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Watch the Brand New Trailer for Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose’s Alienated #1

BOOM! Studios has revealed a brand new series trailer for Alienated #1,  the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 features a main cover illustrated by Wildgoose and variant cover art by acclaimed artists Bengal and Jamie McKelvie. It comes to shelves February 12, 2020.

Get a First Look at Alienated #1 from Simon Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose, André May, and Jim Campbell

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at  Alienated #1, the premiere issue of a new original series from acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier, artist Chris Wildgoose, colorist André May, and letterer Jim Campbell, a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 will be available for sale February 12, 2020.

Alienated #1

Preview: The Dreaming #16

The Dreaming #16

(W) Simon Spurrier (A) Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Dec 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

At last, Dora stands face-to-face with the man who tried to unmake her… but he’s not what she expected. As it turns out, he’s the architect behind everything that’s happening to the Dreaming-but the true shape of his plan has slipped far out of even his control!

The Dreaming #16

Get Your First Look at John Constantine: Hellblazer #2, Out December 18

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Written by Simon Spurrier
Art by Aaron Campbell
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
In Shops: Dec 18, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 25, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The original Constantine is back in John Constantine: Hellblazer from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…

In the second issue of this new series set in DC’s Sandman Universe, curated by Neil Gaiman, John’s return to London isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped…though it’s already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who’s pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John’s inability to deal with them.

And what will K-Mag learn from scrying remains this month?

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Review: John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

I’ve been intrigued as to how John Constantine’s return to his own series would play out. Now under the “Sandman Universe” label and published under DC Black Label, the character and series seemed to be getting back to its Vertigo roots. John Constantine: Hellblazer #1 delivers a debut that’s a solid horror story, one that’s accessible for new readers.

This debut issue feels like a fresh start in a way. For a new(ish) reader like myself, it’s devoid of years of continuity. Instead, I was able to pick it up to read and enjoy without having to know much about the character or his history. Also missing is the need to know what’s going on with the rest of the “Sandman Universe.”

What we get is a lot of personality before the eventual dive into the occult and his first challenge. The comic is broken up into two parts. The first half focuses on Constantine and his attitude as he hangs out in front of a bar talking to a bouncer. His full quips and personality are on display. By the end, you have a good sense of who he is as a character. It establishes what this version is like and what we can expect. The second half of the comic is the mystery. We’re presented with an issue in a park involving “Angels” that are attacking and killing individuals. Of course, there’s so much more to it.

Writer Simon Spurrier delivers not just Constantine’s personality but that of the comic itself. It’s steeped in a feel that this is a comic that takes place in England. There’s enough specific dialogue that I had to take a step back to figure out what was being said at times. It sucked me into the comic even more.

The art by Aaron Campbell is fantastic. Along with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Aditya Bidikar, the issue is full of moody imagery that dances around its occult and horror genre. As the comic progresses the imagery becomes much more focused on its genre, it’s a slow spiral into the world visually and what’s presented from the beginning to what we see at the end are in contrast. The comic slowly sucks us in instead of throwing the reader directly into this world of the weird.

I never read John Constantine’s adventures in its Vertigo roots. I’ve only experienced him as part of the DC Universe. Whether those adventures are over remains to be seen but this is a solid debut that delivers a horror comic that creeps but doesn’t scare. While the greater Sandman Universe hasn’t been my cup of tea, I’m all in on this series. I’m sure there’s more for long-time fans that I don’t know but as a debut issue, it nails being open to new and old readers alike.

Story: Simon Spurrier Art: Aaron Campbell
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letters: Aditya Bidikar
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Get an Early Look at John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Written by Simon Spurrier (Coda, The Dreaming)
Art by Aaron Campbell (Infidel)
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
Variant Cover by Charlie Adlard
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

There’s nothing more wretched than a bastard with a conscience…” –Simon Spurrier

The original Constantine is back in a new series from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…

John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness…and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn’t have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London’s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord’s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but…and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece!

