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Review: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Take the concept of the much-beloved Magic School Bus and have it go off the rails. Field Tripping #1 delivers the beginning of a school field trip across dimensions from hell.

Co-created by James Asmus, Jim Festante, and José García the comic has a dark humor about it. Taking a child’s program and twisting it delivers a result that feels like an homage, a parody, and a black comedy. There’s something very subversive about it all. Twisted is really a perfect word to describe the series.

Armed with a magical school bus that hops them through dimensions, something goes wrong taking the school trip on a wild ride. Seven years later, they’re still lost. There have clearly been losses and a hell of a lot has happened. Asmus and Festante deliver a second half of a comic that leaves you begging to find out more as to what happened in those seven years.

The art by José García is great. There’s a style that fits the “kid like” material but has a slight offness about it. Like the story itself, the art has so much detail and tells some of what happened. There’s so many small things to check out, it adds to the comic and is as vital to telling what has happened as the dialogue. This is a perfect example of showing not telling but in this case the show is all teases as to what has happened.

Field Tripping #1 is a fantastic debut. The comic is one of the most entertaining of the week with a sly sense of humor that has fun with taking a kids concept and making it a bit more… adult.

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García, David LaFuente
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García
Letters: Ryan Ferrier

When a flighty teacher with a mysterious bus takes her young students on field trips into parallel dimensions to illustrate different lessons, she fails to realize that it’s a horribly dangerous idea and that children break everything they touch. The machine breaks and leaves them stranded, jumping between bizarre worlds but never seemingly able to go back to their own.

Seven years in the future the surviving kids are now teenagers – wildly transformed by the worlds they’ve visited but seemingly unable to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. That is, until a surprise vendetta upends their routine and forces the kids to step up and act like adults for the first time.

Field Tripping is a coming of age story full of nostalgia, heartfelt moments and characters with unique personalities that readers can empathize with, including the most carefree and the grumpiest of them all. So, buckle up and get ready to head back to school!

This world-spanning, all-ages 5-issue comic book series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. The debut issue of Field Tripping is available to read on September 11th at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Field Tripping #1

ComiXology Originals is Releasing One New Creator-Owned Comic Each Week this September

ComiXology is releasing four all-new creator-owned comiXology Originals titles this September. Each week will feature the debut of a new series starting with Breaklands written by Justin Jordan, with art by Tyassetta on September 4th, followed by Field Tripping co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, with art by José García on September 11thThe Black Ghost co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—co-creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais on September 18th, and concluding with Quarter Killer co-written by Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones on September 26th.

Each new #1 will be available to read digitally upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. The collected editions of these newly announced comiXology Originals series will be available in print via Amazon.com.

Breaklands

5-issue comic book series

Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyassetta, colors by Sarah Stern, and lettering by Rachel Deering.

Set 150 years in the future, Breaklands features a world where everyone has powers… except for one young woman, Kasa Fain, who is desperate to find her recently kidnapped brother.

Breaklands #1 will be available on September 4th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Breaklands

Field Tripping

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by James Asmus and Jim Festante, collaborators on media properties like, Rick & Morty presents Mr. MeeseeksThe End Times of Bram & Ben, and animation development for Stoopid Buddy and Flying Rock Entertainment, with art by José García and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

A multiverse-spanning, all-ages story about a flighty teacher with an interdimensional traveling school bus and her students who become stranded – jumping between bizarre worlds but never able to go back to theirs.

Field Tripping #1will be available on September 11th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Field Tripping

The Black Ghost

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by acclaimed novelist Alex Segura and Monica Gallagher—Co-Creators of the Lethal Lit Podcast—with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito, featuring covers by Greg Smallwood on #1, Francesco Francavilla, Veronica Fish, and Bill Sienkiewicz—and edited by Gregory Lockard.

Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. As she inches closer to uncovering the identity of the masked activist known as The Black Ghost, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city and her own personal demons. Will she have the strength to be part of the solution—or will she become the problem?

Black Ghost #1 will be available on September 18th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Black Ghost

Quarter Killer

5-issue comic book series

Co-written by Vita Ayala (The WildsSubmergedLivewire) and Danny Lore (Ayala’s James Bond co-writer and the writer of the acclaimed Queen of Bad Dreams), with art by Jamie Jones and lettering by Ryan Ferrier.

This action packed, cyberpunk story of Quentin Kidd A.K.A. QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old school currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer #1 will be available on September 25th

Collected edition will be available in print via Amazon.com

Quarter Killer

Each new series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will be available upon release for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with collected editions in print via Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited now offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Rick and Morty Presents Returns For A Second Volume!

The renowned one-shot quarterly series, Rick and Morty Presents is back for a second volume, with four new, oversized single issues on the horizon including Jerry, Mr. Meeseeks, The Flesh Curtainsand Unity. The comic series tells four standalone stories, each focused on a different Rick and Mortycharacter from the critically-acclaimed Adult Swim show that follows sociopathic genius scientist, Rick Sanchez, who drags his inherently timid grandson on insanely dangerous adventures across the universe.

Rick and Morty Presents: Jerry #1 

(W) Ryan Ferrier, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sina Grace

Rick and Morty Presents is back by popular demand! This very special issue focuses on everyone’s favorite character, Jerry. Jerry’s wisely blaming all his marital issues on his Dad-bod. When he goes to Rick for a quick fix, things go so poorly, it’s… demonic. Written by Ryan Ferrier (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Regular Show, D4VE, and more!), with series artists CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez! Features a variant cover by Sina Grace.

