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Review: Space Riders #1

Space Riders #1From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: the Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the forbidden truths of the universe!

It’s new and exciting space adventure courtesy of writer Alexis Ziritt and artist Fabian Rangel, Jr.

Space Riders #1 feels like an comic acid trip with visuals and coloring that evoke psychedelic comics of the past. Space Riders is a love letter to the psychedelic space operas of Heavy Metal, Moebius, and EC Comics, but done with a modern twist. It’s clear from the second you look at the color packed visuals on the first page.

The story is a humorous sci-fi tale with a disgraced space jockey being brought back into the fight. The ideas and story are fairly standard, but when they’re mixed with Rangel’s visuals everything pops. The draw here is an entertaining story, but art that you just don’t see out there very much. It’s doing mushrooms via comics.

Space Riders #1 is a hell of a start with an entertaining story enhanced with unique and just plain beautiful art. Another solid release from Black Mask Studios in what’s proving to be a fantastic year for them.

Story: Alexis Ziritt Art: Fabian Rangel, Jr.
Story: 8 Art: 10 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

the_uncanny_inhumansWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Southern Bastards #8 (Image Comics) – Have you been reading this series? This is the final chapter in the story how the worst football play rose to become “Coach Boss.” The second story arc of the southern crime series has been as amazing as the first, and cements the series as one of the best out there right now.

Lady Killer #4 (Dark Horse) – The series follows a housewife who’s also a contract killer. The last issue shook things up a bunch, so it’ll be interesting to see where things go from there. I’ve been dying to find out what happens next.

No Mercy #1 (Image Comics) – Alex de Campi and Carla Speed Mcneil’s series about privileged US teens having to make their way home after an accident in Central America sounds very different, and very interesting.

Space Riders #1 (Black Mask Studios) – From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere: the Space Riders! Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy and in trippy visuals. It’s just too awesome to not give a plug.

UFOlogy #1 (BOOM! Studios) – Writer James Tynion IV has been on a role lately, and with this series he’s joined by Noah J. Yuenkel. The series is about a girl who just wanted to be a normal high school student but after being marked by an alien’s touch stumbles upon a mystery. It seems a bit like Tynion’s other BOOM! series The Woods, but that’s so good, I’m ok with it.

 

Edward

Top Pick: Wonder Woman #40 (DC Comics) – The long teased at battle between Diana and Donna is apparently here, and it may or may not be able to save interest in the Finch’s run on this title.

Jungle Book Fall of the Wild #4 (Zenescope) – This has been a fun series that has managed to capture some of the same spark as the original.

Lady Killer #4 (Dark Horse) – This series almost simultaneously lost and found its soul, but after this issue, it looks as though it is headed for a memorable conclusion.

Shahrazad #1 (Aspen Comics/Big Dog Ink) – The Aspen relaunch of BDI titles begins here with this title that was full of potential although low on promise. If it finishes its run will it get the change to realize it?

Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Marvel) – Its just over a month until the Avengers comes out, and Marvel hopes to capitalize on the Inhumans even more. It will be interesting to see what comes from this series.

 

Elana

Top Pick: Elric the Eternal Champion: The Michael Moorecock Library Volume 1 (Titan Comics) –  Moorecock changed science fiction and fantasy writing forever when he began writing tales of Elric of Melniboné for the Science Fantasy magazine in 1961. His stories were sex, drugs and a dark and troubled sorcerer warrior anti-hero before it was a cliche because he was the first to bring all that to the sword and sorcery genre. We are so lucky to have this creative team retelling Elric stories back in print again. Originally these were published in the 80s but they feel really 70s in the best way possible. If you like sword and sorcery books or hold a place in your heart for psychedelic genre comics you need this book.

Adventure Time Graphic Novel “Grables Shmaybles” (BOOM! Studios/KaBOOM!) –  I love Adventure Time. I think its one of the most important new fictional worlds. I don’t like “slice of life, humorous comic strips” and yet, when I started ready Danielle Corsetto’s slice of life humorous comic strip “Girls With Slingshots” (at Alyssa Rosenberg’s recommendation) I was immediately hooked. It was cute and I was desperate to know what would happen next. If Danielle can get me reading completely outside my genre I can’t wait to see what she does in a fictional world that I love.

Gotham Academy Endgame (DC Comics) – This comic gets better and better and I may be falling in love with it. A fun combination of soap-y and mystery. Charming art and lovable kid characters. The feeling is youthful but with enough ties to the Batman world to keep geeks guessing.

Spider-Gwen #1 2nd Printing (Marvel) – I need to catch up on this series and issue 1 is in a new printing. This looks about as Riot Grrl as a Spider-book can get. That’s a good thing.

Uncanny Inhumans #0 (Marvel) – I’ve been a fan of the Inhumans as characters for years, but I admit most of their appeal for me has been the Kirby costumes and visually interesting power sets. I haven’t really read many of their contemporary adventures– they never quite made the list. But with their new status at the center of the Marvel U and with a team this skillful I’m going to give it a go!

 

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic day tomorrow! Stay tuned throughout the day to catch our suggestions as to what you should be checking out this week.

Around the Tubes

Kotaku – Designing Batgirl To Fit Chris Nolan’s Batman Movies – This is pretty cool.

CBR – West, Ward To Reprise Batman & Robin Roles In 50th Anniversary Film – People clearly remember it being better than I do.

Robot 6 – Lobo co-creator Roger Slifer passes away – Our thoughts are with his friends and family.

