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Review: Marvel Voices: Heritage #1

Marvel Voices Heritage #1

When it comes to indigenous representation in media, it’s few and far between. I remembered growing up only seeing a handful of Native Americans represented. One of those was in the Lone Ranger and Tonto cartoon, which I used to watch every Saturday morning. The other was in the G.I. Joe which featured the character Spirit, who exhibited every stereotype that Americans saw of Native Americans.

Other than those representations, I remember watching Westerns with my grandfather and seeing a different type of representation. One that I would find out was wrought with negative portrayals infused with incorrect perceptions and lacking truth in most cases. Even today, the representation is sparse, and is now only being really seen in shows like Reservation Dogs and Rutherford Falls. It’s only a start and it still is not enough.  In the second season of Marvel Voices, we get Marvel Voices Heritage #1, where we get to see how Marvel portrays its indigenous heroes.

The issue features a nice mix of characters and creators involved. In ”The Unexpected”, Warpath and few of the Native American X-Men fight off a threat to a reservation showing the world they will go wherever they are needed. In “SnowGuard: The Tuurngait’s Song”, Snowguard calls on some long dormant guardians to fight off an ancient evil. In ”American Eagle:  Not Dead Yet”, a retired hero, finds out he still has some fight in him, when he breaks up a robbery and proves his mettle. In the last story ”River: A Friend In Need”,  River has a special power and it has to do with dead people, something that often gets him in a trouble but one that leaves a boy missing.

Overall, Marvel Voices Heritage #1 is an excellent collection of stories that shines the spotlight on these underrepresented characters. The stories by the different creators are entertaining and enlightening. The art  by the different creators is astounding. Altogether, a must buy even if you think you know these characters, you have never seen them like this before.

Story: Nyla Innuksuk , Jim Terry, Steven Paul Judd, Rebecca Roanhorse
Art: Natasha Donovan, David Cutler, Shaun Beyale
Color: Brittany Peer, Rachelle Rosenberg, Paris Alleyne, Morry Hollowell
Ink: Natasha Donovan, José Marzan Jr., Belardino Brabo
Letterer: Ariana Maher
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy


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Zdarsky, Loo, Alleyne, Bidikar, and O’Tool Return with The All-Nighter, Vampires who sometimes moonlight as Superheroes

The Eisner award-winning creative team that brought you Afterlift—writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Jason Loo, colorist Paris Alleyne, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and editor Allison O’Toole—have reunited for an all-new comic book about vampires who sometimes moonlight as superheroes, The All-Nighter.

The All-Nighter #1 and The All-Nighter #2 are available today from comiXology Originals, the exclusive digital content line of comiXology, an Amazon company, and are ready to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on the Amazon Kindle Store and comiXology. The All-Nighter is currently in development as an original series for Amazon Studios with executive producer Jordan Feiner. The collection will be available in paperback from Dark Horse Books in February 2022.

Welcome to The All-Nighter, the only diner in town where you can get coffee and a meal from sunset to sunrise! The staff are friendly (kind of) and happy to serve you (sometimes), and it would never cross their minds to drink their customers’ blood. . . .

Alex is bored—flipping burgers for strangers all night is no way for a vampire to live. But he and his fellow vampires Joy, Cynthia, and Ian have agreed to blend into human society. Inspired by superhero movies, one of the few passions in his un-life, Alex decides to don a cape and start fighting bad guys. But his decision will have bigger consequences than he realizes—for himself and for everyone he wants to protect.

Chip Zdarsky, Jason Loo, Paris Alleyne, and Aditya Bidikar—Reunite for The All-Nighter

The Eisner award-winning creative team that brought you Afterlift—writer Chip Zdarsky, artist Jason Loo, colorist Paris Alleyne, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and editor Alison O’Toole—are reuniting for an all-new comic book about vampires who sometimes moonlight as superheroes. The comiXology Originals series The All-Nighter arrives digitally in 2022 and will also be in print from Dark Horse Books. The All-Nighter is currently in development as an original series for Amazon Studios with executive producer Jordan Feiner.

Welcome to The All-Nighter, the only diner in town where you can get coffee and a meal from sunset to sunrise! The staff are friendly (kind of) and happy to serve you (sometimes), and it would never cross their minds to drink their customers’ blood. . . .

