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Frightening Consequences in Your First Look at Specs #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Specs #2, the second issue of the mysterious new series from highly acclaimed writer David M. Booher, artist Chris Shehan, colorist Roman Stevens, and Jim Campbell, about a group of misfit teens who mail-order a pair of novelty glasses, and realize they’ve received much more than they bargained for, in stores December 14, 2022.  

Given their unwillingness to acknowledge the dangerous consequences of their recent wish, what does this mean for their victim, and what do they do with the glasses moving forward? Kenny fears that all of this may affect his and Ted’s relationship… and wonders if they’ll truly remain just “friends.” 

Specs #2 features main cover art by highly acclaimed artist Skylar Patridge, and variant cover by fan-favorite illustrator David Talaski.

Specs #2

Vault announces Five New Titles

Vault has announced not one, not two, but FIVE series that will be released in Spring 2023. Check out what’s coming to comic shops!

BARBARIC: HELL TO PAY #1

Writer: Michael Moreci
Artist: Nathan Gooden
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel  
Cover A & B: Nathan Gooden
January 2023

Barbaric is back and headed straight to hell in an all-new arc so big and bloody, it’s getting an extra issue! While Owen tames a dragon with an old friend, Soren and Steel cross paths with someone else from our cursed barbarian’s past…who isn’t looking nearly as friendly. Hell hath no fury like a woman stabbed through the heart by an ugly f***ing orc.

Oh, wait! Who’s carrying Axe?

GODFELL #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Ben Hennessy
Colorist: Triona Farrell & Vittorio Astone
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover A: Ben Hennessy
Cover B: Nathan Gooden
February 2023

One sunny day in the land of Kerethim, God falls dead from the sky. The impact sends out shockwaves that draw in royal families at war, shadowy creatures of the dark, and armies of the dispossessed, all coming to lay claim to parts of God’s body. Into this power struggle wanders Zanzi Vuiline, a soldier and berserker trying to get home from a years-long war. Forced to fight her way through the strange landscapes in and on God’s corpse, from the soles of its feet through the top of its head, Zanzi will acquire a mysterious traveling companion on her own pilgrimage.

THE NASTY #1

Writer: John Lees
Artist: George Kambadais
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
Cover A: George Kambadais
Cover B: Sally Cantirino
March 2023

Eighteen-year-old Thumper Connell still has an imaginary friend: the masked killer from his favourite slasher film. Thumper is obsessed with horror and always has been. He fills his time with scary VHS rentals and hanging out with his fellow fans, The Murder Club. But everything changes when his local video shop acquires one of the notorious films known as “video nasties” – films so scary, they’re the target of the British Moral Decency League’s crusade to ban and burn. But it’s only a movie, right? It’s all just imaginary, isn’t it?

A story about the perception of evil, the power of genre, the love of fandom, the need to create art, oh, and crap-your-pants TERROR!”

SONGS FOR THE DEAD: AFTERLIFE

Writer: Andrea Fort & MC Heron 
Artist: MJ Erickson
Colorist: Addison Duke
Letterer: Andworld
Cover: MJ Erickson
Designer: Tim Daniel
March 2023

Bethany is a necromancer and a hero. Along with her companions, Elissar and Jonas, she has finally found the rumored covenant. Her Perilous journey has brought her to the last bastion of the necromancers, but resurging prejudices have them in shambles. Can Bethany unite them in the face of escalating tensions? Or will the coming war shatter all of her dreams for a peaceful future? 

SONGS FOR THE DEAD: AFTERLIFE

MONEY SHOT COMES AGAIN

Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Gisele Lagace
Colorist: Carlos Badilla Z
Letterer: Crank!
Designer: Tim Daniel
Cover A: Gisele Lagace
Cover B: Tim Seeley & Tim Daniel
April 2023

The XXXplorers are back and on their hands and knees for the good of humanity! When the giant ass space jellyfish who run the ordered universe arrive on earth, the porn-stars-cum-science explorers must put away grudges, crushes and side hustles to once again take one or two or three for the team. Begins an epic new arc, which takes aim at dumb billionaires and bad optics, and guests stars a LEGENDARY underground comix heroine! NEW ARTIST Gisele Lagace puts her sexy spin on the book!

