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Early Review: Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1

Ludocrats #1 is a wild, decadent comic. Many years in the making, it’s from writers Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol, artist Jeff Stokely, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Clayton Cowles, who gives the book a definite “Euro” vibe. The story follows the misadventures of Otto and Hades. They’re a part of an aristocratic group dedicated to having a good time. It is an utter paean to the art of hedonism: the comic book equivalent of Dionysus giving Apollo a spanking.

First up, there’s a wedding between Elaina and Lord Pulderwart, a “boring” person. It’s a wondrous occasion for a first issue and turns the classic comedy structure of ending with a wedding on its head reflecting the topsy turvy world order of Ludocrats. Gillen and Rossignol indulge in their most florid and absurd prose. Especially through the character of Otto, who is introduced completely nude, covered in blood, and with his penis out. Otto is pure id and gets the best lines as he is the arbiter of all things “ludicrous”. He is the offspring of Shakespeare’s Falstaff. More so the Merry Wives of Windsor Falstaff than the Henry IV duology Falstaff. Otto is the physical representation of this comic’s themes and attitudes.

Jeff Stokely’s artwork in Ludocrats is Asterix and Obelix by way of Brandon Graham. It features all kinds of fun and hilarious background details that are expanded upon in the issue’s back-matter. Stokely and Tamra Bonvillain’s double-page spread of a wedding set the tone and almost singlehandedly build the world of Ludocrats. It’s like the Mos Eisley cantina on acid. You’re introduced to a world where knights read the newspaper, some folks have goldfish bowls for heads, and a bag of wheat gets a seat all to themselves for some reason or another.

Everything in Stokely’s artwork is exaggerated. It fits the tone of Ludocrats #1 from the aforementioned nude and bloody Otto taking up an entire full-page spread. There’s no room for deadpan (Except for the cool Dr. Hades.), everything is ham in this comic. Even though Ludocrats has the clear structure of a wedding, Kieron Gillen and Jim Rossignol are liberated to write some of the strangest dialogue I’ve seen, especially when Otto tries to flirt with one of the party guests. Who knows that a satire of heteronormativity could be so damn funny, especially when Stokely adds cartoon physics to the mix?

Although its characters behave in unrestrained manners and constantly try to outdo each other in the matters of eccentricity, Ludocrats #1 is a comic that’s fairly easy to follow. Its focus is two main characters and a variety of visual and verbal jokes. Instead of relying on boring exposition (This is actually a plot point), Gillen, Rossignol, Stokely, and Bonvillain throw you straight in the middle of the world without a life vest. This is an admirable storytelling point, and Ludocrats #1 is a true party of a comic that you should safely try to acquire when it’s released.

Story: Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol Art: Jeff Stokely 
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Once & Future Vol. 1 SC

Once & Future Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Artist: Dan Mora
Writer:  Kieron Gillen
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $16.99

When a group of Nationalists use an ancient artifact to bring a villain from Arthurian myth back from the dead to gain power, ex-monster hunter Bridgette McGuire escapes her retirement home and pulls her unsuspecting grandson Duncan, a museum curator, into a world of magic and mysticism to defeat a legendary threat. 

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen (Die, The Wicked + The Divine) and Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Klaus) explore the mysteries of the past, the complicated truths of our history and the power of family to save the day…especially if that family has secret bunkers of ancient weapons and decades of experience hunting the greatest monsters in Britain’s history!

Once & Future Vol. 1 SC

Preview: Once & Future #7

Once & Future #7

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
    Main Cover: Dan Mora
    Unlocked Retailer Variant: Jenny Frison
Price: $3.99

Although Bridgette and Duncan were able to escape the Otherworld, their adventure is only just beginning! As the chaos of Arthur’s return reaches London, an artifact at the British Museum is stolen. But is it Arthur who’s interested in the relic… or someone, or something, new?

Once & Future #7

Your First Look at New Story Arc in Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora’s Once & Future #7

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Once & Future #7, the premiere issue of a new story arc in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora, colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan who fight against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

Although Bridgette and Duncan were able to escape the Otherworld, their adventure is only just beginning! As the chaos of Arthur’s return reaches London, an artifact at the British Museum is stolen. But is it Arthur who’s interested in the relic… or someone, or something, new?

Once & Future #7 will be available for sale on March 25, 2020.

Once & Future #7

Jamie McKelvie’s Cover for The Ludocrats Revealed

Image Comics has revealed the Ludocrats #1 cover B featuring reality-warping artwork from Jamie McKelvie, which will be available with the series launch this April.

Ludocrats #1 by bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, writer Jim Rossignol, and artist Jeff Stokely with colorist Tamra Bonvillain is a gleefully bizarre five issue, fantasy miniseries that thinks there’s more gold in the hills mined by I Hate Fairyland and they can uncover it with illegally acquired Python-infused explosives.

In short: The Ludocrats! The aristocrats of ludicrous! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going to save us all have a nice time.

Ludocrats #1 Cover A by Stokely (Diamond Code FEB200052) and Ludocrats #1 Cover B by McKelvie (Diamond Code JAN208731) will be available at comic book shops on April Fool’s Day—Wednesday, April 1. Not joking.

Ludocrats #1 Cover B by Jamie McKelvie

Kieron Gillen, Jim Rossignol, Jeff Stokely, and Tamra Bonvillain Introduce the Ludocrats this April

Bestselling writer Kieron Gillen will team up with writer Jim Rossignol, and artist Jeff Stokely with colorist Tamra Bonvillain for Ludocrats. This five-issue, gonzo-weird fantasy miniseries will launch from Image Comics on April Fools’ Day.

In short: The Ludocrats! The aristocrats of ludicrous! A collision of the ornate fantasy of Dune and an M-rated Asterix & Obelix! Baron Otto Von Subertan and Professor Hades Zero-K are here, and they’re going save us all have a nice time.

Ludocrats #1 (Diamond Code FEB200052) will be available at comic book shops on April Fool’s Day—Wednesday, April 1. Not joking.

Ludocrats #1

Preview: Once & Future #6

Once & Future #6

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Tamara Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

With the fate of the world in the balance, Duncan must finally accept his role in the larger story. But has Gran trained him well enough to defeat the undead King of the Britons by himself?

Once & Future #6

Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt Oversized HC

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt Oversized HC

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wjingaard
cover: Caspar Wjingaard
FC | 124 Pages | Standard Edition: $29.99 | Superheroes | Mature

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most-alas, poor humanity. Peter Cannon— the man known as Thunderbolt — is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre. Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt Oversized HC

Get an Early Look at Once & Future #6 from Kieron Gillen, Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ed Dukeshire

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Once & Future #6, the latest issue in the critically acclaimed series from New York Times bestselling writer Kieron Gillen, Russ Manning Award-winning artist Dan Mora , colorist Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about retired monster hunter Bridgette McGuire and her unsuspecting grandson Duncan who fight against a rising evil that plans to take over their country to bring it back to its former glory.

With the fate of the world in the balance, Duncan must finally accept his role in the larger story. But has Gran trained him well enough to defeat the undead King of the Britons by himself?

Once & Future #6, featuring cover art by Dan Mora, will be available for sale on January 22, 2020.

Once & Future #6

Preview: Once & Future #5

Once & Future #5

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Dan Mora
Colorist: Tamara Bonvillain
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

With Gran’s life hanging in the balance, Duncan comes face to face with another knight in search of the Grail, and only one will emerge victorious…

Once & Future #5
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