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Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome Returns to the Ancient World with Peter Milligan & Robert Gill in July!

Valiant has announced Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome, the beginning of an ALL-NEW EPIC SERIES retreading the courageous steps of history’s first detective! On July 25th, Valiant’s sold-out descent into the horrors of the ancient world returns with A BLOODSTAINED JUMPING-ON POINT from legendary comics master Peter Milligan and Harvey Award-nominated artist Robert Gill as “detectioner” Antonius Axius launches into an otherworldly mystery of monsters, magic, and conspiracy at the boundaries of human understanding…

The Roman standard – the eagle borne at the front of each Roman legion – was more than just a symbol of the soldiers that carried it… It was a symbol of Rome itself, the ultimate embodiment of the empire’s power…

But now, in the mist-shrouded Germanic forest of Tottenwald, the unthinkable has happened: A rampaging barbarian horde has crushed three of Rome’s most highly skilled detachments in battle… and captured their mighty Roman eagles.

His authority threatened by this all-too-public shame, the mad emperor Nero has dispatched Antonius Axia, the empire’s finest “detectioner” and hero of Britannia, and Achillia, the sword-wielding champion of the gladiatorial arena, to reclaim his stolen relics at any cost.

But what began as a simple mission will soon become a terrifying journey into the dark heart of belief itself as the isolated woodlands of Rome’s enemies reveal unseen dimensions…and the true power of the legion’s lost eagles threatens to consume any who would pursue them…

Featuring covers from Cary Nord Brian Thies, and David Mack!

Preview: Kid Lobotomy #6

Kid Lobotomy #6

Peter Milligan (w) • Tess Fowler (a) • Nick Robles  (c) • Lee Loughridge (colorist)

“A Lad Insane,” Part 6 of 6. Why is Kid insane? How come he’s having an affair with Kafka’s favorite sister? And just what did our failed rock god’s 12-year-old self see in the lower depths of the haunted hotel from hell? Our hero finally gets some answers. But will they drive him crazier than King Lear?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Legion #3

Legion #3

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Wilfredo Torres
Ink: Wilfredo Torres, Marc Deering Color: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover: Javier Rodríguez
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen, Anthony Gambino
X-Men Group Editor: Mark Paniccia Editor: Darren Shan Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

TRAUMA PART 3
• In order to protect Legion’s mind from Lord Trauma, an overwhelming dark personality, Dr. Hannah Jones must band the other personalities together and fight back!
• But the only way to rally everyone is to first recruit the biggest, baddest personality there is… You can call him RIDER.
• Will he accept?

Preview: Legion #2

Legion #2

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Wilfredo Torres Cover Art: Javier Rodriguez
Color: Dan Brown Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Graphic Designers: Jay Bowen and Anthony Gambino
Editor: Darren Shan Assistant Editor: Chris Robinson X-Men Group Editor: Mark Paniccia
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

TRAUMA Part 2
• Celebrity psychologist HANNAH JONES has been sucked into LEGION’s bizarre mind-world!
• What strange alternative personalities, painful memory spores and mind-bending paranoia storms will she encounter?
• And will Hannah be able to heal the fractured mind of her patient – and keep her own life and sanity intact?!

Preview: Kid Lobotomy #5

Kid Lobotomy #5

Peter Milligan (w) • Tess Fowler (a & c) • Lee Loughridge (colorist)

Kafka-obsessed young hotel manager Kid Lobotomy is about to have his brain tweaked by Big Daddy and renegade neurologist Doc Cyclops. Meanwhile, Kid’s complex sister Rosebud finally has control of the Suites. Could a cockroach be Kid’s salvation? Can dead uncle Gloucester show him the way to the truth? Can Adam Mee finally write his second novel? And can Ottla and Gervais elbow their way into a busy plot? Weird medicine, a symbolist classic, and a girl on a horse. All this and more surprises in “A Lad Insane,” Part Five.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Black Crown Quarterly #2: Winter 2018

Black Crown Quarterly #2: Winter 2018

Peter Milligan, Rob Davis, David Barnett, Tini Howard, Jamie Coe, & Various (w) • Tess Fowler, Rob Davis, Martin Simmonds, Philip Bond, Jaime Coe, & Various (a) • Martin Simmonds (c)

