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Preview: Archie: The Married Life – 10th Anniversary #4 (of 6)

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE: 10th ANNIVERSARY #4 (of 6)

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Covers: Rick Burchett, Billy Tucci
On Sale Date: 11/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie and Veronica’s marriage has hit a rough patch—and when the one person they thought could help them deserts them, they’re left to pick up the pieces on their own. Then, Archie’s given the opportunity of a lifetime—but it could come at a high cost.

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE: 10th ANNIVERSARY #4 (of 6)

A mysterious force is revealed in this advance preview of Archie the Married Life: 10th Anniversary #4!

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE: 10th ANNIVERSARY #4 (of 6)

Script: Michael Uslan
Art: Dan Parent, J. Bone, Glenn Whitmore, Jack Morelli
Cover: Dan Parent
Variant Covers: Rick Burchett, Billy Tucci
On Sale Date: 11/20
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Archie and Veronica’s marriage has hit a rough patch—and when the one person they thought could help them deserts them, they’re left to pick up the pieces on their own. Then, Archie’s given the opportunity of a lifetime—but it could come at a high cost.

ARCHIE THE MARRIED LIFE: 10th ANNIVERSARY #4 (of 6)

Dan Abnett Heads to Barsoom for Dejah Thoris

Dejah Thoris is back in a brand new ongoing series by sci-fi superstar Dan Abnett, launching this December!

Writer Dan Abnett and his fellow creators are heading to Barsoom to chronicle the latest tales of Dejah. His co-pilot for this mission is artist Vasco Georgiev. The crew is rounded out by colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Simon Bowland. Barsoom has always been a dying world, teetering on disaster, but it may be closer to death these days. Dejah Thoris has been many things in life; a wife, a mother, royalty and an adventurer. Now her role as a scientist must take center stage, as she attempts to investigate why her homeworld is freezing. Other skills come into play when it’s discovered that political factions may be hiding the secrets of this global catastrophe. Glittering palace intrigue and visceral adventure abound in this new series, as Dejah joins her fellow Women of Dynamite “trinity” of Vampirella and Red Sonja.

Besides her kickass abilities, acute intelligence, leadership abilities and charm, Dejah Thoris is of course renowned for her beauty. Dynamite has assembled a team of four cover artists for this first issue that are upheld by fans as masters of beautiful heroines. Painter Lucio Parrillo is a natural choice, with his decade-long attachment to the franchise, having drawn countless covers for Dynamite’s first foray into Barsoom. On the other hand, Joseph Michael Linsner has tragically only drawn one Dejah cover before, so Dynamite is correcting this egregious wrong. Even worse than that, Billy Tucci has plenty of experience drawing powerful women, but has never drawn the Princess of Mars. Completing the set is a breathtaking wraparound cover by the one and only Adam Hughes! Dynamite will also be offering an extremely limited black-bagged risqué version for those who want to appreciate Dejah’s full beauty in a manner more in line with Burroughs’s original vision. Cosplayer Mai (@maidenhellxo) returns to Dejah with another cover and the first cosplay cover on a solo Dejah Thoris series!

Billy Tucci Launches Exclusive Vampirella #1 Cover on Indiegogo Celebrating Vampirella and Shi

Dynamite has announced a special creator exclusive cover for Vampirella #1 by Billy Tucci on Indiegogo! Celebrating the dual celebration of Vampi’s 50th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of Tucci’s Shi!

Live on Indiegogo right now! The Daughter of Drakulon and Billy Tucci’s Shi share a beautiful cover being offered only on Indiegogo for a limited time. This critically acclaimed and explosive debut of the new ongoing series by Christopher Priest and Ergun Gunduz has already sold a Dynamite 130,000 units both through the Direct Market and outside it with retailer and creator exclusives like this one!

