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Review: The New World #1

In their new series The New World #1, Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore craft a post-nuclear apocalypse United States that has been carved into many small countries, chief among them, New California. It’s a reality not far from our own with surveillance technology, brutal police officers, partying, music, and slightly smarter home A.I’s. The most popular past time is watching a reality show called Guardians where super cops subdue criminals and the audience votes real time for them to either execute them on the spot or let them have a fair trial. Through this program, Kot crafts the logical progression of Americans’ obsessions with police procedurals, reality television (Especially with an interactive element.), and most of all, unrelenting violence.

In conjunction with cameras or a handler watching Stella Maris, New World’s protagonist and a cop who doesn’t like to kill even when the audience wants her to, Tradd Moore uses lots of full page and double page splashes and big panels to give the book a televised feel. Even his scene-to-scene transitions have a pretty big scope like a full page of a satellite in silhouette on one page zooming in back to Earth to the West Hollywood home of Kirby Miyazaki, an atheist anarchist vegan hacker, who sabotages an airing of Guardians and thanks to loads of hormones and probably moly, ends up hooking up with Stella. He’s doing just fine with his revolutionary activities and putting his war vet dad to bed after a long night of drinking, but comes off as insufferable. But weren’t we all insufferable in our early twenties? (Aka me currently). His anime protagonist good looks don’t help either and act as one big visual joke along with Kot giving the same middle name as one of the monsters in Naruto.

Like the majority of Ales Kot’s comics, New World #1 has a real activist streak, but it reads more like a coming of age romance than the chronicles of the revolution although there is a harrowing flashback showing Stella’s rebel parents being beaten down by border guards drawn by Moore from the POV of her in the back seat. New World is a YA dystopia shorn of its twee-ness and pandering to Hollywood suits. There’s banter with dads and robotic assistants about cats, and Kot and Moore soak up the daily lives of Stella and Kirby between being an action cop or subversive hacker using the extra-sized first issue to run through a literal day in their shoes. There are plenty of full face close-ups along the way to show exactly how characters are feeling with colorist Heather Moore adding intriguing touches, like a ghostly white to the features of Stella’s grandfather Herod, the governor of New California, who wants Stella to be more ruthless on TV like bulky killing machine Logan Maximus.

Even though it’s thrilling to see Kirby do his hacker thing and tell the slightly creepy person who is interviewing him for the job at Guardians how he is going to disrupt the show, New World #1 hits its peak when Kot and Moore give Kirby and Stella an opportunity to let their proverbial hair down and enjoy a rave party in Long Beach. And it’s the coolest, most energetic rave in comics since Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Dionysian one in The Wicked + the Divine #8. There’s a cascade of colors as Kirby hits the dance floor because he’s straight edge and doesn’t need booze or drugs to have a good time, and Tradd Moore draws the hell out of a crowded dance floor until two young people meet, the (not) talking leads to touching and the touching leads to sex, and you know that Rilo Kiley song. Moore’s panels flow together in a beautiful symphony of lust, and he and Kot also stick the landing when they wake up back at there separate places, but are filled with life and Janelle Monae and Billy Bragg songs. Kirby and Stella have real chemistry, and it’s all in the magic of Tradd Moore’s fluid layouts and use of body language and Heather Moore’s energetic colors.

The New World #1 is the socially responsible young people falling in love story that we deserve in summer of 2018 featuring smart world building and tongue in cheek humor from Ales Kot and jaw dropping visuals from Tradd Moore and Heather Moore. Don’t forget “ACAB” though.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Tradd Moore
Colors: Heather Moore Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Action Comics #1001 (DC Comics) – There’s fires being set in Metropolis and Superman may be behind them. This series focuses on the Man of Steel who’s now a bachelor…

Bone Parish #1 (BOOM! Studios) – There’s a new drug that involves grinding up corpses. There’s some mob aspects and a hell of a twist towards the end.

Britannia: Lost Eagles of Rome #1 (Valiant Entertainment) – The first volume was fantastic and we’re expecting no less from this brand new volume.

Doomsday Clock #6 (DC Comics) – An issue devoted to adding depth to the series’ two new villains and what happens when they meet the villains of the DC Universe.

Harbinger Wars 2 #3 (Valiant Entertainment) – Valiant can do events and this is no exception.

Hellicious #1 (Starburn Industries Press) – An over the top laugh for those who enjoy I Hate Fairyland. Little demonic girl… nuff said.

Infinity Wars Prime #1 (Marvel) – Marvel’s cosmic event continues as it moves to the next phase.

Justice League Dark #1 (DC Comics) – There’s a new Justice League focused on the fallout of Justice League: No Justice and magic getting all wacky.

The Long Con #1 (Oni Press) – A disaster has befallen a major geek convention but are there survivors in the quarantined zone? A fun goof on con-life.

Mr. and Mrs. X #1 (Marvel) – Rogue and Gambit are married… lets see where that goes.

The New World #1 (Image Comics) – Ales Kot’s new series about the United States after the Second Civil War. This should be a good one!

