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Preview: Shadowman #4


Written by CULLEN BUNN
Cover C (Horror Movie Homage) by JUAN GIMENEZ
Pre-order Cover by DECLAN SHALVEY
On sale JULY 28th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Masters of Horror Cullen Bunn and Jon Davis-Hunt bring Shadowman’s descent into the darkness of London.

Danger is a drug and it’s deep in the veins of mankind. Shadowman’s on a quest to find the source of his hallucinations and Jack has less control than he once thought. The worst has happened… Deadside has arrived.


Review: The Silver Coin #4

The Silver Coin #4

The Silver Coin is an anthology centered around different people finding a silver coin and getting great power as well as being cursed by it. Each issue features art from Michael Walsh and a script from a different writer, who also tells a story in a different genre. The Silver Coin #4 is written by Jeff Lemire and is a sci-fi dystopia story more in the vein of his series Descender than Vertigo’s Sweet Tooth. It’s set in 2467 AD where the difference between rich and poor is almost cartoonish, technological enhancements abound, and a woman is trying to get away from the cops with a few credits she nabbed from another poor soul on the outskirts of the city when she discovers, yep, the Silver Coin, and madness ensues.

My overall thoughts about The Silver Coin #4 are that I enjoy the world and setting of the comic, and Walsh and co-colorist Toni Marie Griffin turn in some damn good chase sequences, but I feel like I didn’t get to know this story’s protagonist and felt a little unsatisfied by how this story wrapped up. Also, the comic despite its “twist” ending really cries out to be a two-parter to see more of the effects of the Silver Coin on the main character. She’s like patient zero, and I want to how she fares in the big, rich city. I guess wanting more is a sign of a good entry in a serial series, but The Silver Coin is connected one-shots. Also, despite being a standard length comic book, The Silver Coin #4 felt shorter than its page length even though I definitely lingered on the gorgeous storytelling and horrifying details of Michael Walsh’s art.

Seeing a talented storyteller cut loose in different genres has been the main highlight of The Silver Coin, and this issue is no exception with Walsh and Griffin getting down to the nitty gritty of designing and chronicling a futuristic world where the income gap is beyond literal. His approach to cybernetics is very body horror with characters using worm-like appendages to “hack” into other characters and take their or money or even their lives. Humans and machines may or may not symbiotic throughout The Silver Coin #4 with the police character treating his tech like another toy at his disposal to protect the wealthy .001 percenters while our protagonist almost holds her breath as she waits for a transaction to go through for her getaway bike. That fear of having enough money in your bank account or that the technology/app just writes is a modern fear writ even larger in the post-apocalyptic wasteland setting.

And speaking of wasteland, Michael Walsh lays out one hell of a chase scene with Jeff Lemire plotting out plenty of tension and obstacles along the way and creating a couple kinds of conflict with the police officer chasing the protagonist as well as her cybernetics taking her away that doesn’t look like a smooth getaway. (It’s relatable for anyone who has opted to take that “shortcut” in Waze instead of staying on the main roads.) Walsh uses speed lines, diagonal panels, and big red and blue color schemes to build up intensity while using smaller panels with close-up of characters’ faces to create a sense of hopelessness that only a magical/haunted/cursed item like The Silver Coin could get the protagonist out of this bind as she surrounded, out-teched, and outgunned.

The energy of the chase doesn’t level out when the protagonist ditches her bike and goes on foot, and Michael Walsh and Toni Marie Griffin introduce a faded grey color palette and a setting that reminds me a lot of 1980s New York (Sans the people) in the first Valerian and Laureline volume. The greys create feelings of nostalgia and recognition as it has a similar vibe to the previous issues when their protagonists find The Silver Coin, and the premonition starts to sink in. Then, Lemire and Walsh kick into epic mode to show the final confrontation between the cop and the protagonist with black bars framing the action as the lines between science fiction and horror blur. However, as I mentioned earlier, the ending of The Silver Coin #4 seems more like a cliffhanger than powerful conclusion.

The Silver Coin #4 isn’t my favorite installment of the anthology, has a pretty one-dimensional protagonist, and a conclusion that had me going, “Wait, that was it.” However, Jeff Lemire, Michael Walsh, and Toni Marie Griffin craft a memorable dystopian hellscape, and there are some cool chase scenes, action bits, and seriously creepy panels of techno-horror. But this is more part one of a two part sci-fi TV show pilot than Tharg’s Future Shocks with extra pages.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art/Letters: Michael Walsh
Colors: Michael Walsh and Toni Marie Griffin
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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The Silver Coin Goes Ongoing to Continue its Tales of Horror

Michael Walsh’s new horror anthology The Silver Coin is being extended into an ongoing series this August in response to its breakout success and positive reception among fans.

The bestselling series, which has thus far showcased a murderers’ row of talent—including Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, and Jeff Lemire—will continue to send chills down readers spines with Joshua Williamson, Ram V, Matthew Rosenberg, and Vita Ayala on board to serve up thrilling new stories.

Each issue of The Silver Coin tells a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world. The story starts in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

The Silver Coin #5 Cover A by Michael Walsh (Diamond Code JUN210246) and The Silver Coin #5 Cover B by Maya McKibbin (Diamond Code JUN210247) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 11.

Your First Look at Jace’s Uncertain Fate in Magic #2

BOOM! Studios have released a first look at Magic #2, the next issue of the new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jed MacKay, artist Ig Guara, colorist Arianna Consonni, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, perfect for new readers and long time fans, available on May 12, 2021.

