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Preview: Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #4

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #4

Written by: Andrew Maclean, Sina Grace, Paul Azaceta, Andrew Constant
Art by: Andrew Maclean, Leonardo Bastos Romero, Paul Azaceta, Nicola Scott

Mod myths of might and mystery! This month’s stories are literally out of this world! You won’t want to miss Diana traveling to deep space, going toe-to-toe with a feathered friend from her past, and heading back to the ’60s for an unexpected mod-era tale. All this and more in an issue jam-packed with tales trimmed in Wonder Woman’s signature gold!

Wonder Woman: Black & Gold #4

Come Face to Face with Destiny in Christine Larsen’s ORCS! #5

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at ORCS! #5, the next issue in the delightfully riveting original six-issue comic book series, by cartoonist Christine Larsen, about a band of misfit Orcs who set off into the great, wide Known World in search of glory and gold, but find that the real treasures were the friends they made along the way.

Whew! As Bog, Pez, Zep, Gurh, and Utzu catch their breath from their hijinks and misadventures, the Orcs hatch a plan to get back home. Except that Pez and Zep aren’t sure it’s even worth trying to go back. But the debate may be moot as they are literally swept away and brought face-to-face with… destiny?!

ORCS! #5 features main cover art by series artist Christine Larsen, as well as variant cover art by Sweeney Boo and Andrew MacLean. It comes to comic store shelves on June 9, 2021.

ORCS! #5

The Court of Owls Comes to Batman: The Adventures Continue

Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Ty Templeton, and Monica Kubina return for a second incredible season of Batman: The Adventures Continue! The comic launches in print on June 1 with a cover by Riley Rossmo and a card stock variant cover by Andrew MacLean. The digital release begins May 6 and continues biweekly.

Do you ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Are there mysterious claw marks on brick buildings in your neighborhood? Who would you call to investigate? The GCPD…or Batman?

Gotham City is changing. After Mayor Hill is killed by a mysterious assailant, Batman finds himself tracking down an ancient order that’s long been buried under the streets of Gotham: The Court of Owls. But what does this group have to gain from the death of Mayor Hill…and how can Deadman help the Dark Knight? Will the clues lead Batman to an ancient Gotham City legend?

Oni Press Announces their Plans for Rick and Morty #50

Rick and Morty comics creators Kyle Starks, Marc Ellerby, Andrew MacLean, Tini Howard, Jarrett Williams, Sarah Graley, Josh Trujillo, Rii Abrego, Benjamin Dewey, and Sarah Stern return for a special 50th issue of the Oni Press comic. The very special issue is filled with lots of memories… memories Morty would rather forget! Join us as we celebrate this milestone with a super oversized MORTY’S MINDBLOWERS issue with an introduction from Justin Roiland, the co-creator of Rick and Morty and the voice of Rick Sanchez!

Rick and Morty #50 celebrates the lineage of the first 49 Oni Press issues in this radical 48-page comic with 40 pages of story, all wrapped up in three covers with the first by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern, then two connecting covers by comic artist Matt Horak.

And to add to the fun, Oni is also throwing in limited reprints of the first original five issues written by Zac Gorman, illustrated by CJ Cannon, and colored by Ryan Hill, will have additional reprints with five new connecting covers by Marc Ellerby and Sarah Stern.

In case you missed the first 5 issues of Oni Press’s Rick and Morty comic, here’s a recap:

Rick and Morty #1

Dan Harmon & Justin Roiland’s hilarious hit Adult Swim animated series RICK and MORTY™ now has its own comic book series from Oni Press! Join degenerate superscientist Rick Sanchez as he embarks on all-new insane adventures with his awkward grandson Morty, his teenage granddaughter Summer, his veterinary surgeon daughter Beth, and his hapless son-in-law Jerry. In this issue: Part One of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”!

Rick and Morty #1

Rick and Morty #2

The stars of the hit Adult Swim show continue their first epic comic book adventure in Part Two of “The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street”! Trapped in a winding labyrinth of Rick’s own design, Morty desperately searches for an escape as Rick desperately searches for his hidden cache of booze. Meanwhile, the rest of the family tries to figure out what to do with Morty’s now-vacant room, not to mention the weird alien Jerry accidentally released from Rick’s lab.

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Rick and Morty #3

“The Wubba Lubba Dub Dub of Wall Street” continues! Morty has made it home from the horrors of the labyrinth but Rick remains stranded in a strange alternate universe where Morty is the “Rick” and Rick is the “Morty.” Can our Morty fill in for his missing grandpa and bring Rick home? Plus, Morty and Summer’s other grandpa comes for a visit that the kids will never forget.

