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Preview: Complete Killer SC

Complete Killer SC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Translated By: Edward Gauvin and Matz
Letterers: Deron Bennet, Marshall Dillon
Price: $39.99

Artist Luc Jacamon and writer Matz (The Black Dahlia) deliver the definitive collection of the Eisner Award-nominated crime saga, The Killer, a hardboiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

After misadventures in Central and South America and having earned enough money to retire comfortably, the Killer retires to Mexico, but his colleagues are still in need of his irreplaceable skills… and before long he’s drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States.

Euro Thursday: The Killer Volume 5: Fight or Flight

killer_v5_hc_coverGet inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

For four volumes writer Matz and artist Luc Jacamon have taken us into the world of Frank aka Killer, a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass. The noir series involves everything you’d want from the subject and genre including solid action sequences, loose morals, sex, violence, and political intrigue. This fifth volume brings to a close a series that has presented a fascinating outlook on the world from a completely non-American centric viewpoint. With that, it has challenged, intrigued, and created what’s probably a much more realistic worldview.

And that worldview continues here as Killer wraps up his adventure, but how will he go out? That’s the question I had as I read every page hoping for the best and expecting the worst. Instead of the flash and action, we get an epilogue in many ways. It’s a subdued entry in what generally has been a fast paced series. Much of this entry is from Killer’s perspective as he thinks through what he thinks of the world, settling down, history, and society, and his role in it all. It’s a comic that has our anti-hero taking stock of his life and figuring out what’s next.

This work is dense forcing you to parse each section of dialogue and contemplate what’s being said. But, it’s not as simple as a couple of words. Those matched with Jacamon’s art creates a combination where deeper meaning is as much as what’s being shown as what’s being said. It’s a combination that’s unmatched in comics today and they’ve pulled it off for five volumes.

But even without its synergy with the words, the art is utterly beautiful to look at in a style that’s unrivaled. Lush beaches, beautiful oceans, vibrant jungles, the art and the coloring is jaw dropping and worth the price of admission alone. Like the story itself, the art is sexy and cool creating a world you want to live in now matter how wrong things may be.

I expected a shootout finale with bodies piling up and our protagonist maybe not making it through, and instead, we are given a finale that’s an introspective search as to one’s role in the world. Even with those final pages I found myself still debating the deeper meaning of the series and what it was trying to said and what it has said, and more importantly how I agree or disagree with it. Matz and Jacamon have capped off an impressive run with an ending that delivers and then some. A perfect end cap for one of the most entertaining series in comics.

Story: Matz Art: Luc Jacamon
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

super-sonsWednesdays 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.

Joe

Top Pick: Animosity #5 (Aftershock) – This is one of the best comics to come out in the last year. It’s consistent, interesting, emotional, and just everything I want in a story. I never know where the series is headed next and that is what keeps me coming back.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – WildStorm returns! And Warren Ellis returns with it. I am excited to see what Ellis does with this grittier new and seemingly more grounded approach to some of my favorite characters. It sounds perfect for fans, both old and new.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – Holy cow, it feels like I’ve been waiting forever for this! Robin and Superboy go on wild adventures in what I can imagine as fun, action packed, and nostalgic to be everything a teen superhero book should be.

God Country #2 (Image) – What an awesome comic. A comic that takes the idea behind Thor and has some fun with it. This revolves around an old man with Alzheimer’s who remembers everything when he touches a magical sword. There’s also gods and demons, so there’s that.

Batman #17 (DC Comics) – The end of the last issue was intense, even if it was just symbolic. What will Bane do? What will Batman do? This has been coming to a head and I expect the doors to be blown off everything as these two collide. Tom King’s series is really getting some legs and I expect all of the slower issues to pay off soon with the excellent building up to this pressure cooker story.

 

Alex

Top Pick I: Savage #4 (Valiant) – Usually by the time I’m writing this I’ve already read Valiant’s offerings for the week, but in a strange twist I actually haven’t opened the review copy just yet and I’m debating just waiting for the print copy from my LCS to read, but we’re expecting a bout of weather early in the week that may impact the postal service… anyway. Savage has been a really interesting series so far, and I’m really excited to see whether this issue will tie the character into the rest of the Valiant Universe or not. Plus it has some of the best art I’ve seen in a long time.

Top Pick II: Voracious: Feeding Time #3 (Action Lab Entertainment) – So… I’ve actually already read this issue, and it’s frigging phenomenal. Why am I excited to pick it up? Because are some visual sequences that I need to see in print.

God Country #2 (and #1) (Image) – I somehow missed the first issue of this series, and would have missed this were it not for the fact that it’s being written by Donny Cates, one of the authors behind The Paybacks, which is al the reason I need to go find these issues on Wednesday.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – The Aliens vibe of the recent arc has been fantastic. Jeff Lemire’s ability to capture the isolation of outer space, as well as the desolation of the waste lands of Old Man Logan’s past is stunning.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – If you put Damian Wayne in a comic, I’m going to read it.

