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The Department of Defense Presents a Day with Comic Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson

Phillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner nominated comic writer as well as a musician in the Army. The Department of Defense has put together a video to take us into a day in the life of Johnson. Phillip has written The Power of the Dark Crystal, Smoketown, Last Sons of America, Warlords of Appalachia, Adventure Time, Aquaman, and more. His Smoketown has been optioned and being developed as a film.

Find out more about Phillip as he balances his multiple roles of a soldier, musician, teacher, father, and comic book writer!

Preview: Warlords of Appalachia SC

Warlords of Appalachia SC

Release Date: 7/26/17
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Massímo Carnevale
Price: $19.99

Following the controversial election of an enigmatic dictator, the United States was plunged into a Second Civil War, in the aftermath of which only Kentucky refused to acknowledge the fascist state’s sovereignty. Now a demilitarized zone located in the heart of America, it will take the combined forces of civilians and criminals to overthrow the occupation. In leading this rebellion, former mechanic and reluctant folk hero Kade Mercer will become the first feudal warlord of Appalachia. Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Last Sons of America) and illustrated by breakout talent Jonas Scharf, Warlords of Appalachia is a grounded military epic with flourishes of sci-fi futurism that explores the lengths one man will go to protect his family in the face of oppression. Collects the complete limited series.

Preview: Warlords of Appalachia #4 (of 4)

Warlords of Appalachia #4 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $3.99

Final issue! The rebel assault on the government base in Red Rock is finally underway, with Kade leading his rag-tag forces against overwhelming odds.


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warlords_of_appalachia_003_a_mainThe weekend is almost here! What’s everyone doing to celebrate the New Year? Any geeky parties? Sound off in the comments!

While you wait for the day to wind down, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Newsarama – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Can No Longer Afford Ghost Rider – The difference between comics and movies is budget…

Publishers Weekly – Black Comics Creators Fund Diversity on Kickstarter – Since publishers won’t…


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Talking Comics – All-Star Batman #5

iO9 – Civil War II #8

Talking Comics – Civil War II #8

Talking Comics – The Flash #13

Talking Comics – Warlords of Appalachia #3

Preview: Warlords of Appalachia #3 (of 4)

Warlords of Appalachia #3 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $3.99

It’s Kade and the rebels versus the Augies, a group of augmented soldiers with orders from President Roth to shut the rebellion down.


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warlords_of_appalachia_002_a_mainIt’s new comic book day tomorrow! What’s everyone excited for? Sound off in the comments. We’ll have our picks in a few hours.

While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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ICv2 – ‘Walking Dead’ Ratings Plummet – Are people finally giving up? Trends show that interest in the show is dipping a bit, though it’s still higher than its been over the last few years.


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Talking Comics – Warlords of Appalachia #2

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

adbook01_coverartWednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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


Top Pick: AD: After Death #1 (Image Comics) – Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire are two of my favorite people in comics. Now they will be together with Lemire doing some fantastic art (one of his talents that is very underrated) on a book that they call part comic and part prose. This book asks the question, what if we could cure death? I am sure not everything will go well, but time will tell. What would a world with no death be like? Would it be as great as we think? The previews I have seen so far are beautiful, and I am very excited for the story this oversized book will tell.

The Mighty Thor #13 (Marvel) – After an excellent first issue of The Unworthy Thor that saw the return of Odinson, we will return to the current and actual holder of the Thor title. This issue will see the start of a massive war, and it will be interesting to see how this affects not only Thor, but Odinson as well. What will Odin do? Or Loki? This series has been fantastic all the way back to the last run. The story is great, the art is some of the best in comics, so yes, this is definitely high on my list.

Dept. H #8 (Dark Horse) – Who did it!? That’s the question we are all asking along with our protagonist, while everyone tries to avoid drowning to death. The water is rising and so are tensions. As they search for answers, they also have to search for a way to survive. Did someone sabotage the base? It would sure seem it. Matt and Sharlene Kindt have been doing such a fantastic job on this book and I expect that to continue.

Detective Comics #945 (DC Comics) – The Victim Syndicate continues, and I want to find out more about these characters. We basically know they want to make Batman hurt for what they think he did to them, but how far will they take things? It definitely seems like pretty far if the last issue is any sign. This is one of the best DC books, and probably my favorite bat book each month, so I am definitely looking forward to this.

bsusa_002_cover-a_braithwaiteWonder Woman #11 (DC Comics) – Speaking of the best DC book, this just may be it. Wonder Woman is probably their most consistent title, and Greg Rucka is writing a heck of a tale, well two tales each month. I love the going back and forth between the year one and the current storyline, and seeing how they tie together. Will we finally get some big answers this issue? This is a book everyone should be reading every month. Highly recommended.



