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NYCC 2021: Happy Hill #1 Debuts With an Exclusive Variant

Get ready for vacation. ComixTribe has announced Happy Hill #1, an all-new vacation horror thriller written by acclaimed writer Rich Douek and co-writer and artist Joe Mulvey, with colors by Chris Sotomayor, and letters by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.

Happy Hill is a posh resort in the Catskill Mountains of New York that promises that its guests will leave truly happy – the only problem being that many of them never leave at all. Wyatt Willows is obsessed with the place, and its connection to The Wudsman – a horned, masked figure that most people think is an urban legend, but who he knows is both real and deadly.

When a child goes missing on the grounds of Happy Hill, the investigation uncovers dark secrets hidden and an unstoppable supernatural menace aiming to make this vacation permanent!

Advanced copies of Happy Hill #1 with a New York Comic Con exclusive variant cover by Joe Mulvey and Chris Sotomayor will be available at Artist Alley table L-4, October 7-10. Happy Hill #1 is scheduled for release January 2022.

Return to the Wastelands of Old Man Logan in Wastelanders

This December, return to the post-apocalyptic Wastelands of Old Man Logan in five all-new stories set in the Marvel future where heroes have fallen, villains have won, and your favorite characters defy all odds to survive. Brought to you by all-star creators including writers Steven S. DeKnight, Ethan Sacks, Rich Douek, and Torunn Grønbekk, these five one-shots will focus on Wolverine, Hawkeye, Doctor Doom, Star-Lord, and making their first appearance in the Wastelands, Black Widow.

DeKnight, known for his work on Netflix’s Daredevil and Wolverine: Black, White & Blood, will lead the return alongside artist Ibrahim Moustafa in Wastelanders: Wolverine, an all-new story set in the days after the conclusion of the original Old Man Logan, as he fights once again to save the people of the Wastelands who have been crushed under the heel of the Red Skull and Bruce Banner! The super villains united and took out most of the world’s super heroes decades ago, and while the man known as Logn attempted to live a life of peace, he had to pop the claws once again to do what he does best! But saving the day looks different with the Baby Hulk under his care. Is Logan doing the right thing by protecting the progeny of the HULK or dooming what’s left of the war-torn world? Logan may not have long to ponder if he is crushed by the adamantium armor of his newfound enemy Downfall! Featuring a main cover by Josemaria Casanovas and connecting variant by Steve McNiven.

Wastelanders mastermind Ethan Sacks, writer of both Old Man Hawkeye and Old Man Quill, is also back with artist Ibraim Roberson to bring you a never-before-told story of Hawkeye’s training with Stick—the man formerly known as Daredevil—in Wastelanders: Hawkeye! Clint Barton’s sight may be gone, but his will to avenge is stronger than ever, and with the training and expert guidance of Matt Murdock, arrows will fly again! But what is Murdock’s actual target? And how will this change Hawkeye’s path in the Wastelands? This is one issue YOU can’t afford to miss! Featuring covers by Casanovas and McNiven.

The Mighty Valkyries writer Torunn Grønbekk and rising star Julius Ohta explore the complex nature of everyone’s favorite tyrant in Wastelanders: Doom! Doctor Doom helped wipe out the heroes on the Day the Villains Won, but even as he rules his domain in the Wastelands, a greater destiny calls to him. When a mysterious power blocks his oversight of a particular region, what he discovers will have ripple effects across the Wastelanders stories! With a cover by Casanovas.

Writer Rich Douek makes his Marvel Comics debut alongside artist Brent Peeples in Wastelanders: Star-Lord! The legendary Star-Lord has fallen on hard times. With the Guardians of the Galaxy disbanded, Peter Quill returned to Earth to find it a wasteland unlike anything he’s seen across the stars – heroes dead, villains in power. While he’s taken out one threat, others remain in the Wastelands, and Star-Lord’s own desire to assuage his guilt for being off-world during the calamity will land him right in the middle of another! Will Quill overcome the mysterious force waiting for him at the site of his lost love’s death? Or is she not really dead at all? With a cover by Casanovas.

Bookending the saga, DeKnight will team up with artist Well-Bee to introduce the Wastelander’s take on Natasha Romanoff in Wastelanders: Black Widow. The Lizard King has grown monstrous and deadlier than ever as the lord of his southern domain. But when rumor breaks that critical information is believed to be stored in his impenetrable fortress, only the greatest spy of all is up to the infiltration: the deadly Black Widow! But who is she, and how has she survived this many decades in the Wastelands undetected? With a cover by Casanovas.

Don’t miss the latest evolution of this fascinating saga when this all-new group of Wastelanders adventures hit stands in December!

