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Ancient Hero Meets Modern World in Hercules #1!

He’s been called many things, gone by many names, accomplished many heroic deeds. But now, it’s time for a new beginning. This November, the world’s first super hero is back in the game in Hercules #1! Fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross blast out of the gate with an explosive first issue that’ll show the world why he set the bar for heroism in the first place!

Protect the innocent, defend the world, save the day. Olympus’s favorite son is back like you’ve never seen him before! An ancient warrior in the modern day, Hercules battles everything from street-level crime to cosmic scale threats. Whether it’s protecting his block, his city or the entire world – no labor is too big or too small for the mighty Hercules! But a new evil has awoken – one that will push the demi-god to the limit and test his mighty resolve. The world’s first super hero is back in the fight,  but will his new lease on life be short lived?

Witness the Marvel Universe through the eyes of one of its most powerful warriors, and the heart of a true champion. Ancient hero meets modern day this November in this bombastic debut!

HERCULES #1
Written by DAN ABNETT
Art by LUKE ROSS
Cover by CLAY MANN
On Sale in November!

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Review: The Shrinking Man #1

ShrinkingMan_01A-993x1528Richard Matheson was master of blending science fiction’s spookiest elements while exploring the human condition. It is exactly what makes Omega Man and I Am Legend, such classic benchmarks in science fiction, and what made the Twilight Zone, the landmark television show it was. Mathieson’s influence can be felt in the writings of Neil Gaiman and Stephen King, as they have proven that science fiction can not only be entertaining but enlightening as well as self-reflective, as all good writing should do. In his lifetime, most of his books were adapted into films.

One of his most memorable film adaptations was The Shrinking Man (1957) which starred Grant Williams and Randy Stuart as a couple who gets affected concentrated mass of radioactive-like particles. The character of Scott, begins to notice changes to his body, such as loss of weight and height, which could not be medically explained. Eventually, Scott, shrinks almost to atom size, while at the mercy of his surrounding conditions and some unforeseen dangers. The movie and the book, which I read after watching the movie, was classic 50’s paranoia and cautionary tale, at its best.

When I heard that IDW Publishing, was adapting this particular Mathieson piece into comic, I was intrigued and cautiously optimistic, as an adaptation of his work in the wrong hands, could be disastrous. In retrospect after reading this first issue, writer Ted Adams and artist Mark Torres, has done an adequate adaptation, not bad ,not good, but enough for the casual reader to get the gist of the story. The first issue delves into his struggles at the differing heights, from 72 inches, to 5/7 inch, from purely physical struggles to emotional ones, like his relationship with his wife. For a story, which tackles many themes such as masculinity to marriage, it felt as though it moved faster than it should have been and more hollow than I remembered the source material being.

Adams, certainly pulls some of the most interesting parts of book into his adaptation, but it still feels as though it missing a huge amount of material. Torres’ art is at times, sublime, but at other times, very ample for this adaptation. Adams and Torres, have put together a passable adaptation, which tackles themes that are not only universal but timeless. Overall, you should read this adaptation to understand the popular mindset of the 50s but watch the movie or better yet, read the book, to understand Mathieson’s intentions.

Story: Ted Adams Art: Mark Torres
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.3 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Imperium #7

IMPERIUM #7

Written by JOSHUA DYSART
Art by SCOT EATON
Cover A by KANO (JUN151620)
Cover B by PERE PEREZ (JUN151621)
Variant Cover by PHILIP TAN (JUN151622)
$3.99 US | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 5

Harada’s team of “BROKEN ANGELS” confront…DIVINITY!

The telepathic mastermind. The alien assassin. The mercenary super-soldier. The mad scientist. And the killer robot with a soul. Toyo Harada has collected the monsters that will make his vision of world peace a reality. Now he pursues the most difficult and desirable asset of all – the spaceman with all the powers of a god – the outcast who can rewrite reality with a thought – the man who is no longer a man – the all-powerful being who is simply called Divinity.