Shanghai Red #2 (Image Comics) – The series is fantastic so far following a young woman’s revenge against the men who kidnapped her and threw her on a boat. It’s a brutal revenge tale.

Teen Titans #20 (DC Comics) – Damian is leading a new team of heroes with some interesting members and a hell of a dynamic.

Transformers: Unicron #2 (IDW Publishing) – The major event continues as Starscream attempts to step up and lead his Decepticons against Unicron!

X-Men Grand Design: Second Genesis #1 (Marvel) – Ed Piskor continues his take on the X-Men with this remixed history. Absolutely fantastic.

Mad Max meets Romeo + Juliet in Tradd Moore & Ales Kot’s Edgy The New World

Aleš Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore come together for The New World—a ballistic, science-fiction, action, romance miniseries set to launch this July.

The New World #1 begins with a massive-sized, 72-page debut issue, and features a backup comic introducing the talents of Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Sunando C.

Set in The United States of America—after the Second Civil War—The New World follows two lovers. One: a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist boy with a penchant for messing with the State. The other: a chaotic, hedonistic cop with a reality TV show and a license to kill. This really shouldn’t happen—and yet, somehow, it does. Soon, the entire state of New California is after them—so they have to run.

The New World #1 hits stores on Wednesday, July 25th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, July 2nd.

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Image Comics’ ECCC 2017 Announcements

At Emerald City Comic Con, Image Comics kicked off the show with a slew of exciting creator-owned announcements.

Image Comics revealed the following creator-owned projects set to launch in the coming year and beyond.

DEATH OF LOVE

Fan-favorite writer Justin Jordan (SPREAD), artist Donal DeLay, colorist Felipe Sobreiro, and letterer Rachel Deering team up for an all-new, five-issue miniseries—DEATH OF LOVE.

In DEATH OF LOVE, a bitter, self-proclaimed nice guy gains the ability to see the Cupidae, who are responsible for love in the world. Who he then ends up in bloody and, hopefully, hilarious war with.

DEATH OF LOVE launches from Image Comics this Fall 2017.

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FAMILY TREE

Bestselling, award-winning Jeff Lemire (ROYAL CITY, DESCENDER, Sweet Tooth) and Phil Hester (Shipwreck, Green Arrow) come together for FAMILY TREE.

When an eight-year-old girl literally begins to transform into a tree, her single Mom, troubled brother, and possibly insane Grandfather embark on a bizarre and heart-wrenching odyssey across the back roads of America, desperately searching for a way to cure to her horrifying transformation before it’s too late.

But the further they get from home, and the closer the girl gets to completely losing her humanity, the more external forces threaten to tear the family apart as fanatical cults, mercenaries, and tabloid Paparazzi close in, determined to destroy the girl or use her for themselves.

A new genre-defying ongoing series, THE FAMILY TREE will combine mystery, action, and Cronenbergian body horror into an epic story about the lengths a mother will go to keep her children safe in the face of an increasingly unstable world and unspeakable horrors.

FAMILY TREE will launch this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.

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FLAVOR

Fan-favorite writer Joseph Keatinge (RINGSIDE, SHUTTER) and artist Wook-Jin Clark serve up FLAVOR.

In FLAVOR, Xoo’s a young chef in a closed-off metropolis whose economy surrounds the touring of—and some argue, exploitation of—young chefs. When she’s registered for the cooking tournament, she discovers the dark underbelly of the city—why they exploit the young chefs, where their foods coming from and why she’s got to fight against it all.

FLAVOR is on the menu for Fall 2017.

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GENERATION GONE

Fan-favorite writer Ales Kot and artist André Araújo team up for an all-new series in GENERATION GONE.

GENERATION GONE asks: What happens when three disenfranchised millennials who were already planning to rob a bank get superpowers? What happens when two of them are in a toxic relationship that implodes shortly after? Think Unbreakable meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and you’re starting to get it.

GENERATION GONE launches this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.

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MAGE: THE HERO DENIED, PART 3

Matt Wagner returns with the highly-anticipated conclusion to MAGE.

MAGE: THE HERO DENIED is the long-awaited conclusion of Matt Wagner’s epic fantasy trilogy. MAGE follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who, after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard, discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

MAGE will hit stores this Summer 2017 from Image Comics.

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MOONSTRUCK

From Lumberjanes creator Grace Ellis and talented newcomer Shae Beagle comes a story of monsters, romance, and magical hijinks! Fantasy creatures are living typical, unremarkable lives alongside humans, and barista Julie strives to be the most unremarkable of all. Normal job, normal almost-girlfriend, normal… werewolf transformations that happen when she gets upset? Yikes! But all bets are off when she and her centaur best friend Chet find themselves in the middle of a magical conspiracy. Will Julie and Chet be able to save their friends? Is Julie’s dogged determination to be normal a lost cause? Who’s going to watch the coffee shop while our heroes are out saving the world?

These questions and more will be answered in MOONSTRUCK, coming this summer from Image Comics.

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NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL

Fan-favorite writer Joe Casey (OFFICER DOWNE, SEX) and artist Ulises Farinas team up for an all-new series in NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL.

