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AfterShock Sends Out an S.O.S. with Support Our Shops

Comic shops have been seeing added pressure, challenges, and obstacles over the past three months with COVID-19 and a downturn economy. Publisher AfterShock Comics, has announced the release of Support Our Shops (S.O.S.), a 48-page comic featuring seven stories from top creators, to be distributed at no cost to comic shops through Diamond Comic Distributors.

S.O.S.features from some of the industry’s most celebrated creators emphasizing that fundamentally irreplaceable role played by comic shops in their lives and in the lives of fans. The title includes exclusive stories from Cullen Bunn, Stephanie Phillips, Zac Thompson, Steve Orlando, Jamie McKelvie, Jerry Ordway, and Aaron Douglas, with art from Leila Leiz, Don Kramer, Szymon Kudranski, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt, Gordon Purcell and Cliff Richards, with cover conceived and executed by David Mack.

S.O.S. will be distributed to Diamond’s top-ranked 200 AfterShock accounts, which will each receive 20 free copies (per storefront) with their 6/24 on-sale books. The next 300 highest ranked stores will each receive 10 free copies. Stores not included in this ranking may receive a number of copies upon request or through their AfterShock Ambassador.

AfterShock’s S.O.S. was created so that each comic shop can leverage the title to best suit their individual needs and goals. It can be given away free, used as a purchase incentive, put into the pull boxes of AfterShock readers, or sold directly to consumers at a suggested price to help recoup losses that may have been sustained through pandemic-related closures and events.

Review: Undone by Blood or The Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood #3 is a slow burn of a revenge tale. Some real small details and the dual stories makes it an intriguing issue.

Story: Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson
Art: Sami Kivelä
Color: Jason Wordie
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou

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Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie
$3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 06.10.20

With a new lead pointing toward her family’s killer, Ethel uncovers the sinister secrets hidden beneath the quaint surface of Sweetheart, AZ, and its famed high school football team. But when she sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, the townspeople don’t take kindly to it and display their ruthless hospitality. Despite her bruises, Ethel is more determined than ever, and she owes it all to the famed fictional gunslinger, Solomon Eaton. Meanwhile, the cowboy faces his own complications in the form of betrayal and must decide what he values more: companionship or violence.

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #3

Vault Unveils the Virtual Convention Vanguard Con, Launching Today

As part of Vault’s ongoing virtual convention, Vault Vanguard Con, the publisher announced a plethora of new online events that will take place over the next week.

First, Vault will hold a reddit AMA on the r/comics subreddit tomorrow, Thursday March 19th, from 4:00-5:00pm MST. Fans can ask the Vault team whatever questions they like and get advice on any comics-related topic under the sun. 

Then, over the next few days Vault will release a series of special videos from a wide array of Vault creators on their social media channels.

The videos from Vault creators will include:

  • BLEED THEM DRY’s Eliot Rahal
  • ENGINEWARD’s George Mann and Joe Eisma
  • HEAVY’s Max Bemis & Eryk Donovan
  • HUNDRED WOLVES’ Myke Cole and Tony Akins
  • FINGER GUNS’ Justin Richards
  • THE PLOT’s Tim Daniel and Michael Moreci
  • SERA AND THE ROYAL STARS’ Jon Tsuei
  • CULT CLASSIC: CREATURE FEATURE’s Eliot Rahal and John Bivens
  • BLACK STARS ABOVE’s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha
  • NO ONE’S ROSE’s Zac Thompson & Emily

You can watch the debut video, from BLACK STARS ABOVE‘s Lonnie Nadler and Jenna Cha:

For a limited time, Vault fans can order special T-shirts featuring designs from their favorite Vault comic series, including Heathen, Finger Guns, Money Shot, The Plot, Sera and the Royal Stars, Resonant, She Said Destroy, Submerged, Friendo, Wasted Space, Queen of Bad Dreams, Black Stars Above, These Savage Shores, Fissure, Heavy, Hundred Wolves, Bleed Them Dry, and more.

Further, Vault fans can order very special limited edition Vanguard Con exclusives, including:

A deluxe, limited edition Finger Guns #1 Glitter Variant by Jen Hickman.

FINGER GUNS #1 GLITTER VARIANT

A deluxe, limited edition These Savage Shores Gold Foil Edition TPB.

These Savage Shores Gold Foil Edition TPB

Vault Announces a FOC Adam Gorham Variant for No One’s Rose #1

Vault Comics has announced that No One’s Rose #1 is receiving an additional new “FOC Variant” cover from star artist Adam Gorham.

Adam Gorham is a Canadian comic illustrator. In his ten years of professional work he has created many covers for numerous publishers; most notably his work on the Archie Comics series Jughead: The Hunger with collaborator Josh Hixson.

Written by Zac Thompson and Emily Pearson, drawn by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, colored by Raul Angulo, lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and designed by Tim Daniel, No One’s Rose is a sci-fi story like no other, going so far as to establish it’s very own genre: solar punk.

Centuries after the fall of the Anthropocene, the last vestiges of human civilization are housed in a massive domed city powered by renewable energy, known as The Green Zone. Inside lives teenager Tenn Gavrilo, a brilliant bio-engineer who could rebuild the planet. But there’s one problem: her resentful brother Seren is eager to dismantle the precarious Utopia.

