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Explore the Metalverse with the Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook

Earth is turned upside down, shrouded in a realm of darkness after the Justice League’s defeat by the cosmic goddess Perpetua. Now the Batman Who Laughs and his army of Dark Knights rule the planet, wreaking havoc on humanity and raining destruction on the world.

DC has released an interactive map of the Metalverse. You can check it out below or go here for an interactive version with even more details. Have fun discovering something new in DC’s Metalverse ahead of Dark Nights: Death Metal #2 on July 14! There’s even more to discover in the Dark Nights: Death Metal Guidebook out in Augst.

Map illustration by Jared Blando

Witness the Start of the Cataclysmic Conflict… Empyre!

Empyre, the legendary epic that will shatter the Marvel Universe, will at last land in comic shops this July. Don’t miss your latest look at the cataclysmic conflict in this brand new trailer for this epic event, featuring some never-before-seen artwork! 

After millennia of war, Emperor Hulkling has united the Kree and Skrull empires into one powerful Alliance – and only the Avengers and Fantastic Four stand in their path as their armada bears down upon the Earth.

What does it take to build an Empyre? Be sure to read Empyre #1, on sale July 15th in comic shops and on the Marvel Comics App, to find out! 

Dark Nights: Death Metal Rocks a Music Video Trailer

Get ready for the earth-shattering encore! The legendary team behind Dark Nights: Metal and Batman: Last Knight on Earth take center stage and reunite for one last tour. When the Earth is enveloped by the Dark Multiverse, the Justice League is at the mercy of the Batman Who Laughs. Humanity struggles to survive in a hellish landscape twisted beyond recognition, while Batman, Wonder Woman, and Superman have all been separated and fight to survive. Unleash the beast and let the head banging begin!

You can read Dark Nights: Death Metal#1 now.

Batman: The Three Jokers Get Souvenir Playing Cards with Each Issue

In celebration of the highly anticipated Batman: The Three Jokers prestige miniseries, DC, and participating comic book stores, are dealing fans the ultimate wild card by offering a free with purchase souvenir playing card for each of the three issues of the series, while supplies last.

Featuring breathtaking new artwork by series artist Jason Fabok, each issue of the Geoff Johns-penned series will feature a different card, spotlighting the Clown Prince of Crime and his three major adversaries – Batman, Batgirl and Jason Todd.

Batman: The Three Jokers reexamined the myth of who, or what The Joker is, and what’s at the heart of not just his eternal struggle with Batman, but how his horrific treatment of Barbara Gordon and Jason Todd has affected them. Arriving at open and operating comic book stores on Tuesday, August 25, the series will carry DC’s “Black Label” content descriptor, identifying the series is appropriate for readers 17+.

Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince – The Rebel Army Gets a Trailer

V. E. Schwab‘s Shades Of Magic: The Steel Prince – The Rebel Army the last chapter of The Steel Prince graphic novel trilogy by New York Times bestselling author V.E. Schwab is in stores July 7, 2020.

In the months following his defeat and unmasking by Prince Maxim Maresh at the climax of the Night of Knives Tournament, Rowan, its architect and Antari magician, has forcefully taken command of a ragtag pirate fleet known as the Rebel Army.

Through a campaign of pillaging and conscription of Arnes’ coastal towns, Rowan has grown the Rebel Army into a force powerful enough to usurp a prince and destroy an empire.

Now, all that stands between the fall of the House of Maresh and the sacking of Red London is Maxim and his garrison, unless the young headstrong prince can win the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of Verose and convince them to join him in one final stand against the most powerful magician he has ever faced.

It’s Free Comic Book Day for Marvel and Retailers this July

This July, readers will get a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s most exciting new titles with brand-new stories for free at participating comic shops! Originally part of May’s Free Comic Book Day, Marvel will be now be releasing two never-before-seen titles for fans to get a first look at some of Marvel’s biggest upcoming events. Each issue will contain two separate extraordinary tales involving the X-Men, Spider-Man, and more by Marvel’s most acclaimed creators!

Available on July 15, Free Comic Book Day 2020: X-Men will feature a brand-new X-MEN story by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz that will lead into the game-changing X OF Swords crossover! The second story will also foreshadow an upcoming epic tale by Tom Taylor and Iban Coello. The comic will be available on July 15.

And on July 22, Free Comic Book Day 2020: Spider-Man/Venom will provide two exciting tales connected to the coming major storylines in Venom, Amazing Spider-Man, and Black Cat from top creators Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Jed MacKay, and Patrick Gleason and more! The comic will be released on July 22.

The comics will be available to retailers as part of their “Back in Action” program.