Rick and Morty #3

Rick and Morty #4

Old Rick Donald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had a VIOLENT PROLETARIAT UPRISING! When Rick refuses to pay his alien workers a fair wage, he finds himself on the business end of a pitchfork. Meanwhile, Morty’s relationship with a beleaguered young milkmaid gets hot and heavy.

Rick and Morty #4

Rick and Morty #5

Rick and Morty team up to save a summer camp from an evil real estate developer in this cameo-packed homage to cheesy 1980’s camp comedies, “Mortballs!” Unfortunately for Morty, his idyllic summertime adventure begins to unravel when reality itself starts coming apart at the seams!

Rick and Morty #5

There will also be a very special limited run of Rick and Morty #1 Lenticular, which will be available in limited quantities at Awesome Con (April 26th-28th) and will also be available on the Oni Press website on May 29th.

Rick and Morty #50 is on sale May 29th at your local comic shop.

Read the First 30 Pages of Action Hospital: Half-Light Bleeds then Back it on Kickstarter

Dave Baker is the writer and an illustrator behind Action Hospital. For the past two years he’s been working on the comic which he describes as “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind meets Men in Black.”

Action Hospital: Half-Light Bleeds is the story of Joan Michelle Basquiat as she attempts to defend the eponymous Action Hospital against cave-dudes from the distant past, time traveling gondolier-themed assassins, a human-shark clone of Abraham Lincoln, and a demon with 9 and 3/4th heads.

Baker is currently running a Kickstarter to pay for printing of the nearly 300 page project. The project met its initial funding goal in 4 hours. And now it has raised almost 4x the original goal.

The original collection was published for San Diego Comic-Con 2016 and features 18 interconnected short stories. The whole project took four and a half years to make.

On top of the work by Baker, artists contributing pin ups are: Andrew Maclean, Te’shawn Dwyer, Kevin Woody, Buster Moody, Erwin Papa, Jonathan La Mantia, Daniel Arruda Massa, Ernie Najera, Bob Q, Daniel Whitfield, Mike Macropoulos, Jackie Crofts, Christian J Meesey, Scott Drummond, Tony Brown, Matthew Goodall, Daniel White, Tony McMillen, Sam Grinberg, Maciej Palka, Joey Navarra Jr., Walter Ostlie, and Jim Mahfood.

The comic is written, penciled, inked, and lettered. The funds raised go towards printing the project.

We’ve been hooked up with a 30 page preview of the comic and you can contribute and get your copy today. The Kickstarter runs until February 14.

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The Mighty Thor #700 Sets the Stage for the Asgardian’s Future

The Mighty Thor #700 raised the Mighty Asgardian to a new level of storytelling in an epic tale from writer Jason Aaron and a host of incredible artists such as Russell Dauterman, Walter Simonson, James Harren, Becky Cloonan, Das Pastoras, Chris Burnham, Andrew MacLean, Jill Thompson, Mike del Mundo, Olivier Coipel, Daniel Acuna, and Matthew Wilson. And in the spirit of Marvel Legacy, this is just the beginning of a story that will affect not just Thor, but the Marvel Universe at large.

The “Death of the Mighty Thor” storyline has only just begun but its already resulted in Mangog killing Thor’s goat Toothgnasher and Malekith’s dark army killed Karnilla, Queen of the Norns. But, with Karnilla’s death we see where the threads of fate are leading in a double page spread that is gorgeous. There, fans have gotten teasers for upcoming stories that will play out in the pages of The Mighty Thor and some elsewhere. If you want to know what 2018 holds for Thor, this image has a lot of hints.

The perfect jumping-on point for all fans, The Mighty Thor #700 is in comic shops now. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action! And look for The Mighty Thor #701 coming to comic shops in November from Jason Aaron and artists James Harren and Dave Stewart.

Skelton Crew Studio Reveals a Paint Your Own Norgal

Skelton Crew Studio has some reveals still when it comes to their Norgal Head Lopper figure, based on the cult favorite comic series by Andrew MacLean.

Since they’ve heard from Head Lopper fans itching to customize him, in additional to traditional Norgal (with the sweet Map of Barra for the next 3 weeks!) and variant Bog Blue, they’ve decided to release exactly 100 Paint-Your-Own Norgals, which probably won’t last long.

Plans are already afoot for a show-us-your-customs contest to be judged by the man himself, Andrew MacLean. Details and prize pack to come!

They company has also released a limited edition B.P.R.D. silver and black enamel pin late last week and, frankly, it looks SO cool. Show your Hellboy pride with the announcement of the new movie.

Straight From Head Lopper, Skelton Crew’s Norgal is Here!

It’s time. He’s here. And he’s ready to Lop some goddamn Heads. Sound the horns of war!

Norgal, Skelton Crew Studio‘s MASSIVE 9-inch vinyl Viking from Andrew MacLean’s amazing Head Lopper, is live for pre-order! And there’s more. You can grab Norgal in not one but TWO versions: the gorgeous standard version, pictured above, or the hyper-limited Bog Blue variant designed by Andrew!

