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Review: American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1

Anyone who has read Neil Gaiman can reasonably ascertain why his writing is so magnetic. His prose can be at worst lyrical, at best heavenly. His development of characters gives you more than intimate look at these figures. The first book I read by him that drew me instantly was Neverwhere. It’s a rather ubiquitous and weird tour of those places not on the map, and hiding some of the most bizarre characters in London.

Then there was his run on Sandman. The comic series is a true masterclass in how to write an epic story while doing a deep exploration of character. The one work that has catched the public’s attention is American Gods, a tale of old and new gods right here in America and its popularity has only expanded with the television show. The show is currently in its second season and has made new fans of his work. While espousing on a variety of issues it shows audiences just how relevant the story is. In the debut issue of American Gods: The Moment Of The Storm, we find the Gods in the midst of war, burying an old friend.

We find the Old Gods transporting the body of Wednesday to his proper burial site, as a war between the old and new Gods are at its peak, and this burial offers a temporary truce. As Shadow, Anansi and Czernobog, enter Media’s house, the fragile cease fire leaves all especially Shadow uneasy. As he gets a visit by Mr. Wednesday through a dream, where his old employer warns him of the impending consequences of this meeting. By issue’s end, Anansi and Shadow share some air as Anansi lets him know of the slight the New Gods have sent the Old Gods direction.

Overall, a story that is both eccentric and compelling. It’ll both satisfy new and old fans. The story by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell is charming and intelligent. The art by the creative team is serviceable. Altogether, a story that dips the reader right into the world which is both familiar and mysterious.

Story: Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton, P. Craig Russell, and Glenn Fabry
Story: 9.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

A Storm is Brewing in American Gods

Neil Gaiman’s story of Shadow, Wednesday, and the gods comes to its epic conclusion in American Gods: The Moment of the StormAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Storm is the third and final installment in Dark Horse’s American Gods saga, preceded by American Gods: My Ainsel and American Gods: Shadows

The new and old gods agree to meet in the center of America to exchange the body of the old god’s fallen leader—heading towards an inevitable and potentially catastrophic war in this final arc to the bestselling comic series! 

American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning novel by #1 New York Times bestselling writer Neil Gaiman has been adapted into a comic series by the incredibly talented writer and artist P. Craig Russell, with art and colors by award-winning artist Scott HamptonAmerican Gods: The Moment of the Stormfeatures cover art by Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, with variant covers for each title by David Mack.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm #1 arrives April 17, 2019.

American Gods: The Moment of the Storm

Neil Gaiman’s The Problem of Susan and Other Stories Gets a Comic Adaptation

As part of Dark Horse’s ever-expanding Neil Gaiman Library, we are thrilled to announce comic adaptations of the beloved Gaiman short stories “The Problem of Susan,” “October in the Chair,” “Locks,” and “The Day the Saucers Came” in an essential anthology. From Hugo, Eisner, Newbery, Harvey, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula award–winning author Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell, Scott Hampton, and Paul Chadwick comes The Problem of Susan and Other Stories.

In the short story “The Problem of Susan,” Neil Gaiman explores the remarkable power of children’s literature through the eyes of an aged college professor with unique insight into Susan’s fantastic past. The Problem of Susan and Other Stories shines new light on the wondrous and imaginative tales we tell and how they shape our experiences for generations to come.

The Problem of Susan and Other Stories HC goes on sale January 23, 2019

Preview: American Gods: My Ainsel #1

American Gods: My Ainsel #1

Story and Words: Neil Gaiman
Script and Layouts: P. Craig Russell
Art: Scott Hampton
Colorist: Scott Hampton and Jennifer Anderson
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Variant Cover Artist: David Mack

The comic book adaptation of American Gods, the Hugo, Bram Stoker, Locus, World Fantasy, and Nebula Award-winning novel and hit Starz television series by Neil Gaiman, returns with American Gods: My Ainsel #1.

The bizarre road trip across America continues as our heroes gather reinforcements for the imminent god war!

Shadow and Wednesday leave the House on the Rock and continue their journey across the country where they set up aliases, meet new gods, and prepare for war.

The Second Coming of American Gods with American Gods: My Ainsel

Last year at New York Comic Con, Dark Horse announced the comic adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. Ahead of this year’s New York Comic Con, Dark Horse is thrilled to reveal more details about the next nine-issue story, American Gods: My Ainsel, which follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday as they continue their bizarre trans American road trip to recruit reinforcements for the imminent god war.

P. Craig Russell and Scott Hampton return to bring more of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning novel to life in American Gods: My Ainsel. P. Craig Russell previously adapted Neil Gaiman’s Coraline and The Graveyard Book. Scott Hampton illustrates the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown return to create hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack returns with gorgeous variant covers worthy of the Gods.

The first issue of American Gods: My Ainsel goes on sale March 14, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop.

Readers can catch up on the series by purchasing the hardcover collection of American Gods: Shadows. The 264-page American Gods: Shadows collects the first nine issues of the series, along with art process pieces layouts, character designs, and variant cover art by Becky Cloonan, Skottie Young, Fábio Moon, Dave McKean, and more! The hardcover goes on sale February 28, 2018.

Review: Neil Gaiman’s American Gods: Shadows #1

The comic book adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s award-winning American Gods is everything you need to hold you over until the STARZ tv version premieres and then some. P. Craig Russell does an amazing job at adapting the story into a readable and enjoyable comic book, he trims the “fat” nicely without compromising the story or the material that we all fell in love with. For those who haven’t read the book yet, the comic book is a nice entry and primer to it and I hope you feel compelled to read the book as well and watch the show.

Scott Hampton gives us low-fi pulp status visuals that bring the story to life in a way that seems more (sur)real than fans of the book could have imagined and he doesn’t skimp on the parts that you thought you’d never see.

