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Preview: X’ed #4

X’ED #4

Written by: Tony Patrick
Illustrated by: Ayhan Hayrula, Brian Level
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Chris Visions
In Stores: January 18

A staff member from the X’ED Initiative is injected into the Innerverse with the aim of retrieving and saving subliminal hitman Colin McClure from certain death. Meanwhile, Colin himself confronts the real nemesis lurking beneath a patient’s consciousness and unleashes an unconventional solution to all of her past traumas. The creative team of Tony Patrick and Ayhan Hayrula are joined by Chris Visions (Dead Letters) and Brian Level (The Mantle) for this breathtaking actioner that melds unbridled adventure with mindbending ideas.

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Review: X’ed #3

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A tale of hitmen, corporate warfare, and assassins injected into your brain to murder your darkest memories, X’ed explodes into issue 3 evoking a high speed collision of The Invisibles and Global Frequency. In this issue, subliminal hitman Colin McClure ventures deeper into the unconscious than he’s ever dared and uncovers a secret that his corporate oversees never wanted exposed.

X’ed #3 is interesting, entertaining, mind-bending, and leaves you wanting more. When you thought this comic couldn’t get any more mind-bending, writer Tony Patrick brings in something called a mind****. Which are more like bad memories on steroids, violent mind altering steroids. Colin’s journey down someone’s mind, he finds things his employer didn’t want him to know. In parallel to this, his employer taken over by masked men, insect drones and his bosses girlfriend of sorts.

Like previous issues, the art work by Doug Garbark is gorgeous. Even subtle at times, as more memories are revealed. I will the mind**** things are creepy, subtle, and filled with intriguing  details.

Story: Tony Patrick Art: Doug Garbark
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X’ed #3

X’ED #3

Written by: Tony Patrick
Art by: Ayhan Hayrula
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Chris Visions
IN COMIC STORES: 5/18

A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: “subliminal hitmen” injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he’s a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

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Review: X’ed #2

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Ex-military sharpshooter turned “subliminal hitman” Colin McClure travels deeper into a psychotherapy patient’s mind than he ever has before, discovering new and increasingly perilous regions of the mindverse. Breakout creative team Tony Patrick and Ayhan Hayrula continue to blow minds with this newest installment in their psychedelic action saga.

The first issue of X’ed was strange, this is issue is stranger. Colin continues his strange journey into the mind of the client. In the real world the facility becomes infiltrated. Who sent the singular infiltrator is unknown? Even the reason why is unknown.

The art is surreal, yet realistic in the real world. In contrast the world of the mind is strange, complex, and run more by the imagination than the rules of physics. That sort of works for it, as it helps bolster the surreal idea of diving into another person’s mind.

Story: Tony Patrick Art: Ayhan Hayrula
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X’ed #2

X’ED #2

Written by: Tony Patrick
Art by: Ayhan Hayrula
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Chris Visions
IN COMIC STORES: 3/30

A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: “subliminal hitmen” injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he’s a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

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Review: X’ed #1

X'ED #1 CoverA psychedelic action-thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: ‘subliminal hitmen’ injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you.

Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hit-man. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a- he’s a killing machine, and b- he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

Honestly there is something oddly Cyberpunk feeling in this comic, or at least the concept behind the story. The story itself is definitely unique to say the least.  While not much is revealed of the characters in terms of past or backgrounds, there is something oddly intriguing about them. The only one who has slight hint of a background revealed is McClure, but it is minimal. Hopefully as more issues are released more will be reveal.

For the most that part the art is superb, and realistic when the story is in the real world. However in the world of the mind, there is something about the artwork that reminds of me of Salivor Dali. Even though the world of the mind seems much more colorful for than the real world. Where in stark contrast the real seems to be done in darker tones, of red, black, and a few other colors.

Story: Tony Patrick Art: Ayhan Hayrula
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: X’ed #1

X'ED #1 CoverA sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: “subliminal hitmen” injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he’s a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

Inception with a twist is a great way to describe X’ed #1, the new Black Mask Studios series from writer Tony Patrick and artist Ayhan Hayrula. The first issue is entertaining in a way that is solid build up and then reveal.

Like the person hiring Mezign Corporation, we’re taken step by step through the process of this next-gen psychiatry, given just a bit more knowledge than the client. We’re then taken into the mind of the client, again, much like the main character Colin, we’re kept on our toes as to what to expect, learning as he does. And then there’s some nice twists.

The flow of the comic is great, and it feels like an entertaining sci-fi story with dialogue not too deep, and enough to inform us the readers as to what’s going on without over explaining things. The characters and the dialogue is what I’d expect from a standard sci-fi film, but one that’s really entertaining.

The art by Hayrula is good. There’s a mix of tech, real world, and the dream world/mind, and they all flow really nicely. The dreamscape is where the art could possibly go off the rails being too weird, or not weird enough, and the comic has a good balance between the two.

