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Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #4

MISKATONIC #4

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.17.21 

J. Edgar Hoover has tasked skeptical Bureau Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone to investigate a rash of deadly bombings. Hoover wants them to pin the bombings on radicals, but the evidence is pointing to something more supernatural and sinister: The Great Old One known as “The Dunwich Horror”…and the white supremacist cult that summoned it. Can our heroes stop one, let alone both?

MISKATONIC #4

Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #3

MISKATONIC #3

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 1.20.21

Skeptical Bureau of Investigation Agent Miranda Keller and true-believer detective Tom Malone are tasked by J. Edgar Hoover to investigate a series of bombings in 1920s New England. 

Traveling to the Arkham Asylum, the investigators discover their suspects aren’t just insane, but also undead. Who could be re-animating them?

MISKATONIC #3

Review: Miskatonic #1

Miskatonic #1

I had high hopes for Miskatonic #1 being published by AfterShock. The idea of a series of bombings revolving around the classic world created by H.P. Lovecraft is an idea that sounds full of possibilities as far as direction. And while a lot of the first issue works, a lot falls flat too in a narrative that feels a bit too choppy and not enough build-up and explanation.

Written by Mark Sable, the story revolves around Miranda Keller an F.B.I. agent sent on assignment to investigate bombings targeting the elites of Miskatonic Valley. The bombings are similar to those that happened during the Red Scare of the 1920s making them interesting to J. Edgar Hoover who believes they’re connected to that. We quickly learn that they have more to do with the occult and something going on in the area.

That concept is fantastic. It blends the occult with a typical FBI crime-fighting story. The issue is, the comic leans too heavily into the occult territory forgetting its more grounded launch point.

Miranda just accepts the story of frogmen and devil worship and doesn’t seem to have the reaction one would expect. Early on in the comic, she talks of a more “scientific bureau”. It’s a tip that she might be the Scully to her partner Tom’s Mulder. One is driven by science while the other has seen some shit. It’s a standard partnership we’ve seen many times but Miranda never quite delivers the shock of what she’s experiencing and seeing.

Part of my issue with the comic is its lack of teasing. There’s little build-up in the narrative or the visual and things ramp up quickly. By the end of the first issue, it feels like we’ve had two issues worth of twists and reveals with little depth as to the who, what, or why. Giorgio Pontrelli delivers some of the teasing in art but we never really get the surprise when it comes to the art. There’s a lack of visual tension that might have helped the choppy narrative. The color by Pippa Bowland doesn’t quite nail things down either. While a sickly green permeates a lot of the comic, it’s almost fluorescent at times delivering a brighter hue to what should be a darker, more melancholy comic.

Miskatonic #1 isn’t a bad debut but it also never quite excites. It feels like it rushes through the first issue never building tension. There’s little build-up and instead, things spiral quickly. But, that spiral also never elicits excitement or fear from its main characters. The emotional aspect isn’t there. We’ll see where it all goes but this is a mystery that isn’t worth exploring or solving right now.

Story: Mark Sable  Art: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Color: Pippa Bowland  Letterer: Thomas Mauer
Story: 5.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Exclusive Preview: Miskatonic #1

MISKATONIC #1

Writer: Mark Sable 
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli 
Colorist: Pippa Bowland 
Letterer: Thomas Mauer 
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi 
Incentive Cover: Tyler Crook
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 11.11.2020 

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries – cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls – but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley’s elite.  

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s…but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job – and her sanity. 

From writer Mark Sable (GODKILLERS, Graveyard of Empires) and artist Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog), MISKATONIC is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.

MISKATONIC #1

Explore the Mystery of Miskatonic Valley in Miskatonic #1 this November

MISKATONIC #1

Writer: Mark Sable
Artist: Giorgio Pontrelli
Colorist: Pippa Bowland
Letterer: Thomas Maue
Main Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi
Incentive Cover: Tyler Crook
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale NOVEMBER 11th

Miskatonic Valley holds many mysteries – cultists worshipping old gods, a doctor deadset on resurrecting the recently deceased, a house overrun by rats in the walls – but none more recent than a series of bombings targeting the Valley’s elite. 

