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Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Poison Ivy #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – A DC Black Label Aquaman series is described as cosmic horror around a mysterious structure… that’s waking up!

Astronaut Down #1 (AfterShock) – It’s a trip into alternate realities in an attempt to save Earth from a horrific crisis.

By the Horns: Dark Earth #1 (Scout Comics) – The series is one of our favorites. It’s been six months since the events of the previous volume when a new quest begins due to a mysterious blight.

Code 45 #1 (Scout Comics) – There are dragons lurking in the tunnels beneath Montreal’s city streets – at least that’s the rumor.

Dark Crisis #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s next big event kicks off officially. DC’s classic heroes are gone, will a new generation be able to step up to handle the remaining villains while also standing up against the oncoming darkness?

Dark Knights of Steel #7 (DC Comics) – The series has been a hell of a lot of fun so far with a nice Elseworlds feel to it. Will three kingdoms go to war? Will someone be able to stop it?

Dogs of London #2 (AfterShock) – Ex-gangsters are haunted by someone they thought was dead but might be back!?

Fortnite x Marvel: Zero War #1 (Marvel) – The two properties come together again! The first volume was a hot commodity and we’re expecting the same with this.

Metal Society #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue was an interesting new series where humanity was extinct, brought back by robot overlords, and are now fighting in an MMA fight to win their freedom. So much to chew on but just a solid series.

Multiversity: Teen Justice #1 (DC Comics) – Head to Earth-11 for this group of heroes! Everything we’ve seen so far makes this one seem like a hell of a lot of fun.

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 (DC Comics) – Nubia is off to tour of the Amazons that don’t call Themyscira home as a villain from her past steps out of the shadows.

Past the Last Mountain #4 (CEX Publishing) – The series has been fantastic as it reaches it conclusion. Will the creatures reach Dragon Lake and if they do, will it live up to their expectations?

Poison Ivy #1 (DC Comics) – Ivy sets out to complete her greatest work-a gift to the world that will heal the damage dealt to it…by ending humanity.

Potions Inc. #1 (Mad Cave Studios) – Ran finally gets the quest he’s been after his whole life. He and his siblings set off to find a missing artifact.

Quests Aside #2 (Vault Comics) – A fantastic first issue that takes the “save the bar” concept in a whole new direction.

Savage Avengers #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun bringing together a rather random group of heroes. The second issue looks to drop them in an unexpected location mixing things up from the previous volume.

Skybound Presents Afterschool #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – A new anthology series that riffs on the classic “Afterschool specials” with a rotating team of creators.

Twig #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this series had a very Jim Henson vibe. The biggest issue was it was too short and might have been better as a graphic novel. Still, we’re excited to see where this adventure goes.

Ward #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A medical drama with fairies, trolls, and some real humans too. Welcome to St. Lilith, a secret hospital for supernatural creatures.

Where Starships Go to Die #1 (AfterShock) – In a near future ravaged by climate change, an African astronaut teams with an Indian shipping magnate to mount a dangerous salvage mission to recover the wreck of humanity’s first interstellar starship.

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #4 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

Two full issues in one! It’s the emotional series conclusion as the creatures finally reach Dragon Lake, but will it live up to their expectations?

Plus, Orc Girl, a 22-page stand-alone story that Gail Simone called “The best comic I’ve read in ages!”

Set in the Past the Last Mountain universe, this prequel is gorgeously rendered in black and white by Thomas Boatwright.

Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN #4

Review: Past the Last Mountain #2

Past the Last Mountain #2

What I really enjoy about this site is to be able to read and discover comics I might not otherwise get a chance to. This is a perfect example of that. Past the Last Mountain #2 continues what is one of my favorite discoveries of the year continuing a series that entertains and makes you think.

Written by Paul Allor, Past the Last Mountain #2 continues the story of three escaped fantasy creatures. They’re on the run looking for a mythical land for them to call home. Years ago, a war was fought between the humans and fantasy creatures with the creatures losing and being rounded up to live on reservations. There’s so much to read into the series, you can debate what it’s an allegory to or just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Allor sticks to tried and true concepts for the series and it’s what makes it work so well. It feels like a Disney film out of the 80s and that’s a good thing. There’s the jaded adults trying to protect the innocent child on the run. In pursuit there’s the evil military but of course there’s one individual who has some doubts about what they’re doing. It’s a formula we’ve seen many times before but it works and works really well.

Louie Joyce is on the art for the main story with layouts by Gannon Beck. The art style is interesting as it has a bit more of a comical look to it. It’s not a heavy fantasy feel at all but it works really well. Where the comic really stands out is the emotions of the trio of monsters. You can feel their sadness and fear as they debate what they should do or think about what they should have done. The look on the dragon’s face when it asks if it did the right thing is heartbreaking. But, it’s also a small detail that adds a solid emotional punch to it all. You gain sympathy for the characters and want them to reach their goal safely.

