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Preview: Barbarella #3

Barbarella #3

writer: Sarah Hoyt
artist: Madibek Musabekov
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Derrick Chew (B), Carla Cohen (C), Celina (D), Rachel Hollon Cosplay Variant (E), Lucio Parillo (RI-F/BW), Mike Krome (RI-G), Carla Cohen (RI-H/BW), Derrick Chew (RI-I/BW)
FC | 32 pages | SciFi/ Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Fresh off the chaotic conclusion to the riddle of Camelot, Barbarella finds herself out an ally but with no time to lick her wounds. A mysterious signal from space leads Barbarella to the water world of Encantdao, where the remnants of a once-thriving situation lay hidden, as do much genetic shenanigans. And lest you think that’s all the Siren of Space must deal with, the armed forces of they deadly power behind the enslavement of Camelot is still hot on her trail—good luck outrunning lasers!

Barbarella #3

Preview: Barbarella (Vol. 2) #2

Barbarella (Vol. 2) #2

writer: Sarah Hoyt
artist: Madibek Musabekov
covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Derrick Chew (B), Carla Cohen (C), Mike Krome (D), Rachel Hollon Cosplay Variant (E), Derrick Chew (RI-F/BW), Madibek Musabekov (RI-G), Lucio Parrillo (RI-H/BW), Derrick Chew (RI-I/BW Virgin), Carla Cohen (RI-J/Line Art), Carla Cohen (RI-K/BW)
FC | 32 pages | SciFi/ Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Mystery abounds on the planet Camelot, and it’s up to Barbarella to unravel it all in order to save a secretly enslaved populace in what’s supposed to be a literal paradise. Answers will be forthcoming, but getting there will be half the fun—at least for you, gentle reader! And those answers may just bring down paradise…and lead to an even greater galactic evil! Love, lasers and liberty—this one’s got it all, courtesy of acclaimed novelist

SARAH HOYT and visionary artist MADIBEK MUSABEKOV!

Barbarella (Vol. 2) #2

Ablaze and JP Roth Team Up for Graphic Novels

Ablaze has announced a deal with fantasy author JP Roth to publish her line of Rothic graphic novels, beginning with Ancient Dreams, coming August 2021. Ancient Dreams is a modern fantasy intertwined with classic tales of the ancient gods.

Cara Wynter is a literature student living with her twin sister, Lily, in Fairhaven Washington. A daughter of witches, touch brings Cara only pain, and dark visions of pasts and futures she can rarely change. Already fighting to exist in her strange reality, she begins to crumble when the reoccurring dreams of her own death begin. In a desperate attempt to unlock the secrets in the violent images, she finds herself lost in a contest between love, and the will of the ancient gods. With only forgotten memories and the pages of a book to guide her, she struggles to understand her past and break a deadly curse. Cara must face her worst fears, to save the soul of a god she has treasured for centuries, and a love she cannot live without.

JP Roth’s Ancient Dreams graphic novel includes nine chapters of full-color stories, including three never collected before, in a complete 160-page $19.99 TP collection featuring art from Eric Basaldua, Mike Krome, Dawn McTeigue, and Sabine Rich.

After the release of Ancient Dreams, Ablaze also plans to publish other Rothic graphic novels, including REM 8, Theory of Magic, and Southern Nightgown.

Ancient Dreams

Review: Zindan #1

When it comes to epic fantasies, it feels like most stories center on some medieval band of friends or acquaintances somewhere in Europe or some version of it. I remember when I read Lord Of The Rings for the first time. I was entranced by the characters, the world and the journey that these characters would go. It transported the reader to places that would only be in the deep recesses of JRR Tolkien’s brilliant mind, shaped by his experience as a soldier during World War I. Like most children of color, I was left wondering if there was somebody that looked like me in this magical world?

This question would be answered in the movies. I watched the films conflicted. I enjoyed the interpretation by Peter Jackson but was also disgusted that even the movies had no one that looked like me. Fast Forward to today and these issues is being addressed and challenged with major book companies signing more writers of color. In the first issue of Zindan, we catch up with Timur and Zain as they battle evil spreading across India.

As the Mughals overrun India, we are introduced to Wayl al-Ahtab , also known as the Immortal  and the leader of the escaped prisoners, as he no mere mortal as he cannot be killed by swords . Soon they lay waste to what is left of the royal army as he seeks revenge against those who have imprisoned him, the Ansaars. We also catch with Timur and Zain as they bury their father figure and mentor, Khalid, as they grieve over him, they also must come to terms with what has happened to India. By issue’s end, Timur and Zain find where Wayl al -Ahtab was held while he is headed towards Bamyan for his own reckoning.

Overall, it’s an exciting chapter in this comic series which shows that these stories is not part of a tradition but the genesis of this well-traveled tradition. The story by the creative team is thrilling and well-paced. The art by the creative team is alluring. Altogether, it’s an installment which drops you in the middle of the action and leaves the reader breathless.

Story: Omar Mirza and Khurram Mehtabdin
Art: Adelso Corona, Jessica Jimerson, Mike Krome, Sabine Rich, Alonso Espinoza, and Sajad Shah
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

This March Zenescope Entertainment’s Newest Badass Arrives in Hellchild!

Angelica Blackstone is a half-Greek god, half-vampire, and she’s pissed! When she is brought back from the dead and given a new lease on life by monster hunter Liesel Van Helsing, Angelica joins a gang of Viking vampire junkies living in the underbelly of New York City. But she has a hell of an ax to grind with her absentee father, Hades, who she blames for her death. All hell is about to break loose!

The creative team for this new series features Pat Shand writing and interior artist Vincenzo Riccardi —with covers from: Edgar Salazar, Harvey Tolibao, Mike Krome, and Jason Metcalf.

Your local comic shop is ordering copies of Hellchild now, reserve your copy using the following Diamond Order codes: JAN161843, JAN161844, JAN161845, or JAN161846.

Grimm Fairy Tales: Steampunk—A New Alternate Reality Two-Part Mini-Series From Zenescope Entertainment!

In an alternate Steam Punk reality, Robyn Hood, Alice Liddle, Cinderella, Van Helsing, Nathan Cross, and many other of the most popular Grimm Universe characters live in a stunning but dangerous world unlike any you’ve seen before in Grimm Fairy Tales Steampunk.

When a group of outlaws led by the infamous Robyn Locksley pulls off a major heist, her and her crew are hunted down by Shang, the local Sheriff, a mysterious assassin, and an extremely dangerous gangster who runs the town named Snow White.

Writer Pat Shand is joined by artist Annapaolo Martello and colorist Robert Bevard on interiors to bring this amazing new reality to life; with cover appearances by Sean Chen, Richard Ortiz, Mike Krome, and Renato Rei.

Local comic shops are ordering Steampunk until January 4, 2016, so those interested in reserving a copy should contact their local retailer with the following Diamond Order codes: NOV151806, NOV151807, NOV151808, or NOV151809.

Preview: Shahrazad #5

SHAHRAZAD #5

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The epic first volume reaches its thrilling conclusion!

The Sirens have returned for revenge against the captor, Janus, and unfortunately for Shahrazad and her crew—they’re all caught in the middle! Don’t miss the thrilling end to this first chapter in this tale of adventure and danger!

SHAHRAZAD #5 is in stores August 5th, 2015!

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We Talk Shahrazad with Mike Krome

krome001Mike Krome is relatively new to the field of comics but he has already made his mark.  Working for a variety of companies he has proven his ability to make stunning covers, but perhaps his best work yet was on the visually impressive Shahrazad.  Originally from Big Dog Ink, this series was republished by Aspen after having purchased the rights.  This gave Mike’s art a second chance to shine.  We got a chance to talk with him about the series.

Graphic Policy:  Can you tell us your inspirations for comic book art?

Mike Krome:  They come from everywhere…mainly other great comic books I grew up with, but also just the infinity of fantastic art being pumped out all over the world in the form of graphic novels, game art, concept art, fantasy illustrations, etc. It’s hard to spend 5 minutes on a social network of other artists and not be inspired.

GP:  In the case of Shahrazad, the character is one based off of a variety of genres. How did you come up with the idea for her appearance with everything that she is associated with?

MK:  A lot of that was already planned out by the writers and creators, with the exception of some costume ideas. For that, you just sort of play around with the genre you’ve chosen until you have something that looks good, and also that you can easily draw multiple times.

krome003GP:  When you are drawing an already established character, what do you do to put your own spin on them? And is it easier to start with a pre-established character or to create a brand new character?

