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Preview: Exodus: The Life After #7

EXODUS: THE LIFE AFTER #7

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A/C/CA) Gabo
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

As two teenagers wander the post-religious landscape, they search for a trusted advisor who may just be having trouble coping with the internet and social media.  How do you get your Twitter handle back when you’ve been dead for over 50 years?

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Preview: Tumor

TUMOR (HARDCOVER DELUXE EDITION)

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A) Noel Tuazon
(CA) Renee Dimalla
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Noir, Mystery
PRICE: $19.99
248 PAGES

Private investigator Frank Armstrong barely scrapes by in the Los Angeles underbelly until “the big one” hits his desk. Locate and retrieve the daughter of a drug kingpin, and he can finally afford more than the one-dollar meatloaf. Unfortunately, the job offer arrives just as the symptoms of his fatal, late-stage brain tumor intensify. Frank must find the target and keep her safe while time collapses, family turns into foe, and the specter of his murdered wife resurfaces in the eyes of a mobster’s daughter.

Eisner, Harvey, and Emmy nominated writer Joshua Hale Fialkov joins Harvey and Eisner nominated artist Noel Tuazon in their second thrilling collaboration about the bittersweet joy of lost love and the sharp pain of redemption.

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Review: Tumor

Tumor CoverNoir is in as far as genres and to find something unique is a pretty special thing. Tumor written by Joshua Hale Fialkov and art by Noel Tuazon is the story of Frank Armstrong who finds out he has an inoperable brain tumor that’s killing him. In his final days, with his body, senses, and mind failing him, he’s going to do the one thing that he’s never been able to do before—save the girl.

Originally published by Archaia, the graphic novel is back courtesy of a re-release from Oni Press. That has me excited and fantastic as it’s a graphic novel that holds up with the writing and art being as top-notch today as it was when it was released six years ago. What’s amazing is looking at this work, as well as their other collaboration recently re-released Elk’s Run, and seeing that it should be no shock at the quality both are putting out today whether it’s Fialkov’s The Bunker, Jeff Steinberg, or Tuazon’s Foster.

The brilliance of this graphic novel is the blending of what’s going on with Frank’s past. The tumor has affected his perception of time and as the series progresses the shifting of time and events grows stronger, playing with even how the reader is perceiving the comic. It ranks up there with the great mind benders as well as the best noir/crime comics.  On top of an amazing story by Fialkov is the fantastic art by Tuazon which enhances the spiral that Fialkov plots out in his story.

Tumor holds up after all of these years and continues to be a must-read. Whether or not you enjoy noir/crime stories, this tale is fantastic and heartbreaking.  Make sure to put it on your summer reading list as it’s the sort of mind trip of a graphic novel that’s fun to curl up with and devour while laying by a pool or beach.

Story: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Art: Noel Tuazon
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: BRIK #2

BRIK-#2-MARKETING_Preview-1From SupernaturalsAdam Glass and EntouragesMichael Benson comes the second installment of Oni PressBRIK. While the first issue built up sympathy for the characters , mainly the series “hero” 12-year-old Drew, issue #2 trades in on that relationship and pushes the story along getting the reader ready for the exciting twists to come in issue #3.

Drew has had a lot going on in the beginning of his heroes tale, abandoned by his dad, his grandfather’s death, mobsters after “safety” money and a crush on a classmate. Issue #2 shows the aftermath of all of the information we got from issue #1.

The issue picks up after Drew’s vanishing act following the obvious murder of his grandfather. The sudden death leaves him with questions about the validity of the stories his grandpa told him and the mysterious tattoo on his grandfather’s body. He finds himself at a local shop trying to get one of his grandfather’s friends, a Kabbalist named Sera, to translate the ink. When he doesn’t get the help he thinks he needs he goes back to his life, angry and disenchanted.

After bumping into his crush, Chase, he gets third wheeled by a school bully who’s been “filling in for him,” while he was dealing with his grief. He finds himself almost about to get beat up when one of the mobsters trying to shake his family down shows up and scares the bully off. But, since no good deed goes unpunished that seemingly helpful interaction turns into a veiled threat. Unfortunately, Drew’s day doesn’t get any better when his mom informs him, after some buttering up quality time, that they might be moving to Seattle.

Things aren’t going so well for the kid and you really feel for him, he’s losing everything, his safety, his dad, his grandpa and, now his home. Help comes in the form of a late night visit from Sera, who is also leaving him, when she shows up with a translation of his grandpa’s tattoo. Stuck with a never-ending stream of heartache Drew only has one choice, try to build the Golem his grandpa told him about.

This issue is really emotional and well written. It draws you in with every turn of the page and makes you feel invested in the story, the characters and how it’s all going to turn out. You find yourself rooting for Drew and hoping that he gets some sweet sweet revenge, or at least a friend that he can trust.

The art work is really nice, it’s kind of retro and calls back to old school Daredevil comics, where you got to see some of the grit that NY had to offer back in the 80’s, it really adds to the story. There’s also lots of shout outs and undertones of old school Marvel comic books where things were not as sleek and stylized as they are now.

The creators admitted to a darker Spider-Man being part of their inspiration, which means that in upcoming issues, Drew’s story can go either way. The first two issues set this arc up so that you could see it going in any direction, Drew could be Spidey, Carnage or Venom and that makes it a really interesting read. There’s something very edge of your seat about becoming invested in a character and not knowing if you’re rooting for a hero or a potential villain. But, I’m all in and really looking forward to the ride and seeing how the story plays out.

