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Review: Never Never #1

Never Never #1

There have been numerous takes on the story of Peter Pan. Some have stuck more towards the traditional story of a boy who never grows up and the young children who follow him to a magical, but dangerous, land. There are stories that spin out of it with the story of what comes next. Then, there’s the twisted takes that dive into the darker and more nefarious aspects of the classic story. Never Never #1 kicks off a new twisted take on the classic tale… and it’s very twisted.

Instead of the Darling children, the story focuses on Winter whose mother is having health issues and the stress has her run away with Petros to the Never, Never. In this magical place the children never grow old, the adults are the enemy… and war rages. With scarce resources and constant battle, the world has twisted its inhabitants past the brink of insanity. And, with the lack of aging… immortality is on the table. This is a story of survival, about a young girl facing a test on an island full of twisted immortal cannibals.

Written by Mark McCann, Never Never #1 gives us a horror take on Peter Pan. It takes its basic building blocks and pushes them to their logical conclusion. If you can never age, wouldn’t you live forever and be immortal? It’s an island and you’re there forever, resources will become an issue eventually. Wouldn’t that drive anyone insane?

The story is a horror story. We’re thrown into the chaos and even expecting a different take on Peter Pan, you’re not prepared for what’s to come. Walls of heads, disembowelment, there’s some brutal stuff here that makes it clear we’re not in the Neverland we knew. Peter is a sadistic child whose brutality is matched by his lack of any empathy. There are no good guys here (so far), only a lot of bad. And we’re thrown into it all like Winter trying to figure out “wtf!?”.

Phil Buckenham‘s art is solid delivering shocking visuals that match McCann’s twisted concepts. Along with Agnese Pozza on colors and David Withers on lettering the art delivers a style and look that’s one of unease. There’s truly a lot that’ll cause you to pause and soak in how off the rails-Eli Roth this story has gone. This is the “torture” take on classic tales that became vogue for a time with horror. Maybe it’s the beginning of more to come. But, much like a lot of the detail in the story, I wasn’t prepared for what the visuals would deliver. It’s definitely unnerving.

Never Never #1 is a shocking debut. I expected a different take on the classic Peter Pan but wasn’t expecting this. It’s definitely an adult take that takes everything to the extreme and has me wanting to check out more. It also has me rethinking the original story as this take highlights some of the holes in the story and world. The team has something very interesting here and hopefully what’s to come isn’t caught up in the shock but instead has just used that as a springboard to shake us out of expectations. This is definitely one to check out for a new twisted take on a classic story.

Story: Mark McCann Art: Phil Buckenham
Ink: Mark Buckenham Color: Agnese Pozza Letterer: David Withers
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Heavy Metal, Harlequin, and Yen Press Deliver 9 New Digital Comics for You Today

There’s nine new digital comics available for you right now on comiXology. Heavy Metal, Yen Press, and Harlequin have new comics you can get right now. You can get shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Dead Mount Death Play #56

Written by Ryohgo Narita
Art by Shinta Fujimoto
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Habaki’s words seem to trigger something in the Corpse God… Read the next chapter of Dead Mount Death Play the same day as Japan!

Dead Mount Death Play #56

Hindsight #3

Written by Ken Janssens
Art by Matt Martin
Colored by Federico Taibo
Cover by Matt Martin
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As Vincent attracts some very unwanted attention while questioning key figures in the Martha Tabram murder, Ever’s life rests in a stranger’s hands… literally. And, in the present, Fitz stares down the barrel of a gun!

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The Lady’s Man Vol. 2: Royal Affair

Written by Stephanie Howard
Art by Nanami Akino
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Caterina is the youngest daughter of the Montecrespi family, which rules the principality of San Rinaldo. Her older brother has always tried to control her life. However, Caterina is certain that an architect named Matthew, who has earned her brother’s trust, is nothing more than a fraud. She is confident that she can reveal Matthew’s dark past. Yet the more she experiences his dangerous charms, the more she falls for him…

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Mortis #2

Written by Miguel Ferrada
Art by Italo Ahumada
Cover by Italo Ahumada
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An unknown virus attacks a child, causing his entire body to collapse. A doctor obsessed with finding a cure for the strange disease. A secret cult pulling its strings to channel the God of Death into our plane of reality.

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Never Never #1

Written by Mark McCann
Art by Phil Buckenham
Colored by Agnese Pozza
Cover by Christopher Lair
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Winter is seduced by the boy-sprite, Petros – off to the Never, Never. A place where children never grow up and adults are the enemy. What would such a place look like? Where resources are scarce. Time passes, but age is obsolete. War with adults, starved and insane from constant battle, is the norm. What would age-less boys free of civility and role-models be willing to do to survive. To live Forever. A young girl will face her greatest test; an island full of immortal cannibals with a dark secret that sustains its existence, in the most unnatural and awful of ways.

Never Never #1

Never Never #2

Written by Mark McCann
Pencils Phil Buckenham
Inks Phil Buckenham
Colored by Agnese Pozza
Cover by Phil Buckenham
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Winter is seduced by the boy-sprite, Petros – off to the Never, Never. A place where children never grow up and adults are the enemy. What would such a place look like? Where resources are scarce. Time passes, but age is obsolete. War with adults, starved and insane from constant battle, is the norm. What would age-less boys free of civility and role-models be willing to do to survive. To live forever. A young girl will face her greatest test; an island full of immortal cannibals with a dark secret that sustains its existence, in the most unnatural and awful of ways. Peter Pan meets The Hunger Games with a dose of Lord of the Flies. A survival horror fantasy inspired by classics but intended for a new age.

