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Preview: CalExit Vol. 1

CALEXIT Vol 1

Written by: Matteo Pizzolo
Illustrated by: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colored by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
$14.99 | full color | mature | 160 pages
IN COMIC SHOPS 8/1
IN BOOKSTORES 8/14

What if California refused to be ruled?

SDCC 2018: Calexit: All Systems San Diego Raises Money for Immigrant Families

As the lines between fictional dystopias and our actual reality continue to blur, critically acclaimed comic book Calexit is making a difference for real families at the Mexican border. Profits from the brand new Calexit: All Systems San Diego #1 will be donated to San Diego Rapid Response Network, an organization dedicated to aiding immigrants and their families in the San Diego border region. Writer Matteo Pizzolo teamed with artist Carlos Granda, colorist Lauren Affe, and cover artists Ben Templesmith and Tyler Boss to create the new Calexit story, which goes on sale this week at San Diego Comic Con. The comic book, a story within the Calexit world, features all new characters in a San Diego-based adventure.

Preview: Jughead: The Hunger #7

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #7

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Ryan Jampole, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Tyler Boss, Michael Walsh and Josh Hixson
On Sale Date: 7/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

While Jughead confronts Reggie and his pack, the Coopers are done fooling around and send in the big guns for Jug. Will he—and his sister Jellybean—survive the chaos? Plus, a member of the Riverdale gang makes a startling decision that will change EVERYTHING!

Preview: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, Vol. 4: Home

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe, Vol. 4: Home

Chris Mowry, Erika Anderson, Paul Allor, Ian Flynn (w) • Giannis Milonogiannis, Michael Dialynas, Tyler Boss, Dave Wachter (a) • Freddie E. Williams II (c)

Discover the secret origins of the Triceratons: how they began on Earth, what that means for their return, and how they successfully rebelled against their Utrom captors! Plus, the Turtles fight to save their city, but become trapped in tight quarters when NYC is evacuated. Will they find a way to freedom without driving each other crazy? Then, Raphael and Alopex go undercover at Null Industries. They find more than they bargained for, including very angry mutants! Collects issues #16–20.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 144 pages • ISBN: 978-1-68405-281-3

Jug and Jellybean are on the Run from the Coopers in this Early Preview of Jughead: The Hunger #7!

JUGHEAD: THE HUNGER #7

Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Gorham
Variant Covers: Tyler Boss, Michael Walsh and Josh Hixson
On Sale Date: 7/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

While Jughead confronts Reggie and his pack, the Coopers are done fooling around and send in the big guns for Jug. Will he—and his sister Jellybean—survive the chaos? Plus, a member of the Riverdale gang makes a startling decision that will change EVERYTHING!

Review: Calexit #3

“Are you an activist? What are your city plans for? Are you a accident? Are you just in the way?“- Kendrick Lamar, “Black Panther”

Matteo Pizzolo, Amancay Nahuelpan, and Tyler Boss take a leaf out of the old Tarantino playbook going for some wheeling and dealing and bullshit in Calexit #3 before blowing it all to hell and ending the first “act” of the series on a powerful note. In Calexit, the citizens of the cities of California have resisted President Trump’s orders to deport all immigrants, and they are pitted in conflict with the more conservative citizens of the rural and suburban areas of California. They are helped by a bunch of progressive cities in the West Coast, like Vancouver and Tijuana, and opposed by the Bunkerville Militia, a white supremacist group that appears a little bit in this issue, especially their new leader Crowbar.

In just three issues, Pizzolo and Nahuelpan have engaged in a lot of worldbuilding, but have wisely focused on the very different characters of Zora and Jamil and explored the conflict between activism and apathy in a high octane manner. Of course, Jamil doesn’t agree with a fascist government, but he sees the regime’s Greenshirts as willing customers of his drugs, including anti-depressants, because Trump’s regime is ableist is fuck. He’ll look the other way as long as they do, which is what got him delivering Zora’s dad’s head in Calexit #1.

With his silver tongue and trusty drone at his side, Jamil tries to talk down the Greenshirts for most of the issue with a smile on his face and a gift for understatement. For a second, he even has some new customers. Nahuelpan’s poses for Jamil are agile and versatile just like the confidence man/drug dealer while Zora is stock-still in her Wonder Woman costume continuing the charade that she is Jamil’s girlfriend of the day. With the exception of the title page and a full page spread of Jamil’s drone telling the story of a dead Greenshirt, Nahuelpan uses a grid to show the give and take of him trying getting himself out of this crazy situation. He uses more shadows and flowing lines through the pretty much, never ending sex scene between Crowbar and his “secretaries of war” that matches up nicely with Boss’ sleazy color palette. Nahuelpan counteracts the eroticism of a menage a trois with the pretty obvious Nazi tattoos all over Crowbar and his partners’ bodies. Also, a white woman with dreadlocks equals yuck.

However, Calexit really kicks into another gear in the last third of the book. Up to this point, Jamil, and with the exception of her epic rampage in Calexit #1, Zora are content to play it safe within the system to get to their safe haven. But then shit gets real, and Amancay Nahuelpan and Tyler Boss really dial up their art game with some seriously intense reds and some loud yellows for when Crowbar finally gets off his ass and remembers that he has a deadline to take out Zora, or his superior kills him. Nahuelpan channels the energy of his work on Clandestino into a bullet straight into the metaphorical head of the patriarchy. It’s a memorable moment, and Matteo Pizzolo pays off all the roundabout conversations in the first two-thirds of the comic. Also, Jamil kind of develops as a character, but he’s far from perfect, and Zora tells him off for being content to sell drugs to fascists and sleep with PTSD-stricken sex workers in a variation of the “ride out into the sunset” moment.

Calexit #3 definitely has a “hell yeah” ending, but it also brings up a lot of questions that aren’t “Is Crowbar going to catch Zora?” because you know that guy is definitely mini-boss material. There’s the incisive questions that Jamil asks Zora as he wanders around in shock looking at the fire and blood around them if Zora wants to create real change or just has a death wish that involves her getting into risky fights with the foot soldiers of a fascist regime. Is she a rogue agent, or can she be connected to an actual resistance movement when she keeps getting her allies killed? She’s definitely a badass, and there seem to be some Mad Max Fury Road-esque chase scenes in her future, but Pizzolo and Nahuelpan aren’t afraid to look at the psychological underpinnings of her violent actions and how they affect those around her.

Story: Matteo Pizzolo Art: Amancay Nahuelpan Colors: Tyler Boss
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Survival Fetish #1

SURVIVAL FETISH #1

Written by: Patrick Kindlon
Illustrated by: Antonio Fuso
Cover A by: Antonio Fuso
Cover B by: Tyler Boss
$3.99 | b&w | mature

Downtown Honolulu is a sniper alley, and Saheer runs it better than anyone. He’s a local celebrity for transporting medicine and information across a no-man’s land occupied by militias and street gangs.

But what people say about you is never the full story, and when the cheers die out Saheer is left with just his anxieties… and his secrets.

The first of a five-issue series that keeps its foot pressed on your adrenal gland.

From writer Patrick Kindlon (We Can Never Go Home, There’s Nothing There, S.H.I.E.L.D.: Quake) and illustrator Antonio Fuso (James Bond), Survival Fetish is a pulse-pounding thrill-ride that mixes political intrigue with deep characters and high octane action.

Brutal Revenge Tale Shanghai Red Delves into the Underside of Portland History

Eisner-nominated writer Christopher Sebela, artist Joshua Hixson, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou team up for the all-new revenge thriller Shanghai Red, coming this June from Image Comics.

Red is one of hundreds shanghaied out of Portland in the late 1800s. Drugged, kidnapped, and sold to a ship’s captain, she wakes up on a boat headed out to sea for years, unable to escape or reveal who she truly is. Now, she’s on her way back, in a boat covered in blood, to find her family—and to track down the men responsible for stealing her life out from under her.

This June, Shanghai Red will take you on a violent journey of vengeance, identity, and family.

Shanghai Red #1, Cover A by series artist Josh Hixson (Diamond code: APR180478) and Cover B by Tyler Boss (Diamond code: APR180479), hits comic book stores Wednesday, June 20th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 28th.

Review: Calexit #2

After much delay, the anticipated second issue of Calexit is here picking up the pieces of the first issue and taking us further into conflict and this world. The series is about every day people dealing with occupation in their neighborhoods by a tyrannical government and feels like it’s focusing on the human side of it all, how they’re dealing and where do they go from here.

Jamil takes much more of the center stage as the smuggler attempting to get Zora to where she’s going, a training camp. Jamil plays the role of the character we can most likely relate to, a person who lives by a code, unlike Zora the radical revolutionary who some may identify with but in the end is of the more extreme end of things. Still, writer Matteo Pizzolo focuses on humanizing them both in ways we can relate.

What’s really interesting is the focus on the group who is tasked to bring peace in some of California, a group of neo-Nazis who must deal with Rossie, one of our story’s villains. But, the end of the issue throws all of that up in the air as something is revealed by Rossie that’s unexpected and adds some depth to the character. There’s a thin line as to where this goes though and hopefully Pizzolo takes it where I think it’s heading instead of “even Nazis have feelings.”

The issue has more of a thrown into the thick of the action aspect of it all. Partially that is due to the delay since the first issue, and I can’t remember all the specifics of what happened, and also due to the art by Amancay Nahuelpan with colors by Tyler Boss. The world has a lived in feel about it with details that tell a story and add character to the series. The lettering by Jim Campbell too helps the story as a word here and there is emphasized for emotion driving the cadence and emotion of the speech.

The series is back and still holds a lot of promise as to where it all goes. There’s lots of extras exploring symbolism as well as interviews with interesting people. All of those extras really put the issue over the top from a read to a buy for me. This series still feels like a concept but the story is coalescing more into what was promised. We’ll see where it goes and hopefully we won’t be waiting as long for the third issue.

Story: Matteo Pizzolo Art: Amancay Nahuelpan
Color: Tyler Boss Lettering: Jim Campbell
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 8.05 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Calexit #2

CALEXIT #2

Written by: Matteo Pizzolo
Illustrated by: Amancay Nahuelpan
Colored by: Tyler Boss
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
48 pages | $3.99

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

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