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Review: Decorum #1

Decorum #1

It’s difficult to describe Decorum #1. It’s a world-building debut that shows the evolution of writer Jonathan Hickman. Hickman is known for his deeply thought-out worlds. But, over recent years he’s shifted to something so much more.

Hickman’s shift was most recently present in his relaunch of Marvel’s X-Men line of comics. There we got an entire new language and pages devoted to additional material to explain things. This wasn’t filler material where the reader is expected to look for hints and clues or throwaway material. Instead, readers have been treated to in-depth articles describing socio-political situations or deep dives into a particular aspect. Hickman continues that in Decorum #1.

The comic has an almost roleplaying game sourcebook quality about it. It definitely pays homage to the old-school comic sourcebooks which are rarer to come by nowadays. In between chapters the creative team dives into specific aspects of the world Hickman is building. Planets are discussed or some of the history presented. It creates a richer experience that takes this debut beyond the typical comic experience.

Decorum #1

That’s helped by Mike Huddleston‘s art. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen with a style that’s so fresh and engaging it’s almost distracting. It helps build upon the alien nature of it all while at the same time delivering familiarity. Beautiful is an understatement from the work which is enhanced by Rus Wooton‘s lettering. The art alone is a reason to purchase this comic. It’s difficult to describe but will keep you lingering on every page.

Decorum #1 is a jaw-dropping debut. It’s a must get for all comic fans as it challenges everything about comics from the narrative to the art, and Sasha E. Head‘s fantastic design work. Part story, part worldbuilding, Decorum #1 is a unique experience. It’s also a near-perfect debut.

Story: Jonathan Hickman Art: Mike Huddleston
Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sasha E. Head
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.75 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Fire Power #1 and #2 Comes to Shelves in June

The FCBD edition of Fire Power #1 will be unleashed on Saturday, May 2. Following a month of anticipation, Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 will be available for sale on Wednesday, June 3.

The Eisner Award winning team of New York Times bestselling, comics titan Robert Kirkman, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, bring fans an all-new, full color, action-packed ongoing series—Fire Power—which will launch from Image Comics and Skybound this Spring. First with the Fire Power: Prelude, Vol. 1 original graphic novel on Wednesday, April 29. Then with the Fire Power #1 FCBD release on Saturday, May 2. And finally with the official single issue series launching with Fire Power #1 and Fire Power #2 simultaneously on Wednesday, June 3.

This is the first new project from Kirkman since the surprise conclusion to his pop culture phenomenon The Walking DeadFire Power will more than fill a walker-shaped hole in your monthly pull list. This new series also marks Samnee’s return to comics after wrapping up his best-selling run on Captain America that concluded in early 2018.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power #1

Get a First Look at Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 and the Cover to #3

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)

Written by Daniel Warren Johnson
Interior, Cover and Variant Cover artwork by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors by Matt Spicer
Lettering by Rus Wooton
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
Final Orders Due: Jan 20, 2020
SRP: $6.99

Determined to give the remnants of humanity refuge on the shores of Themyscira, in the sophomore issue of DC’s dynamic new Black Label release, Wonder Woman’s hopes are dashed when she finds the island paradise a shadow of its former self, with her Amazon sisters long gone and something unimaginable in their place.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson with colors by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton, is a four-part 48-page prestige format series releasing every other month. Johnson and Spicer are providing covers and variant covers for each issue. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth carries an Ages 17+ content descriptor and retails for $6.99.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 (of 4)

Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson, and Rus Wooton’s Fire Power Gets an Original Graphic Novel in April

Fans eager to jump into the world of Fire Power won’t have to wait until May. The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning team of Robert Kirkman, artist Chris Samnee, colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, will reveal the origin story of the Fire Power protagonist Owen Johnson in the forthcoming Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude original graphic novel. This brand new story will hit stores from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment in April—just in time for readers to get on board before the single issue series launches the following month.

The graphic novel features nearly eight issues worth of story and art for $9.99. Fans will be able to purchase it on Wednesday then head to comic shops that Saturday for the first issue for free available on Free Comic Book Day.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the FIRE POWER?

Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude (ISBN: 978-1-5343-1655-3) will be available on Wednesday, April 29 and in bookstores on Tuesday, May 5.

Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude

Robert Kirkman, Chris Samnee, Matt Wilson, and Rus Wooton Team Up for Fire Power Starting May 2020

The New York Times bestselling, Eisner Award winning comics titan Robert Kirkman is teaming with Eisner winning artist Chris Samnee, Eisner Award winning colorist Matt Wilson, and letterer Rus Wooton, to bring fans an all-new, full color, action-packed ongoing series—Fire Power—which will launch from Image Comics and Skybound in May 2020.

This is the first new project from Kirkman since the surprise conclusion to his pop culture phenomenon The Walking DeadFire Power will more than fill a walker-sized hole in your monthly pull list. This new series also marks Samnee’s return to comics after wrapping up his bestselling run on Captain America that concluded in early 2018.

Owen Johnson’s journey to China to learn about his birth parents eventually leads him to a mysterious Shaolin Temple. The students there study to rediscover the Fire Power, the lost art of throwing fireballs. A power they claim will be needed soon to save the world. Will Owen Johnson be the first person in a thousand years to wield the Fire Power?

Fire Power

Get a First Look at Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1 from Daniel Warren Johnson, Matt Spicer, and Rus Wooton

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1 (of 4)

Written by Daniel Warren Johnson
Interior, Cover and Variant Cover artwork by Daniel Warren Johnson
Colors by Matt Spicer
Lettering by Rus Wooton
DC BLACK LABEL – PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT – APPROX. 8.5″ x 10.875″
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 18, 2019
SRP: $6.99

Princess Diana of Themyscira left paradise to save Man’s World from itself. She failed. Trapped alone in a grim future after a centuries-long sleep, Diana must protect the last human city from titanic monsters while uncovering its secret of this dead Earth—and how she may be responsible for it.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth, written and drawn by Daniel Warren Johnson with colors by Mike Spicer and lettering by Rus Wooton, is a four-part 48-page prestige format series that will debut December 18th, 2019, releasing every other month following. Johnson and Spicer will also provide covers and variant covers for each issue. Wonder Woman: Dead Earth will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will retail for $6.99.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #1 (of 4)

Review: The Walking Dead #193

The Walking Dead #193

It’s near impossible to review The Walking Dead #193 without spoiling it. So, you’ve been warned.

*Spoiler Warning*

This is it, the end of this series. An unexpected finale sprung upon us much like the walker-filled world was sprung upon Rick Grimes.

With Rick murdered, there was a question looming over the series future and the direction it might go. We have that answer, and it’s on in our imaginations.

Writer Robert Kirkman delivers a finale that sticks the message and point he’s been building to throughout these years. The Walking Dead isn’t about the scares, it’s about building a future, a new society, from the ashes of the old one.

The Walking Dead #193 skips ahead with Carl Grimes now married with a child and a society rebuilt. It’s more Western than modern but “the trials” are now over. There’s law and order and protection. With that though comes forgetting of what was. And that’s the focus of the issue.

Walkers are now a traveling road show to be used to scare individuals. They’re a carnival act, not the dangerous things they once were. And that’s what the issue revolves around. Should the past be celebrated, forgotten, or is there a mix of that.

Rick Grimes helped forge this world and the issue celebrates that while also questioning the end impact. The world has forgotten its struggles. Carl still remembers it and does so to protect his family and so his daughter has a future.

And that’s where Kirkman soars. His story is about heart. It’s about family. And as a fairly new father, the scenes presented between Carl and his daughter got me right in the heart. They’re touching and the absolutely perfect end note. Carl reminds his daughter things are better though there are still dangers in the world. It’s a message that reflects in our every day lives. It’s a reminder of what we should be imparting on the next generation. We experience that complacency with our own walkers right around the corner. The underlying message Kirkman presents is one that we can take away with us today. It challenges the reader to do better and be better. It also focuses in on the point of the whole series from the beginning.

