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Valiant Reveals the Punk Mambo #1 Flocked Punk Variant Cover

Valiant Entertainment has revealed the first look at the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant, which features a striking cover image by incredible artist Dan Brereton and a textured flocked treatment that will offer a unique, tactile experience rarely seen—or felt—in comics!

From celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and badass artist Adam Gorham comes the hilariously horrifying Punk Mambo, about a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, relocates to the Bayou, and becomes a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

Punk Mambo #1 debuts in comic shops on Wednesday, April 24th. Along with the flocked Punk Variant cover, Punk Mambo #1 features a main cover by Brereton and additional shelf covers by Zu Orzu and Cris Delara. A Pre-order Edition cover by Gorham and a blank cover are also available.

Retailers can obtain one copy of the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant for every qualifying order of 100 copies of Punk Mambo #1. There is no limit per store—100 copies ordered will net one Punk Variant, 200 will net two Punk Variants, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics by Monday, April 1st.

Valiant Entertainment and A Sound of Thunder Unveil Punk Mambo #1 Exclusive Covers

Comics publisher Valiant Entertainment and metal band A Sound of Thunder are teaming up to offer collectible comics paying homage to classic Iron Maiden cover art.

The special editions of the debut issue of Valiant’s upcoming title Punk Mambo comic feature exclusive cover artwork by Trav Hart that pays homage to the classic album cover of Maiden’s 1980 single, “Sanctuary,” by artist Derek Riggs.

The Punk Mambo #1 Iron Maiden Homage Variants will be available in two limited editions:

  • Full-Color Variant (Limited to 300 copies)
  • Black-and-White Variant (Limited to 100 copies)

Both versions are available exclusively through A Sound of Thunder’s current Kickstarter campaign.

From celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and badass artist Adam Gorham comes the hilariously horrifying Punk Mambo, about a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, relocates to the Bayou, and becomes a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo comic book series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

Punk Mambo #1 debuts in comic shops from Valiant Entertainment on Wednesday, April 24th with covers by Dan BreretonZu OrzuCris Delara, and interior artist Gorham.

In addition, fans who pre-order all five issues of the Punk Mambo series at their local comic shop by April 1st will receive a special code to download a digital file of A Sound of Thunder’s “Punk Mambo” track for free. The code will appear in the Pre-order Edition of Punk Mambo #1.

Punk Mambo A Sound of Thunder Variant
Punk Mambo A Sound of Thunder B&W Variant

Early Preview: Punk Mambo #1 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #1 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSE VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Punk Variant by DAN BRERETON
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 April 24, 2019

New characters, new digs, same Punk attitude! 

From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying tale. Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

PUNK MAMBO #1 (of 5)

Early Review: Punk Mambo #1

Punk Mambo #1

New characters, new digs, same Punk attitude! 

From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Adam Gorham comes this hilariously horrifying tale. Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

It would be easy to look at Punk Mambo as a riff on John Constantine, but aside from both characters being English (and likely both from London), and both are dabbers in the mystical and magical arts. While there are certainly similarities between the two, and comparisons are going to be made, Punk Mambo is far more than a Constantine knock off.

With Punk Mambo #1, Cullen Bunn gives the reader unfamiliar with the character all they need to know about the character through the course of the issue as he sets up story’s driving factor very early in the book. By doing this, the comic never quite gives you time to breath as you’re left reeling from one story beat to the next. But despite the amount of story condensed into a single issue, you never feel overwhelmed – and most importantly, new readers should feel very welcome.

You remember the comics you read as a kid where you always knew what was going on, even after missing a few issues (or starting a series at #124)? That’s the feeling you’ll get with Punk Mambo #1. You know the character has relationships and a backstory, that she’s got a rich history waiting to be revealed, but you don’t need to know everything before starting this series. It’s a first issue, and Cullen Bunn has made sure anybody can read it.