Review: Rogue State #1

Rogue State #1

What if a contested Presidential election plunged America into turmoil? What if political violence consumed the streets? And what if a raging Supreme Court, in a strict interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, legitimized and deputized all militias, transforming the entire country into a paramilitary police state? Rogue State #1 takes reality and moves it to the extreme so many of us are worried about.

Written by Matteo Pizzolo, Rogue State #1 is an interesting start but doesn’t quite have the hook that’s pitched. While I was provided the first three issues, I read what I believe is just the first (it’s one file, so wasn’t 100% sure) and there’s a lot of potential. The idea of a nation torn apart by an election is one that has so much potential for storytelling. Where this series is going is a mysterious figure eventually rising and whether that individual is a freedom fighter or a terrorist. Unfortunately, none of that is conveyed in the debut. Instead, we get an inept militia, corrupt cops, and a character who seems to be very acrobatic for unknown reasons. It all comes across as good ideas, but not meshed together well.

Where Rogue State #1 falls flat is that none of the crisis or danger feels felt. There’s little escalation from what we see every so often on television. BLM protests and Antifa/Proud Boy clashes have more danger, tension, and stakes felt around them. We get a main character who’s an unemployed architect that can scale buildings like Spider-Man and a clash between protestors and police. All of which feels a bit exaggerated or not exaggerated enough. There’s also something about drugs and bootlegging but none of that really feels relevant so far, it just fills space. In other words, the danger of the world is never really established. Pizzolo opens with an inept militia that can shoot something 20 feet away and come off more Barney Fife than Terminator.

Carlos Granda‘s art doesn’t help matters. Characters aren’t consistent in their look which at times distracts and moments that should have the feel of danger feel more like slapstick comedy. The art tone, and tone of situations as a whole, don’t match the pitch. Granda is joined by Brad Simpson on color and Jim Campbell on lettering. The color does stand out in its purples and pinks, a sky motif playing off the sunset and down of a new day. The lettering I noticed one issue where it looks like a word was cut off at the top of the word balloon, an odd mistake.

Rogue State has potential and maybe as it gets going things improve. But, as an opening issue, Rogue State #1 falls into the trap so many high concept comics have lately. The concept doesn’t match the execution and things fall short of what is promised. It feels a bit scattered in its focus overall. We’ll see if that continues to be true but for a first issue, this one stumbles.

Story: Matteo Pizzolo Art: Carlos Granda
Color: Brad Simpson Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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


Purchase: TFAWZeus Comics

New Terrors Unfold in Your First Look at Damn Them All #2

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Damn Them All #2, the next issue of the brand new original horror series from highly acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, legendary The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, colorist Sofie Dodgson, and letterer Jim Campbell, that introduces your favorite new occult antihero in a dark supernatural thriller this November 30 2022.

Dora, a detective traumatized by the same recent supernatural events as Ellie, is suspicious of the untimely death of Alfie – a man who helped her in desperate times. As new terrors unfold, the two witness strange changes to the political landscape of Britain: a gibbering madness infecting the population. Ellie fears the worst, and seeks the only thing she thinks can help. A demon may be behind what’s happened, one that predates even the Ars Goetia… and isn’t so easy to control…

Damn Them All #2 features main cover art by series artist Adlard, and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Reiko Murakami, Aaron Campbell, Stephanie Hans, and Junggeun Yoon.

Damn Them All #2

Gruesome Consequences in R.L. Stine’s Stuff of Nightmares #3

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Stuff of Nightmares #3, the next issue of a brand new four-issue limited comic book series from R.L. Stine, the legendary author of Fear Street and Goosebumps, who’s back with a chilling new take on iconic creatures from horror legend in his first creator-owned comic book series, with chilling art by A.L. Kaplan, colors by Roman Titov, and letters by Jim Campbell. Available on November 23, 2022.

Reeling from disaster, Issac and Stella are left to pick up the pieces–some more gruesome than figurative–as a new monster emerges from the laboratory. They’ll soon find that creating life from death has terrible, terrible consequences!

Stuff of Nightmares #3 features main and variant cover art from acclaimed artist Francesco Francavilla and highly collectible variant cover art by illustrators Christian Ward, Suspiria Vilchez, Reiko Murakami, and the third in a series of connecting covers by acclaimed illustrator Dustin Nguyen.

Stuff of Nightmares #3

Get a look at the supernatural horror series SPECS #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at SPECS #1, the premiere issue of the mysterious new series from writer David M. Booher, artist Chris Shehan, colorist Roman Stevens, and Jim Campbell, about a group of misfit teens who mail-order a pair of novelty glasses, and realize they’ve received much more than they bargained for, in stores on November 9, 2022.  