With their homes rocked by an attack – and Jace Beleren’s life hanging in the balance – Planeswalkers Kaya, Ral, and Vraska must discover who is behind it all. But as they begin to suspect one of Ravnica’s most prominent Guilds is behind the attack, it becomes clear their enemy may be plotting something even more destructive…

Magic #2 also features main cover art by acclaimed artist Matteo Scalera as well as variant cover art by Ig Guara, Daniel Warren Johnson, Michael Walsh, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Kael Ngu.

Magic #2

The Silver Coin #1 is a Hit on the Charts and Gets a Second Printing

The Silver Coin #1 by Eisner Award winning creative team Michael Walsh and Chip Zdarsky has sold out instantly upon release at the distributor level and is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with demand. This second printing will feature new cover artwork by Walsh.

Each issue of Silver Coin will tell a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world interwoven with common characters and overlapping stories. The series begins in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

Subsequent issues of The Silver Coin will showcase the talents of Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, and Jeff Lemire.

The Silver Coin #1, second printing (Diamond Code FEB219272) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 5.

Read our review.

The Silver Coin #1, second printing

Review: The Silver Coin #1

The Silver Coin #1

The Silver Coin #1 kicks off a new horror anthology revolving around… a silver coin. Taking place in 1978, The Silver Coin #1 follows a down on their luck rock band. With disco the popular music of the time, their sound doesn’t go over and they linger. Then, the guitarist finds a coin in a box which he uses as a pick for his playing. This small coin changes everything and soon they’re packing the house. But, like every good horror story, there’s a catch.

The Ticket” is written by Chip Zdarsky who captures some tragic magic in his story. The characters aren’t likable but you still feel empathy for them. Things aren’t going well and despite the work, the band is lingering. This is something that so many of us experience in different ways. But, disco isn’t totally to blame for that and Zdarsky gives us enough friction that the eventual issues that arise aren’t surprising or come out of left field. He delivers an escalation to the finale that’s logical steps but nonetheless tragic.

Michael Walsh handles multiple roles providing the art, colors, and lettering. All of it is solid and Walsh’s style fits the rock and roll focus of the issue. There’s a grittiness to it that really fits the subject. But, it’s the subtle things that Walsh includes in his art that stand out. There are subtle hints at the tragedy to come as the story progresses that only adds to the sad tale. It’s these small details that really help build the horror vibe of it all. There’s also a focus on the story’s characters that really works. The art doesn’t play gotcha with unnecessary scares in the art. What it does is subtle and overall enhances the story.

The Silver Coin #1 is a solid start to an interesting anthology. The end I expect leads in to what’s next and has me wanting to read more. This series might work a bit better as graphic novel or trade but as presented it has you wanting to find out what happens next but also appreciate its one and done nature.

Story: Chip Zdarsky Art: Michael Walsh
Color: Michael Walsh Letterer: Michael Walsh
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Savage #2


Written by MAX BEMIS
Cover A by MARCUS TO
Preorder Variant Cover by DAVID LOPEZ
On sale MARCH 17th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Mad geniuses Max Bemis (Worst X-Man Ever) and Nathan Stockman (Spidey) deliver over-the-top mayhem in this second thrilling chapter!

NEW VILLAINS have captured our teen heartthrob hero. What’s their master plan and what do these monsters trying to eat Savage have to do with it?


Preview: X-O Manowar #4


Cover C by KAEL NGU
Preorder Variant Cover by JIM TOWE
1:25 Sword of Shanhara Variant Cover by MICHAEL WALSH
On Sale January 27th | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Does Manowar make the armor?

A new threat towers over X-O. Will he have the strength to bring the titan down?

Dennis Hopeless and Emilio Laiso’s epic journey brings X-O to a stunning crossroads!


All-Star Comic Creators Tell us the Cost of The Silver Coin starting in April

Eisner Award-winning artist Michael Walsh will team up with an all-star lineup of collaborators—Chip Zdarsky, Kelly Thompson, Ed Brisson, and Jeff Lemire—in The Silver Coin. This ongoing horror anthology series will launch from Image Comics this April.

Each issue of The Silver Coin will tell a tale of terror in a shared supernatural world interwoven with common characters and overlapping stories. The series begins in 1978 with a failing rock band whose fortune suddenly changes when they find the mysterious Silver Coin. Little do they know that fame comes with a cost, and a curse is always hungry.

The Silver Coin #1 Cover A by Walsh (Diamond Code FEB210045), The Silver Coin #1 Cover B by Tula Lotay, and The Silver Coin #1 Cover C by Maria Nguyen will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 7.

The Silver Coin #1

X-O Manowar #4 Brings a New Challenge with New Armor

X-O Manowar has been upgraded, but with new power also comes new challenges…

X-O’s battle has come crashing down on his new neighborhood. Will he save the day and become the hero the modern world needs, or will he simply bring about more destruction as he unleashes his rage against his enemies? It all unfolds when X-O Manowar #4 goes on sale on January 27th, and TODAY is the final day for fans to preorder the action-packed issue at their local comic shop. Enjoy the first few pages and covers from the upcoming issue, below…

Written by Dennis Hopeless, the comic features art by Emilio Laiso, colors by Ruth Redmond, and lettering by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou. Covers are by Christian Ward, Paul Renaud, Kael Ngu, Jim Towe, and Michael Walsh.

X-O Manowar #4
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