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Bitch Planet #1 Review

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By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

Cast out onto a prison planet for their “non-compliance”, several women are added to an ever increasing list of incarcerated contestants on Bitch Planet, or as the less coarse call it, the “Auxiliary Compliance Outpost”. Here on this penal colony designated for neutering and dulling the independent thought and expression of women the main undercurrent is incendiary. A brawl breaks out almost immediately as the newest members are introduced into the fold and chaos looks to be the natural order, or at least until the ‘Red Window’ closes. In an audacious first installment we get a taste of the coming apocalypse of the patriarchy and it is a glorious, exciting sample of what is to come.

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Calgary Artist Challenge VIII

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This is a public invite for all local artists to visit Alpha Comics on Wednesday January 14th. The challenge is to create the best cover for Batgirl #38. You will be given one copy of the the Batgirl #38 blank variant. Then at the store, use your art skills to create a cover that will make jaws drop. Bring your own supplies. There is no restriction with medium, only that the art has to be on the blank variant. Alpha Comics will be open 11am – 9pm that day and artists can visit anytime on that date to work on and submit their cover. Art must be done in the store. Each submitted cover will be scanned and uploaded to alphacomics.ca. On Thursday January 15th entries will viewed by our guest judge. Prizes will be awarded to the top three covers as decided by Batgirl writer and cover artist, Cameron Stewart. (Guest judge will not be appearing in the store, they will be sent scans of the entries to view.)

Why should you participate?
This event will showcase local art, supporting the local artist community.
Your art will be exposed to thousands of people who are paying attention to Alpha Comics on the internet, including industry pros and comic fans across North America.
Prizes include blank variants that you’ll be able to create art on and sell at conventions or online. First place winner will receive a Copic marker set, the best markers used by industry pros.

 

3rd prize - Three Batgirl #38  blank variants.

2nd prize – Five Batgirl #38 blank variants.

1st prize – Five Batgirl #38 blank variants.  Copic Original Markers 12pc Set Basic

Limited copies of the Batgirl #38 blank variant will be ordered. Email

Alpha Comics to R.S.V.P. and secure a copy or if you have any questions.

 

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ODY-C #1 Review

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ODY-C #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

Troiia has fallen. Rendered asunder by the crew of the ODY-C, a wasteland world calls out to the cosmos in anguish. A war has ended and home beckons. Odyssia guides a fleet of wards, shiftcaptains, dire mechanica and lesser girls through the far reaches of the galaxy on a path towards Ithicaa. Towards home. Diverted by the breath of Poseidon, the warship tumbles through space into dangerous territory. An epic journey only begins in a war torn cosmos as a lost captain ponders her purpose in a life after war.

Homeward bound

Warless at last

In a clever and unique retelling of Homer’s Odyssey, cosmic maniacs, Matt Fraction and Christian Ward, bring together a staggeringly expansive adventure story through the far reaches of the galaxy. Warping mythology in an important and exciting way, ODY-C is a beautiful journey and one of the most exciting trips you will take this year in comics.

Refreshingly, most of the cast at the core of the Odyssey have been gender swapped, wiping men almost entirely from the mythos. Very organically, ODY-C establishes itself as a revolutionary title in Superhero, Sci-Fi storytelling giving it a unique perspective that is so barely seen in comics or fiction in general. Eliminating ubiquitous genre tropes and stereotypes by merely flipping them, ODY-C immediately blasts forth as something fresh, interesting and important.

ODY-C in one issue manages to deliver a Tolkien level of backstory, plot and exposition which is presented in a history timeline of the universe as well as a beautifully rendered map. This addition is a must read in order to follow along with the main story and to really get the most out of your experience. I found it a brilliant compendium to the book giving it so much lore, shape and definition. Fraction puts readers in the world of ODY-C adeptly by transporting you directly to the “Birth of all known things” and then to the end of an era that feels like a whole new big bang and creation.

The visuals in ODY-C are absolutely stunning. An 8-page gatefold that overlooks the destruction as the dust settles on a devastated planet is a truly incredible sight. The fact that this book costs only $3.50 with the amount of content and artwork crammed onto each page is mind-blowing. Vibrant and lush colours are like a psychedelic trip, mesmerizing and creative, they swirl through space like paint splatters floating through a vacuum.

Getting to see the passion, care and effort that goes into making a creator-owned title is what makes reading comics worth every penny. Consistently Image comics widens its roster and publishes more and more of the best titles you will read in comics, hands down, and ODY-C is one of them.

Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician and Wednesday warrior

Follow him on Twitter @Ghost_Factory

Listen to his music www.Ghostfactory.bandcamp.com, read his comic series with Shae Frank, www.wildrosecounty.com or follow the Weekly Comics Round-Up Podcast www.Geekstampede.com

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Tooth & Claw #1 Review

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Tooth & Claw #1 Review

 

    In an effort to return a once vibrant world teeming with magic to what it was, a gathering of wizards and beings of incredible power attempt to combine their abilities and summon the champion of legend. The original herald of lore who brought about the world’s age of magical enlightenment to begin with will be conjured by a magnificent coalition of strengths and mystical incantations. However now, sifting through the rubble of a decimated sky city brought crashing to the ground, the creatures of Keneil wallow in defeat until the discovery of what could be the key to their future.

