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Preview: Adler #2

Adler #2

Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Artist(s): Paul McCaffrey
Cover Artist(s): Butch Guice (CVR A), Paul McCaffrey (CVR B), Victorian Homage Cover (CVR C)

After uniting some of the most famous heroines of the Victorian age including Jane Eyre, Miss Havisham and Marie Curie, Irene Adler must finally come face-to-face with Sherlock Holmes’s greatest nemesis, Moriarty!  World Fantasy Award winning writer Lavie Tidhar and TMNT artist Paul McCaffrey present an alternate history of the greatest literary characters of the 19th Century in the vein of Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen!

Adler #2

Review: Adler #1

Adler #1

Adler #1 is kind of a nerdfest for anyone who enjoys Victorian literature with such luminaries as Jane Eyre, Estella Havisham, the vampire Carmilla, and even Ayesha from H. Rider Haggard’s She. Writer Lavie Tidhar and artist Paul McCaffrey let the women of these (For better or worse) long enduring late 19th century British novels have just as much fun as the male characters as they engage in shoot outs, witty repartee, and cloak and dagger scheming.

The story begins in the dark, PTSD-inducing imperalist haze of the Second Boer War in South Africa, which establishes Jane as a capable protagonist, who is relegated to the position of nurse even though she does the work of a doctor. While Irene Adler is much more verbose, Jane is a keen observer with McCaffrey giving he quick glances and facial expressions that look like processing or deep thinking. She is a sympathetic POV character and is much more than the sidekick that Adler monologues to as shown by the last several intrigue-filled pages.

Paul McCaffrey has already worked on the comic adaptation of Kim Newman’s fantastic Victorian alternate history novel Anno Dracula (Seriously, it kept me awake on a 10 hour drive from Washington, DC to Louisville, Kentucky.) so cobblestone streets, corsets, cravats, and steampunk blimps come naturally to him. His art is easy to follow and is naturalistic, but a little messed up just like Steve Dillon’s work. McCaffrey’s one weakness is a case of same face with the female characters who aren’t Ayesha, but thankfully, he emphasizes their different hair colors and fashion choices. Carmilla has a Goth thing going for her, Irene Adler is more steampunk, and Estella is an upper class mad scientist. Fashion and costume choice definitely helps establish character in Adler #1.

Another amusing part of Adler #1 is how minimized, and honestly pathetic, the role of the male characters are in the narrative. Irene Adler trolls Moriarty, who comes across as a villain of the week instead of a conniving Big Bad like Andrew Scott’s portrayal in BBC’s Sherlock that had the Internet shrieking every time he was even hinted to appear on the screen. Also, Holmes himself is a non-entity that doesn’t even appear on-panel because he’s too busy chasing rumors of giant hounds on the moors. Instead Adler #1 is about the extreme competence of Irene Adler as well as Jane Eyre trying to find her place in early 20th century England while Ayesha and Carmilla scheme and hint at plots just beginning to unravel.

With more of an emphasis on action, flashy, yet readable visuals, and character personality instead of mystery, Adler #1 is wonderful first course into Lavie Tidhar and Paul McCaffrey’s female-fronted world of Victorian character crossovers. The relationship between Jane and Adler is intrigued, there’s some gunplay, and Tidhar and McCaffrey definitely left me wanting more. Adler is a penny dreadful for the 2020s. I’m looking forward to see the relationship between Jane and Irene Adler develop just as much as the next cool late 19th century/early 20th century female historical figure or literary character cameo.

Story: Lavie Tidhar Art: Paul McCaffrey Letters: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Adler #1

Adler #1

Author(s): Lavie Tidhar
Artist(s): Paul McCaffrey
Cover Artist(s): Christian Ward (CVR A), Paul McCaffrey (CVR B), Victorian Homage Cover (CVR C), B&W Variant (CVR D)

For Sherlock, there was only ever one woman – now Irene Adler is on a mission to take down Moriarty! It’s the League of Extraordinary Gentlewomen, as Adler teams up with a host of famous female faces from science, history and literature to defeat the greatest criminal mastermind of all time!

