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Archie Renews on ComiXology and Expands to Kindle

Archie KindleArchie Comics, comiXology and Amazon have announced an expanded and renewed distribution agreement to sell Archie’s digital comic books and graphic novels across the comiXology platform and bring Archie single issues to the Amazon Kindle Store. More than 1,700 single issues are now available for sale in the Kindle Store, including the newly re-launched Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the upcoming New Riverdale titles as well as Archie Horror and Dark Circle comic series.

While Archie’s graphic novels have long been available in the Kindle Store, their 1,700 single issues available today include many popular series and characters from the Archie Comics catalog, including Archie, Josie And The Pussycats, Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Afterlife with Archie, and a variety of Dark Circle titles.  Kindle readers will also have same day as print access to new releases, including the new Archie series by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples and the upcoming Jughead by Chip Zdarsky, Betty and Veronica by Adam Hughes and Life with Kevin by Dan Parent and J. Bone.

Review: Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2

husk1Another of Delcourt‘s English language comic book translation from the native French language, Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 is a sci-fi thriller set in the near future. The Arnold company makes “Husks”, biomechanical entities five meters high that provide an anatomical continuation of the body of their pilot. As the comic opens, a new biomeca is being launched. The “M5″ Husk is the result of the exceptional efforts deployed by the engineers of Arnold to satisfy all requirements; on all grounds, for military operations, maintenance of law and order, extreme rescue, or for space exploration, the new Arnold “M5″ excels in all situations!

But does the comic excel as well?

This is the second of the English language translations of the Delcourt Group‘s comics that I’ve read. The first being The Curse Of The Wendigo, which I really enjoyed. I missed last week’s releases for some reason, but I was eager to jump in to another of the publisher’s offerings. Now, I’m not normally a sci-fi fan; I tend to avoid most stories set in the future, or space, regardless of the medium that they’re being told in. When I started reading Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 I was well aware that I was doing so with a large amount of bias toward the genre. The first half of the comic didn’t really strike my fancy; I felt somewhat lost among the biomech suits – even if I did like the way they were presented – and was ready to stop reading the comic and start on something else.

I’m glad I kept going.

The second half of the comic is intensely an character driven chapter that delves into the mental state of one of the biomech pilots. For me, it was worth reading the entire comic for, and then some. Frederic L’Homme has written a comic book that starts off as a slow burn but becomes an absolutely brilliant comic book. Armand Boudoroin capture the biomechanical suits with an almost hauntingly graceful style; and I’m saying this fully admitting that Husk #1: Monkey Brain 1/2 was a comic that I was going to avoid based solely on the synopsis.

I’m glad I decided to look past my bias when reading this, but even more so that I read it all the way through. Husk #1 may not be the kind of story you would regularly read on face value, but don’t let that stop you from picking this comic up (of course, if you’re a huge fan of sci-fi then Husk #1 may be right up your alley, in which case add a point to the score).

Script: Frederic L’Homme Art: Armand Boudoroin Colors: Armand Boudoroin and KNEES
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Delcourt provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review

Lion Forge Comics debuts on comiXology

lion forge logoToday comiXology announced a digital distribution agreement with Lion Forge Comics, a digital-first comics publisher known for its growing library of action/adventure, sci-fi, superhero, and children’s titles. The deal adds more than 20 new series to comiXology’s selection, including licensed favorites like Miami Vice: Remix, Knight Rider, and Airwolf.

Since Lion Forge’s debut in 2013, the publisher has added new licensing deals and several homegrown series to its roster, all leading up to an extensive print rollout this year that began with the Miami Vice: Remix comic book series in March. The deal with comiXology closes a gap in its audience outreach efforts that the St. Louis-based publisher has been building for years.

All currently published Lion Forge comics are live today on comiXology’s cloud-based platform, with more set to debut every month in 2015. The assortment includes comics for young readers published by the Roar Comics imprint, and all licensed titles including the upcoming Care Bears and Madballs series published in partnership with American Greetings.

Kids Can Press debuts on comiXology

Bigfoot BoyComiXology, the revolutionary cloud-based digital comics platform, announced today a digital distribution agreement with Kids Can Press, the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world. This agreement with Kids Can Press brings such noted series as Bigfoot Boy, Three Thieves and the Binky Adventures to comiXology.

