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logo - oni pressONI PRESS Releases: Wednesday 13th April 2016

Each week, we take a look at the forthcoming ONI PRESS titles available in stores, and on digital, giving you a comprehensive guide to your weekly comics pull list.

Busy week for ONI Press, this week – three monthly book and a trade. Every single one of them aiming for the big leagues:

  • Top of the pile, top of the wish list. Christopher Sebela, Robert Wilson IV and Nick Filardi‘s HEARTTHROB is a highly anticipated title… and rightly so, it’s incredible. Incredibly dense, wonderfully structured and stunningly visceral – in every sense of the word – HEARTTHROB #1 is something that takes you completely by surprise. Part emotional drama, part crime noir, part supernatural thriller, this book has the vibe of being a passenger in a car, speeding its way off a cliff. It’s going to be fun watching the creators try to park it when it lands.
  • ANOTHER CASTLE #2 is, on the other hand, very frustrating. I’ve made a couple of comments on social media that its basic premise bares a strong resemblance to Jeremy Whitley‘s PRINCELESS and needed to really make headway to become its own book with this second issue. It does its best, and certainly aims for a more mature audience than Whitely’s work, but in doing so seems to be cramming so much in, it feels like the first issue was a proof-of-concept and this chapter is barrelling to quickly to close the whole thing down already – I desperately hope I’m wrong but this reads like the second issue of a three issue arc. There’s not the sense of longevity here, almost like the creative team is bored already. C’mon, guys. The world needs more youth-centric, female-led stories. Here’s hoping that there’s still some distance and juice in this puppy.
  • Charles Soule, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to be running out of any ideas or creative juices any time soon, he just keeps piling them on with this stunning sci-fi extravaganza. Admittedly, if you’re unfamiliar with LETTER 44‘s story so far and you come across the book randomly on the shelf, you are pretty much buggered but only in the same way that you’d be stymied reading three books into Arthur C. Clarke‘s 2001 novels (a series whose DNA runs through this comic, bone-deep). There’s also a strong ÆON FLUX vibe in the rendering by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque; I have no problem with that, I was a fan, back in the day. And it’s something keeps things unpredictable – this is a book which, if you can guess what’s on tits horizon, you’re most likely a witch and we may have to burn you.
  • And last but certainly not least comes the trade of an amazing series which had Marc Guggenheim and Justin Greenwood presented themselves with a whole host of cheeky conceits and ran with them, in the pages of STRINGERS. It’s an adrenalin burst of a book which, in this collected form, can leave you breathless and proved what you can achieve with the comics art form, how fun and suspenseful, how epic and, ironically, three-dimensional they can be. This is what happens when you give a guy, full of imagination and constrained by a television show budget can do with the shackles off and the limits set free. And there’s not a superhero costume to be seen, which makes a change. Get this, now.

So, what are you waiting for? When you next head into your LCBS, tell the delightfully helpful counter assistant to grab these ONI Press titles and throw them into your bag for the week. You won’t regret it..

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image - Oni Press (Heartthrob #1, cover Robert Wilson IV & Nick Filardi)HEARTTHROB #1

Writer: Christopher Sebela

Artists: Robert Wilson IV (art) and Nick Filardi (colours)

Cover Art: Robert Wilson IV and Nick Filardi

Variant Covers: Jamie McKelvie (variant cover) and Robert Wilson IV (‘Fried Pie Comics’ variant cover)

“A new series about bank heists and thieving hearts from writer Christopher Sebela (WELCOME BACK), artist Robert Wilson IV (BITCH PLANET), and colorist Nick Filardi (POWERS).

Callie Boudreau hasn’t been herself lately. After a lifetime sidelined by illness, she’s rescued by a miracle cure in the form of heart transplant surgery, but the life she returns to doesn’t fit her anymore. Besides the morally questionable job, the crappy boyfriend and the crippling hospital bills, Callie finds herself developing new tastes, unfamiliar urges and a mouth like a sailor. As she balances what she has to do with what she wants to do, a mystery man shows up to teach her that instead of waiting for her new life, she should go out and steal it.

Release Date: 13th April 2015 / Full Colour / Crime / 15+

Why it’s neat:

  • A new crime series that’s one part FIGHT CLUB, one part BONNIE & CLYDE, and one part TRUE ROMANCE.
  • This heist romance comic is a perfect series for fans of Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky‘s SEX CRIMINALS or Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie‘s THE WICKED + THE DIVINE.
  • A crime epic starring thieving lovers, HEARTTHROB mixes bullets, bank jobs, and David Bowie in equal measure.
  • Fans of Robert Wilson IV‘s Penny Rolle issue of Kelly Sue DeConnick‘s BITCH PLANET will love heroine Callie Boudreau. She’s sick and tired of being sick and tired, and transforms into a Molotov Cocktail of piss and vinegar after learning how to take scores.

