and be measured by how well it knows its subjects and what it says. Or, it could have fun with this popular direction for series. Fun is something we don’t seem to find too often with it.

There’s also something fun to see what the team comes up with for the heroes. There’s a “spot the homage” at times but for the most part, the characters and designs are very unique. And, some of them by themselves get you to chuckle. You can tell everyone was having fun with things as they put in small details and tell side stories in the background or with a design.

The comic feels like it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Villainous #1 is another comic that has the basic of superheroes aren’t all that super. What makes it stand out is it comes at that concept from a direction we don’t really see too often, with humor. It’s an interesting dance the comic does and it pulls it off quite well.

If you’re tired of spandex from the big two but looking for a superhero fix, Villainous #1 might fill your needs.

Story: Stonie Williams Art: Jef Sadzinski
Color: Joana Lafuente Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.4 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Mad Cave Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Mad Cave Studios Announces 4 New Titles and the 2020 Talent Search

Mad Cave Studios‘ virtual event brought forth all sorts of news from the publisher including four all-new titles as well as details on the Mad Cave 2020 Talent Search!

Hollywood Trash

Writer: Stephen Sonneveld, Artist: Pablo Verdugo (Mr. Beaver), Colors: Jose Expósito (Mr. Beaver), Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 7

Ah, Hollywood! Famous for celebs, sun– and murder cults! The Privy Council is the most exclusive club in town, headed by the entertainment industry’s top mogul, a ruthless exec who enlists his famous underlings to kill the people who stole from him, two local garbage men. James and Billy must survive one epic day of sword fights, forest fires, and giant mechs! At least there’s hazard pay. Hollywood Trash​ is five-issues of all-out action and wacky satire!

Hollywood Trash


Writer: Stonie Williams, Artist: Jef Sadzinski (Show’s End), Colors: Joana Lafuente, Letters: Justin Birch (Knights of the Golden Sun, RV9)
October 14

Villainous ​follows Tilly, one of the newest super-powered beings to join the Coalition of Heroes through their sidekick program, as she navigates the dizzying world of Super-Heroes. Working with her idols should be a dream come true, but when she learns too much too soon, Tilly’s dream quickly turns into a nightmare. As she learns more about the sordid history of the CoH, Tilly has to make a choice – Get in line and stand with her heroes or take a stand and risk becoming something more… Villainous.



Writer: Christopher Sebela (Crowded, Shanghai Red), Artist: David Stoll (Metaphorical HER), Colors: Dearbhla Kelly (Red Sonja, Queen of Bad Dreams)
November 4

Haley and her brother Max are all alone after their mother’s death and a fresh start at Wayfair Academy, a special needs boarding school, isn’t what she expected. Normally, Haley would withdraw back into herself, but when she finds a family with other deaf kids, she embraces her new life and begins to come out of her shell. Until one night where the group dips their toes into crime, and the thrill is too much to leave behind. Though they soon find out by stealing from the wrong person, that this world isn’t for kids. With no one to turn to but each other, they will have to make a choice, one where no one will come out the same on the other side.


Terminal Punks

Writer: Matthew Erman (​Long Lost, Power Rangers, Dark Crystal), Artist: ​Shelby Criswell (The Nib), Letters: Micah Myers (Dead Beats)​
November 11

Four lousy, grimy and greasy gutter punk teens are en route to their big show in the big apple but when things go monstrously wrong and mutant animals are unleashed in the airport, our four punk heroes must put on their combat boots, fly their Black Flag and try to survive a viral genetic mutant nightmare. 

A hilarious, wild, and fun thrill-ride! ​Terminal Punks​ is a blaring colorful love letter to the music and attitude of rebellion. It is also a tongue-in-cheek takedown of rich idiots doing stupid things for bad reasons.

Terminal Punks

The Third Annual Mad Cave Talent Search is Here!

For the third year in a row, Mad Cave Studios is looking to discover and publish new talent in the comics industry. This year is a little different, as three artists and three writers will be chosen to take part in Mad Cave’s first-ever anthology!

Since the first talent search in 2018, Mad Cave Studios has continued the trend of bringing fresh voices to comics with exciting titles like Show’s End, Savage Bastards, Over the Ropes, and many more…

How Do Creators Sign Up?

The Mad Cave Studios talent search has some guidelines you need to follow in order for their editorial team to review your submission. Below is a brief overview of the contest details:

  • Contest runs from June 1, 2020, through September 1, 2020
  • Each submission entered must be set in the universe of a Mad Cave IP (Battlecats, Honor and Curse, Knights of the Golden Sun, Show’s End, etc.)
  • Six Winners (Three writers and three artists) will be announced on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2020, on PREVIEWSworld and PREVIEWSworld Weekly
  • Visit the Mad Cave Talent Search Page for complete submission guidelines
Mad Cave Talent Search 2020

Read Show’s End #1 from Mad Cave Studios for FREE!

Equal parts brutal and beautiful, Show’s End takes place in Georgia during the 1920s and follows Loralye, a 12-year-old runaway seeking refuge with a traveling group of freak show performers. At first, she isn’t welcomed for being too “ordinary.” But what her newfound family doesn’t know, is that Loralye is hiding a secret more freakish than anyone could ever imagine!

Written by Anthony Cleveland, with art by Jef Sadzinski, colors by Julian Gonzalez, and lettering by Justin Birch, we have Show’s End #1 for you to read here for free.

The entire series is out now and you can get get it as single issues or trade paperback.

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