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Preview: Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #1

Battlestar Galactica: Gods & Monsters #1

writer: Karl Kesel
artist: Alec Morgan, Dan Schkade
covers: Alec Morgan (a), Pete Woods (b), Brent Schoonover (c)
incentive cover: Alec Morgan (B/W art), Brent Schoonover (“virgin art”)
Fans & retailers, order the cover of your choice!
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Teen+

All new stories from the ground-breaking re-imagined series! Baltar believes he was chosen by god— and now moves closer to being one himself when he constructs a living Cylon Centurion! Is it his greatest achievement or biggest mistake? Truly obedient or waiting for the perfect time to strike? Is it the protector of Sharon’s unborn baby or its greatest threat? Will the Cylon’s bloody history repeat itself?

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The Reimagined Battlestar Galactica Universe Returns in Gods and Monsters

Hot on the heels of the release of the classic Battlestar Galactica series earlier this month, Dynamite has announced the continuation of the Reimagined 2004 universe storyline with the release of Battlestar Galactica: Gods and Monsters this November! Karl Kesel and Alec Morgan team up for all new stories from the groundbreaking re-imagined series!

Baltar believes he was chosen by god- and now moves closer to being one himself when he constructs a living Cylon Centurion! Is it his greatest achievement or biggest mistake? Truly obedient or waiting for the perfect time to strike? Is it the protector of Sharon’s unborn baby or its greatest threat? Will the Cylon’s bloody history repeat itself?

This explosive first issue features covers from series artist Alec Morgan, Pete Woods, and Brett Schoonover, and slated for release in November.

Review: Cryptocracy #3

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The Nine Prophecies foretell a great cataclysm and the end of the age of the Nine Families that secretly rule the world. The first has come true, and now the mysterious and deadly Hum aims to fulfill the others. Agent Grahame is desperate to prove that Hum is just a man—a man who can be killed. Elsewhere, radio host Bela is drawn into the fight for the fate of the world as she learns some of the Families’ long-hidden secrets.

Two prophecies have now been fulfilled. Leaving everyone wondering how much longer the families have before all nine have been defeated. Writer Van Jensen gives us something wild at the end of the issue, but I won’t spoil it. It’s best to see this for yourself. Each issue leaves the reader eager for more issues, as more and more of this world and the conspiracy is revealed.

The cover is very eye-catching and hopefully will attract more readers of those who have ignored past issues. The art by Pete Woods manages to amplify the power of the beings. The cover is a perfect example of that, it just screams power.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Cryptocracy #2

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The Nine Families have ruled civilization from the shadows for time beyond memory. But now, for the first time, they are being hunted. Family leaders begrudgingly forge an alliance to discover the hunter’s identity, but in so doing only place themselves in greater danger.

Written by Van Jensen, Cryptocracy manages to mix conspiracy theories, secret societies, and so much more. In this issue, the shadows are pulled back some, as a mysterious, but powerful being begins to fight back. Who, and what, is Chronos? Given what his name comes from, I’m curious to see what the organization decides to do and where Jensen takes things from here.

I will admit there is some interesting shocks in this issue, but I won’t spoil them. They make for surprising sights from artist Pete Woods, that I doubt you will miss. The mysterious Hum, seems to get more colorful with each issue, despite the briefness of his appearances.

A riddle of a series that gets better with each issue.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Cryptocracy #1

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For time beyond memory, the Nine Families watched from the shadows, believing themselves shepherds and manipulating whole societies as they saw fit. Nothing happened that they didn’t observe or control. Outsiders knew naught of the Families, much less threatened them. Until now.

Writer Van Jensen creates something where what is real is an illusion, and what is truly real is buried in fiction, and conspiracies. There’s a blending of this version of realism, fantasy, and conspiracies as he delves deep into the secretive Cryptoracy and the nine families that rule the world. He even manages to sneak in a few bits of humor here and there. It all comes together to make this premiere issue oddly intriguing.

The art by Pete Woods is clear cut and shows a great degree of realism which is impressive considering the concept. Some of the stranger sights in this comic are actually better for it and don’t feel out of place. I won’t reveal what they are but, they are surprising, to say the least.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Cryptocracy #1

Cryptocracy #1

Van Jensen (W), Pete Woods (A)

For time beyond memory, the Nine Families watched from the shadows, believing themselves shepherds and manipulating whole societies as they saw fit. Nothing happened that they didn’t observe or control. Outsiders knew naught of the Families, much less threatened them. Until now.

