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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

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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.

Marcos Martin Celebrates Chris Claremont’s X-Men Legacy with Variants

In 1982, legendary X-Men writer Chris Claremont changed the comic landscape forever with his iconic God Loves, Man Kills story in Marvel Graphic Novel #5, a special edition issue that told a heartbreaking yet illuminating story that explored the mutant metaphor in a way readers had never seen before. As Marvel continues to honor Chris Claremont’s 50 years of brilliant contributions to Marvel Comics, celebrate this landmark story with stunning variant covers by Eisner Award-winning Marcos Martin!

In God Loves, Man Kills, the X-Men join forces with their archenemy Magneto for the first time, pitting all of mutantkind against the worst humanity has to offer. Featuring the art of industry legend Brent Anderson, the story depicted a world that was all too familiar to readers and continues to inspire X-Men stories today. Look for these covers on issues of your favorite X-Men titles this March!

  • MARAUDERS #9 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200854)
  • X-MEN #8 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200844)
  • NEW MUTANTS #9 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200850)
  • X-FORCE #9 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200852)
  • EXCALIBUR #9 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200848)
  • WOLVERINE #2 GOD LOVES MAN KILLS VARIANT COVER (JAN200835)

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: Red Goblin

The Amazing Spider-Man: Red Goblin collects the end of writer Dan Slott‘s run on Spider-Man and features the showdown between Spider-Man and Red Goblin!

The collection features Amazing Spider-Man #794-801

Story: Dan Slott, Christos Gage
Art: Stuart Immonen, Mike Hawthorne, Nick Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Marcos Martin
Ink: Wade Von Grawbadger, Terry Pallot, Cam Smith, Nick Bradshaw, Victor Olazaba, Cam Smith, Marcos Martin
Color: Marte Gracia, Erick Arciniega, Edgar Delgado, Java Tartaglia, Muntsa Vincente
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores on November 12! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon Hardcover
Amazon Paperback
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

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Preview: Meet the Skrulls #3 (of 5)

Meet the Skrulls #3 (of 5)

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Niko Henrichon (CA) Marcos Martin
Rated T+
In Shops: Apr 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME!
• Mr. and Mrs. Warner put all their Skrull skills to the test to break into Mr. Warner’s place of work…STARK UNLIMITED!
• Their goal? Information on the greatest threat to all Skrulls – a Skrull detector that Stark is working on.

Meet the Skrulls #3 (of 5)

Preview: Meet the Skrulls #2 (of 5)

Meet the Skrulls #2 (of 5)

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Niko Henrichon (CA) Marcos Martin
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 20, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Madison Warner’s latest mission brings her to the most dangerous place imaginable – a slumber party. If she can get the intel she needs and get out undetected, she betters the Skrulls’ invasion chances and dooms humanity. Win-win. All through this, her dad Carl faces Iron Man himself at his job at Stark Industries. So, a normal week for the Warners…

Meet the Skrulls #2 (of 5)

Preview: Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5)

Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5)

(W) Robbie Thompson (A) Niko Henrichon (CA) Marcos Martin
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

WHO DO YOU TRUST?

The Warners are your typical family. Dad works at Stark. Mom works in a senator’s office. Jennifer and Alice are students at Stamford High School. The only thing that makes them different is that they’re shape-shifting Skrulls and have infiltrated our society to pave the way for a Skrull invasion. Robbie Thompson (SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL) and Niko Henrichon (DOCTOR STRANGE, Pride of Baghdad) bring the Marvel Universe down to earth with a bold new look at the Skrulls that will test even YOUR loyalty.

Meet the Skrulls #1 (of 5)

Review: Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 9 Worldwide

This is it, Dan Slott‘s epic run on The Amazing Spider-Man comes to an end and is collected here. It’s one last battle between Spider-Man and Green Goblin!

Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 9 Worldwide collects issues #797-801 by Dan Slott, Stuart Immonen, Wade Von Grawbadger, Marte Garcia, Nck Bradshaw, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Marcos Martin, and Munsta Vicente.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24th! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/comiXology/Kindle
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