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Bobby Fulton & The Fantastics

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 17:18

Bobby Fulton & The Fantastics, launching on Kickstarter May 13!

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Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:46

PORTLAND, OR, 05/01/2018 — Writer/artist Dan Panosian (Daredevil: Back in Black, Conan/Red Sonja) will release a trade paperback collection of the first six issues of his gritty crime series SLOTS this June from Image/Skybound.

You can say this about the life of Stanley Dance: he did it his way. Unfortunately, his way never took getting old into account. Now, the former boxer is on his last legs, looking for redemption…but he’ll settle for going down swinging.

Roll the dice with superstar artist DAN PANOSIAN as he creates a bold and breathtaking vision of Las Vegas, where everything old can become new, and superstition influences how the chips fall.

SLOTS, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0655-4, Diamond code: APR180557) hits comic book shops Wednesday, June 13th and bookstores Tuesday, June 19th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 7th and it can be preordered via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.

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“Hex Vet” Is Just What The (Supernatural) Doctor Ordered!

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 16:30

Discover The Magic Behind The Medicine a BOOM! Studios in December 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 1, 2018) – BOOM! Studios is proud to announce HEX VET, an all-new hardcover original graphic novel from cartoonist Sam Davies (Stutterhug). In a world where magic is a part of daily life, Nan and Clarion are determined to be the best veterinarian witches of all time. Between life, animals, and magic, these two witches will soon realize that they have a lot to learn—and not just about how to help a ghost cat have kittens. This story will take Nan and Clarion on fun adventures where they will get to learn more about each other, their strengths as veterinarians, and their equal passion for magical animals. Hopefully they’ll be up to the challenge of running a clinic, saving lives, and staying on their boss’ good side!

HEX VET is centered around a magical veterinary practice which means I get to draw as many strange animals I can think of AND include a lot of witchy nonsense,” said Sam Davies. “I’m in heaven. Unusual pets are a running theme in my webcomics work, so it’s exciting to expand that into a full story with characters who are totally unprepared to deal with all the creature troubles I’m going to throw at them.”

HEX VET is the latest release from BOOM! Studios’ critically acclaimed KaBOOM! imprint, publisher of world-class licensed series such as Adventure Time, Steven Universe, Over the Garden Wall, Peanuts, and Rugrats along with original series like Ruinworld by Derek Laufman, Brave Chef Brianna by Sam Sykes and Selina Espiritu and The Deep by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer.

HEX VET is the perfect comic for anyone who’s wondered where witches take their cats when they snag a tooth or who takes care of a magical girl’s familiar,” said Whitney Leopard, Editor, BOOM! Studios. “Sam brings an incredible amount of heart, compassion and thrills to the story of what it means to truly care for the life surrounding us, especially when there’s magical surprises around every corner!”

Print copies of HEX VET will be available for sale in December 2018 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one), bookstores or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and the BOOM! Studios app.

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WAYNE’S WORLDS: : Make Mine Multi-Media Marvel!

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:30

While Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is playing in the theaters, I’ve been reading with interest three recent articles about Marvel taking their characters into other forms of media.

These included Marvel expanding its digital comics service, Marvel releasing an audio drama focused on Wolverine, and the House of Ideas creating an animation franchise focusing on “the next generation of Marvel heroes, such as Spider-Gwen and Squirrel Girl.

Never let it be said that Marvel will ever rest on its laurels!


I’ve noticed people reviving the discussion as to whether Marvel will cease production of printed comics rise during the same time period. Let me once again say, that’s not going to happen. Comics will continue to be the underpinning of the Marvel Universe for years to come, in my opinion.

But this does raise an interesting question: Could Marvel go strictly digital?

This has potential because the cost of printing continues to rise. If you sell a digital version of the same comic at $3.99, you’ve brought in a goodly amount more money, especially if it’s through your own digital service. (Comixology and other services take about half the income of each issue sold, by the way, so they cut into the profits.)

Again, I don’t think this is likely because Marvel continues to dominate local comics shops. If the House of Ideas pulled out, it would mean the end of most of the stores that specialize in comics and likely huge changes to those that survive. I think the negative reaction would bite into any digital sales – at least, for now.

However, again Marvel is taking on a big-name company – the aforementioned Comixology, mostly – this time with their digital comics service. It’s reminiscent of how, rather than appear in the Diamond Previews catalog, Marvel has made their own monthly previews publication. On some levels, it makes sense to try and keep their fans away from other comics, but I have yet to come across a fan who gets the Marvel Previews and does NOT also pick up the Diamond Previews. In fact, nearly every store simply inserts the Marvel publication in the Diamond one and sell them together at one price. Still, they must feel they’re having some success, though, because they continue to produce it each month.


I’ve mentioned previously that there are fans of comics who want their heroes to stay in the comics. They won’t watch shows with them or buy anything else that have them. I think that’s a small group, though.

It’s just like the fans of Star Trek and other shows who will NOT buy comics featuring the franchises they love. Some call it a “purity” thing, that this is how they enjoy things, and they’re not going to change that because they wouldn’t be as high quality. In the end, it’s their choice.

I come down on the other side. If I enjoy a franchise or a character, I’ll explore other forms of storytelling.

Granted, they don’t always work.

A friend of mine and I were driving to a far-away convention, so we took along a Spider-Man audio series to bide the time. We started listening to it, but we were more and more chagrined when the story of the Web Crawler was changed in many ways. His origin seemed revamped, his powers were different, and how he functioned seemed far away from the basic hero we’d known for years.

