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Review: Horizon: Zero Dawn #1

Horizon: Zero Dawn #1
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When Horizon: Zero Dawn came out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of a sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.

Titan Comics brings the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step in the franchise.

Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.

While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.

Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art steps in.

Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word.

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Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on rope to cross a river, these instances brings players back to the game if only briefly to link both experiences up.

Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me, and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5 this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.

Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina
Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0
Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Vampire: The Masquerade #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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 choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Alien: Original Screenplay #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – The original screenplay gets turned into a comic and we’re excited to see what the result is.

Bad Mother #1 (AWA Studios) – A suburban mom’s kid goes missing and she goes on a mission to get her back. There’s an 80s tinge to the concept we’re digging.

DCeased: Dead Planet #2 (DC Comics) – DC’s best line of comics they’ve got going right now.

Disaster, Inc. #2 (AfterShock) – The series about disaster tourism sounded interesting but the supernatural twist has us really intrigued.

Empyre #4 (Marvel) – The summer event has been getting better with each issue and with no preview, Marvel has something up their sleeve.

Far Sector #7 (DC Comics/DC’s Young Animal) – The series has been amazing with a mix of socio-political/action/mystery/romance. This issue leans a little heavier into the action but it’s so good and visually amazing.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 (Titan Comics) – We haven’t played the video game but know the visuals and the world and we’re intrigued how it’s adapted into comics. Some massive potential here.

My Little Pony/Transformers #1 (IDW Publishing) – It’s just so crazy, it might work.

Undiscovered Country #7 (Image Comics) – This series has been off the wall insane and we seriously have no idea of what’s next.

Vampire: The Masquerade #1 (Vault Comics) – Vault isn’t a publisher we think of when it comes to licensed comics but what they have put out matches perfectly for what we’d want in a comic based on the popular roleplaying game.

Preview: Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Author(s): Anne Toole
Artist(s): Ann Maulina
Cover Artist(s): Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau (CVR A), Game Art (CVR B), Loish (CVR C), Ann Maulina (CVR D), Peach Momoko (CVR E), Blue Line Sketch Variant (CVR F)

A brand-new comic series based on the award-winning game by Guerrilla. Aloy and Talanah return in a new story set after the events of the game! Nature has reclaimed the planet. Awe-inspiring machines dominate the land, as humanity fights for survival on this new earth. Co-created by one of the writers of Horizon Zero Dawn game Anne Toole. Horizon Zero Dawn FCBD #0 ties into this brand-new #1!

Horizon Zero Dawn #1

Check Out today’s New Digital Comic Releases with over 150 Comics!

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SDCC 2020: V. E. Schwab Reveals New Comics Set in the Villains Universe

Extraordinary

Titan Comics and V. E. Schwab have announced Extraordinary – a new comics series set in the world of the internationally-acclaimed fantasy novels Vicious and Vengeful – and slated for release in 2021. The news was revealed the news during the Shades of Magic panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Sunday, July 26.

The new comic series is set in the Villains novel universe during the five years between Schwab’s critically acclaimed Vicious (2013) and the sequel novel Vengeful (2018), and  follows Eli “Ever” Cardale, as he takes on a sinister new role hunting down Extraordinaries, or E.O.s, as they grapple with their newfound powers.

Extraordinary continues the collaboration between Titan Comics and author V. E. Schwab, which began with the Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince graphic novel trilogy. Reaching the final round of the GoodReads Choice Awards 2019, the trilogy – The Steel Prince (2019), The Night of Knives (2019) and The Rebel Army (July 2020) – is a prequel to her phenomenally popular novel series Shades of Magic and features art by Andrea Olimipieri, Budi Setiawan and Enrica Eren Angiolini.

The Shades of Magic panel is available to watch in full on the San Diego Comic Con YouTube Channel now or below.

Preview: Blade Runner 2019 #8

Blade Runner 2019 #8

Author(s): Michael Green, Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
Cover Artist(s): Jesus Hervas (CVR A), Syd Mead (CVR B), Andres Guinaldo (CVR C)

The second arc of the bestselling comic reaches its climactic conclusion as former Blade Runner ASH’s mission takes her where no other Blade Runner would dare to go the never-before-seen Off-World colonies! From the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Blade Runner 2049, Michael Green, and co-writer Mike Johnson (Star Trek, Supergirl).

Blade Runner 2019 #8

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SDCC 2020: Titan Comics Reveals Horizon Zero Dawn #1 Peach Momoko San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Cover!

This August, Titan Comics and Guerrilla will embark on an exciting adventure together, as the first original comic book series set in the world of the global smash-hit PS4 game Horizon Zero Dawn comes to comics. This new series takes place after the events of the game as Talanah, a strong and determined hunter, struggles to find purpose after her trusted friend Aloy disappears. When a mysterious threat emerges in the wilds, she sets out to hunt and to defeat it, only to learn that a whole new breed of killer machines stalk the land!

You can join the story too at this year’s Horizon Zero Dawn Comic SDCC@Home panel, where the creative team behind this hotly-anticipated comic book launch — writer Anne Toole, artist Ann Maulina, Guerrilla narrative director Ben McCaw, principal artist Gilbert Sanders, and Guerrilla studio director/art director Jan-Bart van Beek — discuss bringing the critically-acclaimed Horizon world to this illustrated medium. Follow this link on Thursday July 23 to watch the panel live and learn more about Horizon Zero Dawn: The Comic Series.

To celebrate SDCC 2020, Titan Comics has revealed a never-before-seen issue #1 cover by Peach Momoko! The U.K. and Europe can purchase it here. U.S., Canada, and the rest of the world can purchase it here.

Horizon Zero Dawn #1 is set to debut in comic stores on August 5, 2020.

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