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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Dan Abnett, David Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Carlos Magno, George Schall, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorists: Gabriel Cassata, Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Fay Dalton with John Keaveney
Price: $14.99

In celebration of the original film’s 50th anniversary, stories from both eras of the Planet of the Apes franchise are featured together in one collection for the first time ever.

These all-new stories include the reveal of the ape who calls the remains of the Statue of Liberty home, and the first look at the world left behind following the events of War for the Planet of the Apes.

Featuring bestselling authors Matt Kindt (Grass Kings, Black Badge), Jeff Jensen (Green River Killer), and Dan Abnett (Guardians of the Galaxy), Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide is an unprecedented examination of the iconic franchise that fans of the original and new series will not want to miss.

Planet Of The Apes: When Worlds Collide SC

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Planet Of The Apes: The Simian Age #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt, Jeff Jensen, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Matt Smith, Jared Cullum, Lalit Kumar Sharma
Colorists: Joana Lafuente, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Fay Dalton & John Keaveney
Variant Cover: Michael Allred with colors by Laura Allred
Price: $7.99

Celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most influential franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the simian citizens of the world of Planet of the Apes!

Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the life of an Ape Soldier in General Ursus’s army, and a story set before Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, revealing Koba’s early struggles to remain loyal to Caesar.

Your First Look at Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1, an all-new special on sale December 12. Celebrating the franchise’s historic 50th Anniversary in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, this over-sized comic is packed with new stories highlighting the beginnings of the dominant simian civilization in Planet of the Apes!

Planet of the Apes: The Simian Age #1 assembles acclaimed creators including writers Jeff Jensen, Matt Kindt, and Ryan Ferrier; artists Jared Cullum, Matt Smith, and artist Lalit Kumar Sharma. This celebration of one of cinema’s most important franchises features a main cover by Fay Dalton and John Keaveney, and a variant cover by Michael and Laura Allred.

Preview: Planet Of The Apes: The Time Of Man #1

Planet Of The Apes: The Time Of Man #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Dan Abnett, David Walker, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Carlos Magno, George Schall, Morgan Beem
Colorist: Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artists:
Main Cover:
Fay Dalton and John Keaveney
    Virgin Art Cover: Michael Allred
Price: $7.99

Celebrate over 50 years of one of cinema’s most important franchises with this one-shot collection of stories highlighting the Planet of the Apes’ most dangerous enemy: the beast called man!

Featuring stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the early years of Armando and Caesar before Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and for the first time ever, a story set after the harrowing events of War for the Planet of the Apes, following a few of the remaining human survivors.

Preview: Kong on the Planet of the Apes SC

Kong on the Planet of the Apes SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Carlos Magno
Colorist: Alex Guimarães
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Faye Dalton and John Keaveney
Price: $19.99

Ryan Ferrier (Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, D4VE) and Carlos Magno (Kong of Skull Island, Planet of the Apes) present the damn dirty crossover event you demanded! !

Following the events of the first Planet of the Apes film (1968), Dr. Zaius and General Ursus lead a small group of soldiers to the Forbidden Zone to destroy any remaining evidence of Taylor’s time among them. To their surprise, they discover…a Kong!

Now they must venture to Skull Island with Cornelius and Zira to discover the truth, but they may not survive the deadliest journey of their lives!

Collects the complete 6-issue series.

Your First Look at Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1, an all-new special on-sale in October and celebrating the franchise’s historic 50th Anniversary in partnership with 20th Century Fox Consumer Products, with new stories highlighting the Planet of the Apes’ most dangerous enemy: the beast called man! This historic one-shot features stories from both the original films and new series canon, including the early years of Armando and Caesar before Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, and for the first time ever, a story set after the harrowing events of War for the Planet of the Apes, following a few of the remaining human survivors.

Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1 assembles fan-favorite creators including writers Dan Abnett, David F. Walker, and Phillip Kennedy Johnson; artists Carlos Magno, George Schall, and Morgan Beem; and features covers by Fay Dalton and John Keaveney, and Michael Allred in this celebration of one of cinema’s most important franchises.

Planet of the Apes: The Time of Man #1 comes to shelves October 31st.

