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Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special comes to comiXology Originals this December

On December 12, 2018, ComiXology Originals releases Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special, the first ever Elephantmen holiday issue by the long time creative team of writer/letterer Richard Starkings, artist/colorist Axel Medellin, with a stunning cover by Boo Cook, and a holiday backup story by Richard Starkings and Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel.

Hip Flask’s fellow Information Agent, Vanity Case, lost her father when she was just a child… and Hip’s friends Savannah, Hunter and Jet lost their grandfather just over a year ago. In Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special, Hip decides it is his job to cheer them up for the holidays…

But that’s not all. This stand-alone one-shot includes a special holiday short story outside of the Elephantmen universe written by Richard Starkings with art by Margaux Saltel titled, MARZIPAN! about a little alien who meets a little girl. Girl falls in love with little alien. Alien falls in love with Marzipan. Little girl loses little alien!

Not familiar with Elephantmen? Elephantmen are human/animal hybrids designed to fight a war. But the war is over, and now they live among us. Debuting nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics, comiXology recently released the 5-issue who dunnit miniseries Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content. Both Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty #1-5 and Elephantmen 2261: Holiday Special are included in Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and available for purchase only on comiXology and Kindle.

comiXology Moves to Print with New Creator-Owned comiXology Originals

After some teasing, comiXology announced today it is releasing creator-owned comic books and graphic novels for the first time as part of its comiXology Originals program. The service announced four new titles which can be read for read through Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. They can also be purchased through Kindle and comiXology.

What’s particularly interesting is these comics are available digitally as well as in print. Yes, the leader in digital comics is moving into the “physical space” with print comics which will be print on demand.

The new comiXology Original releases include: Savage Game created by NFL player Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, and art by Chris B. Murray; Superfreaks from writers Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, with newcomer artist Margaux Saltel; Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty from writer Richard Starkings, and artists Axel Medellin and Boo Cook; and Ask For Mercy from writer Starkings and newcomer artist Abigail Jill Harding.

The debuts feature a host of industry firsts, including:

  • All issues of the Superfreaks series are available to read now – perfect for binge reading
  • In addition to digital, Savage Game is available in print exclusively through Amazon.com via Print-on-Demand
  • Collections of Elephantmen and Ask for Mercy will also be available in print via Print-on-Demand, with future comiXology Originals trade collections and graphic novels also available in print
  • Savage Game sees noted cover and fine artist Chris B. Murray’s interior art debut
  • Superfreaks artist Margaux Saltel also makes her series debut
  • Ask For Mercy artist Abigail Jill Harding makes her series debut

Also noted is the inclusion of Elephantmen from Richard Starkings and Axel Medellin. The series had been released through Image Comics and this is a steal for the digital publisher.

The company also teased the next wave of comiXology Original titles to be released in the coming months, announcing an impressive list of creators, including: Tyler Crook, Kristian Donaldson, Alti Firmansyah, Sam Humphries, Megan Kearney, Kel McDonald, Hope Nicholson, Mike Norton, MK Reed, Mark Sable, Tim Seeley, C. Spike Trotman, Jen Vaughn, and Magdalene Visaggio. More details on upcoming releases will be unveiled during Comic-Con International San Diego 2018.

Check out the details on all of the launch series below:

Savage Game

Created by Ryan Kalil, written by Shawn Kittelsen, with art by Chris B. Murray

From NFL player Ryan Kalil and his company Strange Turn comes an original 60-page sci-fi graphic novel that is a high tech version of The Island of Dr. MoreauWhat happens when a rogue titan of Silicon Valley creates his own island nation with no laws to hold him back? You get the Savage Game, where audiences watch genetically modified hybrid creatures fight to the death in a fantastic gladiator-style battle. But Conner Bowen isn’t having it. He’s on a quest to stop his mad father and the Savage Game. But is it too late?

  • Original 60pg Graphic Novel – $4.99 on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Available in print for $6.99 as a Print-on-Demand graphic novel exclusively on Amazon.com

Superfreaks

Written by Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet with art by Margaux Saltel

An all-new 5-issue superhero mystery debuting digitally in its entirety – a thrilling story perfect for binge reading – with art by rising star Margaux Saltel. All the world’s superheroes have disappeared overnight, and it’s up to their untrained, largely overlooked teenage sidekicks to find out what happened – while dealing with the biggest crisis Earth has ever known — much to the public’s displeasure. Can they save the day?

  • 5-issue series – all issues available to binge read now
  • Issue are $2.99 each on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited

Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and Boo Cook

The iconic Elephantmen debuts as a comiXology Originals title with issue 1 of Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, a 5-issue monthly mini-seriesDescribed by J.J. Abrams as “An Awesome and Unexpected Story. You Must Check it out!” and lauded by Andy Serkis as “Bold, mythic and heartbreakingly cool, Starkings’ universe is a breed apart!”, Elephantmen 2261: The Death of Shorty, is the next adventure of the pulp science fiction series Elephantmen, which debuted nearly 15 years and 80 issues ago from Image Comics. This all-new story is a whodunit that draws our heroes, Hip Flask and Jack Farrell, into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”.

  • 5-issue miniseries – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com

Ask For Mercy

Written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding

An action-packed and artistically stunning dark fantasy story from Elephantmen creator, Richard Starkings and breakout talent, Abigail Jill Harding. Ask For Mercy is a World War II fantasy horror story in the tradition of John Carpenter’s The Thing and Sandman. Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil!

  • 6-issue series – issues will be available monthly – $2.99 per issue on Kindle and comiXology
  • Free to read for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited and comiXology Unlimited
  • Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand on Amazon.com

Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #3

WARHAMMER 40,000: WILL OF IRON #3

Writer George Mann
Artists Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angiolini
COVER A: REGULAR COVER: BOO COOK
COVER B: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER C: TAZIO BETTIN & ENRICA EREN ANGIOLINI
COVER D: ØRJAN SVENDSEN
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: December 21

FROM THE UNIVERSE OF THE EVER-POPULAR TABLETOP MINIATURES WARGAME!

BY SUPERSTAR WRITER GEORGE MAN (WARHAMMER NOVELS, DARK SOULS, DOCTOR WHO)!

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Preview: Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1

Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1

WRITER: George Mann
ARTIST: Tazio Bettin
COLORIST: Enrica Eren Angiolini
LETTERER: Rob Steen
COVER A – Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angiolini
COVER B – John McCrea & Dee Cunniffe
COVER C – Fabio Listrani
COVER D – Boo Cook
COVER E – Nick Percival
COVER F – Blank Sketch
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 12

After a thousand years, violent warp storms have receded from the Calaphrax Cluster, and an ancient battlefront in the war against Chaos has again been opened to the universe.

Now, multiple forces risk complete immolation to attack the sector – drawn by the lure of ancient relics, lost knowledge, and powerful megaweapons, buried for aeons. Chief among those forces, the fearsome Dark Angels, emerald-armored Space Marines, shock-troopers of the Emperor’s Imperium and indomitable defenders of humanity. But Chaos stirs in the warp, and the Dark Angels will not be alone for long!

Based in the universe of the ever-popular miniatures game, novels, and videogames, this new ongoing series is perfect for both the hardcore Warhammer 40,000 fan and the complete newcomer!

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Preview: Warhammer 40,000 #1

Warhammer 40,000 #1

WRITER: George Mann
ARTIST: Tazio Bettin
COVER A – Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angiolini
COVER B – John McCrea & Dee Cunniffe
COVER C – Fabio Listrani
COVER D – Boo Cook
COVER E – Nick Percival
COVER F – Blank Sketch
COLORIST: Enrica Eren Angiolini
LETTERER: Rob Steen
FC – 32pp – $3.99 – On sale: October 12

After a thousand years, violent warp storms have receded from the Calaphrax Cluster, and an ancient battlefront in the war against Chaos has again been opened to the universe.

