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Review: TKO Presents: Tales of Terror

TKO Presents: Tales of Terror brings together the series of one-shots release by TKO Studios in one entertaining graphic novel.

Story: Liana Kangas, Joe Corallo, Sebastian Girner, Steve Foxe, Alex Paknadel, Kelly Williams, Rob Pilkington, Michael Moreci, Erick C. Freitas
Art: Paul Azaceta, Baldemar Rivas, Lisandro Estherren, Ian MacEwan, Kelly Williams, Kit Mills, Jesús Hervás, Jelena Dordević-Maksimović, Jen Hickman
Color: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Jeff Powell, Steve Wands, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Chas! Pangburn, Ariana Maher, Simon Bowland

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TKO Presents: Tales of Terror – A Harrowing Comic Shorts Anthology

TKO Studios has announced a collected anthology of their bestselling harrowing comic shorts by a cadre of top creators. Customer and vendor pre-orders for TKO Presents: Tales of Terror are now open at the TKO website.

Tales of Terror collects all nine titles released to-date across the publisher’s TKO Shorts catalog and debuts digitally October 20th, in time for Halloween, and in-print via trade channels on November 30th.

Tales of Terror will chill the bones and curdle the blood of readers. Witness a soldier face a horror worse than death, a space pioneer’s false Eden, and a little boy’s insomnia that ends in tragedy, just to name a few.

SEEDS OF EDEN: When a space pioneer attempts to create a self-sustaining colony Jupiter, her visit takes an unsuspecting and deadly turn. From Liana Kangas and Joe Corallo (She Said Destroy) and Paul Azaceta (OUTKAST, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Punisher Noir).

THE FATHER OF ALL THINGS: The year is 1914 and Europe is at war. Idealistic 14-year-old Georg is ready to defend his country, but nothing cold prepare him for the supernatural horrors that await beneath the trenches. From Sebastian Girner (Shirtless Bear-Fighter!, Scales & Scoundrels) and Baldemar Rivas (Unearth).

NIGHT TRAIN: When Neal’s new baby brother begins to drive him insane with sleepless nights, Neal starts seeing a spectral tarin with a ghostly conductor offering to solve his problems by taking his baby brother far away. From Steve Foxe (Razorblades: The Horror Magazine) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck: The Last Contract).

DAME FROM THE DARK: Magic isn’t always glitz and glam, and sometimes there are darker secrets lurking behind the trap doors and red velvet curtains. Private detective Tommy, and his spirit comrade Eve, have come to teach magician ‘Le Samson Fantastique’ that some acts aren’t always illusions. From writer Rob Pilkington and artist Kit Mills.

HAND ME DOWN: Reuben and Lyra are on the brink of a failing marriage when they are invited to a risqué soiree hosted by wealthy neighbors in their glitzy new suburb. But things take a demonic turn when they realize they will be taking home a lot more than a party favor. From Alex Paknadel and Jen Hickman.

KILLIAMSBURG: The snowstorm of the century is barreling down on Brooklyn, but that doesn’t stop a group of hipsters from throwing an ironic 90s themed party. The snow is different though… it speaks, it moves, it craves human flesh! Ca our flannel-wearing, craft-beer drinking group unironically survive the night? From Erick Freitas and Jelena Dordevic.

RIVER OF SIN: Children are being found dead and mutilated in the woods. Alonso fears this might be the fate of his daughter. In a desperate hunt for answers, he and the other grieving parents must take matters into their own hands. Could it be the suspected Bruja, hungry for young blood, or is there a bigger secret among the townsfolk? Discover the truth in RIVER OF SIN by Kelly Williams and Chas! Pangburn.

ROOFSTOMPERS: Far away from the pressures of being a surgeon in New York City, Cassie decides to take a solo hunting trip to Wyoming. There she is attacked and luckily rescued by a middle-aged couple living in an isolated cabin with their son. After weeks, she isn’t getting any better and she begins to question the couple’s motives and the strange nightly visits that they dismiss as the “Roofstompers.” From Alex Paknadel and Ian MacEwan.

THE WALK: Alice and her team of aquatic explorers are eager to study what lies beneath the Atlantic Ocean. Stationed at the Midnight Zone, 2000 meters below the surface; their supplies start to run out. In a dangerous expedition to survive, they must push through but soon realize that the ocean is more vast, dark, and mysterious than they could have ever imagined. From Michael Moreci and Jesus Hervas.

TKO Presents: Tales of Terror

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #10

Star Wars Adventures #10

(W) Michael Moreci, Dave Scheidt (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Stefano Simeone (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Sep 29, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Mace Windu and his Lightning Squadron land on the planet Ridlay, which has gone mysteriously dark, expecting a Separatist attack. But what they find instead is a surprise to them all. Then, Zak and Tash Arranda sneak off to investigate a creepy cave, where they find a strange artifact-and a mysterious cult waiting for them!

