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Mon, 01/27/2020 - 21:42

NEW CLASSIC-STYLE STORY: When Mr. Weatherbee gives Archie and Jug the option of community service over detention, the boys volunteer with Riverdale’s Wildlife Control Dept. just in time for a rogue bear to take up residence in Pickens Park! A trap is set–and so is the stage! What could POSSIBLY go wrong?!
Script: Jack Morelli
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Galvan, Ben Galvan, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 1/29
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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RICH REVIEWS: Betty and Veronica Friends Forever # 1: What If…?

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:26

Title: Betty and Veronica Friends Forever # 1: What If…?
Publisher: Archie Comics
Stories: Bill Golliher
Pencils: Dan Parent
Inks: Rich Koslowski
Letters: Jack Morelli
Colors: Glenn Whitmore
Cover: Dan Parent
Price: $ 2.99 US
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Comments: “What if…Jughead was the one the girl’s where after?!” Jughead’s position and Archie’s are reversed here. Betty and Veronica are after Jughead. Well, Jughead still has his appetite. Poor Archie is now a secondary character. Things are off that way and the Universe does work in mysterious ways so one thing leads to another and things seem so much better.
“What if…Betty and Veronica had Magical Powers?” The two girls Betty and Veronica may have powers yet they use them only to win Archie. They may have powers but if they do, do others too? Sabrina makes a short guest appearance.
“What if…Betty was the rich one?” Betty is rich and Veronica poor here. The universe does have a way of balancing out. Betty does make for a nicer rich snob than Veronica ever did.
“What if…Archie had an Identical Twin?” His twin now is his twin so with a little prodding they become twins in not only looks but personality. Well almost, Bart may be a better Archie than Archie.
This comic is a fun take on what if something was different in Riverdale. They offer fun glimpses into things that could be.

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The Combined Best Comics & Graphic Novels of 2019!

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:24
Over the last few months there have been many, many websites with “Best of 2019” lists concerning comic books, manga and graphic novels. If you’ve looked at a few, you may have noticed some of the same books on different lists and seen some unique to only that list.

I went through over 208 different URLs with “Best Of” Lists regarding comics and combined them into a spreadsheet. There are almost 3,200 different listings of books from these websites. I should note that I’ve included books that were given honorable mentions. In short, if somebody thought it was a good book that you should check out, it’s on here. Pivot tables have been created to show which books appeared on the number of lists. Here are the books with 5 mentions or more:

Book Title Count Writer Artist Publisher House of X/Powers of X 61 Jonathan Hickman Pepe Larraz, R.B. Silva, Marte Gracia Marvel Comics Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me 55 Mariko Tamaki Rosemary Valero-O’Connell First Second The Immortal Hulk 42 Al Ewing Joe Bennet Marvel Comics The Hard Tomorrow 34 Eleanor Davis Eleanor Davis Drawn & Quarterly They Called Us Enemy 31 George Takei, Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott Harmony Becker Top Shelf Productions Die 31 Kieron Gillen Stephanie Hans Image Comics Rusty Brown 28 Chris Ware Chris Ware Pantheon Guts 28 Raina Telgemeier Raina Telgemeier Graphix These Savage Shores 26 Ram V Sumit Kumar Vault Comics Little Bird 25 Darcy Van Poelgeest Ian Bertram Image Comics New Kid 24 Jerry Craft Jerry Craft Quill Tree Books DCeased 24 Tom Taylor Trevor Hairsine, Neil Edwards DC Comics Are You Listening? 23 Tillie Walden Tillie Walden First Second When I Arrived At The Castle 22 Emily Carroll Emily Carroll Koyama Press The River at Night 22 Kevin Huizenga Kevin Huizenga Drawn & Quarterly Once & Future 21 Kieron Gillen Dan Mora, Tamra Bonvillain BOOM! Studios Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 20 Matt Fraction Steve Lieber DC Comics Clyde Fans 20 Seth Seth Drawn & Quarterly Spider-Man: Life Story 19 Chip Zdarsky Mark Bagley Marvel Comics Daredevil 19 Chip Zdarsky Marco Checchetto, Lalit Kumar Sharma, & Jorge Fornes Marvel Comics Criminal 19 Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips Image Comics Stargazing 19 Jen Wang Jen Wang First Second Green Lantern 18 Grant Morrison Liam Sharp DC Comics Hot Comb 18 Ebony Flowers Ebony Flowers Drawn & Quarterly Bloom 18 Kevin Panetta Savanna Ganucheau First Second Is This How You See Me? 17 Jaime Hernandez Jaime Hernandez Fantagraphics Gender Queer 17 Maia Kobabe Maia Kobabe Lion Forge BTTM FDRS 17 Ezra Claytan Daniels Ben Passmore Fantagraphics Silver Surfer: Black 16 Donny Cates Tradd Moore & Dave Stewart Marvel Comics Middlewest 16 Skottie Young Jorge Corona Image Comics Gideon Falls 16 Jeff Lemire Andrea Sorrentino Image Comics Kid Gloves 16 Lucy Knisley Lucy Knisley Fantagraphics This Was Our Pact 16 Ryan Andrews Ryan Andrews First Second Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations 15 Mira Jacob Mira Jacob One World Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass 15 Mariko Tamaki Steve Pugh DC Comics Naomi 14 Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker Jamal Campbell DC Comics Pumpkinheads 14 Rainbow Rowell Faith Erin Hicks First Second Queen of the Sea 14 Dylan Meconis Dylan Meconis Walker Books Bitter Root 14 David F. Walker, Chuck Brown Sanford Greene Image Comics Crowded 14 Christopher Sebela Ro Stein, Ted Brandt Image Comics Mister Miracle 13 Tom King Mitch Gerads DC Comics Making Comics 12 Lynda Barry Lynda Barry Drawn & Quarterly Batman: Last Knight On Earth 12 Scott Snyder Greg Capullo DC Comics The Wicked + The Divine 12 Kieron Gillen Jamie Mckelvie, Matt Wilson Image Comics Invisible Kingdom 11 G. Willow Wilson Christian Ward, Christian Ward Dark Horse Comics Pittsburgh 11 Frank Santoro Frank Santoro New York Review Books Paper Girls 11 Brian K. Vaughan Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson Image Comics Best Friends 11 Shannon Hale LeUyen Pham First Second Witch Hat Atelier 11 Kamome Shirahama Kamome Shirahama Kodansha Comics Giant Days 11 John Allison Max Sarin BOOM! Studios Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man 10 Tom Taylor Juan Cabal Marvel Comics Lois Lane 10 Greg Rucka Mike Perkin DC Comics Something Is Killing the Children 10 James Tynion IV Werther Dell’edera, Miquel Muerto BOOM! Studios Assassin Nation 10 Kyle Starks Erica Henderson Image Comics Superman Smashes The Klan 10 Gene Luen Yang Gurihiru DC Comics Murder Falcon 10 Daniel Warren Johnson Daniel Warren Johnson Image Comics X-Men 9 Jonathan Hickman Leinil Francis Yu Marvel Comics Batman: Curse of the White Knight 9 Sean Murphy Sean Murphy DC Comics Second Coming 9 Mark Russell Cayetano Valenzuela, Richard Pace Ahoy Comics This Woman’s Work 9 Julie Delporte Julie Delporte Drawn & Quarterly White Bird 9 R.J. Palacio R.J. Palacio Knopf Books for Young Readers Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt 9 Kieron Gillen Caspar Wijngaard Dynamite Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare 9 Yuhki Kamatani Yuhki Kamatani Seven Seas Entertainment Blackbird 9 Sam Humphries Jen Bartel Image Comics The Plot 9 Tim Daniel, Michael Moreci Joshua Hixson Vault Comics The White Trees 9 Chip Zdarsky Kris Anka Image Comics Kiss Number 8 9 Colleen AF Venable Ellen T. Crenshaw First Second Doomsday Clock 9 Geoff Johns Gary Frank, Brad Anderson DC Comics I Was Their American Dream 9 Malaka Gharib Malaka Gharib Clarkson Potter Coda 9 Simon Spurrier Matias Bergara BOOM! Studios Nancy: A Comic Collection 8 Olivia James Olivia James Andrews McMeel Publishing Absolute Carnage 8 Donny Cates Ryan Stegman Marvel Comics Mooncakes 8 Suzanne Walker Wendy Xu Oni Press Clue: Candlestick 8 Dash Shaw Dash Shaw IDW Publishing Leaving Richard’s Valley 8 Michael DeForge Michael DeForge Drawn & Quarterly Captain Marvel 8 Kelly Thompson Lee Garbett, Carmen Carnero, James Stokoe, Annapaola Martello Marvel Comics Ascender 8 Jeff Lemire Dustin Nguyen Image Comics Ice Cream Man 8 W. Maxwell Prince Martin Morazzo Image Comics Batman 8 Tom King Various DC Comics Blank Canvas: My So-Called Artist’s Journey 8 Akiko Higashimura Akiko Higashimura Seven Seas Entertainment Cats Of The Louvre 8 Taiyo Matsumoto Taiyo Matsumoto VIZ Media The Okay Witch 8 Emma Steinkellner Emma Steinkellner Aladdin Books Grass 8 Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Keum Suk Gendry-Kim Drawn & Quarterly Bad Gateway 8 Simon Hanselmann Simon Hanselmann Fantagraphics Buffy the Vampire Slayer 7 Jordie Bellaire Dan Mora, Raul Angulo BOOM! Studios Harleen 7 Stjepan Sejic Stjepan Sejic DC Comics Marauders 7 Gerry Duggan Matteo Lolli Marvel Comics Road of Bones 7 Rich Douek Alex Cormack IDW Publishing Sentient 7 Jeff Lemire Gabriel Walta TKO Studios Frogcatchers 7 Jeff Lemire Jeff Lemire Gallery 13 Runaways 7 Rainbow Rowell Various Marvel Comics Conan the Barbarian 7 Jason Aaron Mahmud Asrar, Gerrardo Zaffino and Garry Brown Marvel Comics A Fire Story 7 Brian Fies Brian Fies Harry N. Abrams The Handmaid’s Tale 7 Margaret Atwood Renée Nault Nan A. Talese Dial H for Hero 7 Sam Humphries Arist Devn, Joe Quinones DC Comics Sobek 7 James Stokoe James Stokoe Shortbox Venom 7 Donny Cates Ryan Stegman, Mark Bagley, Iban Coello Marvel Comics Justice League 7 Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV Jorge Jimenez, Francis Manapul DC Comics In Waves 7 A.J. Dungo A.J. Dungo Nobrow Waves 7 Ingrid Chabbert Carole Maurel Archaia Komi Can’t Communicate 6 Tomohito Oda Tomohito Oda VIZ Media Ironheart 6 Eve Ewing Lucian Vecchio Marvel Comics The Batman Who Laughs 6 Scott Snyder Jock, David Baron DC Comics Money Shot 6 Tim Seeley, Sarah Beattie Rebekah Isaacs Vault Comics King Thor 6 Jason Aaron Esad Ribić, Ive Svorcina Marvel Comics Snow, Glass, Apples 6 Neil Gaiman Colleen Doran Dark Horse Comics Sabrina the Teenage Witch 6 Kelly Thompson Veronica Fish Archie Comics Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America 6 Box Brown Box Brown First Second Bradley of Him 6 Connor Willumsen Connor Willumsen Koyama Press The War of the Realms 6 Jason Aaron Russell Dauterman Marvel Comics Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy: A Graphic Novel 6 Rey Terciero Bre Indigo Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Fearscape 6 Ryan O’Sullivan Andrea Mutti Vault Comics Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6 Kevin Eastman, Bobby Curnow, Tom Waltz Various IDW Publishing East of West 6 Jonathan Hickman Nick Dragotta Image Comics Thor 6 Jason Aaron Mike del Mundo Marvel Comics The Walking Dead 6 Robert Kirkman Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn Image Comics Off Season 6 James Sturm James Sturm Drawn & Quarterly Copra 6 Michel Fiffe Michel Fiffe Image Comics Sara 6 Garth Ennis Steve Epting, Elizabeth Breitweiser TKO Studios The Drifting Classroom HC 5 Kazuo Umezz Kazuo Umezz VIZ Media Outer Darkness 5 John Layman Afu Chan Image Comics Angel 5 Bryan Edward Hill Gleb Melnikov, Gabriel Cassata BOOM! Studios Internet Crusader 5 George Wylesol George Wylesol Avery Hill Publishing X-Force 5 Benjamin Percy Joshua Cassara Marvel Comics Far Sector 5 N.K. Jemisin Jamal Campbell DC Comics Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame 5 Erin Williams Erin Williams Harry N. Abrams For Real 5 James Romberger James Romberger Uncivilized Books Bezimena 5 Nina Bunjevac Nina Bunjevac Fantagraphics How I Tried To Be A Good Person 5 Ulli Lust Ulli Lust Fantagraphics Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III: Crisis in a Half Shell #6 5 James Tynion IV Freddie E. Williams I, Jeremy Colwell, Kevin Eastman IDW Publishing Meet the Skrulls 5 Robbie Thompson Marcos Martin Marvel Comics Kramer’s Ergot #10 5 Various Various Fantagraphics Faithless 5 Brian Azzarello Maria Llovet BOOM! Studios Bury the Lede 5 Gaby Dunn Claire Roe BOOM! Studios Excellence 5 Brandon Thomas Khary Randolph, Emilio Lopez Image Comics Drawing Power: Women’s Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival 5 Various Various Harry N. Abrams The Unstoppable Wasp 5 Jeremy Whitley Gurihiru Marvel Comics Cannonball 5 Kelsey Wroten Kelsey Wroten Uncivilized Books Usagi Yojimbo 5 Stan Sakai Stan Sakai IDW Publishing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Vol 4: The Tempest 5 Alan Moore Kevin O’Neill Top Shelf Productions Amazing Spider-Man 5 Nick Spencer, Clay Chapman, Zeb Wells, Keaton Patti Various Marvel Comics Reincarnation Stories 5 Kim Deitch Kim Deitch Fantagraphics Penny Nichols 5 M.K. Reed, Greg Means Matt Wiegle Top Shelf Productions Grip 5 Lale Westvind Lale Westvind Perfectly Acceptable Press Wasted Space 5 Michael Moreci Hayden Sherman Vault Comics I Know What I Am: The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi 5 Gina Siciliano Gina Siciliano Fantagraphics American Carnage 5 Bryan Hill Leandro Fernandez DC Comics Beastars 5 Paru Itagaki Paru Itagaki VIZ Media Alienation 5 Inés Estrada Inés Estrada Fantagraphics Swimming In Darkness 5 Lucas Harari Lucas Harari Arsenal Pulp Press Monstress 5 Marjorie Liu Sana Takeda Image Comics Operatic 5 Kyo Maclear Byron Eggenschwiler Groundwood Books Skip 5 Molly Mendoza Molly Mendoza Nobrow Creation 5 Sylvia Nickerson Sylvia Nickerson Drawn & Quarterly Pilu of the Woods 5 Mai K. Nguyen Mai K. Nguyen Oni Press Black Hammer: Age of Doom 5 Jeff Lemire Dean Ormston, Dave Stewart Dark Horse Comics King of King Court 5 Travis Dandro Travis Dandro Drawn & Quarterly Cosmoknights 5 Hannah Templer Hannah Templer Top Shelf Productions Marvel Comics #1000 5 Various Various Marvel Comics Friendo 5 Alex Paknadel Martin Simmonds Vault Comics The Wild Storm 5 Warren Ellis Jon Davis Hunt DC Comics Canto 5 David M. Booher Drew Zucker IDW Publishing