What the creators have to say:

  • Writer Christopher Sebela says,“I think if people are just looking for a crime book, this will totally scratch that itch, if people just want a romance book, same deal, and the weird mutants like us who want both, they’re going to be super happy.”
  • Artist Robert Wilson IV says, “HEARTTHROB is like FIGHT CLUB if Jack was Jill, and she made out with Tyler Durden a lot.”
  • Colorist Nick Filardi says, “I’m going to try to give the readers who appreciate color hints and rewards as much as possible.”

What people are saying:

  • HEARTTHROB is a crime romance with a lot of heart. See what I did there? No, seriously: it’s great. And from two of today’s top talents, you should expect no less.” Kelly Sue DeConnick (Bitch Planet, Pretty Deadly)
  • “Crime, romance and open heart surgery. Highly (cardiac) arresting.” Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Star Wars: Darth Vader)
  • HEARTTHROB takes you to the 70s and someplace completely new at the same time. Really dig this book!” Michael Allred (iZombie, Madman)
  • HEARTTHROB is the deeply twisted, 100%-****** up, black-hearted, funny-as-hell, and strong as a mother****** love story that comics deserves. No one loves you like this, weirdo. DIG IT.” Matt Fraction (Sex Criminals)
  • HEARTTHROB is like a person you shouldn’t fall in love with—it might seem wrong but it feels so right.” Sam Humphries (Citizen Jack, Star-Lord)
  • HEARTTHROB is an irresistible crime story filled with madness, makeouts and a protagonist you can’t help falling for… even when you should absolutely know better. Sebela and Wilson are a dream team. The ’70s visuals and references are the perfect backdrop for a retro crime drama, but the story is timeless—that love can and will rip your heart out.” Kate Leth (Fresh Romance, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat)
  • “I like when creators take a high concept higher and pull more out of the premise than readers expect. Sebela and Wilson go their own way, and I want to see where they take Callie Boudreau.” Jeff Parker (Meteor Men, Batman ’66)
  • HEARTTHROB tells a terrific story that is both moving and creepy: a refreshingly difficult protagonist whose situation is literally heart-wrenching, paired with the half-man-half-metaphor who—twice—offers her a chance for a new life. The setup for adventure is intriguing, and I can’t wait to see how the leads’ relationship unfolds!” Jen Van Meter (Hopeless Savages, Prima)
  • HEARTTHROB is unlike anything else right now. The set up is just as brilliant as the execution.” Ryan Ferrier (D4VE, Kennel Block Blues)
  • HEARTTHROB marks the next enthralling, truly original crime series from writer Christopher Sebela and this time he’s teamed up with one of my favorite artists working today, Robert Wilson IV, and the killer color skills of Nick Filardi. I can’t get enough.” Joe Keatinge (Shutter, Ringside)
  • HEARTTHROB is yet another terrific example of why Christopher Sebela is such a powerful and exciting voice in comics. Wilson, Filardi, and Sebela deliver a ferocious issue one, with the promise of even better to come.” Greg Rucka (Queen & Country, Lazarus)
  • HEARTTHROB is a wickedly satisfying tale of anger, frustration and love. Gorgeously produced, from first beat to last.” Declan Shalvey (Injection, Moon Knight: From the Dead)
  • HEARTTHROB is everything indie comics should be. It’s beautiful, unique, has a ton of humanity, and is the perfect amount of ****** up.” Matt Rosenberg (We Can Never Go Home)
  • “I regret, every day, that Chris Sebela was not born early enough to write episodes of QUINCY M.E. This is the next best thing. Heartthrob is smartly written, wryly drawn, and pitch-perfectly told. I’m hooked.” Chelsea Cain, New York Times-bestselling author of the Archie & Gretchen series
  • HHEARTTHROB is a strange, funny comic, one that forges a deep connection between the characters and readers—and it’s clearly is a personal work for Sebela in particular.” ComicsAlliance
  • 5/5 REVIEW: Heartthrob #1 thoroughly sets up its world, which is equal parts the beginning of Wanted, mixed with the damaged and careless character of Jessica Jones. […] Wilson IV art shows as much character as the writing does. He brings the same amount of intensity he had on Bitch Planet #3. Comics Bastards
  • 9/10 REVIEW: “The clear cut story and gorgeous, clean art make this an easy read that transplants itself into your head, telling you to read it just once more.” Comicosity
  • “There’s an influence of Love and Rockets, and even some Underground Comix in these pages, and it serves the story very very well, enhanced by Nick Filardi’s moody colors.” The Pullbox

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image - Oni Press (Another Castle #2, cover Paulina Ganucheau)ANOTHER CASTLE #2

Writer: Andrew Wheeler

Artist: Paulina Ganuchaeau

Cover Art: Paulina Ganuchaeau

“Pete, while steadfast and good-hearted, is not the best at defeating monsters. He does, however, have the only sword that can kill Badlug and free Grimoire from tyranny.