The following Kids Can Press titles can be found on comiXology today:

Bigfoot Boy series, written by J. Torres and illustrated by Faith Erin Hicks, including:
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 1: Into the Woods
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 2: The Unkindness of Ravens
Bigfoot Boy Vol. 3: The Sound of Thunder

Tower of TreasureThree Thieves series, written and illustrated by Scott Chantler, including:
Three Thieves Vol. 1: Tower of Treasure
Three Thieves Vol. 2: The Sign of the Black Rock
Three Thieves Vol. 3: The Captive Prince
Three Thieves Vol. 4: The King’s Dragon
Three Thieves Vol. 5: Pirates of the Silver Coast

A Binky Adventure series, written and illustrated by Ashley Spires, including:
A Binky Adventure Vol. 1: Binky the Space Cat
A Binky Adventure Vol. 2: Binky to the Rescue
A Binky Adventure Vol. 3: Binky Under Pressure
A Binky Adventure Vol. 4: Binky Takes Charge
A Binky Adventure Vol. 5: Binky: License to Scratch

Review: The Curse Of The Wendigo

wendigoComiXology was invaded by the French comic book industry on Monday.

More than a hundred and fifty English language translations of the original French comics published by the Delcourt Group will be released as digital first comics exclusively on ComiXology over the next twelve months, and this week the first batch of comics were released. Curse Of The Wendigo, Come Prima, Iron Squad, Spin Angels, Promethee,  and Josephine.

Although I haven’t read the other five comics released yet, I did check out Curse of The Wendigo. Illustrated by Charlie Adlard (The Walking Dead) and written by Matthieu Missoffe, Curse Of The Wendigo is a two part story, with the second issue due out next month, set during The First World War, in July of 1917.

What threat could possibly drive the French and German  armies to work together to fight? Well if you’ve read the title of the comic, you probably have a very good idea of what that threat will be. Curse Of The Wendigo does an excellent job of touching on the military tensions between the two nations, never throwing it directly into your face and yet never understating what would be a far from easy relationship between opposing armies.

Amongst the tensions you have Wohtai, one of 12,000 Native America soldiers active in the First World War, and the only man who knows what it is they must confront.  The characterization of the soldiers in the trenches is done very well, and nothing that they do during the comic seems out of character for them; after a second read of the comic, I felt I had a very good understanding of the soldiers, which is a testament to Matthieu Missoffe’s excellent writing. If you’ve ever seen any of Charlie Adlard’s artwork from The Walking Dead, then you know what to expect here. It’s very solid, and really conveys the general misery and gloominess of being in the trenches during the First World War, especially when coupled with Aurore Folny’s colouring. 

As the first comic that I’ve ever read from the Delcourt Group, Curse Of The Wendigo is an excellent introduction to the publisher’s comics, and having never read anything by the Delcourt Group before, I’m eagerly looking forward to the second part of this story, and I can’t wait to get a chance to check out the publisher’s other releases. 

This is an invasion that will only enrich comic book readers lives in North America.

Script: Matthieu Missoffe Art: Charlie Adlard Colours: Aurore Folny
Story: 8.50 Art: 8.75 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

The Delcourt Group provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Delcourt Group Debuts In English On ComiXology

comixology small imageDelcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, took a big step in their global expansion today with the debut of an exclusive line of English language digital-first comics on comiXology. This major publishing program premieres this month with three of the bestselling titles published in France, including The Curse of the Wendigo, which was illustrated by artist Charlie Adlard, best known for his collaboration with Robert Kirkman on The Walking Dead, and Come Prima by Alfred, the graphic novel which won the Prix du Meilleur Album at the 2014 Angoulême International Comics Festival. Announced in advance of San Diego Comic Con 2015, the initiative calls for more than 150 acclaimed Delcourt titles to be published over the next 12 months exclusively through comiXology.

This digital-first exclusive marks the first time that Delcourt will be making its content directly available to the English language market. The Delcourt Group comprises three publishing entities – Editions Delcourt, Editions Soleil and Tonkam – making the company the largest independent graphic novel publisher in France and the second largest in France by market share.

Some of the Delcourt titles will also include original material from major comic book creators, with new covers by Andrea Sorentino, Matteo Scalera and Mahmud Asrar and introductions by legendary U.S. creators Mark Waid, Jeff Smith and Terry Moore.

