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Review: Mega #1

Mega #1

A gigantic creature has been awaken from its eternal sleep in Antarctica. The destructive monster, only known as “The Salamander,” has started a journey of chaos and destruction. The only thing that could stop this menace is another sleeping giant; a creature from under the ocean known as “Mega.” Mega #1 kicks off a kaiju disaster comic that’s good but doesn’t deliver anything special so far.

Written and art by Salvador Sanz, Mega #1 is entertaining enough. The comic is something we’ve seen before though. A giant monster that was slumbering is woken up and rains destruction down upon humanity. That even includes belching lava and climbing a building. It’s tropes and a plot that has been done again and again. That’s not necessarily a bad thing if it’s done well. And Mega #1 is pretty solid in that department. Its characters are interesting and how things are revealed are a bit strange and different.

Mega #1‘s reveals includes discussions in dreams which will hopefully be explained later. But, the weakest part is the person who unleashes the kaiju only explaining the person is “naughty”. You just generally need to role with what’s presented and so far accept what’s presented. And, let’s face it, we’re here for the military action and eventual kaiju vs. kaiju battle we know is coming at some point. Everything else are just steps to get us to that point.

Sanz’s artwork is solid. There’s a haunting dreamlike quality to it all. Mix that in with actual dreams that are presented in the comic and it all comes together in a way where you almost expect a character to wake up and discover it’s all a dream. The art is good and the characters rather unique with a look for each that feels like it tells us some of their story.

Mega #1 is a debut of which the details are some of the more interesting aspects. The dysfunctional aspect of the family creates a group dynamic that should make what comes unique in some ways. There’s enough detail delivered and enough focus on the family interaction that it has to play out in future issues. There’s nothing bad about the series. It’s an entertaining enough debut issue that fans of the kaiju genre should enjoy. Here’s hoping that as the story plays out that the series delivers something more than we’ve seen before.

Story: Salvador Sanz Art: Salvador Sanz
Translation Leandro Paolini Somers Letterer: Martin Casanova Revision: Chris Ortega
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Red 5 Comics’ March 2022 Releases

See what Red 5 Comics has to offer in the latest previews with their releases coming in March 2022 and Free Comic Book Day taking place in May!

LEAD CITY #1

(W) Eric Borden (A) Kyle Brummond
FC · 32 pages · $3.95
Available March 30, 2022
JAN221614

It’s 1873 when a blizzard strands Homesteader Colman Cooper and his family in a small town. He soon learns the town plays host to an annual contest that attracts thieves and killers from far and wide. With no way out Colman finds himself pitted against seven deadly fighters in the anything goes, tooth-and-nail battle for survival known as Lead City. Before Deadwood. Before Tombstone. Before Durango. There was Lead City.

LEAD CITY #1

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: CARRIERS / BEORN / DRAGON WHISPERER

(W) Ben Ferrari, Jay Huwer, Alex Deluca, Ben Bender (A/CA) Elias Martins, Glen Fernandez, Ben Bender
Rating: All Ages
FC · 32 pages · $3.95
Available April 13, 2022
JAN220035

Look up in the sky! Together the Carriers protect the world from hidden threats and prove they are more than just ordinary pigeons. Dragon Whisperer 2 features the origin of the dragon Obsidian, from hatchling to mighty beast and leader of amazing creatures! Finally Beorn features an adventure about a little Viking and his quest to become a legend!
Exclusive Original Material

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY: CARRIERS / BEORN / DRAGON WHISPERER

FICTIONAUTS #2

(W) Mauro Mantella (A) Leandro Rizzo (CA) Alvaro Papagiani
FC · 32 pages · $3.95
Available March 16, 2022
JAN221615

Recently, a rash of unexplained disturbances across the fictional universe has started to tear it apart, and the heroes of Hypercity face the ultimate challenge when the mysterious Agent X threatens to bring down the barriers between our world and the world of stories! Dive headlong into the madcap, mind-bending world of the Fictionauts!

FICTIONAUTS #2

DOWNLOAD #4

(W) Scott Chitwood (A) Danny Luckert
FC · 32 pages · $3.95
Available March 9, 2022
JAN221613

In the grand finale of the series, Eric and his friends finally discover the origin and purpose of the Download. However, it may be too late for the kids as they must face off against the original threat the devices were designed to do battle against.

DOWNLOAD #4

CARRIERS #5 – Cover A

(W) Johnny Arnold (A) Jason Kemble (CA) Federico Guillen
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available March 2, 2022
JAN221611

The Giant Sized finale! An alien race enters New York City ready to assimilate with Earth’s technology. Only the Carriers have the ability to discover the truth behind these technological marvels and stop them before it’s too late.

CARRIERS #5 - Cover A

CARRIERS #5 – Cover B

(W) Johnny Arnold (A) Jason Kemble (CA) Shelby Robertson
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available March 2, 2022
JAN221612

The Giant Sized finale! An alien race enters New York City ready to assimilate with Earth’s technology. Only the Carriers have the ability to discover the truth behind these technological marvels and stop them before it’s too late.

CARRIERS #5 - Cover B

MEGA VOL. 1

(W) Salvador Sanz (A/CA) Salvador Sanz
FC · 108 page · $19.95
Available March 23, 2022
JAN221616

A gigantic creature has been awaken from its eternal sleep in Antarctica. The destructive monster, only known as “The Salamander”, has started a journey of chaos and destruction. The only thing that could stop this menace is another sleeping giant; a creature from under the ocean known as “Mega”.

