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Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4 Gets a Variant Cover by Matías Bergara

BOOM! Studios has revealed a new variant cover art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Matías Bergara for Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4, the newest issue of an all-new original series from Jeff Loveness, artist Lisandro Estherren, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Steve Wands, a chilling and intense thriller about an American spy who encounters a terrifying inhuman threat at the heart of the Cold War. 

Herring has been running and spying for so long, it’s hard to tell his allies from his enemies. As the alien monster closes in on Herring, the mental attack forces him to come to terms with his past—and the truth about the government he works for.  

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4 also features main cover art by illustrator Evan Cagle. The comic comes to shelves on January 8, 2020.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #4  Matías Bergara Variant Cover

Preview: Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artists: 
Main Cover:
Evan Cagle
Unlocked Variant Cover: Raúl Allén
Price:
$3.99

Herring’s cover is blown! Captured by the spyhunter Keiner, Herring must go toe-to-toe in a mental battle with his old nemesis, while outside their interrogation room, the alien monster begins a psychic attack of its own.

Strange Skies over East Berlin #3

Preview: Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Evan Cagle
Price:
$3.99

The danger increases as Herring comes face to face with his nemesis, Keiner! Herring has infiltrated the bunker beneath East Berlin, where research on the mysterious being that fell from the sky has already begun, only to find an old enemy already inside. As the monster’s true powers begin to emerge, can Herring keep his cover disguised from Keiner long enough to discover what is truly hidden in the bunker?

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #2

Review: Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

The Cold War feels like a fading memory. Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 is that jolt to remind you of what was. Writer Jeff Loveness makes it a point to take us back to when the world was literally split by a wall.

The story opens with a reminder that there was a time when Berlin was split. That individuals fought for freedom and climbed the wall risking safety to seek it. It’s a theme that echoes today’s immigration debate. Loveness makes sure to focus on the fear of being caught and the danger of it all. Then the record skips and what was a Cold War escape thriller turns into something else. It’s a mystery of what happened as a light streaked across the sky.

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 is a mix of Cold War paranoia and sci-fi mystery. By issues end we’re teased with what might be but there’s an emphasis on the fundamentals of that Cold War paranoia.

The art by Lisandro Estherren is fantastic. With color by Patricio Delpeche it is a perfect fit for the mashed together genres. There’s a noir sense for most of the comic then a shift as the sci-fi mystery is unveiled. A streak of light in the sky signifies the change in story and the art style shifts too subtly. The lettering of Steve Wands adds to the atmosphere of the comic with the choice of fonts for different aspects. The caption boxes have a typewriter aspect to them. It’s “of the time.”

If you want a sci-fi mystery set during the Cold War, Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1 delivers and then some. It’s a fantastic start to the series that takes us back to a different time and feels like it will have layers to examine much like the science fiction of the time. It’s a solid start to an intriguing series.

Story: Jeff Loveness Art: Lisandro Estherren
Color: Patricio Delpeche Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Jeff Loveness
Artist: Lisandro Estherren
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Evan Cagle
Price: $3.99

MANKIND MADE IT TO SPACE. AND NOW SPACE HAS FOLLOWED THEM BACK.

Herring is a disillusioned American spy stationed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall, struggling with his role in a Cold War that seems to have no end. But when he’s sent on a mission behind enemy lines to infiltrate East German intelligence, he soon learns the Soviets have a secret weapon that could change the tides of the conflict: an alien monster that they don’t understand, and can’t control. 

The Soviets are about to learn that they’re not in charge of the monster – it’s already in their minds and has twisted them to its will. Now Herring must find a way to understand the impossible – before it transforms him into a monster unlike any other.

Writer Jeff Loveness (Judas) and Lisandro Estherren (Redneck) team up for a story in the spirit of Cold War classics, for fans of period piece science fiction as well as alien action such as Barrier. 

Strange Skies Over East Berlin #1

Review: Fissure #1

fissure-1El Sueño, Texas was a single street town withering under the shadow of the Mexico-U.S. Barrier. Then the pavement split, and a massive crack spread from one end to the other, rapidly swallowing El Sueño whole. Young couple Avery Lee Olmos and Hark Wright fight to escape the mysterious sinkhole and the malevolent force that beckons from its depths.

With Enormous, writer Tim Daniel gave us a monster destruction series and with Fissure, he mines the disaster genre, for an intriguing comic that’s more than the destruction witnessed. Fissure is the new series from Daniel, artist Patricio Delpeche, and published by Vault Comics an up and coming publisher that’s already making waves.

Other than the couple of teaser texts I’ve read, I knew little about the series going into it. Coming out of it, I can’t wait to read more! A mix of disaster and horror Fissure sets up the world its set and people involved in a style that’s rare to see. First, the story isn’t quite as straightforward as you’d think from the concept. A lot of the issue is in Spanish, and not being anywhere near fluent I found myself relying on how things were being said and the art to figure out what’s going on at times. But, even not being able to really understand the words on the page, I still found myself understanding in a way. And that’s impressive to me. Even in another language, what Daniel and Delpeche has put on paper is understandable and really enjoyable.

Bringing down barriers is something that’s at the heart of the comic. The town of El Sueño is split between the Texan and Mexican inhabitants though we’re introduced to a Romeo and Juliet aspect to that split. There’s a barrier in language, people, and eventually a literal one in the fissure itself. This is a comic that has a layer to it I wasn’t expecting.

Delpeche handles the arts and colors with Deron Bennett on letters and the art is interesting primarily to the coloring chosen. A color planet that’s day-glo in a way enhances the horror aspect to the comic. I don’t think I’ve seen too many comics with this palette and the choice makes it stand out in a good way. The color choice especially stands out when the fissure is involved created a glowing green styling that enhances the dread that lies within.

I didn’t know what to expect, but I’m impressed, really impressed. Fissure #1 was a comic that was on my radar but I’m sure it’ll be on too few and they’re missing out on a quality comic. This disaster horror story goes above and beyond in a way to not just entertain, but also reflects on what divides us.

Story: Tim Daniel Art: Patricio Delpeche
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review