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Preview: WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special #1

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Ryan Ferrier, Michael Kingston, AJ Styles, Kevin Panetta
Artists: Kendall Goode, Daniel Bayliss, Kelly Williams
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Xermánico
Variant Cover: Juan Doe
Price: $7.99

Every January, Royal Rumble takes the world by storm in a battle royale free-for-all in one of the most celebrated annual events.

Featuring “The Debut of AJ Styles,” written by WWE Superstar AJ Styles and Michael Kingston (Headlocked)!

From Ric Flair winning his first rumble to Shawn Michaels going the distance after teetering on the edge, we’re packing this special with the greatest hits throughout Royal Rumble history.
Featuring an all-new story from WWE Superstar “The Phenomenal” AJ Styles!

AfterShock Announces Betrothed from Sean Lewis, Steve Uy, and Simon Bowland

AfterShock has announced Betrothed #1 from NEW AfterShock creator, Sean Lewis, with art by Steve Uy and lettering by Simon Bowland. The first issue comes to shelves this coming March and features covers by Uy and Juan Doe.

Welcome to the World of Betrothed! Kieron and Tamara are both seniors at the same high school. They’ve never paid much attention to each other, even though they are the only kids at school who are orphans. On the eve of their eighteenth birthdays they discover a lifelong secret: in a dimension faraway, they are each the leader of an army that is at war with one another…and what’s more, when they turn eighteen, they’re to be Betrothed or Fight to the Death!

Review: Dark Ark #3

Something vile is lurking just beneath the surface of the fathomless floodwaters. As the rivalry between the various factions of monsters heats up on Shrae’s Ark, an evil from below rises to threaten every human life on board the vessel.

Writer Cullen Bunn has been building to this moment in a series which spans genres. The first two issues feel like a crime story/murder mystery, just set in Biblical times and on an Ark (not THAT Ark, the other one). This issue though flips that a bit as the murder is revealed and all hell breaks loose.

Dark Ark #3 is curious in that a lot is packed into one issue and what could have played out for another instead happens quickly bringing on new threats. You can get a sense of what has been coming from the previous issue but this feels like a pretty big pivot from the first two. None of that is bad though as the series evolves in some entertaining ways and still has me intrigued as to where it’s all going.

Bunn brings a tension to it all as accusations fly and interrogations are had. While I had suspicions as to who the murder is, it plays out well as Shrae attempts to figure it out and dispense justice, an odd concept considering the boat’s inhabitants. The issue builds though until the eventual reveal and explosion where all hell breaks loose.

Juan Doe‘s art continues to be fantastic and it feels like the art has gotten stronger with each issue. Each monster is unique with lots of personality that makes individuals from the group stand out. The style has grown on me a lot since the first issue and here it’s used to build the tension until the reveal and what happens after.

This issue was… unexpected. I fully expected the murder mystery to play out longer until the eventual confrontation but that wouldn’t be for another issue or two. Instead, things shift in many ways and it has me excited to see what happens next.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special #1

WWE Survivor Series 2017 Special #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers: Dennis Hopeless, Box Brown, Derek Fridolfs, Kevin Paneta, Lan Pitts, Aaron Gillespie
Artists: Lucas Werneck, Rodrigo Lorenzo, Derek Fridolfs, Kendall Goode, Kelly Williams, Tim Lattie
Colorists: Jeremy Lawson, Doug Garbark, Fred Stresing, Dee Cunniffe,
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Rahzzah
WWE What If? Incentive Cover: Jim Rugg
Unlocked Retailer Cover: Juan Doe

This oversized WWE special highlights everything we love about the Thanksgiving tradition that rules autumn in sports entertainment—Survivor Series!
Features stories across all eras, from the epic showdown between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg twelve years in the making, to the infamous controversial classic that still enrages WWE fans to this day—the Montreal Screwjob.

Review: Dark Ark #2

As the floodwaters rise, Shrae’s ark full of fiendish beasts continues on its seemingly endless voyage. But below deck, the matriarch of the naga clan has been viciously slain, and the monstrous voyagers are quick to point clawed fingers to blame each other for the murder. As tensions rise among the monsters, Shrae’s very human family is at risk of becoming victims themselves.

With the first issue of writer Cullen Bunn‘s Dark Ark, I had no idea what to expect, but the series presented a twisted version of Noah’s Ark. A second ark exists, but this one filled with a dark sorcerer and monsters. What’s really intriguing is that with that great concept, Bunn is delivering a series that’s part murder mystery and part political jockeying. And those things together make for an entertaining read.

Dark Ark #2 is the chaos following the murder in the first issue. Who did it? That’s the big question and the monsters are pissed and fighting with each other to figure that out. They’re not happy with the situation and where they are and to some extent blame Shrae about that. Confrontations, finger pointing, lots of fighting, and threats abound and we’re left with a better sense of the factions and politics of the monsters. Throw in this story of the humans on board and things get even more interesting.

I like Juan Doe’s art better in this second issue than the first. It feels a bit cleaner and easier to figure out what’s going on but it keeps the dark tones that help create the chaotic and ominous setting Bunn has created.

