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Review: Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Nicholas Cage is one of those actors whose films have given him iconic status. In each role, he has not only proven his talent but has made each character incredibly indelible. I remember the first time I saw him, it was in Moonstruck, as the brother of her fiancee whom she falls in love with. Every film after that would just add to his legend.

Cage has touched every film genre and is such a chameleon, that people often identify with certain roles. He can play someone meek, like his character in The Rock. Then there is devil may care character he played in Drive Angry where his character came back from hell to save his daughter. In a rare crossover between two of comics most imaginative universes, Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 begins Mary Locke’s adventure to do anything to save her brother’s soul.

The comic features a prelude in how Jack got lost in Hell, but we’re taken to 1927 Wych Cross, England, where Mary has just been summoned from study abroad in the United States. A strange rich royal, Roderick Burgess, has summoned her back home to recreate one of her late father’s inventions. His offers her a way to get back her brother Jack. We soon find out he has Dream captured in his basement and leads Mary to take on some extraordinary measures and finesse her way through the House of Mystery. By the issue’s end, Mary might have found the back door to Hell, but what is on the other side she might not be ready for.

Overall, Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1 is an excellent debut issue, which highlights why everyone loves both franchises. The story by Joe Hill and Neil Gaiman is both dour and fascinating. The art by Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos, and Shawn Lee is astounding. Altogether, the debut issue is an exhilarating trip “down the rabbit hole”. It’s one that enchants and frights.

Story: Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman Art: Gabriel Rodriguez, Jay Fotos, and Shawn Lee
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

(W) Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman (A/CA) Gabriel Rodriguez
In Shops: Apr 14, 2021
SRP: $6.99

If you think you can unlock the gates of Hell and just invite yourself in, you must be Dreaming!

The epic crossover between two of the most beloved fantasy universes in comics begins here. John “Jack” Locke is ten years dead, but that hasn’t stopped him from posting the occasional letter home… from Hell. Now Mary Locke will do anything to save her brother’s soul, including cut a deal with Roderick Burgess-the most evil man in England-to search for answers in the House of Mystery and risk the walking nightmare known as the Corinthian to find help in a disintegrating Kingdom of Dreams!

Locke & Key/Sandman: Hell & Gone #1

The First Seven Cast Members of The Sandman Announced

After a lot of teasing and speculation, the cast of The Sandman is coming together. The Sandman is a live-action adaptation of the much-beloved comic series by Neil Gaiman. The series was picked up a year and a half ago by Netflix. The comic adaptation has been in the works for years and at one point was to be a film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

The cast includes Tom Sturridge as Dream, Gwendoline Christie as Lucifer, Vivienne Acheampong as Lucienne, Charles Dance as Roderick Burgess, Sanjeev Bhaskar as Cain, Asim Chaudhry as Abel, and Boyd Holbrook as The Corinthian.

A rich blend of modern myth and dark fantasy in which contemporary fiction, historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven, The Sandman follows the people and places affected by Morpheus, the Dream King, as he mends the cosmic — and human — mistakes he’s made during his vast existence.

DC Expands Its Digital Firsts and Launches DC Essential Reads

DC is expanding its digital releases with DC’s Digital First publishing program, home of bestselling titles Injustice: Gods Among UsDC Comics: Bombshells, the new Batman: The Adventures Continue, and many more fan-favorite comicsUnder the robust new program, comic book readers will have more variety of content and immediate access to stories that have never been available on digital platforms.

The first week of DC Digital First titles include:

These series are new to DC Digital First, having previously been exclusive to DC Giants.

While regularly scheduled and solicited print comics, traditionally available on Wednesdays, will continue to be available day-and-date digitally on Tuesdays moving forward, DC Digital First comics will be released seven days a week.

In addition, on Monday DC is launching DC Essential Reads, a free digital promotion providing first issues of some of the most iconic graphic novels and collected editions in the DC library. Available until June 8th on a variety of digital platforms, DC Essential Reads titles include Watchmen #1 by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, Batman #608 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex SinclairThe Sandman #1 by Neil Gaiman and Sam KiethDark Nights: Metal #1 by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, Doomsday Clock #1 by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Mister Miracle #1 by Tom King and Mitch Gerads, and more.

DC Digital First comics and DC Essential Reads free issues will all be available from participating digital retailers, including ReadDC.com, Comixology, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and more.


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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below and while you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Beat – RIP Howard Cruse – Our thoughts are with hi friends and family.

CNet – The Sandman TV series for Netflix will have a more modern setting, says Neil Gaiman – This makes sense.

Reviews

CBR – Annihilation Scourge Alpha #1
Talking Comics – Annihilation Scourge Alpha #1
Newsarama – Conan 2099 #1
Comic Attack – Frank at Home on the Farm #1-2
The Beat – Levius /EST Vol. 1
Newsarama – The Punisher 2099 #1

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Gets Its First Trailer

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines

Experience an all-new adventure with DC’s most powerful heroine – filled with intrigue, mythology and relentless battles on shores near and far – in Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, the next entry in the popular series of DC Universe Movies. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film arrives – accompanied by the DC Showcase animated short Death, inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman” – from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting October 5, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, and Blu-ray Combo Pack on October 22, 2019.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP; Canada $43.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $34.97 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a digital version of the movie.

In Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, Amazon princess Diana of Themyscira chooses to save fighter pilot Steve Trevor and return him to his home in America – setting in motion one of Wonder Woman’s most captivating chapters. Fulfilling the role of both ambassador as well as protector, Diana soon earns the name Wonder Woman from the gracious people of Earth. Equally strong in body, heart and will, she makes it her mission to help a troubled young girl enlisted by a deadly organization known as Villainy, Inc., whose criminal members have their sights set on invading Themyscira, Diana’s paradise home. Prepare for a thrilling quest packed with brutal battles, mysterious mythology and endless wonder!