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Preview: The Bunker #13

The Bunker #13

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Artist: Joe Infurnari

What’s the deal with Heidi? Between her visits to Billy and spilling her deepest secret to Natasha, there’s something else going on. Where has she been the last three months? And who has she been with?

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Action Lab Entertainment in October 2015

CYRUS PERKINS AND THE HAUNTED TAXI CAB #1

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch
Artist Name(s): Anna Lencioni
Cover Artist(s): Anna Lencioni (Regular), Casey Castille (Variant)

After a young boy dies in his taxi cab, Cyrus Perkins must solve the boy’s murder… or be haunted by the spirit trapped in his car! Double Jumpers creator and co-writer of the hit all-ages series Vamplets teams with rising star Anna Lencioni to deliver a supernatural crime noir with a hero like no other: Cyrus Perkins!
Featuring a “70s Movie Poster” Variant cover by renowned poster artist Casey Castille, limited to 2000 copies.

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.) $4.99 (var.)

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ARCHON: BATTLE OF THE DRAGON #3

Writer(s): John J. Perez
Artist Name(s): Marco Maccagni, Bobby Hernandez, Angela Fato
Cover Artist(s): Marco Maccagni

The Justice Department has sent its best Federal Knight to oversee Cayde’s investigation into possible misdeeds at the Archon. Back at the casino Gareth is beginning to wise up to the unsettling truth about his coworkers, all the while Tess spars with her fearsome dragon equal.

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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THE F1RST HERO: FIGHT FOR YOUR LIFE #3

Writer(s): Anthony Ruttgaizer
Artist Name(s): Danny Zabbal (art), Fred C Stresing (letters/colors)
Cover Artist(s): Danny Zabbal

Jake offers a lifeline to Cooper that will get him out of trouble with the mafia but Cooper has ideas of his own. It’s Jake vs Odinson: ROUND TWO, but will the US military’s Extrahuman Task Force have a say in the outcome?

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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HERO CATS: MIDNIGHT OVER STELLAR CITY #1 (of 3)

Writer(s): Kyle Puttkammer
Artist Name(s): Alex Ogle
Cover Artist(s): Alex Ogle
Alternate cover by Marcus Williams

Midnight is on the hunt, tracking down the mysterious Crow King. Can the claws of justice outwit this fowl villain and uncover his grand scheme?

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.) $4.99 (var.)

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PRINCELESS: RAVEN, THE PIRATE PRINCESS #4

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt
Cover Artist(s): Rosy Higgins, Ted Brandt

Raven finally has a crew and is ready for cast off when an old friend and his rambunctious daughter come under threat from the town guard. There’s too many to fight and they’re too heavily armed. How will Raven and her crew save one of the only allies they have? Variant cover limited to 2000 copies!

32 pgs./ All Ages / FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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PRINCELESS: BE YOURSELF TPB

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig
Cover Artist(s): Emily Martin, Brett Grunig

Angoisse Ashe, the oft-forgotten middle sister of the Ashe royal family, is locked in a castle deep in the swamp. Not only is her castle guarded by zombies, but the swamp is full of dangerous hazards. Everything from quicksand to goblins to swamp monsters to…VAMPIRES! But does that give Adrienne pause? Unfortunately not, as she and Bedelia dive head-first into their most dangerous adventure yet! Be sure to pick up this collection and share every moment of this thrilling chapter of the Princeless saga!

32 pgs./ All Ages/ FC $3.99

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NUTMEG #5

Writer(s): James F. Wright
Artist Name(s): Jackie Crofts (art), Josh Eckert (colors, lettering)
Cover Artist(s): Jackie Crofts

Fall, Part 5: “Pantry Raids” Poppy and Cassia, the teen masterminds behind the addictive Patty Cake brownies, hoping to better understand their product, violate one of the 10 Crime Commandments: they try their own supply. Also, with this issue we welcome new series colorist/letterer Josh Eckert!

