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The Autumnal #1 Sells Out At the Distributor Two Weeks Before Release and is Rushed Back to Print

The first issue of The Autumnal,  Vault‘s newest horror series, has sold out at the distributor almost two weeks ahead of release. The issue is being rushed back to print. A new cover and release date for the second printing will be announced soon.

The Autumnal is co-created by writer Daniel Kraus, and artist Chris Shehan, with colors by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell, and designs by Tim Daniel. The sold-out first printing of issue #1 goes on sale on September 23rd, 2020. The second printing of issue #1 will go on sale soon after.

The Autumnal #1

Preview: Gravetrancers

Gravetrancers

Writer: M.L. Miller / Artist: James Whynot / Colorist: Dee Cunniffe / Letterer: Jim Campbell
Mature / $16.99 / 116 pages

On a journey to track down the grave of their estranged father, Maribel and Anthony find their way to the Malort Cemetery, a strange, seemingly abandoned field of mostly unmarked tombs. There they encounter an eccentric clan of grave-robbers who’ve devised a highly-addictive drug made from human remains–and the fresher the corpse, the stronger the dose.

What started out as an attempt to reconnect with the past becomes a descent into a psychedelic, neon-colored nightmare.

Will Maribel and Anthony find their way through the hallucinogens or will they become the next hit?

Written by M.L. Miller (Pirouette) and featuring mind-shredding artwork by artist James Michael Whynot, Gravetrancers delivers a grisly grindhouse tale of taboo and terror. Collects issues 1-4.

Gravetrancers

Preview: Breathless

Breathless

Writer: Pat Shand / Artist: Renzo Rodriguez / Colorist: Mara Jayne Carpenter / Letterer: Jim Campbell
Mature / $16.99 / 116 pages

It’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer if the villains were big pharma.

Scout Turner works as a cryptozoologist, examining and cataloguing supernatural creatures for scientific purposes. When she discovers the cure for asthma in the venom of a new breed of monster, she quickly finds herself on the run from Kenilworth Pharmaceuticals and the monsters that they’ve hired to kill her. With no one by her side but her clueless assistant, a morally ambiguous succubus, and her geriatric dog, Scout goes on the run… but in a world controlled by money and drugs, can she escape the reaching claws of a medical monopoly? From Pat Shand (Snap Flash Hustle) and Renzo Rodriguez (Hellchild) comes this healthcare horror story about the monsters creeping in the dark… human or otherwise. Collects issues 1-4.

Breathless

Preview: Survival Fetish

Survival Fetish

Writer: Patrick Kindlon / Artist: Antonio Fuso / Letterer: Jim Campbell
Mature / $19.99 / 148 pages

Downtown Honolulu is a sniper alley, and Saheer runs it better than anyone. He’s a local celebrity for transporting medicine and information across a no-man’s land occupied by militias and street gangs. But what people say about you is never the full story, and when the cheers die out Saheer is left with just his anxieties… and his secrets. From Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, Nobody Is In Control) and illustrator Antonio Fuso (James Bond, upcoming Mr. Robot), Survival Fetish is a pulse-pounding thrill-ride that mixes political intrigue with deep characters and high octane action.

Survival Fetish

Get a First Look at Ripley’s Shenanigans in New Original Graphic Novel Lumberjanes: True Colors

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Lumberjanes: True Colors, an all-new original graphic novel by New York Times best selling author Lilah Sturges, acclaimed artist polterink, and letterer Jim Campbell, taking Ripley – and us – on a journey to discover who she truly is, and reminding us that showing others your true colors can help you see theirs, too.

At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqual Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady-Types, being yourself has a long tradition of being celebrated, and no one knows that better than Ripley, who has spent a summer going wherever the wind takes her. But sometimes going against the grain is starting to feel like she’s going against her friends, and Ripley’s not sure if being unique is all it’s cracked up to be. 

Lumberjanes: True Colors will be available on October 14, 2020 at local comic book shops and on October 20, 2020 at bookstores.

Lumberjanes: True Colors

Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Horizon: Zero Dawn #1
Titan Comics

When Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.

Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.

Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.

While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.

Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.

Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.

Titan Comics

Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.

Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Sci-Fi Epic Origins Debuts As New Limited Series in November 2020

BOOM! Studios has announced the launch of science fiction epic, Origins, as a new comic book series. The limited series by creators Arash Amel, Joseph Oxford, and Lee Toland Krieger, acclaimed writer Clay McLeod Chapman, illustrator Jakub Rebelka, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Jim Campbell and producer Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, presents a stunning view of a future where humanity’s last hope may be the person who brought about its destruction, available in November 2020.

One thousand years after humans have gone extinct and artificial intelligence has taken over the world, a single man is brought back to life—David Adams, the genius whose technology was responsible for the destruction of his species, and who has been given a second chance at life in order to save mankind and undo his biggest mistake. 

But even with the help of Chloe, his first creation and the android that revived him, he may not be enough to reignite the spark of humanity or stop the AI overlords who plan to eliminate the last hope for mankind. David and Chloe must embark on the greatest journey of their lives, as he seeks to find redemption and discover if humanity can – or should – have any kind of future.

Origins #1 features main and variant cover art by Rebelka.