The full spreadsheet with pivot tables for books, writers, artists, publishers and more is available here.

Regarding Publishers:

This year DC Comics was the most popular publisher with 97 different titles.

Marvel was 2nd place with 83 different titles.

Image dropped to 3rd with 78 different titles.

Dark Horse had 43 different titles.

Fantagraphics  had 41 different titles.

55 Self-Published books made the list too.


One thing I tried be more consistent with this year was using the imprint name with publishers. In the past I would put EG Raina Telgemeier’s books under the umbrella company name Scholastic instead of it’s imprint name Graphix, then I would put First Second books under imprint name First Second and not their umbrella company name of Macmillan. Now they are all under the imprint name and that applies to comic book publishers as well.

Where a reviewer/writer wrote ‘best of’ lists for multiple websites, I’ve cross referenced their lists and removed books that were named twice. I did not think it would be fair if those writers could tip the popularity scale by naming the same book(s) over and over again on multiple websites. Sadly, there was an increase of websites publishing lists with no credit to who (or whom) created the list. In those cases I marked them as Unknown but the practice of not crediting writers is a shameful one.

If a writer wrote for multiple sites, but one of those sites picks was a group effort, I did not remove books that are listed twice.

I generally did not include lists that were a mixed of prose books and graphic novels unless there were a significant number of graphic novels on the list.

I did not use lists where the website was not in English and the books appeared to be translated versions.

With inkers and colourists I often, but not always included them within the Artist section. Where there were multiple (usually more than 5) involved in a book, or in the title’s run over the course of the year, various was used instead of listing them all. In some cases I combined those involved even if they worked on the title for different issues.

For simplicity sake, if a list named a specific comic book issue or specific volume of a graphic novel, I removed those specifics and just listed the series title, with rare exceptions. The same goes with issue #s. The vast majority of reviewers listed House of X and Powers of X as one series. There were a few odd cases of a reviewer picking a single issue or only one of those series, I’ve listed them as the combined House of X/Powers of X. Also, 4 people chose Bad Weekend: Criminal – I changed it to just Criminal as that’s what most reviewers picked. My apologies to the reviewers of those books.

Some reviewers included books that were published in 2018 or earlier. Normally the amount of times these books were mentioned isn’t significant but this year one book is. Mister Miracle which was popular on last years list (when it was running as a comic book) is also popular on this years list when it was collected and published as a graphic novel.

Most of the lists were general ‘best/favourite books’ of 2019, but I also included lists dedicated to young readers, manga, LGBTQ+, etc… What type list is noted on column B in the spreadsheet.

A small number of lists also had rankings and those are included in Column C.

This list of websites this list is compiled from:

411 Mania Adventures In Poor Taste Advocate Affino–stefan/best-of-entertainment-for-2019—albums-songs-movies-tv-and-graphic-novels Already has another list? Amazon Animo Apps Animo Apps Animo Apps Animo Apps Animo Apps Animo Apps Animo Apps Austin Texas Library AutoStraddle AV Club Berkeley Place Big Comic Page Big Comics Page Big Shiny Robot Black Sci-Fi Booklist Booklist Bookriot Borg Broken Frontier Brooklyn Public Library But Why Tho? But Why Tho? CBC Chicago Public Library Comic Attack Comic Attack Comic Book Herald Comic Book Lounge Comic Book Revolution Comic Front Line Comic Frontline Comic Frontline Comic Frontline Comicbook ComicBooked Comicon Comicon Comicon Comicon Comics and More Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bookcase Comics Bulletin Comics Bulletin Comics The Gathering ComicsBeat Cosmic Comics Cybils Den of Geek Denver Library Doom Rocket Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore Entertainment Weekly Entropy Fantagraphics Folio Forbes Four Color Apocalypse Four Color Apocalypse Four Color Apocalypse Four Color Apocalypse Four Color Apocalypse Four Color Apocalypse Fox Force Five News Free Library of Philadelphia Fully Booked Gamespot Geek Cast Radio Geek Hard Show Geekade Gizmodo Glaad Good Reads Gosh! Gosh! Graphic Novel Resources Graphic Policy Grovel Heroic Girls Hipinion Hipinion Hollywood Reporter Horror DNA Horror News Network Horror News Network Horror News Network Horror News Network Huffington Post India Hyperallergic IGN IGN IGN Imagination Soup Imagination Soup Inside Pulse Iowa City Public Library Jenn Haines Picks John Lees Kinder Comics Kirkus Levelup Entertainment Library Journal Los Angeles Public Library Manga Worth Reading Monkeys Fighting Robots Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multiversity Comics Multnomah County Library Nerdy Book Club New Retro Wave New York Public Library New York Times New York Times Newsarama Nijomu NPR Omaha Public Library Outright Geekery Outright Geekery Panel Patter Panel Patter Panel Patter Panel Patter Panel Patter Panel Patter Paste Paul’s Picks Pipe Dream Comics Pipeline Comics Polygon Pop Matters Pop Matters Powells Publisher’s Weekly Publisher’s Weekly Publisher’s Weekly Rad Raptor Rad Raptor Rad Raptor Rad Raptor Ranker Read Brightly Reading with a flight ring Readings Ready Steady Cut Salon Sam Noir Picks School Library Journal School Library Journal School Library Journal Screen Rant Screen Rant Screen Rant Shortlist Skokie Library Sliver of Ice Soda and Telepaths SyFy Syfy Texas Library Association Texas Library Association The Comics Journal The Globe and Mail (paywall) The Good Men Project The Guardian The Guardian The Herald The Herald The Irish Times The London Free Press The Oklamian The Oklamian The Quietus The Strand The Turnaround Blog Thrillist Villain Media Waking Brain Cells Washington Post What Culture Why So Blu? Wired YA Book Nerd YALSA YALSA Yuricon
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WWE Royal Rumble 2020 results

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 04:18
Royal Rumble 2020

Sheamus def. Shorty G

United States Championship

Andrade (c) def. Humberto Carrillo

Falls count anywhere match

Roman Reigns vs. King Corbin

Women’s Royal Rumble match

Winner: Charlotte Flair

SmackDown Women’s Championship

Bayley (c) def. Lacey Evans

Universal Championship – Strap match

“The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (c) def. Daniel Bryan

Raw Women’s Championship

Becky Lynch (c) def. Asuka

Men’s Royal Rumble match

Winner: Drew McIntyre

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Powers Squared #8 out this Wednesday

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 01:18

Powers Squared #8

Written by: David Hankins, Paul Hankins
Edited by: Paul Hankins
Lettered by: Trevor Hankins
Pencils: Rachel Wells
Art by: Rachel Wells
Inks: Rachel Wells
Colored by: Nina Gaillard
Price: $1.99

Mathemagical – Part 1
Marty and Eli Powers confront a new villain, Dr. Patricia Theorem, who has powers they have never encountered before. Dr. Atlas, with Instructor Miller at his side, makes his return!

