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Latinx Comic Writer Eric Esquivel Receives Death Threats Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con and Uses it to Spotlight Lantix Creators

Latinx comic writer Eric Esquivel woke up to a death threat on Wednesday that stated “We’re not sending I.C.E. to Comic Con, we’re sending exterminators.”

Esquivel is one of a handful of creators who will be relaunching DC‘s Vertigo imprint. Along with creator Ramon Villalobos the two will be releasing Border Town in September, the first new series to be launched as part of the new direction for the comic line.

The description of the series is below.

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on.

While we could go on about the toxic elements that lie within the comic community and in society as a whole (Esquivel’s Tweet is full of them in responses), we’re taking Esquivel’s lead to use this opportunity to promote Latinx creators.

If we’ve missed any we apologize and please add more in the comments!

Vertigo is Relaunching With 7 New Titles

DC Entertainment‘s Vertigo imprint is celebrating their 25th anniversary and this fall the line of comics will relaunch with seven original series that look to take on hot button topics. The creators attached feature long time comic creators as well as new voices such as Zoe Quinn, Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, and sex education podcaster Tina Horn. The comics have no problem taking on touchy subject matter like white supremacy, virtual reality deities, and sex work. DC describes the line as “modern, socially relevant, and high-concept.”

These seven new series are on top of the new line of Sandman titles previously announced. In the announcement Vertigo executive editor Mark Doyle said:

It’s time to rebuild DC Vertigo. We’re returning to our roots by spotlighting the most exciting new voices in comics, as well as bringing new voices to comics. From the corners of television, games, music, activism, podcasting, comics and more, all of our creators are passionate and have something to say. These sophisticated stories have amazing new characters and vast worlds to explore. That’s what it has always been about for me — new stories, new voices, new possibilities. We’re creating a new generation of DC Vertigo classics for readers of all genres.

Vertigo launched in 1993 to publish more adult and graphic content that couldn’t be printed under the Comics Code Authority. It allowed more freedom than the DC line would allow. The line saw such titles as Sandman, American Vampire, Astro City, Daytripper, 100 Bullets, DMZ, Human Target, iZombie, Northlanders, Y: The Last Man, Sweet Tooth, and so much more by some of the best in the buesiness.

The series are:

Border Town by Eric M. Esquivel and Ramon Villalobos

When a crack in the border between worlds releases an army of monsters from Mexican folklore into the small town of Devil’s Fork, Arizona, the residents blame the ensuing weirdness—the shared nightmares, the otherworldly radio transmissions, the mysterious goat mutilations—on “God-dang illegals.” With racial tensions supernaturally charged, it’s up to new kid in town Frank Dominguez and a motley crew of high school misfits to discover what’s REALLY going on. (September 2018)

Hex Wives by Ben Blacker and Mirka Andolfo

“The women are too powerful. They must be tamed.” A malevolent conspiracy of men brainwashes a coven of witches to be subservient, suburban housewives. But it’s only a matter of time before the women remember their power… (October 2018)

American Carnage by Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez

In this thrilling crime saga, disgraced FBI agent Richard Wright, who is biracial but can pass for white, goes undercover in a white supremacist group believed to be responsible for the death of a fellow agent. (November 2018)

Goddess Mode by Zoë Quinn and Robbi Rodriguez

In a near future where all of humanity’s needs are administered by a godlike A.I., it’s one young woman’s horrible job to do tech support on it. But when Cassandra finds herself violently drawn into a hidden and deadly digital world beneath our own, she discovers a group of super-powered women and horrific monsters locked in a secret war for the cheat codes to reality. (December 2018)

High Level by Rob Sheridan and Barnaby Bagenda

Hundreds of years after the world ended and human society was rebuilt from scratch, a self-interested smuggler with a price on her head is forced to traverse a new continent of danger and mystery to deliver a child messiah to High Level, a mythical city at the top of the world from which no one has ever returned. (2019)

Safe Sex by Tina Horn and Mike Dowling

A dystopian sci-fi thriller about a ragtag team of sex workers fighting for the freedom to love in a world where sexual pleasure is monitored, regulated and policed by the government. (2019)

Second Coming by Mark Russell and Richard Pace

God sends Jesus to Earth in hopes that he will learn the family trade from Sun-Man, an all-powerful superhero, who is like the varsity quarterback son God never had. But, upon his return to Earth, Christ is appalled to discover what has become of his Gospel and vows to set the record right. (2019)

Preview: America #6

America #6

(W) Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson (A) Ramon Villalobos (CA) Jen Bartel
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 30, 2017
SRP: $3.99

FIGHT NIGHT!
• America reconnects with a childhood crush – but kissing is not what Magdalena has in mind!
• Can Kate Bishop pull America out of the ring before Magdalena’s mysterious employers spring their trap?
• Probably not, with one of the Marvel Universe’s heaviest-hitting villains making a surprise appearance! Sin City goes for the KO – and this is one punch even a Chavez can’t dodge!

