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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Dan Abnett, David Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Carlos Magno, George Schall, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Fay Dalton with John Keaveney
Price: $14.99

In celebration of the original film’s 50th anniversary, stories from both eras of the Planet of the Apes franchise are featured together in one collection for the first time ever.

These all-new stories include the reveal of the ape who calls the remains of the Statue of Liberty home, and the first look at the world left behind following the events of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Featuring bestselling authors Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide is an unprecedented examination of the iconic franchise that fans of the original and new series will not want to miss.

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Review: Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

This review was originally published in 2011 during the graphic novel’s original release

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Written by (at the time) Entertainment Weekly contributor Jeff Jensen, this graphic novel covers the true story about the Green River Killer, a serial killer who terrorized the Washington State area. Jensen’s father was the lead detective on the case. I’m a huge crime/noir fan, so being able to read a true story like this is just an added bonus to the type of comic I already like.

We’re taken through the history of the case, leading up to the capture of the person who committed it and what police dealt with afterwards. It’s a rare lifting of the curtain as to the history of such a notorious crime spree.

But, the heart of the graphic novel is the fact that Jensen grew up around this case. It’s very much a “letter” to his father and through it; you can tell he’s dealing with his father’s dedication to the case and how that might have affected the family dynamic. It adds so much depth to the comic that might not have been there.

But as Jensen works through why his father worked as hard as he did, he also attempts to work through the killer’s motivations as well. The last third of the book seems to be focused on that, and it brings a chilling feeling to the story mixed along with Jensen’s personal issues. And it sticks with you.  For days I talked about the story with my friends, like Jensen, like the detectives who worked on the case and like the killer himself, I struggled with the outcome.

It’s so rare to have a ripped from the headlines, true life comic come out and it’s fantastic it’s of this high quality.

Story: Jeff Jensen Art: Jonathan Case
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Fay Dalton & John Keaveney
Variant Cover: Michael Allred with colors by Laura Allred
Price: $7.99

Celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most influential franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the simian citizens of the world of Planet of the Apes!

Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the life of an Ape Soldier in General Ursus’s army, and a story set before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, revealing Koba’s early struggles to remain loyal to Caesar.

Your First Look at Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1, an all-new special on sale December 12. Celebrating the franchise’s historic 50th Anniversary in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, this over-sized comic is packed with new stories highlighting the beginnings of the dominant simian civilization in Planet of the Apes!

Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1 assembles acclaimed creators including writers Jeff Jensen, Matt Kindt, and Ryan Ferrier; artists Jared Cullum, Matt Smith, and artist Lalit Kumar Sharma. This celebration of one of cinema’s most important franchises features a main cover by Fay Dalton and John Keaveney, and a variant cover by Michael and Laura Allred.

Michael Sheen to Direct and Star in Green River Killer

Green River Killer A True Detective StoryQC Entertainment has announced the company will produce and finance the true crime thriller Green River Killer, which marks the feature film directorial debut of acclaimed actor Michael Sheen who will also star in the film.  The screenplay written by Sheen made the coveted The Black List in 2015, and is adapted from the Dark Horse Entertainment’s award-winning graphic novel Green River Killer: A True Detective Story. The novel was written by Jeff Jensen, based on his father Tom Jensen, and artist Jonathan Case.

The film will be produced by Dark Horse Entertainment’s Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg, Sheen and QC Entertainment’s Sean McKittrick and Ray Mansfield.  QC’s Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Shaun Redick will serve as Executive Producers.  The film will be co-represented for domestic film sales by ICM Partners and QC Entertainment, which is the recently formed partnership between McKittrick, Hamm, Mansfield and Redick.

The film is the story of Tom Jensen, the man who spent twenty years looking for the ‘Green River Killer,’ and Gary Ridgway (to be played by Sheen), the man he caught.  After a two-decade hunt and forty-nine official murders, the two men are forced to live and work together in a dark alliance to uncover the truth.

You can read our review of the graphic novel.

The Ultimate True-Crime Story Returns

This October, experience the story of one of America’s most notorious killers as Green River Killer heads to paperback for the first time.

Throughout the 1980s, the highest priority of Seattle-area police was the apprehension of the Green River Killer, the man responsible for the murders of dozens of women. In 1990, with the body count numbering at least forty-eight, the case was put in the hands of a single detective, Tom Jensen. After twenty years, when the killer was finally captured with the help of DNA technology, Jensen spent 180 days interviewing Gary Leon Ridgway in an effort to learn his most closely held secrets—an epic confrontation with evil that proved as disturbing and surreal as can be imagined.