We were good and gentle creatures

 

    From Image Comics and the co-creator of Astro City comes Tooth & Claw, an epic fantasy that journeys through a magical landscape with an endless supply of imagination and wonder. In a number one that boasts 48 full pages of dense storytelling, universe building, action and character construction, Tooth & Claw is amongst the best Image number ones in recent memory alongside books like Saga and East of West. There really is just so much incredible content in this first issue, it’s astounding. Each page is lush with the complex design and exploration of a brand new world like pages out of a Kirby series and each panel is chock full of the exciting, collaborative imagination of the book’s creative lineup.

 

Narrative wise, Tooth & Claw reads like the documentation of a fully developed planet that has been under intense, microscopic examination for centuries and its inhabitants are citizens that have grown up and flourished there in real time. Seamless dialogue and soulful exposition, Kurt Busiek’s scripting is as genuine, organic and passionate as I’ve come to expect from the writer. His prose is beautiful, providing mesmerizing captions like from The Sandman that layer slick texturing to already gorgeously rendered environments. Being an enormous Astro City fan I couldn’t wait for this book and my expectations were at an all time high. Safe to say that here, Busiek delivered and then some.

 

This is the first work I have had the pleasure of reading from Benjamin Dewey and already he is amongst my favorite comic artists. Characters, settings, action sequences, you name it, are all here in spades in this first issue and alongside the brilliant color work of Jordie Bellaire, Tooth & Claw features some of the best artwork at Image next to Emma Rios’ work on Pretty Deadly. Jumping from all-encompassing shots of floating cities to their intricate inner workings then to the expressive features of hyper evolved animals then rapidly to full page spreads of explosive chaos, Dewey is eclectic and adept at every facet of the book’s visual storytelling.

 

I am truly excited by this series. With a top tier creative team, endless well of imagination and excitement and one of the best value first issues to be released in years, I think we have a truly masterful fantasy epic to look forward to watching unfold in Tooth & Claw.

 

Rob Neil Gruszecki is a writer, musician and Wednesday warrior

Follow him on Twitter @Ghost_Factory

Listen to his music www.Ghostfactory.bandcamp.com, read his comic series with Shae Frank, www.wildrosecounty.com or follow the Weekly Comics Round-Up Podcast www.Geekstampede.com

 

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Midnight Feature Signing. October 29th

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Wednesday, October 29th Alpha Comics will be hosting a signing for the new anthology comic MIDNIGHT FEATURE. Meet Justin Heggs, Joey Gruszecki, Rob Gruszecki, Carson Long, Nijoel Leman, and Heidi Forsyth between 3pm and 8pm.

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Men of Wrath #1 Review

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Men of Wrath #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

The Rath family’s history in Choctaw County reaches back over 200 years. Legacy that with the murder of a man named Erastus Grievers became stained with blood and violence. Still this land stands as the breeding ground for generation after generation of Rath, each one carrying this dark past through farm lands and backwater homes in the heart of Alabama. Ira Rath now trudges his line further through the mud and mess of his genetically predisposed, monstrous career of contract killing until being introduced to a target that may sully the Rath name even further.

It started with some sheep

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Gotham Academy #1 Review

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Gotham Academy #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

Each year at Gotham Academy first years are assigned a ‘nanny’ to help them acclimate to their new environment on campus and Maps Mizoguchi has been assigned Olive Silverlock as hers. Previously acquainted through a preexisting, possibly in limbo, relationship between Olive and Kyle, Maps’ older brother, the two girls start the school year off with an explorative adventure of the grounds and some of the more mysterious landmarks around them. Instantly endearing, the students of Gotham Academy embark on a tale that is exciting and an absolute joy to read.

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Rasputin Comic Trailer

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New from Alex Grecian and Riley Rossmo comes RASPUTIN! Issue #1 is available October 29th. Check out the trailer below.

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(W) Alex Grecian (A) Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia (CA) Riley Rossmo
DRACULA AT DOWNTON ABBEY!
In one night Rasputin was poisoned, beaten, stabbed, shot in the head, drowned, then tied up and thrown in a frozen river. It was really bad timing. His beard was just coming in nicely.

New York Times bestselling author ALEX GRECIAN and fan favorite artist RILEY ROSSMO reunite for the first time since their critically acclaimed series PROOF!

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Futility #2 signing with Rick Overwater, Cam Hayden, and Nathan Millar September 17th.

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Visit Alpha Comics September 17th between 11am and pm to Rick Overwater, Cam Hayden, and Nathan Millar of Futility! Issue #2 will be here, get your copy signed by the entire creative team!

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What You Need to Know Going Into Avengers & X-Men: Axis (video)

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AXIS is almost here! Marvel has put together a video to catch you up on all the story leading into Axis. Check it out below.

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(W) Rick Remender (A) Adam Kubert (CA) Jim Cheung
ACT I: THE RED SUPREMACY
• The Red Skull has exploited the gifts of the world’s greatest telepath to broadcast pure hatred across the globe. Now, born of the murder of Charles Xavier, World War Hate has begun.
• Tony Stark discovers a secret truth that will upend not only his life, but also the lives of everyone he cares for.
• Can The Avengers and X-Men finally unite? Would their combined strength be enough to hold back the darkness of the Red Onslaught?
• Magneto murdered the wrong man, releasing the greatest evil the Marvel Universe has ever known. Now Rogue and Scarlet Witch are all that stand in its way.
Rated T+

Chip Zdarsky exclusive Axis party variant.

Chip Zdarsky exclusive Axis party variant.

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