The comic also features a bunch of short stories from the war, all adding to the history and the world. Written by Allor, they feature art by Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, and Rebecca Nalty. Every entry, like the first issue, is solid. They all add to the world and the story giving us a better idea of what’s going on and how we got to the moment. It’s such a great addition to the main story and a fantastic way to build out the world even more. It’s such a fantastic idea and not only feels like an added “bonus” but each story is so solid on its own. It makes me want another series where we can get even more of this and maybe some longer “short stories”. It shows there’s a lot that can be done with this world and there’s such potential.

Past the Last Mountain #2 continues a series that’s probably not on many people’s radars. And they’d be missing out. It’s a hell of a series so far that feels like a classic journey but with a bit more to say.

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Louie Joyce, Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, Rebecca Nalty
Layouts: Gannon Beck Color: Louie Joyce Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

CEX Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

A pack of goblins work to track down the creatures, leading to a violent confrontation with tragic consequences.

Plus, short stories illustrated by Jeffrey Verrege, Eric Zawadzki, Ashley A. Woods, JD Faith, Silvio dB, and Brittany Peer!

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Fox and Hare #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Barb and The Ghost Blade (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) – We loved the first volume that had Barb kicking butt and trying to save her friends and family. Now she has a crew and they must infiltrate the monster capital, and find Franny Fire Fingers, who they hope will lead them to the Wise Wizards and the power to fight Witch Head.

Batman: Fortress #1 (DC Comics) – It looks like a global attack and Superman is missing. Batman must lead the charge in response. A solid first issue that builds on the unknown.

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 (DC Comics) – A key issue for those reading the series. It feels like the transition from the first half of the series to the second.

Devil’s Reign: Omega #1 (Marvel) – It feels like forever since this even wrapped up but this issue delivers what the final issue didn’t, teases of what’s next!

Fox and Hare #1 (Vault Comics) – After a lot of anticipation the first issue is here and we can’t wait to check out the series about a mega corporation that wanrs its data back from a black market coder. The art looks awesome!

Hellboy & the BPRD: Night of the Cyclops (Dark Horse Comics) – We’re always fans of Hellboy one-shots that you can pick up and just enjoy. It’s like a dime store pulp novel in comic form.

Image! 30th Anniversary Anthology #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue surprised us as a celebration of Image but not the past, what is and what will be. We’re hoping for more of that and the series highlighting the publisher’s potentially bright future.

The Killer: Affairs of the State #4 (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) – The series has been a fantastic spy/crime series that leaves readers with something to ponder after every issue.

Land of the Living Gods #4 (AfterShock) – The series has been fantastic giving us an apocalyptic story that has a great attention to small details that makes it stand out.

Legion of X #1 (Marvel) – Who will police Krakoa and help pursue happiness and hope? Legion of X!

My Little Pony #1 (IDW Publishing) – Spinning out of the Netflix movie, we’re interested in seeing how the series transitions and who it’s focused on as far as readers.

The Naughty List #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue had a lot of humor but this Santa goes on a revenge trip also had a lot of heart too.

Past the Last Mountain #3 (CEX Publishing) – This world about monsters running to freedom after interment delivers a lot to think about.

Spectro (AfterShock) – Juan Doe, nuff said.

Wolf Never Sleeps Vol. 1 (Yen Press) – The manga debut has a feel that’s much more traditional fantasy. While a bit slow, it’s a solid start that has us excited to read more.

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

Written By Paul Allor
Illustrated By Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck
Cover A Louie Joyce
Cover B Louie Joyce
Cover C Gannon Beck
Cover D Jody Edwards

A pack of goblins work to track down the creatures, leading to a violent confrontation with tragic consequences.

Plus, short stories illustrated by Jeffrey Verrege, Eric Zawadzki, Ashley A. Woods, JD Faith, Silvio dB, and Brittany Peer!

Past the Last Mountain #3 (of 4)

CEX Publishing reveals Sparks of Chaos and more for September!

SPARKS OF CHAOS #1

Written by TEMUR SCHELM
Art by ALEX MALYSHEV, GLEB MELNIKOV
Cover A by ALEX ”EX” MAKAROV
Covers B & C by ALEX MALYSHEV
Retail Price: $7.99
On Sale 9/28

An epic journey begins here! A century ago, the ancient demigods were hunted down and forgotten by humanity. Now, they’re fighting back, in a steampunk twist on ancient myths!

