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Review: Maniac of New York #3

An unkillable serial killer is stalking New York City with hundreds of bodies to its name. A pair of cops are taking up the task to stop the killing which the city has moved on and treats it like a regular hazard.

Maniac of New York #3 brings the tension and claustrophobia as Harry continues to hunt in the train and our two cops attempt to stop him.

Story: Elliott Kalan
Art: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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The Dusk Kickstarts a new Superhero

Down below the abandoned skyscrapers and crumbling colonial architecture, beneath the buzzing lights and ragged billboards, is a fading, floundering city propped up by vice, extortion, and fear. This is BLACKSTONE—a dark, mirror image of Boston or Philadelphia. A city whose history dates back to the earliest days of our nation.

Jaime Nuñez is a former baseball hero turned public defender. After coming into a fortune and some super heroic tools, he discovers there might be a more direct way to do good in the world.

The Dusk is a new superhero comic from Creation.Ink and Alex Segura, Elizabeth Little, and David Hahn, with Ellie Wright and Taylor Esposito. It’s currently running on Kickster and will be published by Ominous Press.

The Dusk is a modern reimagining of the superhero vigilante that flips the script on the traditional “might makes right” approach while adding the grounded, socially conscious perspective that modern crime fiction has become known for.

There’s a lot of options to back the comic with single issues, collected graphic novel, t-shirt, and so much more.

The campaign runs until April 22 at 11:50 AM and is looking to raise $39,500.

The Dusk

Exclusive Preview: Knock ‘Em Dead #5

KNOCK ‘EM DEAD #5

Writer: Eliot Rahal 
Artist: Mattia Monaco 
Colorist: Matt Milla 
Letterer: Taylor Esposito 
Cover: Andy Clarke w/ Jose Villarrubia
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 4.21.2021

It’s the curtain call. Tonight, the people were so fine. They waited there in line. And when they got up on their feet, they made the show. And that was sweet. But I can hear the sound. Of slamming doors and folding chairs. And that’s a sound they’ll never know – oh, sorry those are the lyrics to Jackson Browne’s The Load Out. Whoops. 

This is it. The final act. The last punchline. Fame has torn the Brice family apart. Can their love bring them back together?

KNOCK ‘EM DEAD #5

Paul Tobin, Andrea Mutti, and Taylor Esposito deliver horror with Bunny Mask

Bunny Mask #1

Writer: Paul Tobin
Artist & Colorist: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Cover: Andrea Mutti
Incentive Cover: Charlie Adlard
Bunny Mask Mask Variant: Andrea Mutti
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 6.09.2021

A new horror series from the creator of the Eisner-nominated Colder!

Sealed in a cave before the dawn of man, released by a crazed madman, Bunny Mask walks our world once more. But for what dark purpose does she use her unnatural powers? And what’s her connection to Bee Foster, a young girl murdered by her father fourteen years ago? In order to save his life – and his sanity – one man will have to discover the truth of what waits behind the mask.

Writer Paul Tobin (Colder) and artist Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, Hellblazer) unleash an eons old legend upon an unsuspecting world – one that’ll make your most horrific nightmare feel like a walk in the park!

Bunny Mask #1

Aubrey Sitterson, Tony Gregori, Lovern Kindzierski, and Taylor Esposito Introduce Us to The Worst Dudes

Noted reprobates Aubrey Sitterson and Tony Gregori along with colorist Lovern Kindzierski and letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito bring this hilarious, aggressively weird, and willfully vulgar detective story to life in The Worst Dudes!

In a new series that can be loosely described as Lobo meets The Big Lebowski, a dirty cop, a drugged-up back-up dancer, and an angsty adolescent god—the absolute worst dudes in the galaxy—are on a raunch-filled hunt for a missing pop star. And from there it gets very strange. Maybe inadvisably so.

The Worst Dudes #1 (of five) will hit comic shops on June 2, 2021.

The Worst Dudes #1

Review: Maniac of New York #2

An unkillable serial killer is stalking New York City with hundreds of bodies to its name. A pair of cops are taking up the task to stop the killing which the city has moved on and treats it like a regular hazard.

Maniac of New York #2 keeps readers at the edge of their seats as we learn a bit more about Harry the killer.

Story: Elliott Kalan
Art: Andrea Mutti
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Amazon
Kindle
Zeus Comics

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Review: Knock Em Dead #4

Pryor Brice died…but only for a couple of seconds. He’s back now but has brought a spirit back with him.

Knock Em Dead #4 delivers some twists and turns and heads in a direction we didn’t expect.

