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Preview: Werewolf By Night #1 (of 4)

Werewolf By Night #1 (of 4)

(W) Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff (A) Scott Eaton (CA) Mike McKone
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 21, 2020
SRP: $3.99

THE HOUR OF THE WOLF!
A new Werewolf by Night is prowling the Southwest, but all is not as it seems! A young man, a family curse, and an unholy experiment prove a dangerous combination for a small town in Arizona. All young Jake wants is to protect his people, but who will protect him from the monster within? Taboo of the BLACK EYED PEAS and Benjamin Jackendoff team up with Scot Eaton to tell an epic tale of righteous fury and incredible transformation in the Mighty Marvel Manner that is not to be missed!

Werewolf By Night #1 (of 4)

Dani Moonstar Takes Aim in Afua Richardson’s Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 Cover

This November, Marvel honors Indigenous history with Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, a landmark special exploring the legacy and experiences of Marvel’s incredible cast of Indigenous characters in stories told by renowned Indigenous talent.

Marvel has revealed one of the covers of this upcoming book, a striking depiction of one of Marvel’s most prominent Native characters, Dani Moonstar, by Eisner award-winning artist Afua Richardson. Known for her work on the critically acclaimed series, Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Richardson brings the New Mutants leader to life in this vibrant piece showing Moonstar readying her psionic bow for her latest battle. In Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger and acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles will team up for a Dani Moonstar story, as the Cheyenne superhero faces the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 features stores written by Jeffrey Veregge, Rebecca Roanhorse, Darcie Little Badger, and Stephen Graham Jones with art by Verregge, Weshoyot Alvitre, Kyle Charles, and David Cutler with commentary by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff and a main cover by Jim Terry and Brian Reber.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 is out on November 18th!

Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 Afua Richardson cover

Taboo and Ben Jackendoff Talk about Werewolf By Night

The hour of the wolf is almost at hand! A new Werewolf by Night is on the prowl in an all-new series written by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff with art by Scot Eaton.

Set in a small town in Arizona, Werewolf By Night will tell the incredible tale of a young man named Jake dealing with the effects of a family curse while trying to protect his people from a mysterious corporation. As this wild adventure unfolds, Jake will learn the startling truth behind his abilities and go up against fan-favorite super hero, Red Wolf.

Don’t miss the epic introduction of the new Werewolf by Night and the surprising mythology behind his history when the series kicks off next month! In the meantime, check out never before seen artwork from the captivating first issue in this exclusive video interview with Taboo and Ben Jackendoff!

Prepare to welcome a ferocious new hero to the Marvel Universe when Werewolf By Night #1 hits stands on October 21st!

Indigenous Talent are Highlighted with Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices

This November, Marvel celebrates Indigenous history with a landmark special, Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1, written and drawn by some of the industry’s most renowned Indigenous talent along with talents making their Marvel Comics debut! Celebrated writer and artist Jeffrey Veregge, who just wrapped up his exhibition Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, is leading this book alongside a team of acclaimed creators to explore the legacy and experiences of Marvel’s incredible cast of Indigenous characters.

Hugo, Nebula, and Locus-award winning Black/Ohkay Owingeh writer Rebecca Roanhorse and Tongva artist Weshoyot Alvitre tell an Echotale like none before as she is set to play a critical role in Marvel Comics. Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstarstory where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind. And Bram Stoker-winning horror writer Stephen Graham Jones of the Blackfeet Nation teams up with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler to revisit one of the darkest spots of X-Men history! The cover is by Jim Terry and Brian Reber and the issue features commentary by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff.

Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 comes after the critically acclaimed Marvel’s Voices #1 anthology earlier this year, which featured top BIPOC talents such as James Monroe Iglehart, Sanford Greene, Method Man, Charlamagne tha God, Roxane Gay & more, telling stories about the X-Men, the Hulk, Black Panther, Killmonger, She-Hulk, Black Widow, and many more of Marvel’s iconic heroes. Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 kicks off the next phase of Marvel’s expanded Marvel’s Voices program to introduce fans to experience more inclusive stories and talent at Marvel Comics.

