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Kurt Busiek Releases New Arrowsmith, Astro City, and More in 2022

Kurt Busiek, the bestselling writer of Avengers, Superman, Thunderbolts, Iron Man, JLA, and more, is returning to Image in a big way in 2022, with new entries in fan-favorite series, including Astro City, Arrowsmith and others, plus new creations and more, as he brings his creator-owned work to Image Comics as his primary publisher.

First up, Busiek and superstar artist Carlos Pacheco bring fans the much-anticipated return of Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines. This six issue miniseries launches from Image Comics in January 2022—followed in February by an oversized, fully re-mastered hardcover collected edition of the original series.

In March, Arrowsmith will be joined by the return of Astro City, Busiek’s collaboration with Brent Anderson, Alex Ross, and Alex Sinclair, first with an Astro City one-shot special introducing new characters and setting the stage for upcoming dangers for the city and the world, plus new collected editions that will make the entire Astro City backlist available again.

Longtime fans will also be treated to a new urban-fantasy graphic novel, The Gods on Sunday Morning, from the whole Astro City team, after which they begin a new ongoing run on the acclaimed series.

Also in the works is Free Agents, a new series launch from Busiek with co-writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Stephen Mooney and the return of Autumnlands from Busiek with Benjamin Dewey and Jordie Bellaire, all planned for late 2022.

In addition to all the exciting new content from the mind of Busiek, there will also be re-releases of his popular backlist gems like Shockrockets and Superstar: As Seen on TV, both with Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, and Jeromy Cox, and The Wizard’s Tale with David Wenzel.

In the upcoming Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines, it’s World War I—but a war of wizards and dragons as much as bullets and barbed wire. Young airman Fletcher Arrowsmith plunges back into the heat of war—and finds himself behind enemy lines, facing a threat that could doom the Allied Powers. Old friends and new favorites will appear, and the world of Arrowsmith will be deepened, as previously-secret history and machinations are revealed.

For the re-mastered hardcover, Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms ,readers are introduced to young Fletcher Arrowsmith who learns the true cost of war in an alternate history where dragons and magic spells are as much a part of World War I as bullets and barbed wire. This edition, deluxe-sized and in hardcover for the first time, will present the art as Pacheco originally intended, and will feature ancillary material about the creation and history of Arrowsmith.

Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 19:

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Arrowsmith: So Smart In Their Fine Uniforms (Diamond Code: NOV210098, ISBN: 978-1-5343-2206-6) will be available on Wednesday, February 23 and in bookstores on Tuesday, March 1. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Kurt Busiek’s Backlist Catalog to be released by Image Digitally in August

A bevy of bestselling backlist titles from the legendary, award-winning writer Kurt Busiek will be made available digitally from Image Comics this August. The titles will include Astro City with art by Brent Anderson and others, Arrowsmith with art by Carlos Pacheco and Jesus Merino, The Wizard’s Tale with art by David Thorn WenzelShockrockets with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger, and Superstar: As Seen on TV with art by Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger

About Astro City
Originally published by Image, Astro City is a multiple Eisner and Harvey award winning superhero anthology written by Busiek with art by Brent Anderson and covers and character designs by Alex Ross. Set in a city that’s home to superheroes, villains, monsters, mad scientists and more, it tells stories from a variety of perspectives, illuminating what it’s like to live amid such marvels.

Astro City

About Arrowsmith
A high fantasy series written by Busiek with art by Pacheco, set in an alternate history where wizardry and the creatures of myth have been part of the world since the time of Charlemagne. The beloved series tells the story of a young man caught up in World War One, dealing with dragons, trolls and more. 

Arrowsmith

About The Wizard’s Tale
Master storytellers Busiek and Wenzel channel a Terry Pratchett sense of whimsy with the supposed-to-be-evil wizard Bafflerog and his companions in this delightful fantasy series. Readers join Gumpwort, an enchanted toad who was once a wizard himself, and Muddle, the third son of a woodcutter who’s convinced he’ll one day be king—as they make a journey that may mean the end of everything. 

The Wizard’s Tale

About Shockrockets
Busiek and Immonen take readers 60 years in the future. Here, Earth is protected by an unbeatable squadron of hi-tech aircraft—built from a fusion of modern and alien technology—called Shockrockets. Controlled by elite pilots, the Shockrockets protect Earth after a devastating invasion from space. In a freak moment of chance, a tech-obsessed youth named Alejandro Cruz becomes the newest Shockrockets pilot. But could he be in over his head?

