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Preview: Checkmate #5

Checkmate #5

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev

THE DAEMON ROSE IDENTITY…REVEALED! Ripped from the pages of Justice League! As Checkmate digs deeper, it’s obvious that what Leviathan is selling is a dirty lie that cannot sustain itself…so Checkmate has to…INFILTRATE LEVIATHAN. But with Checkmate being so outside of the system, once any of them go undercover, they are officially…not on our side.

Checkmate #5

Preview: Checkmate #4

Checkmate #4

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev

Leviathan has arrived. They have followers and agents all over the globe. What is the secret behind Leviathan’s power? The all-new…Checkmate! A collection of the most dangerous spymasters must team up to take back the world. Who is the secret hero behind Checkmate?! Guest-starring Superman!

Checkmate #4

Preview: Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #2

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #2

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Alex Maleev

After turning the tables on the Suicide Squad, The Joker gained control of the device that could detonate the bomb implanted in each of the team members’ heads. Now forced to do The Joker’s bidding, Red Hood, Harley, and the rest of Task Force X find themselves hunted by a newly formed Squad with a single mission: kill the previous Squad and take over hunting The Joker.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #2

Preview: Checkmate #3

Checkmate #3

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev

All-new story! As the super-spies try to keep Leviathan from getting its hands on the Heroes Network, Lois Lane does her best to get to the bottom of the new truths in front of her. Meanwhile, her husband-the Man of Steel-has had just about enough of Leviathan. That’s right, finally! The man behind the rise of Leviathan, Mark Shaw, and Superman clash! Plus: Who is Mr. King really? Guest-starring Robin and Talia al Ghul! And Superman.

Checkmate #3

Preview: Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1

Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Alex Maleev

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev (Batman: No Man’s Land) collaborate for the first time in this three-issue Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against the Joker. When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror.

Suicide Squad: Get Joker #1

Preview: Checkmate #2

Checkmate #2

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev

The heroes network-the secret technology that connects the Batcave, the Hall of Justice, and Superman’s Fortress of Solitude-holds all the secrets of the DC Universe. The growing evil called Leviathan is trying to get it…and Checkmate are the only people standing in the way. All this and Leviathan versus Talia al Ghul in a fight to the finish, not to mention someone has kidnapped Lois Lane! And you never, ever, ever kidnap Lois Lane. Plus: Who is the Daemon Rose? From the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, this all-new story ties directly into the events of Justice League!

Checkmate #2

Preview: Checkmate #1

Checkmate #1

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Alex Maleev

From the award-winning creative team behind last year’s Event Leviathan comes the next surprising chapter in DC Comics’ deadliest saga. Leviathan has agents and acolytes all over the world, but what is the secret behind its power? The planet’s last, best hope to infiltrate Leviathan may be this motley collection of spymasters, now teamed up to try to take back the world that was stolen from under us all! Green Arrow, the Question, Talia al Ghul and other unlikely allies converge to tackle Leviathan as members of the new Checkmate, but who is the surprise hero behind this team? Big clues to the future of the DC Universe start here!

Checkmate #1

ComiXology Features 7 New Releases from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press

There are seven new digital comics available right now on comiXology. Marvel takes you to 2099 and into the world of Emma Frost. Plus, new releases from Harlequin and Yen Press. Get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Emma Frost Vol. 2: Mind Games

Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Emma Frost #7-12.

Explore the younger days of the X-Men’s most controversial member, collected in a convenient digest size! Finally free from her overbearing father, Emma Frost is on her own for the very first time. She’s found love-but she’s also found trouble, as her new boyfriend is in deep with the Boston mob! As Emma learns more “creative” ways of using her newfound telepathic abilities, will it be enough to help her escape the grasp of the criminal underworld?

Emma Frost Vol. 2: Mind Games

Emma Frost Vol. 3: Bloom

Written by Karl Bollers
Art by Carlo Pagulayan
Cover by Greg Horn
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Collects Emma Frost #13-18.

Emma’s fought her family, the Boston mob and her own boyfriend – and won! Now, the young mutant sets her sights on the Big Apple and Empire State University, where she becomes extremely friendly with another, more experienced telepath. But is this relationship entirely healthy? It might not be for Ian Kendall, the teacher Emma’s infatuated with…whose life is suddenly turned upside down! With the love of her life on trial for his job, what is Emma willing to do to save him? Don’t miss the ultimate telepathic catfight!

Emma Frost Vol. 3: Bloom

Marvel Knights 2099

Written by Robert Kirkman
Art by Kyle Hotz, Pop Mhan, Karl Moline, Khary Randolph, Cliff Rathburn
Cover by Pat Lee
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Collects Marvel Knights 2099: Daredevil #1, Black Panther #1, Inhumans #1, Punisher #1, Mutant #1.

