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Preview: The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

(W) Kyle Higgins, Mat Groom (A) Francesco Manna, Eduardo Ferigato, Gurihiru (CA) Art Adams
Rated T+
In Shops: Mar 17, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Ultraman narrowly averted a catastrophe decades in the making. The world was saved – but, also, forever changed.

Now…come the consequences.

Much of the populace regard their defenders with suspicion. Enemies hide in plain sight, and even those closest to Shin Hayata don’t necessarily have faith in the Giant of Light. But at last, a long-thought-lost comrade has mysteriously returned!

That’s a good thing…right?

The RISE is over. The training wheels are off, and the stakes have never been higher. THE TRIALS OF ULTRAMAN begin here!

The Trials of Ultraman #1 (of 5)

Todd McFarlane Announces Four New Titles Building His Own Shared Comic Universe

Image Comics‘ President Todd McFarlane has announced his attempt at creating his own multi-character, interconnected comic book universe. His stated goal is to establish a shared fictional universe over time in the vein of what the other comic industry giants, Marvel, and DC Comics, have accomplished with their comic book universes.

The announcement was given by McFarlane during a first look presentation at the Direct Market Retailers at the Annual ComicsPRO Conference.

The character Spawn, created by McFarlane, will be at the forefront of the initial launch of new titles, but the long-term goal is that Spawn will become but one of many characters that will succeed not only in the comics industry but in many mediums across the globe.

McFarlane will capitalize on the twenty-eight-year success story of Spawn, which has seen sales increase between 150 to 600% from pre-pandemic orders. The Spawn title currently is a top 5 monthly selling title on the Diamond Distributors Top 100 Chart. Recently, a new release of a Spawn figure on Kickstarter set a new Kickstarter record, in its category, for raising just under $3.5 million in 30 days. That figure was also recently awarded the prestigious People’s Choice 2021 Toy of The Year (TOTY) by The Toy Association, Inc.

As part of his announcement, McFarlane announced four new titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles, meaning that there will be an opportunity for fans of the Spawn character and his new expanding world to get their stories from it on a weekly basis instead of just twelve times a year.

In June, in what McFarlane is calling “2021 the year of Spawn,” comic retailers will be able to order Spawn’s Universe #1. This will be a book that will set the stage with a story that will then spill out into the other new monthly titles. The first title will release in August with a book called King Spawn #1. The character Spawn will now join the rare company of stalwart characters, like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, that will have multiple monthly books for the same title character. It will also mark the first time in twenty-eight years that anyone can buy a monthly issue #1 Spawn book. It gives McFarlane hope of reaching a new generation of readers that missed out on the initial launch of the Spawn back in 1992.

In October comes the second new monthly called Gunslinger Spawn. This title character has been a huge hit among the fanbase over the past year, and each of his appearances has garnered enthusiasm at the stores and online.

Finally, there will be a new #1 team book, which will band five characters together to fight against forces too big for any of them to take on alone. That book is titled The Scorched. Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn, and She-Spawn begins the group’s adventures. However, McFarlane promises a rotating cast of heroes over the coming months to keep the roster of heroes fresh. He also said that he would be bringing in new major villains into the fold, too.

To lend a creative hand on some of this expanding list of titles, McFarlane has recruited an all-star list of comic book creators such as Art Adams, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carlo Barberi, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Mike del Mundo, Javier Fernandez, David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, Kevin Keane, Aleš Kot, Puppeteer Lee, Sean Lewis, Sean Gordon Murphy, Ben Oliver, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqueira, Marc Silvestri, Marcio Takara, and Frank Quitely, as well as others he will be announcing in the coming months.

Early Preview: Eternals #1

Eternals #1

(W) Kieron Gillen (A/CA) Esad Ribic
(Variant Covers) Alex Ross, Art Adams, Mahmud Asrar, Russell Dauterman, Dave Johnson, Alan Davis, Mike Del Mundo, Frank Cho, Rian Gonzales, Jeff Johnson, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Land, Todd Nauck, Dan Panosian, Joe Quesada, Khary Randolph, Ron Lim, Otto Schmidt, Walt Simonson, Superlog, Skottie Young, Leinil Francis Yu
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 06, 2021
SRP: $4.99

NEVER DIE. NEVER WIN. ETERNALS.

What’s the point of an eternal battle?

