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ComiXology Announces a Multi-Book Deal with Rafael Albuquerque, Eduardo Medeiros, Mateus Santolouco, and Rafael Scavone’s Stout Club Entertainment

Stout Club Entertainment

Timed to the kickoff of Brazil’s Comic Con Experience, comiXology and Stout Club Entertainment – the powerhouse creative group composed of comic book creators Rafael Albuquerque, Eduardo Medeiros, Mateus Santolouco, and Rafael Scavone – announced a multi-book deal for four new comic book series to debut exclusively through the comiXology Originals program. Fans can catch Stout Club Entertainment at Comic Con Experience in Brazil, where the group will be hosting a panel.

These books will be part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, available upon release at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. More details will be announced at a later date.

Preview: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Secrets of Sinister House #1

(W) Paul Dini, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Bryan Hill, Dan Watters, Others (A) Rafael Albuquerque, Cian Tormey, Jorge Fornes, Others (CA) John Romita, Bill Sienkiewicz
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $9.99

Witness what hides within the Sinister House-the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries! Travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation firsthand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman. Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween special-because if you do, it’ll haunt you!

Secrets of Sinister House #1

Review: Secrets of Sinister House #1

Celebrate the Halloween season with this anthology of spooky tales featuring DC’s superheroes and villains!

Story: Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone, Robbie Thompson, Dan Watters, John Layman, Paul Dini, Che Grayson, Diego Lucero Lopez, Bryan Edward Hill
Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Tom Raney, Sumit Kumar, Jorge Fornes, Cian Tormey, Miguel Mendonca, Phil Hester, Alessandro Vitti
Color: Dave McCaig, Hi-Fi, John Kalisz, Jordie Bellaire, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Bill Crabtree, Jeromy Cox, Adriano Lucas
Ink: Ande Parks
Letterer: Tom Napolitano, Rob Leigh, Troy Peteri, Steve Wands, Travis Lanham, Dave Sharpe, Andworld Design, Willie Schubert

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Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone Reveal the Hidden Society

Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone, the team behind Neil Gaiman’s A Study in Emerald, are teaming up once more in Hidden Society. Written by Rafael Scavone and illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, Hidden Society invites you to peek into a dark world behind the curtain.

Hidden from ordinary eyes, there is a world alongside our own full of deities, demons, and danger—where magic wins out over science and dark secrets lie in wait. Ulloo, the last wizard from the Hidden Society, enlists the aid of a blind girl and her demon, a young magician, and a cursed bounty hunter in order to stop a group of nihilist warlocks from waking the Society’s greatest nemesis: a primeval force that, unchecked, will scorch the planet bare of all life.

Hidden Society #1 (of four) goes on sale February 26, 2020.

Hidden Society #1

DC Returns to the World of the Legendary Red Rain with Secrets of Sinister House #1

Following up on 2017’s DC House of Horror #1 and 2018’s Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1, witness what hides within 2019’s Secrets of Sinister House #1—revealing the DCU’s most horrific secrets and mysteries! In this new prestige-format 80-page one-shot special featuring a cover by John Romita Jr. and Bill Sienkiewicz, travel alongside Harley Quinn, John Constantine, Detective Chimp, Zatanna, the Atom and others as they face this macabre devastation first hand! And in the bowels of this dark mansion…we return to the world of the legendary Red Rain to meet once again with the dreaded vampire Batman.

Secrets of Sinister House will feature a Vampire Batman short (from the classic Batman & Dracula: Red Rain) written by Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque with art by Rafael Albuquerque, a Constantine story written by Bryan Hill with art by Alessandro Vitti, Paul Dini writing an 10-page Harley Quinn and Zatanna short with art by Cian Tormey, a creepy bit on The Atom written by Dan Watters with art by Sumit Kumar, an incredible Justice League Dark story written by Robbie Thompson with art by Tom Raney, and a classic haunted house short story, “House of the Dead,” written by Jon Layman with art by Jorge Fornes. Those are only a few of the tales within, but if they’re not enough to get you screaming, what is still to be revealed will stop you dead in your tracks!

Don’t miss this year’s DC Halloween Special—because if you do, it’ll haunt you! Look for the 80-page Secrets of Sinister House #1 on October 2, 2019.

Secrets of Sinister House #1

Review: All-Star Batman #14

Batman is put to the ultimate test! Faced with either losing his future as Batman or the person he loves most, the Dark Knight must decide which ultimate price he is willing to pay.

The First Ally” wraps up in All-Star Batman #14. The issue bounces back and forth focused on Alfred’s training when he was younger and the present where Alfred must rescue Bruce from Briar and his Knight. It’s an interesting story with some twists until the end that are good but when thinking about them feel rather too predictable and an attempt to be in your face introspective. It’s like those times when the hero must face the evil version of themselves. It can work, but at the same time maybe the metaphor doesn’t have to be literal?

Writer Scott Snyder does put together a solid tale though and together with the previous thirteen issues he has crafted a story that’s a solid breakdown of Batman as a character and this last arc has done an excellent job of adding depth to Alfred. I’d love to see more of his history explored.

The art by Rafael Albuquerque is amazing as expected and there’s one moment that’ll stand out and get readers to scream “hell yeah.” Albuquerque is one of the best artists out there and the art is as awesome as expected.

Albuquerque does double duty joined by Rafael Scavone in writing in a back-up story that actually dovetails into the main story nicely. It’s a cool twist and a great way to bring the stories together. That story’s art is provided by Sebastian Fiumara and it works well with Albuquerque’s main story art. The two styles feel like they’re part of the same comic and I’d like to see more of Fiumara on Batman (as well as Albuquerque).

