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Image and Skybound reveal a first look at the finale of Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici

Image Comics and Skybound unveiled a first look at Oblivion Song #36the series finale of the acclaimed series from the iconic team of writer Robert Kirkman, artist Lorenzo De Felici colorist Annalisa Leoni, and letterer Rus Wooton.

A decade ago, 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. Nathan Cole was the only one who never gave up searching that apocalyptic hellscape.

It’s all been leading to this. The war with the Kuthaal has ended, but who is the victor? And how has this conflict changed the world…and Nathan Cole?

Oblivion Song #36 (NOV210233), with a cover by De Felici, will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 8. 

Review: LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1

LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1

Growing up I was a huge fan of LEGO. It was my preferred toy as I built worlds and told stories for my own enjoyment. The sets were pretty basic with pirates being the last major expansion before my time of regularly playing with LEGO ended. So, the whole world of Ninjago and LEGO is generally unknown to me. I saw the film so have an idea from that but the specifics are knowledge I don’t have. That has me actually excited to dive into LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 because not only do I get to find out more but also get to see some of the first steps by Skybound to expand their offerings from the more adult comics they’re known for.

With a story and art by Tri Vuong, LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 is a really fun and interesting debut. Focused on Garmadon, the comic does an excellent job of catching up readers as to who this character is as it introduces us to the world. Overall, Vuong keeps things rather simple in the story and it works well by doing that. Garmadon is roped in to helping out a village who is terrorized by an evil gang. It’s something we’ve seen many times before but it’s a solid and smart thing to focus on. Vuong uses everything that has come before effectively and in a way that’s not overwhelming for new readers. It’s very new reader friendly in fact.

LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 is also great for kids and adults alike. It has action and there’s some minor violence but overall it has the style that I’ve come to expect from LEGO entertainment like their movies and video games. There’s a light aspect about it all and it doesn’t take itself too seriously.

The art by Vuong is interesting. While the characters are clearly LEGO, the overall world doesn’t feel like it leans too heavily in that direction. That’s not a bad thing as it might become overwhelming and get a bit old if overused. It’ll be interesting to see how much that plays into the future and if we’ll see LEGO being built with at some point. The characters are all limited by the design by Vuong uses it all well with solid facial expressions and body movement. Along with Annalisa Leoni on color and lettering by Rus Wooton the comic feels visually perfect for its audience no matter their age.

LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 has me excited to read more. As a start for Skybound, it’s a fantastic one showing the publisher is able to expand its offerings to all ages, a major move for them. It has me excited for not just the next issue but to see what the publisher has planned next.

Story: Tri Vuong Art: Tri Vuong
Color: Annalisa Leoni Letterer: Rus Wooton
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Image and Skybound Reveals LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 Variant Covers

Image Comics and Skybound have unveiled a slate of variant covers for LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1, the launch of an official new chapter in the worldwide phenomenon from rising star writer/artist Tri Vuong.

In addition to the main cover, the slate includes a new cover by Tri Vuong and Annalisa Leoni and the launch of two new variant cover series that will continue through the LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon initial five-issue run. These include the “Legacy of Evil” variant, with #1 cover by Juni Baand the 1:10 variant “Garmadon Evolutions,” with #1 cover by the inimitable poster and print artist Tom Whalen.

Far away from Ninjago City, a village is terrorized by a mysterious new threat when they’re saved by a stranger with incredible powers known as… Garmadon, Lord of Destruction?! Has Garmadon turned over a new leaf since his disappearance, or is this just the first step in his master plan of finally defeating Master Wu and the ninja forever?

LEGO Ninjago: Garmadon #1 (of 5) will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. 

A full list of covers is below: 

  • LEGO NINJAGO: GARMADON #1 CVR A by Tri Vuong (FEB220040)
  • LEGO NINJAGO: GARMADON #1 CVR B by Tri Vuong & Annalisa Leoni (FEB220041)
  • LEGO NINJAGO: GARMADON #1 CVR C by Juni Ba (Legacy of Evil) (JAN228795)
  • LEGO NINJAGO: GARMADON #1 CVR D by Tom Whalen (Garmadon Evolutions 1:10) (JAN228796) 

Oblivion Song will End with Issue 36

Robert Kirkman confirmed the end of his apocalyptic comic book series Oblivion Song in the issue #30 letters page. 

If you’ve been paying attention to the buildup of this story from arc to arc, you might have suspected that we were nearing a natural end point…and we are, issue #36 was always planned to be the final issue. When we conceived of this series, I thought of it as a trilogy of 12-issue arcs. Looking back, you can see the time jumps between #12 and #13, as well as #24 and #25, marked definitive chapter breaks along the way. That was by design.

Oblivion Song takes place in an apocalyptic Philadelphia and follows Nathan Cole as he attempts to rescue the citizens lost in Oblivion. The series is co-created by Robert Kirkman and Lorenzo De Felici, with Annalisa Leoni as colorist. Issue #31 hits stands this June, and the series will conclude with issue #36. The series is currently in development for a film adaptation at Universal.