Multiple options are available for those with differing budgets and tastes as well as the ultimate Vampi/Shi collectors out there, but all copies have already been printed and made available to fans in extremely limited quantities on a first-come-first-serve basis. At the base is the original cover by Billy Tucci, with logos and full gorgeous colors by Wes Hartman. Variations include a logo-less “virgin” cover, dressed “black and white,” “black and white virgin” and even a premium “Pure Line Art” edition reproducing Tucci’s flawless original pencil art. Only 300 copies of this cover have been produced! Fans can also get a combo pack with the four base covers, a pack with all four signed or the signed line art cover.

In addition to the comic, Dynamite and Billy Tucci have also turned this historical image into a high-end lithograph! Every detail will really stand out on this high quality 18 by 24 inches print. It’s also available signed and can function as an add-on alongside any of the covers.

Preview: Archie vs. Predator 2 #1 (of 5)

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #1 (OF 5)

Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Rick Burchett, Derek Charm, Francesco Francavilla, Dan Parent, Billy Tucci
On Sale Date: 7/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Betty, Veronica, and Predator-Archie have been left in the wreckage of their town, all their friends dead. Normally, they’d just go down Memory Lane and get home again where everything’s okay, but that’s no longer an option. It isn’t until they find an undamaged car and drive it down a different road where they can finally return to Riverdale—but their hometown feels different. And it’s made even more bizarre when they come face-to-face with a few people they’d never expect: themselves. Only different, newer versions. Little do they know, Predators on Mars are watching them—planning their next attack.

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #1

Survivors strike back in this early preview of Archie vs. Predator 2 #1!

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #1 (of 5)

Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Variant Covers: Rick Burchett, Derek Charm, Francesco Francavilla, Dan Parent, Billy Tucci
On Sale Date: 7/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Betty, Veronica, and Predator-Archie have been left in the wreckage of their town, all their friends dead. Normally, they’d just go down Memory Lane and get home again where everything’s okay, but that’s no longer an option. It isn’t until they find an undamaged car and drive it down a different road where they can finally return to Riverdale—but their hometown feels different. And it’s made even more bizarre when they come face-to-face with a few people they’d never expect: themselves. Only different, newer versions. Little do they know, Predators on Mars are watching them—planning their next attack.

Preview: Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #4

Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #4

writer: Kristina Deak-Linsner
artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Billy Tucci (B)
Billy Tucci (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Vampirella and Evily are hot on the trail of their prey due to a hot tip from a Florist friend. Evily realizes she must have Klovus, her “Agathion” present to successfully perform the “Arrow Of Time” spell. Clare is sending them telepathic messages from her comatose state. Blake and Natalia are scheming to find their next victim.

Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #4

Baumann, Conley, Jordan, Roberts, and Tucci Return to Baltimore Comic-Con in 2019

2019 marks the return of the Baltimore Comic-Con to the Inner Harbor’s Baltimore Convention Center on October 18th, 19th, and 20th. The Baltimore Comic-Con welcomes back comic superstars Marty Baumann, Steve Conley, Justin Jordan, Rafer Roberts, and Billy Tucci. Tickets are available now for purchase online.

Marty Baumann is an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer. He has contributed to some of the most popular, Oscar-winning animated films of all time. Marty has worked as an artist at Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios as an illustrator, graphic artist, and production designer on such films as Toy Story 3Big Hero 6ZootopiaCars 2PlanesWreck-It Ralph 2, and many others. He also helped develop theme park installations, toy packaging, and Pixar corporate branding. Marty has rendered illustrations and developed characters for toy manufacturers, magazines, and newspapers, and illustrated children’s books, created logos, info-graphics, broadcast promotions, and presentation art for Hasbro, Universal Studios, National Geographic, Scholastic Books, Nickelodeon, and many others. Recent projects include his role as concept artist for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the visual development of Sir Paul McCartney’s feature film, High in the Clouds.

Long-time friend of the show, Harvey and Eisner Award nominee, and guest since our inception in 2000 (!), artist and writer Steve Conley has contributed to numerous comic titles, both printed and on-line. His Astounding Space Thrills was self-published, published by Image Comics, and collected as a trade paperback by IDW. He has been featured in titles such as JLA-Z from DC Comics, Star Trek: Year Four from IDW, and Michael Chabon’s Amazing Adventures of the Escapist from Dark Horse Comics. His self-published Bloop is available through his online store in print or soft copy editions, and you can find his Ringo and Eisner Award-nominated webcomic The Middle Age on his websitetapas.ioLine Webtoon, and GoComics, and hard copies and digital collections can be purchased from his online store.

