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Overkill’s The Walking Dead Reveals the Next Playable Hero: Grant

Starbreeze, Skybound Entertainment and 505 Games have released the latest cinematic character trailer for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead, this time revealing Grant, the third playable hero from developer OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio’s upcoming co-op FPS. Of all the survivors we’ve met so far, Grant may be the best prepared for the apocalypse – a steely outdoorsman who left city life behind to live out his golden years in the wilderness with his trusty scoped rifle. But as we find him back in Washington, D.C., searching for his lost family, it’s clear that while the world may have changed, the hunt is the same.

Inspired by the gruesome action of Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four-player cooperative multiplayer shooter in which players band together on a variety of missions and raids to find survivors, secure supplies and stay alive in a world where both the living and dead are a threat. Use stealth tactics to evade enemies quietly, or dismember walkers limb from limb with brute force and firepower. Each playable character has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories, including the heavy-hitting Aidan and Maya, the surgeon turned survivor.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is expected to launch this fall on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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 Special #1 (DC Comics) – An oversized special celebrating Superman with a long list of talent involved. If you want to continue celebrating Superman’s birthday, this is a way to do it!

Avengers #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness take on Marvel’s premiere team and when Aaron’s involved that guarantees and epic story.

Coda #1 (BOOM! Studios) – We’ve read the first issue and this new fantasy series is absolutely wonderful. If you dig a fantasy setting, this is a must.

Dark Ark #6 (AfterShock Comics) – This new take on Biblical tales has been fantastic and one of the comics we look forward to each and every month.

DC Nation #0 (DC Comics) – A special price and some key stories that will launch the next phase of DC Comics.

Death or Glory #1 (Image Comics) – We’ve read the first issue and it’s a solid story of crime and driving.

Star Trek: The Next Generation: Through the Mirror #1 (IDW Publishing) – IDW has been rocking it when it comes to their Star Trek stories and the Mirror Universe. This new one has them coming into the Prime Universe and we’re excited to see where it goes.

The Walking Dead #179 (Image Comics/Skybound Entertainment) – A new community and we’re waiting for the evil to be revealed.

Xerxes: Fall of the House of Darius #2 (Dark Horse) – The first issue was just ok but we want to see where Frank Miller takes this.

You Are Deadpool #1 (Marvel) – Choose Your Own Adventure + Deadpool + RPG elements = we want to check this out.

Demo-Graphics: The Walking Dead

Its been about 6 months since we last looked at The Walking Dead‘s demographics via Facebook’s data. With the season wrapping up and a new season of Fear the Walking Dead beginning, it felt like an appropriate time to see how things have changed for the show and best selling comic book series.

For this report, we’re looking at fans within the United States that enjoy The Walking Dead in comics, television, books, games, or even the characters. We’ll also compare the latest results to those of last report.

Facebook Population: Over 17 million fans in the US

In the six months since the last report the fandom population has decreased by 5 million individuals. That’s after the previous growth of 2 million and two reports ago saw a decrease of 4 million individuals. Spanish speakers account for 2.1 million fans, 12.35%. That’s a decrease of 1.2 million Spanish speakers and decrease in the percentage of the population.

Gender and Age

A year and a half ago women accounted for 55% and men 46% (with the result being over 100% due to rounding). In the previous report, women accounted for 59.09% with men accounting for 42.47%. Again, that was over 100% due to rounding.

For this latest report, women account for 53.53% and men 45.88%. When looking at age data, women account for 52.65% and men 46.89%. When it comes to relationships, it’s 52.97% female and 45.81% male. Women continue to be the majority.

Men return to being a majority, if just for a small amount. They become the majority in the 22-25 demographic and it’s a 50/50 split at 30-33.

Relationship Status

Things have dropped across the board with “single” and “unspecified” both seeing big drops as far as percentage.

Education

And of course with a smaller population, education has dipped too. Women are no longer the majority at every education level.

Gender Interest

Due to changes with Facebook policy, we’re unable to still provide this data.

Ethnicity

With a smaller population, it shouldn’t be surprising that the raw numbers have dropped. But, African Americans increased almost 3 percentage points and Asian Americans almost a half a percent. Hispanics dropped about 3.5 percentage points.

Specific Terms

But what about specific terms? Interesting enough, the majority of fans are in the United States for the comic series and Talking Dead. The latter makes sense. The rest vary in how many are in the US though most are in the 20-45% range. When it comes to gender, only those interested in video games are majority male.

And that wraps up this report! We’ll again look at these numbers when Fear the Walking Dead wraps up!

 

Unboxing: Skybound’s The MegaBox Box 6

Geek boxes are all the rage and Skybound Entertainment has one of their own! Skybound is the company behind The Walking Dead, Outcast, Invincible, and more!

The latest MegaBox is a surprise, honoring the past with some impressive variants, and featuring toys, comics, and more!

So join us as we crack open the latest MegaBox and show off what’s inside!

The MegaBox ships once a quarter and you can order the next one now!

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.