It’s the new Winter’s Edge of Comics Cool in 48 pages! Delight in regular continuing features like legit publications with literary pedigrees! It all begins with the 10-page regular lead feature Tales From the Black Crown Pub, starring Stacey the barmaid, by award-winner Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven). Recurring short features include Canonball Comics: an exquisite corpse that will not stay dead, Cud: Rich and Strange by co-writers/bandmates Will Potter and Carl Puttnam and artist Philip Bond, Swell Maps by music journalist/novelist Cathi Unsworth with illustrations by Cara McGee and a new Hey, Amateur!. Plus: Previews of your future favorite comics like Bandtwits by Jamie Coe, Punks Not Dead by David Barnett and Martin Simmonds, a Walking Ghost Tour of Canon Street by Tini Howard, interviews with your favorite comics celebrities and much, much more!

FC • 48 pages • $6.99

Review: Legion #1

So, what do you do when Marvel and FOX have a hit TV show on FX? Bring back that specific character in the comics to capitalize on it, even if it’s for a miniseries. Of course! I’m not cynical about this, honestly. Given the character of David Haller or Legion, his codename, has a lot of story potential. You could create a ton of psychological Horror stories surrounding this character given his powers involve telepathy and reality warping especially given he has multiple personality disorder. The possibilities are really endless especially if someone is talented enough to make it all interesting. Hell, the TV show Legion showed you can do it in other media.

So like I said, no doubt Marvel decided to bring back the character due to the TV show being a hit and who’s the guy they hire to bring him back? Peter Milligan, who previously wrote for Marvel and the X-Men with the book X-Statix. Admittedly, as a big Marvel fan I am, I am not that familiar with X-Statix but I am curious about his work now given he has put in a lot of twisted intrigued with Legion and seems to fit him like a glove. The book is pretty much psychological horror through and through but with a different flair than say, the TV show. Okay, I swear I’ll cut back referencing the TV show.

I describe the book’s feel so far as like a Stuart Gordon horror film like Re-Animator meets Beyond The Gate, at least in regards to tone. I don’t know how to describe it but it seems blunt with its weirdness. It’s colorful but also dark with its content. The entire book revolves around two characters. Yes, it’s not just David Haller. There’s somebody he has to warn of an incoming danger he has been meeting often times face to face in the first opening pages of the book. Haller has to work Dr. Hannah Jones, a psychotherapist who as of recent has been treating celebrities. And whatever force is after David, is after her too.

So the book has two POVs and it can be a bit jarring at first but it works once the last couple of pages have the two together, thus, setting up the next issue to come. And the book does at least do a good job introducing both characters as to who they are, what they do and how they’re reacting to this new, dangerous situation to them. Especially since Jones has had multiple encounters with tentacles. This book is fond of tentacles for whatever reason. Though thankfully, it wasn’t throughout the book. In fact, there’s a good scene of a statuette of Sigmund Freud seemingly talking to Hannah-really demonstrating how far this force will attempt to mess with her.

The art, I felt was jarring at first because it’s not bad art. I really love the art by Wilfredo Torres and the colors by Dan Brown. They make the art pop. Just that with a premise like this, I kind of got it in my head that a Legion book would be more twisted with its visuals to empathize the horror aspect in a way. But I think the art is growing on me as it reminds me of Mike Allerd’s art and I say that in a good way and I think it can fit the book the more it goes on. I mean, whatever twisted visuals are there, works to its effective use.

And Peter Milligan does do a solid job establishing the characters and situations to behold. It’s a set up but it’s good set up for things to come. It did feel a bit jarring from the first page when the book is dumped straight into the action where David Haller is running for his dear life. The text narration from him does help a bit but I’m too sure if that was the right call if only because maybe a build up to that moment would have sufficed. The rest, Milligan did well really from what this evil force can accomplish like having his victims relive their traumas or how David is coping with not just the situation but himself and what brief interaction was shown between him and Hannah does show promise.

If you’re a fan of the Legion character whether it’d be the comics or the TV show (whoops, did it again!), this comic is guaranteed to feed that satisfaction.

