Tag Archives: jock

Search for Hu banner ad

Review: Snow Angels Season Two #3

Snow Angels Season Two #3

Snow Angels second season is here! The trudge through the snow into the unknown has been filled with tension up to this point and the series has pivoted in some ways to being a straight up sci-fi horror. Milli and Mae have stumbled upon a whole new world as they’re still being pursued by the Snowman. What it wants is unknown but the body count it leaves in its wake has been impressive. Snow Angels Season Two #3 ups the tension as the Snowman has come across the mysterious village and it seems nothing can stop it.

What’s impressive about Snow Angels Season Two #3 is Jeff Lemire‘s ability to keep the story simple but tense. The issue is a quick read but it’s full of tension and emotion. Lemire’s story is a horror story. The Snowman is a serial killer stalking its victims much like Jason or Michael Meyers. The setting though is a strange snow covered, cold world.

What Lemire also does so well is show, not tell. There’s so many details packed into the issue as Mae and Milli attempt to flee. There’s pages you’ll linger on attempting to figure out their discoveries. We’re delivered the wonder as they stumble upon it. And what’s teased is world changing in so many ways.

Lemire is helped by the art of Jock whose style works so well with the comic and story. Space is given to let the world and its surroundings to play out. It’s very much like the “astronaut” tease in Alien that has viewers guessing as to what they’ve witnessed. With lettering by Steve Wands all of that plays in the background as the focus is on the terror of everyone being hunted. There’s such emotional, and fear, that plays out and by the end, you’re fearful for Mae and Milli’s fate.

Snow Angels Season Two #3 is another fantastic issue. It really plays to the strengths of comic books using the visuals to tell so much of the story. But brilliantly, so much of that is in the background for readers to spot. It’s acknowledge only briefly, the focus is in the fear and the hunt. With issues to go, this is a series that keeps you guessing as to where it’s going.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Batman: One Dark Knight By Jock Debuts in December

This December, three-time New York Times best-selling artist Jock brings his signature style to the blacked-out streets of Gotham City in Batman: One Dark Knight, a three-issue, prestige format mini-series from DC Black Label. Written and drawn by Jock, the series will debut in print and digitally on Tuesday, December 7, 2021.

When a simple GCPD escort goes sideways, Batman finds himself on the wrong end of Gotham City in the middle of a heat wave with a super-villain in tow. Follow Batman as he traverses block by block across a pitch dark Gotham City while dragging a highly difficult E.M.P. to his permanent home at Blackgate Prison. The dark corners of Gotham City contain many surprises… and E.M.P. plans to deliver many more shocks before the night is through!

The comic features a main cover by Jock, a variant cover by Cliff Chiang, and 1:25 “Blackout” cover by Lee Garbett.

Scott Snyder Signs Deal with comiXology Featuring 8 Creator-Owned Comics

Scott Snyder has tested the waters of creator-owned comics, crowdfunding, and now has signed a deal with comiXology to co-create eight original titles for the digital platform. Through Snyder’s Best Jackett Press, the comics will first debut digitally on comiXology and Kindle and then later be printed through Dark Horse.

We Have Demons with Greg Capullo is one of the series announced. Others involved include Rafael Albuquerque, Francesco Francavilla, Jamal Igle, Jock, Tula Lotay, Francis Manapul, and Dan Panosian. The comics will begin to be released in October.

The decision by Snyder was expedited due to shifts in the industry due to COVID as well as publishers cutting rates.

While Amazon will get a brief first look, the company has no rights to the comics allowing Snyder and the artists to control the projects when it comes to film, television, and merchandise.

Check out the full releases below.

Barnstormers: written by Scott Snyder with art by Tula Lotay and colors by Tula Lotay and Dee Cunniffe — A high flying adventure romance set just after the First World War.

Barnstormers

The Book of Evil: written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock — A prose story about four young friends growing up in a strange, near future where over 90 percent of the population are born as psychopaths.

The Book of Evil

Canary: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Dan Panosian — It’s 1891 and a mine collapses into itself. Find out what the dark substance found 666 feet underground is in this horror Western!