For millions of years, one hundred Eternals have roamed the Earth, secret protectors of humanity. Without them, we’d be smears between the teeth of the demon-like Deviants. Their war has waged for all time, echoing in our myths and nightmares.

But today, Eternals face something new: change. Can they – or anyone on Earth – survive their discovery?
From the thought provoking minds of Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + The Divine, Uncanny X-Men, Thor) and Esad Ribi? (Secret Wars, King Thor) comes a new vision of the classic Marvel mythology!

Eternals #1

Marvel Made Unlocks a New Wolverine Comic by Chris Claremont

Wolverine #1

Thanks to True Believers everywhere, the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle has reached its goal to begin production! To celebrate this Marvel Made milestone, Marvel is now offering an exclusive brand-new Wolverine comic—at no extra cost—for new and existing pre-orders of the Marvel Made Paragon Collection from today until December 4! The Marvel Made Paragon Collection features some of Claremont’s most iconic work, along with exclusive lithographs, variants, and a brand-new Days of Future Past prequel story.

Written by Chris Claremont exclusively for the Marvel Made platform, the new Wolverine comic will tie directly into the days of his legendary 1982 Wolverine limited series with Frank Miller. Check out the beautiful cover for the new comic, drawn by iconic artist Steve McNiven!

The new comic will only be available as part of the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle. Bundles will begin shipping in March 2021.

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle is presented in an archival-quality oversized slipcase, which includes a gorgeous faux-leather, hand-numbered hardcover that collects mutant epics including The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past; all-new lithographs from renowned artists such as Joe Quesada and Art Adams; and an exclusive variant comic book cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel! And to make the hardcover one of the most rare and sought after collectibles for all X-Men fans, each copy will be signed by Chris Claremont and include one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by the author as well as the world-debut of an exclusive 20-page prequel story for Days of Future Past, written by Claremont and drawn by Larroca!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle ($199 + tax and shipping) will include:

  • A high-end matte slipcase (11.02 x 13.58) with a gorgeous prestige format faux-leather hardcover collection (7.28” x 10.83”), hand-numbered and featuring 448 gold-gilded pages containing:
    • Signed with one of four iconic X-Men quotes handwritten by Chris Claremont
    • A behind-the-scenes foreword by comic book icon Louise Simonson
    • Uncanny X-Men #94 (Chris Claremont’s inaugural chapter of the X-Men)
    • Uncanny X-Men #129–137 (The Dark Phoenix Saga)
    • Uncanny X-Men #141–142 (Days of Future Past)
    • Wolverine #1–4 (Chris Claremont’s groundbreaking limited series illustrated by Frank Miller)
    • Uncanny X-Men #268 (An iconic story featuring Captain America and Black Widow)
    • X-Men #1 (The world’s best-selling comic book of all time, illustrated by Jim Lee)
    • A brand-new Days of Future Past 20-page prequel story, in continuity, with art by Salvador Larroca
    • Original Days of Future Past notes and script by Chris Claremont
    • Brand-new behind-the-scenes interviews with Chris Claremont about his most iconic and shocking X-Men stories
  • An exclusive Days of Future Past-themed variant cover of Wolverine #6 by Olivier Coipel – only available on Marvel Made!
  • An exclusive set of numbered lithographs (7″ x 10.5″) by renowned artists including Joe Quesada, Philip Tan, Phil Noto, and Salvador Larocca – only available on Marvel Made!
  • A Marvel Made Paragon Collection Certificate of Authenticity
  • New offering unlocked – An exclusive Action Figure Variant of X-Men #13 by John Tyler Christopher – only available on Marvel Made!
  • New offering unlocked – Two additional exclusive lithographs by Art Adams and Marcos Martin – only available on Marvel Made!
  • New offering unlocked – A brand-new Wolverine 20-page story, in continuity, with cover art by Steve McNiven

Marvel Unlimited Annual and Marvel Unlimited Annual+ members who pre-order the Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will also receive an exclusive Days of Future Past-themed sketch variant cover of Wolverine #6, drawn by Olivier Coipel!

The Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont Premier Bundle will not be sold anywhere else, so don’t miss your chance to own a stunning chapter of Marvel Comics history!

Marvel Made Paragon Collection: Chris Claremont

The Eternals and Marvel Universe Team for Variant Covers by Art Adams, Jenny Frison, Khary Randolph, Greg Land, and John Romita, Jr.

