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Ignatz-nominated series Heavenly Blues gets a digital release from Scout Comics and Illicit Press

In celebration of Heavenly Blues’ nomination for “Outstanding Series” at the upcoming Ignatz Awards, the acclaimed series will be available for the first time on digital comics leader comiXology. Illicit Press is partnering with original publisher Scout Comics to bring the series to its widest audience yet.

Reuniting writer Ben Kahn and artist Bruno Hidalgo, the creative team behind Shaman and Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most WantedHeavenly Blues introduces readers to Hell’s greatest thieves, as they plan eternity’s greatest heist—against the angels of Heaven itself! To pull it off, Depression-era gun runner Isaiah Jefferson and accused Salem witch Erin Foley enlist a crew of outlaws from across time, including an Old West bank robber, a samurai addicted to a drug that provides a glimpse of the living world, and an Ancient Egyptian tomb raider. Together, they must evade the forces of both realms as they seek the afterlife’s greatest prize!

By turns thrilling, poignant, and darkly funny, Heavenly Blues was a critical darling upon its print serialization and has been optioned for film. The new digital editions re-present the six-issue series in its entirety, complete with Hidalgo’s breathtaking covers, just in time for the Ignatz Awards at 2019’s Small Press Expo. If attending the convention, you can vote for the series.

Issues #1 & #2 release September 11
Issues #3 & #4 release September 18
Issues #5 & #6 release September 25

Issue #1 will be offered at 99¢ for a 27-page issue. Subsequent issues will be offered at $1.99.

Heavenly Blues #1

Trey Walker, Hoyt Silva, and Micah Meyers Take you to the Last Stop

Last Stop

Time is ticking for the world’s last superhero. Lincoln Adams (aka Unstoppable) must make peace with the changing world around him—can there truly be a place for him in a world without Supers? After learning he has a terminal disease, Lincoln sees an easy way out; however, the re-emergence of an old arch-nemesis and a new shadowy masked figure turn Lincoln’s plans of an easy passing on their head. Can Lincoln stop this new threat before the disease stops him?

Last Stop is the brand new series written by Trey Walker, with art by Hoyt Silva, and letters by Micah Myers. Published by Scout Comics, the series debuts Fall 2019.

Review: Red Winter #2

Red Winter #2

Holy shit! Red Winter #2 delivers and then some! Created by Michael Gordon and Francisco Munoz, the comic is the gritty crime story that stands out from the pack.

Written by Gordon the issue continues the spiral of Eli Winter who has found out his son shot up the drug den of Eli’s gangster boss. From there we meet a broader cast of characters and like a Tarantino film, the results get out of hand with bloody consequences.

Gordon, along with Munoz’s art, deliver a solid crime entry. There’s just a raw dirtiness about the issue that captures the mood and desperation. Add in a solid sense of a father panicking to get his son to safety. There’s also a solid sense of that son’s hatred towards his father.

Then Red Winter #2 pulls the rug out from under you. There’s so much more to this than a simple crime tale.

Munoz’s art adds to the dirty, gritty aspect of it all. The grime is present and you feel a bit dirty yourself staring at the pages. Rundown locations look exactly that. The art helps convey this is not a place you want to touch anything. The ink from Munoz and color by Rolands Kalnins adds to it all. There’s sparse use of color sticking to a drab palette. It helps enhance the environments. Nikki Sherman‘s lettering helps deliver some of the more emotional aspects of the dialogue also setting the mood of each scene.

Red Winter #2 takes the interesting premise of the first issue, builds on it, then throws something completely unexpected to the mix. It’s a hell of a second issue that’s a rollercoaster and beyond a solid entry in its genre, and comics in general.

Story: Michael Gordon, Art: Francisco Munoz
Ink: Francisco Munoz Color: Rolands Kalnins Letters: Nikki Sherman
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Doctor Mirage #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage #2/Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1/Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1/Venom #17 (Marvel) – Events often don’t live up to the hype but “Absolute Carnage” has delivered so far. There’s only been good to great so far so we’re all in until we see otherwise.

Batman/Superman #1 (DC Comics) – The Batman Who Laughs has poisoned superheroes and this classic team-up returns to deal with it. The next chapter in an epic tale.

Doctor Mirage #1 (Valiant) – How do you solve the case of your own death? That concept is too cool to not check out.

Grass (Drawn & Quarterly) – An anti-war graphic novel about a Korean girl forced into sexual slavery for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II.

House of X #3 (Marvel) – The big picture is finally revealed and Hickman isn’t giving us a restart of the X-Universe but delivering the next major event.

Killers #2 (Valiant) – A deeper dive into Valiants “Ninja” world. It’s been cool so far adding a lot to this intriguing corner of the universe.