Buy now on comiXology!

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Fri, 01/24/2020 - 00:19

Harrow County Writer and NYC Mech Artist Team Up On a Brand New Slice of Horror Tinged Science Fiction This April

 PORTLAND, OR: Cullen Bunn, who debuted some of his earliest work with Oni Press, and creator of such modern critical successes as Harrow County,

“Rogue Planet is a book I’ve been working on for quite a while, a sci-fi horror story that really digs into my roots as a horror fan” says co-creator and writer, Cullen Bunn. “I remember where I was sitting when I first wrote the title down–I was having coffee with my pal and frequent collaborator Brian Hurtt at Powell’s Books–and I couldn’t stop thinking about the possibilities. I spent a while kicking ideas around, and I came up with a chilling notion that I absolutely loved. It took a while to find the right artist, and I was so thrilled when Andy came on board to draw this title. I’ve been a fan of his work for so long. He really sold the hostility of the setting, the ghastliness of the horrors our intrepid heroes encounter. And then Nick took Andy’s pages and told stories with the colors. I cannot wait for readers to see this book. There are terrors to be discovered and mysteries to be revealed, if you have the stomach for it.”

Salvage vessel Cortes tracks the Lonely Orphan, a planet with no star system to call its own. Somewhere on this hostile rock is a payload fit for a king. To attain it, though, the crew of the Cortes must brave razor rock, poisonous vapors, treacherous footing, and… the most mind-numbing horrors imaginable. Something nightmarish is at work on Lonely Orphan. Something cruel. Something hungry.

Artist Andy MacDonald adds“Rogue Planet was an amazing opportunity for me to work with comic greats Cullen Bunn and Nick Filardi in the sci-fi horror genre that I truly love! It’s also the most difficult project to work on due to bouts of mind-bending fright-paralysis induced from the countless horrors Cullen’s spectacularly chilling script commanded I confront and draw. Stalwart champion of color and fearless comics comrade, Nick Filardi was there to bring beautiful and horrifyingly-vivid color to a project that I was too full of panicked dread to draw without peaking through one shaking hand!”

Rogue Planet #1 arrives in finer comic shops everywhere on April 1, 2020, and is currently available for order in the February dated Diamond PREVIEWS catalog. Reserve your copy with your local retailer now.

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Brian Azzarello & Maria Llovet’s Hit Series FAITHLESS Returns From BOOM! Studios in April

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 00:16

Discover a Brand New Series from the Highly Acclaimed Creators of the Most
Controversial Series of 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 22, 2020) – BOOM! Studios today announced that the critically acclaimed team of writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Maria Llovet (Heartbeat) will return to the world of their bestelling erotic series, FAITHLESS, with a brand new six-issue sequel series, where Faith and her lovers, Louis (AKA The Devil) and Poppy (his daughter), bring magic and chaos to the streets of Italy.

Turin, known as the epicenter of black magic, is also a place of high fashion, art, and literature. Now, Faith is in the center of it all and with that, her own power grows. But any power comes with a price. Faith has only just begun to pay for hers.

FAITHLESS II #1 features main cover art by series artist Llovet and the first in a series of erotic variant connecting covers by acclaimed artist Tula Lotay (Black Widow) that will be polybagged and not publicly previewed due to sexually explicit material. Each erotic variant cover will be limited to its initial print run and will not be reprinted or collected in any subsequent formats. All issues of FAITHLESS II will continue this variant cover program with similar content, limited release, and packaging.

Brian Azzarello is the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning co-creator (with artist Eduardo Risso) of 100 Bullets, along with Loveless and Moonshine.  The New York Times bestselling author’s work for DC Comics includes the titles Hellblazer, Superman, Joker, Luthor, Before Watchmen, Wonder Woman, and Dark Knight III with Frank Miller. Most recently he and artist Lee Bermejo launched DC’s groundbreaking Mature Readers imprint Black Label with the controversial and critically acclaimed Batman: Damned.

“I’m excited to dive back into FAITHLESS with Maria. When we last saw Faith, it appeared she’d gotten all that she’d wished for, but at what cost? Well, since the devil is involved it shouldn’t be too hard to guess the price,” said Azzarello. “We’re going to take Faith from the heady downtown art scene and move her to Turin, a city steeped in both black and white magic.”

Maria Llovet is a multidisciplinary artist from Barcelona, who has published four graphic novels, including Heartbeat with BOOM! Studios, There’s Nothing There, and Loud. Her illustration has been characterized by a great cinematographic influence in its visual narrative, with sex and death as central themes permeating her work.

“It was truly fantastic working with this team on Faith’s initial journey,” said Llovet. “I’m so glad to be back to these characters and thrilled to plunge deeper into the world of FAITHLESS!”

FAITHLESS II is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera;  Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury the Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith; The Red Mother by Jeremy Haun and Danny Luckert; and the upcoming Alienated by Simon Spurrier and Chris Wildgoose and King of Nowhere by W. Maxwell Prince and Tyler Jenkins.

“Faith’s search for magic in life, in art, and in love is far from over, and delving more deeply into her journey with Brian and Maria is entirely too much fun,” said Sierra Hahn, Executive Editor, BOOM! Studios. “More surprises await as we invite you to sink deeper into Faith’s explorations of the ‘taboo’ in FAITHLESS II.”

Print copies of FAITHLESS II will be available for sale in April 2020 at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For more on FAITHLESS II and other projects from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter.

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Study and Marvel at The Art of Luis García in New Deluxe Tome!

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 00:15

Dynamite Celebrates a Legendary Warren Artist

January 23, Mt. Laurel, NJ: Known to many a fan and collector for his exquisite style, Luis García’s work is fully compiled and introduced for fans both new and old in this new deluxe hardcover art book.

Luis García was among the cream of the crop within the “Spanish Invasion” which transformed Warren Publishing’s comic magazines in the 1970s. Contracting artists from the Barcelona-based art agency Selecciones Illustrada such as García, Jose Gonzalez, Esteban Maroto, José Ortiz, Auraleon brought an unparalleled new dimension to the painted covers and intricate interiors of Vampirella, Creepy and Eerie.

This new volume written and curated by artist and historian David Roach follows each stage of García’s career in a first-of-its-kind comprehensive retrospective. From his early seductive romance strips, to contributions to legendary French publication Pilote, to his pioneering autobiographical and political work in the graphic novel format. In addition to of course his horror stories for Warren and later painting.

Really bringing the package together is the commentary and notes from Luis García himself. Recounting such wide-ranging memories as modeling for romantic fotonovelas, meeting such cultural icons as Salvador Dali and John Lennon, hanging out at Studio 54 and more.

In addition to the historical writing, the 230-page book is loaded with artwork, almost entirely shot from the original pieces. Additionally, there are several complete short stories included, some never before translated and published in English.