Rick and Morty Presents: Mr. Meeseeks #1

(W) James Asmus and Jim Festante, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sarah Stern

A message from Mr. Meeseeks: You ASKED for it, and we’re obligated to deliver! That’s what Meeseeks DO, after all! But WAIT… who the heck asked us to find the MEANING OF LIFE?!? THIS IS ONLY A 30 PAGE STAND-ALONE STORY!! I’m Mr. Meeseeks and this will not end well!

Rick and Morty Presents:  The Flesh Curtains #1

(W) Lilah Sturges, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Marie Enger

Learn the true origins of THE FLESH CURTAINS, Rick’s rock band with BirdPerson and Squanchy! Booed off of every stage, they consider giving up… until Rick invents a machine capable of writing songs people can’t resist. But when their multi-dimensional concert goes awry, Rick suddenly finds himself in massive debt to a ruthless alien loan shark. Will Rick do the safe thing and play the music guaranteed to make the band a success, or do the insane thing and play the music guaranteed to alienate almost everyone in order to impress his favorite musician? 

Rick and Morty Presents: Unity #1

(W) Tini Howard, (A) CJ Cannon, (C) Joshua Perez, (CA) A: CJ Cannon and Joshua Perez, B: Sina Grace

It takes a special kind of madness to capture and imprison Rick Sanchez — the kind of madness only an ex can deliver.Unity wants to make a play to take over the galaxy, and she’ll need the best (and worst) of her exes in her clutches to do it. And Rick wants his Party Naked t-shirt back, she stole it when they broke up. 

The first issue of the second series of Rick and Morty™ Presents is scheduled for release March 13, 2019, with the subsequent issues releasing in June, September, and November.

Preview: The End Times of Bram & Ben #4 (of 4)

The End Times of Bram & Ben #4 (of 4)

Story by: James Asmus & Jim Festante
Art By: Rem Broo
Cover By: Ben Templesmith
Price: $2.99

MINISERIES CONCLUSION
After last issue’s shocking ending — Ben is left alone to face the Antichrists! Did we mean for that to be plural? Will Ben die before having sex with Laura, the Gym teacher? Why does God let bad things happen to good people??? FIND OUT IN THIS FINAL ISSUE!

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Preview – The End Times of Bram & Ben #3 (of 4)

The End Times of Bram & Ben #3 (of 4)

Story by: James Asmus & Jim Festante
Art By: Rem Broo
Cover By: Juan Doe
Price: $2.99

Bram grows his cult following by throwing Burning Bram – a 66.6 hour festival of Rock, Revelry, & Revelations!  But when Ben chooses to side with Heaven, all Hell breaks loose!  Plus: the reveal of the true Antichrist, someone gets roofied, and a shock ending you’d least expect!

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Preview – The End Times of Bram & Ben #2 (of 4)

The End Times of Bram & Ben #2 (of 4)

Story by: James Asmus & Jim Festante Art By: Rem Broo Cover By: J.A.W. Cooper
Price: $2.99

Bram’s wild and very public response to the Apocalypse brings a cult of followers to his door – and warring agents of the End Times! Ben, meanwhile, gets blue balls and a trip to Hell. Destruction! Betrayal! Crotch-grabbing! And the violence kicks into high gear!

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Review – Image’s The End Times of Bram & Ben #1 and Repossessed #1

The End Times of Bram & Ben #1

endtimes01_coverWhat would you do if you were caught in the Biblical End Times? When Heaven raptures total bastard Bram Carlson in a “clerical error” – he’s sent back and immediately uses Armageddon to his benefit! Can his anxious roommate Ben save Bram from himself – AND the gathering forces of Armageddon?

Maybe it was because of the cover (though not sure why), but I went in to reading this new comic series from Image Comics with low expectations. Boy was I off on that one. I walked away having laughed almost the entire time and looking forward to what might one of the funniest series to come out in a while.

The series reminded me a lot of Chew in both it’s tone and look. That’s a huge compliment as Chew is one of my favorite series. The humor, the writing, the characters, it’s fantastic. My only issue at all is you’d think there’d be more chaos if this happened with people running amok.

But, again, the humor here is a draw. There’s few comics I’ve read in the last year where I’ve laughed this hard. This is truly a case of don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Do yourself a favor and buy this one this week.

Story: James Asmus and Jim Festante Art: Rem Broo Cover By: Jim Mahfood

Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Repossessed #1

repossessed01_coverIn a world where Demon possessions are commonplace it’s up to a crew of overworked blue-collar repo guys to repossess the victims with old grimoires and big guns. The Dee Agency is hired by a rich NYC banker to repossess his daughter Sarah who ran away to Vegas. But the job is tougher than they expected and Demons of all sorts start popping up on the trail.

Take Ghostbusters and mix it with Hoax Hunters and you get this series. An action fueled comic that has three folks kicking demonic ass. The series was pretty solid and entertaining and this seems like it’ll wind up being an entertaining mini-series as it plays out.

I definitely like the characters and where the series will go, but overall I have a feeling this one might read better in one sitting (not a bad thing, some comics and stories are like that).

If you like Ghostbusters or Hoax Hunters, definitely check out this series. It’s a solid addition to their brand of entertainment.

Story and Art: JM Ringuet

Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview – The End Times of Bram & Ben #1 (of 4)

The End Times of Bram & Ben #1 (of 4)

Story by: James Asmus & Jim Festante Art By: Rem Broo Cover By: Jim Mahfood
Price: $2.99

What would you do if you were caught in the Biblical End Times? When Heaven raptures total bastard Bram Carlson in a “clerical error” – he’s sent back and immediately uses Armageddon to his benefit! Can his anxious roommate Ben save Bram from himself – AND the gathering forces of Armageddon?

Extra-long debut issue! This apocalyptic buddy-comedy from writers JAMES ASMUS (THIEF OF THIEVES, Gambit) and JIM FESTANTE is recommended for fans of CHEW and BATTLE POPE.

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