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Review: Bunny Mask Tales (FCBD)

Free Comic Book Day is May 7th and we’ve got a look at AfterShock‘s Bunny Mask Tales.

Check out what we think of this FCBD release and then find a shop to go celebrate the day with this Saturday!

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Story: Paul Tobin
Art: Andrea Mutti, Roberta Ingranata
Color: Andrea Mutti, Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Taylor Esposito


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Review: The Sandman Universe – Nightmare Country #1

The Sandman Universe - Nightmare Country #1

James Tynion, Lisandro Estherren, and Patricio Delpeche dip their toes back into The Dreaming in The Sandman Universe: Nightmare Country #1. The story centers around the nightmare The Corinthian, whose teeth for eyes motif has been an inspiration for a Brooklyn college student named Flynn. (It’s less inspiring to the guy she brings back to her dorm room.) Estherren’s art style actually looks like dreams with a flowing, impressionistic line and a lo-fi palette from Delpeche. However, in the early going the visuals are unfortunately all Nightmare Country has going for it.

In the tradition of many Sandman stories and spinoffs like the Death minis and The Dreaming, Nightmare Country #1 focuses on mortals with supernatural beings like The Corinthian in this case playing a background role. However, Flynn isn’t really an interesting protagonist even if her monologues about the world ending and being an outcast are totally relatable to anyone in their 20s, early, late, or otherwise. Lisandro Estherren and Patricio’s Delpeche’s art do the heavy lifting during her monologues conjuring up a future vision of New York underwater with fish being poisoned by art students’ paints and hint at her worst fear: Jabba the Hutt with teeth for eyes that’s sure to be revealed down the road.

It’s interesting to be that their more surreal work is used for the “real world” (With jaunts into the horrific and bizarre) while Yanick Paquette‘s clean line and Nathan Fairbairn’s clearly delineated, color in the lines work is used for an interlude into The Dreaming in Nightmare Country. This four page sequence’s writing style is clearly Tynion channeling Neil Gaiman, and there are real “A book is a dream you hold in your hand” vibes to it as he introduces The Corinthian to anyone not familiar with the original Sandman series. He also does a super short story about a man in Appalachia that is afraid in mirrors that along with the last few pages featuring Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy is more effective than any of the main story sequences featuring Flynn, The Corinthian, and her lover. However, Tynion, Estherren, and Paquette’s characterization of The Corinthian doesn’t go beyond creepy guy with teeth for eyes that has a connection/is an inspiration to Flynn and heralds a bigger fish in the pond, the Smiling Man. He’s just a fixation for now even if Lisandro Estherren and Patricio Delpeche make crimson, scarring mini-masterpieces out of Flynn’s paintings of him.

It fits the whole actual dream/nightmare of it all, but Nightmare Country‘s key flaw is honestly how the scenes are put together. The Paquette/Fairbairn sequence has more of a prologue vibe and its combination of strong visuals plus nostalgia for the original Sandman may have worked better opening the issue than Flynn talking bullshit at the bar with a man who she ends up in bed with despite sharing almost no chemistry beyond man and woman at a bar. (There’s an awkward panel that I think is meant to be their arms brushing against each other to create a physical connection, but it’s staged in extreme close-up and is hard to follow.) But, despite a slow start, Tynion and Estherren do end with Nighmare Country‘s most entertainingly written sequence plus some gory chills in the visual department as Mr. Agony and Mr. Ecstasy match their names in the best way and have some amusing banter while killing their victim. But, of course, The Smiling One is the Big Bad and gets the final page despite only being basically “that creepy guy in the background” for now. It’s meant to be a mystery, but for now, I’m not super invested as Agony and Ecstasy steal the show.

Despite being a continuation of what is considered to be one of the greatest comics of all time, Nighmare Country #1 is a middling start to this dreamscape horror yarn. As mentioned several times, its saving grace is the art of Lisandro Estherren and Patricio Delpeche whose hazy line and colors blur the lines between sleep and waking, fear and nightmare. This series might be one to check out in the inevitable trade paperback edition instead of on a monthly basis for now with an uninteresting protagonist and a baddie that is all flash and no substance for now.

Story: James Tynion IV Art: Lisandro Estherren, Yanick Paquette
Colors: Patricio Delpeche, Nathan Fairbairn Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 6.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.4 Recommendation: Read

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A Celebrity Vampire is a Danger to Hollywood in Angel #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Angel #1, the premiere issue of a brand new eight-issue comic book series available beginning January 19, 2022. Producer and director of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Daniel Bayliss, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Becca Carey shine the spotlight on everyone’s favorite vampire with a soul in the role of a lifetime . . . Detective Angel. 

Welcome to Angel for Hire, starring Angel and his co-star—Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn’t just a celebrity? Nope, he leads a double life . . . as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! 

