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Preview: Fathom: Kiani Vol. 4 #4

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #4

Vince Hernandez – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art

The climactic finale to this volume’s epic storyline finds Kiani and Anika in a fight for their lives against the machinations of the U.S. Navy’s hellbent Admiral Hoover, and his catastrophic covert plot on American soil. Yet, the pair find out that stopping the world’s greatest military does not guarantee the end of the bloodshed.

FATHOM: KIANI vol 4 #4 is in stores May 20th, 2015!

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Preview: Psycho Bonkers #1

PSYCHO BONKERS #1

Vince Hernandez – Story / Adam Archer – Art / Colors – Federico Blee

Crack the speed barrier wide open in this thrilling new adventure that redefines what it means to go full throttle!

Join Shine, a young but unyielding teenage girl, as she races to find the true story behind the tragedy that wrecked her family, and shattered the sport of Bonk Racing to its core. Along with her trusted technician, Gabbo, and her sentient Bonk Racer, Shiza, she will discover that learning the truth about her future is as dangerous as the tragic past she is trying to forget!

Told in a series of five legs within the race of all races—the Super Bonk Rally, this five issue mini-series will span amazing landscapes and death-defying terrain, as these racers go Psycho Bonkers!

PSYCHO BONKERS #1 is in stores May 20th, 2015!

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

A-Force_1_CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: A-Force #1 (Marvel) – An all-female Avengers team?! Hells yes! Sign me up. The team looks interesting and there’s promise of a new character being introduced who will play a big role. There’s lots of buzz for this book and I’m looking forward to it.

Max Max: Fury Road: Nux & Immortan Joe #1 (DC Comics/Vertigo) – If you saw the movie this weekend, you know why this is on the list.

Psycho Bonkers #1 (Aspen) – A fun car race comic featuring a teenage girl. This is something we need more of. It’s like Speed Racer for the Tween set.

Ultimate End #1 (Marvel) – And this is how a world ends…..

Valhalla Mad #1 (Image Comics) – Any new series from Image is on my radar. Three warrior gods vacationing on Earth by writer Joe Casey sounds awesome to me.

 

Edward

Top Pick: A-Force #1 (Marvel) – The all-female team for Marvel could be pretty fun if the characters aren’t just put there because of their gender.

Ei8ht #4 (Dark Horse) – More answers are due to be revealed in this tale of time travel.

Jem and the Holograms #3 (IDW Publishing) – This series has been a fun ride so far as the band starts to get more confidence.

Jungle Girl Seasons 3 #2 (Dynamite) –  This is a modern version of the jungle genre which once ruled comics.

Satellite Sam #14 (Image Comics) –  This world of debauchery and lies only gets more complicated after every issue.

 

Elana

Top Pick: A-Force #1 (Marvel) – This is the hottest ticket of the week — all of our favorite female heroes in a fascinating speculative world by ground-breaking writer, G. Willow Wilson.

A certain Harvard Professor might think this book looks like porn based on leading questions she asked her sons who are too young to know what porn is. But I know the difference. And even female characters with conventional comics bodies (oh well) can be written as full fledged characters that exist beyond just being subjects for an eroticized male gaze (yeah!). My money is on this being an outstanding book to love and share with your friends.

Convergence: New Teen Titans #2 (DC Comics) – “Why must I be a teengage superhero in looooove?” Only Dion and The Belmonts and Marv Wolfman know for sure. Last issue was everything I wanted: bronze age-worthy soap-y superhero romance, art with a classic feel and great “acting” via Nicola Scott and some things we didn’t know we wanted: namely the fact that apparently Cyborg and Beast-Boy are a couple? I’m still waiting on a fan who read the original series back in the day to tell me if this was a going theory back then. Anyway, this month’s should be all that and more.

Dirk Gently’s Wholistic Detective Agency #1 (IDW Publishing) –  I grew up loving the Hitchhiker’s Guide books. They were laugh out loud funny beyond anything else I’ve read yet full of real human emotion, even the aliens. This series is based off of related Douglas Adams novels. I hope this will be in the same spirit.

Jem and the Holograms #3 (IDW Publishing) – A comic book that has charmed everyone. Please get this in to the hands of teen readers! It is totally accessible to folks who never watched the show. Yet it embraces the true spirit of the show- a light sci-fi action story featuring strongly written diverse women. Apparently the movie missed that entirely.

Loki Agent of Asgard #14 (Marvel) – Al Ewing is really on a roll in his titles. I can’t wait to see where this series lands. Great characterization, emotional stakes are high, creative story and I really can’t predict where this will go. Not sure what to make of the new look Loki reveal from last issue. Is he some sort of integrated personality between evil King Loki and the heroic trickster from recent issues? No idea.

Aspen Comics Heads to the East to Atlantic City Boardwalk Con

Aspen Comics will be hitting the East Coast from Thursday, May 14th to Sunday, May 17th to exhibit at the first annual Atlantic City Boardwalk Convention. The publisher will be located at Booth #925 on the show floor.

