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Preview: Snow Angels #3

Snow Angels #3

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
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Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

In part 3 of “Season One,” Father battles the Snowman and secrets of the history of the Trenchfollk are revealed.

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Snow Angels #3

Review: Snow Angels #1

Snow Angels #1

One of the most anticipated comics for me in early 2021 is Snow Angels #1. Announced in October 2020, the comiXology Original comic features Jeff Lemire and Jock, two creators whose work I regularly enjoy. A 10-part digital comic series, the debut issue introduces us to a brutal wintery and frozen world.

In the debut issue, we’re introduced to Milliken, Mae, as well as their father. The trio are members of The Trenchfolk, a settlement of people that live in The Trench? What is that exactly? While we’re not quite sure, it’s presented as an endless trench carved into a wintery world. The Trench is endless but it also provides and those living within it must never leave. Outside it lives The Colden Ones, their frozen gods. But within lives a danger in The Snowman, the Trench’s deadly defender.

Snow Angels #1 is an interesting debut that teases much of the world and keeps things very focused. We take the world for what it’s presented as by Milliken, Mae, and their father. There could be a sprawling civilization just outside the Trench but we’d never know. They believe nothing lies beyond it and accept this as fact. So, we the reader does as well. The comic presents itself as one of belief and faith and we the readers are sucked into this narrative religion as we must believe the truth presented by our trio of lead character.

Lemire’s opening introduction to the world is cold and barren. We’re isolated and focused on the trio and the tight focus delivers an emptiness to what’s presented. It’s a bleak existence and you can feel the freezing land through the digital screen.

That’s helped by the work of Jock whose art builds the world. The settings are limited but intriguing. The art and design really build the mystery of the world with small details that beg the reader to explore. There’s only so much you can do with a snowy world, but Jock finds an opportunity to add details to add a lot of character to the snowy surroundings. The lettering by Steve Wands helps build the atmosphere as well. There’s something about the dialogue that feels minimal, a constricted style that befits the tightness one feels enmeshed in snow and surrounded by cold.

Snow Angels #1 is an intriguing debut. We both do and don’t know a lot about this world. We’re presented the “rules” of it all but teased there’s so much more. Then, you get to the end and get a feeling the series is going in a whole other direction. With this creative team, it’s not surprising the debut is so good. It’s a mystery that sucks you in to its wintery nightmare.

Story: Jeff Lemire Art: Jock Letterer: Steve Wands
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Snow Angels #1

Snow Angels #1

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Jock
Colored by Jock
Edited by Will Dennis
Purchase

Two of the most acclaimed creators of their generation — Writer JEFF LEMIRE and Artist JOCK — together for the first time in SNOW ANGELS — a 10-part science fiction adventure story set in a brutal world like no other!

Milliken and Mae have never left The Trench — it’s all they’ve ever known. They were born in The Trench, and they’ll die there, just like all their people do. The two girls, eight and eleven, are a part of The Trenchfolk, a sprawling settlement of people living inside the massive ice walls of a vast, seemingly endless frozen trench carved into the surface of an otherwise icy wasteland. The Trenchfolk survive in this hostile world by following The Three Testaments of The Trench — golden rules repeated like a mantra from birth to death…

  1. YOU MUST NEVER LEAVE THE TRENCH.
  2. THE TRENCH PROVIDES.
  3. THE TRENCH IS ENDLESS.

Milli and Mae don’t really know how their people came to live here. No one does, not even their wise and gentle Father. On Milliken’s twelfth birthday, their father takes the two girls on an overnight skate down the trench — a coming-of-age ritual to teach them how to fish the frozen river, how to hunt the wild Trenchdogs that wander its frigid banks, and how to give proper thanks to their frozen Gods — The Colden Ones. It’s the trip of a lifetime until the girls push beyond the borders of their humble land and awaken the Trench’s deadly defender… The Snowman! What follows next is an action-packed story of survival, loss and redemption.

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Snow Angels #1

Preview: Promethee 13:13

Promethee 13:13

Written by Andy Diggle
Art by Shawn Martinbrough
Edited by Will Dennis, Jean Wacquet
By Christophe Bec
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What if you knew the world was about to end? What would you be willing to do, to save the people you love?

Darla Clemenceau has been plagued by apocalyptic visions, ever since she was abducted by a UFO as a child. Now, she’s ready to put it all behind her and move on with her life. But what if it’s all true? A dangerous cult militia is prepping for the end of the world, and they see Darla as the key to their survival…

Meanwhile, something alien is awakening on the dark side of the Moon, and the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis have a rendezvous with destiny…

Prométhée 13:13 by Andy Diggle and Shawn Martinbrough is a 96-page standalone sci-fi thriller, and a prequel to Prométhée — Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending graphic novel series.

Headed by veteran editor Will Dennis, with covers by fan-favorite artist Jock, Prométhée 13:13 is part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content only available on comiXology and Kindle. Read for free as part of your subscription to comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime. Also available for purchase via comiXology and Kindle.

