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DC Reveals a First Look of The Flash #772

The Speed Force has propelled Wally West across the Multiverse, from its past to its future. Along the way, he’s experienced the whole of existence, from running with dinosaurs to escaping the Legion of Doom, to the tragedies he’s faced at Sanctuary, and even seeing his children take up the mantle of The Flash.

But after all of that, The Flash is finally home in Central City, back with his loving wife Linda, his kids Jai and Iris, and…
Looking for a job????

Hey, even speedsters gotta eat, and bill don’t pay themselves, not even in the DC Universe! But can The Flash find gainful employment in Central City with a strange cosmic artifact heading to Earth and Heat Wave going on a fiery rampage?

DC has released a first look at The Flash #772, the first chapter in “Job Hunt”. Written by Jeremy Adams, with art by Will Conrad, colors by Alex Sinclair, and lettering by Steve Wands is out on July 20, 2021. It features a main cover by Brandon Peterson and Michael Atiyeh, and a card stock variant cover by Brett Booth, Jonathan Glapion, and Alex Sinclair.

Dive Deeper into Ubisoft’s Hyper Scape with a New Comics Collection

Dark Horse Books, working closely with Ubisoft, expands the innovative battle royale game, Hyper Scape, in this story written by Christofer Emgård with art by Gabriel Guzman and colors by Michael Atiyeh now collected in full in paperback format!      

Hyper Scape collects a series of six two-part digital comics and covers created in close collaboration with Ubisoft. Digital single issue comics of this series are already available through Dark Horse’s digital comics platforms and the Hyperscape official site, with more currently in production and slated for release in the future.

The year is 2054. The world has turned darker over the last three decades, making for a hard day-to-day existence. People have found solace in the HYPER SCAPE—a virtual landscape run by the world’s most powerful megacorp, Prisma Dimensions, where recreation, entertainment, and social gatherings are accessed in the blink of an eye. An upgrade to the system is about to be unveiled, revolutionizing the experience . . . but an early rollout could have fatal results. When faced with glitches in the system, suspicious behavior of Prisma staff, and a mysterious death that reeks of a cover up, HYPER SCAPE players who seek the truth will have to search for it within the virtual simulation.

Hyper Scape is available in paperback everywhere books are sold starting January 18, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Hyper Scape TPB will retail for $19.99.

Hyper Scape

The Orville Sets Off for Adventure in a Comic Set Right Before the Season 2 Finale

The Orville Executive Producer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are back at work bringing the world of The Orville to comics with Digressions.

This two-issue “episode” invites you to travel “The Road Not Taken” in this prequel to the season two finale! Follow Ed, Kelly, and the would-have-been crew of the Orville, as they navigate separate lives in an alternate timeline that’s on a collision course with the galaxy-ending Kaylon!

The Orville #1: Digressions Part 1 of 2 goes on sale May 5, 2021.

The Orville #1: Digressions Part 1 of 2

Far Cry Expands into Comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage

Dark Horse Comics and Ubisoft are teaming up to expand the universe of the hit game series Far Cry into comics with Far Cry: Rite of Passage. Written by Bryan Edward Hill, illustrated by Geraldo Borges, colored by Micheal Atiyeh, and lettered by ComicraftFar Cry: Rite of Passage features covers by artist Matt Taylor!

Bringing in fan-favorite villains, Far Cry: Rite of Passage is a gritty tale of the intricate road that leads to the ascension to power. The story kicks off as President Antón Castillo’s only son, Diego, has just turned thirteen. But this birthday is more than a celebration—it’s a rite of passage. Antón wishes to teach Diego important lessons in leadership and recounts cautionary tales he has heard about the undoing of three legendary men: Vaas Montenegro, a pirate, Pagan Min, a dictator, and Joseph Seed, a preacher.

Far Cry: Rite of Passage #1 (of three) will be in comic shops on May 19, 2021.

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dark Fortress

What began in Dragon Age: Deception and continued in Dragon Age: Blue Wraith, concludes in the upcoming Dragon Age: Dark Fortress, arriving March 2021 from returning creators Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Fernando Heinz Furukawa, Michael Atiyeh, and cover artist Sachin Teng!

The next chapter in the world of BioWare’s award-winning dark fantasy RPG begins here!

Deep within enemy territory, the warrior-legend and fan-favorite Fenris and a fearless team of Inquisition agents prepare to assault a fortress said to be unbreakable in a bid to prevent the unthinkable from being unleashed, but will these heroes make it in time?

Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #1 arrives March 31, 2021.

Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #1

Early Review: The Orville #3 – Heroes Part 1

The Orville #3

Light Spoilers to Follow…

Dark Horse transport readers back into space with another two-part adventure featuring the voyages of the starship Orville. In The Orville #3 – Heroes Part 1 the inhabitants of a planet known only as HR 5070 have developed advanced technologies that should be far beyond their grasp. The Okudum should not possess the means to create a quantum reactor, yet after scans clearly show the presence of such a device, the crew of the Orville is sent to investigate.
Each of these Orville stories gives fans background information of certain members of the Orville’s crew. In Heroes, it’s Ensign Talla who’s history is expanded on. She’s an expert on the Okudum and the alien race holds a special place in her heart.

