(W) Jake Murray (A) Alice Li Barnes (CA) Tiffany Turrill In Shops: Mar 31, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Curipan connects with a side of herself she’d long forgotten, and awakens a new power that frames her past in a new light. Kikan reconsiders his devotion to his wife, and Daniel’s parents wrestle with their son’s mysterious abilities. Meanwhile, General McLeod leaves a trail of bodies in his wake as he searches for a new host.
Gothic steampunk series Monstrous returns with a brand new miniseries, Monstrous: Heartbreak and Blood Loss, a swashbuckling ghost story with hidden secrets, bloodthirsty pirates, a cave filled with treasure, and a whole host of things that will leave you haunted. Heartbreak and Blood Loss #1 is available for pre-order now and will be in shops Wednesday, May 26.
Written by Greg Wright, each issue of Heartbreak and Blood Loss features an original story, each with its own artists including: Maria Santaolalla, Gary and Josh Sobek, Alexander Mortarion, and Rachel Young. Heartbreak and Blood Loss #1 is elegantly illustrated by Young.
How would you handle being haunted? A lonely lighthouse keeper learns she’s living right above a ghost pirate protecting cursed treasure. At first they struggle to figure out who will give up the territory first, but they quickly learn that they have a lot in common, including some enemies determined to destroy them both.
Monstrous is the longest-running series at Source Point Press, but readers don’t need to start at the beginning to enjoy each volume.
Heartbreak and Blood Loss has something for Monstrous fans new and old, including appearances from brand new characters alongside fan favorites like Hans, the human brain put into a steam-powered robot body by Dr. Frankenstein.
Years in the making, inspired by journals left behind by his brother, playwright Michael Fleizach and co-creator Todd Hunt delve into the underbelly of the 1980s New York City’s drug epidemic with Darling, from Source Point Press. The art and colors by Dave Mack Mims is emblazoned with influences of street graffiti and punk rock culture, the story pays homage to the style of Lewis Carroll and Frank L. Baum—making Darling a comic series that captures the passions that Michael and his brother once shared.
With all of New York City enveloped in the zeitgeist of a missing 8-year-old girl, lovable anti-hero Francis Darling accidentally stumbles onto the machinations behind her kidnapping and the drug war that ensues.
…but has he really?
A bit like chasing the Mad Hatter through a toxic chemical cloud, Francis’ inconceivable journey brings us uncomfortably close to NYC’s most crooked…most deviant…most irredeemable characters; the kind that can only be extricated from the drug-addled, guilty conscience of a failing brain.
In the announcement, Fleizach said:
In 2012, my brother died of a heroin overdose. It feels good to type that out, actually. It feels good because there is a stigma associated with drug death; it isn’t exactly discussed on the checkout line, at the hairdresser, or while you’re waiting on an oil change – it just isn’t done. Shortly after his death, wanting to connect and understand, but feeling like a societal leper, I turned to my brother’s journals to make sense of something I thought was impossible. This was the impetus for the world of Darling—It’s important to remember – addicts are not these cast-off wretches of society. They are, almost certainly, very dearly loved by at least one other human being; someone who can only be halfway whole when they leave this plane for good.
With a percentage of sales donated to programs dedicated to helping those who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse, the creators of Darling, along with Source Point Press, hope to open the floor and give a voice to those coping with addiction within their families and communities.
Darling #1 is slated for release June 30, 2021 it features letters by Zack Turner and Cover B by Alex Riegel.
Underground Candian cult hit Yuki vs. Panda is getting a second wind with Source Point Press. Written by Graham Misuriak with art by A. L. Jones, Yuki vs. Panda chronicles the neverending battle between a college student and her anthropomorphic rival. It releases Wednesday, May 26 and is available for pre-order now!
Ten years after a freak incident at the zoo, Yuki finds herself attending a prestigious college on the road to success, unaware that a panda bear from that fateful day has been hunting her down to exact bloody revenge. Nothing can prepare you for this outrageous comedy filled with epic fights, awkward romance, supernatural powers, and plenty of zigs and zags. Put up your pigtails! Sharpen your claws!
Yuki vs. Panda is currently being adapted into an animated series by indie production company Synapz Productions, directed by Andrew Palmer.
Simon & Schuster, Inc. has entered into a distribution agreement with Source Point Press. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will handle sales and distribution worldwide beginning March 1, 2021.
