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Review: Broken Frontier Anthology

The overused term, “rules are made to be broken,” has been said repeatedly when it is thought that someone has gone against convention. As the world slowly embraces the diversity that surrounds it, so has popular media. Comics have always challenged type but has mostly been monochromatic. It has only recently been proactive about being diverse in not only race and sexuality, but also ability. Wave Blue World‘s Broken Frontier offers up stories where they do just that, break the rules.

In “Phantom Limb Ghost Puncher,” a police officer who loses his arm during a rescue, magically receives a mystical weapon which changes his life instantly. In “Stranger Than Fiction,” a clairvoyant helps out a murder suspect, by revisiting the day of the crime through his unconscious mind. In “Dark Dark World,” young imaginative writer plays out a scene for a story, all in her father’s work shed. In “The Wall,” set in a dystopian future, societies’ fortunes are separated only by allegiance.

In “Flyer,”  a elderly man, gives a prep talk to his adolescent granddaughter, as she prepares to engage in a dogfight by way of rocketpack. “In The Night, Mountains Grew,” a ranger’s gross miscalculation proves fatal for those she protects. In “The Beard,” a young woman uncontrollably grows a facial hair at a unusually rapid rate, something befuddles her day after day, until she realizes her greater destiny, one that would change her life forever. In “Purgatory,” a woman falls into a coma, and gets transported to a different world, where she gets to be her true self.

In “The Trip,” a rather routine start of a morning for a man and his daughter, becomes a lesson in realizing every day is precious. In “Its About Time,” a scientist uses his considerable powers to time travel before his wife died, but what he finds out changes his whole outlook on her. In “Inside Outside,” a woman coming off her meds is constantly irritated by “cute squishy monsters.” In “Last dance at Omega Point,” as a rocket heads to its firing point, a woman’s life unpacks in alternate reality.

Overall, an excellent comic anthology which explores what can be or what will be. The stories by all the writers pluck the emotions of the reader in the best way possible. The art by the creators are all beautiful. Altogether, a plus sized comic treat which entertains on every page and you will wish was longer.

Story: Greg Pak, Tyler Chin-Tanner,Cullen Bunn, Phil Hester, Robert Dammelin, Justin Zimmerman, A. David Lewis, Fred Van Lente, Carla Berrocal, Jamie Coe, Edie OP, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Merguerite Bennett,Frederik Hautain, Kurt Belcher,  Adam Egypt Mortimer, Karrie Fransman, David Hine, Noah Van Sciver, Sean Wang, Salgood Sam, Box Brown,  PJ Holden, Scott Ferguson, INJ Culbard, Steve Orlando, Steve Bryant
Art: Steve Bryant, INJ Culbard, Yaroslav Astapeev, PJ Holden, Salgood Sam, Sean Wang, Box Brown, Noah Van Sciver, Mark Stafford, Karrie Fransman, Jeff McComsey, Facundo Percio, Rob Croonenborghs, Varga Tomi, Ryan Kelly, Edie OP, Toby Cypress, Jamie Coe, Robert Sammelin, Carla Berrocal, Daniel Warren Johnson, Nathan Fox, Alison Sampson, Noel Tuazon, Aysegul Sinav, Mike Lawrence, Tom Raney, Simon Bowland, Taylor Esposito, Gina Going, Jason Wordie
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Thanks to Those Speaking Out. We Support You.

Many within the comics industry are taking a stand and speaking out against harassment and the continued protection of those who engage in it. One reason individuals don’t speak out is over fear that they will be blacklisted and not supported by publishers (and fans). So, along with our vocally supporting these creators we as a community need to also show we also have their back financially.

This isn’t a complete list so please add individuals missed in the comments below.


Sophie Campbell is quoted in the recent Buzzfeed article as have turned down Supergirl due to editor Eddie Berganza. That’s beyond stand-up and shows true conviction. Check out her work on Jem and the Holograms, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Wet Moon, and more.

Joshua Hale Fialkov is a writer who worked with DC on the series I, Vampire (among others). He reportedly left the company over a disagreement about killing Green Lantern John Stewart. He’s written awesome series like The Bunker, Tumor, The Life After, and most recently Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth.

Kwanza Osajyefo is one of the creators behind the recently released in trade paperback Black. Not only is he outspoken but also a target for degenerate comic “fans” who only want to take us backwards. That hasn’t stopped him down from speaking out.

Christopher Sebela is the writer behind the upcoming Cold War from AfterShock Comics, Heartthrob, We(l)come Back, High Crimes, and more.

Tony Isabella is one of the co-creators of Black Lightning for DC Comics. Maybe grab one of his classic trades to prepare for the new CW television show or the recent Black Lighting: Cold Dead Hands #1.

Jennifer de Guzman has been one of the most outspoken individuals when it comes to harassment in the comics industry. She’s written for numerous comics (like Womanthology: Space) and prose as well as a journalist. Buy her stuff and hire her!

Lilah Sturges is a writer of comics and fantasy novels having written Jack of Fables for Vertigo. You can also check out her work on Everafter.

Jonathan H. Gray is an artist who has done work on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Universe, Mega Man, as well as numerous work for Disney Comics.

Matthew Rosenberg is a comic writer who has published indie comics and also worked for Marvel and Archie. He was also part of the DC Writers Workshop Class of 2016. Go check out his 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank which was recently released as a trade paperback.

