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Review: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

It’s been twenty years since the riders defeated the Destroyer God of Evil and saved the galaxy. But when The Mother of All Evil Gods appears and threatens to take control of every dimension and every strain of possible reality, the now cybernetically-enhanced ex-riders will come together and travel into her mind to ASSASSINATE HER SOUL! Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 kicks off a suicidal mission into an infinite vortex of blood and death!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 jumps twenty years ahead since the last volume and the riders have separated from each other. The issue has no problem dropping you into the action with assassins attacking Peligro delivering attitude fantastic visuals. From there, it’s space gods and cosmic weirdness. It’s clear writer Carlos Giffoni loves Jack Kirby as the series drips the cosmic craziness.

Twenty years have passed since the events of the previous two volumes, separating the riders from each other. Things start off with, assassins attacking Peligro for reasons unknown. Yet, they are swiftly eliminated in battle when Mono calls him using the stars themselves. Peligro manages to arrive in time to save Mono from the spirt of Maria Lionza. Mono reveals the strange, mystical origin story of the women and the threat her return represents to the universe. Will the riders save the universe again?

The art by Alexis Ziritt is a fantastic blend of psychedelic color schemes and science fiction. It took feels like a love letter to Kirby and psychedelic 70s rock posters. Ziritt shows us the lethality and combat prowess Peligro has retained, as he easily fights off and dispatches his assassins. It sets up the character as one who might be able to take on a god. Ziritt also delivers some fantastic visuals as we learn more about the gods and what threat looms.

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1 is the start of the latest cosmic space opera that is a love letter to comic creator greats while forging its own path.

Story: Carlos Giffoni Art: Alexis Ziritt Letters: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Come Into Me

Come Into Me

Written by: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Art by: Piotr Kowalski
Colored by: Niko Guardia
Lettered by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

From the critically acclaimed writers of The Dregs comes a new horror series about body image, social media, and memory.

When an entrepreneur with a god complex creates a technology that allows two minds to share one body, he doesn’t anticipate the degenerative effects of long-term trials.

Come Into Me is a contemporary comment on connected culture and our longing for approval in the digital age. This is a world where technology and flesh become indistinguishable. Prepare yourself for the insane lovechild of The Fly and Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind.

Collects issues 1-4.

Come Into Me

Preview: Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Written by: Carlos Giffoni
Art by: Alexis Ziritt
Lettered/Designed by: Ryan Ferrier
In Stores: November 27, 2019

The satanic nightmare continues. A vortex of death and blood takes the riders to an unexpected location before they can reach the empress of darkness, Mar a Lionza. The final barrier, demonic versions of themselves ready to take over the reins of their souls!

Space Riders: Vortex of Darkness #1

Review: Olympia #1

Olympia #1

Olympia #1 kicks off a love letter to comics. The debut issue revolves around Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books. One day his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing into reality. The concept is something we’ve seen before but there’s a heartfelt aspect to this debut that oozes off of the page.

Created by Tony Pires and Curt Pires, Olympia was created by them as Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer. There’s an earnest meditation on hope and loss in the first issue as we get hints of Elon’s life. The comic also oozes wonder as Elon meets his hero. There’s something for every comic fan to relate to in this debut which makes it all the more impressive. Whether it’s Elon’s personal life or his isolation reading comics, it’s something we’ve experienced.

While the concept, so far, doesn’t feel original, there’s just an enthusiasm that works in the comic. It’s relatable and emotional set up that sucks readers in. It’s also clearly a love letter to comics. From the magical story itself to the art.

The art by Alex Diotto riffs on the classic work of Jack Kirby who’s quoted within the comic. From the colors by Dee Cunniffe to the lettering of Micah Myers there’s a feel of “retro” in so much of the comic. A use of a Kirby crackle to the style of the colors and type of coloring, there’s been a lot of thought to create a look that evokes the classic comics the story loves.

Olympia #1 is the fantastical experience of a reader being drawn into the world they’re engaging in. There’s a meta aspect to the comic as we the reader are sucked into the experience ourselves. It’s a comic you can enjoy for the story and connect on an emotional and personal level. It’s an experience and story we can all relate to in some way.

Story: Tony Pires, Curt Pires Art: Alex Diotto
Color: Dee Cunniffe Letterer: Micah Myers Design: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Daryl Gregory, Caleb Monroe, Michael Moreci, David F. Walker, Ryan Ferrier, Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artists: Damian Couceiro, Tony Parker, Tom Derenick, Dan McDaid, Jonas Scharf, Lalit Kumar Sharma, Morgan Beem
Colorist: Renato Faccini, Darrin Moore, Michael Garland, Jason Wordie, Gabriel Cassata
Letterer: Steve Wands, Ed Dukeshire
Cover Artist: Paolo Rivera & Joe Rivera
Price: $39.99

Set in the reimagined universe of the modern Planet of the Apes movies, witness the rise and fall of humanity to a planet dominated by apes. But there’s trouble in paradise as ape leader Caesar is forced to contend with violent power struggles, while the outbreak of a mysterious, deadly virus threatens to decimate the remaining populations of humans. Can humans and apes join forces to establish a new world order, or will chaos finally reign supreme?