When his Spider-Sense could detect villains city blocks away, we stopped. That wasn’t Spider-Man. It was some psychic guy who occasionally had spider-like powers.

So color me intrigued when this Wolverine audio drama comes out. To me, Wolverine is a visual character in that fans want to see him hack and slash his way through the bad guys. They’re going to have to make those sound effects very convincing in order to keep the attention to those listening.

An animated series of shorts and a film also fascinates me. It almost sounds like DC Super Hero Girls, which I first came across in a series of shorts online. Now you can catch them all together in episodes of films on Boomerang on cable, but I nearly gave up on the franchise when I had to find the correct sequence of shorts. Then, you had to wait for more episodes to come out, and I just didn’t have the time to keep up with it all.

Still, it’s proven to be quite the big hit, and I’m sure Marvel has taken notice. Add to that the fact that DC has been very successful in direct-to-disc movies, something else I’m sure Marvel hasn’t missed.

I do expect some of the bigger names to pop up now and again in these stories. After all, Spider-Man is still way more popular than Spider-Gwen, and just knowing he’s going to show up at all will attract fans of the Web Crawler who may not be as enamored of SG. We’ll see.


On some levels, the acquisition of Marvel by Disney was a perfect marriage.

Disney is one of those companies that seriously goes after anyone who uses their characters without their consent – meaning, they do not pay for the privilege.

I remember a child care center who had Disney heroes painted on their walls to please their clients. When the House of Mouse learned about it, they sued them because they were not paying Disney for the rights to use their characters. The place had to paint over those images in order to avoid a huge fine.

To me, it’s no secret that Marvel is similar in that they have also gone after folks who have formulated characters who are just too close to theirs – especially if they become popular.

Also, Marvel certainly wouldn’t mind eliminating the competition in the comics industry. Several times, they’ve tried to flood the market with so many books that fans of the House of Ideas simply wouldn’t be able to even think about buying something other than their products.

To date, that hasn’t worked, thankfully.

Does this mean I won’t be interested in these various expansions in other forms of media featuring Marvel folks? No, I’m intrigued. It’ll depend on how these things turn out as to whether I’ll invest in them or not. Does this mean the sales of Marvel comics will decline as a result? Ultimately, I don’t think so. Often these kinds of storytelling end up directing folks back to comics instead of away from them. At least, that’s what I hope happens, anyway.

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RICH REVIEWS: Time Songs # 1

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:30

Title: Time Songs # 1
Publisher: Galaxa Freaks
Writer/Artist/Cover: Andrew Pawley
Price: free
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
Comments: Lots of beautiful colors and the art is weird and cute in its style. Captain Yeah is the hero of this comic. He is one freaky looking dude. Someone is stealing galaxies and Captain Yeah has to find out who.
This universe is filled with lots of weird and freaky characters.
It is hard to understand exactly what is going on and who these characters are.  All the traveling around but each place looks a lot like the last. More individuality in the settings and the characters is needed so each stands out on its own.
Dark Despair makes a cute evil looking dude with a demonic look to him.
The backup story has three monsters coming to Earth to cause destruction. These monsters find Earth not exactly what they expected. Poor monsters.
The colors are all beautifully done throughout this comic and they will grab your attention.

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RICH REVIEWS: Fun Adventure Comics # 6

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:22

Title: Fun Adventure Comics # 6
Publisher: Will Lill Comics
Writers: Ron Fortier, Troy Vevasis, Lloyd Smith
Artists: Erik Roman, Pencils by Gonzalo Martinez/Inks by Terry Staats, Aleksandar Jovic, Pencils by Phil Fried/Inks by Dick Ayers
Colorists: James Penafiel, Warren Montgomery
Letterers: Warren Montgomery, Jaymes Reed, Aleksandar Jovic, Dave Vance
Cover Art by: Harrison Wood/Colors by Warren Montgomery, Federico Sioc Jr
Price: $ 3.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: “Monster vs Machine”
Professor Llewellyn Pettibone has come to a small village to catch Frankenstein’s Monster. He brings an automation with him.
Archie the automation and Frankenstein’s Monster go at it in a brawl of the monsters. It turns out that these monsters even one made of metal have more heart and soul and emotions of caring than most humans do. Being made and created by a human does not make one as uncaring and heartless as one.
The art does portray these beings in a light that lets you know they are not monsters. They are judged solely on their looks when there is so much more to them.
“Satin’s Ways: The Perfect Murder”
A husband is in need of money and he comes up with what he thinks is the perfect plan. It is perfect just with a nice little twist. The characters are fun and the art good.
“The Scarewolf”
One farmer uses his brain to solve his wolf problem. The art is done in a cartoon style and looks cute. The poor wolf.
Toombora is one beautifully illustrated monster. This story has Toombora invading our realm. No man can stop Toombora. Amanda leads this monster on a chase. There are thrills enough here to make a thrilling story.
These stories are all full of monsters of all kinds so you are sure to find something you like.

