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DC Presents: Batman: Reptilian, a New DC Black Label Miniseries from Garth Ennis and Liam Sharp

In Gotham City, either Batman or Killer Croc were the two most dangerous things lurking in the city’s shadows.

On June 22, that all changes.

A new predator makes Gotham City its hunting ground, courtesy of Garth Ennis and artist Liam Sharp in an all-new six issue limited series, Batman: Reptilian.

Gotham City is filled with murderous creatures who stalk the shadows–foul villains with murderous impulses who strike fear into the hearts of every man, woman, and child in the city. But what strikes fear into the hearts of those who terrorize the city? It used to be Batman, but something far more frightening than a mere man has begun stalking the shadows—and it’s after Gotham’s villains. How savage must a monster be to haunt the dreams of monsters?

Sharp’s breathtaking and moody art is the perfect complement to Ennis’ haunting and suspenseful narrative, making Batman: Reptilian the kind of series that you’ll definitely want to read with the lights on. Issue #1 also features an intense main cover by Sharp. Cully Hamner provides the variant cover, and Bill Sienkiewicz provides a 1 in 25 “ratio’ variant (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue sells for $4.99 and arrives in comic book stores and at participating digital retailers on Tuesday, June 22, 2021.

The Creative Teams for Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware Relaunches Revealed

DC has kept it pretty quiet as far as the creative teams behind the Milestone relaunch but we now know who will be handling the first three series.

What’s interesting also is the use of “season” to describe the release, a change from the traditional “volume”. Season is a much easier concept for non-regular comics readers to understand as it shifts the understanding of releases more towards television releases indicating DC may have a much wider audience in mind when it comes to marketing the relaunch of Milestone.

The new series creative teams and debut dates are:

Hardware

Written by Brandon Thomas
Art by Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Covers by Mateus Mahanini
Debuting August 15, 2021

Static

Written by Vita Ayala
Art by ChrisCross and Nikolas Draper-Ivey
Covers by Khary Randolph
Debuting April 11, 2021

Icon and Rocket

Written by Reginald Hudlin and Leon Chills
Art by Doug Braithwaite
Covers by Taurin Clarke
Debuting June 27, 2021

Milestone Returns and Truth & Justice are Today’s New Digital Release Highlights

There’s four new digital comic relases on comiXology. Get new comics from Harlequin and DC Comics. You can get shopping now or check out the individual releases below.

Milestone Returns (2021-) #0

Written by Reginald Hudlin
Pencils ChrisCross, Denys Cowan, Jim Lee
Inks Juan Castro, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz
Colored by Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Chris Sotomayor
Cover by Denys Cowan
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At long last – the return of the legendary Milestone Comics imprint has kicked into high gear! This jumping-on point one-shot features twenty-four all-new pages chronicling the events of the Big Bang – the police-brutality protest gone wrong that changed the face of the city of Dakota forever, by unleashing a wave of superpowers across its population! As the world watches, a bullied teenager will become the hero known as STATIC… a framed scientist will go on the run as the superweapon HARDWARE… and a stranded alien will meet an ambitious young woman who will transform his life, and remake the pair as the all-powerful ICON & ROCKET!

Also included is the 17-page primer story originally released during the world-famous DC FanDome event, further expanding on our heroes’ origins and where they’re going next… and setting up an entire world of allies, enemies, and surprises!

The original Milestone changed the face of superhero comics forever, introducing the industry to a wave of Black talent who still shape the conversation… and the new Milestone intends to raise the bar! Get on board here!

Milestone Returns (2021-) #0

Truth & Justice (2021-) #8

Written by Danny Lore
Pencils Ray-Anthony Height, Adriana Melo
Inks Ray-Anthony Height, Joe Prado
Colored by Wil Quintana
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Save Yourself Part 2 – John Constantine and Papa Midnite have a long and strained relationship with each other and their past is about to catch up with them!

Truth & Justice (2021-) #8

Act Of Betrayal

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Miho Tomoi
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Laura, a chef, is hurriedly cooking a lunch to entertain her uncle’s business client and soon discovers that the client’s new president is her ex-husband, Jason. How did an unsuccessful artist become the president of a big company? When the memories of his betrayal and her ill-fated marriage come back to haunt her, Laura flees. But her uncle pleads with her to forget about the past for the sake of his troubled business. Is there more to the story of her tragic marriage than Laura is aware of?