 

Paul

Top Pick: The Mighty Thor #16 (Marvel) – The Shi’ar and their royal guard have invaded Asgard, bested some of their greatest warriors and have managed to kidnap Thor, to bring her face to face with their gods. I am pumped to see the Shi’ar and their royal guard back in action and curious to see what their beef with Asgard and Thor is all about.

Old Man Logan #18 (Marvel) – This a series that has not disappointed.  I’m not Wolverine’s biggest fan, and I have never read the original Old Man Logan story this book is named after. But I have consistently been enjoying this book and recommend it. This story arc in particular has been pretty trippy. Logan is trying to save Alpha Flight from the Brood; but also in the Wastelands trying to rescue the Cage baby and both are happening at the same time? A great story that comes to a close with this issue; you don’t want to miss it.

Uncanny Inhumans #19 (Marvel) – Maximus has the secret to create Terrigen crystals. This cannot be good for the X-Men or mutants as a whole. Or can it? The tie-ins for the Inhumans vs. X-Men event have worked very well in telling the smaller stories outside of the main battle issues, but I think Maximus’ plan will have larger consequences that will bring an end to the fighting, one way or another.

Uncanny X-Men #18 (Marvel) – So last issue was a little slower, focusing on some character development between Storm and Forge. It was an alright issue that saw the X-Men’s plan to take care of the Terrigen cloud literally blow up in their faces. This issue says Magneto will be deploying his team of secret mutant sleeper agents to aid in the fight against the Inhumans. Secret sleepers you say? That alone has me anxious to read this issue.

 

Shay

Gamora #3 (Marvel) – Gamora racks up enemies like nobodies business, she also unearths some secrets that might rock her world.

Batwoman Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – The issue is a prologue of epic proportions and I’m here for the backstory.

Harley Quinn #14 (DC Comics) – It’s fun with some serious shade to the current political climate and some serious girl power thrown in for good measure.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Killer Vol. 5 (Archaia/BOOM! Studios) – For those who are unfamiliar with Matz and Luc Jacamon’s epic story the short version is Frank, aka “The Killer” is James Bond for the Third World. Evil political dealings involving oil, assassinations, IMF, political jockeying, imperialism, for a political geek like me, this series has cool and depth. This is the fifth and final installment, and I can’t wait to see how it all wraps up. Will Frank find happiness? Will he go out in a blaze of bullets? How Matz and Jacamon finish the series will be interesting and I can’t wait to see what they have to “say” when it’s over.

Dead Inside #3 (Dark Horse) – A murder inside a prison… sounds like an easy case, right? Nope! The last issue ended with a shocker and this southern noir-ish crime comic has me engrossed.

The Rift #2 (Red 5 Comics) – The first and second issue feel like a classic Amazing Stories or Twilight Zone story. Entertaining and just plain fun. Like comics should be.

Super Sons #1 (DC Comics) – The team-up we’ve seen so far of Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne in Superman has been amazing and for them to get their own series… well, I’m super excited. Having read the first issue, it’s everything I was hoping for with an energy and enthusiasm that perfectly fits it’s two young leads.

The Wild Storm #1 (DC Comics) – I’m not the biggest Warren Ellis fan (he’s hit and miss for me), but I’m intrigued to see what will happen in this re-imagining of the classic universe. The first issue is a solid start that reminds me a lot of the third volume of Wildcats. In today’s world, that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

Preview: The Killer Vol. 5 HC

The Killer Vol. 5 HC

Publisher: Archaia
Writer: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon
Price: $24.99

Archaia presents the fifth and final installment of Matz and Luc Jacamon’s Eisner Award-nominated The Killer, a hard-boiled, noir series following a hitman lost in a world without a moral compass.

Get inside the mind of a professional assassin, a man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking…

killer_v5_hc_cover

Preview: The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 TPB

The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 TPB

Writer(s): Matz
Artist(s): Luc Jacamon

The Killer finds himself drawn deeper into international intrigue between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. A professional. A man of few scruples, nerves of steel, and a steady trigger finger. A man whose crimes might be catching up with him. A man on the verge of cracking.