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RICH REVIEWS: Cognition # 0 

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:18

Title: Cognition # 0
Publisher: Cognition Comics
Script & Letters: Ken Reynolds
Art: Sam Bentley
Price: free online
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: “They Never See it Coming”
Three people a guy and a woman plus a mouse and a robot are working for the British Occult Secret Service. They go around outing frauds in the occult. What they really want though is the real thing and they are more than just humans. These four are professionals. The one guy is so much more, a demon perhaps? There is a lot of mystery surrounding this team. The black and white art helps set the atmosphere for this story it really makes the frightening part even more frightening.
“The Devil’s Fishing Hole”
The mouse and the weirdest one of the group enter a bar. They listen to the locals chat about what goes on in the marsh and what they think causes it. What is really going on is scary as all hell and what it takes to stop it is just as scary. The mouse Sigma gets to cut loose here and really enjoys himself. Sigma is no ordinary mouse he has power and wants to use it. The use of black and white does set the mood for this story.
“Frame Breakers” Here we see more of the robot and cat. This mouse Sigma is one scary rodent. You wonder how the robot contains it.
After the stories, you get a dossier of the characters. Calibre 507 is not a robot but an android and one from an earlier time. Sigma the mouse with a demon in it. Hattie Griggs is a beautiful woman who is focused. Silas Pope is the leader. These four make up a unique team to battle the forces of supernatural evil.
This book is presented as a paranormal series with adventures that are sure to thrill and chill.

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RICH REVIEWS: Macbeth The Red King Edition

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:16

Title: Macbeth The Red King Edition
Publisher: Luca Comics
Story by: Shaun Manning
Art by: Anna Wieszczyk
Price: $ 20. 00 Can.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: “Chapter 1: The King of Moray
Macbeth is shown here on the battlefield he has aspirations of becoming High King. The art is perfect for this story. It shows off the time period wonderfully. Now Macbeth on the battlefield is not an honorable warrior. His son is less than perfect. The way to story is written it is told using olden words making it a little hard to understand it all. Macbeth and his stepson do get along. Macbeth may make a good King but only for those who serve him loyally.
Chapter 2: The Red Queen
Malcolm is a Deposed Prince one who may one day become High King of the Scots. Macbeth does have a Queen who is sensible. She can run the country for a brief time while he is away. Maybe she can do it better than him.
Macbeth visits the Pope in Rome. While at home the Queen runs things. There are some lovely illustrations of expressions on the people.
Chapter 3: Siege
Macbeth is in battle here again. There is a good deal of fighting in this book. Macbeth has enemies on all sides of him. Royals are plotting against him and each other. Macbeth’s enemies join forces to destroy him.
Chapter 4: The Red King Falls
Here the two men wanting to be King both push for it but one pushes harder than the other.
The telling of this tale and the art that accompanies it are both beautiful to behold.

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RICH REVIEWS: Magnificent Ashcan Edition 

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:10

Title: Magnificent Ashcan Edition
Publisher: Chimera’s Comics
Writer: Carmelo Chimera
Artist: Steven Brown
Price: free
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: This is a preview of the Graphic Novel which will be over ninety pages long.
The art is way too dark with too much black filler on the faces. The villain is played up nicely and illustrated well. Magnificent looks uplifting. Then the art goes back to using way to much black on the face of the villain.
This unnamed villain and Magnificent do get into one big brawl. The fight is mostly all in the villain’s favor. The ending may not be what you expect.
In the back, you get a brief profile of the Magnificent and the villain and his name is exactly given.
The story is great in the way it sets up what is to come. You will find yourself wanting to read the rest to see how everything turns out.
This Ashcan makes for a nice introduction to the story and its main characters.

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Tarot#110 SDCC Skyclad 2018 Exclusive!

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:54

The Next Comicon Exclusive is…
Tarot#110 SDCC Skyclad 2018 Exclusive

We are creating the uncensored cover B to Tarot#110 as an Exclusive for 2018 San Diego Comicon!
So when you visit our booth, #1715, make sure it’s on your shopping list!

Can’t visit us??? Then we will reserve a copy for you!

Limited first printing Edition on Metal, Chrome, and High-Quality Cover stock.
Also, Note that we do have a Bundle option that you may collect all 3 with a $25 savings!

Limited Edition Glossy Cover Stock Variant will be created, signed and numbered this Edition will be $50.

Chrome Variants will be created, Cover -printed on a rainbow shimmer cover stock, signed and numbered this Edition will be $75

Gold Metal Variants will be created, Cover -printed on a sheet of shiny gold medal that will fill the background, signed and numbered this Edition will be $100.

With the Bundle option, you get a $25 savings!
Reserve your Copy Now

Enchanting Cover B just created by Jim!

ships late July 2018 or earlier

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COSMO #5 preview

Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:46

COSMO #5 (of 5)

Cosmo puts on his game face for an all-new adventure! When an unexpected detour lands Cosmo inside an arcade machine, the mighty Martian will need more than wits to level up and conquer the cabinet of digital demons!

Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Evan Stanley, Mauro Fonseca, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Tracy Yardley
Variant Covers: Game Box Art, Retro Art
On Sale Date: 5/23
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:44

Tabletop take on Mike Mignola’s visionary comics reaches its $140,000 goal in just 18 minutes.

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 27, 2018)—Mantic Games, in partnership with Dark Horse Comics, is pleased to announce that the Hellboy: The Board Game Kickstarter campaign is now live. After launching, the campaign reached its $140,000 goal within 18 minutes and more than 7,000 Hellboy fans around the globe have now backed the campaign.

Inspired by Mike Mignola’s Hellboy comic book universe, the game is a co-operative experience in which players face off against some of the comic’s most famous foes. Up to four people take control of iconic BRPD members, such as Hellboy, Abe Sapien and Roger the Homunculus, before exploring gothic locations and uncovering ancient artifacts.