Dark Ark has not only impressed me but its exceeded my expectations creating a Biblical horror series that’s also a whodunnit. A great combination that has me sucked in waiting to see what’s next and who the killer is.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe Letters: Ryane Hill
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Review

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: KISS/Vampirella #5

KISS/Vampirella #5

writer: Christopher Sebela
artist: Annapaola Martello
covers: Juan Doe (A), Carli Ihde (B), Roberto Castro (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D)
Carli Ihde (RI B/W), Juan Doe (RI Virgin), Roberto Castro (RI B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

The demons bent on destroying rock ’n’ roll via a wave of soft rock laced with murderous messages have declared all-out war on the world. With a huge show scheduled at the Hollywood Bowl and a massive crowd of willing victims, KISS and Vampirella will storm the stage in a jam of violence and rock so loud that Los Angeles will never be the same.

WWE Superstar AJ Styles Makes His WWE Comics Writing Debut in WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special

BOOM! Studios and WWE have announced the WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special, arriving in stores January 2018 and featuring some of the biggest WWE Superstars in history! In this oversized special, WWE Superstar AJ Styles makes his WWE comics writing debut in the “phenomenal” story of his first WWE appearance. He is joined by co-writer Michael Kingston in this special celebration of the titular pop-culture phenomenon, which also includes new stories from acclaimed talent such as Ryan Ferrier, Kevin Panetta, Kendall Goode, and Daniel Bayliss.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 Special features other untold stories behind some of the greatest Royal Rumble matches in history. From Ric Flair winning his first rumble to Shawn Michaels going the distance after teetering on the edge, this special showcases the greatest Superstars in sports entertainment history!

The main cover is illustrated by Xermánico, with a special cover by Juan Doe featuring “The Beast” Brock Lesnar and his advocate Paul Heyman.

WWE Royal Rumble 2018 will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA on Sunday, January 28. Along with WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, Royal Rumble is one of WWE’s original “Big Four” pay-per-view events.

Review: Dark Ark #1

The wickedness of mankind has moved the Creator to destroy the world by way of the flood. Noah has been tasked with building an ark to save his family and the animals of the world. But this is not Noah’s story. For darker powers have commanded the sorcerer Shrae to build his own ark and save the unnatural creatures of the world-such as the vampires, the dragons, the naga, and the manticore. But what will happen on a vessel crawling with monsters, where insidious intrigue and horrific violence are the rule of law?

Writer Cullen Bunn has been killing it with a series of horror comics and Dark Ark is added to the pull pile with a story about that “other ark” on the ocean at the same time as Noah. This ark is full of monsters and things aren’t going so well. Food is scarce and Noah’s ark is looking like a good target to help solve that.

Bunn presents a fascinating comic whose tension is enhanced by the fact that it takes place in such a small space while at the same time having the vast world around it that can’t be moved around in the traditional sense. The fact he’s able to mine a Biblical story and give it a new twist I haven’t seen before is impressive as well. Just when you think things have been mined completely… The first issue sets up the tension well, gives us the background of everything, and does that in a way that creates a lot of conflict to come. It’s smart, it’s interesting, and it has me wanting to read more.

I generally really enjoy Juan Doe‘s art and this looks great. It’s dark and there’s a lot packed in, so I found myself lingering on the pages to really figure everything out. That’s not a bad thing at all and shows how much is in there (the review copy was digital and had a stamp on it which might have contributed to things). The style of the monsters and characters are very cool too, not quite sure how to describe the style but it feels like there’s a slight manga influence to it all.

Dark Ark #1 is a solid debut. As I said, it mines material and gives it a new spin I wasn’t expecting and really enjoyed. I want to see where it all goes as Bunn sets up the conflict really well and it feels like a powder keg getting ready to explode. A great example of how the setting can make a story.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Juan Doe
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: KISS/Vampirella #4

KISS/Vampirella #4

writer: Chris Sebela
artist: Annapaola Martello
covers: Juan Doe (A), Carli Ihde (B), Roberto Castro (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D)
Carli Ihde (RI B/W), Juan Doe (RI Virgin), Roberto Castro (RI B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

KISS storm the head offices of the record industry to confront a demonic menace hellbent on taking down rock ’n’ roll. When things go awry and get bloody, they’ll take shelter with Vampi, Witchkraft and their roadie Lily, who’s about to get a crash course in why she’s really here.

Preview: KISS/Vampirella #3

KISS/Vampirella #3

writer: Chris Sebela
artist: Annapaola Martello
covers: Juan Doe (A), Carli Ihde (B), Roberto Castro (C), Cosplay Photo Variant (D), Carli Ihde (RI-B/W), Juan Doe (RI-Virgin), Roberto Castro (RI-B/W)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen +

After wading through the weird, satanic waters of Los Angeles without a map, KISS finally finds some tour guides in the form of Vampirella and her band Witchkraft. While the two bands jam and work to figure out what’s happening to all of L.A.’s rock bands, KISS’ mysterious driver and the demons who run the record industry are unveiling their own plans.

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