32 pgs./ Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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VENTURE #3 (of 4)

Writer(s): Jay Faerber
Artist Name(s): Jamal Igle (penciller/ Inker) Sébastien Lamirand (Colorist)
Cover Artist(s): Jamal Igle

Venture’s public debut didn’t go as planned, so it’s time for Joe and Reggie to have a heart to heart talk. Meanwhile, something monstrous lurks beneath the Santa Monica Pier.

The brainchild of industry greats, Jay Faerber (Image Comics Copperhead) and Jamal Igle (Supergirl, Action Comics) continue their legendary superhero buddy series.

32 pgs./Teen / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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GRAVEDIGGER: HOT WOMEN, COLD CASH TPB

Writer(s): Christopher Mills
Artist Name(s): Rick Burchett
Cover Artist(s): Rick Burchett

The popular noir web series returns to print! It’s not easy being a bad guy, as career criminal “Gravedigger” McCrae knows all too well. First he’s framed for the murder of a mob boss’s daughter, and has to escape from an army of professional killers, unarmed and alone. Then, he’s brought in on a South of the Border arms heist where everything that can go wrong, does. It’s all about hot women and cold cash, in this hardboiled, hard-hitting collection. Collects the three-issue Gravedigger miniseries.

Featuring artwork from Eisner award winning artist Rick Burchett (Batman Adventures, Lady Sabre and the Pirates of the Ineffable Aether).

96 pgs./ Mature Readers / Grayscale $11.99

HOLY F*CKED #2 (of 4)

Writer(s): Nick Marino
Artist Name(s): Daniel Arruda Massa
Cover Artist(s): Daniel Arruda Massa

We’re serving up a piping hot pile of excitement as a mild-mannered dinner party turns deadly!
Jesus and Satan are hosting Maria and her new lover, Thanatos, over for an evening of camaraderie and conversation. But Thanatos isn’t actually Thanatos… he’s Hercules! And he wants to kill Jesus.
Plus… introducing the righteous might of The New Apostles!

32 pgs./ Mature Readers / FC $3.99 (reg.)

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PUPPET MASTER #8

Writer(s): Shawn Gabborin
Artist Name(s): Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover: Antonio Ontiveros (Pencils/Inks) and Daniel Morales Olvera (Colors)
Variant Cover: Glenn Lumsden (Pencils/Inks/Colors)

A new story arc, a new locale, a threat from the past. Twenty years ago Camille brought the Puppets to the Bouldeston Institute for Mentally Troubled Tots and Teens… but what has she gotten into since the Puppets returned to the Bodega Bay Inn? When blood starts to spill at the Institute, a young patient named Anthony sets out to find the Puppets, hoping they can stop their former Master’s rampage.
Film and comics collide as the Puppets go toe-to-toe with the human-sized doll, Camille!
tale of revenge!

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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TRANCERS #1

Writer(s): Justin Gray & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist Name(s): Marcelo Salaza (Pencil/Inks), Marcio Freire (Colors)
Cover Artist(s): Standard Cover Marcelo Salaza (Pencil/Inks), Marcio Freire (Colors)
Variant Cover: Amanda Conner(art) Paul Mounts (Colors)

The Full Moon Presents line launches with a bang with superstar writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti! Based on the cult film, Trancers is the story of decorated Police Trooper Jack Deth who has travelled from the year 2247 to 1985 Los Angles on a one-way mission to capture a fugitive with the power to transform ordinary people into psychotic killing machines.

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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ZOMBIE TRAMP #16

Writer(s): TMChu, Dan Mendoza
Artist Name(s): TMChu
Cover Artist(s): TMChu (regular, risqué variant), Dan Mendoza (limited variant), Edward Pun (artist variant)

Zombie Tramp crashes in the remote wilderness and stumbles straight into a lakeside camp, complete with a resident hulking heavy breathing slasher. It’s Necronomicon powered zombie queen vs hatchet wielding psycho killer in a special issue written by regular series artist TMChu!

