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Preview: Eden

EDEN

Written by Matthew Arnold
Art by Riccardo Burchielli
Purchase: Amazon

Debut graphic novel by Matthew Arnold, the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Revenge Inc., an original series in development at Netflix with Dark Horse Entertainment.

In the near future, two convicts (a disgraced senator and her husband) are sentenced to twenty-five years in a cryogenic penal facility for a horrible crime they claim they didn’t commit.

When the prison malfunctions, accidentally releasing all of the prisoners, the escapees discover that they’ve been incarcerated for thousands of years and are now the only survivors of a global catastrophe that wiped out all of mankind, an event so devastating that prehistoric creatures now walk the Earth once more. Will the world’s worst criminals be able to rise to the challenge of building a better society than the one they left? And is true redemption ever really possible?

EDEN

Preview: Eden

Eden

Written by Matthew Arnold
Art by Riccardo Burchielli (DMZ)
Purchase

Debut graphic novel by Matthew Arnold, the creator, executive producer, and showrunner of Revenge Inc., an original series in development at Netflix with Dark Horse Entertainment.

In the near future, two convicts (a disgraced senator and her husband) are sentenced to twenty-five years in a cryogenic penal facility for a horrible crime they claim they didn’t commit.

When the prison malfunctions, accidentally releasing all of the prisoners, the escapees discover that they’ve been incarcerated for thousands of years and are now the only survivors of a global catastrophe that wiped out all of mankind, an event so devastating that prehistoric creatures now walk the Earth once more. Will the world’s worst criminals be able to rise to the challenge of building a better society than the one they left? And is true redemption ever really possible?

Eden

Ava DuVernay Teams with HBO Max for Brian Wood’s DMZ

DMZ

Ava DuVernay is in the DC Comics property business as she’s working on her second property for the comic publisher. DuVernay and HBO are adapting the second American Civil War comic DMZ. DuVernay is currently working on New Gods adapting the Jack Kirby DC Comics creations. HBO and DC Comics have the same parent company, AT&T.

DMZ was published by the DC imprint Vertigo and followed a young man as he navigated the maze that is the DMZ of Manhattan which separates the split American nation of the former federal government and Free States. Wood worked on the series with co-creator and artist Riccardo Burchielli and it was released from 2005 to 2012. John Paul Leon also provided art on the series, lettered by Jared K. Fletcher, and colored by Jeromy Cox.

DMZ‘s creator Brian Wood is not without issues. The comic creator has been accused of harassment by multiple women which resulted in publisher Dark Horse canceling their current and future projects with the creator.

The television series focuses on a female medic on the island who tries to keep the residents alive while also trying to find her lost son.

This is the second series that HBO has produced based around a civil war. Confederate was a planned series that was developed for the channel by David Benioff and D. B. Wess. The concept was the American Civil War ending in a stalemate and some described it as “slavery fan fiction.” That project was scrapped due to public reaction.

DMZ too is a stalemate civil war story, without the slavery, which indicates HBO is looking for this narrative to play to a certain demographic.

Production of DMZ is set to begin in early 2020.

Review: Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection

Out now is Avengers Arena: The Complete Collection which brings all 18 issues together for one handy read. The series features the Runaways, Avengers Academy, X-23, the Braddock Academy, and more on an island where they must battle it out to the death. Yes, it’s teenage superheroes meets Battle Royale!

Avengers Arena is by Dennis Hopeless, Christos Gage, Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Jason Gorder, Riccardo Burchielli, Karl Moline, Mark Pennington, Rick Magyar, Frank Martin, Rain Beredo, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Joe Caramagna, Dave Johnson, Chris Bachalo, Tim Townsend, Greg Horn, Mike Del Mundo, Kaiman Adrasofszky, Mike Deodato, Jr., Francesco Francavilla, Jon Moisan, and Bill Rosemann.

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Marvel Reveals New Punisher #1 Variant Cover by Mike Zeck!

This August, The Punisher will embark on a brand new adventure via some very capable hands, as Marvel exclusive writer Matthew Rosenberg continues Frank Castle’s story alongside acclaimed artist Riccardo Burchielli!

The Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he’s retained his newly acquired taste for big game…and he’s hungry for more. Check out a new remastered variant cover by Mike Zeck with colors by Richard Isanove, and don’t miss Punisher #1, in comic shops this August! The comic has a main cover by Greg Smallwood.

Review: Aliens: Defiance #4

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Colonial Marine Private Zula Hendricks is AWOL deep in space along with the combat synthetic Davis 01, chasing the trail of the xenomorph threat. But in the eerie quiet of a space graveyard the ghosts of her past are catching up with her, and Weyland-Yutani isn’t far behind

In Aliens: Defiance #4 we finally get a glimpse of Zula’s past. Revealing how she got injured, and how she got into her present physical state. It does give a glimpse into her character, which may not much but it is a start. While the issue may be a little slow, a lot does happen story wise. It is still worth picking up for the story alone.