From Joe Casey and Ulises Farinas—they are the most kick-ass, head-banging heroes ever assembled! They are a precision strike force, ready to face any threat! They are a metal militia of mayhem and they mean serious business! If you like blood and explosions… or if you like bloody explosions… this is the book you’ve been waiting in line outside the coliseum to read! Their names are legend: The Mighty Kreig! Vandenborg Riot! Manowarrior! Steppenwulf! Beset from all sides by a growing roster of vicious foes, the New Lieutenants of Metal have arrived to bust down the doors of perception and deliver you to a greater comicbook glory! Featuring the first appearance of Spike!

NEW LIEUTENANTS OF METAL will launch from Image Comics in 2017.

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REDLANDS

Eisner Award-winning Jordie Bellaire and artist Vanesa R. del Rey team up for an all-new series REDLANDS.

In REDLANDS, three witches move to Redlands, Florida and take over as law enforcement.

This new series—created by the all-female team of bestselling, award-winning Jordie Bellaire and Vanesa R. del Rey—marries the sexy, witchy-goodness of Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott’s BLACK MAGICK and Melissa de la Cruz’s beloved Witches of East End with the deep-South atmosphere of Jason Aaron and Jason Latour’s SOUTHERN BASTARDS and American Horror Story: Coven.

REDLANDS launches this Summer from Image Comics.

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SACRED CREATURES

Bestselling artists Klaus Janson and Pablo Raimondi team up for an all-new ongoing series titled SACRED CREATURES.

The survivors of an ancient, supernatural race have woven their existence into the fabric of our society, and when their delicate balance of power begins to unravel, humanity itself is at risk of being torn apart. SACRED CREATURES is a supernatural thriller that reveals the hidden forces manipulating mankind and takes the reader on a journey spanning the history of the world itself.

SACRED CREATURES hits stores this Summer from Image Comics.

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SAVAGE TOWN

Declan Shalvey (INJECTION) and Philip Barrett team up for an all-new original graphic novel titled SAVAGE TOWN.

SAVAGE TOWN is a crime story set in Limerick City, loosely based on real events at the turn of the millennium. It follows Jimmy ‘Hardy’ Savage as he fails his way up the criminal ladder.

SAVAGE TOWN will hit shelves this Fall 2017 from Image Comics.

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SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER

From writers Jody LeHeup (former editor of Uncanny X-Force, Deadpool, Quantum and Woody) and Sebastian Girner (editor of SOUTHERN BASTARDS, DEADLY CLASS, BLACK SCIENCE), newcomer artist Nil Vendrell, colorist Mike Spicer (HEAD LOPPER, MYTHIC), and letterer “Famous Dave” Lanphear comes a modern tall tale for the ages!

After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fist-fighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known! When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future!

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER is a an over-the-top action/comedy chock full of humor, colorful characters, larger-than-life battles, and high adventure. It’s the story of a wrathful man at war with himself, what happens when we allow anger to rule our lives, and what we can do to set things right.

“Probably the most important comic book ever made.” —Jody LeHeup

“We need him now more than ever. Someone’s gotta fight all these bears!” —Sebastian Girner

THE WAR ON BEARROR BEGINS JUNE 2017.

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SLEEPLESS

Bestselling creator Leila del Duca (SHUTTER, AFAR) and writer Sarah Vaughn (ALEX + ADA) team up for the all-new series SLEEPLESS, with editor Alissa Sallah and letterer Deron Bennett.

In SLEEPLESS, an enchanted knight who never sleeps falls in love with the noblewoman he is sworn to protect as they navigate the treacherous court of a newly crowned king. Set in a Renaissance-inspired kingdom, politics and love abound in this historical romance drama.

SLEEPLESS will launch from Image Comics.

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THE FAMILY TRADE

Writer Justin Jordan and artist Morgan Beem come together for the all-new ongoing series THE FAMILY TRADE.

THE FAMILY TRADE is about a family of assassins, con men, and thieves dedicated to keeping their floating city floating. Which goes reasonably well until their youngest member manages to nearly cause the city to go to war with itself.

THE FAMILY TRADE will launch from Image Comics this Fall 2017.

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THE HARD PLACE

Writer Doug Wagner (PLASTIC) and artist Nic Rummel team up with editor Keven Gardner for an all-new series.

In THE HARD PLACE, a former legendary getaway driver has decided that after five years in prison he’s ready to go straight, but when a bank heist goes wrong and two violent bank robbers recognize the driver, they force him to help them escape using a Russian mobster’s daughter as a human shield. The driver finds himself pursued by a resentful police department and hunted by every asset of the Russian mob.

THE HARD PLACE will launch from Image Comics this Summer 2017.

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THE NEW WORLD

Fan-favorite creators Ales Kot and Tradd Moore come together for an all-new series, THE NEW WORLD.

THE NEW WORLD is set in the United States of America: decades from now. A war-torn landscape slowly revitalizing itself. What happens when Romeo is a straight-edge hacker and Juliet a messy TV star cop with license to kill? What happens when they meet? What happens when their aims may be opposite but the chemistry too real to deny?

THE NEW WORLD hits stores from Image Comics in 2017.

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