Olympia, a new comic fantasy of hope and loss, set for this Fall from Image

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Image Comics recently announced Olympia, an all-new comic-book miniseries by Curt Pires (Wyrd), his father Tony Pires, and artist Alex Diotto, starting this November.

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through… something evil followed him.

“We started working on Olympia just about three years ago when my father was first hospitalized as a means of giving us something to look forward to, to hope for, in dark times. All these months later the book’s finally coming out, even after he’s left us,” said Curt Pires in a recent press release.

Curt Pires adds, “Beyond any Extratextual reasoning I can throw at you, though, this is just good comics. Plain and simple. It’s a love letter to the Spielberg movies we loved so much smashed against the cosmic epicness of the Jack Kirby joints that laid the foundation of our modern entertainment landscape. These are the most personal and raw comics I’ve been a part of, and I hope you’ll join us.”

A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia is also a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Olympia #1 will have two covers: with cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe (above) and cover B (below) by Christian Ward. Both will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20. The new series will be also available across all popular digital comics apps, with access to the latest Image comics releases.

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Bestselling author Gaby Dunn and artist Claire Roe set for Bury The Lede, graphic novel in 2019

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BOOM! Studios recently announced Bury The Lede, a new original graphic novel from New York Times bestselling author Gaby Dunn (I Hate Everyone But You) and artist Claire Roe (Batgirl and The Birds of Prey).

The following is select info from a recent full news release from BOOM Studios, detailing more on Bury The Lede.

Bury The Lede is for comic stores next year, in October 2019. This new series if inspired by Dunn’s own experiences at The Boston Globe as a reporter, about how we find answers in an increasingly complex world and the hidden threats surrounding those truths.

Twenty-one-year-old Madison T. Jackson is already the star of the Emerson College student newspaper when she nabs a coveted night internship at Boston’s premiere newspaper, The Boston Lede. The job’s simple: do whatever the senior reporters tell you to do, from fetching coffee to getting a quote from a grieving parent. It’s grueling work, so when the murder of a prominent Boston businessman comes up on the police scanner, Madison races to the scene of the grisly crime. There, Madison meets the woman who will change her life forever: prominent socialite Dahlia Kennedy, who is covered in gore and being arrested for the murder of her family. The newspapers put everyone they can in front of her with no results until, with nothing to lose, Madison gets a chance – and unexpectedly barrels headfirst into danger she never anticipated.

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Dunn is a New York Times bestselling author, journalist, YouTuber, actress, and comedian. She and her comedy partner, Allison Raskin, created the successful YouTube channel Just Between Us along with the novel “I Hate Everyone But You,” published under Wednesday Books.

She has written for The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, New York Magazine, The Boston Globe, and Vulture, as well as a finance column for Marie Claire. Dunn served as a writer on ”Big Mouth” (Netflix) and in 2016, co-created and starred in a pilot for MTV, later developing original half-hour pilots for 20th Century Fox, YouTube Red, and FX, as well as joining the cast of “Take My Wife” (Starz) in the role of Brie. She is also the host and creator of the podcast, Bad With Money With Gaby Dunn, which has been featured as one of the “Best New Podcasts of 2016” by The New York Times and Vulture.

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Claire Roe remains an acclaimed artist from the east of Scotland and studied animation at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art, graduating in 2013. She has distinguished herself with dynamic work on some of the biggest properties in comics, including Wonder Woman and Batgirl and The Birds of Prey from DC Comics; Halo: Rise of Atriox from Dark Horse;The Wicked + The Divine from Image Comics; and Welcome Back from BOOM! Studios.

Bury The Lede will be available for sale in October 2019 at local comic book shops, bookstores or digital through the BOOM! official site and popular new comics apps.

Greg Pak’s hit comic MECH CADET YU, now an ongoing series

Great news is here for those who enjoyed the premiere issue of Mech Cadet Yu. ‘

BOOM! Studios recently announced Mech Cadet Yu, previously planned as a limited series, will carry on as an ongoing series. Its first issue sold out on the week of release at the distributor level (copies may still be available at local comic shops) and received many rave reviews.

The superstar dream team of writer Greg Pak (Hulk, Weapon X) and artist Takeshi Miyazawa (Ms. Marvel, Runaways) reunited to deliver the story of Stanford Yu, a young janitor who is unexpectedly chosen to join the sacred ranks of the mech cadets at Sky Corps Academy. Once a year, giant robots from outer space come to Earth to bond with the cadets to defend the world from terrifying aliens known as the Sharg. After he unintentionally bonds with his robot, Yu is thrown into training, hoping to prove he is worthy of being there at all.

“I’m hugely thrilled and so grateful to all of the readers, reviewers, and retailers who showed the first issue so much love and spread the word about the book,” says Pak. “That kind of word-of-mouth means all the world to an underdog book about an underdog hero and his underdog robot, so thank you so much! None of this would have happened without you, and we’re doing our best to make every issue the best and most fun it can possibly be.”

“I feel like we would just be getting on our two feet with the first four issues, so it’s going to be amazing to see where the story goes and watch Stanford and Co. face bigger threats and become even bigger heroes,” adds Miyazawa. “Stanford has come such a long way already. I hope everyone keeps rooting for the kid!”

“Greg and Takeshi are one the of most exciting pairs of collaborators in comics, creating characters with unmatched charm and heart,” says Cameron Chittock, BOOM! Studios associate editor of MECH CADET YU. “It’s impossible not to root for Stanford and his fellow cadets and with even more story to be told, I cannot wait for fans to see how their relationships evolve as they face worldwide threats together.”

Mech Cadet Yu #2 is scheduled for release on September 13, at comic stores and special digital apps everywhere.

 

Comic Reading Review: World Reader #1

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  • Writer: Jeff Loveness, Artist: Juan Doe
  • Letterer: Rachel Deering
  • Published by: Boom! Entertainment
  • Publish Date: April 19, 2017
  • Notes: The first issue in a monthly series.

Synopsis:

“Meet Sarah, an astronaut traveling from dead planet to dead planet, talking to the ghosts of dead worlds… as she fights to discover the secret that’s killing the universe. But Death doesn’t give up its secrets so easily, and as she’s hunted from planet to planet, Sarah struggles to maintain the trust of her crew and her own sanity in the endless ocean of lives. Every world has a story, and if she can find the secret tying them all together, she can save Earth from being the next world to die.”

Personal Thoughts (big spoilers):

I enjoy stories of discovery and space travel. So, after gazing the first few pages of this at the local comic store, I had to pick the new series up.

In doing so, the World Reader is something a bit more. There’s a bit of the paranormal, seeking new life and new civilizations, 2001 and other titillating aspects of space travel. I think in that, is the belief in the push of discovery and the extent of the unknown are both exciting, yet terrifying. The bigger the wider, the more that can look back at us. Sarah is interesting as an astronaut, finding out the past grandeur in old civilizations, then developing a bond. And, there is a connection tying her discoveries, which is not yet clear but drives interest further.

The art really works here, with the composition of each page, suitable for framing. The color changes, tones, and balance give some extra drama and depth. I like the lettering too,, as the font and style lend well to the book. With the strange visions and mystery to the mix, and the audience can be impressed upon for many issues to come.

The turn towards the end gives new danger and trippiness, and a fresh terror that feels complex and multi-dimensional. The sudden change in color and collapse of dimension gives off an easiness that gives the ending an uncomfortable cliffhanger. It’s hard to foresee what’s ahead in a book like this, which drives my initial curiosity more.

Overall, a great first issue for thrill seekers in science fiction wanting more than the overreaching macho melodrama of galactic warfare and politics. Check it out.