Act Of Betrayal

Ttrahison

Written by Charlotte Lamb
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Elle se réveille dans une magnifique maison en bord de mer, un homme qu’elle n’a jamais vu est endormi juste à côté d’elle ! Elle n’arrive pas à se souvenir comment elle a pu atterrir ici et elle réalise peu à peu qu’elle a perdu la mémoire. Alors qu’elle prend conscience de son malheur, l’homme à ses côtés lui explique qu’il est Muir Igram, le propriétaire de l’hôtel dans lequel elle se trouve, et qu’il souhaitait l’aider quand il l’a vue allongée sur la plage, inconsciente. Acceptant son aide, elle travaille pour lui en tant que secrétaire, mais au fur et à mesure, elle commence à se dire qu’elle ne retrouvera peut-être plus jamais la mémoire…

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DC Reveals its First Wave of Milestone Comics

Following 2020’s panel at DC FanDome Hall of Heroes, DC has announced more details on the return of the fan-favorite Milestone universe of characters from the city of Dakota.

Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0

The excitement kicks off February 26 with a digital-first “extended cut” of the Milestone Returns #0 one-shot. Originally available only during 2020’s DC FanDome Hall of Heroes and Explore the Multiverse, this updated edition also arrives in comic book stores on May 25. Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0 combines the original 17-page comic with an additional 24 pages of completely new material written by Reginald Hudlin and drawn by artists Denys Cowan, Nikolas Draper-Ivey, Bill Sienkiewicz, and more.

This added content includes a retelling of the events of the Big Bang, the police-brutality protest that unleashed a sudden wave of superpowers in the city of Dakota. This $4.99 “director’s cut” also features content introducing the full new creative teams behind Static, Icon & Rocket, and Hardware, the digital-first series spawned by this new Big Bang, along with a reveal of their issue #1 covers.

In addition, DC’s future plans include the long-awaited launch of Earth M, a new line of comics conceived by Cowan and Hudlin, which will include the return of Duo, introduced to readers in Milestone Returns “#0, and other characters who will also appear in Milestone comics.

Milestone Returns: Infinite Edition #0

Static Digital-First Miniseries

Following in April, fans can expect new adventures of Dakota teenager Virgil Hawkins in a six-issue Static digital-first series.

In this monthly miniseries (20 pages per issue), bullied nerd Virgil is gifted with incredible electromagnetic powers in the wake of the Big Bang. Now he finds himself caught between an over-militarized police response to Black kids getting special abilities and some of those kids who are using those powers in dangerous and destructive ways. But when the bullies who terrorized him before the Big Bang show up with powers of their own, can Static be the hero that Dakota needs?

Static launches Monday, April 12. Each 20-page issue will be available on participating digital platforms for $3.99.

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Icon & Rocket Digital-First Miniseries

The return of Augustus Freeman and Raquel Ervin is also in the works, with a new series featuring Icon and Rocket. 

What happens when superheroes actually make a difference? When Raquel Ervin broke into the home of a wealthy Black lawyer, she didn’t expect to learn that he was a nearly omnipotent alien, lost in despair of ever returning home—and he didn’t expect that she would inspire him to emerge from the shadows and become a force for change on the planet he’s trapped on. What starts out as a simple request to stop the drug trafficking in her neighborhood turns into a mission to eliminate the drug trade worldwide. However, this act of heroism has unexpected consequences, making the pair the two most wanted criminals in the world when actually stopping crime leads to the collapse of the global economy! 

The debut issue of this six-issue monthly series (20 pages each) arrives June 21 for $3.99 per issue.

Hardware Digital-First Miniseries

The relaunch of Milestone would not be complete without some mention of Curtis Metcalf, and beginning August 23, the first wave of new Milestone stories climaxes with the return of Hardware in a new digital-first series. This six-issue monthly series features the return of legendary artist and Milestone co-founder Denys Cowan with Bill Sienkiewicz on the character that completes the foundation of Milestone and the Dakota universe, both past, and present.

All his life, young prodigy Curtis Metcalf was told he was special, and that he would save the world. But it turns out that Alva Industries wanted his beautiful mind for something a lot less noble than that—and his technology has made him the fall guy for the tragedy of the Big Bang. But Curtis is smart enough to not go out like that—and smart enough to steal his inventions back from Alva and start the process of remaking the world his way.

New issues of this series will be available each month for $3.99. 

Kent Williams, Jim Woodring, The Balbusso Twins, and Beehive Books Present Illustrated Editions of Classic Books on Kickstarter

Award-winning painter Kent Williams, legendary Frank cartoonist Jim Woodring, and the renowned Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are collaborating with Beehive Books to create lush, new illustrated editions of literary classics and forgotten gems. Having previously released six award-winning volumes with acclaimed artists Rebekka Dunlap, Brecht Evens, Dave McKean, Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Beehive Books is returning to Kickstarter with a new campaign to crowdfund three new volumes of Illuminated Editions, the company’s distinctive line of book art editions of literary classics.   