Collects Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes, Planet of the Apes: When Worlds Collide for the first time in one prestigious omnibus.

Planet Of The Apes: After The Fall Omnibus SC

Preview: WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Brent Schoonover, Derek Fridolfs, Bill Hanstock, Arune Singh, Ryan Ferrier, Kevin Panetta, Andrew Stott, Andy Belanger, Lan Pitts, 
Artists: Carlos Magno, Kendall Goode, Brent Schoonover, Hyeonjin Kim, Andy Belanger, Serg Acuña, Rodrigo Lorenzo
Colorists: Wesllei Manoel, Lee Loughridge, Doug Grabark,
Letterers: Jim Campbell, Deron Bennett, Ed Dukeshire, Serge Lapointe
Cover Artist: Felipe Massafera
Price: $16.99

Return to some of the greatest moments in WWE History from across multiple eras of sports entertainment. Featuring such titanic clashes as Charlotte Flair vs. Asuka, Ric Flair’s retirement match against Shawn Michaels, and Undertaker vs. Kane from Wrestlemania 14, this collection is truly a showstopper. 

Collects stories from WWE: Forever #1 and WWE WrestleMania 2019 Special #1.

WWE: Then. Now. Forever. Vol. 4 SC

Preview: Quarter Killer #1

Quarter Killer #1

Story: Vita Ayala, Danny Lore
Art: Jamie Jones
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier

ComiXology, Amazon’s premier digital comics service, announces Quarter Killer, an all-new, creator-owned mini-series from co-writers Vita Ayala and Danny Lore, with art by Jamie Jones, and lettering by Ryan Ferrier. An action-packed, cyberpunk 5-issue comic series, Quarter Killer #1 is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content and will debut on September 25th.

Meet Quentin Kidd AKA QK, an ex-corporate computer hacker who offers their services to those willing to pay them with old skool currency, specifically quarters, because quarters are untraceable. QK only has two rules: they don’t work for criminals or police, and no killing.

Quarter Killer will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Quarter Killer #1

Review: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Take the concept of the much-beloved Magic School Bus and have it go off the rails. Field Tripping #1 delivers the beginning of a school field trip across dimensions from hell.

Co-created by James Asmus, Jim Festante, and José García the comic has a dark humor about it. Taking a child’s program and twisting it delivers a result that feels like an homage, a parody, and a black comedy. There’s something very subversive about it all. Twisted is really a perfect word to describe the series.

Armed with a magical school bus that hops them through dimensions, something goes wrong taking the school trip on a wild ride. Seven years later, they’re still lost. There have clearly been losses and a hell of a lot has happened. Asmus and Festante deliver a second half of a comic that leaves you begging to find out more as to what happened in those seven years.

The art by José García is great. There’s a style that fits the “kid like” material but has a slight offness about it. Like the story itself, the art has so much detail and tells some of what happened. There’s so many small things to check out, it adds to the comic and is as vital to telling what has happened as the dialogue. This is a perfect example of showing not telling but in this case the show is all teases as to what has happened.

Field Tripping #1 is a fantastic debut. The comic is one of the most entertaining of the week with a sly sense of humor that has fun with taking a kids concept and making it a bit more… adult.

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García, David LaFuente
Letterer: Ryan Ferrier
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Field Tripping #1

Field Tripping #1

Story: James Asmus, Jim Festante
Art: José García
Letters: Ryan Ferrier

When a flighty teacher with a mysterious bus takes her young students on field trips into parallel dimensions to illustrate different lessons, she fails to realize that it’s a horribly dangerous idea and that children break everything they touch. The machine breaks and leaves them stranded, jumping between bizarre worlds but never seemingly able to go back to their own.

Seven years in the future the surviving kids are now teenagers – wildly transformed by the worlds they’ve visited but seemingly unable to grow up and take responsibility for themselves. That is, until a surprise vendetta upends their routine and forces the kids to step up and act like adults for the first time.

Field Tripping is a coming of age story full of nostalgia, heartfelt moments and characters with unique personalities that readers can empathize with, including the most carefree and the grumpiest of them all. So, buckle up and get ready to head back to school!

This world-spanning, all-ages 5-issue comic book series is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content. The debut issue of Field Tripping is available to read on September 11th at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

Field Tripping #1

Preview: Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Simon Spurrier, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss, Irene Flores
Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $24.99

THE UNTOLD ORIGIN OF THE GOBLIN KING

Time is running out. War rages at the Owl King’s castle as the goblin rebellion spins out of control. While Skubbin, Tangle, and Cible try to hold off the enemy hordes, Maria must face the King and the cost of protecting her boy from a life of misery. Up until the clock strikes 13, Maria holds onto the one truth she’s learned while facing the trials of the maze: in the Labyrinth, nothing is as it seems. 

Written by Simon Spurrier (Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons)and Irene Flores (Heavy Vinyl), Labyrinth: Coronation Volume Three brings the critically acclaimed prequel of Jim Henson’s beloved film to its stunning conclusion.  

Collects issues #9-12

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC
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