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Preview: Deathbed #3

Deathbed #3

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Apr 18, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Have you ever felt alone? Lost? Like you needed a friend? If so… join the Cult of Luna! Started in the heyday of the cult movement, the Cult of Luna follows the words of the great Antonio Luna. Every single word. No matter how random or insane, the Cult of Luna treats them as an eternal gospel. He is their God. And he will be your God, too. So, come on down and join us! Bring the kiddies! Journey to the center of your inner mind. Meet exciting people who want to meet you! Find out what you’re really made of! Share yourself with our hungry followers! And most of all… have fun!

Preview: Astro City #51

Astro City #51

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Brent Anderson (CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Our three-part look into the lives of Astro City “survivors” continues. A woman coping with a devastating loss joins the support group Michael Tenicek has been running for years. But will Michael help her, or will she tear the group apart? For those damaged by life in Astro City, hope and wonder are elusive things. Featuring Honor Guard, the Hanged Man and more.

Y: The Last Man May Finally Be Coming to Television

After starting and stopping and starting and stopping, the modern classic comic series Y: The Last Man is a step closer to coming to the screen.

FX has ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the comic series title Y. It’ll be from writer/producer Michael Green who has worked on American Gods, Logan, and Bladerunner 2049. The series will be co-run between Green and Melina Matsoukas. Matsoukas will direct the pilot. Comic series writer, and co-creator, Brian K. Vaughan will executive produce. The comic series debuted in 2002 and ran until 2008 with 60 issues.

The comic featured Yorick Brown and his pet monkey Amerisand who are the only male mammals to survive a global plague. They travel the world attempting to find Yorick

FX’s press releases describes the series:

All of the men are dead. But one. Based on the DC comic book series by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, Y traverses a world of women — exploring gender, race, class and survival.

The series was published by DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint and was created by Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra. The two control the rights to it. New Line Cinema was attached for a film in 2007. When that didn’t materialize the rights returned to Vaughan and Guerra. FX picked up the rights in 2015 and had announced Michael Green would showrun a television adaptation in 2016.

A pilot is a positive step but also doesn’t guarantee we’ll see a series. Still, it’s closer than we’ve been.

Preview: Imaginary Fiends #5

Imaginary Fiends #5

(W) Tim Seeley (A) Stephen Molnar (CA) Richard Pace
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

As Polly struggles to save Melba’s life (and, by extension, her own existence) from a cult of murderous children, Crockett hunts for a murderer with a penchant for dissolving problems in acid, and the origin of the Fraidy Cat is revealed.

Preview: Motherlands #3

Motherlands #3

(W) Si Spurrier (A) Rachael Stott (CA) Eric Canete
In Shops: Mar 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

The series that The Daily Solicit Text Generator calls “the most dysfunctional mother-daughter duo since…um, EVER!” continues as Tabitha and Selena set their differences aside to survive a siege from competing bounty hunters and a vengeful multiverse mafia! Meanwhile, in the past, teenage Tab enters her rebellious phase as Selena falls from grace.

Preview: Deathbed #2 (of 6)

Deathbed #2 (of 6)

(W) Joshua Williamson (A/CA) Riley Rossmo
In Shops: Mar 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Dearest Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Margaret Mars, philanthropist, globetrotter and onetime lover of Antonio Luna. Her noble pursuit of humanitarian causes dates back to the first word she ever spoke (“Peace”), which is juxtaposed with the seven words she uttered right before being assassinated (“Who let these ninjas into my house?!”). Indeed, these seven words paint an inexplicably bizarre, yet accurate, picture of her final moments on earth. Who let these ninjas into her house, and why were they there to begin with? What business did a pack of inhuman zombie-mummy-ninjas have with Ms. Mars, and why did they murder her? Fascinating questions, none of which we have the answers to. But Ms. Mars would not want us to grieve! Ms. Mars’ will states her desire that we celebrate her life and not mourn her death (as horrific and gruesome as it may have been)! So come! Be merry and help us send off the great Maggie Mars in a way that honors her remarkable life!

Just be sure not to invite Antonio Luna.

Review: Deathbed #2

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Dearest Friends,

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you of the passing of Margaret Mars, philanthropist, globetrotter and onetime lover of Antonio Luna. Her noble pursuit of humanitarian causes dates back to the first word she ever spoke (“Peace”), which is juxtaposed with the seven words she uttered right before being assassinated (“Who let these ninjas into my house?!”). Indeed, these seven words paint an inexplicably bizarre, yet accurate, picture of her final moments on earth. Who let these ninjas into her house, and why were they there to begin with? What business did a pack of inhuman zombie-mummy-ninjas have with Ms. Mars, and why did they murder her? Fascinating questions, none of which we have the answers to. But Ms. Mars would not want us to grieve! Ms. Mars’ will states her desire that we celebrate her life and not mourn her death (as horrific and gruesome as it may have been)! So come! Be merry and help us send off the great Maggie Mars in a way that honors her remarkable life!