All that high school students Kenny and Ted want is to not feel like outcasts in their small town in Ohio. But their world is turned upside down when the Magic Specs they ordered unlock a world of unforeseen possibilities. . . and consequences. Their fun starts out innocent enough, but when they wish that their bully would disappear, things take a cursed turn, with far darker results than they thought possible…

SPECS #1 features main cover art by highly acclaimed artist Skylar Patridge, and variant covers by fan-favorite illustrators Kevin Wada, Chris Shehan, and David Talaski.

SPECS #1

Damn Them All #1 gets two second printing covers

BOOM! Studios has announced that Damn Them All #1, the premiere issue of the new original horror series from writer Simon Spurrier, legendary The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, colorist Sofie Dodgson, and letterer Jim Campbell, that introduces your favorite new occult antihero in a dark supernatural thriller, has sold out at the distributor level! 

Meet Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne: occultist-for-hire. Following the death of Ellie’s uncle, an infamous magician and occult detective, the 72 devils of the Ars Goetia are mysteriously freed from their infernal realm. Now it’s up to Ellie to track down each of these exiled demons and damn them right back to Hell by any means necessary… holy water, conjuration, or just her trusty, rusty claw hammer.

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Damn Them All #1 Second Printing, featuring two covers by series artist Adlard, available in stores November 23, 2022.

Damn Them All #2 gets a cover from Tula Lotay

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at highly acclaimed illustrator Tula Lotay’s variant covers of Damn Them All #2, a brand new original horror series from The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and writer Simon Spurrier, colorist Sofie Dodgson, and letterer Jim Campbell, that introduces your favorite new occult antihero in a dark supernatural thriller this November 30, 2022.

Dora, a detective traumatized by the same recent supernatural events as Ellie, is suspicious of the untimely death of Alfie – a man who helped her in desperate times. As new terrors unfold, the two witness strange changes to the political landscape of Britain: a gibbering madness infecting the population. Ellie fears the worst, and seeks the only thing she thinks can help. A demon may be behind what’s happened, one that predates even the Ars Goetia… and isn’t so easy to control…

Damn Them All #2 features main cover art by series artist Adlard, and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators Reiko Murakami, Aaron Campbell, Stephanie Hans, and Junggeun Yoon

Charlie Adlard and Simon Spurrier Unleash Hell in Damn Them All #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Damn Them All #1, a brand new original horror series from legendary The Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard and highly acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, colorist Sofie Dodgson, and letterer Jim Campbell, that introduces your favorite new occult antihero in a dark supernatural thriller on October 26, 2022.

Meet Ellie “Bloody El” Hawthorne: occultist-for-hire. Following the death of Ellie’s uncle, an infamous magician and occult detective, the 72 devils of the Ars Goetia are mysteriously freed from their infernal realm. Now it’s up to Ellie to track down each of these exiled demons and damn them right back to Hell by any means necessary… holy water, conjuration, or just her trusty, rusty claw hammer.

Damn Them All #1 features main cover art by series artist Adlard, and variant covers by acclaimed illustrators DANI with Tamra Bonvillain, Christian Ward, Sean Phillips with Pip Martin, Becky Cloonan, and InHyuk Lee.

Damn Them All #1

Dustin Nguyen’s Stuff of Nightmares Variant Connecting Covers

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the connecting variant covers of Stuff of Nightmares #1-4, by legendary illustrator Dustin NguyenStuff of Nightmares is a brand new four-issue limited comic book series from R.L Stine, the legendary author of Fear Street and Goosebumps, who’s back with a chilling new take on iconic creatures from horror legend in his first creator-owned comic book series, with chilling art by A.L. Kaplan, colors by Roman Titov, and letters by Jim Campbell.

The monster you encounter isn’t the one you thought it’d be—you might be familiar with the classic tale of a mad scientist hell-bent on creating life, but what these two demented brothers have created is something else entirely! Get ready for a darker, more gruesome, and even more terrifying series for horror fans who are ready to face their fears in … STUFF OF NIGHTMARES!

Stuff of Nightmares #1 is in stores now. Stuff of Nightmares #2 will be available for sale on October 26, 2022.

Dustin Nguyen Stuff of Nightmares variant covers
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