Justin Jordan broke into comics with the Image series The Strange Talent of Luther Strode. Since no one threw him back out after said break in, he has gone on to work on for nearly every major comics publisher. He’s writer on The Family TradeDeath of Love, and Spread at Image Comics, and is currently writing Reaver for Skybound and Urban Animal at Webtoons, along with numerous other things he can’t actually talk about yet. But they’re awesome. He is owned by a cat named Miss Thomas Waits.

Rafer Roberts first made a name for himself with his self-published, underground title Plastic Farm, published since 2001. More recently, he has found increasing mainstream exposure, with stories in the Dark Horse anthology, the Harvey-nominated Once Upon a Time Machine, the New York Times best-selling FUBAR anthology from FUBAR Press, and back-up stories in Valiant’s X-O ManowarHarbingerArcher & Armstrong, and Unity. His work has see print in IDW’s Imaginary Drugs and Locust Moon’s Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream anthologies. He is currently writing Grumble for Albatross Funny Books, and penned the same publisher’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Grumble vs. The Goon.

Founder of Crusade Fine Arts, Billy Tucci is most widely known for his creator-owned, Eisner Award-nominated work on his modern-day samurai fable, Shi. Both a writer and an artist, he has worked for nearly every major publisher including Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and IDW. More recently, Tucci has provided the cover and interior art for DC’s Birds of Prey, Harley’s Little Black BookSgt. Rock: The Lost Battalion, written Appalachian Apocalypse! for Cave Pictures Publishing, and did covers for Dynamite Entertainment’sVampirella: Roses for the Dead, DC Comics’ Archie Meets Batman ’66, and Zenescope Entertainment’s Grimm Fairy Tales Presents… titles. 2019 celebrates Shi‘s 25th Anniversary with the release of the Shi – Return of the Warrior” and Shi – Hotaru graphic novels accompanied by new Shi action figures, statues, and reprints. Billy’s also bringing about the return of Golden Age Icon Miss Fury for Dynamite Entertainment and the new creator-owned Zombie-Sama!, as well as Wonder Woman for DC Comics.


In addition to on-site CGC grading, this year’s confirmed guests for the show include: Neal Adams (Detective Comics), Arantza (fantasy artist), Brian Azzarello (Batman: Damned), Marty Baumann (Disney/Pixar), Mark Buckingham (Justice League Dark), Richard Case (Doom Patrol), Castillo Studios, Howard Chaykin (Hey Kids! Comics!), Frank Cho (Harley Quinn), Amy Chu (KISS: The End), Matthew Clark (Injustice: Ground Zero), Steve Conley (The Middle Age), Katie Cook (My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic), Kristina Deak-Linsner (Vampirella: Roses for the Dead), Garth Ennis (The Boys, Friday and Saturday only), Ramona Fradon (The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute), Julie Fujii Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo: The Hidden), Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (DC Nation), Juanjo Guarnido (Blacksad),  Bob Hall (West Coast Avengers), Cully Hamner (Batman Beyond), Greg Hildebrandt (Old Man Logan), Adam Hughes (Superman), Jamal Igle (Wrong Earth), Klaus Janson (New Challengers), Justin Jordan (Reaver), Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar), Sharlene Kindt (Dept. H), Tom King (Batman), Greg Land (Hulkverines, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Jeff Lemire (Black Hammer), Joe Linsner (Red Sonja), Ron Marz (Turok), John McCrea (Hitman, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Bob McLeod (New Mutants), Carla Speed McNeil (Twisted Romance), Pop Mhan (Raven, Daughter of Darkness), Mark Morales (Justice League), Sean Murphy (Batman: White Knight), Kevin Nowlan (Black Widow, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Greg Pak (Star Wars), Mike Perkins (Swamp Thing), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Afua Richardson (Run), Rafer Roberts (Grumble), Andy Runton (Owly), Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo), Bob Schreck (Batman: Hush), Erica Schultz (Xena: Warrior Princess), Bart Sears (Turok), Louise Simonson (Death of Superman), Walter Simonson (Ragnarok), Andy Smith (Demi-God), Allison Sohn (The Art of Red Sonja, Volume 2), Brian Stelfreeze (Rise of the Black Panther), William Stout (Fantastic Worlds – The Art of William Stout), Ty Templeton (Marvel Super-Hero Adventures, courtesy of Hero Initiative), Billy Tucci (Shi), Robert Venditti (Hawkman), Mark Waid (Avengers: No Road Home), Adam Warren (Empowered And Sistah Spooky’s High School Hell), Lee Weeks (Batman), Marv Wolfman (Raven: Daughter of Darkness, courtesy of Hero Initiative), John Workman (Riverdale), and Kelly Yates (Torchwood).