Promethee 13:13

Review: Undiscovered Country #9

Undiscovered Country #9

The exploration of “Unity” continues in Undiscovered Country #9 which has the team learning more about the technological marvel. What’s been excellent of this story arc so far is that there’s clearly something ominous. There’s something not right about this territory and their promise clearly has a catch.

Writers Scott Snyder and Charles Soule continue their exploration of the United States, both literally and metaphorically. Each territory of this new United States is an aspect of what makes up America but exaggerated. This is an America run amok. Undiscovered Country #9 focuses on America’s success in innovation. The internet, the space race, so many things have either begun in the US or the US has improved upon it. But, with so much wonder there has also been terror. The nuclear bomb and so many weapons of destruction and death are perfect examples of the negative. As the characters ponder and discuss, Unity represents both the best and possibly worst of what makes the United States special.

Snyder and Soule continue to present the best of it. Unity’s technology allows anything to happen. Memories are stored and needs are met with just a thought. It’s the concept of nanobots taken to an extreme. But, for all the wonder and possibilities, the two creators also deliver some unease. We question everything we’re told. We, as readers, look for clues as to what doesn’t sit right. Like the adventurers, we the reader are skeptical as to what we’re presented. Snyder and Soule has set expectations and toyed with our trust.

Some of the fun is because of the art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Leonardo Marcello Grassi. It’s hard to read Undiscovered Country #9 and not look for clues in the art. From the stark white setting that screams clean and disinfected, there’s a coldness about what’s presented. While it’s amazing to look at, the art team delivers a presentation that challenges us to look for clues as to what’s off. There may be nothing at all. But, we’re teased to do exactly that. Part of the dance is due to Matt Wilson‘s colors. While much of the issue is white and gray, there’s some other splashes of color drawing your eye to what’s focused on. The fact some of that is red leads to yet more of an ominous feeling towards those details. Crank!‘s lettering too delivers small clues and delivers slight punches to each scene and moment.

Undiscovered Country #9 continues to take us on an adventure much like Alice in Wonderland. We’re presented a wondrous world full of possibilities but underneath that wonder is horror. But, what’s most impressive is the series continues to hold a mirror to our reality. It may be a funhouse mirror but it’s still a twisted reflection of the world we live in. The series as a whole questions American exceptionalism and the building blocks of our nation. It challenges us to question what’s right and what’s wrong and to think about what happens if any extreme “wins”.

Story: Scott Snyder, Charles Soule Art: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Leonardo Marcello Grassi
Color: Matt Wilson Letterer: Crank! Editor: Will Dennis
Story: 8.75 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Scott Snyder, Tony S. Daniel, Tomeu Morey, Deron Bennett, and Will Dennis Kickstart Nocternal from Snyder’s Best Jackett Press

Imagine that tomorrow the sun simply doesn’t rise. You wait. And you wait, but night just continues… 

You can still feel the sun’s warmth – it must be there – but for some reason, light no longer reaches the earth. There’s only darkness. But this new darkness, there’s something strange about it, something terrifying. Because anything – or anyone – that stays in it too long starts to change… 

Bestselling comic book writer Scott Snyder, acclaimed artist Tony S. Daniel, colorist Tomeu Morey, letterer Deron Bennett, and editor Will Dennis are collaborating on Nocternal — a new creator-owned comic book series about humanity trying to survive in everlasting darkness — and launching a Kickstarter campaign for Nocternal Collector’s Edition, an exclusive, behind-the-scenes edition of the series’ debut issue. Starting at 72 pages, Nocternal Collector’s Edition is a one-of-a-kind reading experience, with Scott Snyder’s script displayed alongside Tony S. Daniel’s linework to provide a rare look at the process of making comics. If funded on Kickstarter, Nocternal Collector’s Edition will be released to backers ahead of Image Comics’ release of issue 1 this winter and would mark the first time that one of Snyder’s scripts has been published in its entirety.

Nocternal takes place ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous “shades.” Enter Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled “ferryman” who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen-wheeler. When an old man promising sanctuary offers Val a job to drive him and his granddaughter up through the Rocky Mountains, she takes it, hoping there might be some truth to his claim. What she finds in the end, though, is something much more horrifying than any shade…

To showcase Daniel’s line art in all its detailed glory, the creators are printing the collector’s edition in black and white, available in two formats: an unsigned softcover and a hardcover signed by Snyder and Daniel. Both editions will only be available to Kickstarter backers. The funding goal of $37K will cover the book printing, rewards production, and fees from Kickstarter, Stripe, and BackerKit. Any funds that are raised beyond the funding goal will help cover production costs for the first story arc, up until issue #6. Additional pledge tiers include a limited edition lithograph, a sketch by Daniel, a master class with Snyder, and more.