MK:  Both are fun…I enjoy creating stories and characters from scratch, but it’s a enjoyable challenge to bring someone else’s world and concept to life, too. That’s mainly what you’ll be doing anyway, when starting off in comics. I don’t really give much thought to “my own spin”…I just try to make the illustrations look as good as possible, and within that, like with most artists, eventually a recognizable uniqueness comes through.

GP:  Some of your female character could be said to be a bit over-the-top, but what do you do to make sure that you have not gone too far with them?

MK:  Ha, depends on what I’m working on, or who it’s for. Be it Pin-up, Erotica, Book covers, or Posters, there’s not really any generic “female character”, but you do have to use your head and think about what it’s going to be used for and who you’re targeting. You get much more savvy at this as you go, learning to diversify your work too, because much as I enjoy them, everything cant be a curvaceous pin up. Aesthetically, I’m still very much learning too, so feedback from other artists and friends is valuable.

krome002GP:  You are also known for creating some eye catching covers. How do you approach cover design considering the story inside?

MK:  It doesn’t always relate to the story, but I prefer it when they do. I’ll generally get a loose description from the editor, and then come up with a bunch of thumbnail ideas. The ideas aren’t the hard part but picking one out of half a dozen definitely can be. I try to think of what would make me stop and have a second look if I saw that cover in a row of others.

GP:  If you know that you are designing a variant cover, does it give you more freedom in your choices?

MK:  Sometimes. Again, I’ll often get a loose description, as usual, but when the words “do whatever you like” are used, that can be fun.

GP:  Are there any characters that you would like to get a chance to draw?

MK:  Characters like Dejah Thoris and Red Sonja are a lot of fun to draw, and I’d love to do some cover work for them some day!

Review: Shahrazad #1-4

c1e_Shahrazad-04Aspen Comics and Big Dog Ink been around for a while now, and I can honestly say I have never read any of their series, until now. The story focuses on a young lady, who I can only describe as a “female Captain Nemo from the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen”. In the opening scene of issue #1, she faces the evils that only siren mermaids can bring, as she loses crew members to the siren calls, she ultimately deploys plane and giant fighter bats to battle the ensuing dangers of the mermaids, as the second in charge. Her memory and her present intertwine through a series of flashbacks, as events happening remind her of seemingly unconnected events .

Her ship is destroyed and crew marooned on a remote island, and not to give anything away, she ends up becoming captain before the end of the 1st issue due to an unfortunate trap. In the 2nd issue, they face a conundrum, on whether to exact revenge, or help those who killed their first captain. Shahrazad decides to get in the middle f this war, and gets into a dogfight with out of all things, clouds. In the third issue, we are introduced to Janus, a Thanos type villain, who hosts fights for his own pleasure.

He kidnaps our heroine and makes her a gladiator while her crew drudges through the jungle. bickering amongst themselves before facing a armadillo type monster. In the 4th issue, Shahrazad faces a menagerie of opponents, as Janus, fails to see her future, while her crew fights through to the arena to try and save her. The villain, finds out a secret about her that was unknown to the reader until now, and probably makes even more sense in the finale, which is the next issue. The creative team behind the story, definitely have their feet firmly in the sands of high fantasy, and one would not be remised to say that there are hints of Robert Howard throughout the series, which is a great thing, while adds a few sprinkles of steampunk throughout.

The writing is definitely good and would love to see more from this writing team in the future. The art by all means, seems to the prevailing style at Aspen, but serves the story well. The combination of talents, in addition to the notes and essays at end of each issue, makes this a great series to read. Overall, a fun read.

Story: Kim Hutchison, Kari Castor, Tom Hutchison, Aaron Castor and Brett Cate Art: Mike Krome, Nei Ruffino, HDE
Story: 9 Art: 8 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Read

Aspen Comics and Big Dog Ink provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Shahrazad #4

SHAHRAZAD #4

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint concludes!

Shahrazad finds herself in a life-or-death battle for the ages, as she must not only prove that she can survive—but, also, that she can kill!

SHAHRAZAD #4 is in stores July 1st, 2015!

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