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Preview: The Cape: Fallen #3 (of 4)

The Cape: Fallen #3 (of 4)

Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)

Eric’s assault on the LARPers escalates, and each encounter pushes the limits of his twisted imagination. With no cellphone service to call for help, they’re trapped in the woods and at the mercy of a magical madman. Eric has transformed into the apex predator, and he’s hungry for silence. The Cape: Fallen is the sequel to the 2010 Eisner Award-nominated miniseries, crafted by the original creative team of Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, and Nelson Daniel. Explore your dark side.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Underrated: Road Rage

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Road Rage



road rageRoad Ragepublished by IDW is an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill‘s Throttle and Richard Matheson‘s Duel by writer Chris Ryall and artists Nelson Daniel (on Throttle) and Rafa Garres (on Duel).

Despite the collected edition of Road Rage containing two versions of essentially the same story; King and Hill’s story in this trade is itself an adaptation of Matheson’s original short story, making the two issue comic an adaptation of an adaptation – which is an interesting choice for a collection. But if you’re expecting to read the same story twice, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. King and  Hill’s story focuses on a group of bikers who end up running afoul of the deadly truck, where as Matheson’s features a lone salesman desperately trying to avoid a different truck in his car. The two stories are linked by the deadly truck, but are ultimately different enough that you shouldn’t feel short changed should you happen to pick this book up.

When it comes to the quality or faithfulness of the adaptations to the original stories, well that’s not something I can comment on as I have never read the text-only stories. However, I did really enjoy both comic stories as they were presented; Ryall’s comic scripts, presumably, more than does justice to the source material as he’s able to effectively convey the tense horror and suspense of both Throttle and Duel (the latter feels more like a horror story for me than the more action tinged former), though a portion of the credit should also be given to the artists. Garras work on Duel veers between the mundane daily life of a salesman driving to the pants wetting terror and desperation to stay alive. The more afraid the protagonist becomes, the more distorted the art feels – it’s a brilliant and investing touch to the story that effectively builds upon the tensions of the script.

The collection is a great taste of horror tinged comic books, and one that despite the high profile genre names connected to the comics I had never heard of before I spotted it at the used section of my LCS. It’s the subject of today’s column because it was a fantastic read, remarkably tense and quite exhilarating. If you get the chance to read the collection or the four issues collected within, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Wraith

Wraith

Joe Hill (w) • Charles Paul Wilson, III (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

A graphic novel prequel to Hill’s New York Times bestselling novel NOS4A2. Discover the terrifying funhouse world of Christmasland and the ageless monster who rules it. Climb into the passenger seat as Hill and artist Charlie “Talent” Wilson III explore Charlie Manx’s twisted beginnings, introduce a new and depraved cast of characters to Christmasland, and take us for a 100 MPH ride down an icy nightmare road in a car with no brakes…

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 204 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-348-3

Preview: The Cape: Fallen #2

The Cape: Fallen #2

Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)

During the original tale told in Joe Hill’s The Cape, our protagonist-turned-antisocial antagonist Eric disappeared for three days as he got comfortable with his new abilities. Where did he go? What did he do? And more importantly, who died during this time? The original creators return to tell a hyper-detailed and hyper-grim story of this oh-so-lost period….

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

New Hellboy and Joe Hill’s “N0S4A2” Enamels from Skelton Crew Studio

From the Mignolaverse, Skelton Crew Studio has revealed an adorable itty bitty Hellboy limited edition enamel pin. The pose was created by Art Baltazar and studio head Israel Skelton for an upcoming mini-bust and they decided it was too cute not to pin it, too. Also releasing is a limited edition enamel of The Amazing Screw-On Head. Have your Mignola properties served up two ways, cute as hell and straight up super cool.

From the exclusive Joe Hill Collection, is two brand new pins for “NOS4A2” fans! Let your friends know that you went to Christmasland and lived to tell about it with this hot “NOS4A2” license plate pin and this Chirstmasland banner pin, complete with terrified gingerbread men. Both are limited, so don’t let them pass you by.

As a very special bonus, Skelton Crew Studio is offering FREE U.S. shipping for each of these sets —when ordered as a set — for the next 24 hours. If you need these bad, and of course you do, order now.

Preview: Locke & Key: Small World

Locke & Key: Small World

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez & Jay Fotos (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

Three years after wrapping up their award-winning, best-selling Locke & Key saga, the team that built Keyhouse returns to Lovecraft, Massachusetts with a new tale of terror and suspense! An impossible birthday gift for two little girls unexpectedly throws open a door to a monster on eight legs!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

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Preview: Tales from the Darkside #4

Tales from the Darkside #4

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

Even as “The Window Opens,” the door closes on the Darkside… but only for now! The final entry into this nightmare dimension courtesy of Locke & Key co-creators Hill & Rodriguez arrives here, promising grim tidings for all involved.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Tales from the Darkside #3

Tales from the Darkside #3

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

“Black Box,” part 2. With his experimental brain surgery complete, Brian Newman hopes to finally take control of his life and the reality-bending powers that ruined it. But his dark alter ego and the Briterside Organization have other plans, and they’re all headed on a one-way trip to the Darkside.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Tales from the Darkside #2

Tales from the Darkside #2

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

Joe Hill‘s revitalization of Tales from the Darkside will now only be seen in print, accompanied by the brilliant artwork of Hill’s Locke & Key co-conspirator, Gabriel Rodriguez! A special two-part tale begins here, as the terrifying “Black Box” is opened…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Tales from the Darkside #1

Tales from the Darkside #1

Joe Hill (w) • Gabriel Rodriguez (a & c)

Joe Hill‘s nerve-shredding re-imagining of Tales from the Darkside never made it to your TV set…but the dead are restless and refuse to stay buried! This summer, IDW releases DARKSIDE, a four-issue comic-book adaptation of the episodes written by Hill and illustrated here by Locke & Key co-creator Gabriel Rodriguez! Three stories of the macabre and malevolent! One coulda-been, shoulda-been TV epic on paper with pictures that don’t move! Step out of the warm, sunlit world you think of as reality and get ready to take a chilling walk… on the DARKSIDE.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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