Be sure to check out Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 and the re-released special printing of Marvel’s Voices #1 this November!

Marvel's Voices: Indigenous Voices #1

Marvel’s Pull List Shows off New Champions, King in Black, Werewolf By Night, X of Swords, and more!

Today, Marvel released its special edition of The Pull List, unveiling exclusive information for the hottest books coming to comic shops this October!

Tucker Markus took the reins of this special previews announcement solo, presenting the first look at a few bleeding-edge Marvel comics, with info all about new series, art, and creative teams heading to your local comic shop in three months! This special previews announcement gave viewers a first look at the highly anticipated X-Men crossover, X of Swords and the celebration of 50 years of Conan the Barbarian’s Marvel Comics legacy in Conan the Barbarian #15 and The Official Handbook of the Conan Universe Anniversary Edition. This latest episode also teased new eras for both the Fantastic Four in Fantastic Four #25 and Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel #25 and exciting starts for the brand new Werewolf By Night and the new Champions. The Pull List also shed light on King in Black, the next chapter in Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s landmark run on Venom coming in December!

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

Written by TINI HOWARD & JONATHAN HICKMAN
Art by PEPE LARRAZ & MAHMUD ASRAR
Cover by PEPE LARRAZ

X OF SWORDS: STASIS #1

THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Written by ALAN ZELENETZ
Cover by MICHAEL KALUTA

THE OFFICIAL HANDBOOK OF THE CONAN UNIVERSE ANNIVERSARY EDITION

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15

Written by JIM ZUB
Art by ROGÊ ANTÔNIO
Cover by E.M. GIST

CONAN THE BARBARIAN #15

FANTASTIC FOUR #25

Written by DAN SLOTT
Art by R.B. SILVA
Cover by MARK BROOKS

FANTASTIC FOUR #25

CAPTAIN MARVEL #22

Written by KELLY THOMPSON
Art by LEE GARBETT
Cover by JORGE MOLINA

CAPTAIN MARVEL #22

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1

Written by TABOO & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF
Art by SCOT EATON
COVER by MIKE MCKONE

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1

CHAMPIONS #1

Written by EVE L. EWING
Art by SIMONE DI MEO
Cover by TONI INFANTE

CHAMPIONS #1

KING IN BLACK #1

Written by DONNY CATES
Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN

KING IN BLACK #1

Marvel’s Storyboards Season 1 Debuts July 23

As a surprise for Marvel fans everywhere, Marvel Entertainment will unveil the world premiere of Marvel’s Storyboards on Thursday, July 23!

Marvel’s Storyboards is a 12-episode non-fiction series following Joe Quesada, EVP, Creative Director of Marvel Entertainment, as he explores the origin stories and inspirations of storytellers of all mediums, backgrounds, and experiences at their favorite spots throughout New York City and beyond. The series will be aired in two six-episode seasons, showcasing a variety of visionary, critically acclaimed storytellers including Bobby Lopez (EGOT winning songwriter, Frozen, Avenue Q), Johnny Weir (former Olympic figure skater), Christian Borle (Something Rotten, Smash), Margaret Stohl (Life of Captain Marvel), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Sasheer Zamata (SNL), Ed Viesturs (high-altitude mountaineer), Natalia Cordova-Buckley (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Nelson Figueroa (former MLB pitcher for the New York Mets), Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), Samhita Mukhopadhyay (Executive Editor, Teen Vogue), and Taboo (Black Eyed Peas)!

Fans will be able to tune in to the first season of Marvel’s Storyboards on Marvel’s YouTube channel and Marvel.com this summer – all for free!

