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The Magic Order #1

The weekend is almost here and we’re busy getting the second episode of Graphic Policy Weekly (or new weekly news show) ready! While we prepare for that, here’s some comic news from around the web in our morning roundup.

WLS-TV ABC Chicago – More than $10M in comics hit Chicago auction block – That’s some vintage comics.

IGN – Netflix’s The Magic Order: James Wan to Be Producer of Mark Millar Series – This could be pretty cool.

CBR – CW Announces Deathstroke Animated Series – Yes please!

Newsarama – The Tick Canceled – It wasn’t good people!

Mark Millar, Image, and Netflix announce Space Bandits featuring Limited Edition Covers

Netflix and Mark Millar have announced their latest project created in-house, Space Bandits—a female led sci-fi story, described by Millar as a female Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid set in space with a massive and exciting cast of characters.

Superstar Artist Matteo Scalera will illustrate the comic-book translation of this original Netflix property, published by Image Comics.

In Space Bandits, Thena Khole and Cody Blue are among the universe’s most wanted felons. Each the leader of their own criminal operations, they run heists across the galaxies—hopping from ship to ship to fleece everyone inside. But when both women are betrayed by their treacherous crews, the bandits only have one thing on their minds: REVENGE.

As a special bonus, and available to order at the same time, is a limited edition series of Space Bandits Legends Covers, featuring Miller’s all-time favorite comic-book artists—artists Miller was obsessed with in high school, and whom he has wanted to work with for years. 

The first of these five very limited edition covers will be illustrated by comic-book legend Howard Chaykin, and will retail for the same price as a comic-book cost when Mark was in high school… just 75 cents. All other covers will retail at the regular $3.99 price.

Space Bandits #1 will be available in stores on Wednesday, July 3. The final order cutoff deadline is June 10.

Diamond Codes:
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover A SCALERA – MAY190028
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover B SCALERA – MAY190029
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover C LEGENDS VAR CHAYKIN – MAY190030
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover D COIPEL – MAY190031
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover E PICHELLI – MAY190032
SPACE BANDITS #1 Cover F BLANK VAR – MAY190033

Space Bandits #1 Cover
Space Bandits #1 Cover Howard Chaykin Variant

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Shades of Magic Vol. 1 The Steel Prince

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Lewiston Sun Journal – Freeport comic book shop offering home deliveries in Lewiston – We had this service for a bit from another shop. It was awesome.

CBR – Netflix Announces Mark Millar’s Space Bandits Comic Series – Cool.

The Beat – FX splitting with Y: The Last Man showrunners – This is not a good sign.

Reviews

ICv2 – Shades of Magic Vol. 1 The Steel Prince
Talking Comics –
Symbiote Spider-Man #1

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Port of Earth Vol. 1

It’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below.

CBR – Netflix Developing Supercrooks Anime Based on Mark Millar Series – This is not surprising.

Newsarama – Port of Earth In Development as Amazon TV Show – This would be a good one.

The Beat – ReedPOP and Lyte team for ticket reselling at ECCC and Star Wars Celebration – Good to see this happening.

Review: Prodigy #1

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Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and now international governments are calling on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.

Prodigy #1 is an entertaining beginning to a new series from the man behind Kick-AssSuperman: Red Son, and so much more. In this first issue we meet Edison Crane who is burdened with a prodigious mind from birth. This is emphasized over and over as we see him devouring knowledge from an early age well in to his adulthood where he runs his own company while performing ludicrous stunts. But that combination isn’t weird enough, writer Mark Millar takes us further with alien incursions and the possibility of an asteroid hitting Earth. There’s just a lot here and Millar delivers it with his usual style and flair.

The artwork by Rafael Albuquerque is impressive. It effortlessly showcases both Edison’s youth and adulthood taking us through so many different and varied situations, each telling us a story. It brilliantly demonstrates Edison’s massive learning curve over everyone else on the planet. In addition to showing some brief but impressive fight scenes early in the issue. The art has it all and it’s great to see Albuquerque deliver his amazing style to this series.

