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Graveyard Wars: ABLAZE teams up with AJ Lieberman

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Imagine that people among us, all of whom have had a near-death experience, now have an ability called a Soul-Skill. This allows them to access the skill sets of the dead. Fighter. Surgeon. Sniper. Anything. Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars.

ABLAZE  has announced that it will publish Graveyard Wars as a series of original graphic novels, with the first graphic novel set for publication this September. Graveyard Wars is written and created by AJ Lieberman, illustrated and colored by Andrew Sebastian Kwan, and lettered (with color design) by Darren Rawlings.

Welcome to the world of Graveyard Wars. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Graveyard Wars is my first new book in a few years and my only goal was to be sure from a story and art standpoint it surpassed the others. And I think we did it. It’s a fun, action story that doesn’t fully reveal itself until the very last page. My only other hope? That it would attract the attention of a director/producer like Chad Stahelski so I can hear all the batshit stuff that goes on during the [John] Wick movies,” Leiberman said in a press statement.

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Jupiter’s Legacy trade paperbacks sent back to print

Jupiter’s Legacy, one of the most critically-acclaimed superhero series of the past decade, will have its trade paperbacks sent back to print this September.
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Jupiter’s Legacy, one of the most critically-acclaimed superhero series of the past decade, will have its trade paperbacks sent back to print this September.  Image Comics said this will give readers a chance to catch up before the Netflix Originals TV adaptation streams later this year.

Written by Mark Millar (Kingsman: The Secret Service, Kick-Ass), Jupiter’s Legacy is set in mid-century America. It follows the world’s greatest superheroes as they face epic threats in public while battling private scandals behind closed doors.

The trade paperback collection will have four volumes, featuring cover art by the multiple Eisner Award-winning Frank Quitely.

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TRESE comes to readers worldwide via ABLAZE

Portland-based ABLAZE has announced that it will bring the critically-acclaimed Filipino comic book series TRESE by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo to English readers worldwide. Image credit: ABLAZE
Image credit: ABLAZE

Philippine mythology will now reach an even bigger audience. Portland-based ABLAZE has announced that it will bring the critically-acclaimed Filipino comic book series TRESE by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo to readers worldwide. TRESE is a three-time winner of the Philippine National Book Award for Best Graphic Literature of the Year. It won in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

ABLAZE will release the series of graphic novels, starting with TRESE Vol 1: Murder on Balete Drive this September. When the sun sets in the city of Manila, don’t you dare make a wrong turn and end up in that dimly-lit side of the metro, where blood-sucking aswang run the most-wanted kidnapping rings, where gigantic kapre are the kingpins of crime, and magical engkantos slip through the cracks and steal your most precious possessions. When crime takes a turn for the weird, the police call Alexandra Trese.

In a press statement, writer Tan talked about how TRESE started.

“When we started TRESE back in 2005, we did it for fun, because we wanted to tell stories about Philippine myth and folklore through the lens of a detective story. We photocopied 30 copies and sold it for less than a dollar. Most of copies ended up with friends. Thankfully, more people wanted to read our stories. So, we are extremely excited to have partnered up with ABLAZE and now have a chance to share with the world the wonders and mysteries of Philippine mythology to a new set of readers,” Tan said.

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Brubaker and Phillips back with ‘Pulp’ and ‘Cruel Summer’

"Pulp" is a graphic novel by Brubaker and Phillips. Image credit: Image Comics
Image credit: Image Comics

When it comes to creative teams in comics, one of the best is the multiple Eisner Award-winning duo of Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Now Brubaker and Phillips are back with two graphic novel hardcovers from Image Comics. Pulp will be available in July, while Cruel Summer will come out in August.

Brubaker and Phillips are behind such hits as My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies and Bad Weekend.

The original graphic novel Pulp, however, is unlike anything they have ever done. A tale of ’30s-era crime, Pulp is a celebration of pulp fiction, set in a world on the brink.

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Netflix, I am definitely okay with ‘I Am Not Okay With This’

Netflix show "I Am Not Okay With This'

Netflix has another hit with “I Am Not Okay With This“, which I binge-watched yesterday. It helps that it only has seven episodes, all of which are just 28 minutes or less. But mainly because this series is really good.

It’s been described as a John Hughes superhero movie. Like “Pretty in Pink” meets the X-Men. Or “Carrie” meets “Stranger Things” (and yeah, it comes from the producers of “Stranger Things). Or “Stranger Things” meets “Sex Education”.

So, yeah, this Netflix adaptation of Charles Forsman’s graphic novel of the same name is being compared to a lot of things. And it does wear its influences on its sleeve, and pays homage to a number of films. But the series still manages to become the kickass coming-of-age comedy-drama that we never knew we needed.