Kickstart the Week(end) with Thistle #1

Kickstart the Week(end) with Thistle #1

By: Nicole D’Andria Thistle begins with a devastating loss and prides itself on being a story that takes place after your typical epic fantasy. In a rare interview opportunity, the creative team of this dystopian fantasy—from the writer to the artist to the colorist and the letterer/editor—are joining me today to take us on an adventure before their adventure!

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Kickstart the Week with Two Swords Til Mercy: Chapter One—A medieval tale of bloody revenge.

By: Nicole D’Andria Looking for a spaghetti western set in a medieval realm? Then look no further than Two Swords Til Mercy! It’s described by the creative team as perfect for fans of Quentin Tarantino, Sergio Leone, and Game of Thrones as well as readers of Crone, East of West, and Once & Future.

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Kickstart the Week with Ruby and the Warriors of Dion #1

By: Nicole D’Andria Enjoy the fantasy world of Ruby and the Warriors of Dion. Get ready for magic and revenge in this latest Kickstarter project! Ruby is a mage on a quest for revenge. Her family is murdered by forces under the command of the evil warlock, Hadomeer. So Ruby goes searching for the Lost Grimoire, which contains all the secrets of the ancient world in order to match Hadomeer’s army and magic. During her journey, Ruby will further hone her magic with new spells and meet new warriors that…

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Wraithborn #1-3 Review

Marcia Chen and Lady Mechanika Creator Joe Benitez Bring Us an Epic Urban Fantasy Wraithborn, simply put, is the story of an ordinary, shy teenage girl who mistakenly gets imbued with the power of the Wraithborn, the sole weapon against demons manifesting in the material world. Throughout the course of the book so far, this girl, Melanie Moore, is only just beginning to understand what is happening to her, and isn’t quite sure she even believes it yet! I fell in love with this series from the word “go.” I…

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Kickstart the Week with The Gem Users Graphic Novel

By: Nicole D’Andria This week I’m showcasing the Kickstarter for The Gem Users, a graphic novel featuring martial arts, fantasy, sci-fi, super powers, action, drama and comedy. You even get the option of two different journeys the characters can take in the hardcover books. I also interviewed the writer, Michael Walton. The Gem Users is a story about a strange meteor that shattered into pieces and spread all over the world. Those who find these gem pieces have a power inside of them released that even they weren’t aware they…

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Black Jack Ketchum: A Fantasy Western Adventure Missing Some Faces

By: Nicole D’Andria Are fantasy western series the new “it” thing to do? First Greg Pak presented magic, racism and westerns in his announcement for Kingsway West at Dynamite Entertainment. Now, Image Comics’ has announced Black Jack Ketchum, a western fantasy adventure about a real historical figure and bounty hunters with no faces (they are not historically accurate). Black Jack Ketchum takes place in a fantastical version of the Old West. Writer Brian Schirmer (Ultrasylvania) described the atmosphere of the meshing of genres in the series as “…a surreal western,…

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Zodiac Starforce #1 Advanced Review: Friendship isn’t always magic

By: Nicole D’Andria As a fan of magical girl anime, I was anxious to check out what many critics are calling Dark Horse’s take on Sailor Moon. Unfortunately, I didn’t think Zodiac Starforce #1 was very magical. But it certainly has the potential to be. Zodiac Starforce was a team of four teenagers, each one representing a sign of the zodiac: Emma, Kim, Savi and Molly. However, after defeating their major enemy Cimmeria, the team disbanded. Now the girls are more interested in passing exams than they are in saving…

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Fight Like a Girl #1 Advanced Review: Not the Next Hit But…

By: Nicole D’Andria A slow build-up leads to a sub-par pay-off in this debut issue. Fight Like a Girl does a lot of things right but feels very paint by numbers at time. By fighting through nine trials put down by nine gods, a champion can make any wish they want on the wishing well and their wish will come true. Amarosa, a young girl, is fighting to cure her sickly brother. He will die if she fails the trials – and so will Amarosa! Writer David Pinckney took up…

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Image Early Preview: Low #1

LOW RELEASE DATE AND EARLY ARTWORK REVEALED  The new series from Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini Image Comics has shared with Comic Frontline early artwork from Rick Remender (BLACK SCIENCE, DEADLY CLASS) and Greg Tocchini’s (Last Days of American Crime, Uncanny X-Force) new series, LOW, to whet the comics industry’s appetite. The forthcoming science-fiction fantasy series was announced at Image Expo in January and sparked a buzz of early interest. The official release date for LOW #1 has been set for July 30. Frequent collaborators Remender and Tocchini dive into an…

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Who Are The Wicked & The Divine?

By: Nicole D’Andria At the Image Comics Expo fans were hoping to hear that Kieron Gillen (Three, Young Avengers) and Jamie McKelvie (Suburban Glamour, Young Avengers) were continuing their popular Phonogram series with a third series. Unfortunately, they were disappointed. Instead, Gillen and McKelvie announced they were going to be the creative team on a new Image comic book: The Wicked & The Divine. I get the frustration of fans who were disappointed that they weren’t getting Phonogram 3. But they can rejoice because Gillen and McKelvie are still planning…

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