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Luana Vecchio’s Lovesick spins a dark web in October

Rising star Bolero artist Luana Vecchio will bring to life a twisted new erotica series in the upcoming Lovesick. This contemporary, neon Horror miniseries is set to launch from Image Comics in October.

In this dark sexploitation series readers meet dominatrix Domino and bear witness to her carnal pleasures… and punishments… 

This new series is a disturbing exploration of snuff movies, dark web, and the seedy underbelly of humanity and is perfect for fans of Black Mirror, Cam, and The Neon Demon.

Lovesick #1 will be available at comic book shops in October and will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play.

Lovesick #1

Review: Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1

It’s been 30 years since Image Comics launched. I remember fondly the buzz and excitement of these amazing creators breaking off on their own and creating whole new worlds no longer shackled by corporate bosses. I also remember reading a lot of those early comics and scratching my head. The art was definitely better than the stories with each series varying wildly in the overall quality. A lot has changed in that time with many ups and downs for the company. Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 doesn’t celebrate what was, it instead what is. The anthology focuses on the current crop of creators releasing their creations under the publisher. It’s not a reflection of those titans who started it all.

Image has come a long way and this anthology is evidence of that. With a who’s who of creators, Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 features a little something for almost everyone. There’s a lack of all-ages content, but, with so much adult content, it’d feel a little out of place. And boy is there adult content. Serial killers, murder, violence, the stories within are fare from the general “spandex superheroes” the publisher launched with. Sure, Image pushed the envelope in many ways when it launched, but the first story involves a child killer being killed on the footsteps of a courthouse. If there’s ever a flag planted that says this isn’t the Image of old, that’s a pretty big one.

And there’s a lot of variety here. The stories are pretty entertaining with few that are outright clunkers. But, with every anthology there’s some stories you’ll enjoy and some you probably won’t. It’s the nature of anthologies.

The art is generally top-notch. There’s a wide variety of styles and designs. Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 features black and white gritty stories to bright colored neon explosions. The stories themselves are a mixture of cartoony manga inspired designs to grittier noir-ish tales that whose looks feel like they’re inspired by Frank Miller. Like the stories themselves, there’s a lot to take in and surely there’ll be some that readers will enjoy and some they don’t.

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #1 is an interesting comic. With it, the publisher seems focused on what is and what’s to come. This isn’t so much a celebration of the past 30 years of Image, it’s looking ahead at the next 30.

Story: Geoff Johns, Declan Shalvey, Wyatt Kennedy, Wes Craig, Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Erica Henderson, Brenden Fletcher, Kyle Higgins, Patrick Kindlon
Art: Andrea Mutti, Declan Shalvey, Luana Vecchio, Wes Craig, Skottie Young, Mirka Andolfo, Daniele Di Nicuolo, Maurizio Rosenzweig
Color: Jason Wordie, Chiara Di Francia, Walter Baiamonte, Katia Ranalli
Letterer: Rob Leigh, Clayton Cowles, Fabio Amelia, Becca Carey
Editor: Brian Cunningham, Heather Antos

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Image Celebrates 30 years with an Image! Anthology

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Image Comics with the upcoming anthology series Image! kicking off in April. This 12-issue series will treat readers to all-new stories from some of the biggest and best names in comics.

Edited by Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson and featuring a combination of ongoing serials and standalone short stories, Image! will be the cannot-miss event of the year.

This first issue will showcase a combination of ongoing serials and standalone short stories, including the first chapters of two 12-part stories, “The Blizzard” by Geoff Johns and Andrea Mutti, as well as the opening installments of a trio of three-parters: “Gospel for a New Century” by Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio, “Hopeless” by Mirka Andolfo, and “Shift” by Kyle Higgins and Daniele Di Nicuolo. Readers will also be treated to an exclusive first look at Declan Shalvey’s upcoming Old Dog series, an original ongoing comic strip by Skottie Young, and more.

The series will also boast the talents of such comics powerhouses as, Brenden FletcherW. Maxwell PrinceMartín MorazzoRobert KirkmanCory Walker, Ed BrubakerSean PhillipsTim Seeley, Bryan Lee O’Malley, Leslie HungJoe CaseyNathan FoxZoe ThorogoodMaria Lovett, Jay FaerberMatt FractionFábio MoonGabriel BáKelly Sue DeConnickEmma RíosJames Tynion IVKieron Gillen, and many more.

Image! #1 (Diamond Code FEB220047) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 13.

Image! #1

Review: Bolero #1

Bolero #1

The elevator pitch for Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio’s Bolero goes something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Locke & Key. If that doesn’t sell a comic, what does? But to lay claim to that comparison means setting expectations sky high. Fortunately, the comic more than lives up to the stories it namedrops.

Bolero #1 follows Devyn “Dagger” Dagny, a tattoo artist that gets her heart very, very broken—shattered, even—by Natasha, the person that Devyn will go through a whole multiverse to either get back with or forget.