Marvel’s Storyboards Season 1 Episode Release Schedule:

  • Thursday, July 23: Episode 1 feat. Hugh Jackman
  • Thursday, July 30: Episode 2 feat. Natalia Cordova-Buckley
  • Thursday, August 6: Episode 3 feat. Christian Borle
  • Thursday, August 13: Episode 4 feat. Johnny Weir
  • Thursday, August 20: Episode 5 feat. Margaret Stohl
  • Thursday, August 27: Episode 6 feat. Robert Lopez

Afro Samurai Creator Takashi Okazaki Debuts at Marvel with a Werewolf By Night Variant Cover

This April, you’ll be able to see the work of acclaimed Japanese artist, Takashi Okazaki, on the cover of the brand new series, Werewolf By Night! Known for creating the hit manga series Afro Samurai, which went on to inspire both an anime series and an Emmy-nominated television film, Okazaki now brings his incredible talent to Marvel Comics.

Written by Taboo and Ben Jackendoff with art by Scot Eaton, Werewolf By Night #1 will introduce an all-new Werewolf by Night, a young man who must deal with a family curse while trying to protect his community from a deadly threat. For this exciting new series, Okazaki captures the new hero’s internal struggle in beautiful detail with a special variant cover to mark his Marvel debut!

See Okazaki’s cover below and howl along with the new Werewolf by Night when it hits store in April!

Werewolf by Night Takashi Okazaki variant cover

The Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff, and Scot Eaton Introduce a New Werewolf By Night

Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas will be co-writing a new Marvel comic series this April with Benjamin Jackendoff.

The pair previously worked together on a story for Marvel Comics #1000 that focused on Red Wolf and will now be teaming up with acclaimed comic artist Scot Eaton on Werewolf By Night. The series will introduce a brand-new Werewolf by Night character to the Marvel Universe in a story set in Arizona. The new Werewolf by Night will be a young man named Jake who will be dealing with the effects of a family curse while trying to protect his people. The events of the story will also be driven by the outcome of March’s Outlawed one-shot.

The new series and character will be “going through a Native lens” reflecting Taboo’s Native American heritage.

Werewolf By Night #1 is out this April with a cover by Mike McKone.

Werewolf By Night #1

Review: Through The Habitrails: Life Before and After My Career in Cublicles

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Let’s face it : work sucks. In my experience, while not quite everyone hates their job per se (and about 99% of those who claim they don’t are actually lying), everyone certainly hates getting up in the morning and going to it, and why shouldn’t they? Every single worker on the planet is being played for a sucker, and on some deep, intrinsic level we all know it — after all, we’re trading away the time of our lives (and chances are we’re only going to get one of those) in exchange for little green pieces of paper that we’ll use, by and large, to keep on surviving so that we can keep on showing up for work. A rawer deal than this is, frankly, impossible to conceive of : work doesn’t ensure that we’ll ever “get ahead,” only that we’ll have to keep on working, and the folks who benefit from all of our labors are a fattened, greedy clique of corporate parasites who, by and large, don’t do any work themselves.

When you really sit down and think about this patently absurd set of circumstances, you come to realize that not only is it deeply tragic, it’s also deeply evil, and trust me when I say that’s not a term I use lightly. About the only thing remotely comparable to it is the wretchedly inhumane concept of schooling, which dictates that, at a given age, we have to hand our kids over to either a private or state-run institution in order for them to be “educated”with the “skills” it takes to achieve a “bright” future — as part of the fucking work force. As an old poster I used to have on the wall of my apartment back when I was a 20-something states : “If you liked school — you’ll love work.”

And since we’re on the subject of my early 20s, a time which I now look back on as being quite formative in terms of developing my overall misanthropic/nihilistic (in other words, highly accurate)  mindset, it was at about this time that I first discovered the writings of “anti-work” anarchist philosophers like Bob Black and, especially, John Zerzan, who were able to concisely, if depressingly, articulate the breadth and scope of the world-wide existential crisis that is labor and employment, and to point out in stark terms how, no, it absolutely doesn’t “have to be this way,” and, in fact, it’s only been “this way” for a relatively short amount of time as far as the whole span of human existence goes. And right around this same time, in one of those oddly perfect bits of serendipity that life sometimes throws our way, I first came across Jeff Nicholson‘s superbly bleak Through The Habitrails, then being serialized in the pages of Steve Bissette’s ground-breaking horror anthology series Taboo, and immediately fell in love.