Review: Star Wars: High Republic #1

Star Wars: High Republic #1

Star Wars: High Republic #1 helps kick off a new era in the Star Wars Universe. It takes us to a time well before the fall of the Jedi. It’s a time of peace ruled by the Republic and protected by the Jedi Knights. The Starlight Beacon has been launched. A space station in the far reaches of the Outer Rim, it’s a ray of hope for the galaxy. It’s also very Star Trek.

Star Wars: High Republic #1 is an interesting debut. We get a “new world” with new characters. While it’s interesting it’s also a mix as far as excitement. There’s a bit of pulp adventure and feels like the opening to a potentially interesting science fiction world. That world being Star Trek.

There’s an emphasis on order, peace, and hope. The Republic feels very much like the Federation in this way. The feel of samurai or even the Western genre isn’t present. There’s an air of naivete about it all too. The positive aspects. The “clean” look of the world. The talk of hope. It all feels quaint in some ways. A bit childish and simple. This is just the beginning though.

A darkness is looming, and the series’ success will hinge on what exactly that is. Writer Cavan Scott has set up a potentially interesting series but as far as a start, this has a bit of a wait-and-see feel about it all.

Ario Anindito‘s art is very solid. With ink by Mark Morales and color by Annalisa Leoni there’s a crisp, clean look to it all. The design fits the world of Star Wars but it’s a “newer” vibe to it all. The characters are interesting and there’s a nice mix of new and familiar. There’s alien races we’ve seen before and we’re also delivered a lot of new as well. The art helps ease us into this world with that sort of mix.

Star Wars: High Republic #1 is an ok start hampered by it’s almost too-innocent take. That’s part of the point of it all and where this world is at this time but compared to what we’ve seen and our world now, it feels quaint. There’s potential here and this is a series I’m going to stick with. But, the Pollyanna take, so far, feels rather off in this day and time.

Story: Cavan Scott Art: Ario Anindito
Ink: Mark Morales Color: Annalisa Leoni
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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ComiXology Has a Trio of Digital Comics Today from Magnetic Press and Harlequin

Today sees three new digital comic releases on comiXology. There’s two new comics from Magnetic Press and one from Harlequin. You can get them all now or check out the individual issues below.

The Prince & The Marriage Pact Vol. 3: Carramer Trust

Written by Valerie Parv
Art by Yu Mahara
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“No marriages outside of royal families…” This has supposedly been the royal family’s pact for two hundred years. Annegret, a TV producer, is looking for a mysterious painting that is rumored to prove this pact. Snooping around the palace, Annegret soon finds herself in trouble but is saved by none other than Prince Maxim. She starts to fall for the sincere, passionate prince. But she knows there is no future for her, a commoner, with a member of the royal family.

The Prince & The Marriage Pact Vol. 3: Carramer Trust

Gunland Vol. 2 #5: Tribe

Written by Captain Artiglio
Art by Captain Artiglio
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The Doolin’ Brothers are separated, each one learning to deal with their newfound magical powers while running from both the law and outlaws. Meanwhile, The Girl with No Name looks for her adoptive father Dave, feeling alone and abandoned in this strange, dangerous world…

Gunland Vol. 2 #5: Tribe

Orphans Vol. 4 #12: Rock ‘n’ Roll

Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Emiliano Mammucari
Colored by Annalisa Leoni
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The Orphan Squad pass one last night on Earth before heading into deep space, and already the team begins cracking apart at the seams. Flash forward to the present — Juno has managed to crashland back on Earth, leaving on two survivors: Ringo and Jonas. And only one of them will walk away from that final conflict alive.

Orphans Vol. 4 #12: Rock 'n' Roll

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ComiXology Delivers a Trio of New Releases from Harlequin and Magnetic Press

There are three new digital comics available right now on comiXology. Magnetic Press delivers two brand new issues while Harlequin has one. Check all three out here or the individual issues below.

The Bachelor’s Baby

Written by Liz Fielding
Art by Hiroko Miura
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Amy and Jake meet at a friend’s baby’s baptism, where they immediately feel a strong attraction to each other. Jake tells Amy up front that he doesn’t do commitment, but she still invites him over. A few weeks later, Amy finds out she’s pregnant. She is prepared to raise the baby on her own, but Jake starts to send her money and even hires a housekeeper for her. But it’s not his money Amy wants… It’s his heart!

The Bachelor's Baby

Infinity 8 Vol. 8 #23: Until the End

Written by Lewis Trondheim
Art by Killoffer
Cover by Olivier Vatine
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With his team of special agents gathered, Lieutenant Reffo sets off on his plan to kill the Captain of the Infinity 8 before he can exterminate all life in the known universe!

