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Preview: Byte-Sized #4

Byte-Sized #4

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Nelson Blake Iii (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

When two young siblings excitedly unwrap their final Christmas presents, they discover toy robots unlike anything they have ever seen. And with good reason. What the kids and their parents don’t know is that their quaint suburban home just became the beachhead for these self-aware ‘bots that have begun to explore the outside world. And when one of the ‘bots breaks bad, it’s going to take a Christmas miracle to stop him. In this concluding issue, the bots face off with the living room as their battleground.

Byte-Sized #4

Machine Gun Kelly Teams with Z2 Comics for the graphic novel Hotel Diablo

Z2 Comics has announced they are collaborating on the first-ever graphic novel from musician and actor, Machine Gun Kelly. The young superstar brings his genuine love of comics to his first foray into four color fiction with the graphic novel tie-in to his 2019 album Hotel Diablo, which is available for preorder now!

Between Heaven and Hell lies a waystation for the soul–a place where your deeds in life are the keys to your eternity in the afterlife–at the Hotel Diablo. And it’s Lidia Lopez’s first night behind the front desk. Every guest has a story to tell and a lesson to learn…

Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo is co-written by film and music superstar Machine Gun Kelly with Eliot Rahal and Ryan Cady. It features art by Martin MorazzoAmilcar Pinna, Victor Ibañez, Nelson Blake II, and more to be announced!

The Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo graphic novel clocks in at over 100 pages and will be released in a standard softcover edition in comic shops and bookstores alike in July 2021, as well as special deluxe and super deluxe editions available only through the Z2 website, which will include a special exclusive vinyl edition of the album!

Machine Gun Kelly’s Hotel Diablo

Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte-Sized #1

An army base has had something break out. It disabled the vehicles so no one could follow. It hitched a ride through the snow to end up in the home of a family, hidden safely in its Christmas tree. It’s a robotic creature of sorts and it’s sights, whether friendly or not, are set on the family’s daughter.

The timing on this book is a bit perfect, as it’s set during Christmas and we’re a few weeks away. Byte-Sized #1 is that kind of book for those who want a holiday story that is a bit more kid-friendly. That said, I thought this book was a bit boring. Really, so much does not happen in this book. We don’t see the creature break out. We don’t see much of anything except glowing eyes and we get a reveal at the end. The most action is when the family dog chews up a sock. I think writer Cullen Bunn maybe took it a bit too easy with this one. Hey, I might not even be the targeted audience for this but I just didn’t dig it. It happens.

Nelson Blake II’s art is a bit basic. There’s not a lot of detail but he does a good job of telling a story. It certainly fits the tone of Byte-Sized #1 well and was probably my favorite part of this book. Snakebite Cortez’s colors are good but would be suited better with some art that was a bit more detailed.

Do you love stories where robotic creatures break free from the government stooges and eventually befriend some young child? I’m pretty sure that’s where we’re going with Byte-Sized. I get that there’s probably a lot of inspiration from the likes of Gremlins or Batteries Not Included but maybe I need more issues to get some enjoyment from Byte-Sized. Kudos to AWA Studios for continuing to do different material with everything. Their scope is so wide in what they put out that you are bound to find something you’ll like. It just might not be this.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 4.0 Art: 5.0 Overall: 4.5

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Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte Sized #1

Cullen Bunn, master of science-fiction storytelling, brings his talents to a Christmas story in Byte-Sized #1. The first issue of this four-part series from AWA Upshot is due to hit stands on December 9th. Every kid looks forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. On this particular Christmas morning, siblings Katy and Ben are in for a surprise bigger than whatever Santa Claus is planning to bring them. A group of robots possessing artificial intelligence had escaped from a government research facility and has found their way beneath Katy and Ben’s Christmas tree.

A sense of mystery bubbles beneath the surface of the entire first issue, culminating in an exciting cliffhanger. Bunn does a great job of setting up the story while keeping the robots’ intended purpose and full capabilities unknown. The combination of the magic of Christmas, the innocence of children, and the mysterious agenda of the robots make for a very compelling start to this limited series. I would have liked to see a little more happen in this first issue as several scenes seemed to drag. More panels were dedicated to certain events in the story than seemed necessary. Out of all the characters in this issue Gizmo, the family’s dog, stood out the most by far. Gizmo drives the second half of the plot forward and is adorable while doing it. In my opinion, one thing that would have improved on the story is if the entire thing was told/drawn from the perspectives of Gizmo and the robots. Those panels where this was the case were the strongest in the entire issue.