These horrors reach a breaking point when the brilliant, hard-nosed investigator Miranda Keller is sent to stop the bombings. To J. Edgar Hoover, there can be no other explanation than those responsible for similar actions during the Red Scare of the 1920s…but when Miranda digs too deep, she uncovers an unimaginable occult conspiracy, one that may cost Miranda her job – and her sanity.

From writer Mark Sable (GODKILLERS, Graveyard of Empires) and artist Giorgio Pontrelli (Dylan Dog), MISKATONIC is a mix of historical crime fiction and Lovecraftian-horror that dives deep into the American nightmare.

Review: Ash & Thorn #1

Ash & Thorn #1

It’s the end of the world as we know it… and it’s in the hands of an elderly woman. Yes, it’s now who you’d expect at all. Ash & Thorn #1 takes the well-worn story of a champion standing up for the planet and delivers something new. We’ve seen the heroic individual in the past. We’ve seen the utter screw up as well. This? Well, this gives us a hero who’d fit more in a Golden Girls reboot.

Written by Mariah McCourt the story revolves around Lottie Thorn, reluctant savior of the world and her also-elderly trainer Lady Peruvia Ashlington-Voss. It’s an entertaining start taking a story that’s been done so many times and twisting it a bit. It not only takes on so many tropes and familiar stories but it adds some comedic timing to it all to keep readers on their toes. It’s a send-up and love letter to this type of story.

What’s truly great about the comic is that it can be read completely with a straight face. McCourt has fun with it all and if you just want a kick-ass world-saving story, it’s all here. But, McCourt fills the comics with moments that it’s hard to not laugh and take it for the comedic tone it’s going for. There’s a bit of Grosse Point Blank in the comic where the weapon of choice is a frying pan, not a broad sword. And that keeps the readers on their toes. You never know what’s going to happen as we’re taught to expect the unexpected.

Soo Lee provides the art and is able to balance the serious and humor. There’s a solid sense of flow to the action. But, that flow also comes with a bit that feels like it fits Thorn’s age. Maybe it’s my 41 years but I could at times feel the ache from the swinging of a weapon. The color by Pippa Bowland is really nice with great use of it in the background to really set the time and thus a mood for each segment. There’s a cool glow about the colors that make the images pop. The lettering by Rob Steen stands out too as he switches gears in settings. There’s a lot of dialogue packed in and Steen gets it all in there and readable.

Ash & Thorn #1 is a fun comic. It doesn’t take itself too seriously and delivers a wink and nod with the material. But, it’s also an Ahoy Comics release which means some extras as well. Beyond “Editor’s Notes” there are two recipes. I can’t cook worth anything, so it’s all a foreign language. I have no idea how yummy these are but… the images make me want to try to cook them, even though they’re drawings. There’s also a story, “No Smoke Without” by writer Dan Micklethwaite and artist Meredith McClaren. It’s an interesting story mixing technology and horror that doesn’t quite fit the comedic tone of Ash & Thorn‘s main story but is itself quite good.

Ash & Thorn #1 is a fun debut featuring some interesting protagonists you don’t see every day. It has a light tone and is just going with the flow of fun. Sit back and enjoy something new and different and a new series featuring a type of main character we don’t see too often.

Story: Mariah McCourt, Dan Micklethwaite Ar: Soo Lee, Meredith McClaren
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Rob Steen
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read


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Review: You Are Obsolete

A solid horror story about technology and generations as a reporter investigates an island where children kill off the adults by their 40th birthday. You are Obsolete is a get for fans of psychological horror.

Story: Mathew Klickstein
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Lauren Affe, Pippa Bowland, Francesca Citarelli, Juancho Velez
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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AHOY Comics Returns with All New Releases and New Schedule

AHOY Comics will resume publishing new comic book magazines in June. The updated summer publishing schedule includes:

ASH & THORN

A 5-issue miniseries by bestselling writer Mariah McCourt (True Blood, Stitched), artist Soo Lee (Analog Sci-Fi Magazine, Charlie’s Angels vs. the Bionic Woman), and colorist Pippa Bowland (2000AD), with lettering by Rob Steen and covers by legendary artist Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother, Wonder Woman: True Amazon). 