Beehive Books’s Illuminated Editions features some of the finest talents in contemporary art, singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on comics and graphic art. Each Illuminated Edition  also features original essays from luminaries of literature, art and film, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham 

The three new titles run the gamut: one beloved classic Roaring Twenties tale of extravagance and excess, one chilling compendium of spectral Japanese folktales, and one unjustly obscure work of mind bending visionary science fiction.

The new books in the Illuminated Editions line are:

THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald, illustrated by the Balbusso Twins
Featuring an introduction by Nathan Robinson.

The Italian illustrators known as the Balbusso Twins are taking on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, bringing out the richness and satire and sorrow that suffuses this saga of wealth and corruption and decadence and love. Their modern illustration style highlights the incredible relevance of Fitzgerald’s story, which has only seemed to increase over time. Their illustrations bring us into Gatsby’s world ― but they also bring Gatsby into ours. 

KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS by Lafcadio Hearn, illustrated by Kent Williams
Featuring an introduction by filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, a foreword by writer Kyoko Yoshida, and an essay by Bon Koizumi.

The great painter and multimedia artist Kent Williams is depicting the supernatural Japanese stories of Lafcadio Hearn, originally published in his books KWAIDAN and SHADOWINGS. These books are full of ghost stories, nightmares and strange tales ― of possessed forests, of monks tormented by demons and ghosts, of corpse brides, man-eating goblins, and undead samurai. 

KWAIDAN & SHADOWINGS

 A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS by David Lindsay, illustrated by Jim Woodring
Featuring an introduction by Alan Moore.

Visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring has chosen to illustrate an unclassifiable 1920 novel by the legendary British writer David Lindsay. A VOYAGE TO ARCTURUS is a baffling amalgam of mysticism, science fiction, sexual politics, and outrageous fantasy, and stands as one of the greatest works of sustained, untrammeled imagination ever achieved. Woodring’s drawings capture the writhing currents of interacting forces that lie beneath the wonderfully arcane prose. 

The Illuminated Editions books come in three print editions: a slipcase hardcover, a signed and numbered edition, and a sketched and lettered edition. All nine titles in this series are available through the latest campaign and each title also comes as a DRM-free digital PDF, which is included along with every print edition.

The standard Illuminated Editions is an oversize 9×12″ hardcover, bound in sewn signatures, and housed in an elaborately embossed and debossed die-cut slipcase, silk-screened or foil-stamped with artwork. The interior is printed on creamy, acid-free heavy-weight 140gsm uncoated paper with a fine tooth, and each edition includes a minimum of ten full page illustrations, along with numerous spot drawings, illuminated letters, and special design pieces. The entire package is designed by Maëlle Doliveux with a restrained graphic boldness, and an unparalleled eye for beauty, clarity and readability. These editions have been honored with a number of awards and prizes, winning multiple Communication Arts Design Competitions, several Bronze and Silver Cubes from the Art Director’s Club, and three nominations for the Locus Awards. 

Preview: Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1

Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1

(W) Chris Claremont (A) Brett Booth, Bill Sienkiewicz, More (CA) Salvador Larroca
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $4.99

Celebrate Chris Claremont’s enormous impact on your favorite Marvel comics of the past five decades with an all-new story! Dani Moonstar is drafted for a mission across time and space for an incredible psychic showdown against the Shadow King-joining forces with characters created and defined by the pen of Chris Claremont!

Chris Claremont Anniversary Special #1

Preview: Marvel #3 (of 6)

Marvel #3 (of 6)

(W) Alex Ross, More (A) More (A/CA) Alex Ross
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 23, 2020
SRP: $4.99

A quartet of visions of life throughout the Marvel Universe, curated by Alex Ross! Alan Weiss presents a lost tale of Namor the Sub-Mariner! The techno-organic Warlock lives again in a story by Bill Sienkiewicz! Scott Gustafson presents a look into the life of Rocket Raccoon! And the Golden Age Black Widow chooses a mate in a story by Ryan Heshka! All wrapped in an epic ongoing adventure by Alex Ross and Steve Darnall!

Marvel #3 (of 6)

ComiXology Has 8 New Digital Comics Including Final Fantasy, Death’s Head, New Universe, and more!

There are eight new digital comics on comiXology today. You can get new comics from Marvel, Yen Press, and Harlequin right now. Check them all out now or the individual issues below.