Nelson Blake II’s artwork fits the story of Byte Sized #1 perfectly. His style makes the characters look realistic while always capturing the tone conveyed by Bunn’s script. Even locales as mundane as a truck stop or a laundry room are brought to life by Blake’s artwork. He does a great job of rendering expressive faces, especially the characters’ eyes. Each character’s eyes are vibrant and perfectly capture the emotions that character is feeling in any given scene. Colorist Snakebite Cortez ups the ante on Blake’s illustrations with an expert use of shading, adding depth to the character designs. Every panel in this first issue, even the ones where people are just standing around talking, has a dynamic look and feel to it because of the art team’s collaboration.

In Byte-Sized #1 Cullen Bunn once again showcases his talent for blending genres. This first issue has horror and sci-fi elements, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow. The last few pages left me legitimately excited to see where the story will go from here. The art team breathe life into Bunn’s script and give each panel a unique look. Plus, you can’t go wrong with cute doggie action! Get in the holiday spirit and pick up your copy of Byte-Sized #1.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Byte-Sized #1

Byte-Sized #1

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Nelson Blake II (CA) Rahzzah
In Shops: Dec 09, 2020
SRP: $3.99

When two young siblings excitedly unwrap their final Christmas presents, they discover toy robots unlike anything they have ever seen. And with good reason. What the kids and their parents don’t know is that their quaint suburban home just became the beachhead for these self-aware ‘bots that have begun to explore the outside world. And when one of the ‘bots breaks bad, it’s going to take a Christmas miracle to stop him.

Byte-Sized #1

Early Review: Byte-Sized #1

Byte Sized #1

Cullen Bunn, master of science-fiction storytelling, brings his talents to a Christmas story in Byte-Sized #1. The first issue of this four-part series from AWA Upshot is due to hit stands on December 9th. Every kid looks forward to opening presents on Christmas morning. On this particular Christmas morning, siblings Katy and Ben are in for a surprise bigger than whatever Santa Claus is planning to bring them. A group of robots possessing artificial intelligence had escaped from a government research facility and has found their way beneath Katy and Ben’s Christmas tree.

A sense of mystery bubbles beneath the surface of the entire first issue, culminating in an exciting cliffhanger. Bunn does a great job of setting up the story while keeping the robots’ intended purpose and full capabilities unknown. The combination of the magic of Christmas, the innocence of children, and the mysterious agenda of the robots make for a very compelling start to this limited series. I would have liked to see a little more happen in this first issue as several scenes seemed to drag. More panels were dedicated to certain events in the story than seemed necessary. Out of all the characters in this issue Gizmo, the family’s dog, stood out the most by far. Gizmo drives the second half of the plot forward and is adorable while doing it. In my opinion, one thing that would have improved on the story is if the entire thing was told/drawn from the perspectives of Gizmo and the robots. Those panels where this was the case were the strongest in the entire issue.

Nelson Blake II’s artwork fits the story of Byte Sized #1 perfectly. His style makes the characters look realistic while always capturing the tone conveyed by Bunn’s script. Even locales as mundane as a truck stop or a laundry room are brought to life by Blake’s artwork. He does a great job of rendering expressive faces, especially the characters’ eyes. Each character’s eyes are vibrant and perfectly capture the emotions that character is feeling in any given scene. Colorist Snakebite Cortez ups the ante on Blake’s illustrations with an expert use of shading, adding depth to the character designs. Every panel in this first issue, even the ones where people are just standing around talking, has a dynamic look and feel to it because of the art team’s collaboration.

In Byte-Sized #1 Cullen Bunn once again showcases his talent for blending genres. This first issue has horror and sci-fi elements, all wrapped up in a Christmas bow. The last few pages left me legitimately excited to see where the story will go from here. The art team breathe life into Bunn’s script and give each panel a unique look. Plus, you can’t go wrong with cute doggie action! Get in the holiday spirit and pick up your copy of Byte-Sized #1 when it hits shops on December 9th.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Nelson Blake II
Color: Snakebite Cortez Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

AWA Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Big Names are Coming to the Free Baltimore Comic-Con Live

Take advantage of the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live, a FREE ONLINE EVENT streaming the weekend of October 23-25, 2020! Come check out retailers, exhibitors, artists alley, programming, and the Ringo Awards live! The free virtual convention also features a slew of programming that fans won’t want to miss!