Originally scheduled to debut on April Fool’s Day, the highly-anticipated debut issue #1 of ASH & THORN will be published on June 24, 2020, followed by issue #2 on July 8, issue #3 on July 29, issue #4 on August 19, and issue #5 on September 9, 2020. 

ASH & THORN

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

A 6-issue miniseries by acclaimed writer Mark Russell (Second Coming) and artist Steve Pugh (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass), and colorist Chris Chuckry, with lettering by Rob Steen. Issue 1 features a cover by series artist and co-creator Steve Pugh and a variant cover by bestselling artist Pia Guerra (Y The Last Man). 

The critically acclaimed series returns on July 1, 2020 with an all new second issue, followed by issue #3 on July 22, issue #4 on August 12, and issue #5 on September 16.

BILLIONAIRE ISLAND

CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD

A 6 issue mini-series by acclaimed writer Stuart Moore (Bronze Age Boogie) and artists June Brigman (Power Pack) and Roy Richardson, and colorist Veronica Ghandini, with lettering by Rob Steen. 

CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD, which had two issues published at the time of lockdown, will complete its serialization in exclusive digital editions from Comixology. The first new issue of CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD, issue 3, will be released digitally on June 10, followed by issue 4 on July 8, issue 5 on August 5, and issue 6 on September 2.

Each upcoming issue of CAPTAIN GINGER: DOGWORLD will contain a special Digital Bonus Book at no additional cost: issue #3 features DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN #1, issue #4 features BILLIONAIRE ISLAND # 1, issue #5 features BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #1, and issue #6 will feature will feature a selection from EDGAR ALLAN POE’S SNIFTER OF TERROR, including Hunt Emerson’s Black Cat comics.

CAPTAIN GINGER SEASON 2: DOGWORLD

In June, AHOY will also be publishing the trade paperback of DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN, the prequel to the dazzling series THE WRONG EARTH—by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen. The trade paperback will be released in comic book stores on June 3rd and in bookstores on June 16th.

DRAGONFLY & DRAGONFLYMAN

Originally scheduled for release this summer, as part of the company’s fourth wave of releases, PENULTIMAN, the new super hero title by Tom Peyer and Alan Robinson, will be resolicited at a later date. 

Review: You Are Obsolete #5

You Are Obsolete #5 wraps up the horror series and leaves you pondering what it all means.

Story: Mathew Klickstein
Art: Evgeniy Bornyakov
Color: Pippa Bowland, Francesca Citarelli, Juancho Valez
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Repairman Jack Graphic Novel by F. Paul Wilson Coming in March

Dynamite has announced the first Repairman Jack original graphic novel to be released in March 2020. The graphic novel is the first published within the franchise by a comic book publisher.

Following the San Diego Comic Con 2019 licensing announcement, Repairman Jack: Scar-Lip redux will be released as a 120-page hardcover graphic novel. Fully written by Jack’s creator himself, the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author F. Paul Wilson. He’s joined by acclaimed artist Antonio Fuso, colorist Pippa Bowland and letterer Crank!

Got a problem? He can fix it. He thought he’d seen the last of the Rakoshi, but one has survived. A particularly cunning and deadly Rakosh known to Jack as Scar-Lip. Now, Jack faces the fights of his life as he seeks to end the creature once and for all, before it ends him!

First appearing in 1984’s The Tomb, Wilson’s Repairman Jack has today featured in more than 20 novels. Working as a fixer, Jack works independently to solve problems for people in his near-future world. Ranging from issues familiar to us today to supernatural creatures and scenarios. Wilson’s library of books has sold over 8 million copies to date. 

The hardcover graphic novel will also be available as a limited edition signed by Wilson.

Repairman Jack Scar-Lip
Almost American
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