Death’s Head 3.0: Unnatural Selection

Written by Simon Furman
Art by Shannon Gallant, James Raiz
Cover by Lucio Parrillo
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Collects Amazing Fantasy (2004) #16-20.

It’s one hundred years in the future and the now-benevolent organization known as A.I.M. has been fighting a non-violent conflict with the fascist government it wishes to change. But there’s a splinter group that’s ready to return to its violent roots with Death’s Head 3.0. Problem is, the killer robot isn’t sure what side it wants to be on.

Death's Head 3.0: Unnatural Selection

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #31

Written by Hazuki Minase
Art by Itsuki Kameya
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As the struggle against Byblos rages on, Alus enters the fray! With a new form and powerful abilities, he’s determined to break through the barriers that have been holding him back… Read the next chapter of Final Fantasy Lost Stranger at the same time as Japan!

Final Fantasy Lost Stranger #31

The Man You’ll Marry

Written by Debbie Macomber
Art by Kaoru Shinozaki
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Vacation in Hawaii! Jill looks out the window of her luxurious hotel and her eyes meet the man in the room facing hers. He’s the workaholic she sat next to during her flight! Then Jill receives a package containing a wedding dress from her friend. There’s a legend that states whoever receives this dress will marry the next man she meets. As long as it’s not the neighbor across from her!

The Man You'll Marry

Marvel Two-In-One Masterworks Vol. 1

Written by Chris Claremont, Mike Friedrich, Steve Gerber, Len Wein
Art by Bob Brown, Sal Buscema, Gil Kane, Jim Starlin, Herb Trimpe, George Tuska
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Marvel Feature (1971) #11-12 and Marvel Two-In-One (1974) #1-10.

Yes, the ever lovin’, blue-eyed Thing’s own series collected is between hard covers at last! Begun as a MARVEL FEATURE tryout, Ben Grimm’s headlining effort kicked off with Hulk and Iron Man battles (not to mention Thanos and the Blood Brothers), and then shifted into high gear with monster vs. monster – yup, it’s Thing vs. Man-Thing! Rounding out the first ten issues are the revival of the Guardians of the Galaxy; revelations in the life of the Valkyrie; and adventures with Daredevil, Sub-Mariner, Ghost Rider, Thor and Black Widow – and before you know it, you’ll be clamoring for more! Ya ain’t a Yancy Streeter, are ya?

Marvel Two-In-One Masterworks Vol. 1

Skin-Deep

Written by Kay Thorpe
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Tessa’s summer job is babysitting a young boy. The boy’s father, Mark, is a travel writer who always wants things done his way. Tessa rebels against his forceful ways but soon finds herself attracted to him. Things get heated when Mark’s ex-wife files for custody of their son. Suddenly, Mark needs Tessa to marry him for the sake of his child!

Skin-Deep

The Taming Of Tyler Kincaid Vol. 4: The Barons

Written by Sandra Marton
Art by Eve Takigawa
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Caitlin McCord is riding her horse when she almost crashes into a strange man trespassing on her family’s ranch. She tries to kick him out, but she’s thrown off by his gorgeous eyes and forceful yet friendly nature. The man, Tyler Kincaid, can’t explain to Caitlin his reason for needing to talk to the ranch’s owner. He accepts a job on the ranch, but everything he does is a mystery. Who exactly is Tyler Kincaid and what does he want?

The Taming Of Tyler Kincaid Vol. 4: The Barons

Untold Tales Of The New Universe

Written by Tony Bedard, C.B. Cebulski, Peter David, Tony Lee, Jeff Parker, Fred Van Lente
Art by M.D. Bright, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Leonard Kirk, Arnold Pander, Javier Pulido
Cover by John Romita Jr.
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Collects Untold Tales Of The New Universe: Nightmask, Star Brand, Psi-Force, Justice And Dp7; And Stories From Amazing Fantasy #18-19 And New Avengers #16.

Five startling stories of the New Universe from the days of the ’80s – featuring NIGHTMASK, STAR BRAND, PSI-FORCE, JUSTICE and DP7! Plus: bonus stories featuring Mark Hazzard, MERC; Kickers Inc.; and Spitfire.

Untold Tales Of The New Universe

X-Men Fairy Tales

Written by C.B. Cebulski
Art by Kyle J Baker, Kei Kobayashi, Bill Sienkiewicz, Sana Takeda
Cover by Sana Takeda
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Collects X-Men: Fairy Tales #1-4.

In the tradition of the X-Men classic, “Kitty’s Fairy Tale,” comes a series of new legends, reimagining the greatest X-Men stories through folktales, myths and fables from across the globe.

X-Men Fairy Tales

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Review: Dark Nights: Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal has been a mixed bag of an event. Often, the one-shot tie-ins have been better than the main series. They’ve also been vital to the main story. The one-shots have filled in gaps fleshing out key moments not taking place in the main series but referenced there. Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is Lobo’s mission in the event. Hired by Lex Luthor, Lobo is tasked with obtaining Death Metal which can remake the universe. Made up of a trio of stories, Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is a flimsy one-shot. In the end, it’s a comic that’s neither exciting, interesting, or funny.

Frank Tieri kicks off the first story “Part I: The Batman Who Frags“. In a drawn out sequence, Lobo bounces between trying to drink, capture a bounty, and also tangles with the Lobo version of Batman, The Batman Who Frags. Tieri is joined by artist Tyler Kirkham, colorist Arif Prinato, and letterer Dave Sharpe. As has hampered some of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the story feels like it’s more focused on introducing the Lobo Batman than actually getting the story going. With a distraction of a bounty to bring in, some fights and events that are a bit choppy, the kick-off never quite makes sense in its narrative. Why did The Batman Who Frags show up? How did he find Lobo? It’s a segment that kicks off a series of events rather than a flowing narrative.

The second part by Becky Cloonan, artist Rags Morales, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Rob Leigh is titled “What the Frag is a Death Metal Anyway!?“. Blackhawk Island and Hawkman are at the center as Lobo tracks down the Death Metal. Again, the story devolves into a series of events than narrative as Lobo must tussle with Black Monday and then convince Hawkman to turn over the metal. An attack from the air by The Batman Who Frags feels out of the blue and not explained enough as much of what happens. It, just happens. Why would Hawkman trust Lobo? Why wouldn’t Hawkman use the power of the Death Metal himself? There are so many questions out there that just kills the narrative if one takes a moment to think about it at all.

Wrapping up the trio of stories is “Lobo Land!” from writer Sam Humphries, artist Denys Cowan, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz, colorist Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Dave Sharpe. With the Death Metal in hand Lobo does what he does best and gets distracted. Again, it adds little to the narrative and again opens up questions. Lex Luthor was able to snatch Lobo initially but doesn’t once he has the metal?

Instead, Brainiac is part of the story sent by a missing Luthor. It’s a series of jokes as Lobo changes realities creating different versions of himself in a series of one-page jokes. They’re not even long enough to nail down the joke with barely a setup. It also adds little to the story and feels more of an exit that’s created because there were pages to fill and unsure of a way to wrap up the issue for Dark Nights: Death Metal #5. What the team does evoke is classic Lobo stories and the kinetic, almost Mad Magazine-like rapid-fire jokes.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is just an ok tie-in. Yes, it probably tells something important that won’t be covered in the main series but it also doesn’t feature enough to stand out. It feels like something that probably could have been told in a few pages stretched out to over 30. Most of it is filler with the meat of the story featuring little explanation and a resolution that takes place in a few panels. It’s about as filler as filler gets.

Story: Frank Tieri, Becky Cloonan, Sam Humphries Art: Tyler Kirkham, Rags Morales, Denys Cowan
Ink: Bill Sienkiewicz Color: Arif Prianto, Andrew Dalhouse, Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Baltimore Comic Con Announces its First Live Panels

Go virtual for the 1st annual Baltimore Comic-Con Live this October 23-25, 2020! The convention has revealed the first of many announcements about the featured programming for their 2020 event. The virtual convention is free to everyone.

Comics Time Machine: 1985

From American Flagg! to Hey Kids! Comics!The Mighty Thor to RagnarokThe New Mutants the comic book series to The New Mutants the movie. The Vigilante to Milestone. Grab a front-row seat to a historical and hysterical comix clatch 35 years in the making between legendary upstarts Howard ChaykinDenys CowanBill Sienkiewicz, and Walter Simonson — moderated by their former 17-year-old assistant, award-winning cartoonist and creator of The Red HookDean Haspiel.

Garth Ennis Spotlight 

Joe Ryband interviews Garth Ennis about many of his triumphant stories. The BoysPunisherNick FuryWar Stories, and more.

Dave Gibbons Spotlight

An intimate look at award-winning writer/artist Dave Gibbons‘ career. From his 2000AD work on Rogue Trooper and DC work on Superman and Green Lantern to his Marvel runs on Captain America, and his creation The Originals for Vertigo, plus co-creations with Mark Millar (The Secret Service), Frank Miller (Give Me Liberty) and, of course, his iconic work co-creating Watchmen with Alan Moore.

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