This is a solid finale that has some really solid moments and Snyder has pulled off an impressive thing in adding depth to characters in a way that feels natural. Overall, this series has done a great job of exploring Batman in a way that we get to think about the themes of the character but at the same time it’s done in stories that are entertaining from beginning to end.

Story: Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art: Rafael Albuquerque, Sebastian Fiumara
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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New York Comic Con 2017: The Neil Gaiman Library Expands at Dark Horse

Dark Horse has revealed the next installment in the Gaiman Library with A Study in Emerald! From multiple award- winning writer Neil Gaiman comes this graphic novel adaptation featuring art by Eisner award winning artist Rafael Albuquerque!

A Study in Emerald is a supernatural mystery set in the world of Sherlock Holmes and H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. The heart-pounding tale features the brilliant detective and his faithful partner as they attempt to solve a horrific murder of cosmic proportions. The complex investigation takes the Baker Street investigators from the slums of Whitechapel all the way to the Queen’s Palace.

Rafael Scavone, co-founder of publisher Stout Club with Albuquerque and writer of Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1, lends his compositional talent to Gaiman’s award-winning short story while Dave Stewart brings his gorgeous colorist skills to the faithful adaptation. The beautiful cover is also by Albuquerque.

A Study in Emerald will be available for purchase on June 20, 2018. The 80-page hardcover retails for $17.99.

Review: All-Star Batman #13

As painful secrets from the past are revealed, Batman must face down a nemesis unlike any he’s seen before-or risk the horrific consequences of the Genesis Engine falling into the wrong hands!

In the fourth part of “The First Ally” we get even more of Alfred’s history as writer Scott Snyder adds layers to a character that has played the sidekick for much of his existence. In All-Star Batman #13 we see more of Alfred’s past as he trains to take on his role as a British version of Batman in the past while at the same time the ghosts of the past haunt him and Batman in the present.

What Snyder does that’s really interesting in this story is that with this new page in Alfred’s life it puts his wisdom in an even more interesting context where he knows Batman’s pain in more ways than he’s let on. We know that he served in the military but this new story makes his story much more of a mirror to Bruce’s. His advice takes on a deeper meaning in that it’s from his own experiences as opposed to wisdom.

All of this is impressively presented with tons of action and a pace that never lets up.

That’s helped by the art team that includes Rafael Albuquerque on pencils and inks and Cris Peter on colors. The art is amazing as I’d expect by Albuquerque but Peter’s colors pop in a dayglow style that reminds me of the twinkle of Gotham’s city lights. The color choice somehow enhances this as the fever dream it feels like.

In a back-up story we get even more history of Batman in the fourth part of “Killers-in-Law” that sees Batman trying to stop a gun shipment into Gotham. Written by Rafael Albuquerque and Rafael Scavone with art by Sebastian Fiumara, the story is the type of one that adds some more depth to Batman without massively rewriting his history. It’s an entertaining story that’s perfect as a back-up and beyond entertaining with its action and small details.

All-Star Batman continues the series’ impressive streak of adding rich character to Batman’s world without rewriting his past in any major way. It shows you can add to a character who’s been around for decades without rewriting the past. Snyder continues to impress and the entire series has benefited from a truly all-star creative team of artists. Easily one of DC’s best releases with each issue and I look forward to what’s to come.

Story: Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art: Rafael Albuquerque and Sebastian Fiumara (A/CA) Rafael Albuquerque
Story: 8.35 Art: 9.0 Overall: Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

ww75as_cv1_dsWhen it comes to Wonder Woman, it never surprises me, that although her stature in the comics world is as immense as it is, that she has never had a solo movie until next year. This character who, has inspired women of all ages for decades, and has even been on Ms. Magazine, never truly has gotten her due. Her life in the comics world, is as just as big as her contemporaries, Batman and Superman. Her backstory is also just as interesting, if not more, as she ascends from royalty, revealing a long extenuating misogyny within the fandom.

Surprisingly, most people still don’t know that she was created by a doctor, who researched bondage and other depravities, but also sought to understand the human condition. Wonder Woman, is the perfect example of the human experience, as she does take the hero’s journey, becoming a stronger character by leaving her home. Since her inception, her character has grown with society, as she initially followed tropes but eventually came to challenge each one. She even challenges the trope of relationships, where she takes the more dominant roles in her relationships with Batman and Superman.

In the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special, several writers and artists collaborate to create stories in which makes us all look at Diana different. “Big Things One Day Come” has Diana and a new superhero by the name of Star Blossom take on a kryptonite powered gorilla, which is both funny and action packed. “Gives Us Strength” follows Diana as she fights some Nazis and actually helps liberate France during World War II. The last piece that stands out is the interview Lois Lane does with Wonder Woman, which answers some questions, but brings up even more.

Altogether, this special is more a love letter to this character which has inspired millions and continues to every day. The writers all bring their love to the story. The artist more so as they see her in each, a different light. Overall, a fun tribute to an icon.

Story and Art by: Liam Sharp, Rafael Scavone and Rafael Albuquerque, Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl, Fabio Moon, Hope Larson and Ramon Bachs, Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, Jill Thompson, Annie Wu, Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn, Sebastian Fumara, Claire Roe and Jordie Bellaire, Marcio Takara and Marcelo Maiolo, Phil Jimenez and Romulo Fajardo Jr, Brian Bolland, Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage, Jenny Frison, Gail Simone and Colleen Doran
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

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