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Preview: The Last God #3 2nd Printing

The Last God #3

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Kai Carpenter
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, The Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies

In the third chapter of DC’s dark fantasy epic The Last God, Queen Cyanthe and her unlikely companions make their way across the land of Cain Anuun toward the Pinnacle-city stronghold of the Guild Eldritch, a powerful order of sorcerers led by Skol, another fabled member of the original fellowship of Godslayers. There they hope to find protection from the looming forces of Mol Uhltep and his inhuman servant, King Tyr.

In the past, we see young Tyr, Cyanthe, and Veikko Al Mun make their way toward a similar destination, while they uncover more secrets of the Last God’s plan and make an unlikely ally.

The Last God #3 2nd Printing

Early Review: Kill a Man

Kill a Man

I’ve been a fan of MMA for quite some time. While my enthusiasm has waned in recent years, I still enjoy turning on the tv and catching the occasional fight. The sport, much like comics, has had a rocky relationship with the “outside” world. Both have been seen as juvenile and corrupting at various times. Both have also been accepted to become drivers in entertainment (ironically, also dominated by a few brands). Kill a Man is the latest comic to bring the world of MMA to the page. Unlike previous attempts, the focus isn’t so much about the punches and grappling but the fighters themselves. It delivers depth in character we haven’t really seen up to this point.

Written by Steve Orlando and Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Kill a Man takes us through a new generation of fighter, James Bellyi, impacted by the in-ring death of his father. James is also gay and not out. In a world of machismo, sexuality is still a touchy subject and when James is outed, his world is turned upside down.

Orlando and Johnson deliver the takedowns and knee kicks but they also focus on James’ journey of being outed and the rejection it brings. Bellyi’s father was killed in the ring as payback for homophobic slurs directed at his opponent. James himself is deeply repressed. He has hidden his sexuality from those closest to him. That’s partially due to the world of MMA that he has trained for his entire life. It’s also due to the homophobic views of his mother who blames a “gay man” for killing her husband.

While I have only been able to read the first half, the two creators have delivered a fantastic graphic novel. As the story progresses they make sure to add layers to James’ character. We get a brutal tale in both the fighting but also James’ world. As his upbringing is revealed we’re given hints as to why he’s hidden his sexuality beyond what happened to his father.

Orlando and Kennedy don’t dive too much into the foreign language of holds and moves of the MMA world. There is more than enough for those who enjoy the matchups. There’s enough detail and focus on moves or even how to fighters compare that there’s an authenticity to it. It’s still accessible for that are not familiar or lacking depth. I don’t need to know what an armbar is. I might understand taking someone to the ground. That’s a difference between being for a wide audience and the MMA diehards.

The art by Al Morgan and lettering by Jim Campbell are fantastic. There’s a gritty dirtiness to it all that fits James’ brutal life. It’s not just the fighting, it’s his upbringing and the world around him. There’s the punch but there’s also the sex which is more carnal than about connection. That aspect of James’ life delivers visuals that make it feel as cold as the fights in the ring about the physical dance than a connection otherwise. There’s a rawness in the fighting and in James’ personal life that the visuals emphasize.

Kill a Man has amazing potential and I’m excited to read the second half of the graphic novel. The first is so good and follows what I liked about the flow of films like Rocky or Creed. Yes, there’s some formula to it but there’s a focus on James as a person that’s missing from so many other stories. By the end of these initial 64 pages, I understand who he was and more importantly, I wanted to see where he, and the story, are going from there.

Kill a Man is set to be released June 3, 2020 and can be pre-ordered from shops.

Story: Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art: Al Morgan Letterer: Jim Campbell

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: The Last God #6

The Last God #6

(W) Philip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Kai Carpenter
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $4.99

The Guild Eldritch’s plans for peace are thrown into peril by a defiant act of heroism, splintering Cyanthe’s fellowship and leaving them weakened as they go into battle against the transformed King Tyr. As the unlikely band of heroes attempts to put an end to their relentless foe, some of them will be tested, some will be punished, and some will be broken.

Death is coming for the second fellowship, and it will not be denied.
Thirty years in the past, armed with the secrets of the Last God’s birth, Tyr and his fellowship stalk the dark woodlands of Tchakatla Tuo in search of an ancient magic that Skol believes will be the key to defeating Mol Uhltep and his army of the undead.

The Last God #6

AfterShock reveals a first look at Steve Orlando, Phillip Kennedy Johson, Al Morgan, and Jim Campbell’s Kill a Man

Kill a Man OGN

Writers: Steve Orlando & Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist and colorist: Al Morgan
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover: Al Morgan
$17.99 / 128 pages / Color / On sale 6.3.2020

As a child, James Bellyi watched his father die in the ring as payback for slurs thrown at the other fighter. Today, he’s a Mixed Martial Arts star at the top of his game, and one of the most popular fighters in the world…until he’s outed as gay in his title shot press conference.

Abandoned overnight by his training camp, his endorsements, his fans and his sport, to 
regain his title shot Bellyi is forced to turn to the last person he ever wants to see again: Xavier Mayne, a gay, once-great fighter in his own right…and the man James once watched kill his father.