Archaia presents The Killer, a hardboiled, noir series chronicling one man’s journey through some seriously bad mojo. After his misadventures in Venezuela, our Killer retires to Mexico, but his Colombian cartel friend Mariano and the Cuban agent Katia are not far behind. Soon he finds himself drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. Even when he finds himself in unusual territory as the shadow owner of an oil company developing Cuba’s off-shore deposits, the need for his usual skill-set is never far away…

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An Assassin Returns in Archaia’s The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2

Retirement never lasts for a hired gun. This July, Volumes 3 and 4 of the Eisner Award-nominated series The Killer are collected for the first time ever in the definitive The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 by Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios. Originally published as a five volume series in France from 1998 to 2003, Le Tueur quickly became known as one of Europe’s grittiest and most hard-boiled comics—a brutal, bloody, and stylish story of a professional assassin lost in a world without a moral compass. The creative team of artist Luc Jacamon and writer Matz continue their story of one assassin’s journey through a world of relentless violence. Though his brief retirement has not dulled his skills or resolve, new jobs will threaten his way of life and the very foundation of his morality.

The Killer Omnibus Vol. 2 softcover collection arrives from Archaia in comic shops on July 23rd with a cover price of $24.99 under Diamond Order Code MAR140977.

THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 Cover by Luc Jacamon

BOOM! Studios in May 2014

THE WOODS #1

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: James Tynion IV
Artist: Michael Dialynas
Cover Artists: A: Ramón Pérez B: Matthew Woodson C: Paul Duffield (incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: As fans of James Tynion IV’s work in the Batman universe (the upcoming BATMAN ETERNAL, RED HOOD AND THE OUTLAWS), we were eager to publish his first original comic series. THE WOODS gives us that same eerie, small-town horror feel we get whenever we read a Stephen King novel.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: James Tynion IV is a former protege of BATMAN writer Scott Snyder, so you know he’s learned a lot about how to craft a compelling tale. If you’re a fan of teen conspiracy comics like MORNING GLORIES, SHELTERED, and REVIVAL, you’ll immediately be sucked into THE WOODS.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: On October 16, 2013, 437 students, 52 teachers, and 24 additional staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School in suburban Milwaukee, WI vanished without a trace. Countless light years away, far outside the bounds of the charted universe, 513 people find themselves in the middle of an ancient, primordial wilderness. Where are they? Why are they there? The answers will prove stranger than anyone could possibly imagine.

THE WOODS #1 Cover A by Ramón Pérez
THE WOODS #1 Cover A by Ramón Pérez

THE WOODS #1 Cover B by Matthew Woodson
THE WOODS #1 Cover B by Matthew Woodson

CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1

Retail Price:  $3.99
Authors: Clive Barker and Marc Andreyko
Artist: Piotr Kowalski
Cover Artists: A: Riley Rossmo B: Christopher Mitten (Incentive) C: Mike Mignola (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Comics are full of outcast characters, but this is an outcast story, Clive Barker-style. True to this modern horror master’s other work, NIGHTBREED is full of horrifying creatures that captivated us in the 1990 film and live on in this new story. Plus, writer Marc Andreyko is a HUGE fan of NIGHTBREED!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Before FABLES, before ONCE UPON A TIME, Clive Barker created a secret town of monsters that live among us. Don’t worry if you’ve never seen the film—Barker and writer Marc Andreyko (MANHUNTER) have crafted a story that all horror fans can enjoy. Add to the mix Piotr Kowalski’s art (MARVEL KNIGHTS: HULK) and this is a story that can’t be missed.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: The Nightbreed is a secret society of monsters and misfits that hide away from humans, but have been a part of this world since time immemorial. Explore both the past and the present of this clandestine tribe, unleashing new secrets and horrors as they fight to coexist with mankind.!

CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover A by Riley Rossmo
CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover A by Riley Rossmo

CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover B by Christopher Mitten
CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover B by Christopher Mitten

CLIVE BARKER'S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover C by Mike Mignola
CLIVE BARKER’S NIGHTBREED #1 Cover C by Mike Mignola

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price:  $3.99
Authors: Natasha Allegri and Garrett Jackson
Artist: Natasha Allegri
Cover Artists: A. Natasha Allegri  B. Zac Gorman C. Coleman Engle (Incentive) D. Becky Dreistadt (Incentive)

WHY WE LOVE IT: Because Natasha Allegri is simply amazing. She built up a big fan-following on Tumblr while working on the Adventure Time cartoon, then created gender-swapped characters (Fionna and Cake) that became so popular they put them into the show. Then, she created BEE AND PUPPYCAT and it became the most funded web series project in Kickstarter history. How could we NOT publish it?

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: You might already love it if you’re one of the thousands who supported the Kickstarter campaign, but for those of you just joining us, if you like stories that feature magical girls like SAILOR MOON, MADOKA MAGICA, and POWERPUFF GIRLS, you will enjoy BEE AND PUPPYCAT! It’s a slice-of-life story with a twist, and it has so much comedy and enchantment, you can’t help but be swept up.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: It’s a quirky new take on the magical girl genre with Bee, the forever unemployed main character who can’t seem to figure out life, and the mysterious PuppyCat, a stray…whatever it is…that she stumbled across who has a powerful secret. Fighting bad guys has never been so funny.