The art by Charlie Adlard with gray tones from Cliff Rathburn is fantastic. Along with lettering by Rus Wooton, we’re presented with an emotional issue. It’s not one full of scares or death and destruction. It’s all about human nature and feelings. And with the time jump, the art becomes key. It tells as much about where society is as to where it was. There’s a limited amount of pages to deliver the full story so the art details become a messenger for the reader to figure everything out. The art goes out on a high note matching an optimistic tone.

Fans of The Walking Dead might be both sad and happy with how things have wrapped. We’re not totally without future stories. From television shows to books, there’s much more life into this world yet to come and experience. And we can go into that with the knowledge that there’s hope for a future that’s a little better. A series whose message is that through trials and tribulations we can all make a better future. For a world built off of a bleak premise, its gift is one of a brighter future we can all make together.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letters: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.5 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Review: Diary of Night Vol. 1: Distant Thunder

Diary of Night Vol. 1: Distant Thunder

When it comes to stories about vampires, everyone has one that they consider their ideal story. People who grew up watching Hammer horror movies can’t deny that they loved Christopher Lee as the notorious Dracula. Then there’s Gary Oldman’s turn as the legend in what could be considered a pulp classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. As newer writers came into the Ethisphere, more imaginative creators decided to inject what they saw as vampires.

One such auteur is Guillermo Del Toro who brought the world The Strain, a nightmarish vision of vampires and actually made these infamous creatures scary again. I can truly say that the first movie I saw of his was Blade II which was action entertaining and downright scary. I wished that he would have written the next movie and the television show as his take on these classic aberrations is both frightening and fascinating. In Will Allred, Gene Gonzales, and Rus Wooton’s Diary Of Night Volume 1 we find a character much like Blade with even more inner turmoil.

We meet Catherine Morrison, a vampire who has been alive for more than 900 years, and who is having her weekly talk with her friend, Fran, who she reveals to her, that she has been having increasingly worst nightmares.  As a clash between two powerful vampires have had an impact on the current vampire population, as someone Catherine had been looking after has gone missing, this is only further complicated when she finds out that vampires have gone missing under mysterious circumstances over the last year. As we soon find out that her friend, Tim, had been kidnapped and tortured only to trap Catherine for the kill. This gives our hero, flashbacks of the cruelty that she endured which lead her to become a vampire and what ultimately lead her to kill her creator.

Overall, not your typical vampire story, as what Allred and his team have created is a superior murder mystery, The story by Allred is exhilarating and packed with suspense. The art by the creative team is awe inspiring. Altogether, a story that redefines the genre for the better, remembering to always tell a great story.

Story: Will Allred Art: Gene Gonzales Letters: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s Oblivion Song is Being Adapted for Film by Universal

Oblivion Song Chapter One

Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced this morning that the sci-fi drama Oblivion Song—based upon the New York Times bestselling Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s bestselling comic book series of the same name—is being developed for film. 

Universal’s Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. The Oblivion Song adaptation will be produced by Skybound’s film team, including Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst, with Sean O’Keefe attached to write the script. 

O’Keefe’s latest project, Wonderland, which stars Mark Wahlberg with Peter Berg directing, recently wrapped filming. O’Keefe sold the first script based on the Robert B. Parker bestselling Spenser book series in a deal with Netflix.

Oblivion Song Chapter Two

Image and Skybound Entertainment’s Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici is colored by Annalisa Leoni, lettered by Rus Wooton, and edited by Sean Mackiewicz. It takes place a decade after 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else. Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

Oblivion Song, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1534306424) and Oblivion Song, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1534310575) trade paperbacks are available now in comic shops and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

The Walking Dead #192 Gets a Second Printing with a Commemorative Cover

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment has announced that The Walking Dead #192 by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard is immediately being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand for this event issue and will get a commemorative cover treatment. 

The Walking Dead #192 commemorative cover will feature imagery showcasing the latest twist to the series and will be on shelves the same day as The Walking Dead #193 hits stores.

The Walking Dead #192 (Diamond Code APR198094) will be available on Wednesday, July 3. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 10. 

SPOILER AHEAD IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE WALKING DEAD #191 & #192!

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