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Preview: Mindset #1

Mindset #1

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) John Pearson
In Shops: Jun 29, 2022
SRP: $4.99

When an introverted tech geek accidentally discovers mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected – they put the science into an app to help users break their technology addiction. But as their Mindset app achieves a dangerous cult following, lies, conspiracies, and murder come to light. Are they helping people or controlling them?

Mindset #1

Zack Kaplan goes Forever Forward with Scout Comics!

Zack Kaplan has revealed a new project, Forever Forward, coming in August from Scout Comics.

When brilliant young scientist Dr. Lewis Moody accidentally launches himself, his secret longtime crush and three best friends 33 years into the future with his unproven quantum time machine, they find a mysterious message from their future selves: THE ONLY WAY BACK IS FORWARD. Now, as they jump again and again through strange future times, will they one day find the technology to time-travel back, or are they doomed to hopelessly travel forward…forever?

The sci-fi adventure series lands in shows on August 24th. It features art from Arjuna Susini, colors from Brad Simpson, letters from Jim Campbell, and logo/designs from Tim Daniel. Covers for the first issue are by Jacob Phillips, Stefano Simeone, Jahnoy Lindsay, and Ivan Tao.

Preview: Metal Society #1

Metal Society #1

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Guilherme Balbi, Marco Lesko
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $3.99

MINISERIES PREMIERE

PORT OF EARTH writer ZACK KAPLAN teams up with hot up-and-coming artist GUILHERME BALBI in a dramatic new sci-fi miniseries that’s Blade Runner meets Rocky.

In an inverted future, evolved robots have resurrected humans for manual labor. When a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot will square off in a public MMA-style sport fight of epic stakes to determine once and for all who reigns supreme: man or machine.

Metal Society #1

Review: Metal Society #1

Metal Society #1

In the future humanity has been wiped out. Their excess and lack of caring for the planet has destroyed them. Robots have risen in their place to rule and care for the planet. But, even robots have work they don’t want to do. So, humans have been grown to perform the labor the robots no longer feel like doing. But, enslaved individuals strive for freedom. Metal Society #1 pits two warriors, a human and a robot, in an MMA-style battle to prove… something. That part’s not totally clear but the comic’s overall themes and focus is.

Zack Kaplan takes us into another sci-fi world using its setting to explore our own society. Fear of replacement by tools, yearning for freedom, choice, it’s all here in a first issue that’s packed with a lot to chew on and debate about. The comic is both breezy entertainment and dense debate at the same time. It’s rather impressive in that way.

As a fan of MMA, I’m super excited to see the actual fight to come but the first issue is a lot of setup introducing us to the world, the conflict, and the combatants. It does a solid job of building it all up delivering an easy to understand cause and a simple and different outlet to see that play out in. I finished the issue and immediately wanted to read more.

The art by Guilherme Balbi with color by Marco Lesko and lettering by Troy Peteri is fantastic. There’s a futuristic dystopian aspect about it that doesn’t feel depressing. The comic is definitely the future but it doesn’t deliver a neon skyline like so many. Instead, it’s foreign and familiar at the same time. And that futurescape is mixed with the grounded reality of the humans which reminded me a lot of the shanty town in John Carpenter’s They Live. The clash between worlds is clear and interesting and it too adds some depth to the debate and challenges the reader to reflect on our own world and reality.

Metal Society #1 is a hell of a start. It does what good sci-fi does, entertain and also explore our own world. But that exploration is even more interesting in that it takes on so much to reflect upon and forcing the reader to think and chew on their own. Wear a mouth guard, this looks like it’s going to be one hell of a read and fight to come.

Story: Zack Kaplan Art: Guilherme Balbi
Color: Marco Lesko Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Metal Society #1

Metal Society #1

(W) Zack Kaplan (A/CA) Guilherme Balbi, Marco Lesko
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $3.99

MINISERIES PREMIERE

PORT OF EARTH writer ZACK KAPLAN teams up with hot up-and-coming artist GUILHERME BALBI in a dramatic new sci-fi miniseries that’s Blade Runner meets Rocky.

In an inverted future, evolved robots have resurrected humans for manual labor. When a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot will square off in a public MMA-style sport fight of epic stakes to determine once and for all who reigns supreme: man or machine.

Metal Society #1

Review: Break Out #1

Break Out #1

Sci-fi and horror do a great job of examining our world. Beyond the surface level storytelling, there’s often deeper meaning exploring society, politics, and so much more. Break Out #1 delivers a new sci-fi story about a world where mysterious alien cubes have appeared and regularly abduct individuals under the age of 21 to put them in a jail on their ship. The concept is definitely an interesting one but as presented, it’s underlying themes can be debated pushing the comic beyond simple pop entertainment, to worthy of deeper dissection.

Written by Zack Kaplan, Break Out #1 presents a world that in many ways have given up. With adults not impacted, they’ve moved on and settled on a philosophy of just living with the current status-quo. Due to that, over 200,000 kids have been abducted by the mysterious cubes. The story focuses in on a group who have a plan to break out one kid from a local cube.

