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Ablaze Reveals its January 2022 Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

by Jeon Geuk-jin & Park Jin-Hwan
MSRP: $19.99 • Release Date: January 22, 2022

In THE BREAKER Volume 2 omnibus edition, Chun-woo has gone missing, following his intense and deadly fight with the dreaded Gijoo. Meanwhile, Si-woon has been confronted with his inner demons ever since Si-Ho Lee administered a remedy that generates so much Qi that the high school student may well explode from within! Future invincible warrior…or time bomb?

THE BREAKER is a bestselling hit in South Korea and has been translated into French, German, Italian, Spanish and more…and now ABLAZE is happy to bring this amazing manhwa title to English readers worldwide!

THE BREAKER OMNIBUS, Volume 2

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

by Jerome Alquié & Leiji Matsumoto
MSRP: $24.99 • Release Date: February 23, 2022

The definitive hardcover edition containing all 6 issues of the critically acclaimed space adventure by the legendary Leiji Matsumoto and artist Jérôme Alquié.

Set within the timeline of the original series, this brand-new CAPTAIN HARLOCK adventure marks the beginning of an original new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Mazon and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. This time, the source of danger comes directly from Earth, not outer space. A team of scientists discovers a Mazon mausoleum where they find information about terrifying genetic manipulations and a destructive power capable of either providing the Mazon with immortality or putting an end to their civilization. The unprecedented cold spell hitting Earth might only be a taste of what this new enemy has in store… Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace?

The hardcover edition features behind the scenes sketches, designs, artwork, and photos on the creation of the story, and contains a complete cover gallery.

SPACE PIRATE CAPTAIN HARLOCK

ANIMAL CASTLE Issue 2

by Xavier Dorison & Felix Delep
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 12, 2022

On the Farm all animals were equal. In the Castle some are more equal than others.

After witnessing the deaths of animals that she knew as friends for seemingly nothing, Miss B. becomes a conflicted cat. Things are further complicated when questions are raised about the state of the farm, bringing down severe retaliation by President Silvio’s hounds. Miss B. must ask herself what’s worse: doing something that could cost a life or do nothing at all? For fans of the bestselling Stray Dogs and the Eisner Award winning Beasts of Burden comes an animal fable at once familiar and surprising! You may think you know the story but set aside your assumptions, this animal uprising is unlike any you have read!

GUILLEM MARCH’S LAURA Issue 3

by Guillem March
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 19, 2022

Before Batman, the hit Joker series, and Karmen, there was the heartfelt story of Laura, the book that led Guillem March to the mainstream comics world! The story of Irene explores the nature of inspiration and creating art outside of one’s comfort zone, thanks to some advice from a role model and a cameo by Guillem himself. In Muse, an artist’s search for a model puts how a young woman is perceived by her male roommates into perspective.

HE WHO FIGHTS WITH MONSTERS Issue 5

by Francesco Artibani & Werther Dell’Edera
MSRP: $3.99 • Release Date: January 26, 2022

In the aftermath of an unthinkable act, Radek and the golem decide to work with the Resistance, only to find themselves falling into a deadly trap. Will they make it out alive and save as many people as possible, or will this be the end of hope in the city?

Review: Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1

Growing up, there was glimpses of manga and anime but it wasn’t until high school I really paid attention. Even then, my exposure was much of the classics of the time over and over. Space Pirate Captain Harlock isn’t something I remember the specifics of, but I know I’ve seen glimpses of it. Interestingly, it blends together for me with Robotech and Macross, and I couldn’t say why. So, walking into Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 I recognized the characters and design but have no idea why.

For those not familiar, this comic series is set in the timeline of the original series. Planet Earth is threatened by the Mazon’s who have launched an attack on the planet. Unfortunately, its inhabitants have no idea. Captain Harlock however recognizes something is off and will make it his mission to save the world. A cold spell has hit the Earth and is only the beginning at the attack to come.

With a story by Leiji Matsumoto, Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 doesn’t a decent job of catching up the readers. It goes through the key points that are needed to understand the characters, the world, and the situation that’s approaching. It does a very good job of that and by the time the comic really got into the story, I felt like I had a good idea of what was going on. For a comic set in the original timeline, it doesn’t leave new readers out. It also does a solid job of transitioning into the main story. In a way, the comic is split with half dedicated to catching up readers and the other getting to the point. Its balance is pretty solid and it does a good job as an introduction.

The art by Jérôme Alquié is fantastic. As I said, I knew the look of the characters. And, as I flipped through the pages my memories came back. I found myself uttering “that looks familiar” more and more. So, as far as picking up on the original designs, the comic clearly does a fantastic job. There’s also some interesting and dynamic page layouts. The comic has a pacing in the art that really fits the story and characters. It’s beautiful to look at and looks like the anime come to the page without falling into too many manga tropes.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 is a good start. It feels more like a Free Comic Book Day prelude in a way with its split focus but it has me wanting to read the next issue. So, in that way, it’s a success. I can’t say how well it continues the original material but visually it feels like it nails the look. As someone who only remembers the property in hazy memories, this debut has me wanting to go back and watch the original source material while I wait for the second issue.

