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Sell-Outs and New Printings

A bunch of sell-outs and new printings have been announced this week. Check out below the various announcements.

Image Comics

The critically-acclaimed Jupiter’s Legacy by comics titans Mark Millar and Frank Quitely launched into an all-new story arc on Wednesday, June 29—Millar Day 2016. In order to keep up with frenzied demand for the title, Image Comics is pleased to announce a second printing that will hit stores on Wednesday, July 27th.

JUPITER’S LEGACY VOL. 2 #1 2nd printingFans can’t get enough of the hot new werewolf series, She Wolf by Rich Tomasso. Image has announced that the critically-acclaimed She Wolf #1 will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with the increasing customer demand.She Wolf

is a surreal exploration in horror as the story follows a teenage girl who believes she’s been bitten by a savage werewolf. Soon after she begins to experience feverish nightmares that seamlessly bleed into her everyday reality.

The second printing hits shelves July 27th.

SHE WOLF #1 2nd printingMarvel

The announcement of the newest addition to the Marvel Universe has people talking! Marvel has announced that Uncanny Inhumans #11 – the first appearance of Mosaic, has sold out at the distributor level ahead of its release this week and will immediately return for a second printing.  The comic written by Charles Soule with art by Carlos Pacheco will be on sale August 3.

Uncanny_Inhumans_11_Second_PrintingValiant

Valiant has announced numerous new printings for their popular 4001 A.D. event. 4001 A.D. #2 by Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain, 4001 A.D. X-O Manowar #1 by Robert Venditti and Clayton Henry, and 4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1 by Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite will all be returning for second prints on August 3rd.

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Review: 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1

4001-BLOOD_001_COVER-A_LEEI’m not going mince my words here: although I was looking forward to another installment in the 4001 A.D. story arc, the cover, and the taste of meh left in my mouth after the last tie-in left me uneasy about this comic. It was either going to be pretty good, or best forgotten, and the cover had me edging toward best forgotten.

As the old saying goes, I shouldn’t have judged the comic by it’s cover.

Valiant‘s summer events are generally some of the best around – when it comes to the main series, anyway. The tie-in titles can often be hit or miss depending entirely on how familiar you are with the title character/s in the tie-in (for an example of just that, I wasn’t a fan of Book Of Death: Fall Of Harbinger but a reader with a different perspective really was). I’ve read a couple of Bloodshot comics, certainly more than I have Imperium or Harbinger, and so I knew I’d have a little background on the character. I honestly didn’t need it.

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is an indirect sequel to last year’s one shot Book Of Death: Fall Of Bloodshot but whether you’ve read that comic or not, you’ll still be able to enjoy this issue.

With Ray Garrison long dead, what final mission do the nanites that drove the killing machine have? Obviously I’m not going to tell you (go read the comic!), but what I will say is that this is one of the best Bloodshot comics I’ve read in a long time. Jeff Lemire has written a comic that transcends the title character, and the event it’s tying in with, telling a story that despite what I said earlier about character familiarity can be enjoyed with out any real knowledge of Bloodshot.

This is a brilliant comic with some truly  excellent artwork (the layouts and colouring on some of the later pages is fantastic), but 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot is a comic where the sum of the parts are greater than the individual components.

If you’re reading 4001 A.D. this tie-in has a window into the consequences of Father‘s actions (he’s dismantling New Japan – a sattelite country that orbits the Earth), and is certainly worth a look. If you’re not following 4001 A.D. you should still read this comic; it’s probably the best 4001 A.D. comic released so far.

Story: Jeff Lemire Artist: Doug Braithwaite Colourist: Brian Reber
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9.25 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy a FREE copy for review, but I’ll be buying a copy anyway.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

The Fix #3Wednesdays 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.

Anthony

Top Pick: Island #8 (Image Comics) – Island has been a great ride from the beginning featuring a very wide, eclectic array of comic creators in this anthology series. Each issue has some stories that continue in segments with some one shot shorts as well that are brilliantly organized and curated by creators Brandon Graham and Emma Rios. Island has yet to disappoint with content that can be eye-popping visually, psychologically provoking, and socially relevant. This issue features stories from Johnnie Christmas and Simon Roy.

Empress #3 (Icon/Marvel)Mark Millar, hate him or love him, has always released some titles with a refreshing perspective and some gorgeous artwork in this sci-fi based story of a man that has taken on the task of helping a wife and her three children escape from an overzealous husband/leader. This time around, Stuart Immonen has been killing it on pencils with some added detailing on inks by Wade von Grawbadger and expressive colouring by Ive Svorcina. The second issue really kicked up the action a notch and ended with quite the cliffhanger. It will be exciting to see what kind of adventures the group gets into this time around and will hopefully have some calming periods to get to know a bit more on the characters as well.