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Nicholson “gets it” because he’s lived it, apparently “doing time” in the advertising/graphic arts business, and while I’d been marginally aware of his earlier work on his self-published B&W series Ultra Klutz, the simple fact is that book, while equal parts amusing and tragic in its own way, was too steeped in a kind of loving-yet-somehow-resentful nostalgia for the old Japanese TV show Ultraman (a theme the cartoonist would return to with a more mature eye and better results in the sadly-truncated Lost Laughter, which I sincerely hope he’ll either return to, collect, or both, at some point) for it to really “hit home” for me the way Habitrails did immediately — and has continued to do for nearly two decades since.

Told through a series of vignettes that interlink to form a philosophically-unassailable whole, Through The Habitrails tells the story of a blank-featured, nameless protagonist, rendered in sharply-detailed-yet-appropriately-anonymous style,  who toils away at a drawing board inside of a cubicle at a typically gargantuan and generic corporate office where his “creative juices” (and, by extension, his very life essences) are drained in order to feed the gerbils running around in the habitrails that criss-cross the concrete tomb he’s whiling away his life within, hence the title. Each successive chapter sees the depth of his predicament deepen, to the point where he pursues dead-end relationships, “escapes” to the countryside, and even pickles his head inside a jar of beer, all in order to try to either numb the pain of, our outright forget about, a life that he’s literally selling away. The problem is, of course, that the reach of his corporate/gerbil overlords is so vast that they’ve managed to hollow out all of existence itself, and each of these temporary “solutions” proves to be an insidious trap in its own right — kinda like how you’ll go on vacation for a week and spend the last half of it dreading going back to work the following Monday.

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Obviously, then, this is far from “feel-good” reading, but it sure as hell is essential, and while Nicholson — who would, believe it or not, go on to do an issue of the Sandman spin-off series The Dreaming for DC/Vertigo — actually ended Habitrails‘ initial run on an uncharacteristically optimistic note by having his stand-in meet the girl of his dreams and, apparently, live happily ever after, now that the entire series is coming back into print for the first time in far too long thanks to the superb Dover Books collection Through The Habitrails : Life Before And After My Career In The Cubicles, he’s availed himself of the opportunity to insert new material throughout and to modify his earlier conclusion in order to wrap things up on something of a different, and perhaps more accurate, note. Does our hero still ride off into the sunset with the love of his life? You’ll have to read it to find out.

And read it you most certainly should — okay, fair enough, Dover provided Graphic Policy with an advance digital copy for review purposes, but this is something I’ll be plunking down my hard-earned money for a physical copy of regardless, even though I’ve got Nicholson’s self-published original printing, simply because, in addition to the just-mentioned new material, there’s a new foreword by early-fan-turned-comics-superstar Matt Fraction and an absolutely exhaustive new introduction by Steve Bissette that’s worth the $14.95 price of admission alone. Those familiar with his work know that there’s no introduction like a Bissette introduction, and the agonizingly thorough blow-by-blow he provides of his struggles to bring Nicholson’s work to print in the pages of Taboo is a genuinely gripping read. Plus, his love for the material remains obviously undiminished even after all these years.

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And while I may not have the physical package in my hands — at least not yet — my best guess is that Dover’s going to do a bang-up job on the production given the high standard they’ve set with works like their collected editions of Stephen Murphy and Michael Zulli’s The Puma Blues and Sam Glanzman’s A Sailor’s Story. In short, a lot of work is going to go into presenting this story about just how demoralizing and draining work itself is. All in all this book gets a solid 9 for both story and art and a very strong BUY recommendation from your humble reviewer. Now quit reading this and GET THE FUCK BACK TO WORK.

Story: Jeff Nicholson Art: Jeff Nicholson
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Dover Publications provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review