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Advance Review: American Carnage #1

For those attending San Diego Comic-Con 2018, they got a chance to get an early copy of American Carnage #1, one of the new series that’s part of DC ComicsVertigo relaunch.

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent.

Out this November, the series is by Bryan Hill, Leandro Fernandez, Dean White, Pat Brosseau, Maggie Howell, and Andy Khouri.

You can pre-order the comic now from your local comic shop now! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online.

 

 

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Vertigo is Relaunching With 7 New Titles

DC Entertainment‘s Vertigo imprint is celebrating their 25th anniversary and this fall the line of comics will relaunch with seven original series that look to take on hot button topics. The creators attached feature long time comic creators as well as new voices such as Zoe Quinn, Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, and sex education podcaster Tina Horn. The comics have no problem taking on touchy subject matter like white supremacy, virtual reality deities, and sex work. DC describes the line as “modern, socially relevant, and high-concept.”

These seven new series are on top of the new line of Sandman titles previously announced. In the announcement Vertigo executive editor Mark Doyle said:

It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.

Vertigo launched in 1993 to publish more adult and graphic content that couldn’t be printed under the Comics Code Authority. It allowed more freedom than the DC line would allow. The line saw such titles as Sandman, American Vampire, Astro City, Daytripper, 100 Bullets, DMZ, Human Target, iZombie, Northlanders, Y: The Last Man, Sweet Tooth, and so much more by some of the best in the buesiness.

The series are:

Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on. (September 2018)

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… (October 2018)

American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent. (November 2018)

Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez

In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality. (December 2018)

High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda

Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. (2019)

Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling

A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government. (2019)

Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace

God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right. (2019)

The Old Guard Goes Back to Print

Image Comics has announced that The Old Guard from Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernández is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

It was revealed last week that The Old Guard movie rights have been picked up by Skydance Media with Rucka attached to write the script adaptation which has helped fuel interest.

The Old Guard, the story of old soldiers who never die…and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1, 3rd printing (Diamond code: FEB178709) and The Old Guard #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code: FEB178710) will be available on Wednesday, May 3rd. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 10th.

The Old Guard #3 (Diamond Code: FEB170666) will be available on Wednesday, April 26th.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week! What’d you all think of The Walking Dead finale, or the WonderCon announcements, or Dallas Fan Expo announcements? Sound off in the comments.

While you think of that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

CBR – Skydance Nabs Rights to Greg Rucka & Leandro Fernandez’s Old Guard – Another comic being made into a movie.

Fortune – Meet the Myth Master Reinventing Marvel Comics – Check out this puff piece for Marvel’s Axel Alonso.

ICv2 – Marvel Retailer Summit — Day 1 – Read the original piece, not the spin.

ICv2 – Marvel Retailer Summit — Day 1 – Part 2 of it.

ICv2 – Marvel’s David Gabriel on the 2016 Market Shift – And the final piece.

Newsarama – Jim Lee, Brandon Choi, J. Scott Campbell, More Return To Wildstorm For New Stories – Interesting news.

The Beat – WonderCon ’17: Comics Change the World: A History of Activism in Comics – This is pretty cool.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Black Cloud #1

The Beat – Deathstroke Vol. 1 TPB

Talking Comics – Titans Annual #1

The Old Guard #1 Goes Back to Print

Image Comics is pleased to announce that due to overwhelming fan enthusiasm, Eisner Award-winning writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez’s The Old Guard is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with increasing customer demand.

The Old Guard is the story of old soldiers who never die… and yet cannot seem to fade away. Trapped in an immortality without explanation, Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. But in the 21st century, immortality is a hard secret to keep, and when you live long enough, you learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: JAN178369) and The Old Guard #2 (Diamond Code JAN170748) will be available on Wednesday, March 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 6th.

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Review: The Old Guard #1

oldguard1coverThe Old Guard #1 is Highlander meets the modern world of private contractors as a group of immortals have banded together to be a Blackwater type group of mercenaries, but with a conscience it seems. Writer Greg Rucka and artist Leandro Fernandez kick the issue off with a deep look into the pain of the Old Guard’s only female member, Andromeda (Andy), before sending them headlong into action to rescue some hostages in South Sudan. Fernandez and colorist Daniela Miwa are unyielding when showing the violence of Andy and her team’s life as the issue erupts into a conflagration of guns, bullets, blood, brain matter, and yes, a battle axe.

The opening of The Old Guard reminded me a lot of the Queen song “Who Wants to Live Forever”, but with the bombast replaced with grit and pain. Miwa switches up the color palette on each panel to show the passing of time while Rucka and Fernandez connect sex and violence showing Andy’s various lovers and kill targets over the ages. She is caught in a vicious cycle and just wants something new or to break what has become tedium. Hopefully, a mission to rescue some young girls in South Sudan will break this up, but foreshadowing dialogue and a hyper-violent flashback to the Old Guard’s last mission for their client Copley in Afghanistan show that this isn’t a simple mission.

