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Review: X-Ray Robot #1

X-Ray Robot #1

In X-Ray Robot #1, writer/artist Michael Allred and colorist Laura Allred run their usual 1960s space-age aesthetic through a body horror filter. It’s basically that bad trip of a cover of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” that Flaming Lips, Miley Cyrus, and Moby did in 2014 as sequential art. The comic is a tale of a scientist named Dr. Max Wilding discovering interdimensional travel with the help of a nifty robot. However, his journey to the “other side” is not without its effects. It messes up his home and work life while kick-starting this miniseries’ ongoing plot.

X-Ray Robot #1 gets off to kind of a weird start. It looks like the CEO of Wilding’s funding company, Reynolds, makies an unwanted pass at the only female member of their scientific team. Later, she kisses Wilding on the mouth in front of his wife and kids. Honestly, the character’s motivation doesn’t make sense to me. It’s the single, real flaw in a visually stunning, engrossing, and sometimes terrifying comic.

X-Ray Robot #1

After the initial awkwardness, Mike Allred easily rights the shop by making interdimensional travel look like the process of drawing, but with a robot and a splash of yellow from Laura Allred. Instead of having unnecessary exposition, we get to experience the journey with Wilding and the growing bond between him and his robot. Each trip (Pun definitely intended.) has its own distinct style with consciousness transfer and an incredibly psychedelic double-page spread appearing as the story progresses.

However, a key strength of X-Ray Robot #1 is its juxtaposition of the normal with the otherworldly beginning with Dr. Wilding’s wife and children showing up at his launch and even the banter between scientists as he begins his journey. At first, they seem like scientists, who took design notes from Jack Kirby’s Fantastic Four, Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy, and yes, Mike Allred’s earlier work, who have normal lives otherwise. But, then, the unsettling nature of Wilding’s journey creeps up on him while he’s pushing his kid on the swing, in bed with his wife, and finally, hurtling down the passageways of his lab. The man, who had enough wit and grit, to ask his boss for an increase in funding is no longer tethered to reality anymore.

Mike Allred shows this by having a constant sense of movement in his line art and foregoing a boring ol’ grid for fun and new panel shapes. Laura Allred adds the icing on top with intense background colors because X-Ray Robot #1 is really pop art gone loony, or Andy Warhol spending way too much time with Luis Bunuel.

X-Ray Robot has all the pulp science fiction trappings, like intrepid scientists with cool outfits going on a wondrous journey beyond what scientists in our current time can do. Mike Allred combines these elements with the mecha genre, including a cool looking robot that has But he cuts the story together in a way that looks like an avant-garde fever dream at times. Some of the ways he does this is by reality turn on a dime, making Dr. Wilding the ultimate unreliable narrator, and transforming his and Laura Allred’s wonderfully refined artwork into raw pencils.

X-Ray Robot #1 may end up being another scientist and robot team up to save the world from a threat beyond our knowledge, but for now, Mike Allred and Laura Allred subvert these well-trodden tropes and give readers a unique experience of traveling to another dimension and bonding with another consciousness. The way they shift their art style when Dr. Wilding goes to another dimension and the cutting together of tranquil domesticity with violent unreality makes X-Ray Robot #1 a fantastic reading experience and worth pouring over for the Allreds’ dynamic storytelling alone.

Story/Art: Michael Allred
 Colors: Laura Allred Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Archie 1955 #4 (of 5)

ARCHIE 1955 #4 (OF 5)

Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Derek Charm, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Peter Krause
Variant Covers: Mike and Laura Allred, Jamal Igle
On Sale Date: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie reaches the pinnacle of rock and roll heaven; hit records, TV, movies and thousands of adoring fans, but cracks are beginning to show–it’s terrifying at the top but the possibility of falling from it is far worse.

ARCHIE 1955 #4 (OF 5)

Archie’s star is rising in this advance preview of Archie 1955 #4!

ARCHIE 1955 #4 (of 5)

Script: Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn
Art: Derek Charm, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Peter Krause
Variant Covers: Mike and Laura Allred, Jamal Igle
On Sale Date: 1/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie reaches the pinnacle of rock and roll heaven; hit records, TV, movies and thousands of adoring fans, but cracks are beginning to show–it’s terrifying at the top but the possibility of falling from it is far worse.

ARCHIE 1955 #4 (of 5)

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1

Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1

(W) Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman, More (A) Chris Bachalo, Chris Sprouse, More (CA) Rod Reis
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 23, 2019
SRP: $9.99

A summons from SHIELD leads Peter Parker into a globe-spanning adventure that will test him as never before, one in which the future of all mankind lies in his gloved, webbed hands! Who is the mysterious prisoner in the steel box who keeps propelling the wall-crawler onward?

Nick Spencer and an all-star team of Marvel’s biggest writers and artists take up the challenge to create the wildest, maddest, most unconventional AMAZING SPIDER-MAN story of all! Guest-starring Nick Fury, Wolverine and Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham!

Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1

More Variant Covers Revealed For Marvel Comics #1000!

In celebration of Marvel‘s 80th anniversary this year, scores of comic creators – some Marvel icons, some first-timers – are assembling for an epic comic book story in honor of the very first issue of Marvel Comics. This August, get ready for Marvel Comics #1000, a massive collaborative effort that will see 80 different creative teams weave together one, expansive story.

In honor of an 80-year legacy, we’re proud to present an incredible lineup of variants, all by an exceptional roster of artists, that exemplify the richness and scope of Marvel history. Collect these iconic covers soon!