Never Never #2

The Sheik’s Kidnapped Bride Vol. 1: Desert Rogues

Written by Susan Mallery
Art by Junko Murata
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Swept away by the passionate Prince Khalil Khan, Dora Nelson can hardly believe her new fairy-tale life as princess of El Bahar. Until she uncovers Khalil’s real reasons for marrying her…

But somehow, she can’t seem to control her feelings for him, and she certainly can’t deny the sparks that fly between them. And unless Dora and Khalil agree to meet halfway, their fiery marriage threatens to consume them both.

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Supernaut #4

Written by Michael David Nelsen
Art by Michael David Nelsen
Cover by Michael David Nelsen
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The multiversal thieves team with Supernaut and adventure across reality, gathering artifacts that grant miraculous powers in effort to prevent Armageddon.

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Tempting Kate

Written by Deborah Simmons
Art by Rin Ogata
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In nineteenth-century London, Kate infiltrates the Marquis of Wroth’s mansion by dressing as a man. She’s come to speak her mind to the man who hurt her sister. But during the confrontation, Kate accidentally shoots the marquis! Kate takes him to her home in the country in order to treat his wound, where she soon realizes she has the wrong person. So, who is this fascinating man?

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Preview: Never Never #2

Never Never #2

Writer: Marc McCann
Artist: Phil Buckenham
Color: Agnese Pozza
Letters: David Withers
Editor: Peter Duncan
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Winter is seduced by the boy-sprite, Petros – off to the Never, Never. A place where children never grow up and adults are the enemy. What would such a place look like? Where resources are scarce. Time passes, but age is obsolete. War with adults, starved and insane from constant battle, is the norm. What would age-less boys free of civility and role-models be willing to do to survive? To live forever?

A young girl will face her greatest test; an island full of immortal cannibals with a dark secret that sustains its existence, in the most unnatural and awful of ways. Peter Pan meets The Hunger Games with a dose of Lord of the Flies. A survival horror fantasy inspired by classics but intended for a new age.

Never Never #2

Preview: Never Never #1

Never Never #1

Writer: Marc McCann
Artist: Phil Buckenham 
Color: Agnese Pozza 
Letters: David Withers
Editor: Peter Duncan
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Winter is seduced by the boy-sprite, Petros – off to the Never, Never. A place where children never grow up and adults are the enemy. What would such a place look like? Where resources are scarce. Time passes, but age is obsolete. War with adults, starved and insane from constant battle, is the norm. What would age-less boys free of civility and role-models be willing to do to survive? To live forever?

A young girl will face her greatest test; an island full of immortal cannibals with a dark secret that sustains its existence, in the most unnatural and awful of ways. Peter Pan meets The Hunger Games with a dose of Lord of the Flies. A survival horror fantasy inspired by classics but intended for a new age.

Never Never #1

Heavy Metal’s VIRUS imprint announce Never Never, a new comic from creator Mark McCann, Phil Buckenham, Agnese Pozza, David Withers, and Peter Duncan

Heavy Metal’s VIRUS imprint has announced Mark McCann’s Never Never #1 which is available on August 12, 2020. Never Never is an amalgamation of Peter Pan, The Hunger Games, and Lord of the Flies. In other words, a survival horror fantasy inspired by classics but intended for a new age. Written by McCann, the comic features the talents of artist Phil Buckenham, colorist Agnese Pozza, letterer David Withers, and editor Peter Duncan.

Winter is seduced by the boy-sprite, Petros – off to the Never, Never. A place where children never grow up and adults are the enemy.

What would such a place look like? Where resources are scarce. Time passes, but age is obsolete. War with adults, starved and insane from constant battle, is the norm. What would age-less boys free of civility and role-models be willing to do to survive. To live Forever.

A young girl will face her greatest test; an island full of immortal cannibals with a dark secret that sustains its existence, in the most unnatural and awful of ways.

Check out a preview of the first issue below!

Never Never #1

TPub Comics’ The Theory Goes from Comics to Animated Sci-Fi Series

TPub Comics has been busy developing its comics for feature films and television. Their first project to go into development is an animated sci-fi series The Theory, based on the graphic novel of the same name.

The pilot episode will premier by Razer on May 29th, 8am PT. You can watch the proof of concept pilot episode “Battlesuit” below.

“Battlesuit” was Directed and Produced by sci-fi director Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (The Beyond, Disney’s Fast Layne & 2036 Origin Unknown) and written by Neil Gibson (Twisted Dark, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man & The Traveller). “Battlesuit” will be officially released in mid-May.

The Theory is based on a story by David Court, co-written by Forrest C. Helvie and Neil Gibson, and features a rotating team of artists. Artists include letterer Justin Burch, illustrators Amrit Birdi, Phil Buckenham, Jake Elphick, Cem Iroz, Davide Puppo, Atula Siriwardane, and Jim Terry, as well as colorist Liezl Buenavenura.

The pilot episode was finished remotely during Covid and created using high-performance Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition laptops with NVIDIA graphics and software from Unreal and Glassbox.

Razer and Tpub will be launching a competition in conjunction with pilot where a lucky winner will both receive a new Razer computer and the chance to star in the next issue of The Theory.