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AfterShock Announces Shock Vol. 2 featuring R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Benett, Jamal Igle and more!

SHOCK Vol 2

Writers: R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Marguerite Bennett & others
Artists: Russ Braun, Francesco Francavilla, Juan Doe, Sam Kieth & others
Cover: Tim Bradstreet
$34.99 / 160 pages / FULL COLOR / On sale 06.26.19

The highly anticipated follow up to the widely successful first volume of the SHOCK anthology, this oversized second volume continues to push boundaries and mix genres, inviting today’s top creative talent of both comics and prose to craft tales of the fantastic, the horrific and the bizarre.

This handsome hardcover features the talents of Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, Garth Ennis, Cullen Bunn, Russ Braun, Marguerite Bennett, Juan Doe, Jill Thompson, Sam Kieth, Aaron Douglas, Cliff Richards, Jim Starlin, Larry Stroman, Jamal Igle, Ray Fawkes, Joe Pruett, Kevin J. Anderson, Steve Rasnic Tem, Andrei Bressan, Tony Harris, Francesco Francavilla, Darko Macan, Don Handsfield, Phil Hester, Supernatural show runner Andrew Dabb and more – with outstanding Cover art by Timothy Bradstreet!

Conceived and edited by AfterShock Publisher and Chief Creative Officer, Joe Pruett, the multiple Eisner and Harvey Award nominated editor of the classic Negative Burn anthology series.

Check Out AHOY Comics’ Second Wave in May Plus an Early Preview of Hashtag: Danger #1

HASHTAG: DANGER #1

(W) Tom Peyer, Paul Constant
(A) Chris Giarrusso, Fred Harper
(C) Richard Williams

Exploding from the pages of High Heaven, three scientific adventurers face strange creatures, lost civilizations, and supernatural threats–when they’re not too busy being complete jerks to each other. PLUS! Follow the depressing misadventures of Snelson, an over-the-hill comedian who peaked in the 90s. EXTRA! Pics, prose, and possibly poems!

Painted cover by Richard Williams (MAD, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Terror)

May 1, 2019
$3.99

HASHTAG: DANGER #1

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1

(Free Comic Book Day title)
(W) Tom Peyer, Stuart Moore, Hunt Emerson
(A) Russ Braun, June Brigman, Roy Richardson, Hunt Emerson
(C) Jamal Igle

All new! From the hit series THE WRONG EARTH: On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo! PLUS! A tale of space hero CAPTAIN GINGER when he was a kitten! AND! Edgar Allan Poe battles the Black Cat!

May 4, 2019
FREE

DRAGONFLY AND DRAGONFLYMAN #1

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #2

(W) Stuart Moore, Tyrone Finch
(A) Alberto Ponticelli, Mauricet
(C) Alberto Ponticelli

AHOY’s 1970s genre mashup slams into high gear! Teenage barbarian Brita finds herself transported to 1975 A.D., right in the middle of a second Martian invasion. Can her new friends—Lynda Darrk and martial arts master Jackson Li—save two Bronze Ages? Back feature: the frightening evolution of Major Ursa, the first bear in space! Plus the usual illustrated text features!

May 8, 2019
$3.99

BRONZE AGE BOOGIE #2

PLANET OF THE NERDS #2

(W) Paul Constant
(A) Alan Robinson, Randy Elliott
(C) David Nakayama

After the thawed-out 1980s jocks start a riot at a comic convention, they learn to their horror that everyone in 2019 uses computers like a bunch of poindexters. PLUS! An untold tale of teen jock Drew from the pastel world of the 1980s. EXTRA! A selection of AHOY text stories, beautifully illustrated.

May 15, 2019
$3.99

PLANET OF THE NERDS #2

It’s Dragonfly & Dragonflyman from AHOY Comics for Free Comic Book Day timed for The Wrong Earth Vol. 1

AHOY Comics—the startup publisher that pledged for readers to “expect more” from its line of comic book magazines in 2018— will publish its inaugural Free Comic Book Day issue in 2019. From the pages of the breakout hit comic book magazine The Wrong Earth by writer Tom Peyer and artists Jamal Igle and Juan Castro, comes Dragonfly & Dragonflyman by Peyer, artist Russ Braun and colorist Andy Troy. On gritty Earth-Omega, Dragonfly prowls the darkness for his evil prey; on sun-splashed Earth-Alpha, Dragonflyman protects the status quo. Dragonfly & Dragonflymanwill be available at participating comic book stores on Free Comic Book Day, Saturday May 4th, 2019.

