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NYCC 2018: Humanoids Announces H1 – A New Shared Universe

Humanoids is launching a major initiative in 2019 to publish original comic book stories written and illustrated by some of the biggest names in comics. During the Humanoids 20th Anniversary In America panel at New York Comic Con, the publisher unveiled H1, an imprint of comic books, featuring a shared superpowered universe with all new characters and stories created by a dizzying lineup of comic book creators. Humanoids’ new Chief Creative Officer John Cassaday and Humanoids’ new Director of Creative Development Mark Waid are closely collaborating with a core team of H1 architects: Kwanza Osajyefo (Black, Black AF), Yanick Paquette (Wonder Woman Earth One) and Carla Speed McNeil (Finder, Sensation Comics) to create an ambitious storytelling experience with creators including Phil Briones, Vanessa Del Rey, Cheryl Lynn Eaton, Mike McKone and Afua Richardson.

Humanoids will launch H1 in Summer 2019 with 3 ongoing series, with details and creative teams being announced next year.

IGNITED

Something strange is happening to the planet… Nature itself is reshaping and redefining the balance of power. Natural disasters are breaking out everywhere, and yet, the population continues to grow rapidly. In fact, the world is becoming so dense, that certain individuals are erupting with super abilities. They are called the Ignited.

OMNI

A gifted doctor with a vibrant, compassionate personality, Cecelia Cobbina received boundless praise from her peers and her patients. But that was before the incident in Africa. Before she gained the ability to think faster than the speed of light. Overwhelmed with the power to answer every question, she must now overcome her own fears and tackle the one code she can’t seem to break: the truth behind the Ignited.

STRANGELANDS

Opposites attract? Elakshi and Adam Land aren’t married. In fact, a month ago, they were perfect strangers, dwelling in lands foreign to one another. But now, they’re forced to remain by one another’s side, for their separation could mean the planet’s demise. Now, their greatest challenge is to stay together — even if they have to tear the world apart.

In addition to H1, Humanoids will feature all new mini series featuring self-contained original stories featuring some of the biggest and most exciting names in comics, including Dennis Calero, Jock, Shawn Martinbrough, Helen Mullane, Andrea Mutti, Quinton Peeples, Dom Reardon, and Darick Roberston.

THE ORIGINAL MINI-SERIES

THE BIG COUNTRY (5 issue mini-series)

The Old West finally died in the early 1980s. We’re in Texas. And this is the story of Grissom Callahan, the last in a long line of sheriffs. Callahan has learned everything he knows from his father and his grandfather. But the old ways don’t seem to prove efficient when it comes to stopping a violent serial killer. And in a simple moment of shaking down an informant, Grissom will start a chain of events that will reshape his life and the world of law enforcement in Texas.

MEYER (5 issue mini-series)

A comedic, coming-of-age quest where the Golden Fleece is a man’s legacy, Meyer is an immigrant’s story rooted in an old mobster’s tale and a deeply moral fable. A Breaking Bad style imaginary biography of Jewish legendary mobster Meyer Lansky as he’s trying to organize his very last con job.

NICNEVIN AND THE BLOODY QUEEN (4 issue mini-series)

Something strange has been unleashed in the North of England. A modern-day druid commits a series of ghastly murders in an attempt to unleash the awesome power of the ancient gods of Great Britain. But all hell really breaks loose when his latest would-be victim, Nicnevin “Nissy” Oswald, turns out to be more than she seems. A British tale mixing black magic and horror godfathered by Jock, one of the new masters of comic book suspense!

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day! What are you all getting? What are you excited for? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

AV Club – 8 graphic novels to get your kids hooked on comics – Agree with this list?

Atlanta Journal Constitution – Comic book artist’s work takes her from superheroes to civil rights – This graphic novel is going to be huge.

CBR – DC’s Super Pets to Star in Animated Movie – This could be huge.

 

Reviews

Talking Comics – Justice League #4

Comic Attack – Justice League Dark #1

Newsarama – Leviathan #1

Comics Bulletin – Machete Squad

The Beat – The Strange

Preview: Brother Nash #2

BROTHER NASH #2 

Writer / Artist: Bridgit Connell
Cover A: Afua Richardson
Cover B: Bridgit Connell
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 64pp, $5.99, On sale: July 4, 2018

American Gods meets Preacher and Hellboy on the midnight road to Sacramento!

Nash is a trucker, he also sees ghosts, and when the moon is on the rise and violence threatens his friends… He roams as a wolf… As the Highway Beast.

When Nash takes on a mysterious hitchhiker heading for Tucson, he and his friends are dragged headfirst into his biggest and most dangerous adventure yet!

Black Panther: World of Wakanda Wins a GLAAD Media Award

Black Panther: World of Wakanda has won the GLAAD Media Award for comic books. It was one of ten nominees in the comic category for the 29th annual award. Two other Marvel books, America and Iceman, were also nominated.

The award celebrates inclusivity in pop culture.

Recognized for the book was the creative team of Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Yona Harvey, Rembert Browne, Alitha E. Martinez, Manny Mederos, Joe Bennett, Afua Richardson, Roberto Poggi, Tamra Bonvillain, Rachelle Rosenberg, Virtual Calligraphy, and Joe Sabino.

Other nominees included the Backstagers, Batwoman, Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love, Goldie Vance, Lumberjanes, The Woods, and Quantum Teens are Go.