Iron SquadComiXology and Delcourt Group have a long history of working together. In January of 2013, Delcourt was one of the initial publishers to launch French language content on the comiXology platform – the first step in comiXology’s European language initiative.

The Curse of the Wendigo written by Mathieu Missoffe and illustrated by Charlie Adlard will be published in two monthly installments, beginning July 6.

What creature is dangerous enough to unite the French and German troops in July of 1917? Only one man knows: Wohati, one of the 12,000 Native Americans in the U.S. Army. Wohati must lead two warring sides to solve the mystery of the Wendigo, for he alone understands the horror of what’s out there waiting for them.

Iron Squad co-created and written by Jean-Luc Sala and illustrated by Ronan Toulhoat includes a comiXology exclusive cover for issue 1 by Matteo Scalera. That comic will be published in ongoing monthly installments, beginning July 6.

What if new technology in 1944 turned the course of World War II and led the Germans to victory?

JosephineJosephine created, written and illustrated by Pénélope Bagieu will be published in ongoing monthly installments, beginning July 6.

Cartoonist and blogger Pénélope Bagieu tells the story of Josephine, featuring professional relationships gone awry, a series of faux pas, and many a failed romance.

Prométhée created, written and illustrated by Chrisopher Bec is to be published in ongoing monthly installments, beginning July 6. It will include a preface by bestselling writer Mark Waid. It will also have a comiXology exclusive cover for issue 2 by Andrea Sorentino.

What happened on September 21, 2019 at 1:13 PM can never be explained. And then, for 13 consecutive days, another unexplainable phenomenon occurs… every day at exactly 1:13 PM.  Prométhéeis a mind-bending science fiction story written and drawn by Chrisopher Bec that recalls Lost and the very best science fiction.

Spin AngelsSpin Angels co-created and written by Jean-Luc Sala and illustrated by Pierre-Mony Chan and is to be published in ongoing monthly installments, beginning July 6.

The bestselling, action-filled Spin Angels series features a Catholic Church Cardinal who runs a black-ops group of spies, and the mafia godfather who puts his very best hitman in service of the Vatican in order to settle a debt.

Graphic novels include Come Prima created, written and drawn by Alfred, to be published on July 6.

With his award winning graphic novel Come Prima, Alfred (Why I Killed Peter) has created a poignant homage to Italian cinema and a surprising story about two brothers who hit the road following their father’s death.

Upcoming titles include The Call of the Stryx created by Corbeyran and Richard Guérineau

The mysterious creatures known only as the Stryx have infiltrated the most powerful political office.

Elves created by Jean-Luc Istin and Kyko Duarte debuts July 17.

Preface by Terry Moore.

All of the inhabitants of the Ennlya are dead. Are the humans or the blue elf Vaalann responsible?

Hauteville House created by Fred Duval and Thierry Gioux, with art by Christophe Quet will debut July 17. It will include a comiXology exclusive cover for issue 1 by Mahmud Asrar.

The 19th century: a times of heroes without fear living great adventures.

SDCC 2015: ComiXology’s schedule, giveaways and more

Join comiXology at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con for panels, giveaways, signings, sales and more at their booth, panels and online from July 8th to July 12th at the San Diego Convention Center!

ComiXology (booth #2547) will be hosting ten panels this year at the show and during every panel a limited supply of comiXology t-shirts and Kindle Fire HD devices will be given out to lucky attendees. ComiXology will also help sponsor this year’s Comic Book Legal Defense Fund party and the Eisner Award Ceremony – two not to be missed events!

comixology sdcc 2015 1

Also, as previously announced, comiXology will be giving out special print variants with exclusive covers at their booth for Marvel Comics’ A-Force #2, Dynamite Entertainment’s The Spirit #1, BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes #15, IDW Publishing’s Onyx #1, Valiant Entertainment’s X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 and a special comiXology Submit version of Aw Yeah Comics! #1. Those not attending the show can go to comixology.com to purchase a special limited edition digital copy of that comic with the variant cover available the same day as the signing until the end of Comic-Con International.

comixology sdcc 2015 3In addition, fifty lucky fans coming by the booth Saturday at noon, will have a chance to get a free copy of Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle novel with an exclusive new cover by comic creator Ted Naifeh during a signing by actor Luke Kleintank from the Amazon Studios’ Man in the High Castle TV show. Bruce Timm will also be signing at the comiXoloyg booth Saturday to promote DC Entertainment’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters.

