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Review: The Walking Dead #12

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
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Image and Skybound Announces Charity Variants for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Skybound Entertainment has announced that many of their comic book releases in May will feature new variant covers honoring Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Each of these covers will be penciled by creators of Asian or AAPI heritage.

All proceeds from the sales of these AAPI Heritage Month variant covers, will be donated to CCED, a Los Angeles based volunteer organization that builds grassroots power through organizing, education, and mutual help.

All of Skybound’s AAPI Heritage Month variant covers will be available exclusively at comic book stores and includes:

  • FIRE POWER BY KIRKMAN & SAMNEE #11 CVR B HENDERSON AAPI VAR (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Erica Henderson – Diamond Code FEB219190
  • WALKING DEAD DLX #14 CVR D YOUNG AAPI VAR (MR) (FOC 4/12, ON-SALE 5/5) by Ethan Young – Diamond Code FEB219192
  • BIRTHRIGHT #49 CVR B Su AAPI VAR (FOC 4/19, ON-SALE 5/12) by EJ Su
  • STILLWATER #7 CVR B Lee AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Soo Lee
  • ULTRAMEGA #3 CVR E TBA AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by TBA
  • THE WALKING DEAD DELUXE #15 CVR C YOUNG AAPI VAR (FOC 4/26, ON-SALE 5/19) by Cynthia Young
  • EXCELLENCE #11 CVR B Ha AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by Robin Ha
  • MANIFEST DESTINY #43 CVR B AAPI VAR (FOC 5/3, ON-SALE 5/26) by TBA
WALKING DEAD DLX #14 CVR D YOUNG AAPI VAR

Ultramega #1 Powers Up for a Second Printing and Gets New Variants for Ultramega #2

James Harren’s new hit Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment comic book series Ultramega is rushing back to print on its debut issue. The kaiju-action series also revealed all four covers for issue #2: a stunning cover from Harren himself and a variant cover from Ian Bertram, both featured in a full color and black and white variant versions.

James Harren is the creator, writer, and artist of Ultramega, with Eisner-award winning colorist Dave Stewart. In the world of Ultramega, a cosmic plague has spread and transformed everyday people into violent, monstrous kaiju. Only the Ultramega—three individuals imbued with incredible powers—hold the line against this madness. Their battles level cities and leave untold horror in their wake. Now, the final reckoning approaches for the Ultramega… but is this a war they can even win?

Both the new Ultramega #1 prints and Ultramega #2 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, April 21.

  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #1 CVR A HARREN 2ND PTG – FEB218439
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #1 CVR B 5 COPY INCV 2ND PTG – FEB218440
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR A HARREN – FEB210217
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR B BERTRAM – FEB210218
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR C 5 COPY INCV B&W VIRGIN BERTRAM – FEB218355
  • ULTRAMEGA BY JAMES HARREN #2 CVR D 10 COPY INCV B&W VIRGIN HARREN – FEB218356

Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #11

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Rus Wooton

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Amazon
Zeus Comics
TFAW

This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a percentage of the sale. Graphic Policy does purchase items from this site. Making purchases through these links helps support the site

Review: Ultramega #1

Ultramega #1

I love the kaiju genre. The concept of battling giant monsters has always appealed to me and while I’m not an expert, it’s a story I get sucked into a lot. And the stories tend to be pretty simple. There’s a giant monster and another monster/being/robot must battle them in a fight. The childhood action figure battles play out on screen, often with amazing visuals on a massive scale. But, there’s a lot of these stories now, so what makes them stand out is key. No longer do I look for just the battle, I want more. Ultramega #1 is the latest entry in the genre and while a lot of it is pretty standard, its over-the-top nature makes it stand out… a bit.

Created by James Harrem, who handles the writing and art, Ultramega #1 stands out in a lot of ways. The comic features a mysterious entity who imbues three individuals the power to detect and stop kaiju. In this version ordinary individuals impacted by a space virus randomly turn and grow into giant monsters. That in itself is not new or different. Where the comic ends up also doesn’t feel all that new or different. It’s the battle in between that’s memorable.

This is a comic that’s best to not spoil. Harrem has delivered a comic with twists in the battles. They’re so over the top with aspects I’ve never seen in this sort of comic. There’s a lot here that had me pause and say “I haven’t thought/seen that before”. And that’s a good thing. There’s a lot of original ideas here. But, all of those ideas are focused on laughable violence where blood literally floods the streets. It’s that comical level of violence where it’s hard to not laugh at how silly it is. And with that, some enjoyment.

Harrem delivers all of that with an almost glee. It feels like there’s scenes where there’s thought as to how much blood and goo to put on the various objects. It’s a level that’s comical at times with rivers of flood flood the streets and body parts flying about. There’s a glee in the destruction. Dave Stewart‘s colors and Rus Wooton‘s lettering only adds to the fun as the group go over the top with the gore.

