Written by FRED VAN LENTE Art by RENATO GUEDES Letters by DAVE SHARPE Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP Cover C by JUAN DOE Preorder Edition Cover by SCOTT FORBES On sale DECEMBER 4 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+
Publisher: BOOM! Studios Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Dan McDaid Colorist: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Jim Campbell Cover Artists: Main Cover: Lee Garbett Preorder Cover: Joe Quinones Incentive Cover: Juan Doe Price: $3.99
War has come to the small planet, and Mal finds himself caught between the two sides. Will Mal be able to stem the tide of war, or is he already too late to stop it? And how will the mysterious figure from his past influence his choice?
The wedding turned slasher horror continues as the body count rises and we learn the reality there might be more than one killer. Bad Reception #3 is a must for fans of slasher horror and Agatha Christie.
Story: Juan Doe Art: Juan Doe Letterer: Juan Doe
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Writer: Juan Doe Artist: Juan Doe Cover: Juan Doe $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 10.23.19
The popularity contest of life is exposed when the remaining guests realize they’re being hunted down in the order of their social media ranking. The more followers you have, the bigger the target on your back. Now, the killer dubbed “Hashtag” isn’t the only predator — in order to survive, your fellow guest may turn out to be just as dangerous.
Written and drawn by AfterShock’s very own Juan Doe (DARK ARK, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER), BAD RECEPTION is a searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity.
Dark Ark returns with a new series, Dark Ark: After the Flood. In Dark Ark, two arks were built to survive the Biblical flood. One was Noah’s and one was a dark ark filled with mythical creatures and things that go bump in the night.
Dark Ark: After the Flood #1 sees the Dark Ark now on land and the building of a new society. Khalee is the new sorceress in charge and the issue bounces between her origin and the now as she and the rest of the survivors attempt to figure things out.
Writer Cullen Bunn continues to mix horror and the Bible for a story that’s intriguing and engaging. Like the previous volume, this new one has more than enough to keep readers coming back. There’s something to its mix of horror, religion, and even some humor.
The negative is the issue isn’t quite as new reader friendly as the previous volume and it helps to have read the previous series. But, you can enjoy it by just focusing on the now and not what has lead up to it.
Juan Doe‘s art continues to amaze. The style is fantastic and the design of the characters and creatures is top-notch. The colors, everything comes together for a visual treat. Doe is an artist, and writer, to keep your eye on.
Dark Ark: After the Flood #1 is a welcome return to the world and its twist on the Bible. A solid beginning for long-time readers and for those that are new, it’s not too late to go back and see what you’ve missed.
Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe Letterer: Dave Sharpe Story: 7.75 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read
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Wow, just wow. Bad Reception #1 knocks it out of the park and then some. Juan Doe puts together commentary about our addiction to social media and wraps it all together in a murder mystery. Writer, artist, letterer, Doe does it all.
Bad Reception follows a pop star and an author/”techno ethicist” as they plan their wedding. The catch is, the wedding will be off the grid. No cell phones. No media. This is as intimate as it gets. And that includes murder. Doe teases that things go sour throughout the comic with a “second story” that plays out beneath each double page layout.
And that’s part of what’s impressive. Doe break from the traditional layout of a comic. Instead, the story spreads out taking advantage of two pages which at first takes a bit to get used to. But, it’s also a smart decision as it directly challenges our “one screen” habits. This isn’t a comic that’ll be easily read digitally it would seem. I read mine on a large screen as a PDF but using a tablet, I can see some issues. And that’s not a bad thing. There’s something meta about it all as Doe challenges social media and technology and how our relationships have suffered. One can add our consumption of media too.
All of that is wrapped up in what feels like an Agatha Christie murder mystery. Mix in fantastic details on each character and the comic is fantastic in every way.
Doe’s art is on point. He’s an artist I’ve been enjoying for some time but the freedom of writing his own series seems to have opened up the possibilities. Not only is there the use of two pages but a second story runs underneath of a mystery character on the hunt. We can assume this is the murderer but who knows. Add in a sparse use of color and grittiness about it all and you’ve got the complete package.
Bad Reception #1 is probably under the radar for many but this is a break out release featuring a hell of a story and art. It’s one that’ll get you to think of your own media consumption and social media use. It also entertains. Can’t wait to see where this goes from here.
Story: Juan Doe Art: Juan Doe Story: 8.75 Art: 8.85 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy
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Comics writer/musician Carlos Giffoni joins us to talk about his series Strayed, a sci-fi story about the military industrial complex, staring a pet cat, with art by Juan Doe, and Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness with Alexis Ziritt, which is some seriously trippy stuff.
At 14 Carlos began singing in a punk band in his homeland Venezuela. Since then, he has been involved in experimental music with over a dozen releases. He has worked on projects for League of Legends, South Park, Ugly Americans, The Daily Show, and other established properties. He currently lives in LA, with his two cats Viktor and Lou Reed. He started writing comic books a few years ago with two creator-owned series and more on the way. https://twitter.com/carlosgiffoni
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BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Firefly #8from New York Times best-selling writer Greg Pak and artist Dan McDaid, along with series creator and story consultant Joss Whedon. The comic will be available in stores on July 17, 2019.
Zoe and Mal are missing so it’s up to the rest of the crew and their new friend, the gunslinger Leonard Chang-Benitez, to save the day! What can a former preacher, jokester pilot, soft-hearted engineer, proper Companion, and two fugitive siblings do to get their crew members back from a bloodthirsty gang of thugs and a militia of underground Browncoats? Actually, a lot, it turns out. But there’s danger at every step and if anyone makes a wrong move, the whole plan will fall to pieces in an instant!
Firefly #8features a main cover by Lee Garbett, along with variant covers by Joe Quinones, David Nakayama, and Juan Doe.