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The Realm, Vol. 1 hits stores alongside Me Like Bees EP this March

Co-creators Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun, with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer, will release The Realm, Vol. 1—which collects issues #1-5 of the ongoing dark fantasy series—this March from Image Comics. Musical group Me Like Bees will simultaneously release their companion EP, “The River Divides,” comprised of five tracks inspired by the series.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun.

Creatures of myth—orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors—threw the entire planet into total chaos. Among the wreckage of society, the survivors scrape and struggle to survive. Now, a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, and a group of warriors must embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

The Realm, Vol. 1 (Diamond code: JAN180692, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0501-4) hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 28th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 12th.

The Realm, Vol. 1 arrives in bookstores Tuesday, April 3rd.

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank TPB

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank TPB

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home / Punisher / Phoenix)
Arter: Tyler Boss (Lazurus / Vice Magazine / Calexit)
Letterist: Thomas Mauer (The Realm / The Disciples / Copperhead)
SRP- $14.99. 208 pages
Genre: Crime/Comedy
In Comic Shops: November 8th
In Bookstores: November 21st

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans.

When a group of bumbling criminals shows up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices – let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.

180ish pages of full color comic-booking about friendship, family, growing up, and grand larceny from rising star writer Matthew Rosenberg (WE CAN NEVER GO HOME, PUNISHER, PHOENIX RESURRECTION) and equally rising star artist Tyler Boss (LAZARUS, CALEXIT, Vice Magazine).

The Realm #2 Goes Back to Print

Image Comics has announced that the second issue of The Realm, from Seth M. Peck, Jeremy Haun, Nick Filardi, and Thomas Mauer, is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

In The Realm, our world has been overrun by creatures of myth: orcs, dragons, and countless other horrors. The remaining humans survive in an uneasy equilibrium, fighting tooth and nail to keep hold of what they have left.

The Realm #2, 2nd printing (Diamond code: SEP178185), as well as The Realm #3, Cover A by series artists Haun and Filardi (Diamond code: SEP170760) and Cover B by Kelley Jones and Michelle Madsen (Diamond code: SEP170761), will arrive in comic book shops Wednesday, November 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, October 23rd.

Review: The Realm #1

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth; orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight just to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem. While a powerful sorcerer marshals his forces, a group of warriors embark on a journey to reclaim our world from the growing darkness.

A post-apocalyptic fantasy, western, is probably the simplest way to summarise The Realm the new series co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. After some sort of apocalypse, humanity has returned to a medieval like society in order to survive. Enter Will Nolan, an escort/bounty hunter/bodyguard who seems to thrive in this new world. I’m curious to see where this story manages to go forward, and how they explore this strange world which is a mix of fantasy and zombie apocalypse.

The Realm‘s artwork manages to balance violence, action, and a dark atmosphere well. There’s a good amount of flowing action scenes throughout and the issue keeps readers on their toes. We’re also briefly introduced to two mysterious unnamed characters, a sorcerer, and a barbarian warrior, each with a real world vibe to them but at the same time mixing in fantasy tropes. The world is an interesting landscape with art that’s full of details giving us hints about this world and telling it’s own story.

The first issue is a solid start of what is sure to be the next hit that everyone will want. A great beginning and a great mix of genres.

Story: Seth M. Peck Art: Jeremy Haun
Color: Nick Filardi Letters: Thomas Mauer
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The Realm Heads Back to Print

Co-creators Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun, with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer, have launched a smash hit in The Realm. Image Comics has announced that The Realm #1 is being rushed back to print on the same day as its release in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Welcome to the treacherous world of The Realm. Fifteen years ago, we were overrun by creatures of myth. The shadows hide nameless terrors—but not for long.

The Realm #1, 2nd printing (Diamond code: AUG178150), along with The Realm #2 Cover A from Haun and Filardi (Diamond code: AUG170708) and Cover B from Jeff Lemire (Diamond code: AUG170709) will be available Wednesday, October 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 25th.

Review: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

The bank!

It’s all been building to this in a journey that’s built since April 2016. And even with the delays and the wait, it’s been worth the wait to see how writer Matthew Rosenberg and artist Tyler Boss wrap up their kids robbing a bank story.

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5 definitely delivers in what will probably be a controversional and debated final issue that leaves a lot open to interpretation and definitely is a gut punch in a lot of ways. Rosenberg with every issue has remembered that these are kids we’re dealing with and every issue that has been front and center in so many ways. This issue is no different as the plan to rob the bank goes into motion and of course things go off the rails. It’s not something I’m going in depth about because what happens and how Rosenberg presents it is shocking and heartwrenching in a lot of way. That’s partially due to the fact each of these kids are relatable and ones we grew up knowing (or in fact were).

The art by Tyler Boss is fantastic as always with a style that’s one of my favorite out there, similar to David Aja’s work on Hawkeye. There’s a sort of retro-cool about it that draws you in and his ability to create such personalities through each kids’ look and movements is fantastic. This is one where the detail in the artwork adds a lot to the story.

Letterer Thomas Mauer does a fantastic job as always and for those that have read the series knows Mauer has nailed it with certain characters and their speaking habits. The “volume” of the dialogue is controlled with mastery.

Just a fantastic ending that has me hoping for more but at the same time hoping we don’t Rosenberg leaves a lot up to debate and does so in a way that the adventure will continue through our imagination. If you haven’t read the series, this is one to go back to the beginning and see what you’re missing. Being able to sit down and read it in one sitting without gaps ups the enjoyment immensely, but even after such a wait, it’s completely worth it.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Art: Tyler Boss Lettered: Thomas Mauer
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #5

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer

The bank!

Me Like Bees Teams with Image Comics in New Music Video

Music and comics are being tied together more and more and we have another example. Me Like Bees is teaming up with Image Comics for a soundtrack for the new comic series The Realm.

A music video for the first of five singles “The River Divides” has been released. You can watch it below.

The Realm is a post-apocalyptic high fantasy comic series about a group who are coming to grips with a hostile new world. They also struggle with their checkered pasts that pale in comparison to the horrors they are forced to survive daily.

The Realm is out in comic shops September 13. The series was co-created by Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun. It also features colors by Nick Filardi and letters by Thomas Mauer.

 

Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun Launch The Realm

Co-creators Seth M. Peck and Jeremy Haun team up with colorist Nick Filardi and letterer Thomas Mauer for The Realm, a new ongoing series that dives into the grit and chaos of the post-apocalyptic world.

Fifteen years ago, our world was overrun by creatures of myth: orcs, dragons, and other nameless horrors that threw the entire planet into total chaos. Today, the shattered remnants of civilization must fight tooth and nail to survive in a deadly new era of violence and mayhem.

The Realm #1 Cover A by Jeremy Haun and Nick Filardi (Diamond code: JUL170714) and Cover B by Tony Moore (Diamond code: JUL170715) will launch on Wednesday, September 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, August 21st.

Preview: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #4

4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK #4

Written by: Matthew Rosenberg
Illustrated by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Thomas Mauer
In Stores: May 17

Things go wrong. Things begin to fall apart. Time to arrange a date with a trucker.

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