"Midsommar" Review


Fresh off the success of "Hereditary," Ari Aster has delivered yet another shocking horror masterpiece that will have people talking about it for years. The story focuses on Dani, a young woman who suffers an enormous loss at the very beginning of the film. All the while, she is in an unhappy relationship with Christian. Through a series of awkward events, Dani ends up joining Christian and some other men on a trip to Sweden for the summer holiday of Midsommar.

The film has exquisite cinematography throughout, with bold visuals that enhance the symbolism inspired by fairy tale tropes and dynamic camera shots that make the visual experience more interesting to watch. Ari Aster has developed a truly excellent directorial approach to make full use of the visual side of storytelling that doesn't always have to rely on dialogue to communicate with the audience.

Though the story might be something people are watching in the hopes of experiencing fear and suspense, as is often the case with horror, there is a much more meaningful layer to the story due to the tumultuous relationship between Dani and Christian. In many ways the film is more so about the gaslighting one can experience in a toxic relationship and how empowering and cathartic it can be to move on from that.

Those with a particular sensitivity to gore may have difficulty with seeing the film, but if you are familiar with the labour that goes into practical effects for body horror it is easy to see the more gruesome parts for what they are: movie magic.

UPCOMING COMIC BOOK SERIES COFFIN BOUND RUSHED BACK TO PRINT AHEAD OF THIS WEEK’S RELEASE

The highly anticipated new series Coffin Bound #1by Dan Watters (Sandman Universe: Lucifer) and artist Dani (2000AD, Girl with No Name) with colorist Brad Simpson (JESUSFREAK, MCMLXXV), letterer Aditya Bidikar, and designer Emma Price, is being rushed back to print ahead of this week’s release. 
The upcoming issue is scheduled to hit shelves this Wednesday, August 7 and—due to increasing demand—will ship sold-out at the distributor level. 
Cars! Guns! Entropy! Coffin Bound follows Izzy Tyburn, who is chased by an unstoppable killer and has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. 
Ride shotgun on an unforgettable road trip through blood-splattered, grindhouse action best described as Bitch Planet and Mad Max: Fury Road set in the dark, twisted fantasy world of Sandman.
Coffin Bound #1 second printing (Diamond Code JUN198336) hits stores on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 12. 
Coffin Bound #2 (Diamond Code JUL190117) hits stores on Wednesday, September 11. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 19. 
Select praise for Coffin Bound:
"Wholly original. Fresh concepts and characters pop up on almost every page, courtesy of Watters’ mind and Dani’s art. This is a series to keep your eye on." —Entertainment Weekly  
"It's a gleeful of literary grindhouse comic that brings to mind Milligan's Arthouse Pulp and notes of Pretty Deadly. Out in August. Pre-order now." —Kieron Gillen
"Dani is quite a discovery: the work is very inventive and actually very careful but the line is alive and organic—the ink just spills down and branches into the right places. And the language style Watters launches here is just wonderful—I summon Milch because it's eccentric and neo-antique like his Deadwood speech, rippling with character and drunken with its own pleasure... Coffin Bound is a damned joy." —Warren Ellis
“A beautiful and brutal debut that's as bewildering as it is exciting. Coffin Bound could be the sleeper hit of 2019 that only the cool kids know about.” —Comic Book Resources
“When you crack open the comic that you feel like you’ve entered Neil Gaiman’s iconic fantasy world.” —Bleeding Cool
"A Lynchian crime chase desert noir fever dream with its own messed up internal logic. Fun." —Rob Williams
"An acid drenched road trip, seeping violence and weirdness of the best kind. Definitely one to check out." —Ollie Masters
"Gorgeous and odd and very much its own unique monster. I am jealous at its filthy strangeness." —Ivan Brandon
"A gore-splattered—but poetic—road trip with one of the strangest stripper scenes in comics." —John Harris Dunning
"Dreamlike, mythic, relentless and strange." —Kurt Busiek
"Excellent. Like finding a weird Alex Cox meets Jodorowsky road movie you didn't know existed. Literate, full of ideas & complimented by Dani's Guéra meets Pope-ish art." —Iain Laurie
"Pure Doom. Watters spins a fantastic Kerouac-Ian fever dream with Dani dropping some story chops, solid gesture and moody blacks. It's a great hook that will take you Under. Coffin Bound Rules!" —Andy Belanger 
"Your lessons of life delivered at the end of a muzzle by a choir of grindhouse philosophers laced with the wisdom of dead birds. I can hardly think of another story so fully infused with Dan Watters and Dani aesthetic." —Ram V
"Coffin Bound is a distillate of madness. A slice of apocalyptic dreamtime cut with engine smoke, acid nihilism and dirty juju. This is some top-class necrofuel, my friends, and you need it in your brain-tank pronto." —Si Spurrier
"Coffin Bound is a comic with a strong pulse that bleeds all over your hands while reading. You should give it a read." —Declan Shalvey
"So fun! Dani's art is gorgeous (as always!) and Brad Simpsons' colours are ridiculously nice. I just want moreeee." —Emmeline Pidgen
"Call your local comic shop now. Make sure they get this for you. Trust me." —Matthew Rosenberg
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

