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The Official Horizon Zero Dawn Peach Momoko Poster Portfolio is Out in September

The Official Horizon Zero Dawn Peach Momoko Poster Portfolio showcases the incredible covers of Peach Momoko from the best-selling Horizon Zero Dawn comic. Each cover is removable to display as a high-quality poster! It’s on sale on September 7, 2021.

Peach Momoko is a Japanese illustrator who began exhibiting at US comic conventions back in 2014 and saw American publication with a couple of stories picked up by Grant Morrison when he was EIC of Heavy Metal Magazine. Since then, she has become the hottest cover art variant creator in the business, increasingly in demand, drawing over a dozen covers for American publishers every month.

The Art of Apex Legends comes to shelves in November

Dark Horse Books, in association with Respawn Entertainment, presents The Art of Apex Legends—a 192-page oversized hardcover tome collecting and presenting art and developer commentary for the hit squad-based battle royale game.       

Pore over the finest features of unique legendary skins, marvel at the deadly intricacies of every dynamic weapon, explore each nook and cranny of the game’s battle-scarred arenas, and more!

Whether you main Wraith or Mirage, are a hardcore aggressor or a fastidious shotcaller, or even if you’re just a fan of gorgeous video game concept art and intimate creator commentary, The Art of Apex Legends is sure to thrill fans of any stripe!

The Art of Apex Legends will be available everywhere books are sold on November 10, 2021. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, at your local comic shop, and independent bookstore. The Art of Apex Legends will retail for $39.99.

The Art of Apex Legends

Review: Pizazz

Pizazz is a superhero, she’s also almost 9 1/2. She needs to deal with her family and a new school balancing being a kid and saving the world.

Pizazz is a cute mix of prose and graphic novel perfect for younger readers.

Story: Sophy Henn
Art: Sophy Henn

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Aladdin provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Yen Press Announces AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun

Yen Press has announced the release of AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, a beautiful artbook that features full color illustrations from the best-selling manga series.

It’s alluring, it’s adorable, it’s in all the colors of the rainbow—it’s AidaIro Illustrations, the Toilet-bound Hanako-kun artbook! Featuring all the color pages published in Monthly GFantasy from 2015-2019, over 170 photos of merchandise and collaboration cafés, and brand-new drawings you can only see here!

Since Yen Press began releasing Toilet-bound Hanako-kun in print in January 2020, it has quickly risen to become one of the most popular manga series today. This beloved series that combines the cute and comedic with the dark and supernatural has a large following of fans that are surely eager to own Toilet-bound Hanako-kun creator AidaIro’s amazing collection of art, illustrations and photographs.

AidaIro Illustrations: Toilet-bound Hanako-kun is scheduled for a November 2021 release in print and digital.

Preview: Birds: Smithsonian Coloring Book

Birds: Smithsonian Coloring Book

(W) Rachel Curtis
In Shops: May 26, 2021
SRP: $16.99

Experience a fascinating look at birds and the environments they inhabit! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and IDW Publishing present a fascinating new coloring book that provides a beautiful and informative tour through the vibrant avian world.

With this exquisitely designed coloring book, avian lovers of all ages can explore the wonder of these feathered animals, guided by experts from The Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the artistic wizardry of Rachel Curtis (Dinosaurs: A Smithsonian Coloring Book). These lush pen and ink illustrations invite you to step into captivating scenes featuring the Cape May warbler, American avocet, Roseate spoonbill, Indigo bunting, and many more. Fans of birds, coloring books, and aviary migration will find an enchanting realm to unlock with their own creativity.

Each page of Birds: A Smithsonian Coloring Book not only stands alone as a work of art, but is also accompanied by brief and fascinating insights from the museum’s Avian experts about each bird and its world, ensuring that time spent coloring is also time spent learning.

This book’s deluxe ivory paper allows for a variety of artistic media like pen, pencil, or even watercolor, to ensure your creative vision comes to life just the way you want–and lasts for years to come.

Birds: Smithsonian Coloring Book

Yen Press Announces Ten New Series

Yen Press has announced a slate of upcoming releases that includes several manga (The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time, Let This Grieving Soul Retire, Namaiki Zakari, I’ve Been an Omega Since Today, The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid and Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc,) and light novels (Magical☆Explorer, Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie, The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend and Rust-Eater Bisco). All announced titles are scheduled for November 2021 release.

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time (manga)

Story by Kizuka Nero
Art by Yamo Yomoya

Kaito has been summoned into another world as a hero, and though all goes well for a time, one day, his entire party betrays and mercilessly kills him. So when he suddenly gets a chance to redo his life, starting from the point he was first summoned to this world, he swears to exact vengeance on everyone who stabbed him in the back…

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time is a dark isekai tale based on a Yen On light novel scheduled for an October 2021 release. Fans of dark fantasy manga are sure to enjoy this upcoming release that does an amazing job adapting the highly-anticipated light novel.

