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Review: Silver Surfer: Black #1

Silver Surfer: Black #1

I had no idea what to expect going into Silver Surfer: Black #1. With the creative team of writer Donny Cates and artist Tradd Moore, I had no doubt what I was going to read was going to be good.

Silver Surfer: Black #1 spins out of Guardians of the Galaxy #1. The galaxy’s defenders have been sent into a black hole and this is the story of Silver Surfer’s journey.

Spinning out of a comic, there’s always the worry you may need to know what happened before. Cates has done a masterful job of catching new readers up and allowing them to enjoy the journey. The comic really is about that journey and not the past. Silver Surfer is taken to an alien world… and where it goes from there, I’d rather not say.

Cates has delivered a comic that’s a must for anyone interested in the epic tale he’s telling in the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe. From Guardians of the Galaxy to Venom, Silver Surfer: Black fits right in and then some.

The issue has that philosophical feel about it as Surfer reflects on his history and the situation he’s in. It’s a different kind of comic with a more laid back feel about it embracing the comics of the past.

That’s helped by Tradd Moore‘s art. Moore has a unique style and here it works to enhance the feel of the comic. Dave Stewart provides the color and together they create an aesthetic that hearkens back to classic Kirby without trying to copy him. There are homages to the classic style he brought to Marvel’s cosmic, especially in the backgrounds. But, Moore sticks to his own style enhanced by Stewart’s vibrant colors. Clayton Cowles‘ lettering stands out as well with the alien language he brings. It begs you to attempt to decipher it and see what’s said.

If the issue isn’t on your radar, it should be. As someone who has never liked the Silver Surfer as a character, this debut issue has me wanting to read more immediately. Add in that this is a chapter in Cates’ bigger plan makes it a must.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Tradd Moore
Color: Dave Stewart Letters: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.65 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Silver Surfer: Black #1

Spinning out of Guardians of the Galaxy, Silver Surfer is lost adrift in a black hole. Donny Cates and Tradd Moore take us on a trippy journey that’s so much more.

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Tradd Moore
Color: Dave Stewart
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Get your copy in comic shops June 12! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW

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Preview: Bloodborne #5

BLOODBORNE #5​ 

Writer Aleš Kot
Artist Piotr Kowalski
Cover A: Tradd Moore
Cover B: Piotr Kowalski
Cover C: Game Art Cover
Cover D: Tradd Moore Black & White
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On Sale: September 19, 2018

Now  an  ongoing  series,  by  popular  demand  –  the  horror  and  mystery  continue  in Bloodborne,  the  comic  based  on  FromSoftware’s  critically  acclaimed  video  game  hit!

Delve  into  the  dark  underbelly  of  the  Healing  Church,  as  writer  Aleš  Kot  (Zero,  Wolf,  Generation  Gone,  Days  of  Hate)  returns  to  the  blood-soaked  streets  of  Yharnam  with  artist  Piotr  Kowalski  (Dark  Tower,  Sex,  Robocop)!

Beast  transformation  Cover  A  by  Tradd  Moore  (Luther  Strode,  Ghost  Rider,  Venom)!

Review: The New World #1

In their new series The New World #1, Ales Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore craft a post-nuclear apocalypse United States that has been carved into many small countries, chief among them, New California. It’s a reality not far from our own with surveillance technology, brutal police officers, partying, music, and slightly smarter home A.I’s. The most popular past time is watching a reality show called Guardians where super cops subdue criminals and the audience votes real time for them to either execute them on the spot or let them have a fair trial. Through this program, Kot crafts the logical progression of Americans’ obsessions with police procedurals, reality television (Especially with an interactive element.), and most of all, unrelenting violence.

In conjunction with cameras or a handler watching Stella Maris, New World’s protagonist and a cop who doesn’t like to kill even when the audience wants her to, Tradd Moore uses lots of full page and double page splashes and big panels to give the book a televised feel. Even his scene-to-scene transitions have a pretty big scope like a full page of a satellite in silhouette on one page zooming in back to Earth to the West Hollywood home of Kirby Miyazaki, an atheist anarchist vegan hacker, who sabotages an airing of Guardians and thanks to loads of hormones and probably moly, ends up hooking up with Stella. He’s doing just fine with his revolutionary activities and putting his war vet dad to bed after a long night of drinking, but comes off as insufferable. But weren’t we all insufferable in our early twenties? (Aka me currently). His anime protagonist good looks don’t help either and act as one big visual joke along with Kot giving the same middle name as one of the monsters in Naruto.

Like the majority of Ales Kot’s comics, New World #1 has a real activist streak, but it reads more like a coming of age romance than the chronicles of the revolution although there is a harrowing flashback showing Stella’s rebel parents being beaten down by border guards drawn by Moore from the POV of her in the back seat. New World is a YA dystopia shorn of its twee-ness and pandering to Hollywood suits. There’s banter with dads and robotic assistants about cats, and Kot and Moore soak up the daily lives of Stella and Kirby between being an action cop or subversive hacker using the extra-sized first issue to run through a literal day in their shoes. There are plenty of full face close-ups along the way to show exactly how characters are feeling with colorist Heather Moore adding intriguing touches, like a ghostly white to the features of Stella’s grandfather Herod, the governor of New California, who wants Stella to be more ruthless on TV like bulky killing machine Logan Maximus.