Now, multiple forces risk complete immolation to attack the sector – drawn by the lure of ancient relics, lost knowledge, and powerful megaweapons, buried for aeons. Chief among those forces, the fearsome Dark Angels, emerald-armored Space Marines, shock-troopers of the Emperor’s Imperium and indomitable defenders of humanity. But Chaos stirs in the warp, and the Dark Angels will not be alone for long!

Based in the universe of the ever-popular miniatures game, novels, and videogames, this new ongoing series is perfect for both the hardcore Warhammer 40,000 fan and the complete newcomer!

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 3 – Conversion

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3 – CONVERSION

Writers: Al Ewing & Rob Williams
Artists: Simon Fraser, Warren Pleece & Boo Cook
Colorists: Gary Caldwell & Hi-Fi
Cover: Simon Fraser
FC – 136pp – $14.99 – ISBN: 978-1782767435
On sale in comic stores: Aug 10
On sale in book stores: Sept 6

Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11-15 and the 11D short from FCBD 2015.

The first year of Eleventh Doctor stories comes to a stunning conclusion – at once epic and intimate – as secrets and lies come tumbling out of the TARDIS, and enemies old and new conspire against the Doctor and his friends!

Beginning with a cathartic trip through an exploded TARDIS, taking in a war against an upgraded foe in 312AD, and bringing a year’s worth of plot threads to a thrilling climax, the third volume is the perfect pay-off to a rollercoaster of a story!

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Creative Team for new Warhammer 40,000 Comics Revealed!

Games Workshop and Titan Comics have revealed writer George Mann and artists Tazio Bettin and Enrica Eren Angiolini will kick-off the phenomenal new Warhammer 40,000 comic series this October!

Now in its seventh edition, the ever-popular tabletop miniatures war game Warhammer 40,000 continues to go from strength to strength. The universe is also explored in dozens of best-selling novels, roleplaying and card games, apps and videogames. Additionally the new Dawn Of War III videogame has been announced for 2017 and looks set to join the previous two games in the series as both a critical and sales smash hit!

Hitting stores on October 12, 2016, the new Warhammer 40,000 comic sees Mann and Bettin take the series to new heights with the first adventure, entitled “Will of Iron”. The story follows Baltus, a Dark Angel newly-elevated to the rank of Space Marine, as he is baptized on the bloody battlefield and uncovers the price his Chapter has paid for victory! Secrets as old as the Horus Heresy are on the verge of being revealed…

This hotly anticipated debut issue comes with five art covers to collect by artists Tazio Bettin & Enrica Eren Angiolini, John McCrea & Dee Cunniffe, Fabio Listrani, Boo Cook, and Nick Percival, plus a blank sketch cover.

Fans can get a special first look at this thrilling new series at the San Diego Comic-Con Warhammer 40,000 panel on Thursday 21st July (1:30pm – 2:30pm) located in Room 4. This panel is not to be missed and will have artwork previews, announcements and exciting reveals from Warhammer 40,000 writer George Mann and editor Andrew James.

Titan is also producing a special issue #0 edition of Warhammer 40,000, which will be available in October’s edition of White Dwarf magazine – published by Games Workshop. This special 32-page preview comic, designed to direct fans to their local comic book store, features an original 10-page strip by the creative team from the regular series, exclusive ‘making of’ features and comes with a brand-new cover by series artist Bettin.

Warhammer 40,000: Will of Iron #1 hits stores and digital platforms on October 12, 2016.

Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor SC Vol. 2

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR SC VOL. 2

Writers: Al Ewing & Rob Williams
Artists: Simon Fraser, Boo Cook & Warren Pleece
Colorists: Gary Caldwell & Hi-Fi
Letterer: Comicraft
Cover: Boo Cook
FC – 128pp – $14.99 – On sale in bookstores: June 15

The second time-twisting collection of the sell-out smash Eleventh Doctor series from writers Al Ewing (Loki: Agent of Asgard) and Rob Williams (Ordinary), with art from the triple threat of Simon Fraser (Nikolai Dante), Boo Cook (Elephantmen) and Warren Pleece (Hellblazer, Incognegro)

A threat in reverse as time inside the TARDIS flows backwards! An ancient alien war for supremacy in the sky comes to near-future London! And the machinations of SERVEYOUinc revealed, when the Doctor hits them where it hurts – their wallets!

Three companions – three times the danger, three times the excitement! Experience every twist and secret reveal in the thrilling second act of The Eleventh Doctor’s first year in comics!

Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #6-10

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Preview: Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 3: Conversion

DOCTOR WHO: THE ELEVENTH DOCTOR VOL. 3: CONVERSION

WRITERS: AL EWING & ROB WILLIAMS
ARTIST: SIMON FRASER, WARREN PLEECE, BOO COOK
PUBLISHERS: TITAN COMICS
PAGE COUNT: 136PP
FORMAT: HARDCOVER
RELEASE DATE: DECEMBER 2
ISBN: 9781782763031

The Eleventh Doctor’s bold new adventures continue, as the Doctor is confronted
by his greatest failure, Alice faces her darkest hour, the shapeshifting ARC’s origin
is revealed, and chameleonic pop star Jones reaches trancendence! All this, and
A Cyber-invasion of ancient Rome… and the final stand against the Talent Scout!

Collects Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor #11-15.

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Review Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Vol. 1 & 2

Titan---Doctor_Who_The_Eleventh_Doctor_Vol_01_BookDoctor Who is one of the longest running sci-fi franchises in history, it has permeated geek culture around the world several times, where every actor who has inhabited the character, has become a worldwide star, even long after they have the role, more so than the actors filed the role of James Bond.

Personally, I have been a fan of the Doctor since Tom Baker filled the role and every actor since. Doctor Who’s cross pollination into comics, was just natural, as fans can’t get enough of him in the many mediums he has been in, from books to radio plays, comics was just the next logical medium.

Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor has had the most fun of all the actors in recent memory, so one definitely was happy to see his adventures continue in comic form.

In volume 1, Al Ewing and Rob Williams, brings the Eleventh Doctor traveling alone, as he has left the Ponds on their honeymoon, opening the book with a scene at a graveyard, introducing his new companion, Alice Obiefune, a librarian. She meets the Doctor by way of a Rainbow Dog, that he is chasing and in his assuming way, he expects everyone to know exactly what he is talking about. Which as hilariously executed as it is on the TV show. The chase the dog through the House of Commons, to finally returning the Rainbow Dog and his companion to their dimension. Their adventures then lead them into a world where there is nothing but happy people to him meeting Robert Johnson in 1931 Mississippi, and encountering the Entity, CEO of ServeYou Inc, where they pick up another companion, John Jones, to a murder mystery in a future world, and finally making others understand Leviathan like mind creature named ARC, who becomes his third companion.

In volume 2, they encounter a homicidal Nimon, which attacks the crew and whom the Doctor defeats in the most interesting fashion. The Doctor then gets involved a dogfight amongst galactic spaceships and Alice gets an unexpected return of someone she loves to the Doctor who negotiating a space treaty among species through a test of quantum physics, to finally defeating the Entity in his Criminal World dimension in the only way the Doctor can.

Al Ewing, Rob Williams, Simon Fraser, Boo Cook, Gary Caldwell and Warren Fleece, have created a near flawless comic book, everything from the stories to the art, one would believe Steven Moffat were curating these comic books. Overall, everyone who has contributed to this creation has put nothing but heart on these pages and it shows, go out and buy these now.

Story: Al Ewing and Rob Williams Art: Simon Fraser, Boo Cook, Gary Caldwell and Warren Fleece
Story: 10 Art: 9 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Must Buy

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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