A singular achievement from writers Steve Orlando (Martian Manhunter, DEAD KINGS) and Phillip K. Johnson (Aquaman, Adventure Time, The Last Time) with art from Alec Morgan (Midnighter, Daredevil, Battlestar Galactica).

Kill a Man

The Last God #3 Gets a Second Printing

The quest to slay the Last God and save the city of Cain Anuun continues to be a hit with comic book fans, as issue #3 of The Last God goes to press for a second printing! This follows the sellout and subsequent second printing of The Last God #1, released on October 30, 2019.

The Last God is written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Riccardo Federici, colors by Sunny Gho, and letters by Tom Napolitano. In this third chapter, Queen Cyanthe and her unlikely companions make their way across the land of Cain Anuun toward the city stronghold of the Guild Eldritch, a powerful order of sorcerers led by Skol, another member of the original fellowship of Godslayers. There they hope to find protection from the looming forces of Mol Uhltep and his inhuman servant, King Tyr.

In the past, we see young Tyr, Cyanthe, and Veikko Al Mun make their way toward a similar destination, while they uncover more secrets of the Last God’s plan and make an unlikely ally.

The reprinted edition of The Last God #3 will be available on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The issue #1 reprint, along with Issues,#2, #4 and #5 are still available at local comic book stores and participating digital retailers.

The Last God #3

Preview: Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal Vol. 3 SC

Jim Henson’s Power of the Dark Crystal Vol. 3 HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Cover Artist: Jae Lee & June Chung
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $16.99

After the arduous journey across the strange lands of Thra, Thurma has returned to her homeworld of Mithra. Just as when she began her journey, Thurma is alone, having betrayed her only ally. But Kensho has not given up hope that their worlds might both be saved. If Thra and Mithra are to coexist, these unlikely heroes will have to reconcile their differences and uncover the secret that connects their two worlds. Collects issues #9-12.

Preview: The Last God #5

The Last God #5

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Kai Carpenter
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, The Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.

Thirty years in the past, Tyr forges an alliance with a new member of his fellowship, a powerful spellcaster who reveals an unimaginable truth to the Fellowship: the one, true origin of the Last God.

In the present, as the forces of the Last God attempt to breach the Pinnacle, Skol, grandmaster of the Guild Eldritch, unveils her plan to Queen Cyanthe and Veikko, while Valko uncovers the first of many horrible truths about the cost of human magic.

The Last God #5

Get a First Look at The Last God #5

The Last God #5

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Art by Ricardo Federici
Colors by Arif Prianto and Mat Lopes
Cover art by Kai Carpenter
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
Final Orders Due: Feb 03, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, The Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.

Thirty years in the past, Tyr forges an alliance with a new member of his fellowship, a powerful spellcaster who reveals an unimaginable truth to the Fellowship: the one, true origin of the Last God.  

In the present, as the forces of the Last God attempt to breach the Pinnacle, Skol, grandmaster of the Guild Eldritch, unveils her plan to Queen Cyanthe and Veikko, while Valko uncovers the first of many horrible truths about the cost of human magic.

All this and more in the fifth chapter of DC’s dark fantasy epic The Last God.

The Last God #5

Preview: The Last God #4

The Last God #4

(W) Phillip Kennedy Johnson (A) Ricardo Federici (CA) Kai Carpenter
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $4.99

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amidst the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, the Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.

With the wraith of King Tyr and Mol Uhltep hot on her trail, and the Last God’s foul curse worsening, Queen Cyanthe must rally her surviving allies within the walls of the Guild Eldritch’s newly restored stronghold, the Pinnacle, and convince them to join her on her quest to travel past the edge of creation once more and do what she could not 30 years ago: kill the Last God, Mol Uhltep, once and for all.

In the past we watch as young Tyr and the first fellowship delve into the depths of the very same fortress 30 years earlier, where they uncover a terrible secret guarded by the dead. It will change the course of their lives forever…assuming they can survive.

The Last God #4

The Last God #1 and Far Sector #1 Go Back to Print

For fans of swords, sorcery and fantasy horror or far flung sci-fi adventure, 2020 is an even happier new year with news from DC that the debut issues of The Last God and Far Sector are headed back to press for their second printings!

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson with art by Ricardo FedericiThe Last God tells the story of two fellowships of heroes as they take on the same apocalyptic threat, but decades apart. With the realm of Cain Anuun and the very world falling apart around them, a new group of unlikely warriors must band together to accomplish an impossible task:

Kill the Last God, once and for all.

The second printing of The Last God  #1 will feature a recolored version of the original cover by Kai Carpenter and arrive at retailers on January 29.

The Last God #1

Far Sector #1, the sold-out debut issue by writer N.K. Jemisin and artist Jamal Campbell featuring the first appearance of rookie Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, is also headed back to press for a new, second printing!

Far Sector #1 will feature a recolored version of the original cover by Campbell, with an on-sale date of January 29.

The latest title from DC’s Young Animal imprint curated by Gerard Way, Far Sector #1 stars former NY police officer and newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner “Jo” Mullein, assigned to the other side of the universe, protecting a massive metropolis called the City Enduring. After enjoying centuries of unprecedented peace, the city suffers its first murder in 500 years—sparking a mind-bending sci-fi mystery.

Far Sector #1
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