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Preview: Grass Kings #6

Grass Kings #6

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matt Kindt
Artist: Tyler Jenkins
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Tyler Jenkins
Intermix Cover: Matt Kindt
Retailer variant: Ryan Kelly
Price: $3.99

New Story Arc! Following the bloody battle between townships, Robert learns that the infamous serial killer from the past might be one of their own people, and begins tearing the Kingdom apart to find them.

DC Weekly Graphic Novel Review: Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. We’ve got one trade from DC Comics.

Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy collecting issues #1-6 by Cecil Castellucci, Marley Zarcone, Ande Parks, Ryan Kelly, Kelly Fitzpatrick, and Saida Temofonte.

Find out what the trades have in store and whether you should grab yourself a copy. You can find it in comic stores July 12 and bookstores July 18.

Get your copy now. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Shade the Changing Girl Vol. 1 Earth Girl Made Easy
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW


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Preview: Saucer State #2 (of 6)

Saucer State #2 (of 6)

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

After last issue’s cliffhanger, US President Arcadia Alvarado is acting fast against the biggest event in world history. “Drop everything, spend everything.  Give me a damn gun.” “It won’t be a war. It’ll be a slaughter.”  “Isn’t that exactly what the post-truth bastards do?” Jump onboard as the conclusion to Saucer Country heads one step closer to the finishing line… and the end of everything!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99


Review: Saucer State #1

She was abducted by aliens. Now she’s the President. She’s going to use the power of that office to find out what really happened. But will they let her?

Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of the Hugo Award nominated Saucer Country and brilliantly mixes politics with a bit of The X-Files. Actually, a lot of The X-Files. That’s also not a bad thing at all as the two concepts mashed up make for an intriguing story. Usually, when we get this sort of tale the government is behind the conspiracy or it’s focused on an individual fighting for the truth. Instead, the government, in the form of the new President, is the ones fighting to find the truth.

If you haven’t read the first volume Saucer Country, and you should, you can still dive into this first issue as it does a solid job catching you up on what’s going on and moving the story forward. It helps having read the first volume, but it’s not a necessity. It adds depth, but doesn’t reveal anything that’s a must know at this point and time.

What I particularly like about what writer Paul Cornell has done with this series is the fact he gets a lot of the politics right. I’m not talking positions and platforms, I’m talking the backroom interactions and dealings. How the operatives act and talk and what’s discussed are often things I’ve experienced (though nothing about aliens). There’s enough of that to make it feel realistic and “lived in.”

Artist Ryan Kelly delivers with solid art that adds to the realism with characters that look completely normal and are all distinct, settings that feel real and worn, but also mixing in the sci-fi elements to it all. The fact Kelly is able to balance the real world and fantastical is impressive as it feels seamless and works together.

As a fan of the first volume, Saucer State has been a comic I’ve been looking forward to since it was announced and can’t wait to see where Cornell and Kelly take us as far as this conspiracy goes. If the end of the first issue is any indication, it’ll be a wild ride as already I’m caught off guard with the unexpected. A solid return and debut and I’m excited to see what happens next.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Ryan Kelly
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Saucer State #1

Saucer State #1

Paul Cornell (w) • Ryan Kelly (a & c)

She was abducted by aliens. Now she’s the President. She’s going to use the power of that office to find out what really happened. But will they let her? Saucer State is the sequel to and the conclusion of the Hugo Award nominated Saucer Country. It’s House of Cards does The X-Files. It’s a bulletin from the brightest timeline. She will break the world to find who hurt her. And new readers can start here.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Red Thorn #13

Red Thorn #13

(W) David Baillie (A) Meghan Hetrick, Ryan Kelly (CA) Choong Yoon
In Shops: Dec 14, 2016
SRP: $3.99

Cadros and Thorn face each other for the last time, as Isla’s new powers grow explosively and Tarek is forced to make the most important decision of his life. Join us as our story of Pagan Gods, Demigods and Red Caps comes to a close. Who lives, who dies and…will our world survive?


Preview: Red Thorn #12

Red Thorn #12

Written by: David Baillie
Art by: Ryan Kelly, Meghan Hetrick
Cover by: Choong Yoon

Thorn travels to the Otherworld and does not like what he finds there. Tarek takes on a villain, but not the one you’re expecting. Amaka tells us how she managed to survive a threat that would have killed anyone else on Earth…and Ness prepares to do something she’d sworn she never would. The twelfth chapter of Red Thorn answers almost all the questions you’ve been asking all year. Almost.


IDW Publishing To Revive Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly’s Saucer State

Announced at San Diego Comic-Con, this one has me excited. IDW Publishing announced that Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly‘s ongoing comic series Saucer State will be released in June 2017.

Saucer Country, created by Cornell and Kelly, was published by DC/Vertigo and ran for 14 issues. The series has found a new home at IDW Publishing with a new title name, Saucer State.

Saucer Country told the story of Mexican-American Arcadia Alvarado, the former Governor of New Mexico, has been elected President of the United States… and brings with her a veritable closet filled with bizarre skeletons. As Governor, she dealt with immigration, budget cuts and an alcoholic ex. Oh… and she claims to have been “abducted by aliens.” The nightmarish encounter has left her with terrible, half-glimpsed memories and now as President, she’s determined to use her new political powers to expose the truth—and maybe, to save the world.