There’s always a danger in adaptations of popular material that you’ll screw up the source material, take to many liberties and tick off the fans but, that’s not a problem that this comic book has. In fact having it come out before the TV show might have put some pressure on STARZ to make sure they get it right. There’s a lot of detail in the comic book that holds true to the book but, doesn’t come off as vulgar or exploitive. There’s no shock value or gore just a well-adapted story, with simple yet creative visuals that paint a beautiful picture into the world that our hero Shadow is about to enter.

The first issue of this series focuses on Shadow, his back story, time in prison, motivation to that pivotal moment where he meets and interacts with the “man” who will change his life. As a nice “epilogue” to this issue, we get to meet Bilquis in action in LA which should excite fans of the Gaiman original and, engage newcomers to the story to what kind of story they should expect. This is a solid first issue for a well-loved novel and I’m happy to see it come to fruition. I’m sure the hardcover collected edition will be something that coffee tables will beg for, especially if they get a David Mack cover like Fight Club 2 had. I recommend buying the issue, especially if you can get one of the sweet Mack covers even if you’re tempted to wait for the collected edition because it’s a work of art.

Dark Horse has another hit on its hands with this one, not just because of the story’s original fans but, because it this strong first issue is any indication, they’re going to have whole bunch of new readers falling in love with the story for the first time as well as OG fans finding a new way to love the story in a new and exciting way.

Story: Neil Gaiman Adaptation: P. Craig Russell Art: Scott Hampton
Story: 9.1 Art: 8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Preview: American Gods: Shadows #1

Dark Horse Comics has released a preview of the highly anticipated first issue of American Gods: Shadows which goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show adapted by Bryan Fuller. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods will be adapted into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm.

The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Dark Horse Will Publish American Gods Comics in the UK

Dark Horse Comics will be publishing the highly anticipated adaptation of American Gods as periodical comic books in England. The adaptation of the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman will be adapted and co-written by P. Craig Russell—who previously adapted Gaiman’s bestselling novels Coraline and The Graveyard Book—and illustrated by acclaimed artist Scott Hampton. Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017, ahead of Starz’ premiere of an American Gods TV show, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

The American Gods comic books will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more. The series features covers by some of the industry’s most acclaimed artists: Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown, and variant covers by David Mack. Acclaimed artist Dave McKean, who provided covers on Gaiman’s seminal Sandman for DC Comics, has also created a variant cover for the first issue.

Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel. American Gods is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more.

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Dark Horse is Adapting American Gods into Comics and Graphic Novels

Dark Horse has announced the adaptation of American Gods into comic book form. Originally published in 2001 by William Morrow and Headline, American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning novel by Neil Gaiman. This is the latest Gaiman adaptation from Dark Horse, preceded by graphic novel adaptations of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, Troll Bridge, Forbidden Brides, and many more. Starz will also premiere an American Gods TV show in spring 2017, adapted by Bryan Fuller.

Dark Horse tapped P. Craig Russell —who, having worked on Coraline and The Graveyard Book, is no stranger to adapting Neil Gaiman’s work— to adapt and co-write the comic series, while Scott Hampton lends his illustrative skills to the complex world Gaiman created. Glenn Fabry and Adam Brown create the hauntingly beautiful cover art. David Mack and Dave McKean provide variant covers for the first issue. The American Gods comic series will feature guest interior art by Walt Simonson, Mark Buckingham, Colleen Doran, P. Craig Russell, and more.

American Gods: Shadows #1 finds Shadow Moon released from jail only to discover his wife has died. Broken and uncertain about his future, Shadow Moon meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who employs him to serve as his bodyguard. This fateful decision thrusts Shadow into a deadly supernatural world where ghosts of the past come back from the dead, and a brewing war between old and new gods hits a boiling point.

Dark Horse will adapt American Gods into twenty-seven single issues with three story arcs: Shadows, My Ainsel, and The Moment of the Storm, to be collected into three hardcover graphic novels. The first issue of American Gods: Shadows goes on sale March 15, 2017.

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Preview: Vampirella Archives 14

Vampirella Archives 14

writers: Anton Caravana, Nicola Cuti, Kevin Duane, Archie Goodwin, Scott Hampton, Bruce Jones, Val Lakey, Esteban Maroto, Rich Margopoulos, Timothy Moriarty, Noly Panaligan, Carl Wessler
artists: Auraleon, Luis Bermejo, Laura Buscemi, Enrich, Alfonso Font, Jose Gonzalez, Scott Hampton, Ken Kelly, John Lakey, Val Lakey, Esteban Maroto, Gonzalo Mayo, Jose Ortiz, Leopold Sanchez, Sanjulian, Felix Santos
cover: Enrich
FC • 336 pages • $49.99 • Mature
COLLECTS WARREN MAGAZINE #97-103

Behold the tome of spine-chilling terror and mind-blowing fantasy to haunt your dreams at night… the fourteenth volume of Vampirella Archives! Explore the hidden vaults of the Warren Publishing library with horror hostess extraordinaire Vampirella, thrilling to some of her finest (and most fear-fraught) adventures from yesteryear, plus an intoxicating selection of the era’s best horror and science fiction stories. As you face Haitian Voodoo and star beasts, zombie hordes and the Blood Red Queen, you’ll witness the storytelling magic of such luminaries as Archie Goodwin, Bruce Jones, Auraleon, Jose Ortiz, Rich Margopoulos, and many more.

This edition of Vampirella Archives collects Vampirella Magazine #97-103, and features a wealth of bonus materials from a bygone era, including the “Feary Tales” feature on urban legends, the monthly “Scarlet Letters” column, “Vampi’s Vault” of creator biographies and literary reviews, and more.

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