In my opinion, these Orville comics aren’t writer David A. Goodman’s best work. This is the second one I’ve read, and for the second time, I’ve gotten the sense he’s just missing the point of the show. I don’t feel that these Orville comics are a good adaptation of the FOX television show. Created by Seth Macfarlane, the TV show is meant to be part parody and part homage. The episodes are humorous while still maintaining the feel of a classic Star Trek story. I find these Orville comics to not only lack humor, but feel that they’re desperately in need of a joke or two. A lighter tone or more action would certainly improve things.

Without the humor or light-heartedness, these comics feel less like a homage and more like a low-quality rip off of both Star Trek and the Orville show. Goodman just doesn’t do enough to capture the voices of the actors when he writes their comic book counterparts’ dialogue. The dialogue of the characters in the comic reads very generically. The dialogue sounds like it could be spoken by anyone, instead of famous actors. Goodman’s scripts also lack the sophistication and emotional tension of a Star Trek episode. In The Orville #3, the character’s in this comic just sit around and talk. There’s no urgency, seemingly no real threat, and the character interactions seem more like co-workers who are forced to work together and not crewmates who must rely on one another to accomplish the mission. It’s not like Goodman doesn’t have source material to pull from between the Orville show and untold episodes of Star Trek. Instead, he comes up with these bland “space procedurals” where the first part is all set up for the second part, except without any excitement or plot twists that make the reader want to buy part 2 and finish the story.

David Cabeza’s illustrations contain a great amount of detail. He’s just as good at drawing an alien landscape as he is at rendering expressive faces. The small details he includes help distinguish different characters and species of alien from one another and give each one their own unique look. Colorist Michael Atiyeh adds depth to these details through shading and shadow. This adds an element of realism to the expressions and physical forms of the characters. I was also impressed by the accuracy of Cabeza’s drawings of the actors who play the Orville characters on the TV show. Seth MacFarlane’s character is especially well done.

Fans of classic Star Trek or the Orville TV show might find something to like about The Orville #3, but there’s not much in this comic to hook most readers. The story is boring, the plot predictable, and the dialogue flat. The artwork is of good quality but doesn’t offer many impressive visuals. Ninety percent of this comic is just people standing or sitting around talking. Goodman has a plethora of sources to pull inspiration from, yet he gives the reader a drama with no real tension. Hopefully one day, Seth Macfarlane can be convinced to consult and punch up the dialogue or story. Otherwise, I find little that would make someone want to buy any of these The Orville inspired comic books.

Story: David A. Goodman Art: David Cabeza
Colors: Michael Atiyeh Lettering: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Jimmy Betancourt
Story: 1.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 3.5 Recommendation: Pass

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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The Orville’s Season 2.5 Comes to Dark Horse Comics

The Orville Executive Producer David A. Goodman, artist David Cabeza, and colorist Michael Atiyeh are teaming up once again to bring the world of The Orville back to the printed page in The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day.

In the same fashion as Season 1.5, these new stories will consist of two, two-issue “episodes” telling stories set between the second and third seasons of Seth McFarlane’s hit television show. The first of these “episodes” starts with  The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1 (of two).

When seemingly hostile Krill ships cross into Union space, the Orville intercepts. Captain Mercer learns they are en route to a planet that left the Union decades ago, under mysterious circumstances. Scans have discovered a moon-sized construct above the planet, and the Krill intend a preemptive strike against the presumed weapon. But is it? 

The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1 (of two) goes on sale June 3, 2020.

The Orville Season 2.5: Launch Day #1

Dragon Age Returns to Comics with Dragon Age: Blue Wraith

Fans of BioWare’s hit fantasy series, Dragon Age, rejoice! Dark Horse Comics is publishing a canonical follow-up comic series to BioWare’s Dragon Age: Inquisition—featuring the beloved character, Fenris.

Bringing Dragon Age: Blue Wraith to life are writers Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir, artist Fernando Heinz Furukawa, and colorist Michael Atiyeh, with covers done by Sachin Teng.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith starts off with the fanatical Qunari seeking to topple the Tevinter mageocracy. Caught in the middle, one powerful young mage’s desperate search for her father brings her face-to-face with a notorious mage hunter—Fenris, the Blue Wraith.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1 (of three) goes on sale January 15, 2020.

Dragon Age: Blue Wraith #1

Dark Horse Announces Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat

Prolific Aliens writer Brian Wood, artist Werther Dell’Edera, colorist Michael Atiyeh, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Tristan Jones are bringing the terror of the xenomorphs to the printed page once again with Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat delves into the formative years of the Colonial Marines. Tying into the events of the upcoming Cold Iron Studios video game, this new series introduces Olivia Shipp, leader of a squad of battle-weary Marines who have defied orders to rescue the survivors of a refinery under siege.

Aliens Colonial Marines: Rising Threat #1 (of eight) goes on sale September 18, 2019.

Return to the World of Starcrat this July in Starcraft: Survivors

Writer extraordinaire Jody Houser, artist Gabriel Guzmán, colorist Michael Atiyeh, and letterer Steve Dutro team up to continue the tale started inStarCraft: Scavengers. Based on an original story by Jody Houser and Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft game team, StarCraft: Survivors reveals exciting new territory in the StarCraft universe!

After surviving a murderous dark templar’s rampage, a terran space engineer named Caleb is forced to carry out the protoss’s bidding: he must infiltrate a munitions factory in the Umojan Protectorate and find a mysterious source of power.

StarCraft: Survivors #1 (of four) goes on sale July 24, 2019.

StarCraft: Survivors #1
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