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Preview: Dream Police #6

Dream Police #6

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Art By: Hifi
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Cover By: Bill Farmer
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUL140542
Published: March 25, 2015

In the Dreamscape, it’s impossible for a dreamer to simply go missing. But that’s exactly what has happened, and it’s up to Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Katie Black to find her…a trail that leads to a living nightmare who has gone too far. Meanwhile, Joe has come to realize that he hasn’t been told the truth about the man who keeps appearing to him…the former partner he doesn’t now remember. If the time comes for Joe to stand against the vast powers of the Dreamscape, will Katie stand with him…or turn away?

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Preview: Dream Police #5

Dream Police #5

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Art By: Bill Farmer
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: JUN140547
Published: November 12, 2014

Who exactly are the Dream Police? Where do they come from? How are prospective officers chosen? Those seem like fairly straightforward questions…except that they are cover for a secret that goes back to the beginnings of civilization, a secret that must be protected at all costs, especially from the inquiries of Lieutenant Detective Joe Thursday. Joe has always been a loyal member of the Dream Police…but when his instincts as a cop tell him that the people he’s working for are aligning against him, how far will he go to find the truth about them?

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Preview: Dream Police #4

Dream Police #4

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Art By: HIFI
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Cover By: HIFI
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: MAY140701
Published: August 27, 2014

The recurring phantom of someone Detective Joe Thursday suspects may have been his former partner—despite the fact that no one else remembers him—leads Joe to start asking questions nobody should ask about the history of the Dream Police, and how they really came into existence. The deeper he goes, the more isolated he becomes, and the more dangerous his world becomes. How far will Joe go to find the truth? And will his partner Katie Black go with him…or turn against him?

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Preview: Dream Police #3

Dream Police #3

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Colored By: Bill Farmer
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: APR140564
Published: June 25, 2014

In the Dreamscape, anything can happen. So when Katie begins investigating a case that threatens to get out of control, she realizes that she may have bitten off more than she can chew, raising the question: can Dream Police die? And if so, can she survive the darkness she has unwittingly unleashed? Meanwhile, Joe Thursday continues having fl ashes of memory concerning a former partner that neither he nor anyone else can remember. To solve this mystery, he will have to begin asking questions no one wants to answer…questions that threaten the very foundations of the Dreamscape.

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Preview: Apocalypse Al #4 (of 4)

Apocalypse Al #4 (of 4)

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Variant Cover By: Ariel Olivetti
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140590
Published: May 7, 2014

In the fiery conclusion to Allison Carter’s investigation, she at last comes face-to-face with the man trying to bring about the end of the world…who has been working in secret with someone close to her the whole time. If love can be a reason to live, can it also be a reason to destroy…everything? This time saving the world may require the ultimate sacrifice. Does Al have what it takes? Or must we all confront the possibility that there is an ominous reason that this is only a four-part series?

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Preview: Dream Police #1

Dream Police #1

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Variant Cover By: Renae Deliz
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140494
Published: April 30, 2014

Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those who died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever. They’ve seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears…and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner…he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundations.

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Preview: Apocalypse Al #3 (of 4)

Apocalypse Al #3 (of 4)

Story By: J. Michael Straczynski
Art By: Sid Kotian
Cover By: Sid Kotian
Variant Cover By: Ariel Olivetti
Price: $2.99
Diamond ID: FEB140588
Published: April 2, 2014

The life of private investigator Allison Carter is complicated enough just preventing the end of the world on a regular basis. But in the midst of her latest case she gets an unexpected call from her mostly-dead ex-boyfriend, who has a tip that may prove helpful or push the world further toward its destruction. Along the way, she encounters a closet troll with a stun-gun fetish, a theme park filled with demonic creatures in happy costumes, and unravels a secret that will change her life forever.

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Dream Police Is A Mysterious, Fantasy Series Sure to Intrigue Readers

Join Dream Police Detectives Joe Thursday and Frank Stanford as they patrol the dreamscape in Dream Police, written by J. Michael Straczynski with art by Sid Kotian.

Joe and Frank have been partners for as long as they can remember, patrolling the alternate universe of dreams, nightmares, and the great void beyond, an alternate but very real dimension of changelings, echoes, wisps, ethers, and nightwalkers, those that died in their sleep and wander the dreamscape forever.

The Dream Police have seen it all. But when Frank steps away and disappears… and the woman who returns says she’s Joe’s partner, that she’s always been Joe’s partner… he begins a journey into the unknown that will shake the dreaming down to its very foundation.

While growing up, Straczynski moved 20 times by the time he was 17. This lack of continuity as a child led him to imagine his own “hometown,” a community that he patched together with different memories from all the different places he’d tried to settle, and visited only in his dreams. “I’ve been fascinated with the idea that the dreamscape is a real place, stitched together from echoes of the physical world, where we go to find some measure of relief, or adventure, or understanding,” said Straczynski. “If that’s the case, then there has to be some means of providing order and protecting dreamers from danger… which led me to the notion of the Dream Police.”