Jon

Top Pick: Isola #1 (Image Comics)Isola is the story of a young warrior with a mysterious bond to her companion: a green tiger. I was struck by how well the creators used the strengths of the medium to their advantage. Well worth the time of any fan of fantasy, adventure or books that are good.

 

Joe

Top Pick: The Avengers #687 (Marvel) – This weekly event has been so much fun, and each issue has added to the wild story in a great way. Iron Hulk, Rogue Hulk, what’s next?!

The Amazing Spider-Man #798 (Marvel) – We are almost to issue 800, and I have enjoyed most of this run by Slott. So while I am excited to see what Slott does with Iron Man and leaving this title, I am also excited to see how this continues and wraps up.

Marvel Two-In-One #5 (Marvel) – Now that a new Fantastic Four book has been announced and that this book is going to continue, I am invested in this book even more. It’s been a great time, and Zdarsky and Schiti are an awesome team.

Analog #1 (Image) – Gerry Duggan is one of my favorite writers on Deadpool, Guardians and previously Uncanny Avengers. The combination of him penning this book and the premise make this book sound awesome.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Mech Cadet Yu #8 (BOOM! Studios) – Definitely not an issue to start with but there’s something fantastic about this issue that encapsulates the hope in this giant robot for kids series. The action is solid, there’s tons of personality. Just amazing all around. One of my favorite series of the past year.

Copra Round Five (Bergen Street Press) – If you’ve missed the single issues of this indie superhero comic, now you can pick them up with no excuse.

Curse of Brimstone #1 (DC Comics) – The latest entry into the “New Age of Heroes,” the first issue is great on character building and presenting a series in a location you don’t see too many superhero comics. Really interesting start.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4 (DC Comics) – Still making the case as to series of the year material. Every issue is a fascinating read and you never know what to expect inside.

The Walking Dead #178 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Just when the series was getting to a lull, things have shifted with the “New World Order” storyline. I want to learn more about this new society because as good as it looks on the surface, there’s no way it’s as good as it seems.

 

Jen

Top Pick: Sex Criminals #23 (Image Comics) – If I could only read one comic for the rest of my life, Sex Criminals would probably be that book. Twenty-three issues in and the tale of Jon and Suzie continues unfolding in some sort of weird origami flower of layers under layers under layers. There’s angst! There’s laughter! There’s plenty of sex positivity! And as usual, there will be Easter-egg style puns pouring out of artist Chip Zdarsky’s background work.

Cat N Bat TP (IDW Publishing) – Every now and again you want a break from the angst and drama of mainstream comics. Cat N Bat follows in the footsteps of Get Fuzzy, Mutts, and to a lesser extent, Garfield, where two animals are besties who can’t help getting in and out of trouble together. With the added twist of “silent comedy”, Cat N Bat is sure to make you laugh without feeling like a repeat of what came before.

Snotgirl #10 (Image Comics) – Snotgirl kind of sneaks up on you. There’s not a great way to simply pitch the original premise of internet it-girl Lottie Person, whose only real roadblock in issue 1 was her allergic reaction to…the entire world. Lottie is soon put on an experimental allergy medication, meets an impossibly cool mystery chick, and has a falling out with her brunch group of fellow blogger/vlogger ladies. Issue ten rounds out the second arc of the series, which included a Misery-style former assistant, and a murder mystery that the local police are determined to pin on someone.

I Hate Fairyland #18 (Image Comics) – Skottie Young continues his pet project, where he takes a gigantic bloody hatchet to his own signature fluffy sweet style. The series focus has shifted from the green-headed Shirley Temple look-alike Gertrude to Fairyland at large. Issue 18 promises to zoom out and focus on the greatest threat Fairyland has ever seen, a resurrected baddie ready to wipe out every adorable creature great and small.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead Developer Diary – Episode 1

Today sees the released of the first episode in a new series of developer diaries for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead from Starbreeze, Skybound Entertainment, 505 Games, and developer OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio. This latest behind-the-scenes video takes an inside look at the creation of Georgetown, a key neighborhood in the game’s setting, Washington, D.C. You’ll learn more about how environmental storytelling is being used to capture the danger, suspense and tragedy of the rich universe established in Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four-player co-op multiplayer FPS action game about surviving the threat of both the dead and the living by any means necessary. Each playable character, including the recently revealed Aidan, has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories. It’s up to players to band together on a variety of raids and missions using stealth tactics or brute force to secure supplies and survivors to strengthen their camp.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is expected to launch this year on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

A New Behind-the-Scenes Video for ‘Overkill’s The Walking Dead’

Check out the latest behind-the-scenes video from Starbreeze, Skybound Entertainment and 505 Games for OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead. This new diary takes an inside look at the creation of last December’s captivating cinematic teaser, created by CG and VFX powerhouse Goodbye Kansas Studios, which revealed the game’s first playable character: Aidan. Watch as the team goes in-depth on the creative and technical process to define Aidan’s lifelike persona and establish the constant atmosphere of danger and dread that surrounds this new post-apocalyptic nightmare in which our heroes must fight to survive.

