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Review: I Walk With Monsters #1

I Walk With Monsters #1

There’s a lot of intriguing things in I Walk With Monsters #1 but overall it’s a frustrating debut with a lot of potential. Jacey had an abusive past. A mysterious individual took her brother away as strangers visited her home and then disappeared. Years later, Jacey has David, a man who can turn into a beast. The two hunt out men who prey on the vulnerable and deliver justice. The series is an exploration of monsters, those within and those around us. There’s a lot of potential with that. But, overall the debut issue teases all of that with little as far as explanations.

I Walk With Monsters #1 feels like a dream where you can remember some of the details but not the connecting narrative. There’s a lot to it and some interesting chances to explore justice but the first issue dances around its most interesting bits. Writer Paul Cornell opens with a shocker of a sequence and from there hints at Jacey’s past while she and David make their way to their next target.

The concept of a duo luring horrible men into a trap to enact revenge is an interesting one. There’s something to be mined with the concept about doing evil to fight evil. Having a literal monster within doing so creates a wonderful metaphor. And then justaxpose that with a partner who doesn’t and you have an even deeper debate to be had.

While I Walk With Monsters #1 sets some of that up, it generally doesn’t get into that interesting aspect. It’s a set up of an issue that shocks then… just kind of is. There’s hints as far as Jacey’s past. Overall, the issue just kind of takes us from point A to point B. There’s not enough excitement to really create a hook. And that hook is mostly delivered in the teaser text for the series. The closest we get to the meat of the series is an exchange between Jacey and David while they attempt to hitchhike. The discussion dances around what they’re doing. It leaves readers to do a lot of heavy lifting to figure it all out between the present and flashbacks.

The art by Sally Cantirino is interesting. There’s something unsettling about it and that’s helped by the colors by Dearbhla Kelly. The style and how scenes are depicted doesn’t go over the top in scares or gore. There’s something rather normal in the depiction that makes it all the more off. The comic relies heavily on browns, reds, and yellows for the more negative moments while a quieter “safe” moment features blues and whites. It’s an interesting example of using color to set the mood of a scene. Cantirino does an excellent job of teasing things as well. Faces are covered and memories lightly hazy in a way that we all experience.

I Walk With Monsters #1 isn’t a bad start and has a really interesting concept. The first issue though is a very slow setup. It start fast throwing the readers into a murder but from there backs off to a point you’re wondering what the point was. It’s starting a film with an action sequence then spending an hour after standing around talking about what’s going to happen. But, as part of the puzzle to come, it probably works perfectly, that’s the some times frustrating thing about comics. But, we have to judge this on the single issue and as far as a debut, it’s a bit of a slog of a start.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Sally Cantirino
Letterer: Andworld Design Color: Dearbhla Kelly
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: Recommendation: Read

Vault Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Today’s New Digital Releases Features Over 175 New Comics from Marvel BOOM!, Image, IDW, and More!

Shang-Chi #3

It’s new comic book day and you can enjoy it with new releases at your local comic shop or digital stores. ComiXology has you covered with over 175 new releases available to you right now. Check out the full listing and start shopping now or check out the individual issues below!

AAM-Markosia

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

AfterShock

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

DC Thomson

Dynamite Entertainment

Europe Comics

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Hermes Press

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Kodansha

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant Entertainment

Vault Comics

Yen Press

Zenescope


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Vault Announces Anand Radhakrishnan Incentive Covers for The Picture of Everything Else #1

Vault Comics has announced two new gorgeous Anand Radhakrishnan incentive covers for The Picture of Everything Else #1. Anand’s cover art will come in two different versions: a regular cover will be available as a 1:15 variant, while a deluxe foil edition printed on thick card stock will be available as a 1:30 variant.

The Picture of Everything Else is written by Dan Watters, drawn and colored by artist Kishore Mohan, lettered by Aditya Bidikar, and designed by Tim Daniel.

As the 20th century dawns, art promises to change the world…and steep it in blood. A rash of impossible killings sweep through Paris, tearing the rich and beautiful apart in their beds. When two art thieves stumble upon the portraits of the victims damaged in the exact same manner they died, it appears the man who once painted the immortal portrait of Dorian Gray has returned—with darker plans for future works. From the minds of Dan Watters (Coffin Bound, Lucifer, Home Sick Pilots) and Kishore Mohan comes a haunting balance of depravity and beauty.

  • COVER A (Mohan): OCT201644
  • COVER B (Gooden): OCT201645
  • COVER C (Gorham): OCT201646
  • COVER D 15 COPY INC (RK): OCT208178
  • COVER E 30 COPY INC DLX FOIL (RK): OCT208179

The Picture of Everything Else #1 hits store shelves on December 23rd, 2020.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

THE RED #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Ever: The Way Out (Abstract Studios) – Terry Moore shifts to graphic novels and while we love his serialized comics, a complete story has us excited. This one about prophecies and fallen angels has us very intrigued.

I Walk With Monsters #1 (Vault Comics) – A story about the monsters within as a woman runs into the man who took away her brother.

Kaiju Score #1 (AfterShock) – It’s the most dangerous heist ever attempted. Four desperate criminals are going all in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal millions in art and turn their miserable lives around. The catch? They have to pull it off under the nose of a one thousand-ton Kaiju.

Nailbiter Returns #7 (Image Comics) – The series has been a blast as its had fun with horror tropes keeping readers on their toes and delivering laughs.

The Other History of the DC Universe #1 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The first issue is absolutely brilliant as the talented John Ridley explores the DC Universe through the viewpoint of its minority characters.