The deal allows Source Point Press’ line of graphic novels and prose novels will be available to booksellers around the globe. It’s the latest publisher to announced a distribution deal with Simon & Schuster. Vault Comics, AWA Studios, and Red 5 Comics have all announced similar distribution deals in recent weeks.
In May 2020, Source Point Press announced they were dropping Diamond as their comic distributor choosing to go direct to retailers through Corner Box. Since then, the publisher has mixed things up and has launched numerous “box” initiatives to sell directly to consumers as well.
Source Point Press has launched a subscription service. It’s the most convenient and cost-efficient way to stay current with Source Point Press releases.
In the Pull List Subscription Box, subscribers get all of the released single issues for the month as well as an Ashcan and at least 1 trade. Each Pull List Subscription Box has a chance to include an exclusive variant or rare artist proof variant from the SPP Vault!
But wait, there’s more! The Ashcan Subscription Box features obscure and experimental comics from SPP talent. Every month subscribers will get 1 Limited edition Ashcan Comic (featuring new stories/characters), 1 die-cut sticker or collectible, and a chance for ultra-rare loot! Featuring an exclusive newsletter featuring upcoming stories, characters, and spotlights.
(W) Jake Murray (A) Alice Li Barnes (CA) Tiffany Turrill In Shops: Feb 24, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Curipan recalls the origin of her immortality, as she reconsiders the rules and restrictions it has imposed on her existence. Meanwhile, the present day incarnation of a dark spirit begins to unravel immortality itself. Also, the tyranny of skinny jeans.
Level up your comic collection and discover up-and-coming creators with Get in the Game, a brand new comic anthology from Source Point Press. Curated by Pat Kawula, Get in the Game is available now and will be in shops Wednesday, Apr. 28 with 110 hit points…err pages.
Get in the Game is a collection of 8-page comics from 10 different creative teams based around a simple prompt: video games. The creative teams run the gamut from first-time creators to indie comics veterans. The first-timers are hungry to prove themselves and the veterans have been amazingly supportive in the process.
Each story is linked together by the video game theme, but each creative team has taken that theme into its own direction, from humor to self-discovery and even life and death.
Go enough rounds in the 20 Fists Fight League and you might just fall in love… Or get your heart broken. 20 Fists is kicking off with a three-issue mini-series written by Frankee White with art, color, and letters by Kat Baumann, GabContreras, and DC Hopkins respectively. Being published by Source Point Press, it’s available for pre-order now through Diamond Comic Distributors and Oxeyemedia.com.
20 Fists is about fist fights and bad romance. The No Names are new to the 20 Fists Fight League. As they begin to make a name for themselves the worst possible thing happens: their leader Chel falls for Billie, the leader of their rival crew The Big Jackets. Now, with their crews about to meet up for another battle, Chel and Billie need to decide… to make love or war?
20 Fists is available to pre-order now and will be released Wednesday, April 28.
The Eighth Immortal #1 takes us to a Highlander-like world where there’s seven immortals never more and never less, until now. The immortals have over the years had children with regular humans leading to the possible creation of more but one is tasked with preventing that, sucking the essence out that causes the change. That is, until she meets a child who might be the kid she left for dead.
Written by Jake Murray, The Eighth Immortal #1 is an interesting debut with a feel about it that gives it a vibe similar to manga. It’ extends that to the look as well but the story itself feels very influenced by that sort of story.
It’s an interesting debut fused with an emotional telling of the story. There’s a haunting aspect of it all as its clear this is a story about loss and also a questioning of this reality. Through its main character, we get doubts about the status-quo. These seven immortals live their lives and with it comes a disconnection from humanity. There’s also a sense of boredom among them. They act out in ways to make themselves feel anything at all. It brings into question if immortality is worth it and if the way things are should remain?
Alice Li Barnes‘ art is really interesting. There’s a manga influence to it with an almost ethereal quality about it. Mainly in black and white, the debut issue uses color very sparingly to emphasize certain aspects of the storytelling. There’s some fantastic page layouts in the issue changing things up from the standard squares and rectangles. Instead we get the flow of a cloak running through the panels of a page, lots of angles on panels to dramatize the moment, and overall a visually interesting layout to pages. There’s a lot packed in at times but it works.
The Eighth Immortal #1 is a pretty interesting debut comic. It’s focus on drama is a a bit unexpected as well as the comic’s clear manga influences. It’s one I want to see where it goes and what it can deliver from it’s initial groundwork here.
Story: Jake Murray Art: Alice Li Barnes Letterer: Letter Squids Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read
Source Point Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review