Review: America #5

America #5 1America takes a break from time and portal jumping to give us the Amerikate team-up that many fans have wanted since Ms. America first called Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye “princess” in Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Young Avengers. It’s spring break and America is visiting Kate in Venice Beach to catch some sun, drive fast cars, and also get some moral support when she meets her childhood friend, Magdalena, outside of Las Vegas. Their Gabby Rivera  and Kelly Thompson penned banter is quick witted, and Kate’s P.I. skills start connecting some of the dots in the larger plot. But the main event of America #5 (America and Magdalena use to be sparring partners as pre-teens.) is the art of Ramon Villalobos and the colors of Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer.

Villalobos uses texture and body language to create the rapport between Kate and America, which is like two old friends instantly picking up where they left off.  They spend an entire page chatting hilarious about comfy pillows, and Kate is definitely there to empathize and accommodate with pizza and a pull-up bar that helps America think and process. Villalobos draws them in a variety of relaxed poses in the early going because it’s basically a big sleepover complete with Bonvillain’s welcoming, orange Southern California twilight. Re-establishing this bond definitely makes the tight and close car chases, punching, explosions, and killer final page more urgent and riveting.

America #5 is awesome because it’s an action romantic comedy starring two queer and one questioning woman. Rivera, Thompson,  Villalobos, and Bonvillain aren’t afraid to surrender to melodrama a little bit in sepia toned flashbacks that show the deep bond between America and Magdalena. These scenes are intense like any teenage crush, and it’s seriously relatable to see Kate “translate” Magdalena’s current day texts to America. America definitely has that feeling in the pit of her stomach about someone she cares about deeply and romantically even her words about Magdalena seem guarded. But she has always been more of an action and reflection person, and a close-up of her holding Magdalena’s flowers tells us everything we need to know about her feelings. Bonvillain’s colors for them is pretty too.

The conflict in America #5 is definitely driven by the metaphorical bandages of America #5 5America and Magdalena’s long simmering romance being torn off, but Rivera, Thompson, and Villalobos keep the comic centered in the friendship between America and Kate. It’s honestly one of the best ones in the Marvel Universe. Who needs complex space/ex-girlfriend/boxing plots when you could have a “Just A Girl” car karaoke complete with Kate and America’s smiling faces and hair blowing in the wind. This scene is a moment of pure exuberance and relief in the midst of traffic and drama and is immediately undercut by a biker in the rearview mirror. This image nicely transitions America #5 from the chilling to the action portion of the story though instead of going for a cheap page turn reveal. Villalobos builds suspense and then lets Kate and America cut loose. He fills the page with plenty of helicopters, bikers, and cyborgs for them to punch until they ‘splode.

Action, romance, opening up, friendship, and quips on quips on quips, America #5 is the team-up comic that we deserve. Gabby Rivera and Kelly Thompson’s writing for America and Kate is so entertaining that I could read an entire comic of them eating pizza and chatting, and their bond also allows America to open up and be vulnerable just a little bit in the quiet moments where she thinks no one is watching. Ramon Villalobos continues to be the master of body language and non-verbal cues to craft characters, and his car chases are a thing of a beauty. Tamra Bonvillain and Brittany Peer go both hot and desolate with their color palette like America’s feelings and the Nevada desert respectively.

To quote the comic itself, if you like “slaying monsters, the patriarchy, and extra large pizzas” plus heart wounding feelings and art that is the polar opposite of house style, America #5 is the book for you.

Story: Gabby Rivera and Kelly Thompson Art: Ramon Villalobos
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain with Brittany Peer

Story: 8.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Exclusive Preview: America #5

America #5

(W) Gabby Rivera, Kelly Thompson (A) Ramon Villalobos (CA) Jen Bartel
Rated T+
In Shops: Jul 19, 2017
SRP: $3.99

ALL THEY WANNA GET IS… A LITTLE BIT CLOSER!
• Reunited at last! Former Young Avengers Hawkeye and America team up to take on a new threat!
• When a case spins out of control, semi-legal 100% legit private investigator Kate Bishop calls the one person she knows will have her back. But is this one too big to punch her way out of?

A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-Men Blue #1!

This April, the original X-Men unite once more to protect a world that hates and fears them. Marvel has released a new look inside X-Men Blue #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina! With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?

Plus – don’t miss a special backup tale from Cullen Bunn and Matteo Buffagni that features the shocking return of an ultimate fan-favorite X-character! It’s all happening on April 12th!

Featuring covers by Art Adams, Leonard Kirk, Jim Lee, Billy Martin, Skottie Young, and Neal Adams, Ramon Villalobos, and Jack Kirby.

