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Preview: The Cape: Fallen #3 (of 4)

The Cape: Fallen #3 (of 4)

Joe Hill & Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)

Eric’s assault on the LARPers escalates, and each encounter pushes the limits of his twisted imagination. With no cellphone service to call for help, they’re trapped in the woods and at the mercy of a magical madman. Eric has transformed into the apex predator, and he’s hungry for silence. The Cape: Fallen is the sequel to the 2010 Eisner Award-nominated miniseries, crafted by the original creative team of Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, and Nelson Daniel. Explore your dark side.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

The Cape: Fallen #3

IDW Relaunches Transformers this March Focusing on Cybertron’s Spiral Into Chaos

IDW Publishing proudly announces that a brand-new Transformers series will debut in March 2019 that will explore the very moment when a glorious, peaceful Cybertron begins its downward spiral into chaos.

Available twice monthly, IDW’s Transformers comic will be written by Brian Ruckley, author of the Godless World fantasy trilogy, and illustrated by Angel Hernandez and Ron Joseph.

In this new Transformers comic, IDW will explore Cybertron in ways never seen by audiences before – delving into an idyllic society, peaceful for thousands of years, as it faces the most momentous event in its history: the mysterious end of a single life. Through the eyes of young Bumblebee and his friends, fans will witness conspiracies forming, harmony giving way to conflict, and the very fabric of Cybertronian civilization tearing itself apart.

The debut issue of this new Transformers comic will be available with multiple cover variants, by artists Gabriel RodriguezAngel HernandezCasey W. Coller, and Freddie E. Williams II. Issue #2, also available in March, will feature covers by Nelson DanielRon Joseph, and Jeffrey Veregge.

Underrated: Road Rage

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Road Rage



road rageRoad Ragepublished by IDW is an adaptation of Stephen King and Joe Hill‘s Throttle and Richard Matheson‘s Duel by writer Chris Ryall and artists Nelson Daniel (on Throttle) and Rafa Garres (on Duel).

Despite the collected edition of Road Rage containing two versions of essentially the same story; King and Hill’s story in this trade is itself an adaptation of Matheson’s original short story, making the two issue comic an adaptation of an adaptation – which is an interesting choice for a collection. But if you’re expecting to read the same story twice, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised. King and  Hill’s story focuses on a group of bikers who end up running afoul of the deadly truck, where as Matheson’s features a lone salesman desperately trying to avoid a different truck in his car. The two stories are linked by the deadly truck, but are ultimately different enough that you shouldn’t feel short changed should you happen to pick this book up.

When it comes to the quality or faithfulness of the adaptations to the original stories, well that’s not something I can comment on as I have never read the text-only stories. However, I did really enjoy both comic stories as they were presented; Ryall’s comic scripts, presumably, more than does justice to the source material as he’s able to effectively convey the tense horror and suspense of both Throttle and Duel (the latter feels more like a horror story for me than the more action tinged former), though a portion of the credit should also be given to the artists. Garras work on Duel veers between the mundane daily life of a salesman driving to the pants wetting terror and desperation to stay alive. The more afraid the protagonist becomes, the more distorted the art feels – it’s a brilliant and investing touch to the story that effectively builds upon the tensions of the script.

The collection is a great taste of horror tinged comic books, and one that despite the high profile genre names connected to the comics I had never heard of before I spotted it at the used section of my LCS. It’s the subject of today’s column because it was a fantastic read, remarkably tense and quite exhilarating. If you get the chance to read the collection or the four issues collected within, then do so. You’ll find an Underrated gem.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #25

Ian Flynn (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Freddie Williams II (c)

Leonardo tests his fledgling abilities on the astral plane only to find himself dangerously outmatched when he comes face to face with the villainous Kitsune!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Preview: The Cape: Fallen #2

The Cape: Fallen #2

Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)

During the original tale told in Joe Hill’s The Cape, our protagonist-turned-antisocial antagonist Eric disappeared for three days as he got comfortable with his new abilities. Where did he go? What did he do? And more importantly, who died during this time? The original creators return to tell a hyper-detailed and hyper-grim story of this oh-so-lost period….

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Joe Hill’s The Cape: Fallen #1

Joe Hill’s The Cape: Fallen #1

Jason Ciaramella (w) • Zach Howard with Nelson Daniel (a & c)

During the original tale told in Joe Hill’s The Cape, our protagonist-turned-antisocial antagonist Eric disappeared for three days as he got comfortable with his new abilities. Where did he go? What did he do? And more importantly, who died during this period? The original creators return to tell a hyper-detailed and hyper-grim story of this oh-so-lost period….

