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The Walking Dead Deluxe #27, Friday #1, and GRRL Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Join the Local Comic Shop Day 2021 Lineup

Image Comics has announced three exciting Local Comic Shop Day editions to join the lineup of releases for next month’s celebration of the Direct Market comic shops: The Walking Dead Deluxe #27, Friday #1, and Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1. These three special LCSD editions will not be reprinted—so don’t miss out and be sure to support your local comic shop on Wednesday, November 24 (and every day!)—and visit the Local Comic Shop Day website for more information about the event.

Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, and Dave McCaig’s The Walking Dead Deluxe #27 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219266) will feature a foil treatment on the cover logo. This is a key issue in the series that readers won’t want to miss out on—Welcome to Woodbury, home to the series’ most heinous villain… The Governor.

Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín’s Friday #1 Local Comics Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219265) presents the first issue of the genre-defying, post-YA masterpiece by award winning creators. Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own—or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town… This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell, and they may not survive to see the New Year.

Jim Mahfood’s Grrl Scouts: Stone Ghost #1 Local Comic Shop Day edition (Diamond Code AUG219267) will feature a new cover by Mahfood. This new miniseries sees Mahfood’s return to his creator-owned GRRL SCOUTS universe. Join Dio, Turtleneck Jones, and Gordi as they face off against the sinister and unpredictable evil of The Teeth! Hilarious, over-the-top, psychedelic adventure will ensue, you guys! Packed from cover to cover (no ads!) with completely unique and eye-poppin’ Mahfood art, including bonus comics and behind-the-scenes fun!

All-Star Artists Celebrate 750 Issues of Avengers with Variant Covers

This November, Marvel presents the 750th issue of Avengers! Continuing Jason Aaron’s Marvel Universe-reshaping run, Avengers #750 will be a 96-page supersized issue consisting of multiple game changing stories by an all-star lineup of creators. To celebrate this milestone, some of the industry’s top artists have turned outstanding variant covers!

Carmen Carnero brings to life one of the Avengers’ greatest romances in her beautiful depiction of Scarlet Witch and Vision. Rob Liefeld continues to team up his legendary creation with every corner of the Marvel Universe in his latest Deadpool 30th Anniversary variant cover. Series artist Ed McGuinness showcases the Multiversal Masters of Evil, the startling new group of villains that will be introduced in this giant-size epic. And more from artists Ron Lim, Simone Bianchi, and Marcos Martin!

Check them out now and be there when the startling future of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes kicks off in Avengers #750 on November 17! The issue also features the writing of Christopher Ruocchio, and art by Aaron Kuder, Carlos Pacheco, Javier Garrón, and Steve McNiven.

Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín’s Friday Coming to Print through Image

Image Comics will publish the Eisner Award nominated Panel Syndicate comic—Friday—by the award-winning creative team, Ed Brubaker and Marcos Martín in print for the first time. Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas will collect the first arc of the series and hit shelves this November. 

Friday follows a young adult sidekick trying to find her own place in a world that’s one part Encyclopedia Brown and one part HP Lovecraft. 

Friday Fitzhugh spent her childhood solving crimes and digging up occult secrets with her best friend Lancelot Jones, the smartest boy in the world. But that was the past. Now she’s in college, starting a new life on her own—or so she thought. When Friday comes home for the holidays, she’s immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit and finds that something very strange and dangerous is happening in their little New England town… Everything quickly snowballs into the Christmas vacation from Hell—and they may not survive to see the New Year.

Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas trade paperback (ISBN: 978-1534320581, Diamond Code: AUG210009) will be available on Wednesday, November 3, and in bookstores on Tuesday, November 9.

Friday, Book One: The First Day of Christmas

Friday #3 is available now on Panel Syndicate

The fabulous team of Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente are back with Friday #3, the final chapter of the first arc.

Friday tries to make it across town during one of the worst snow storms in Kings Hill’s history as strange things happen and the mystery deepens… In ways we think it’s safe to call life-changing!

