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Review: American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

Anyone who has read Neil Gaiman can reasonably ascertain why his writing is so magnetic. His prose can be at worst lyrical, at best heavenly. His development of characters gives you more than intimate look at these figures. The first book I read by him that drew me instantly was Neverwhere. It’s a rather ubiquitous and weird tour of those places not on the map, and hiding some of the most bizarre characters in London.

Then there was his run on Sandman. The comic series is a true masterclass in how to write an epic story while doing a deep exploration of character. The one work that has catched the public’s attention is American Gods, a tale of old and new gods right here in America and its popularity has only expanded with the television show. The show is currently in its second season and has made new fans of his work. While espousing on a variety of issues it shows audiences just how relevant the story is. In the debut issue of American Gods: The Moment Of The Storm, we find the Gods in the midst of war, burying an old friend.

We find the Old Gods transporting the body of Wednesday to his proper burial site, as a war between the old and new Gods are at its peak, and this burial offers a temporary truce. As Shadow, Anansi and Czernobog, enter Media’s house, the fragile cease fire leaves all especially Shadow uneasy. As he gets a visit by Mr. Wednesday through a dream, where his old employer warns him of the impending consequences of this meeting. By issue’s end, Anansi and Shadow share some air as Anansi lets him know of the slight the New Gods have sent the Old Gods direction.

Overall, a story that is both eccentric and compelling. It’ll both satisfy new and old fans. The story by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell is charming and intelligent. The art by the creative team is serviceable. Altogether, a story that dips the reader right into the world which is both familiar and mysterious.

Story: Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell, and Glenn Fabry
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A Storm is Brewing in American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s story of Shadow, Wednesday, and the gods comes to its epic conclusion in American Gods: The Moment of the StormAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Storm is the third and final installment in Dark Horse’s American Gods saga, preceded by American Gods: My Ainsel and American Gods: Shadows

The new and old gods agree to meet in the center of America to exchange the body of the old god’s fallen leader—heading towards an inevitable and potentially catastrophic war in this final arc to the bestselling comic series! 

American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel by #1 New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman has been adapted into a comic series by the incredibly talented writer and artist P. Craig Russell, with art and colors by award-winning artist Scott HamptonAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Stormfeatures cover art by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, with variant covers for each title by David Mack.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1 arrives April 17, 2019.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm

Neil Gaiman’s The Problem of Susan and Other Stories Gets a Comic Adaptation

As part of Dark Horse’s ever-expanding Neil Gaiman Library, we are thrilled to announce comic adaptations of the beloved Gaiman short stories “The Problem of Susan,” “October in the Chair,” “Locks,” and “The Day the Saucers Came” in an essential anthology. From Hugo, Eisner, Newbery, Harvey, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning author Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton, and Paul Chadwick comes The Problem of Susan and Other Stories.

In the short story “The Problem of Susan,” Neil Gaiman explores the remarkable power of children’s literature through the eyes of an aged college professor with unique insight into Susan’s fantastic past. The Problem of Susan and Other Stories shines new light on the wondrous and imaginative tales we tell and how they shape our experiences for generations to come.

The Problem of Susan and Other Stories HC goes on sale January 23, 2019

Art Adams, Azzarello, Chin, and Russell Join Baltimore Comic-Con 2018

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 28-30, 2018. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of Art Adams, Brian Azzarello, Joyce Chin, and P. Craig Russell to their 2018 event.

Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hulk. He’s the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O’Brien. Outside of comics, Arthur has done movie, toy, and game designs, book illustrations, and provided the artwork for an X-Men-themed Spaghetti-O’s can. More recently, in addition to the covers to many of Marvel’s top books, he supplied a run of covers for Guardians of the Galaxy, and a run on covers for X-Men Blue. He’s also currently working on a creator-owned property.

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Spaceman, Batman: Broken City, and came to prominence with the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning hard-boiled crime series 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics’ mature-audience imprint Vertigo. The New York Times best-selling author’s other work for includes Wednesday Comics, Hellblazer, Loveless, Superman: For Tomorrow, Joker, Luthor, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, Before Watchmen: Comedian, Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place, DKIII: The Master Race, and Wonder Woman at DC Comics, as well as Startling Stories: Banner, Cage, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web at Marvel.

Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she penciled several issues of Guy Gardner: Warrior for DC Comics. Since then, she’s has gone on to work on many titles, providing interiors and some covers on stories for the Hulk, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Green Lantern, Vampirella, Xena, Spider-Man, Superman, and Witchblade with a variety of publishers. She’s also worked on book, game, and magazine and toy packaging illustrations. Currently, she’s been keeping busy penciling and inking Marvel covers for books as diverse as All-New Wolverine, America Chavez, Deadpool Duck, Iron Man, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Thor, Spider-Man, X-Men ’92, and Hellcat. She’s also currently working on a creator-owned property.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, P. Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers who opened new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (The Magic Flute), Strauss (Salome) and Wagner (The Ring of the Nibelung). Russell is also known for his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series as well as his graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Coraline, Murder Mysteries, and American Gods. Additionally, Craig will be debuting the “Fine Art Edition” for Salome and Other Stories at the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con.

Preview: American Gods: My Ainsel #1

American Gods: My Ainsel #1

Story and Words: Neil Gaiman
Script and Layouts: P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton
Colorist: Scott Hampton and Jennifer Anderson
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Variant Cover Artist: David Mack

The comic book adaptation of American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman, returns with American Gods: My Ainsel #1.

The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!

Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.

The Second Coming of American Gods with American Gods: My Ainsel

Last year at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

Readers can catch up on the series by purchasing the hardcover collection of American Gods: Shadows. The 264-page American Gods: Shadows collects the first nine issues of the series, along with art process pieces layouts, character designs, and variant cover art by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave McKean, and more! The hardcover goes on sale February 28, 2018.

Neil Gaiman’s Only the End of the World Again in January

Dark Horse will release a new deluxe hardcover edition of Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed Lovecraftian tale, Only the End of the World Again. The graphic novel blends the worlds of H.P. Lovecraft and Roger Zelazny.

The book follows a claims adjuster who sets up shop in Innsmouth, Massachusetts only to discover that the world may be ending and that the instrument of destruction is a werewolf… which he also happens to be.

Based on a short story written by Gaiman, the new edition is adapted by P. Craig Russell, illustrated by Troy Nixey, and colored for the collection by Matthew Hollingsworth. Russell is no stranger to creating faithful adaptations of Gaiman’s work as he’s also adapting his American Gods.

This new hardcover edition features a brand new cover by Troy Nixey and Matthew Hollingsworth with bonus material including high resolution scans of the inks and layouts. This is the another offering from the expanding Neil Gaiman Library at Dark Horse, which also includes Forbidden Brides, Troll Bridge, and How to Talk to Girls at Parties (soon to be a motion picture).

Only the End of the World Again is available January 24, 2018.

Review: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1

The comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s award-winning American Gods is everything you need to hold you over until the STARZ tv version premieres and then some. P. Craig Russell does an amazing job at adapting the story into a readable and enjoyable comic book, he trims the “fat” nicely without compromising the story or the material that we all fell in love with. For those who haven’t read the book yet, the comic book is a nice entry and primer to it and I hope you feel compelled to read the book as well and watch the show.

Scott Hampton gives us low-fi pulp status visuals that bring the story to life in a way that seems more (sur)real than fans of the book could have imagined and he doesn’t skimp on the parts that you thought you’d never see.

There’s always a danger in adaptations of popular material that you’ll screw up the source material, take to many liberties and tick off the fans but, that’s not a problem that this comic book has. In fact having it come out before the TV show might have put some pressure on STARZ to make sure they get it right. There’s a lot of detail in the comic book that holds true to the book but, doesn’t come off as vulgar or exploitive. There’s no shock value or gore just a well-adapted story, with simple yet creative visuals that paint a beautiful picture into the world that our hero Shadow is about to enter.

The first issue of this series focuses on Shadow, his back story, time in prison, motivation to that pivotal moment where he meets and interacts with the “man” who will change his life. As a nice “epilogue” to this issue, we get to meet Bilquis in action in LA which should excite fans of the Gaiman original and, engage newcomers to the story to what kind of story they should expect. This is a solid first issue for a well-loved novel and I’m happy to see it come to fruition. I’m sure the hardcover collected edition will be something that coffee tables will beg for, especially if they get a David Mack cover like Fight Club 2 had. I recommend buying the issue, especially if you can get one of the sweet Mack covers even if you’re tempted to wait for the collected edition because it’s a work of art.

Dark Horse has another hit on its hands with this one, not just because of the story’s original fans but, because it this strong first issue is any indication, they’re going to have whole bunch of new readers falling in love with the story for the first time as well as OG fans finding a new way to love the story in a new and exciting way.

Story: Neil Gaiman Adaptation: P. Craig Russell Art: Scott Hampton
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: American Gods: Shadows #1

Dark Horse Comics has released a preview of the highly anticipated first issue of American Gods: Shadows which goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show adapted by Bryan Fuller. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods will be adapted into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm.

The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Dark Horse Will Publish American Gods Comics in the UK

Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the highly anticipated adaptation of American Gods as periodical comic books in England. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton. Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

The American Gods comic books will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more. The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel. American Gods is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more.

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