The action in The Old Guard reminded me of The Hurt Locker by way of the John Wick 2 films. There is kind of a dance like precision to Andy slashing through her foes with a battle axe, and her comrades taking targets out with well aimed sniper shots on the other side of the page. Fernandez and Miwa stuff the page with sound effects and panels stacked on panels to imitate the danger and intensity of real combat. Yeah, the Old Guard can take a barrage of bullets and still walk out alive because they’re immortals, but there are forces beyond soldiers and guns at odds against at them that Rucka and Fernandez hint at the end of the story.

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The Old Guard #1 is a story about the futility of immortality told through the lens of soldiers. And a soldier, especially a mercenary like Andy, is a good choice because she has seen the rise and fall of countless nations and ideologies and can truly ponder if there’s any meaning to it all. Except she spends most of the issue talking about her rescue mission and using military related jargon to ensure it runs smoothly while also avoiding the abyss of her existence. However, the abyss returns at the end of the story in a cynical bit of a twist that instantly expands the scope and mythos of the series. The Old Guard occasionally can be a lean action comic in the recent Warren Ellis tradition, especially with Fernandez and Miwa’s punch-y visuals, but it seems like it will have interweaving and complex storylines and mythologies like most of Rucka’s works, such as Wonder Woman, Lazarus, Black Magick, and even Stumptown albeit in a very different genre and setting.

The Old Guard #1 is a bleak, biting action comic about an immortal woman, who is a skilled warrior, yet filled with sadness drawn and colored with gritty precision by Leandro Fernandez and Daniela Miwa. Andy’s conscience, snark, and total competence make her a likable lead character, and a slight twist at the end sets up a decent enough hook to pick up the following issue where hopefully the other members of her team will be fleshed out by Greg Rucka and Fernandez.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Leandro Fernandez Colors: Daniela Miwa
Story: 7.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Old Guard Marches Into Stores this February

Eisner-winning writer Greg Rucka and critically acclaimed artist Leandro Fernandez join forces for the all-new, action-packed, era-spanning series The Old Guard, set to launch this February 2017.

Trapped in an immortality without explanation, The Old Guard follows Andromache of Scythia—“Andy”—and her comrades as they ply their trade for those who can find—and afford—their services. Set in the 21st century where immortality is a hard secret to keep, this action-packed new series explores what happens when you live just long enough to learn that there are many fates worse than death.

The Old Guard #1 (Diamond Code DEC160622) hits stores on Wednesday, February 22nd. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, January 30th.

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The Discipline will chew you up and spit you out

Sizzling creative team Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez will release the first arc of their chillingly erotic horror series The Discipline in trade paperback this October.

When frustrated Manhattan wife Melissa Peake allows herself to be seduced by a mysterious stranger, she is drawn into an ancient war between The Discipline and the creatures known as The Stalkers…and must discover hitherto unimagined potential within herself to survive. But at what cost? Whatever you’ve heard about it won’t prepare you for…The Discipline.

The Discipline, Volume 1 (ISBN: 9781632159229) hits comic book stores Wednesday, October 5th and bookstores Tuesday, October 11th and will be available for $9.99.

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The Discipline #1 and #2 Fly Off Shelves and Get Second Printings

Image Comics has announced that the new ongoing erotic thriller The Discipline by the creative team behind The Names, writer Peter Milligan and artist Leandro Fernandez, launched to critical-acclaim and high fan enthusiasm. Both The Discipline #1 and #2 issues are being fast-tracked to second printings in order to keep up with customer demand.

Between fighting with her sister and hating her husband, Melissa still finds time to fall in lust with a stranger who’s an awful lot more than he seems. In The Discipline#1, what appears to be a simple seduction is revealed as something much darker and more dangerous. This controversial and erotically-charged tale of sex, death, and metamorphosis begins with an explosion of carnality and weirdness.

By The Discipline #2 Melissa is drawn deeper into a strange hidden world and realizes that her affair with Orlando isn’t just about sex. She discovers more about the Discipline, their weird enemy known as the Stalkers, and her own frightening potential.

The Discipline #1, 2nd printing and The Discipline #2, 2nd printing will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 11. The Final Order Cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, April 18. The Discipline #3 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, May 4. The Discipline #4 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, June 1.