Ultramega #1 is an entertaining start. It’s destruction is what stands out from the similar stories. It doesn’t just deliver fallen building and destroyed cars, it does it in a style and on a level that’s amusing and lighthearted. There’s a lot to this debut that’s familiar but it delivers it all in a style all its own.

Story: James Harrem Art: James Harrem
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 7.75 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Radiant Black #2

Radiant Black #2

Radiant Black #1 was a decent debut. It delivered an interesting character in Nathan, a down on his luck writer. Nathan comes across what looks like a floating black hole that gives him mysterious powers. All of that was executed well but the comic never quite delivered excitement or wonder. Nathan was a bit too down on his luck and honestly a bit depressing. Radiant Black #2 is a lot of the same with a bit more as far as action but also a downer in some ways.

Kyle Higgins delivers a potential hero who’s grounded a bit too much. In Nathan, he’s created a character so many of us can relate to which is good and bad. The good is that he’s a character that reflects the problems of so many readers. The bad is, that kills the escapism. Nathan doesn’t embrace his powers. He’s a bit weirded out by it all and seems annoyed by it all. There’s a child-like quality to the superhero origin that’s missing. Higgins could be doing that on purpose but overall it makes a bit more of a grind when it comes to the series.

But, the comic is really well done.

Higgins’ storytelling is top notch and the progression of the issue is solid. There’s consistent pacing to it all that makes sense and gives a real-world aspect to it all. A tough conversation with a father over breakfast, the grind of a job you don’t want to do, having to do things you don’t want to so you can make money. These are things so many of us have experienced and Radiant Black #2 has it all there. In some ways, it’s the anti-superhero comic removing the fantastical elements from the formula.

Marcelo Costa‘s art continues to be beautiful. There’s a Ryan Ottley on Invincible aspect to it. That’s not bad at all as the look and style fits the comic really well. Costa’s art really stands out at delivering the emotion of the moment. The facial expressions tell so much of what characters are thinking and really help convey the moment and situation. Becca Carey handles the lettering and packs in a lot without it feeling overwhelming. Like Costa’s art, the lettering also adds the right emotional aspect to things.

Radiant Black #2 isn’t bad at all. Unfortunately, Nathan is a bit of a depressing character. We see a bit of him coming out of that towards the end of the issue and hopefully that’s part of what Higgins is going for. The comic is really well done, it’s just a bit of a downer missing that escapist joy the spandex and flight brings. And maybe that’s part of the point of it all.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Marcelo Costa Letterer: Becca Carey
Story: 7.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

BeQuest #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 week.

Bequest #1 (AfterShock) – Magical items from the world of Tangea are being traded on the black Market in Chicago.

Black Knight: Curse of the Ebony Blade #1 (Marvel) – Black Knight is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe so we’re always interested in seeing how the comics reflect that.

Count (Humanoids) – A sci-fi take on the classic The Count of Monte Cristo.

Hero Hourly (21 Pulp) – Working as a superhero isn’t easy. The critically-acclaimed hit is collected! If you missed it, here’s your chance to catch up.

Muhammad Ali: Kinshasa 1974 (Titan Comics) – The graphic novel is a mix of fantastic art and photography. We have some glowing reviews here and here.

Orphan & the Five Beasts #1 (Dark Horse) – James Stokoe delivers a kung-fu epic featuring an adopted warrior having to kill their masters’ former disciples who are now corrupted.

Radiant Black #2 (Image Comics/Skybound) – The first issue showed off a lot of potential and was a fun read. We want to see where it all goes and this issue will be key to see how much longer we stick with the series.

Red Atlantis #5 (AfterShock) – We want to see where this action/political thriller goes. There’s so much to cover and so many different ways it can go.

Savage #2 (Valiant) – Savage has been captured. What’s the plan? The first volume of the series was great and the first issue caught us off-guard in a good way.

Science Comics: Digestive System (First Second) – These graphic novels have been educational and we want to learn about the digestive system!

Superman: Red & Blue #1 (DC Comics) – Publishers continue their “color” anthology kick, this time Superman is up! We always want to see what various creators do with the same character.

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (Marvel) – The first volume was solid. And we’re excited to see how this classic character evolves in the hands of Marvel.

Ultramega #1 (Image Comics/Skybound) – People are turning into kaiju and only three people with incredible powers can stop them! The final reckoning is coming but is this a way they can even win? Kaiju have been popular recently so we’re interested in seeing how this series differs from the pack.

Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer Deliver a Murder Mystery in The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton

Who done it? Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton, a new action-mystery series from Eisner-nominees Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer.

The world’s most unlikable action star has been found dead, and his previous TV sidekicks take it upon themselves to find out who killed him. But how can you catch a murderer when almost everyone hated the victim? Time for the sidekicks to become the stars of this show…that is, if any can survive the STUNTMAN WAR!

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 9:

  • The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 Cover A Schweizer – APR210126
  • The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1 Cover B Erica Henderson – APR210127
The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton
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