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Sonata #1 is Getting a Second Printing

Critically acclaimed writer David Hine and artist Brian Haberlin have a new hit with the launch of their steampunk fantasy series in Sonata. The debut issue was immediately rushed back to print by Image/Shadowline yesterday—same day as release—in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand. The new series also features an exciting Augmented Reality (AR) component to bring the world to life for readers. 

Sonata follows two civilizations in a race to colonize a planet thought to be the legendary home of their gods. Sonata, a skilled flier and daughter of the lead Ran engineer, and Pau, the young son of the Tayan colonist leader, must find a way to save themselves and their people before it’s too late. Romeo and Juliet meets Lost in this science-fiction/steampunk world filled with dark secrets, ancient ruins, and the threat of war. 

Sonata #1, second printing (Diamond Code MAY198158) will be available on Wednesday, July 10. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 17. 

Sonata #2 Cover A by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code MAY190103) and Sonata #2 Cover B by Haberlin and Van Dyke (Diamond Code MAY190104) will be available on Wednesday, July 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, June 24.

Sonata #1, second printing

Review: Sonata #1

Sonata #1

Sonata #1 is a comic that on its own can be enjoyed as a new fantasy world. But, dive into its layers a bit and you have a comic that can be commentary on both colonialism or the situation in the Middle East.

Written by David Hine and Brian Haberlin, Sonata #1 is a surprisingly layered comic. The series revolves around two cultures clashing on a planet. Both believe the wold is their Promised Land. The Rans are peace-loving while the Tayans are a race of warriors who want to colonize and control.

That alone can be read in so many ways which makes the series beyond enjoyable. Hine and Haberlin mix in a religious aspect of sleeping gods and a discovery at the end that makes it clear there’s meant to be more than another fantasy series.

The richness is brought to life through the art by Haberlin. He’s joined by Geirrod Van Dyke on color and lettering by Francis Takenaga. There’s an attention to detail where the art makes sure to give the readers part of the story. We know where each group stands not just by their words but by their clothing and their surroundings. It’s a perfect example of show and don’t tell. The art fleshes out the world and it also brings a quasi-religious feel to it all with some of its visuals.

Sonata #1 drew me in with an interesting concept but left me wanting to explore this world more. I want to dissect the allegory and see what Hine and Haberlin will “say” when it’s all over.

Story: David Hine, Brian Haberlin Art: Brian Haberlin
Color: Geirrod Van Dyke Letterer: Francis Takenaga
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Banjax #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.

Achilles Inc. #3 (Source Point Press) – The concept of superheroes taking jobs from every day people is intriguing. The layered approach to it is what’s really impressive about this series. Enjoy it for what it is or dive deeper into the political/socio commentary, it’s enjoyable either way.

Banjax #1 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A superhero has learned he’s dying and goes all out due to it. Yeah, we’re in.

Batman and the Outsiders #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue had some fantastic art and good team dynamic. We want to see where it all goes from there.

The Batman Who Laughs #6 (DC Comics) – We’ve gotten this far. We want to see how the team wraps this one up and brings it all together.

Event Leviathan #1 (DC Comics) – DC’s mini-event kicks off here and already is shaking up the DC Universe. We’re excited to see how this one goes and what it’ll lead to.

Five Years #2 (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore brings so much of what he’s done together. This is one for the fans of his work and it’s absolutely worth it.

Grumble #7 (Albatross Funnybooks) – What comics should be, pure fun. Grab this entire series.

Jughead Time Police #1 (Archie Comics) – The concept sounds insane. Everything you need to know is in the title. We’re in.

The Ride: Burning Desire #1 (Image Comics) – The series just sounds like solid noir-ish entertainment with a former detective out of prison working as a bouncer with enemies looking to settle a score.

Spencer and Locke 2 #3

Silver Surfer: Black #1 (Marvel) – We’ve read it. It’s fantastic, especially for those who have been reading Donny Cates’ work. Tradd Moore’s art is fantastic too, especially with Dave Stewart’s colors.

Sonata #1 (Image Comics/Shadowline) – Two cultures clash on a planet they each believe is their Promised Land. Nope, no idea what this is alluding to.

Spencer and Locke 2 #3 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Over the top noir/crime action that lampoons/loves the comics of our childhood.

Trust Fall #1 (AfterShock) – The series mixes superpowers and crime in what sounds like a really intriguing concept. There’s a hook here that’s really unique and stands out. We’re not spoiling it.

Voracious: Appetite for Destruction #2 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – One of the best kept secrets in comics. Start from the beginning (the first volume) or at least the first issue of this series to see what you’re missing. To tell you why would spoil the fun.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Stilleto #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.

Amber Blake #1 (IDW Publishing) – A young girl is taken in by a “gifted school” and then goes on a revenge spree against that school. We’re intrigued.

Bronze Age Boogie #1 (AHOY Comics) – AHOY’s wave two begins with this series that mines the 70s for inspiration.