Liebestrasse is an LGBTQ OGN About Romance in a Time of Fascism

ComiXology has announced the original graphic novel Liebestrasse, an unforgettable LGBTQ love story set in Germany during the 1930s. This riveting story about two men who fall in love in the shadow of rising fascism marks the graphic novel debut of writer and comic book editor Greg Lockard, with art by co-creator Tim Fishfeaturing coloring by Héctor Barros, lettering by Lucas Gattoni, and edited by Will Dennis. Liebestrasse debuts November 6th and will be available to read at no additional cost for Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited members, and will also be available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology.

In Liebestrasse, Sam, an American banker, meets Philip, a German art critic, while living and working in Berlin. The freedom of the Weimar Republic is over as the Nazis win power and their sweet, bilingual romance is quickly hit with an unspeakable reality as Philip is arrested and disappears. Sam desperately searches for Philip with the help of Philip’s sister and their friends. Eventually the political situation around Sam has deteriorated enough that he is forced to return to the United States. Terrorized by the things he saw, Sam eventually returns to Berlin for answers as the post-war reconstruction begins in 1952. But his survivor’s guilt and shattered heart have sent him on a fool’s errand, across a city, country and world that have been forever and horrifically altered.

Liebestrasse came to the attention of comiXology Originals at last year’s Thought Bubble in Leeds, England, where it began as a 12-page historical LGBTQ romance which the creative team self-published as a mini comic. Now, the entire graphic novel will be available as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content on November 6th, timed to this year’s festival where comiXology is once again the lead sponsor. Greg Lockard, Tim Fish and Héctor Barros will be at Thought Bubble, the UK’s largest comic art festival, taking place at the Harrogate Convention Centre November 9-10, 2019.

Liebestrasse

SDCC 2019: comiXology Announces Adora and the Distance, a New YA Fantasy Graphic Novel

ComiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 announced a new comiXology Originals, Adora and the Distance – an all-new YA fantasy graphic novel from Writers Guild Award and Inkpot Award-winning writer Marc Bernardin, artist Ariela Kristantina, colorist Jessica Kholinne, letterer Bernardo Brice, and acclaimed editor Will Dennis. Adora and the Distance will debut winter 2019.

Inspired by writer Marc Bernardin’s daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at four years old, Adora and the Distance is a YA fantasy graphic novel following the epic adventures of Adora, a brave young woman of color who lives in a fantastical world with underground pirates, ghosts, and a mysterious force called “The Distance” which threatens to destroy it all.

Debuting in winter 2019 as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Adora and the Distance will be available for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Adora and the Distance

SDCC 2019: Image Teases a New Series from Charles Soule, Scott Snyder, and Giuseppe Camuncoli, with Matt Wilson, Daniele Orlandini, Crank!, and Will Dennis

We’ve known for a while that writers Charles Soule and Scott Snyder were teaming up for a new series. We now have our first teaser from Image Comics with more to be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

Check out the teaser below of the series from Soule, Snyder, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Matt Wilson, Daniele Orlandini, Crank!, and Will Dennis.

ComiXology and Delcourt Reveal a Promethee 13:13 Poster by Shawn Martinbrough and Jock

ComiXology and Delcourt Group join forces to bring readers everywhere the upcoming comiXology Originals title Promethee 13:13, a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bande dessinée, Promethee. The Promethee 13:13 team along with original Promethee creator Christophe Bec will be in attendance at the 46th annual Festival International De La Bande Dessinée – happening January 24-27, 2019 in Angouleme, France – to promote and discuss new details about this upcoming title.

Coming this year as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Promethee 13:13will be exclusively available as two 48-page volumes on Kindle and comiXology and available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost. Each volume will be simultaneously released in English and French worldwide at debut.

To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 creative team of Andy Diggle, Shawn Martinbrough and Jock, along with Promethee original creator, Christophe Bec, will appear at the Delcourt Group booth in Le Monde des Bulles Marquee to sign an exclusive, limited edition poster illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough, with colors by Jock, Friday, January 25th from 5-6pm, and Saturday January 26thfrom 7-8pm. Additionally, the Promethee team along with comiXology Originals Head of Content, Chip Mosher, Directeur Editorial at Delcourt Group, Jean Wacquet, and Editor Will Dennis, will discuss this upcoming comic series during the Past, Present and Future: Promethee 13:13 panel, Thursday, January 24th at 4:30pm at the Conservatory Gabriel Fauré in Angoulême, France.

Promethee 13:13 is a psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy, written by Andy Diggle with art by Shawn Martinbrough, colors by Dave Stewart, covers by Jock, and headed by veteran editor Will Dennis.

Darla, a successful author, has visions of apocalyptic invasions and being abducted by aliens as a child. After years of medication she’s put it behind her, until one day while speaking at a mental illness conference in San Diego, her life gets turned upside down. At the same time, strange things begin to happen during the latest space shuttle Atlantis mission. Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13.

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