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Review: Afterlife Inc. Vol. 1: Dying to Tell

Afterlife Inc. Vol. 1: Dying to Tell

Everyone has to deal with the eventuality of death. Living is not forever and everyone has lost somebody in their life. The impact of that loss can vary based on what type of relationship you had with that person. You may not remember what a person did for you or said to you but you will always remember how they made you feel.

As technology has progressed over the years it’s only a matter of time before things like death become outdated. Science fiction has explored this probability many times over to mixed results. Rarely has this prospect been viewed through how capitalism would play with such an issue. In Jon Lock’s Afterlife Inc. we find one such company whose business is all about the “Great Beyond.”

We meet Jack Fortune, a con artist and businessman, who dies but once he arrives in Empyrean, he discovers a bustling metropolis of the dead, where the leadership has vacated, which causes Jack to create Afterlife Inc, a corporation which runs all things dead.

In “Final Destination,” a pilot gets a quick introduction into the afterlife by Jon, one which doesn’t and does resemble life as he always wanted it. In “Origin Of Species,” Jon’s company creates a machine so powerful, that it does his job in half the time. In “Silver Screen,” an actor gets the role of a lifetime, one that blurs reality in ways unimagined. In “Death Of A Salesman,” one man atones for his sins, while Jack holds him to it. In “Wonderland,” a young girl gets lost in Empyrean, threatening to disturb their way of life. In “On High,” the reader gets a thorough tour of Empyrean, one that would boggle the mind. In “Elementary,” Sherlock Holmes tracks down a serial killer in Empyrean, which is quite an oxymoron in many ways, and leaves his security team in shambles. In the last story, “From Now On,” Jack brings about a melancholic resolution and a surprise reunion, one that changes the two characters time in Empyrean forever.

Overall, an interesting world and set of stories that are both whimsical and esoteric. The stories by Lock are graceful, funny, and affecting. The art by different artists makes this world more palpable and visceral. Altogether, a world readers will want to come back to time and time again.

Story: Jon Lock
Art: Del Borovic, Jerry Gaylord, Roy Huteson Stewart, Ash Jackson, Jack Tempest, Will Tempest,
and Shawn DePasquale
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adult Coloring Book

Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adult Coloring Book

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: N/A
Artists: Bachan, Jerry Gaylord, Penelope Gaylord, Evan Dorkin, Jamal Campbell, Felipe Smith, and more
Cover Artist: Bachan
Price: $16.99

It won’t help you get your history paper done or bring about universal peace, but the Bill & Ted’s Most Excellent Adult Coloring Book is a great way to improve your coloring skills!
Featuring over 90 black-and-white illustrations showcasing Bill, Ted, Rufus, and all of your favorite characters from throughout space and time, Wyld Stallyns fans can bring the Bill & Ted universe to life in their own unique, most non-heinous way.

Preview: Smosh TP

Smosh TP

writer: Michael, McDermott, Yale Stewart, David Atchison
artist: Franco Viglino, Yale Stewart, Jerry Gaylord
cover: Jerry Gaylord
FC • 192 pages • $19.99 • Teen+
COLLECTS ISSUES 1-6!

SMOSH, the Kings of YouTube Comedy, now bring their wildly popular humor sketches — namely, Super Virgin Squad, Box Man, and That Damn Neighbor — to comics! Behold, the Super Virgin Squad! Gathered together in the V-Cave, this group of unique individuals channel their sexual frustration into superhuman abilities to defend the physically weak, the socially awkward… the geekiest among us! Billy, Paulie, and Stevie’s latest mission? To save one of their moms from the presumably slimy seductions of a website swinger! Beware of That Damn Neighbor! Benny Jean and Cletus just want to drink beer and admire their lawn flamingo, but the weirdo next door will not be ignored! Witness a tale of friendship, fame, and freak accidents as Box Man’s origin springs to life, in crazy detail! Thrill as Box Man and friends try to make sense of his weird twist of fate, attempting to make him the first-ever cardboard hero and, when that fails, settling on celebrity spokesperson. But can a move made in desperation ever go wrong?

Preview: Smosh #6

Smosh #6

writer: David Atchinson, Yale Stewart
artist: Mauro Vargas, Jerry Gaylord, Yale Stewart
covers: Jerry Gaylord (a), Franco Viglino (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Fortune and fame turn ugly when Box Man is forced to choose between money and morality when he’s ordered to endorse boxguns. To use his powers for good instead of evil, Boxman goes on the lam, attempting to get as far away from the weapons as he can. But with no friends, no money, and the most recognizable face in America, how far can a man made of boxes truly get? And how does he stop his sponsor from unleashing boxguns on the world? Will Boxman find the love that eluded him as a human, now that he’s a box? All these questions and more are answered in the Box Man origin finale, aka Smoshverse # 6!