KIERON GILLEN & STEPHANIE HANS’ BREAKOUT HIT SERIES DIE RUSHED BACK TO PRINT AHEAD OF NEW STORY ARC LAUNCH

Image Comics has fast-tracked a second printing of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine) and Stephanie Hans’ Die #6 a week ahead of its release.

The upcoming issue is scheduled to hit stores on Wednesday, August 7 and—due to increasing demand—will ship sold-out at the distributor level.

The popularity of the hot new series, Die, has grown at breakneck speed with multiple sell-outs and reprints of every issue.

Die is a pitch-black fantasy where a group of adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. The series is perhaps best described as “Goth Jumanji”—but that only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in this series where fantasy gets all too real.

Die #6, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198682) will be available on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, August 5.

Die is also available for purchase across many digital platforms, including the official Image Comics iOS app, Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.
 
Select praise for Die:

“Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans are a powerful merging of talents. Feels like a well-oiled team that’s been working together for years. Image Comics continues to innovate.” —Rick RemenderDeadly Class, Low, Black Science, Seven to Eternity

“Utterly beautiful.”
The Hollywood Reporter

“So I read Die today and it’s something special: clever, chilling, beautiful, and surprising. IT’S REAL GOOD AND I THINK YOU SHOULD GET IT.” —Ryan NorthThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Dinosaur Comics, How To Invent Everything: A Survival Guide For The Stranded Time Traveler

“Emotional evisceration awaits. I cannot recommend this highly enough” —Marguerite BennettAnimosity, Bombshells

“Seriously, pre-order your copy; it’s so good!”
Women Write About Comics

“I’ve had the pleasure of reading Die from Gillen, Hans & Cowles and it’s everything I love about comics. It’s such a great concept for a series.”
Gerry DugganDeadpool, Analog

“Do you wish that IT had fewer clowns luring in sewers with balloons and more RPG sessions that cause kids to disappear for several years? Then Die by Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans is the comic for you! Also, I got to test-play the RPG the book is built around and it’s SO FUN.”
Jody Houser, Stranger Things, Faith, Doctor Who

Die is a compelling drama, filled with secrets and lies. It has the reliable wit and grace one expects from Gillen along with rich and stunning artwork by Hans, who is without a doubt delivering her best work to date. Gorgeously rendered, perfectly constructed, Die is a fantastic new series that pulls the reader into a new world, in more ways than one.”
Declan ShalveyMoon Knight, Injection, Return Of Wolverine

“Soooooo Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ Die is something ABSURDLY special. Really an incredible book.” —Mags VisaggioEternity Girl, Kim & Kim, Sex Death Revolution
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