Adam Gorham‘s art feels perfectly suited to the character; there’s a rough edge or two, and at times the action in the panels can threaten to overwhelm the eyes (though it never does), which couldn’t make me happier. Even Mambo’s loa, a formerly Stay Puft Marshmallow like creature has taken on a more dangerous and edge visage. The scenes where Mambo is unleashing her abilities upon her enemies is gloriously chaotic, and almost too brief.

And yet there are moments of peace within the chaos. Moments where the beauty of the art stands unfettered and unencumbered by the character’s anger and bravado. The effect is disarming.

To borrow from the character’s name, like any great punk song the comic grabs you by the scruff of your neck and screams at you. It takes you on a journey through viscous cannibals, spirits and possession within the first third of the comic. It’s fast, it’s dirty and it’s fucking awesome.

Punk Mambo #1 rocks its way to shelves April 24, 2019.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Gorham
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Valiant Heads to ComicsPRO 2019 for a Toyo Harada Wake

Valiant Entertainment is heading to the 13th Annual ComicsPRO meeting taking place February 21-23 in Charlotte, NC with a bunch of cool freebies and an unforgettable celebration of the world’s most powerful man.

Valiant will host an hourlong reception for ComicsPRO attendees to celebrate the life of Toyo Harada from 7:30-8:30 pm on Friday, February 22nd. Guests will receive a Valiant tie and in memoriam cards and have a chance to sign the late Mr. Harada’s guest book. Funeral attire is encouraged but not required. It’s what the late and great Mr. Harada would want, after all. He may be gone, but his memory lives on in The Life and Death of Toyo Harada #1 by Joshua Dysart and CAFU, on sale March 13th.

ComicsPRO attendees will also receive “Welcome Bags” from Valiant and even more retailer-exclusive goodies during roundtable chats with Valiant staff. Want to relieve some stress? Squeeze a chunk of New Japan with the Fallen World stress ball, based on the upcoming series by Dan Abnett and Adam Pollina debuting on May 1st. Need to jot down some important secrets? Use the Fallen World pen! And after a long day, unwind with the Fallen World shot glass.

Show the world you rock by sporting a Punk Mambo pin, based on the gritty new series debuting April 24th by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham. Or use the Punk Mambo pink highlighter to brighten your scribbles on The Forgotten Queen sticky notes, based on the phenomenal new series by Tini Howard and Amilcar Pinna coming out on February 27th. There may or may not be some other fun items. (Spoiler: There are.)

While these items are for attending ComicsPRO retailers only, fans who wish to obtain any of these cool collectibles should check if their local comic shop is a member of ComicsPRO and planning to attend the annual meeting.

The Punk Mambo #1-5 Pre-Order Bundle Features a Free Download of A Sound of Thunder’s Punk Mambo Song!

Valiant has announced that Punk Mambo – the upcoming limited series by Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham featuring the eponymous, hard-living voodoo priestess – is available to pre-order now at comic book stores everywhere in advance of its April 24, 2019 premiere date!

Available only as a pre-order set,the Punk Mambo #1-5 Pre-Order Edition Bundle – five massively expanded editions following the supernatural adventures of the mystical mercenary for hire – can only be ordered together and must be reserved with your local comic shop by the final order cut-off date of April 1st, 2019!

In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene and stumbles upon a deadlier mystery that takes her – and her otherworldly loa companion – to the haunted shores of Haiti. 

Released monthly from April 2019 through August 2019, each 40-page Pre-Order Edition issue comes packed with trade paperback-style extras and bonus content – including creator commentary, behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of the comics, process character designs, and exclusive covers by interior artist Adam Gorham that can’t be found anywhere else – and at for no additional cost!

As a bonus, the first Pre-Order Edition issue will offer a free download of A Sound of Thunder’s “Punk Mambo” song!