“As a lifelong Vampirella fan I first discovered the artwork of Luis Garcia when I was very young, and it has stayed with me ever since,” said editor David Roach. “His entire life been notable for his never ending drive to push himself and evolve as an artist. I believe this book contains some of the very greatest artwork in comic history. I’m sure it will amaze and delight both old fans and new admirers.”

“García is an artist’s artist. His linework is so beautiful, he’s easily one of the best artists of his time, and has influenced many artists in the comics industry and outside,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO/Publisher. “Our line of art books stands out, and we’re proud to add in Luis García alongside names like Alex Ross, Lucio Parrillo, George Perez, Howard Chaykin, Sean Phillips and more. I hope that this release will bring greater awareness to Luis García and his art.”

Comic art historians and aspiring artists will also want to look into Roach’s other investigations into the Warren art stable across The Art of Vampirella, The Art of Jose Gonzalez and Masters of Spanish Comic Book Art.


THE ART OF LUIS GARCÍA #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:42

Preorder Edition Cover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLA
A new threat emerges from the fires of X-O’s latest battle!
Can X-O save the day, or does the world need a new kind of hero?
On sale APRIL 29 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99

Written by RAY FAWKES
Cover A by RAHZZAH
Preorder Edition Cover by JEREMY HAUN
1:25 Decoder Variant Cover by TRAVIS ESCARFULLERY
Ray Fawkes (Gotham By Midnight) and Jeremy Haun (The Red Mother) ignite a chilling new crime noir mystery.
A superpowered serial killer is terrorizing San Francisco, but they’re no Zodiac — they’re worse.
The detective, the reporter, the new superhero in town… who will be the final witness?
On sale APRIL 29 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Preorder Edition Cover by BARRY KITSON
The entire world vs. a madman… the world is going to need more heroes!
It’s the can’t-miss clash of 2020 as Hardian stands against the Valiant Universe!
On sale APRIL 22 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US

Written by TIM SEELEY
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Preorder Edition Cover by SIMON BISLEY
Unthinkable monsters are unleashing Hell on Earth!
Surrounded by enemies, who can Bloodshot trust?
On sale APRIL 8 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

QUANTUM & WOODY #4 (of 4)
Cover B by RAHZZAH
Extra Virgin Variant Cover by GURIHIRU
Home Alone, the boys are left to defend their lair against would-be bandits!
What is Woody’s dark secret? The truth is finally revealed!
On sale APRIL 22 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US |T+


THE VISITOR #5 (of 6)
Written by PAUL LEVITZ
Art by MJ KIM
Cover C by ALAN QUAH
Preorder Edition Cover by SHAWN MARTINBROUGH
With just two of The Visitor’s targets left standing, what extreme lengths will he go to in order to finish the job?
Nothing is truly as it seems…
On sale APRIL 15 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US |


RAI #6
Written by DAN ABNETT
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover B by KANO
Preorder Edition Cover by BRET BLEVINS
A brand-new arc of the critically-acclaimed series starts here!
Rai and Raijin are drafted into the positronic Roman legions to face a savage threat.
On sale APRIL 8 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Written by VITA AYALA
What is the cost of freedom?
Wanted fugitive Livewire has been on the run for months from the authorities for shutting down the country’s power in an effort to protect people gifted with powers. Will a shocking offer to go public from a renowned local politician pull Livewire into a political spotlight?
Valiant’s breakout heroine fights to clear her name in the next electrifying volume from rising stars Vita Ayala (Prisoner X) and Tana Ford (Avengers)!
Collecting LIVEWIRE #9–12.
On sale APRIL 1 | 112 pages, full color | $14.99 US | T+ | TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-354-3

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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:25

ARCHIE #713: ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE part 4 (of 4)
Katy Keene is missing in New York City! After rejecting a major opportunity in the fashion biz, Katy has run off into the night. Archie and the gang search for Katy and soon find out that things are more complicated than they seem.
Script: Mariko Tamaki and Kevin Panetta
Art: Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE #713: ARCHIE AND KATY KEENE #4 CVR B Var: Andrew Pepoy, Jason Millet
Ship Date: 4/8
On Sale Date: 4/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Get ready for some hi-tech hijinks in this issue of Archie & Friends! Get hooked on the latest video game craze Forknite, meet Archie’s new, unusual pet, try to find something that was gone in a flash and hunt down some hamburgers with your very own phone in these tech-savvy stories!
Script: Francis Bonnet, Angelo DeCesare,
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bill Golliher, Jim Amash, Bob Smith Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
ARCHIE & FRIENDS: GEEKS AND GAMES #1 CVR A Reg: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña, Vincent Lovallo
Ship Date: 4/15
On Sale Date: 4/29
24-page, full color comic
$2.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY: “Dogging the Cat Burglar!” Archie is dog-sitting his best friend Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. Will Hot Dog and Vegas become a dynamic doggy duo? Find out when these two are put to the ultimate test in canine loyalty!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Jeff Shultz, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/15
On Sale Date: 4/29
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

This issue of Archie’s Milestones Jumbo Comics Digest is all about the drama—namely dating and detention drama! Follow along with Archie on his many adventures (and misadventures) in the worlds of romance and classroom antics!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Bob Montana
Ship Date: 4/1
On Sale Date: 4/15
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

America’s favorite teen meets the galaxy’s fiercest hunter—again! Betty, Veronica and Predator-Archie have been left in the wreckage of their town, all their friends dead. Normally, they’d just go down Memory Lane and get home again where everything’s okay, but that’s no longer an option. It isn’t until they find an undamaged car and drive it down a different road where they can finally return to Riverdale—but their hometown feels different. And it’s made even more bizarre when they come face-to-face with a few people they’d never expect: themselves. Only different, newer versions. Little do they know, Predators on Mars are watching them—planning their next attack! Collects the full five-issue Archie vs. Predator II mini-series event.
Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
$19.99 US/$22.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/15

Archie’s first-ever original young adult graphic novel, starring everyone’s favorite BFFs Betty and Veronica! There are a number of truths in Riverdale–Archie Andrews will forever be clumsy and love-struck, Jughead Jones has an appetite that can never be satiated, Pop’s will always serve the best burgers and shakes and Betty and Veronica will be best friends no matter what comes between them. But when a career day at Riverdale High has the two BFFs examining their futures, they start to wonder just where they’ll end up—and how their lives may take very different paths. This original graphic novel explores the unbreakable bond that allows Betty and Veronica’s friendship to withstand the tests of space and time.
Script: Jamie L. Rotante
Art: Brittney Williams, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Brittney Williams
$14.99 US/$17.99 CAN
6 x 9”
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/22

BRAND NEW STORY: “Clothes-Minded!” Betty and Veronica are racking up community service hours sorting donated clothing at the local thrift store, but you can’t expect Veronica to be surrounded by clothing and not bring her keen fashion sense into the mix!
Script: Bill Golliher
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Ship Date: 3/18
On Sale Date: 4/1
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY: “Telethon Trouble!” Betty & Veronica have volunteered to answer phones at the local telethon. The girls are eager to do their civic duty—especially since their favorite band will be performing! But Betty and Veronica may end up doing more than just answering phones when there’s trouble at the telethon!
Script: Bill Golliher,
Art: Dan Parent, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Bill Golliher, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 4/8
On Sale Date: 4/22
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

