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Exclusive Preview: Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

(W) Denton J. Tipton (A/CA) Menton3
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times-bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons. With their pursuer closing in, Jyn struggles to kick her habit while Andre is struck by an epiphany, all leading up to next issue’s finale! Variant cover by Andrea Di Vito!

A second printing of Chasing the Dragon #1 is on sale now with a special cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Magma Comix and Heavy Metal Announce Intrusion from Ethan Sacks and Marco Lorenzana

Intrusion is a parable about the consequences of misguided prejudice and hate. The new one-shot comic is coming from writer/co-creator Ethan Sacks, artist/co-creator Marco Lorenzana, colorist Erick Arciniega, and letterer Jaime Martinez. It features a cover by Daniel Govar and a variant cover by Marco Lorenzana. Coming from Heavy Metal imprint Magma Comix, the horror comic comes to comic shelves on September 22, 2021.

Set deep in the Louisiana bayou in the late 1760s, INTRUSION tells the story of the Broussard family, Acadians seeking a new life after being cast out of Canada by the British and having lived the last several years in indentured servitude. They arrive in Louisiana desperate for a second chance. Settling on a patch of remote land bordered by a “cursed” swamp, Jacques will do anything to defend his family’s homestead…even if that puts them on a collision course with a creature that dwells in the bayou. Conceived as a one-shot horror comic from creators Ethan Sacks and Marco Lorenzana, the story makes use of the flipbook format in an innovative way to tell the story from two very different perspectives—the human and the monster. The second story starts at the “flipped” back cover and both the first and second stories merge on a double-page spread in the middle.

The patriarch of the Broussard family will stop at nothing to defend his family from the horrors that lurk in the swamp—and neither will the Grunch!

The Keep Celebrates 40 Years with a New Edition from Heavy Metal’s Magma Comix

The Keep

From iconic horror and science fiction author F. Paul Wilson and artist Matthew Dow Smith, comes a special anniversary edition of The Keep, reprinted in its graphic novel form. Re-experience F. Paul Wilson’s bone-chilling horror tale with the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Keep, brought to you by Heavy Metal imprint Magma Comix.

The keep had stood empty in the Transylvanian Alps for 500 years. No one knew who built it, or why. But on the eve of World War II, German soldiers moved in and awakened something… something hungry… something as merciless as the SS commandos accompanying them.

Back in print for the first time in 10 years, this hardcover collector’s edition of The Keep graphic novel features a brand-new cover by artist Matthew Dow Smith and a new foreword by F. Paul Wilson. Based on his New York Times bestselling 1981 horror novel, Wilson first adapted his terrifying tale into comic form in 2005, with illustrations by Matthew Dow Smith.

The hardcover 40th Anniversary Edition of The Keep, in graphic novel form, hits shelves on September 14, 2021 for the price of $24.99. It will be available to preorder at comic shops and on Amazon in July.

Review: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2 continues a series that’s been an interesting exploration of ethics in the world of medicine. Dr. Cleve was given a glimpse of the world Dr. Frankenstein was working on and left with a quandary. What he’s doing isn’t ethical but the cause and reasons he’s doing so are enough to make one pause. The story is an updated take on the classic tale and in the age of COVID, it feels well-timed.

Writer Paul Cornell is delivering a solid update to the classic story of Frankenstein giving it an ethical spin under today’s modern rules. With debates about how quickly the COVID vaccine was developed and conspiracies over shortcuts, the timing of the series feels appropriate. Cornell also delivers enough in the story to make the reader pause. We can understand why Dr. Cleve is enamored, in multiple ways, with Frankenstein. His work is cutting edge and can do real good for the world. Though she doesn’t completely discuss it, you can tell Cleve has a slight pause in how it’s been going about. Though, it’s not enough for her to not participate.

Cornell also adds a bit of romance to the story. There’s a sexual tension between Cleve and Frankenstein that spills over in the issue. There’s enough laid out there that it all makes sense. These are two attractive individuals who are really attracted to each other over what they see as their brilliance. Though, in Cleve’s case it also feels like there might be some attraction in the danger of it all.

Emma Vieceli brings a bit of sexiness to The Modern Frankenstein #2. There’s a tension throughout the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein do their dance. There’s also a subtle amount of horror in what they’re all doing. The issue does a fantastic job of balancing it all to create an issue that delivers a bit of everything. Pippa Bowland‘s colors delivers a pop to the issue with some really interesting choices at key moments to highlight something. Simon Bowland‘s lettering does a solid job of keeping the dialogue flowing while also getting out of the way of the art. This isn’t a series that has a ton of dialogue but when it does there’s a solid balance of the lettering and the art.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 gives us an escalation of things in many ways. There’s a dance about the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein orbit each other in numerous ways. It’s a solid new take on the classic story that adds a sexiness and danger about it all while keeping the horror always present.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Emma Vieceli
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal/Magma Comix provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

(W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Emma Vieceli (C) Pippa Bowland (L) Simon Bowland

Elizabeth Cleve is an apprentice to the brilliant, extreme surgeon James Frankenstein. He’s shown her his secret world of forbidden medical experiments. And now their mutual attraction has reached a fever pitch. How far will she allow herself to go? A twisted horror-romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

The Modern Frankenstein #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Robin #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.

