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Preview: Better Place

Better Place

(W) Duane Murray (A/CA) Shawn Daley
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $19.99

This sidekick misses his superhero… After hearing that his grandfather has gone to a “better place,” a boy sets off on a grand adventure to find him, dressed as his favourite comic book character.

Dylan just moved to a new house, with no friends, and a mother who doesn’t have time for him. Luckily, he has his grandad. Together, they are Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, who save the world from evil every day with the power of imagination! But one day, Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone… to a “better place.” Now, Kid Cosmo will have to save the day, all by himself.

Debut author Duane Murray joins artist Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa) for a touching story about family, grief, change, and growth.

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Preview: Ballad for Sophie

Ballad for Sophie

(W) Filipe Melo (A/CA) Juan Cavia
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $24.99

A young journalist prompts a reclusive piano superstar to open up, resulting in this stunning graphic sonata exploring a lifetime of rivalry, regret, and redemption.

1933. In the small French village of Cressy-la-Valoise, a local piano contest brings together two brilliant young players: Julien Dubois, the privileged heir of a wealthy family, and François Samson, the janitor’s son. One wins, one loses, and both are changed forever.

1997. In a huge mansion stained with cigarette smoke and memories, a bitter old man is shaken by the unexpected visit of an interviewer. Somewhere between reality and fantasy, Julien composes, like in a musical score, a complex and moving story about the cost of success, rivalry, redemption, and flying pianos.

When all is said and done, did anyone ever truly win? And is there any music left to play?

Features:
-sweeping, ambitious storytelling that spans seven decades, from the German occupation of France through the wild 1960s to the modern era
-exquisitely dynamic artwork, bursting with life and perfectly suited to the unique and slightly off-kilter story
-Equally appealing to classical piano lovers and fans of sprawling literary/historical fiction

Praise for the creators:
“Filipe Melo and Juan Cavia form what is probably the most talented and productive duo in the recent Portuguese graphic novel scene.” — José Mário Silva, Expresso

Ballad for Sophie

Preview: Better Place

Better Place

(W) Duane Murray (A/CA) Shawn Daley
In Shops: Nov 03, 2021
SRP: $19.99

This sidekick misses his superhero… After hearing that his grandfather has gone to a “better place,” a boy sets off on a grand adventure to find him, dressed as his favourite comic book character.

Dylan just moved to a new house, with no friends, and a mother who doesn’t have time for him. Luckily, he has his grandad. Together, they are Red Rocket and Kid Cosmo, who save the world from evil every day with the power of imagination! But one day, Dylan learns that his grandad is suddenly gone… to a “better place.” Now, Kid Cosmo will have to save the day, all by himself.

Debut author Duane Murray joins artist Shawn Daley (Samurai Grandpa) for a touching story about family, grief, change, and growth.

Sofia Warren Follows a First-Year State Senator on Her Unforgettable Journey from Outsider to Insider in Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator

What’s it like to be on the inside of politics? Campaigns and the day-to-day business of governing is unlike anything else out there when it comes to work. Sofia Warren‘s graphic memoir, Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator, peels back that curtain opening up a world few know but everyone is impacted by.

In early 2018, cartoonist Sofia Warren was not paying attention to New York state politics. But that summer, her Brooklyn neighborhood began buzzing about Julia Salazar, a 27-year-old democratic socialist running for state senate whose grassroots campaign was inspiring an army of volunteers. When they beat the odds and won, Warren found herself wondering what would happen next. How does it work when an outsider who runs on revolutionary change has to actually do the job? So she decided to find out.

A graphic memoir to be published by Top Shelf Productions in June 2022Radical: My Year with a Socialist Senator is a remarkable first-hand account of Warren’s experience embedded with Julia Salazar and her staff during their first year in office. From candid conversations and eyewitness experiences, Warren builds a gripping and intimate portrait of a scrappy team of community organizers battling entrenched power structures, particularly to advance Julia’s marquee issue of housing rights.

At every key point during the year — setting up an office, navigating insider politics, public pushback, testy staff meetings, emotional speeches, protest marches, setbacks, and victories — Warren is up close and personal with Julia and her team, observing, questioning, and drawing, as they try to translate their ideals into concrete legislation. Along the way, Warren works toward answers to deeper questions: what makes a good leader? What does it mean to be a part of a community? Can democracy work? How can everyday people make change happen?

All these themes will be explored — with nuance, compassion, and humor — next June in Sofia Warren’s remarkable debut.

Review: Rivers

Rivers

The power of social media lies in creating an artifice. Everyone you know is somewhere on social media. They have Facebook , Instagram or Twitter, or even Tiktok. The original premise was to connect online with family and friends and that has morphed into creating whole new realities.

One of the original platforms, Myspace, sought to connect with people across the World Wide Web. Now those platforms are used for commerce more so than connection. It makes you wonder if anything real. In David Gaffney and Dan Berry’s Rivers, through the power of technology three strangers connect through, dreams.