The Martian crew has been captured by the Venusian Queen Hesper and her Battle Princesses! Cosmo is faced with a difficult choice when Hesper offers him a position of power as her loyal King in exchange for the release of his friends! Will Cosmo prove himself to be the mightiest Martian?! The confrontation on Venus ends here!
Script: Ian Flynn
Art: Tracy Yardley, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Ship Date: 3/18
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The original Life with Archie series was home to the wildest alternate reality takes on the Riverdale gang. From spies to superheroes, this comic showcased stories readers never dreamed of! Relive those far-out tales in this second graphic novel collection featuring select stories.
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Samm Schwartz
$10.99 US/$13.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/29

Take a trip back in time to Riverdale Middle School with The New Archies! Archie, Betty, Veronica and the whole gang were just as goofy then as they are now as high school students! Can Ms. Grundy keep her class under control? Revisit these fun tales in this graphic novel collection featuring select stories.
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover: Henry Scarpelli, Rosario “Tito” Peña
$10.99 US/$13.99 CAN
5 1/4 x 8”
224 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 4/1

Because you demanded it: Volume Two of the critically acclaimed Sabrina the Teenage Witch series by Kelly Thompson and Veronica & Andy Fish! Sabrina saved the day—saved her friends, her family—the whole town of Greendale really, and she should be riding high. But things are never quite that simple. She’s trapped in a love triangle, she’s having trouble balancing the mortal and witch parts of herself, oh yeah, and she’s being blackmailed. As if all that wasn’t enough, while trying to help Radka and Ren with their…supernatural problem, her aunts suddenly starting to look like people she can’t trust. What’s a teen witch to do?! *Retailer orders for all covers placed by FOC date will be 100% returnable (no minimum)*
Script: Kelly Thompson
Art: Veronica Fish, Andy Fish, Jack Morelli
SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 CVR C Var: Rebekah Isaacs, Lee Loughridge
SABRINA: SOMETHING WICKED #1 CVR D Var: Marguerite Sauvage
Ship Date: 3/18
On Sale Date: 4/1
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The clock is ticking on Veronica Lodge as she learns the terrible secrets hidden deep in her family’s history—and comes to understand that her horrifying past isn’t as distant as she’d like. Now, if she wants to keeps her family and friends safe, Veronica will face her most chilling challenge yet.
Script: Frank Tieri and Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Ship Date: 3/25
On Sale Date: 4/8
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW STORY: “The CamPAIN!” Mr. Lodge is running for Riverdale City Council, and Archie is determined to help canvass. Will he help win Mr. Lodge votes, or run the entire campaign into the ground?
Script: Bill Bettwy
Art: Pat and Tim Kennedy, Bob Smith, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Jeff Shultz, Rosario “Tito” Peña
Ship Date: 3/25
On Sale Date: 4/8
192-page, full color comic
$7.99 U.S.

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The Boys are Back in Town!

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:24

Garth Ennis Returns With New Series Before Prime’s 2nd Season

January 23, Mt. Laurel, NJ: The Boys are returning to comics, or at least what’s left of them, with their original writer and creator Garth Ennis for the sequel, Dear Becky.


Following the massive success of the comics and Prime adaptation, with over 150,000 omnibuses sold in 2019, Garth Ennis (Punisher, Preacher) returns to Wee Hughie, Billy Butcher, Vought and more in this hotly anticipated new entry. Picking up in-story 12 years after the finale of the 90 issue epic run, the marriage of Hughie and Annie (Starlight) is derailed by a mysterious document that threatens to rip open the scars of the past and reveal nightmarish truths about The Boys.

Joining Ennis on this series are some returning greats. Russ Braun (Fables, Hellstorm) picks right back up on interiors years later, after drawing a large chunk of the original series following series co-creator Darick Robertson. Robertson (Transmetropolitan, Wolverine) returns to contribute covers. For his first, Robertson once more calls back to the very first cover with The Boys looking down on something, as was also seen with #7 and #50.

“Originally I never intended to do more with The Boys at all, but for obvious reasons I’ve found myself thinking about the story and characters again over the past couple of years,” said writer Garth Ennis. “There was one aspect of the original story, and one character in particular, that I never felt got a fair shake- Becky Butcher, whose demise motivates her husband Billy to do the terrible things he does, but who only actually appears in two issues of the original book. I liked writing Becky very much, almost as much as Butcher himself, and I wanted to look in greater detail at how her relatively brief appearance cast such a long shadow.”

Darick Robertson adds, “This comic has always been close to my heart and seeing the response to the show and the new drove of readers discovering the original material, makes the timing for this series a wonderful opportunity to bring fresh material to the new readers as well as a treat for the original fans. Revisiting these characters is a nice feeling, and creating covers for the series and collaborating with Ennis again is a treat.”

Using a flashback structure, Dear Becky will flesh out both the pre-history of The Boys, call back to classic moments, and move the story forward. It’s an indispensable chapter for all fans of The Boys, going back nearly 15 years or new to the story from the show.

“We were extremely pleased with the entire Boys series, and felt that it was one of Garth and Darick’s greatest works – and that is saying something!,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher. “When Garth came back to with a new story, we were surprised but also excited of course. Once he clued us in, we were floored. It’s gratifying that Darick has been able to make time for the covers with his current schedule, and having Russ Braun return to draw the series too. We’re excited to bring this new yarn to fans and retailers!”

Created by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys debuted in 2006 at Wildstorm, but was canceled and picked up by Dynamite. Running until 2012, the series attracted both critical praise and controversy as Ennis infused it with his trademark wit and criticisms of society and the superhero. In 2019 Amazon Studios released a television adaptation of the series to their Prime platform, developed by Erik Kripke and starring Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr, Erin Moriarty and others. Out the gate, the series was a success with high user ratings and viewership, glowing reviews and viral engagement. A second season is set to release this year. To accompany the show, Dynamite recollected the entire comic series into six affordable paperback omnibus volumes, each featuring an official alternate photo cover. The series sold over 150,000 copies through 2019, rushing back to press multiple times.

Dynamite will also release a promotional poster of The Boys, perfect for both retailers and fans to advertise the series or show off their fandom. Additionally, all six volumes of The Boys Omnibus are available to catch up on the original comic, as well as art books and collectibles.

THE BOYS: DEAR BECKY #1 will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February 2019 Previews catalog, the premier source of merchandise for the comic book specialty market, and slated for release in April 2020. Comic book fans are encouraged to preorder copies of the issue with their local comic book retailers. It will also be available for individual customer purchase through digital platforms courtesy of Comixology, Kindle, iBooks, Google Play, Dynamite Digital, ComicsPlus, and more!

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Dynamite Shows Fans With April Homage Covers! Comic Great Todd McFarlane’s Covers Tributed

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:16

January 23, Mt. Laurel, NJ: For a set of special variants on releases for April, Dynamite and Adam Gorham are tributing the endlessly influential Todd McFarlane.

Adam Gorham (New Mutants, The Violent) is joined by colorist Michael Garland on six covers using Dynamite characters to homage classics from McFarlane’s career. Releases featuring these covers honoring the Toddfather will include Dejah Thoris #5, Red Sonja #15, Vampirella #10, Vampirella/Red Sonja #8, Death to the Army of Darkness #3, and Killing Red Sonja #2. Each issue is respectively paying homage to Amazing Spider-Man #328, Spider-Man #1, 7, 12, 16 and Spawn/Batman. The Spider-Man inspired issues even include neat corner box sketches, something that McFarlane innovated.