Mastermind creators Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribić join forces this January to redefine one of Marvel’s most fascinating mythologies in Eternals #1. Readers will experience Jack Kirby’s classic creation in an epic saga that will enthrall both longtime fans of the Eternals and those experiencing these enigmatic heroes for the first time. Celebrate the grand return of these iconic characters with stunning variant covers by some of Marvel’s most popular artists, featuring the most prominent Eternals characters side by side with your favorite Marvel heroes!

Phastos and Thor smash their way to glory on Art Adam’s explosive cover while Ikaris soars to new heights with Captain Marvel on Jenny Frison’s cover. Lightning strikes on Khary Randolph’s cover featuring Storm and Sersi and it’s clobberin’ time with the Thing and Thena on Greg Land’s previously revealed cover. Also, check out the Eternals battle their way through an army of Deviants on John Romita Jr.’s epic Hidden Gem cover. Behold these glorious covers below and keep your eyes peeled for more Eternals #1 cover reveals coming your way!

The Walking Dead Deluxe Gets Charlie Adlard Connecting Covers and Sketch Covers, and Covers by Art Adams and Julian Totino Tedesco

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed numerous covers for the upcoming The Walking Dead Deluxe. New covers by Charlie Adlard, Art Adams, Julian Totino Tedesco, and a sketch cover will all be available for the series.

Charlie Adlard is creating a series of six highly collectible, connecting variant covers which will be unleashed over the course of the first story arc of The Walking Dead Deluxe full-color editions. The iconic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—will be reissued starting in October as The Walking Dead Deluxe and fully colored by Dave McCaig.

Also revealed are covers by Adams and Totino Tedesco which can all be seen below.

These Deluxe editions of the series will also feature a variety of other variants—including covers by David Finch and Tony Moore—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,”  featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

The Walking Dead Deluxe issues will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard (connecting) – Diamond Code AUG200029
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover F sketch cover – Diamond Code JUL209321
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200236
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200237
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover C Adlard & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200238
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover D Tedesco & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200239
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover E Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200240
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200241
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200242
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover C Adlard & McCaig (connecting) – Diamond Code SEP200243
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover D Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200244

Preview: Spider-Verse #1

Spider-Verse #1

(W) Jed MacKay (A) Juan Frigeri, Art Adams, More (CA) Wendell Dalit
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 02, 2019
SRP: $3.99

• Miles Morales finally feels like he GETS this Spider-Man stuff… and then falls through a portal!
• But isn’t the WEB OF LIFE & DESTINY destroyed? Maybe not, True Believer. But who spun this new web?
• Regardless, Miles finds himself at the center of a multiversal adventure that will feature a who’s who of creators and characters as the series spins forward!
• And each issue features #SPIDERSONAS from some of the biggest Spidey fans and comic creators both!

Spider-Verse #1

Art Adams, Azzarello, Chin, and Russell Join Baltimore Comic-Con 2018

The Baltimore Comic-Con returns to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on September 28-30, 2018. Tickets are now on sale. The Baltimore Comic-Con has announced the addition of Art Adams, Brian Azzarello, Joyce Chin, and P. Craig Russell to their 2018 event.

Arthur Adams is an award-winning artist who became an immediate fan favorite as the penciler on the critically acclaimed 1985 Longshot mini-series. His decades-spanning career has included cover and interior work on such titles as Batman, Superman, Avengers, Spider-Man, X-Men, New Mutants, Gen 13, Godzilla, The Authority, Danger Girl, Excalibur, Ultimate X, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Hulk. He’s the creator, writer and artist on Monkeyman and O’Brien. Outside of comics, Arthur has done movie, toy, and game designs, book illustrations, and provided the artwork for an X-Men-themed Spaghetti-O’s can. More recently, in addition to the covers to many of Marvel’s top books, he supplied a run of covers for Guardians of the Galaxy, and a run on covers for X-Men Blue. He’s also currently working on a creator-owned property.