SPAWN #300 JEROME OPEÑA COVER REVEALED

PORTLAND, Ore. 07/31/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the breathtaking Jerome Opeña cover—with pencils by Jerome Opeña, inks by Todd McFarlane, colors by Fco Plascencia—for the upcoming milestone SPAWN #300 issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of SPAWN. This is just one of many exciting cover reveals to come on the #Roadto300!
The record-setting SPAWN #300 hits stores on Wednesday, September 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 12. 
  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190014
  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190015
  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO - Diamond Code JUN190016
  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN - Diamond Code JUN190017
  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190018
  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190019
  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL - Diamond Code JUN190020
  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPEÑA - Diamond Code JUN190021
  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER - Diamond Code JUN190022
  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE - JUN190023
Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into historic SPAWN #300 and record-breaking SPAWN #301 when SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world. 
The celebration of SPAWN’s 300th and 301st issues is just beginning. More art and cover reveals will be shared over the coming weeks as the road to comic book history nears its destination. 
SPAWN is currently being adapted for film—a gritty, R-rated reimagining—which will mark Image President, co-founder and SPAWN creator, Todd McFarlane’s film directorial debut. McFarlane, an Emmy/Grammy-winning producer/director is also on board as screenwriter and producer. 
SPAWN sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies at the time it was released and is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages.
The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million. McFarlane went on to direct and produce award-winning and critically acclaimed projects for top movie studios and record labels.
Follow Todd McFarlane on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

"The Dead Don't Die" Review


"The Dead Don't Die" is Jim Jarmusch's latest slice of weird. The story centers around a group of odd characters in a small town dealing with an oncoming zombie apocalypse. In observing the reactions of some movie-goers online, it appears as though some were confused by the film's style and narrative. Not as many are likely used to seeing indie films or anything with an experimental arthouse approach, since these types of projects do not receive as muc in the way of funding or publicity to get them out to the masses.

It is possible that some who saw the trailer for "The Dead Don't Die" and consequently decided to see it were hoping for something that heavily prioritises the zombie action or prefers a more in-your-face style of humour. "The Dead Don't Die" uses a much more deadpan humour with a dry delivery, and plays with breaking the fourth wall. The overall pace of the story is a bit slower than the average summer blockbuster but it is well-suited to the story.

The main leads of the film are Bill Murray and Adam Driver, both of whom play police officers. They work with Chloë Sevigny, who portrays another police officer in the small town called Centerville. The film makes good use of this setting to lean into the weirdness that small towns can offer for developing eccentric characters.

"The Dead Don't Die" is unafraid to lean into its weirdness. Of course humour is subjective but the unpredictable dialogue when watching it for the first time and the fact that it has its own unique voice are strengths in the film's comedy. Adam Driver offers a particularly strong comedic performance, particularly with the manner in which he delivers certain lines that can border on being downright absurd.

Zombies have been reimagined in numerous ways over the course of their use in works of fiction. Whether they're fast, slow, sentient beyond their own base-level need to feed, or not at all in that last regard. Presuming that the only value of zombies in a story is to be scary indicates one of two things: you've either never seen more than one or two zombie properties or you are willfully ignorant about the deeper meaning of these works of fiction.

In the case of "The Dead Don't Die" there is a very clear explanation of what this particular zombie film is addressing thematically which is presented in the first ten or fifteen minutes of the film. The premise of this zombie outbreak is first introduced on the news reports played on various news sources. These reports mention fracking and other things that have been done to the Earth, which have tilted it off its axis and subsequently caused freakish things to happen to the weather. There are scientists which clearly establish problems and the consequences which can come about as a result of them, and then the voice of a government official claims that scientists don't know what they're talking about.

"The Dead Don't Die" uses zombies as a means of addressing the conflict between humankind and the destruction of the planet. These zombies are not unlike other versions with their slow-moving physicality and a ned to feed on human flesh. However, what makes them unique is that they display a lingering interest in something they were inclined towards while they were alive. What these zombies represent is humankind's propensity to fixate on the small, mundane aspects of their lives and maintain their apathy towards the world's destruction. When the protagonists of the film are fighting zombies, it's symbolic of fighting against this apathy that many people today display towards serious threats to the planet all the lives on it. These threats can include climate change, pollution, or even the up-spike in hate rhetoric if you were to be more abstract in your interpretation of this theme. It's a truly unique gem, and worth a watch if you're open to the experience.