For Adam Gorham, it’s a somewhat personal project. “Growing up in Canada in the ’90s, comics were huge and Todd McFarlane was a Canadian icon of the medium. His work was some of the first comic art I was exposed to. I’m thinking of his Amazing Spider-Man anti-drug special covers. They were practically government issued to Canadian children,” said Gorham.


Colorist Garland shared, “Todd McFarlane broke my brain at a very early age. To return to that work – and the work of some legendary colorists like Steve Oliff – and build off of it was a childhood dream come true. I tried to incorporate the spirit of the original color palettes and compositions into my reinterpretation wherever I could.”

Each of these variants homaging McFarlane will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors’ February Previews for April on-sale. Comic fans are encouraged to preorder copies with their Local Comic Shops.

“It was a really fun series of covers to draw, and challenging! Todd’s style and compositions are so bold and energetic. His Spider-Man stuff has it’s own visual language. The poses and anatomy really only make sense for that character, so making different characters fit those cover compositions and giving them a new context on top of having some connect was no easy feat,” added Adam Gorham.


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Your First Look at THE RED MOTHER #3 From BOOM! Studios

Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:09

LOS ANGELES, CA (January 23, 2020) – BOOM! Studios is proud to reveal a first look at THE RED MOTHER #3, the latest issue of an all-new original comic book series from acclaimed writer Jeremy Haun (The Beauty, The Realm), artist Danny Luckert (Regression), and letterer Ed Dukeshire, about a young woman who survives a tragedy, only to be afflicted with sudden, unexplained visions of horror and forced to deal with the terrible consequences.

The visions through Daisy’s prosthetic eye are getting stronger—and it’s getting harder every day to resist their call. When a mysterious puzzle shows up on Daisy’s doorstep, will it provide the answers she’s looking for, or only draw her deeper into the world of the Red Mother?

THE RED MOTHER #3 features main cover art by series writer Jeremy Haun and variant cover art by Qistina Khalidah (The Magicians).

You can view the trailer here: THE RED MOTHER Trailer

THE RED MOTHER is the newest release from BOOM! Studios’ eponymous imprint, home to critically acclaimed original series, including Once & Future by Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora; Something is Killing the Children by James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera; Faithless by Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet; Abbott by Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä; Bury The Lede by Gaby Dunn and Claire Roe; Klaus by Grant Morrison and Dan Mora; and Folklords by Matt Kindt and Matt Smith. The imprint also publishes popular licensed properties including Joss Whedon’s Firefly from Greg Pak and Dan McDaid; Buffy the Vampire Slayer from Jordie Bellaire and David López; Angel from Bryan Edward Hill and Gleb Melnikov; and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers from Ryan Parrott and Daniele Di Nicuolo.

Print copies of THE RED MOTHER #3 will be available for sale February 19, 2020 exclusively at local comic book shops (use to find the nearest one) or at the BOOM! Studios webstore. Digital copies can be purchased from content providers, including comiXology, iBooks, Google Play, and Madefire.

For continuing news on THE RED MOTHER and more from BOOM! Studios, stay tuned to and follow @boomstudios on Twitter. 

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Thu, 01/23/2020 - 22:08

The St. Louis Based Animation Studio’s First Collaboration Nominated For Best Animated Short Film

ST LOUIS – “Hair Love,” the heartfelt animated short film about an African American father learning to do his daughter’s hair for the first time has won over audiences, critics, and Hollywood notables alike following its debut in theaters this past August. The Matthew A. Cherry-directed and Lion Forge Animation-produced short has now been nominated in the Academy Awards category of “Best Animated Short Film.”

Lion Forge Comics has established an unparalleled reputation in the publishing world since 2012 for championing underserved audiences and leading the charge for diverse content in the world of comic book storytelling. Their sister company, Lion Forge Animation brings this same ethos to the screen, challenging the industry to do better, by producing and developing authentic content from diverse creative voices.

“Hair Love” features the voice of Issa Rae (“Insecure”) as the young girl’s mother. The short is produced by Karen Rupert Toliver, Stacey Newton, Monica A. Young, Matthew A. Cherry, and Lion Forge Animation’s David Steward II and Carl Reed. Peter Ramsey (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) and Frank Abney (animator, “Toy Story 4”) serve as executive producers.

“’Hair Love’ embodies the spirit of our company at its core. The film exemplifies both our pursuit of honest and top quality content which represents audiences of all kinds, as well as the belief that something can grow from a humble passion to a force for change, with undeniable influence on the entertainment industry at large” says producer and Lion Forge co-founder David Steward II. “What we have been able to accomplish Matthew, Karen, and the entire team behind the film, is not only remarkable, but inspiring. We are grateful to the Academy for recognizing this film and all of the love that went into making it.”

“’Hair Love’ has been just as the title would imply, a labor of love for all involved” says Carl Reed, producer and Chief Creative Officer of Lion Forge. “We hope that others can find inspiration in what we’ve accomplished with a story that represents what many of us parents in the African American community experience in daily life and are grateful to the Academy for recognizing this very special little film.”

“Hair Love” launched as a Kickstarter campaign in 2017 with a fundraising goal of $75,000. Strong support led to the campaign amassing nearly $300,000, making it the most highly-funded short film campaign in Kickstarter history. Lion Forge Animation collaborated with Matthew A. Cherry to see the project through to its full potential, and it was picked up by Sony Pictures Animation for distribution soon after

The picture book “Hair Love” was released by Kokila Books/Penguin Random House on May 14 of last year and became a New York Times Bestseller, followed soon after by the film’s release ahead of “Angry Birds 2” on August 14, 2019.

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CCL #510 – March 2020 Solicitations – Weekend At Andy’s

Fri, 12/27/2019 - 04:13

Chris and Andy talk about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker but first get right into “draft” selections from the March 2020 solicits that include:

Andy’s pics:

  1. Marvel Classic Comics Omnibus HC (Marvel)
  2. Freedom Fighters Rise of a Nation TP (DC)
  3. Solomon Kane: The Original Marvel Years Omnibus HC (Marvel)
  4. The Neil Gaiman Library V1 HC (Darkhorse)
  5. Frank Cho’s Jungle Girl Omnibus Complete TP (Dynamite)
  6. Batman: Last Knight on Earth HC (DC)
  7. X-Men by Jonathan Hickman V1 TP (Marvel)
  8. Avatar: The Last Airbender Imbalance Library Edition (Dark Horse)
  9. I Think He’s Crazy National Lampoon HC (Fantagraphics)
  10. Amazing Spider-man: Great Power Epic Collection V1 (Marvel)

Chris’s pics:

  1. DC First Issue Special HC (DC)
  2. Superman Smashes The Klan TP (DC)
  3. The New Gods By Gerry Conway HC (DC)
  4. Heroes Reborn: The Return Omnibus HC (Marvel)
  5. Mephisto: Speak Of The Devil TP (Marvel)
  6. Marvel Knights Black Widow By Grayson & Rucka: The Complete Collection TP (Marvel)
  7. Militia TP (Blackbox Comics)
  8. Marvel Masterworks: The Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 22 HC (Marvel)
  9. Shazam!: The World’s Mightiest Mortal Vol. 2 HC (DC)
  10. Complete Sabrina The Teenage Witch: 1972-1973 TP (Archie Comics)

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Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:47

The staff of First Comics News wishes our readers a Happy Boxing Day!

