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It’s sci-fi adventure in June with Grip of the Kombinat by Simon Roy and Damon Gentry

Fan-favorite creators Simon Roy and Damon Gentry team up for a new science-fiction adventure in the upcoming Grip of the Kombinat. This original graphic novel will hit shelves in June from Image Comics

In Grip of the Kombinat, two megacorporations wage an eternal tug-of-war for the ruins of our future solar system. Pulpy action, escalating unintended consequences, wry satire, and pure tomfoolery combine into seven potent chapters of comics entertainment. 

Grip of the Kombinat is best described as an unholy lovechild of Verhoeven and Asimov and a must-read for science fiction fans. 

Grip of the Kombinat (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2301-8, Diamond Code FEB220087) will be available on Wednesday, June 8 and in bookstores on Tuesday, June 14.

Grip of the Kombinat

Protector is Now First Knife as it’s collected in October

The fan favorite science fiction/action series Protector by writers Simon Roy and Sideways Award-winning author Daniel M. Bensen team up with artists Artyom Trakhanov, Jason Wordie, and Hassan Otsmane-elhaou will be collected into trade paperback with a sharp new title—First Knife—from Image Comics this October.

First Knife is an environmental sci-fi adventure that’s equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Nausicaä, and Zardoz. In the hot ruins of far-future North America, a slave stumbles across an ancient and bloody power. A conqueror bargains with godlike beings. A soldier tries to bring back his lost world. As the full moon approaches, the remaining humans of Earth find themselves standing between the forces that once nearly destroyed it. A post-apocalyptic, yet hopeful story, First Knife will collect issues #1-5 of the Protector series. 

First Knife trade paperback (Diamond Code JUL200063, ISBN 9781534316423) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 13. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore via Bookshop or IndieBound, or it can be pre-ordered on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

First Knife

Review: Protector #1

Protector #1

Protector #1 kicks of a new series and world that’s equal parts Conan the Barbarian, Mad Max, and The Expanse. Of all the tribes that dwell in the hot ruins of far-future North America, the Hudsoni reign supreme, but even they fear and obey the godlike Devas. When the Devas warn of an old-world demon in the conquered city of Shikka-Go, Hudsoni war chief First Knife decides to deal with the threat personally.

Protector #1 introduces us to a post-apocalyptic America, that is equal parts fantasy and science fiction. Following the accidental awakening of a machine by a slave-girl and Yanqui Priestess. The Devas manage to warn the Hudsoni war chief of the destruction that is to come. Will they manage to stop this dangerous remanent of a world that no longer exists?

Writers Simon Roy and Daniel Bensen deliver a reading experience that feels like a graphic introduction to a fantastical roleplaying world. It teases out the narrative with hints as to what was. It relies on the reader to piece together what’s going on and the current world. This roleplaying game feel is enhanced by back material explaining the world, maps included.

The artwork simultaneously captures the beauty of a post-apocalyptic landscape and the rise of new civilizations. It shows off how humanity has endured, even if they only show one brief glimpse of Sussem Ri. Artyon Trakhanov‘s art reveals glimpses of the past, not just by the details of scenes but the details of how the characters dress. The colors of Jason Wordies deliver a palette that’s both post-apocalyptic and grounded in nature with browns and greens.

The first issue is focused on world-building. It challenges the reader to fill in gaps and surmise what’s going on not just through dialogue but the hints peppered throughout the art. It’s a start that has us wanting more than just a comic but something we can explore ourselves.

Story: Simon Roy, Daniel Bensen Art: Artyom Trakhanov
Color: Jason Wordie Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Robotech #10


Writer: Simon Furman
Artist: Marco Turini, Hendry Prasetya
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Cover A: Simon Roy
Cover B: Action Figure Variant
Cover C: Hal Laren
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: June 27, 2018

Secrets and lies kick of the third arc of Robotech!

Written by legendary Transformers writer Simon Furman!

Breetai is under pressure and Claudia has to deal with a possible traitor… Meanwhile, Rick Hunter gets a massive shock!

Preview: The Season of the Snake #1

The Season of the Snake #1

Writer Serge Lehman
Artist Jean-Marie Michaud
CVR A Simon Roy
CVR B Jean-Marie Michaud
72pp, $6.99, On Sale April 11, 2018

Written by multi award winning science fiction writer, Serge Lehman, creator of the Chimera Brigade!

A rich and intricate world, perfect for both science fiction and fantasy fans.