Cannabis: Illegalization of Weed in America (First Second) – The racist legislative history of Weed in the US!

Major X #1 (Marvel) – The 90s are back in so many ways with this first issue.

Marvel Action: Black Panther #1 (IDW Publishing/Marvel) – IDW continues their all-ages series based on Marvel characters. They’ve been solid entertainment so far.

Marvel Team-Up #1 (Marvel) – There’s something about this classic series as a whole that gets us excited. The first issue is a really cool flip-book experience.

Rocko’s Modern Afterlife #1 (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) – A new limited series where O-Town is turning into mindless zombies and Rocko hopes to outlast the hoards by barricading himself in his home.

Section Zero #1 (Image Comics/Shadowline) – UFOs, Monsters, and Lost Civilizations? Yeah, we’re in for this adventure miniseries.

Stiletto #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new series from Palle Schmidt that’s a crime story revolving around the slaying of officers attempting to guard a material witness.

War of the Realms #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big event for 2019 starts here. Every character and series will be impacted and this first issue is epic.

Karl Kesel and Tom Grummett Return this April to Section Zero

The award winning team of writer Karl Kesel and artist Tom Grummett return to their fan-favorite, critically acclaimed series, Section Zero. The science-fiction adventure is set to launch from Image Comics and Shadowline Comics this April. 

Section Zero kicks off with Part One: “Ground Zero,” where readers meet a team of fearless adventurers. Together the crew uncovers the secrets behind UFOs, monsters, and lost civilizations in a story that can best be described as, “Jack Kirby does The X-Files.” 

Section Zero will feature alternate covers by super-star artists including Walter Simonson, George Perez, Adam Hughes, Dave Gibbons, Mike Wieringo, and many more! 

Section Zero #1 by Cover A by Kesel & Grummett (Diamond Code FEB190024), Cover B by Walter Simonson (Diamond Code FEB190025), and Cover C by Jerry Ordway (Diamond Code FEB190026).

Section Zero #1 Cover A
Section Zero #1 Cover B
Section Zero #1 Cover C

Rat Queens Get a Special with Neon Static

Fans will experience a cyberpunk take on the Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Will Kirkby from Image Comics and Shadowline this July in an electrically thrilling one-shot, Rat Queens Special: Neon Static.

Readers will need to strap themselves in for a ride to an alternate and futuristic world, where the Rat Queens take to the neon streets of Palisade as an elite team of shadow operatives. An anonymous fiend creeps through the dark web, stealing identities and blackmailing innocent civilians for cold, hard Goldyen—and only the Queens can stop him!

Rat Queens Special: Neon Static one-shot (Diamond Code MAY180047) hits stores on Wednesday, July 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 25th.

From Sh*t My President Says to Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius

New Yorker cartoonist and multiple Eisner Award-winner Shannon Wheeler debuts Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius this July from Image Comics and Shadowline Comics.

Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius is an irreverent book of personal short stories and gags featuring Shannon Wheeler’s critically acclaimed humor, pathos, and honesty—including a 40-page full-color section!

Memoirs of a Very Stable Genius TP (Diamond code: MAY180071, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0966-1) hits comic book stores Wednesday, July 11th and bookstores Tuesday, July 17th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 4th.

Rat Queens Vol. 2 #1 Heads Back to Print

Image Comics and Shadowline have announced that Rat Queens #1 written by Kurtis Wiebe with art by Owen Gieni is being rushed back to print. The Rat Queens #1 #1, 2nd printing and Rat Queens #2 of the highly anticipated reboot will hit stores on Wednesday, April 12th.

The Rat Queens reboot begins with “Cat Kings and Other Garys,” Part One. The Rat Queens are back! Betty, Violet, Dee, Braga, and Hannah return! Palisade is still a rat-infested troll’s ass, and everyone still hates Gary. It’s been awhile since the Queens have done a good slaughter, so join them as they get back to the basics of killing monsters and drinking away the profits!

Fans won’t want to miss out on this brawling, foul-mouthed fun with a fresh artistic spin and new adventures on the horizon.

The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers for Rat Queens, Vol. 2 #1, 2nd printing (Diamond Code JAN178754), Rat Queens, Vol. 2 #2 Cover A by Gieni (Diamond Code FEB170671), and Cover B (Diamond Code JAN178755) is Monday, March 20th.

Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/1/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

TEMPLARS_2_Cover A_Chris Thornley4001 A.D. #1 (Valiant) – Valiant’s Summer Event technically kicks off with this issue, but 4001AD #1 is a direct continuation of the events from the last couple of issues of Rai’s solo series. While you don’t need to read them to enjoy this issue (there is a stunning recap page or three) it certainly doesn’t hurt matters. Despite the possibility that some readers may not be as familiar with the characters here, this is a beautiful comic book – or at least it was on my iPhone screen – and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy (expect a bigger review next week). If you’re Valiant fan, this should be on your pull list, and if you’re not it’s still well worth a read. Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Smosh #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Was… kinda interesting, but not really my cup of tea. I’ll probably read the next issue or two, but I can’t justify recommending it yet. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read it if you’re curious, but it’s more of a Pass

Kings Quest #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Despite being labelled as a first issue I felt like there was more of a back story than was explained (and I don’t think it’s a case of Just Wait Ad All Will Be REVEALED!), but other than that this was a good diversion for ten minutes. There’s some moments that made me laugh, and that almost made up for my disorientation when reading the issue. Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

Assassin’s Creed: Templars #1 (Titan Comics) – I honestly never expected I’d be rooting for a Templar in the Assassin’s Creed universe, but with this series I find that I am absolutely doing that. Templars is a solid comic; the artwork is appropriately dark and swathed in shadows, deliberately obscuring the Black Cross at times. It’s a nice touch, and one that helps the character come off as the boogeyman that he’s supposed to be. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy if you an Assassins Creed fan, Read it anyway if you’re not.

 

Shean

The Paybacks Vol 1Paybacks Volume 1 (Dark Horse Comics) – When it comes to superhero parodies, Mystery Men, The Tick, and Kick Ass , come to mind , and a few forgettable ones, all come to mind , as they mostly make fun of the genre, with only a few actually honoring it, enter the Paybacks. Just like the Watchmen, touched on the realities of being a superhero, so does this book in rollicking fashion. As we meet a cast of characters, who resemble a few of your favorites much like the way Image’s Sex does, they go about repossessing different superheroes properties as they default on their loans. Within this first story arc, a killer is on the loose, and clues through the story lead the reader right to who it is. Story: 9 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

 

Ryan

Jacked #6 (DC Comics/Vertigo)* – A very satisfying if thoroughly unsurprising conclusion to what’s been, all told, an excellent little series that’s largely flown under the radar. Eric Kripke’s story has combined super-hero revisionism and mid-life regrets in a manner both seamless and painfully, joyously human, while John Higgins’ art has been a “warts-and-all” feast for the eyes. I’ll miss having this on my monthly pull, and while it’s set up nicely for a sequel that will probably never come to pass, it stands just fine (and then some) on its own. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 (DC Comics)*  – Only this series could give you an issue where Superman fucking dies (whoops! Spoilers!) and somehow make it feel like a complete waste of time. The story plods along as Carrie Kelly assumes another new identity (this time that of Batgirl), and the former inhabitants of Kandor continue their bog-standard takeover techniques. Brian Azzarello achieves the dubious honor of somehow making a contemporary Frank Miller script even worse via his contributions, while Andy Kubert and Klaus Janson keep on keepin’ on approximating the original “Dark Knight Returns” look to the best of their ability — a task which, at this point, is just getting sad. Overall : 3 Recommendation: Pass

PowerLines02_CoverPower Lines #2 (Image/Shadowline)**  – Jimmie Robinson’s topical exploration of how superpowers (could) affect the urban/suburban and black/white divide certainly continues to be interesting, but while his art remains gorgeous to look at, this issue’s story is perhaps a bit too earnest for its own good, devolving into outright preachiness on many occasions and reducing characters that seemed reasonably fleshed out last time around into mouthpieces for various points of view. Also, no mention whatsoever of the intriguing Native American mythologically-based origins of these powers is anywhere to be found. The whole comic feels like it could’ve benefited from some tighter editing. Still intrigued enough to keep going, but this was a big step back from an excellent debut. Overall: 5 Recommendation: Read

Batman #51 (DC Comics) – So, the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo era comes to a close with an issue that can best be described as an epilogue, but at least it seems a reasonably heartfelt good-bye. There’s no real “threat” on offer here — one is hinted at, but you know it ain’t gonna amount to squat — but as a 22-page victory lap for a couple of creators who’ve had a good run, I can’t fault this book in the least. And it’s nice to see them bid farewell not just to Batman, but to all of Gotham. You’re not going to get choked up or anything, but you’ll probably think to yourself “that was a nice way to go out.” I certainly did. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Buy


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Faster Than Light Brightens Skydance TV

Skydance TelevisionImage/Shadowline Comics is pleased to announce that the hit sci-fi series Faster Than Light by Brian Haberlin will be developed for television by Skydance Entertainment.

The Faster Than Light series sets itself apart by pairing with an augmented reality app created by Haberlin’s Anomaly Productions, allowing readers to experience the story in 3D.

Tomorrow we discover the key to faster than light travel and our world will never be the same. In Faster Than Light Captain William Forest and those under his storied command are in a race against time, and he’s one of the few on board who knows it. A lethal first contact and a planet-eating lifeform are just the tip of the celestial iceberg of Discovery’s quest: Save Earth and all her people from the mysterious forces coming to destroy her. Features Anomaly’s free cutting-edge Augmented Reality app, which makes it look like interactive holograms are coming out of the book.

Faster Than Light, Vol. 1 is available now for $9.99. Faster Than Light #6 hits stores on May 11. Faster Than Light #7 hits stores on June 8.

Faster Than Light

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