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Preview: Black Tape #1

Black Tape #1

by Dan Panosian (W, C/A), Dalibor Talajić (A), Ive Svorcina (C) & Steve Wands (L)
In Stores: Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Diamond Code: DEC221163 (Cover A by Dan Panosian), DEC221164 (Cover B by Mike Deodato, Jr.), DEC221165 (Cover C by Chris Ferguson), DEC221166 (1:15 Incentive Cover D by Dan Panosian)

Jack King was a rock’n’roll god who projected a stage persona on par with the devil. After Jack dies on stage, his widow, Cindy, grapples with grief and struggles to protect his legacy, unaware that she is being surrounded by dark forces that covet the master tapes to Jack’s final, unreleased album – a heavy metal masterpiece that just might open a doorway to hell.

Black Tape #1

Preview: Trojan #1

Trojan #1

by Daniel Kraus (W), Laci (A)
Marco Lesko (C), Sal Cipriano (L)
Jeff Dekal (CA), Mike Deodato, Jr. (Variant CA), Lee Loughridge (Variant CA)
In Stores: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Diamond Code: NOV221313 (Dekal), NOV221314 (Deodato)

Once upon a time, we lived alongside Legends. Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes, and more. They were spectacular. Majestic. Powerful. Peaceful. Pure. In comparison, we were ugly. Weak. Warmongering. Rotten. Is it any wonder we could not live alongside them any longer? After driving these Legends to the fringes of society, an uglier form of mythos takes shape in the form of rumors of live snuff shows for dark web high rollers. When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who peddle to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination. Trojan is fantasy thriller full of wonder and horror in equal measure.

Trojan #1

Preview: Trojan #1

Trojan #1

by Daniel Kraus (W), Laci (A)
Marco Lesko (C), Sal Cipriano (L)
Jeff Dekal (CA), Mike Deodato, Jr. (Variant CA), Lee Loughridge (Variant CA)
In Stores: Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Diamond Code: NOV221313 (Dekal), NOV221314 (Deodato)

Once upon a time, we lived alongside Legends. Creatures of myth. Centaurs, fauns, gorgons, kelpies, gnomes, and more. They were spectacular. Majestic. Powerful. Peaceful. Pure. In comparison, we were ugly. Weak. Warmongering. Rotten. Is it any wonder we could not live alongside them any longer? After driving these Legends to the fringes of society, an uglier form of mythos takes shape in the form of rumors of live snuff shows for dark web high rollers. When a mysterious young woman, Nessa, enlists the help of a hacker to take a tour of the grisliest corners of the Dark Web, she sets in motion a war between those who peddle to mankind’s darkest fantasies and a world that transcends imagination. Trojan is fantasy thriller full of wonder and horror in equal measure.

Trojan #1

AWA Studios announces Red Zone from Cullen Bunn and Mike Deodato, Jr.

AWA Studios has announced the espionage thriller, Red Zone. From Eisner-nominated comics writer Cullen Bunn and Eisner and Ringo Award-winning comic book artist Mike Deodato, Jr., Red Zone is a high-octane spy thriller set to debut on March 1, 2023.

This four-issue miniseries transports readers to Moscow alongside Randall Crane, an unassuming American professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. Crane is called in by the United States government for a secret international mission back to Russia, where he finds himself in hot water after his long-buried secrets come to light. When his support team of commandos is ambushed and killed, it is up to Randall to fight his way out of Russia using his “particular set of skills” that were honed during the Cold War era.

Red Zone

Preview: The Resistance Universe: The Origins

The Resistance Universe: The Origins

by J. Michael Straczynski (W), Gregg Hurwitz (W), Michael Moreci (W), Kaare Andrews (W/A), Mike Deodato, Jr. (A), C.P. Smith (A), Mike Choi (A), Mark Texeira (A), Alessandro Vitti (A), Lee Loughridge (C), Snakebite Cortez (C), Brian Reber (C), Ive Svorcina (C), Sal Cipriano (L), AndWorld Design (L), Rahzzah (CA)
In Shops: Dec 14, 2022
SRP: $19.99

In March 2020, amid Covid-19 lockdowns, AWA launched a bold new universe for the 21st Century with J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato Jr.’s The Resistance, in which “Reborns” gain incredible powers in the wake of a global pandemic. Other creators followed with series such as E-Ratic, Knighted, and The Joneses. Now, for the first time, we are collecting each of the initial chapters in this super-sized 368-page collection.