Shockrockets

About Superstar: As Seen on TV
With the public behind him, he can work miracles—without them, he’s nothing! Busiek and Immonen introduce Superstar, a superhero whose power is tied to his fame: The more popular he is, the more powerful he becomes. He’s made a deal with his father, an international media tycoon, to help boost his profile as an influencer and keep powerful enough to save the world. But is the price of fame worth becoming just another “property” in his father’s portfolio?

Superstar: As Seen on TV

These titles will be available at ComiXology on Wednesday, August 4 and then on Apple Books and Google Play shortly thereafter.

Five New Comics Featured on comiXology Include the Pulse and Thanos

There’s five new comics on comiXology today. Four are from Marvel and one from Harlequin. You can start shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Pulse Vol. 1: Thin Air

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Mark Bagley
Cover by Mike Mayhew
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Collects Pulse (2004) #1-5.

It’s an inside look at the Marvel Universe’s most notorious newspaper, the Daily Bugle! Former super hero and current private investigator Jessica Jones has just been offered a new job: a position with the Bugle’s new super-hero section, The Pulse! Jessica’s first assignment: to uncover the true identity of a former Bugle reporter’s super-powered murderer! How is millionaire industrialist Norman Osborn involved in the case? And how will Jessica’s shocking discovery affect the entire Marvel Universe?

Pulse Vol. 1: Thin Air

Pulse Vol. 2: Secret War

Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Brent Anderson
Cover by Mike Mayhew
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Collects Pulse (2004) #6-9.

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s lives have been destroyed by the events of the Secret War, so what is Jessica going to do about it? Fans of SECRET WAR – feel THE PULSE as it pounds out more gritty intrigue even as it welcomes a new artist: award-winning comics superstar Brent (RISING STARS, ASTRO CITY) Anderson! Guest-starring: Captain America, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Nick Fury and more!

Pulse Vol. 2: Secret War

Thanos: Epiphany

Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Al Milgrom, Jim Starlin
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Thanos (2003) #1-6.

The most powerful, enigmatic villain in the Marvel Universe takes center stage in a galaxy-spanning tale woven by his creator, Jim Starlin (MARVEL UNIVERSE: THE END). He’s held ultimate power in his hands, only to see it all slip away time and again. His attempts at conquest and destruction have all been thwarted. So what inner demons drive the mad Titan known as Thanos towards his goals — and what hidden desires now pull at his heart and mind?

Thanos: Epiphany

Thanos: Samaritan

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Ron Lim, Al Milgrom
Cover by Jim Starlin
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Collects Thanos (2003) #7-12.

At the very edge of existence, Thanos has a fateful encounter with his lost love, Death, which causes him to re-evaluate his goals and his approach to attaining them. Meanwhile, a co-op of alien races Thanos has victimized forms a Super Posse to bag the Mad Titan once and for all!

Thanos: Samaritan

His Pregnant Princess Bride

Written by Catherine Mann
Art by Yu Mahara
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Erika, a princess of a small country in Northern Europe, is traveling to America. She needs to tell billionaire Gervais that she’s pregnant with his child. Three months ago, Erika met him in England and they spent a night together. She never intended to see him again but feels obligated to inform him of the baby. She’s shocked when Gervais is delighted by the news and proposes to her. But as the fifth sibling in her family, she has no claim to the throne! What could Gervais possibly want with her?

His Pregnant Princess Bride

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ComiXology Features 7 New Releases Today from Marvel, Yen Press, and Harlequin

There’s seven new digital comic releases today on comiXology. You can get new comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and Yen Press now. You can start shopping or check out the individual issues below.

Avengers: Kang Dynasty

Written by Kurt Busiek
Art by Brent Anderson, Alan Davis, Kieron Dwyer, Manuel Garcia, Ivan Reis
Cover by Ariel Olivetti
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Collects Avengers (1998) #41-55, Avengers Annual 2001.

The warlord known as Kang the Conqueror returns – and this time he’s enslaving the entire Earth!

Avengers: Kang Dynasty

Un Si Petit Mensonge

Written by Nancy Warren
Art by Tomoko Takakura
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Le fait que Jane porte une bague à son annulaire gauche n’est pas anodin. Du fait de son physique avantageux, ses collègues masculins lui courent sans cesse après, au point qu’elle décide de démissionner. Cette bague lui sert à présent d’excuse pour faire croire aux autres qu’elle est déjà mariée. Sa meilleure amie essaie de lui faire comprendre que c’est une mauvaise idée, elle lui demande d’ailleurs ce qui arriverait si elle tombait un jour sur l’homme idéal. Et en effet, Jane n’imaginait pas que le grand amour puisse frapper aussi vite à sa porte… Dans la nouvelle entreprise où elle a été embauchée, elle tombe amoureuse du PDG, alors même qu’elle a menti sur son statut marital. Elle prétend avoir un mari génial qui ressemble à Tom Cruise, et il est trop tard pour revenir sur ce mensonge !