Alex is bored—flipping burgers for strangers all night is no way for a vampire to live. But he and his fellow vampires Joy, Cynthia, and Ian have agreed to blend into human society. Inspired by superhero movies, one of the few passions in his un-life, Alex decides to don a cape and start fighting bad guys. But his decision will have bigger consequences than he realizes—for himself and for everyone he wants to protect.

Additional details on exactly how the creator-owned comic will be released digitally in 2022 from comiXology Originals will be announced closer to release.

The All-Nighter will arrive in print for the first time on February 15, 2022 [color / on sale February 15, 2022 / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-50672804-9 / Dark Horse Books]. It is available for pre-order now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic shop. 

Part of comiXology Originals the exclusive digital content line of comiXology, an Amazon company, The All-Nighter will be available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on the Amazon Kindle Store and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited gives customers access to more than 1 million titles, including thousands of audio books, and current magazines for just $9.99 a month with a free trial period. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 30,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

The All-Nighter

LaToya Morgan and Walt Barna’s Dark Blood #1 has Sold Out Before its Release

BOOM! Studios has revealed that Dark Blood #1, an evocative new six-issue original series from screenwriter LaToya Morgan, rising star artist Walt Barna, colorist A.H.G., and letterer AndWorld Design, about a young man forging a brave new future for himself and his family while dealing with his past, has sold out at the distributor level before release! 

In response to the overwhelming support from retailers and fans, BOOM! Studios has announced Dark Blood #1 Second Printing, featuring brand new cover art by Eisner Award winning-artist Paris Alleyne, available in stores August 11, 2021. The first printing is available July 21, 2021.

Alabama, 1955. Avery Aldridge was a decorated soldier during World War II; now he’s just an ordinary young Black man busy providing for his wife and daughter. But the wounds of the past have a way of coming back, and he’ll soon discover that he is anything but ordinary. After a run-in awakens strange new abilities, Avery’s about to become more powerful than he could have ever dared to dream… in a country and society that never wanted him to have any power. 

Dark Blood #1 Second Printing

Cypress Hill Gets Insane in the Membrane with Z2 Comics

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis

Multi-platinum hip-hop group, Cypress Hill, announces a partnership with Z2 Comics to relive their classic self-titled debut with this original graphic novel! Extending the relationship between Los Angeles street culture, hip hop, and art, Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is available to preorder now!

1991: XXX years ago, a trailblazing trio made music history blending East Coast hip-hop fundamentals with West Coast chicano swagger to form a sound all their own. Before they became icons, Louis and Senen were just a couple teenage cholos from around the way, trying to stay out of trouble–Until a series of chance encounters with both sides of the law changed their path forever. Guest-starring Officer O’Malley, Sister Maggie, and many more!

Cypress Hill: Tres Equis is written by Noah Callahan-Bever and Gabriel Alvarez and illustrated by Felix RuizJefte PaloJuan GedeonDamion ScottAngel Hernandez, and Paris Alleyne.

The landmark graphic novel event will be available in three formats: a standard 160 page softcover, a deluxe hardcover edition, and a strictly limited super deluxe edition. All are available to preorder now, in both English and Spanish language editions with the deluxe and super deluxe editions packaged an exclusive LP edition of their self-titled debut on green vinyl with all-new cover art by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz, special edition art prints by Ortiz, Scott and Gedeon; and much more! The standard edition will be released in finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere in August, with deluxe and super deluxe editions ONLY available directly from Z2! Reserve yours today!

Dark Horse Announces an Afterlift Comics Retailer Incentive

Dark Horse has announced a new incentive for comic shops ordering the comiXology original series Afterlift. Shops that order 5 copies of the graphic novel by the final order cutoff of November 2 will receive 5 free book plates (a max of 20 per store) with original artwork by Jeff Lemire and signed by Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo.

Arriving in print February 2021, Aferlift is colored by Paris Alleyne, lettered by Aditya Bidikar, and edited by Allison O’Toole, includes a Jason Loo Sketchbook with commentary by Chip Zdarsky as well as a process piece called Anatomy of a Page.

Afterlift is a fast-paced story about car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next. Janice Chen recently quit her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. She has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But what was at first a mundane yet enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell.