Contains: The Resistance Vol. 1 (#1-6), The Resistance: Reborns (One Shot), The Resistance: Uprising Vol. 2 #1, Moths #1, E-Ratic Vol. 1 #1, Knighted #1, The Joneses #1, E-Ratic: Recharged Vol. 2 #1

The Resistance Universe: The Origins

The Resistance Universe expands with The Resistance Universe: The Origins

AWA Studios has announced The Resistance Universe: The Origins. The super-sized first collection of stories from the developers’ original shared universe, The Resistance, was created and penned by acclaimed filmmaker and comic book writer J. Michael Straczynski and illustrated by Eisner Award-winner Mike Deodato, Jr. Additional creators including Gregg Hurwitz, Kaare Andrews, C.P. Smith, Mike Choi, and more followed suit, creating their own series that each tell a different story within the Resistance Universe. The 368-page collected edition will be available on Wednesday, December 7.

In March 2020, amid COVID-19 lockdowns, AWA Studios launched a bold new universe featuring compelling  21st Century themes with J. Michael Straczynski & Mike Deodato Jr.’s The Resistance, in which “Reborns” gain incredible powers in the wake of a global pandemic. This epic debut series planted the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. After humanity faced “The Great Death” – a pandemic that killed millions of people – survivors with superhuman powers known as the “Reborns” become Earth’s last hope. The concept of this universe stemmed from an intersection of ideas from J. Michael Straczynski, who was fascinated by where the premise for science fiction ends and the superhero universe begins. 

Over the last two years, other creators like Gregg Hurwitz, Kaare Andrews, and Michael Moreci have followed with their own series’ within the Resistance Universe. Now, for the first time, AWA is collecting each of the initial chapters in this super-sized collection which includes the following series:

  • THE RESISTANCE VOL. 1 – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Artist: Mike Deodato, Jr.

The epic debut series that plants the flag for a new universe of heroes and villains. A global disaster known as “The Great Death” leaves hundreds of millions dead in its wake. Shortly after the disease mysteriously subsides, amid a rising tide of fascism born of fear, a few thousand suddenly manifest superhuman powers. Are they harbingers of more perils to come…or Earth’s last hope?

  • THE RESISTANCE: REBORNS – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Artist: C.P. Smith

This special collection explores the origins of five characters in this new universe of heroes and villains including The Mad, the Dangerous, The Hidden, The Lost, and The Transcendent. 

  • THE RESISTANCE: UPRISING #1 – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Artist: C.P. Smith

To avert decimation at the hands of a fascistic government crackdown in the wake of the assassination of their leader, the Resistance must discover the ace up their sleeve, and then the key to unlocking it. 

  • MOTHS #1 – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski | Artist: Mike Choi

Following heroine Emily Kai who is known as a “Moth,” MOTHS #1 is an intimate look at a very special species within the superhuman race known as The Reborns. 

  • E-RATIC #1 – Writer & Artist: Kaare Andrews

This series follows Oliver Leif, a fifteen-year-old teenager who is new to town in the wake of The Great Death and is suddenly granted incredible powers. Cool, right? There’s only one problem: he can only use his powers for ten minutes at a time. 

  • E-RATIC: RECHARGED #1 – Writer & Artist: Kaare Andrews

In Volume 2 of the fan-favorite series, Oliver Leif picks up right where he left off – saving the world again as he navigates even more pressing perils like young love, bullies, a broken family, and the gauntlet that is high school. 

  • KNIGHTED #1 – Writer: Gregg Hurwitz | Artist: Mark Texeira

This action-packed adventure introduces a masked vigilante for the 21st Century named Bob Ryder, whose bad luck streak comes to a crescendo when he accidentally kills the city’s masked vigilante and is forced to take on the mantle of the legendary hero before the city descends into chaos.

  • THE JONESES #1 – Writer: Michael Moreci | Artist: Alessandro Vitti

This series focuses on a suburban family with a big secret – mother, father, sister and brother were all transformed into something superhuman. While the world embraces fascism born of fear, the Joneses realize they face grave consequences if they are exposed.

Featuring all-new cover art and a special foreword by J. Michael Straczynski, The Resistance Universe: The Origins will be available December 7, both digitally and in stores wherever comic books are sold for $19.99.

The Resistance Universe: The Origins

Inkwell Awards Announces the Mike Deodato Jr. Event #ink-magic

The non-profit Inkwell Awards, devoted to promoting the art of comic book inking, has released the list of artists participating in its sixth annual Sinnott Inking Challenge Spotlight. This year’s Challenge features artist Mike Deodato Jr.‘s take on DC ComicsWonder Woman, who’s celebrating her 80th Anniversary. 

Deodato chose the character and penciled an exclusive image for the Inkwells’ event. Early in his career, it was the artist’s 1987 run on the Wonder Woman (volume 2) series with writer William Messner-Loebs that propelled his name into stardom. The artwork will be auctioned for fundraising.