Review: Nighthawk #6

nighthawk6coverOne of Marvel’s most brutal and socially conscious series, Nighthawk, comes to a suitably bloody end in its sixth issues as Nighthawk and his always witty and clever tech support Tilda follow the money and find the connection between the True Patriots and the evil, gentrifying Dan Hanrahan. (Think the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party back in the day, or Donald Trump and white supremacists right now.) Writer David Walker, artist Ramon Villalobos, and colorist Tamra Bonvillain confront readers with the fact that these wealthy businessmen want crime and violence to thrive in impoverished areas of their cities to

Ramon Villalobos really ups his layout game in Nighthawk #6 keeping the pace of the comic zippy as Nighthawk and Tilda connect the dots, busts heads, and does some killing. The final battle between Revelator is suitably intimate with a 32 panel grid spread over two pages showing every blow, punch, and reversal. Walker refrains from quips in his dialogue and focuses on these two men, who have a very similar goal, beating on each other while the wounded Hanrahan watches. Tamra Bonvillain keeps her color palette restrained with skin tones and a twilight backdrop to give the hand to hand fight a tragic tinge and saves the red for the end of the comic.

Throughout its run, Nighthawk has been a bitter combination of a twisted psychological thriller (The Revelator’s methods and way of speaking.), a vigilante story like Death WishThe Crow, or Punisher, and a crime yarn with its ongoing investigation of Chicago’s corrupt police force and the connections between white supremacists and white gentrifiers. Nighthawk has that same cathartic ass kicking of Eric Draven killing his girlfriend’s murderers, but is much more socially aware.

For example, Nighthawk takes a little break from sticking sharp objects in criminals’ throats to deliver a mini-lecture about how rich real estate developers are using poverty and violence to drive property prices down so they can buy them and put up some fancy condos or a shopping mall while driving out people, who have lived in the area for a while. Nighthawk is an extremely violent hero and definitely has no predilections about killing, but he makes sure his targets are ones that are root causes of societal ills, like white supremacists, corrupt businessmen, and police officers. And during this “lecture”, Villalobos and Bonvillain don’t slack on this visuals, but show him destroying a nighthawkinteriormachine gun against a purple background in a similar manner that he has destroyed kneecaps in the past. Tilda, who is usually critical of his killing, is actually happy about this destruction of a gun and his words to the small time criminals. But, of course, Nighthawk is back on the killing path again at the end of the issue.

What makes Nighthawk #6 such an interesting read is that its protagonist fights against deep-rooted societal ills, like racism and corruption, but he does it in a fairly moral reprehensible way with surveillance drones and brutal killing. Walker makes Tilda Nighthawk’s conscience, but she also kind of wants to jump into the fray and kick some racist ass and even saves his bacon in this issue with a well-timed drone swoop. She kind of represents the reader, who appreciates Nighthawk’s stance against police brutality, systemic racism, and even gentrification, but wish he would go about it in a better way. However, we still cheer when he walks off and lets the white supremacist arming scum bad guy bleed to death.

Nighthawk #6 is a perfect conclusion to a comic that wasn’t afraid to call out white supremacism and corruption while featuring a morally flawed protagonist. And it happened to look good too thanks to the art of Ramon Villalobos and Tamra Bonvillain, who brought bone-crunching action choreography, spot-on symbolism, and a murky palette to a comic that was excellent in style and content.

The ending of Nighthawk #6 is both bleak and satisfying, and it will be interesting to see what David Walker does with the character in the upcoming Occupy Avengers title.

Story: David Walker Art: Ramon Villalobos Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Story: 9 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.3 Verdict: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review.

Preview: Nighthawk #6

Nighthawk #6

(W) David Walker (A) Ramon Villalobos (CA) Denys Cowan
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Oct 26, 2016
SRP: $3.99

SAGA OF THE REVELATOR!

NIGHTHAWK faces his greatest challenge: A life or death fight from which there will be no turning back. Can the man that defends Chicago remain a hero? Or must he become a villain in order to protect his city?

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Graphic Policy Radio is back with a brand new episode. We were joined by one of the most distinctive new artists in comics, Ramon Villalobos.

Villalobos is the penciler on Marvel‘s Nighthawk ongoing and also drew the X-Men centric E is for Extinction series for last year’s Marvel event Secret Wars.

We get the scoop on his creative ability and process while working on such high-profile comic series.

Ramon Villalobos Talks Comics with Graphic Policy Radio LIVE Tonight

GP Radio pic MondayGraphic Policy Radio is back with a brand new episode. Tonight we’re joined by one of the most distinctive new artists in comics, Ramon Villalobos.

The show airs LIVE tonight at 10pm ET.

Villalobos is the penciler on Marvel‘s Nighthawk ongoing and also drew the X-Men centric E is for Extinction series for last year’s Marvel event Secret Wars.

We’ll get the scoop on his creative ability and process while working on such high-profile comic series.

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