Review: Baroque Pop Anthology

Baroque Pop is a carefully curated set of comic book stories and portraits from writer/editor Mario Candelaria, who assembles a lineup of talented writers, artists, and colorists to spin stories of death, love, and heartbreak inspired by the songs of lounge pop/sadcore singer Lana Del Rey. It’s part worship session, part extended meditation (Especially some of the portraits), and finally yet another piece of the connection between music and comics as Lana’s music is transposed to a variety of settings from a posthumanist lead off comic from Eric Palicki (No Angel), Daniel Earls, and Scott Ewen to a rock’n’roll suicide epilogue from Jennie Wood (Flutter) and Chris Goodwin. It could also act as a rich introduction to the world of comics for fans of pop music with each story acting as a kind of flesh and blood “fan video” for a Lana Del Rey song, with many tracks selected from her latest album Honeymoon.

Palicki, Earls and Ewen’s “Body Electric” is an interesting choice to kick off Baroque Pop. It’s more of a Warren Ellis-esque transhumanism slice of life than an ode to Walt Whitman or Americana as it follows the life of a woman, who keeps replacing parts of her body with mechanical limbs despite people around her judging her. “Body Electric” firmly has an eye on a kind of utopian future where people don’t care if we decide to have cybernetic limbs to get around easier or even transplant our heads. Daniel Earls’ art is bold and blocky just like Eric Palicki’s choice to tell a futuristic story influenced by the music of Lana Del Rey, who is so steeped in the sounds, ideas, and fashion of the past that she would have been a better choice for Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby than Carey Mulligan.

God and Jesus are important figures in Lana Del Rey’s song so it’s fitting that Michael Lynch and Mira Mortal did “God Knows I Try” from the POV of the archangel Michael, who is tired of his charges failing on his watch even though the story may be a little hard to follow in the early going for non-former/current churchgoing folks. Mortal’s art and colors reminded me of Renaissance era ecclestiastical art, but with a focus on ordinary people instead of wealthy Italian or Flemish aristocrats. Lynch’s plot is super emotional as the angel Michael is willing to throw away a life of immortal bliss to save the soul of young woman, whose boyfriend has made her rob a convenience store for money. There are long passages of beauty and pain interspersed by staccato bursts of violence, which could also describe Lana Del Rey’s dark pop discography. For every sweet kiss, there is the corpse of a violent, problematic man or a young girl getting dragged off to boarding school. (See “This is What Makes Us Girls” or “High by the Beach”)

Enrica Jang and Jan Velazquez’s “That Medicine I Need” is haunting portrait of a ride or die female rockstar living large and then dying of cancer with the leather jacket wearing ghost of Jim Morrison watching her as she withers away. So, the medicine in the title isn’t something glamorous, like coke or ecstasy, but chemo drugs. Velazquez can do glam though with the early pages showing a gorgeous singer at her peak living the high life with a MTV-rapid progression of images that turn slow and labored as she gets sicker and sick before evaporating into red, black, and shadow. It’s a bittersweet tale, and there isn’t a lot of dialogue from Enrica Jang, but she nails the story’s triumphant tone in the midst of darkness with the line “I’m not sorry I lived. I loved every fucking minute.” Stories like this are why The Wicked + the Divine is an amazing comic, and Holy Bible by the Manic Street Preachers is an amazing album. (RIP Richey Edwards.)

A word that critics like to use Lana Del Rey’s music is “noir pop”, and Dan Charles, Ashley St Lawrence, and Scott Ewen introduce Baroque Pop‘s first femme fatale in the retro stylings of “Summer Sadness”. This story feels like a forgotten cut from Del Rey’s Ultraviolence album with St. Lawrence reveling in gunplay and explosions before slowing into linger in a twist ending. It’s about a man with a secret and a car on the run like the third act of a 1960s spy movie. But it’s all thriller and no filler with Charles giving us just enough connective tissue before getting to the next setpiece. Red is a color that gets mentioned a lot in Lana Del Rey’s music, and it’s present in the palette of ST Lawrence and Ewen’s art in a variety of forms from a dress to a car and even a soda bottle. And, of course, this story has a bloody, glorious end like a shot of pure adrenaline or a sugar high.

