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Review: Undone by Blood or The Shadow of a Wanted Man #5

With her family’s killer under the muzzle of her gun, the only thing standing between Ethel and revenge is a head full of bad memories. Undone By Blood #5 wraps up the first story arc.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jordie Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #5

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #5

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivelä 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivelä w/ Jason Wordie
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 08.12.20

With her family’s killer under the muzzle of her gun, the only thing standing between Ethel and revenge is a head full of bad memories. Thanks to her obsession with a fictional gunslinger, Solomon Eaton, she knows there’s no justice but what a man makes for himself. Meanwhile, the cowboy takes his last stand in a besieged city, risking everything for the life of his boy.

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (HER INFERNAL DESCENT, The Dregs, X-Men) and artist Sami Kivelä (Abbott, Machine Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.  

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #5

Review: Undone by Blood or The Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood #3 is a slow burn of a revenge tale. Some real small details and the dual stories makes it an intriguing issue.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 06.10.20

With a new lead pointing toward her family’s killer, Ethel uncovers the sinister secrets hidden beneath the quaint surface of Sweetheart, AZ, and its famed high school football team. But when she sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, the townspeople don’t take kindly to it and display their ruthless hospitality. Despite her bruises, Ethel is more determined than ever, and she owes it all to the famed fictional gunslinger, Solomon Eaton. Meanwhile, the cowboy faces his own complications in the form of betrayal and must decide what he values more: companionship or violence.

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Review: Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona. She has one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him. As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence. Her only ally is an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 unfolds, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.

I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the lengthily titled debut. I’ll shorten the title to UbBotSoaWM going forward because I really don’t want to keep typing that out. Written by the duo of Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson and brought to life by artist Sami Kivela, colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, the comic uses the Old West novel as a story within a story. That mirrors the journey Ethel is taking -though not literally.

The comic opens on the third chapter of the novel, which threw me off for a hot second as I wondered if UbBotSoaWM #1 was a sequel of sorts to another project that Nadler and Thompson had worked together on in the past. Although I did realize what was going on, the comic never quite let me get my footing while reading it. Every teased moment of Ethel’s history and Solomon’s story seemed to hit just as I was getting comfortable in the comic. It was a refreshing and entirely unexpected experience when reading a book I had no expectation of reading. Honestly, I picked it up after a conversation about lengthy names on movies, books, etc and whether they’re detrimental to the success of said media. I don’t think they are so long as it’s an accurate title – but the timing was too perfect for me.

I’m glad that I did get this book.

Kivela and Wordie produce a visual style that is very consistent throughout the book, but the use of color and a more sepia tone allows you to differentiate between the novel and the real events pretty easily. If you don’t catch that, though, Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering takes the form of excerpts from the novel. It’s a nice touch, and one I had to make a point of mentioning because I find too often good lettering isn’t noticed. More often than not you notice when it’s bad.

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 uses the two stories to mirror each other. It fills in missing details from Sol’s story with what you’re seeing in Ethel’s. They aren’t explicitly stated and you need to pay attention, but the hints are there if you pay attention. Speaking of paying attention, part of me wonders if the villain in Sol’s story is named after a writer of the same name? Thompson and he are from roughly the same area in eastern Canada. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the nod. It could also be a coincidence because the name does fit the time period very well, too.

I didn’t expect to read this comic, honestly, but I am happy that I did. The use of the two tales to highlight and emphasize aspects of the other is a nice touch and I’m a big fan of the visual presentation that left me feeling as though I was on location. I’ll be back for issue two. You should, as well.

Story: Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson Art: Sami Kivela
Colors: Jason Wordie Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie  
Incentive Cover: Andrew Robinson
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.12.20

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him.

As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.  

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson Take Us to the 1970s for a Tale of Revenge

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson
Artist: Sami Kivela
Colorist: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie
Incentive Cover: Andrew Robinson
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.12.20

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him.

As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.  

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Artist Christian Ward Writes His First Comic in Tommy Gun Wizards

Dark Horse Comics has announced a new genre-bending comic series from acclaimed artist, now writer, Christian Ward and illustrator Sami Kivelä with colors by Christian Ward in collaboration with Dee Cunniffe, about an alternate 1930s Chicago, where the contraband of choice isn’t booze—it’s magic! Tommy Gun Wizards marks Christian Ward’s first foray into writing, and features backup stories drawn and written by Ward with and an issue #1 variant cover by Declan Shalvey!

Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn’t dealing in alcohol, but in magic. With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards, ordinary men become monsters, and darker secrets than Ness can imagine lie at the heart of it all in Tommy Gun Wizards.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (of four) goes on sale August 28, 2019.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1

Abbott, Black Panther, Monstress, On a Sunbeam, Paper Girls, and Saga Nominated for the 2019 Hugo Awards

Hugo Award

Today, the finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced online today by Dublin 2019.

Below are the nominees for “Best Graphic Story” and you can get the full list of nominees here. Three Image Comics series were nominated while BOOM!, Marvel, and First Second all received one nomination.

Congrats to all those nominated!

  • Abbott, written by Saladin Ahmed, art by Sami Kivelä, colours by Jason Wordie, letters by Jim Campbell (BOOM! Studios)
  • Black Panther: Long Live the King, written by Nnedi Okorafor and Aaron Covington, art by André Lima Araújo, Mario Del Pennino and Tana Ford (Marvel)
  • Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden (First Second)
  • Paper Girls, Volume 4, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Cliff Chiang, colours by Matt Wilson, letters by Jared K. Fletcher (Image Comics)
  • Saga, Volume 9, written by Brian K. Vaughan, art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Below are the finalists for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards for “Best Graphic Story.”

  • Buck Rogers: Martians Invade Jupiter, by Philip Nowlan and Dick Calkins (National Newspaper Service)
  • Flash Gordon: Fiery Desert of Mongo, by Alex Raymond (King Features Syndicate)
  • Garth, by Steve Dowling (Daily Mirror)
  • Plastic Man #1: The Game of Death, by Jack Cole (Vital Publications)
  • Le Secret de la Licorne [The Secret of the Unicorn], by Hergé (Le Soir)
  • Wonder Woman #5: Battle for Womanhood, written by William Moulton Marsden, art by Harry G. Peter (DC Comics)

Review: Abbott

As a fan of excellent storytelling, I appreciate it no matter the genre. Who could not love the multiple storylines and endless heart tugs that can be found in Love Actually? Then there’s sprawling and tempered narrative of an All-American family but riddled with bullets and blood in The Godfather. The first Guardians Of The Galaxy was a blend of genres but told a seamless and original story.

One of the few genres that rarely gets the respect it should receive is the horror genre. Although one of its main functions is to make the audience’s collective skin crawl, it still takes readers on quite a journey. Candyman gave moviegoers a rare unseen view of the true to life terrors those who live in poverty face and just how invisible they are to the world at large. Since then, not too many movies since have struck the balance between being relatable and being entertaining, with the exceptions of recent movies Get Out and Sorry To Bother You. This same poise can be found in Abbott where we’re taken to 1972 Detroit and a mysterious series of grisly murders.

We are dropped right in the middle of one of the hottest summers in Detroit, one which sees the tension between the police and the city’s black population come to a boiling point. This is where we meet Elena Abbott, a sharp chain-smoking tabloid black female reporter, whose recent articles revolved around police brutality and  who doesn’t care for anything to do with the Boys Club or the Good Ole Boy Club, as the snide remarks and the way other reporters cut her with their eyes, doesn’t her make flinch, but what she sees at the crime scene does. We soon find out that she had lost her husband to some demonic forces, as these memories of him flood her mind at the most unexpected moments. Soon, she is called to another crime scene, one that reminds her of the evil she seen that night her husband died, something she thought she would never see again.

Overall, it’s a sobering and fresh take on the supernatural genre, that mixes horror, crime noir, period drama, and thriller into a pulse pounding story. The story by Saladin Ahmed is suspenseful, imaginative, and enigmatic. The at by Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie and Taj Tenfold feels like it jumped out of a 1970s comic but with a new school sensibility. Altogether, a book that proves Saladin Ahmed should write more comic books as he’s a voice that is more than needed now.

Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Sami Kivela, Jason Wordie, and Taj Tenfold
Story: 10 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

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