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Power Of The Dark Crystal Vol. 2 SC

Jim Henson’s The Power Of The Dark Crystal Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Simon Spurrier and Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Kelly and Nichole Matthews
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Jae Lee
Price: $16.99

The legend continues in an official sequel to Jim Henson’s beloved fantasy film, THE DARK CRYSTAL. Jen and Kira’s greatest fear has been realized as the Crystal is broken once more. 

The evil Skeksis have returned, eager to regain their cruel dominance over the world. But as the Gelfling and Skeksis battle for control of the Crystal Castle, Jen pursues those responsible for breaking the Crystal. On their own and on the run, Thurma and Kensho must stick together as they journey across the wildlands of Thra if they are to make it to the Fireling home deep beneath the planet’s surface. While they come across faces new and old on their quest, they are unaware of the threat following their trail: the Chamberlain.     

Written by Simon Spurrier (Sandman, Star Wars) and Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia) and lushly illustrated by Kelly and Nichole Matthews (Toil & Trouble), The Power of the Dark Crystal continues the bestselling sequel to one of Jim Henson’s most revered creations. 

Collects Power of the Dark Crystal issues 5-8. 

Jim Henson’s The Power Of The Dark Crystal Vol. 2 SC

Preview: Coda Vol. 3 SC

Coda Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Simon Spurrier
Artist: Matías Bergara
Colorist: Michael Doig
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Matías Bergara
Price: $14.99

2019 Eisner Award Nominee!

Hum is at rock bottom. His estranged wife has left him for good. He’s stuck in the middle of the harsh desert wastelands. And he’s even been abandoned by his mutant unicorn. But just as the world saw another tomorrow after the disastrous Quench…life goes on. Now, the former bard must discover for himself what it means to live—to truly live—in a broken fantasy.

Written by Eisner Award-nominated author Simon Spurrier (Sandman Universe, Star Wars) and beautifully illustrated by artist Matías Bergara (Supergirl, Cannibal), Coda Volume Three concludes the critically-acclaimed series that siphons the best of the dystopian fantasy genre into an engaging, emotional tale.

Collects Coda issues 9-12.

Coda Vol. 3 SC

NYCC 2019: Simon Spurrier Announces Alienated

BOOM! Studios announced at the New York Comic Con Discover Yours panel, a new original series Alienated. From acclaimed writer Simon Spurrier and artist Chris Wildgoose, comes a subversive coming-of-age story about having all the power to change the world but the unready hands to truly wield it, available in February 2020.

Three teenagers, each an outcast in their own way, stumble upon an unearthly entity as it’s born. As they bond over this shared secret and the creature’s incredible abilities, it becomes clear to the teenagers that their cute little pet is a predator in the making—and it’s in need of prey. Guided by the best intentions at first, the teens’ decisions soon become corrupted by adolescent desires, small town jealousies, and internal rivalries, sending them into a catastrophic spiral of their own making.

Alienated #1 will be available for sale February 2020.

Alienated #1 cover by Chris Wildgoose
Alienated #1 cover by Bengal

Preview: Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Simon Spurrier, Ryan Ferrier
Artist: Daniel Bayliss, Irene Flores
Cover Artist: Fiona Staples
Colorist: Joana Lafuente
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $24.99

THE UNTOLD ORIGIN OF THE GOBLIN KING

Time is running out. War rages at the Owl King’s castle as the goblin rebellion spins out of control. While Skubbin, Tangle, and Cible try to hold off the enemy hordes, Maria must face the King and the cost of protecting her boy from a life of misery. Up until the clock strikes 13, Maria holds onto the one truth she’s learned while facing the trials of the maze: in the Labyrinth, nothing is as it seems. 

Written by Simon Spurrier (Jim Henson’s The Power of the Dark Crystal) and Ryan Ferrier (Kong on the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Daniel Bayliss (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: Dragons)and Irene Flores (Heavy Vinyl), Labyrinth: Coronation Volume Three brings the critically acclaimed prequel of Jim Henson’s beloved film to its stunning conclusion.  

Collects issues #9-12

Labyrinth: Coronation Vol. 3 HC
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