Bloodshot U.S.A. #2 (Valiant) – I’ve recent been reading the earlier issues of Bloodshot from a few years ago, which has gotten me incredibly excited to get my hands on this issue with a new found appreciation for the character.

Venom #1 (Marvel) – Knowing next to nothing about this series, or Venom’s history since the symbiote was bonded to Flash Thompson, this is going to be an interesting read. Hopefully, it’s a little more than half decent.

Ninjak #21 (Valiant) – I’m looking forward to this more for the end of the arc than anything else. I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by The Fist And The Steel arc, although it was a perfectly serviceable story, it just didn’t do it for me. I’m hoping the next arc will be different, but we have to read this first.



Top Pick: AD: After Death Book 1 (Image Comics) – Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire. Those two names alone should give you enough reason to pick up this first issue. The concept is interesting and Joe covered that above, but these are creators who I expect quality when I see their names and they consistently deliver. I don’t flinch at recommending this one and it’s near the top of my reading list.

Civil War II #7 (Marvel) – I’ll be the first to say this event has been a disaster from the beginning, but it’s a trainwreck where I want to see what happens next.

Death of X #4 (Marvel) – Filling in the gaps post-Secret Wars we finally find out what happened to Cyclops and a few others. That’s enough to get me to check out this final issue of the miniseries and also to see what happens next with the next event IVX.

Captain Canuck #10 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Comics should be fun and Captain Canuck consistently delivers that without the grim and dark that so many others rely on.

Warlords of Appalachia #2 (BOOM! Studios) – Might as well get ahead of the curve in what very well may be a prescient series. The story involves an uprising from Kentucky post second Civil War… entertainment is feeling a bit too real here.

Preview: Warlords of Appalachia #2 (of 4)

Warlords of Appalachia #2 (of 4)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson
Artist: Jonas Scharf
Cover Artist: Robert Sammelin
Price: $3.99

Following the riot at Red Rock, Kade leads the surviving townsfolk to the abandoned coal mine, while President Roth calls in a dangerous group known as “the Augies.”


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supergirl2fiTomorrow is new comic book day! What are you all excited for? Sound off in the comments below. We’ll have our picks a little later this morning, but while you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

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The Comichron – September 2016 comics sales estimates: DC takes 39 of Top 50 slots – For those interested in the sales horse race.

CBR – CW Developing BOOM!/Archaia’s Hacktivist As TV Series – This could be interesting.

ICv2 – Robbery at Essen Inspires New Game – A bad and good story combined.


Around the Tubes Reviews

Talking Comics – Detective Comics #942

Talking Comics – Great Lakes Avengers #1

Comic Attack – Revolution #3

Talking Comics – Star Wars: Darth Vader #25

Talking Comics – Supergirl #2

Talking Comics – Warlords of Appalachia #1

Review: Warlords of Appalachia #1

Warlords of Appalachia #1 cover by Massimo CarnevaleAfter the second American Civil War, Kentucky is an occupied nation within U.S. borders. When a single father and mechanic accidentally sparks a rebellion, he finds himself on the path to becoming the first feudal warlord of Appalachia.

Warlords of Appalachia is a new series from writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, pencils/inks by Jonas Scharf, colors by Doug Garbark, letters by Jim Campbell, and being published by BOOM! Studios. Out in October it’s a look at a nation torn apart after second Civil War and it’s an interesting one indeed.

The series touches on so many fascinating topics in the first issue, any of which would make a fascinating comic series. The occupation of Kentucky, the post-war economics, drug use, they’re all there and they all create a rather fresh and intriguing take on the topic.

Johnson drops us directly into things as tensions rise throughout the issue to the eventual spark and rebellion referenced in the promotional text. I don’t know enough about Appalachia to comment on how the area is depicted in the comic, but it isn’t all stereotypes here.

And Johnson paints everyone in a gray area too. The locals dealing with occupation, the occupiers themselves, there’s no clear good and bad in this first issue and how things shake out from here will be really interesting.

The art by Scharf, colors by Garbark come together to paint a land occupied and beaten down. It’s a gritty comic and the art perfectly reflects the world we’re thrust in to. It’s a solid mix of story and visuals. Johnson lets the art say so much as the state and situation of the occupied land is shown as much as described. Small details such as the decay of buildings and overgrowth adds to the atmosphere and speaks volumes and where things stand.

Johnson has another interesting series on his hand here and by the time this first issue wraps up the directions it can go are pretty endless and all are interesting. Not too shocking that I enjoyed it, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next issue. The comic comes to shelves this October and it’s one you’ll definitely want to check out.

Story: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art: Jonas Scharf
Story: 8.65 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.65 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

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