We’re taken to 1992, in the north of England, where two boys are enjoying their favorite comic, The Ghoulor Hunters, which is where we meet Gideon, fast forward to present day, and he is a game developer, whose work is primarily solitary but he has a work friend in Lisa, whom he confides in. Then there’s Heidi, who has not left her home in days or weeks, as she works from home and hadn’t found a reason to leave, as much of her trauma, is tied to her relationship with her father. Then there’s Peter, who delivers classic cars all throughout England, but despite that, his life is mostly mundane. Everything changes for these three strangers as they use the Dreamr app, and realize that they are dreaming about each other. As a chance meeting between Gideon and Heidi, leaves both befuddled, wondering is this all crazy coincidence or kismet, as Gideon reveals he has found Heidi’s father who disappeared from her life 20 something years ago. By the graphic novel’s end, Gideon confesses his love for Lisa and the reader finds out Peter is Heidi’s father, giving them the reunion they have both longed for.

Overall, Rivers is a story that melds science fiction and slice of life into a beautiful tale. The story by Gaffney is heartfelt and relatable. The art by Berry is gorgeous. Altogether, an excellent story that understands the need for human connection.

Story: David Gaffney Art: Dan Berry
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: The Jekyll Island Chronicles

The Jekyll Island Chronicles

(W) Steve Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, Jack Lowe (A) Prentis Rollins (CA) S.J. Miller
In Shops: Jul 28, 2021
SRP: $19.99

Cities burn, electricity crackles, and the world hangs in the balance as the award-winning alternate-history graphic novel trilogy comes to a stunning conclusion!

The action picks up where The Jekyll Island Chronicles (Book Two): A Devil’s Reach left off: the cabal of anarchists, known internationally as Zeno, have stolen the plans to Nikola Tesla’s Death Ray and intend to build it and use it first on the heroes of Jekyll. Meanwhile, Tesla and his contemporaries Charles Proteus Steinmetz and Henry Ford work against the clock to come up with an improbable chance to render the weapon useless. For their biggest challenge yet, our heroic regulars – mechanically-limbed Peter Karovik, electrically-powered Helen Huxley, high-flying Billy Colfield, and the brilliant cryptologist Solomon Taylor – must build an army of new heroes that join the battle royale on the tiny Georgia island of Jekyll. With more thrilling science-heroism than ever before, A Last Call completes the Jekyll Island trilogy as the forces of good stand up one last time against those seeking to burn the world.

The Jekyll Island Chronicles

Preview: Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

(W) Christian Slade (A/CA) Christian Slade
In Shops: Mar 31, 2021
SRP: $14.99

The beloved wordless fantasy graphic novel series reaches its stunning conclusion-with plenty of thrills, laughs, and exquisitely illustrated animal magic. Join Christian Slade for the final installment in the 5-volume series 14 years in the making!

Winter has arrived in Korgi Hollow… and with it, the end of the Korgi story. As Ivy and her Korgi pup Sprout frolic in the frozen weather, an ancient power is stirring. At long last, saddle up for the conclusion of this “silent” epic fairytale told entirely through detailed pen-and-ink drawings. Fire and ice will collide in a timeless battle between good and evil. Will the residents of Korgi Hollow survive the harsh cold? One thing is for sure: nothing will ever be the same.

Korgi Vol. 5 End of Seasons

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Review: Parenthesis

Parenthesis

Years ago I had a friend who I used to be stationed with in the military go through a terrible malady. To give it the proper perspective, he was 30 when he got the news of a horrible disease that would take away his sight, and eventually will kill him. To make matters worse, his wife at the time filed for divorce, making the “timing of his life” almost cruel to watch from afar. He did not want to be looked at with pity as he looked to triumph despite.

He would go through both his loss of sight and the loss of his family, with his head up, never wanting help and never really needing it. He found a way to push through. He would eventually tell me that it was hell at first, but his faith made him accept all that came his way. Though he is no longer with us as the disease ultimately took his life, it was his perseverance that has made me on my worst days think of his fortitude. In Elodie Durand’s Parenthesis, our protagonist has a life-altering event happen to her much like my friend. How she endures is what makes her the hero in this touching graphic novel.

We’re taken back to when our narrator first moved out of her parents’ house 25 years ago, to living on her own in Paris. As her solitude pushes her to start drawing, revealing bit by bit, fragments that she did not realize spoke of her, piecing together memories. As symptoms of a malady start appearing out of nowhere, leading her to forget stuff, and dismissing the episodes of having “spells”.  This leads her to see a neurologist, where she discovers that she is epileptic. She soon becomes a recluse and becomes resolved in the fact, that she has no control of her body any longer. All the while, she continues her master’s degree, refusing to let this be an impediment, but some bad news arrives via an MRI scan, an inoperable tumor. The amalgamation of these facts only deepens her depression, and through a biopsy, found out it was cancerous. Soon she would lose track of time, because of the treatments, where life mostly consisted of trips to the hospital and eventually leading to the tumor being operable, and her doctor, eventually getting treatment from a Gamma Knife. After which, her seizures only got worse, where she discovered she has cerebral edema, which leads to different treatments, and successfully shrinking the edema, eventually making the tumor, necrotic, with only a scar as a trace of the disease in the first place. She ends up using her “new lease on Life” to experience some new “firsts”. Though she felt brand new, she still had memory issues, leading her to more medicine and more treatments. By Parenthesis’ end, Elodie is epileptic no more, no longer disabled, and accepting her life as is.

Overall, Parenthesis is an engaging tome that guides the reader on a journey that would shatter most. The story by Durand is harrowing but ultimately, inspiring. The art by Durand is gorgeous. Altogether, a story in which the reader can more than appreciate this hero’s journey.

Story: Elodie Durand Art: Elodie Durand
Story: 10 Art: 9.7 Overall: 9.86 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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