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Preview: Aspen Universe: Revelations #5

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #5

Joshua Hale Fialkov; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

Worlds at War. Fates to unfold…

It’s the epic conclusion of the Aspen Comics event more than a decade in the making! Aspen and Malikai must make the ultimate sacrifice if there is to be any chance for tomorrow to come. But, even if they’re successful and a new dawn rises– what world will remain!?!

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #5 is in stores December 28th, 2016!

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Review: Tumor

Tumor CoverNoir is in as far as genres and to find something unique is a pretty special thing. Tumor written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and art by Noel Tuazon is the story of Frank Armstrong who finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor that’s killing him. In his final days, with his body, senses, and mind failing him, he’s going to do the one thing that he’s never been able to do before—save the girl.

Originally published by Archaia, the graphic novel is back courtesy of a re-release from Oni Press. That has me excited and fantastic as it’s a graphic novel that holds up with the writing and art being as top-notch today as it was when it was released six years ago. What’s amazing is looking at this work, as well as their other collaboration recently re-released Elk’s Run, and seeing that it should be no shock at the quality both are putting out today whether it’s Fialkov’s The Bunker, Jeff Steinberg, or Tuazon’s Foster.

The brilliance of this graphic novel is the blending of what’s going on with Frank’s past. The tumor has affected his perception of time and as the series progresses the shifting of time and events grows stronger, playing with even how the reader is perceiving the comic. It ranks up there with the great mind benders as well as the best noir/crime comics.  On top of an amazing story by Fialkov is the fantastic art by Tuazon which enhances the spiral that Fialkov plots out in his story.

Tumor holds up after all of these years and continues to be a must-read. Whether or not you enjoy noir/crime stories, this tale is fantastic and heartbreaking.  Make sure to put it on your summer reading list as it’s the sort of mind trip of a graphic novel that’s fun to curl up with and devour while laying by a pool or beach.

Story: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art: Noel Tuazon
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #5 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #5 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a & c)

Monsters swarm our world their battles destroy every aspect of human civilization! What escape can be found for a humanity doomed by its own hubris?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #5 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #5 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a & c)

Monsters swarm our world their battles destroy every aspect of human civilization! What escape can be found for a humanity doomed by its own hubris?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Aspen Universe: Revelations #1

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #1

Joshua Hale Fialkov ; JT Krul – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors

The most groundbreaking event in Aspen Comics’ history starts NOW!!!

For over thirteen years, devoted Aspen Comics fans have clamored for something special…something unique…something…UNIMAGINABLE! Aspen Comics has answered the call for loyal fans and new readers alike!

This summer, legendary creator Michael Turner’s two greatest creations, FATHOM and SOULFIRE, unite as one in a crossover event so massive in scope, it can only serve to forge a BRAND NEW ASPEN UNIVERSE in the process! With the existence of humanity, along with The Blue, facing a catastrophic turning point for their own survival, one woman of both worlds, Aspen Matthews, must embark on a quest spanning not only time but also magic unlike any she’s ever encountered–including a cast of characters familiar to all Aspen–and Soulfire–fans!

From the mind of Harvey, Eisner and Emmy Award nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul comes this world-shattering new crossover series event that sets the stage for all future Aspen Comics titles to come!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS #1 is in stores July 13th, 2016!

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Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #4 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #4 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a & c)

The humans of our Earth fight fire with fire as they begin to create their own counter-measures for Godzilla. Yet the alternate Earth still has more monster surprises in store!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #3 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #3 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a & c)

A plan to rid our world of King Ghidorah backfires and the Earth faces certain calamity! A small piece of technology from another world may be the only hope of salvation.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #2 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #2 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a & c)

King Ghidorah invades a world that has never known monsters. The world’s military and scientists struggle to find a way to stop him. The only option may be the unthinkable…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Preview: Godzilla: Oblivion #1 (of 5)

Godzilla: Oblivion #1 (of 5)

Joshua Fialkov (w) • Brian Churilla (a) • Graham Nakamura (c)

A scientist has created a portal to another dimension—one where monsters rule supreme! A terrifying expedition begins into a world where hope has died and Godzilla is the unrivaled King of the Monsters. But what happens when a baby kaiju hitches a ride back to the original, monster-less dimension?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

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Review: Pacific Rim: Tales from the Drift #1

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If you’ve spoken to me in person, seen even a glimpse of my social media presence, or followed me on my journey through the Godzilla in Hell series, you know that the kaiju genre is one of my favorite things. I was first in line on opening day for Pacific Rim, and this series is something I’ve been hoping for since we found out ages ago that Guillermo del Toro planned to continue developing the franchise between films. The Tales from Year Zero collection is still safely shrink-wrapped in my room, carefully guarded by my twenty-something kaiju figures, and now at long last I have a copy of Tales from the Drift to kick off my next series of kaiju-related comic book reviews. So, how does Tales hold up compared to the decades-long history of kaiju stories that have come before it? Let’s find out.

Travis Beacham wrote the screenplay for Pacific Rim, as well as the Tales from Year Zero prequel, and he returns to write Tales from the Drift joined by Joshua Hale Fialkov and cements his position as the man who makes this world work. Marcos Marz and Marcelo Maiolo provide illustrations and color, respectively, creating a gorgeous world of massive jaegers and hulking kaiju. Both kaiju and jaegers are drawn with bold lines and bright, solid backgrounds to make them really stand out, making for dynamic and easy to follow fight scenes. In the early stages of the series it isn’t entirely clear where the focus lies – we don’t know much about the human pilots we’re seeing aside from they met when one of the first kaiju exited the Breach and attacked a submarine, and now they’re a married couple taking on alien monsters together. Many kaiju stories leave the humans as relatively undeveloped characters, basic ciphers that hit the plot points they’re required to hit so the story can progress and we can get back to kaiju action, but in these early stages I’m not sure which way Tales is going to go. The first issue opens with an introduction to the married couple who pilot Tacit Ronin, one of the very first jaeger, and spends quite a lot of time on flashbacks explaining how they first met.

The flashbacks are interspersed with present-day monster action but while both timelines are interesting, I found myself wishing the comic would focus on one and stick with it. The problem with exploring a story by alternating timelines is that when in the present day, characters are in danger of drowning, sometimes it’s hard not to think “Do you really have time for a flashback right now?” And then there’s the risk that if the flashbacks don’t make a viewer care about the characters in question, they’ll feel like a waste of time.

At this point, Tales from the Drift is in such an early state that it’s impossible to tell how in-depth it will go when it comes to human character development. Whether we’ll see favorite characters like Mako Mori or Newton Geiszler as the comic progresses is anybody’s guess, given the time jumps we see in the first issue, but the kaiju-versus-robot action is well worth the price of admission and hopefully the human drama will either be just as interesting or mercifully short. Pacific Rim is at its best when a balance between human drama and monster action is found, and if this team can manage that in the comic book series as well then Tales From the Drift will be in great shape.

Story: Travis Beacham, Joshua Hale Fialkov Art: Marcos Maz, Marcelo Maiolo
Story: 7 Art: 9 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

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