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Things Get Weird as Colonel Weird: Cosmagog Spins Out of Black Hammer

From the world of the Eisner Award-winning Black Hammer series comes a bizarre, sci-fi adventure origin story! Black Hammer writer and co-creator Jeff Lemire and acclaimed artist Tyler Crook bring the next story from the world of Black HammerColonel Weird: Cosmagog.

Wacky space adventurer Colonel Randall Weird leaves the Black Hammer farm and embarks on a strange journey through space and time for something that he’s long forgotten with his sanity and life at stake!

Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1 (of four) goes on sale on April 22, 2020.

Colonel Weird: Cosmagog #1

Harrow County Returns in Tales From Harrow County: Death’s Choir

The Eisner Nominated series is back in Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir. Return to the acclaimed horror series with this new story written by Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook, and illustrated by series newcomer Naomi Franquiz!

Ten years have passed since Emmy exited Harrow County, leaving her close friend Bernice as steward of the supernatural home.

But World War II is in full swing, taking Harrow’s young men and leaving the community more vulnerable than ever—and when a ghostly choir heralds the resurrection of the dead, Bernice must find a solution before the town is overrun in Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir.

Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir #1 (of four) goes on sale December 18, 2019.

Tales from Harrow County: Death’s Choir

Review: Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1

Manor Black #1 is a fascinating comic. The debut has you fully engaged and expecting one genre then eventually pulls the rug out from under you.

Written by Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, Manor Black #1 feels like a traditional slasher film. A group of teens(ish) are on the run away from someone. Then that someone appears like so many classic horror films. But from there, expectations are shattered as the debut issue morphs.

Within is a comic that has elements of horror, fantasy, crime, and even superhero to some extent. Bunn and Hurtt have created a comic that defies expectations and transcends genres.

To say more would give away the twists and turns. The perfect pacing to it will suck you in as the issue morphs from expectations.

The art by Tyler Crook, who co-created the series with Bunn and Hurtt, is solid. The style fits the morphing genres quite well making it all flow nicely. Crook’s style has a dramatic feel to it. It plays off the beats we’ve seen before in particular scenes but doing so with a flair and style that makes it all stand out. Character designs and details get more and more interesting as the issue progresses building on the mystery within.

I have no idea where Manor Black is going after this first issue. I expected a horror series but this is so much more delivering a unique comic that stands out from the pack. The trio of creators have another solid release here showing off the talent we’ve come to expect from all of them. Even with high expectations that not met them but blew past them in every way.

Story: Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 8.45 Art: 8.45 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

The World of Black Hammer Gets a Definitive Guide

If you’re a fan of the Eisner Award-winning series but have questions about the weird and wonderful world filled with Golden Age pulp heroes and alien warlords then you won’t want to miss this! Critically acclaimed writer and Black Hammer co-creator Jeff Lemire is teaming up with writer Tate Brombal to explore the colorful characters that populate the Black Hammer universe in a brand new one-shot, The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia! 

This special one-shot offers a guide to the world of Black Hammer, presenting detailed biographies of Black Hammer’s heroes, villains, and supporting characters, illustrated by a wide assortment of superstar artists, including David Rubín (Ether), Wilfredo Torres (The Quantum Age), Tyler Crook (Harrow County), Christian Ward (Invisible Kingdom), and more! The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia features colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Black Hammer) and a cover by Andrea Sorrentino!

The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia goes on sale July 3, 2019.

The World of Black Hammer Encyclopedia

Cullen Bunn, Brian Hurtt, and Tyler Crook take us to Manor Black

Dark Horse has announced a new miniseries from writers Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt, and artist Tyler Crook. Described as “a soapy, eerie new comic that delivers as many laughs as it does jolts — often at the same time,” by actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, Manor Black #1 features covers by Tyler Crook and Dan Brereton.

From the creators of Harrow County and The Sixth Gun, comes a gothic horror fantasy about a family of sorcerers in crisis. Roman Black is the moribund patriarch of a family of powerful sorcerers. As his wicked and corrupt children fight over who will take the reins of Manor Black and represent the black arts, Roman adopts Ari, a young mage, who he gifts his powers to with the hope that someone good will take his place against the evil forces out to bring down his family and legacy.

The first issue of Manor Black (of four) goes on sale July 31, 2019.

Manor Black
Manor Black

Review: The Stone King #2

The Stone King #2

The world is filled with “quicksand” and you may never know when you have stepped into it.  There is the literal sense of the word which most people only see in movies. Then there’s the metaphorical version, one which envelopes you when you least expect it. These are things throughout life that cause panic.

The first time I ever heard about it was in a movie called The Replacements starring Keanu Reeves and a now retired Gene Hackman. The way Reeves’ character described it in one scene is about getting so deep in trouble that you lose all senses. It was not until I joined the military and been in some near-death experiences that I felt what that sense of urgency was. In the second issue of The Stone King, we find Ave seeing firsthand the wrath she has unleashed.

We pick right up after the Stone King has invaded the city looking for what Ave took from him. As everything around her crumbles, she looks to save everyone she cares for. As Ave looks for healing moss to help someone close to her she soon gets arrested for looting. As the city guard humors Ave, he soon realizes that she may be the only hope city has before being totally demolished.

