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Review: Penny Dreadful TP

If you’re a fan of the amazing show Penny Dreadful on Showtime, you’ll love what Krysta Wilson-Cairns and Chris King have done with the story. She provides a bit of fun to story we all fell in love with. We get some old faces, some new ones and a nice bit of back (or side) story to give us a well-rounded tale. If you’re already familiar with the story, some things seem disjointed and out place but, it’s done in a way that’s no different than what fans of Wynonna Earp and The Walking Dead have come to expect, only this time it’s in reverse. If you take this as something independent of the show then, it’s a nice intro and, if you’re already a fan it’s just more gore and monster myths to fuel your love of the macabre in between seasons.

Louis De Martinis provides some pretty grim artwork to go along with the dark tales being told. The art is comparable to what would happen if David Mack decided to do nothing but pulp comics and it’s an interesting to look at. The whole comic is steeped in pale reds and darkness, which makes the bloody battles, feedings and, double crosses look like part of the scenery.  There’s also a lot of panels of pure action and gore, more action and gore than story panels. The whole graphic novel looks like really intense storyboards that mimic the tone of the TV series.

Penny Dreadful is well written, each issue contained within the novel builds on the momentum of the last and as a series, it works better in collected as a trade paperback than it did in single issues. The format of this trade is akin to binge-watching a show on Netflix and, it works well for this particular brand of story. This collection serves well to fill in a lot of the blanks that the show leaves us with in between seasons but, it also manages to become something new that will satiate the readers who will never watch the show. The issue focuses mostly on Mina and Vanessa, their families, their struggles with the darkness and their becoming.

Overall, this is a nice long, dark read for people who are into a little monster lore in their comic books. Fans of the slow burn and Tales From the Crypt type comics will fall in love with this classic structured and, based trade. There’s also kudos to be given for showing the parallels between the two women, their agency and the mirror image like goals, desires, and actions. Mina and Vanessa couldn’t be more different on the surface but, they’re both strong women and, watching them play cat and mouse using the people around them as pawns and knights without making them damsels in distress is a fresh take on an old trope.

Story: Krysta Wilson-Cairns and Chris King Art: Louis De Martinis
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review 

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Hammer’s Captain Kronos Rises At Titan With Dan Abnett!

Titan Comics has announced the next title from its Hammer Horror line of comics – Captain Kronos, materializes in 2017! The Hammer Comics line sees the publication of brand-new comic stories featuring classic Hammer properties.

Based on the 1974 film, Captain Kronos will be the second Hammer title following the success of Peter Milligan and Ronilson Freire’s The Mummy: Palimpsest which hit stores and digital devices last November.

Written by Dan Abnett with stunning art by Tom Mandrake. Titan Comics’ new series chronicles the adventures of the mysterious and powerful Kronos who has dedicated his life to destroying the evil vampire plague.

Once a victim himself, the debonair Hunter knows the vampire’s strengths and weaknesses as well as the dangers of confronting the potent forces of darkness. Now the cult-classic adventure continues in comics form!

A Look at Dark Souls: Tales of Ember #1. Based on Best-Selling Bandai Namco Video Game

Titan Comics has revealed the first lettered interiors for the newest entry into the Dark Souls comic series – Tales of Emberset in the world of the best-selling Bandai Namco video game.

The critically acclaimed Dark Souls short stories return on April 5, 2017, with eight new fresh rakes on the staggeringly popular mythos! Titan Comics’ Tales of Ember series follows the smash success of Dark Souls: Winter’s Spite and Dark Souls: Legends of the Flame.

George Mann and Alan Quah return to the eldritch world of their three-time sell-out smash Dark Souls series alongside a host of creators; Tauriq MoosaDamien Worm, Michael Walsh and more!

Featuring covers by Damien Worm, Michael Walsh, Fabio Listrani, Daniel Serra, and Nick Percival.

Normandy Gold #1: Brand-new Hard Case Crime title with interior art by Steve Scott

Titan Comics has revealed their next Hard Case Crime comic series, Normandy Gold, out June 14, 2017.

Sex, violence and corruption collide in Normandy Gold, a gritty thriller set in 1970s Washington D.C., written by acclaimed author Megan Abbott, and bestselling crime novelist Alison Gaylin, with art by industry legend Steve Scott.

When her younger sister is found murdered in a D.C. hotel, relentless Sheriff Normandy Gold dives headfirst into the seedy world of prostitution and politics, soon discovering a twisted conspiracy that could lead right to the White House.

Featuring covers by Fay Dalton, Steve Scott, Alex Shabao, Kody Chamberlain, and Elias Chatzoudis.

Preview: World War X #4

World War X #4

Writer: Jerry Frissen
Artist: Peter Snejbjerg
Cover A: Simone Di Meo
Cover B: Nick Percival
Cover C: Jimbo Salgado & Gary Caldwell
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: March 22

B-movie infused science-fiction/horror! Written by Jerry Frissen (Lucha Libre, The Metabaron), illustrated by Peter Snejbjerg (BPRD, A God Somewhere).

Preview: Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.15

Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor #2.15

Writer: Robbie Morrison
Artist: Rachael Stott
Cover A: Claudia Ianniciello
Cover B: Photo by Will Brooks
Cover C: Linked Cover by Marc Ellerby
Cover D: Arianna Florean
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: March 22

FINAL ISSUE!

The Doctor’s plan to take comic creators Sonny and Val off on a tour of the Universe was all going so well… until they landed on a planet of Mindmorphs intent on stealing their minds! Will the creative duo be able to channel their talents in order to save the Doctor? Or is this partnership, and the minds of all on the planet, beyond saving?

Preview: Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1

Anno Dracula 1895: Seven Days In Mayhem #1

Writer: Kim Newman
Artist: Paul McCaffrey
Colorist: Kevin Enhart
COVER A: PAUL MCCAFFREY
COVER B: TOM MANDRAKE
COVER C: BRIAN WILLIAMSON
COVER D: JEFF ZORNOW
COVER E: MIKE COLLINS
COVER: BEN OLIVER (FORBIDDEN PLANET / JETPACK COMICS VARIANT)
COVER: BEN OLIVER (“PHOENIX EVENT EXCLUSIVE” VARIANT)
FC • 32pp • $3.99 • On sale: March 22, 2017

DEBUT ISSUE!

1895. Prince Dracula has ruled Great Britain for ten years, spreading vampirism through every level of society. On the eve of Dracula’s Jubilee, radical forces gather to oppose the tyrant. Kate Reed, vampire journalist and free-thinker, takes a seat on the revolutionary Council of Seven Days, though she learns that the anarchist group harbors a traitor in its midst. The Grey Men, Dracula’s dreaded secret police, have been ordered to quash all resistance to the rule of the arch-vampire. With intrigue on all sides, the scene is set for an explosive addition to the Anno Dracula series.

The Assignment Gets a New and Final Trailer

Lionsgate and Saban Films have released the final trailer for The Assignment out April 7 in the US. The film stars Michelle Rodriguez and Sigourney Weaver and features Rodriguez as a hitman who’s out for revenge after having his gender changed.

The movie is directed by Walter Hill who directed The Warriors, 48 Hrs., Brewster’s Millions, and Red Heat as well as the comic turned movie Bullet to the Head. The screenplay and story is by Hill as well as Denis Hamill.

Why are we covering this? There’s also a comic series released written by Walter Hill and Matz. Released by Titan Comics in the United States, the comic was originally published in French and called Body and Soul. The comic and film were worked on simultaneously and the comic was released in Europe March 2016.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor #3.3

DOCTOR WHO: THE TENTH DOCTOR #3.3

Writer Nick Abadzis
Artists Giorgia Sposito, Arianna Florean
COVER A: Iolanda Zanfardino
COVER B: PHOTO
COVER C: Papercraft variant
COVER D: Arianna Florean
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On Sale: March 15

FROM AWARD-WINNING WRITER NICK ABADZIS (LAIKA, PIGS MIGHT FLY)! NEW ADVENTURES OF THE TENTH DOCTOR, AS PLAYED BY DAVID TENNANT!

Preview: The Forever War #2

THE FOREVER WAR #2

PART 2 (OF 6)
Writer Joe Haldeman
Artist Marvano
COVER A: MARVANO
COVER B: JOHN MCREA
COVER C: I.N.J. CULBARD
COVER D: STEVE KURTH
FC • 32pp • $3.99 – On Sale March 15

The visionary Hugo and Nebula Award-winning SF tale by Joe Haldeman is beautifully realised in full color by the legendary artist Marvano. An epic SF war story spanning space and time, The Forever War explores one soldier’s experience caught up in the brutal machinery of a war that reaches across the stars.

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