From the minds of Zac Thompson (X-Men, Yondu) and debut writer Emily Horn with artist Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque (Letter 44, Avengers) comes a gorgeous and green solar-punk world filled with strange biotechnology, harsh superstorms, and divisive ideologies-ideologies that will tear Tenn and Seren down to their roots as they fight for a better Earth.

No One’s Rose #1 is on sale March 25th, 2020.

No One's Rose #1

Zac Thompson and Jen Hickman Launch Lonely Receiver at AfterShock

Lonely Receiver #1

Writer: Zac Thompson
Artist & Colorist: Jen Hickman
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Cover: Jen Hickman
Incentive Cover: Elizabeth Torque
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On Sale 05.06.20

Catrin Vander, a lonely video producer, buys an Artificial Intelligence partner that’s meant to bond for life. After ten years together, her holographic wife suddenly disconnects without a warning. The breakup drives Catrin to the point of near insanity. She’s alone for the first time in years and reeling from a loss she can’t comprehend.

Set in the new future, drenched in pastels and sunshine, LONELY RECEIVER is a horror/breakup story in five parts. Written by Zac Thompson (UNDONE BY BLOOD, THE REPLACER, HER INFERNAL DESCENT, No One’s Rose, X-Men) and illustrated in color by Jen Hickman (MOTH & WHISPER, Test).

Lonely Receiver #1

Review: Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona. She has one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him. As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence. Her only ally is an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 unfolds, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.

I didn’t know what to expect when I opened the lengthily titled debut. I’ll shorten the title to UbBotSoaWM going forward because I really don’t want to keep typing that out. Written by the duo of Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson and brought to life by artist Sami Kivela, colorist Jason Wordie and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, the comic uses the Old West novel as a story within a story. That mirrors the journey Ethel is taking -though not literally.

The comic opens on the third chapter of the novel, which threw me off for a hot second as I wondered if UbBotSoaWM #1 was a sequel of sorts to another project that Nadler and Thompson had worked together on in the past. Although I did realize what was going on, the comic never quite let me get my footing while reading it. Every teased moment of Ethel’s history and Solomon’s story seemed to hit just as I was getting comfortable in the comic. It was a refreshing and entirely unexpected experience when reading a book I had no expectation of reading. Honestly, I picked it up after a conversation about lengthy names on movies, books, etc and whether they’re detrimental to the success of said media. I don’t think they are so long as it’s an accurate title – but the timing was too perfect for me.

I’m glad that I did get this book.

Kivela and Wordie produce a visual style that is very consistent throughout the book, but the use of color and a more sepia tone allows you to differentiate between the novel and the real events pretty easily. If you don’t catch that, though, Otsmane-Elhaou’s lettering takes the form of excerpts from the novel. It’s a nice touch, and one I had to make a point of mentioning because I find too often good lettering isn’t noticed. More often than not you notice when it’s bad.

Undone By Blood Or The Shadow Of A Wanted Man #1 uses the two stories to mirror each other. It fills in missing details from Sol’s story with what you’re seeing in Ethel’s. They aren’t explicitly stated and you need to pay attention, but the hints are there if you pay attention. Speaking of paying attention, part of me wonders if the villain in Sol’s story is named after a writer of the same name? Thompson and he are from roughly the same area in eastern Canada. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the nod. It could also be a coincidence because the name does fit the time period very well, too.

I didn’t expect to read this comic, honestly, but I am happy that I did. The use of the two tales to highlight and emphasize aspects of the other is a nice touch and I’m a big fan of the visual presentation that left me feeling as though I was on location. I’ll be back for issue two. You should, as well.

Story: Lonnie Nadler and Zac B. Thompson Art: Sami Kivela
Colors: Jason Wordie Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Aftershock provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Yondu #5 (of 5)

Yondu #5 (of 5)

(W) Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson (A) John McCrea (CA) Cully Hamner
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

• News of the Herald’s Urn has gotten out and Yondu and his descendent from the 31st century, Yondu, find themselves in everyone’s crosshairs!
• In desperation, they initiate a Hail Mary to keep the urn out of the wrong hands-to catastrophic results.
• As the smoke clears and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance, only one Yondu will be left standing, and the galaxy will never be the same again after this stunning series conclusion!

Yondu #5 (of 5)

Exclusive Preview: Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1

Writer: Lonnie Nadler & Zac Thompson 
Artist: Sami Kivela 
Colorist: Jason Wordie 
Letterer: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou 
Cover: Sami Kivela w/ Jason Wordie  
Incentive Cover: Andrew Robinson
$4.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 02.12.20

In the early 1970s, Ethel Grady Lane returns to her hometown of Sweetheart, Arizona with one thing on her mind: killing the man who murdered her family. But first, she’ll have to find him.

As Ethel navigates the eccentric town and its inhabitants, she learns that the quaint veneer hides a brewing darkness. She has no choice but to descend into a ring of depravity and violence, with her only ally an Old West novel that follows famed gunslinger Solomon Eaton. As both stories unfold simultaneously, a love of fiction informs choices in reality, for better or worse.  

From the minds of Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson (The Dregs, X-Men, HER INFERNAL DESCENT) and artist Sami Kivela (Abbot, Tommy Gun Wizards) comes a neo-western that depicts the hard truth of seeking vengeance in the real world.

Undone by Blood or the Shadow of a Wanted Man #1
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