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PREVIEW: 'BLACK [AF] DEVIL'S DYE' by Vita Ayala and Liana Kangas

 This latest BLACK [AF] collected mini-series is written by breakout star Vita Ayala ( New Mutants, X-Men: Children Of The Atom, Morbius, Bitch Planet, The Wilds ) and rising star artist Liana Kangas ( She Said Destroy ).   When a new drug called VANTA hits the streets, word is it's the hottest thing since Ecstacy. For regular people, it has all the highs and none of the lows of traditional drugs. There is some fine print, however - for empowered Black folks, the drug causes a total and violent loss of control. The Project sends Indigo to investigate, and it soon becomes apparent that this is more than just a new designer distraction for the masses. Indigo together with former Detective Ellen Waters race to find the source of the substance poisoning their people, before it's too late!   The superhero universe where only Black people have superpowers continues to expand, for the first time with a new creative team building onto the exciting world created by Kwanza Osajyefo, Tim

REVIEW: 'Space Bastards' #1 by Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson, Darick Robertson, and Diego Rodriguez

 Acclaimed artist Darick Robertson (The Boys, HAPPY!) joins writers Eric Peterson and Joe Aubrey as they unleash the galaxy's most vicious and depraved...parcel couriers?

Poor David S. Proton. A meek, unemployed accountant desperate for money, he joins the Intergalactic Postal Service, paired with Manny Corns, a.k.a. "The Manicorn," a sardonic brute who thrives on the competition provided by the IPS. But delivery is mercenary for these intergalactic dispatchers-payment goes solely to whoever fulfills the delivery, making every run a comically violent free-for-all between the most ruthless degenerates in the cosmos. Stand back, Lobo! Make way, Han Solo -- here come the Space Bastards!


SPACE BASTARDS #1

Writers: Joe Aubrey, Eric Peterson

Artists: Darick Robertson, Diego Rodriguez

Letters: Simon Bowland

Publisher: Humanoids Publishing

Release Date: January 13, 2021

Cover Price: $5.99


Score: ★★★★☆ (4/5)

Bored? Out of work? Looking to change careers? Tired of the corporate rat race? Need excitement in your life? Then the Intergalactic Postal Service might be for you. All you have to do is deliver a package to its intended destination without getting killed, maimed, or beaten to a pulp by competing postal workers and you'll be handsomely paid. That's the story behind 'Space Bastards' #1 from writers Joe Aubrey and Eric Peterson. And who better to draw this ultra-violent space scrum but The Boys' Darick Robertson. 

David S. Proton is one such sap who desperately applies for the job and has to shadow veteran carrier Manny Corns, a.k.a. The Manicorn on his first day. Each package earns you credit but the more hands it travels through the more valuable it is. What ensues is a wild and bloody roller coaster ride that's a cross between Looney Tunes, Death Race 2000, and The Postman. This is a gritty, violent, sci-fi action-adventure that is relentless and unapologetic. Robertson's style is so well-suited for this kind of heightened mayhem. There are also some quiet moments involving Proton's despair and inevitable emotional spiral that is well designed and paced. But it's the panel-filling bloody chaos that is Robertson's bread and butter here and it drives the story. 

The story is pretty straight-forward with some expected and not-so-expected twists along the way. The meek Proton is dragged through a gauntlet of rivals while learning the trade and finding his footing. It's really about the journey and what an adrenaline ride it is. For colors, Diego Rodriguez relies on a limited palette full of varying blues, greens, and orange. It creates an atmosphere all it's own that isn't as bleak as Judge Dredd but not as hyper-futuristic, neon-infused as Blade Runner

'Space Bastards' wears its attitude not only in its name but on every blood-soaked page. It's a fun barrage of violence and brutal competition that the creators have laid out and executed with all the subtlety of a chainsaw. Prepare to be transported to a wild futuristic world where package delivery is literally a cutthroat business. Do not miss it. 

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