The Hero Laughs While Walking the Path of Vengeance a Second Time (manga)

Let This Grieving Soul Retire (manga)

Story by Tsukikage
Art by Rai Hebino
Character Designs by Chiko

This man—is he an extraordinary hero or an ordinary person?

“What I’m seeking is to be the world’s one and only strongest hero.”

Cry had made an oath together with his childhood friends to become the strongest hero, but he realized right after that he has no talent.

Nevertheless, for some reason, the expectations of those around him keep rising rapidly every day. And (at least according to Cry), things will always head in an outrageous direction!?

Let This Grieving Soul Retire is a manga adaptation of the fantasy light novel series by Tsukikage, the creator of Defeating the Demon Lord’s a Cinch (If You’ve Got a Ringer) and The King of the Dead at the Dark Palace by Yen On. This comedic adventure about a reluctant hero appeals to fans of the recently released Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin.

Let This Grieving Soul Retire

Namaiki Zakari

Story and art by Miyuki Mitsubachi

Basketball club manager Yuki has a secret—she’s in love with the team captain! But when Naruse, her cheeky kouhai, discovers her big secret, she’s in a tight spot! Just how long is he going to keep teasing her about it!? Stupid pretty playboy…

Namaiki Zakari is a gorgeous romantic comedy shojo filled with charming boys and love triangles. With a story filled with adorable romance and school-life elements, much of which revolves around the events of the characters’ basketball team, Namaiki Zakari will surely be shojo fans’ next favorite series!

Namaiki Zakari

I’ve Been an Omega Since Today

Story & Art by Maiki Sachi

It all starts with your typical childhood friend love story—average Kanade pining after his dandy best friend, Munechika. There’s just one big problem with their high school romance—Kanade’s a Beta and Munechika’s an Alpha! And everyone knows that Alpha/Beta pairing just aren’t compatible…on a physical level. But when Kanade goes into heat as an Omega for the first time, will Munechika be there to give him a helping hand?

Fans of boys love rejoice! Following hot new releases, such as Sasaki and Miyano and I Cannot Reach You, Yen Press is releasing I’ve Been an Omega Since Today. This standalone title is filled with beautiful artwork and omegaverse elements—truly irresistible to the growing boys love fanbase!

I’ve Been an Omega Since Today

The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid

Story and Art by Yugata Tanabe

Sumire, a “nekomata” phantom, has lost her beloved master. After wandering alone, she stumbles into…a foreign demon world!? Now Sumire serves under the president of a company, alongside an undead named Rose and an android named Ivy. In order to get back that “certain someone,” Sumire’s splendid work begins!

The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid is a fantasy slice-of-life manga surrounding the events of maids in the demon world. With art and story that are both beautiful and very unique, this series is reminisicent of the likes of Black Butler and Kaori Mori’s Emma.

The Splendid Work of a Monster Maid

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc

Story by Magica Quartet
Art by Hanokage

All the witches in the universe, past and future, may have disappeared, but in their place, emotion-eating “wraiths” prey on humanity. The magical girls fight to protect Mitakihara City once more…

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc is a spin-off of the iconic manga and anime property, one which takes place between the events of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, with much of the story told through the perspective of fan-favorite Homura Akemi. This series debut follows the recent omnibus release of Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: Wraith Arc

MagicalExplorer (light novel)

Story by Iris
Illustration by Noboru Kannataki

Reincarnated as a character in the legendary eroge title “Magical☆Explorer,” our hero ends up as an unlucky side-character instead of the game’s lady-killer protagonist. Not to worry, though! Armed with his deep knowledge of the game (not to mention a few cheat codes), he’ll do whatever it takes to win the hearts of the game’s heroines and emerge as the most accomplished student at the Sorcerer’s Academy.  

Magical☆Explorer is an isekai light novel series that involves a protagonist using his expertise of visual novels to dominate the world when reincarnated within the game. Fantasy isekai and romantic comedies are among the most popular genres in the world of light novels, making Magical☆Explorer a series that will appeal to a wide range of readers.

Magical☆Explorer (light novel)

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie (light novel)

Story by Hiroro Akizakura
Illustrations by Dangmill

Reincarnated as a villainess in an Otome game, Cecilia realizes that as the heroine’s rival, she’ll die no matter what route she takes. Convinced that she can avoid her death flag by becoming a man, she crossdresses and takes on a new identity. In the process, however, she ends up replacing her brother-in-law as the knight charged with protecting the heroine! Now the prince who should be condemning her to death wants to hang around her all the time…?! Cecilia will do whatever it takes to achieve a peaceful and carefree life, but if her guise ever slips, it’s Game Over!

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie takes the isekai concept of being reincarnated in the world of an otome game and turns it on its head! In order to save her life, our protagonist masquerades as a man—a choice which leads to a whole lot of chaos in this fun-filled light novel series!

