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Review: Devil’s Highway #1

Devil's Highway #1

Devil’s Highway #1 is an interesting comic as far as a debut. As part of the larger story, it feels like it’s a solid entry. But, on it’s own it’s a slow start whose pacing is along the line of a psychological thriller. Written by Benjamin Percy, the story follows a young woman who returns to town after her father has been murdered. She decides to take the investigation of his death into her own hands in what looks to be a serial killer situation.

As said above, the issue is slow. It heavily relies on the art of Brent Schoonover the deliver the story as characters look at crime scenes and evidence to piece together what has happened. This is a comic whose every detail has been thought out and in some ways is asking the reader to play along as detective.

And that’s where it’s all interesting as well.

Percy and Schoonover in a way beg the reader to go further into the story and linger on the images and what’s said to figure out the mystery. We’re shown things for a reason and go along the ride to see what this mystery is all about. We’re delivered evidence and like everyone else are challenged put the pieces of the puzzle together.

Those images too are key in invoking the emotion of it all. Many pages take on a nine panel view with little to no dialogue. Instead they rely on the positioning of the character and body language to tell the story. And it does an excellent job at that.

But, there’s also something unsettling about it all as well. Victims feel fetishized in a way with the final one being particularly unnerving. It doesn’t go over the top in an y way but it still feels a bit off to stare at these images. We get a voyeuristic view into into all.

Percy and Schoonover are joined by Nick Filardi on color and Sal Cipriano on lettering. The color choice of the comic really helps set the mood. With blues and whites, there’s a coldness to it all. It adds to the comic creating a dour mood beyond the at times horrific images.

Devil’s Highway #1 is an intriguing debut. It’s mostly wordless relying on body language and imagery to really drive the narrative. It’s absolutely unsettling at times with images that are disturbing. But, for those that enjoy murder mysteries, it’s a start that has a lot of potential. It doesn’t quite stand on its own but the technical execution is impressive and what they’re doing is rather unique.

Story: Benjamin Percy Art: Brent Schoonover
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Sal Cipriano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Read


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“The Joker War” Continues in Nightwing #72. Get an Early Look!

Nightwing #72

“Welcome to the NEW Family”
Written by Dan Jurgens
Pencils/Inks by Ronan Cliquet
Colors by Nick Filardi
Main cover by Travis Moore with Alejandro Sanchez
Variant cover by Alan Quah
On-Sale July 14, 2020

The march to “The Joker War” continues with this preview of Nightwing #72, a tie-in issue to the event that will have deadly impact across the entire family of Bat-Titles!

Dick Grayson has learned the truth: that “fixing” his identity lies with none other than Barbara Gordon. He must go to Gotham to find Batgirl-and runs into The Joker’s new henchperson, Punchline. Unlike Harley Quinn, Punchline’s deadpan black humor matches the deadly knives she uses on her victims…and for her next joke, Ric Grayson is the punchline.

Nightwing #72

Get a First Look at The Red Mother #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at The Red Mother #5, the latest issue of an all-new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jeremy Haun, artist Danny Luckert, and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about a young woman who survives a tragedy, only to be afflicted with sudden, unexplained visions of horror and forced to deal with the terrible consequences.

Daisy has taken the mysterious Leland Black up on his even more mysterious job offer, giving her a new outlet to exorcise her demons — but her visions of the Red Mother are only getting worse, and Daisy is beginning to doubt her own reality. 

The Red Mother #5 features main cover art by series writer Jeremy Haun with colors by Nick Filardi and variant cover art by Juan Doe. It comes to shelves June 3, 2020.

Review: Rogue Planet #1

Rogue Planet #1

Rogue Planet #1 kicks off an intriguing series blending science fiction and horror for a result that’ll leave you muttering “wtf.” The story follows a salvage crew who follow a signal to a “rogue planet,” one that doesn’t orbit a star but instead floats endlessly through space.

Written by Cullen Bunn, the comic feels rather familiar and for those into deep space science fiction, the comic is a bit been there. Bunn, though, delivers small details and that horror aspect that make this debut stand out. That’s part of the strength of the comic. What feels familiar eventually shifts and leaves you scratching your head. What the salvage crew runs across are the things of horror. While there’s hints as to what we’re looking at, and when you think about it, it all comes together, but each on their own is something new.