IDW will release The Complete Saucer Country, a collection of the entire previous series, in a special edition to coincide with the release of Saucer State #1 in Spring 2017.

Saucer State

Review: Cry Havoc #4

cryhavoc_04-1With each issue of Cry Havoc, writer Simon Spurrier has the task of balancing three narratives that, while separate, are directly related. So far readers have met Louise Canton at three points in her life, denoted by location: London, Afghanistan, and the Red Place, with each place falling in this order, chronologically. The story isn’t as confusing as it’s made out to be, kept distinct by Ryan Kelly’s illustration and a legion of colorists.

By now, it’s clear that London was the first part of Louise’s journey, as she grappled with control over her inner monster. Afghanistan has been framed in the context of getting rid of the monster, and the Red Place would appear to be a mission gone FUBAR. The events leading up to the Red Place are still an unknown, but the first three issues ended with images of Lou, pregnant and locked in a cage. This is largely playing catch-up on the series, but it all bears relevance to #4.

With Cry Havoc #4, Spurrier finally discusses the elephant in the womb. (I’d say I’m sorry about the pun, but I’m not.) Lou was decidedly pregnant in issue #2 (and in #1, upon closer examination of the last page) something on which that the villainous Lynn Odell clearly means to capitalize.

Given that the only relationship Louise has been in was with a woman, it certainly seemed possible that the pregnancy was the result of unspeakably awful circumstances. However, Spurrier deserves the faith readers have invested in the story so far. While the events surrounding the pregnancy aren’t ideal, the way in which it’s handled brings the narrative into a clearer time frame.

The story also continues to make some interesting points about how, culturally, stories are valued and told. Other characters continue to develop while the world of inner demons, for lack of a better term, develops.

As usual, one of the highlights of the story is the art. Kelly’s illustration is highlighted in different ways by each of the three colorists, and the palettes begin to blend a little more as each place comes closer to the next in terms of the timeline. Lee Loughridge emphasizes the characters in red hues more than any other aspect of the Red Place, giving the sense that Lynn and Lou are the most important players in the game. Nick Filardi’s London colors but equal focus on the characters and their surroundings, which are most often portrayed in colors that have an underlying blue tone. Matt Wilson’s Afghanistan is a blend of the two–most often neutral, but with some spectacular pops of color that highlight each mythical being in a unique way.

Cry Havoc is still a fun and engaging read four issues in, with solid pacing that reveals enough to both move the story forward and to keep readers feeling like they’re not waiting forever. That said, the endgame largely remains a mystery, as does the fates of many of the characters.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Ryan Kelly Colorists: Lee Loughridge, Nick Filardi, Matt Wilson
Story: 8.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Cry Havoc #3

cryhavoc_03-1Cry Havoc continues its bloody campaign with #3, in which writer Simon Spurrier pulls no punches and artist Ryan Kelly renders each page in clear, gruesome detail. Once again, Cry Havoc proves itself to be something more than just werewolves, delving headfirst into a diverse cast of mythological beings. So far, three different characters (wolf, Hildisvini/Battle Pig, and most recently, the vampiric Adze/Swarm) have gotten a moment in the spotlight on Joe Kelly and Emma Price’s gorgeous covers, though Louise Canton remains the main character within the narrative.

For as much as Cry Havoc confounds using myths and time jumps, it also gives generously. The plot progresses significantly in #3 while continuing to flesh out the character of each of Lou’s companions. Perhaps the most enticing information is background on the mysterious and much discussed Lynn Odell. As with the previous issues, pages about the Red Place bookend the beginning and middle of Lou’s story. However, the events of the Red Place provide more to chew on literally and figuratively in this issue more than either of its predecessors. Cry Havoc has miles to go before the Red Place’s mysteries are known, but one sure thing is that the Red Place is far more significant and larger than Lou’s cell in the cave would have readers think.

The coloring and art once again work harmoniously to provide a narrative that is certainly connected even though it isn’t linear. Kelly’s art is clean and consistently great, highlighted wonderfully in different ways by each of the book’s three colorists. As far as time jumps go, Cry Havoc’s are easily navigable because each is so distinct in its setting and color scheme. Nick Filardi’s mostly-blue scheme has subtly shifted in a way that sets Lou apart from the rest of London. The red undertones in her skin emphasize her difference. Lee Loughridge also employs a distinct palette made up of warm colors, particularly consisting of yellow hues. The contrast of red with blue-toned shadows emphasizes not only the characters, but what’s inside them as well.

Matt Wilson’s Afghanistan colors are particularly stunning in this issue. For the most part, Wilson’s colors are less dichotomous than the distinct palettes of London and the Red Place. The more natural scheme is used to an advantage, though, and with it Wilson is able to emphasize certain scenes and create some unbelievably striking pages.

Spurrier’s inclusion of writer’s notes in the backmatter is both interesting and educational. They contain little hints about future events, but largely provide information about turns of phrase and situational history that are relevant, but wouldn’t necessarily have a place in the story. Overall, the complexly woven narrative, use of color, and inclusion of mythology continue to make Cry Havoc an interesting read.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Ryan Kelly
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.5
Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Read

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