20 Fists #1 (Source Point Press) – Described as a story about “fist fights and bad romance” that’s all we need to know to get us to read this first issue.

Beatnik Buenos Aires (Fantagraphics) – Set in 1963, this graphic novel celebrates a time in Argentine history when its art scene blossomed.

Beta Ray Bill #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was full of emotion and we’re hoping for more of the same with this as Beta Ray Bill really begins his journey to find himself.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – This series has been full of action and we expect more. Solid story and amazing art equals a must read for us!

BRZRKR #2 (BOOM! Studios) – The first issue was full of action and enough to get us to want to check out more. This is a summer popcorn film in comic form.

Cold Dead War #2 (Heavy Metal) – War action featuring zombies! Yeah, we’re in for it.

Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book (Image Comics) – Ed Brubaker, Jacon Phillips, and Sean Phillips return for a new graphic novel featuring Ethan Reckless. The first was fantastic pulp noir entertainment and we’re expecting more of the same.

Harley Quinn #2 (DC Comics) – Future State delivered a new direction for Harley Quinn and this series is putting her in that direction. We really enjoyed the first issue that has Harley attempting to settle in her new role as hero.

Helm Greycastle #1 (Image Comics) – A new Latinx fantasy about a group of adventurers torn between saving a prince or helping the people.

The Marvels #1 (Marvel) – A journey through Marvel’s history spanning decades written by Kurt Busiek with art by Yildiray Cinar.

Miles Morales: Spider-Man #25 (Marvel) – We’d be lying if we said we weren’t intrigued my the new take on “The Clone Saga”.

The Modern Frankenstein #1 (Heavy Metal/Magma Comix) – A new twist on the classic tale. A surgeon wants to further medical science by any means necessary. So how far will the young medical student attracted to him go?

My Little Pony/Transformers II #1 (IDW Publishing) – The concept might be silly but the first volume was a lot of fun bringing the Transformers to the Pony’s world. Now, they’re heading to Cybertron!

Nuclear Family #3 (AfterShock) – We think we know what’s going on with this alternate history story but we’re not totally sure, so we absolutely want to read this one!

Robin #1 (DC Comics) – Damian strikes out in his own series and we’re here for it. This is a character that grew on us and we want to see if he can do so more.

Shadow Doctor #3 (AfterShock) – Based on a true story, the series is about a Black Doctor who has to go to Al Capone for money to start his business. It’s been amazing so far.

Shadowman #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – We’ve read the first issue and the entire team has loved it. It’s a fantastic start for the new series and great introduction to the character.

Snatched #1 (Scout Comics) – If you thought the drug game was deadly, wait until you see what goes down in the hair trade. Wait… what!?

Stake #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was absolutely fantastic and a nice take on the vampire genre. Mixing social media with good action, this is a series that we want to sink our teeth in to.

Summoners War Legacy #1 (Image Comics) – The popular mobile game comes to comics.

Teen Titans Academy #2 (DC Comics) – Who is Red X? Lets face it, that’s what we all want to find out. The first issue was decent but followed a concept we’ve seen before with fun characters but not a lot new… so far.

Your Turn to Die Vol. 1 (Yen Press) – The concept is basically Saw with a group of people but it’s so damn good. Check it out if you like that concept of puzzle-solving where you die if you fail.

Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: Zeus Comics

Early Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to shelves on April 7 from Magma Comix.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Exclusive Reveal: Kit Buss’ Variant Cover for The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

The next thing in horror continues in June with The Modern Frankenstein #3 from Magma Comix. We have the exclusive first look at Kit Buss‘ variant cover. Retailers can receive this variant for free when they order 10 copies of the comic.

The Modern Frankenstein is by writer Paul Cornell, artist Emma Vieceli, colorist Pippa Bowland, and letterer Simon Bowland.

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5)

Paul Cornell (w) • Emma Vieceli (a/ca)

Discover the next thing in horror from award-winning writer of television and comics Paul Cornell (Doctor Who, Saucer State, Wolverine) and acclaimed artist/writer Emma Vieceli (Doctor Who, Life is Strange), along with color artist Pippa Bowland and letterer Simon Bowland!

When one of James and Elizbabeth’s experiments spirals out of control, will they be able to contain the damage? And will it drive them apart, or closer together?

A twisted horror/romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

Variant cover by Kit Buss (Critical Role, Cloven: Bloodlines)!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Kit Buss!

On sale 6/23/21

The Modern Frankenstein #3 (of 5) Kit Buss variant cover

Exclusive Reveal: Martin Coccolo’s Variant Cover for Chasing the Dragon #5

Chasing the Dragon #5 from Magma Comix wraps up in June and we have the first look at Martin Coccolo‘s variant cover for the issue. Retailers who order 10 copies of Chasing the Dragon #5 will receive one free variant by Coccolo.

Chasing the Dragon is written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3, and lettering by Gil Lazcano.

Chasing the Dragon #5 (of 5)

Denton J. Tipton (w) • menton3 (a/ca)

In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

The fatal, final faceoff between alchemical forces arrives, with the fate of Obsidian Bay hanging in the balance!

Variant cover by Martin Coccolo (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering)!

For fans of The Witcher and Breaking Bad.

*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Martin Coccolo!

On sale 6/16/21

Chasing the Dragon #5 Martin Coccolo variant
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