The Fix #3 (Image Comics)The Fix is one of the funniest comics put out in 2016 that should be no surprise to fans of the creative team of Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. Adding colourist Ryan Hill to the mix has really created this neo-noir vibe with a dash of anti-hero douchebaggery and a tinge of unexpected splashes of violence. This series has sold out of both the first two issues (with this week releasing the third printing of Issue #1) so it has proven itself to be a pleaser thus far that is sure to continue its hilarity and ridiculousness. Corrupt cops Ray and Mac have found themselves in quite the junction of scenarios so one can only imagine what will happen now that a police dog named Pretzels has been thrown in the mix.

The Wicked + The Divine #20 (Image Comics) – The Gods have been consistently fighting against one another over the last few issues ever since Laura has come back and it appears as if the buildup will keep getting higher and higher. Deaths are abound for sure. Wic Div has one of the most impressive creative teams for Image that keeps the readers guessing as to what exactly is going to happen next. As long as Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson grace the cover and interiors (with the occasional striking guests) Wic Div should be on your monthly pull list.

Wolf #8 (Image Comics)Ales Kot is one of the most intriguing, complex, labyrinthian writers working in comics today. Wolf has been a bit of an up and down ride but the last issue really put the train back onto the tracks. The artwork by Ricardo Lopez Ortiz and colours by Lee Loughridge‘s give this title a real punk edge to it and will hopefully push the limits after the ending to Issue #7.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Voracious #4 (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – Man discovers he can travel through time. Instead of using it to become rich with gambling, he decides to become a dinosaur hunter and open a restaurant. This is why I love comics; because this actually works.

4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 (Valiant) – 4001 A.D. has been a brilliant event so far, but the stand alone tie ins from Valiant can always be hit or miss depending on how big a fan of the specific character you are. I’m a middling fan of Bloodshot, so this should be interesting.

Howard the Duck #8 (Marvel) – One of the more fun series that Marvel is putting out these days (at least that I’m reading), this is usually a snark filled comic that usually one of the best I read in the week it’s released.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: The Flash: Rebirth #1 (DC Comics) – Yes, yes, yes the real West is back! I have been so pumped and still coming off the high that was the Rebirth special. My conduit to comics is back in full force. I don’t care where this goes. I just want to be in the fast lane for it!

Action Comics #957 (DC Comics) – Like Wally returning so has the real Kal-El. I am thrilled for this and who says you can’t have family in comics? I am intrigued on where Lex will fit, will they try to keep him a true Man of Steel or is he plotting the one true Superman’s downfall.

Detective Comics #934 (DC Comics) – The road to the mega epic #1000 starts here! Truth be told I’m not on fire about this title but it has enough solicited elements to pique my interest. A new Bat-Team could be what Gotham ordered. However with a title like Detective Comics I’d rather see Ralph Dibney on the billing, but hey time will tell…

 

Brett

Top Pick: Sheriff of Babylon #7 (Vertigo) – One of the best comics on the market right now. Absolutely amazing storytelling that’s a murder mystery set in modern Iraq. There’s actually not as much politics as you’d think, just fantastic pacing and subtle details that add to the complete package.

Green Lantern: Edge of Oblivion #6 (DC Comics) – This miniseries wraps up and I can’t wait to see how it ends, especially since its been a veiled allegory about modern day terrorism and religious extremism. Plus… who gets back to modern times and how!?

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 (BOOM! Box/DC Comics) – The first issue is a cute combination of the two series as the groups come together to solve a mystery. There’s a weird “Scooby Doo” vibe about it all, but the first issue works really well and this should be a fun miniseries.

Prometheus: Life and Death #1 (Dark Horse) – I’m a fan of Dark Horse’s new Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe and their intertwining miniseries have been fantastic. This one has been an interesting build so far and with this first issue, we finally get the beginning of the last piece of the puzzle.

Star Wars: Poe Dameron #3 (Marvel) – If you enjoyed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and want to get even more of the story about Poe, this is the comic for you. It peals back the curtain a bit on this newer aspect of the Star Wars universe, and answers some questions left dangling by the film.

 

Paul

Top Pick: All-New X-Men #10 (Marvel) – I’ve been enjoying this Apocalypse War storyline running through the X books, and I am looking forward to seeing Evan, now in the past, coming face to face with En Sabah Nur, who will one day become Apocalypse.  Can Evan change the past, and stop Apocalypse from ever being?  Will this take Evan down the path to becoming the next Apocalypse? Can I possibly use the word Apocalypse anymore in this blurb? I am looking forward to seeing where this leads.

