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It’s Crisis on Infinite Betties this April with Bettie Page: Unbound

Everyone’s favorite pin-up queen and icon of femininity, Bettie Page, continues her classified adventures this April with a new series from Dynamite Entertainment and a deluxe set of Bettie cards for collectors!

Welcome to Bettie Page: Unbound aka the Crisis on Infinite Betties! The Lovecraftian Great Old One Yog-Sothoth has established himself as an inter-dimensional archnemesis for everyone’s favorite super model/spy (see the fan favorite Bettie Page Halloween Special!). The monstrous being is opening a dimensional gate to kick off an invasion of Earth, collapsing reality itself in the process. Bettie takes the initiative, as always, to run right into the eye of the storm. Suddenly she finds herself a barbarian queen in the ancient past and will stumble into other multiversal freaky Friday situations. Every Bettie Page issue to this point has been leading to this epic climax.

David Avallone brings the whole gang back for this exciting new chapter. Joining their ingenious writer ringleader are artist Julius Ohta, colorist Ellie Wright, and letterer Taylor Esposito. The team cannot wait to continue uncovering Bettie’s secret sagas for fans. On the cover art front, Bettie is “unbound” from the attitudes of her time and free to express herself in a way she would surely enjoy – cosplay! The Queen of Curves dons a certain Dynamite flagship hero’s iconic chainmail armor for a main cover by John Royle. Fans of Bettie and other Dynamite heroines can look out for a Vampirella variant and possibly more… Scott Chantler returns with his cute take on Bettie’s timeless appeal as well. David Williams and Julius Ohta round out the options. Of course no Bettie Page comic book is complete without photo variants highlighting her incomparable looks and charm. 

The Bettie Page legacy is coming up on 70 years of inspiring and appealing to men and women alike. The perfect way to celebrate in addition to the new comic series is the Bettie Page Ultra-Premium Deluxe Trading Cards. Bettie’s timeless All-American sensuality and playfulness is captured expertly by top of the line artists included in this set including Joseph Michael Linsner, David Williams, John Royle, Scott Chantler and more! Also included are some of the most iconic photographs of the beauty legend. Dynamite will also be bringing in the hottest sketch card artists for one-of-a-kind exclusive pieces. Every individual foil pack includes 2 Base Cards, 2 Sketch Cards, 1 special black & white card, 1 puzzle card, and 1 autographed card.

Bettie Page Ultra-Premium Deluxe Trading Cards

Review: All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The stories are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: Delegates #6

The shock and dismay that settled in shortly after Donald Trump was elected President cannot be understated. The world’s collective gasp left the future so much grimmer and darker. The initial hope of a sustainable change was quickly dashed a few weeks into his term. Americans everywhere who had morals quickly realized just how hopeless our future is.

This is where the injustice felt, drives your purpose and even though you know the odds against you, you still believe even when everything you have done is right, and you still get disappointed, when the result is the opposite of what you hoped for. So many who have never experienced it before finally felt how it was not for justice to be served. Something persons of color regularly experienced and felt. When the world and voters everywhere saw who Trump really was, most of the world already knew and many others acted as if they were shocked. In the sixth issue of Delegates, we find Aminah, dealing with the aftermath of revealing what she truly is.

We find one of Aminah’s aides being interrogated by General Uba, who is questioning her about the rumors that Aminah is an android, looking to see if there is any validity to them. As Uba’s cousin, Captain Baptiste, is closing on in on Aminah and Marla, and so does Victoria, who is looking to extract the whole group. As they look to escape, Captain Baptiste finally catches up with them, but the village comes to their rescue leading to an all-out fight between the villagers and Baptiste’s men.

Overall, it’s a fun issue that ends this first story arc with a guns a blazing and some truths told. The story by Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee is smart, sweeping, and action packed. The art by the team is luminous and superlative. Altogether, an excellent issue that closes a great story arc and leaves the possibilities limitless.

Story: Tina Cesa Ward and Bin Lee
Art: Felipe Cunha, Rodrigo Urbano, Anwar Hanano, and Taylor Esposito
Story: 9.7 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

Imagine Bin provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Poser #3

Fear has befallen Redondo Beach. Young punks travel together in groups and the town is on high alert. The “Poser” killings have continued and the body count shows no sign of slowing! You might ask yourself,“How could HELL be any worse?” Poser #3 has your answer! Copycat killers stalk the beach. Adults are now targeted. NO ONE IS SAFE! Will the influx of police officers into the terrorized beach town catch Poser? Can Ash and her misfit group of friends elude the edge of Poser’s razor-sharp blade? Turn the page and stage-dive into this issue to find out!