Canary

Clear: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francis Manapul — A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.

Clear

Duck and Cover: written by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque — A manga-influenced teen adventure set in the strange post-apocalyptic America… of 1955. In conjunction with Albuquerque’s Stout Club Entertainment.

Duck and Cover

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine: written by Scott Snyder with art by Jamal Igle and Juan Castro and colors by Chris Sotomayor — A rollicking adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine

Night of the Ghoul: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francesco Francavilla — A dazzling work of horror, intercutting between the present day narrative and the story of a lost horror film.

Night of the Ghoul

We Have Demons written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion and colors by Dave McCaig—The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem.

We Have Demons

DC Reveals Catwoman: Lonely City

Cliff Chiang has left an indelible mark on the DC Universe as both a writer and artist. He’s worked with Brian Azzarello on Wonder Woman to ZatannaGreen Arrow and Black Canary, and Batman Black & White, among others. His next great DC series, Catwoman: Lonely City, arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on October 19, spotlighting Selina Kyle in a world with no Batman to protect it.

Ten years ago, the massacre known as Fools’ Night claimed the lives of Batman, The Joker, Nightwing, and Commissioner Gordon…and sent Selina Kyle, the Catwoman, to prison. A decade later, Gotham has grown up—it’s put away costumed heroism and villainy as childish things. The new Gotham is cleaner, safer…and a lot less free, under the watchful eye of Mayor Harvey Dent and his Batcops. It’s into this new city that Selina Kyle returns, a changed woman…with her mind on that one last big score: the secrets hidden inside the Batcave! She doesn’t need the money—she just needs to know…who is “Orpheus?”

Chiang writes, draws, colors, and letters each of the four 48-page, Prestige Plus format issues that make up this DC Black Label series; Catwoman: Lonely City is poised to be the kind of next-level storytelling that will change the way that fans see Gotham City, its heroes, and its villains forever.

The first issue features a 1-in-25 “ratio” variant cover by Jock.

Review: Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1 kicks off the second season of Snow Angels begins here. It starts the final six issues of the series. Milli and Mae have now left the trench for an unknown frozen world. They have no idea what may be ahead of them and must deal with blistering cold and snow on their journey into the unknown.

Written by Jeff Lemire, the issue seems to embrace the white void and unknown. Without missing a beat, the girls have entered a new world for them. They have no idea what’s ahead for them and what hides in the snow that surrounds them. It’s a fight for survival that reminds us over and over what odds the girls are up against. The issue also brilliantly teases that the world is so much more than what we’ve seen so far.

Lemire doesn’t forget the threats he’s already set up. The issue circles back on the mysterious Snowman. Its world is opened up delivering shocking hints at the being’s origin. It also shows that the Trench we’ve seen is a sliver of something so much more. It’s a tease as to where the second part of this series is going and the revelations to come.

The art continues to be amazing. Jock handles the art with Steve Wands lettering. The duo use every part of the page to emphasize the vast whiteness that envelops the girls on their journey. With the use of blues, grays, black, and white, Jock delivers a snowy world that feels deadly and sad in so many ways. Wands’ lettering is solid as he moves from dialogue to narration and the lettering too feels like it emphasizes the coldness of it all.

Snow Angels Season Two #1 is an issue full of surprises. It plays with its concepts of expanding the world by limiting what the girls, and we, can see. But, it also greatly builds things out with the revelations about the Snowman and what the girls discover in their journey. It’s an issue that sets the series on its next adventure and shows us there’s a massive world beyond the Trench.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

ComiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Preview: Snow Angels Season Two #1

Snow Angels Season Two #1

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Season Two begins! The final 6 issues of the 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other starts here!

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

Snow Angels Season Two #1

Review: Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4 wraps up the first volume of the series and it ends with an emotional punch. Mae Mae and Millie struggle to survive a to-the-death battle with The Snowman! It’s a punch of a comic that brings tension and heartbreak and sets up what’s more to come.