Brian Azzarello has been writing comics professionally since the mid-1990s. He is the author of Spaceman, Batman: Broken City, and came to prominence with the Harvey and Eisner Award-winning hard-boiled crime series 100 Bullets, published by DC Comics’ mature-audience imprint Vertigo. The New York Times best-selling author’s other work for includes Wednesday Comics, Hellblazer, Loveless, Superman: For Tomorrow, Joker, Luthor, Before Watchmen: Rorschach, Before Watchmen: Comedian, Sgt. Rock: Between Hell and a Hard Place, DKIII: The Master Race, and Wonder Woman at DC Comics, as well as Startling Stories: Banner, Cage, and Spider-Man’s Tangled Web at Marvel.

Joyce Chin has been working in comics since 1995 when she penciled several issues of Guy Gardner: Warrior for DC Comics. Since then, she’s has gone on to work on many titles, providing interiors and some covers on stories for the Hulk, Red Sonja, Vampirella, Green Lantern, Vampirella, Xena, Spider-Man, Superman, and Witchblade with a variety of publishers. She’s also worked on book, game, and magazine and toy packaging illustrations. Currently, she’s been keeping busy penciling and inking Marvel covers for books as diverse as All-New Wolverine, America Chavez, Deadpool Duck, Iron Man, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Thor, Spider-Man, X-Men ’92, and Hellcat. She’s also currently working on a creator-owned property.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati with a degree in painting, P. Craig Russell has run the gamut in comics. After establishing a name for himself at Marvel on Killraven and Dr. Strange, he went on to become one of the pioneers who opened new vistas for this underestimated field with, among other works, adaptations of operas by Mozart (The Magic Flute), Strauss (Salome) and Wagner (The Ring of the Nibelung). Russell is also known for his Fairy Tales of Oscar Wilde series as well as his graphic novel adaptations of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: The Dream Hunters, Coraline, Murder Mysteries, and American Gods. Additionally, Craig will be debuting the “Fine Art Edition” for Salome and Other Stories at the 2018 Baltimore Comic-Con.

A New Beginning for the Original X-Men in X-Men Blue #1!

This April, the original X-Men unite once more to protect a world that hates and fears them. Marvel has released a new look inside X-Men Blue #1 – the highly anticipated new ongoing series from blockbuster creators Cullen Bunn and Jorge Molina! With Jean Grey at the helm, Cyclops, Beast, Iceman and Angel will set out to embody their mentor Charles Xavier’s dream. Friendly faces and familiar foes abound as the original Children of the Atom set out on a new journey. But how long will their adventure’s last before they come face-to-face with their one of their greatest enemies?

Plus – don’t miss a special backup tale from Cullen Bunn and Matteo Buffagni that features the shocking return of an ultimate fan-favorite X-character! It’s all happening on April 12th!

Featuring covers by Art Adams, Leonard Kirk, Jim Lee, Billy Martin, Skottie Young, and Neal Adams, Ramon Villalobos, and Jack Kirby.

There’s A New Team In Town, Monsters Unleashed Gets an Ongoing.

monstersunleashed_001_ongoingcvrThis spring, the most destructive force in the Marvel Universe is answering to…an eleven year old boy? Exploding out of the Monsters Unleashed event, five gargantuan beasts are smashing their way into an all-new ongoing series in April’s Monsters Unleashed #1! Creators Cullen Bunn and artist David Baldeon bring you a brand new adventure as big as the monsters themselves!

If you’ve got a big problem, they’re the big solution! To fight the monsters of this world – you need to unleash even bigger monsters! With that in mind, Kei Kawade a.k.a. Kid Kaiju and monster hunter extraordinaire Elsa Bloodstone assemble five of the deadliest, most destructive monsters imaginable. AEGIS, SLIZZIK, SCRAGG, MEKARA and HI-VO – gargantuan beasts with the power to level city blocks. What is their mission? Are they here to help…or destroy? Their appearance hasn’t gone unnoticed – as everyone from the Avengers to S.H.I.E.L.D. to Damage Control wants to shut them down!

In the release Bunn said:

Kei and his monsters are under a lot of scrutiny from the heroes of the Marvel Universe, government agencies such as S.H.I.E.L.D. and corporate entities like Damage Control. And it’s not just the forces of good who are paying attention to Kei and his monsters. There is a sinister cadre of villains who are very interested in Kei and his unusual abilities.

Can the denizens of the Marvel Universe accept a team of massive marvelous monsters in their midsts? Or will they be deemed too dangerous to be left unchecked? Either way – they’re here to stay!

Monsters Unleashed #1 features a cover by Art Adams and is out this April.

 

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