Star Wars Adventures #10

Preview: Star Wars Adventures #9

Star Wars Adventures #9

(W) Michael Moreci, Vita Ayala (A) Michael Avon Oeming, Devaun Dowdy (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Sep 08, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Mace Windu and his Lightning Squadron land on the planet Ridlay, which has gone mysteriously dark, expecting a Separatist attack. But what they find instead is a surprise to them all. Then, Boba Fett makes his Star Wars Adventures debut as he clashes with Han Solo in the time before Episode IV!

Star Wars Adventures #9

Review: Barbaric #3

Barbaric #3

Barbaric doesn’t wear out its welcome and wraps up its first arc in a speedy fashion. Michael Moreci, Nathan Gooden, and Addison Duke tell a fairly heartfelt fantasy story, but with buckets of blood, limbs flying, weird magic shit, and plenty of jokes. Barbaric #3 truly shows that this comic is a sword and sorcery tale without all the boring walking and exposition bits, all killer and no filler. The opening sequence is a bit talky with Soren struggling with the expansion of her magical abilities, but it provides an opportunity for our protagonist Owen to prove that he gives a shit and also poke fun at the concept of the afterlife. After that, it’s pages upon pages for Moreci, Gooden, and Duke to pile one-liners over riveting action scenes with heads flying and a color palette that won’t quit.

Although one of its main cast members is a bloodthirsty talking axe, Barbaric has a story of redemption and friendship at its core. Reading this book is almost like having dessert before dinner because you get the insanely kinetic double page spreads filled with weapons, blood, and bodies tumbling everywhere from Nathan Gooden, and then he and Michael Moreci slow it down and show that Owen genuinely cares for Soren and vice versa. Gooden takes a break from the big, splashy layouts to use more grids and close-up’s of their faces to capture the pain, disdain, and eventually camaraderie that they feel for each other. Barbaric #3 proves once and for all that Owen actually gives a shit about people and isn’t subject to the typical barbarian box of hating witches and magic and the supernatural even though he’d rather be hitting the magical people and objects. They make a good team in the end taking out weird cultists and even learning something new about themselves in the end.

Addison Duke’s color palette is not secretly one of my favorite parts of Barbaric. He shows off a range of tones with his choices this issue from dark despair to pink rage, red ultraviolence, and green decay as Owen’s snake demon foe shows himself in all his sickening Mayor Wilkins meets Shuma Gorath glory. However, Duke’s colors are what transform a great scene into one that’s truly memorable as he floods in golds and white in a page where Owen experiences a form of paradise that’s a little more sensual than the mainline Protestant conception of Heaven. It’s a gorgeous void and complements Nathan Gooden’s lightly inked line work as Owen realizes it’s all a ruse, and that he doesn’t deserve any kind of eternal reward and needs to get back to the raw red of reality and rescue his friend. All in all, the background colors that Addison Duke uses tell their own kind of story as the issue progresses.

Moreci, Gooden, and Duke definitely stick the landing in Barbaric #3 shooting for both big character and action beats while ending things on the jokey tone that has made this series so endearing. If you want a fantasy comic that isn’t full of shit and is self-aware, violent, and makes you deeply care about its (not so) golden trio, the three issues of Barbaric are worth seeking out.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Nathan Gooden
Colors: Addison Duke Letters: Jim Campbell

Story: 8.0 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Barbaric #2

Owen the Barbarian is a horrible person before three witches curse him… to do good!? Barbaric #2 continues the self-aware adventure as Owen gets to know his new Necromancer partner.

Story: Michael Moreci
Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke
Letterer: Jim Campbell

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Vault has released a surprise Barbaric #1 Foil Movie Poster Variant, Limited to 100 Copies

Vault Comics‘ sold out, smash-hit comic Barbaric is getting a hyper-limited edition variant cover featuring beautiful foil treatment printed on deluxe heavyweight paper. With cover art by series co-creator Nathan Gooden and design by Tim Daniel, this limited edition cover is a tribute to the poster for the classic 1982 film, Conan The Barbarian, which served, in part, as an inspiration for the hit comic book series. 

This very special variant is available only on the vault web storeThis limited edition of 100 copies will never be reprinted. Once they are sold out, they are gone forever.

The collectible cover ships from Vault, bagged and boarded, in a Gemini mailer. Grades are not guaranteed. Purchases will begin shipping during the week of August 2nd, 2021.

Barbaric is written by Michael Moreci, drawn by Nathan Gooden, colored by Addison Duke, lettered by Jim Campbell. The synopsis for Barbaric #1 can be read below:

Owen the Barbarian has been cursed to do good with what remains of his life. His bloodthirsty weapon, Axe, has become his moral compass with a drinking problem. Together they wander the realm, foredoomed to help any who seek assistance. But there is one thing Owen hates more than a life with rules: Witches.

