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Preview: Brigands Vol. 1


Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Nick Barber, Alex Diotto, Jason Lewis, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist(s): Mukesh Singh
160 pgs./ T+ / FC
A rat-pack of medieval conmen, thieves, cut-throats, hasbeens and never-will-bes are set to carry out the heist of their lives. For some, it is a second chance at a better life. For others, it’s the only chance they’ll ever get. And in the treacherous world of BRIGANDS there are only two sureties to life; the steel in your hand and the promise of a dagger in your back.

Collects BRIGANDS #1-5.

Preview: Brigands #3


Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Nick Barber, ROSH, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist(s): Mukesh Singh
32 pgs./ T+ / FC $3.99

Stilian, Grizzly and Veina plan their escape from the Barren Halls prison hold. But old grudges must first be burried and new fights must be picked. Stilian Desault must overcome an impossible wall and his own reputation if he is to make it out alive and recruit an old foe, Grizzly, to his cause. Even as events in the prison pan out and a dangerous new enemy is made, far away in the Rhool desert a pious man and a soldier seek to safeguard The Myros Pendulum from the band of Brigands out to steal it.


Preview: Brigands #2


Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Nick Barber, Jason Lewis, Kel Buttall
Cover Artist(s): Mukesh Singh
32 pgs./ T+ / FC

Out to recruit more brigands for their heist, Stilian Desault and Veina arrive at the Barren Halls Prison. They’ve come with a box full of stolen gold to buy a good man his freedom. But the trouble with smart people making dodgy deals is they don’t settle for less and often get more than they bargained for. There’s new management in-charge of Barren Halls and they’re not about to let anyone go free.


Preview: Brigands #1


Writer(s): Ram V
Artist Name(s): Nick Barber, Jason Lewis, Kel Nuttall
Cover Artist(s): Mukesh Singh (COVER A), Anand Radhakrishnan (COVER B)
32 pgs./ T+ / FC
$3.99 (reg.), $4.99 (var.)

Pulled from death row and recruited by the secretive inquisition to steal an artifact called The Myros Pendulum, Stilian Desault now paired with an old colleague, Veina must put together a group of Brigands for the heist of their lives. But there are no happy endings or quick deaths for battle-forged blades. Stilian will soon discover that things are about to go very wrong.


Review: Ringside #1

Ringside01_Cover (1)The Professional Wrestling epic begins with an over-sized first issue. Ringside is an ongoing series set within the world of professional wrestling, written by Joe Keatinge and drawn by acclaimed illustrator Nick Barber. Each issue will explore the relationship between art and industry from the view of the wrestlers themselves, the creatives they work with, the suits in charge and the fans cheering them all on. But that’s just the beginning. The real violence is outside the ring.

When I first went to read Ringside, I was expecting a focus on the wrestling world, with a story focused in the ring and out of the ring, sort of like The Wrestler. Getting to that last page, Ringside is something completely different.

Ringside is to wrestling as Southern Bastards is to football. And judging by this first issue, the two series may have a lot in common in their tone and story.

Both series aren’t really about the sport they inhabit, but instead the people associated and the culture they create. This first issue was an interesting one, catching me completely off guard because it was so unlike what I expected.

The art by Barber is pretty solid, and it’s a distinct style that’s fun to look at. The characters are all very unique in their size, shape, etc., and there’s all sorts of small details in the art that really enhance the story.

This was a good first issue. While I expected a story more about wrestling, that’s not quite what it is. The first issue shows a lot of promise, so we’ll see where it goes, and if the idea of a Southern Bastards with wrestling sounds interesting, this is definitely one to pick up.

Story: Joe Keatinge Art: Nick Barber
Story: 7.7 Art: 7.6 Overall: 7.7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Ringside Takes the Action Outside the Ring this November

The next Image Comics ongoing series from writer Joe Keatinge, Ringside, introduces artist and co-creator Nick Barber for an ensemble drama set around the world of professional wrestling. An exclusive teaser trailer featuring all-new material from Ringside #1 will debut in The Walking Dead #147 in stores on October 14th and will outline the new series’ characters and storyline for the very first time.

First announced at Image Expo in July, the noir-inflected Ringside explores the diverse relationships within professional wrestling as art conflicts with industry, fact conflicts with fiction and, overall, delves into how far people are willing to go for what they believe in, no matter how violent the result. As the series progresses perspectives will shift from the wrestlers themselves, the staff they work with, the suits in charge, and the fans cheering them all on.

Ringside #1 hits stores on Wednesday, November 25th. Final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 2nd.