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Valiant Reveals the Punk Mambo #1 Flocked Punk Variant Cover

Valiant Entertainment has revealed the first look at the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant, which features a striking cover image by incredible artist Dan Brereton and a textured flocked treatment that will offer a unique, tactile experience rarely seen—or felt—in comics!

From celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and badass artist Adam Gorham comes the hilariously horrifying Punk Mambo, about a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, relocates to the Bayou, and becomes a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

Punk Mambo #1 debuts in comic shops on Wednesday, April 24th. Along with the flocked Punk Variant cover, Punk Mambo #1 features a main cover by Brereton and additional shelf covers by Zu Orzu and Cris Delara. A Pre-order Edition cover by Gorham and a blank cover are also available.

Retailers can obtain one copy of the Punk Mambo #1 Punk Variant for every qualifying order of 100 copies of Punk Mambo #1. There is no limit per store—100 copies ordered will net one Punk Variant, 200 will net two Punk Variants, and so forth. Final orders are due to Diamond Comics by Monday, April 1st.

Valiant Entertainment and A Sound of Thunder Unveil Punk Mambo #1 Exclusive Covers

Comics publisher Valiant Entertainment and metal band A Sound of Thunder are teaming up to offer collectible comics paying homage to classic Iron Maiden cover art.

The special editions of the debut issue of Valiant’s upcoming title Punk Mambo comic feature exclusive cover artwork by Trav Hart that pays homage to the classic album cover of Maiden’s 1980 single, “Sanctuary,” by artist Derek Riggs.

The Punk Mambo #1 Iron Maiden Homage Variants will be available in two limited editions:

  • Full-Color Variant (Limited to 300 copies)
  • Black-and-White Variant (Limited to 100 copies)

Both versions are available exclusively through A Sound of Thunder’s current Kickstarter campaign.

From celebrated writer Cullen Bunn and badass artist Adam Gorham comes the hilariously horrifying Punk Mambo, about a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, relocates to the Bayou, and becomes a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo comic book series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans Gutter Punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

Punk Mambo #1 debuts in comic shops from Valiant Entertainment on Wednesday, April 24th with covers by Dan BreretonZu OrzuCris Delara, and interior artist Gorham.

In addition, fans who pre-order all five issues of the Punk Mambo series at their local comic shop by April 1st will receive a special code to download a digital file of A Sound of Thunder’s “Punk Mambo” track for free. The code will appear in the Pre-order Edition of Punk Mambo #1.

Punk Mambo A Sound of Thunder Variant
Punk Mambo A Sound of Thunder B&W Variant

Early Preview: Punk Mambo #1 (of 5)

PUNK MAMBO #1 (of 5)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art by ADAM GORHAM
Colors by JOSE VILLARRUBIA
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by DAN BRERETON
Cover B by ZU ORZU
Cover C by CRIS DELARA
Punk Variant by DAN BRERETON
Blank Cover Also Available
On sale
 April 24, 2019

New characters, new digs, same Punk attitude! 

From writer Cullen Bunn (Venom) and artist Adam Gorham (New Mutants: Dead Souls) comes this hilariously horrifying tale. Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

PUNK MAMBO #1 (of 5)

Early Review: Punk Mambo #1

Punk Mambo #1

New characters, new digs, same Punk attitude! 

From writer Cullen Bunn and artist Adam Gorham comes this hilariously horrifying tale. Punk Mambo is a hard-living voodoo priestess who grew up in London, then relocated to Louisiana’s Bayou Country. Now, she’s a mystical mercenary for hire. In her first-ever solo series, Punk Mambo investigates a series of abductions in the New Orleans gutter punk scene, stumbling upon a deadlier mystery that takes her to the haunted shores of Haiti.

It would be easy to look at Punk Mambo as a riff on John Constantine, but aside from both characters being English (and likely both from London), and both are dabbers in the mystical and magical arts. While there are certainly similarities between the two, and comparisons are going to be made, Punk Mambo is far more than a Constantine knock off.

With Punk Mambo #1, Cullen Bunn gives the reader unfamiliar with the character all they need to know about the character through the course of the issue as he sets up story’s driving factor very early in the book. By doing this, the comic never quite gives you time to breath as you’re left reeling from one story beat to the next. But despite the amount of story condensed into a single issue, you never feel overwhelmed – and most importantly, new readers should feel very welcome.