AHOY Comics Announces Dragonflyman Day on June 16

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman

AHOY Comics has announced that June 16th will henceforth be known as “Dragonflyman Day.” This historic occasion will coincide with the bookstore publication date of the upcoming trade paperback release of Dragonfly & Dragonflyman — the prequel to the dazzling series The Wrong Earth — by writer Tom Peyer, artist Peter Krause, colorist Andy Troy, and letterer Rob Steen

In the darkness of Earth-Omega, The Dragonfly exacts vengeance from sadistic killers and corrupt authorities. On sunlit Earth-Alpha, the upstanding Dragonflyman fights for justice alongside the police. Now, for the first time ever, all five issues of the series, plus the 2019 AHOY Free Comic Book Day story, will be available in one dimension-smashing volume—and, coincidentally, just in time for everyone’s new favorite summer holiday: Dragonflyman Day.

A brand-new but already beloved tradition wherein people from all over earth—Omega, Alpha, and otherwise—celebrate this all-too-misunderstood superhero, Dragonflyman Day will be full of exciting festivities, such as the aforementioned bookstore release date of the trade paperback. 

Dragonfly & Dragonflyman will be available in comic stores on June 3rd and bookstores on June 16th.

BOOM! Studios Debuts a New Trailer for WYND

BOOM! Studios has released a brand new trailer for WYND. The all-new original series reunites award-winning superstars James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas, with letterer Aditya Bidikar. Tynion IV and Dialynas previously collaborated for three years on the GLAAD Award winning series The Woods.

WYND introduces readers to a world where magical heritage is punishable by death, so a young boy named Wynd must keep his true identity – and pointy ears – a secret from everyone in Pipetown, even if it means he’ll never have the normal life he wants. But when his secret is threatened, Wynd is forced to leave his home behind to embark on a dangerous quest that will put him at the heart of a royal conspiracy beyond his imagination. 

WYND #1 features a main cover illustrated by series artist Michael Dialynas and variant covers by acclaimed artists Dan Mora (Once & Future) and Peach Momoko. The debut issue comes to shelves on June 17, 2020.

Check Out this Trailer for Devil’s Highway from Benjamin Percy, Brent Schoonover, Nick Filardi, and Sal Cipriano

Benjamin Percy (Wolverine) and Brent Schoonover (Batman ‘66) present a nerve-racking thriller examining murder in the dark underbelly of America’s heartland. A young woman with a dark family secret embarks on a quest to hunt down the serial killer that brutally murdered her father – only to discover he is just one piece of a national network of evil that snakes across the country and hides in plain sight. To catch the devil she must first embrace the darkness within.

Devil’s Highway is written by Benjamin Percy, with art by Brent Schoonover, color by Nick Filardi, and lettering by Sal Cipriano.

Mad Cave Spotlights What’s Coming in a Showcase May 15

The current pandemic has canceled or postponed conventions around the world leaving comic publishers finding new ways to promote and reveal what’s coming soon for comic fans. Mad Cave Studios has announced the “Mad Cave Showcase” taking place on Friday, May 15th from 12pm to 5pm. The even will be hosted by Jazz Stone.

Join Mad Cave and an all-star line-up of special guests – including acclaimed writers Christopher Sebela (Shanghai Red, Crowded), Matthew Erman (Bonding, Long Lost), as they discuss new projects from within the Cave. Also joining is a bevy of industry veterans to discuss the state of comics. But the fun doesn’t end there, famed artist, Liana Kangas (She Said Destroy) will be doing a live drawing and taking questions.

In an effort to help support Comic Book Retailers around the country, Mad Cave will be promoting and accepting donations throughout the event for Mad Cave’s Go Fund Me Relief Fund for U.S Comic Book Retailers. If you are a comic book retailer interested in taking part in the relief effort, please reach out to contact@madcavestudios.com for more information.

Mad Cave Showcase’s full schedule of events will be as follows:

12 PM EST

  • Welcome to the Show
  • Interview with the writer of Savage Bastards, David Galiano
  • Interview with the writer of Battlecats, Wolvenheart, and more, Mark London
  • Live Giveaway

1 pm EST

  • Interview with Mad Cave’s new editorial members; Steenz, Erica Schultz and Michael Moccio
  • Interview with Christopher Sebela and David Stoll to discuss an all-new project
  • Interview with Matthew Erman and Shelby Criswell to discuss an all-new project

2 pm EST

  • Live drawing with Liana Kangas

3 pm EST

  • State of the industry discussion w/ Chris Arrant & Chris Fernandez
  • Mad Cave Studios Product Showcase

4 pm EST

New comic book teasers and what to expect for the rest of the year

  • 2020 Mad Cave Talent Search discussion and details
  • Live Giveaway
  • Live Q+A
  • Goodbye and thanks for joining us
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