Review: Legion #1

David Haller, the son of Professor Charles Xavier, has always had trouble containing the multiple personalities in his mind. And with each personality, comes a wild and dangerous mutant power. But now, a terrifying new personality is threatening to absorb these powers and take  over David’s mind and body.  In a desperate attempt to save himself, David seeks out the help of renowned young psychotherapist Hannah Jones to delve into his fractured mind and fight back this dark personality. But unknown to Legion….Dr Jones brings her own demons with her…

David Haller, aka Legion, is a character that’s never quite clicked for me beyond small doses. He’s had a few runs in the spotlight, and while there’s been some good, it generally isn’t memorable. With the succession of the FX Legion television show, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Marvel has launched a miniseries focused on the character.

Writer Peter Milligan takes the reigns in a story that… well I’m not quite sure where it’s going. David’s having a breakdown and there’s a villain, which may be one of his personalities stalking him. Why? Not quite sure. The issue is a lot of set up and while there’s some interesting aspects it never quite grabs me. It’s a bland journey by David to his destination while his personalities battle him and we attempt to figure out the “why” of it all. We’ve seen this what feels like many times before and none of it is really exciting.

Part of that is the art by Wilfredo Torres with color by Dan Brown. FX’s Legion stands out partially for it’s impressive visuals. There’s moments in the comic that makes you pause, but it never quite breaks out into what I’d expect. The page layouts are pretty standard and there isn’t any challenging perspective. While there’s a slight tease as to what’s real and what’s not it’s simple things like something coming “alive.” It’s weird but never really exciting or interesting. While there’s similar look to Mike and Laura Allred, both of them have embraced the weird and non-standard in their work. We’ve seen trippier elsewhere.

The story, the art, it all feels rather conservative in a way and falls short of the challenging and groundbreaking work we’ve seen in live action. This is a case where the spin-off adaptation is better than the original. While this series may improve as it moves along this first issue doesn’t quite have a hook to get me excited to see what comes next. For those checking this out due to the television show, I don’t see what would get them to stick around. There was a lot of potential in a new series, unfortunately that’s not tapped here at all.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Wilfredo Torres Cover Art: Javier Rodriguez
Color: Dan Brown Lettering: VC’s Travis Lanham
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Kid Lobotomy #4

Kid Lobotomy #4

Peter Milligan (w) • Tess Fowler (a & c) • Lee Loughridge (colorist)

As loyal and surprisingly complex chambermaid Ottla searches for Kid—who’s been dragged away by Big Daddy—she’s gripped by a tragic memory. What unspeakable things was she forced to do to fulfill Big Daddy’s King Lear fantasies? Is the Suites playing its weird tricks? Will Kid have a drill shoved into his head? Why is Cordelia getting fat?  Find out this and more in the cracked looking glass Shakespearean tragedy that is “A Lad Insane, Part Four:  The Chambermaid’s Tale.”

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Titan to Publish Lost Jack Kirby and Gil Kane Prisoner Comic

Titan Comics has announced two new projects based on The Prisoner, licensed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the surreal 1960’s cult TV classic in 2018: an oversized artist edition of a lost comic book classic by comic book legends Jack Kirby and Gil Kane; as well as a brand-new comic series set in the world of The Prisoner by celebrated writer Peter Milligan and artist Colin Lorimer.

First shown on Canadian and UK TV screens in 1967, The Prisoner was co-created, written, directed and starred Patrick McGoohan. Titan’s new unmissable comic collections and comic series are set to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the first US transmission in 1968.

In July, Titan Comics will publish an art-sized, hardcover collection of Jack Kirby, Gil Kane and Steve Englehart’s long-lost, previously unpublished The Prisoner comic strips based on the cult classic.

This special oversized collectors edition will contain the entire 17 page Jack Kirby strip, the first six pages of which were inked and lettered by Mike Royer, as well as 18 pages of pencils drawn by legendary comic artist Gil Kane.

In addition to reprinting these rare pages, this collection also features unmissable bonus archive material including facsimiles of the original script as written by Steve Englehart.

The Prisoner: Jack Kirby And Gil Kane Art Edition (ISBN: 97817858662878) is just one part of Titan Comics’ exciting plans for The Prisoner’s 50th Anniversary year –alongside a brand-new comic series based on the cult favorite TV series, written by Peter Milligan with art by Colin Lorimer.

Titan Comics’ new series transports readers back to the mysterious village where everyone is a number, and features six amazing covers, including Mike and Laura AllredJack Kirby, a Patrick McGoohan photo cover and more to be revealed.

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