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Nottingham Returns with A King’s Ransom

 After an explosive five-issue run that included multiple reprints, Nottingham is back! Mad Cave Studios has announced Nottingham: A King’s Ransom, the second installment of the celebrated medieval noir, written by David Hazan with art by Shane Connery Volk; colors by Luca Romano and lettered by Justin Birch

Together, Sheriff Blackthorne and Robin Hood are on a mission to escort King Richard the Lionheart home. 

When Richard the Lionheart is kidnapped and ransomed by Holy Roman Emperor Henry VI, Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, is strong-armed into delivering the ransom and bringing the King home, on penalty of death. The treacherous Prince John and his ally, King Phillip of France, will stop at nothing to ensure Richard remains in captivity, so the Sheriff finds the unlikeliest of allies in none other than Robin Hood and the Merry Men. With Robin and the Sheriff away, Marian hatches her own devious plan to take back Nottingham.

Nottingham: A King’s Ransom is now available for preorder via Mad Cave Studios and will be available Apr. 6, 2022. Retailers will receive one free copy of Nottingham #1 fourth printing (limited to 1,000) for every 5 copies of #6 pre-ordered.

Nottingham: A King’s Ransom

Maverick’s Needle & Thread and Nightmare in Savanna Get New Printings

Maverick the all-new imprint from Mad Cave Studios, is thrilled to announce that the first two titles, Nightmare in Savannah and Needle & Thread, have officially sold out!

Needle & Thread is by David Pinckney, Ennun Ana Iurov, and Micah Myers while Nightmare in Savanah is by Lela Gwenn, Rowan MacColl, and Micah Myers.

The second printing of both Needle & Thread and Nightmare in Savanna will be delivered this spring! Coming soon from Maverick is World Class slated for February 22, 2022 and Good Game, Well Played by Rachael Smith and Katherine Lobo on May 1, 2022.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Dark Ages #4

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Bad Kitty Meets the Baby (Roaring Brook Press) – Great graphic novels for kids that are full of lessons and funny enough parents will enjoy it too.

Batgirls #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue was kinetic fun. Fun being the operative word.

Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #1 (Marvel) – “Devil’s Reign” has been fantastic and this series focused on Elektra/Daredevil has us excited to see what this chapter brings.

Dark Ages #4 (Marvel) – This alternate world has been awesome so far. With technology/electronics on the fritz, the heroes must take on Apocalypse who might have an answer to the world’s problems.

Devil’s Reign: Superior Four #1 (Marvel) – Doc Ock in his “superior” phase has been great and it looks like we’re getting “superior” versions of well known characters from across the multiverse in his latest machinations.

Falconspeare (Dark Horse) – We’re Mike Mignola fans and love his comics, so an entire graphic novel by him and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell gets us to take notice.

Glam Prix Racers: Back on Track (Feiwel & Friends) – The first volume was My Little Pony meets Mario Kart for kids but we loved it too! We’re excited to check out the second race of the Glam Prix Cup on GLittergear Island!

Joe Hill’s Rain #1 (Image Comics) – Joe Hill’s novella gets a comic adaptation and we gave it a glowing review.

The Last Session #2 (Mad Cave Studios) – Friends get back together to finish their roleplaying campaign but a new player threatens to derail the experience.

Robin & Batman #3 (DC Comics) – Great story but it’s the jaw-dropping art that has us sucked in.

The Scorched #1 (Image Comics) – Todd McFarlane has been expanding his Spawn universe and we get our first team book!

Space Cadet #1 (Scout Comics/Scoot) – A young kid dreams of going to the Moon. One night he wakes up on the lunar surface! Luckily, there’s a friendly astronaut there to give a tour.

Sports is Hell (Silver Sprocket) – If you’ve never read Ben Passmore’s graphic novel, here’s your chance in a new printing with a new publisher.

We Ride Titans #1 (Vault Comics) – A dysfunctional family are the ones who pilot the Titan that protects New Hyperion from kaiju.

Mad Cave Studios’ Nottingham Gets a Special Free Comic Book Day Issue Before the Second Volume’s Debut

Get ready for the holidays! Mad Cave StudiosNottingham is getting a special release with the Nottingham Free Comic Book Day 2022 Special, written by David Hazan with art by Andrea Mutti; letters by Miguel Zapata!