Death is more of a pink color in Mario Candelaria and Kasia Witerscheim’s “Cacciatore”, a short story about a beautiful woman’s final days based on the Lana Del Rey song “Salvatore”. A man has caught his girlfriend with another man and is about to execute her, but lets her have one last bite of ice cream while wearing a soft, pink dress. Candelaria’s writing voice is similar to the verbal asides in Lana Del Rey’s songs and music videos and heavy on allusion to the pop culture and music of the past, including Billie Holiday. It’s a lean, tragic narrative and one of the highlights in the anthology

And what anthology wouldn’t be complete without a little experimentation. Chuck Harrison and Luke Marrone adapt T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, which are seminal poems about potential and what could have been through the lens of “Burnt Norton”, an interlude track from Lana Del Rey’s latest album. The comic is hand lettered and done on a canvas type background with a rougher art style from Marrone and a looser narrative than the others in the anthology. It’s a moment of poetry sandwiched between more traditional narratives.

The final story in Baroque Pop is one of its most ambitious, and Jennie Wood and Chris Goodwin’s tale of a rock star mom committing suicide and watching her husband try to honor her legacy in a world where women are the privileged gender could easily spawn a mini or ongoing series. (A throwaway line about “the first male president” could lead to so many storytelling possibilities.) Goodwin’s art captures the rockstar highs, but also a rough kind of sadness as the main character’s husband is framed for using heroin around their baby leading to negative media pressure and her eventually death. “Religion” captures the highs and power of music, but also its destructive power just like the songs of Lana Del Rey.

My final note is that the portraits that mark breaks between stories should definitely be used by Lana Del Rey herself on posters or merchandise. They capture her beauty and sadness just like the various stories in Baroque Pop. If you like your pop music darker and a little more retro, then the songs of Lana Del Rey and the Baroque Pop anthology are definitely for you.

Story: Eric Palicki, Michael Lynch, Enrica Jang, Dan Charles, Mario Candelaria, Chuck Harrison, Jennie Wood Art: Daniel Earls, Scott Ewen, Mira Mortal, Adam Ferris, Lesley Atlansky, Jan Velazquez, Ashley St Lawrence, Jim Towe, Kasia Witerscheim, Hoyt Silva, Luke Marrone, Chris Goodwin, John Keaveney
Story: 8.8 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Baroque Pop, a Lana Del Rey Anthology Debuts at C2E2

Red Stylo Media will debut a new comic anthology inspired by the music of Lana Del Rey, at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2.) Baroque Pop is a carefully curated selection of short-form comics and illustrations celebrating love, loss, success, and change by comic creators who came together after finding mutual solace and inspiration in Lana Del Rey’s music. The collection is edited by comics writer, Mario Candelaria.

In keeping with the music theme, the book itself is printed at 7×7 inches to physically resemble a 45 RPM record cover. The project was funded earlier this year via Kickstarter, and is published under Red Stylo Media’s group publishing imprint, Red Stylo Press.

Baroque Pop features seven short comics and portraits by:

  • Chuck Harrison & Luke Marrone
  • Daniel Charles & Ashley St. Lawrence (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jennie Wood & Chris Goodwin
  • Enrica Jang & Jan Velazquez
  • Mario Candelaria & KasiaWiterscheim
  • Michael Lynch & Mira Mortal
  • Eric Palicki & Daniel Earls (with Scott Ewen)
  • Jim Towe
  • Adam Ferris (feat. Lesley Atlansky)
  • John Keaveney
  • Hoyt Silva
  • Fabian Lelay (feat Lesley Atlansky)

Red Stylo Media will be at C2E2, table N8 in artist alley. Their other titles inspired by rock music include, Angel With a Bullet, a collection inspired by the music of Tom Waits; Killer Queen, comics inspired by the discography of Queen; and The 27 Club, comics inspired by Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix and other music artists who died age twenty‐seven. The 27 Club was co‐published with Action Lab Comics and was nominated for a Harvey Award for Best Anthology in 2016.

Cover by Jim Towe

Illustration by Adam Ferris (with Lesley Atlansky)

Illustration by Kasia Witerscheim