Writer Matt Miner has put together a solid throwback slasher story that feels like the 80s movies I grew up with. In three issues Poser has invoked a feel and style that is on the rise again (thanks to Halloween), like Miner is prescient with horror trends.

The comic continues the action and suspense as you don’t know who’s going to get offed next, or in which grisly manner that’s happening. That’s kind of half the fun of the genre isn’t it?

Miner also makes sure to keep us guessing as to who the killer is. Each issue seems to add suspects. Again, half the fun of the genre.

The art by Clay McCormack with color by Doug Garbark and lettering by Taylor Esposito deliver the gritty punk rock aspect of it all. McCormack and Garbark splash the blood in over the top killings and the style just has a “punk rock” style to it. There is a little issue with some of the details of the characters in some panels but overall, it’s nothing major and adds to the vibe in some ways too.

The series continues to be fun delivering an experience that knows its genre and plays with it keeping us guessing as to who’s next and who’s the killer. If you’re a fan of the slasher horror genre, this is a must.

Story: Matt Miner Art: Clay McCormack
Color: Doug Garbark Lettering: Taylor Esposito
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy

Waxwork Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Advance Review: All We Ever Wanted

When it comes to how the future will look, most creators these days only show us how worse the world can get. This direction may be attributed to the decline of the environment and the primal predilection of man. Things don’t exactly look all that great for us. The stories usually involves zombies like The Walking Dead or the widening of the gap between the poor and rich like The Hunger Games. Rarely do they involve utopias as dystopias create the more interesting conflicts that drives our entertainment.

The thing is there was a time and place where we looked to the stars and though of the possibilities. This is why Back to The Future II was one of the most indelible movies of 1980s and probably most talked about out of that franchise. It gave us hope of what the world could be. Utopias for some reason seem out of reach to the modern imagination. In the latest anthology form A Wave Blue World, All We Ever Wanted, we get several different visions of life in the future where life can be better.

In “The Pilot,” a pilot controls a ship her VR glasses only to encounter an alien queen and her earthbound ally. In “The Weight of Time,” one scientist uses time travel to try and wipe out anti LGBTQ backlash but instead realizes the problem is actually ahead. In “Una,” an alien wins the hearts and minds of the citizens she protects, eventually becoming a citizen because of it. In “Seventeen Souls,” one hero risks it all to save one girl from certain death. In “It Looked like Our Dreams,” two siblings wonder about a future where humanity does save itself. In “Gaea,” mother nature and technology defeat an alien invader in which one protagonist uses to her advantage.  In “Bombs Away,” a world is imagined where violence no longer leads to advantages or problem solving but unity as it was always intended.  In “And The Rest Was Magic,” one woman finds out how it is when one doesn’t buy into the propaganda of a dire future. In “Everything I Own,” one self-admitted pariah slowly builds a community around herself while at the same time, evolving. In “The Inventor’s Daughter,” one woman reunites with her mother after death and returns her to the essence. In “Blackstar,” one man helps people see their future for a cost. In “Life’s A Devil’s Bargain,” one woman shows how hate is more of a choice than one realizes. In “Chat Room,” one awkward girl finds solace with a friend that met online. In “Can you See it Now,” one couple finds out an evil corporation is behind a friend’s death. In “Just Like Heaven,” one young man’s defiance leads to him finding out the secret to the utopia he is living in. In “Alternica,” a man wakes up from being frozen to a world where money doesn’t exist. In “Owning Up To The Past,” one man admits to his daughter, the unjust violence he committed. In “Good Time,” one man’s wish is to see his daughter years after he is released from jail. In “Day At The Park,” a young girl teaches a robot how to fly a kite. In “Choice,” one man designed a robot to have the power of free will, to only regret his decision immediately. In “Seeds,” the grim reaper reminds a retired superhero that there is more to life than regrets.  In “Two Left Feet,” two thieves steal for the love of dance.

Overall, the anthology is an excellent collection of stories that shows that the future can be bright and we all should wear shades. The story are as diverse and extraordinary as each contributor showing off a wide range of voices and visions. The art by each creator is magnetic, alluring, and vivid. Altogether, the world needs more visions of utopias and this book more than proves it.

