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Unearth Infects Readers and Gets a Second Printing

Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas’ hit new body horror series Unearth is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for this creepy story best described as The X-Files meets HBO’s Chernobyl

In Unearth, a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico and a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. 

Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. 

Unearth #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY198071) will hit comic shops on Wednesday, August 7. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, July 15.

Unearth #1, second printing

Review: Unearth #1

Unearth #1

Unearth #1 throws you into the nightmarish action. With a story by Cullen Bunn and Kyle Strahm, the debut mixes together science and horror to deliver a slightly unsettling start.

A disease is ravaging a remote Mexican village which sends a scientific task force to investigate the contamination. They trace the source of the disease to a nearby cave system leading to a subterranean adventure and nightmare.

Bunn and Strahm deliver an interesting start in Unearth #1. At first, the series feels like an over the top science-focused story. It has the sense of a film like Outbreak mixing tension, mystery, and disease. But, as we learn more, the story pivots to something much more. It begins to turn into a nightmarish horror story that’ll leave you saying “wtf” more than once.

And in that sense, the debut issue is really good. It leaves the reader on their toes not knowing what to expect but with a concept that’s straightforward. We’re not immediately dumped into a mystical world but instead the issue slowly builds as things get weirder. And, we’re left in the end we’re left with something that’s more The Descent than Outbreak.

The art by Baldemar Rivas is interesting. Each character is unique and you get a sense of their personality. The art evolves like the story itself giving us a more confined space as things proceed. I’d like to have seen more of that used as the team is driven further into the cave. A visual confinement to help drag the reader into that aspect a bit more. And, as issues play out, we might see that.

The debut is a good one that sets up more than enough of a mystery to have fans of horror coming back to find out more. It’s an interesting concept so far and there’s many directions to go and like the characters themselves, that leaves the read on their toes.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm
Art: Baldemar Rivas Letters: Crank!
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Cullen Bunn teams with Kyle Stahm and Baldemar Rivas on the chilling new series Unearth

The X-Files meets Jeff Vandermeer’s Annihilationwith the mounting terror of a classic Stephen King novel in the forthcoming series Unearthan all-new horror series from Cullen Bunn, Kyle Strahm, and Baldemar Rivas launching this July from Image Comics.

In Unearth, a flesh-warping disease ravages a remote village in Mexico and a scientific task force travels to the inhospitable area to investigate the contamination. Tracing the source of the disease to a nearby cave system, the team discovers a bizarre, hostile ecosystem and a supernatural revelation from which they may never escape. 

Showcasing the same unsettling pacing of Michael Rutger’s The AnomalyUnearth will provide fans with a new subterranean nightmare that they won’t want to miss.

Unearth #1 Cover A by Rivas (Diamond Code MAY190025) and Unearth #1 Cover B by Strahm (Diamond Code MAY190026) will hit comic shops on Wednesday, July 10. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 17.

Unearth #1

Preview: Shape of Elvira #1

Shape of Elvira #1

writer: David Avallone
artist: Fran Strukan
covers: Francesco Francavilla (A), J. Bone (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Dave Acosta (D), Photo Cover (E),
Francesco Francavilla (RI-Virgin), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W), J. Bone (RI-Virgin), Dave Acosta (RI-B/W), Photo Cover (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Comedy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+

The Mistress of the Dark lands the leading role in a touching art film about human/gill monster romance, but there’s something decidedly fishy about her costar. Is there an Oscar™ in her future, or is director Billy Bullworth interesting in spawning something more than an Academy Award-winning movie? Dive into the first issue of this special four-part miniseries, by David Avallone (ELVIRA, BETTIE PAGE).