So if you haven’t checked out Friday yet, now is the perfect time to give it a try. All three chapters are available in English and Spanish, and in widescreen and single page formats at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Exclusive Preview: Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2 (of 6)

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2 (of 6)

(W) Larry Hama (A) Dave Wachter (CA) Billy Tan (VCA) Emanuela Lupacchino, Marcos Martin
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

THE HEAVENLY CITIES ARE COMING TO EARTH, AND THEY’RE BRINGING HELL WITH THEM!
• Danny voyages into the Heart of Heaven, only to find his destination lies elsewhere…the hellish, hidden Eighth City!
• What is the dark force behind the ancient gate that stands locked in the heart of the Eighth City?
• The only way to stop the ravaging hordes is to bring the Heavenly Cities to Earth, but will even that be enough?

Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon #2 (of 6)

Review: The Walking Dead: Alien

The Walking Dead: Alien

Fresh and fast-paced, The Walking Dead: The Alien books captures all the excitement of The Walking Dead. Originally released on Panel Syndicate, then as a “Local Comic Shop Day” special release, it’s now out as a hardcover graphic novel.

If the slowing, shuffling pacing of The Walking Dead’s narrative made you feel a bit like a walker yourself, Alien is a chance to revisit what it felt like to start reading the series. Of course, the greatest horror is that it’s only one issue. But, still, it’s an issue written by Brian K. Vaughan.

Taking place near the beginning of the outbreak, the story follows Jeff as he tries to survive Barcelona. After being rescued by the armored Claudia, the two begin to decide what the next course of action should be.

The absolute best aspect of this book is the way it puts zombies back at the forefront of the threats our characters face. It’s not bogged down with trade agreements, or putting on a fair. It takes the premise readers all know and love and puts it a new scenario with characters we don’t absolutely know are going to survive.

Obviously a great deal of credit has to be given to Robert Kirkman for everything he’s done with these stories for so many years. However, it is such a breath of fresh air to see the story through the eyes of a new creative team. The reader races through the story in anticipation, eager to recapture the sense of not knowing what would happen next. As the story is a one-shot, I won’t tell you, either.

The art by Marcos Martin is fantastic. He’s joined on gray tones by regular Walking Dead contributor Cliff Rathburn. Originally released digitally, the comic uses the turn of pages effectively to create suspense as you make your way through the story. The digital experience of going panel by panel or staring at a screen is different than on a printed page but the translation feels like it enhances things in a way. There’s an excitement and tension that flows from panel to panel not just page to page. There’s also a focus on the fact it’s early in the pandemic so the zombies are decayed as much. It’s a small detail that stands out. Rus Wooton‘s lettering is top-notch as well really delivering the tone of a scene full of excitement, somber, or the need to stay relatively quiet.

The hardcover includes sketches and notes from the creation of the comic adding a nice “director’s commentary” feel to the release and making it special. I have no idea if this was included in the previous physical release but it’s a nice addition that turns it from a floppy I’d like to a hardcover comic I’d like.

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, The Walking Dead: The Alien is a must get. If you just like good storytelling, the team nails it delivering an emotional punch and the highs and lows of a roller coaster. Ever since it’s first release, I had hoped we’d see more creative teams given a shot to expand upon the world Kirkman created but, when your initial attempt is so good, I’m not sure they’d be able to live up to the high bar initially set out.

Story: Brian K. Vaughan Art: Marcos Martin
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin’s The Walking Dead: The Alien Gets a Hardcover Release in July

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that the popular Panel Syndicate story The Walking Dead: The Alien by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin — which spins out of bestselling phenomenon The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard —will be available in oversized hardcover this July. 

This stunning hardcover features a story firmly set in The Walking Dead comic book continuity by Vaughan and Martin and includes never-before-seen designs, sketches, and layouts. 

Originally released in digital format on Panel Syndicate and printed as an oversized single issue exclusively and in limited quantity for Local Comic Shop Day, this The Walking Dead: The Alien story will be available widely and in hardcover for the first time ever. 