Aspen President Frank Mastromauro, co-owner Peter Steigerwald, artists V Ken Marion and Jordan Gunderson, along with writers Tom Huchison and Heather Finley will be representing the publisher. With them, they’ll have a full array of their diverse comic series and industry-leading prints available for purchase through the weekend.

The publisher will have an Atlantic City Boardwalk Con exclusive cover for The Four Points #2 by Gunderson, with colors by Valentina Pinto, a limited edition of 200. There will also be a full-size print of the variant cover available, alongside an exclusive print of The Four Points #2 Direct Edition Aspen Matthews cover by artist Khary Randolph (Charismagic).

Aspen Comics will be hosting a panel, The Official Aspen Comics Panel 2015, in Room 417 on Saturday from 1:00 PM to 2:00PM. Join the Aspen team of creators to catch sneak peaks of upcoming title releases and products, plus participate in a fan Q&A.

As well, Aspen will be co-hosting an Atlantic City Boardwalk Con after party with Level Up Entertainment at Mountain Bar on Friday, May 15th at 9PM. The evening celebration will feature live band karaoke, music by renowned chip tune artist DJ Cutman, classic video games, and an exclusive Drink and Draw with Aspen creators.

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Preview: Four Points #2

FOUR POINTS #2

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Something dark is coming…

Tensions rise as Gia attempts to enlist the most powerful potential recruit to the group’s cause, however early talks lead to a much more “physical” confrontation than they were hoping for. Meanwhile, a much more pressing matter threatens not only the group’s existence, but that of mankind as well.

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #2 is in stores May 13th, 2015!

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Aspen Comics Celebrates Second Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend

Aspen Comics kicks off Customer Appreciation Weekend this Friday to celebrate another year of publishing comics and give back to their loyal fans with merchandise discounts, freebies with every order, and an exclusive Michael Turner variant of The Four Points #2, which won’t hit stores until the following Wednesday, May 13th.

Customer Appreciation Weekend will take place on www.AspenStore.com. Fans can expect a 25% discount across the entire site. Aspen fans that have participated in previous promotional events will receive codes via email for additional discounts up to 60% off store products. Each order placed over the weekend will come with bonus goodies, and orders of $25 or more will receive the Turner variant. As well, the Turner variant will also be available for purchase as a print for $20, or free with a purchase of $100 or more.

Aspen Customer Appreciation Weekend will run from Friday, May 8th through Sunday, May 10th.

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Preview: Worlds of Aspen 2015

WORLDS OF ASPEN 2015

Writers: JT Krul, Vince Hernandez

Artists: Alex Konat, Claudio Avella

Two all-new FATHOM and SOULFIRE series begin right here! Aspen’s flagship universes grow larger with two original series debuting exclusively in this year’s Free Comic Book Day flipbook offering! MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM: BLUE features a brand new cast of Blue outlaws from under the surface, coerced together by the U.S. Government for a covert war against their own kind-but if they fail their mission-their lives are over! Meanwhile, in MICHAEL TURNER’S ETERNAL SOULFIRE, a new wielder of magic emerges! Cassidy, a young girl with a huge power hidden within her, must place her trust in one of the Soulfire Universes’ most fierce warriors, Miya, in order to escape not only those seeking to kill them-but also their own demons from the past! Make sure to stop by your local comic book store and pick up these two exclusive zero issue offerings only in this year’s Worlds of Aspen 2015!

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Aspen Comics in July 2015

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1

JT Krul – Story / Alex Konat – Art / Federico Blee – Colors

Michael Turner’s classic action-adventure series re-emerges with a brand new era of mystery and magic!

The world of magic and technology have finally collided! And, with it, a new cast of characters will rise. Cassidy, a young high school student with a very big secret, will discover that magic is not only real—but will change her life forever in ways she never could’ve imagined. Meanwhile, Miya, the ancient warrior from the earliest days of the Soulfire Universe, has returned with a vengeance—and both of their paths will be inextricably united!

The first all new Soulfire series to make its debut since Michael Turner introduced you to his incredible magical adventure over 10 years ago, is ready to take you on the ride of your life and explore the world of Soulfire as you’ve never seen it before!

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 is in stores July 8th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Alex Konat and Pasquale Qualano. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 cover by artist Eric ‘EBAS’ Basaldua, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Ebas alternate ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 covers at net $4 each.

ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 EXPANDED RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 24 copies of ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the Michael Turner ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Turner ETERNAL SOULFIRE #1 Covers at net $8 each.

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CRITTER #1

Tom Hutchison – Story / Fico Ossio– Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The newest re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint has arrived!

As a young girl, Cassia grew up as a tomboy who learned karate, ran track and took gymnastics. One day when a little girl is kidnapped for ransom, she finds out that she might have what it takes to be a superhero. But, little does she know that being a hero was always in her blood!

Featuring re-mastered content, an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Critter, creator commentary and more! Don’t miss out on the second of Aspen’s all new BDI launch titles with the premiere of CRITTER #1!