According to the Inkwells’ founder/director Bob Almond, the Spotlight Challenge grew out of the original Joe Sinnott Inking Challenge but showcases contemporary, “fan-favorite” talents on a more limited scale with various veteran published inkers. In chronological order, previous pencillers were Jim Lee, Neal Adams, Erik Larsen, David Finch and Ivan Reis. Reis will be the first Spotlight featured artist to later ink another featured artist (Deodato), both residing in Brazil.

The artists (in alphabetical order) are:

  • Gerry Acerno
  • Oclair Albert
  • Kenneth Branch
  • Brett Breeding
  • Kevin Conrad
  • Marc Deering
  • Elisabetta D’Amico
  • Michelle Delecki
  • Adriano Di Benedetto
  • Mark Farmer
  • Eber Ferreira
  • Christopher Ivy
  • Klaus Janson
  • Tony Kordos
  • Jose Marzan Jr.
  • Mark McKenna
  • Mark Pennington
  • Andrew Pepoy
  • Joe Prado
  • Rodney Ramos
  • Ivan Reis
  • Jonas Trindade
  • LeBeau Underwood
  • Dexter Vines
  • Keith Williams

The Challenge Spotlight furthers the inking advocacy’s dual mission of promoting the artform and educating the public. Blue-lined art files featuring a pencilled Mike Deodato Jr. pinup are sent to the artists to finish in ink. Each inked page will be signed by Deodato and the inker, and include a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by Almond. All pages will be auctioned off as part of a major fundraiser in two to three waves, the first on Saturday afternoon, July 9 for a week, with subsequent waves in two weeks’ intervals, at the Inkwells’ eBay page.

Review: NewThink #1

NewThink #1

Anthologies can be a hell of a lot of fun. They provide an opportunity to check out a whole bunch of creators or deliver standalone stories brought together with a theme. NewThink #1 kicks off a new one examining the rapid proliferation of technology, the cultural and political polarization of the country, and the technocrats that have driven us to such extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something…futuristic.

Written by Gregg Hurwitz, NewThink #1 delivers an interesting spin on screen addiction delivering a rather original take on the proliferation of computers in our lives. The story spins out the idea that computers were really an invading force from space, aliens here to subjugate humanity.

From that simple idea, Hurwitz dives into, and digs into, the addiction and the fallout that so many experience today. We’re glued to our screens, allowing them to dictate our lives, interactions, and self worth. It’s all an interesting concept and Hurwitz does what works great for sci-fi, uses it to examine humanity and where we stand as a society.

Mike Deodato Jr. provides the art with Lee Loughridge on color and Andworld Design handling the lettering. The look of the comic is interesting and not an easy task to convey. The art is mainly computers, people staring at screens, and people sitting at desks. Still, the art team delivers a look that fits so well to Hurwitz’s concept. The art creates an ominous tone to it all. Small details like the change in people’s body shape and size add to it all allowing the reader to come to a conclusion and go further with the horror that the narrative states.

Going into NewThink #1, I had no idea what I was getting into. I didn’t know it was an anthology nor that the comic was a one and done read. I came away scratching my head a bit honestly. But, it’s a solid read that works great as part of an anthology. Standing on it’s own, it’s a bit of a tough call. The concept is great but it also didn’t quite stick with me. it felt like a good Twilight Zone episode where you’re happy you spent the time with it but moved on not long after.

Story: Gregg Hurwitz Art: Mike Deodato Jr.
Color: Lee Loughridge Letter: Andworld Design
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Newthink explores the polarization of the country and the technocrats driving us to extremes

 AWA Studios has announced the sci-fi anthology series, Newthink. From writer Gregg Hurwitz alongside an all-star team of artists each tackling a different issue, the original comic holds a dark mirror up to the modern world of technology and the culture wars. Featured artists in the 5-issue series include Mike Deodato Jr., Ramon Rosanas, Mike Choi, Keron Grant, and Will Conrad

Newthink is a science fiction comic set in a faraway world…that is actually the reality of living today in America. Much in the way that Star Trek transported 1960’s social upheaval to faraway planets or The Twilight Zone broadcast Cold War anxiety through the lens of monsters and aliens, this Black Mirror-style series continues a long tradition of using science fiction to underscore social commentary. Newthink aims to examine the cultural and political polarization of the country and the technocrats that have driven us to extremes of thought that we need to present the present as something futuristic. Each story in the 5-issue anthology consists of unique characters and independent storylines that highlight these themes. 

Newthink #1 will be available Wednesday, June 1st both digitally and in stores wherever comic books are sold.

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