Featuring stunning, pre-assembled plastic miniatures, Mantic Games has worked closely with Dark Horse Comics and Mike Mignola to ensure the gaming pieces accurately capture the look and feel of the source material. What’s more, top games designer James M. Hewitt – who has previously worked on Warhammer Quest: Silver Tower, Necromunda: Underhive and Blood Bowl 2016 – has been drafted in to create a compelling game experience.

“We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support of Hellboy fans,” said Ronnie Renton, CEO of Mantic Games. “This is already shaping up to be one of our most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever and we’ve still got several weeks to go. We’re planning to add more infamous adversaries and iconic agents as the funding continues to rise!”

“Congratulations Mantic Games,” said Mike Mignola. “Clearly the fans have spoken!”

Hellboy has appeared in graphic novels and comic books, prose novels and short story collections, two animated features, two live-action films, toy lines and all manner of merchandise.

You can check out the Kickstarter campaign here:

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Big Hero 6 Comics Coming from IDW this Summer

Fri, 04/27/2018 - 23:23

Stories to Feature New Adventures Based on the Upcoming Disney Series!

SAN DIEGO, CA (April 27, 2018) – Debuting on Disney Channel on Saturday June 9, Big Hero 6 The Series will usher in new adventures of legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 — Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, Honey Lemon and Baymax — for viewers. To coincide, IDW will be bringing even more excitement to readers in an all-ages comic book series! The fun kicks off this July with the first issue of an ongoing series.

Protecting San Fransokyo is no easy feat, but Hiro and the team are up to the challenge. “Big Hero 6 The Series features an amazing cast of characters. I couldn’t love them more, and I couldn’t be happier to be working on this book,” said Editor Joe Hughes.

Catching attention with her online comics and zines, burgeoning writer Hannah Blumenreich will lead the new comic series, writing the debut issue with Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) providing stylish artwork to bring the characters to life. The first issue will also feature covers by Gurihiru (Gwenpool) and Sophie Campbell (Jem and the Holograms, TMNT).

“I am so excited to write this comic series,” exclaimed Hannah Blumenreich. “I know these characters are near and dear to a lot of people and I hope to do right by them.”

Look for the action-packed first issue available wherever comic books are sold this July, and don’t miss Big Hero 6 The Series this summer beginning Saturday, June 9 on Disney Channel.

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Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:11

Evan Dorkin Brings Fans New Hackles-Raising Horror!

MILWAUKIE, Ore., (April 17, 2018)—Dark Horse Comics is proud to welcome fans back to Burden Hill as the one and only Evan Dorkin (Blackwood, Milk and Cheese, The Eltingville Club, Dork) joins forces with artist Benjamin Dewey (The Autumnlands) and letterer Nate Piekos for a thrilling new series, Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men. Co-created by Dorkin and Jill Thompson, Beasts of Burden has been a staple at Dark Horse since it debuted in 2009 and we are thrilled to bring readers a new story starring Beasts of Burden’s Wise Dogs.

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men follows the heroic pack of canines known as the Wise Dogs as they take on a series of new horrors and find a link among a variety of seemingly unrelated occult disturbances plaguing Burden Hill and the surrounding areas. Their discovery leads them to mountain village inhabited by a survivalist witch-cult who have uncovered the existence of a “Blood Lure” attracting occult forces, creatures, and many more terrors to Burden Hill!

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men #1 (of 4) goes on sale August 22, 2018, and is available for preorder at your local comic shop. Issue #1 also offers a variant cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

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Wed, 04/18/2018 - 06:08


J.T. Krul ; Michael Turner – Story / Michael Turner ; various – Art


Celebrate Aspen’s 15 Year Anniversary with 25-cent Primer issues!


New readers and fans alike can find everything they need to know about Aspen’s flagship title in this new Michael Turner’s Soulfire 15 Year Anniversary Primer issue! Join in on the battle between Magic and Technology, and one young orphan’s quest as the “Bearer of the Light” to usher in a new era of magic! Check out never-before-seen commentary, art and creator secrets in anticipation of Volume 7 and more…All for only a quarter! These Aspen Anniversary edition primer issues are the perfect compliment to discover more about Aspen’s upcoming slate of new and returning titles!


The SOULFIRE PRIMER 2018 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

FC                            24 pages                              .25c




SOULFIRE vol 7 #1

J.T. Krul – Story  / Chahine Ladjouze – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors


Celebrating the 15th anniversary of its creation, Michael Turner’s incredible vision of magic and wonder returns for an all-new volume!


As the new age of magic continues in the shadows of this future landscape, Malikai and his friends try to enjoy a little down time, but such plans never seem to last. Grace continues to serve as a protector for all things magic, more specifically the dragons, but she is growing tired of having to keep the true power of the world a secret. And, there is a new danger on the horizon, a new figure in the Soulfire universe who may be the greatest threat to the fragile balance between magic and technology yet!


Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark fifteenth year and the creative team of long time Soulfire writer J.T. Krul (Teen Titans, Jirni), newcomer Chahine Ladjouze, and colorist Wes Hartman have joined forces to bring new readers as well as loyal fans alike a Soulfire story for the next generation!


SOULFIRE vol 7 #1 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99



Siya Oum ; Jordan Gunderson ; Alex Konat ; Various – Art


Aspen’s popular swimsuit issue has returned for a 15-Year Anniversary Special!


Join Aspen Comics’ top talent as they have fun in the sun and offer a playful look at our most popular characters! Industry talents and Aspen veterans such as Siya Oum, Jordan Gunderson, Alex Konat, Talent Caldwell, Marco Renna and more grace the pages of this gorgeous pinup book! Don’t miss the return of the HOTTEST book of the summer!


ASPEN SPLASH 2018 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99




Jordan Gunderson ; Christopher Fielder – Story  / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Luis Guerrero – Colors


In the not so distant future…

The U.S. has spent several years embroiled in a conflict with the invading forces of China. In the war zone of the American Southwest, small bands of freedom fighters have formed to help guide refugees away from the destruction. Isabel Vasquez, known to her squad as “Delphi”, has been leading rescue missions inside the combat zone for years. Escorting those displaced from the war has fueled her faith that she is making a difference. But now that faith is increasingly tested by reoccurring nightmares of a coming apocalypse. She fears the war is only the beginning of a great threat…one that promises to bring humanity to the brink of extinction!


Unbeknownst to Delphi, a band of renegade angels has fled Heaven seeking a new refuge. The Earth has become their new home, where they view humanity as a plague that must be purged. As their path forges ahead toward global genocide, it is yet to be decided if Delphi and her growing visions of a global Armageddon can help stop them in time.


From artist and creator Jordan Gunderson comes Aspen’s most thrilling new series of the summer, DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL!


DISSENSION: WAR ETERNAL #1 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99





J.T. Krul – Story  / Alex Konat – Art / John Starr- Colors


In the future, technology continues to dominate every aspect of civilization, and nowhere is it more on display than the city of New Sheng, a vast metropolis where those with means live high amongst the lights and those without wallow in the shadows below. In his desperate struggle to reach a better life, a young fighter named Zihao has sacrificed his body in the ring and now prepares to pay an even bigger price in order to battle in the main arena with the elite cybernetically-enhanced warriors. But will seeing another lost soul from his past make his climb easier or harder?


Don’t miss the first chapter of an electrifying story in a bold new world. Aspen is proud to partner with ZMX Entertainment on their landmark project created by J.T. Krul, Yuyan Song, and Dinna Wu, and featuring the stellar creative team of Alex Konat, Mark Roslan, John Starr, and Sal Cipriano.


NU WAY #1 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99



FATHOM vol 7 #2

Ron Marz – Story  / Siya Oum – Art / Peter Steigerwald – Colors


1998’s Best-Selling Title of the Year Celebrates 20 Years in 2018!


This all-new adventure for Aspen’s preeminent hero sees her attempt to navigate an ever-changing world where The Blue are not only present above the surface—but exploited in new and dangerous ways. With her brother Finn suddenly missing, Aspen Matthews takes a deep dive to look for help, arriving in a majestic undersea city. Will she find the allies she so desperately needs, or enemies looking for vengeance? Meanwhile, the mysterious agents who have kidnapped Finn begin a series of unholy experiments to unlock the secrets of his powers!


Michael Turner and Aspen Comics’ flagship title commemorates its landmark twenty years since its debut in grand fashion! The superstar creative team of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Witchblade) and Siya Oum (Lola XOXO) are on board to deliver Fathom, and the iconic heroine, Aspen Matthews, to a new generation of readers as well as loyal fans alike!


FATHOM vol 7 #2 is in stores July 18th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99



Blake Northcott – Story  / Donny Tran – Art / Omi Remalante – Colors


Aspen Comics’ hit action-adventure assassin series marks its 10-Year Anniversary with a brand new pulse-pounding volume!


Iris’ journey to Rome ends in murder and mayhem, and a game-changing discovery that reveals Magni Global Security’s true intentions. When Iris confronts Alexander with her findings, she’s given an ultimatum…and an assignment that she never saw coming!


Brought to you by acclaimed author Blake Northcott (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by newcomer Donny Tran, this newest pulse-pounding 10 year anniversary chapter of Executive Assistant: Iris is sure to be the greatest volume yet!


EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT: IRIS vol 5 #3 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99




Mark Roslan; Gabe Carrasco – Story  / Alex Arizmendi – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors


Their Future Depends on Each Other as Aspen’s newest hit series continues!


Sybil has abandoned her friends! As she makes her way to face her father alone, an unexpected but familiar face lies in wait, but are they friend, or foe? Meanwhile Emperor Atilus has all but completed his plan to return Havos to the war-world it was in the glory days, and the Portal Bound crew faces it’s biggest challenge yet… Brett?


Aspen’s brand new action-adventure saga continues from writers Mark Roslan (BubbleGun, Broken Pieces) and newcomer Gabe Carrasco, with artist Alex Arizmendi (Edge of Venomverse: War StoriesSecret Empire: Brave New World) as they bring us a tale of two earths in need of two heroes!


PORTAL BOUND #4 is in stores July 4th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99




J.T. Krul – Story  / Michael Santamaria – Art / John Starr – Colors


Aspen’s popular fantasy adventure series, JIRNI, reaches the final issue of its epic third volume!


Ara has once again come face-to-face with the evil sorcerer Torinthal as she tries to free her mother. But, she never imagined where her search would lead her and what life-changing results might befall her. If she’s survives. Don’t miss the climatic finale to the biggest Jirni story yet. The Fall of the D’jinn!


Created by New York Times Best-Selling author J.T. Krul (Michael Turner’s Soulfire, Green Arrow) with art by newcomer Michael Santamaria, this next exciting chapter of Jirni will once again return readers to a land of untapped wonder!


