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Review: Wolf Moon #1

wolfmoon - covVertigo and the supernatural go almost hand in hand, but after years of werewolves being of interest in popular culture, it offers more of a challenge for stories featuring the creatures of the night to be relevant and compelling.  This series from Vertigo attempts another look at the creatures, this time from a slightly different outlook.  Much of the somewhat canonical background of the characters is gone, replaced by something a little bit different.  The story focuses on Dillon, a man with a reason to hunt the werewolves, as he ventures to Kentucky after putting together the telling evidence from a recent attack.  As he faces the beast, he comes to an interesting conclusion, one which he had not really considered before, and one which forces him towards an unconventional solution.

Throughout this issue there are different elements at play.  Dillon has to deal with Cayce, who seems at first to be a romantic interest, but then might be something else.  When confronting the beast Dillon has some realizations about himself, but they are left somewhat ambiguous as well.  This ambiguity is meant to build tension, but it is almost too ambiguous as not enough is yet known to really draw in the reader.

Those interested in werewolves and the supernatural genre will probably find enough to draw them in here, but for outsiders the genre, there is far less here of much value.  Story is often shunted for the benefit of gore, and the characters are not developed enough in this initial issue to provide enough to grasp on to.  It is a shame too, because the cover by June Chung is one of the most visually captivating covers that I have seen in a long time, and while it draws in the reader, there is nothing inside this issue which matches the eloquence of the exterior.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Jeremy Haun  
Story: 7.0  Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Pass

Review: Aphrodite IX #5, The Darkness #115, Cyber Force #6

Aphrodite IX #5

AIX005001Aphrodite IX woke up in a new world with no memory and no idea of her true purpose. But finding out the truth about herself and how her handler Burch has been manipulating her will change everything.

Top Cow has been reinventing it’s properties. Some have been a shift in the world, others, like two on this list, have seen their entire concept changed (from what I’ve experienced).  Aphrodite IX is one of the more interesting ones, featuring a world destroyed and made up of two rival individuals, those with a belief in a higher power and more in harmony with nature and those relying on technology.

Aphrodite IX is a comic that actually is much deeper than one might think. While the main story deals with Aphrodite and her being used as a pawn in the war between these two factions, it’s actually a greater story that dives into the debate of faith versus science, god versus what’s measurable.

Even more than that, there’s the question of destiny, fate, and choice. Aphrodite is a pawn in a war, controlled and manipulated by men. She’s seen as a tool by some and as an actual woman by others.

While there’s some slight issues with the actual story telling here, it’s a bit choppy at points, writer Matt Hawkins has put together an interesting series that’s much more layered than it might seem at first.

On top of Hawkins writing is Stjepan Sejic‘s beautiful art. His style is unique and quite amazing with a painted style that has you linger on pages. He’s proven time and time again, he’s a master artist, one of the most visually unique and striking.

The two together have created an interesting reboot and one of Top Cow’s strongest series right now.

Story: Matt Hawkins Art: Stjepan Sejic
Story: 7 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy

The Darkness #115

DK115001Hope Estacado is very much her father’s daughter. But Jackie Estacado was raised to be a hired killer for a crime family before he inherited the curse of the Darkness. As she matures to take care of her mentally unstable mother, what terrible rites of passage await Hope?

It’s been a bit since I’ve read the adventures of Jackie Estacado. I read the series for a bit after the big world shift, but something wasn’t quite clicking for me. I decided to dive back in reading the previous issue and this one generally catching me up on what’s been going on.

The story is pretty simple in this two part arc which had the Darkness splitting from Jackie and creating a doppleganger. In this issue Jackie struggles to get the Darkness back in a giant battle. The story is ok to me, but since it’s a sliver of a greater storyline, new readers might feel a bit lost. I generally had an idea of what was going on from some of the other Top Cow comics out there.

As a whole from what I’ve read of The Darkness since Top Cow’s bold decision to twist it’s world, it’s been an ok read. The edge that has been a part of the series has been missing a little and the story for me isn’t moving as fast as it should. Lots gets dragged out and there’s just something missing to me as a reader.

What’s fascinating is the Top Cow world is slightly off after the changes that Jackie and Hope made to it all and this series since has been slightly off as well.

Story: David Hine Art: Jeremy Haun
Story: 6.75 Art: 7 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

Cyber Force #6

cyberforce6c-webVelocity and Ripclaw have been left hurting since their last confrontation with CDI. To eradicate the rogue Cyber Force faction once and for all, an even more dangerous and uncontrollable threat has been activated.

It had been a bit since I read the fifth issue of Cyber Force, and I came into the sixth one a bit shocked as to the events. I had to go back and remind myself what I missed. The series as a whole has suffered a bit of choppy storytelling that was a signature of Image’s earliest comics. While the above was the solicit text for this issue, that “activation” doesn’t come until the very end of the issue.