Preview: Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #3

Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #3

writer: Kristina Deak-Linsner
artist: Joseph Michael Linsner
covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Billy Tucci (B)
Billy Tucci (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+

Vampirella and Evily are hot on the trail of their prey due to a hot tip from a Florist friend. Evily realizes she must have Klovus, her “Agathion” present to successfully perform the “Arrow Of Time” spell. Clare is sending them telepathic messages from her comatose state. Blake and Natalia are scheming to find their next victim.

Vampirella: Roses For The Dead #3

Review: Appalachian Apocalypse #1

Appalachian Apocalypse #1

After the ancient staff of Lilith, mother of the damned, reanimates the dead, country boy J.B. and his estranged upper-crust wife Anne must come together to stop the zombie hordes and save the people of Appalachia!

Cave Pictures Publishing is a new publisher whose mission is to create spiritually focused comics. Think of them as the comics equivalent of Christian films that do quite well in theaters. It’s a great concept and one that hasn’t quite taken off, though others have tried.

With that wide open gap, I’ve been very interested in seeing what their releases would be like and this week we get our first look with Appalachian Apocalypse #1.

Written by Billy Tucci, the first issue is about as religious and spiritual as an Indiana Jones film. An object from biblical times is sought after and found and that leads to an outbreak of zombies. It’s a fine concept and could work. But, here it doesn’t due to lack of focus.

Over a third of the comic is backstory putting us in the Civil War where Union forces fight Confederates as the Confederates attempt to do something with a stick. It’s all set up but the storytelling is so disjointed it’s hard to figure out why I should care. There’s a lack of intensity and urgency so by the time that we learn that something important is happening, pages and numerous panels have been wasted. This is a spin on the Ark sequence for Indiana Jones but in that case we know what’s going on, we don’t need to learn. There’s also just a smattering of soldiers for something that seems important. The lack of set up is an issue as there’s just no threat present.

The characters too lack likeability. We have scientists having affairs. “Rednecks” which are nothing but stereotypes. There’s no one to really rally behind. Everyone is either mean, caricatures, or insulted to a point of losing any respectability. I’d be happy with a great flood to take care of them.

The art by Ethan Nicolle with color by Ben Glibert doesn’t help matters. There’s a lack of details that’s almost laughable at times. Flags missing stars is an example. Add in scenes that don’t flow where characters just seem to change locations. The comic also has a style of Plants vs. Zombies which could work if the comic was supposed to be a comedy. But, it doesn’t seem to be, at least I don’t think it is.

The comic is a pretty safe start which doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be. The concept is fine but it lacks the spiritual heft to it beyond the bauble things revolve and some pages dedicate to its history. The art style is comedic not quite matching the tone within. The comic isn’t a complete mess but it comes off that there was a few concepts without a visionary to really focus it.

Cave has something with their focus of a company but this first issue doesn’t really instill confidence they’ll pull it off. Others have tried and it’s looking like Cave may be just another attempt.

Story: Billy Tucci Art: Ethan Nicolle Color/Letterer: Ben Glibert
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.0 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

Cave Pictures Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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