Based on the graphic novel/webcomic series by Victor Santos, Polar gets two posters as well as a trailer. It debuts on Netflix January 25.
The world’s top assassin, Duncan Vizla, aka The Black Kaiser (Mads Mikkelsen), is settling into retirement when his former employer marks him as a liability to the firm. Against his will, he finds himself back in the game going head to head with an army of younger, faster, ruthless killers who will stop at nothing to have him silenced.
Shelby was once best friends with her cousin Sam, but they haven’t spoken since he moved away to boarding school and later became a famous singer in the boy band Urban Smile. Determined to keep her connection to Sam a secret, she’s only ever told her best friend, Kate. But Kate’s priorities lay elsewhere, and she’s willing to break Shelby’s confidence to get what she wants.
Shelby and her three best friends rule the streets of Brooklyn—and everyone in the neighborhood knows not to mess with the Sukeban Tribe. Inspired by the Japanese girl gangs of the 1970s, the teenagers ride scooters armed with golf clubs and cash from selling drugs, and terrorize their classmates, parents, and anyone who dares defy them. But when they attack a classmate who hasn’t paid what she owes, things start to get messy—and not in the fun way.
2019 is the year of Polar! Dark Horse announced the next and final installment in the bestselling creator Victor Santos’ epic Polar crime-noir series—Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls. In addition to this epic finale, Dark Horse will also publish Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser and the second edition of Polar Volume 1: Came from the Cold.
Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls follows Black Kaiser as he tries to assimilate into retired life in Miami. The indomitable spy’s peaceful retirement is interrupted when a rookie assassin finds Kaiser and challenges him for his crown. His simple life becomes complicated when Kaiser’s housemaid has problems with a local gang and resurfacing to maintain the peace puts him right in the new adversary’s crosshairs. Buckle up, because Black Kaiser’s last ride is going to get rough! This beautiful hardcover edition contains 166 pages of pulse-pounding adventure for $19.99.
Originally published by Planeta-de-Agostini comics, Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser finds the Black Kaiser in direct conflict with the nefarious agency known as the Damocles Initiative. This 96-page hardcover collection explores the origins of one of the most feared assassins in the world for $17.99.
Polar Volume 4: The Kaiser Falls goes on sale March 6, 2019. Polar Volume 0: The Black Kaiser also goes on sale March 6, 2018. Dark Horse will also release the second edition of Polar Volume 1: Came from the Cold on January 30, 2019. All three are available for pre-order.
Polar is now a major motion picture set to debut in 2019 on Netflix. The film is co-produced by Constantin Film and Bolt Pictures in association with Dark Horse Entertainment. Directed by Jonas Åkerlund, Polar stars Mads Mikkelsen, Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick, and Matt Lucas. Robert Kulzer, Jeremy Bolt, and Hartley Gorenstein are producing with Mike Richardson, Keith Goldberg, Martin Moszkowicz, and Mads Mikkelsen signed on as executive producers.
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 a new graphic novel from Gallery 13 set during the Cuban Revolution, Bad Girls!
Bad Girlsis by Alex de Campi and Victor Santos.
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Variety has reported that Madds Mikkelsen will star in Polar, based on the graphic novel series by Victor Santos and published by Dark Horse Comics.
Mikkelsen will play the world’s top assassin Duncan Vizla, also known as the Black Kaiser. Vizla is retiring when he’s pegged as a liability to his former employer. That leads to Vizla being hunted by an army of ruthless killers forcing Vizla to get back into the game.
This isn’t Mikkelsen’s first comic based role as the actor was Kaecilius in 2016’s Doctor Strange.
Swedish director Jonas Åkerlund is helming the film based on Jayson Rothwell’s adaption.
US company IDW Publishing and French publisher Glénat are launching a new joint initiative, “Original Graphic Novel”, focused on the creation of original comic books, to be published both in France and the United States.
The main purpose of the program is the creation of genre sequential art fit for both markets in terms of storytelling, formats, and themes.