Featuring interconnected A Covers in the style of a Greek vase, each oversized issue contains 48 pages of Gods and Monsters battling for the fate of our world!

Diamond ID: JUN221437 / JUN221438 / JUN221439
Lunar Product Code: 0622CX229 / 0622CX230 / 0622CX231

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE CONQUEROR WORM: LIMITED MONSTER VARIANT

Written by EDGAR ALLAN POE
Art and Cover by CLARA MEATH
Retail Price: $19.99
On Sale 9/28

CEX is proud to present the MONSTROUS variant cover by Clara Meath in the ultimate presentation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Conqueror Worm! A terrifyingly gorgeous cover, worthy of this extraordinary adaptation. Limited to only 100!

Diamond ID: JUN221436
Lunar Product Code: 0622CX232

EDGAR ALLAN POE’S THE CONQUEROR WORM: LIMITED MONSTER VARIANT

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN – ORC GIRL VARIANT EDITION

Written by PAUL ALLOR
Art by LOUIE JOYCE, GANNON BECK, THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
Cover by THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
Retail Price: $5.99
On Sale 9/28

The complete ORC GIRL prequel to Paul Allor, Louie Joyce, and Gannon Beck’s hit series PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN is collected in this final issue of the series! And this time with a special ORC GIRL cover by fan-favorite artist Thomas Boatwright! This limited edition celebrates the acclaimed one-shot with the extremely rare original Orc Girl cover!

Limited to 100 copies through this outlet! Perfect bound format, with 44 pages of story for $5.99.

Diamond IDs: JUN221440
Lunar Product Codes: 0622CX233

PAST THE LAST MOUNTAIN – ORC GIRL VARIANT EDITION

Preview: Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

(W) Paul Allor (A) Louie Joyce, Gannon Beck (CA) Louie Joycen, Gannon Beck, Jody Edwards
In Shops: May 11, 2022
SRP: $5.99

The search continues, as the fantasy creatures seek shelter with a kind stranger, and the humans consider drastic actions to bring them back! Plus, short stories illustrated by Caspar Wijingaard, Eion Marron, Sjan Wiejers, Joe Lalich, and Juan Romera!

Past the Last Mountain #2 (of 4)

Review: Past the Last Mountain #2

Past the Last Mountain #2

What I really enjoy about this site is to be able to read and discover comics I might not otherwise get a chance to. This is a perfect example of that. Past the Last Mountain #2 continues what is one of my favorite discoveries of the year continuing a series that entertains and makes you think.

Written by Paul Allor, Past the Last Mountain #2 continues the story of three escaped fantasy creatures. They’re on the run looking for a mythical land for them to call home. Years ago, a war was fought between the humans and fantasy creatures with the creatures losing and being rounded up to live on reservations. There’s so much to read into the series, you can debate what it’s an allegory to or just sit back and enjoy the adventure.

Allor sticks to tried and true concepts for the series and it’s what makes it work so well. It feels like a Disney film out of the 80s and that’s a good thing. There’s the jaded adults trying to protect the innocent child on the run. In pursuit there’s the evil military but of course there’s one individual who has some doubts about what they’re doing. It’s a formula we’ve seen many times before but it works and works really well.

Louie Joyce is on the art for the main story with layouts by Gannon Beck. The art style is interesting as it has a bit more of a comical look to it. It’s not a heavy fantasy feel at all but it works really well. Where the comic really stands out is the emotions of the trio of monsters. You can feel their sadness and fear as they debate what they should do or think about what they should have done. The look on the dragon’s face when it asks if it did the right thing is heartbreaking. But, it’s also a small detail that adds a solid emotional punch to it all. You gain sympathy for the characters and want them to reach their goal safely.

The comic also features a bunch of short stories from the war, all adding to the history and the world. Written by Allor, they feature art by Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, and Rebecca Nalty. Every entry, like the first issue, is solid. They all add to the world and the story giving us a better idea of what’s going on and how we got to the moment. It’s such a great addition to the main story and a fantastic way to build out the world even more. It’s such a fantastic idea and not only feels like an added “bonus” but each story is so solid on its own. It makes me want another series where we can get even more of this and maybe some longer “short stories”. It shows there’s a lot that can be done with this world and there’s such potential.

Past the Last Mountain #2 continues a series that’s probably not on many people’s radars. And they’d be missing out. It’s a hell of a series so far that feels like a classic journey but with a bit more to say.

Story: Paul Allor
Art: Louie Joyce, Sjan Weijers, Caspar Wijngaard, Joe Lalich, Triona Farrell, Juan Romera, Eoin Marron, Rebecca Nalty
Layouts: Gannon Beck Color: Louie Joyce Letterer: Paul Allor
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

CEX Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle

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