Developed by OVERKILL – A Starbreeze Studio, OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is a four-player co-op multiplayer FPS action game set in Washington, D.C., and inspired by the rich universe of Robert Kirkman’s original graphic novels. Each playable character has their own special abilities, skill trees, squad roles, play styles and background stories. It’s up to players to band together using stealth or brute force on a variety of raids and missions, securing supplies and survivors to strengthen their camp against the threat of both the dead and the living by any means necessary.

OVERKILL’s The Walking Dead is expected to launch this year on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

Review: The Walking Dead #177

Meet Officer Mercer, the newest individual we’re introduced to living in the “New World Order” that is the Commonwealth. The Walking Dead #177 is broken up into a few parts and while each segment varies greatly, each emphasizes the focus on the living with the series.

Rick is with Mikey who is working through issues through poetry an interesting aspect in a world where danger is around every corner and the dead have risen. There’s a focus on addressing loss and trauma of what’s going on and with Rick involved he is of course still dealing with the loss of Andrea. It’s an interesting an important segment as it shows that things are relatively stable but there’s still emotional turmoil. A segment with Maggie as well shows this aspect of stability. After everything that has happened, this is a time when you can let your guard down and enjoy things a bit.

Emotion is the name of the game of this issue as Michonne is reunited with her daughter Elodie. We learn Elodie’s story and are reminded of the horrible things everyone has done or had done to them to survive. It’s emotional and writer Robert Kirkman as usual does a solid job of focusing on the human aspect of the story. The series isn’t about surviving the dead, it’s about living in a world of the dead.

We’re also introduced to Mercer and Governor Milton’s son. This is the first sign that things aren’t perfect in the world of the Commonwealth and indicates where the next bit of turmoil is coming from. The series has done a good job of keeping the crazy hidden but we readers know there’s no way this new community can be as good as it’s presented. The cracks are visible here and it’s hard to know who’s right and who’s wrong in this situation. Unlike with other communities, the sides are a bit grey. Kirkman gives us something familiar but changes it up just enough to keep it interesting.

The art by Charlie Adlard, with ink by Stefano Gaudiano, and gray tones by Cliff Rathburn is excellent as always. Each new character has so much personality and the emotion of the story is driven as much by the art as it is by the story itself. That’s equally impressive since the story is in black and white which changes up how we “read” the scenes a bit more. It emphasizes Adlard’s line work and the detail, or lack of, added to each scene and character. The lettering by Rus Wooton too adds to the emotion of it all making it a bit clearer how dialogue is delivered. Slight bolding helps emphasize a word.

This new arc has been a slow but solid build introducing us to this new world and letting the malice (or expected malice) build. Is it in our minds considering the series history? Or, is there something up with these new characters and community that spells trouble for our heroes. Is it all too good to be true and this is the quiet before the storm? Kirkman and team know how to build to a cathartic explosion and this latest arc feels like it’s building to something, I just don’t know what.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard Cover: Charlie Adlard Cover Color: Dave Stewart
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn Letterer: Rus Wooton Editor: Sean Mackiewicz
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get? What’d you enjoy? Sound off in the comments below. While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Comichron – Action 1000 hardcover, Thanos lead comic shop advance reorders as February begins – For those following the horse race.

CBR – 2000 AD To Publish First All-Women Creators Issue – Good.

 

Reviews

IGN – Amazing Spider-Man #795

IGN – Batman #40

Talking Comics – Hungry Ghosts #1

Comic Book – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Seattle PI – Is This Guy For Real? The Unbelievable Andy Kaufman

Comic Attack – Is’Nana The Were-Spider Vol. 2 #1

The Outhousers – Spider-Man #237

IGN – Star Wars #43

IGN – The Walking Dead #176

IGN – X-Men: Red #1

Review: The Walking Dead #176

The “New World Order” is here as Michonne and her group has made contact with a new community and things are definitely no longer the same. The Walking Dead #176 picks up right where you’d expect with Michonne distraught over the discovery that her daughter may be alive and has been looking for her.

That emotional ride is the driver of this issue as writer Robert Kirkman plays with that moment extending the tension, fear, hope, and more of the group throughout the issue.

What Kirkman does that’s really interesting is call back to a meeting with another Governor that eventually went off the rails. Like Michonne and our protagonists, we too are weary based on what we know.

Helping Kirkman is the art by Charlie Adlard with ink by Stefano Gaudiano, gray tones by Cliff Rathburn, and lettering by Rus Wooton. There’s a cleanliness and orderly sense of it all that’s emphasized through the art, not just the words. That order ups the tension as things progresses through the story. We get glimpses of reality at times but it’s the small detail in the art that provides more clues as to the world than what’s delivered in the dialogue. The images tell as much of a story as the dialogue.

This issue, while simple, is all about that emotional journey and build up to the cathartic end. It’s an emotional roller coaster that pays off in a build up throughout the issue. Kirkman is a master of this type of storytelling and here’s a prime example of setting the mood, building tension, and letting it build to release.

Story: Robert Kirkman Art: Charlie Adlard
Ink: Stefano Gaudiano Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Lettering: Rus Wooton Cover Colors: Dave Stewart
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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