Story: Matt Miner, Eric Palicki, Tyler Chin- Tanner, Lucia Fasano, Tess Fowler, Eliot Rahal, Jason Copland, Jennie Wood, Vasilis Pozios, Chris Visions, Lela Gwenn, Alex Paknadel, Chris Peterson, Alisa Kwitney, Mauricet, Josh Gorfain, Matt Lejuene, Howard Mackie, Dean Trippe, Justin Zimmerman, Wendy Chin-Tanner, Toby Cypress, Paul Allor, Jarrett Melendez, Taylor Hoffman, Jonathan Brandon Sawyer, Rich Douek, James Maddox, Gavin Smith, Nadia Shammas, Erik Burnham, Kay Honda, Maria Frohlich
Art: Dean Trippe, Danica Brine, Chris Peterson, Robbi Rodriguez, Michael Wiggam, Maria Frohlich, David Stoll, Ryan Lee, Juan Romera, Tony Gregori, Tess Fowler, Chris Visions, Ethan Claunch, Jude Vigants,  K.R.Whalen, Matt Horak, Jeff McComsey,  Gavin Smith, Ryan Cody, Liana Kangas, Anthony Marques, Jason Copland, Eryk Donovan, Micah Meyers, Josh Jensen, Nick Wentland, Taylor Esposito, Matt Krotzer, Zakk Saam
Story: 10 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.6 Recommendation: Buy

A Wave Blue World provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Friendo #1 Has Sold Out, Gets a New Vault Vintage Cover for 2nd Printing

Vault Comics has announced that Friendo #1 has sold out at the distributor. The issue will receive a second printing that features a brand new Vault Vintage cover by artist Nathan Gooden and designer Tim Daniel.

Vault Vintage is a line of alternate covers that celebrate the artistic achievements of both modern and legendary professionals of the comic book industry. For Friendo #1’s second printing, Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel pay tribute to Frank Miller and Klaus Janson’s jarring Daredevil issue 184 cover.

Frank Miller changed the game when he embarked upon his Daredevil run in May, 1979. Working closely with inker Klaus Janson, Miller’s deep blacks and evocative line work darkened the series and raised the stakes for Matthew Murdock. The violence in Hell’s Kitchen became all too real and far too costly.

Friendo #1 was originally published on September 26, 2018. Created by writer Alex Paknadel and artist Martin Simmonds with colors by Dee Cunniffe and letters by Taylor Esposito.

No World Returns with Volume Two this November!

Aspen Comics is bringing back one of their super-natural action-adventure series, No World, for a second volume as part of their returning line-up of titles for their 15-year anniversary campaign.

No World is written by Blake Northcott (Fathom, Executive Assistant: Iris) and Scott Lobdell (Red Hood and the Outlaws) with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Soulfire, Santaria: The Goddess Kiss), colors by Enrica Eren Angiolini (Doctor Who) and lettering by Taylor Esposito (Dissension: War Eternal).

NO WORLD VOL 2 #1

Blake Northcott ; Scott Lobdell – Story  / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

The team that answered to no one is back…but altogether different!

Aspen’s popular mash-up of supernatural characters returns for a thrilling second volume! The stakes remain high for Thicke and Doc Blue, as they attempt to navigate a landscape that continues to shift following the threat of Pardner Bob. Now, however, an even more unlikely union is in store for the No World cast, as a new team of powerful beings has entered the fray—and these ladies are experienced in the art of war… The Four Points return!

Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (The Four Points), along with acclaimed Arena Mode Saga writer Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom), with art by Giuseppe Cafaro (Michael Turner’s Soulfire), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!

NO WORLD VOL 2 #1 is in stores November 28th, 2018!

FC                               32 pages                               $3.99

To help support the release of No World Volume 2, the publisher is releasing a special No World Primer 25-cent comic book to catch up new and returning readers, as well as the No World Volume One trade paperback, with all three new releases out on November 28th.

Review: Catwoman/Tweety & Sylvester Special #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got the return of Looney Tunes and DC Comics coming together for a series of one-shot specials!