A very Merry Christmas—All eyes are on Everard Blackthorne, the Sheriff of Nottingham, when his predecessor is murdered in cold blood. It’s business as usual for Ev, with Hood and the Merry Men pulling the strings and a terrible choice to make as the lives of Alan Dale’s wife and son hang in the balance.

Nottingham Free Comic Book Day 2022 Special issue takes place at Christmas 1192, which places it in between Nottingham Volumes 1 and 2.

Free Comic Book Day is an annual promotional effort by the North American comic book industry to help bring new readers into independent comic book stores. You can grab a copy of Nottingham Free Comic Book Day 2022 Special, on Saturday, May 7, 2022!

Preview: The Last Session #1

The Last Session #1

(W) Jasmine Walls (A) Dozerdraws (L) Micah Meyers
In Shops: Dec 01, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Roll for initiative! Jay, Lana, Drew, Walter, and Shen have played Dice & Deathtraps together since high school. Now, on the verge of graduating college and scattering, they’ve decided to finally complete their unfinished first campaign. But when Jay’s partner Cassandra joins as a new player, Lana’s afraid the party won’t ever finish their quest…

The Last Session #1

Review: The Last Session #1

The Last Session #1

While I love tabletop games, I’ve never been much into tabletop roleplaying. I’ve tried Dungeons & Dragons, Vampire, Star Wars, and a few others, but beyond one session, none really ever stood out to me as something I’d regularly want to do. Still, I know so many that love the time spent immersed in their games, looking forward to the next session. The Last Session #1 introduces us to a group of friends who after years are finally going to attempt to complete their first game session.

Written by Jasmine Walls, there’s a fun playful aspect to The Last Session #1. It does a solid job of introducing its characters and showing them slowly falling into their regular gaming sessions. Years later, we catch up with them again, they now have grown up a bit and faced with adulthood and their futures. It’s clear from their interactions that their gaming sessions are not just an excuse to get together with friends but also a way for them to escape reality and in some ways feel in control of their future.

But, the well-oiled group is threatened by a newcomer, the girlfriend of the dungeon master of the game. Bringing any new element into an existing party can throw things into chaos but this feels like it might do more so considering the length of the adventure and how “special” it is. As expected, the new party member doesn’t exactly click with the more veteran players creating the start of a session that feels a bit wild and teetering on off the rails. That control the other players seemed to be striving for might not be attainable quite yet.

Dozerdraws provides the art and keeps it light and fun. It’d be easy to go over the top serious with the look but it’d completely change the feel of the comic. As is, the style creates an atmosphere for readers that feels a bit welcoming in a way. It’s inviting as if we can sit down at the table with the group and be welcomed. It also works well mixing the real world and fantasy worlds. The style transitions nicely between the two settings for the story. Micah Meyers handles the lettering and packs a lot of dialogue in but keeps the story flowing. It’s a roleplaying game as you’d expect there to be a lot of talking and Meyers handles it all quite well.

Even if you’re not into tabletop roleplaying, it’s easy to appreciate The Last Session #1. It captures the feeling of introducing a new individual to an established group and how it can throw things off. But, even with that clear, the characters are still all very inviting and friendly making me want to throw dice with them, just maybe not in an RPG.

Story: Jasmine Walls Art: Dozerdraws Letterer: Micah Meyers
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Mad Cave Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Kindle Zeus ComicsTFAW

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Magic: Master of Metal #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

American Comics: A History (WW Norton) – Columbia professor Jeremy Dauver takes readers through the history of American comics from the Civil War to recent times!

Animal Castle #1 (Ablaze) It’s ta new take on the classic Animal Farm that’s familiar but delivers surprises.

Avengers #50 (Marvel) – Celebrating 750 issues, there’s some big things promised with this anniversary issue.

Batman: Fear State Omega (DC Comics) – The latest event has wrapped up and we want to see where the series goes from here.

Campisi #4 (AfterShock) – The mob vs. a dragon. Nuff said.

Gotham City Villains: Anniversary Giant (DC Comics) – Danny Devito writing an entry in this anthology. That alone has us sold.

King of Spies #1 (Image Comics) – The world’s greatest secret agent has six months to live. Does he die quietly in a hospital bed, or does he make up for a lifetime of bad decisions? A new series from Mark Millar and Matteo Scalera? Yeah, we’re in.

The Last Session #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – A group of roleplayers site down to finish their first campaign.

