Oni Press’ all-new limited-series event, XINO, is only perceptible in three dimensions.It’s three, 40-page intra-ocular lozenges of subversive, psych-surrealist science fiction to cure your awful awareness of our meager reality, complete with a number of rising stars and cult phenom writers and artists. Issue #1 was so popular it went back for a second printing with a brand new variant cover, and the third and final issue XINO #3 hits stores this Wednesday August 23.
We have an exclusive excerpt from XINO #3, the first five pages from Justin Jordan and Molly Mendoza‘s “Visceral“!
XINO #3 (OF 3)
WRITTEN BY ANDREW CARL, JUSTIN JORDAN, DAN MCDAID, DAVID HAN, & CONNOR WILLUMSEN ART BY DAN MCDAID, SOPHIE FRANZ, DAVID HAHN & CONNOR WILLUMSEN, MOLLY MENDOZA
INCOMING: Oni’s subversive sci-fi delivery system, designate XINO #003! Justin Jordan (The Strange Talent of Luther Strode) and Molly Mendoza wreak total havoc; Dan McDaid (DEGA) takes weaponized incompetence to the next level; David Hahn (Batman ’66) walks a robot into a bar; Andrew Carl (Once Upon a Time Machine) and Sophie Franz (The Experts) unpack a locked-room mystery; Connor Willumsen (Bradley Of Him) digs deep into our capacity for self-delusion—ALL THIS AND MORE IN XINO’S EXPLOSIVE FINALE!
Skybound has released never-before-seen pages of Summoners War: Awakening #5. The limited series based on the hit RPG mobile game will return for its penultimate issue by the all-star team of writer Justin Jordan and artist Luca Claretti, and will feature colors by Igor Monti on August 23, 2023.
Trapped between Stiodani airships and the deadly bounty hunter, Malakhan, Rai’s summoning skills will be put to the ultimate test to save her friends.
Summoners War: Awakening #5 (Diamond Code: JUN230361 | SRP: $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 23, 2023.
We have an exclusive enthralling first look at Skybound‘s Summoners War: Awakening #4. The comic series is in partnership with game publisher Com2uS. The latest issue of the series by the talented writer Justin Jordan, artist Luca Claretti, and colorist Igor Monti will be available in comic book shops July, 26, 2023.
Trapped between the bounty hunter Malakhan and a legion of Stiodani soldiers, will Rai and Tomas be sacrificed as part of Captain Eve’s master plan?
The Summoners War: Awakening comic series is the latest expansion to the Summoners War IP, following Skybound’s previous comic series Legacy, which is now available as a collection (AUG210122 | $16.99) everywhere books are sold.
Issues of Summoners War: Awakening debut alongside the latest new mobile game entitled Summoners War: Chronicles, released November 2022. The variety of expansions is a testament to the game’s success and longevity, which proves to be a major tentpole for Com2uS’ gaming portfolio. Com2us has been in partnership with Skybound since 2017 jointly releasing Summoners War comics, The Walking Dead mobile games, and much more. Com2uS is extending its business territory from mobile games to Global Media Contents Company that covers different entertainment genres.
Summoners War: Awakening #4 (Diamond Code: MAY230286 | SRP: $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 26, 2023.
Skybound, in partnership with game publisher Com2uS, has revealed a first look at Summoners War: Awakening #3 from writer Justin Jordan, artist Luca Claretti, and colorist Igor Monti. The latest issue of the comic series based on the hit RPG mobile game will be available in comic book shops this June.
Rai, Tomas, and Tatakana join Captain Eve’s crew as they set off towards a war-ravaged village carrying provisions and aid for the town. But Eve has ulterior motives, and Darcassian knows where she’s headed.
Summoners War: Awakening #3 (Diamond Code: APR230295 | SRP: $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 28, 2023.
Every secret comes to light as Jessa is confronted with the horrible truth of the figures behind everything! As she faces the Harrower in a final showdown, her fate seems inevitable. Can she escape becoming what she fears most? Harrower #4 wraps up the start of a solid horror franchsie.