Dark Horse and ComiXology Cut a Deal to Bring comiXology Originals to Print

Dark Horse Comics and comiXology have announced that Dark Horse will distribute print editions of comiXology Originals graphic novels and collections. Select titles from the creator-owned line of comiXology Originals will be available in print for the first time for customers in comic shops, bookstores, and libraries. The program will commence in Spring 2021 with the release of paperback editions of the Eisner Award winner AFTERLIFT, Breaklands, YOUTH, and The Black Ghost.

When comiXology Originals was announced, print was a part of some of the releases through Amazon’s print on demand. While the digital program pressed on, the physical release of comics became few and far between to the complete lack of mention for numerous rounds of announcements.

Through this deal, Dark Horse Comics will be responsible for distribution and fulfillment for the titles through Diamond Comic Distributors for comic shops and Penguin Random House for bookstores around the world. ComiXology Originals will remain available to be read digitally for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

ComiXology Originals’ exclusive content line debuted in 2017, and in their first year garnered an Eisner Award for Harvey Kurtzman’s Marley’s Ghost. The next year saw an Eisner Award nomination for The Stone King by Kel McDonald and Tyler Crook, and in 2020 an Eisner Award win for AFTERLIFT. In addition to the creator-owned line of exclusive content, comiXology Originals, through a partnership with Kodansha Comics, has re-released and newly translated manga such as BECKInitial D and The Drops of God.

The comiXology Originals making their print debut in 2021 include:

AFTERLIFTcollecting the Eisner Award-winning issues #1-5 – For the first time in print!

  • Written by Eisner Award winner Chip Zdarsky, best known for his work on Sex Criminals and Marvel Comics, with art by Jason Loo, the acclaimed artist of The Pitiful Human-Lizard, colors by Paris Alleyne, letters by Aditya Bidikar and edited by Allison O’Toole.
  • AFTERLIFT is a 2020 Eisner Award winning series.
  • In AFTERLIFT, Janice Chen is adrift. She quits her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. But what was at first a mundane but enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when a mysterious passenger updates his ride with a very final destination: Hell.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale February 2 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and February 3 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2440-9
AFTERLIFT

Breaklands Volume One, collecting issues #1-5 – For the first time in print!

  • Written by Justin Jordan, the co-creator and writer of The Strange Talent of Luther Strode, with art by acclaimed artist Tyasseta, colors by Sarah Stern, and letters by Rachel Deering.
  • Set 150 years after humanity developed psychic powers and ended the world as we know it, a new world has emerged. Everyone has powers. Some powers, like the ability to light a match, are modest. But some powers—like the ability to reshape the world—are both vast and dangerous. Kasa Fain is different. She doesn’t possess powers. Kasa is an outsider, a teenager who has been in hiding, until the day her younger brother is kidnapped and everything changes.
  • 152 pages / color / on sale March 2 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and March 3 in comic shops / MSRP  $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2441-6
Breaklands Volume One

YOUTH Volume One, collecting issues #1-4For the first time in print!

  • Written by visionary writer Curt Pires with art by Alex Diotto, the co-creators of the acclaimed comic Olympia, and features colors by Dee Cunniffe, and lettering by Micah Myers.
  • In YOUTH, Franklin and River struggle to navigate family, friends, high school, work, drugs, and all the pressures of growing up. As a queer couple, they yearn to escape their lives in a small, bigoted Midwest town. They steal River’s stepfather’s Mustang and hit the road. Their destination? California. But along the way, the car breaks down. They meet some kids who are travelling the country, partying, and attempting to find themselves. They party some more. . . . And soon everything changes.
  • A sequel to YOUTH is underway and the comic series is in development as an original TV show with Amazon Studios.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale on sale April 6 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and April 7 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-5067-2461-4
YOUTH Volume One

The Black Ghost Volume One, collecting issues #1-5–For the first time in print!

  • Co-written by Anthony Award-Nominated Novelist Alex Segura and acclaimed writer Monica Gallagher, with art by George Kambadais, colors by Ellie Wright, lettering by Taylor Esposito and edited by Greg Lockard.
  • The Black Ghost is a modern take on the urban vigilante story. Lara Dominguez is a journalist chasing that one, big story. After a stint in the Middle East, the alcoholic reporter moves from her hometown of Miami to Creighton – a mid-Atlantic city that’s seen better days. She needs a huge, viral scoop that’ll send her into the journalistic stratosphere. Her target? Uncovering the identity of The Black Ghost – a masked vigilante trying to take down the wealthy oligarchs carving up the fading metropolis. But as she searches for the breakthrough story she desperately needs, Lara will have to navigate the corruption of her adopted city, the uncertainties of virtue, and her own personal demons.
  • 136 pages / color / on sale May 4 in bookstores and everywhere books are sold and May 5 in comic shops / MSRP $19.99/$25.99 pbk / ISBN: 978-1-50672-446-1
The Black Ghost Volume One

More comiXology Originals print editions will be announced at a later date.