The first issue plants a flag as to who Edison Crane is and what we should expect. It has a solid set-up and a cinematic flair about it all.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Rafael Albuquerque
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Mark Millar and Netflix unveil Sharkey the Bounty Hunter

Netflix and Millarworld have announced their third comic book collaboration, Sharkey the Bounty Hunter, from writer and creator Mark Millar. Millar has named comic book artist Simone Bianchi to bring Sharkey to life on the printed page. This is the third Millarworld franchise since Mark Millar joined Netflix on staff, following the best-selling The Magic Order and the upcoming Prodigy, which is set to be released on December 5. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter will be available from Image Comics in comic book stores and online on February 20th, 2019.

Set in a brilliant new sci-fi universe, Sharkey is a blue-collar bounty-hunter tracking criminals across the galaxy in his converted, rocket-powered ice-cream truck. Aided and abetted by his ten-year-old partner, he’s out for the biggest bounty of his career. Sharkey the Bounty Hunter has been developed as a feature film since last year, with writer Michael Bacall writing the screenplay.

Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 will be available in stores on Wednesday, February 20th. The final order cutoff deadline is Monday, January 28th.

  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover A Bianchi – Diamond Code DEC180050
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover B Sketch Bianchi – Diamond Code DEC180051
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover C Quitely – Diamond Code DEC180052
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover D Scalera – Diamond Code DEC180053
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover E Yildirim – Diamond Code DEC180054
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover F Blank variant – Diamond Code DEC180055
  • Sharkey the Bounty Hunter #1 Cover G Kerschl – Diamond Code DEC180056

Millward’s Prodigy Gets a Triptych Cover

Image Comics has revealed a triptych cover for the forthcoming Prodigy by Mark Millar and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque. The series will launch this December from Image Comics and is the latest addition to the Netflix Millarworld franchises shepherded by Mark and his wife Lucy.

In Prodigy, Edison Crane’s not content being the world’s smartest man and most successful businessman—his brilliant mind needs to be constantly challenged. He’s a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, genius composer, Olympic athlete, an expert in the occult, and international governments call on him to fix problems they just can’t handle.

Prodigy #1 will be available on Wednesday, December 5th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, November 12th. There will be no second printings, and the item will be fully returnable to comic shop retailers. 

  • PRODIGY #1 Cover A Albuquerque – OCT180018
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover B Albuquerque – OCT180019
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover C Albuquerque – OCT180020
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover D Albuquerque – OCT180021
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover E Albuquerque – OCT180022
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover F Quitely – OCT180023
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover G Blank cover – OCT180024
  • PRODIGY #1 Cover H Albuquerque ‘We Believe in Comics’ – SEP188266

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are you all looking forward to? We’ll have our picks in a bit but right now, we’ve got some news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Crime Reads – The Rise and Spectacular Fall of Midcentury Crime Comics – This is a very interesting read and some great comic history.

The Morning Sun – CMU faculty uses pop culture to explore hot-button issues – Pretty interesting.

ComicBook – Mark Millar Announces New ‘Hit-Girl: The Golden Rage of Hollywood’ Series From Kevin Smith – Interesting. Hopefully it gets finished.

The Beat – Monstress Wins a Hugo Award and Sana Takeda Wins A Second One – Congrats!

 

Reviews

Newsarama – American Carnage #1

Newsarama – By Night #3

Comic Attack – Cemetery Beach #1

Talking Comics – Lumberjanes: A Midsummer Nights Scheme #1

Talking Comics – Volition #1

Kick-Ass’ New Volume Gets a Trade in September

Image Comics has announced that the beloved Kick-Ass series is back with an all new story arc and the perfect jumping-on point for new readers this September in Kick-Ass: The New Girl, Vol. 1 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. This trade paperback will collect issues #1-6 of The New Girl story arc.

In Kick-Ass: The New Girl, Vol. 1, Kick-Ass returns readier than ever to wipe out the city’s criminal lowlives, destroy its gangs, and save its communities from decay. But there’s a new face beneath the old mask, a new figure wearing that famous green and yellow spandex. Who is this new vigilante superhero? Who can fill Dave Lizewski’s shoes? WHO IS THE NEW KICK-ASS?