This is a series that’s one to watch. A solid first issue that shows promise, I’m looking forward to the second.

Story: Tony Patrick Art: Ayhan Hayrula
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

Black Mask Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

JR2_CoverB_VariantWednesdays 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.

Alex

Top Pick: Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Chip Zdarsky is putting out one of the most entertaining Marvel comics around with Howard the Duck. My top pick was a tough decision between this and Johnny Red #2, and that’s honestly a good problem to have.

Bigfoot: Sword Of The Earthman #1 (Action Lab Entertainment) – This looks like a mix of John Carter, Gladiator and Bigfoot. Which sounds amazing.

Extraordinary X-Men #3 (Marvel) – I actually never read issue #2 due a slight snafu with Diamond not delivering it to my LCS, so I’ll be getting two issues to read on Wednesday, and based on the buzz I’ve heard about #2, I’m excited for #3 as well.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – This Garth Ennis penned series came out of nowhere last month to be one of the best comics I ended up reading with it’s tale of a Second World War British fighter pilot facing off against the Nazi’s in Russia. I can’t wait to get my hands on this issue.

Seduction Of The Innocent #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – looks like an old school crime comic with some modern flair. My fancy is tickled.

 

Ash

Top Pick: Spidey #1 (Marvel) – As a huge Spider-Man fan I am always excited and interested in new titles, and this is no different. A fresh take on a young web-head…well it has been done before (Ultimate Spider-Man anyone?) but you know I am really excited by this new take. It promises to be fun, action packed and completely modern (#Spidey?). The artwork is bold, bright and as fresh as the plotline promises to be. For any true-believers out there, this is an issue not to be missed!

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Private Eye Deluxe Edition (Image Comics) – It’s actually a tough week for choices and I could easily do a top twenty myself, but I have to go with the Private Eye as my top pick. First, there’s a good chance you missed this when it was first released as a digital comic. Second, it’s by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin. Third, it’s fantastic. Fourth, this series was launched as a pay what you want directly from Vaughan, and is a solid example of disrupting the system successfully, so much so it’s in print. So, pick this up in print, or go and grab it digitally. Just make sure to read it.

Carver: A Paris Story #1 (Z2 Comics) – Z2 has been putting out solid books regularly and this new series has a nice throwback to 70s European action films. There’s lots of cliches, but that’s partially what makes it all really fun. This should be creator Chris Hunt’s break out series. Do yourself a favor and give it a look.

Johnny Red #2 (Titan Comics) – Did you read the first issue? If so, that should be reason enough as to why this is on the list. Writer Garth Ennis is taking on the classic character and doing so in a brilliant way. Just completely caught me off guard int he quality, because holy crap it’s good.

Sheriff of Babylon #1 (Vertigo) – I did an early review of the issue and it’s not what I thought it’d be. At its heart, Sheriff of Babylon is a crime comic set in a warzone. What’s really impressive and fascinating is writer Tom King’s use of his real life experiences.

X’Ed #1 (Black Mask Studios) – It’d be easy to just call this Inception the comic, but there’s much more going on here than a trippy dive in to someone’s mind. The comic has some really interesting twists and turns in the first issue that kept me on my toes, and that ending is rather intriguing. Black Mask Studios has had a string of hits and I expect this to be their next.

 

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Cyborg #5 (DC Comics) – Writer David F Walker is doing something significant in sci-fi with this comic. It’s a superhero series about race. I’m a huge supporter of where he’s going with this. Listen to our interview with him a few weeks back.

Gotham Academy #12 (DC Comics) – This is one of my favorite comics and I feel like its been going under the radar. Amazingly written, a diverse group of kids, art that can be both adorable and haunting as needed. I don’t even catch all of the easter eggs and references to Batman lore from ages past but that doesn’t matter.  The school is haunted both literally and metaphorically and it’s impossible to not be invested in these stories. This is the last issue of a wonderful arc.

The Humans #10 / Image Firsts The Humans #1 (Image Comics) – If you’ve been reading this kickass 1970-biker-apesploitation series then you need issue 10, the culmination of the first miniseries. This month Image Comics is also reissuing number 1 so tell the fresh meat there’s something they need to buy for good times and cheap thrills. This comic feels like an ultra-violent 1970s underground comic, it comes with it’s own online soundtrack and the art is freaking flawless. Still not convinced? Here’s my review of the first part of the series.

Papergirls #3 (Image Comics) –  This is the new Saga: very friendly to non-comics readers, totally enchanting, breathlessly exciting and full of amazing female characters. Read J9s review of issue 2. Boy, that was a “heart in your throat” cliff hanger at the end of the last issue!