Preview: Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Written by: Chip Zdarsky
Art by: Jason Loo
Colored by: Paris Alleyne
Lettered by: Aditya Bidikar
Edited by: Allison O’Toole
$2.99

Ride-share driver Janice Chen has enough to deal with, from annoying passengers to overbearing parents. But when she picks up a pair of mysterious passengers who are pursued by otherworldly forces, Janice realizes that her already-terrible day might be headed straight to hell. From CHIP ZDARSKY (Sex Criminals, Daredevil) and JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human-Lizard) comes a new series featuring car chases, demon bounty hunters, and figuring out your place in this world and the next.

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. This title is available as part of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading.

Afterlift #1 (of 5)

Review: Black Comix Returns

The world of comic books has always spoke to part of everyone who has picked up a comic or has been drawn to its characters through television or the movies. As children of color looks to the world and to media, for reflections of themselves, for my generation and ones before, this was a hopeless venture. This has changed for children born in the new millennia as the times have become increasingly progressive yet somewhat backwards at times.  As shows like Black Lightning, and The Runaways, gave viewers, a more realistic view of the world, this need to find images that looks like their audience has never gone way.

When I read the first Black Comix, back in 2010, I was excited to find all those new artists and follow their careers. Since I have been writing at Graphicpolicy.com, I have and many of fellow contributors devoted many of my reviews to finding artists who would otherwise not be seen by the mainstream media and that book embodied one of our goals, to highlight indie creators and publishers. In the sequel, Black Comix Returns, which was released this year, and Kickstarted last year, the reader gets a more comprehensive overview of the artists that have sprung since .One of the first creators, that caught my eye, Paris Alleyne, whose aesthetic has a serious Anime influence, and writes a book called Haven, one he works on with Kevin Parnell.

Enrique Carrion’s essay, Comics as Hip Hop, draws an interesting parallel between the evolution of hip hop music and how black comic book artists/writers, are injecting their aesthetics into mainstream comics. Shawnee & Shawnelle Gibbs‘ book, The Invention of E.J. Whitaker, mixes steampunk with alternate history and actual historical figures like Nikola Tesla into something pretty cool. In “The Room”, Joseph Illidge talks about breaking into what some consider success, and how important it is to have a minority voice in these places. The books also highlight one of my favorite creators of all time, one whose comic book series, Blackjack, rarely gets the love it deserves, but swash buckles with the best of them.

Overall, an excellent resource to find the independent black voices that comprise what is not only considered “black comics” but what is art of the ever-changing comics landscape. This helps the reader in where you have seen each artist before and where you can find them now. This books also gives fans a list of comic book conventions where you can find most of these creators gathered together in one place. Altogether, as both a fan and a comic beat writer, this book more than suffices my need to find new creators and creators that speaks to my experience.

Edited by Damian Duffy and John Jennings
Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Riftworld Gets a New Comic Series with Riftworld Legends

First Love Films, Sienna Films, and Joe Books have announced Riftworld Legends, a tenpart, digital-first comic series that expands the universe from the award-winning series Riftworld
Chronicles.

Created and written by Jonathan Williams, with art by Daniel Wong, and colours by Paris Alleyne,
the series was edited by Jennifer Hale. Based on the world of the award-winning digital series
Riftworld Chronicles, Riftworld Legends is set in late 1400s and revolves around two young
mariners left for dead on an island somewhere in the North Atlantic. They find themselves in a
hostile and exotic landscape filled with magic, mythical beasts, and strange, non-human races,
and what starts as a struggle for survival becomes an epic historical saga as the men rise from
simple deckhands to heroes of legend when two worlds collide.

Published by Joe Books and produced in collaboration with First Love Films and Sienna Films,
Riftworld Legends is made with the support of the Ontario Media Development Corporation. The
ten-issue, digital-first comic series is available on comiXology, Apple, Amazon, and Kobo.

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