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover A by Natasha Allegri

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover B by Zac Gorman

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover C by Coleman Engle

BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt
BEE AND PUPPYCAT #1 Cover D by Becky Dreistadt

REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 (One-shot)

Imprint: KaBOOM!
Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Kevin Burkhalter, T. Zysk, Yumi Sakugawa, Nick Sumida, and Andy Kluthe
Artists: Tessa Stone, T. Zysk, Yumi Sakugawa, Nick Sumida, and Andy Kluthe
Cover Artists: A. Allison Strejlau B. Jen Lee (Incentive) C. KC Green (Incentive)

Mordecai and Rigby find themselves at odds over a haunted pair of sneakers, Pops might be lost inside a hidden labyrinth and he’s not quite sure how he got there, and Skips might finally have a problem that even he can’t solve. It’s going to be an action-packed collection of stories!

REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover A by Allison Strejlau
REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover A by Allison Strejlau

REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover B by Jen Lee
REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover B by Jen Lee

REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover C by KC Green
REGULAR SHOW 2014 ANNUAL #1 Cover C by KC Green

THE LAST BROADCAST #1 (OF 7)

Imprint: Archaia
Retail Price: $3.99
Author: André Sirangelo
Artist: Gabriel Iumazark
Cover Artist: Gabriel Iumazark

WHY WE LOVE IT: Ever wonder what’s behind that “No Trespassing” sign? Co-creators André Sirangelo and Gabriel Iumazark take us deep into the renegade world of urbEx (urban exploration). Throw in a decades-old conspiracy involving vaudeville magicians and occult spiritualists and you’ve got us hooked.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: The cunning, daredevil urbEx members of Backbone will win you over as the ragtag, Ocean’s Eleven-style crew of the sewers and abandoned warehouses. Iumazark’s Brazilian/Japanese-fusion indie art style brings edgy energy to every dark corner. And fans of THIEF OF THIEVES and the film NOW YOU SEE ME will find a lot that entices them.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: An urban spelunking group in San Francisco discovers a secret bunker belonging to the long-vanished 1930s stage magician Blackhall the Incredible at the same time as young, out-of-work magician Ivan receives a mysterious package that points him toward a possible conspiracy involving Blackhall’s death in 1934. Both groups dive into the mystery, not yet realizing that it’s about the change their lives forever.

THE LAST BROADCAST #1
THE LAST BROADCAST #1 Cover by Gabriel Iumazark

BOOM! STUDIOS ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

TRANSLUCID #2 (OF 6)

Issue/Volume Number: 2
Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert
Artist: Daniel Bayliss
Cover Artist: Jeff Stokely

From one nightmare to the next… Down the rabbit hole we go, straight into The Navigator’s dark past. What happened to a young dreamer that made him the hero he is now? No one is more curious than his arch-nemesis, The Horse. In the vein of IRREDEEMABLE, this is Claudio Sanchez and Chondra Echert’s dark take on the superhero’s journey!

TRANSLUCID #2 Cover by Jeff Stokely
TRANSLUCID #2 Cover by Jeff Stokely

DEAD LETTERS #2

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Chris Visions
Cover Artists: A: Chris Visions B: Ron Wimberly (Incentive)

After his harrowing first day in the city only known as “Here,” Sam Whistler finds himself in the employ of the Big Man himself, tasked with infiltrating the two rival gangs warring for control over the abandoned domain.

DEAD LETTERS #2 Cover A by Chris Visions
DEAD LETTERS #2 Cover A by Chris Visions

DEAD LETTERS #2 Cover B by Ron Wimberly
DEAD LETTERS #2 Cover B by Ron Wimberly

CLOCKWORK ANGELS #3 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Peart
Artist: Nick Robles
Cover Artist: Hugh Syme

When Owen joined the travelling carnival, he learned to find joy in chaos and frivolity. But with the forces of both the Anarchist and the Watchmaker lurking over him, how long can the fun last?

CLOCKWORK ANGELS Cover by Nick Robles
CLOCKWORK ANGELS Cover by Nick Robles

THE RETURNING #3 (OF 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Jason Starr
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Cover Artist: Frazer Irving

As the police and Federal law enforcement get closer to catching Marcus and Beth, Beth trusts the wrong person and not even the hope of life after death can stop the horror that is coming for the rest of the world…

THE RETURNING #3 Cover by Frazer Irving
THE RETURNING #3 Cover by Frazer Irving

EVIL EMPIRE #3

Retail Price:  $3.99
Author: Max Bemis
Artist: Ransom Getty
Cover Artists: A. Jay Shaw B. Signed Symbol (Incentive)

With the presidential election looming close, and Reese even closer to the truth of the corruption at the heart of America, she must struggle to separate her friends from her enemies before it’s too late. Lines are drawn and sides are being taken. And there’s no backing out for Reese now that she has blood on her hands.

