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Preview: Rex Royd


Writers: Frankie Boyle and Jim Muir
Artists: Mike Dowling and Budi Setiawan
Publisher: Titan Comics
Softcover, 112pp, $19.99, £16.99
On sale: September 18, 2018
ISBN: 9781785867248

Exciting, experimental and challenging – it’s controversial Scottish stand-up comedian Frankie Boyle’s first comics work. Join the crazy adventures of superscientist CEO Rex Royd!

From an interview with Frankie Boyle: “I wanted to try to do something that came from the heart. The state-of-the-art in comics always seemed a bit linear and it seems so unambitious. I wanted to do different sections from an overall story you didn’t see all of. I just f****** love comics and I’m keen to develop the whole thing in the least comic book way possible! Rex is complex, but you don’t necessarily need to follow everything. I’m not asking the reader to work as much as have an open mind.”

Each Rex Royd chapter takes us further into the vivid imagination of stand-up comedian and writer, Frankie Boyle – backed up by stunning, stylish art by Mike Dowling and Budi Setiawan. The action takes place at RexCorp, a corporation where violence is the day job. RexCorp is headed up by superscientist CEO Rex Royd, indestructible Alan Black, and Eve. How will they cope against the incalculable power of the extraterrestrial Proteoman? All this plus memory implants, drug-addicted schizophrenics, sex-travelling aliens, Thunder God suicides – and more.

Rex Royd An Outrageous New Graphic Novel from Comedian Frankie Boyle

Titan Comics has announced Rex Royd, the anarchic, hilarious and controversial graphic novel from comedian Frankie Boyle. Collecting together the first seven chapters originally featured in CLiNT Magazine, plus the final, never-before-seen chapters 8 and 9, this volume tells the whole, unexpurgated story of super-scientist, businessman and evil genius Rex Royd

Frankie Boyle is well-known for his shocking comedy – he shot to fame as a regular panellist on Mock The Week, regularly tours the UK with sell-out stand-up shows and in 2017 was commissioned by BBC Two to make Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, which returned this year for a second series.

He brings the full force of his imagination and unique sense of humour to Rex Royd By day, Rex is the suave CEO of RexCorp, working alongside indestructible Alan Black, and Eve (yes, the original Eve). But by night, he is the scourge of superheroes, the Bilderberg Group and even God himself. All this plus memory implants, drug-addicted schizophrenics, sex-travelling aliens, Thunder God suicides – and more.

Created by Frankie Boyle and Jim Muir the comic is illustrated by Mike Dowling and Budi Setiawan. You can find it on shelves September 18, 2018.

Vertigo is Relaunching With 7 New Titles

DC Entertainment‘s Vertigo imprint is celebrating their 25th anniversary and this fall the line of comics will relaunch with seven original series that look to take on hot button topics. The creators attached feature long time comic creators as well as new voices such as Zoe Quinn, Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, and sex education podcaster Tina Horn. The comics have no problem taking on touchy subject matter like white supremacy, virtual reality deities, and sex work. DC describes the line as “modern, socially relevant, and high-concept.”

These seven new series are on top of the new line of Sandman titles previously announced. In the announcement Vertigo executive editor Mark Doyle said:

It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.

Vertigo launched in 1993 to publish more adult and graphic content that couldn’t be printed under the Comics Code Authority. It allowed more freedom than the DC line would allow. The line saw such titles as Sandman, American Vampire, Astro City, Daytripper, 100 Bullets, DMZ, Human Target, iZombie, Northlanders, Y: The Last Man, Sweet Tooth, and so much more by some of the best in the buesiness.

The series are:

Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on. (September 2018)

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… (October 2018)

American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent. (November 2018)

Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez

In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality. (December 2018)

High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda

Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. (2019)

Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling

A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government. (2019)

Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace

God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right. (2019)

Review: Unfollow #1

Unfollow #1Let me start by saying I absolutely love social experiments, in all their forms.  I was a diligent student of Psychology during my undergrad and I was a mesmerized teen in High School when the reality-tv revolution lit its spark. (I’m starting to give away my age!) Like most people, for me human nature in all its variants is a perennial curiosity.  I am always theorizing when people’s behaviour confuses me and I love when our art attempts to do much of the same.

I first heard about Unfollow via an article I read on Wired. The basic premise is that a tech inventor / billionaire and creator of a twitter like communication network (chirper) wants to know  the true nature of humanity. Terminally ill Larry Ferrell bequeaths his 17 billion dollar to 140 strangers (or characters) within a grand social experiment to determine of altruism or violence is humanity’s most defining trait.  What I love about this work is that the author was partly inspired by a Louis CK comedy bit where the comedian pondered at humanity’s luck for being outside the food chain.  The author  wanted to show that the opposite is the case and set out to use social media as inspiration for this sentiment.

The story wastes no time and begins in media res as two individuals on a seemingly private island, are involved in an altercation with each other. The confrontation between the two individuals centers on the selection of the “140”  This panel ends with one of the individuals being chased to his death. We’re introduced  to more characters who realize they have been chosen as  a member of the 140.  The reactions to this news range from the hilarious to the disturbing.  For instance a philanthropist heiress sick of the 1% seeks to rid her inheritance for a noble cause, only to discover she’s rich again after her selection to the 140. Another individual appears to be an ex-military recluse who believes he is receiving instructions from  God. After his notification of 140 membership he sets out heavily armed, on an assumed mission from above.