Feast Your Eyes on Punk Mambo #1’s Jaw-Dropping Art

Valiant is incredibly proud to reveal an eye-catching first look at Adam Gorham’s detailed pencils from Punk Mambo #1, the debut issue from the British voodoo priestess’ five-issue limited series launching in April 2019! Punk Mambo was recently announced as part of the Breakthrough slate, Valiant’s lineup of upcoming titles that serve as great jumping-on spots while also expanding the shared universe.

From the twisted minds of Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham, Punk Mambo’s upcoming adventure is full of action, horror, and laughs.

Valaint Reveals Breakthrough, their 2019 Lineup

Breakthrough is a boundary-shattering lineup of new #1s from Valiant Entertainment that will serve as perfect jumping-on points for new fans while expanding the shared universe. Breakthrough offers every reader four new gateways to the rich storytelling of Valiant.

Breaking through this March is the previously announced The Life and Death of Toyo Harada– a heart-wrenching, character-driven tale about the world’s most powerful superhuman facing his final battle – coming from Eisner Award-nominated writer Joshua Dysart and a rotating cast of awe-inspiring artists, including CAFUMico SuayanLewis LaRosa, and Adam Pollina.

The Life and Death of Toyo Harada

From the twisted minds of Cullen Bunn and Adam Gorham comes the debut of Punk Mambo in April. This five-issue limited series, about a British voodoo priestess lurking just outside of New Orleans, unleashes a supernatural adventure with equal parts terror and humor.

Punk Mambo

Fallen World by mastermind writer Dan Abnett and astonishing artist Adam Pollina is a five-issue event series beginning in May that will pull readers into a captivating cyberpunk future unlike any they’ve ever seen before. In the year 4002 AD, the cyborg samurai called Rai will face an impossible battle for the fate of humanity.

Fallen World

The slate races forward with Killers from acclaimed writer B. Clay Moore and energetic artist Fernando Dagnino, a non-stop thrill ride as the deadliest superspies on the planet compete to claim the ultimate prize, coming in July.

Killers

Four new series, four boundary-breaking tales to experience. New fans will love the wide range of stories and genres, while Valiant superfans will make new discoveries about their favorite characters. BREAKTHROUGH will propel Valiant into its breathtaking second half of 2019, featuring surprises, returns, and reveals that longtime fans have been demanding!

Review: Punk Mambo #0

pm-covIn recent years among creative minds there has been a trend to combine two or more genres into one story in order to try something a little new.  Sometimes these genres are wildly different, and so we get strange combinations like comedies set in zombie stories, or westerns based in cosmic sci-fi.  This seems to be some of the inspiration for the new series Punk Mambo.  Although punk is not a genre in a literary sense, it definitely is a separate musical style and thus has some of the same qualities which allows genres to be identifiable.  This series aims to combine punk with magic and a bit of superheroism thrown in.

At first glance, this does work to give something new, but it also does make for strange bedfellows.  A teenage girl, Victoria, embraces punk and runs away from home, only to be drawn in by an evil magic user that uses her energy to keep himself young.  Instead of being a victim she learns his magic by watching him until she is powerful enough to escape.  She sets out on a mini-campaign of vengeance against those that wronged her, including those that led her into the trap and the magician himself. In the process there is not only one reference to the movie Sid And Nancy, seemingly so important to punk music that not to mention it would be missing important homage.

On the whole the reading experience is a bizarre one, and the bizarreness is from more than just the influence of the punk.  The protagonist is a weird character to want to root for, and in fact comes off as almost villainous herself at a lot of times.  In terms of comics, this character would fit firmly into the role of anti-hero, but in terms of punk, she does not really reflect well on the sub-culture very well at all.  This one-shot is maybe worth it for someone that is interested in the novelty of trying something different, or perhaps someone that is interested in the new addition for the Valiant universe, but mostly this issue doesn’t live up to its potential.

Story: Peter Milligan Art: Robert Gill 
Story:  6.5  Art: 7.0 Overall:  6.5 Recommendation: Pass

Valiant provided a copy to Graphic Policy for review

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