A Look at the Run: Book One cover art by Afua Richardson

In February, the follow up to Congressman John Lewis‘ award-winning graphic novel trilogy March was announced. Run: Book One picks up where March left off, telling how Lewis led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the time period that followed the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Lewis is reuniting with co-writer Andrew Aydin and will be joined by artist Afua Richardson as well as Nate Powell who handled the art for the original trilogy and will provide a transition portion to the book.

A first look at the cover by Afua Richardson has been released which you can see below.

Run: Book One will be published on August 14, 2018.

Congressman John Lewis Announces Run, His Next Graphic Novel, Picking Up Where March Left Off

Congressman John Lewis is a Civil Rights legend, Congressman, and award-winning comic book writer. In a Time exclusive, the Congressman will again visit his past in a new graphic novel, Run. The graphic novel will pick where where March left off. Lewis is reuniting will co-writer Andrew Aydin and will be joined by artist Afua Richardson (who created the art in this article) as well as Nate Powell who handled the art for the original trilogy. Powell’s contribution will be a transition sequence that links to the two graphic novel series. Run will be published by Abrams ComicArts, March was published by Top Shelf.

March was a three volume series that explored Lewis’ early life and his time during the Civil Rights using the election of President Obama as framing. All were bestsellers and award winners. March: Book Three was the first graphic novel to win the Nation Book Award.

Run: Book One will tell how Lewis led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the time period that followed the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Time called the organization the “most militant of all U.S. civil rights organizations.” The first graphic novel will explore the group’s history as it struggled with lost support at being a nonviolent organization during the time period.

Run: Book One will be published on August 14, 2018.

Preview: Faith and the Future Force #3 (of 4)

FAITH AND THE FUTURE FORCE #3 (of 4)

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by DIEGO BERNARD
Cover A by AUDREY MOK (JUL172271)
Cover B (Wraparound) by MIKE NORTON (JUL172272)
Variant Cover by DOUG PASKIEWICZ (JUL172273)
Variant Cover by AFUA RICHARDSON (JUL172274)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale SEPTEMBER 27 (FOC – 9/4/2017)

Future meets past as the Valiant Universe comes full circle!

Faith Herbert and Neela Sethi, the newest Timewalker’s first attempt at saving time from being unwritten has failed…which means it’s time to rewind the clocks and star— Wait, didn’t this happen already? No matter which heroes she recruits, Faith’s attempts at saving the time stream keep ending in disaster, throwing her in an endless loop of doomed missions! To break the cycle, Faith and Timewalker will have to call upon their strangest recruit yet for a last ditch effort to save the universe!

Jump back to the future with Eisner Award nominee Jody Houser (FAITH, Mother Panic) and rising star Diego Bernard (X-O MANOWAR) as they bring the summer’s most epic event to its penultimate chapter…again?

Valiant’s Present & Future Collide in Faith and the Future Force #3

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Faith and the Future Force #3 – the penultimate chapter to the astonishing standalone event of the summer! On September 27th, join Eisner Award-nominated writer Jody Houser and explosive artist Diego Bernard as they take Los Angeles’ high-flying hero – Faith “Zephyr” Herbert – and place her in the heart of a centuries-spanning battle for the fate of time itself! But some challenges are just too big for one hero…and from Bloodshot to X-O Manowar to Rai to the Eternal Warrior and a formidable phalanx of comrades assembled from across the centuries, Faith must meet her destiny head on to lead the greatest heroes of Valiant’s present and future to rescue humanity from complete annihilation!

Faith Herbert and Neela Sethi, the newest Timewalker’s first attempt at saving time from being unwritten has failed…which means it’s time to rewind the clocks and star— Wait, didn’t this happen already? No matter which heroes she recruits, Faith’s attempts at saving the time stream keep ending in disaster, throwing her in an endless loop of doomed missions! To break the cycle, Faith and Timewalker will have to call upon their strangest recruit yet for a last ditch effort to save the universe!

Featuring covers by Audrey Mok, Mike Norton, Doug Paskiewicz, and Afua Richardson!

Preview: Secret Weapons #3 (of 4)

SECRET WEAPONS #3 (of 4)

Written by ERIC HEISSERER
Art by RAÚL ALLÉN with PATRICIA MARTIN
Cover A by RAÚL ALLÉN (JUN172080)
Cover B by AFUA RICHARDSON (JUN172081)
Variant Cover by ROBERTO DE LA TORRE (JUN172082)
Variant Cover by DAVID MACK (JUN172083)
$3.99 | 32 pgs. | VALIANT PRESTIGE | T+ | On Sale AUGUST 16th (FOC – 7/24/17)

Team spirits!

Class is in session, and Amanda McKee – the machine-wielding hero codenamed Livewire – is here to show her unconventional class of recruits what it really takes to master power. And lesson number-one is…teamwork! But as these once-abandoned psiot castaways put their pain behind them to become a fully functioning unit, an even deadlier set of challenges will soon rise to meet them…

Academy Award-nominated writer Eric Heisserer (ARRIVAL) and Harvey Award-nominated artists Raúl Allén (WRATH OF THE ETERNAL WARRIOR) and Patricia Martin (NINJAK) take the summer’s most talked-about new series to the next level – and bring the Secret Weapons into the light of day as Valiant’s smash-hit new series faces its penultimate test!

Preview: Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5

(W) Roxane Gay (A) Alitha Martinez (CA) Afua Richardson
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 15, 2017
SRP: $3.99

DAWN OF THE MIDNIGHT ANGELS: CONCLUSION!

Officers. Rebels. Lovers…Ayo and Aneka, a.k.a. the Midnight Angels, now have new monikers thrust upon them: Leaders.

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