Catwoman/Tweety & Sylvester Special #1 is by Gail Simone, Inaki Miranda, Eva De La Cruz, Taylor Esposito, Emanuela Lupacchino, Tomeu Morey, Sandy Jarrell, Shea Fontana, Walter Carzon, Horacio Ottolini, Silvana Brys, and Wes Abbott.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Preview: Dissension: War Enternal #1

DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1

Jordan Gunderson ; Christopher Fielder – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Luis Guerrero – Colors / Taylor Esposito – Letters

In the not so distant future…

The U.S. has spent several years embroiled in a conflict with the invading forces of China. In the war zone of the American Southwest, small bands of freedom fighters have formed to help guide refugees away from the destruction. Isabel Vasquez, known to her squad as “Delphi”, has been leading rescue missions inside the combat zone for years. Escorting those displaced from the war has fueled her faith that she is making a difference. But now that faith is increasingly tested by reoccurring nightmares of a coming apocalypse. She fears the war is only the beginning of a great threat…one that promises to bring humanity to the brink of extinction!

Unbeknownst to Delphi, a band of renegade angels has fled Heaven seeking a new refuge. The Earth has become their new home, where they view humanity as a plague that must be purged. As their path forges ahead toward global genocide, it is yet to be decided if Delphi and her growing visions of a global Armageddon can help stop them in time.

From artist and creator Jordan Gunderson comes Aspen’s most thrilling new series of the summer, DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL!

DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

FC 32 pages $3.99

Review: We Are the Danger #1

In their new series We Are the Danger, writer/artist Fabian Lelay and colorist Claudia Aguirre channel teenage angst and uncertainty into pop rock magic. Jules is the new girl in town and having the usual issues making friends and finding her niche that all people who have moved from place to place can relate to. But, then, she gets invited to a gig by a super cool, pink haired drummer named Tabitha, and the rest is pretty thrilling from there. Lelay’s candid captions and hyper-expresssive art, Aguirre’s power pop color palette, and Taylor Esposito’s livewire letters recapture a time when meeting a new, cool friend could open a world of potential to you whether that’s learning about a new band, going to a gig, or best of all, starting your own.

Fabian Lelay dual wields the proverbial weapon of conflict in We Are the Danger #1 centering it mainly on Jules’ very real desire to have friends and belong somewhere and awkwardness of being in a new place while also introducing some external conflict between Tabitha and her old bandmate, Logan, who seems like a more diva-ish version of CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry. (In design, at least.) So, when Tabitha and Jules start their new band with bassist Scooter and a stylish girl with black and white guitar, who is pretty and tense and can definitely shred, it’s not just about the music; it’s also to spite Logan. Tabitha may play the drums like a slightly less deadpan Kim Pine, but she immediately puts a target on the band’s back. She’s a character who is cool and quick witted on the outside, but she definitely has some problems. However, Tabitha was the first person that reached out to Jules at her new home and invited her to do something fun so they have a real bond.

We Are the Danger #1 is just a slice of life teen band book, but Lelay’s art and especially Aguirre’s colors make it look magical. Any time music is being played, whether at a quick acoustic jam session at Jules’ place or the gig that opens up the comic, Aguirre uses vivid background colors, and Lelay draws closed eyed close-up of the characters to show how much music means to them. Or there’s a giant mosh pit that allows for manga-esque pratfalls like Jules basically swooning for Tabitha’s bishonen (She finds out about this later.) brother. There’s an air of wonder to everything seen through Jules’ eyes, and her friendship with Tabitha is easy. Maybe, a little too easy, and the origin of the interpersonal conflict between Logan and Tabitha is definitely a subplot to pay attention to going forward.

Even if the story is set in the present, and subtweeting is a major plot point, Fabian Lelay gives We Are the Danger a great retro vibe in some of his art and layout choices. This makes sense when artists like Paramore, who weren’t even alive when New Wave ruled the charts, are making albums in homage to that period or Janelle Monae’s new single “Make Me Feel” seems like a forgotten B-side to “Kiss” by Prince to name two of many. Lelay uses a mixtape shaped layout to tell Jules’ “origin story” with the “track titles” foreshadowing future plot developments and doubling as good song names. This style choices combined with clean, emotion filled artwork make We Are the Danger a breezy, pleasurable read with quips and melodrama to boot. Plus Claudia Aguirre really knows how to light up a stage with cool Photoshop effects to go with her colors.

We Are the Danger #1 has all the raw emotion and passion of your favorite summer pop single that happens to feature some distorted guitars to give it a little edge. Fabian Lelay and Claudia Aguirre take two relatable situations: feeling like an outcast at a new place and loving music with every ounce of energy and turns into yet another hit for Black Mask Studios.

Story/Art: Fabian Lelay Colors: Claudia Aguirre Letters: Taylor Esposito
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.5 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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

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