Knights Temporal #2 (Aftershock) – The first issue was really intriguing with a knight transported to modern times. The details are still a mystery but it’s a mystery we’re intrigued by.

Mall #1 (Vault Comics) – The Mall isn’t just a bunch of stores, this consumeristic mecca is filled with tribes and name brand gangs!

Manor Black #2 (Dark Horse) – If you read the first issue, you know why this is on the list. The comic is a mix of horror and superheroes and we’re intrigued to see where it all goes.

Marvel Comics #1000 (Marvel) – We’ve read this one and it’s an intriguing celebration of Marvel’s 80 years.

Mountainhead #1

Mountainhead #1 (IDW Publishing) – A father and son are nomads who think the government is after them. A lone survivor of a climbing expedition is covered in blood. The two will collide in this intriguing debut.

Power Pack: Grow Up #1 (Marvel) – Louise Simonson and June Brigman return to the beloved characters to celebrate 80 years of Marvel.

Red Winter #2 (Scout Comics) – The first issue was solid gritty crime/noir and we’re all in for the second issue.

Stalingrad: Letters from the Volga (Dead Reckoning) – Exploring the bloodiest battle of World War II.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (Dark Horse) – An alternate history where Eliot Ness is after Al Capone who’s dealing in magic.

Scout’s Solar Flare is Being Developed for TV

Solar Flare

Solar Flare, Scout Comics‘ longest-running comic series is being developed as a live-action television series with John Baldecchi‘s Digital Riot Media. The series is written, and created by, James Haick III.

Solar Flare follows Jake Clifford and his small group of friends as they begin their dangerous journey from Florida to Tennessee after the world goes dark. Their initial goal is to help reunite Jake with his young daughter Mazzy, but the group begins to realize that they are instrumental in helping restart the world. Meanwhile, a militant group known as the New Americans are after the top-secret information that they possess and are hot on their heels.

John Baldecchi is a movie and television producer behind projects such as Happy Death Day, the Point Break remake, The Mexican, Simon Birch, and Odd Thomas.

Review: Red Winter #1

Red Winter #1

I love a good crime/noir comic and Red Winter #1 delivers the beginning of one in an unusual location. Taking place in Russia, the bleak location adds to the mood of the series becoming a character unto itself.

Written by Michael Gordon, who co-created it with artist Francisco Munoz, Red Winter #1 introduces us to former American detective. He’s broken down now living in Russia working for the mob. He’s called in to investigate a hit on a drug facility. As is the norm of these types of stories, the twists and turns from there are the entertainment.

Winter is both the last name of the detective as well as the season of the city he now resides. It’s coldness on display in the art, the city, and the character. Characters are key here. Each individual we’re introduced to is full of personality that has them shining and standing out in their own unique way. Nazis, punks, more traditional mobsters, and a burnt-out detective, it feels like a checklist but it adds something to the story.

The art by Munoz, with color by Rolands Kalnins and lettering by Nikki Sherman, is solid giving us a gritty style to match the dirty city and broken characters within. It’s a solid match of look and story.

Red Winter #1 is a comic I didn’t have my eye on necessarily though the subject and genre is one I enjoy. After reading this first issue, it’s a series I’m diving in to with each subsequent release. This is also a creative team to keep your eye on. Red Winter #1 feels like a stealth release far too many will miss out on and if you’re a fan of crime/noir stories or 80s films like Red Heat, it’s a comic you need to grab.

Story: Michael Gordon Art: Francisco Munoz
Color: Rolands Kalnins Letters: Nikki Sherman
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

Scout Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Red Winter #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue of this series was amazing. It’s the future where something calamatous happened and Batman begins on a journey with just the Joker’s head in a jar to join him. Is this something he’s hallucinating? Reality? The comic will keep you guessing as to what’s happening.

The Batman Who Laughs #7 (DC Comics) – The miniseries wraps up and leads into the upcoming Superman/Batman series. The miniseries has been up and down but we’re excited to see how this wraps up.

Dear Justice League (DC Comics/DC Zoom) – This line of graphic novels geared towards kids have been fantastic and we’re always excited to see what’s next. This middle-grade graphic novel has superheroes answering questions about their lives in a series of short stories.

Death’s Head #1 (Marvel) – This comic was unexpected. Really funny with some solid art. Death’s Head has been torn apart and tunred into an amp. Now he wants revenge!

The Goon #5 (Albatross Funnybooks) – One of the most fun and entertaining comics on the market. Think Popeye with humor and horror and you have The Goon. Add in beyond amazing art and it’s a must get with every release.

