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Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone Follow the First Daughter in Marilyn Manor

Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone invite you to the ultimate rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marilyn Manor, a four-issue creator-owned miniseries from IDW Publishing, intended for mature readers!

When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August 1981, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe – who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln – throw the party of the decade, unearthing dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide.

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of Visaggio and Zarcone for the first time, Marilyn Manor explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship, set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: the debut of MTV.

Marilyn Manor

Review: Calamity Kate #1

CALAMITY KATE #1

One of my favorite movies of all time is Shane. The movie portrays a lone gunslinger who comes through a town filled with troubles. That’s something that he seems to not be able to stay away from through the movie. Eventually, it catches up with him with one of the most debated endings of all time, one only the writer of this excellent movie would know. This archetype would be replicated many times throughout the years.

One of those mediums that it seems to feel at home is comics. No one can deny the similarities between Shane and Marvel’s Wolverine. The film was referenced and was a clear inspiration for the film Logan. Another excellent example is Vampire Hunter D, whose story is both tragic and fascinating. He was cursed to kill vampires while attracting a deluge of enemies both vampire and human. In the debut issue of Calamity Kate we find one hero who relocates to restart her life but not without a new set of complications.

We meet Kate, who is a monster hunter and who has recently moved to Los Angles to be near her friends and also for a fresh start. Kate is a monster hunter and must balance the challenges of work, relationships, and competition. The first is a solid and entertaining set up and by issue’s end, as she dredges through another monster hunt, she meets a new monster hunter who looks to be more foe than friend.

Overall, this debut is a funny and exciting new comic which should get everyone to fall in love with these characters and this world. The story by Magdalene Visaggio is amusing and pulse pounding. The art by Corin Howell and Valentina Pinto is gorgeous. Altogether, a great story that imbues fun alongside well developed storytelling.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Corin Howell and Valentina Pinto
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Morning in America #1

Morning in America #1

(W) Magdalene Visaggio
(A/C) Claudia Aguirre
(CA) Cover A: Claudia Aguirre, Cover B: Elizabeth Beals 
Age Rating: Young Adult Audiences

Genre: Action-Adventure/Horror
Price: $3.99—Page Count: 32

A new Oni Press miniseries by powerhouse team of Magdalene Visaggio (ETERNITY GIRL) and Claudia Aguirre (KIM & KIM)! The year is 1983. A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it’s up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen girl delinquents to try and figure out what’s happening—and save everyone’s lives before it’s too late.

Morning in America #1

Review: Sex Death Revolution #3

Sex Death Revolution #3

Magdalene Visaggio, Kasia Witerscheim, and Harry Saxon get pretty damn personal in Sex Death Revolution #3 as our protagonist, Esperanza continues to use magic, rituals, and just talking to people to figure out how her memories are being screwed up with, especially a big one about her meeting her ex, Shannon. After last issue’s focus on our bastion of white male toxicity, Marcus, this one narrows in on how Esperanza is feeling and is pain and vulnerability in a single slice of comic book.

Sex Death Revolution #3 deals with some pretty weighty topics, including the conflict and anxiety of transitioning (Which Visaggio explored in an excellent 2018 Twitter thread) and the overall nature of gaslighting. It’s emotional powerful stuff that is conveyed through impressive character acting by Witerscheim and ever changing colors from Saxon that depend on what state in the ritual that Esperanza, Shannon, and later Annie are at. They use the famous “No, I am your father.” sequence from Empire Strikes Back as a pop cultural metaphor for gaslighting and maybe the amazing life you used to live and how people feel about you is all wrong.

It’s scary and leads to plenty of awkward questions as Esperanza and Shannon go door to door basically and try to figure out where Esperanza “changed” for the first half of Sex Death Revolution #3. Some of the responses are downright heartbreaking (Especially when Esperanza is dead named.), and it makes you realize how little people follow or care about your own personal journey, your character arc. Thank goodness for people like Shannon that chase you through the park and remind you of better times even though the darkness still lingers because this is a middle chapter.