Adler #1

Preview: Anno Dracula – 1895: Seven Days in Mayhem TPB

ANNO DRACULA – 1895: SEVEN DAYS IN MAYHEM TPB

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Publisher: Titan Comics
144pp – $19.99 – On Sale: November 21, 2017
ISBN: 9781782763000

From the best selling world of Kim Newman’s Anno Dracula comes this all-new comic book sequel to his best selling novel, Anno Dracula

1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

Preview: Anno Dracula #5

ANNO DRACULA #5

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Colorist: Kevin Enhart
Cover A: Paul McCaffrey
Cover B: Jeff Zornow
Cover C: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On sale: Aug 9, 2017

FINAL ISSUE!

Conclusion to the all-new comic series based on the best selling Anno Dracula novels by Kim Newman!

Written by creator Kim Newman with art by Paul McCaffrey (Doctor Who: The Third Doctor).

Preview: Anno Dracula #4

ANNO DRACULA #4

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Cover A: Paul McCaffrey
Cover B: Martin Stiff
Cover C: Tom Mandrake
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: June 21

Based on the best selling Anno Dracula novels by Kim Newman! Written by creator Kim Newman with art by Paul McCaffrey (The Third Doctor).

Preview: Anno Dracula #3

Anno Dracula #3

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Colorist: Kevin Enhart
Cover A: Paul McCaffrey
Cover B: Tom Mandrake
Cover C: Mike Collins
FC • 32pp • $3.99 •
On sale: May 24, 2017

An all-new comic series based on the best-selling Anno Dracula novels by Kim Newman! Written by creator Kim Newman with art by Paul Mccaffrey (The Third Doctor).

Preview: Anno Dracula #2

ANNO DRACULA #2

PART 2 (OF 5)
Writer Kim Newman
Artist Paul McCaffrey
COVER A: TOM MANDRAKE
COVER B: PAUL MCCAFFREY
COVER C: MIKE COLLINS
COVER D: BRIAN WILLIAMSON
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale April 19, 2017

AN ALL-NEW COMIC SERIES BASED ON THE BEST SELLING ANNO DRACULA NOVELS BY KIM NEWMAN!

WRITTEN BY CREATOR KIM NEWMAN WITH ART BY PAUL MCCAFFREY (THE THIRD DOCTOR).

Preview: Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1

Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Colorist: Kevin Enhart
COVER A: PAUL MCCAFFREY
COVER B: TOM MANDRAKE
COVER C: BRIAN WILLIAMSON
COVER D: JEFF ZORNOW
COVER E: MIKE COLLINS
COVER: BEN OLIVER (FORBIDDEN PLANET / JETPACK COMICS VARIANT)
COVER: BEN OLIVER (“PHOENIX EVENT EXCLUSIVE” VARIANT)
FC • 32pp • $3.99 • On sale: March 22, 2017

DEBUT ISSUE!

1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

The Inhumans Take To The Stars – Your First Look at Royals #1!

A myth from the future. A quest to the farthest stars. A legend written across galaxies. This April, the Inhuman royal family departs on an odyssey to save their race in Royals #1 – the brand-new series from fan-favorite writer Al Ewing and red-hot artist Jonboy Meyers! Abdicating the throne in the wake of Inhumans vs. X-Men, Marvel’s newest space epic will take the Inhumans to the far reaches of space and beyond! The knowledge they seek about their true origins could change the course of Inhuman destiny, or damn it for all time. They must uncover who they are, if they are to truly unlock who they might be. Now, Black Bolt, Medusa, Crystal, Gorgon, Flint and Swain – along with Marvel Boy as their guide – will blast off on a mission that could mean salvation for their people. But thousands of years from now, when their legend has passed into myth, they’ll say that seven set out on a journey, but only six returned…

Take a plunge into the unknown on April 5th ! Featuring covers by Meyers, Keron Grant, Simone Bianchi, Paul McCaffrey, John Tyler Christopher, Neal Adams, and Skottie Young.

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