Features a variant cover by series creator Dan Mendoza (limited to 2000 copies) a risqué variant cover (limited to 2500 copies), and an artist showcase variant by Edward Pun (limited to 1500 copies).

32 pgs./ Mature Readers/ FC $3.99 (reg.) / $4.99 (Var.)

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Preview: Bloodshot Reborn #5

BLOODSHOT REBORN #5

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by RAUL ALLEN
Cover A by RAUL ALLEN (JUN151611)
Cover B by MICO SUAYAN (JUN151612)
QR Voice Variant by JAY FABARES (JUN151613)
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON (JUN151614)
Variant Cover by KANO (JUN151615)
$3.99 US | 32 pages | T+ | ON SALE AUGUST 5

EVIL-DOERS, BEWARE… BLOODSQUIRT IS TAKING CHARGE!

The memories of the thousands of people he killed as Bloodshot aren’t the only things that haunt Ray Garrison. For months now, the specter of the Geomancer and a nightmarish cartoon known as Bloodsquirt have tormented him at every turn. Are they real or a just figment of Bloodshot’s broken psyche? And just who are the other members of the Bloodsquirt’s squad…and what are they planning next? Follow New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (THE VALIANT) and special guest artist Raul Allen (Hawkeye) down the rabbit hole right here for an essential chapter of the “Colorado” epic!

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Preview: Ninjak #6 – Matt Kindt and Raúl Allén Begin The Shadow Wars in August!

Valiant has released an advance preview of Ninjak #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “The Shadow Wars,” an all-new story arc from writer Matt Kindt and visionary rising star Raúl Allén! Start reading here on August 26th as Ninjak dices his way through the secret leadership of the Shadow Seven one member at time…and confronts four all-new enemies obsessed with bringing down MI-6 by any means necessary!

Ninjak went to Tokyo to destroy the shadowy Weaponeer arms cartel from the inside out, beginning with its secret council of shinobi masters…the Shadow Seven. Now, the world’s top super-spy is cutting his way through the four death-defying members – The Barbe, Fitzy, Fakir, and Sanguine – that stand between him and the one secret that still eludes him… Who really wields the power behind the world’s most powerful terrorist network? Who is the secret seventh member of the Shadow Seven? And what do they want with Colin King?

Then, Ninjak’s essential second feature, The Lost Files, continues in each 40-page issue of “The Shadow Wars!” Beginning in Ninjak #6, Matt Kindt and Eisner-nominated artist Butch Guice reunite to reveal how Colin King and Neville Alcott first met – and the deadly secret Neville has kept from his most valuable field agent! The second act of The Lost Files starts here!

Featuring covers by Mico Suayan, Jelena Kevic-Djurdjevic, Dave Johnson, Matt Kindt, and Clayton Henry, Ninjak’s latest mission ratchets up the stakes with an all-new jumping-on point for the series.

NINJAK #6 (ALL-NEW ARC! “THE SHADOW WARS” – PART 1
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by RAUL ALLEN and BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN (JUN151601)
Cover B by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC (JUN151602)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (JUN151603)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (JUN151604)
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY (JUN151605)
$3.99 US | 40 pgs. | T+ | On sale AUGUST 26 (FOC – 8/3/15)

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Preview: Orbit: Metallica

Orbit: Metallica

Writer: Michael L. Frizell
Art: Jayfri Hashim

Few bands have achieved the success and status afforded the heavy metal pioneers known simply as Metallica. Metallica’s sound, a raw fury few can match, has stood the test of time and placed members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine, Cliff Burton, and Kirk Hammett in an exclusive club of artists. Read about the formation of the band in this special issue of Orbit. StormFront Media has announced the release of a biography featuring the original heavy metal band, Metallica, titled Orbit: Metallica.

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Preview: Psycho Bonkers #3

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!

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Preview: Escape from New York #8

Escape from New York #8

Author: Christopher Sebela
Artist: Diego Barreto

Snake’s adventure in Siberia comes to a dramatic conclusion as he takes on the strange masked figure from his past.

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