You remember the comics you read as a kid where you always knew what was going on, even after missing a few issues (or starting a series at #124)? That’s the feeling you’ll get with Punk Mambo #1. You know the character has relationships and a backstory, that she’s got a rich history waiting to be revealed, but you don’t need to know everything before starting this series. It’s a first issue, and Cullen Bunn has made sure anybody can read it.

Adam Gorham‘s art feels perfectly suited to the character; there’s a rough edge or two, and at times the action in the panels can threaten to overwhelm the eyes (though it never does), which couldn’t make me happier. Even Mambo’s loa, a formerly Stay Puft Marshmallow like creature has taken on a more dangerous and edge visage. The scenes where Mambo is unleashing her abilities upon her enemies is gloriously chaotic, and almost too brief.

And yet there are moments of peace within the chaos. Moments where the beauty of the art stands unfettered and unencumbered by the character’s anger and bravado. The effect is disarming.

To borrow from the character’s name, like any great punk song the comic grabs you by the scruff of your neck and screams at you. It takes you on a journey through viscous cannibals, spirits and possession within the first third of the comic. It’s fast, it’s dirty and it’s fucking awesome.

Punk Mambo #1 rocks its way to shelves April 24, 2019.

Story: Cullen Bunn Art: Adam Gorham
Story: 8.9 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: X-O Manowar (2017) #20

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #20

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Colors by ANDREW DALHOUSE
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Cover B by ALAN QUAH
Cover C by ZU ORZU
Interlocking Variant by RENATO GUEDES
Pre-Order Edition by WHILCE PORTACIO
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PREMIUM | T+ | On Sale OCTOBER 24th

The Agents of G.A.T.E. vs. the Brothers of the Bomb!

In a realm far more fantastical than our own, a Sky Goddess is missing… And in pursuit of their vanished cosmic princess and her nefarious captors, a squadron of soldiers from the Unknown have invaded our planet! As tensions run high and trust becomes scarce, can X-O Manowar and G.A.T.E. leader Colonel Capshaw band together to keep our world from becoming ensnared in a battle larger than life?

Review: Cover #1

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got a new debut from Jinxworld, Cover!

Cover #1 is by Brian Michael Bendis, David Mack, Zu Orzu, Carlos Mangual, Curtis King, Jr., and Michael McCalister.

Get your copy in comic shops today. To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFAW

 

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Review: X-O Manowar #3

XO2017_003_COVER-A_LAROSATheir world became his war!

Across every frontline, and through every trench, Aric of Dacia continues his hostile journey through a brutal alien planet the only way he knows how: with war. But the man once known as X-O Manowar is not alone. With a dedicated band of soldiers sworn to his side, Aric will prove his worth on the battlefield… and find himself in a position that no one saw coming!

Do you ever have those moments where somebody says something or thinks of something, and your immediate reaction is “why the hell didn’t somebody think of that before?” I read a description of this series as Space Conan, and immediately wished I’d thought of it because as a two-word descriptor it’s spot on.

Look, if you’re rushed for time I’ll save you the effort of reading the rest of this review because it’ll be more of the following said in multiple different ways with a bit more explanation: I loved this comic. It’s one of, if not the best comic I’ve read in quite some time. Matt Kindt‘s dialogue and pacing is fantastic, and the art is simply wonderful.

Anyway.

The comic credits Tomas Giorello with David Mack and Zu Orzu as the artists, so while I think it’s fair to assume that Giorello did the lion’s share of the work, I didn’t want to marginalize and ignore the other artists as I don’t know what they handled in regards to the finished product. And what a finished product. For my money (and yes, I’m happily buying this series) this is easily the best-looking comic on the racks right now. The art team, joined by colorist Diego Rodriguez, produce work that could, and should, stand proudly in a gallery. I’ve been trying to work out why I love the art so much, and I think it’s because it feels very natural, and harkens back to when comics were coloured without the use of digital technology (though I’m sure there were digital techniques used), whilst simultaneously throwing a very science fictiony bent on the imagery. This hi-tech primitiveness blends incredibly well with Kindt’s story as he brings the first arc to a close.

I’m not ashamed to admit how much I’m enjoying this series, so much so that my only complaint is that I don’t want to wait to next issue.

This isn’t an objective review in any way shape or form, and I know that. I also don’t care. X-O Manowar is one of Valiant’s best series, and the comic reminds me why I love comics in the first place.

Story: Matt Kindt Artists: Tomas Giorello with David Mack and Zu Orzu
Colourist: Diego Rodriguez Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 9.75 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I’ll be picking up my own copy on Wednesday.