Or, why not both? You should probably get both and make them battle. Or pose them triumphantly on your desk. Or make them first-bump.

Norgal’s articulated at the shoulders and wrists for fist-pumping poseability and he’s ready to kick the ass of all your other vinyl figures.

You have until July 1 to order either (or both!) versions of Norgal at the early bird price of $48. The Bog Blue variant will ONLY be available for the month of June — that’s when they close the run and he rides off into the Viking sunset to slay no more. After July 1, the traditionally-painted Norgal — still limited, edition size to be set — will be priced as his regular MSRP of $55.

Need any more incentive to grab him this first month? All orders of the traditional version received by July 1 will also receive a FREE canvas Map of Barra! You know, in case you get lost and you don’t trust Agatha’s directions. Because you shouldn’t.

Review: Head Lopper #5

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Head Lopper is back! One of the weirdest, most violent, yet beautifully drawn books in comics returns, and I am excited. This title was one of my favorites last year, even with only four issues. Now, they’re four long issues, but we still only had four issues total. With Head Lopper #5 comes a new arc called “The Crimson Tower” and for good reason. This issue has a lot of blood, some heads being lopped, and more blood. It is a ton of fun. This book is part fantasy, part Viking, part eighties movie, part Adventure Time, and all awesome. This comic takes elements from all of those things and blends them into one of the most unique things out there right now in any medium, and it works very well.

Andrew Maclean writes, draws, does the letters, and designs the look of the comic book. Certainly, he isn’t the only creator to wear multiple hats in the comic book industry, but what is incredible is he is one of the ones who wear all of those hats so well. The story is great, the art is jaw dropping, the books overall design fits into the book’s tone perfectly, and even the lettering has his style all over it. The only other person that helps Andrew on the book in any of the art, is Jordie Bellaire. By now you should know who that is, as they are one of the best colorists in the industry, and the colors in this book are a large part of what makes it great. The art looks like stills from a cartoon and a great cartoon at that. There are certain scenes where I was prepared to start seeing the water move, or a torch flicker. It is that good. It looks like I paused my TV, and at any moment, I can hit play, and watch it all play out. So as far as the art goes, I don’t think you get much better than Maclean, and Bellaire.

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Variant Cover

As for the story itself, we follow our favorite head lopper, Norgal, and the grouchy witch head on his back, Agatha. We again get some great comedy relief from Agatha and others from the book, but to me, she always makes me laugh the hardest. Maclean knows the ridiculousness of having a witch head that was a head that Norgal lopped on his journey with him, and it gives some great moments in the book. With the head lopper are Xho, and Zhaania, two warriors that have joined his side, with their own cause and quest within the tower. They arrive at The Crimson Tower, which is on an island where a race called the Fonga believe that having one of their own enter the tower will bring greatness to their people. This also gives us Bik, and Twerpal, two brothers. Twerpal is tasked with watching after his little brother, Bik by his mother, but when he finds he has wandered off, he soon discovers where he went, and that brings the both of them to the tower, and where our heroes are. From here the book has everyone that is in the tower fighting and solving puzzles to survive and escape it. This is similar to stories like The Hunger Games or The Running Man or even Krull for you eighties fantasy fans. This is where the book cranks it up to eleven, and leaves it in a spot where I cannot wait to return with the next issue.

I won’t lie, Head Lopper is a violent book. Yes, it’s in a fun cartoon style, and in the vein of shows like Samurai Jack and Adventure Time as I mentioned before, but there is well, obviously, head lopping, and quite a bit of blood. Somehow, the book is still one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. That’s a testament to how good Maclean and Bellaire are. I loved the first four issues, and I loved this as well. This issue showed there is no sign of stopping with Head Lopper, and I cannot wait for the next three issues of this arc. The first chapter as Maclean calls it of “The Crimson Tower” is fantastic, original, and so much damn fun.

Story/Art/Letters: Andrew Maclean Color: Jordie Bellaire
Story: 9.0 Art: 10 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Image provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Action-packed quarterly series Head Lopper continues this March

Critically acclaimed cartoonist Andrew MacLean will launch a new story arc in his ongoing swords-and-sorcery-but-mostly-swords quarterly series Head Lopper this March.

In Head Lopper #5, a daring new adventure awaits, looming like the Crimson Tower, home of Ulrich the Twice Damned, sworn enemy of Zhaania Kota Ka. With old friends and new, our heroes boldly enter the bloodied pinnacle with bare steel and steady hearts.

Head Lopper #5, Cover A by MacLean (Diamond code: JAN170690) and Cover B by Tony Sandoval (Diamond code: JAN170691), hits comic book stores Wednesday, March 15th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 20th.

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