Here’s a complete list of the panels, signings, events and happenings comiXology is participating in this year at Comic Con International ’15:

Wednesday, July 8th – Sunday July 12th

Check www.comiXology.com each day for a new variant cover!

Wednesday, July 8th

7:00pm – 8:00pmIDW Publishing’s Onyx #1 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover By Gabriel Rodriguez with signing by Rodriguez and writer Chris Ryall. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

Thursday, July 9th

12:00pm – 1:00pm  — The comiXologist Traveling Podcast Party, Room: The Auditorium, San Diego Central Public Library
Speakers: Kara Szamborski & Matt Kolowski (The comiXologist Podcast Hosts), Jen Vaughn (Cartoonist)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  — BOOM! Studios’ Lumberjanes #15 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover by Hope Larson with signing by Larson and co-creator Shannon Watters. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — ComiXology: Ask Me Anything, Room: 8
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of comiXology Submit)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

4:00pm – 5:00pm  — Delcourt Panel, Room: 28DE
Speakers: Guy Delcourt (Founder of the Delcourt Publishing House, Owner of Editions Soleil) and David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO)
Moderator:  Abraham Riesman (New York magazine and Vulture editor)

6:30pm – 7:30pm  — Indie Comics Marketing & PR 101, Room: 8
Speakers: Jacq Cohen (Fantagraphics Books Director of Publicity & Promotions), Jen Vaughn (Cartoonist), Janelle Asselin (Publisher, Rosy Press), Kirk Damato (Creative Manager at Buzzfeed)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

8:00pm – 11:00pm — ComiXology Co-Sponsors the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, The Westgate Hotel 1055, Second Avenue San Diego, CA 92101. All are welcome to attend.

 

Friday, July 10th

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm  — Valiant’s X-O Manowar: Valiant 25th Anniversary Special #1 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover by Al Barrionuevo and a signing by writer Robert Venditti. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:30pm – 3:30pm — Secret Origins: How the Industry’s Best and Brightest Began, Room: 8
Speakers: Hank Kanalz (SVP editorial strategy & administration at DC Entertainment), Michael Marts (Editor-in-Chief at Aftershock Comics), Allison Baker (Director of Operations at IDW Publishing, Co-Publisher at Monkeybrain Comics), Janelle Asselin (Publisher, Rosy Press), Aroop Sanakkayala (Co-Founder & COO, Strange Turn Entertainment)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

6:00pm – 7:00pm — A Comics Life for Me! The Road from Fan to Pro, Room: 9
Speakers: David Steinberger (comiXology co-founder & CEO), Bobbie Chase (VP Talent Development at DC Entertainment), Dafna Pleban (Editor Lumberjanes, BOOM! Studios), Guy Delcourt (Founder of the Delcourt Publishing House, Owner of Editions Soleil)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

8:00pm – 10:30pm — ComiXology co-sponsors the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, Indigo Ballroom at the Hilton Bayfront: 1 Park , San Diego, CA.

 

Saturday, July 11th

comixology sdcc 2015 411:00am – 11:50amn — Bruce Timm and DC Entertainment’s Justice League: Gods & Monsters signing: Get an exclusive poster signed by Bruce Timm with codes for $3 dollars off the DC Universe original movie, Justice League: Gods and Monsters HD digital download on Amazon Instant Video and a free copy of Justice League: Gods & Monsters—Batman #1 on comiXology.

12:00pm – 12:50pmMan in the High Castle  (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free copy of Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle novel with an exclusive new cover by comic creator Ted Naifeh during this signing by actor Luke Kleintank from the Amazon Studios’ Man in the High Castle TV show. Limited to 50 copies. ComiXology booth #2547.