Like all AHOY Comics Book Magazines, Dragonfly & Dragonflyman will feature an assortment of extras, including:

  • An early adventure of space hero Captain Ginger… from when he was a kitten, by writer Stuart Moore (Deadpool the Duck, Batman: Noir Alley) artist June Brigman (Power Pack), inker Roy Richardson and colorist Veronica Gandini;
  • A a brand new cartoon by Hunt Emerson, in which Edgar Allan Poe battles his nemesis, the Black Cat;
  • A new prose piece by Hart Seely;
  • A cover by Wrong Earth artist Jamal Igle.

Timed to the release of Dragonfly & Dragonflyman #1, AHOY Comics will publish The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback, collecting the critically acclaimed lead stories, all the original back-features featuring Stinger, Dragonflyman and Dragonfly, plus a generous selection of AHOY text-feature extras, including a prose story by comics legend Grant Morrison: ‘HUD’ HORNET’S HOLIDAY IN HELL, illustrated by best-selling artist Rob Steen, and a cartoon by Shannon Wheeler. The Wrong Earth Volume 1 Trade Paperback will be available in comic book stores on May 1, 2019 and in bookstores later that month.

Free Comic Book Day Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

Dead Reckoning Announces New Graphic Novels for Spring 2019

Dead Reckoning, the new graphic novel imprint of Naval Institute Press, has announced new comics they’re releasing in Spring 2019.

Things kick off in March 2019 with The Night Witches by Garth Ennis, Russ Braun, Tony Avina, and Simon Bowland as well as Katusha: Girl Soldier of the Great Patriotic War by Wayne Vansant.

April 2019 sees the release of Riff Reb’s Men at Sea which is translated by Joe Johnson.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga by Antonio Gil and Daniel Ortega with a translation by Jeff Whitman is out May 2019.

June 2019 sees the graphic novel adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque‘s All Quiet on the Western Front by Wayne Vansant.

Check out below for the full descriptions.

The Night Witches

by Russ Braun, Garth Ennis

As the German Army smashes deep into Soviet Russia and the defenders of the Motherland retreat in disarray, a new squadron arrives at a Russian forward airbase. Like all night bomber units, they will risk fiery death flying obsolete biplanes against the invader—but unlike the rest, these pilots and navigators are women. In the lethal skies above the Eastern front, they will become a legend—known to friend and foe alike as the Night Witches.

With casualties mounting and the conflict devouring more and more of her comrades, Lieutenant Anna Kharkova quickly grows from a naive teenager to a hardened combat veteran. The Nazi foe is bad enough, but the terrifying power of her country’s secret police makes death in battle almost preferable. Badly wounded and exiled from her own people, Anna begins an odyssey that will take her from the killing fields of World War II to the horrific Soviet punishment camps—and at the top of the world, high above the freezing Arctic Ocean, the Night Witch finds she has one last card to play.

Katusha: Girl Soldier of the Great Patriotic War

by Wayne Vansant

On Sunday, June 22, 1941, the morning after Katusha’s graduation, the Germans invade the Soviet Union. As enemy forces occupy Kiev, Ukraine, Katusha and her family learn the Nazis are not there to liberate them from harsh communist rule, but to conquer. They discover there is a special danger for the Jews, and in saving her friend Zhenya Gersteinfeld, Katusha finds her whole family in danger.

During the next four years, Katusha experiences the war on the Eastern Front with all its ferocity and hardship: first as a partisan, then as a Red Army tank driver and commander. From Barbarossa to Babi Yar, from Stalingrad to Kursk, from the Dnipro to Berlin, follow the footprints and tanks tracks of Katusha’s journey through a time of death, hopelessness, victory, glory, and even love.

Seen through the eyes of a Ukrainian teenage girl, Katusha is both a coming-of-age story and a carefully researched account of one of the most turbulent and important periods of the twentieth century, where women served in the hundreds of thousands, and Russians died by the millions.

Men at Sea

by Riff Reb’s

Men at Sea is an opus of eight spectacularly drawn dark, poetic stories adapted by Riff Reb’s.