Alex Wright, Bob Almond, Dærick Gröss Sr., Katie Salidas, Mat Kaufman, Michael Dunne, Miguel Ortiz, Tanya Tate, Tim Chizmar, Mike Bullock, Buzz Dixon, Holly Golightly, Howard Chaykin, J. C. Vaughn, Mark Haney, Marwan El Nashar, Naif Al-Mutawa, Scott McDaniel, Art Sippo, Chris Marshall,, Jamie Coville, Chris Squires, Francis Sky, Grant Offenberger, Martin Boruta, Peter Breau, Phil Latter, Calvin Daniels, Giovanni Aria, Harry Sully, Ric Croxton, Wayne Hall, Jez Ibelle, Matthew Szewczyk, Reinhardt Schäfer, Richard Vasseur and Rik Offenberger

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REVIEWS: Valhalla Awaits #1

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:41
Title: Valhalla Awaits #1

Publisher: Evoluzione Publishing

Creators: Phil Buckenham & Joshua Metzger (story), Phil Buckenham (art), Agnese Pozza (colors), Justin Birch (letters), Guido Martinez (editor), Marcel Dupree (editor-in-chief

Price: $4.99

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars


“Valhalla Awaits is a comic series that draws heavily from the Poetic Edda and Viking and Norse mythological themes. The story follows characters Hilder and Erik Blüdaxe and their journey through the Viking afterlife, where they encounter Norse gods and legendary creatures.”

Comments:  Okay, I freely admit it upfront: I’m a sucker for projects about Vikings and/or Norse mythology. And for those who know me, who know I’ve been reading the adventures of Marvel’s THOR for as long as I could read, it came as no surprise whatsoever that I had jumped on this book when I saw it show up on Kickstarter.

The book begins during the very early years of settlement on Greenland (a scant ten years after Erik the Red discovered and named it). A small village is under siege by a group of Vikings led by the powerful Erik Blüdaxe. But apparently, his coming was foretold, as a group of priests are performing a ritual intended to transform a young girl named Hilder into a Valkyrie, who would then be a champion for the village. But Erik’s early arrival disrupts their ritual, and Hilder instead falls under Erik’s sway. But truthfully, that’s just the beginning. The story doesn’t really start until the end of the first issue when both Holder and Erik die at each other’s hands some years later. Hence why the tagline for this series is “a journey through the Viking afterlife”.

Creatively, the talent on this book is strong. Series creator and artist Phil Buckenham, aided by co-writer Joshua Metzger, writes smooth dialogue, and engaging characters. They establish well early on the link between both Erik and Hilder, while at the same time foreshadowing that there’s far more to Hilder than even she knows.

Phil’s art is, overall, well-executed and cohesive. The transitions between panels occasionally jump, but overall the vast majority of the book’s storytelling is smooth and seamless. His framing is dynamic and dramatic, and the character designs are fantastic and period-appropriate. No Vikings wearing horned or winged helmets in this project, and I love it. But if you’re a little squeamish, be aware that they are, after all, Vikings, and there’s more than an ample serving of blood and brutality. Honestly, my favorite page(s) in this story are the double-page spread which I won’t spoil for you here. There’s just something very cinematically-timed about its placement and staging. I love it.

Moving on to the other members of the creative team, the colors of Agnese Pizza compliment Phil’s art perfectly, bringing depth and vivid dynamics to the story. And as someone who himself dabbles in lettering, I really appreciate Josh Birch’s skills in these pages. There is a 100% professional quality to his work that would be perfectly at home on a project from one of the Big Two publishers. I’ve experienced a couple of projects where the lettering and balloons are sub-par and as surprising as it may be to some, nothing pulls me out of a project faster than bad lettering. It’s distracting and ruins both the flow and dynamics of the art and story.

So, in conclusion, do I recommend this book? Absolutely. Without hesitation. It’s not yet available anywhere outside the Kickstarter campaign, but they do have a store on IndyPlanet, so I’d imagine once things are settled the book will go up there for widespread sale.

Honestly, I could probably go on and on (because…Vikings), but I’ll stop. Suffice it to say, I’m on board for this series, and will eagerly be looking forward to the next issue when they decide to make it happen. And I recommend you do, as well.

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RICH REVIEWS: Gillbert # 2: The Curious Mysterious

Thu, 12/26/2019 - 16:30

Title: Gillbert # 2: The Curious Mysterious (GN)
Publisher: Papercutz
Creator/Writer/Artist/Cover: Art Baltazar
Price: $ 9.99 US
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Comments: In Atlanticus, Gillbert, Sherbert, and Anne are ready for Everything Day. Well until Gillbert has to help out babysitting.
The art style is for a young audience. It is simplistic. The colors are beautifully done. The illustration of the King riding a shark looks amazing.
The three aquatic creatures Gillbert, Sherbert and Anne do go on a journey for Everything Day. Matila Gilbert’s baby sister swims off and the others follow. They end up meeting some weird surface folks. Everything Day sounds fun until you hear about the Gogo-Gygoontah Fish a destructive creature.
This book makes a fine illustrated and printed comic for a very young age.
Gillbert and his cute friends and family have a wonderful friendly adventure and they meet new friends in the Mostly Humans people who are not quite human. They are a fun group too. All the creatures here are happy fun characters that a child will just love and adore.

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RICH REVIEWS: Miraculous: Season Two – Double Trouble

Wed, 12/25/2019 - 16:22

Title: Miraculous: Season Two – Double Trouble (TPB)
Publisher: Action Lab Comics
Based on the Animated Series by: Zag Entertainment
Adapted by: Cheryl Black, Nicole D’Andria & Bryan Seaton
Writers: Jeremy Zag, Thomas Astruc, Matthieu Choquet, Fred Lenoir, Sebastien Thibaudeau, Nolwenn Pierre, Nicole D’Andria
Artist: Cheryl Black
Cover Artist: Cheryl Black
Lettered by: Justin Birch
Price: $ 8.99 US
Rating:3  out of 5 stars
Comments: “Chapter 1: Frightningale”
Clara Nightingale is a famous singer who is making a video. Clara wants fake Ladybug and Cat Noir’s in it but she ends up getting better than that.  Marinette and Adrien do get cozy for their parts they get to pretend to be themselves.  Chloe and her attitude interfere causing Hawk Moth to create Frightningale out of Clara Nightingale.
Now Ladybug and Cat Noir find themselves hard-pressed against Frightningale. Working together through works out so well.
The art needed to show off both Ladybug and Cat Noir as well as Frightningale better. There are no action poses. No battle poses where they are fighting.
It is nice to see Marinette and Adrien getting along so well. They are good friends and who knows maybe someday more. Marinette certainly hopes so she is shown as being so in love with him.
“Chapter 2: Troublemaker”
Jagged and his assistant Penny are featured here. He is all about Rock ‘N’ Roll music. Penny does get pushed too far. She has to much put on her.
Penny becomes Troublemaker and that is exactly what she does. Her costume is cute and wonderfully colored. This fight with Ladybug and Cat Noir lasts for a bit but it still needs better action poses.
Marinette and Adrien do flirt with each other yet both think of it as just being friends.
In this book, it is always time for Spots On, Claws Out!

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