The Beat – Baseball, Comic-Cons, and Paying Volunteers – This issue again?

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

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CBR – Avengers: Rage of Ultron

CBR – Darth Vader #3

CBR – Gotham Academy #6

Nothing But Comics – Space Riders #1

Black Mask in March 2015

MAYDAY #1

Diamond code: JAN151091
Writer: Curt Pires
Artist: Chris Peterson
Cover: Chris Peterson
SRP: $3.99
MR, Color, 32 pages, monthly

A washed-up, drug-addicted screenwriter and a transgender bartender stumble onto a Satanic cult’s plan to sacrifice people all across LA (geomapped in the form of a pentagram, of course) and bring on armageddon. As our intrepid, damaged heroes embark on a suicide mission to stop the crazy cultists, even they wonder if this is all really happening or if they’re just plain batshit crazy. Probably both.

The latest project from the mind of white hot scribe Curt Pires (POP) sees him teaming with art sensation Chris Peterson (Grindhouse) for a story that cuts to the very center of Hollywood mythology and depravity itself.

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SPACE RIDERS #1

Diamond code: JAN151092
Writer: Fabian Rangel Jr.
Artist: Alexis Ziritt
Cover: Alexis Ziritt
SRP: $3.99
MR, Color, 32 pages, monthly

From the galactic core to the outer quadrants, one name strikes terror in the hearts of evil beings everywhere:

THE SPACE RIDERS

Sailing the cosmos in the Skullship Santa Muerte, Capitan Peligro and his fearless crew deal harsh justice to the scum of the galaxy while searching for the forbidden truths of the universe!!

Fabian Rangel Jr (Doc Unknown) and Alexis Ziritt (The Package) bring you a new and exciting space adventure that will DESTROY YOUR BRAIN! (in a good way)

space riders 1


WE CAN NEVER GO HOME #1

Diamond code: JAN151093
Writers: Matthew Rosenberg & Patrick Kindlon
Artist: Josh Hood
Covers: Michael Walsh
SRP: $3.99
MR, Color, 32 pages, monthly

“A well worn mixtape, a stolen convertible, a duffel bag full of cash, a fully loaded .45, and super-powers. 17 and on the run is the only way to see America right.”

Navigating the halls of high school is never easy. And for teenage outcast Duncan and popular girl Madison things are even harder. They share a secret- they can do things other people can’t. But their abilities and need for secrecy take them down a dangerous path. A love letter to crime/road tales like Badlands, 80’s coming of age films like Pump Up The Volume, and askew superhero comics like Runaways, WE CAN NEVER GO HOME still carves out it’s own path. It is a new chance to fall in love with the lost misfits and doomed dreamers who set off to find something bigger.

The debut creator-owned book from artist Josh Hood (JLA: Scary Monsters, Venom), and writers Patrick Kindlon (Menu) and Matthew Rosenberg (12 Reasons To Die, co-writer of Ghostface Killah’s new LP 36 Seasons).

we can never go home


GODKILLER #4

Diamond code: JAN151090
Writer: Matt Pizzolo
Artist: Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk
Cover: Ben Templesmith
SRP: $3.99
MR, Color, 32 pages, monthly

Godkiller returns for the second half of the beloved ‘Walk Among Us’ arc beginning with issue 4, where Tommy meets notorious bounty hunter Soledad and commences his training in the mysterious arts of quantum-physics-based magic.

Godkiller has grown in notoriety and fandom since issue 1 debuted in October, this is a perfect jumping on point since issue 4 will street alongside the first trade collecting issues 1-3 (100+ pages since two issues were double-sized) also dropping in March.

Don’t sleep on this unique series that earned sleeper hit status when stores demanded reprints of #s 1 & 2 and #3 topped Diamond’s Advanced Reorder Charts.

godkiller 4


BALLISTIC, Volume 1

Diamond code: JAN151088
Writer: Adam Egypt Mortimer
Artist: Darick Robertson
Cover: Darick Robertson
SRP: $14.99
MR, Color, 132 pages

Darick Robertson (Happy, The Boys, Transmetropolitan) and Adam Egypt Mortimer’s madcap, psychedelic, transreal buddy adventure about Butch and his best friend Gun, a drug-addicted, genetically-modified, foul-mouthed firearm, as they attempt to elevate Butch from air conditioner repairman to master criminal in the twisted, post-eco-apocalyptic Repo City State, a reclaimed trash island built entirely from DNA-based, living technology with bad attitudes.

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GODKILLER, Vol 1: Walk Among Us, Part 1

Diamond code: JAN151089
Writer: Matt Pizzolo
Artist: Anna Muckcracker Wieszczyk
Cover: Ben Templesmith
SRP: $9.99
MR, Color, 128 pages

Fallen gods, weaponized orgasms, and quantum physics-wielding technowizards collide in Pizzolo and Wieszczyk’s beloved modern classic about a teenage orphan named Tommy and an escaped slavegirl named Halfpipe who travel through a post-nuke wasteland in search of a new heart for Tommy’s dying sister. “Saga meets Johnny The Homicidal Maniac.” -Aint It Cool News “A horrific yarn of quantum physics, culture jamming, and conspiracy theory.” –Wired

The sleeper hit of 2014, Godkiller’s devoted following has grown larger and more fanatical since its debut in comic shops in October. Collecting issues 1-3 here, this trade streets alongside issue 4 so the two books combined make for a great jumping on point as word spreads of this unique, grimy, beloved tale that is unlike anything else out there and on route to becoming a trilogy of animated feature films

godkiller

 

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