JIRNI VOL 3 #5 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99




Vince Hernandez – Story  / Joey Vazquez – Art /  – Colors


The forces of magic have returned—and this time no magical being is safe!


All bets are off as the Magic Harvester’s plan to eliminate all magical beings– and humans in the process—and start over with a new civilization is set into motion. Only Hank, Sudana and their allies hold a fighting chance to save the world of magic from imminent doom in this epic finale to Charismagic volume three!


CHARISMAGIC VOL 3 #6 is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99




Frank Mastromauro – Story  / Andre Risso – Art / Valentina Taddeo – Colors


Volume three of Aspen’s hit series’ Shrugged reaches its final issue!


A storyline over 12 years in the making, the finale of Shrugged volume 3 will set the stage for the future of the series, in ways you’d never expect! As Theo, Kiori, Ange, Dev and one unexpected ally make one last attempt to save both Earth and Perspecta, relations between the humans, Elysians and Nefarians will never be the same again!


SHRUGGED VOL 3 #6 is in stores July 25th, 2018!

FC                            32 pages                              $3.99


J.T. Krul – Story  / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors


Return to the world of magic with MICHAEL TURNER’S SOULFIRE in this great jumping-on point for new readers!


Following the events of ASPEN UNIVERSE: REVELATIONS, the world of SOULFIRE has a new status quo, as magic and technology have intertwined as never before! Meanwhile, Soulfire’s Grace, Malikai and friends now must also discover that things are not as they seem in the year 2211—including new—and old—dangers that seek to eliminate them!


Please join longtime Soulfire writer J.T. Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro and colorist Wes Hartman, as they bring readers back to the wonder and everything you loved about SOULFIRE! Collecting together the entire sixth volume and including a complete cover gallery, this newest SOULFIRE Vol 6 TPB is not to be missed!


SOULFIRE VOL 6 TPB: FUTURE SHOCK is in stores JULY 18th, 2018!

FC                            216 pages                            $19.99                       TPB




Vince Hernandez – Story  / Sana Takeda – Art


Discover the early years of Soulfire’s heroine Grace in this acclaimed mini-series!


The seeds of conflict have grown into a deadly battle for territory as the winged races of Rahtumi and Sethoru enter into an all-out war. Amidst the chaos, two Rahtumi lovers, Grace and Kelsyn, share their own pending engagement, that of marriage. But the reaches of war soon envelops them both, and their life together will be forever compromised! While high in the snowy mountain passes of the Sethoren realm of Ontiria, the dark wizard Azar, using his own horrid creation of a powerful new form of magic, plans to overshadow both kingdoms of Rahtumi and Sethoru in death and despair.


Written by Vince Hernandez (Charismagic, Fathom: Kiani) with stunning art by Sana Takeda (Monstress), this brand new SOULFIRE trade paperback collects together the entire sold out SHADOW MAGIC mini-series and includes a complete cover gallery!


SOULFIRE: SHADOW MAGIC TPB is in stores July 11th, 2018!

FC                            152 pages                            $14.99                       TPB


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THE BOOK CAVE: Abominations of The Dire Planet By Joel Jenkins

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 05:49


Once again, we have the pleasure of traveling through the imagination of Joel Jenkins mind. I’ve mentioned before that Joel Jenkins is the master of all the different genres. In this book, we travel to The Dire Planet, Joel Jenkins version of Mars. This is the sixth book in the series and I for one, enjoy the series.

While Garvey Dire is the main character in the series, he isn’t always the main character in the book. Joel has populated the series with many characters that Garvey Dire has encountered in his life on Ancient Mars. One character explained that Garvey Dire has the ability to make his enemies into his allies and some of them into heroes in the books.

Also, make sure you don’t become too attached to every character you meet and like. You never know who will survive at the end. For every character that dies, at least two new characters appear or one you may have forgotten from a previous book.

In this book we are introduced to a new enemy, that is pictured on the cover. A good-looking (not) being in a mechanical armor. Who are they? What do they want? Where in time and space are they from? These questions and many more are asked by Garvey Dire and his friends, family and their enemies along with us, the readers.

While this is the main story, it isn’t the only story. The other stories in the book, while they appear to lead in other directions are in reality taking the characters on a path to find what they need to fight the main enemy. It’s like having several books packed into one.

While you can read this book on its own, it is best to read the series from beginning to present to feel the buildup in the series and to discover how Joel introduces each new character. One of my favorites is Naegrik, who is from a not a very pleasant group of people. His growth through the series makes him easily seen to become a main character in a book of his own. Yes, he is in this book and plays an important role both in this book and the future of his people.

As much as I would like to give you more details, I don’t want to spoil anything you will read. What I will say is, if you think you know where the story is leading you, expect to be surprised.

One last thing before I go. I hope that Joel gives us a reference book for The Dire Planet. Maps, people, animals, religions and more. Plus, all the footnotes he uses to help explain everything.

Be sure and buy all of his Dire Planet series and all of his other books.