EVIL EMPIRE #3 Cover A by Jay Shaw
EVIL EMPIRE #3 Cover A by Jay Shaw

EVIL EMPIRE #3 Cover B by Scott Newman
EVIL EMPIRE #3 Cover B by Scott Newman

LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #4 (OF 4)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Eric M. Esquivel
Artist: Jerry Gaylord
Cover Artist: Alexis Ziritt

After his battle with many of the world’s gods, Loki seems more powerful than ever! But in Loki’s world there’s always some trick about to be pulled. But who is the trickster this time: Loki or someone else?

LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #4 Cover by Alexis Ziritt
LOKI: RAGNAROK AND ROLL #4 Cover by Alexis Ziritt

REVELATIONS #5 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Paul Jenkins
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Cover Artist: Humberto Ramos

What once began as a murder investigation has taken on a life of its own. Detective Charlie Northern has gotten too close to the truth and the people he cares for the most have been taken out of the equation. With nothing left to lose, Northern will find the truth behind the murder and the secrets buried within the Vatican, or die trying.

REVELATIONS #5 Cover by Humberto Ramos
REVELATIONS #5 Cover by Humberto Ramos

DECEIVERS #6 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Steven Grant
Artist: Jose Holder
Cover Artist: Lorena Carvalho

The last joyride of Lincoln and Nicky is here! With their double lives on the line, the con men stage one last Micah heist with the help of recently burned agent Patrice in an attempt to lure the corrupt espionage ring out into the open.

DECEIVERS #6 Cover by Lorena Carvalho
DECEIVERS #6 Cover by Lorena Carvalho

SUICIDE RISK #13

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Carey
Artist: Elena Casagrande
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans

While it was super-villain Requiem who stood trial for crimes against humanity, it was beat cop Leo Winters who paid the price. Now with the horrifying truth coming out, it’s up to Leo’s daughter Tracey to find away to save her family…and hopefully even herself.

SUICIDE RISK #13 Cover by Stephanie Hans
SUICIDE RISK #13 Cover by Stephanie Hans

SONS OF ANARCHY #9

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ed Brisson
Artist: Damian Couceiro
Cover Artist: Garry Brown

With the Sons of Anarchy behind bars, it’s up to Gemma and Tara to keep the homefront safe. But sharks smell blood in the water, and Tara must use everything she’s learned both as a doctor and an “old lady” to keep the club intact in Jax’s absence. Meanwhile Jax must do everything he can to keep the Sons safe and whole behind bars…

SONS OF ANARCHY #9 Cover by Garry Brown
SONS OF ANARCHY #9 Cover by Garry Brown

KABOOM! ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

HEROBEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #2 (OF 5)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Mike Kunkel
Artist: Mike Kunkel
Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

Herobear and Tyler have a new ally and they’re going to need it as time crosses over. Will they be able to save Vanessa’s shop from the giant T-Rex and what happened to Tyler’s family? With notes from unlikely sources and now two best friends at his side, Tyler is going to have to chase Von Klon to the very beginning to save Henry!

HERO BEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #2 Cover by Mike Kunkel
HERO BEAR AND THE KID: SAVING TIME #2 Cover by Mike Kunkel

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
Artist: Wook Jin Clark
Cover Artists: A: Colleen Coover B: Melissa Pagluica C: Yale Stewart  D: Kali Ciesemier (Incentive)

Ooo is in chaos, everything is up in smoke and the only way to set it all back to normal is to get Monkey Wizard to FINALLY kidnap Painting Princess—Finn and Jake have even done all the work for him!! It looks like the simpler the task, the harder it’s going be for our heroes!

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover A by Colleen Coover
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover A by Colleen Coover

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover B by Melissa Pagluica
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover B by Melissa Pagluica

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover by Yale Stewart
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover by Yale Stewart

ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover by Kali Ciesemier
ADVENTURE TIME: THE FLIP SIDE #5 Cover by Kali Ciesemier

GARFIELD #25

Retail Price: $4.99
Authors: Mark Evanier and Scott Nickel
Artists: Andy Hirsch and David DeGrand
Cover Artists: A: Gary Barker B: George Pérez (Incentive)

We’ve spent an amazing two years with Garfield and the gang, so of course we’re going to bring you an extra-large sized anniversary issue, full of two all-new jumbo stories, to celebrate! First, Mark Evanier and Andy Hirsch team up to tell a tale of a very special day in Garfield’s life. Then, Scott Nickel and David DeGrand join forces for the return of Garfield’s food foes; this time, they’ve all joined forces to take down the Fat Cat once and for all! And if THAT isn’t enough, the legendary George Pérez does this issue’s variant cover!