Misty and Gorga need to clear the way for Pete; thankfully, they meet Zurrd, a witch with (somewhat) impressive powers and the key to Pete’s deliverance. Unfortunately, it’s in the Dark Treasury, which is nigh impossible to break into. Nigh impossible is still technically possible, though!

Release Date: 13th April 2015 / Full Colour / Fantasy / 8+

Why it’s neat:

  • The gorgeous retailer incentive alternate cover illustrated by Kevin Wada shows off the hunkalicious Prince Babe—I mean Pete, PRINCE PETE.
  • Princess Misty takes her fate in her own hands and forms a plan of escape!
  • You asked for it, and you got it—more of the fan favorite characters, the beloved Fogmoth and Gorga!
  • Badass old lady witches, tough as dragon scales lady ogres, AWESOME LADIES BEING AWESOME!

What the creators are saying:

  • Writer Andrew Wheeler says, “Issue #2 features a bank heist, so there’s probably more to this story than you’re expecting! Also, we have a rat-headed minotaur. He’s called the verminotaur.”
  • Artist Paulina Ganucheau says, “There’s also a bar scene full of lady ogres. If that’s not a draw I don’t know what is.”

What people are saying:

  • 5/5 REVIEW: Jake Lionheart raps a recap and review of ANOTHER CASTLE #1

  • 5/5 REVIEW: “It is a good comic, plain and simple. And you should be reading it and every issue to follow until the inevitable ever-loving ever after.” Kabooooom
  • 9/10 REVIEW: “[…] refreshingly progressive, refreshingly kid-friendly, and most importantly, refreshingly fun. Buy this for a prince or princess in your life—just be sure to treat yourself to it first.” AIPT!
  • 9/10 REVIEW: “[…] [Another Castle] has just as much in common with books like Princeless and shows like Adventure Time as it does withThe Legend of Zelda. […] the story fits well along the line of women-centric fantasy comic books like PrincelessPrincess Ugg and Rat Queens while still being its own thing. Wheeler and Ganucheau have created a bright and fun universe that is easy to get lost in and makes you root for your heroes right off the bat. No apologies here, the princess you seek is in Another Castle.” Graphic Policy
  • “Hire Paulina Ganucheau for all of the books. Her charming style and rich color work make Another Castle #1 worth picking up almost for the art alone. […] Wheeler’s writing is solid, bolstered by Ganucheau’s beautiful artwork and character designs.” Newsarama, “Best Shots: Advanced Reviews”
  • “[…] smart, funny, and subversive […] The stylish and colorful art already makes it stand out from a bulk of what’s on the shelf, and the story is equally refreshing. […] Princess Misty of Beldora is no typical damsel, as she actually has to keep up appearances that she’s a helpless prisoner as she secretly plots to undermine the evil villain. It’s a story that could not come at a more relevant time in geekdom.” IGN, “Top Comics to Buy This Week”
  • “If you’re looking for a book that’s fun and light-hearted, but with some significant depth to its characters, you really might want to give Another Castle #1 a try.” ComicBook.com
  • [Another Castle] is not your usual prince-hating Disney princess tale. […] The art is beautiful and full of rich primary colors and deep pastels.” 13th Dimension, “Reviews! 4 Comics We Dig This Week”
  • “Verdict? Buy it, of course! Are you enjoying comics like BatgirlPatsy Walker or Zodiac Starforce? You will definitely be hooked […] Looking for a comic that portrays a strong heroine who is both girly and tough with fantastic art? Another Castle is perfect for you!” Talking Comic Books
  • “Misty is not portrayed as a one-dimensional, helpless little girl, but an intelligent and strong-willed woman determined to save her kingdom. What’s incredibly refreshing, however, is that Misty bears all these characteristics whilst rocking a ball gown! Time and time again, women are portrayed as either ‘weak but glamorous’, or ‘strong but entirely unfamiliar with the concept of make-up’. One of the book’s key strengths is recognising that women can be both […]” Big Comic Page
  • “The book’s look is a dream. A clean, colorful, better-than-Nintendo retro aesthetic takes the girly and makes it androgyne. Not with pixels, but with a rainbow Zelda sticker book. Another Castle is heavy channeling the cereal box simplicity of Saturday morning cartoons from the 80s—and I want an action figure of Gorga, the blue-skinned, Medusean handmaiden with the golden (and scone eating!) corn snake hair so badly.” Doom Rocket

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ANOTHER CASTLE #2: variant cover art, Kevin Wawa

ANOTHER CASTLE #2: variant cover art, Kevin Wawa

image - Oni Press (Letter 44 #24, cover Dan Jackson)LETTER 44 #24

Writer: Charles Soule

Artist: Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque

Colours: Dan Jackson

Cover Art: Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque

“Charlotte has taken matters into her own hands in order to get baby Astra back from the Builders, and it just might cost her life. Major Drum continues his confession, shedding some light on the early days of the Clarke mission, while ex-President Carroll calls an old friend for some dirty business.