This collection offers:

  • “A Smile of Fortune,” from Joseph Conrad
  • “The Sea Horses” and “The Shamraken Homeward Bound,” from William Hope Hodgson
  • “The Galley Slaves” and “The Far South,” from Pierre Mac Orlan
  • “A Descent into the Maelstrom,” from Edgar Allan Poe
  • “The Three Customs Officers,” from Marcel Schwob
  • “The Shipwreck,” from Robert Louis Stevenson

These eight tales, themselves interspersed by seven double-page spreads dedicated to extracts from illustrated classics, deliver a rich, poetic, and masterfully crafted work of life and death on the sea.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga

by Antonio Gil, Daniel Ortega

Stalingrad. From August 1942 to February 1943 this model industrial city, bathed by the waters of the Volga, was home to the bloodiest battle of World War II. Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga offers a fast-paced depiction of this titanic struggle: explicit, crude, and without concessions—just as the war and the memory of all those involved demands.

The battle rendered devastating results. Almost two million human beings were marked forever in its crosshairs, a frightening figure comprised of the dead, injured, sick, captured, and missing. Military and civilians alike paid with their lives for the personal fight between Stalin and Hitler, which materialized in long months of primitive conflict among the smoking ruins of Stalingrad and its surroundings.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga presents the battle, beginning to end, through the eyes of Russian and German soldiers. Take a chronological tour of the massacre, relive the fights, and feel the drama of trying to survive in a relentless hell of ice and snow.

All Quiet on the Western Front

by Wayne Vansant

Hailed by many as the greatest war novel of all time and publicly burned by the Nazis for being “degenerate,” Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece, All Quiet on the Western Front, is an elegant statement on a generation of men destroyed by war.

Caught up by a romantic sense of patriotism and encouraged to enlist by authority figures who would not risk their lives to do the same, Paul Bäumer and his classmates join the fighting in the trenches of the Western Front in World War I. He is soon disenchanted by the constant bombardments and ruthless struggle to survive. Through years in battle, Paul and those he serves with become men defined by the violence around them, desperate to stay as decent as they can while growing more and more distant from the society for which they are fighting.

This graphic novel recreates the classic story in vivid detail through meticulous research. The accurate depictions of uniforms, weapons, trenches, and death brings the horrors of the Western Front to life in a bold new way.

It’s Alive! to publish Combat by Sam Glanzman with covers by Russ Braun, Russ Heath, and Walt Simonson. Back it on Kickstarter Now!

IDW Publishing‘s It’s Alive! imprint has announced the upcoming Kickstarter to bring select issues of the classic Combat comic book series by Sam Glanzman back to print! Three issues are being Kickstarted by Eisner-nominated It’s Alive! publisher Drew Ford. Two of the three issues have already been successfully Kickstarted, but all three will be available in the new campaign featuring incredible variant cover art. The Dunkirk issue has a variant cover by comic book superstar Walter Simonson, the Battle of Midway issue has a variant cover by comic book living legend Russ Heath, and the new D-Day issue has a variant cover by fan-favorite artist Russ Braun!

Each issue also has a standard cover created using artwork by the late Sam Glanzman, and all six comics are up for grabs in the new Kickstarter. Also, there will be a limited number of signed copies of the variant covers by Simonson, Heath, and Braun! Combat is a legendary comic book, that told true stories of WWII month after month, for several years. There was, in fact, 26 issues in all, and Sam Glanzman illustrated all of them! It’s Alive! will reprint these incredible comics, giving a whole new generation of readers a chance to discover and enjoy classic WWII war comics.

As some extra incentive to pledge now, for one week only there will be a handful of Early Bird Special rewards that folks will want to grab before they disappear!

Check out the Combat Kickstarter which will be active from now until the evening of Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Early Review: Jimmy’s Bastards #1

Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy, has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet. He also has a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be. Now, there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests — the results of which are about to come calling in the worst possible way…

Writer Garth Ennis is very hit or miss for me. He’s either completely on or he’s completely off. With Jimmy’s Bastards #1, Ennis is completely off with a comic that thinks it’s a spoof but crosses the line with attempts at humor that’s just not that funny or entertaining.

Ennis kicks off the issue with a cross between James Bond and Batman with a sprinkling of Vince Vaughn’s Delivery Man thrown in, the latter of which will drive the story going forward.

Jimmy Regent is supposed to be Britain’s top spy but unlike Bond he, and the comic itself, is completely unaware. The writing feels like it throws out insults and comments as if to be so politically incorrect it’s cool, but instead, every joke falls flat as there’s no joke presented. Regent is sexist, misogynistic, racist, and Islamophobic all rolled into one (and that’s just what’s present in the first issue). But, where this could be done for laughs instead Regent is presented as “being progressive” since he fights for democracy which itself must be progressive (except it doesn’t have to be). There’s no self-awareness presented and where Regent could be the joke itself, the comic feels like it plays keyword bingo such as using “safe space” and “micro-aggression” much like writer Nick Spencer did in Captain America: Sam Wilson. In both instances, it all falls flat and utterly clueless.

Regent could be presented as an archaic being not with the time, much like James Bond did early on with Daniel Craig, but we get that he must actually be progressive through all of the bluster due to who he works for as if that’s a shield to excuse everything else. It’s Archer without the self-awareness and more offensiveness packed in.

It’s not all bad though. The art by Russ Braun and color of John Kalisz is really good with a Howard Chaykin influence. Without looking at the credits I wondered if it was indeed Chaykin on art. Braun presents the chaos within with a solid style and flare and Kalisz’s colors add to the experience and style as well.

Ennis has a solid concept here, a super spy who’s an anachronistic tool. But, what’s presented doesn’t really acknowledge well enough that he is indeed that or that Ennis himself is aware of the joke within. Instead, we’re presented with a comic that feels like it’s trying to be hip and edgy but the end result is a joke without a punchline.

Story: Garth Ennis Art: Russ Braun Color: John Kalisz
Lettering: Rob Steen Covers: Dave Johnson and Russ Braun
Story: 4.0 Art: 7.65 Overall: 4.0 Recommendation: Pass

Aftershock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A New Look at AfterShock Comics and Garth Ennis’ Jimmy’s Bastards

Earlier this year Aftershock Comics announced a brand new series from Garth Ennis called Jimmy’s Bastards, which hits stores in June. Today, the comic publisher announced the rest of the creative team as well as some artwork.

Jimmy Regent, Britain’s number one super-spy, has got it all: intrigue, adventure, a license to shoot whoever he likes and beautiful women falling at his feet. He also has a new partner who isn’t quite as impressed by Jimmy as all other women appear to be. Now, there’s a price to pay for Jimmy’s multiple romantic conquests — the results of which are about to come calling in the worst possible way…

Jimmy’s Bastards #1 is being written by Ennis with art by Russ Braun, color by John Kalisz, lettering by Rob Steen, and covers by Dave Johnson and Russ Braun.

Jimmy’s Bastards #1 comes to shelves June 14, 2017.

Preview: A Train Called Love #10

A Train Called Love #10

writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Mark Dos Santos
cover: Russ Braun
incentive cover: Russ Braun (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

The dust settles, the guns fall silent, and everyone lives happily ever after… apart from all the people that don’t. Five hundred pounds of instant death shows up at Myles and Valerie’s door, while Marv and Penny finally get a chance at true love, but will it be with each other? Call-Me-Dave flies off to the land of dreams, Jev gets the worst news in the world, and at long last Marcy gets to sing her own song. The cast set sail on sea of romance!

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Preview: A Train Called Love #9

A Train Called Love #9

writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Mark Dos Santos
cover: Russ Braun
incentive cover: Russ Braun (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

Marv and his crew experience naked terror as Gustav Schmitt reveals his true colors, with Myles and Valerie gatecrashing the party in the worst way possible. Things escalate fast – who will survive, and what will be left of them? Meanwhile, Marcy and Penny have a breakthrough… or do they?

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Preview: A Train Called Love #8

A Train Called Love #8

Mature Content
writer: Garth Ennis
artist: Mark Dos Santos
cover: Russ Braun
incentive cover: Russ Braun (B/W art)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99 • Mature

The full extent of Mr. Monsta’s empire staggers even Gustav Schmitt, but Myles and Valerie remain undaunted – driven by their own peculiar brand of divine intervention. Penny ponders the fickle nature of love, while things begin to get better for Mike – and worse for Marv, whose pride leads him down a very foolish road indeed…

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