Origins #1

Vault’s “Greatest Hits” Comes to Heavy Metal

Vault Comics has announced a partnership with Heavy Metal Entertainment. The partnership will commence today with the release of a selection of Vault’s “Greatest Hits” titles to date, featuring exclusive new cover design. Heavy Metal is focusing on strategic partnerships with publishers and content creators focused on their growth in the marketplace.

The first wave of product under this new partnership will feature Heathen, Money Shot, The Plot, These Savage Shores, and Wasted Space among others, and will expand in the coming months to include exclusive packaging of new #1 titles from Vault, with unique dress treatments and cover art, and a new digest format that will feature an entire line of select Vault titles in a serialized compendium style book format, and an assortment of merchandise created in partnership with Threadless.

Launch Titles From Vault

Heathen

Aydis is a viking, a warrior, an outcast, and a self-proclaimed heathen. Aydis is friend to the talking horse Saga, rescuer of the immortal Valkyrie Brynhild, and battler of demons and fantastic monsters. Aydis is a woman. Born into a time of warfare, suffering, and subjugation of women, she is on a mission to end the oppressive reign of the god-king Odin. Heathen is written, drawn, and colored by Natasha Alterici, and lettered by Rachel Deering.

Heathen

Money Shot

In the near future, space travel is ludicrously expensive and largely ignored. Enter Christine Ocampo, inventor of the Star Shot teleportation device with a big idea: She’ll travel to new worlds, engage—intimately—with local aliens, and film her exploits for a jaded earth populace trying to find something new on the internet. Now, Chris and her merry band of scientist-cum-pornstars explore the universe, each other, and the complexities of sex in MONEY SHOT! A story about scientists having sex with aliens for the glory of mankind—and money, written by Tim Seeley and Sarah Beattie, drawn by Rebekah Isaacs, colored by Kurt Michael Russell, lettered by Crank!.

Money Shot

The Plot

In order to receive… first you must give. When Chase Blaine’s estranged brother and sister-in-law are murdered, he becomes guardian to MacKenzie and Zach, the niece and nephew he hardly knows. Seeking stability for the children, Chase moves his newly formed family to his ancestral home in Cape Augusta — which overlooks a deep, black bogland teeming with family secrets.

The Plot is written by Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci, drawn by Joshua Hixson, colored by Jordan Boyd, lettered by Jim Campbell.

The Plot

These Savage Shores

Two centuries after the first European ship sailed to the Malabar Coast and made landfall at Calicut, The East India Company seeks to secure its future along the lucrative Silk Route, in the year 1766. An old evil now sails aboard a company ship, hoping to make a home in this new found land. But he will soon find that the ground along the Indus is an ancient one with daemons and legends far older than himself.

Along These Savage Shores, where the days are scorched and the nights are full of teeth.

These Savage Shores is written by Ram V, drawn by Sumit Kumar, colored by Vittorio Astone, lettered by Aditya Bidikar.

These Savage Shores

Wasted Space

Billy Bane is a prophet who got it all wrong, and the galaxy has been burning ever since. All he wants is to waste away in the darkest corner of space with his best pal Dust, a supercharged Fuq bot. But when a new prophet comes calling, Billy is summoned to save the galaxy he’s at least partially responsible for destroying.

Too bad he couldn’t care less.

Michael Moreci (Roche Limit, Wonder Woman, Black Star Renegades) and Hayden Sherman (The Few, Cold War, John Carter: The End) have thrown Philip K. Dick in a blender with Preacher. Take a sip and get wasted.

Wasted Space

Heavy and Hundred Wolves Get New Release Dates from Vault Comics

Vault Comics announced that two upcoming series, Heavy and Hundred Wolves will now both be released in September 2020. Heavy #1 will now be released on September 9th, 2020, and Hundred Wolves #1 will be released on September 16th, 2020.

Heavy is co-created by writer Max Bemis and Eryk Donovan, with colors by Cris Peter, letters by Taylor Esposito, and design by Tim Daniel. Heavy is a dark, violent comedy about love and the transcendence of toxic masculinity. The story centers on Bill, who, though he may be dead, still has a job to do. Welcome to the Big Wait, where folks who don’t quite make the cut go to work off their debt. Everyone in the Wait’s got a job. Bill is a Heavy, whose job is policing the multiverse, making sure bad eggs get what’s coming to them. He’s on track to earn his Climb and reunite with the woman he loves…until he meets his new partner: the worst dude of all time. Heavy is The Punisher for neurotics; Inception for the impatient; Preacher for…well, it’s a lot like Preacher. Max Bemis and Eryk Donavan bring you a story about the existential purpose of dumb boys with big guns.

Hundred Wolves is co-created by writer Myke Cole and artist Tony Akins, with colors by Vladimir Popov, letters by Jim Campbell, and design by Tim Daniel. The Hundred Wolves are bloody-handed terrors of the steppe. Andrei and Oksana have left the Cossack band to raise their daughter on a farm they hold from the noble Count Ostoja, but the raiding life isn’t done with them. Both the Hundred Wolves and the couple’s new liege lord wish to employ their deadly skills—and neither will take no for an answer. From celebrated author Myke Cole and venerable artist Tony Akins comes a story of war and family, blending historical fiction with a touch of fantasy.

Look for Heavy #1 and Hundred Wolves #1 in the July 2020 Previews catalog.

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