For the most part, this issue is a stand-off with a lot of orders being barked around moving the story along. But what I actually enjoyed the most about the issue was the flashbacks, fleshing out some of the history we haven’t been introduced to.

The comic begins with how Stryker became the man we know now. In too few pages, the character has a depth added to him that was missing. The character went from a stereotype to someone very interesting. It’s taken six issues to get there, and I’m not sure when I would have added it earlier, but it makes the series get really interesting for me. In enjoy characters with depth, and here we start to see more of that.

Overall, this isn’t the Cyber Force you might know from years past. Creator Marc Silverstri has taken the characters and reworked them and the series into a future dystopian nightmare tale. The series is a departure from what’s come before, but familiar.

I think for me the most interesting thing has been what’s new. Silverstri has done a daring thing, and like Aphrodite IX, divorced these characters from the general Top Cow universe…. I think. Though it was fun to see the tech and religious mix of the previous Top Cow world, these two series keep the tech separate from the general Top Cow universe, almost grounding them in a way.

Marco Turini’s art is pretty solid, giving the series a gritty and dirty look that fits the world the story takes place in.

Overall, Top Cow has done a pretty daring thing reworking this entire series. Couple that with this series starting off as a Kickstarter project, and things get really fascinating.

I think the story and series is just starting, and this looks like this’ll be a fun one to see where it goes down the road. Because right now, anything can happen.

Story: Marc Silvestri Art: Marco Turini
Story: 7 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Buy

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Preview: The Darkness #115

The Darkness #115

Story By: David Hine
Art By: Jeremy Haun
Art By: John Rauch
Price: $3.99
Diamond ID: APR130533
Published: September 18, 2013

“THE AGE OF REASON,” Part TwoHope Estacado is very much her father’s daughter. But Jackie Estacado was raised to be a hired killer for a crime family before he inherited the curse of the Darkness. As she matures to take care of her mentally unstable mother, what terrible rites of passage await Hope?

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Preview: The Darkness #114

The Darkness #114

Story By: David Hine
Art By: Jeremy Haun
Art By: John Rauch
Price: $4.99

“THE AGE OF REASON,” Part OneJackie Estacado is no longer lord over The Darkness. His Doppelganger has usurped his place at the head of his crime organization and his daughter Hope is quickly maturing and growing in her abilities to inherit the Darkness power for herself. Jump on board in the first part of this special, oversized issue of The Darkness that unveils the horrors that come to life when Hope’s nightmares are allowed to roam free.

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Preview: The Darkness #113

The Darkness #113

Story by: David Hine
Art By: Jeremy Haun, John Rauch

“ALONE IN THE WOODS”
Darkness bearer Jackie Estacado’s daughter Hope has wandered beyond the perimeter of her father’s vigilantly guarded estate, Erewon. When night falls in the woods and the supernatural begins to stir, Hope is more at home that ever before. Don’t miss this twisted fairytale that illustrates firsthand that Hope is truly her father’s daughter!

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Preview: The Darkness #112

The Darkness #112

Story by: David Hine
Art By: Jeremy Haun & John Rauch
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $2.99

“TWISTED TALES OF HOPE!”
On the verge of adolescence, Jackie’s daughter Hope is following in her father’s footsteps and is starting to grow into the young lady that she was always destined to become. But there is Darkness in her blood. And when she wanders into the woods alone, surrounded by things that go bump in the night, Hope wonders if she is the creature to actually fear.

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Preview – The Darkness #111

The Darkness #111

Story by: David Hine
Art By: Jeremy Haun
Price: $2.99

“WRATH OF THE WITCHBLADE!”
Jackie crafted the world as he saw fit. For the longest time, nobody noticed. As master of the shadows, he knows that he must operate outside of the spotlight if he wants to get what he truly wants. But there are those who know the unbalance Jackie caused. Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini knows what Jackie stole from her and the time has come for her to make Jackie pay.

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“Progeny” Shapes the Future of Top Cow

The events of Top Cow‘s vanguard titles have been building to the climactic confrontation in a universe-changing four-issue crossover event: Progeny. Jackie Estacado, wielder of the ancient power The Darkness, has remade the world according to his own wishes. His daughter with Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini, Hope, sacrificed as a baby to save the universe from obliteration, is, in his new world, on the verge of adolescence, and Jackie’s high school girlfriend who had died tragically, Jenny, is her mother — and alive.

Now, the hero of the series Artifacts, Tom Judge, has unraveled the truth of what happened to the world. Ron Marz, Stjepan Sejic, and Marco Turini on Artifacts, Tim Seeley and Diego Bernard on Witchblade, and David Hine and Jeremy Haun on The Darkness unite to form an interlocking story as Judge gathers together his fellow Artifact bearers for a final clash with Estacado.

Progeny began with Artifacts #25, continues in Witchblade #164 and The Darkness #111, and will come to a dramatic conclusion in Artifacts #26.