Kick-Ass: The New Girl, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0832-9, Diamond Code: JAN188525) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, September 12th and bookstores on Tuesday, September 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book stores is Monday, August 6th.

Review: The Magic Order #1

After all the marketing pizzazz, including the fact that this comic will only have one printing, Mark Millar, Olivier Coipel, and Dave Stewart‘s The Magic Order #1 is here, and it’s the first Millarworld comic book under the imprint’s new deal with Netflix. The book could be described as Harry Potter with the intrigue of Kingsman and the family dynamic of Jupiter’s Legacy. Basically, sub out spy gadgets and superheroes for wands and magic, and you’ve got The Magic Order. Millar and Coipel also play off King Lear a little bit in the names of the main cast: stage magician Leonard Moonstone and his children Regan, Cordelia, and Gabriel, who all have varying attitudes to their destiny as magical guardians of the universe

Narrative-wise, Millar and Coipel do a lot of things right in The Magic Order #1, including a gripping and violent five page opener that twists the famous scene in Harry Potter where Lord Voldemort kills Harry’s parents in front of him by having the evil wizards use a man’s son to kill him in front of his wife after having sex one last time. So, yeah, it’s the typical Millarworld sex and violence spiel. However, it shows that this story isn’t going to be about the wonder, but its horror. This is reflected on later when Regan recruits his reluctant brother Gabriel to fight against the Bellatrix Lestrange-esque Madame Albany, and Gabriel refuses while having a flashback about his daughter dying because of magic. Stewart juxtaposes a golden, angelic color palette of her wanting to be a member of the Magic Order like her father with grey shadow as he weeps at her grave. Millar and Coipel wisely restrain their more ultraviolent impulses and nail his feelings of loss in one stark image.

Gabriel is definitely the most emotionally resonant character in The Magic Order #1. He’s very much a normal dude, who wants to get away from the trappings of magic and war because of the cost it’s taken on him, his family, and friends. In his introductory, Coipel zooms on paper towels to emphasize the regular nature of his life compared to his showier brother Regan, who talks to him while levitating in some kind of invisible cloud bubble instead of walking the aisles and chatting like a human. We also get to see the threats that the Magic Order protects humanity from through young Gabriel’s eyes, and he’s total frightened as his dad and other members of the Order fight these gigantic beings of cosmic horror, and Coipel shows that he can do action, day to day conversation, and throw in some Mignola monsters for good measure.

If Gabriel goes straight to the heart, Mark Millar and Olivier Coipel make Cordelia  the thrill seeker of the bunch. Her grand introduction is in the back of police car with plenty of snarky and foul mouthed anecdotes about why she’s in trouble, and then she just flat out vanishes. Coipel gets to do a little physical humor through the cops’ reaction and the car skidding down the road while a single pair of handcuffs just chills for a second. Cordelia is all id and decadence, and Coipel and Stewart wreathe her shadow just like Madame Albany. But, her dad wears a black tuxedo and top hat so this might just be conjecture.

Sadly, in contrast with his more interesting siblings, Regan doesn’t get much to do other than be a conversation partner and into magic. But Millar nails the personalities of three of the four leads and establishes a quite powerful threat in the first issue so it’s not so bad. He and Coipel are creative with some the dark magical spells beginning with the child hitmen and ending with a riff on shapeshifting and mind wiping that lets Coipel go a little Dadaist and take a break from clean lines for a bit. It’s a real treat seeing Millar cut Coipel loose and draw a variety of scenes instead of the standard talking heads and splash pages of superhero fare with Dave Stewart setting the mood through his color palettes.

With a blockbuster opening sequence, a couple interesting lead characters, and masterful visuals from Olivier Coipel and Dave Stewart, The Magic Order #1 is the start of a beautiful partnership between Mark Millar and Netflix and a nice sop to those who have grown a bit cynical towards adults whose only reading is the adventures of a boy wizard…

Story: Mark Millar Art: Olivier Coipel
Colors: Dave Stewart Letters: Peter Doherty

Story: 7.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics/Millarworld/Netflix provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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