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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!

Review: The Walking Dead #192

The Walking Dead #192

*Spoiler Warning*

Major events in comics are often left for big numbers like 25, 50, or 100. Writer Robert Kirkman shakes things up in The Walking Dead #192 delivering an emotional issue that’ll leave you in tears.

I have no shame in admitting the issue hit me emotionally. Like a ton of bricks. I choked up. Multiple times. I fought back tears.

For 191 issues, I’ve gotten to know Rick Grimes and his son Carl. They’re characters I’ve followed their ups and downs. And in this issue I, and we, say good-bye to Rick. We get to see Carl deal with the emotional pain of losing his father. We get to feel that sadness ourselves.

The Walking Dead #192 nails it in saying good-bye.

As Carl prepares to bury his father the realization of what Rick has done. What Rick has helped bring to the world hits you. And you realize the comic is truly about hope and the world we can create, together. It’s also about the wisdom parents pass to their kids. And as a father, I can hope I’m just a sliver of Rick was. The good he’s done. The positive outlook on the world he’s passed down. Civility. Justice. These are the lessons of The Walking Dead.

Even though this comic is a tear filled emotional ride, I know there’s more to go and come. This isn’t the true good-bye.

Charlie Adlard continues to amaze bouncing between the zombie gore and the human emotion. Brought to life with the inks of Stefano Gaudiano and gray tones of Cliff Rathburn, the issue’s visuals show the emotion when words can not do. Simple looks are all you need to see. Rus Wooton‘s lettering drives home the emotion of Kirkman’s words. The anger and sadness drip from the page.

The Walking Dead #192 is an issue I dreaded to read. I knew what was likely to come. I’ll be on the couch now curled up in a ball working through some stuff.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Jesusfreak

Jesusfreak

The year is 26 C.E. A young Nazarean carpenter is having some trouble adjusting to the violent world around him-and finding his place within it. He knows he’s different, but he doesn’t know why. Not yet, anyway.

Take some kung-fu, mix in a little 70s exploitation films, stir some of the Bible, and you get Jesusfreak, a gonzo take on Jesus Christ.

The comic is a mix of over the top insanity and sort of “grounded” Biblical tale that mixes into a comic that feels like it’s not quite sure what it wants to be.

Writer Joe Casey and artist Benjamin Marra go back and forth between a story that’s a spin on the Biblical story we know and something else. That something else is a kung-fu infused action/adventure featuring giant lizard people and a style that’s a bit 70s exploitation. It never quite commits one way or another and without doing so never quite gels in a way that makes sense. Aspects seem to come out of nowhere and never quite explained like there’s pages missing to the story.

Marra’s art, with color by Brad Simpson and lettering by Rus Wooton is good. The art style really helps deliver that retro feel to it all. There’s some odd art here and there (one panel has Jesus’ finger looking like they’re broken as he performs kung-fu) but there’s a charm to it all that makes it entertaining. One also can’t overlook the fact that Jesus isn’t white and those depicted are of a darker complexion as they should be.

There’s a lot of potential here but the comic never quite commits as to what it wants to be. It’s entertaining in a pulp/grindhouse sort of way but at times it feels like it wants to be serious and other times it wants to be something like a John Carpenter film. With a bit more focus, the story would be amazing and a lot of fun. As is, it feels like it’s unsure as to what it wants to be much like the Jesus it depicts.

Story: Joe Casey Art: Benjamin Marra
Color: Brad Simpson Letterer: Rus Wooton Design: Sonia Harris
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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