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Review: The Cloven Book One

Tuck has never really known freedom. He’s the most successful modified human organism ever. Part man. Part goat. This is the beginning of his journey to find a place in the world.

Story: Garth Stein
Art: Matthew Southworth

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Garth Stein and Matthew Southworth Bring The Cloven to Fantagraphics

Fantagraphics has announced the acquisition of worldwide rights to the three book graphic novel series The Cloven by author Garth Stein and artist Matthew SouthworthThe Cloven: Book One is set to release in July 2020 and debut at San Diego Comic-Con International.

The Cloven follows James Tucker, the most successful Genetically Modified Human Organism ever created. Conceived in a privately financed, top-secret laboratory on Washington’s Vashon Island, Tucker is a cross between a human and a goat — a Cloven. Known to his friends as “Tuck,” all he wants is to live a normal life as a university student; everything is going fine, until he shows a girl his hooves… Moody and mysterious and atmospheric as a fever dream, The Cloven follows Tuck’s breakneck journey across the Pacific Northwest as he searches for his tribe — a fabled herd of feral Cloven living in the Cascade Mountains.

Garth Stein is a #1 New York Times-bestselling author, filmmaker and playwright based in Seattle. His book The Art of Racing in the Rain has sold over six million copies worldwide, and was released as a major motion picture in 2019 to wide acclaim.

Matthew Southworth is a Seattle-based comic artist and writer. He is the co-creator (along with Greg Rucka) of the comic book series Stumptown, as well as an Executive Producer of ABC’s new Stumptown TV series.

The Cloven
The Cloven
The Cloven

Around the Tubes

Naomi #1

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CT Post – Bruce Museum exhibit recalls Fairfield County’s time as a comic-strip capital – This sounds really interesting.

Newsarama – Scout’s Fish Eye Optioned for Movie – Is there anything not optioned yet?

Newsarama – Rucka & Southworth’s Stumptown Getting ABC TV Pilot – Hell yes.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Updates on Venezuela by Mike Centeno – Free comics (and learn something).


Newsarama – Age of X-Man: Alpha #1
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Doctor Strange #10
Comic Attack –
Naomi #1

Preview: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8


Script: Roberto Aguire-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Matthew Southworth
On Sale Date: 8/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“WITCH-WAR” Part Two, “Burnt Offerings”: Edward Spellman, trapped in Harvey’s body, has been reunited with Sabrina, and is ready to enact his dark agenda!

Preview: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #8


Script: Roberto Aguire-Sacasa
Art: Robert Hack, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Cover: Matthew Southworth
On Sale Date: 8/16
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

“WITCH-WAR” Part Two, “Burnt Offerings”: Edward Spellman, trapped in Harvey’s body, has been reunited with Sabrina, and is ready to enact his dark agenda!

Preview: Riverdale #2


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Murray, Daniel King
Art: Joe Eisma, Thomas Pitilli, Andre Szymanowicz, John Workman
Cover: Francesco Francavilla
Variant Covers: Michael Dooney, Matthew Southworth
On Sale Date: 5/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, Riverdale continues to reveal untold stories of the world’s most famous teenagers.  When five students from different social cliques (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie) end up in Saturday detention together—will they kill each other or come together against the forces of evil that brought them there?

Retro Review: Stumptown #1

Stumptown #1 CoverDex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she’s less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke—she’s into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex’s luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast’s casino operation, will clear Dex’ debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne’s missing granddaughter. But is this job Dex’s way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?

Originally released in 2009, Stumptown was for me an eagerly anticipated new series by writer Greg Rucka and artist Matthew Southworth. The promise of such a strong writer and artist for a series staring a kick-ass female detective had me excited to see what was in store and thankfully then, just as I am now, was not disappointed.

At the time of release, noir was the hot genre in comic book story telling and Stumptown stood out in what was a crowded market. The intriguing crime drama is headlined by a deeply flawed heroine, and an interesting cast of characters that continues to entertain me and looking forward to the second issue, even with a reread. Rucka clearly took his time researching and creating the world of Dex and it shows. The first issue is important in setting up the mystery, the danger, the characters (and their quirks), and leaves enough for you to want to come back and unravel the mystery. Rucka pulls this off masterfully and in a manner that I was not only sucked into the first issue, but want to know what happens next.

Matthew Southworth’s gritty art reminds me a lot of Sean Phillips’ artwork in Criminal.  It’s very fitting for the series and ads to the overall noir-ish/crime drama feel to the series.  Even on pages with no text, Matthew is able to convey the feel and continue the narrative. Together with Rucka, the two feel like a classic team similar to Brubaker and Phillips.

The first issue is all about the “set up” and Rucka succeeds weaving the beginning of a tale that sucks you in and makes you want to come back for more. Even with all of the various noir series of the time and since, this series and issue still stands out as a solid entry and example of its genre. Eight years later, it’s a great read, series, and characters.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Matthew Southworth
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

Preview: Kot, Cafu, Sebela and More Haunt Shadowman #12

Valiant has released a preview of this week’s Shadowman #12 – featuring three complete tales of New Orleans’ nocturnal guardian by some of the brightest talents in comics today!