The Walking Dead: The Alien by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1659-1) will be available on Wednesday, July 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, August 4.

The Walking Dead: The Alien

Review: Friday Chapter One, “The Girl in the Trees”

Friday

It’s always exciting to see a new release from Panel Syndicate as you know you’ll be treated to quality. When you get a release that’s completely unexpected, it’s hard to not want to dive in right away. Friday was a surprise announcement today featuring writer Ed Brubaker, artist Marcos Martin, and colorist Muntsa Vicente. A group of talent that makes you take notice right away. And it’s good, really good.

Friday Fitzhugh—girl detective—and Lancelot Jones—her best friend and also the smartest boy in the world—spent their childhoods solving crimes and digging up occult secrets. But that was years ago. And now Friday is in college and starting a new life on her own. She’s moved on. Until she returns home for the holidays and is immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit.

Friday is what comes next after the young adult series. The protagonists have grown up and some have made steps into the bigger world. It’s that awkwardness we feel when returning “home” after a time away.

Brubaker delivers a horror tinged debut that really focuses on the relationship between the two main characters. At its heart, it’s an experience so many of us can relate to. While the young adult version of these two adventures might be more focused on the mystery, this more adult fair is about the two characters. It’s a comic about relationships, it just so happens to have some horror elements within.

And the mystery is solid.

Friday delivers numerous wtf moments but Brubaker’s focus elsewhere won’t have you frustrated at the lack of reveals in the mystery. The scares is more of the driver about the characters, not the initial focus and point of the debut issue.

The art by Marcos Martin and color Muntsa Vicente help deliver the horror flavor to Brubaker’s relationship focus. The art is amazing with detail to guide your eye and teasing so much more. There’s a use of teases throughout as the story mixes the visual and dialogue to build the greater mystery. We’re not shown what’s carved on a tree, we get a glimpse of that and then further hints as to what it means. It’s a solid mixture of show and tell giving the comic a more prose like feel.

Martin delivers expressive characters with unique designs that tell us much about their personality. The horror elements never dive into scare territory or even that creepy. Instead, there’s a general unease about it all. Muntsa Vicente’s colors help creating a dour and morose feel to the comic. It’s winter and you can feel the coldness of the town with the color choices of blues, blacks, and whites. The use of reds and yellows too help change the mood of panel and pages helping to create an emotional ride.

Friday was an unexpected release and one that is more than welcome. It’s the start of a great mystery where the relationship between the protagonists is the main point. The emotional driver and scares isn’t what’s being carved into a tree or an old tale but how Friday and Lancelot relate to each other. It’s a brilliant next step for those who want to see what’s possible after the young adult adventures.

Purchase: Panel Syndicate

Story: Ed Brubaker Art: Marcos Martin Color: Muntsa Vicente
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente Bring Friday to Wednesday

Friday

Writer Ed Brubaker, artist Marcos Martin, and colorist Muntsa Vicente have surprised readers with the debut of Friday, a previously unannounced comic on Panel Syndicate.

In the series, Friday Fitzhugh—girl detective—and Lancelot Jones—her best friend and also the smartest boy in the world—spent their childhoods solving crimes and digging up occult secrets. But that was years ago. And now Friday is in college and starting a new life on her own. She’s moved on. Until she returns home for the holidays and is immediately pulled back into Lance’s orbit. This is literally the Christmas vacation from Hell and neither of them may survive to see the New Year.

Friday Chapter One, “The Girl in the Trees,” is available now on Panel Syndicate in English and Spanish, with fans paying what they want to read the story. 

Friday will be released on Panel Syndicate in two formats: one for computers and laptops where it’s a double-page spread, and one for iPad, where it’s a single page view. In 2013, Marcos Martin founded the online platform Panel Syndicate with writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrator/colorist Muntsa Vicente, in order to distribute their creator-owned comic, The Private Eye. Friday marks the first major collaboration between Brubaker and Martin.

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