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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.