Written by Jensen’s own son, acclaimed entertainment writer Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story presents the ultimate insider’s account of America’s most prolific serial killer.

The graphic novel is out this October 21 and you can read my original review here.

The Green River Killer

Dark Horse Comics Eisner Nominees Announced!

April 5, MILWAUKIE, OR–Comic-Con International has announced the nominations for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards 2012!

Dark Horse Comics has 11 nominations, including two each for the anthology Dark Horse Presents, Jeff Jensen’s Green River Killer, and Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo.

The nominees, chosen by a blue-ribbon panel of judges, reflect the wide range of material being published in comics and graphic novel form today, from nursery rhymes and World War II battles to high school angst and pulp fiction.

Named for acclaimed comics creator Will Eisner, the awards are in their twenty-fourth year of highlighting the best publications and creators in comics and graphic novels.

 

EISNER AWARD NOMINEES 2012

Best Short Story

“The Speaker,” by Brandon Graham, in Dark Horse Presents #7

 

Best Continuing Series

Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai

 

Best Anthology

Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson

 

Best Humor Publication

The Art of Doug Sneyd: A Collection of Playboy Cartoons

Chimichanga, by Eric Powell

Milk & Cheese: Dairy Products Gone Bad, by Evan Dorkin

 

Best Reality-Based Work

Green River Killer: A True Detective Story, by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case

 

Best U.S. Edition of International Material

The Manara Library, vol. 1: Indian Summer and Other Stories, by Milo Manara with Hugo Pratt

 

Best Writer

Jeff Jensen, Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

 

Best Lettering

Tom Orzechowski, Manara Library, with L. Lois Buhalis

Stan Sakai, Usagi Yojimbo

 

Ballots with this year’s nominees will be going out in mid-April to comics creators, editors, publishers, and retailers. A downloadable PDF of the ballot is available online, and a special website has been set up for online voting: www.eisnervote.com. The results in all categories will be announced in a gala awards ceremony on the evening of Friday, July 13, at Comic-Con International.

About Dark Horse Comics

Since 1986, Dark Horse Comics has proven to be a solid example of how integrity and innovation can help broaden a unique storytelling medium and establish a small, homegrown company as an industry giant. The company is known for the progressive and creator-friendly atmosphere it provides for writers and artists.  In addition to publishing comics from top talent like Frank Miller, Mike Mignola, Neil Gaiman, Gerard Way, Will Eisner, and best-selling prose author Janet Evanovich, Dark Horse has developed such successful characters as the Mask, Timecop, and the Occultist. Additionally, its highly successful line of comics and products based on popular properties includes Star Wars, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Aliens, Conan the BarbarianMass Effect, Serenity, and Domo. Today, Dark Horse Comics is the largest independent comic-book publisher in the United States and is recognized as both an innovator in the cause of creator rights and the comics industry’s leading publisher of licensed material.

Review – Green River Killer: A True Detective Story

Green River Killer A True Detective StoryWritten by Entertainment Weekly contributor Jeff Jensen, this graphic novel covers the true story about the Green River Killer, a serial killer who terrorized the Washington State area.  Jensen’s father was the lead detective on the case.  I’m a huge crime/noir fan, so being able to read a true story like this is just an added bonus to the type of comic I already like.

We’re taken through the history of the case, leading up to the capture of the person who committed it and what police dealt with afterwards.  It’s a rare lifting of the curtain as to the history of such a notorious crime spree.

But, the heart of the graphic novel is the fact that Jensen grew up around this case.  It’s very much a “letter” to his father and through it; you can tell he’s dealing with his father’s dedication to the case and how that might have affected the family dynamic.  It adds so much depth to the comic that might not have been there.

But as Jensen works through why his father worked as hard as he did, he also attempts to work through the killer’s motivations as well.  The last third of the book seems to be focused on that, and it brings a chilling feeling to the story mixed along with Jensen’s personal issues.  And it sticks with you.  For days I talked about the story with my friends, like Jensen, like the detectives who worked on the case and like the killer himself, I struggled with the outcome.

It’s so rare to have a ripped from the headlines, true life comic come out and it’s fantastic it’s of this high quality.

Writer: Jeff Jensen Art: Jonathan Case Publisher: Dark Horse

Story: 8.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review