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Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:28


While Jughead confronts Reggie and his pack, the Coopers are done fooling around and send in the big guns for Jug. Will he—and his sister Jellybean—survive the chaos? Plus, a member of the Riverdale gang makes a startling decision that will change EVERYTHING!
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Jughead: The Hunger #7 CVR A Reg: Adam Gorham
Jughead: The Hunger #7 CVR B Var: Tyler Boss
Jughead: The Hunger #7 CVR C Var: Michael Walsh
Ship Date: 6/27
On Sale Date: 7/11
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Jughead Jones has always had an insatiable appetite… but what if his hunger came from a sinister place? When a murderous menace is on the prowl, taking the lives of some of the most well-known and esteemed inhabitants of Riverdale, Jughead and his family’s dark legacy comes to light in this horrifying collection for TEEN+ readers.
Script: Frank Tieri
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Joe Eisma, Bob Smith, Jim Amash, Matt Herms
Cover: Michael Walsh
$17.99 US/$19.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/18


NEW ONGOING SERIES! The vampire siege of Riverdale begins! Will Veronica lead the town towards salvation… or doom?
Script: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art: Greg Smallwood, Jack Morelli
Vampironica #4 CVR A Reg: Greg Smallwood
Vampironica #4 CVR B Var: Francesco Francavilla
Vampironica #4 CVR C Var: Fiona Staples
Ship Date: 7/4
On Sale Date: 7/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


It all comes down to this! The Riverdale gang—held hostage by Cheryl Blossom’s father! Reggie—at last paying for his crimes! And when all is said and done, Riverdale is turned upside down once more!
Script: Mark Waid, Ian Flynn
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #32 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
ARCHIE #32 CVR B Var: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
ARCHIE #32 CVR C Var: Peter Krause, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 6/20
On Sale Date: 7/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Two iconic comic book characters meet up for the FIRST TIME in this historic crossover mini-series! A battle in Gotham City extends its reach into Riverdale—with Mr. Lodge becoming enemy #1 of the dynamic duo! Now it’s up to Veronica to recruit some help and place a call… to the Batcave!
Script: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR A Reg: Michael Allred, Laura Allred
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR B Var: Derek Charm
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR C Var: Francesco Francavilla
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR D Var: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR E Var: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Rosario “Tito” Peña
ARCHIE/BATMAN 66 #1 CVR F Var: Ty Templeton
Ship Date: 7/4
On Sale Date: 7/18
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Archie Comics’ two superhero teams THE SUPERTEENS and THE MIGHTY CRUSADERS face off against the evil Dr. Zardox in the conclusion to this epic to-issue crossover event!
Script: Ian Flynn, David Williams, Gary Martin
Art: Kelsey Shannon, David Williams, Gary Martin, Jack Morelli
ST/MC #2 CVR A Reg: David Williams, Gary Martin, Kelsey Shannon – Connecting Cover 1
ST/MC #2 CVR B Var: David Williams, Gary Martin – B&W Cover
Ship Date: 7/11
On Sale Date: 7/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


NEW STORY ARC! “Hunted,” Pt 3: As more women go missing in Riverdale, the Vixens worry that they may have been used as a pawn in someone’s evil scheme. They need to come up with a plan to save the missing ladies—but is it too late?
Script: Jamie Lee Rotante
Art: Sanya Anwar, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
B&V: Vixens #8 CVR A Reg: Sanya Anwar
B&V: Vixens #8 CVR B Var: Veronica Fish
B&V: Vixens #8 CVR C Var: Sandra Lanz
Ship Date: 7/4
On Sale Date: 7/25
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.


Betty and Veronica assemble the Vixens: a squad brought together to take out the dangerous Southside Serpents gang. These aren’t “Archie’s Girls”—they’re starting a revolution in Riverdale!

Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Eva Cabrera, Elaina Unger, Rachel Deering
Cover: Fiona Staples
$14.99 US/$15.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
136 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/4


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Hot or NOT!” Riverdale is having a heat wave, and the gang is just trying to stay cool—Veronica’s mansion is the only option for a cool retreat, but she’s away on vacation. What will they do?
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Galvan, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 7/11
On Sale Date: 7/25
128-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “Lost & Confounded” Archie, Betty, and Kevin have jobs as counselors at summer camp. When a little girl loses her teddy bear, it becomes a mad dash to find it. What lengths will the counselors go to save the day for a homesick kid?
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 6/20
On Sale Date: 7/4
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


Take a magical trip down Storybook Lane with this collection of the best fairy tale stories ever told in Riverdale! From glass slippers to giant beanstalks and yellow brick roads to tales from under the seas, this classic collection will have you entertained for hours!

Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Dan Parent
$19.99 US/$11.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 7/25


Classic Betty and Veronica-style stories are back with this collection of fun tales that see the two iconic BFFs travel the world and get into all kinds of international adventures!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent
BV FF: Travel Tales #2 CVR A Reg: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 6/27
On Sale Date: 7/11
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “The Empress’s New Clothes!” Queen Veronica has it all… yet she still wants more! Tired of Veronica’s spoiled ways, handmaiden Betty promises the Queen a new dress that’s invisible to all those beneath her. Will Queen Veronica’s new wardrobe suit her needs or will she be in for a surprise?
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 7/4
On Sale Date: 7/18
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.


BRAND NEW LEAD STORY: “We Can Work it Out!” Pop Tate opens a snack bar on the beach and hires Archie and Betty to work there. But when Betty gets sick, Jughead fills in and things go awry—especially when they run out of food and have to improvise!
Script: Dan Parent
Art: Jeff Shultz, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 6/27
On Sale Date: 7/11
192-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:04

PORTLAND, OR, 04/16/2018 — Writer Bryan Hill (POSTAL, BONEHEAD) and artist Jeff Spokes will launch APHRODITE V this July from Image/Top Cow.

In the near future, Los Angeles is a city on the brink of evolution, struggling with a new wave of terror fueled by black-market technology. Enter Aphrodite V: a fugitive from her masters, seeking individuality and purpose. She is the bleeding edge of biomechanics, and L.A.’s best hope against a new enemy—one that seeks to become a god among machines.