GARFIELD #25 Cover A by Gary Barker
GARFIELD #25 Cover A by Gary Barker

GARFIELD #25 Cover B by George Pérez
GARFIELD #25 Cover B by George Pérez

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20

Retail Price:  $3.99
Author: Breehn Burns
Artist: Mike Holmes
Cover Artists: A: Jose Garcia  B: Genevieve FT C: Jason Adams (Incentive) D: Anissa Espinosa (Incentive)

It’s the final issue of guest writer Breehn Burns’ story. Looks like the Bravest Warriors have finally met their match and this might be a problem that not even an Emotion Lord can solve! Will the Warriors make it out or will this be the end of our favorite group of teenage heroes?

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover A by Jose Garcia
BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover A by Jose Garcia

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover B by Genevieve
BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover B by Genevieve

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover C by Jason Adams
BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover C by Jason Adams

BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover D by Anissa Espinosa
BRAVEST WARRIORS #20 Cover D by Anissa Espinosa

ADVENTURE TIME #28

Retail Price:  $3.99
Author: Ryan North
Artist: Jim Rugg
Cover Artists: A: Mike Holmes B: Kyla Vanderklugt C: James Lloyd INCV D: Zan Czyzewski INCV

With one answer, there is always a million questions. Finn and Jake find themselves out of one problem and into another. It looks like it’s going to be a race to the finish as our heroes discover what it really means to be a friend, and learn something about themselves along the way.

ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover A by Mike Holmes
ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover A by Mike Holmes

ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover B by Kyla Vanderklugt
ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover B by Kyla Vanderklugt

ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover C by James Lloyd
ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover C by James Lloyd

ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover D by Zan Czyzewski
ADVENTURE TIME #28 Cover D by Zan Czyzewski

PEANUTS #18

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Charles Schulz, Various
Artists: Charles Schulz, Various
Cover Artists: Charles Schulz, Various

All Sally wanted was to return to school and continue where she left off. Nobody told her that every single year she would have to “break in” a whole new set of teachers! How can she progress her education when every year is a new starting point?! Sally won’t take it, and given her conviction, she may just convince the gang that this fresh beginning needs an old start.

PEANUTS #18 Cover by Charles Schulz, Various
PEANUTS #18 Cover by Charles Schulz, Various

BOOM! BOX ONGOINGS AND LIMITED SERIES

LUMBERJANES #2 (OF 8)

Retail Price: $3.99
Authors: Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Artist: Brooke Allen
Cover Artists: A. Noelle Stevenson  B. Tessa Stone (Incentive)

When you’re a scout, nothing is more important than being prepared, but how do you prepare for legions of supernatural creatures threatening to beat down your scouting camp’s door? Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are about to find out! It’s just supposed to be a normal day at camp with games and a bit of canoeing, but when the girls find themselves separated from the rest of camp they realize there really is a lot more going on and it might be a unhelpful river monster that gives them the key to figuring everything out. Don’t miss out on the second issue of this hot new series from Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke Allen!

LUMBERJANES #2 Cover A by Noelle Stevenson
LUMBERJANES #2 Cover A by Noelle Stevenson

LUMBERJANES #2 Cover B by Tessa Stone
LUMBERJANES #2 Cover B by Tessa Stone

THE MIDAS FLESH #6 (OF 6)

Retail Price: $3.99
Author: Ryan North
Artists: Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb
Cover Artists: A. John Keogh B. David Malki (Incentive)

IT’S A TRAP! The General has gone mad and is scheming a plan to win back the missing flesh. But our crew has some tricks up their sleeves as well. Who will outwit who in this issue of THE MIDAS FLESH?

THE MIDAS FLESH #6 Cover A by John Keogh
THE MIDAS FLESH #6 Cover A by John Keogh

THE MIDAS FLESH #6 Cover B by David Malki
THE MIDAS FLESH #6 Cover B by David Malki

BOOM! STUDIOS TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

CLIVE BARKER’S NEXT TESTAMENT VOL. 1 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Authors: Clive Barker and Mark Miller
Artist: Haemi Jang
Cover Artist: Goñi Montes

Named the best miniseries of 2013 by Bloody Disgusting, this trade paperback collects the first arc of Clive Barker’s original comic book creation, with collaborators Mark Miller (HELLRAISER) and Haemi Jang (HELLRAISER: THE ROAD BELOW). Julian Demond, captain of industry, leaves his life behind to begin a walkabout. While wandering the desert, he comes across a unique figure, who calls himself Wick…and claims to be God. Together, they begin a terrifying journey across the Earth, as neither man merely wants to merely make a mark on the world. Instead, they intend to leave a scar.