The Vision #8 (Marvel) – Uh oh…the Avengers know everything that has happened with Vision and his family; the violence, the deaths and the lies.  And now they’re coming to find some answers.  I don’t see this going very well, but as with every issue in this series, I’m sure it’s going to be a hell of a read.

Wacky Raceland #1 (DC Comics) – Do you remember the Wacky Racers from Saturday morning cartoons?  I do too…and this is not them!  The world has gone to hell and racers trek across the remains of their word for survival.  It’s Death Race meets Hannah-Barbera and I for one will be strapping in for this crazy ride.  Just check out Muttly on the cover!  This is NOT the cartoon I remember.

Preview: 4001 A.D. Bloodshot #1

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1

Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RYAN LEE
Cover B by CAFU
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale JUNE 8

Once upon a time…in the year 4001 A.D…

Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison. Now, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more…but the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute…but what could it possibly be? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous man-turned-machine called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?

The future starts now as New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN) and superstar artist Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS) bring Bloodshot barreling into the 41st century of the Valiant Universe with an all-new, standalone tale at the epicenter of 4001 A.D.!

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A Lettered Preview Debut of 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 – Coming in June from Jeff Lemire and Doug Braithwaite

Valiant is proud to present an advance preview of 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 – an explosive new adventure launching directly out of the pages of the summer’s blockbuster crossover event and into an essential standalone one-shot from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and Valiant-exclusive superstar Doug Braithwaite! On June 8th, the future will be written in blood, bullets, and bombshells when Valiant’s unstoppable soldier wages war on the forces of 4001 A.D.! As Rai’s insurrection against the tyrannical A.I. called Father and the kingdom of New Japan escalates, Project Rising Spirit’s most lethal creation will rise from the ashes of history to fight one final battle that will shake the 41st century to its core!

Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison. Now, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more…but the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute…but what could it possibly be? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous man-turned-machine called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?

Featuring covers by Ryan Lee and CAFU, jump on board here with an entirely self-contained entry point into the summer’s most anticipated crossover event!

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RYAN LEE (APR162056)
Cover B by CAFU (APR162057)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162058)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162059)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 8 (FOC – 5/16/16)

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Valiant’s Massive 4001 A.D. Interlocking Mega-Cover Charts the Summer’s Biggest Event!

Valiant has released a first look at all 12 united components of the publisher’s massive 4001 A.D. Interlocking Mega-Cover by Ryan Lee – a sprawling, one-of-a-kind interconnecting cover spanning across all 12 chapters of Valiant’s blockbuster summer event during “The Summer of 4001 A.D.”!

Beginning with 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) by writer Matt Kindt and superstar artists Clayton Crain and David Mack on May 4th, each chapter of Valiant’s epic summer event will come complete with a limited edition variant that forms a component piece of the giant-sized, four-foot tall by two-and-half foot wide 4001 A.D. Mega-Cover. Connecting across 12 issues the cover features Rai, X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, the Eternal Warrior, Geomancer, and more of Valiant’s legendary heroes locked in battle against Father, the tyrannical ruler of New Japan!

“The Summer of 4001 A.D.” explodes with the return of Rai’s award-winning ongoing series in RAI #13 – the FIRST ISSUE of an ALL-NEW JUMPING-ON POINT revealing the origin of New Japan and its very first guardian! Discover the essential history behind the dawn of 4001 A.D. here as writer Matt Kindt and acclaimed artist CAFU unearth the answers behind Father’s tyrannical rise to power. How did New Japan come to orbit Earth? Who created Father? And just what is Rai’s true nature…and what happened to his nine earlier predecessors that once patrolled New Japan in his stead? Discover the shocking answers as RAI #13 returns to set the events of 4001 A.D. in motion – and reveals the epic arc of the Valiant Universe’s future history!

“The Summer of 4001 A.D.” escalates even further as a staggering cast of superstar talents come aboard to reveal what the 41st century holds for Valiant’s most iconic heroes in a new series of four indispensable one-shots! Featuring X-O Manowar, Bloodshot, Shadowman, and the debut of an all-new, top-secret character with a crucial tie to the present and future of the Valiant Universe, “The Summer of 4001 A.D.” erupts into full force here with four new chapters from Valiant’s most acclaimed creators, ripped directly from the pages of 4001 A.D.:

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by Robert Venditti (BOOK OF DEATH); Art by Clayton Henry (HARBINGER WARS)
Coming in May

4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by Jeff Lemire (BLOODSHOT REBORN); Art by Doug Braithwaite (ARMOR HUNTERS)
Coming in June

4001 A.D.: SHADOWMAN #1
Written by Jody Houser (FAITH) & Rafer Roberts (A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG); Art by Robert Gill (BOOK OF DEATH)
Coming in July

4001 A.D.: [CLASSIFIED] #1
Written by [CLASSIFIED]; Art by [CLASSIFIED]
Coming in August

Each chapter of “The Summer of 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a centuries-spanning vision of the future.