A world that has given up on trying and moved on accepting the results of their actions. Those actions screw over the next generation. That attitude and real life actions can be applied to so many things, the environment, COVID, economy, threats of violence in schools. Really, it feels like the attitude of adults to kids in general. I got mine, whatever. The looming threat of that abduction doesn’t narrow things down as it again applies to any of those topics where the kids have been thrown under the bus. And what’s interesting is that Kaplan is turning to kids for solutions. Guns, the environment, and even COVID to some extent, kids are rising up to make the voices heard to create a better world for themselves. They haven’t given up and have a fighting spirit. That’s what Kaplan taps into here.

Wilton Santos handles the art with color by Jason Wordie and lettering by Jim Campbell. The art is interesting in that it presents a world that’s very much like ours now. There’s something slightly off. You can see the changes but at the same time it’s all very normal. The kids thankfully look like kids. Each is full of personality in their style and body language. You get a sense of who they are from the visuals as much as what they say. Overall, this feels like our world but something slightly ominous is present… so exactly like our world.

Break Out #1 is a fantastic start to the series that can be enjoyed for its jailbreak story and appreciated for its underlying exploration of our current times. It does what so many good sci-fi stories do, entertain and examine our world.

Story: Zack Kaplan Art: Wilton Santos
Color: Jason Wordie Letterer: Jim Campbell
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Marc Silvestri and Alex Sinclair’s Cover and First 7 Pages Revealed for Metal Society

Top Cow and Image continues to create rumbles of excitement over Zack Kaplan’s sci-fi new series, Metal Society, with art by Guilherme Balbi, colors by Marco Lesko, and letters by Troy Peteri. The publisher decided to give fans a double reveal as they reveal Metal Society’s 1:25 variant cover.

This cover is not only by legendary artist Marc Silvestri, CEO of Top Cow and Co-Founder of Image but also the great Mexican colorist Alex Sinclair. Since it is Top Cow and Image’s 30 year Anniversary, it is great to see these iconic creators come together to work on this powerful piece for Zack Kaplan’s exciting new sci-fi series.

In addition, Top Cow is giving fans an exclusive look at the first 7 pages at Metal Society. 

PORT OF EARTH writer ZACK KAPLAN teams up with hot up-and-coming artist GUILHERME BALBI in a dramatic new sci-fi miniseries that’s Blade Runner meets Rocky

In an inverted future, evolved robots have resurrected humans for manual labor. When a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot will square off in a public MMA-style sport fight of epic stakes to determine once and for all who reigns supreme: man or machine.

Metal Society #1 comes to shops on May 4, 2022.

Metal Society #1

Vault Announces Mindset from Zack Kaplan and John Pearson

Vault has announced the new psychedelic sci-fi thriller, MINDSET, written by Zack Kaplan, drawn & colored by Eisner-winning artist John J. Pearson, lettered by Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and designed by Tim Daniel

MINDSET centers around four grad students who accidentally discover mind control, put it in an app, and set out to free over one billion users from technological addiction. But are they freeing the world or controlling it? It’s a cautionary tale about how idealistic dreams are corrupted, how our own minds are locked in an existential battle with technology, and perhaps, how we might win it.

MINDSET #1 hits store shelves in June, 2022. The series will feature a line of gorgeous variants by Martin Simmonds

When an introverted tech geek from Stanford, with dreams of changing the world, accidentally discovers a form of mind control, he and his friends do something unexpected – they put the science into a meditation app to help users break their addiction to other manipulative technologies and platforms. But after their rags-to-riches rise, a wake of murders and a series of mind games, their Mindset app replaces all rival social media and achieves a cult following of a billion users, and they must ask the question – are they helping people or controlling them? 

Mindset

Image and Top Cow Unveil the Metal Society Trailer

On Wednesday, May 4, humans and robots will rumble for survival and supremacy as Image Comics and Top Cow fan favorite creator Zack Kaplan returns with his new series, Metal Society, with art by Guilherme Balbi, colors by Marco Lesko, and letters by Troy Peteri.

Watch this new trailer of Metal Society to get a sneak peek as to what to expect from this Blade Runner meets Rocky sci-fi sci-fi action series that will be the talk of 2022:

Welcome to Metal Society where Every Human Deserves a Fighting Chance

In a future world of robots, extinct humans have been brought back to life—but will they earn their place in society, or will have to fight for it? The forthcoming Image Comics and Top Cow sci-fi mini series—Metal Society by Zack Kaplan, Guilherme Balbi, Marco Lesko, and Troy Peteri—explores just that with a side of MMA-Style sport fights. 

In Metal Society, the creators take readers on an inverted future, where evolved robots resurrect humans for manual labor. But, a tribalistic cultural clash breaks out, causing a fearless human fighter and a frustrated, displaced robot to square off in a public fight of epic stakes. 

See if the human or robot will reign supreme in Metal Society when it lands in comic shops on Wednesday, May 5.

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