MEGA VOL. 1

RAISE UP THE DEAD: A ZOMBIE COMICS ANTHOLOGY

(W) Agustin Alessio, Eduardo Risso, Luciano Saracino (A) Diego Agrimbau, Max Fiumara (CA) Agustin Alessio, Eduardo Risso
FC · 108 page · $17.95
Available March 30, 2022
JAN221617

In the world of the living dead you have two options… become food or become a zombie!? A group of talented comic authors come together in this volume to tell the scariest stories of the impending Apocalypse. We hope it will be useful as a guide for what is to come…

RAISE UP THE DEAD: A ZOMBIE COMICS ANTHOLOGY

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

MEGA #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Apache Delivery Service #1 (Dark Horse) – Two haunted men are on a hunt in the jungles of Vietnam, searching for clues to a missing treasure trove of gold. A new comic from Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins? Yeah, we’re in.

Cross to Bear #3 (AfterShock) – The series has turned out to be so much more than a secret org chasing Jack the Ripper across America.

DC vs. Vampires #3 (DC Comics) – The first two issues have been fantastic at the setup of vampires infiltrating the DCU and we’re hoping this one delivers a lot more action as they strike.

Death of Doctor Strange #4 (Marvel) – Who will be the new Sorcerer Supreme? We already know the answer but we want the details!

Deathstroke Inc. #4 (DC Comics) – The comic has been silly fun so far with over-the-top action.

Devil’s Reign #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fantastic as the Kingpin’s plans for Marvel’s heroes comes together.

The Human Target #3 (DC Comics) – The series has Christopher Chance attempting to figure out who poisoned him and his been so good hitting the noir vibe.

Mazebook #5 (Dark Horse) – A father attempts to bring home his lost daughter. It’s been a haunting series by Jeff Lemire and we want to see how it wraps up.

Mega #1 (Red 5 Comics) – A gigantic creature has been awaken from its eternal sleep in Antarctica and only another sleeping giant can stop it.

Night of Cadillacs #2 (Scout Comics) – Our heroes Stiv and Hope flee supernatural gangs commanded by the sinister godfather Papa Duke.

Power Rangers Universe #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What is the true origin of the Phantom Ranger? And what is his connection to the Morphin Grid?

Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 (Image Comics) – The first volume of Stray Dogs was amazing so to get any more makes us happy. It being so good? Yeah, we’re beyond excited to get as much as we can.

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 (DC Comics) – The Parliaments of the Green, the Red, and the Rot all agree: it’s time to wipe the slate clean and start the cycle of life over again. Written by Jeff Lemire with art by Doug Mahnke? Yeah, this is one to check out.

Task Force Z #3 (DC Comics) – Red Hood leads his own Suicide Squad of zombified villains. The concept is crazy and works so well.

Timeless #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s 2022 begins here!

Red 5 Comics in January 2022

DOWNLOAD #2

(W) Scott Chitwood (A) Danny Luckert
Available January 12, 2022
NOV211639

After having his brain filled with designs for hundreds of mysterious devices, Eric and his friends begin discovering the strange and fantastic things they can do. They’re also about to find out that other people have received the Download in the past and powerful forces will do anything to get what’s in his mind.

DOWNLOAD #2

MEGA #2

(W) Salvador Sanz (A) Salvador Sanz
FC · 48 page · $7.99
Available January 19, 2022
NOV211641

The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

MEGA #2

CARRIERS #3 – Cover A

(W) Johnny Arnold (CA) Seb Valencia (A/CA) Kurt Belcher
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available January 5, 2022
NOV211636

The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

CARRIERS #3 - Cover A

CARRIERS #3 – Cover B

(W) Johnny Arnold (A) Kurt Belcher (CA) Luis Rivera, Hedwin Zaldivar
FC · 32 page · $3.95
Available January 5, 2022
NOV211637

The gigantic creature known as “The Salamander” has taken the city of Montevideo by storm, destroying everything in its path. A little girl, advised by her apparently dead grandfather invoked “Mega,” another giant creature to stop the menace. Now the two monsters will clash, and the battle will bring the world to its knees.

CARRIERS #3 - Cover B

MACHINE GIRL VOL. 2: MACHINE GIRL & THE SPACE INVADERS

(W) Matts (A/CA) Sergio Monjes
FC · 120 page · $14.95
Available January 26, 2022
NOV211640

Machine Girl is back… in the ring! Not only is Megan (again) proving herself as the best fighter in the Galaxy, but she’s now part of a group of Space Pirates! And their latest adventure will lead them to an unexpected treasure, which will set a new course for the team headlong to a race of Space Invaders!

MACHINE GIRL VOL. 2: MACHINE GIRL & THE SPACE INVADERS

THE DARK AGE TPB

(W) Don Handfield (A) Leonardo Rodrigues, Pop Mahn, Alex Nascimento (CA) Nicholas Ely
FC · 192 page · $19.95
Available January 26, 2022
NOV211638

In the near future all metal on earth suddenly turns to worthless piles of rust and dust. With no technology, no guns, no computers, humanity reverts to a violent feudal system. Each pocket of civilization is ruled by knights of wood and glass and  concrete. This is the new Dark Age.

THE DARK AGE TPB

Kaiju mayhem erupts this Christmas in Mega

Giant monsters, strange happenings and immaculately constructed art — Mega has it all as auteur Salvador Sanz takes on kaiju in a way no one has ever seen before.  Mega comes to stores this December in a stunning oversized premium edition from Red 5 Comics.

Something is wrong with nature: birds are gathering in unusual ways; strange crystals are growing in the Arctic; alarm bells are ringing and no one is listening.  No one but a single little girl who dreams of monsters. What does it mean and will the world find out before the MEGA creatures destroy everything in their path?

Mega will emerge as a two-issue premium series in oversized 8×11 inch editions with 48 pages of story and bonus material per issue, offering the largest possible palette for Sanz’ incredible artwork.

The monster mayhem begins December 2021 in Mega, written and drawn by superstar artist Salvador Sanz, premiering wherever Red 5 Comics are sold.

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