Kate Leth is a creator who has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, BOOM!, Dynamite, IDW, and Image. Whatever you buy to support her, it’s going to be good.

Tamra Bonvillain is a colorist who has worked for DC, Marvel, Image and more on such titles as Doom Patrol, Wayward, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Uncanny Avengers, and more.

Colleen Doran spoke out, blew the whistle and was thrown under the bus. Lots of fantastic work including Sandman from DC Comics’ Vertigo written by…

Neil Gaiman who clearly has Doran’s back…

Tea Terry Blue is a digital project manager at King Features Syndicate, a co-editor of RAW Fanthology, and overall comic nerd. Go follow them since there’s tons of other folks speaking out too that Tea is spotlighting.

Ryan Ferrier has written comics such as D4ve, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, WWE, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and more.


That’s a lot of folks to support and I’m sure I’ve missed tons. So, please add on in the comments below and go support those wonderful folks.

Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth

Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(W/A) Tony Fleecs
(C) Luigi Anderson
(CA) Tony Fleecs with Luigi Anderson
Age Rating: Mature Themes
Genre: Sci-Fi/Humor
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 176

Have you ever wondered what could have been if Kevin Smith directed Men in Black? Us either because that’s kind of a dumb thing to wonder. Besides, why obsess about “What ifs?” when you could be reading the defining sci-fi-rom-com-dram-actioner of our time! From the writer of THE BUNKER and the artist of MY LITTLE PONY–wait, really? Okay, I guess we’ll go with it–comes an alien invasion the likes of which have never before been seen by human eyes. The space invaders are real. They’re here. They’re mean. And they’re standing in judgement over the citizens of Earth. The human race’s final exam. They’ve chosen a single champion to test and, unfortunately for us, it’s none other than Jeff Steinberg. Romantically challenged idiot, video store clerk, constipated, confused, distractible. In other words, the planet is totally doomed.

Preview: The Life After Volume 4

THE LIFE AFTER, VOLUME 4

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
In Stores: 7/26/17
Age Rating: Mature
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Price: $19.99
Page Count: 128

Jude is the son of God, cast out from the heavens and forced to make a life on earth. Cursed with the knowledge of the afterlife but unable to reach it, Jude focuses his power on convincing people to disavow their belief in a higher power. On the other side of the fight is Essie, the child who was never born, who recruits believers to her side. When the fight between faith and disbelief is fought on the mortal coil, the fallout is catastrophic.

This volume collects the final five issues of Exodus: The Life After, the fourth volume of The Life After saga, a strange and insightful journey that goes far beyond the veil.

Preview: The Bunker Volume 4

The Bunker Volume 4

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/CA) Joe Infurnari
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $19.99
PAGE COUNT: 136

As Grady Potts’ political star rises, Daniel finally realizes what he must do to ensure he doesn’t poison the world’s population, and it isn’t pretty. Natasha is on hand—actually, both Natashas are—but the consequences of his actions may change the future for the worse. Heidi is still imprisoned, but just like Billy, she’s got an advocate on the outside. In this explosive final volume of the critically-acclaimed series, the fate of the world will be decided. Collects issues #15-19 of the series.

Preview: The Life After Volume 1 $10 Square One Edition

The Life After Volume 1 $10 Square One Edition

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $10
136 PAGES

The first volume of the critically-acclaimed series, now at a $10 introductory price!

Jude’s life is nothing special. It seems like every day is just a repeat of the last one, until one day, he meets a woman and can suddenly see into her past—revealing that he is actually in Purgatory for suicides. Now that he’s awake, he and the legendary Ernest Hemingway are on the path to change things in the afterlife for the better.

Of course, that might not sit very well with the bigwigs down below or up above. Can just a few people change the course of billions of souls?

Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #6

JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #6

SERIES FINALE!
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A) Tony Fleecs
(C) Luigi Anderson
(CA) Tony Fleecs with Luigi Anderson
AGE RATING: Mature
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Earth needed a champion. It got a video store clerk (that’s still a thing?!) with a bathroom problem. So far, Jeff Steinberg has risen to the occasion like the water level in a toilet bowl after an epic flush! Will he be able to fend off the next round of intergalactic feces flung his way or is the planet’s future about to be sent down the drain?

Preview: Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #5

JEFF STEINBERG: CHAMPION OF EARTH #5

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov and Tony Fleecs
(A/CA) Tony Fleecs
(CA) Luigi Anderson
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Humor, Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

The penultimate issue of Jeff Steinberg’s first series! Do you think Jeff even knows what the word “penultimate” means? Yeah, us either. It’s the second to last issue of Jeff’s first intergalactic adventure and our hero… Wait, “hero”? It’s not like he got chosen because he was saving kittens from trees or anything—he was just trying to poop… Anyway, it’s almost over! Jeff’s survived thus far, maybe he won’t actually screw everything up! (unlikely)

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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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Preview: Exodus: The Life After #10

EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #10

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: Ages 16+
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Jude, Essie, Nettie, and Ernest have seen Heaven, Hell, and Earth, and now they face the most terrifying realm of all. The End. Their journey has brought them to the brink of global war… and that’s not even considering the murderous Cosmic Potato.

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