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Review: The Discipline #1

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So-called “taboo” (generally a euphemism employed by folks with hang-ups in place of the word “interesting”) sexual practices have been a long-standing obsession/concern of Peter Milligan‘s for years now, and he’s dealt with them with a reasonable amount of what we can loosely call “success” in series like The Extremist and Enigma, but it’s been quite a while since he well and truly took us for a walk on the wild side. Oh, sure, The Names played around with stepmom-and-stepson themes, but never really took it beyond the level of cheap titillation, and New Romancer has hinted at some of the more scandalous aspects of Lord Byron’s well-renowned sexual — uhhhmmm — adventurism, but he hasn’t guided us inside the minds of the perverse/frustrated/unfulfilled/bored to show us what drives them into the purportedly “darker” corners of the realm of eros for what feels like ages now. A lot of his characters have had their quirks, sure, but it’s been far too long since he set out to explore why.

All that appears to be changing in a big way with the release of his new ongoing Image Comics series The Discipline,though, and I suppose we can and should be grateful for that — but the jury’s still well and truly out on that one because this first issue, while interesting and perhaps even tantalizing in some respects, also seems more than a bit redundant and perhaps even unnecessary in today’s popular culture landscape where very few stones have been left unturned when it comes to psycho-analyzing what turns us on and gets us off. One of my favorite YouTube armchair comics critics, who goes by the handle of sleepyreader666, even went so far as to call this book “50 Shades with demons,” and while I feel it more strongly and naturally aligns itself with Eyes Wide Shut than it does with that embarrassingly sappy “BDSM for the masses” franchise, the sentiment expressed still rings true — 20 years ago this comic would probably seem like a real barrier-breaker, but today? Not so much.

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It’s certainly not without its strengths, though, and chief among those is the art by Milligan’s now-frequent collaborator, Leandro Fernandez, who delineates both the “daily life” and “night life” aspects of the story with a kind of breezy, low-key grace that hits all the right notes from ennui to dread and everything in between. Cris Peter‘s largely-muted but spot-on color palette accentuates the various emotional states to what can fairly be called a damn near perfect degree, and the end result is a book that looks like it sure oughtta be shrouded in mystery, intrigue, and the strange but undeniable lure of the forbidden. And so it is. But that’s not necessarily such a great thing in and of itself, and it’s the (I’m assuming) purposeful ambiguity of the story that is so far proving to be the big head-scratcher as far this series goes.

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Our protagonist is a reasonably bright and educated 23-year-old Manhattan housewife named Melissa who is kept in fine style by her husband, but isn’t getting anywhere near enough emotional or sexual satisfaction from their relationship — in fact, it’s even intimated that he might be stepping out on her. All of this leads to the sort of epic levels of bottled-up frustration that one could fairly expect under the circumstances, and Milligan really does excel at  the kind of lightning-fast shorthand characterization that makes us feel like we know these people pretty well within a few short pages. Melissa, for instance, appears to have escaped a socially and economically dire upbringing that’s resulted in a predictable level of tension between her and her less-well-off sister and mother, but when one considers that her only form of sexual release is to go to the same museum and stare at the same Goya painting every day, you’ve gotta wonder if she’d have been better off staying in the trailer court and settling down with some rough and randy young stud who’s always up for some action. Still, what the fuck — she’s rich, so she gets no sympathy from me just on principle.

Enter a mysterious and possibly foreign lothario named — yawn! — Orlando, who promises her (without, ya know, actually promising her) entry into a new and appealingly dangerous world of sexual excess and fulfillment if only she’ll meet him at a certain address at a certain time of night. Which she does. And what happens next is — well, I dunno.

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The first couple of pages of this issue hint at a possible sexual assault and its aftermath, but when the scene being presaged actually comes to pass within the context and flow of the story proper, it’s no more clear what’s happening to our obviously-out-of-her-depth “heroine” than it was at the start. A painting comes to life — yes, you read that correctly, but if you’re reading Art Ops that’s probably no shock — and more than likely rapes her while Orlando scurries off to some other dimension, point in time, or both to discuss her “suitability” for their little “club” with his apparent “masters.” I’m tempted to say “some first date, huh?,” but as we’re talking about a possible sexual assault here, that would probably come off as being far too glib and so I’ll just forget all about that line even though I already blurted it out.

Fair enough? No? Well, too late — and too bad.

Still, I’ll try to make it up to those of you who haven’t “clicked off” this review with a possibly-well-deserved “fuck this guy” by saying that the ending to this debut installment left me in a real moral conundrum. First off, I’d like to know precisely what the hell is going on, and secondly I’d like to know if and/or how what’s apparently (and unfortunately) happening relates to Melissa’s broader “character arc.” It may be too much to expect 20-some pages of story and art to provide a definitive explanation, sure, but how Milligan chooses to answer those entirely reasonable queries will probably determine how long I end up sticking with this comic.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Leandro Fernandez
Story: 5 Art: 8 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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