By multiverses I mean literal multiverses. Devyn is given the opportunity to travel precisely 53 universes using a mother key, given to her by a very curious and cuddly creature, that allows her to move between them. A set of rules comes with the mother key, all which are basically set up to be broken later on. These range from not speaking to the being that offers the key to not traveling beyond the number of universes agreed upon.

Kennedy, who scripts the story, takes most of the first issue to lock the emotional hooks in place for Devyn’ multiversal journey, in which she’ll experience the different possibilities and forms her relationship with Natasha could take. The jumps in time, space, and bodies the comic promises is in short supply in this first entry, but the premise is well put together and shows no signs of letting up on the emotions-shattering rollercoaster ride Kennedy hopes to take us on in future issues.

Bolero #1

Vecchio’s art possesses a dream-like quality to it that lends itself perfectly to the type of universe-hopping experience Bolero is aiming for. Characters move across the comics page with a floaty sense of rhythm that imbues the storytelling with a kind of musicality to it that makes everything come together beautifully. Moments of bliss are magical, whereas moments of pain feel like someone is prodding inside you with a cold and indiscriminate medical apparatus without anesthesia. Vecchio’s work is quite simply a marvel to behold in Bolero.

The art is given an extra bump in the magic department with a similarly dreamy and light approach to the lettering, made possible by Brandon Graham. Dialogues unspool like memories one plays over and over again in their mind after a particularly bad breakup. Graham takes the concept and applies it with a careful use of hazy lines and unstable word balloons that capture the raw emotions that hang over every word. It’s a highlight of the book and it shows deep consideration for the vision of the story.

Bolero #1 is a primer on love, pain, and loss that prepares readers for a deeply intimate and rough story that is sure to connect on many levels. It’s a world of possibilities I can’t wait to dive into, no matter how hard things will most definitely get for Devyn and Natasha as they go through 53 variations of their doomed relationship.

Story: Wyatt Kennedy Art: Luana Vecchio Lettering: Brandon Graham
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy along with a box of Kleenex and a bucket of ice cream.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Early Review: Bolero #1

Bolero #1

The elevator pitch for Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio’s Bolero goes something like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Locke & Key. If that doesn’t sell a comic, what does? But to lay claim to that comparison means setting expectations sky high. Fortunately, the comic more than lives up to the stories it namedrops.

Bolero #1 follows Devyn “Dagger” Dagny, a tattoo artist that gets her heart very, very broken—shattered, even—by Natasha, the person that Devyn will go through a whole multiverse to either get back with or forget.

By multiverses I mean literal multiverses. Devyn is given the opportunity to travel precisely 53 universes using a mother key, given to her by a very curious and cuddly creature, that allows her to move between them. A set of rules comes with the mother key, all which are basically set up to be broken later on. These range from not speaking to the being that offers the key to not traveling beyond the number of universes agreed upon.

Kennedy, who scripts the story, takes most of the first issue to lock the emotional hooks in place for Devyn’ multiversal journey, in which she’ll experience the different possibilities and forms her relationship with Natasha could take. The jumps in time, space, and bodies the comic promises is in short supply in this first entry, but the premise is well put together and shows no signs of letting up on the emotions-shattering rollercoaster ride Kennedy hopes to take us on in future issues.

Bolero #1

Vecchio’s art possesses a dream-like quality to it that lends itself perfectly to the type of universe-hopping experience Bolero is aiming for. Characters move across the comics page with a floaty sense of rhythm that imbues the storytelling with a kind of musicality to it that makes everything come together beautifully. Moments of bliss are magical, whereas moments of pain feel like someone is prodding inside you with a cold and indiscriminate medical apparatus without anesthesia. Vecchio’s work is quite simply a marvel to behold in Bolero.

The art is given an extra bump in the magic department with a similarly dreamy and light approach to the lettering, made possible by Brandon Graham. Dialogues unspool like memories one plays over and over again in their mind after a particularly bad breakup. Graham takes the concept and applies it with a careful use of hazy lines and unstable word balloons that capture the raw emotions that hang over every word. It’s a highlight of the book and it shows deep consideration for the vision of the story.

Bolero #1 is a primer on love, pain, and loss that prepares readers for a deeply intimate and rough story that is sure to connect on many levels. It’s a world of possibilities I can’t wait to dive into, no matter how hard things will most definitely get for Devyn and Natasha as they go through 53 variations of their doomed relationship.

Story: Wyatt Kennedy Art: Luana Vecchio Lettering: Brandon Graham
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy along with a box of Kleenex and a bucket of ice cream.

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Bolero is Sci-fi Romance Coming in January 2022

An all-new sci-fi/romance begins in the upcoming Bolero by rising stars Wyatt Kennedy and Luana Vecchio. This visually-stunning five issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics in January 2022.

A woman running away from a broken heart discovers a mother-key into parallel universes. The rules are: The key can work on any door. The mother will only let you visit 53 universes. Do not ask to speak to the mother. Never hop more than 53 times. 

A fantastical, emotional journey featuring a beautifully diverse cast of characters.