Preview: Robotech #8


Writer: Simon Furman, Brian Wood
Artists: Marco Turini, Marco Lesko
Cover A: Simon Roy
Cover B: Action Figure Variant – Blair Shedd
Cover C:  Claudia SG Iannicello
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: March 21, 2018

Legendary Transformers scribe Simon Furman joins writer Brian Wood to chronicle the ongoing adventures of the SDF-1!

The second arc of the sell-out, fan favourite series!

Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology to Benefit Children’s Charity Barnardos

Image Comics has announced the Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6, which will feature some of the top creators in the industry and will benefit the children’s charity Barnardos. It will be available this September.

The Thought Bubble 2017 Anthology is a collection of new short stories by some of the best in the business for the UK’s Thought Bubble Comic Art Festival, which takes place in Leeds, Northern England from 18th to 24th September 2017.

The anthology will feature work from such creative comics titans as Jason Aaron, Jen Bartel, Cecil Castellucci, Brandon Graham, Jody Houser, Jason Latour, Emi Lenox, Simon Roy, Marley Zarcone, and many more.

hought Bubble 2017 Anthology #6 (Diamond Code JUN178088) will hit stores on Wednesday, September 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is this Monday, July 24th.

Preview: Star Trek: Waypoint #5

Star Trek: Waypoint #5

Simon Roy, Cavan Scott (w) • Simon Roy, Josh Hood (a) • Simon Roy (c)

Star Trek: Waypoint continues its celebration of Star Trek with two new tales. Simon Roy (Prophet) takes on the Prime Directive in an Original Series story, while writer Cavan Scott (Dr. Who, Sherlock Holmes) and artist Josh Hood (Star Trek: DeviationsWe Can Never Go Home) focus on Doctor Bashir in a thought-provoking Deep Space Nine tale.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Dark Horse Announces All-New Halo Anthology!

343 Industries and Dark Horse Comics are set to release a brand-new Halo graphic novel anthology based on the massive video game franchise later this year.

Halo: Tales from Slipspace will feature all-new stories from some of the comic industry’s best—including Jonathan Wayshak, Eric Nguyen, Alex Irvine, Kody Chamberlain, Dave Crosland, John Jackson Miller, Jonathan Goff, Simon Roy, and Halo: Escalation writer Duffy Boudreau—as well as 343 Industries’ own Franchise Creative Director Frank O’Connor and Franchise Producer Tyler Jeffers. This action-packed anthology is essential reading for all Halo fans!

343 Industries and Dark Horse have also produced two blockbuster comics series with canonical story lines written by writers from the video game franchise (Halo: Initiation and Halo: Escalation) and will rerelease the graphic novel Halo: Fall of Reach in March.

Halo: Tales from Slipspace is in stores October 12, 2016.

Halo Tales from Slipspace

Review: All-New Classic Captain Canuck #0

all-new-captain-canuck-0-coverWhen it comes to Captain Canuck, I must admit that I haven’t read nearly as much as I want to read. Captain Canuck #0  goes someway toward rectifying that, but it’s not entirely new material. If you’ve been reading Chapter House Comics’ Captain Canuck series then this zero issue is a reprint of the seven or so back  up strips from the first seven issues, so there’s very little new here for you.

But if you haven’t been reading Captain Canuck for whatever reason, then this 64 page collection is a great place to start.

Myself, I only read the first two issues of the series, despite absolutely loving them both, due in part to an ordering snafu at my LCS and also my lack of noticing the issues on the racks (which is almost entirely down to me running into the shop and out again far too quickly), and so getting a chance to read the collected back-up strips was actually quite nice. Because there are seven back-up strips that make up All-New Classic Captain Canuck #0 are comprised of three two part stories and the beginning of another (that will continue in issue #1 later this month), there’s a very quick pace to this comic. It really didn’t feel like the 60 odd pages that it actually is, because of the shorter nature of the individual stories.

A really nice touch that Chapter House Comics have done is include an additional strip that will catch new readers up with what this Captain Canuck has had to go through, stretching all the way back to the original stories from the 70’s. If that sounds like a daunting proposition, it really isn’t; the recap strip likely doesn’t cover everything, but the narration boxes are brilliant and very concise and, coupled with the art, giving new readers all they need to catch up (and long time fans a ice refresher).

This is a great collection that is worth the price of admission, especially with the promise of issue #1 around the corner.

Story: Ed Brisson
Artists and Colour: George
 Freeman, Simon Roy
Art: Marcus To, Scott Hepburn,  Micheal Walsh Color: Rosemary Cheetham, Irma Kniivla, Matt Wlson
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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