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AfterShock Announces Descendent from Stephanie Phillips, Evgeniy Bornyakov, Lauren Affe, and Troy Peteri

Conspiracy theories, government corruption, and a really good mix of Prince drives David Corey to help solve the mysterious disappearance of a famous politician’s son. When David realizes that the truth is much more dangerous than a kidnapping, he must battle ancient secrets that have endangered the lives of children for centuries. This conspiracy-fueled adventure story looks at the darker side of American history through the eyes of an unlikely team of heroes. If they fail, the American government and its people may not survive.

Descendent #1 is out May 1 from writer Stephanie Phillips, artist Evgeniy Bornyakov, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Troy Peteri. The first issue features a cover by Juan Doe and a 1:10 Incentive Cover by Andrei Bressan.

Descendent #1

Review: Dead Kings #1

Sasha never saw his younger brother…until the secret police made him disappear. Sasha Vasnetsov left Thrice-Nine-the dirty folklore world that limps along in the wreckage of a Technomagic War-thirty years ago and never looked back. But word that the secret police have sent his brother Gena to a work camp for the socially degenerate drags him back, with a promise to free Gena and return him to their mother before her fiftieth birthday. The only problem? Sasha isn’t a fraction of the tough guy he tries to be, so if he’s going to break back into Thrice-Nine…he’ll need help. Sasha’s only hope is Maria Kamenaya, a former Technomagic Warrior with hundreds of enemy kills to her name, betrayed by the country that made her when her honor conflicted with their agenda.

Thrice-Nine took Sasha’s brother, and it took Maria’s heart. This quest is how they get both of those things back, in the steaming, lawless land of decapitated states…the land of DEAD KINGS.

Worldbuilding is what the first issue of Dead Kings is all about. And, for good and for bad, we’re dropped into the center of it all. Rus, Thrice-Nine, it’s all just thrown out there by writer Steve Orlando and we the reader have to work our way through it all. Like a fleshed out roleplaying game, we put the pieces together as the issue progresses figuring what was and what is out as we move along.

The story itself is one we’ve seen before, someone wants to liberate someone special from captivity and needs help to do so. But, where it’s interesting is the world Orlando weaves, of giant robots and what feels like a bit of mysticism in there as well.

All of that is helped by the art of Matthew Dow Smith, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Thomas Mauer who create an atmosphere about it all that feels like the fallout of a massive war. One where giants battled and a bit of a Eastern European coldness to it all. Smith’s style along with Affe’s colors create a dirty and gritty feel, one that feels appropriate for a rusted out environment of cold steel robots. It’s what us Westerners imagined life behind the Steel Curtain was like with a bit of Robot Jox/Mad Max twist to it all. Each page, each panel, provide details that help flesh out the world crafted telling the story as much as the dialogue.

This is one were I want to know as much about what happened in the past as the current story presented. This feels like so many concepts I love put together into what’s basically a Western. There’s gangs harassing individuals and the loner has to stand up to them. But, it’s done with such style that it feels new and interesting and a world I want to explore and find out more about.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Matthew Dow Smith
Color: Lauren Affe Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Spider-Gwen Vol. 6 The Life of Gwen Stacy

Lost in the multiverse with existence on the line. Wracked with guilt and willing to reveal her identity to the world. There’s a lot in volume 6 in Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Chris Visions, Rico Renzi, and Lauren Affe.

The trade collects issues #30-34.

Get your copy in comic shops and book stores today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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SDCC 2018: Calexit: All Systems San Diego Raises Money for Immigrant Families

As the lines between fictional dystopias and our actual reality continue to blur, critically acclaimed comic book Calexit is making a difference for real families at the Mexican border. Profits from the brand new Calexit: All Systems San Diego #1 will be donated to San Diego Rapid Response Network, an organization dedicated to aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region. Writer Matteo Pizzolo teamed with artist Carlos Granda, colorist Lauren Affe, and cover artists Ben Templesmith and Tyler Boss to create the new Calexit story, which goes on sale this week at San Diego Comic Con. The comic book, a story within the Calexit world, features all new characters in a San Diego-based adventure.

AfterShock Announces The Dead Kings from Steve Orlando and Matthew Dow Smith

Thrice-Nine took Sasha’s brother, and it took Maria’s heart.

Plagued by the ramifications of a techno-magic world now thirty years gone, Thrice-Nine is a dirty folklore world that limps along, degenerating into a place filled with paranoia and poison. Sasha Vasnetsov thought he’d escaped all that, but when news comes that his younger brother has been kidnapped by the secret police, he finds himself dragged back into the madness with a simple goal—to find his brother.

