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Comic Review: Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries
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Planet of the Apes: Visionaries review

Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries
Hardcover | Kindle
Original screenplay by Rod Serling
Adapted by Dana Gould
Art by Chad Lewis
Inks Assist by David Wilson
Colors by Darrin Moore, Miquel Muerto, Marcelo Costa
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Cover by Paolo Rivera
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Release date: August 28, 2018

Imagine if Planet Of The Apes‘s Ape City had been a New York City-like metropolis and its simian inhabitants much more technologically advanced. That is what Rod Serling had in mind when he penned a screenplay from Pierre Boulle’s novel for the 1968 film for 20th Century Fox. But the studio felt Serling’s adaptation would be too costly to translate to the big screen, so they hired Michael Wilson (who had previously adapted Boulle’s The Bridge over the River Kwai) to rewrite the dialogue and revise the script to give the apes a more primitive society. Now, Serling’s original vision has been brought to life in Planet Of The Apes: Visionaries, a new graphic novel from BOOM! Studios.

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Comic Review: Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Andrew Donkin, and Giovanni Rigano
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Illegal by Eoin Colfer

Illegal
Hardcover | Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
Written by Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin
Art by Giovanni Rigano
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Release Date: August 7, 2018

When you mention the words graphic novel, most people assume you are going to be talking about superheroes or fantasy themes. There are, however, a wide range of genres that are in no way connected to mutants, space creatures, science experiments, and the like. Sometimes, authors use sequential art to reach new fans or tell their stories in a new way. Illegal definitely falls into this latter category, as I will explain below.

Our main character is named Ebo, a 12-year-old boy from a poorer than poor village in Ghana. This is his story of how he attempts to escape the shackles of poverty and make a new life for himself and his family in Europe. The best laid plans do not always work, unfortunately. The tale begins in the middle, but we get to jump back and see the events that started our young protagonist on his path to a new life.

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Comic Spotlight: A Study In Emerald By Neil Gaiman
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A Study in Emerald
Written by Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, Rafael Scavone
Art by Rafael Albuquerque, Dave Stewart
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Todd Klein
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: June 27, 2018
Cover Price: $17.99

Sherlock Holmes and Lovecraftian horrors? Uh, yeah! Let’s do this! What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite possibly everything, to be honest!

A Study in Emerald comes from writers Neil Gaiman, Rafael Albuquerque, and Rafael Scavone, with artwork by Albuquerque and Dave Stewart. Continue reading for more info, a synopsis, and a look at the cover art.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: ‘Spirits: The Soul Collector’ By Colin Lawler and Joseph Grabowski
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Over the past few years, I’ve found that one of the best places to discover independent comic book creators is via the crowdfunding site Kickstarter. For those interested in self-publishing their stories – whether in lieu of or on the road to traditional publishing – Kickstarter is a great avenue to get their books in the eyes of others, and to begin building a solid fanbase.

One such upcoming book, currently raising funds on Kickstarter, is Spirits: The Soul Collector by Colin Lawler and Joseph Grabowski. With 10 days to go, the book is very close to reaching its intended goal of $7,000 (and may have already passed it by the time you read this). From the synopsis of the story and the unique cartoon style of illustration, Spirits looks to be a fun all-ages series that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

Lawler and Grabowski were generous enough to spend some time with Geeks of Doom, discussing Spirits and more. Continue below to check out the interview and watch their Kickstarter video.

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Science Fiction Writer Harlan Ellison Has Died At The Age Of 84
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Harlan Ellison Star Trek City On The Edge of Forever

Legendary writer Harlan Ellison passed away in his sleep on June 27, 2018 at the age of 84. Known as one of the most diverse science fiction writers of his time, Ellison worked in a variety of mediums during his career. Be it short stories, novellas, scripts, or comics, he was able to create some extraordinarily memorable works.

His attitude was probably what made him most famous within the literary world. He even referred to himself as “possibly the most contentious person on Earth.” Nonetheless his achievements were myriad and his fan base immense.

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Comic Review: This Off Beat Town, Issues 1-4
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This Off Beat Town, Issues 1-4
Written and Illustrated by Jake Smith
Dead Gremlin Comix
Release Date: April, 2018
Cover Price: $3.00

What do you get when you place together on the pages of a comic book series a mercenary monkey, flying robots, a mad scientist, and cloning experiments gone wrong? You get This Off Beat Town: an awesomely unique action-packed world full of adventure, danger, and a whole slew of crass characters.

Felix is a mercenary. He’s also a monkey. And he’s made one mad scientist very angry. On the run from a multitude of enemies bent on completing a successful hit on Felix, he must evade their attempts on his life while also deciding whether or not saving the life of hipster chef friend is worth the extra trouble.

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Comic Review: Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1
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Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor #1
Written by Andrew Cartmel
Art by Christopher Jones
Colors by Marko Lesko
Executive Produced by Ben Aaronovitch
COVER A: Alice X. Zhang
COVER B: Photo – Will Brooks
​COVER C: Christopher Jones
COVER D: Simon Myers ​
Titan Comics
Release date: June 6, 2018
Cover price: $5.99

While the Seventh Doctor may have gotten an unfairly bad rap during his time in the TARDIS, the last Doctor of the “Classic” era returns this week in Titan Comics’s 3-issue miniseries, simply titled Doctor Who: The Seventh Doctor.

For those unfamiliar with actor Sylvester McCoy’s history in the role, he came along in the wake of a particularly tumultuous time in the television series as the previous Doctor (Colin Baker) failed to endear himself to audiences and ratings reach an all-time low. Controversy on-and-off the screen led to the series taking an 18-month hiatus before returning for one final season of Colin Baker episodes before McCoy assumed duties as the titular Time Lord.

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Comic Spotlight: Ether: The Copper Golems #1
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Ether: The Copper Golems #1
Written by Matt Kindt
Art by David Rubin
Covers by David Rubin, Paul Pope
Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Apparently, I have missed some amazing comics lately. Ether: The Copper Golems #1 is the first issue of the second series. That’s right, second series. So guess who gets to go shopping for some back issues? That’s right, this guy. But before I do, let me tell you a little about this comic gem.

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Comic Spotlight: Persephone HC
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Persephone HC
Story and Art by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky
Letters by Deron Bennett
Translated by Edward Gavvin
Archaia Entertainment
Release Date: May 16, 2018
Cover Price: $19.99

I have yet to read Persephone but just flipping through it I am struck by the amalgamation of so many different styles blended into one unique, yet disturbing, tale.

This contemporary re-imagining by Loïc Locatelli-Kournwsky has been translated into English from its original French.

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Comic Spotlight: The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords Of Heaven, The Flowers Of Hell
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The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords of Heaven, The Flowers of Hell
Character created by Michael Moorcock
Script and art by Howard V. Chaykin
Titan Comics
Release Date: May 15, 2018
Cover Price: $19.99

Anyone that knows me knows that I have been a fan of The Eternal Champion series/saga/lifestyle for decades. Michael Moorcock created what I consider to be the greatest incarnation of a hero ever. And I know I am not alone as there are adaptations and re-issuings year after year, decade after decade.

So it brings me no end of pleasure to introduce you to The Michael Moorcock Library: Erekose – The Swords Of Heaven, The Flowers Of Hell.

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