Space Riders TP Vol. 1 (Black Mask Studios) – It feels like 70’s Jack Kirby filtered through many levels of Heavy Metal Magazine (think Moebius, Druillet). Only more underground and loose. A bit of a space western with a Jodorowsky-ish flying skull ship! A more Red Sonja-ish Gamora. Christy Karacas (creator of the cartoon Super Jail) levels of choas and scribble. If my description makes sense to you then you’ll probably like this. If my description doesn’t make sense to you, and you are ok with that, you may like it too. “I like my coffee like I like my space: black and infinite”- Capitan Peligro.

 

Thomas

Top Pick: Robin War #1 (DC Comics) – Perfectly timed for the winter season, DC Comics is running a small event that crosses over the various Robin titles, bookended by these one-shots. Previews and solicits make this event look like it could be a lot of fun, so it’s a definite must-read!

All-New X-Men #1 (Marvel) – Continuing Marvel’s All-New All-Different launches, this gives Dennis Hopeless the chance to write young superheroes once again. The All-New X-Men – minus Jean Grey, but with Kid Apocalypse and Idie added to their ranks – are headed for a road-trip to decide their role in the future of the Marvel Universe. All-New X-Men may not be set to headline the X-Men range as it did under Brian Bendis, but it still looks set to be one of the most fun comics out there.

Exit Generation #3 (ComixTribe) – Sam Read and Caio Oliveira have been producing an unusual but fantastic series, steeped in sci-fi and with an admirable sense of style. Independent comics don’t often get the attention they deserve, and this series is one that deserves a lot of attention!

Invincible Iron Man #4 (Marvel) – One of the strangest shifts in All-New All-Different Marvel is a change in Mary-Jane Watson’s status quo. She’s going from a member of Spider-Man’s supporting cast to a member of Iron Man’s supporting cast, and this is the issue that kicks that off. It’s going to be fascinating to see how (not to mention why) Brian Bendis pulls this off…

Spider-Gwen: Most Wanted Trade Paperback (Marvel) – The first Spider-Gwen series (shorted to a miniseries due to Secret Wars) was tremendously popular, and this is the chance to collect it as a trade paperback! Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez pull off a tremendously fun story with energy and verve, and this book is sure to impress anyone who didn’t pick up the original issues.

Preview: X’ED #1

X’ED #1

Written by: Tony Patrick
Art by: Ayhan Hayrula
Colored by: Doug Garbark
Lettered by: Jim Campbell
Cover by: Chris Visions
IN COMIC STORES: 12/2

A sci-fi thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: “subliminal hitmen” injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you. Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a) he’s a killing machine, and b) he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

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Clandestino and X’Ed! Two New Titles From Black Mask Coming This Year

Following up on the momentum generated by recent hits We Can Never Go Home, Space Riders, and the hotly anticipated Young Terrorists, Black Mask Studios has announced two new #1s for October from new creators Amancay NahuelpanTony Patrick, and Ayhan Hayrula.

CLANDESTINO

Written & Illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan
#1 street date October 7
Diamond order code AUG151178

The country of Tairona became a no man’s land after the military coup. Guerrillas were formed across the lands, and rebels unified against the dictator to resist the regime. The hopes of many lay on CLANDESTINO, who barely escaped from the military attacks as a child, to lead the revolution.

Amancay’s bold, brash, and stylish storytelling reads like he pounded this radical uprising story in the barrel of a sawed-off shotgun and shot it in your face. With its vertigo-inducing chases, high-octane heroics, and crazy body count of totalitarian stormtroopers, revolution never looked so Tarantino.

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X’ED

Written by Tony Patrick
Illustrated by Ayhan Hayrula
#1 street date October 28
Diamond order code AUG151180

A psychedelic action-thriller about a next-gen form of psychiatry: ‘subliminal hitmen’ injected into your mind who hunt down and kill the demons that haunt you.

Ex-military sharpshooter Colin McClure is Mezign Corporation’s most recent recruit for the still-experimental (and often deadly) job of subliminal hitman. McClure is the perfect candidate for two reasons: a- he’s a killing machine, and b- he lost his legs in the war, so subliminal-ops are his only way to see any action. But he’s also a dangerous candidate for one reason unknown to Mezign: Colin’s true motive is to enter the mind of his catatonic daughter and bring her out of a coma.

Newcomer Tony Patrick has crafted a slam-dunk concept that merges all the things we love about comics: complex characters, surreal locations, mindbending concepts, and non-stop action. Ayhan’s sophisticated linework brings a smart and grounded feel to the otherworldly actioner.

Although this is Tony Patrick’s comic writing debut, he actually interned at Milestone Comics as a kid. After years of touring the world as a musician, Tony returned to New York to mentor youth in East NY and commit to his lifelong love of comics. He teamed up with Ayhan Hayrula (who illustrated the “Channel 1%” story in Occupy Comics) to bring the braincrunching world of X’ed to life.

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