This week in comics…
John Barber, Tradd Moore – IDW
IDW kick off their event series that features all of Hasbro’s big hitters: Transformers, G.I. Joe, Action Man, MASK, NOM and the Micronauts. Explosions tear across the Earth. The blame falls upon the Transformers but all heroes must unite to stop the invading threat. #1 is out now, #0 is available as a free digital comic and from here on out Revolution will continue as a bi-weekly series. Marvel and DC are all about the event series so why not IDW too.
Hugo Broyler #1
Mike Kennedy, Francisco Paronzini – Magnetic Press
Enter the world of high-speed levitation racing. Former circuit champ Hugo Broyler wrecks out of the latest title race leaving him with some serious head trauma. There are not many career options for a former driver besides taking a gig with a known criminal to pay off his debts. He wouldn’t even consider the job if a nagging voice in his head weren’t pushing him towards it, the voice of his formal, deceased rival who now claims to be haunting him…
Seven to Eternity #1
Rick Remender, Matt Hollingsworth – Image
Remender and Hollingsworth have both managed to fit another series into their schedule this time taking us down the hard road of the strange fantasy world of Zhal.“The God of Whispers has spread an omnipresent paranoia to every corner of the kingdom of Zhal; his spies hide in every hall spreading mistrust and fear. Adam Osidis, a dying knight from a disgraced house, must choose between joining a hopeless band of magic users in their desperate bid to free their world of the evil God, or accepting his promise to give Adam everything his heart desires. All men have surrendered their freedom for fear. Now, one last free man must choose”.
Marv Wolfman, Alisson Borges – DC
The first issue of a miniseries set between Teen Titans #24 and Teen Titans: Rebirth #1, where series regular Raven takes a break from the team and moves to San Francisco to stay with her estranged aunt and face her most perilous challenge yet: high school! As Raven discovers more about her human side, one of her classmates goes missing under mysterious circumstances, and she must face an evil like none she’s known before.
Darren Koziol, Michael Dutkiewicz – Dark Oz
The first issue of the Aussie vampire story that serialises the characters featured in the pages of Ozploitation series Decay. We don’t know a lot about the story other than it’s a sexy, bloodthirsty and ultra-violent tale of three sisters – Regan, Mignon and Danikah. If other Dark Oz series’ are anything to go by, Sisters will be pure exploitation. 28 pages long in glorious black & white, this one’s just hit the shelves unless you were at San Diego Comic Con where you may have snagged an advance copy.
Grizzly Shark (Graphic Novel)
Ryan Ottley – Image
Contains the complete trilogy of standalone adventures featuring the world’s most feared animal: The Grizzly Shark. This violent comedy takes you on a journey from the shark infested forests to the bottom of the ocean where Grizzly Shark faces off against Sea Bear. Whoever wins, we lose.
From Hell: Hardcover (Graphic Novel)
Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell – Top Shelf
My all-time favourite graphic novel has been republished in a handsome hardcover edition with brand new cover art. “Eleven unsolved murders one sprawling conspiracy, one metropolis on the brink of the twentieth century, and one bloody-minded Ripper ushering London into the modern age of terror – From Hell” This one’s by two living legends, Alan Moore (Watchmen, V for Vendetta) and Aussie artist Eddie Campbell (Bacchus) and features a dark Victorian tale of Jack the Ripper and the true intention behind his crimes. It’s 580 pages of black & white etches that appear almost as horrifying as the Ripper’s crimes. Pick this one up ASAP.
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Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane