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DC Reveals New Details for DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration

DC Festival of Heroes: The Asian Superhero Celebration, is an incredible anthology spotlighting DC’s past, present and even future Asian superheroes, featuring some of the most dynamic Asian storytellers in and out of comics. Featuring an incredible cover by the team of DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee, and colorist Alex Sinclair, this anthology includes a foreword by activist and CNN and WSJ Online contributor Jeff Yang, a selection of tribute pinups of DC’s Asian superheroes, plus an awesome variant cover featuring Cassandra Cain by artist Stanley “Artgerm” Lau.

A New Hero: Monkey Prince!
DC Festival of Heroes will treat readers to the first appearance of an all-new character, the Monkey Prince. Debuting in a story written by award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang (Superman Smashes the Klan, Batman/Superman, New Super-Man) with art by Bernard Chang (Teen Titans, Batman Beyond), Monkey Prince is inspired by the Monkey King, legendary hero of Chinese mythology and the classic tale Journey to the West. In Yang and Chang’s original 12-page story, “The Monkey Prince Hates Superheroes,” Monkey Prince battles and teams up with Shazam to defeat both the evil Dr. Sivana and a Chinese deer demon spirit! To further celebrate this new superhero, the anthology will receive a special Monkey Prince 1 in 25 variant cover by Bernard Chang (check local comic book stores for availability).

Additional stories include:
“Masks” – Ram V, writer of CatwomanJustice League Dark, and The Swamp Thing, teams up with Audrey Mok, the artist of Sera and the Royal Stars, to tell a story featuring Jade Nguyen, a.k.a. Cheshire. Tying into V’s Catwoman run, Selina Kyle’s protégé Shoes has visions of being rescued as a child by Cheshire. Shoes takes these visions as a sign, donning a mask, taking the name “Cheshire Cat,” and asking Selina Kyle to train her. But is Catwoman ready to take on a sidekick?

“Sounds” – Detective Comics writer and Eisner Award winner Mariko Tamaki (Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass) and artist Marcus To team up to tell a story featuring Cassandra Cain, a.k.a. Batgirl. Batgirl struggles to understand words, but with her ability to read body language and uncanny fighting skills, she really doesn’t have to…until she meets someone and wishes that she had the right words—ANY words—to say to them!

“What’s in the Box?” – Cassandra Cain steps into the spotlight once more, but this time with Colin Wilkes, a.k.a. Abuse (who first appeared in Detective Comics #947, October 2008), courtesy of words and art by Dustin Nguyen. Abuse finds Batgirl sitting by a bridge, upset by a comment made by Damian Wayne.

“Dress Code” – Green Lantern Tai Pham makes his first comic book debut in this story by Green Lantern: Legacy writer Minh Lê with artist Trung Le Nguyen. Green Lantern is fighting with Arkillo, and the villain taunts him for his costume “looking like a dress.” This reminds Tai of a memory with his dead grandmother who he inherited his powers from.

“Festival of Heroes” – In a story by writer Amy Chu and artist Marcio Takara influenced by current headlines, Katana, Cyborg, and Blue Beetle (Jaime Reyes) are asked to safeguard an Asian American and Pacific Islander community celebration against potential violence from a white supremacist group. But the heroes are quickly reminded that you don’t need capes, masks, or even special abilities to be a hero.

“Hawke & Kong” – Writer Greg Pak and artist Sumit Kumar team up on a story spotlighting the return of onetime Green Arrow Connor Hawke and Kong Kenan, also known as New Super-Man. Connor and Kenan need to do some quick thinking when a gift for Connor’s Korean aunt gets damaged in a battle with a dragon!

“Special Delivery” – Master of None writer Aniz Ansari makes his comic book debut with artist Sami Basri in this story featuring Robin (Damian Wayne). As Robin ponders about his heritage, he slowly discovers that something about this pizza place seems off…

“Kawaii Kalamity!” – Shadow of the Batgirl writer Sarah Kuhn and illustrator Victoria Ying (Diana: Princess of the Amazons) tell a story about Red Arrow’s reluctance of enjoying “kawaii” things because of people’s general assumptions of what she likes simply based on her Japanese heritage.

“Family Dinner” – Amazon juggernaut Grace Choi has to meet her girlfriend Anissa Pierce’s dad for dinner. But when your girlfriend is Thunder, that means meeting the parents is that much more stressful because her father is Black Lightning!

“Perceptible” – The Good Asian duo of Pornsak Pichetshote (writer) and Alexandre Tefenkgi (artist) tell a tale featuring The Atom (Ryan Choi) trying to defeat a microscopic robot sent from the future…to save our reality as we know it!

This 100-page commemorative anthology is a great way to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, awesome storytelling, and DC’s Super Heroes when it arrives in comic book stores and on participating digital platforms on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The Final Girls, a darkly comedic superhero drama, arrives from comiXology Originals on March 30

The Final Girls #1

The world’s most popular superheroes have come and gone. The year is 2030 and most of the glamorous American superheroes of the last era have been wiped out, leaving only a handful to deal with the world’s crises. Welcome to The Final Girls.

The Final Girls is written by Cara Ellison, making her creator-owned comic book writing debut, with art by Sally Cantirino, colors by Gab Contreras, and lettering by Joamette Gil. The five-issue series is available beginning March 30, 2021, from comiXology Originals. The series is edited by Katie West and features covers by Cantirino and a selection of star-studded guest cover artists, including Annie Wu, Audrey Mok, Tula Lotay, and Olivia Stephens.