Sometimes, though, this double life can get his friends into trouble, and as Wesley recovers from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events which lead to him getting sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world. He soon faces a terrifying enemy, who sees him as a threat . . .

Angel #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Nimit Malavia and variant cover art by fan favorite artists InHyuk Lee and Jahnoy Lindsay.

Angel #1

Review: TKO Presents: Tales of Terror

TKO Presents: Tales of Terror brings together the series of one-shots release by TKO Studios in one entertaining graphic novel.

Story: Liana Kangas, Joe Corallo, Sebastian Girner, Steve Foxe, Alex Paknadel, Kelly Williams, Rob Pilkington, Michael Moreci, Erick C. Freitas
Art: Paul Azaceta, Baldemar Rivas, Lisandro Estherren, Ian MacEwan, Kelly Williams, Kit Mills, Jesús Hervás, Jelena Dordević-Maksimović, Jen Hickman
Color: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Jeff Powell, Steve Wands, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Chas! Pangburn, Ariana Maher, Simon Bowland

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Beyond the Breach #5

Beyond the Breach #5 wraps up the first volume of the series with a pretty good ending.

Story: Ed Brisson
Art: Damian Couceiro
Color: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
TFAW


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Angel Makes His Hollywood Debut in New Series From BOOM!

BOOM! Studios has announced Angel, a brand new eight-issue comic book series available beginning January 2022. Producer and director of AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Cantwell, artist Daniel Bayliss, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Becca Carey shine the spotlight on everyone’s favorite vampire with a soul in the role of a lifetime . . . Detective Angel. 

Welcome to Detective TV, starring Angel and his co-star—Cordelia! But wait, Angel isn’t just a celebrity? Nope, he leads a double life… as a real monster hunter for Angel Investigations! 

Sometimes, though, this double life can get his friends into trouble, and as Wesley recovers from a horrific curse, Angel stumbles into a series of supernatural events which lead to him getting sucked into an unexpected and mysterious world. He soon faces a terrifying enemy, who sees him as a threat . . .

Angel #1 features main cover art by acclaimed illustrator Nimit Malavia and variant cover art by fan favorite artists InHyuk Lee and Jahoy Lindsay

Review: Beyond the Breach #4

Beyond the Breach #4 is the penultimate issue and reveals exactly what is going on. It’s not what you expect.

Story: Ed Brisson
Art: Damian Couceiro
Color: Patricio Delpeche
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
TFAW


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Preview: Beyond the Breach #2

Beyond the Breach #2

Writer: Ed Brisson 
Artist: Damian Couceiro 
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Damian Couceiro w/ Patricio Delpeche
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 8.18.21

The Breach has hit California. Thousands of interdimensional creatures now trapped in our world have begun to wreak havoc, leaving a trail of bodies up and down the coast. Vanessa is fighting to save those in her care when she encounters a strange man and his traveling companion. A man who may hold the secret to what the Breach is and how it can be stopped. But is he a friend or foe? Is he here to help her…or kill her?

Beyond the Breach #2

Exclusive Preview: Beyond the Breach #2

Beyond the Breach #2

Writer: Ed Brisson 
Artist: Damian Couceiro 
Colorist: Patricio Delpeche 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Damian Couceiro w/ Patricio Delpeche
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 8.18.21

The Breach has hit California. Thousands of interdimensional creatures now trapped in our world have begun to wreak havoc, leaving a trail of bodies up and down the coast. Vanessa is fighting to save those in her care when she encounters a strange man and his traveling companion. A man who may hold the secret to what the Breach is and how it can be stopped. But is he a friend or foe? Is he here to help her…or kill her?

Beyond the Breach #2

Choose Vengeance or Honor in Your First Look at Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1, a poignant, blood-soaked tale expanding the rich mythology of Frank Herbert’s Dune, adapted and scripted by New York Times bestselling authors Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, and illustrated by artist Adam Gorham, colorist Patricio Delpeche, and letterer Ed Dukeshire

When the choice is vengeance or honor, which lies at the heart of a Sardaukar? Jopati Kolona is one of the Sardaukar: the emperor’s elite military unit. The Sardaukar are unbeatable, unbending in their devotion to the emperor, and feared throughout the galaxy. When Jopati meets Duke Leto of House Atreides, the house he believes responsible for the destruction of his home planet and family, he will be forced to question a life-long hatred. Tasked with overthrowing the Atreides stronghold on Dune for his master, Jopati will be forced to choose between duty and forgiveness.

Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1 features main cover art by Jeff Dekal and variant covers by Gorham, Max Fiumara, and Gerald Parel. It comes to shelves on July 28, 2021.

Dune: Blood of the Sardaukar #1
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