Story: Leiji Matsumoto Art: Jérôme Alquié
Story: 7.25 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Ablaze provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Static: Season One #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.

Black Friday #3 (Scout Comics) – This has been a fantastic horror series that plays with the horror that is Black Friday at big box retail stores.

BRZRKR #3 (BOOM! Studios) – The high-profile series has been interesting so far and this issue promises to dive further into the character of B giving us something more than just action.

Compass #1 (Image Comics) – The series sounds like an Indiana Jones like adventure as Shahidah El-Amin searches for the secret to eternal life.

Heroes Reborn #7 (Marvel) – The event wraps up and we’re interested in seeing how. As a whole, the story has been a bit mixed in quality but there’s obviously a bigger picture here.

Nottingham #4 (Mad Cave Studios) – The new take on the classic story of Robin Hood has been amazing so far.

Perhapanauts: Second Chances #1 (Scout Comics) – The heroes head back in time to investigate The Flatwoods Monster!

Planet-Sized X-Men #1 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Save Yourself #1 (BOOM! Studios) – What if the heroes you looked up to weren’t what you though they were?

Seven Swords #1 (AfterShock) – Swashbuckling adventure bringing together literary heroes!

Silver City #2 (AfterShock) – The first issue reminded us a lot of Dark City and we want to see where this interesting take on the afterlife goes.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 (Ablaze) – Set within the timeline of the original series, Captain Harlock heads out to new adventure. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world.

Stake #4 (Scout Comics) – The series has been a nice updated take on the classic vampire genre with a lot of small details that makes it well worth checking out.

Static: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The Dakotaverse is back! After a long wait, it’s finally here and we’re beyond excited to dive back into this amazing world of heroes and villains.

Venom #35 (Marvel) – It’s a big enough issue that Marvel didn’t provide a preview. Which makes us all the more interested.

Around the Tubes

Monsters

The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below. While you debate on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Book Riot – 12 Famous Mangaka You Should Know – What would you add to the list?

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Next-level ex revenge in HARD LACQUER! – Free comics!

Reviews

Blog Critics – Billionaires
CBR – Judge Dredd: False Witness
Horror Geek Life – Madi: Once Upon a Time in the Future
But Why Tho Podcast – Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #3
The Guardian – Monsters
CBR – Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1
CBR – Undead Unluck Vol. 1

Ablaze Reveals New Space Pirate Captain Harlock Variant Covers

Comics publisher Ablaze gives readers and fans another special sneak peek of its forthcoming series, Space Pirate Captain Harlock, with cover reveals for Issue 2. A total of 5 variant covers have been created for the sophomore release of the new sci-fi series by legendary creator, Leiji Matsumoto, and French artist, Jerome Alquié. Issue 1 launches in print and digitally on June 9th.

Each installment of Space Pirate Captain Harlock is published as full-color, 32-page issue with special variant covers by renowned artists from the comics world. The variants for Issue 2 include artistic homages from talents including Mirka Andolfo, Junggeun Yoon, Andie Tong, Philippe Briones, as well as one by the series’ main artist, Jerome Alquié.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock Issue 2 goes on sale on July 7th. Issue 2 will be available for pre-orders starting Friday, April 23rd after the July ’21 solicitation information is released by Diamond.  Pre-orders and solicitations for issue 1 are available now.   

As Issue 2 unfolds, the Earth’s government is not up to the task of protecting the planet from an impending invasion, so Captain Harlock and his crew take it on themselves. The space pirates rush to investigate a looming threat already implanted on Earth that will make a Mazon takeover that much more likely. Will they be able to meet this threat head on and eliminate it from the board before humankind is under siege from all sides?

Captain Harlock first appeared in Leiji Matsumoto’s manga, also titled Space Pirate Captain Harlock, which was published in 1977.  An anime adaptation followed in 1978, and the character went on to star in several feature films and television series achieving iconic status among legions of ardent fans. The Space Pirate Captain Harlock comic series published by ABLAZE depicts a brand-new story arc set within the same timeline as the original manga series.

Space Pirate Captain Harlock Sets Sale with Ablaze

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1

Ablaze has announced that they will be presenting the next chapter in the Space Pirate Captain Harlock saga by legendary creator Leiji Matsumoto and artist Jérôme Alquié launching June 2021.

Set within the timeline of the original series, this brand-new Captain Harlock adventure marks the beginning of a new story arc. Planet Earth is threatened by an upcoming invasion by the Sylvidres and despite being banished as a pirate, Captain Harlock won’t give up trying to save the world. This time, the source of danger comes directly from Earth, not outer space. A team of scientists discovers a Sylvidres mausoleum where they find information about terrifying genetic manipulations and a destructive power capable of either providing the Sylvidres with immortality or putting an end to their civilization. The unprecedented cold spell hitting Earth might only be a taste of what this new enemy has in store…

Will Captain Harlock and his crew manage to solve this mystery and save the Earth from yet another menace?

Space Pirate Captain Harlock #1 will be on sale June 9, 2021 and will feature cover art by Jérôme Alquié, as well as all-new covers by Derrick Chew, Kendrick Lim, Leirix Li, Yanick Paquette, Miguel Mercado, and Andie Tong.

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