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Vagabond erupts in chaos as the Siren makes her final move. The only question remaining is who will be the last to go-and Nick is forced to make a decision more grave and harrowing than anything he encountered in the war. Will he survive, or finally find the peace he’s sought after in death? Find out in the exciting conclusion to SEA OF SORROWS!

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The Vagabond erupts in chaos as the Siren makes her final move. The only question remaining is who will be the last to go-and Nick is forced to make a decision more grave and harrowing than anything he encountered in the war. Will he survive, or finally find the peace he’s sought after in death? Find out in the exciting conclusion to SEA OF SORROWS!

Sea of Sorrows #5 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

An incoming storm forces the crew to step up work on the wreck – but the divers discover a horrible truth about the Bremen’s wreck, and the promise of sunken treasure. On deck, tensions explode, as Jim escapes the brig and wreaks havoc. And through it all, the siren continues to prey on the crew’s minds, and their very flesh.

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $3.99

An incoming storm forces the crew to step up work on the wreck – but the divers discover a horrible truth about the Bremen’s wreck, and the promise of sunken treasure. On deck, tensions explode, as Jim escapes the brig and wreaks havoc. And through it all, the siren continues to prey on the crew’s minds, and their very flesh.

Sea of Sorrows #4 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Feb 03, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Battle lines are drawn aboard the SS Vagabond, as the disappearances of more crew members drive the paranoid survivors against each other. The gold they came to salvage is mere fathoms beneath their feet, but is any fortune worth the price of their lives?

Sea of Sorrows #3 (of 5)

Preview: Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Historical horror at its finest! The gripping tale of terror beneath the ocean continues! Tensions rise among the crew of the Vagabond as technical delays and mechanical failures frustrate their salvage of the sunken U-boat, Bremen. But, the siren song of sunken gold is nothing compared to the seductive power of the monster stalking them all!

Sea of Sorrows #2 (of 5)

Review: Sea of Sorrows #1

Sea of Sorrows #1

The team behind the horror series Road of Bones is back with Sea of Sorrows #1. Moving from the frozen tundra of Siberia, the new horror setting for the duo of Rich Douek and Alex Cromack takes us to the deep sea. With the Great War over, the North Atlantic is filled with riches. The story focuses on a former naval officer who hires a crew to retrieve gold on a sunken U-boat. With riches within reach, tension builds leading to double-crosses while a terror below awaits them all.

Douek and Cormack have put together a hell of a start that feels like a solid period piece. The build throughout the issue adds tension with each page until it’s clear by the end this is a where few can be trusted and most likely few will make it out alive.

But, what’s interesting about this debut is its underlying theme of corruption and an attempt to escape horror. Some of the individuals are haunted by what they did during the war. Others have history with each other that’s at play. And some prefer the icy waters and the peace they bring. There’s a haunting melancholy about it all and the comic can easily be imagined on the big screen.

Some of that is helped by how the comic is presented visually. There’s something more cinematic about it in its more grounded look. Set in a post Great War, Cormack’s art has a lived in look to it with small details emphasizing a real world. That’s helped by the color which Cormack also did with an assist by Mark Mullaney. There’s a gritty dirtiness about it all. Visually, and even storywise, the comic reminds me of Jaws where our trio of heroes recount stories of being hurt and the recounting of the Indianapolis in World War II. The sadness felt in that scene extends to this comic delivering a mature beginning that’s more about haunting tension than actual scares. Justin Birch‘s lettering is solid and stands out when needed to emphasize the supernatural and horror elements that are peppered through the issue.

Sea of Sorrows #1 is a solid debut delivering a period piece of horror. The comic is more focused on building tension for what’s to come than deliver scares. It’s a psychological angle than cheap thrills. Like Road of Bones‘, Sea of Sorrows #1 is a hell of a start and perfect for those who are looking for a cold frightening chill in these fall and winter months.

Story: Rich Douek Art: Alex Cormack
Color: Alex Cormack, Mark Mullaney Letterer: Justin Birch
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Sea of Sorrows #1 (of 5)

Sea of Sorrows #1 (of 5)

(W) Rich Douek (A/CA) Alex Cormack
In Shops: Nov 18, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Deep sea adventure with a horrific twist! From the creative team behind last year’s hit horror series, ROAD OF BONES, comes an all-new tale of bone-chilling terror!

In the aftermath of the Great War, the North Atlantic is ripe for plunder by independent salvage crews. When a former naval officer hires the SS Vagabond, he leads the ship to a sunken U-boat, and a fortune in gold. Tensions mount as the crew prepares to double cross each other, but the darkness of the ocean floor holds deeper terrors than any of them have bargained for!

Plunge headfirst into the icy waters of dread with another historic tale of terror from writer Rich Douek, and artist Alex Cormack.

Sea of Sorrows #1 (of 5)
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