CLIVE BARKER'S NEXT TESTAMENT VOL. 1 TP Cover by Goñi Montes

PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 5 TP

Retail Price: $14.99
Author: Daryl Gregory
Artist: Diego Barreto
Cover Artist: Marek Oleksicki

When the Lawgiver was assassinated by a human, Ape City fell into a vicious civil war. Ten years have passed since the horrific violence and a fragile peace is emerging. Voice Alaya has been deposed and awaits sentencing in Ape City’s prison. Meanwhile, Sully has begun to rally forces, both human and ape. Little do they know they’re both on a collision course towards an even greater danger… Collects the PLANET OF THE APES SPECIAL, SPECTACULAR, and GIANT issues and concludes the series Jason Aaron has called, “The best PLANET OF THE APES comics ever.”

PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 5 TP Cover by Marek Oleksicki
PLANET OF THE APES VOL. 5 TP Cover by Marek Oleksicki

THE SAVAGE BROTHERS DELUXE EDITION TP

Retail Price: $9.99
Authors: Andrew Cosby and Johanna Stokes
Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque

WHY WE LOVE IT: We are so proud to have been the first publisher to give Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE, ANIMAL MAN) his first full-length American series! In fact, we’re so proud we’re bringing back the story in a full-size deluxe edition!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: Before Albuquerque perfected vampires he was giving you another monster—zombies! Never has the zombie apocalypse looked so rich and vibrant! All under a brand-new cover by Albuquerque!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When the living want their undead loved ones put of their misery, the Savage Brothers are the only two guys for the job. But their latest job takes them on a strange trip, involving virgin strippers, heads in jars, and the secret of the zombie apocalypse! Written by Johanna Stokes and EUREKA’s Andrew Cosby.

THE SAVAGE BROTHERS DELUXE EDITION TP Cover by Rafael Albuquerque
THE SAVAGE BROTHERS DELUXE EDITION TP Cover by Rafael Albuquerque

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ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Authors: Yuko Ota and Ananth Panagariya
Artist: Ian McGinty
Cover Artist: Michael Dialynas

FINN AND JAKE ARE MISSING?! It’s a dark day in Ooo, but fear not, Candy Kingdom—Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun will…protect…you? Desperate times call for desperate measures and Princess Bubblegum has no choice but to turn to the gummiest of gumshoes. Peppermint Butler is on the case, and with Cinnamon Bun’s complete lack of keen deductive skills, they just might have a chance at navigating Ooo’s shadowy underbelly and locating everyone’s favorite heroes…

ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS TP Cover by Michael Dialynas
ADVENTURE TIME: CANDY CAPERS TP Cover by Michael Dialynas

HEROBEAR AND THE KID VOL. 1: THE INHERITANCE TP

Retail Price: $19.99
Author: Mike Kunkel
Artist: Mike Kunkel
Cover Artist: Mike Kunkel

After his grandfather passes away, 10-year-old Tyler inherits an old stuffed toy bear and a broken pocket watch. As if dealing with bullies in a new town wasn’t enough, he soon learns that things aren’t always what they seem…and that you shouldn’t judge a bear by its cover. Join Tyler as he goes on an amazing childhood adventure and learns the truth about his family. Come start at the beginning of the fabulous original adventures by acclaimed cartoonist Mike Kunkel.

HEROBEAR AND THE KID VOL. 1: THE INHERITANCE TP Cover by Mike Kunkel
HEROBEAR AND THE KID VOL. 1: THE INHERITANCE TP Cover by Mike Kunkel

ARCHAIA TRADE PAPERBACKS, ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVELS, AND HARDCOVERS

RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY OGN HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Royden Lepp
Artist: Royden Lepp
Cover Artist: Royden Lepp

WHY WE LOVE IT: Creator Royden Lepp continues his all-ages saga of Jet Jones and the Taylor family in this third and penultimate installment of Rust, giving us the lyrical and visually stunning ode to family, childhood, and sacrifice that we love.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: More secrets of the past are revealed for both Jet and the Taylors as they face their darkest fears in this calm before the oncoming storm. And, of course, more high-octane robot action!

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: Oz Taylor may know Jet Jones’ secret, but convincing the rest of his family may be harder than he counted on. As Oz plots to rid the Taylor farm of the rocket boy, Jet tries to prove himself to the family that has taken him in, in hopes of finding the home he has searched for for so long. However, when shadows of Jet’s past start coming back into his life, he realizes his days of running may be numbered.

RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY OGN HC Cover by Royden Lepp
RUST VOL. 3: DEATH OF THE ROCKET BOY OGN HC Cover by Royden Lepp

THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Matz
Artist: Luc Jacamon
Cover Artist: Luc Jacamon

For the first time ever, Volumes Three and Four of the Eisner Award-nominated series THE KILLER are collected in a definitive omnibus. After four years away from a world of violence and corruption, the Killer is drawn back to the life of a hired gun. Though his brief retirement has not dulled his skills or resolve, new jobs will threaten his way of life and the very foundation of his morality. From the creative team of Jacamon and Matz, this collection tells the continued story of one assassin’s journey through a world of relentless violence.

THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP Cover by Luc Jacamon
THE KILLER OMNIBUS VOL. 2 TP Cover by Luc Jacamon

INTERESTING DRUG OGN HC

Retail Price: $24.99
Author: Shaun Manning
Artist: Anna Wieszczyk
Cover Artist: Scott Newman

WHY WE LOVE IT: If you could take a pill and travel back to any time in your life, where would you go? Writer Shaun Manning hooked us with his fresh sci-fi thriller, illuminating the dangers of living in the past.

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: If Richard Linklater (A SCANNER DARKLY) directed a season of BREAKING BAD written by J. J. Abrams, it’d probably be pretty close to what Manning and Wieszczyk have built—a tripped-out psychological thriller full of scrappy anti-heroes and some of the most villainous scum of all space and time.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT: When a man from the future recruits average retail worker Andrew Smith to help him create a drug that will allow him to travel through time, Andrew thinks he’s found the way to erase all his problems. However, the power of nostalgia proves to be the strongest of drugs, creating an epidemic of addiction with Andrew as its unwitting kingpin.

INTERESTING DRUG OGN HC Cover by Scott Newman
INTERESTING DRUG OGN HC Cover by Scott Newman

SDCC 2013: We Chat with Matz about his Killer Fourth Volume

Comic and graphic novel publisher Archaia had numerous debuts this San Diego Comic-Con, including the fourth volume of The Killer. The series written by Matz with art by Luc Jacamon follows an assassin as he navigates a brutal world and tries to make a living. Following up directly from the third volume, The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition continues to deal with the political fallout and maneuvering involving Cuba, Venezuela, the United States, China, the CIA, Colombian Cartels and oil.

The geopolitical plotline and constant questioning of governmental motives and perspective easily makes this one of my favorite series and luckily I had a chance to discuss it with writer Matz.

The Killer v4 HC Cover

Preview: The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition

The Killer Volume 4: Unfair Competition

Story: Matz
Art: Luc Jacamon

The Killer is back in the fourth volume of the critically acclaimed cerebral noir thriller from Award-winning creators Jacamon & Matz! After his misadventures in Venezuela, our Killer retires to Mexico, but his Colombian cartel friend, Mariano, and the Cuban agent, Katia, are not far behind. Soon he finds himself drawn back into the great geopolitical game between Cuba, Venezuela, and the United States, with oil revenues and political independence the stakes. Even when he stumbles into unusual territory as the shadow owner of an oil company developing Cuba’s off-shore deposits, the need for his usual skill-set is never far away..

The Killer v4 HC Cover

Pick(s) of the Week: Day Men #1 and 9 Other Choices

Daymen_CV_1AFor thousands of years, the world has been controlled by the “50 Families” — a secret network of vampire covens engaged in a timeless struggle for power. But when the sun rises, the vampires are forced to employ the services of a human who acts as their daytime fixer and protector…Trained for centuries to be the mortal soldiers of their vampire employers, the Day Men go forth at sunrise, alone into the world, to do the bidding of their sleeping benefactors.

This week sees the release of BOOM! Studios‘ newest original series Day Men. It also marks the first release from industry legend Brian Stelfreeze as part of the BOOM! family, his first monthly drawing of a comic since 2005. The series is created by Matt Gagnon and co-written by Michael Alan Nelson someone who absolutely knows how to write these types of comics.

Do yourself a favor and check out this new series that has a hell of a lot of buzz.

Below are nine other choices in alphabetical order.

  • Batman ’66 #1 – The DC comic book has a lot of chatter and all of it good in this campy return to the feel of the classic television series.
  • Blood Brothers #1 – Dark Horse’s new series that has two vampires who are also modern day bounty hunters. There’s a great comedic tone in this one.
  • The Killer Vol. 4 Unfair Competition – Matz is back with his amazing international series following an international assassin. It’s beyond cool and perfect for fans of Bond.
  • Numbercruncher #1 – Titan Comics has been cranking out some amazing series, and this is no exception. By Si Spurrier!
  • Red Sonja #1 – Gail Simone’s anticipated new take on Red Sonja arrives! And it’s already sold out at the distributor level.
  • Revival #12 – You folks should be reading this!!!!
  • Scarlet #7 – Brian Michael Bendis’ take on the current political unease and activism. It might be a while between issues, but its worth the wait.
  • The Strain: The Fall #1 – The horror series is back with the next volume. Pick it up before it hits the airwaves as a television series.
  • Superior Carnage #1 – So far all of Marvel’s “Superior” comics have been fantastic (though it is just two of them). Can they three-peat?
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