Marvel Knights – founded in 1999 – has been a symbol of cutting-edge quality not just for Marvel, but also for the entire industry. Now, on the fifth anniversary of this imprint, Marvel is shooting 100 years from the start date for a special event – MARVEL KNIGHTS 2099. The five stories contained in this volume are set in a familiar time for longtime Marvel fans, but will turn the future upside down, just as Knights did for classic characters during the past five years.

Marvel Knights 2099

Powerless

Written by Matt Cherniss, Peter Johnson
Art by Michael Gaydos
Cover by Alex Maleev
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Collects Powerless #1-6.

What makes a hero? Is it his actions, or is it the results of those actions? POWERLESS explores what it means to be a hero in very human terms. By re-imagining Marvel’s most popular characters without superhuman powers, this story strips down to the core heroes we have all come to know and love. These characters – including Peter Parker, Matt Murdock and Logan – were fated to be heroes. Just because Peter Parker wasn’t bitten by a radioactive spider doesn’t mean he didn’t do battle with a madman named Norman Osborn. Matt Murdock? Blinded, yes – but with no heightened senses. However, he did become a legal champion of the poor in Hell’s Kitchen, and he did cross paths with Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin. And Logan is, of course, the enigmatic – and amnesiac – drifter on the run from his past.

Powerless

So I’m a Spider, So What? #52.1

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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And out of the portal steps… that one Administrator who’s not D. The G one. And, I mean, thanks for the apology for almost getting me killed, but like — really?! Sheesh, what else do you want from me, people…? Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? the same day as Japan!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #52.1

Avoir Et Garder

Written by Sally Wentworth
Art by Karan Dan
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Depuis qu’Alix est petite, elle a le béguin pour Rhys, un garçon de dix ans son aîné. Aujourd’hui, à vingt ans, ses pensées sont toujours aussi folles et elle rêve de l’épouser… Alors quand, après des années à repousser ses avances, Rhys la demande en mariage, Alix accepte, ravie que son rêve d’enfant se réalise enfin. Mais Rhys continue à faire passer le travail avant tout, il ne fixe même pas la date du mariage. Alix commence à se demander si Rhys l’aime vraiment… et c’est alors qu’elle entend une rumeur qu’elle a du mal à croire : le conglomérat de construction où Rhys travaille ne considérera les employés pour les postes de direction que s’ils sont mariés… et c’est la seule raison pour laquelle il la demande en mariage !

Avoir Et Garder

Un Baiser Sous Le Gui

Written by Terri Brisbin
Art by Junko Murata
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Suite à un tragique accident de calèche, Iain s’est retiré de la société quatre années durant. Pendant ce temps-là, son amie d’enfance Julia est devenue une jeune et belle aristocrate. Le simple fait de la revoir fait battre le cœur de Iain, lui qui avait perdu à la fois le sourire et la joie de vivre après avoir été aux portes de la mort. Mais alors qu’ils s’échangent un baiser sous un bouquet de gui, Julia ressent toute la passion que Iain avait enfoui en lui… Ce baiser embrase son cœur ! Elle fera tout pour ne pas le perdre à nouveau.

Un Baiser Sous Le Gui

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DC Unveils its 2021 Free Comic Book Day Line-Up

DC is celebrating Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) 2021 in a big way with books for readers of every age! Fans will get their first look at Jace Fox, the new Dark Knight in the 32-page Batman FCBD Special Edition as well as a sneak peek of the world’s deadliest villains in the 32-page Suicide Squad FCBD Special Edition. Plus, DC will be offering fans an extended preview of the upcoming young adult graphic novel, Teen Titans: Beast Boy Loves Raven while Middle-Grade readers can enjoy flipbook previews of Batman & Robin And Howard and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld.

All four of DC’s FCBD specials will be available at participating retailers on Saturday, August 14, 2021. For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit the website at www.freecomicbookday.com.

Books for Adults

BATMAN FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

The Batman creative team of GLAAD Award-winning writer James Tynion IV (Detective Comics) and Jorge Jimenez (Justice League) take their epic run to the next level. Gotham City is on the brink of a violent evolutionary path as the danger level to Batman and his allies reach a fever pitch. The Magistrate now has full support from the mayor to handle high-level law enforcement in Gotham and branded the Dark Knight as Public Enemy #1. Plus, the Scarecrow has his own terrifying agenda as he launches his master plan in the chaos. This is the first look at the epic Fear State event that will run across Batman titles beginning this Fall.

The new Dark Knight, Jace Fox, has arrived in this sneak peek of the upcoming I Am Batman series written by Oscar® winner John Ridley (The Other History of the DC Universe) with stunning art by Travel Foreman (The Next Batman: Second Son). Fans will get a taste of this blockbuster storyline starring the newest Caped Crusader in this 32-page FCBD special edition.