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Scarlett’s Strike Force

Scarlett’s Strike Force

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Nelson Daniel (a & c) • Ilias Kyriazis (a)

They’ve fought back invasions from home and afar — now, they’re back on Earth, and ready to take on the wildest, weirdest threats out there! It’s Scarlett’s G.I. JOE team, the Strike Force, against a brand-new Cobra Commander, a revitalized Cobra, and everyone else trying to conquer Earth… or destroy it! Featuring all-stars of the Hasbro line as M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand and the Transformers bots join G.I. Joe in the fight against Cobra! Collects issues #1-3, the G.I. JOE First Strike one-shot, and the M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand First Strike one-shot.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 120 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-237-0

Preview: Scarlett’s Strike Force #3

Scarlett’s Strike Force #3

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Harvey Tolibao (c)

It’s the third bombastic issue and the fun’s just getting started, sports fans! But that’s how it goes when you mix ninjas, talking robots, elite soldiers, maniacal despots, magical snake rituals… and so much more… into what people are calling The Best Action Comic Ever! By Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe, Street Fighter X G.I. Joe) and Nelson Daniel (Clue, Dungeons & Dragons).

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Scarlett’s Strike Force #2

Scarlett’s Strike Force #2

Aubrey Sitterson (w) • Nelson Daniel (a) • Khary Randolph (c)

Savage jungles, dinosaur fights, magic rituals, Kung-Fu, monster trucks, giant robots, weird science, strange villains and more—and it’s only the second issue! Roadblock’s team continues its hunt for the brand-new Cobra Commander as trouble brews inside of G.I. Joe’s underwater base. By Aubrey Sitterson (G.I. Joe, Street Fighter x G.I. Joe) and Nelson Daniel (Clue, Dungeons & Dragons). No wonder people are calling it The Best Action Comic Ever!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review: Scarlett’s Strike Force #1

They’ve fought back invasions from home and afar-now, they’re back on Earth, and ready to take on the wildest, weirdest threats out there! It’s Scarlett’s G.I. Joe team, the Strike Force, against a brand-new Cobra Commander, a revitalized Cobra, and everyone else trying to conquer Earth… or destroy it!

I haven’t focused on Aubrey Sitterson‘s G.I. Joe run too much, instead reading IDW Publishing‘s Transformers run and the other “Hasbro” titles when I need to. With the shitstorm and (undeserved) rage around Sitterson, I’ve become more interested in what he’s been doing and decided to take a look.

Scarlett’s Strike Force #1 features a pretty easy entry point for the series and world of G.I. Joe as a new direction is taken with the series. And, based on this first issue, I’ve generally been missing out on fun.

Lets face it, there’s two ways to go with G.I. Joe. There’s the serious nature of its military roots or the rather silly nature of the toy line and the colorful characters of the world. It’s clear Sitterson is going with the latter here as we get a Cobra attempting a plan to increase CO2 and Global Warming and using Army Ants as a force. Yes, the obscure Hasbro toy line is now cannon in G.I. Joe. The idea of the Joes fighting alongside a Transformer, member of M.A.S.K., and against Cobra and Army Ants has my inner kid jumping for joy and downright entertained. This is the exact battle I put together with my toy collection and much like the recent First Strike storyline, recreates my childhood in a way that it’s hard to not laugh and enjoy the ride.

And whether you appreciate that will be where you lie in Sitterson’s run and this first issue. The comic leans more towards the goofy larger than life characters later in the toy line than the more grounded characters earlier on. This is about “go big or go home.”

Nelson Daniel‘s art helps that in some ways. Daniel delivers the characters in a more cartoonish style emphasizing that over a more serious look we see in other series. This is primarily is a toyline and cartoon and the look Daniel brings reminds us of that. At times it is hard to see exactly what’s going on but overall the design works well with the story Sitterson has weaved together.

The first issue’s a fun one that leans heavy on the goofier nature of G.I. Joe and delivers a take on the classic franchise that’s absolutely different than what IDW has presented in earlier runs. While those had a more grounded style (which works) this one celebrates the wild characters and brings it all together with Hasbro’s franchises (there’s a Jem reference!). This feels like an over the top world, exactly the type of story so many of us told with our toy collection growing up. And with that, it brings a smile to my face.

Story: Aubrey Sitterson Art: Nelson Daniel Cover Art: Harvey Tolibao
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.65 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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