Story: Eliot Rahal
Art: Mattia Monaco
Color: Matt Milla
Letterer: Taylor Esposito

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

comiXology
Kindle
Zeus Comics
TFAW

AfterShock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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The God Machine Gets a re:Vision on Kickstarter

The God Machine by Chandra Free was originally released in 2010 and earned a glowing review from us for its beautiful art and unique style. A decade later, it’s back with The God Machine Volume 1 re:Vision now being published through Machina Corpse, the publishing company of Free and Stephen Emond. A Kickstarter is currently underway.

Guy Salvatore is stricken with sadness and guilt. His world no longer makes sense. His girlfriend has died and he’s seeing monsters. Are they manifestations of grief or something more? A strange man in a graveyard tells Guy that his girlfriend is indeed alive, floating in and out of the “Dream Worlds” and that only Guy can save her! However, the Gods stand in his way of happiness. Could this be the uniting of young lovers, or the end of everything else?

The God Machine Volume 1 re:Vision not only kickstarts the original release but will lead to volume 2 and beyond. This version is the “definitive” version with new content throughout. The series features a new logo, new lettering by Taylor Esposito, refined dialogue, overall, it’s a lot more polished with extended scenes, new pages, new characters… it’s a re:Vision.

You can get a PDF copy for $15 and the physical hardcover is at the $35 level. Other pledge items include pins, prints, and so much more.

The Kickstarter campaign has raised over 1/3 of its goal of $24,000 in its first day. The campaign ends on April 8 at 10:30am EDT.

The God Machine Vol. 1 re:Vision

Review: White Lily #1

White Lily #1

Originally a Kickstarter and published by Common Sense Press/Pocket Jack Comics, White Lily #1 is now out courtesy of Red 5 Comics. Adapted from the screenplay by Preston Poulter, White Lily #1 tells the story of Lydia Litvyak, a Russian fighter pilot during World War II. The series is a fictionalized take on Litvyak’s history but it gets the basics right of a Jewish woman who became a fighter ace (one of two women who hold the title) and the most kills by a female fighter pilot.

I know the basics of female fighter pilots during World War II, and mostly around the famous Night Witches. Specific pilots is a new subject for me and it appears Litvyak is a hell of a one to start with.

Poulter takes us from her early days focusing on her talents as a pilot and her penchant for showing off. To say she was talented was an understatement and she was one of the best pilots at the time. She was very much a female Maverick from Top Gun, and that includes buzzing the tower.

But Poulter also sets the ground of who she is as a person as well. We get the larger than life aspects to her but there’s also small details of her focus on her feminity. In a field dominated by men, she was all woman, dying her hair and never not being who she was. Some of that is juxtaposed with her friend Katya, also a pilot, whose mother claims that “only dykes become soldiers”.

Poulter also keeps reminding us the future star pilot of Russia is Jewish. With a Star of David proudly worn, we’re reminded that Litvyak is fighting for a country that doesn’t like her religion. Her father was also taken away as an “enemy of the people”. But, she’s motivated to fight the Germans and do it for a country that has caused her family such heartache.

The art by Lovalle Davis is solid. There’s some choices of turning the page for layouts which is a bit unexpected and hurts the reading flow. But, the sequences might not have worked as well vertical unless they became two page spreads. The art pops though with a lot of detail that helps tell the story or sucks you into this time period. Davis is helped by Alonso Espinoza on color and lettering by Taylor Esposito is spot on as expected. Esposito nails the dialogue lettering, especially with the challenging fighter sequences.

White Lily #1 is a solid comic that introduces you to this bit of history. The fact it is is something I wish was played up a bit more but as it stands, the debut is an entertaining read. Hopefully, it spurs the googling I found myself in to learn more about White Lily and we’ll see where the series takes the story and how much it shows of Litvyak’s life. It’s a nice mix of entertainment and history.

Story: Preston Poulter Art: Lovalle Davis
Color: Alonso Espinoza Letterer: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Buy

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Maniac of New York #1 Sells Out and Gets a Second Printing

AfterShock has announced the Maniac of New York #1 has sold out and will be getting a second issue. The final order cut-off is February 22 and goes on sale on March 17.

Four years ago, a masked slasher began stalking the streets of New York City.

Maniac Harry is inhuman, unkillable and unstoppable. Which is why the authorities’ solution has been to ignore him, and let New Yorkers adapt to a world where death can strike at any moment. When Maniac Harry starts killing his way through the subway system, trauma-haunted political aide Gina Greene and disgraced NYPD detective Zelda Pettibone become determined to go rogue and destroy him. But how can they fight a monster when they can’t fight City Hall?

Maniac of New York is written by Elliott Kalan with art and colors by Andrea Mutti, lettering by Taylor Esposito, and cover by Mutti.

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