The themes of social Darwinism as well as altruism vs rational self-interest were very salient in this issue as it introduced the first round of characters and the premise of the story. Ferrell’s 17 billion fortune is poised to be split 140 ways (120 million each) unless something were to happen to some of the characters resulting in a greater share of the pie for each remaining character.  This grand experiment serving to answer the question of the man who initiated it.  It will be very interesting to watch the encounter all the interactions among the characters, although at a slated 140 it is questionable how many we’ll actually see on panel.

The whole nature of social media, highlights our obsession with narcissism and competitiveness but at the same time our capacity for empathy and connection. This double edged sword motif is sure to resonate as the series continues. Interestingly the story is likely to be mediated through each character. Possibly leading to a Rashomon like effect. Everyone is the hero of their own story, and their justification for their own behaviour contra everyone elses usually is more flattering than what it may be in reality.  This will be another element to watch closely in Unfollow.

The art was different, not what I am used to admittedly but the colours were bright and vivid. There was a serious tone to the art that really matches the subject matter giving it an appropriate sense of realism.  The experiment showcased in Unfollow would never gain ethics approval in the real world, but I am more than happy to explore it in a fictional setting.  I am hooked and cannot wait for the next  issue to come out.

Story: Rob Williams Art: Mike Dowling
Story: 8 Art: 8 Overall 8 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Releases a Trailer for Death Sentence

What would you do with superpowers — and six months to live?

That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, a terrifying new STD.

What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away — or go out in a blaze of glory?

By turns funny, dark, sad and spectacular, Death Sentence is an emotional thrill ride through celebrity, loss, passion and creativity. It’s the jaw-dropping next stage in superpowered storytelling!

Written by Montynero and art by Mike Dowling, Death Sentence Collection hits comic stores on June 8, 2014.

Preview: Death Sentence #5



With only days left to live, Verity and Monty clash as the G+ Virus mutates!

This issue:

  • Monty and Verity develop new powers, the like of which the world has never seen – and Weasel is caught in the middle!
  • The battle for London rages, and its repercussions are felt around the globe!
  • Does Verity’s future promise only chaos and death – or could she find a cure?

A critical and fan favorite, Death Sentence ramps up towards the epic conclusion of the first story! No one is safe!


Preview: Death Sentence #4

Death Sentence #4

Titan Comics
Writer: Monty Nero
Artist: Mike Dowling
On Sale Date: 1/08/2013

Time is running out, as Monty takes an explosive step towards world domination!

This issue:

  • All the soldiers in the country aren’t enough to stand against Monty, as he brings society crashing down!
  • Sparks – and bottles of vodka – fly as Verity and Weasel meet!
  • And a final page that will blow your mind!

Death Sentence is a critical smash-hit! Don’t miss your chance to get on board this shocking rollercoaster ride!


Preview: Death Sentence #3


Released 12/11/2013

Given amazing superpowers – and six months to live – by the G+ Virus, three Londoners struggle to make their time count!

Discover what made Monty such a manipulative s**t – can he use his powers to climb all the way to the top? Washed-up singer-songwriter Weasel puts in a paternity visit – and ends up on the run from GCHQ’s power-hunting division! Already imprisoned, can Verity’s artistic side flower in captivity? More importantly… is there a chance that the G+ Virus could be cured?

Death Sentence is a critical smash-hit! Don’t miss your chance to get on board this shocking rollercoaster ride!


Titan’s Death Sentence #2 Sells Out!

Titan Comics has reported that the second issue of Death Sentence has sold out at the distributor level. The new creator owned series, written by Monty Nero and illustrated by Mike Dowling, has completely sold out at Diamond Comics Distributors, with a second print, featuring a bold new cover, scheduled to drop on December 11, and available to order from Diamonds Previews Plus issue #1101, item code SEP138356.

This follows the phenomenal first-day sell-out of Death Sentence #1. The first issue has earned a second print, complete with a Midtown Comics variant, pushing the print run for the first issue to 13,200. The second printing of #1 is still available to order now (item code SEP138036) and is scheduled for release November 20.

What would you do with superpowers – and six months to live? That’s the dilemma facing three people who’ve contracted the G+ Virus, through unprotected sex. What can graphic designer Verity, failing indie guitarist Weasel and roguish media personality Monty do in the time they have left? Fade away – or go out in a blaze of glory?

The second printing of Death Sentence #1 arrives 11/20/13, the second printing of Death Sentence #2 arrives 12/11/13 and features a brand new second print variant cover.

Death Sentence #2 Cover Second Printing Variant Death Sentence #1 Cover Second Printing Midtown Variant Death Sentence #1 Cover Second Printing Variant

Preview: Death Sentence #2

Death Sentence #2

Writer: Monty Nero
Artist: Mike Dowling
Titan Comics
Release: 10/23/2013

The clock is ticking – and three powerful lives are running out!

Given incredible superpowers – and six months to live – by the sexually-transmitted G+ Virus, three Londoners kick back against the spectre of death with everything they’ve got.

Washed-up indie guitarist Weasel tries to make amends for a life that’s totally f*****d – but changing the direction of a lifetime can be murder! Comedian and media personality Monty tests the limits of his new powers of persuasion, with horrifying results… and, after her explosive activation, Verity is on the run from the government – but can her nascent abilities keep her one step ahead of a crack team of GCHQ operatives?

Don’t miss the chance to get on board this critical smash-hit right now – it’s the future of superpowered storytelling!


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