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Review: Undone by Blood or The Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood #3 is a slow burn of a revenge tale. Some real small details and the dual stories makes it an intriguing issue.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 06.10.20 

With a new lead pointing toward her family’s killer, Ethel uncovers the sinister secrets hidden beneath the quaint surface of Sweetheart, AZ, and its famed high school football team. But when she sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, the townspeople don’t take kindly to it and display their ruthless hospitality. Despite her bruises, Ethel is more determined than ever, and she owes it all to the famed fictional gunslinger, Solomon Eaton. Meanwhile, the cowboy faces his own complications in the form of betrayal and must decide what he values more: companionship or violence. 

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Vault Unveils the Virtual Convention Vanguard Con, Launching Today

As part of Vault’s ongoing virtual convention, Vault Vanguard Con, the publisher announced a plethora of new online events that will take place over the next week.

First, Vault will hold a reddit AMA on the r/comics subreddit tomorrow, Thursday March 19th, from 4:00-5:00pm MST. Fans can ask the Vault team whatever questions they like and get advice on any comics-related topic under the sun. 

Then, over the next few days Vault will release a series of special videos from a wide array of Vault creators on their social media channels.

The videos from Vault creators will include: 

  • BLEED THEM DRY’s Eliot Rahal 
  • ENGINEWARD’s George Mann and Joe Eisma
  • HEAVY’s Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan
  • HUNDRED WOLVES’ Myke Cole and Tony Akins 
  • FINGER GUNS’ Justin Richards 
  • THE PLOT’s Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
  • SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS’ Jon Tsuei 
  • CULT CLASSIC: CREATURE FEATURE’s Eliot Rahal and John Bivens
  • BLACK STARS ABOVE’s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha
  • NO ONE’S ROSE’s Zac Thompson & Emily 

You can watch the debut video, from BLACK STARS ABOVE‘s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha: 

For a limited time, Vault fans can order special T-shirts featuring designs from their favorite Vault comic series, including Heathen, Finger Guns, Money Shot, The Plot, Sera and the Royal Stars, Resonant, She Said Destroy, Submerged, Friendo, Wasted Space, Queen of Bad Dreams, Black Stars Above, These Savage Shores, Fissure, Heavy, Hundred Wolves, Bleed Them Dry, and more.

Further, Vault fans can order very special limited edition Vanguard Con exclusives, including:

A deluxe, limited edition Finger Guns #1 Glitter Variant by Jen Hickman.

FINGER GUNS #1 GLITTER VARIANT

A deluxe, limited edition These Savage Shores Gold Foil Edition TPB.

These Savage Shores Gold Foil Edition TPB

Review: Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona. She has one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him. As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence. Her only ally is an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 unfolds, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse. 

I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the lengthily titled debut. I’ll shorten the title to UbBotSoaWM going forward because I really don’t want to keep typing that out. Written by the duo of Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson and brought to life by artist Sami Kivela, colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, the comic uses the Old West novel as a story within a story. That mirrors the journey Ethel is taking -though not literally.

The comic opens on the third chapter of the novel, which threw me off for a hot second as I wondered if UbBotSoaWM #1 was a sequel of sorts to another project that Nadler and Thompson had worked together on in the past. Although I did realize what was going on, the comic never quite let me get my footing while reading it. Every teased moment of Ethel’s history and Solomon’s story seemed to hit just as I was getting comfortable in the comic. It was a refreshing and entirely unexpected experience when reading a book I had no expectation of reading. Honestly, I picked it up after a conversation about lengthy names on movies, books, etc and whether they’re detrimental to the success of said media. I don’t think they are so long as it’s an accurate title – but the timing was too perfect for me.

I’m glad that I did get this book.

Kivela and Wordie produce a visual style that is very consistent throughout the book, but the use of color and a more sepia tone allows you to differentiate between the novel and the real events pretty easily. If you don’t catch that, though, Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering takes the form of excerpts from the novel. It’s a nice touch, and one I had to make a point of mentioning because I find too often good lettering isn’t noticed. More often than not you notice when it’s bad.

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 uses the two stories to mirror each other. It fills in missing details from Sol’s story with what you’re seeing in Ethel’s. They aren’t explicitly stated and you need to pay attention, but the hints are there if you pay attention. Speaking of paying attention, part of me wonders if the villain in Sol’s story is named after a writer of the same name? Thompson and he are from roughly the same area in eastern Canada. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the nod. It could also be a coincidence because the name does fit the time period very well, too.

I didn’t expect to read this comic, honestly, but I am happy that I did. The use of the two tales to highlight and emphasize aspects of the other is a nice touch and I’m a big fan of the visual presentation that left me feeling as though I was on location. I’ll be back for issue two. You should, as well.

Story: Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson Art: Sami Kivela
Colors: Jason Wordie Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Yondu #5 (of 5)

Yondu #5 (of 5)

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• News of the Herald’s Urn has gotten out and Yondu and his descendent from the 31st century, Yondu, find themselves in everyone’s crosshairs!
• In desperation, they initiate a Hail Mary to keep the urn out of the wrong hands-to catastrophic results.
• As the smoke clears and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, only one Yondu will be left standing, and the galaxy will never be the same again after this stunning series conclusion!

Yondu #5 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie  
Incentive Cover: Andrew Robinson
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.12.20 

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him.  

As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.  

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Preview: Yondu #4 (of 5)

Yondu #4 (of 5)

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 08, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• Yondu and his descendent from the 31st century, Yondu, seem to have shaken their pursuers – little do they know they’re still being hunted!
• Can the two set aside their differences long enough to protect the Herald’s Urn, or will their divisiveness allow Sav’rkk to pick them off one by one?
• Plus, Yondu’s secret origin is revealed!

Yondu #4 (of 5)

Preview: Yondu #3 (of 5)

Yondu #3 (of 5)

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Featuring the descendent of Yondu Udonta from the 31st century…Yondu Udonta?!
• But when the two Yondus lose an important weapon, will they choose between saving Yondu’s payday, or the fate of the entire universe?
• And with a savage bounty hunter tracking them down, the two Yondu’s will have to band together to survive – if only they can survive each other first!

Yondu #3 (of 5)

Review: The Punisher 2099 #1

Travel to the year 2099 for this new take on a classic future character!

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Matt Horak, Eoin Marron
Color: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: Joe Sabino

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Preview: Come Into Me

Come Into Me

Written by: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art by: Piotr Kowalski
Colored by: Niko Guardia
Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

From the critically acclaimed writers of The Dregs comes a new horror series about body image, social media, and memory.

When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials.

Come Into Me is a contemporary comment on connected culture and our longing for approval in the digital age. This is a world where technology and flesh become indistinguishable. Prepare yourself for the insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

Collects issues 1-4.

Come Into Me
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