Rosario Dawson (Jane the Virgin, Rent, Luke Cage) returns as the voice of Wonder Woman for the sixth time, leading a sensational Wonder Woman: Bloodlines voice cast that includes Jeffrey Donovan (Fargo, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Marie Avgeropoulos (The 100) as Silver Swan, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange Is the New Black) as Etta Candy, Kimberly Brooks (DC Super Hero Girls, Mass Effect, Winx Club) as The Cheetah & Giganta, Courtenay Taylor (Regular Show, Fallout 4) as Dr. Poison, Constance Zimmer (Entourage, House of Cards, Unreal) as Veronica Cale, Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Julia Kapatelis, Michael Dorn (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Arrow) as Ferdinand, Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats) as Hippolyta, Mozhan Marno (The Blacklist, House of Cards) as Dr. Cyber, and Ray Chase (Justice League Dark) as Lead Bandit.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is co-directed by Sam Liu (Reign of the Supermen) and Justin Copeland (Batman: Hush) from a script by Mairghread Scott (Justice League Action, Guardians of the Galaxy animated series). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is co-producer. Sam Liu and Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) are producers. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Batman: Hush).

“Wonder Woman has been inspiring fans for generations and Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will further stoke that flame with an action-packed adventure that offers new and cherished characters from across Diana’s impressive comics history,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines Special Features

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

DC Showcase: Death (Animated Short) – Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s “The Sandman,” Death is produced & directed by Sam Liu (Justice League vs. The Fatal Five) and written by J.M. DeMatteis (Batman: Bad Blood). In the story, Vincent, an artist with unresolved inner demons, meets a mysterious girl who helps him come to terms with his creative legacy … and eventual death. Leonard Nam (Westworld) provides the voice of Vincent, and Jamie Chung (The Gifted, Big Hero 6) is the voice of Death. The voice cast includes Darin De Paul, Keith Szarabajka and Kari Wahlgren.

The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy (New Featurette) – Ferocious. Clever. Deadly. It’s the thrill of the hunt and the prey is Wonder Woman. This is the story of The Cheetah, Diana’s greatest enemy.

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Red Son – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Wonder Woman: Bloodlines via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 5, 2019.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On October 5, 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On October 22, 2019, Wonder Woman: Bloodlines will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

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The weekend is almost here! What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

The Comichron – Absolute Sandman, X-Men Gold #30 top reorders for last week of June – This isn’t too surprising.

The Beat – A New Exhibit of Particularly Rare Animation Art at the Cartoon Art Museum – This sounds pretty cool.

iO9 – A Live-Action Mobile Suit Gundam Movie Is Really Happening – This could be interesting…

 

Reviews

The Beat – Red Hook Vol. 1 New Brooklyn

ICv2 – Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle Vol. 1 TP

The Sandman is Getting 30th Anniversary Editions Courtesy of Vertigo

Vertigo is celebrating of The Sandman‘s 30th anniversary with brand-new collected editions of Neil Gaiman’s seminal story. Following the announcement of a new Gaiman-curated imprint called the Sandman Universe, launching this August, Gaiman’s original series will be rereleased monthly beginning in October.

The anniversary editions will include special introductions from legendary creators including best-selling authors Patrick Rothfuss, Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer/producer Paul Dini, author/comedian/actor Patton Oswalt and more. Each collection will also feature new, original covers from the original Sandman cover artist, Dave McKean.

Gaiman’s new imprint will launch on August 8, 2018 with The Sandman Universe #1, followed by four new titles: The Dreaming, House of Whispers, Lucifer, and Books of Magic. For those who want to discover the origins of these new stories, they can start at the beginning with these anniversary editions.

The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Noctures 30th Anniversary Edition collects issues #1-8, written by Gaiman with art by Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg, and Malcolm Jones III. It will also feature an introduction from Patrick Rothfuss, best-selling author of The Kingkiller Chronicles, and will be available in comics shops on October 24, and everywhere books are sold on October 30.

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It was new comic book day yesterday! What got everyone excited? What did you read that was great? While you mull that over, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web to keep you entertained.

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CBC – Manitoba graphic novel to raise profile of missing, murdered indigenous women – Amazing someone is doing, sad as to why they need to.

A.V. Club – Fox is adapting Scholastic’s charming graphic novel Amulet as a feature film – We’ve crossed the point where it’s easier to count what’s not being adapted.

Tech Times – Rob Liefeld Is Back At Marvel With A New Deadpool Comic – Totally shocked. Not like there’s a movie coming out or anything…

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘Snowpiercer’ Being Adapted for TV With Josh Friedman – If you haven’t seen the film, do so now. Do it!

The Denver Post – Mile High Comics plans HQ sale, thanks legal pot for real estate value – Huh, huh, huh, high.

Panels – Navigating Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN: What to Read and When – For folks who don’t know where to start.

Women Write About Comics – Women Are (Slightly) More Likely to Own a Game Console Than Men, But That Misses the Point – Good points worth repeating.

Panels – 5 Reasons You Should Be Reading Cursed Pirate Girl – Yup, you should absolutely check out this series.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Vine – All-New Wolverine #1

Newsarama – Batman #46

Comic Vine – Descender #7

Comics Alliance – Mystery Girl #1

Newsarama – Secret Wars #7

Comic Vine – The Ultimates #1

The Rainbow Hub – Zodiac Starforce #3

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