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The Snowpiercer Saga Continues With Brand New Graphic Novels

Snowpiercer: Extinction

Titan Comics and Statix Press have announced Snowpiercer: Extinction, a brand-new prequel graphic novel set before the extinction incident that led to the events of the original Snowpiercer graphic novel trilogy.

Titan’s next installment in the critically-acclaimed and award-winning Snowpiercer graphic novel saga will be released in in 2019, written by Matz, with art by the originalSnowpiercer graphic novel artist Jean-Marc Rochette. Debuting alongside Titan’s new graphic novel, the Snowpiercer franchise will also welcome the hotly-anticipated TV adaptation.

Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, the TV adaptation of Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually-moving train that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival are questioned in this riveting television adaptation. The TV series, starring Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind) and Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, Black-ish), will air in the U.S. on TNT and internationally on Netflix (excluding China).

The series is a co-production of Tomorrow Studios  (a partnership between Marty Adelstein and ITV Studios) and Turner’s Studio T, along with CJ Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Tomorrow Studios’ Marty Adelstein (Hanna, Cowboy Bebop) and Becky Clements (Good BehaviorHannaLast Man Standing). Showrunner Graeme Manson (Orphan Black), Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) and the original film’s Bong Joon Ho, Park Chan-wook, Lee Tae-hun and Dooho Choi are also executive producers on the series.

Titan’s first groundbreaking series of Snowpiecer graphic novels, Snowpiercer: Escape(ISBN: 9781782761334) Snowpiercer: The Explorers (ISBN: 9781782761365), and Snowpiercer: Terminus (ISBN: 9781782767152) inspired the award-winning 2014 film, starring Chris Evans (Captain America), Tilda Swinton (Doctor Strange, We Need To Talk About Kevin), and John Hurt (Hellboy, V For Vendetta, Alien, Doctor Who).

Preview: Complete Killer SC

Complete Killer SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Translated By: Edward Gauvin and Matz
Letterers: Deron Bennet, Marshall Dillon
Price: $39.99

Artist Luc Jacamon and writer Matz (The Black Dahlia) deliver the definitive collection of the Eisner Award-nominated crime saga, The Killer, a hardboiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

After misadventures in Central and South America and having earned enough money to retire comfortably, the Killer retires to Mexico, but his colleagues are still in need of his irreplaceable skills… and before long he’s drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States.

Preview: Triggerman TPB

TRIGGERMAN TPB

Writers: Walter Hill, Matz
Artist: Jef.
Publisher: Titan Comics
Trade Paperback – 128pp –  $19.99
On sale in comic stores: now
On sale in book stores: June 13
ISBN: 9781785858673

FOR MATURE AUDIENCES!

Prohibition era epic from visionary director of The Warriors, Walter Hill! Lawless meets Bonnie and Clyde! After years behind bars, Roy Nash never thought he’d walk the mean streets of Chicago again let alone see his beloved one last time. But when the citys Mafia elite spring the notorious gun-for-hire, Roy once again finds himself thrown headfirst into a life of bloodshed and bullets as he sprints a breathless race to save the girl he left behind.

The Assignment Gets a New and Final Trailer

Lionsgate and Saban Films have released the final trailer for The Assignment out April 7 in the US. The film stars Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver and features Rodriguez as a hitman who’s out for revenge after having his gender changed.

The movie is directed by Walter Hill who directed The Warriors, 48 Hrs., Brewster’s Millions, and Red Heat as well as the comic turned movie Bullet to the Head. The screenplay and story is by Hill as well as Denis Hamill.

Why are we covering this? There’s also a comic series released written by Walter Hill and Matz. Released by Titan Comics in the United States, the comic was originally published in French and called Body and Soul. The comic and film were worked on simultaneously and the comic was released in Europe March 2016.

Preview: The Assignment TPB

THE ASSIGNMENT TPB

Writer: Walter Hill, Matz
Artist: Jef.
FC – 138pp – $19.99 – On sale: March 14

The inspiration behind the upcoming neo-noir thriller starring Sigourney Weaver & Michelle Rodriguez!