Sex Death Revolution #3 is proof that it’s sometimes okay to spend a chapter of a comic book miniseries away from plot twists and that nonsense and really hone in on your protagonist. Openly asking people how they feel about you is a spicy kind of taboo, but it’s something that Esperanza gets to do in this issue with not the best results. And this is mirrored in Kasia Witerscheim’s art as she goes from grid layouts to something more fluid when Esperanza does a ritual with Annie before the utterly screwed up ending. And along the way, she and Magdalene Visaggio take potshots at the kind of arrogant, monologuing liberal arts major (I was one, myself, oops.) that is Marcus, and what he is trying to make Esperanza remembered even though she is trying to change.

Sex Death Revolution #3 is an empathy inducing read about dysphoria and gaslighting through the lens of magic as Magdalene Visaggio, Kasia Witerscheim, and the trippy when he needs to be, silent grey at other times Harry Saxon craft a fantastic personal narrative in the midst of an apocalyptic occult thriller.

Story: Magdalene Visaggio Art: Kasia Witerscheim
Colors: Harry Saxon Letters: Zakk Saam
Story: 7.9 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Morning in America #1 Gets an ECCC Exclusive Cover

Join creators Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre for a new, creepy comic series based in 1983. Oni Press brings you Morning in America, the much-anticipated girl gang tale that will see the light of day beginning March 6th.

A series of disappearances afflicts Tucker, Ohio following the opening of a mysterious new factory. But when the town finds itself under siege from strange monsters, it’s up to intrepid girl gang of no-account teen girl delinquents to try and figure out what’s happening—and save everyone’s lives before it’s too late.

The first issue is getting a convention exclusive cover by Rii Abrego that debuts at Emerald City Comic Con 2019, where Magdalene Visaggio will also be in attendance.

Morning in America #1 Rii Abrego convention exclusive cover

Oni Press Reveals Their Fall 2019 Lineup!

Sharpen your pencils and grab your notebooks, the Oni Press Fall 2019 lineup is here! We are proud to announce Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to RelationshipsBodies, and Growing Upby Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman (Limerence Press); Kriss: The Gift of Wrath by Ted Naifeh and Warren WucinichMorning in America by Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre; and Unplugged & Unpopular by Mat Heagerty, Tintin Pantoja, and Mike Amante. These awesome original graphic novels will begin release in September 2019, and fit perfectly in any good reader’s backpack!

Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up by Heather Corinna and Isabella Rotman; colored by Luke Howard (Sept. 3rd, Middle Reader)

This Limerence Press title from Scarleteen founder Heather Corinna and sex educator Isabella Rotman is a fun and inclusive comic guide that covers essential topics for preteens and young teens about their changing bodies and feelings.The perfect complement to any school curriculum.

Wait, What?: A Comic Book Guide to Relationships, Bodies, and Growing Up

Kriss: The Gift of Wrath by Ted Naifeh and Warren Wucinich (Sept. 17th, Young Adult)

For fans of The Graveyard Book and Through the Woods comes a different kind of YA fantasy graphic novel, in which a teen boy’s search for his destiny leads him into darkness.

Lean, ghostly pale, and permanently grim-faced, Kriss has always been an outsider in his small village. Not even his adoptive parents love him. Only Anja, the blacksmith’s daughter, brings kindness and friendship into the life of the sullen teenager. But Kriss is haunted by dim memories of his true father, Erikk Iron Tooth, the king of Darkovia.

When Anja’s mother is killed by a wild sabercat from the far north, the young girl’s world is shattered, and Kriss determines to avenge her. Armed with only a pitchfork, the skinny teen sets out to kill the beast, only to learn that it’s actually a dark spirit from Darkovia, come to bring him his destiny. The spirit grants Kriss the power to vanquish the mightiest foes, and commands him to reclaim his father’s kingdom. But his gift of power comes with a price, uncontrollable rage. And leaving the village would mean leaving Anja, the only person who’s always been there for him. Kriss must choose between his destiny and Anja, who needs his friendship more than ever. But his growing power, and the fiery anger that comes with it, threatens to make the choice for him, and burn everything he holds dear.