Created by Justin Jordan and Brahm Revel, Harrower #4 both closes the book on this slasher story but like good slasher films, leaves things open for a franchise. Written by Jordan, the issue dishes the secrets of the town and Harrower. The explanation is pretty basic building off the hints in the debut issue that the town is rather conservative in its ways. There isn’t too much depth as to who the Harrower chooses and why it’s done, but the overall concept is there making these four issues more of an origin story than a slasher. And in that way, the comic gets more interesting.
It’d have been easy for Jordan to explain what’s going on with supernatural forces or it’s just the way things are done, but we get the hints at how the Harrower started and this Harrower in particular. There’s some drama there that’s explored and makes the concept of the series all the more twisted.
Some of that drama is delivered in Revel’s art and Pat Brosseau‘s lettering. Jessa’s confrontation with her parents and the town is full of heartbreak. The issue does fall a little short in Jessa’s battle with the Harrower though. There’s a grittiness and desperation that doesn’t quite feel there nor does the Harrower’s hesitancy come through enough. That aspect of the comic needed a little more to it. But, the comic hasn’t really been about the gore and action, it’s far more that secrets the town keeps.
Story: Justin Jordan Art: Brahm Revel Letterer: Pat Brosseau Story: 8.25 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
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BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Harrower #4, the FINAL issue of the brand new four-issue limited series from Spread creator and co-creator of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, writer Justin Jordan, with highly acclaimed artist Brahm Revel, and letterer Pat Brosseau, about a horrifying ancient legend that lurks within a small, forgotten town, available in stores May 24, 2023.
Every secret comes to light as Jessa is confronted with the horrible truth of the figures behind everything! As she faces the Harrower in a final showdown, her fate seems inevitable. Can she escape becoming what she fears most?
Harrower #4features main cover art by series artist Revel and variant cover by highly acclaimed artist Maria Wolf.
The Harrower proves difficult to kill, but killing comes easy for him. With the group split in two, no cell service, and the police being suspiciously useless-someone won’t make it out alive. Harrower #3 ups the body count and both answers questions and deepens the mystery as to exactly what’s going on.
Writer Justin Jordan delivers twists and turns in this third issue as the fight against the Harrower continues and some of what has been shown gets a deeper look. It all comes together to deliver a comic that begins to tease exactly what’s going on and makes the series even that much better.
From the beginning of the series, we’ve known there’s some deeper conspiracy that involves the Harrower and the town but we don’t know exactly what. There’s some long history and clearly some “cult like” activity but the details have been few. Harrower #3 starts to answer that aspect of things as the group of kids do their best to escape the Harrower’s killing spree while stumbling upon answers as to some of the killer’s tricks.
The series has been great for a whole host of reasons. It’s mixed classic slashers with a more modern aesthetic and the more modern horror releases we seen as far as characters and pacing. But, this issue also has a bit of fun with moments that remind me more of Scooby-Doo than anything else. There’s a sense of the comic that it takes itself seriously but also have a bit of fun with the genre overall in how everything rolls out.
Part of the solid aspect of the series is the art by Brahm Revel. The comic is horror and a slasher, so you expect a body count and blood, but Revel’s art never crosses the line so it distracts. The specifics of the kill and gore can be a focus on times in other stories but this one keeps it simple, focusing on the act and the who than zeroing in on the how and lingering on the blood and guts. With lettering by Pat Brosseau that combined with the body language tells so much, the visuals really help with the pace and in this case adds to the fun spookiness of it all.
Harrower #3 ends things with a nice what the hell moment. It plays into some of what has been hinted at but we’ll finally get a better sense of things. The issue leaves things in an exciting place and one hell of a final page that’ll leave readers wanting to find out where things are going and get to the truth of it all.
Story: Justin Jordan Art: Brahm Revel Letterer: Pat Brosseau Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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