 

Just be sure not to invite Antonio Luna.

The adventurous and odd life of Antonio Luna continues to be revealed in Deathbed #2. Someone is killing off everyone Antonio Luna has come into contact with and that includes one of his greatest loves, Ms. Mars. That’s the set up of this issue as Luna heads to the wake leading to hilarious and sad results.

Writer Joshua Williamson continues to hold nothing back in this issue that’s both funny and offensive. And through the cringeworthy humor, we also get a glimpse of Luna the man and how egocentric he truly is. It’s a fascinating character and way to allow us to dive further into his world and experiences. We might not like Luna but we understand him.

The art by Riley Rossmo with colors by Ivan Plascencia continues to drop subtle hints and reveal the life of Antonia Luna. The scenes and situations vary from the streets of Paris to the desert with mutants and a funeral. Every one important in telling Luna’s life and adding to his story that’s being told. The art in this case may be more important than the dialogue as it not only tells so much of Luna’s history but also delivers much of the humor that the dialogue sets up. The lettering by Deron Bennett is important too as it sets each scene and emotional punch and in some cases helps land the joke.

The issue continues the inappropriateness that is the exploration of Luna’s life and when you think it can’t get anymore cringeworthy funny, you’re proven wrong. A fantastic series that delivers laughs with some heart underneath.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Riley Rossmo
Color: Ivan Plascencia Letterer: Deron Bennett
Executive Edits: Mark Doyle Edits: Amedeo Turturro
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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 are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

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

Joe

Top Picks: The Mighty Thor #705 (Marvel) – To say I am looking forward to this may be a lie, but I am in a way. Jane has been an excellent Thor, and we see Odinson seems to be back in the mantle with Marvel’s Fresh Start announcement, but Aaron usually keeps us guessing. What an excellent run this has been.

The Avengers #685 (Marvel) – We are talking about Banner Hulk vs Red Hulk in Iron Patriot armor, or Iron Hulk. That sentence alone is enough to grab this issue.

Kill or Be Killed #17 (Image) – While I changed to trade in reading this series, this will always be a top pick for me. It is a great series full of intrigue and suspense, and Brubaker does that better than anyone.

Batman #43 (DC Comics) – I have enjoyed this arc with Ivy pulling her puppet strings like vines wrapped around Batman, Catwoman, The Justice League and more. I am excited to see how King ends this. Also, it’s drawn by Mikel Janin.

Doctor Strange: Damnation #3 (Marvel) – This has been off the wall craziness that I expected with this event/series, and I cannot wait to read and see more of it.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Ninja-K #5 (Valiant) – This sleek thriller is nigh on perfect in every way a comic should be; writing, art and general presentation. I can’t wait to read this again in print to see Tomas Giorello’s masterful artwork as it is supposed to be seen.

Batman #43 (DC Comics) – The last issue in this series was utter shite. This has to be better, right…? Honestly, I doubt it, but you gotta hope, right?

Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden #1 (Dark Horse) – I’ve been meaning to check this series out for years because a friend of mine kept raving about it, but I was always waiting for a jumping on point – which I always seemed to miss. Not this time!

 

Brett

Top Pick: Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #1 (DC’s Young Animal) – Pulp adventure is the best way to describe this series and this start to the second volume doesn’t disappoint. This really reminds me of the old serial pulp movies and comic strips and that’s just a whole lot of fun.

Deathbed #2 (Vertigo) – The first issue had me laughing out loud, so I’m in for the second.

Infinity 8 #1 (Lion Forge Comics) – A new sci-fi series from Lion Forge. The concept is intriguing, eight different 3 issue arcs explores an agents’ investigation into multiple plots that could lead to their space cruisers’ doom.

James Bond: The Body #3 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I’ve loved the first two issues which is a much grittier take on Bond than we’ve seen on film. Each issue is a standalone story that focuses on one aspect of Bond’s body and goes from there. The first explored all of the damage he’s experienced, the second his mind, the third? We’ll see!

Weapon H #1 (Marvel) – I’ll admit I’m skeptical about this series taking the character that’s a blend of Hulk and Wolverine. A whole story revolving just around him? So, we’ll see how this one goes and if it can beat my low expectations.

Preview: Imaginary Fiends #4 (of 6)

Imaginary Fiends #4 (of 6)

Story: Tim Seeley Art: Stephen Molinar Cover: Richard Pace
Color: Quinton Winter Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich Editor: Molly Mahan, Amedeo Turturro
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Melba has been taken down to the barn by the Fraidy Cat, a plaything for her twisted kittens. As Polly Peachpit is confronted by her mate, whom she once cast out of his fourth-dimension heaven, and Crockett pursues the creator of the Cat Cult, Melba’s only hope may lie in the one man who hates her most…the brother of the girl she nearly murdered.