Welcome to the skull-cracking, blood-splattering, mayhem-loving comic brave enough to ask: How can a man sworn to do good do so much violence? Hah! F***ing with you. It’s just…BARBARIC.

Barbaric #1 Foil Movie Poster Variant

Review: Barbaric #2

Barbaric #2

When the first issue is so good, there’s no way the second can be as well, right? Barbaric #2 delivers the goods with a fantastic second issue full of action, laughs, and adds depth to its world. Barbaric is the story of Owen the Barbarian who is cursed to do what’s right. That at times can be difficult to figure out. So, he has Axe, a blood-thirsty… axe, to guide him as to what to do. Along comes Soren, a necromancer who Owen saves and then winds up teaming up with for a quest.

Written by Michael Moreci, Barbaric #2 has such brilliance to it that it’s hard to describe. On its surface, the comic and series as a whole is a classic fantasy quest. There’s a barbarian and a necromancer who must team up and defeat an even worse evil. It’s a concept we’ve seen so many times before. But, it’s the details that Moreci includes that makes the comic stand out.

While the setting might be a fantasy quest, the concept is more buddy-cop comedy. Owen and Soren don’t get along and mix in the sarcastic Axe, you have a duo (fine trio) that would fit into modern cop schtick. Then, there’s the subtle comments that take a rather progressive viewpoint and place them in a rather regressive world. But, even that’s done in a twisted way as Owen is forced into this role. He was a horrible human being and his curse is to do good. Guided by a blood-thirsty axe, this is a barbarian who’s struggling with his nature and inclination to do what he wants.

Barbaric #2 delivers some depth on these two, mainly focusing on Soren’s story. We find out about her powers and her history but the issue dances around Owen’s axe’s story as well. Even with all of that, the issue moves things along quite briskly putting the duo into the type of battle and dungeon crawling you’d expect from the genre.

Moreci’s fantastic story is helped by Nathan Gooden‘s art. With Addison Duke‘s color and Jim Campbell‘s lettering, the images and dialogue pops on the page. There’s such personality with each character. The art shows off such subtle aspects that are told through the body language and facial expressions of the characters. The story wouldn’t work with a more traditional fantasy style to the art. This is a case where the style really helps set and sell the tone of the series and story.

Barbaric #2 is another solid issue that continues a hell of a fun adventure. There’s something fantastic about this series in that it adds to a genre that has been around for decades while also acting as an homage and a bit of a send-up as well. There’s something for everyone here and in all of that, it’s able to keep readers on their toes. The first issue was fantastic and this follow-up is able to keep up with another amazing entry.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Barbaric #1

Owen the Barbarian is a horrible person before three witches curse him… to do good!? Barbaric #1 kicks off a twist to the fantasy genre made popular by Conan the Barbarian. We weren’t prepared for this debut and absolutely loved it.

Story: Michael Moreci
Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke
Letterer: Jim Campbell

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
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Review: Barbaric #1

Barbaric #1

Barbaric #1 is the story of a total bastard of a barbarian who was cursed by witches to be good. His axe, which talks to him and loves blood, keeps him on the straight and narrow as its own little lie detector. He has a real hatred of witches, which plays right into the crux of the story, where a witch is targeted by an angry mob. There’s that tricky thing about being good that pulls him in to help the witch. Well, that and the creatures that are springing forth from the ground.

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Barbaric #1. Barbaric is definitely an apt name for this book. For a book that could have easily come off as just another hack-and-slash or even a Conan rip-off, Barbaric definitely comes off as something totally different. It plays up the language and the violence a lot. It’s a brutal book, with a gleam of humor and ultimately makes for a unique fantasy comic book. Michael Moreci’s writing is on-point here. It was a nice change to have characters speak like normal characters and not drum up fantasy speak. The dialogue felt more natural.

I thought the visuals were well-suited for the story. Nathan Gooden and Addison Duke’s art totally embellishes the blood and guts and glory of Barbaric. A really gritty style of art is on display with this comic and they don’t shy away from violent depictions of an axe-wielding madman going to town on a bunch of people. Good lettering throughout by Jim Campbell.

I normally recommend the D&D books that IDW Publishing puts out but this might be the new book to recommend to people who are looking for something different and enjoyable. Barbaric #1 totally lives up to its name (but in a good way) and delivers the bloody ass-kickings you’d want from a hard-R fantasy story. A man and his talking axe make for a fine story. Personally, I’d buy this issue and continue on from there.

Story: Michael Moreci Art: Nathan Gooden
Color: Addison Duke Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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