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Exclusive: Max Dunbar and Tom Neely Card Art from Chaotic Neutral Revealed

They said fantasy roleplaying games were dangerous and they were wrong. But now? Maybe they were right to be afraid! Writer Mark Sable and artist Chris Anderson have created a Kickstarter campaign for Chaotic Neutral, an all-new 48-page comic book first issue inspired by the old school fantasy roleplaying games that worried parents and teachers alike. Chaotic Neutral delivers magic, adventure, and storytelling—with an edge.

And Chaotic Neutral is more than just a comic:

  • Mark Sable has written an official Chaotic Neutral Adventure Module that you can play using most old school fantasy games.
  • Acclaimed comics creator Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts; Curse Words) has created an all-new, Chick Tracts-styled comic with a very specific message: comic books and RPGs will ruin your life.
  • Superstar artists Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons), Jeremy Haun (Haunthology), Maan House (Godkillers), Jeff Johnson (Boondocks), Tom Neely (The Humans), Dan Panosian (Slots), Jim Rugg (Mtsryr: Octobriana 1976), Tim Seeley (Money Shot) and Kyle Strahm (Spread) have created Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Cards. This uncut trading card sheet will feature one side with art, while the other will contain stats for a campaign.

We have an exclusive look at Tom Neely and Max Dunbar’s Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Card art. Check out Neely’s Night-Mare and Dunbar’s Skeleton below!

The Kickstarter has crossed its goal and ends on October 28, 2021 at 11:59 EDT.

AfterShock Heads to New York Comic Con with Signings, Variants, and More!

AfterShock Comics returns to New York Comic Con (NYCC) October 7 – 10 for four action-packed days of fan engagement activities, including a panel featuring acclaimed AfterShock creators; exclusive, never-before-seen content and offers; special edition merch and much more.

Setting up shop at Booth #2337, AfterShock will go big this year with several exciting opportunities available to AfterShock’s army of dangerous readers, including exclusive variants of some of AfterShock’s most talked about recent titles created specifically for NYCC, including We Live #1 with cover by XX; Chicken Devil #1 with cover by Dan Panosian; and Maniac of New York: Volume One with cover by Andrea Mutti.

AfterShock will also be hosting a number of rock star talent signings at our biggest booth ever, Booth #2337, including creators such as:

  • Frank Tieri (PESTILENCE, AFTERDARK): Thursday, October 7, 2pm
  • Stephanie Phillips (NUCLEAR FAMILY, RED ATLANTIS): Schedule TBD
  • Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, BUNNY MASK): Appearing every day
  • Brian Buccellato (CHICKEN DEVIL): Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 3pm
  • Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WAR ON TERROR: GODKILLERS):  Friday-Saturday, October 8-9, 4pm
  • Joe Pruett, (AfterShock Publisher, BLACK-EYED KIDS, AFTERDARK):  Appearing every day

On Sunday, October 10, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in Room 406.3, AfterShock Comics presents a panel featuring some of the biggest writers in comics previewing creator-owned projects on the way from AfterShock and its new YA imprint, Seismic Press. In a conversation hosted by Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts, attendees will get the low-down on upcoming AfterShock projects from top creators Frank Tieri, Stephanie Phillips, Andrea Mutti among others listed above.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to take home a limited edition, one-of-a-kind AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75. Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and surprise items every comic enthusiast will enjoy.

AfterShock Comics team members in attendance will include Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer; Managing Editor Christina Harrington; SVP Sales & Marketing Steve Rotterdam; Senior Retailer Relations Manager RuthAnn Thompson; Senior Retail Sales Development Manager Marc Hammond, Associate Editor Teddy Leo, and Publishing Assistant Sarah Pruett, in addition to some of the most exciting creative stars in the comics industry.

AfterShock Announces Miskatonic: Even Death May Die

MISKATONIC: EVEN DEATH MAY DIE

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli
Colorist: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Jeremy Haun
Incentive Cover: Cliff Richards
$6.99 / 48 pages / Color / 11.17.21

The hit series returns as a prestige-format One Shock!