Partdark comedic superhero drama, part dystopian political thriller, The Final Girls is set six years after the hero collective the Scottish tabloids named “The Final Girls” Kogarashi, Bavanshee, Selkie, and Ashleft civil service and disappeared into the less fraught alleyways of Scotland. When Scathach, the world’s most powerful working hero, asks her retired peers for help, they secretly agree to deal out punishment on another hero in the public eye. When the weapon of publicity is wielded, it threatens to kick up all of their personal traumas, past and present. What does justice look like when violence isn’t enough?

Part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive content, The Final Girls will be available upon release, at no additional cost, for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Prime Reading offers all Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of thousands of top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 25,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Z2 Comics Announces Sublime: $5 At the Door

Z2 Comics continues to roll out news of some of their most ambitious projects yet, with the announcement of the Ryan Cady-written graphic novel chronicling the misadventures of one of the most defining bands of the last three decades, the Long Beach, reggae-punk institution, Sublime!

The laid-back Long Beach trio spawned an entire genre-fusing reggae grooves, punk grittiness, ska energy, back-porch folk introspection, and hip-hop swagger.

Those disparate sounds first collided back in 1988, when the gregarious Bradley Nowell paired up with a sturdy, simpatico rhythm section—bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Bud Gaugh—and quickly amassed a cult following in the SoCal scene.  Sublime found their niche at house parties: uniting Rastas, surfers, skaters, frat boys, cholos and ink-covered outcasts with a free-flowing melting pot approach that, much like the region itself, was impossible to pigeonhole.  The band goes from playing backyard parties and selling cassettes out of the trunks of their cars to creating an entirely new and revolutionary blend of chart-topping music.

Xanadu meets Superbad in this heartfelt anthology of Sublime legends brought to life by Ryan CadyAudrey MokAlex DiottoHayden ShermanLogan Faerber, rising stars Bill MasukuRobert Ahmad, and more. Featuring brand-new cover artwork by Sublime family members Opie Ortiz and DJ Product ©1969! Plus: the one and only Lou-Dog!

The Sublime: $5 At the Door graphic novel clocks in at 120 pages and will be released in a standard soft and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike in June 2021, with a special deluxe edition, and highly limited super deluxe edition available for preorder now exclusively through the Z2 website! Deluxe and super deluxe edition include a special first-time vinyl edition of the Doin’ Time EP, unavailable elsewhere, as well as exclusive prints, Lou-Dog toy, and more!

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD (TP)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
978-1-64576-952-1
$12.99 US/$15.99 CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
120 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 9/23

Riverdale’s own bombshell bloodsucker is back! Following the events of the Jughead the Hunger vs. Vampironica crossover, Veronica returns to her own universe, still a vampire. She’s not the same, and she knows it. And now she needs answers. But she may not be ready for what she’s about to discover! Collects the full four-issue Vampironica: New Blood miniseries.

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD (TP)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #4 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri and Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Vic Malhotra, Lisa Sterle
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The clock is ticking on Veronica Lodge as she learns the terrible secrets hidden deep in her family’s history—and comes to understand that her horrifying past isn’t as distant as she’d like. Now, if she wants to keeps her family and friends safe, Veronica will face her most chilling challenge yet.

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #4 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri and Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Joe Eisma, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Vic Malhotra, Lisa Sterle
On Sale Date: 4/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The clock is ticking on Veronica Lodge as she learns the terrible secrets hidden deep in her family’s history—and comes to understand that her horrifying past isn’t as distant as she’d like. Now, if she wants to keeps her family and friends safe, Veronica will face her most chilling challenge yet.

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #4 (of 4)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #3 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 3/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Who is Sir Francis Lodge? And how did Vampironica’s ancestor play such a pivotal role in the emergence of vampirism in America? Join us for a journey through time as the one-time pirate leaves a trail of blood from the old world to the new— all the way up to the very creation of Riverdale itself!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Avast! Vampire pirates lurk in this early preview of Vampironica: New Blood #3!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Adam Gorham, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 3/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Who is Sir Francis Lodge? And how did Vampironica’s ancestor play such a pivotal role in the emergence of vampirism in America? Join us for a journey through time as the one-time pirate leaves a trail of blood from the old world to the new— all the way up to the very creation of Riverdale itself!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #3 (of 4)

Preview: Vampironica: New Blood #2 (of 4)

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #2 (OF 4)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Lee Loughridge, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Megan Hutchison, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 1/22
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Veronica digs deeper into her family’s vampire history, uncovering a shocking revelation. Meanwhile, Archie and Betty have a dangerous encounter with Fangs–one they barely escape!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #2 (OF 4)

Veronica digs up a shocking secret in this early preview of Vampironica: New Blood #2!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #2 (of 5)

Script: Frank Tieri, Michael Moreci
Art: Audrey Mok, Lee Loughridge, Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
Variant Covers: Megan Hutchison, Greg Smallwood
On Sale Date: 1/15
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

BRAND NEW SERIES! Veronica digs deeper into her family’s vampire history, uncovering a shocking revelation. Meanwhile, Archie and Betty have a dangerous encounter with Fangs–one they barely escape!

VAMPIRONICA: NEW BLOOD #2 (of 5)
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