“This is a great way for people unfamiliar with this side of the Top Cow universe to jump into a story about the intersection of technology, humanity, and justice,” said Hill.

One machine wants to destroy the city. Another has come to save it. Only one will survive.

APHRODITE V #1 (Diamond code: MAY180030) hits comic book shops Wednesday, July 18th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, June 25th.

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First Look: BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 Travels to the 41st Century with Jeff Lemire & Doug Braithwaite!

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 18:54

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS,” A SHOCK-INDUCING JUMPING-ON POINT from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer, Animal Man) and dazzling artist Doug Braithwaite (X-O MANOWAR, Journey into Mystery)! On June 13th, the creative team that brought the Bloodshot of 4001 A.D. to life returns to the 41st century once again, as Ray Garrison’s salvation-seeking odyssey to secure his daughter’s safety reaches forward – and past the point of no return!

Two thousand years in the future – in the year 4002 A.D. – the man once known as Ray Garrison is no more…but the microscopic nanites inside him live on. Enter Bloodshot 4001 – a strange, gunslinging echo of Bloodshot’s mind, body, and soul that is now more machine than man. But when our century’s Bloodshot finds himself delivered to the dawn of the 41st century with one last mission to fulfill, two Valiant legends will finally come face to face…just as the secret revelation that binds them together across the ages will forever reshape Bloodshot’s place at the center of the Valiant Universe!

On June 13th, Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga journeys through millennia for the ultimate meeting of man and machine at the crossroads of tomorrow and today! The next stunning chapter starts here as Bloodshot’s past, present, and future collide with superstar creators Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite for “THE BOOK OF REVELATIONS” in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (Sideways), Renato Guedes (Wolverine), and Kim Jung Gi (Hit-Girl)!

But first: Witness the fateful tale of a good boy gone bad in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9! On May 16th, New York Times best-seller Jeff Lemire (The Terrifics), Eisner and Harvey Award nominee Ray Fawkes (Batman: Eternal), and astonishing artist Renato Guedes (X-O MANOWAR) combine their talents for a one-shot issue witnessing the birth of Project Rising Spirit’s Bloodshot program – and the canine weapon of untold destruction they unleashed upon the war to end all wars!

In the wire-strewn trenches of World War I, witness the true story of a good boy gone bad… Before he found his place at Ray Garrison’s side, Bloodshot’s loyal companion learned the depths of mankind’s inhumanity toward brother and beast alike on the battlefields of France. Now, as the Kaiser’s war machine approaches, find out firsthand how a beloved comrade with four legs and a soul full of fury inspired a legacy that still stands after more than a century!

On May 16th, Bloodshot’s die-hard sidekick finally gets his due as all-star creators Jeff Lemire, Ray Fawkes, and Renato Guedes weave a wreckage-laden story of heartbreak and havoc to let loose the ultimate dog of war in BLOODSHOT SALVATION #9 – featuring covers by Kenneth Rocafort (The Ultimates), Renato Guedes (BLOODSHOT SALVATION), Giuseppe Camuncoli (Amazing Spider-Man), Juan José Ryp (BRITANNIA), and Shane Davis (Superman: Earth One)!


Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (MAR182013)
Variant Cover by JUAN JOSÉ RYP (MAR182015)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by SHANE DAVIS (MAR182016)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 16th (FOC – 4/23/18)

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Cover B by RENATO GUEDES (APR181860)
Bloodshot Icon Variant by KIM JUNG GI (APR181861)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale JUNE 13th (FOC – 5/21/18)

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Cover A by Kenneth Rocafort

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Cover B by Renato Guedes

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Interior Art by Doug Braithwaite

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Interior Art by Doug Braithwaite

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Interior Art by Doug Braithwaite

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Interior Art by Doug Braithwaite

BLOODSHOT SALVATION #10 – Bloodshot Icon Variant by Kim Jung Gi

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Mon, 04/16/2018 - 16:40

PORTLAND, OR, 04/16/2018 — Image/Skybound Entertainment is pleased to announce one last job for THIEF OF THIEVES, the ongoing heist series created by Robert Kirkman in 2012. Series artists Shawn Martinbrough and Adriano Lucas are joined by new writer Brett Lewis (The Winter Men).

“It’s been an absolute pleasure working alongside Robert Kirkman, Nick Spencer, James Asmus, Andy Diggle over the various arcs of this series. Having the freedom to visually create the world of Thief of Thieves and fill it with such an eclectic cast of characters has truly been a blast,” said Martinbrough. “For the final chapter, I welcome my School of Visual Arts college buddy and amazingly talented writer Brett Lewis to our crime family here at Skybound Entertainment. Together, with our superb colorist Adriano Lucas, letterer Rus Wooten, assistant editor Arielle Basich and our ever vigilant and very understanding editor Jon Mosian, we’ve been working hard to take our fans on one hell of a ride on this last job!”

Previously in THIEF OF THIEVES, readers saw master thief, Conrad Paulson, racing across Europe to be crown the greatest thief in the world… only to be taken out by his enemies. Now, Conrad Paulson is dead—or is he? And what does a notorious Russian prison have to do with it?

Find out in THIEF OF THIEVES #38, when the entire crew returns to kick off its final heist!

THIEF OF THIEVES #38 (Diamond Code MAY180273) hits stores on Wednesday, July 4. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, June 11.

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