ARTISTS, WRITERS & ARTISANS: Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up

Panelists: Axel Alonso, Cullen Bunn, Kaare Andrews, Nelson Blake II, Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic
Host: John Siuntres
Friday, October 23, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Creators AWA Studios Discuss Their Creative Inspirations for Winter 2020 Line Up: AWA Studios’ Axel Alonso has given creators the support they need to create the stories that need to be told. These stories range from graphic journalism, the NBC Syndicated webcomic turned graphic novel, COVID Chronicles by Ethan Sacks and Dalibor Talajic to E-Ratic, a teenage superhero found in The Resistance universe by Kaare Andrews, and Byte-Sized, a Transformers-meets-Pixar story that will warm the hearts of the entire family by Cullen Bunn and Nelson Blake II. Find out what inspired the creators and why they brought their passion to AWA Studios.

Cullen Bunn

SUPERMAN’S FUTURE STATE

Panelists: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Host: TBD
Saturday, October 24, 2020 – 1pm ET / 10am PT

Join us for an exclusive interview with writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson on DC Comic’s Future StateHouse of El,  Superman: Worlds of War, and more!!!

Superman: Worlds of War

HERE COMES THE BOOM!

Panelists: Ross Richie (Founder) & Filip Sablik (President)
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 2pm ET / 11am PT

With the 1.5 million dollar success of their Kickstarter campaign for Keanu Reeves’ BRZRKR comic, BOOM! Studios has made some game-changing decisions in the way they publish. Join BOOM’s CEO and Founder Ross Richie and President Filip Sablik in conversation with Robert Meyer Burnett discussing their ground breaking strategies for the present and Future of BOOM!

BOOM! Studios

STREETS OF MARVEL: Q&A Panel

Panelists: Ryan Stegman, Becky Cloonan, Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, Phillip K. Johnson
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

Some of the top names in Marvel Comics (Ryan StegmanBecky CloonanMatthew RosenbergEd Brisson, and Phillip K. Johnson) sit down with Amy Dallen to discuss everything going on in the House of Ideas.

Matthew Rosenberg

BITTER ROOT: Creator Spotlight

Panelists: David Walker, Chuck Brown and Sanford Greene
Host: Shelly Bond
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 5pm ET / 2pm PT

The men behind the runaway success of the year. An exploration of The Harlem Renaissance, through the actions of a family of supernatural monster hunters. Starring the creative team of David WalkerChuck Brown, and Sanford Greene.

KIRBY’S FOURTH WORLD (Remixed)

Panelists: Tom King and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Robert Meyer Burnett
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 7pm ET / 4pm PT

Writers Tom King (Mister MiracleRorschach) and Cecil Castellucci (Female Furies) discuss their reinterpretations of Jack Kirby’s strangest creations.

Tom King

MARK WAID / TOM BREVOORT: Marvel Age

Panelists: Mark Waid and Tom Brevoort
Host: Mark Waid
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 8pm ET / 5pm PT

Take a deep dive into the wonderful world of Marvel Comics with two of its biggest names.

Mark Waid

CRIME ALLEYS OF GOTHAM

Panelists: Tom King, Joelle Jones, Bryan Hill, and Cecil Castellucci
Host: Amy Dallen
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 9pm ET / 6pm PT

Join Tom KingCecil CastellucciJoelle Jones, and Bryan Hill talking about playing in the alleyways of Gotham City with the Bat Family.

Cecil Castellucci

POWERS: 20th Anniversary Reunion

Panelists: Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming
Host: John Siuntres
Sunday, October 25, 2020 – 11pm ET / 8pm PT

Join Powers creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming as they take a look back at 20 Years of Powers.

Preview: Green Lanterns #45

Green Lanterns #45

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Ronan Cliquet (CA) Nelson Blake
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $2.99

Jessica Cruz has been pulled into a nightmare world created from her own memories. As Simon Baz and the Justice League try to find her, they turn to an unlikely ally for help: John Constantine!

Preview: Luke Cage #5

Luke Cage #5

(W) David Walker (A) Nelson Blake (CA) Rahzzah
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS!
• Luke Cage is under attack from all sides!
• bHis adversaries are rich, powerful and unbreakable.
• BRING ‘EM ON.

Preview: Generations: Ms. Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1

Generations: Ms. Marvel & Ms. Marvel #1

(W) G. Willow Wilson (A) Paolo Villanelli (CA) Nelson Blake II
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $4.99

• Ms. Marvel’s falling out with her idol Carol Danvers, a.k.a. the Mighty Captain Marvel, just took a BIZARRE turn!
• Kamala suddenly finds herself as an intern at Woman Magazine – Carol’s former place of employment! Between cozying up to her boss, filing back issues, and her usual super-heroing, how will Kamala find time to figure out what got her here in the first place?

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