The horrifying events in the Miskatonic Valley have torn apart retired detective Tom Malone and ex-FBI agent Miranda Keller. Miranda tries to escape a Deep One concentration camp and a traumatized Tom is obsessed with finding and freeing her. But soon they both start sharing dreams of Cthulhu, a monstrous entity in the South Pacific who will soon awaken and bring about the end of the world as we know it. 

From the returning team of Mark Sable (Graveyard of Empires, WAR ON TERROR: GODKILLERS) and Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog).

Review: Miskatonic #5

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister.

Miskatonic has been an interesting series diving into the mythos create by H.P. Lovecraft and it wraps up here.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Giorgio Pontrelli
Color: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Get your copy now! 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.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW

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Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21 

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Review: Miskatonic #4

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister.

Miskatonic has been an interesting series diving into the mythos create by H.P. Lovecraft.

Story: Mark Sable
Art: Giorgio Pontrelli
Color: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Dave Sharpe

Get your copy now! 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.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #3

MISKATONIC #3

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 1.20.21

Skeptical Bureau of Investigation Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone are tasked by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate a series of bombings in 1920s New England.

Traveling to the Arkham Asylum, the investigators discover their suspects aren’t just insane, but also undead. Who could be re-animating them?

MISKATONIC #3

Review: Miskatonic #1

Miskatonic #1

I had high hopes for Miskatonic #1 being published by AfterShock. The idea of a series of bombings revolving around the classic world created by H.P. Lovecraft is an idea that sounds full of possibilities as far as direction. And while a lot of the first issue works, a lot falls flat too in a narrative that feels a bit too choppy and not enough build-up and explanation.

Written by Mark Sable, the story revolves around Miranda Keller an F.B.I. agent sent on assignment to investigate bombings targeting the elites of Miskatonic Valley. The bombings are similar to those that happened during the Red Scare of the 1920s making them interesting to J. Edgar Hoover who believes they’re connected to that. We quickly learn that they have more to do with the occult and something going on in the area.

That concept is fantastic. It blends the occult with a typical FBI crime-fighting story. The issue is, the comic leans too heavily into the occult territory forgetting its more grounded launch point.

Miranda just accepts the story of frogmen and devil worship and doesn’t seem to have the reaction one would expect. Early on in the comic, she talks of a more “scientific bureau”. It’s a tip that she might be the Scully to her partner Tom’s Mulder. One is driven by science while the other has seen some shit. It’s a standard partnership we’ve seen many times but Miranda never quite delivers the shock of what she’s experiencing and seeing.

Part of my issue with the comic is its lack of teasing. There’s little build-up in the narrative or the visual and things ramp up quickly. By the end of the first issue, it feels like we’ve had two issues worth of twists and reveals with little depth as to the who, what, or why. Giorgio Pontrelli delivers some of the teasing in art but we never really get the surprise when it comes to the art. There’s a lack of visual tension that might have helped the choppy narrative. The color by Pippa Bowland doesn’t quite nail things down either. While a sickly green permeates a lot of the comic, it’s almost fluorescent at times delivering a brighter hue to what should be a darker, more melancholy comic.

Miskatonic #1 isn’t a bad debut but it also never quite excites. It feels like it rushes through the first issue never building tension. There’s little build-up and instead, things spiral quickly. But, that spiral also never elicits excitement or fear from its main characters. The emotional aspect isn’t there. We’ll see where it all goes but this is a mystery that isn’t worth exploring or solving right now.

Story: Mark Sable  Art: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Color: Pippa Bowland  Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #1

MISKATONIC #1

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Tyler Crook
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 11.11.2020

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries – cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls – but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley’s elite.  

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s…but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job – and her sanity. 

From writer Mark Sable (GODKILLERS, Graveyard of Empires) and artist Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog), MISKATONIC is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.

MISKATONIC #1
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