Magic: Master of Metal #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Big things are promised in the issue that it’ll impact and set up whatever is coming in 2022.

Maniac of New York: Bronx is Burning #1 (AfterShock) – The first volume delivered an interesting take on the slasher genre taking place in a very real NYC. Like a good slasher film, the big bad is coming back and we want to learn more about Maniac Harry.

Search for Hu #3 (AfterShock) – We’re suckers for mob war type stories but it’s the details of this one that stands out.

Transformers: Shattered Glass #4 (IDW Publishing) – While the overall event has been a bit mixed, it’s been interesting to see where the series has been going in this “Mirror Universe” take on Transformers.

Venom #2 (Marvel) – The first issue had a lot of intriguing concepts and definitely took things in a very different direction. So, lets see what the second issue brings.

Warhammer 40,000: Sisters of Battle #4 (Marvel) – We’re fans of Games Workshop as a whole but this focus on the squad and faith of the Sisters has been an interesting read and given us a greater appreciation of the army.

Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons #1 (DC Comics) – Kelly Sue Deconnick and Phil Jimenez take us through the entire story of the Amazons. We’ve been waiting on this highly anticipated series and so excited it’s finally here!

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #4 (Marvel) – We have no idea what’s going on and what to expect.

It’s the Last Day to Save with the Best of Mad Cave Studios sale!

Discover some fantastic comics from an up and coming publisher with the Best of Mad Cave Studios sale!

There’s 21 collections on sale with the first volumes just $0.99 and other volumes just $1.99!

Hurry, today is the last day to save!

Nottingham Vol. 1: Death and Taxes

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Mad Cave Reveals Bundles for Black Friday

This week at Mad Cave Studios, action, horror, sci-fi, and escapism are bundled up and tied with a bow!  In addition to exclusive title bundles for, Honor and CurseKnights of the Golden Sun, and Legends of Valderia, fans are invited to explore new genres, discover different series, expand your collection, or find the perfect gift for your friends and family with these mindfully curated bundles.  Each bundle has its own unique theme, and comes with a free surprise variant!

From fun adventures, to planet hopping dangers, the sci-fi Beyond the Stars Bundle is filled with a colorful spectacle and out of this world scope!

Includes: Stargazer Vol. 1,  Becstar Issues #1-5,  They Fell From The Sky Issues #1-5

Beyond the Stars Bundle

A monster lurks within all of us… In the They Come Out at Night horror bundle, you’ll discover those that reject the monster within, while others embrace it.

Includes: Wolvenheart Vol. 1,  Show’s End Issues #1-5

They Come Out at Night

Growing up is never easy in the Fight the System Bundle, you’ll see exactly why that is the case for these certain groups of teens!

Includes: Dry Foot Vol. 1, Pantomime Vol. 1, Terminal Punks Vol. 1

Fight the System

In Mad Cave’s action-packed Vigilante Justice bundle, characters with extraordinary abilities are pushed to their limits. With little to no help, they’re the only ones who can save the day!

Includes: Villainous Vol. 1, Hellfighter Quin Vol. 1, RV9 Vol. 1

Vigilante Justice

They may not be the brightest, toughest, or believe in themselves all that much, but these heroes hold their own destinies in their hands. Dive into Mad Cave’s Adventure Underdogs Bundle!

Includes: Over the Ropes TPB, Hollywood Trash #1-5

Underdogs Bundle

From the infamous Robin Hood to the classic western tale, the Reimagined Genera Bundle brings a mad twist to the classic stories we all know and love!

Includes: Savage Bastards Vol. 1, Midnight Task Force Vol. 1, Nottingham #1-5

Reimagined Genera Bundle

Preview: Wolvenheart #8

Wolvenheart #8

(W) Mark London (A/CA) Alejandro Giraldo
In Shops: Oct 27, 2021
SRP: $3.99

NEW ARC – DOUBLE SIZED ISSUE
After failing to correct his timeline, Sterling Cross finds himself trapped in an alternate reality where his worst nightmare has come true. With Elizabeth Bathory now the head of Wolvenheart and Van Helsing hellbent on destroying the organization, Sterling Cross will be forced to create unlikely alliances with some of history’s greatest characters. Will Sterling succeed in protecting Wolvenheart and returning the timeline back to normal, or will he be at the mercy of his mentor?

The future may be uncertain, but the past is always clear.

Wolvenheart #8
Almost American
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