Paris 2119 (Magnetic Press) – Instantaneous teleportation has altered almost every facet of human civilization but that progress has a price. The sci-fi/cyberpunk story has us intrigued.

Power Pack #1 (Marvel) – The Power Pack is back! But, with a law restricting underage superheroes, will they be able to continue to save the day?

The Red #1 (Heavy Metal Virus) – A single government runs the world after a nuclear war and content deemed emotionally dangerous is prohibited. A group of musicians discovers they’re the key to overthrowing the totalitarian government.

Science Comics: Rocks & Minerals (First Second) – Fun for kids and adults, this series are great graphic novels to learn about their topics.

Shang-Chi #3 (Marvel) – The first two issues have been fantastic as the team has reworked a problematic character. It’s full of action and adding so much depth to the character’s history.

Undiscovered Country #10 (Image Comics) – The series has kept us guessing as to what will happen next. The fact we’re constantly surprised is a good thing.

Yasmeen #4 (Scout Comics) – One of the best comics to come out this year, it’s been heartbreaking every issue.

The Witcher: Fading Memories #1 (Dark Horse) – If you’re a fan of the show, check out the new series!

X-O Manowar #2 (Valiant) – The series has been an interesting look at modern superheroes so far as X-O Manowar attempts to figure out his place in the world. The second issue really focuses on what the impact of superheroes would be in a real-world setting.

Preview: I Walk With Monsters #1

I Walk With Monsters #1

Writer: Paul Cornell
Artist: Sally Cantirino
Colorist: Dearbhla Kelly
Letterer: Andworld
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 11/25/2020

In Jacey’s past is the Important Man who took away her brother. Now Jacey has David, who sometimes transforms into a terrifying beast. Together, they’ve found a way to live to hunt, sniffing out men who prey on the vulnerable. But Jacey and David are about to run into the Important Man again. From Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) and Sally Cantirino (Last Song, We Have To Go Back) comes a haunting story about the monsters that walk beside us all, and sometimes lurk within.

I Walk With Monsters #1

Comics Deserve Better Episode 16: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer

On this episode of Comics Deserve Better, Brian and Logan geek out about the darkly comedic, crime comic 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank by Matthew Rosenberg, Tyler Boss, and Thomas Mauer.

They break down the cast of annoying, yet endearing middle-school-aged characters, their favorite sequences, and the connections that this Black Mask Studios masterpiece has to other works of pop culture. Brian and Logan also discuss the latest indie comics news, including Graham Coxon‘s comic Superstate from Z2, the announcement of Vault‘s queer monster love story Hollow Heart and Geoff Johns and Gary Frank‘s creator-owned series Geiger, and a new ordering format from Scout Comics. They also talk about the upcoming Black Hammer: Visions and their dream creators on the miniseries. Other comics mentioned on the show are We Only Find Them When They’re Dead, Getting It Together, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, and 12 Reasons to Die. (Episode art by Tyler Boss)

Today’s New Digital Comics Feature Over 150 New Comics from Marvel, Image, IDW, BOOM!, AfterShock, and more!

We Live #2

It’s Wednesday which means it’s a brand-new comic day! Get your comics in digital form now with over 150 comics to choose from on comiXology. There are new comics from Marvel, AfterShock, BOOM!, Image, IDW, plus tons of indie and small press comics. Check out all of the releases here and get shopping or the releases by publisher below.

AAM-Markosia

AfterShock

Albatross Funnybooks

American Mythology Productions

Ankama

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Devil’s Due Comics

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

Humanoids

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Lion Forge Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Red 5 Comics

TidalWave Productions

Titan Comics

Valiant

Vault Comics

Yen Press

Zenescope


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Preview: A Dark Interlude #1

A Dark Interlude #1

Writer: Ryan O’Sullivan
Artist: Andrea Mutti
Colorist: Vladimir Popov
Letterer: Andworld
Designer: Tim Daniel
On Sale: 11/18/2020

After the stunning success of Fearscape, comes A Dark Interlude, the story of-No!

The only offense to literature greater than the loathsome synopsis is the sequel. I will not stand idle while some poor excuse for an editor mangles and confuses my story, which is intact, perfect, and concluded, with this derivative drivel. Mark my words, this nonsense has nothing to do with my tale. I am not in it. I do not condone it. And you, dear reader, should not buy it.
-HH”

A Dark Interlude #1

Vault Announces Hollow Heart, a Queer Horror Story from Paul Allor and Paul Tucker

Vault Comics has announced Hollow Heart, a queer horror story from writer and letterer Paul Allor, and artist Paul Tucker. Hollow Heart reunites the two Tet creators for a queer monster love story about the choices we make between giving our loved ones what they want and giving them what we think they need.

The release of Hollow Heart marks the official expansion of Vault’s horror imprint, Nightfall, into a year-round publishing imprint. Instead of occurring once a year in autumn, Nightfall horror titles will now be released throughout the entire year.

Hollow Heart follows EL, who used to be human, but now he’s a jumble of organs in a bio-suit. El is also in tremendous pain and has been for a very long time. Hope arrives in the form of Mateo, a mechanic brought in to work on EL’s suit. Mateo sees EL in a way no one else ever has. And what’s more: Mateo offers EL an escape.

Hollow Heart #1 hits store shelves in February 2021, and will launch with a Vault Vintage variant cover by Nathan Gooden and Tim Daniel that pays tribute to Frank Miller and Paul Rubenstein’s legendary cover to Rom: Space Knight #1.

Hollow Heart #1

Those Two Geeks Episode Eighty Eight: Giga, Batman: Three Jokers, and The Mandalorian

Alex and Joe talk about Giga‘s success, Batman: Three Jokers and the first episode of The Mandalorian.

As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.

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