Even though it’s thrilling to see Kirby do his hacker thing and tell the slightly creepy person who is interviewing him for the job at Guardians how he is going to disrupt the show, New World #1 hits its peak when Kot and Moore give Kirby and Stella an opportunity to let their proverbial hair down and enjoy a rave party in Long Beach. And it’s the coolest, most energetic rave in comics since Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Dionysian one in The Wicked + the Divine #8. There’s a cascade of colors as Kirby hits the dance floor because he’s straight edge and doesn’t need booze or drugs to have a good time, and Tradd Moore draws the hell out of a crowded dance floor until two young people meet, the (not) talking leads to touching and the touching leads to sex, and you know that Rilo Kiley song. Moore’s panels flow together in a beautiful symphony of lust, and he and Kot also stick the landing when they wake up back at there separate places, but are filled with life and Janelle Monae and Billy Bragg songs. Kirby and Stella have real chemistry, and it’s all in the magic of Tradd Moore’s fluid layouts and use of body language and Heather Moore’s energetic colors.

The New World #1 is the socially responsible young people falling in love story that we deserve in summer of 2018 featuring smart world building and tongue in cheek humor from Ales Kot and jaw dropping visuals from Tradd Moore and Heather Moore. Don’t forget “ACAB” though.

Story: Ales Kot Art: Tradd Moore
Colors: Heather Moore Letters: Clayton Cowles

Story: 8.2 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy 

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

William Gibson’s Alien 3 Screenplay Comes to Comics this November

An Alien blockbuster is coming to a comic shop near you when Dark Horse Comics brings William Gibson’s original, unproduced Alien 3 script to life with the help of writer and artist Johnnie Christmas. While Gibson was a contributor in the early phase of the writing for Alien 3, ultimately most of his concepts never made it into the final film. As the father of the cyberpunk genre with titles like Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Dark Horse is thrilled to see Gibson’s vision fully realized for the first time!

Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

With an intense script by Gibson, cinematic art by Johnnie Christmas, vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and a slate of variant covers by James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, and Christian WardWilliam Gibson’s Alien 3 is the “what if?” fans have been asking for!

William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 (of five) goes on sale November 7, 2018.

Mad Max meets Romeo + Juliet in Tradd Moore & Ales Kot’s Edgy The New World

Aleš Kot, Tradd Moore, and Heather Moore come together for The New World—a ballistic, science-fiction, action, romance miniseries set to launch this July.

The New World #1 begins with a massive-sized, 72-page debut issue, and features a backup comic introducing the talents of Aaron Stewart-Ahn and Sunando C.

Set in The United States of America—after the Second Civil War—The New World follows two lovers. One: a straight-edge vegan hacker anarchist boy with a penchant for messing with the State. The other: a chaotic, hedonistic cop with a reality TV show and a license to kill. This really shouldn’t happen—and yet, somehow, it does. Soon, the entire state of New California is after them—so they have to run.

The New World #1 hits stores on Wednesday, July 25th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, July 2nd.

  • The New World #1 Cover A Moore & Muller (Diamond Code MAY180036)
  • The New World #1 Cover B Moore & Muller (Diamond Code MAY180037)
  • The New World #1 Cover C Bertram (Diamond Code MAY180038)
  • The New World #1 Cover D Muller (Diamond Code MAY180039)

Review: Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Venom!

Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime collects Venom #150-153 by Mike Costa, Robbie Thompson, David Michelinie, Tradd Moore, Gerardo Sandoval, and Ron Lim.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on November 7. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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Preview: Secret Warriors #7

Secret Warriors #7

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Tradd Moore, Matthew Wilson
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

QUAKE COMES FACE-TO-FACE WITH HER MENTOR’S KILLER: DEADPOOL!
•  Finally, Quake’s revenge is at hand! And with her team in shambles, there’s no one to stop her from taking it all the way. Right?
•  Wrong! SECRET EMPIRE devastated the Warriors, but the world still needs them. And when a dark enemy threatens Inferno’s family, he’ll have nowhere else to turn.
•  But can he convince the band to get back together in time – or will Quake’s revenge stand in the way again?

Preview: Secret Warriors #6

Secret Warriors #6

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Juanan Ramirez (CA) Tradd Moore, Matthew Wilson
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 13, 2017
SRP: $3.99

THE SECRET EMPIRE HAS FALLEN – AND NOW IT’S DEADPOOL’S TURN.
• During the Hydra takeover, Deadpool killed Agent Phil Coulson, Quake’s mentor and close friend.
• So now Quake is going to kill Deadpool.
• But not if the rest of the Secret Warriors have anything to say about it!
• (I mean, Devil Dinosaur could kinda go either way.
• Also he can’t speak.

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