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The Skybound Presents Afterschool #3 creative revealed!

Skybound has announced the all-star creative team and story behind Skybound Presents Afterschool #3the latest issue of the new teen horror anthology miniseries that goes the extra mile to teach the cautionary tales your parents were too scared to talk about. Afterschool #3 will arrive in comic book shops August 17, 2022.

In this issue, writer Jill Blotevogel teams up with artist Marley Zarcone to present a standalone horror story about a different kind of sibling bonding. Afterschool #3 will be colored by Giovanna Niro and lettered by Pat Brosseau, and features a stunning cover by Veronica Fish. 

An annoying younger sister doesn’t begin to explain Leda’s situation. Living with Izzy means perpetual chaos—meltdowns, pranks, and zero privacy. But when a killer breaks into their home, Izzy might just be their best defense. 

Skybound Presents Afterschool #3 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 17, 2022. 

Skybound Presents Afterschool #3

The Skybound Presents Afterschool Trailer Will Teach You a Bloody Lesson

The world seems like a frightening place. Skybound’s here to show you just how much that’s true. Skybound has debuted a new trailer for Skybound Presents Afterschoolthe upcoming teen horror anthology miniseries that goes the extra mile to tell the cautionary tales your parents were too scared to talk about.

The new trailer grants a sneak peek into the world of Afterschool, where morals have eroded, and the kids are out of control. Someone’s got to teach them a lesson. Beginning with Nora, who’s got a new best friend with a killer secret…and no one is going to tear them apart. Afterschool presents four standalone comics, four different stories, and one simple truth: the good die young, but the bad die better. 

Each standalone Afterschool special features its own team of acclaimed writers and all-star artists from comics, television and beyond, including Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead and Greg Hinkle; Kate Herron & Briony Redman alongside Leila Leiz; Jill Blotevogel with Marley Zarcone; and Leon Hendrix III to give each issue a distinct horrifying feel, with its own relatable characters and truly chilling lessons.

Afterschool launches with a debut issue by Benson, Moorhead, Greg Hinkle, Giovanna Niro and Pat Brosseau that follows Nora, whose anxiety prevented her from approaching high school with any degree of confidence. Until she adopts Janie, an emotional support dog with a winning smile and a killer secret. But just how far will Nora go to keep her new life?

Skybound Presents Afterschool #1 (APR220062) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 8, 2022. 

Skybound Presents Afterschool Takes Classic Specials to Frightening Place

Morals have eroded. Your kids are out of control. Skybound’s new teen horror anthology is going to teach them a lesson. Image Comics and Skybound have announced Skybound Presents Afterschool, a new miniseries debuting in June that takes the familiar cautionary tales we’ve all learned in our youths and flips them on their (severed) heads.

Each standalone Afterschool special features its own team of acclaimed writers and all-star artists from comics, television and beyond, including Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead and Greg Hinkle; Kate Herron and Briony Redman alongside Leila Leiz; and Jill Blotevogel with Marley Zarcone, to give each issue a distinct horrifying feel, with its own relatable characters and truly chilling lessons.

The world seems like a frightening place. We’re here to show you just how much that’s true.

The debut issue by Benson, Moorhead, Greg Hinkle and Giovanna Niro follows Nora, whose anxiety prevented her from approaching high school with any degree of confidence. Until she adopts Janie, an emotional support dog with a winning smile and a killer secret. But just how far will Nora go to keep her new life?

Skybound Presents Afterschool #1 will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 8. 

Skybound Presents Afterschool #1

Review: Superman: Red and Blue #2

Superman: Red and Blue #2

I loved the debut of Superman: Red and Blue. The first issue was such a fresh take on Superman with a delivery that mixed in socio-political issues and the character’s limits and failures. Mixed with beautiful art, it was a debut that forced you to take notice. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is entertaining in its own way but falls far short of that first issue that soared.

There isn’t anything particularly bad about Superman: Red and Blue #2. There are five stories that are all entertaining in their own way. The stories vary in their focus and art style each delivering its own take on the character and his world. But, none of the stories really stand out. They’re entertaining while you read but I didn’t find the issue sticking with me in the same way as the first. It’s a case of starting out with a debut that’s almost “too good”. It’s difficult to match that level of quality.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 has its highlights. The comic debuts and opens with an interesting and emotional take on Clark’s relationship with his parents. It’s one that takes on negative perceptions about adoption and stamps them down.

An entry that pits Lex Luthor against Superman has a tinge of humor that pays homage to past stories. It’s a cute, fun story that I’d love as a backup feature in a Superman comic.