The flashback is one of my favorite art pieces in this issue. It is well done and shows a lot of action. Even if it is brief it deepens the story in a superb manner.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Riccardo Burchielli
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Aliens: Defiance #3

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Mutiny aboard the Europa. After accessing a Weyland-Yutani network buoy which reprograms their directives, several Davis synthetics seek to take down the mysterious Davis 01 unit and take the ship back to Earth. Colonial Marine Zula Hendricks and Davis 01 must survive an organized tactical assault in deep space.

Things that start strange seem to add more mystery and weirdness as they go on. Despite Aliens: Defiance being only 3 issues in, that seems to be true of this series and something writer Brian Wood is using to his advantage. The issue brings in more synthetics, except unlike Davis they aren’t friendly, or lacking in firepower. For fans of the Alien universe, non-friendly synthetics will surely cause tension to build.

There are quite a few standout scenes in this issue by artist Riccardo Burchielli. My favorite has to be the slow motion grenade launch. It manages to bring a sense of gravity, and danger to the scene… before everything goes boom.

Story: Brian Wood Art: Riccardo Burchielli
Story: 8 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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DC’s Vertigo to Publish Mad Max: Fury Road Deluxe Edition and Prelude Comics

mad max fury road 1DC Comics has announced that their imprint Vertigo and Mad Max: Fury Road director, producer and co-writer George Miller on two upcoming projects based on the film. The first is a Deluxe Edition hardcover entitled Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists, in which sixty-five top artists will create art inspired by the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. The second is four comic book stories that follow four main characters of the film and tell their prelude stories leading up to the film’s opening scene.

Mad Max: Fury Road: Inspired Artists will contain double-page spreads from 65 visionary artists bringing their own unique style to the world of Mad Max: Fury Road. Each of the artists’ work will be inspired by Miller’s post-apocalyptic wasteland. These spreads will range from spectacular action sequences to haunting character portraits. Artists participating include Lee Bermejo, Dave McKean, Cliff Chiang, Nicola Scott, Stephanie Hans, Tara McPherson, among others. This book is due to hit shelves on May 6, prior to the film’s May 15th release.

In addition, George Miller, Nico Lathouris and Mark Sexton are writing four prelude stories that follow leading characters Nux, Immortan Joe, Furiosa, and Mad Max, whose story will be in two parts. This miniseries will release one issue a month, starting with Mad Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1 releasing on May 20, followed by Mad Max: Fury Road: Furiosa #1 and Mad Max: Fury Road: Mad Max #1 & #2. Nico Lathouris served as a co-writer on the film while Mark Sexton served as storyboard and concept artist for Mad Max: Fury Road. Interior artists working on these projects include Riccardo Burchielli, Leandro Fernandez, Tristan Jones, and Mark Sexton, while covers will be illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards.

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Gischler Goes Hellbound with Dark Horse

In September 2015, Dark Horse Comics will take readers on a road trip of horrific nightmares in small-town America—kept at bay by one man in junkyard armor.

Adapted from the hit Panini series Highway to Hell, Hellbound follows the exploits of two disgraced FBI agents sent to investigate gruesome murders along the highway, but there’s much more to the case than a garden-variety serial killer.

In the tradition of True Detective and From Hell, the new graphic novel by Victor Gischler, Davide Dileo, and Riccardo Burchielli brings Highway to Hell to America, introducing a whole new level of horror to English-speaking audiences. Featuring a cover by superstar artist Lee Bermejo, Hellbound keeps the nightmares coming in one convenient package.

Hellbound

Review: Dial H Vol. 1: Into You

dial h volume 1 coverIn Dial H Vol. 1: Into You, a troubled young man, Nelson, stumbles upon a lost H-Dial and all the power it possesses. But when the world is threatened by the very device that has become his obsession, he is taken on a wild adventure exploring the boundaries of reality itself. The series is written by Hugo award-winning novelist China Miéville with art by Mateus Santolouco, David Lapham, Riccardo Burchielli and Brian Bolland.

The series is supposed to look at the psychological effects on an everyman who accidentally gains powers and becomes a hero. He gains a powerful artifact, which can turn one into almost any superhero imaginable.

And that’s the fun of the series. I think the look at the whole “psychological effects” is the minor part of the story. It doesn’t quite reach the level it should have in that exploration in this first volume. Instead, the entertainment and fun comes from the varied and wacky heroes that pop up throughout the story.

The first volume is fun. There’s a goofiness that’s entertaining, but every so often there’s a choppiness to the story that makes you wonder if you missed something. Overall, the story flows, but I felt like there could have been more explanation about this world and what’s going on.

The art is pretty solid as well. Some of it is fantastic, some of it is good, but overall there’s some great pages and panels that pepper the book. The biggest thing is that character design. With such crazy and varied characters, you can imagine how important that design is.

Dial H is a series that’s a bit different from the regular capes and tights. It gives a nice break from everything else that’s out there for fans of super hero comics, but want something slightly different.

The volume collects issues #0-6.

Story: China Miéville Art: Mateus Santolouco, David Lapham, Riccardo Burchielli and Brian Bolland
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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