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Dark Horse and 343 Industries Explore the Origins of Atriox and the Banished

Dark Horse and 343 Industries are set to release a new anthology series based on Halo Wars 2. Halo Wars 2, 343 Industries’ real-time strategy video game, introduces a new ruthless villain, Atriox. This five-chapter anthology collects stories by acclaimed comics creators Cullen Bunn, Jody Houser, John Jackson Miller, Alex Irvine, Claire Roe, Josan Gonzalez, Jonathan Wayshak, and Tristan Jones.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox finds Atriox, who is still a member of the massive alien collective known as the Covenant, leading his Brute brethren into an all-out assault on a UNSC outpost. Leader and creator of the Banished, Atriox is a fearsome warrior who rose to power by his charismatic personality and talent for shrewd strategic planning honed during his time serving as a member of the Covenant. Cullen Bunn composes this first issue, Claire Roe provides her gorgeous artistic skills to the Halo universe, Jeremy Colwell makes the illustrations pop with his gritty colors, and topping it all off is a breathtaking cover by Aleksi Briclot.

The first issue of Halo: Rise of Atriox goes on sale August 2, 2017.

Preview: Devolution Collection

Devolution Collection

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak
cover: Jae Lee
FC • 144+ pages • $19.99 • Mature

COLLECTS ISSUES 1-5 PLUS RICK REMENDER’S SCRIPT TO ISSUE #1, AND MORE!

Every living creature on Earth has been devolved – the evolutionary clock turned back, reverting all life to odd mutations and prehistoric incarnations. The cities of man are little more than bloody territories ruthlessly dominated by tribal Neanderthals ruling from the backs of mammoths, packs of saber-toothed tigers, and giant man-eating insects. Raja, one of the few remaining “Still Sapien” humans, heads to San Francisco to find the antidote for the world-changing DVO-8 viral agent. But to cross the wasteland, she’ll have to convince the last pocket of humanity to join her quest… and survive the Nazi hillbillies that rule them through fear!

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Dark Horse Comics Deploys Justin Jordan for Call of Duty: Zombies

Dark Horse Comics, Activision Publishing, Inc., and award-winning game development studio, Treyarch have teamed up to deliver Call of Duty: Zombies, a comic book series of undead proportions, written by comics superstar Justin Jordan, and illustrated by Jonathan Wayshak, with story by Zombies Director, Jason Blundell and the studio’s Lead Writer, Craig Houston. With incredible covers by superstar artist Simon Bisley, the waves of undead come straight out of Call of Duty: Black Ops III Zombies experience and onto the pages of Dark Horse Comics!

Since Treyarch first introduced Zombies to the Call of Duty franchise as an Easter Egg in Call of Duty: World at War, it has grown into its own pop-culture phenomenon, becoming an indispensable part of what game fans expect from a Call of Duty game. Now, Treyarch’s Blundell and Houston help take fans even deeper down the rabbit hole…

On his quest to secure an ancient artifact known as The Kronorium, Doctor Edward Richtofen enlists the help of The Tranzit Crew, a rag tag group of survivors last seen in the Black Ops II Zombies installment Buried. On a deeply unstable and fractured future Earth, Stuhlinger, Misty, Russman, and Marlton battle for survival against the undead horde, as they slowly uncover the truth behind Richtofen’s mysterious reappearance. The Call of Duty: Zombies miniseries follows these characters’ perilous journey of discovery, filling in crucial pieces of the larger Zombies story.

Call of Duty: Zombies #1 (of 6) hits comic stands October 19, 2016

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Review: Devolution #5

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The last humans on Earth face Neanderthal hordes and the bastards who started this whole mess. Can there be a solution? A death. A compromise. A lie. The big twist comes. Check out the thrilling series finale from Rick Remender, self-described as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

What a shocking ending to such an underrated series.  Given the ending in Devolution #5, it does make me wonder if they are going to try and continue the series in a second volume. This entire issue is full of surprises, so be prepared. Especially since one of those surprises could be an easy spin-off with a new set of characters.

Artist Jonathan Wayshak manages to capture some of the stranger, more surprising moments in this final issue well. That big surprise has a simple appearance, but seems to have a strong grounding in reality. The strange figure in the ending is creepy and wonderful.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak Color: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Devolution #5

Devolution #5

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

The last humans on Earth face Neanderthal hordes and the bastards who started this whole mess. Can there be a solution? A death. A compromise. A lie. The big twist comes. Check out the thrilling series finale from Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class), self-described as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Review: Devolution #4

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Once a bastion of forward thinking and the arts, San Francisco is now anything but. Can our crew survive the home of the most savage tribe of Thralls alive and make it to the re-evolution agent? Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

Just when you think it couldn’t get much worse for Raja, it manages to. She reveals why she is so determined to reverse the virus, that has changed the world. I won’t spoil her reason, but I think it may surprise some readers. She does succeed in finding the serum that will reverse this, but is stopped by a strange pair of men. I’m curious to see how this series concludes with only one issue left.