Release Date: 13th April 2015 / Full Colour / Sci-Fi / 15+

Why it’s neat:

  • Written by the UNSTOPPABLE Charles Soule (Daredevil, Star Wars: Poe Dameron, Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin, Uncanny Inhumans) and illustrated by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque (Mystery Girl).
  • Charlotte is in hot water—find out if her mission to save Astra is successful!
  • Also, the return of everyone’s favorite dirty business-for-hire man.

What people are saying:

 

  • “There are many reasons this series is among those I consider among the best being published today. Chiefly though it’s simply the way that Charles is telling it, well that right after its concept alone. […] Alberto and Dan’s interiors continue to make this series thrive. The amount of emotion in the characters faces and the way they act/behave, see stance and gestures, really help pull the reader into the story. Oni Press has one the most interesting, intriguing and downright plausibly entertaining book on stands today.” Reading with a Flight Ring

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TRADE PAPERBACKS

Simage - Oni Press (Stringers TPB, cover Justin Greenwood & Ryan Hill)TRINGERS (TPB)

Writer: Marc Guggenheim

Artists: Justin Greenwood and Ryan Hill

Cover Art: Justin Greenwood and Ryan Hill

“Paul and Nick are the guys who shoot the news. Filming car chases, fires, and shootouts in their busted-up rig, they put their (uninsured, unsalaried) lives on the line every night so that the good citizens of Los Angeles can get their daily update. But when a firefight between the LAPD and the MS-13 goes wrong, Paul and Nick find themselves on the run.

From writer Marc Guggenheim (co-showrunner of CW’s ARROW, executive producer of DC’s LEGENDS OF TOMORROW) and artist Justin Greenwood (STUMPTOWN, THE FUSE) comes an action-packed new miniseries about crime, corruption, and the perfect shot.

Release Date: 13th April 2015 / Full Colour / Action/Adventure / 15+

Why it’s neat:

  • A fast-paced adrenaline rush that feels like an action movie.
  • Like CRANK and DIE HARD, this story takes place in one day!
  • Hilarious banter and creative onomatopoeia sounds effects mixed with heart-stopping action!
  • THEY ALMOST GET RUN OVER BY A PLANE.

What people are saying:

  • Stringers is fast, mean and dirty. One of the leads gets punched in the face about a hundred times, among other highlights. Great stuff from a fantastic team!” Charles Soule (Letter 44, Star Wars: Poe Dameron)
  • Stringers is a short, sharp, shock of patented Guggenheim adrenaline, delivered with ferocity via Justin Greenwood’s explosive pencils and Ryan Hill’s rampant colors. Electric, gleeful, and out and out fun—and that’s a hell of a great combination!” Greg Rucka (Queen & Country, Lazarus)
  • “This thing screeches off with a lead foot, doesn’t let up, and then just when think you can see the road ahead, Marc and Justin pull one bootlegger after another until you need a chase chopper to see the big picture. Stringers is one hell of a ride.” Antony Johnston (The Coldest City, Wasteland)
  • “Brilliant comics from brilliant minds. Stringers is what comics should be. Totally awesome.” Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Bunker, The Life After)
  • Stringers is a top notch concept with crystal clear, dynamic storytelling.” Riley Rossmo (Rasputin, Constantine: The Hellblazer)
  • “[…] an entertaining action alternative for fans uninterested in science fiction and superheroes.” Paste Magazine
  • “The book is a great example of what can be done with comics outside of the traditional tights and powers tropes; not that there’s anything wrong with a good old fashioned superhero comic, it’s just nice to see something a little different every now and again.” Comic Crusaders
  • “In Stringers, Guggenheim and Greenwood give readers a rare chance to stand behind the camera, all the while poking fun at our insatiable hunger for the very latest in news, current events, and gossip. Never taking themselves or their material too seriously, they nonetheless craft a smart, funny action-comedy romp that wouldn’t be out of place on the big screen.” Broken Frontier
  • “The story balances action with humor without forcing it or overdoing it, and it makes for a really fun read.” Comic Bastards

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