Shape of Elvira #1

Preview: Hack/Slash vs Chaos #1

Hack/Slash vs Chaos #1

writer: Tim Seeley
artist: Rapha Lobosco
covers: Tim Seeley (A), Craig Cermak (B), Kyle Strahm  (C)
Purgatori Seduction (RI), Lady Demon Seduction (RI), Craig Cermak (RI-Virg), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W), Tim Seeley (RI-Virg)
FC  |  32 pages  |  Horror  |  $3.99  |   Mature 

Cassie Hack, Slasher Hunter Supreme, thought she’d gotten rid of those teenager-perforating undead menaces. But now they’re suddenly springing back to life! Cassie and Vlad are going to have to team up with megadeath dispenser Evil Ernie to stop the slaughter, putting them on a path that appears to lead through Chastity, the Chosen, and Purgatori! Tim Seeley returns to his beloved creations to pit them against the world’s greatest horror universe and brings back some of the series’ most beloved slashers!

Preview: Barbarella #11

Barbarella #11

writer: Mike Carey
artist: Kenan Yarar
covers: Eric Powell (A), Ryan Browne (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Ediano Silva (D), Kenan Yarar (E-Sub)
Eric Powell (RI-Virgin), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W),Ryan Browne (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

In the red corner: a titanic space armada with the last word in planet-busting weaponry. And facing them: the Esseverine, a peaceful people with no technology or tools at all. Nothing. Not even a pointy stick. But they do have Barbarella. Place your bets!

Preview: KISS/Army of Darkness #5

KISS/Army of Darkness #5

writers: Chad Bowers, Chris Sims
artist: Ruairí Coleman
covers: Kyle Strahm (A), Goñi Montes (B), Ken Haeser “Starchild” cover (C)
Kyle Strahm (RI-Virgin), Goñi Montes (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

They have rock’n’rolled all night and partied every day to fix the timeline, but can KISS and Ash overcome the Deadites, The Disciples of the Destroyer, the Necronomicon, Evil Sheila, and god knows what else they are trying to throw at them? Find out in the epic conclusion of the story that tries to restore Ash to his rightful place as the Chosen One and KISS to the top of the charts!

Preview: Pumpkinhead #5

Pumpkinhead #5

writer: Cullen Bunn
artist: Blacky Shepherd, Kyle Strahm (backup)
covers: Kyle Strahm (A), Blacky Shepherd (B)
Kyle Strahm (RI-Virgin), Blacky Shepherd (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Bradley Mountain is crawling with demons. All the sins of man have been unleashed upon the Earth. Pumpkinhead, the demon of vengeance, is their prey, but he’s not giving up on his unholy mission without a fight. Sheriff Andi Ferris is the only person standing in the way of a full-scale demonic massacre, and when she finds those responsible, she’ll exact a little vengeance of her own.

Preview: Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #1

Elvira: Mistress Of The Dark #1

writer: David Avallone
artist: Dave Acosta
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), J. Bone (B), Kyle Strahm (C), Craig Cermak (D), Robert Hack (art) Francesco Francavilla (colors) (E), Photo Variant (F-Sub)
Craig Cermak (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-Virgin), Kyle Strahm (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W)
Linsner Cover A – Signed by Elvira herself! (RI C:0-1-2)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

The Mistress of the Dark has become unstuck in time! Elvira crashes Mary Shelley’s monster weekend, beginning an epic journey through horror history, stalked by the most terrifying nightmare to ever walk the Earth. (No spoilers!) Writer David Avallone (Bettie Page, Doc Savage, Twilight Zone) and Dave Acosta (Doc Savage) bring you the thrills, chills and double-entendres in the first chapter of this four-issue miniseries!

Played by actress-writer Cassandra Peterson, Elvira, Mistress of the Dark has carved out a niche in popular American culture that is sure to endure for decades to come. Elvira’s reign as ‘Queen of Halloween’ has now spanned thirty-five years and includes two nationally syndicated television series, two feature films (Elvira, Mistress of the Dark and Elvira’s Haunted Hills), an IMAX movie and two motion control rides. She has appeared in National ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded five music CDs, written four books and licensed over Four Hundred products including pinball machines, action figures, guitars, three comic book series, a beer, wine, soda pop, perfume, slot machines and the best-selling female costume of all time.

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