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They Are Watching. Dark Horse’s Two Cryptocracy Teasers

In October 2015 Dark Horse announced a new series Cryptocracy from Van Jensen and Pete Woods. The series is a deep exploration into the secret society behind every major conspiracy in history, and why they’re suddenly being killed. The comic was originally slated for May 2016, but now has a release date of late June and as we get closer to release Dark Horse is ramping up its promotion. Check two new teasers.

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Dark Horse Teases that The Cryptocracy is Watching, so Stock Up

In October 2015 Dark Horse announced a new series Cryptocracy from Van Jensen and Pete Woods. The series is a deep exploration into the secret society behind every major conspiracy in history, and why they’re suddenly being killed. The comic was originally slated for May 2016, but now has a release date of late June.

With a profile in this month’s Previews, the marketing is kicking up for what’s sure to be a buzzed about comic when released.

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NYCC 2015: Van Jensen Brings All-New Projects to Dark Horse

In 2016, fan-favorite Green Lantern Corps and The Flash scribe Van Jensen brings a new lineup of creator-driven original series to Dark Horse Comics—and you won’t believe what he plans to tackle first.

They were the gunmen on the grassy knoll.
They conducted the Philadelphia Experiment.
They found the ship that crashed in Roswell—and its pilots.
They allowed the Japanese to attack Pearl Harbor. They faked the moon landing.
For ages, they have worked in the shadows, controlling the fate of the world. But now, they are being hunted.

In Cryptocracy, Jensen teams with Action Comics artist Pete Woods for a deep exploration into the secret society behind every major conspiracy in history—and why they’re suddenly being killed. Coming May 2016, the series combines Jensen’s profound story with Woods’s dynamic art for a story that shouldn’t be missed.

Then, in September 2016, Jensen gets back to his roots as a crime reporter for Two Dead, a collaboration with legendary March artist Nate Powell.

On a snowy New Year’s Day, 1947, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Police Chief O. N. Martin gunned down his lieutenant, Jack Deubler, and then killed himself. The threads of crime, conspiracy, violence, racism, and madness that led to this tragic true-crime case of murder-suicide are retraced in Two Dead, which follows in the footsteps of true-crime epics such as Green River Killer.

Look forward to seeing these new stories in 2016!

Cryptocracy promotional image by Pete Woods Two Dead cover by Nate Powell

Review – Justice League of America #1 and Justice League of America’s Vibe #1

Justice League of America #1

JLA_Cv1 dsWhen I think of “Justice League” I think of a flagship title for the DC Comics universe. Justice League of America might be the “B” team of characters, but its first issue shows off an “A” class series. Made up of underdogs like Green Arrow, Katana, Martian Manhunter, Simon Baz, Stargirl, Vibe, Hawkman and Catwoman. Most are well known characters, some not so much. This is the team that has everything to prove.

This first issue could go so many different ways in how the team comes together. We get the somewhat stereotypical government agency having dossiers and discussing what each team member brings, but it’s so entertaining. The breakdown as to what each team member brings is awesome. The team is headed up by Amanda Waller and Steve Trevor, so you know that’ll be interesting.

There’s lots of set up. We get the team gathering, but also some hints as to what to expect in the future. The Justice League of America has a goal, and that’s to not just stand up to evil, but also prepare for the threat a rogue Justice League represents. That’s some clear foreshadowing….

Solid writing is backed up by David Finch’s art which is top not. It’s just one issue in, but Justice League of America quickly jumps up as to one of the better launches of the new DC 52.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: David Finch

Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Justice League of America’s Vibe #1

Justice League of America's Vibe #1Vibe, yeah I know nothing about the character at all. The first issue to me has a goal, to introduce us to the character and then also get me interested in enough to come back for a second issue. And, this first issue pulls both off and pulls them off well.

First there’s that origin. We find out how Vibe got his powers, which gives him so motivations, some faults, something he needs to rage about basically. We get a sense of what his power is and then there’s some twists in there later on. It’s all solid stuff as we learn about the character as both a superhero, but also his personal life.

And then there’s the coming back part. The final panel should do that alone but the story leading up to that point, it’s solid as well. There’s some action, but we also get a lot of quiet moments of a hero trying to learn about his powers and also his role in the world.

This is the classic young kid given powers and having to decide what he’s going to do with them, and to how to even use them. It’s a solid first issue, more than enough that I’ll come back for the second.

Story: Geoff Johns and Andrew Kreisberg Art: Pete Woods

Story: 7.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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