Overall, the second issue is action packed that’s a turning point for the series and happens to introduce us to some new characters. The story by Kel McDonald is lighthearted at points and heavy at other moments. The art by Tyler Crook is vivid and alluring. Altogether, it’s an excellent second issue that should bring in new fans.

Story: Kel McDonald Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Stone King #1

The Stone King #1

When it comes to stories revolving around thieves, there aren’t too many that grips you from the beginning. Thieves are usually frowned upon and rarely any redeeming qualities can be yielded from such characters. One of the more infamous thieves is Aladdin, a character which has been both glorified and villainized, depending on which interpretation you may follow. His heart is ultimately good and what he does is out of necessity.

One of the most storied thieves in fiction and quite possibly in history is Robin Hood. What most people know of this infamous thief, is that “he stole from the rich and gave to the poor.” His story is remixed once again in the new Taron Eggerton /Jamie Foxx movie. The film gives the legend a new twist as a heist thriller that takes place during medieval times. It lacks the cool tricks of modern heist stories but it doesn’t mean it doesn’t contain the same level of intrigue. The new comiXology Original digital comic series The Stone King also combines fantasy with melodrama and thrills.

Early in the comic we meet Ave, a thief born into the trade who harvests healing moss unbeknownst to the creature known only as the Stone King. It’s a method outlawed in the land. Her whole life changes when she finds a hidden treasure on the creature. It’s something that can change her fortunes. She returns home hoping that her haul has given her a new status with the guild of thieves. By issue’s end, The Stone King comes looking for the treasure Ave found and will not stop until it is found.

Overall, the comic is an engaging medieval caper that exceed expectations within the first few pages. The story by Kel McDonald is gripping and action packed. The art by Tyler Crook is beautiful. Altogether, the comic’s a heist story that’s so much more than that and will have readers wanting to read more.

Story: Kel McDonald Art: Tyler Crook
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

comiXology provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Discover the Horror of Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf’s Bone Parish #5

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Bone Parish #5, on-sale in comic shops on December 26th. The critically acclaimed twelve-issue necromantic horror series from superstar writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jonas Scharf follows the proliferation of a new drug sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead.

Arriving in stores the same day as the only new releases from BOOM! Studios, Bone Parish Vol. 1 Discover Now Edition collects previously released Bone Parish #1-4 for the first time under one cover in a new Discover Now limited edition with a cover by Lee Garbett, available only at local comic book shops.

Getting high off of the ashes of the dead is a complicated affair, and so is selling the drugs that get you there. Grace Winters, matriarch and criminal mastermind, is running her enterprise with the help of her children and the ghost of her dead husband, Andre, through the use of the ash. But the machinations of rival gangs and the unexpected side effects of the drug begin to result in deadly and complicated consequences, including the death of one of their own. As the Winters family mourns, they must also wrestle with the horrific question —are the dead truly ever gone if their ashes can still reveal secrets and hidden truths long after their passing?

Bone Parish #5 features a main cover by Lee Garbett and variant cover by Tyler Crook.

The Stone King, the Latest comiXology Original Debuts this Wednesday

On November 14, comiXology debuts issue #1 of the 4-part miniseries, The Stone King, a coming-of-age fantasy adventure written by Kel McDonald with gorgeous art by Tyler Crook. The highly anticipated series features a rock giant, a flying dog, and a young teenage thief who must learn to take responsibility for her mistakes.

The Stone King is a fantasy story about Ave, a young woman who is trapped in a life of petty crime. In an attempt to advance the life she desires, the young thief often steals magic moss from the Stone King. One day, she steals a bit more than magical moss and things very quickly go awry. The Stone King goes on a rampage, threatening Stoneport, the fishing and trading city Ave calls home. In order to save the city, Ave must track down the rare gem and return it to its rightful owner to make things right.

Announced earlier this year at a press conference during Comic-Con International San Diego, The Stone King is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content. Starting with the first issue debuting November 14, each subsequent monthly issue will be available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost, and available for sale on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99. The collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com.

The Stone King joins other comiXology Originals including, Superfreaks by Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet and Margaux Saltel, Elephantmen 2261: Death of Shorty by Richard Starkings, Axel Medellin and Boo Cook, Ask For Mercy by Richard Starkings and Abigail Jill Harding, Savage Game by Ryan Kalil, Shawn Kittelsen and Chris B. Murray, Grave Danger by Tim Seeley and Mike Norton, Goliath Girls by Sam Humphries and Alti Firmansyah, Teenage Wasteland by Magdalene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn, Hit Reblog by Megan Kearney and curated by Hope Nicholson, and more.

In addition to being purchasable on comiXology and Amazon, comiXology Originals are also available through Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 15,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Get a First Look at Cullen Bunn and Jonas Scharf’s Bone Parish #4

BOOM! Studios has released a first look at Bone Parish #4, concluding the first story arc of the critically acclaimed twelve-issue necromantic horror series from superstar writer Cullen Bunn and artist Jonas Scharf that follows the proliferation of a new drug sweeping through the streets of New Orleans—one made from the ashes of the dead.

Following a devastating loss at the hands of the cartel, the Winters family is in turmoil. To defeat their foes, they might have to break the cardinal rule of dealing: never get high on your own supply. But will any of them survive to learn the consequences of their choices?

Bone Parish #4 features a main cover by Lee Garbett and variant cover by Tyler Crook and will be available for sale on October 31st.

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