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Review: Everfrost #1

Everfrost #1

Everfrost is described as “sci fi insanity” and that’s not too far off with a debut issue that’s a bit all over the place. Everfrost #1 is an interesting start that jumps around in its focus never quite explaining things enough to really make sense.

Written by Ryan K. Lindsay, the first issue focuses on Van Louise. She’s attempting to get off her planet which is embroiled in war. Well, we think it is. There’s some discussion from her and we’re dropped into a battle in the comic but things are never quite explained as to what’s going on beyond two groups that hate each other. She’s also a bit alone having to deal with the death of her son which is shown in flashbacks. Again, things are hinted at but never quite explained enough.

Everfrost #1 isn’t a bad debut at all. It just feels like it bounces a bit all over, taking the focus off the more interesting aspects. Van Louise is an interesting character. She’s clearly haunted by her past and she’s focused on her mission of getting off the planet. She’s joined by a talking monkey named Eight. That too is just kind of brushed off in a paragraph where Van Louise explains he just appeared and she didn’t really ask too many questions. It’s a microcosm of the weirdness of the comic. A frozen tundra, sea monkey like humans, decapitated rulers coming back. It all just kind of is, celebrating the craziness that can be science fiction.

That craziness is delivered through the art of Sami Kivelä. With color by Lauren Affe and lettering by Jim Campbell, the art is intriguing telling some of the story of the world. At times it feels like a messed up Earth but when you look at the details it’s just ever so off. Much like the concepts within, the art really prides itself on nailing down the all over look of the series. There’s a frozen tundra but also massive cities and shanty towns. The comic’s world feels lived in and organic in some ways. There’s also some art that feels off. The “human sea monkeys” don’t look quite right in their size when a panel zooms in on them but the concept overall is cool and depiction interesting.

Everfrost #1 is an interesting comic. It’d likely have been stronger focused in on Van Louise and her attempt to escape. But, it decides to show us a bit more of the world taking the focus all over. It’s one that has fantastic concepts. Now, if we could get a bit more of each.

Story: Ryan K. Lindsay Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Lauren Affe Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Everfrost #1

Everfrost #1

written by Ryan K Lindsay
illustrated by Sami Kivelä
colored by Lauren Affe
lettered by Jim Campbell
$3.99 | 32 pages

Van Louise retired to the ice coast so she could quietly find a way off planet from a world on the wrong side of societal collapse.

She biohacks a dead leviathan to orchestrate passage away into the universe, but her plans are about to get chewed up by a mounting war between the Warlords – violent gatekeepers for the global ruling party – and the Bloom – those who risk extinction living out on the water – as well as a family reunion with her son who she hasn’t seen since he died in her arms when he was a child.

Join Ryan K Lindsay, award-winning writer of ETERNAL and NEGATIVE SPACE, as he teams yet again with Sami Kivelä, the artistic juggernaut behind ABBOTT and UNDONE BY BLOOD, alongside Lauren Affe, the colourist of THE WITCHER, STRANGER THINGS, and FIVE GHOSTS as they drop an absolute bomb of sci fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion in the grandest Black Mask tradition.

Everfrost #1

Review: Undone by Blood or the Other Side of Eden #3

It’s the 1930s and Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Silvano is also planning on robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi.

But, like the previous volume, Silvano’s story is told side by side with an old west novel featuring the gunslinger Solomon Eaton.

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

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

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Your First Look at Saladin Ahmed & Sami Kivelä’s Abbott: 1973 #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Abbott: 1973 #5, the final issue of the series from Miles Morales: Spider-Man mastermind & Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed and acclaimed artist Sami Kivelä, with colorist Mattia Iacono and letterer Jim Campbell. This new five-issue series returns to the Hugo Award-nominated world of Abbott, as the eponymous unstoppable reporter tackles a new corruption taking over Detroit in 1973 and the supernatural threat behind it, available on May 26, 2021.

This is it – Elena vs. The Umbra, with the future of Detroit on the line. But even if Elena can save those closest to her, nothing will ever be the same…

Abbott: 1973 #5 features cover art by Taj Tenfold, Raúl Allén, and Tula Lotay.

ABBOTT: 1973 #5

Preview: Abbott 1973 #4 (of 5)

Abbott 1973 #4 (of 5)

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Taj Tenfold
In Shops: Apr 28, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Elena has assembled a force of unlikely allies to mount an important rescue mission – but with vengeful gangsters and the deadly Umbra closing in, this is a fight they may not be able to win.

The secret to victory may lie with one of Elena’s old friends – and the dark truth behind the Umbra’s return.

Abbott 1973 #4 (of 5)

Review: Undone by Blood or the Other Side of Eden #2

It’s the 1930s and Silvano Luna Del Rio works as a postman in Buttar, Texas. Silvano is also planning on robbing the first skyscraper West of the Mississippi.

But, like the previous volume, Silvano’s story is told side by side with an old west novel featuring the gunslinger Solomon Eaton.

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

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

Kindle
comiXology
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Get a Look at Abbott: 1973 #4 from Saladin Ahmed, Sami Kivelä, Mattia Iacono, and Jim Campbell

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at Abbott: 1973 #4, the latest issue of the new series from writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Sami Kivelä, with colorist Mattia Iacono and letterer Jim Campbell. This new five-issue series returns to the Hugo Award-nominated world of Abbott, as the eponymous unstoppable reporter tackles a new corruption taking over Detroit in 1973 and the supernatural threat behind it, available on April 28, 2021.

Elena has assembled a force of unlikely allies to mount an important rescue mission – but with vengeful gangsters and the deadly Umbra closing in, this is a fight they may not be able to win. The secret to victory may lie with one of Elena’s old friends – and the dark truth behind the Umbra’s return.

Abbott: 1973 #4 features cover art by Taj Tenfold, Raúl Allén, and Jen Bartel.

Everfrost is a Tale of Sci-Fi Insanity and Heartbreaking Emotion from Ryan K Lindsay and Sami Kivela

All scientist-warrior Van Louise wanted was to retire and get off-planet as her society collapsed, but she’s unearthed a mystery involving the death of her son… and she can’t leave without discovering the truth first–even as war brews in her violent and fantastical world.

That’s the situation facing our hero in Everfrost, the comic book series launching in June 2021 from Black Mask Studios.

Together, writer Ryan K Lindsay and artist Sami Kivelä, who previously co-created Black Mask’s 2017 breakout Beautiful Canvas together, now joined by colorist Lauren Affe and letterer Jim Campbell, have created an emotionally resonant tale of sci-fi insanity and heartbreaking emotion.

In Everfrost, Van Louise retired to the ice coast so she could quietly find a way off planet from a world on the wrong side of societal collapse. She biohacks a dead leviathan to orchestrate passage away into the universe, but her plans are about to get chewed up by a mounting war between the Warlords – violent gatekeepers for the global ruling party – and the Bloom – those who risk extinction living out on the water – as well as a family reunion with her son who she hasn’t seen since he died in her arms when he was a child.

Everfrost

Preview: Abbott 1973 #3 (of 5)

Abbott 1973 #3 (of 5)

(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Sami Kivela (CA) Taj Tenfold
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $3.99

The dark forces terrorizing Detroit have struck Elena Abbott where it hurts most… and she’s going to strike back.

But even after pulling together an uneasy alliance with the last people she expected, Abbott is about to learn her enemies are one step ahead of her…

…and it might cost Abbott the person she loves most.

Abbott 1973 #3 (of 5)
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