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm — Dynamite’s The Spirit #1 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover by Jenny Frison with signing by Spirit writer Matt Wagner, artist Dan Schkade, and colorist Brennan Wagner. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

3:00pm – 4:00pm — ComiXology Submit: The Future of Self-Publishing, Room: 29AB
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of Submit), Janelle Asselin (Publisher, Rosy Press), Joshua Fialkov (The Bunker, Life After, King), Jody Houser (Cupcake POW!), Joe Glass (The Pride, Stiffs), Elliot Blake (The Package), Stephan Franck (Silver)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

4:00pm – 5:00pm  — Marvel Comics’ A-Force #2 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover by Siya Oum with signing by Siya Oum. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

5:00pm – 6:00pm — Comics 101: Making Sense of the World of Comics, Room: 28DE
Speakers: Hank Kanalz (SVP Editorial Strategy & Administration at DC Entertainment), Deb Aoki (Contributing Writer, Publishers Weekly), Jen Vaughn (Cartoonist), Kara Szamborski & Matt Kolowski (The comiXologist Podcast Hosts)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

 

Sunday, July 12th

11:00am – 12:00 noon — Creating Comics The ComiXology Way, Room: 24ABC
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of Submit), Mark Waid (Insufferable, Daredevil: Road Warrior Infinite Comic), Reilly Brown (Deadpool: The Gauntlet Infinite Comic, Power Play), Alex De Campi (Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Valentine), Chris Sheridan (Motorcycle Samurai)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

1:30pm – 2:30pm  — ComiXology Submit’s Aw Yeah Comics! #1 (Exclusive Variant) giveaway and signing: Get a free exclusive cover by Faith Erin Hicks with signing by creators Art Baltazar and Franco. Limited to 500 copies. First come, first served. ComiXology booth #2547.

2:00pm – 3:00pm — Fund My Comic, Room 29AB
Speakers: John D. Roberts (comiXology co-founder & Director of Submit), Jimmy Palmiotti (Abbandon, Denver), Jen Vaughn (cartoonist), Elliot Blake (The Package), Hope Nicholson (Publisher, Brok Windsor), Alexis Ziritt (The Package) and from Kickstarter Jamie Tanner (Comics Lead, Kickstarter)
Moderator: Chip Mosher (comiXology)

SDCC 2015: Kick it Off with the CBLDF Welcome Party, presented by Image Comics and ComiXology

cbldfKick-off San Diego Comic-Con with comics’ greatest creators at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party, sponsored by Image Comics and comiXology with a special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. The fun starts at 8:00 p.m. PDT on Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel, where CBLDF welcomes you to Comic-Con for a night of amazing creators, astonishing artwork, and outstanding exclusives. RSVP here.

Meet great creators: Every year the greatest creators in comics drop in at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Confirmed attendees so far this year include Scott Snyder, Jock, Jeff Lemire, Kieron Gillen, Fábio Moon, Gabriel Bá, Tim Seeley, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Jonathan Hickman, Joshua Williamson and even more are expected to drop in over the course of the night.

Get the exclusive goods: The first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items from Image Comics, McFarlane Toys, comiXology, and CBLDF. RSVP here.

Smell awesome at the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab/Trading Post: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab will be debuting their Profanities series, with a selection of limited edition Expletives that will only be available at the CBLDF Welcome Party. Proceeds from every sale at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Get first dibs on CBLDF exclusives: CBLDF has been working hard to put together an exclusive assortment for Comic-Con attendees. We have an all-new tote bag featuring art by the terrific Vanesa R. Del Rey (Hit); an embroidered Comic-Con souvenir patch and new CBLDF t-shirt, both designed by Brian Wood (Starve); and the CBLDF-exclusive variant of Star Trek Green Lantern from IDW Publishing and DC Comics.

Preview the incredible items in CBLDF’s Comic-Con auction: Get a first look at the amazing original art up for grabs at Saturday’s CBLDF Comic-Con Auction, including pieces by Jim Lee, Kelley Jones, Jeff Smith, Matt Kindt, Gilbert Hernandez, J. Scott Campbell, Herb Trimpe, Jeffrey Brown, Greg Ruth, Ray Fawkes, Tyler Crook, and many more.

Get new Neil Gaiman art from Neverwear: Neverwear has an ever-growing line of items based on the works of author Neil Gaiman and is an ardent supporter of CBLDF. Neverwear will support the Fund at the SDCC Welcome Party by premiering “Hope,” a new print by Chris Ridell, along with classic designs by David Mack, Jim Lee, Olivia, and Jouni Koponen. Proceeds from sales at the CBLDF Welcome Party benefit CBLDF.