As a stand alone issue, BRIK #2 is a complete mini story and, a really good read. Full disclosure, I started with this issue and without having read issue #1, finished it feeling connected and invested. I then purchased issue #1 and read it and after the sinking feeling in my stomach for Drew and his family wore off, found myself a fan.

Story: Mike Benson, Adam Glass Art: Harwinder Singh
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

ONI PRESS provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Heartthrob #5

HEARTTHROB #5

(W) Christopher Sebela
(A/CA) Robert Wilson IV
(C) Nick Filardi
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Crime
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Love comes when you least expect it, and so does the FBI. On the run from the authorities and their disastrous last job, Callie, Mercer and the crew hole up in Philadelphia, preparing for their retirement job. But as things get weirder between our lovebirds and the last job turns out to be a whole lot huger than Callie expected, she’ll have to make some tough decisions that just might break her heart. Literally.

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Preview: Brik #2

BRIK #2

(W) Adam Glass and Michael Benson
(A/CA) Harwinder Singh
(C) Gonzalo Duarte
AGE RANGE: 15 and up
GENRE: Fantasy, Adventure
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Drew is adjusting back into life after the suspicious death of his beloved grandfather, and he’s not happy about some of the new developments. His nemesis Johnny is hanging around his crush, the Russian gangsters responsible for his grandfather’s death are lurking, and now his mom is considering a move across the country away from Yonkers. The local Kabbalist Sera finally takes pity on Drew and translates the mystical instructions for creating the supernatural golem from his grandfather’s tattoo, but even with the information at his fingertips can Drew manage to bring the dark avenger to life? Should he?

This tale of family, tradition, power and morality continues from writers Adam Glass (Suicide Squad, The CW’s Supernatural) and Mike Benson (Deadpool, Moon Knight), amazing new illustrator Harwinder Singh, and colorist Gonzalo Duarte (The Bunker, Big Trouble in Little China).

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Early Review: Night’s Dominion #1

NIGHT'S DOMINION #1Night’s Dominion by Ted Naifeh is a magical blending of superheroes and thieves set in the medieval fantasy world known as Umber. The story follows the Bard, the Acolyte, the Asp, the Magus, and the barmaid, Emerane, as they pull off the heist of a lifetime, and ultimately decide if they want to save the city that has let them down a few too many times.

Night’s Dominion #1 is an interesting first issue in that it zigs and zags all over blending various genres for an entertaining read. When it kicks off, the comic feels like a fantasy roleplaying game story with a party coming together to go on some quest. That quest is revealed to be a heist. Yes, this is Ocean’s Eleven in a fantasy setting, but there’s more! There’s also superheroes! A mysterious character who looks like a steampunk-ish take on a modern superhero makes an appearance, adding in another direction for the issue. And it all comes together to form like Voltron creating something exciting and interesting.

With all of those elements together, Night’s Dominion still reminded me a lot of a standard fantasy adventure, and that’s not a bad thing at all. A lot of that is due to Naifeh’s art which is very focused on that fantasy setting. There’s not much that really takes you out of that, other than a certain superhero-ish character that shows up. The characters themselves are pretty standard fantasy classes. There’s the bard, the cleric, the alchemist, the thief, and the assassin. It’s your basic D&D party. The look of them all is what I’d expect for that sort of characters and the setting is a blend of high fantasy with a little Assassin’s Creed. Again, like the genre, the look of the comic works really well and blends together to create something interesting.

If you like D&D adventures, or Assassin’s Creed, or the idea of superheroes in a fantasy setting, Night’s Dominion is one to check out. Ted Naifeh is great when it comes to entertaining comics that really build a world, and this looks like it’ll be no exception to that.

Story: Ted Naifeh Art: Ted Naifeh
Story: 7.9 Art: 7.9 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review. Final order cut-off is August 15.

Preview: Space Battle Lunchtime #4

SPACE BATTLE LUNCHTIME #4

(W/A/C/CA) Natalie Riess
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Peony’s gotten through two grueling rounds of Space Battle Lunchtime, the hit cooking competition with more sabotage than you could shake a spoon at. But this next challenge may very well be her last. It’s a… TEAM CHALLENGE! And working with aloof Neptunia is no cake walk, especially when the fishy alien doesn’t like any of Peony’s recipes!

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Preview: Another Castle #4

ANOTHER CASTLE #4

(W) Andrew Wheeler
(A/C) Paulina Ganucheau
(CA) Paulina Ganucheau (Cover A), Trungles (Cover B)
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Fantasy
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

Things are looking dire for our valiant heroes. Badlug is on their trail, Misty’s father is marching to battle, and Thrawgg the Unconquered is very close to conquering Gorga and Pete. Will they prevail over the forces of darkness, or will Misty be forced to marry Badlug in order to avert a full-out war?

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Preview: Invader Zim #12

INVADER ZIM #12

(W) Eric Trueheart
(A) Warren Wucinich
(C) Fred C. Stresing
(CA) Warren Wucinich (Cover A), Rashad Doucet (Cover B INCV)
AGE RANGE: 8 and up
GENRE: Sci-fi
PRICE: $3.99
32 PAGES

ZIM and Dib are slingshotted to a horrifying future where the earth is ruled… by ZIM and ZIM? Yes, Emperor ZIM is triumphant, and humanity bows before his greatness. But Invader ZIM decides his future self is a huge ungrateful jerk, and now ZIM must go to war against himself!

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