Where the comic stands out is in its varied subject matter. The anthology features stories focused on Martha Kent, Val-Zod, Lex Luthor, a random young girl, and Cyborg Superman. Each story is good in its own way and are worth reading. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is a frustrating comic in a way. All of the stories would be great as backups to a regular running series. But, as an anthology the stories are a bit too different in their subjects and topics and far too often fall into Superman battling something or they fall into predictable cheese.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 is hampered by that amazing first issue. It hasn’t stuck with me as that debut has. It’s not one that I immediately raved about to others. It’s good. It’s an entertaining read to sit back and relax to. But, it doesn’t challenge or do anything really new or interesting with an iconic character. An anthology feels like it presents a way to try something new, not something we’ve seen before.

Story: Steven T. Seagle, Chuck Brown, Dan Panosian, Stephanie Phillips, Jason Howard
Art: Duncan Rouleau, Denys Cowan, John Stanisci, Dan Panosian, Marley Zarcone, Jason Howard
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #2

Superman: Red & Blue #2

Written by: Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Dan Panosian, Chuck Brown
Art by: Dan Panosian, Denys Cowan, Marley Zarcone

Explore the world of Superman in a way you’ve never seen before. Five brand-new stories, a visual tour de force, with only the Man of Steel’s signature colors. There are tales starring Clark Kent, the original Superman, including a showdown with his most tenacious foe, Lex Luthor—but there is also a great space adventure with Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, going up against an amped-up version of Prometheus. And then there is Cyborg Superman, a warped reflection of the real deal, with a mission as opposite to Superman’s as any could be. But no matter how out there the situation gets, it always comes back to the one man and the planet he loves and has sworn to protect—and the people he inspires, young and old.

Superman: Red & Blue #2

Preview: Archie #712

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #3)

Script: Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Paul Renaud, Marley Zarcone
On Sale Date: 3/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Katy Keene is headed to NEW YORK CITY! …Along with Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and Sabrina. But is Katy ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? And will Archie finally find musical recognition in the city that never sleeps?

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #3)

Katy heads to NYC in this early preview of Archie #712!

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE PART 3)

Script: Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Laura Braga
Variant Covers: Paul Renaud, Marley Zarcone
On Sale Date: 3/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Katy Keene is headed to NEW YORK CITY! …Along with Archie, Veronica, Jughead, Betty and Sabrina. But is Katy ready to take a bite out of the Big Apple? And will Archie finally find musical recognition in the city that never sleeps?

ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE PART 3)
ARCHIE #712 (ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE PART 3)

Preview: Marilyn Manor #1

Marilyn Manor #1

Magdalene Visaggio (w) • Marley Zarcone (a & c)

Where were you in ‘81? When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abewho claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincolnthrow a rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, unearthing long dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide. But at what cost to Marilyn Kelleher, the world at large, and music television?

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of writer Magdalene Visaggio (Eternity Girl, Kim and Kim) and artist Marley Zarcone (Shade, the Changing Girl, Effigy) for the first time, MARILYN MANOR explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship. It’s a rollicking, neon party gone out of bounds when we need it mostset just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: MTV.

“We’ve been trying to capture the feel, the excitement, the energy of the rise of the New Romantics, of the decade that embraced excess and excitement in hugely over-the-top ways, and filled it with chaos and insanity. This is the weirdest thing I’ve ever written in the best way possible, like an apocalypse directed by John Hughes.”
Magdalene Visaggio, creator/writer

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Marilyn Manor #1

Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone Follow the First Daughter in Marilyn Manor

Writer Magdalene Visaggio and artist Marley Zarcone invite you to the ultimate rager at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Marilyn Manor, a four-issue creator-owned miniseries from IDW Publishing, intended for mature readers!

When the White House goes dark for 17 days in August 1981, the president’s spoiled daughter and her best friend Abe – who claims to be possessed by the spirit of Abe Lincoln – throw the party of the decade, unearthing dead historical figures and government secrets that are better off buried. Sex, drugs, séances, and secret passageways lead to time-bending mystical romps where past and present collide.

Uniting the red-hot Eisner-nominated talents of Visaggio and Zarcone for the first time, Marilyn Manor explores identity, classism, appropriation, and friendship, set just in time for the greatest pop cultural marriage to date: the debut of MTV.

Marilyn Manor

Preview: Shade, the Changing Woman #6

Shade, the Changing Woman #6

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Marley Zarcone (CA) Becky Cloonan
In Shops: Aug 01, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It all comes to a head, as Shade faces every action and (non)decision she has made up to this point. Armed with the advice of mentors and the lessons she has learned from friends, Shade must decide once and for all: Can a person-be she human or avian-truly change?

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