Bolero #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 12:

  • Cover A by Vecchio – Diamond Code NOV210047
  • Cover B by Jim Mahfood – Diamond Code NOV210048
  • Cover C by Maria Llovet – Diamond Code NOV210049

Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse #2 Casts a Spell on Kickstarter

Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse #2

Autonomous Collective has launched a Kickstarter for Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse #2, a new original comic written by playwright Brenton Lengel and drawn by Luana Vecchio

Twenty-eight days ago, a fairy didn’t get invited to a birthday party, and true to form, in the resulting magical tirade, a plague of undeath was loosed upon the world. Now the denizens of Grimms’ fairy tales fight a losing battle against death itself as their own dearly departed rise from their graves to eat the flesh of the living.

Through it all, the unlikely trio of Prince Charming, Snow White, and Rapunzel cling to each other for survival.  There’s just one not-undead-related problem: Both Snow White and Rapunzel’s One-and-Only- True-Love is Prince Charming, and Prince Charming’s One-and-Only-True-Love is both of them…and every other princess he sees. Simultaneously bound by love and driven apart by jealousy, they must ultimately work together to survive in a world vastly different than anything anyone had prepared them for.

The Kickstarter has a goal of raising $6700 dollars for the production of the second chapter. Offered rewards for backers include the comic book itself, limited edition posters, and (at the highest level) an international adventure trip into the Icelandic back-country lead by writer and NYS-Certified Wilderness Guide Brenton Lengel. It will launch at the following URL:

Snow White Zombie: Apocalypse is based upon the hit 2010 play by the same name, which was produced by State of Play Productions, Inc. and premiered to sold-out houses in the New York International Fringe Festival. SWZ:A was the recipient of the Audience’s Choice Award for The Estrogenius Festival: A Celebration of Female Voices,and garnered a nomination for Best Original Short Script from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. The inaugural issue was published by Scout Comics.

Review: A Knight in Kansas City #2

A Knight in Kansas City #2

When we think of a cult, we’re used to situations mostly revolving around ones that sprouted up around an ideal, a person, or a religion. Many of them are harmless and a good number of them have become a circus, both good and bad, in some ways.

After watching Surviving R.Kelly over the past few nights, it has given me a different view of what a cult is. The show itself, started off as an examination of the many rumors about Kelly’s sexual proclivities and his “harem”. What became apparent throughout the series is that it was more than rumors,and what happened in his inner circle,was both disgusting and should be considered “sex slavery”. The rules, conditions, and power dynamics that were imposed on these women shined a light on the devaluation of black women that were not seen in the public eye as it should have been.  The reality is who knows what disgusting details could have been left.

In the second issue of A Knight In Kansas City, Kay’s investigation into a cult gets deeper and fatal for some.

As Kay searches for answers, she stumbles upon a boy whose mother was deep into the cult and may lead her to the answers she is looking for. What she finds in her search is a mysterious videotape, which exposes the dirty secrets the Knights have been hiding and what it could mean to the city. Kay gets motivated by the venom of the propaganda to confront Brother Willem and the rest of hierarchy at the Knights headquarters.

Overall, it’s an engaging second issue that gives the story a bit of a jolt that keeps reader interested. The story by
Daniel Gargallo and Sam Kramer is full of pulp, action packed and scintillating. The art by Luana Vecchio and Mike Stock is intense and elegant. Altogether, it’s a fine sophomore episode of this story, one that adds even more mystery to this pot boiler.

Story: Daniel Gargallo and Sam Kramer
Art: Luana Vecchio and Mike Stock
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: A Knight in Kansas City #1

A Knight in Kansas City #1

There is something about the 1970s. To me, it feels like a time and space where people were more trusting. It was a time when people left doors unlocked depending on where you lived. People also actually knew their neighbors. Life was a bit simpler than it is today and so were people along with it.

The movies that came out during this time was Hollywood at its most trippiest and most experiment heavy. This was the era which both birthed Close Encounters Of the Third Kind and Kiss The Movie, both classics in their own right and earmarks of what the era was. Some of the bet movies featured low budgets and revolved around storylines that you would only find in pulp novels. Some of my favorites dealt with a hero or heroine putting it all on the line in the name of love, which is a story I found in the debut issue of A Knight In Kansas City.

We are taken to Kansas City in 2015 where we meet Kay, a young lady who is lovelorn over a woman she has fallen hard for, Sara. Sara soon finds out that Kay is caught in a cult, one which requires a sacrifice and it may be her. This prompts Sara to infiltrate the cult’s temple and find out just how deep Kay is involved with these people and the cult.

Overall, it’s an excellent debut issue which drops the reader in a world which will both intrigue and bewilder them. The story by Daniel Gargallo and Sam Kramer is clever, exciting, and stacked with mystery. The art by Luanna Vecchio and Dashiell Saathoff is elegant and vivid. Altogether, it’s an excellent comic that will give fans of mysteries a story they can dive in to.

Story: Daniel Gargallo and Sam Kramer
Art: Luanna Vecchio and Dashiell Saathoff
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.67 Recommendation: Buy

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