MARVEL COMICS #1000:

MARVEL COMICS 1000 40’S VARIANT COVER BY MARK BROOKS (JUN190850)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 60’S VARIANT COVER BY MIKE ALLRED (JUN190851)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 70’S VARIANT COVER BY GREG SMALLWOOD (JUN190852)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 90’S VARIANT COVER BY RON LIM (JUN190854)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 00’S VARIANT COVER BY MARK BAGLEY (JUN190855)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 DECADE VARIANT COVER BY KAARE ANDREWS (JUN190856)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY JEN BARTEL (JUN190858)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY CLAYTON CRAIN (JUN190857)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (JUN190845)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (MAY198761)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY STEVE DITKO (JUN190862)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 COLLAGE VARIANT COVER BY MR GARCIN (JUN190849)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY GREG HILDEBRANDT (JUN190860)

MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY INHYUK LEE (JUN190846)

  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 80’S VARIANT COVER BY JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (JUN190853)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (JUN190847)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAY198819)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY ED MCGUINNESS (JUN190848)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 HIDDEN GEM VARIANT COVER BY GEORGE PEREZ (JUN190861)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA (JUN190843)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 BLACK AND WHITE WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER BY JOE QUESADA (JUN190844)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG (JUN190859)
  • MARVEL COMICS 1000 BLANK VARIANT COVER (JUN190863)

DC Collectibles Expands to Walmart

DC Collectibles is bringing its acclaimed Batman: Black and White statue line to Walmart stores as 4″ mini-figures. The new figures are direct transformations of the company’s acclaimed 9″-scale figures and feature designs from many world-renowned artists including Jim Lee, Bruce Timm, Amanda Conner, Darwyn Cooke and many more.

Batman: Black and White is DC Collectibles’ longest-running statue line and one of their best-sellers.

But, there’s a twist…

The 4″ line of figures will be packaged in individual blind bags stocked next to DC Comic Giants. Each month a new wave of six figures will be released widening the selection and upping the surprise factor.

The first waves of DC Collectibles Batman: Black and White 4″ figures heading to Walmart stores include:

February 2019:

  • Batman by Amanda Connor
  • Batman by Darwyn Cooke
  • Batman by Jason Fabok
  • Batman by Patrick Gleason
  • Batman by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Dick Sprang

April 2019:

  • Harley Quinn by Bruce Timm
  • Robin by Frank Quitely
  • Batman by Mike Allred
  • Batman by John Romita Jr.
  • Batman by Gary Frank
  • Batman by Eduardo Risso

June 2019

  • The Joker by Jim Lee
  • Batman by Dustin Nguyen
  • Batman by Mike Mignola
  • Batman by Sean “Cheeks” Galloway
  • Batman from Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman by Jim Lee

August 2019

  • Penguin by Brian Bolland
  • Robin by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Carmine Infantino
  • Batman by Chris Uminga
  • Batman by Jae Lee
  • Batman by Brian Bolland

The Walmart exclusive Batman: Black and White figures are priced at an MSRP of $5.00 each.

Batman: Black and White Wave 1
Batman: Black and White Wave 2
Batman: Black and White Wave 3
Batman: Black and White Wave 4

Preview: Archie #700

ARCHIE #700

Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Jack Morelli
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Variant Covers:: Mike Allred & Laura Allred, Matthew Dow Smith, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, David Mack, Audrey Mok, Thomas Pitilli, Paul Renaud, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 11/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A brand-new era of ARCHIE begins in this landmark 700th issue of our flagship series! Join the new creative team of writer Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC’s Bombshells) as they take a trip to Riverdale and bring Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the town along for a wild ride complete with new mysteries, new relationships, and much more!

Spencer and Sauvage kick off a new era in this advance preview of Archie #700!

ARCHIE #700

Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Jack Morelli
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Variant Covers: Mike Allred & Laura Allred, Matthew Dow Smith, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, David Mack, Audrey Mok, Thomas Pitilli, Paul Renaud, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 11/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A brand-new era of ARCHIE begins in this landmark 700th issue of our flagship series! Join the new creative team of writer Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC’s Bombshells) as they take a trip to Riverdale and bring Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the town along for a wild ride complete with new mysteries, new relationships, and much more!

Preview: The Lone Ranger Vol. 3 #1

The Lone Ranger Vol. 3 #1

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: John Cassaday (A), Mike Allred (B), Francesco Francavilla (C)
John Cassaday (RI-B/W), Francesco Francavilla (RI-Virgin), Mike Allred (RI-B/W), John Cassaday (RI-Virgin), Mike Allred (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Western | $3.99 | Teen+

A sparking new adventure from multiple Eisner Award nominee MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and BOB Q (The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit)!

1883. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle.

A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he’ll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help…

Preview: The Prisoner #1

The Prisoner #1

Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Colin Lorimer
Cover A: Mike Allred. Colors By Laura Allred
Cover B: Photo cover
Cover C: Jack Kirby, Mike Royer. Colors by Mike Allred
Cover D: Colin Lorimer. Colors by Joana Lafluente
Cover E: John McCrea. Colors by Michael Spicer
Cover F: Mike Allred Black and White Variant.
Publisher: Titan Comics

FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: April 25, 2018

In the 21st Century, the global currency is no longer oil or gold but information. And he who possesses it possesses the world. There is one place on the planet where the most valuable information is mined, a place that prides itself on ‘mental fracking’, promising to extract any secret from any individual using any means possible.

It is perhaps the intelligence community’s darkest secret, aligned to no one political system or state, an autonomous institute, free of state manipulation. The identity of its controller, the mysterious Number One, is unknown. It is a place so secret, some believe it to be a myth. It is The Village.

Now read on…

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