One hundred years from today, Father – the benevolent artificial intelligence that governs the island nation of Japan – will gain sentience. To defend its borders, Father will take drastic action by launching Japan into space…where its people can thrive in isolation, away from the overpopulated and resource-deprived planet below. Over the centuries, as New Japan orbits our increasingly unstable world, it will become a model society – one built on peace, prosperity…and Father’s control.

A thousand years from today, Father will create the first Rai, founding a lineage of technologically enhanced heroes engineered to defend New Japan and sworn to protect it from all enemies. For hundreds of years into the future, the Rai will single-handedly enforce New Japan’s justice well…and serve Father without question.

Now, at the dawn of 4001 A.D., the latest Rai is about to inherit the dark truth behind the origin of his kind…and discover the sinister secret at the heart of Father’s existence. For New Japan to live, Earth must die…and as Rai challenges his former master for the first time in more than a millennium, the lone guardian of New Japan will be cast out of his own Father’s kingdom…

Exiled from the only realm he’s ever known, Rai now walks the ravaged world of 4001 A.D. in search of forgotten heroes like himself…on a mission to collect the last surviving legends of a broken planet…and to forge a rebellion with the power to bring the most advanced civilization in history crashing back down to Earth.

Earth must rise. Father must fall. Rai! Eternal Warrior! X-O Manowar! Bloodshot! Shadowman! Geomancer! And more! The war for the ultimate fate of humanity begins on May 4th!

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ECCC 2016: Valiant’s Summer Event Explodes with 4001 AD: X-O MANOWAR #1 and 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1

As “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” prepares to wage war across the future of the Valiant Universe, X-O Manowar and Bloodshot are the leading the charge with the first of four all-star one-shots!

As revealed at Emerald City Comicon 2016, Valiant has released a first look inside 4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1 and 4001 A.D.: Bloodshot #1 – two explosive, self-contained one-shots blasting directly out of the summer’s most ambitious comics event, 4001 A.D.! Beginning this May, the future of the Valiant Universe’s biggest icons stands revealed as a stunning cast of creative talents joins Matt Kindt and Clayton Crain’s stunning vision of the 41st century…and launches X-O Manowar and Bloodshot into Rai’s insurrection against Father and the tyrannical reign of New Japan!

After 4001 A.D. #1 (of 4) arrives May 4th, Earth’s most powerful hero joins the fray one week later on May 11th in 4001 A.D.: X-O Manowar #1 – a one-shot epic from New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti and Valiant-exclusive superstar Clayton Henry! How did the rise of Earth’s most powerful hero lead to humanity’s ultimate destruction? Just what was the War of the X-O Manowars…and how did its catastrophic fallout bring ruination and despair to a besieged planet? And why is the sacred extraterrestrial armor called Shanhara the one weapon Father fears more than any other?

The comic features covers by CAFU, Phil Jimenez, Matt Kindt, and Ryan Lee!

Then, the fight for control of the 41st century continues on June 8th in 4001 A.D.: Bloodhsot #1 – a high-octane one-shot blockbuster from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and Valiant-exclusive superstar Doug Braithwaite! Centuries ago, Bloodshot was the man called Ray Garrison. Now, in the year 4001 A.D., Ray Garrison is no more…but the nanites that once thrived inside him endure still. With their master long since gone, the microscopic machines that once drove Bloodshot through every firefight, healed every wound, and calculated every outcome have one final directive left to execute…but what could it possibly be? And how will the forces of the future react when the infamous man-turned-machine called Bloodshot returns to fight another day?

The comic features covers by Ryan Lee and CAFU!

Each chapter of “THE SUMMER OF 4001 A.D.” is designed for maximum accessibility and can be read in concert with the core 4001 A.D. series or stand on its own for a centuries-spanning vision of the future.

4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1
Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by CLAYTON HENRY
Cover A by CAFU (MAR161805)
Cover B by PHIL JIMENEZ (MAR161806)
Character Design Variant by MATT KINDT (MAR161807)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (MAR161808)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On sale MAY 11 (FOC – 4/18/16)

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4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art by DOUG BRAITHWAITE
Cover A by RYAN LEE (APR162056)
Cover B by CAFU (APR162057)
Character Design Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162058)
Interlocking Mega-Cover Variant by RYAN LEE (APR162059)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On sale JUNE 8 (FOC 5/16/16)

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