Kriss: The Gift of Wrath

Morning in America by Magdalene Visaggio and Claudia Aguirre (Oct. 8th, Young Adult)

Created by powerhouse team Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl) and Claudia Aguirre (Kim & Kim), Morning in America follows the Sick Sisters, a group of friends and small-time delinquents who may be the only people standing between their suffocatingly small town and complete apocalyptic destruction. The Sisters know there’s something wrong in Tucker, Ohio—and they also know that the authorities aren’t doing anything about it. When the girls take the investigation into their own hands, they run into wild conspiracy theories, abandoned homes… and something that screeches in the night. At the end of the world, four girls with bikes and baseball bats are there to stand in the way.

Morning in America

Unplugged & Unpopular by Mat Heagerty, Tintin Pantoja, and Mike Amante (Oct. 15th, Middle Reader)

After Erin Song’s parents ban her from using her phone, TV, Internet and all her screens, she soon discovers mysterious, strange creatures and must foil their plot to take over Earth in this hilarious sci-fi graphic novel for tweens. 

Erin Song lives in a digital world. Everyone has a phone, a tablet, a computer—more screens than you can count. Even with a world of information at her fingertips, Erin can’t figure out the secret to popularity at her clique-y junior high school. So when uber-popular Wendy asks for help on a test, Erin jumps at the opportunity. This could be her big break! Unfortunately, she gets caught, and her parents ban her from all her devices. Suddenly, Erin Song is the only girl in the world who’s not allowed to look at a screen.

And that’s when Erin notices something funny: small, furry aliens making humans disappear with a weird device Erin’s never seen before. No one else notices them, though—except Erin’s grandmother and two old men who run the local library. They’ve discovered that the aliens are using screens to control the human race, tricking them into thinking they aren’t really there—and that anyone who’s been abducted never existed. 

Now it’s up to Erin and her grandmother to save the day! But without technology on their side, do they stand a chance?

Unplugged & Unpopular

Review: New Talent Showcase 2018

This year’s showcase of some of the next generation’s talented creators is here with a wide range of stories in both characters and those crafting them.

New Talent Showcase 2018 features Philip Kennedy Johnson, Joey Esposito, Sanya Anwar, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Visaggio, Robert Jeffrey II, Amancay Nahuelpan, Priscilla Petraites, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max Raynor, Isaac Goodhart, and Aneke.

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

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Preview: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1

New Talent Showcase 2018 #1

(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson, Joey Esposito, Sanya Anwar, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Visaggio, Robert Jeffrey II (A) Amancay Nahuelpan, Priscilla Petraites, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Max Raynor, Isaac Goodhart, Aneke
In Shops: Dec 12, 2018
SRP: $7.99

The latest graduates from the DC Talent Development Workshops show off their skills by telling stories about some of DC’s greatest characters including Batman, Catwoman, John Constantine, Wonder Woman, Zatanna and more!

Magdalene Visaggio, Corin Howell, Valentina Pinto, and Zakk Saam Deliver the Calamity in February

From Eisner and GLAAD Media Award-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio, breakout artist Corin Howell, colorist Valentina Pinto, and letterer Zakk Saam comes Calamity KateCalamity Kate is a modern day adventure of heroes and monsters. It tells the story of Kate Strand as she moves west to hunt monsters. 

Calamity Kate catches up with titular hero Kate Strand after she reboots her destructive life and moves to L.A. to become the superhero she always wanted to be—a gun-toting monster killer. With her latest career change, she faces new challenges, relationships, and competition. Kate is desperate to show she’s worth a damn in a world overrun by zombies, vampires, demons, goblins, and the ultimate monster bounty: The Seven Fabled Beasts of Yore. 

The first issue of Calamity Kate (of four) goes on sale February 13, 2019.

Calamity Kate cover

Preview: Sex Death Revolution #1

Sex Death Revolution #1

Written by: Magdalene Visaggio
Illustrated by: Becca Farrow
Colored by: Harry Saxon
Lettered by: Zack Saam
Cover by: Kiki Jenkins
$5.99 | full color | 52 pages | mature

Life is a story. Hers is being rewritten. Still reeling from the sudden collapse of her cover, Manhattanite sorceress Esperanza tries to rebuild. But everyone in her life is saying she’s done and said things that never happened — terrible things. Before she knows it, she’s becoming someone entirely different. Someone she used to be, once upon a time. Life is full of ch-ch-ch-changes in this urban fantasy from Eisner-nominated writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim & Kim) and artist Becca Farrow (Ladycastle).

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