Up until the end of last issue, we believed the world was a snowy tunnel that went on forever. There were rules that weren’t to be broken but clearly were. With this issue, so much of that comes shattering down as one chapter closes and a whole new adventure begins.

It’s interesting to read what writer Jeff Lemire has set up in the first four issues. Taken together, they feel like a prologue in so many ways. They’re the initial introduction to the world and characters before the real adventure begins. And Snow Angels #4 does that kick-off in an excellent way.

Lemire delivers a mix of action, suspense, reveals, and emotion in the issue that feels like a perfect final chapter for this volume of the series. The issue is touching and leaves readers in a way both fearful and excited for what’s to come and what we have yet to discover and explore.

Jock continues to impress with the art. Along with lettering by Steve Wands, the art delivers the punch to Lemire’s story. Snow Angels #4 continues the bleak frozen world full of whites, blues, and grays but its action is punctuated by reds. Blood flows on the backdrop of the frozen world delivering a focus on the brutality of what’s happening.

Snow Angels #4 continues the slow build of the series but by the end, the issue feels like the real beginning. Everything up to this point is prologue and now, much like Mae Mae and Millie, we’re left to a story of discovery attempting to leave behind the terror stalking the previous pages.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Preview: Snow Angels #4

Snow Angels #4

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
Purchase

Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

In the sense-shattering conclusion of “Season One”, Mae Mae and Millie struggle to survive a to-the-death battle with The Snowman!

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

Snow Angels #4

Multiple issues of Shadecraft Sell Out and Head Back to Print

Multiple issues of the bestselling series Shadecraft by Skyward creators Joe Henderson and Lee Garbett have sold out yet again at the distributor level, prompting Image Comics to rush order reprints of both issues #1 and #2. The #1 reprint cover will be a color variation on the art collaboration by Jock and Garbett and the #2 reprint will feature new cover artwork by Garbett.

In Shadecraft, readers meet Zadie Lu, who is afraid of her own shadow. She’s a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of it by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can’t even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of all things?

Shadecraft #1, third printing by Jock and Garbett (Diamond Code MAR219112) and Shadecraft #2, second printing by Garbett (Diamond Code MAR219111) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 2.

Shadecraft #3 Cover A by Garbett (Diamond Code MAR210224) and Shadecraft #3 Cover B by Jim Cheung (Diamond Code MAR210225) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 26.

Review: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels has been an amazing series. It has delivered tension, mystery, and a world that feels both hopeful and bleak. Set in a snow-covered trench, the story follows a father and his two daughters as they attempt to survive a massacre in their town by the mysterious Snowman. Snow Angels #3 delivers a confrontation with the Snowman as we discover more about the puzzling trench.

Jeff Lemire‘s plotting and writing has been fantastic. Like the snow-covered world itself, there’s a minimal aspect to his dialogue and what’s told to readers. We’re teased just enough to continue the story, never any more than what’s needed.

Snow Angels #3 particularly stands out as it features multiple striking moments, each toying with a different emotion. There’s a confrontation with the Snowman, something completely unexpected, and a reveal about the world and the trench. Tension, wonder, and confusion are presented at different moments taking the reader on a reading journey.

Lemire also delivers heart too. We get some very touching moments concerning this family as we learn why they’re three and we get more of their history. It’s information that adds depth to the characters and and much more child-like qualities to Mae and Milli. At its heart, the story is about a family trying to survive in a harsh world.

Jock‘s art continues to be amazing. Along with lettering of Steve Wands, the art is the usual breathtaking and brilliant. Since it’s set in a frozen world, there’s a limited amount you can do as far as color and background but the art nails it all. The use of whites and blues create a harsh environment. Details flesh out the situation and breathes more life than what you’d expect in a world of white sheets of snow. In particular, what happens to the Snowman is cold but beautiful at the same time.

Snow Angels #3 builds upon the story in so many ways. We learn more about our main characters. We learn more about the frozen world. There’s a focus on adding details while also delivering excitement and wonderment. It’s a fantastic continuation of a series that has me excited to see what’s happening next and where it all goes.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXologyKindle

Almost American
« Older Entries