CRITTER #1 is in stores July 8th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: CRITTER #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Fico Ossio and artist Cory Zayatz. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

CRITTER #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 8 copies of CRITTER #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate CRITTER #1 cover by artist Nei Ruffino, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Ruffino alternate CRITTER #1 covers at net $4 each.

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FATHOM BLUE #2

Vince Hernandez – Story / Claudio Avella – Art / Colors – Erick Arciniega

A dangerous new foe has risen!

Admiral Maylander’s assembled team of misfits encounter an enemy that is beyond their combined abilities—and they learn the hard way that their dissension amongst themselves could not only cost them their lives—but, also the fragile concord between the Blue and the Humans forever!

FATHOM BLUE #2 is in stores July 15th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM BLUE #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist Claudio Avella and Paolo Pantalena. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions

FATHOM BLUE #2 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of FATHOM BLUE #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FATHOM BLUE #2 cover by artist Mike Chrome, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Mike Chrome alternate FATHOM BLUE #1 covers at net $4 each.

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PSYCHO BONKERS #3

Vince Hernandez – Story / Adam Archer – Art / Colors – Federico Blee

Crack the speed barrier wide open in this thrilling new adventure that redefines what it means to go full throttle!

Shine’s team reaches the third leg of the Super Bonk Rally, and their competition heats up as the desire for triumph means the racers will stop at nothing to reach victory lane—including the death of their fellow drivers! Meanwhile, discover the truth behind Shine’s ascension towards the top, and what sacrifices she had to endure in order to make her dream a reality!

Told in a series of five legs within the race of all races—the Super Bonk Rally, this five issue mini-series will span amazing landscapes and death-defying terrain, as these racers go completely Psycho Bonkers!

PSYCHO BONKERS #3 is in stores July 22nd, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: PSYCHO BONKERS #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Adam Archer and Agnes Garbowska. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

PSYCHO BONKERS #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of PSYCHO BONKERS #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #3 cover by artist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Steigerwald alternate PSYCHO BONKERS #3 covers at net $4 each.

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FOUR POINTS #4

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art / Valentina Pinto – Colors

Friend or Foe is the question posed as Ivana’s origin is brought to the forefront in dramatic fashion! With the world still reeling from the existence of the Blue and their deeper counterparts, the Black, Ivana’s people struggle with a choice that could mean the destruction of the human race altogether!

Aspen welcomes back acclaimed writer Scott Lobdell to introduce to you this years most exciting new series, FOUR POINTS!

FOUR POINTS #4 is in stores July 15th, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FOUR POINTS #4 will ship with four different inter- connecting covers by artist Tina Valentina. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FOUR POINTS #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of FOUR POINTS #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FOUR POINTS #4 cover by series artist Jordan Gunderson, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Gunderson alternate FOUR POINTS #4 covers at net $4 each.

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SHAHRAZAD #4

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint concludes!

Shahrazad finds herself in a life-or-death battle for the ages, as she must not only prove that she can survive—but, also, that she can kill!

SHAHRAZAD #4 is in stores July 1st, 2015!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: SHAHRAZAD #4 will ship with two different covers by series artist Mike Krome and artist Elizabeth Torque. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SHAHRAZAD #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 8 copies of SHAHRAZAD #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the re-mastered SHAHRAZAD #4 cover by artist J. Scott Campbell and colorist Peter Steigerwald, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional re-mastered Campbell/Steigerwald SHAHRAZAD #4 covers at net $4 each.

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Preview: Shahrazad #2

SHAHRAZAD #2

Kim Hutchison; Kari Castor – Story / Mike Krome – Art / Nei Ruffino – Colors

The first re-mastered debut from Aspen’s Big Dog Ink imprint continues!

The Sirens of legend have been mercilessly held against their will for centuries on end with no respite! However, will Shahrazad decide to rescue them in their time of need–or leave them to their own tragic fate?

SHAHRAZAD #2 is in stores May 6th, 2015!

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Aspen Comics Returns with Big Dog Ink for C2E2 2015

Aspen Comics will have a multi-imprint presence in Chicago from Friday, April 24th to Sunday, April 26th alongside Big Dog Ink for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2015. This is the first time Aspen will be at C2E2 since 2012.

Aspen president Frank Mastromauro will join Big Dog Ink founder Tom Hutchison, as well as Shahrazad writers Kim Hutchison and Kari Castor, at booth #706. There will also be a handful of Aspen/BDI creators available in Artist’s Alley: V Ken Marion at B11, Jordan Gunderson at K12, Nei Ruffino at P8, and Dirk Manning at H8.

C2E2 marks the premiere of Shahrazad #2, which will not be in stores until May 6th, 2015. Aspen will have a C2E2 exclusive cover for Shahrazad #2 by Ruffino available for purchase at their booth, in addition to a Fathom: Kiani #3 exclusive cover by Michael Turner and Peter Steigerwald. These variants will also be available as exclusive full-size art prints, in addition to two Shahrazad #2 prints by J. Scott Campbell and Mike DeBalfo.

For those who can’t make it to the convention, quantities of C2E2 exclusives will be made available online.

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