Killers #1 (Valiant) – Five deadly assassins are recruited into a game of cat and mouse by the mysterious Jonin! The concept sounds awesome and Valiant delivers entertaining comics so we’re always excited to check out a new series from them.

Knights Temporal #1 (Aftershock) – From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Fran Galan the series is about a knight who’s sent to the modern world. The concept has been done but Bunn is a fantastic writer so to see his spin on this is what has us interested.

Manor Black #1 (Dark Horse) – Another comic from writer Cullen Bunn along with writer Brian Hurtt and artist Tyer Crook, this gothic horror series is about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Yeah, we’re sold.

Powers of X #1 (Marvel) – Writer Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men epic continues with this second of dual series that sets up his vision for years to come.

Red Winter #1 (Scout Comics) – Eli Winter is a former NYPD Detective in his 50s, now living in Kapotnya, the most crime-ridden district of Moscow. Eli also now works for a local crime boss. When Eli finds out his son destroyed his boss’s meth lab, we get a series that we’re excited to read.

Scout Comics Announces Ash from Charlie Stickney, Conor Hughes, and Fin Cramb

Set in a small smudge of a town in Western Pennsylvania, White Ash follows Aleck Zwerg, the frustrated but charismatic son of a coal miner, who long ago outgrew the bounds of what the town had to offer. Spurning a generational calling to work in the mine, Aleck’s been counting down the hours until he can get the hell out of White Ash and head off to college. But an accident at a coal mine stalls his exit, setting him down a life-altering path. One that brings him into the orbit of the enigmatic Lillian Alden, the daughter of the elitist owner of the mine.

White Ash is out this winter from writer Charlie Stickney, artist Conor Hughes, colorist Fin Cramb, and lettering by Hughes.

White Ash

Kristen Gudsnuck’s Henchgirl is being Developed for Television

Henchgirl

Scout Comics & Entertainment Inc. has announced that Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuck is now in development as a live-action television series with screenwriter Alex Ebel attached to adapt.  

Henchgirl, written and drawn by Gudsnuck, is the story of Mary Posa, who hates her job. She works long hours for little pay, no insurance, and, worst of all, no respect. Her coworkers are jerks and her boss doesn’t appreciate her. He also happens to be a supervillain. Cursed with a conscience, Mary would give anything to be something other than a Henchgirl!

Ebel is a genre-blending dramedy writer currently staffed on the upcoming Nickelodeon series Are You Afraid of the Dark.  Previously, she was a writer on the SyFy Network series Deadly Class and Blood Drive. On the film side, Ebel recently finished a psychological thriller for MarVista Entertainment entitled Mother of All Evil. She is currently adapting a feature rom-com from a New Yorker article about the first Tindr hookup in Antarctica. Ebel got her start in TV as a writer on VH1’s Pop Up Video

Gudsnuk is the co-creator and illustrator of the comic Modern Fantasy with Rafer Roberts, illustrator of the VIP series by Jen Calonita, from Little Brown, and creator of the Indie Bound Bestselling graphic novel series Making Friends, from Scholastic, with the sequel Making Friends: Back to the Drawing Board out this July.

Henchgirl joins numerous other Scout creator-owned series in development. The Mall is being developed with Ivan Reitman, Long Lost with Jessica Jones screenwriter/producer Jenny Klein, Fish Eye is currently in development with Little Engine, and Smoketown is being developed with writer/director Vaughn Stein.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Usagi Yojimno #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Crucified #1 (Scout Comics) – A contract killer is hired to take out a person that some believe to be the modern Jesus Christ. It sounds blasphemous and kind of awesome.

Drawing Blood: Spilled Ink #2 (Kevin Eastman Studios) – Written by Kevin Eastman and David Avallone, the series feels like a weird spin on real life. Kind of mockumentary style, and we’re digging it.

Excellence #2 (Image Comics/Skybound) – If you read the first issue, you know why this is on the list. It’s a solid new spin on modern magic and fantasy.

Go Go Power Rangers: Forever Rangers #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been leading to this as the team must take on Alpha-1 and Rita!

Lab Raider #1 (Black Mask Studios) – Matt Miner’s series about animal rights activists is back. The politically infused series is a fascinating one that blends real-world action with comic aesthetics.

No Ones #1 (Cave Pictures Publishing) – The religious focused publisher has been interesting and this new series is about superheroes who have become corrupted after they kill a man.

Psi-Lords #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – The classic characters return to the Valiant Universe!

Superman: Year One #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – Frank Miller and John Romita, Jr. taking on Superman? Yeah, that alone has us wanting to check out this series.

Usagi Yojimbo #1 (IDW Publishing) – Stan Sakai’s classic series has a new home at IDW and a new number one for you to jump in to and experience it.

Warlord of Mars Attacks #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack! Ack!

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