Image Comics’ Signing Schedule for Emerald City Comicon

Emerald City Comicon this week in Seattle is set to be eventful for fans of Image Comics, as the company is rolling out not just three great panels and five exclusive covers for the convention, but also a signing schedule packed with some of the comic industry’s best and brightest.

The full schedule of signings taking place at Image’s booth (#1100) is as follows:

FRIDAY

2:00 – 2:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
3:00 – 3:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA) — ticketed signing
Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC)
3:30 – 4:30 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
4:00 – 4:45 Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS  MAKER, SEX)
Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh (COMEBACK)
5:00 – 5:45 Joe Eisma (MORNING GLORIES)
Duffy Boudreau (BLACKACRE)
6:00 – 6:45 Darick Robertson (HAPPY!)
Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
7:00 – 7:45 Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Jean-Paul Bonjour (ALPHA GIRL)

SATURDAY

10:00 – 10:45 Nate Bellegarde (NOWHERE MEN)
Ed Brisson and Michael Walsh (COMEBACK)
11:00 – 11:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Michel Gagné (THE SAGA OF REX, ZED: A COSMIC TALE)
12:00 – 12:45 Joe Casey (BUTCHER BAKER THE RIGHTEOUS  MAKER, SEX)
Jay Faerber (NEAR DEATH, POINT OF IMPACT)
1:00 – 1:45 Blair Butler (HEART)
Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
1:00 – 2:00 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
2:00 – 2:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA) — ticketed signing
Nathan Edmondson (THE ACTIVITY, DANCER, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY)
2:30 – 3:30 Ryan Ottley (INVINCIBLE) — Skybound booth
3:00 – 3:45 Darick Robertson — ticketed signing
Joe Harris (GREAT PACIFIC)
4:00 – 4:45 Brian Wood (MARA) — ticketed signing
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)
5:00 – 5:45 Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft (SEVERED) — ticketed signing
Howard Chaykin (BLACK KISS II)
6:00 – 6:45 Brandon Graham (MULTIPLE WARHEADS, PROPHET) and Simon Roy (PROPHET)
Joe Keatinge (GLORY, HELL YEAH)

SUNDAY

10:00 – 10:45 Frank Barbiere (FIVE GHOSTS: THE HAUNTING OF FABIAN GRAY)
Jeremy Haun (THE DARKNESS)
11:00 – 11:45 Darick Robertson — ticketed signing
Nathan Edmondson (THE ACTIVITY, DANCER, WHERE IS JAKE ELLIS?) and Mitch Gerads (THE ACTIVITY)
12:00 – 12:45 Jim McCann and Janet Lee (LOST VEGAS)
Sina Grace (NOT MY BAG)
1:00 – 1:45 Gerry Duggan (THE INFINITE HORIZON)
Jim Zub (SKULLKICKERS)
2:00 – 2:45 Scott Snyder and Scott Tuft (SEVERED) — ticketed signing
Duffy Boudreau (BLACKACRE)
3:00 – 3:45 Fiona Staples (SAGA)  — ticketed signing
Jamie S. Rich (IT GIRL AND THE ATOMICS)
4:00 – 4:45 Ken Kristensen (TODD, THE UGLIEST KID ON EARTH)
Kurtis Wiebe (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, PETER PANZERFAUST) and Riley Rossmo (GREEN WAKE, DEBRIS, BEDLAM, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS)

Tickets for each day’s ticketed signings will be available at the Image Comics booth, beginning at the start of the convention day. Tickets are limited and are given out on a first-come-first-served basis. The signing schedule is subject to change. Ryan Ottley will be signing at the Skybound booth, just opposite of the Image booth.

Emerald City Comicon takes place on March 1-3 in the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle.

The Darkness #112 Provides Jumping-On Story of “Hope”

Jackie Estacado, crime boss and wielder of an ancient force called the Darkness, seemed to have his life under control. In the unfolding “Breaking Dark” story arc of Top Cow‘s long-running series The Darkness, Jackie has used the power endowed by the Darkness to remake the world according to his will. But this act has had disastrous consequences. Jackie’s doppelganger has taken over his crime organization, his wife’s mind is slowly unraveling, and his daughter Hope is the most powerful vessel for the Darkness to ever have existed.

In this decaying world, Hope embarks on her own journey in The Darkness #112, the first half of a two-part story that is a perfect jumping-on point for readers who want to enter the world of The Darkness. Following a trail of blood that leads to a forest bordering her father’s estate, Hope encounters all manner of monsters, sprung to life out of her favorite fairy tales — and the immortal forces known as the Ancient Ones.

And as the true extent of her powers begins to manifest, Hope starts to wonder if she is the scariest creature in the deep, dark woods.

Written by David Hine and drawn by Jeremy Haun, Hope’s story will widen the universe of The Darkness even further, asking what role a girl coming of age will play in the eternal struggle of the forces Light and Darkness.

The Darkness #112 will be in stores on April 10, to be followed by the second half of Hope’s story in #113 in stores in May.

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