And that new really works. Bunn is a master of horror and its use in this sci-fi setting feels fresh. What is presented to feels like something new, at least to me. The visuals are unique.

That uniqueness comes through the art of Andy MacDonald with color by Nick Filardi and lettering by Crank!. It’s hard to describe what’s seen without spoiling the comic. There’s just a level of disgust within that you’ll love or hate. It’s not designs for the squeamish. There’s also lots of small details in the sci-fi aspects. The early part of the comic, some of this world is told through small details added. What we see the crew wearing, or have implanted, helps expand what we’re introduced to.

Rogue Planet #1 is a solid blend of sci-fi and horror and while many aspects are familiar, the overall package is a great read for fans of either genre.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Andy MacDonald
Color: Nick Filardi Letterer: Crank!
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Check Out this Trailer for Devil’s Highway from Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover, Nick Filardi, and Sal Cipriano

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ‘66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil’s Highway is written by Benjamin Percy, with art by Brent Schoonover, color by Nick Filardi, and lettering by Sal Cipriano.

AWA Studios Announces Devil’s Highway from Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover, Nick Filardi, and Sal Cipriano

Devil’s Highway

Written by Benjamin Percy
Art by Brent Schoonover
Colors by Nick Filardi
Letters by Sal Cipriano

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ‘66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil’s Highway

The Countdown to “The Joker War” Continues in Nightwing #71! Get a First Look.

DC has delivered a first look at pages from Nightwing #71, on sale beginning Tuesday, June 9. While Batman continues to battle The Designer and Gotham’s deadliest rogues for control of the city (Batman #92, “Their Dark Designs,” also on sale June 9), the Clown Prince of Crime pays a visit to Bludhaven for a little coffee and conversation with a still-amnesiac Ric Grayson.

If dealing with escaped super-villains isn’t enough for Ric to deal with, imagine being forced to have a chit-chat with the Harlequin of Hate! The Joker knows everything about who Ric really is, and is going to tell him, whether he wants to hear it or not! And that could mean big trouble for Nightwing, his girlfriend Bea and especially the Dark Knight!

Nightwing #71, “War for the Mind,” is written by Dan Jurgens with art by Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, and Andworld Design. The main cover is by Travis Moore and Nick Filardi, with a variant cover by Alan Quah.

Nightwing #71

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: House of Cards

House of Cards,” the second in the graphic novel series adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three is set to be released April 21 by Gallery 13.

Originally published by Marvel, the series was overseen by Stephen King. The series is written by King, Robin Furth, and Peter David and features art by Piotr Kowalski and Nick Filardi.

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The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three House of Cards

Exclusive Preview: Godkillers #2

Godkillers #2

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Maan House 
Colorist: Hernan Cabrera 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Mirko Colak
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 3.25.2020

The Godkillers are an elite special forces unit created to fight insurgents who are using mythological creatures.  As they battle a Penanggalan in the Philippines that may be in league with ISIS, the Godkiller’s first Arab American officer is forced to grapple with both his inner and outer demons. 

From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.

Godkillers #2

DC Reveals Its Punchline

DC is ready to introduce a brand-new villain set to play a major role in Batman‘s life. Who is Punchline? Writer James Tynion IV has teased her appearance in a few upcoming issues, but as of yet we don’t know much about the brand-new character! Here’s the breakdown of where you’ll be seeing her ahead of Batman #95’s “Joker War” storyline!

The mysterious new villain pops up on February 19 in a one-panel cameo in Batman #89; art by Guillem March and Tomeu Morey:

 Batman #89

One week later, Punchline makes her full-on debut as the Joker’s latest—and deadliest—henchwoman in Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3; art by Steve Epting and Javier Fernandez with color by Nick Filardi:

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen#3

For a closer look, check out character designs by Jorge Jiménez! You’ll find his artwork in Batman #90 on March 4 ahead of the launch of “Joker War” in May!

Batman #90

Finally, a sneak peek at Stanley “Artgerm” Lau’s variant cover for Batman #94, on shelves May 6!

Batman #94
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