In The Assignment, hitman Frank Kitchen takes a job to eliminate a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts to the mob. The story takes a savage turn when the victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish Frank in a unique way. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank Kitchen awakens in an altered condition – but still with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

Euro Thursday: The Killer Volume 5: Fight or Flight

killer_v5_hc_coverGet inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

For four volumes writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon have taken us into the world of Frank aka Killer, a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass. The noir series involves everything you’d want from the subject and genre including solid action sequences, loose morals, sex, violence, and political intrigue. This fifth volume brings to a close a series that has presented a fascinating outlook on the world from a completely non-American centric viewpoint. With that, it has challenged, intrigued, and created what’s probably a much more realistic worldview.

And that worldview continues here as Killer wraps up his adventure, but how will he go out? That’s the question I had as I read every page hoping for the best and expecting the worst. Instead of the flash and action, we get an epilogue in many ways. It’s a subdued entry in what generally has been a fast paced series. Much of this entry is from Killer’s perspective as he thinks through what he thinks of the world, settling down, history, and society, and his role in it all. It’s a comic that has our anti-hero taking stock of his life and figuring out what’s next.

This work is dense forcing you to parse each section of dialogue and contemplate what’s being said. But, it’s not as simple as a couple of words. Those matched with Jacamon’s art creates a combination where deeper meaning is as much as what’s being shown as what’s being said. It’s a combination that’s unmatched in comics today and they’ve pulled it off for five volumes.

But even without its synergy with the words, the art is utterly beautiful to look at in a style that’s unrivaled. Lush beaches, beautiful oceans, vibrant jungles, the art and the coloring is jaw dropping and worth the price of admission alone. Like the story itself, the art is sexy and cool creating a world you want to live in now matter how wrong things may be.

I expected a shootout finale with bodies piling up and our protagonist maybe not making it through, and instead, we are given a finale that’s an introspective search as to one’s role in the world. Even with those final pages I found myself still debating the deeper meaning of the series and what it was trying to said and what it has said, and more importantly how I agree or disagree with it. Matz and Jacamon have capped off an impressive run with an ending that delivers and then some. A perfect end cap for one of the most entertaining series in comics.

Story: Matz Art: Luc Jacamon
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Killer Vol. 5 HC

The Killer Vol. 5 HC

Publisher: Archaia
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Price: $24.99

Archaia presents the fifth and final installment of Matz and Luc Jacamon’s Eisner Award-nominated The Killer, a hard-boiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

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Preview: Triggerman #5

TRIGGERMAN #5

Writers: Walter Hill, Matz
Artist: Jef
COVER A: Tomm Coker
COVER B: Mack Chater
COVER C: Steve Scott
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: February 8, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

With the missing cash in tow, Roy “Triggerman’ Nash is hoping for a smooth handover and a well-deserved respite alongside his lady love. Unfortunately, the local crime syndicate has other ideas in mind…

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Preview: Triggerman #4

TRIGGERMAN #4

Writers Walter Hill, Matz
Artist Jef
COVER A: ALEX RONALD
COVER B: MARC ASPINALL
COVER C: STEVE SCOTT
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On Sale January 11

After ruffling feathers all over the city, Roy Nash’s bounty hunt takes a turn for the worse when he finds himself the prisoner of one of LA’s most notorious gangsters.

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Preview: (re)Assignment #1

(re)ASSIGNMENT #1

Writers Walter Hill, Matz
Artist Jef
COVER A: JEF
COVER B: PASQUALE QUALANO
COVER C: FAY DALTON
COVER D: STEVE SCOTT
COVER E: FRANCISCO PARONZINI
FC • 48pp • $5.99 On Sale January 4, 2017

Hitman Frank Kitchen’s assignment to kill a celebrated fashion designer who’s fallen behind on his debts takes a turn when his victim’s sister, a sociopathic surgeon, decides to punish him in the unique way only she can. Abducted and operated on against his will, Frank awakens in an altered condition – but with a hitman’s hunger for revenge…

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