The art by Jonathan Wayshak is surreal, as they arrive in San Francisco. Only to find it filled with cavemen, mammoths, and other animals affected by the virus. I will admit the way the two strange men at the end are drawn, makes me wonder where they came from. Let alone why they are dressed in something that looks like it does.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak Colors: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Devolution #4

Devolution #4

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity,only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Review: Devolution #4

Devolution04-Cov-A-LeeChaotic and fast-paced, Devolution makes for a great storyboard but the narrative could use a little development.

Scientists decided the best way to save humanity was to do away with religion. To that end, they created a virus that would shrink the part of the brain that deals with faith. (I know this is a comic but I seriously think I heard them discuss this on Fox News.) Surprisingly, playing god didn’t work out the way they expected which is totally weird because the last thing Victor Frankenstein ever said was, “This was totally awesome. Don’t overthink super-science. Just do it.” Consequently, life on Earth began to rapidly de-evolve like discussing politics at Thanksgiving. Except in this instance, everyone got to be the disgusting, bigoted uncle. Everyone but Raja, who is trying to get back to the source of the problem to set the world right again.

This book would have made an amazing featured story in Heavy Metal Magazine. It blends sci-fi fantasy with a little bit of Crossed-style violence and sexuality. The book certainly does reflect the primal nature it’s aiming for. The characters are always moving, new and weird threats are constantly emerging. This book would make a great translation to film. However, it would be the sort of film best enjoyed on an airplane when you can’t afford the headphones.

Saying the plot is remedial is a bit unfair, though not at all untrue. The appeal of the book is it’s brutality, the fearful the world it’s created. The villain shows up, drives the characters into the dangers and trappings of the world and once they get where they’re going they should home-free. That’s all fine.

The problem is in the third-person narrative. The narrative is what makes you realize how simple everything is, demonstrating that people may be able to de-evolve mankind, but that’s there’s nothing to be done to defeat the “tell not show” monster. The narration affords backstory, emotional insight, shot-term expectation, all things that would help us know Raja if she were speaking for herself, interacting with the other characters in a meaningful way. When the perspective is so singular in a story, you may as well cut the narrative and let the character be more expressive unless there’s something she/he is hiding. That’s not the case here.

Additionally, slowing the pacing of the story is how cartoonish some of the violence is. When a character dies it often requires the reader to stop and ask, “Wait, was that the identical character with the glasses or the identical character with no glasses whose eyes just popped out? Was that the doctor or did Gallagher just strike another watermelon?” All of a sudden the reader is looking for visual context to keep the events straight.

The ending ties the story back to a bit of a forgotten subplot from the beginning in a way that’s interesting. Hopefully the final issue will prove to be a bit more redeeming.

Think creating a virus to combat religion is the way to go? Think this would be Netflix Original movie that you watch while doing a project that a movie you see on an airplane? Tell us in the comments below or on Twitter.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak
Story: 5 Art: 6 Overall: 5.5. Recommendation: Pass

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Devolution #3

Devolution #3

writer: Rick Remender
artist: Jonathan Wayshak, Jordan Boyd (Colorist)
cover: Jae Lee
incentive cover: Jae Lee (B/W art), Jae Lee (“virgin art”)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity, only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender (Black Science, Deadly Class) describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.”

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Review: Devolution #3

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Raja and the rebel Marines have set out on a journey across the devolved wasteland to try and save humanity, only some of humanity like things just as they are. Check out the thrilling new series that Rick Remender describes as “a heavy dose of high-octane action, character drama, a world of strange reverse mutations, and social commentary – as we follow the last tribe of humans inoculated from the devolution agent as they set out on a desperate journey to try to find a way to re-evolve life on Earth.

Will the thrilling roller-coaster ride of Devolution stop?  I doubt it, as the monstrous primitive animals began their chase of Raja, and the rebel marines. Along with the violent Neo-Nazis who are chasing Raja, and the rest of them, seeking only one thing. Revenge.

Gritty, giant animals, and ruinous landscapes complete this strange sci-fi series. I will admit the addition of giant, primitive animals are a nice bolstering of the superb environments. Honestly, I’m not sure what they could add in either story or art to make me love this series anymore.

Story: Rick Remender Art: Jonathan Wayshak Color: Jordan Boyd
Story: 9 Art:9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dynamite Entertainment provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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