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Preview: Smosh #5

Smosh #5

writer: David Atchinson, Yale Stewart
artist: Mauro Vargas, Yale Stewart
covers: Jerry Gaylord (a), Franco Viglino (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

“Boxmania” blazes across the country as consumers go crazy for Box Man swag! From apparel to toys to games to a BOX MAN MOVIE, audiences can’t get enough of the “Cardboard Kid.” Is all this fame going to his head? As Box Man’s star rises, he grows distressingly distant from his friends. But he can’t see the forest for the trees as he’s gotten the attention of Kate, the only woman attracted to a man made of boxes. Can our hero balance a massive career, friends, and budding love?

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures, Vol. 3

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures, Vol. 3

Matthew K. Manning, Caleb Goellner (w) • Chad Thomas, Ruairi Coleman, Ben Harvey, Jerry Gaylord, Jamal Peppers (a) • Jon Sommariva (c)

All-new stories of Amazing Adventures drawing inspiration from the hit Nickelodeon cartoon! Join the Turtles for the shell-kicking adventures “The Frogs of War” and “Muck Amok” plus back up stories! Collects issues #9–12.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 100 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-747-5

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Preview: Smosh #4

Smosh #4

writers: David Atchinson, Yale Stewart
artists: Jerry Gaylord, Yale Stewart
covers: Jerry Gaylord (a), Franco Viglino (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Witness a tale of friendship, fame, and, freak accidents as Youtube sensation Box Man’s origin springs to life, in crazy detail, in Smoshverse no. 4! Thrill as Box Man and friends try to make sense of his weird twist of fate, first attempting to make him the first-ever cardboard hero and, when that fails, settling on celebrity spokesperson. But can a move made in desperation ever go wrong??? It’s a coming of age story like no other, mixing the ageless hard lessons of growing up with Smosh-style comedy of today.

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Preview: Smosh #3

Smosh #3

writer: Michael McDermott, Yale Stewart
artist: Franco Viglino, Yale Stewart
covers: Franco Viglino (a), Jerry Gaylord (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Summer is here! The Super Virgin Squad actively seek to swell their ranks as the team is confronted with their greatest challenge to date. A rival group of super powered, antagonistic teens is wreaking havoc in Smalltown, USA, and only the SVS can restore law and order to their beloved streets. Can they turn their ragtag group of new recruits into the heroes they need to be in time to save their community? When a shocking revelation shakes the entire team and their core values to their very foundation, will there even be a Super Virgin Squad left for them to join? Tune in true believers… same SMOSH time, same SMOSH comic!

With over 9 billion views and 38 million combined subscribers on YouTube, and 31 million social followers, SMOSH has one of the strongest digital footprints of any media brand in existence today.  Based on the strength of this audience, SMOSH has also seen multiple chart-topping musical endeavors, record-setting channel spin-offs and top-selling mobile and gaming apps, with more than two million downloads to date. And, in Summer 2015, the brand released its first feature length film SMOSH: The Movie which debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.

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Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #11

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Amazing Adventures #11

Caleb Goellner, Matt Manning (w) • Chad Thomas, Jerry Gaylord (a) • Jon Sommariva (c)

“Muck Amok Part 1” Muckman thinks he may be finding his groove as a crime-fighting mutant. However a new trash-collecting invention from Baxter Stockman may prove him wrong! Will the Turtles be able to intervene in time?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Smosh #2

Smosh #2

writers: Michael McDermott, Yale Stewart
artists: Franco Viglino, Yale Stewart
covers: Franco Viglino (a), Jerry Gaylord (b)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

All Amanda Cuddy wanted from this world was a little bit of love, but when she turns to the Super Virgin Squad for an assist, she gets more than she ever bargained for! What is the secret of Payload #9? Who are The Megalomaniacal War Ponies? Where do the affections of Smalltown High’s dreamiest point guard ultimately lie? The answers await in this second issue of the YouTube sensation SMOSH’s inaugural foray into comics, along with this month’s “That Damn Neighbor” back-up feature, entitled “The Pool!”
With over 9 billion views and 38 million combined subscribers on YouTube, and 31 million social followers, SMOSH has one of the strongest digital footprints of any media brand in existence today.  Based on the strength of this audience, SMOSH has also seen multiple chart-topping musical endeavors, record-setting channel spin-offs and top-selling mobile and gaming apps, with more than two million downloads to date. And, in Summer 2015, the brand released its first feature length film SMOSH: The Movie which debuted at #1 on the iTunes comedy chart.

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