Infinity 8 Vol. 8 #23: Until the End

Orphans Vol. 4 #10: Hearts in the Abyss

Written by Roberto Recchioni
Art by Matteo Cremona
Colored by Annalisa Leoni
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The young Orphan Squad is sent in to quell urban unrest, their first real mission as a military hit squad… and their readiness to kill is quickly put to the test… Flash forward to the present in deep space, and the fragmented Squad face off over a critical truth that can devastate the world. Ringo is committed to revealing that secret, but Sam won’t let him, even if it means having to kill the man she once loved.

Orphans Vol. 4 #10: Hearts in the Abyss

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Oblivion Song #25 Kicks Off a New Story Arc

Oblivion Song #25 by Robert Kirkman, Lorenzo De Felici, and colorist Annalisa Leoni will kick off an exciting new story arc of the critically acclaimed series this July from Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment. It boasts both an eye-popping cover by J. Scott Campbell and a special origin story included in the issue drawn by Leoni. 

In Oblivion Song #25, Nathan Cole’s world has changed. Nothing could have prepared him for what has happened, what he’s had to do, and how it has affected him. Starting now, he embarks on a new journey with full knowledge of Oblivion and what caused the Transference! The fate of the Earth rests in his capable hands!

For fans hoping to catch up on the adventure before the new story arc begins, Oblivion Song Book One hardcover will be available on the same day, with the Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 hitting shelves available the following week.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 8:

  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover A by De Felici (Diamond Code APR200105)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover B by David Finch & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200106)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover C by Arthur Adams & Leoni (Diamond Code APR200107)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR200108)
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 Cover E by Campbell (Diamond Code APR208101) 
  • Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici Book One hardcover (Diamond Code MAR200100)

Oblivion Song by Kirkman & De Felici #25 will also be available for purchase across many digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play.

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 15:

  • Image Giant-Sized Artist’s Proof: Oblivion Song #1 (Diamond Code APR200113)

Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s Oblivion Song is Being Adapted for Film by Universal

Oblivion Song Chapter One

Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures announced this morning that the sci-fi drama Oblivion Song—based upon the New York Times bestselling Robert Kirkman and artist Lorenzo De Felici’s bestselling comic book series of the same name—is being developed for film. 

Universal’s Executive Vice President of Production Jon Mone and Director of Development Lexi Barta will oversee the project on behalf of the studio. The Oblivion Song adaptation will be produced by Skybound’s film team, including Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst, with Sean O’Keefe attached to write the script. 

O’Keefe’s latest project, Wonderland, which stars Mark Wahlberg with Peter Berg directing, recently wrapped filming. O’Keefe sold the first script based on the Robert B. Parker bestselling Spenser book series in a deal with Netflix.

Oblivion Song Chapter Two

Image and Skybound Entertainment’s Oblivion Song by Kirkman and De Felici is colored by Annalisa Leoni, lettered by Rus Wooton, and edited by Sean Mackiewicz. It takes place a decade after 300,000 citizens of Philadelphia were suddenly lost in Oblivion. The government made every attempt to recover them but after many years they gave up. Nathan Cole won’t. He makes daily trips, risking his life to try and rescue those lost, alone and afraid, living in the apocalyptic hellscape of Oblivion. But maybe… Nathan is looking for something else. Why can’t he resist the siren call of the Oblivion Song?

Oblivion Song, Vol. 1 (ISBN: 978-1534306424) and Oblivion Song, Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1534310575) trade paperbacks are available now in comic shops and at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.

Image Reveals #WeBelieve in Colorists Apperciation Variants

Image Comics has revealed the black and white Spawn #286 cover artwork by legendary artist Todd McFarlane and the seven Colorist Appreciation variants that display the high impact of colorists on the artistic medium.

A selection of bestselling colorists—Moreno Dinisio, Frank Martin, Matthew Wilson, Owen Gieni, Annalisa Leoni, Nikos Koutsis, Jean-Francois Beaulieu—each put their own spin on the same McFarlane cover for these #WeBelieve in Colorists variants, and each cover displays their radically different techniques and stunning results.

We Believe in Colorists is the second of many initiatives throughout Image’s planned #WeBelieve 2018 campaign highlighting the important, lately overlooked talent of the comics industry.

Comics is a visual storytelling medium with an artist’s inks and the colorist’s pallete working hand in hand to convey the tone and mood within a finished piece of artwork.

Available on Wednesday, May 30th, final order cutoff deadline on Monday, May 7th:

  • Spawn #286 CVR A B&W by McFarlane (FEB188683)
  • Spawn #286 CVR B by Dinisio (FEB188684)
  • Spawn #286 CVR C by Martin (FEB188685)
  • Spawn #286 CVR D by Wilson (FEB188686)
  • Spawn #286 CVR E by Gieni (FEB188687)
  • Spawn #286 CVR F by Leoni (FEB188688)
  • Spawn #286 CVR G by Koutsis (FEB188689)
  • Spawn #286 CVR H by Beaulieu (FEB188690)

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