Cross-Dressing Villainess Cecilia Sylvie (light novel)

The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend (light novel)

Story by Kennoji
Illustration by Fly

While on his way to school one morning, high school second-year Takamori Ryo saves his childhood friend Fushimi Hina from a sexual harasser on a crowded train. Although the two are practically opposites in appearance and popularity, not to mention the fact they haven’t spoken since middle school, Hina finds herself smitten with the oblivious Ryo. A frustratingly sweet, zero-stress romantic comedy!

The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend is a sweet slice-of-life light novel that tells the story of love interests who reconnect in high school after years of separation from their middle school days. This rising star in the light novel world is written by Kennoji, the author of Hazure Skill: The Guild Member with a Worthless Skill Is Actually a Legendary Assassin, and illustrated by Fly, the artist of Bottom-tier Character Tomozaki.

The Girl I Saved on the Train Turned Out to Be My Childhood Friend (light novel)

Rust-Eater Bisco (light novel)

Story by Shinji Cobkubo
Illustrations by K Akagashi and mocha

In the far future, a disaster known as the “Rusty Wind” has transformed the majority of Japan into a barren desert and left civilization in tatters. After his teacher falls prey to the rust, the roguish Bisco Akahoshi embarks on journey through the sandy wastes to obtain a mushroom known only as the Rust Eater, rumored to cure the ailment. Together with the dashing young doctor Milo, the pair will have to contend with the unforgiving environment and their fellow wanderers in order to make it back alive.

Rust-Eater Bisco is a compelling, post-apocalyptic light novel series with excellent world building complemented by amazing illustrations. An anime adaptation of this award-winning series was recently announced for future release.

Rust-Eater Bisco

Claire’s Hair Launches on Panel Syndicate

Panel Syndicate welcomes legendary writer Joe Kelly and amazing artist Andie Desiderio into its fold with the release of their all-ages picture book, Claire’s Hair!

Being an original is the best thing a kid can be.

Claire’s hair has a life of its own, literally. Claire loves this wild and unique aspect of herself, but when everyone from her mom to the school bully tells her that different equals bad, Claire begins to have second thoughts about her unruly locks. Will she cut her hair to be “normal?” Or will Claire learn that the things that make us different are the things that make us special?

Don’t miss this special 29-page Children’s book, available now at Panel Syndicate for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Aconyte and 404 Editions Expand their Partnership with Marvel Novels in French

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Launched in September 2020, Aconyte is the fiction publishing house of global games company, Asmodee. Its ranges of novels feature untold stories and new adventures set in the universes of Asmodee’s most popular board games and the fabulous worlds of partners such as Marvel.

Following the recent exclusive deal to publish Aconyte’s range of game-inspired novels in France, the collaboration between Asmodee and 404 Editions continues, this time bringing their Marvel prose novels to French readers. This exciting list will debut before the end of the year with Domino: Strays, featuring the popular X-Men heroine, with more titles published across 2022 and beyond.

Review: The Princess Who Saved Herself

Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion likes to rock out with her pet snake but the witch next door doesn’t like Gloria’s guitar playing.

Story: Greg Pak
Based on the song by: Jonathan Coulton
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa
Color: Jessica Kholinne
Letterer: Simon Bowland

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Underrated: Jack Staff: Soldiers

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet-pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Jack Staff: Soldiers


I find I have an affinity to superheroes wearing the Union Jack, probably because one of the first comics I picked up was Marvel’s Union Jack, the three issue miniseries from the late 90’s where the titular character faced off against a legion of vampires, becoming one of my favourite characters in the process.

Since then I’ve always been drawn to heroes wearing the British flag, and so when I did a bit of research on other flag wearing heroes for a very early edition of this column, I came across Jack Staff. Britain’s Greatest Superhero was conceived from a Paul Grist script that was rejected as a Union Jack concept, and found new life as Jack Staff. Written and drawn by Grist, with Phil Elliott providing the colours, Soldiers is the second volume published by Image comics, and collects the first five issues of the Image comic series (the first volume contained the pre-Image stuff).

The story within the book takes place concurrently in two time periods over the course of twenty years – quite how Jack Staff doesn’t seem to age isn’t exactly explained, but then it doesn’t need to be. Grist has written the comics in an anthology-like style as multiple characters are used for focal points with each of the smaller stories telling a smaller piece of the whole. As a graphic novel, this works wonderfully.

Because the events of the story are contained to Castletown, there’s never a world ending threat to contend with, and so the threat level seems more credible given the smaller scale of the book’s events (and given Jack Staff’s ambiguous power set, not quite knowing what he can do is half the fun of watching the shit hit the fan).

Jack Staff: Soldiers is a lot of fun. There’s an old school feel to the heroics in this story, with Grist hinting that the characters are part of a much larger whole as this book scratches the surface of Jack Staff’s world. Despite being listed as the second volume, it’s an excellent point for folks to jump on board, and if you’re anything like me then you’ll be hunting out the other three volumes that Image have published.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

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