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Moonstone Books Kickstarts a Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel

On Tuesday, January 11, 1972, Kolchak: The Night Stalker terrified and delighted audiences on ABC. The TV movie — written by horror legend Richard Matheson and based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice — was the highest-rated TV movie in U.S. history. It subsequently spawned both a second TV movie, The Night Stalker, and a cult TV series that ran for just one season, but inspired a generation of storytellers, notably including X-Files creator Chris Carter. 

Moonstone Books is celebrating this pop culture milestone with a Kickstarter campaign for Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel, edited by James Aquilone. This all-new, 100+ page, full-color graphic novel will feature 10 startling stories chronicling the life of monster-hunting reporter Carl Kolchak. The stories are written by such master storytellers as David Avallone, Rodney Barnes, James Chambers, Nancy Collins, Peter David, Kim Newman, Jonathan Maberry, Richard Christian Matheson, Tim Waggoner, and Aquilone, and illustrated by such amazing artists as Jonathan Marks Barravecchia, Marco Finnegan, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, Paul McCaffrey, Clara Meath, Julius Ohta, Tom Rogers, J.K. Woodward, and Colton Worley. It features covers by Colton Worley, Jerry Ordway and J.K. Woodward as well as lettering by Thomas Napolitano, coloring by Zac Atkinson, and text design by Shawn T. King.

Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel also includes an introduction by Richard Christian Matheson, the bestselling horror author/screenwriter/producer and son of The Night Strangler writer Richard Matheson, an essay on the 50th anniversary by Mark Dawidziak, the author of The Nightstalker Companion, and a retrospective of Moonstone Book’s Kolchak publication history by publisher Joe Gentile.

The Kolchak: The Night Stalker 50th Anniversary Graphic Novel Anthology will be available in limited-edition softcover and hardcover editions, both with variant covers. In addition Moonstone Books is creating a special 40-page standalone comic for the Kickstarter, featuring the story “Satanic Panic ’88,” written by James Aquilone and illustrated by Colton Worley, and featuring a cover by Dan Brereton.

Preview: Pandemica #5 (of 5)

Pandemica #5 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Jul 29, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Touch Me I’m Sick.” A wave of wild mutations threatens to wipe out everyone in North America, maybe the world, as De’Neesa and an infected mystery child, Mya, fight to survive. Will De’Neesa reach the Lighthouse in time to help the rogue scientists find a cure?

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and no one feels fine.

Pandemica #5

Preview: Pandemica Vol. 1

Pandemica Vol. 1

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A) Alex Sanchez (CA) Esteban Salinas
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Join the resistance and save the world in this graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing, but there are things worse than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival, or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her, but a small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way.

Pandemica Vol. 1

Preview: Pandemica Vol. 1

Pandemica Vol. 1

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A) Alex Sanchez (CA) Esteban Salinas
In Shops: Jun 10, 2020
SRP: $17.99

Join the resistance and save the world in this graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Maberry!

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing, but there are things worse than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival, or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her, but a small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way.

Pandemica Vol. 1

Preview: Pandemica #4 (of 5)

Pandemica #4 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Mar 04, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Sick of You”. Loverboy and his team of killers will stop at nothing to find and kill the mysterious infected child-and when the Pandemica team is betrayed, all of the evidence implicates De’Neesa. As the mutations spread out of control, a very real apocalypse looms over America.

Pandemica #4 (of 5)

Preview: Pandemica #3 (of 5)

Pandemica #3 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Jan 01, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Subterranean Homesick Blues.” The Pandemica Team is losing the war against the ARK madmen who want to “purify” humanity of ethnic taints. Agent De’Neesa fights her way through SpecOps killers and radical mutations to bring the infected child to the Lighthouse, a mobile research lab ready to begin work on a cure. If she can get there.

Pandemica #3 (of 5)

Preview: Pandemica #2 (of 5)

Pandemica #2 (of 5)

(W) Jonathan Maberry (A/CA) Alex Sanchez
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

“Sick Things.” The ethnic genocide bioweapons have been released. People are dying in the streets… but there are worse things than death. Designer pandemics are colliding and mutating, pushing humanity to the edge of permanent darkness. One child holds the key to human survival or extinction, and everyone is hunting for her.

Pandemica #2 (of 5)

Review: Pandemica #1

Pandemica #1

Diseases are breaking out all around the world in Pandemica #1. What’s strange is, the diseases seem to be racist and geared towards specific ethnic groups. Writer Jonathan Maberry uses the concept of designer disease to create a story of conspiracy and action.

The comic brings the band together. As the story unfolds we’re introduced to the individuals who will help unravel this mystery as well as provided hints as to who’s behind it. In that way, things are pretty standard. But, it’s the concept that’s truly interesting.

The concept of modifying a disease to infect one particular group isn’t the thing of science fiction and knowing that makes the comic all the more frightening. It’s a concept that hasn’t been used much in stories and something that deserves more attention.

Maberry peppers this science fiction with enough hints as to the real world to make the first issue all too real at times. Breakouts in immigration detention centers, actual conflicts, and a villain that probably falls in the white supremacist category add to the “realness” of it all.

The art by Alex Sanchez is good. There are interesting design and characters and what especially stands out is a break from a “standard” comic character design. Character’s faces and noses are at times rough and misshapen a little. They’re varied and with some being a more standard comic “beautiful” style one has to think this is deliberate. The color by Jay Fotos is drab adding to the melancholy feel of the comic. This isn’t so much an action comic as horror with a political spin. The art and color choice emphasize that.

The concept of the series is what stands out. Pandemica #1 is a standard gathering of the team. At times the storytelling is a bit choppy too. But, between the concept and the characters, there’s more than enough to return and check out more.

Story: Jonathan Maberry Art: Alex Sanchez
Color: Jay Fotos Letters: Shawn Lee
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation:
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IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Pandemica #1

Pandemica #1

Jonathan Maberry (w) • Alex Sanchez (a & c)

War is brewing in America. A shadow government is preparing to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters stand in their way. Join the resistance—save the world! Pandemica by New York Times bestseller Jonathan Maberry (V-Wars, Black Panther: Doomwar).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Pandemica #1

Defy Authoritarianism this September in Pandemica

Pandemica

Jonathan Maberry – tells a dark, action-packed story of defiance against authoritarian abuses. Pandemica is a new comic book epic coming this Fall from IDW Publishing. Maberry is the New York Times Bestselling author of V-Wars and Rot & Ruin. –

The first issue of Pandemica depicts an America on the verge of war. A shadow government prepares to launch “purity bombs” for ethnic cleansing. A small group of scientists and former SpecOps shooters bands together to avert this disaster. Maberry joins artist Alex Sanchez and colorist Jay Fotos in inviting readers to resist the sickness that plagues the nation — and ultimately save the world!

The story reflects the fears about the direction in which the United States, and the world, is going. The story features a diverse cast who discovers that a secret organization is selling designer pathogens for use in ethnic cleansing.

In the announcement, Maberry said he’s working with scientists, including epidemiologists and molecular biologists, to make the bioweapons in the series as realistic as possible. Much of what’s presented is possible and groups and governments have actively worked to make these kinds of weapons.

Pandemica #1 is out this September.

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