BATMAN FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

SUICIDE SQUAD FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

Just in time for The Suicide Squad movie written and directed by James Gunn, releasing in theaters and HBO Max on August 6th, with this incredible special edition that features the world’s deadliest villains.

Discover more about the breakout character from Task Force X in an original Suicide Squad: King Shark story written by New York Times bestselling author Tim Seeley (Nightwing) and illustrated by award-winning artist Scott Kolins (The Flash).

This 32-page issue also includes a preview of the sensational Suicide Squad: Get Joker! limited series by writer Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned) and artist Alex Maleev (Checkmate). An incarcerated and angry Red Hood receives a chance at freedom from Amanda Waller. All the former Boy Wonder needs to do to gain his freedom is lead the Suicide Squad on a mission to terminate The Joker. Paired up with Harley Quinn and Gotham City killers such as Firefly and Killer Croc, he doesn’t care if any of them come back alive, as long as The Joker dies!

SUICIDE SQUAD FCBD SPECIAL EDITION

Books for Teens

TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY LOVES RAVEN SPECIAL EDITION

The writer and artist of the New York Times bestselling Teen Titans: Raven, Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo, continue the Teen Titans series and give readers the romantic meet-up they’ve all been waiting for!

It seems like years, but it’s only been a few days since Raven Roth recovered her memories; trapped her demon father, Trigon, in her amulet; and had her heart broken for the first time. Garfield Logan still can’t believe he has powers that allow him to change into different animals, but the price of knowing that his parents kept this secret hidden from him just feels too high.

Both are seeking answers from the one person who seems to have them all figured out: Slade Wilson. When their paths converge in Nashville, Raven and Gar can’t help but feel a connection, despite the secrets they both try to hide. It will take a great amount of trust and courage to overcome the wounds of their pasts, but can they find acceptance for the darkest parts of themselves? Or maybe even love?

This 32-page special edition features a chapter from the upcoming original graphic novel. The full graphic novel will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on September 28, 2021.

TEEN TITANS: BEAST BOY LOVES RAVEN SPECIAL EDITION

Books for Middle-Grade Readers

BATMAN & ROBIN AND HOWARD / AMETHYST: PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD SPECIAL EDITION FLIPBOOK

This flipbook style sampler features first looks at two upcoming all-ages original graphic novels, Batman & Robin And Howard by bestselling author and illustrator Jeffrey Brown (Clumsy) and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld by New York Times bestselling authors Shannon Hale (Princess Academy and The Goose Girl) and Dean Hale (Rapunzel’s Revenge, Coauthor) with art by Asiah Fulmore.

To Damian Wayne, there is nothing more important than protecting the streets of Gotham City as Robin. But when he makes a critical mistake while out on patrol, Damian finds himself benched. And what’s more, Damian’s dad, Bruce Wayne–a.k.a. Batman–decides that starting over in a new school will be just the distraction Damian needs from his superhero routine. Certain that Gotham Metro Academy has nothing to teach him, Damian is completely unprepared for the challenge he finds in Howard–the smartest and most athletic kid in school. The boys’ rivalry is instantaneous and fierce…and both are sure only one of them can be the best in their class.

Amaya, princess of House Amethyst in Gemworld, is something of a troublemaker. She and her brother have great fun together until a magical prank goes much too far and her parents ground her…to Earth! They hope a whole week in the mundane world will teach her that magic is a privilege…and maybe washing dishes by hand will help her realize the palace servants should be respected. Three years later, Amy has settled into middle school and ordinary life. She doesn’t remember any other life. So, when a prince of the realm brings her home and restores her magical destiny, how will she cope?

Both Batman & Robin And Howard and Amethyst: Princess Of Gemworld will be available digitally and at participating bookstores on November 9, 2021.

Brian Azzarello, Alex Maleev, and Matt Hollingsworth have the Suicide Squad Get Joker!

Critically acclaimed and bestselling author Brian Azzarello and Eisner Award-winning art legend Alex Maleev collaborate for the first time in Suicide Squad: Get Joker!, DC’s new three-issue, oversize, Prestige Plus format Suicide Squad series pitting Red Hood, Harley Quinn, Firefly, and more of DC’s most villainous criminals against The Joker! Suicide Squad: Get Joker! will launch on August 3.

When Task Force X’s Amanda Waller sets her sights on Batman’s greatest foe, she enlists the Dark Knight’s former partner Jason Todd to track down the Clown Prince of Crime and put an end to his mad reign of terror!

Suicide Squad: Get Joker! #1 (of 3) by Brian Azzarello, Alex Maleev, and Matt Hollingsworth arrives on August 3 with card stock covers by Maleev (main) and Jorge Fornes (variant). Suicide Squad: Get Joker! will retail for $6.99 US for 48 pages and will carry DC’s Black Label content descriptor, indicating content appropriate for readers ages 17+.

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