Follow Ales Kot and CAFU into the realm of arcane horrors for “Deadside Blues”; Christopher Sebela and Matthew Southworth present the “Lucky Charm” of the Big Easy’s underworld; and Duffy Boudreau and Diego Bernard go “Blackout” for an uneasy day-in-the-life of Jack Boniface, the mysterious Shadowman! Plus – a special short story starring Jaunty the Deadside monkey by acclaimed webcomic creator Neil Dvorak!

Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (SEP131369)
Variant Cover by KEKAI KOTAKI (SEP131370)
$3.99/T+/32 pgs.
ON SALE 11/6/13


Oni Press at Emerald City Comicon 2013

ONI_PRESS_LOGO-CAMPAIGNEmerald City Comicon 2013 is this coming weekend and Oni Press will have all sorts of attractions and goodies to delight any comics reader. What kind of goodies, you ask? How does an ECCC 2013 exclusive variant cover of Helheim #1 by the talented Chuck BB sound? Maybe, the Scott Pilgrim V2 Collector’s Edition is more your style. That will be there too! Also, don’t miss your chance to purchase the recently released all-ages titles Mermin, Glitter Kiss and Sketch Monsters V2. Oni Press will be located at booth #902.

That’s not all! Stop by panel room 3AB, SATURDAY AT 6pm, for the RevolutiONIze Comics Panel. Join Oni Press Editor in Chief James Lucas Jones as he presents a whirlwind of talented creators, sneak previews, and the announcement of a new floppy series! This interactive panel will have some of the hottest names in comics right before your eyes, discussing their books and answering audience questions. Creators in attendance: Cullen Bunn, Brian HurttJoëlle Jones and Charles Soule. All panel attendees will receive high fives and comics!

Below you will find Oni creators in attendance along with their signing times:

Jamie S. Rich: All weekend

Joëlle Jones: All weekend

Joshua Williamson: All weekend

Vinny Navarrete: All weekend

Joe Harris: Fri. 4:00-5:45pm & Sat. 1:00-2:45pm

Tyler Crook: Fri. 4:00-5:45pm & Sun. 4:00-5:45pm

Monica Gallagher: Fri. 4:00-5:45pm & Sun. 12:00-1:45pm

Chuck BB: Fri. 6:00-7:45pm & Sat. 5:00-6:45pm

Joey Weiser: Fri. 6:00-7:45pm & Sat. 5:00-6:45pm

Lars Brown: Sat. 11:00-12:45pm

Brendan Hay: Sat. 11:00-12:45pm

Chris Schweizer: Sat. 1:00-2:45pm & Sun. 10:00-11:45am

Jackie Lewis: Sat. 1:00-2:45pm

Cullen Bunn: Sat. 3:00-4:45pm & Sun. 2:00-3:45pm

Brian Hurtt: Sat. 3:00-4:45pm & Sun. 4:00-5:45pm

Brian Churilla: Sat. 3:00-4:45pm & Sun. 2:00-3:45pm

Bill Crabtree: Sat. 3:00-4:45pm & Sun. 2:00-3:45pm

Ray Fawkes: Sat. 5:00-6:45pm & Sun. 4:00-5:45pm

Matthew Southworth: Sun. 10:00-11:45am

Justin Greenwood: Sun. 12:00-1:45pm


Review – Stumptown Vol. 2

With this week’s release of issue five, writer Greg Rucka wraps up the second volume of his detective series Stumptown. While the first volume can be chalked up to a fairly typical detective tale, the second volume has challenged that. Instead of focusing on the mystery, the journey is the main draw.

The story was definitely an interesting one. Detective Dex needs to track down a stolen guitar. This drags her into a world involving drug trafficking, DEA, meth, skinheads and pissed off Portland Police department.

But, the series felt like a bridge to the third volume. This was a bit more of a low key story, especially compared to the first. The ending of this second volume makes me think I’m pretty close on that one. Dex needed to get from point A to point C and this helped achieve that.

That’s not to say there’s anything wrong with this volume. It’s really entertaining a fun ride, the fourth issues featuring a solid car chase and art to go with that, is a perfect example of why. The art by Matthew Southworth is solid, with a vibe that’s perfect for a noir comic series.

This volume is really about Dex and her attempts to figure out what’s going on. It’s almost detective work 101 where the focus is on the small details and quieter moments instead of the action. Overall though, it’s one of the few comics out there with a strong female lead and one that’s so interesting. A lot of that came from this series’ first volume.

This second volume isn’t quite as good as the first, but is an entertaining entry. For those that enjoy a good detective story, especially one with a great female lead, this is an absolute buy. If you haven’t, grab the entire series this week and if you can’t, absolutely get the trade.

Story: Greg Rucka Art: Matthew Southworth Colorist: Rico Renzi

Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provides Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

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