Come support free speech and experience the best of Comic-Con at the CBLDF Comic-Con Welcome Party, Thursday, July 24, at the Westgate Hotel (1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101), from 8:00 – 11:00 PM! This party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please. You can RSVP here.

Review: Eccentrix One Shot

eccentrixWhat happens when you fight crime too hard? You get Eccentrix! Struggling to find his place on a superhero team, the titular hero Eccentrix has defeated some powerful enemies. But when he turns that power to non-super crime with spectacularly bad results?

This is the third project by collaborators James Maddox and Rob Dumo have worked on, but is the first with colorist Nick WentlandEccentrix is very fun and enjoyable, if a fairly violent comic that probably shouldn’t be given to kids. As a mature comic, however, it’s certainly worth your time. The story focuses on the seemingly naive Eccentrix trying to find his place in the world as a superhero who doesn’t seem to know just how powerful he is.

Balancing the action with story driven scenes that are by no means slow, Eccentrix also adds that which can be very difficult to convey in a comic; dark comedy. Although not quite as evident on the first reading, James Maddox ensures that the comic is worth a second (and even a third) reading. The more I read the comic, the more it made me smirk. Rob Dumo and Nick Wentland’s artwork is good, bordering on great for much of the comic, and joyously compliments the story ever so well.

As a standalone digital only comic book, Eccentrix is very enjoyable. Yes, it may lack a bit of the polish of the big publishers, but the comic is stronger, and more vibrant because of that. Offering a fresh take on super teams once the big bad is defeated, Eccentrix left me wanting to read more. At the end of the day isn’t that what we want from our comics?

Look for Eccentrix on comiXology on July 1st!

Story: James Maddox  Art: Rob Dumo Colors: Nick Wentland
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation:  Buy

Broken Icon provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review.

ComiXology Announces Dark Horse and Version 3.7!

comixology HellboyComiXology continues to roll towards San Diego Comic-Con with two more announcements today following their announced exclusive deal with Marvel that applies to them and Amazon.

First, the digital comics platform announced an agreement with Dark Horse Comics to bring the company’s full digital catalog of collections, graphic novels, and manga to comiXology’s platform! Now, all Dark Horse Comics collections, graphic novels, and manga will be available on comiXology the same day the print versions arrive in bookstores.

The Dark Horse was the last major American publisher not on the digital platform. This agreement tears down the walled off environment people had been forced in to if they were interested in Dark Horse. Now individuals have a choice as to where they’d like to purchase their comics digitally, and achieve that in one app if they choose. A win for readers and customers.

More than 800 titles launch today on comiXology from Dark Horse, including 300, Astro Boy, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Blacksad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Fear Agent, Frank Miller’s Sin City, Hellboy, MIND MGMT, Serenity, Usagi Yojimbo, The Strain, Grendel, Umbrella Academy, Halo, Lone Wolf and Cub, and so much more.

On top of this deal, comiXology also announced the latest update to their apps. In their press release, the company said when they asked users what features they wanted, the ability to better manage their books was on top of the list. Version 3.7 of the app includes this functionality in new an interesting ways.

Long Press iOS OptionsHere’s the bullet points from the press release:

  • Smart Lists view allows for a quick and easy way to track what you’re reading with the In Progress and Unread lists, the ability to see what you’ve bought with the Recently Purchased list, and even a way to easily maintain your Wish List. You can also get custom recommendations to help you discover new titles and series with the Recommended for You list.
  • New Recommended for You list gives you personalized recommendations based on books you’ve purchased in the past.
  • Long press on any title in the Recommended for You section to Add to Wish List. Android app users can also long press to Add to Cart.
  • Use the new All/On Device filter to toggle between seeing all books you own and just the books you’ve downloaded to your device.
  • Long press on any of your books in Smart Lists and My Books grid view to mark as read, unread, archive or remove from device.
  • New robust sorting options and filters in My Books allow you to view your library sorted by Series, Purchase Date, and Title.
  • Toggle between three views in My Books: grid view, list view and the all-new cover view which lets you browse your library one full-screen cover at a time.
  • Cover view lets you see your entire collection cover by cover when browsing your library
  • Enlarged covers allow you to enjoy the artwork even more.

This is a function I know I struggle with in my reader, so glad to see comiXology tackle this. Responding to their customer’s wants is great to see, and solid customer service.

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