But Sasha is going to need help to do this, and he enlists Maria Kamenaya, a former warrior with hundreds of enemy kills to her name, who was betrayed by the very country she served. This quest is how they get both of those things back, in the lawless land of decapitated states…the land of DEAD KINGS.

Written by Steve Orlando and drawn by Matthew Dow SmithDead Kings is an in-depth exploration of retribution, in all its dark, complex forms.

Dead Kings #1 comes to shelves October 24th featuring colors by Lauren Affe, lettering by Thomas Mauer, and covers by Matthew Dow Smith and Michael Gaydos.

Stranger Things Comes to Dark Horse

Dark Horse and Netflix have announced a strange, new partnership of a multi-year publishing line based on the hit Netflix Original series, Stranger Things! Set to debut in September 2018, the officially licensed publishing program will give fans of the beloved show an opportunity to explore the mysterious world of Hawkins, Indiana. Dark Horse will publish a line of comics and young adult graphic novels expanding the world of Hawkins and its many inhabitants.

Award-winning writer Jody Houser, penciller Stefano Martino, inker Keith Champagne, colorist Lauren Affe, and letterer Nate Piekos unite to bring the nostalgia igniting of the Netflix original series to comic shelves in the first installment of Dark Horse’s publishing program.

Stranger Things #1 (of 4-issues) follows Will Byers as he enters a dimension of decay and destruction where he must use his wits and resolve to dodge the pursuit of the Demogorgon and escape the Upside Down. Stranger Things #1 features a cover by artist Aleksi Briclot with three variant covers from Rafael Albuquerque, visual artist Kyle Lambert, and a photo-variant cover designed by Patrick Satterfield and Netflix.

Stranger Things #1 goes on sale September 26, 2018.

Review: Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Spider-Gwen!

Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators collects issues #19-23 by Jason Latour, Hannah Blumenreich, Robbi Rodriguez, Jorge Coelho, Jordan Gibson, Rico Renzi, and Lauren Affe.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on October 31. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Spider-Gwen Vol. 4 Predators
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing to be Collected

All eight issues of the critically acclaimed miniseries The Ghost Fleet—from writer Donny Cates with artists Daniel Warren Johnson, Lauren Affe, and John J. Hill—will be collected for the first time into a deluxe, over-the-top volume and available this November from Image Comics.

For the world’s most valuable, dangerous, or secretive cargo, you don’t call just any trucking service…you call The Ghost Fleet. When one of the world’s most elite combat-trained truckers takes a forbidden peek at his payload, he uncovers a conspiracy that will change his life, and the world, forever.

The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamned Thing (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0440-6, Diamond Code JUN178533) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, October 9th.

Donny Cates’ Buzzkill Comes to Image

The critically-acclaimed miniseries Buzzkill, from writers Donny Cates and Mark Reznicek and artists Geoff Shaw, and Lauren Affe will return to print this September and be published by Image Comics.

Buzzkill follows Ruben, an unconventional superhero who gets his powers through the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs. On one fateful day, facing a world-ending threat, Reuben drank so much that he blacked out. He saved the world…but he has no idea how or why. Now, he’s in recovery, trying to get sober and piece together not only the events of the night in question, but the broken parts of his life as an alcoholic and an addict.

Buzzkill trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0438-3, Diamond Code JUL170737) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 27th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 7th.

Review: The Revisionist #1

The Revistionist #1How far would you go to save reality? Martin Monroe is The Revisionist-a time-traveling assassin tasked with repairing our fractured timeline.  Forced to place his trust in his estranged father, Martin will have to overcome his troubled past to save the future-but can he live with his decisions?

With The Revisionist #1, Aftershock Comics continues to roll out exciting and fun comics full of action and most importantly, quality! Writer Frank Barbiere nails it with an action comic that’s very cinematic in its opening and feels like an action film in comic form. It’s very much Barbiere and will feel familiar to his previous work such as Five Ghosts.

The first issue feels like the scene that kicks off an action film. Martin is in jail and is thrown into a crazy situation that involves his father and time travel, but first he must break out. There’s some plot points that are pretty easy to figure out where they may eventually go, but the series and story initially feels like an 80s action film, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s something that’s hard to get right, but Barbiere does so easily.

The art by Garry Brown and colorist Lauren Affe is solid. There’s some emotional moments and lots of action, and the two handle both really well. They capture the chaos of the moment and translate it well in the imagery on the page.

It’s a bit of humor that a comic about time travel has a retro action feel in so many ways. I myself grew up on those films and it’s a genre you actually don’t see as much anymore, so this is a fun return to that type of story. If you’re a fan like me, this is one to check out and I think Barbiere has another hit on his hands.

Story: Frank J. Barbiere Art: Garry Brown, Colorist: Lauren Affe
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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