Dream Police is more than just a crime series. Each issue does world building and allows readers to get to know more than just the police that inhabit the dream community. “The book delves into the other characters who live in the dreamscape,” said Straczynski. “The architects (who design environments on the fly as needed by dreamers), changeling and echoes (who play the parts of people we know), nightmares (figures both frightening and deeply tragic) and others who serve a higher power.”

The first issue of Dream Police arrives in stores on 4/30 and will be available for $2.99. Cover A (by Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140494. Cover B (by Renae Deliz and Ray Dillon) can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code: FEB140495.

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Solve the Case & Prevent the End of the World: All in a Day’s Work for Apocalypse Al

In 2013 MTV Geek announced plans to publish a new four-part miniseries entitled The Adventures of Apocalypse Al, written by J. Michael Straczynski and drawn by Sid Kotian, with colors by Bill Farmer. The series follows the action-packed, fast-paced, surreal, and comically strange tale of Allison Carter, a private investigator whose beat is the end of the world…or more precisely, preventing same. When MTV Geek closed its doors in October, imperiling the project, Joe’s Comics and Studio JMS leapt in to reacquire the material with the assistance of MTV’s Tom Akel.

Consequently, in February 2014, The Adventures of Apocalypse Al debuts from Joe’s Comics with an oversized first issue containing 30 pages of original story, unbroken by advertisements, and accompanied by an audio dramatization that has become the trademark of Joe’s Comics. All four issues—107 pages in all—are written, drawn and inked, guaranteeing that they will come out on time. In addition to the covers by Sid Kotian, covers will be provided by Francesco Francavilla and the legendary John Romita Jr. This marks the first time Romita and Straczynski have worked together since their celebrated run on The Amazing Spider-Man.

When a mysterious figure gets his hands on the Book of Keys, whose secrets can cause the destruction of the world, Allison Carter is the only one who can stop him. Her journey takes her through a world populated by zombie cops, machinegun toting imps, techno-wizards, closet trolls, demonic theme parks, other dimensions, Ultimate Darkness, and an undead ex-boyfriend.

While most of the major comics companies are shortening their titles, each issue of The Adventures of Apocalypse Al is oversized, giving readers more story and more bang for the buck at the same price as a regular issue. Issue one has 30 pages of story; issue two, 28 pages of story; issue three, 28 pages of story; and issue four, 21 pages of story plus additional pages of bonus features.

The Adventures of Apocalypse Al  #1 will be in stores February 5th 2014. Issue #1 cover A will be illustrated by Sid Kotian and Bill Farmer and pre-orders can be placed using Diamond Code DEC130489. Cover B will be by Ryan Sook and can be pre-ordered using Diamond Code DEC130490. A retailer incentive black and white line art cover C by Sook which can be pre-ordered as well with Diamond Code DEC130491.

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Review: Mumbai Confidential Book 1: Good Cop, Bad Cop

Mumbai Confidential CoverFive years ago, Arjun Kadam was a rising star in the ranks of the Mumbai Encounter Squad—an elite unit tasked by the powers that be to carry out extrajudicial executions of notorious gangsters. However, the death of his pregnant wife at childbirth derailed his life and set him off on a spiral of depression and drug addiction. When Kadam is the victim of a hit-and-run, he falls into a coma for a month. Upon waking up, he finds a new sense of purpose and pursues the investigation into the identity of the driver after the cops close the case due to a lack of leads. His investigation takes him on a journey through the deep, dark heart of Mumbai, where the line between the police and the criminals has been blurred by his ex-colleagues on the Encounter Squad. Obsessed with his mission, Kadam sets off a desperate game of intrigue and deception that pits him against the very machine of violence and corruption he once helped create.

I’m a fan of noir/crime/cop stories. It’s a genre I can’t get enough of. Mumbai Confidential, not only scratches that itch, but sets its world in a setting I’m totally unfamiliar with Mumbai, India. This is a world, and characters you just don’t see in modern “western” comics. A setting so fresh, that alone makes me want to recommend the graphic novel.

On top of all of that, we get a fantastic story. The series is broken down into chapters, like a good dime novel and each chapter reveals a sliver of the story. It might reference something that is later revealed in another chapter. With that, we the reader are kept on our toes as the bigger picture is slowly revealed.

While some of the characters might seem like cookie cutter write by numbers, there’s enough twist and turns and depth that isn’t the case. Yes we have the disgraced cop who is really a decent guy. Yes we have the crooked cop. But, there’s so much more that is slowly revealed. While it might at first seem like familiar stories of the past, the layers added on chapter after chapter makes that not the case.

Add on top of that art which not only fits the gritty feel and setting of the writing. but enhances it. Page layouts and the flow of the art make it a solid experience to not just read, but also look at.

On top of the main story, we get interludes that flesh out some of the other characters, creating a side story. While the art is a different style, the story is as solid as the main attraction.

Mumbai Confidential is in the spirit of the dime store noir/crime stories I love. I found myself not just sucked in, but sucked in so much I had to complete it in one day. It’s look, characters and voice is something unique in the comic industry. Here’s hoping folks are willing to take a chance on this gem.

Story: Saurav Mohapatra Art: Vivek Laxman Shinde, with shorts by Vinay Brahmania, Shounak Jog, Sid Kotian, Devaki Neogi and Saumin Patel
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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