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Z2 Comics Announces Sublime: $5 At the Door

Z2 Comics continues to roll out news of some of their most ambitious projects yet, with the announcement of the Ryan Cady-written graphic novel chronicling the misadventures of one of the most defining bands of the last three decades, the Long Beach, reggae-punk institution, Sublime!

The laid-back Long Beach trio spawned an entire genre-fusing reggae grooves, punk grittiness, ska energy, back-porch folk introspection, and hip-hop swagger.

Those disparate sounds first collided back in 1988, when the gregarious Bradley Nowell paired up with a sturdy, simpatico rhythm section—bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh—and quickly amassed a cult following in the SoCal scene.  Sublime found their niche at house parties: uniting Rastas, surfers, skaters, frat boys, cholos and ink-covered outcasts with a free-flowing melting pot approach that, much like the region itself, was impossible to pigeonhole.  The band goes from playing backyard parties and selling cassettes out of the trunks of their cars to creating an entirely new and revolutionary blend of chart-topping music.

Xanadu meets Superbad in this heartfelt anthology of Sublime legends brought to life by Ryan CadyAudrey MokAlex DiottoHayden ShermanLogan Faerber, rising stars Bill MasukuRobert Ahmad, and more. Featuring brand-new cover artwork by Sublime family members Opie Ortiz and DJ Product ©1969! Plus: the one and only Lou-Dog!

The Sublime: $5 At the Door graphic novel clocks in at 120 pages and will be released in a standard soft and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike in June 2021, with a special deluxe edition, and highly limited super deluxe edition available for preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website! Deluxe and super deluxe edition include a special first-time vinyl edition of the Doin’ Time EP, unavailable elsewhere, as well as exclusive prints, Lou-Dog toy, and more!

Preview: Cut-Man #3

CUT-MAN #3

Writer(s): Alexander Banks-Jongman
Artist Name(s): Robert Ahmad
Cover Artist(s): Robert Ahmad
Letters: DC Hopkins
Editor: Nicole D’Andria
24 pgs./ M / FC$2.99
Digital-Release

Hank Kelly is a hero – lauded by the world for saving the life of a woman in danger. However, Rosalind Lovejoy sees through the lies, as the bodies begin to pile up in his wake. Hank’s wife, Laurel,makes a deal with Hank to secure the prosperous future of their daughter – despite his misdeeds.

CUT-MAN #3

Preview: Cut-Man #2

CUT-MAN #2

Writer(s): Alexander Banks-Jongman
Artist Name(s): Robert Ahmad 
Cover Artist(s): Robert Ahmad 
Letters: DC Hopkins  
Editor: Nicole D’Andria 
24 pgs./ M / FC
$2.99
Digital-Release

Hank Kelly – the Immortal Man – must adjust to his new life in the public eye. With his family broken apart, Hank seeks to use his newfound fame to put it back together. Meanwhile, detective Rosalind Lovejoy grows ever more suspicious of Hank and his power.

CUT-MAN #2

Preview: Cut-Man #1

CUT-MAN #1

Writer(s): Alexander Banks-Jongman 
Artist Name(s): Robert Ahmad 
Cover Artist(s): Robert Ahmad
25 pgs./ M / FC
$2.99
Digital-First

Hank Kelly cannot die. With this revelation, his life is thrown into a world of fame and fortune. But can fame and fortune repair his broken family? Meanwhile, detective Rosalind Lovejoy makes a fateful discovery: Kelly’s immortality has a dark cost.

CUT-MAN #1

Review: The Catalyst #1

The Catalyst #1

When it comes to the characters who make you invested in a story, there are some general types. There’s the antagonist, which is the main reason for the existence of the hero. This character usually is the source of evil acts, making them a villain. Then there’s the protagonist, the character whose inherent goodness makes them the eyes and ears of the audience, thus making them the hero. Of course, every story can have multiples of these character types. An example of this is in Game Of Thrones.

Then there are those characters that feel like a hurricane. The moment they enter the scene no one can take their eyes off of them. Daenerys Targaryen was one such character. Her arc felt like she went through the gauntlet. Her turn as the Mad Queen was not really surprising for most of us who watched and read this story. Her family history and the events that lead her to that point became a catalyst for her turn. Every character in that story eventually became a catalyst to push the story and other characters forward. In the one shot, The Catalyst, we find one character who jumps into different stories in different genres moving each plot.

We meet The Catalyst, a robot. As he enters Universe #1945, his entrance allows for characters to change their destinies. In Universe #1006 The Catalyst finds himself sent to a medieval setting as a Friar. He does his job but not without being burned by a dragon. In just about every universe (story/genre) he jumps to, though his efforts keep the story on track, it comes at great harm to him. By story’s end, The Catalyst has done better than he will ever know. The reader is also treated to an additional adventure of the Bravest Warriors, an equally entertaining story that will have the reader in stitches.

Overall, an excellent one-shot comic that will remind readers of Quantum Leap but with robots. The story by Nick Bryan is brilliant, funny, and heartfelt. The art by the creative team is beautiful and endearing. Altogether, a great story that has made this reviewer a fan of this creative team.

Story: Nick Bryan
Art: Robert Ahmad, David B. Cooper, Emily Brady, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
and DC Hopkins
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

The Story of the Headless Horeseman Gets an 80s Update with Headless from Scout Comics

Scout Comics has announced Headless, created by Alexander Banchitta and featuring artwork by Robert Ahmad. The comic series is a horror/adventure story inspired by 1980s culture, tying together the Salem Witch Trials and the creation of The Headless Horseman.

In the announcement, creator Alexander Banchitta said:

I’m thrilled to work on this book, I’ve always been a big fan of the Headless Horseman and on top of that, I’m basically obsessed with the 80’s. There’s something very fun about 80’s entertainment, it’s so easy to get lost in it and forget your everyday life, which is how I want my readers to feel when they pick this story up.

Headless #1

Review: The Devil in Disguise #1

The cinematic age of the 1970s brought on many iconic filmmakers. This was the age of George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Brian De Palma, Francis Ford Coppola, and a host of others that are truly too many to name. Each has made their impression on the zeitgeist. Though they are better known for the films that made them famous, not everyone got to make the movies they wanted to before they broke out big. Years before Martin Scorsese made it big with Mean Streets, he made Boxcar Bertha. It’s now considered a classic but back then was passed off as low budget revenge film.

Some of my favorite movies were the exploitation movies, of that time. They were all in the same vein, and some were from Italy, England, even homegrown here in America. Many of these films were very fantastical. Some were absurd but many of them were really cheesy, entertaining, and rewatchable. Many of the films had the usual tropes. A bystander as the protagonist, the antagonist which is the bad guy who is pure evil, and the beautiful damsel in distress, who the protagonist has to rescue. Matt Garvey and Robert Ahmad The Devil In Disguise is a story with a similar premise is played out, but to elevated standards.

We meet Nate, a young man on his way home from work, as he notices a young woman, scantily clad, bleeding and barely unconscious. As he leaps to his feet to help her, she insists on not drawing attention to herself. As she continues talking, slowly something takes her over, as her pupils go white, and spew a black mist from her mouth, which approaches Nate ever so slowly. Who is this woman and what’s going on? That’s the mystery of the comic about a do-gooder who gets mixed up with a cult who plan to quite literally raise the devil.

The comic is an enthralling mystery which drops the reader in the middle of the action while still defining who the characters are. The story by Garvey is action packed, smart, and interesting. The art by Ahmad is gorgeous, especially the line work and the way he uses colors. Altogether, it’s an excellent introduction to a new twist on the supernatural thriller.

Story: Matt Garvey Art: Robert Ahmad
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy