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Silk Hills brings horror to Appalachia in Summer 2022

Oni Press is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of the original horror graphic novel Silk Hills, written by Ryan Ferrier and Brian Level, illustrated and with colors by Kate Sherron, and lettering by crank!. Silk Hills will be available Summer 2022. 

When Beth Wills comes to Silk Hills, a small Appalachian town that’s seen better days since the mines were abandoned, she expected a bit of culture shock…but not like this! Beth is someone who has a talent for finding people who don’t want to be found, and when she’s called to Silk Hills by a local titan of industry, she can tell that something’s not right. 

The town was once booming, but now the only reason people tend to come through anymore is to buy Mothman merchandise. Before long, Beth finds out just how wrong things can get in the woods, as her search for a missing troubled youth finds her running afoul of the local drug trade, too-friendly creepers, a very sinister deer, and psychoactive moth dust.

Perfect for fans of Twin Peaks, The X-Files, and Sons of the Devil, Silk Hills weaves atmospheric and stylish suspense into an unsettling by quirky tapestry with elements of folklore, body horror, and themes calling back to Italian slasher films. Silk Hills will be available online and in stores on May 25, 2022.

Silk Hills

Preview: Dead Legends II

Dead Legends II

WRITER: James Maddox
ARTISTS: Gavin Smith, Ryan Ferrier
SRP: $16.99
FORMAT: Trade Paperback
PUB DATE: October 26, 2021
PUBLISHER: A Wave Blue World

DEAD LEGENDS II picks up a few months after Yan’s crushing victory where she exacted revenge on her husband’s killer and changed the tournament forever. She and her diverse squad of teammates — her fighting family — are now on the run from deadly assassins, all sticking to their vow of never leaving Yan’s side through battle after battle. But there’s another wrinkle: Yan’s new daughter, Yoshi. As they flee and fight for their lives, this crew also has to raise a kid, in a cool twist on the “Lone Wolf and Cub” concept. Yan isn’t alone, but neither are her enemies, some of whom have their own agendas for upending the tournament and its mob of killer bad guys.

In true DEAD LEGENDS fashion, the new book is female-centric and forward-looking while sticking to the genre’s traditions, making for a fun drive-in movie experience that’s actually about something. The silent chapter is worth the price of admission by itself, with Gavin’s fluid, cinematic artwork moving the plot forward through brutal takedown after brutal takedown.

Dead Legends II

Zoop Celebrates National Comic Book Day with a Comic Sampler

Zoop

Starting off with full disclosure, I’m the marketing manager for Zoop. It’s why we haven’t covered the new crowdfunding platform at all, I just felt it weird crossing the streams and one who cares about the “ethics” of journalism it’s a bit hard to mix things up for me. But, today is National Comic Book Day and the platform is celebrating that with a cool sampler of all of the crowdfunding projects past and present on the site. You can catch more of that below.

I more wanted to talk about why I’m excited about being a part of the Zoop team. The simple answer is, we get to do stuff like this. I’ve been reading and collecting comics for over 35 years. My collection is massive (100+ long boxes) and the variation of comics is… a lot. There’s big publishers, small publishers, indie comics, paper stapled together after being xeroxed. It varies. I really like comic books. And, I like talking about comics and sharing what I like and promoting them. Hence this site.

That’s part of what drew me to Zoop and the team. I get to promote cool comics. I get to help try to make them a reality. So far, we’ve succeeded with them all and I’ve backed every single one. We not only get to help make these comics a reality by getting them funded but we’re building a community while doing it. Unlike other crowdfunding platform, this isn’t every creator in their mostly walled off garden. We use each campaign to build on the next. We’re attempting to bring together comic fans who want to help make this creator-owned indie comics a reality. To be a part of that is really cool.

When I was 20ish I helped published an indie comic that was released during San Diego Comic-Con. I got my name in the credits. That won’t happen here but to see that at 20 is such a cool exprience. I helped create something that others could enjoy. I get to do that every day with Zoop. And that’s what’s cool about this sampler, I feel like I’m 20 again with its release.

Today, I’ll be out promoting the current projects that are looking for funding, all three of them, and in-between spending some time reading some comics myself.

Check out the first Zoop sampler release and all of the comics that you can currently help make a reality. Links are within the comic sampler, so dive in, enjoy, and help celebrate today by reading some comics and maybe help make some a reality.

Current projects currently funding found within the sampler include:

  • Trickster by Neil Gibson, Connor McCreery, and Veronica Saraceno
  • The Brothers James by Brian Level, Ryan Ferrier, and Eamon Hill
  • Cornerman by Ray-Anthony Height and Chris Robinson

Successfully funded projects include:

  • Slow City Blues by Samuel Haine, Shawn Moll, John Livesay, David Baron, and Thomas Mauer
  • Scarlett Couture – The Munich File by Des Taylor
  • Resolution by Ron Marz, Andy Lanning, and Rick Leonardi
  • Heads Will Roll by Bart Sears
  • Remember Andy Xenon? by Tom Pinchuk and Nikos Koutsis

Review: Dead Legends II #1

Dead Legends II #1

The recent movie Paper Tigers is one of those movies that may be deceiving to viewers at first glance. Some see it as a low budget take on the martial arts movie genre, which is quite cursory. Anyone that actually saw the movie, and if you were lucky enough to learn martial arts in your adolescence, you would see how true it is to the teachings of martial arts. You can see through the film the love and reverence the filmmakers had for the discipline itself and for the martial arts movie genre.

It also took a lesson from Stephen Chow and his epic movie, Kung Fu Hustle, by infusing comedy. It was a genre that has been visited in just about every decade to mixed results. It also did something different, by giving the characters, relatable issues that men my age face. In the 1st issue of second volume of A Wave Blue World’s brilliant Dead Legends, the creators also show their love for the genre, in this sprawling continuation of their martial arts saga.

We’re taken back to the Dead Legends tournament, where another hero has fallen, and we just how commercialized the whole program, as it is similar to a WWE match.  WE find Yan and friends in hiding, but keeping their skills sharpened, by practicing, as Tigress has been hunting them for months and it seems as though she’s nipping at their heels. Unfortunately, their worst fears materialize and her ninjas find out where their hiding. By the issue’s end, our heroes fend them off, but not without some of their friends being taken prisoner by Tigress.

Overall, Dead Legends II #1 is an exciting continuation of this martial arts epic, one that gets you invested in the characters. The story by James Maddox is exciting. The art by Gavin P Smith is gorgeous. Altogether, more than a throwback to those great movies but a fine addition to the Martial Arts canon.

Story: James Maddox Art: Gavin P Smith
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Dead Legends II Premier Edition

Dead Legends II Premier Edition

(W) James Maddox (A/CA) Gavin Smith (L) Ryan Ferrier (C) Milena Deneno
In Shops: Aug 11, 2021
SRP: $3.99

After winning the last Dead Legends tournament and taking revenge on her husband’s killer, Yan is on the run with a new daughter in tow. Luckily, she has friends like Red Death, Jee Sin and Stalk to look after her and the child. But Tigress and her hordes of assassins are closing in! This leads into the Dead Legends II graphic novel to be offered in August’s PREVIEWS catalog.

Dead Legends II Premier Edition

Review: Redfork

After a run-in with the law, ex-con Noah returns to his coal-mining hometown to find it in economic decline and riddled with drug abuse. But, there’s something far more sinister in the coal mines than the evil corporation exploiting the town and its people.

Story: Alex Paknadel
Art: Nil Vendrell
Color: Giulia Brusco
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier

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ComiXology Has Nine New Digital Comics including New TKO, Magnetic Press, DC Digital First, and Harlequin

There’s nine new digital comics ready for you on comiXology. You can get new releases from TKO Studios, Magnetic Press, Harlequin, and a new DC Digital First! You can get shopping now or check out the individual issues below!

Gunland Vol. 2 #7: Tribe

Written by Captain Artiglio
Art by Captain Artiglio
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Bill “Death” is dead, and now the infamous Wild Bunch is on a rampage across the valley, lead by a ghost. Meanwhile, the Cherub joins The Girl with No Name’s gang, but are his intentions legit…?

Gunland Vol. 2 #7: Tribe

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights

Written by Szymon Kudranski, Steve Niles, Salvatore A. Simeone
Art by Szymon Kudranski
Colored by Szymon Kudranski
Lettered by Thomas Mauer
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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When the one person he cares about is murdered, private detective Stu Manning unleashes the beast he’s kept hidden inside and paints the town red.

Lonesome Days, Savage Nights

Mistress For A Month

Written by Ann Major
Art by Eve Takigawa
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Amelia happens to run into the same gorgeous Frenchman twice. It must be fate! After he asks her on a date, she’s thrilled. But then she sees an article about him in the paper—he’s Count Remy, a famous playboy! She’s doubtful a man so out of her league would ever be interested in her. And it turns out what he’s really after is Amelia’s property. But can she look past his ulterior motive and use this man to teach her how to be a lover?

Mistress For A Month

Pistouvi #4

Written by Merwan
Art by Bertrand Gatignol
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Something is changing. Things arent sparkling like they used to. And suddenly the birds are making sense… The powerful conclusion to this poignant allegorical series.

Pistouvi #4

Poppy’s Passion

Written by Helen Shelton
Art by Atsumi Ryo
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Poppy is a brand-new intern working in the emergency room. She’s in a huge hurry to get to work when she bumps into a man in the corridor. It’s Tom, the man she’s always admired and who is now a skilled surgeon. Poppy wants to impress him, but she keeps making mistake after mistake in front of him. Can she forget this childhood love and focus on her career?

Poppy's Passion

Pregnant By The Boss!

Written by Carol Grace
Art by Tsukiko Kurebayashi
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Claudia has feelings for her boss, Joe. But it’s hard loving a man with such a philandering reputation. Just when she works up the nerve to resign, Joe drops a bombshell on her. He wants her to marry him! She knows he doesn’t love her, but what will the next two weeks hold as she trains her replacement?

Pregnant By The Boss!

The Pull

Written by Steve Orlando
Art by Ricardo López Ortiz
Colored by Triona Farrell
Lettered by Thomas Mauer
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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When the unstoppable cosmic force of the Undoer threatens the existence of Earth itself, disgraced government agent Brenton Demm must shake off a lifetime’s worth of regret and save us all.

The Pull

Redfork

Written by Alex Paknadel
Art by Nil Vendrell
Colored by Giulia Brusco
Lettered by Ryan Ferrier
Edited by Sebastian Girner
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Ex-con Noah McGlade returns to find his hometown decayed by opioid abuse, but he soon discovers an even more sinister horror lurking in the coal mines below town.

Redfork

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #19

Written by Dave Wielgosz
Pencils Jorge Corona
Inks Jorge Corona
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During a heated argument, the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight are ambushed by a cadre of evil Multiversal doppelgangers. It’s Batman versus Superman in this no-holds barred brawl between good and evil!

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #19

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Preview: (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes #3

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes #3

Writer:  Andrew Eschenbach
Artist: Ross Taylor
Colorist: Mark Dale
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
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Pete’s psychedelic rampage continues as he works his way to a local crime boss, and gains access to a Mexican druglord. El Paso detectives find evidence pointing towards the loco hitman, but will need to catch up before he crosses the border. Meanwhile, his wife’s solitary song reaches new forces from beyond the cosmos.

(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes #3

Preview: Narcos #3 (of 4)

Narcos #3 (of 4)

(W) Ryan Ferrier (A/CA) Vic Malhotra
In Shops: Aug 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Secrets are exposed in this thrilling penultimate issue! While Agents Murphy and Peña attempt to ferret out the mole in their midst, Raskow and Hirsch find themselves targeted by the Medell n Cartel. Bullets and blood will fly in this showdown between the DEA and Caballero’s budding army!

Narcos #3 (of 4)
Almost American
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