Watch the full "The Dead Don't Die" video review here:

EVERY ISSUE OF HIT FANTASY SERIES EXCELLENCE RUSHED BACK TO PRINT

Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce that every issue so far of the all-new fantasy action series Excellence by Khary Randolph (We Are Robin, Black, Tech Jacket) and Brandon Thomas (Horizon, The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury, Noble) with colors by Emilio Lopez and letters by Deron Bennett will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with its growing demand. Issues #1-3 will be available this August.

Excellence introduces Spencer Dales, a young man born into a world of magic. His father belongs to a secret society of magicians ordered by their unseen masters to selflessly better the lives of others—those with greater potential.

Now Spencer must follow in his father’s footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone with the wand and the will to change it. But in this fight for a better future, who will stand beside him?

Excellence #1, third printing (Diamond Code JUN198683), Excellence #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198684), Excellence #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUN198685) hit comic shops on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 5. 
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.

SPAWN #300 CAPULLO & MCFARLANE COVERS & CAPULLO COVERS REVEALED

TOP LEFT: SPAWN #300 Cover E by Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane (JUN190018)
TOP RIGHT: SPAWN #300 Cover F (B&W) by Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane (JUN190019)
BOTTOM LEFT: SPAWN #300 Cover C by Capullo (JUN190016)
BOTTOM RIGHT: SPAWN #300 Cover D (Virgin) by Capullo (JUN190017)
PORTLAND, Ore. 07/30/2019 — Image Comics is pleased to reveal the highly-anticipated Greg Capullo & Todd McFarlane covers and the Greg Capullo covers for the upcoming milestone SPAWN #300 issue by Todd McFarlane, President at Image Comics and creator of SPAWN. These covers are just four of many exciting cover reveals to come on the #Roadto300!
The record-setting SPAWN #300 hits stores on Wednesday, August 28. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 5. 
  • SPAWN #300 CVR A MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190014
  • SPAWN #300 CVR B B&W MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190015
  • SPAWN #300 CVR C CAPULLO - Diamond Code JUN190016
  • SPAWN #300 CVR D CAPULLO VIRGIN - Diamond Code JUN190017
  • SPAWN #300 CVR E CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190018
  • SPAWN #300 CVR F B&W CAPULLO & MCFARLANE - Diamond Code JUN190019
  • SPAWN #300 CVR G CAMPBELL - Diamond Code JUN190020
  • SPAWN #300 CVR H OPENA - Diamond Code JUN190021
  • SPAWN #300 CVR I ALEXANDER - Diamond Code JUN190022
  • SPAWN #300 CVR J PARODY VAR MCFARLANE - JUN190023
Momentum and frenzied buzz surrounding the classic antihero series continues to build leading into historic SPAWN #300 and record-breaking SPAWN #301 when SPAWN becomes the longest running creator-owned comic in the world. 
The celebration of SPAWN’s 300th and 301st issues is just beginning. More art and cover reveals will be shared over the coming weeks as the road to comic book history nears its destination. 
SPAWN is currently being adapted for film—a gritty, R-rated reimagining—which will mark Image President, co-founder and SPAWN creator, Todd McFarlane’s film directorial debut. McFarlane, an Emmy/Grammy-winning producer/director is also on board as screenwriter and producer. 
SPAWN sold an unprecedented 1.7 million copies at the time it was released and is one of the world’s best-selling and longest-running monthly comic books, with hundreds of millions sold worldwide in more than 120 countries, and 15 different languages.
The comic became an Emmy Award-winning animated series on HBO and a New Line Cinema feature film that grossed more than $100 million. McFarlane went on to direct and produce award-winning and critically acclaimed projects for top movie studios and record labels.
Follow Todd McFarlane on Instagram | Twitter | Facebook
ABOUT IMAGE COMICS
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of bestselling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has six individuals on the Board of Directors: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Jim Valentino, and Eric Stephenson. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline Comics, Skybound Entertainment, and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit
 www.imagecomics.com.
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