Vertigo Teams Up with Neil Gaiman for “The Sandman Universe”

DC Entertainment has announced the creation of The Sandman Universe, a new Vertigo line of comic books curated by Neil Gaiman, conjuring epic storytelling, immersing readers into the evolving world of the Dreaming. The Sandman Universe begins with four new ongoing series, existing in a shared universe, building upon Gaiman’s New York Times best-selling series that lyrically weaved together stories of dreams and magic.

Each writer was hand-selected by Gaiman for the following series:

  • The Dreaming by Si Spurrier (2000AD, SUICIDE SQUAD)
  • House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson (Brown Girl in the Ring, Midnight Robber, New Moon’s Arms)
  • Lucifer by Dan Watters (Limbo, Assassin’s Creed comic series)
  • Books of Magic by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians)

The new line will begin August 8, 2018 with The Sandman Universe #1, a one-shot story plotted by Gaiman and co-written by the four series writers. it features art by Bilquis Evely and a cover by Jae Lee.

Daniel, the lord of Dreams, has gone missing and it causes chaos in the kingdom of dreams…

A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien’s
library of all the unwritten books ever dreamed is discovered by a group of children in the waking world.

Simultaneously, a new House appears—the House of Whispers—joining the Houses of Secret and Mystery in the Dreaming. Its proprietor is a fortune teller called Erzulie, whom the inhabitants of the Dreaming suspect may be responsible for all the strange goings on.

Elsewhere, Lucifer has fallen again, only this time he might be in a Hell of his own design.

And in London, a young boy named Timothy Hunter sleeps, in his dreams he becomes the world’s most powerful magician, but in his nightmares, he becomes the world’s worst villain, which future will become reality?

The Dreaming by Si Spurrier features promotional art by Yanick Paquette.

There is a place where gods are born and stories are spun. But twenty-three years after he was anointed as its master, Dream of the Endless has inexplicably abandoned the dreaming. His absence triggers a series of crimes and calamities which consume the lives of those already tangled in his fate, among them Lucien the librarian, Nuala of Faerie, and Dora, a monstress without memories. But while they struggle to restore the King to his throne, they face from intrigues within and conquest from without. As usurpers circle the defenceless domain and an impossible shadow awaits its own birth beside a rip in reality, the denizens of the dreaming play out their stories of loss and love, resignation and resistance.

House of Whispers by Nalo Hopkinson features promotional art by Sean Andrew Murray.

Latoya is in a coma. Her girlfriend enlists the help of Latoya’s two younger sisters. Using the Book of Whispers, they mistakenly steal the essence of Erzulie, a deity of voodoo mythology. The psychic blowback of the spell causes her house to crash into the Dreaming, beside the Houses of Secrets and Mystery and their custodians, Cain and Abel.

In the real world, the awakened young woman suffers a mystical form of Cotard’s Delusion—she believes she is already dead, and she’s transmitting her beliefs to others, causing them to become guardians of the Gap that has appeared in the Dreaming.

Lucifer by Dan Watters features promotional art by Goñi Montes.

A few years ago, the devil vanished. Some people say he died or simply ran away, while others believe he never existed at all. But we aren’t some people. No. This is the one true story of what happened to the Prince of Lies, the Bringer of Light—Lucifer, the blind, destitute old man, who lives in a small boarding house in a quiet little town, where nothing is  quite what it seems and no one can leave. he’s trapped, you see? Trapped n a bizarre prison with no memory of how he got there or why. Meanwhile in Los Angeles, a policeman who may have brain cancer is tasked with a mission of divine importance: find and kill Lucifer.

Books of Magic by Kat Howard features promo art by Kai Carpenter.

Timothy Hunter is destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but that doesn’t mean he gets to cut class, skip exams, or is impervious to bullying by his mundane peers. After all, he’s still a London teenager and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. And while Tim’s trying to study and attract the cute girl in his class, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him, turning him into a merciless mage. Luckily, the new substitute teacher for his school wants to mentor him and educate him in the magical arts so that he can discover the master behind the Books of Magic…

The Sandman Universe #1 will reintroduce the Sandman Universe and its characters, while establishing conflicts that will be examined in the monthly comic books., The Dreaming and House of Whispers will debut in September with Lucifer and Books of Magic hitting shelves in October.

Check out more concept work by Bilquis Evely below.

Vertigo is helmed by Executive Editor Mark Doyle, who returned to Vertigo last year after over-site of the Batman group of titles for DC, bringing a new editorial voice to the beloved imprint.

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