Following the example of the original Disney collection, (e.g. Café Zombo by French author Régis Loisel), the Original Graphic Novel initiativeaims to carry out projects of original comics, in a wide variety of genres —science-fiction, fantasy, western, humor, thriller, adventure, and whatever may inspire the authors coming from the American and the Franco-Belgian industries, and wishing to collaborate and mix their talents, styles, and influences.
As the first initiative of its kind, the association between IDW — the 4th largest publisher in the U.S. market — and the Glénat group — 3rd largest in the French market — is a real artistic and commercial bridge between the two countries.
The first original creations to be published in 2018 are:
The Highest House, a fantasy project by Mike Carey & Peter Gross, creators of The Unwritten, which was twice nominated for the Hugo Award.
Lowlifes, a hard-boiled thriller set in modern day Los Angeles, by Brian Buccellato & Alexis Sentenac.
To be followed by:
Sukeban Turbo by Sylvain Runberg & Victor Santos, a wild and violent ride through New York City.
Boogeymen, a fantastic tale in which monsters do not live only in children’s minds, by Mathieu Salvia & Djet.
A Glimpse of Ashes, a social, urban thriller, by Thomas Day & Aurélien Police.
Gunning Down Ramirez, a bloody road-trip reminiscent of Tarantino’s movies, by Nicolas Petrimaux.
Creators Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos will release the first trade paperback collection of their pulpy romance series Violent Love this May.
Oozing with style and action, Violent Love is the tale of Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley, two of the most notorious bank robbers in the American Southwest—who fell in love.
Violent LoveTP Vol. 1: Stay Dangerous (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0044-6, Diamond code: MAR170849) hits comic book stores Wednesday, May 24th and bookstores Tuesday, May 30th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, April 24th.
Right from the opening pages of the first issue of Violent Love, it’s made quite apparent that this tale of eventual bank robbers and lovers Daisy Jane and Rock Bradley is greatly influenced by stories and films in the same genre; Dylan Todd’s striking designs connect with the cinematic aesthetic by having the creative team page look like it came right from the bottom of a movie poster. Though the influences aren’t even hidden all that well (Daisy seeing Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), Frank J. Barbiere and Victor Santos are definitely crafting something different and unique both in its method of storytelling and flow of visuals.
This second issue throttles forward into 1971 in New Mexico where Daisy has joined forces with a man named Charlie to rob banks. There is a great point of view splash page from the bank teller’s perspective, confronting the reader with Daisy’s green eyes, just slightly peeking out from her sunglasses, and a double-barreled shotgun held next to an open sack in her other hand. The images are paced out fast, flowing the narrative forward and knowing when to slow down and focus on the smaller, quieter moments. Santos does an excellent job at drawing attention to particular aspects within the frames, consistently utilizing the spaces effectively. He also uses color, or the lack thereof, to emphasize the importance of certain objects or actions. For example, when Daisy sits in the hotel room where she and Charlie just engaged in a hot and heavy game of extracurricular activities, her entire body is black as the eye is drawn to the muddled orange/red hat in her hands. The previous frame reminds the reader of its importance to her, also using the color red to deviate from the use of green to shift in time. This in effect not only deepens the impact of these kinds of moments and objects but also elevates and accentuates Santos’s ability as a visual storyteller.
Daisy has clearly changed from the first issue, becoming more and more reckless as the rage of her father’s death drives her to find the man who committed the murder: Johnny Nails. Barbiere’s script is fast and quick-witted, gets straight to the point and doesn’t make the language too flowery; this is a crime/romance story after all. Rock is also introduced in this issue, doing his best James Dean impression, exuberating calm, cool and collected…at least for now. Daisy and Rock’s first meeting is filled with slight jabs at one another but the primary focus still remains on Daisy’s mission to find Johnny. This mission is leading Daisy into some fairly precarious places and people, setting up the next issue with a very interesting situation for her.
Story: Frank J. Barbiere Art: Victor Santos Designs: Dylan Todd Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy
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