Un Si Petit Mensonge

A Deal With Demakis

Written by Tara Pammi
Art by Richi Okada
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Lexi meets world-famous Greek tycoon Nikos Demakis after her ex-boyfriend, Tyler, loses his memory in a serious accident. Tyler has been dating Nikos’s sister, but Lexi is the only person he seems to remember. She quickly agrees to Nikos’s plan to help Tyler recover from his amnesia. Little does she know that Nikos’s real motivation is to break up Tyler and his sister, with the ultimate goal of gaining the CEO position at his company. What he doesn’t bank on is his uncontrollable desire for Lexi…

A Deal With Demakis

Marvel Visionaries: Jim Steranko

Written by Arnold Drake, Stan Lee
Art by Jim Steranko
Cover by Jim Steranko
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Collects Captain America (1968) #110, 111, 113, Uncanny X-Men #50-51.

A deep dive into the masterful work of Steranko including a classic Captain America adventure, guest-starring the Incredible Hulk, and an all-time great X-Men story.

Marvel Visionaries: Jim Steranko

So I’m a Spider, So What? #50.3

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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He’s just a nasty old guy nobody cares about, right…? WRONG!! This! Means! War! Read the next chapter of So I’m a Spider, So What? at the same day as Japan!

So I'm a Spider, So What? #50.3

Spider-Man: Quality Of Life

Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Scott Sava
Cover by Scott Sava
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Collects Spider-Man: Quality of Life #1-4.

Spider-Man squares off against the lethal Lizard in this spectacular tale.

Spider-Man: Quality Of Life

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 1

Written by Garth Ennis, Peter Milligan, Greg Rucka
Art by Duncan Fegredo, John McCrea, Eduardo Risso
Cover by Glenn Fabry
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Collects Spider-Man’s Tangled Web (2001) #1-6.

In “The Thousand,” Garth Ennis and John McCrea tell the story of a man tries to reproduce the accident that granted the wall-crawler his amazing powers… with horrific results! Next Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso climb inside the mind of a soldier in the Kingpin’s army… who’s been called before the fat man to explain his mistake. Finaly, Peter Milligan and Duncan Fegredo spin the tragic tale of the villain known as the Rhino.

Spider-Man’s Tangled Web Vol. 1

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Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson Reunite for God Loves, Man Kills Extended Cut

Framed by a brand-new present-day X-Men story by the original creative team themselves, Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson, Marvel re-presents the beloved X-Men classic, God Love, Man Kills, in an all-new extended edition this April!

In 1982, writer Chris Claremont was in the midst of his legendary run on Uncanny X-Men, changing the comic landscape forever and creating a new standard for superhero stories! A wealth of ideas, Claremont’s brilliance wasn’t contained to the main title alone, and he joined forces with industry giant Brent Anderson in Marvel Graphic Novel #5, a special edition issue titled God Loves, Man Kills. This groundbreaking story saw the X-Men teaming up with their bitter enemy, Magneto, against an adversary threatening mutantkind in the name of God.

This extended edition features a main cover by Anderson and a variant cover by Salvador Larroca.

X-Men God Loves, Man Kills Extended Cut

Review: DC Primal Age 100-Page Comic Giant

DC Super Heroes in a barbarian world team up for a battle against evil, with the fate of Paradise Island in the balance! DC Primal Age is the new comic book based on the retro-style Funko action figure line.

Toys and comics have had a long history but is this history we need to revisit?

DC Primal Age’s main story is by Marv Wolfman, Scott Koblish. Check out the full line up!

“The Primal Age” (32-page main story) – Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Scott Koblish
“Born on a Monday” – Written and drawn by Jerry Ordway
“Ice and Fire” – Written by Louise Simonson with art by Phil Winslade
“Darkest Knight” – Written by Louise Simonson with art by Brent Anderson
“The Joker’s Wild” – Written by Jerry Ordway with art by Chuck Patton, Karl Kesel and Tom Derenick
“Not a Bird…” – Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Keith Pollard and Jose Marzan Jr.

The comic is available now at Target.

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with FREE copies for review

Enter the DC Primal Age at Target Now

How do superheroes save the world in a universe without technology?

Magic, sword fighting and mystical beasts, obviously!

DC Primal Age—a new comic book based on the popular retro-style Funko action figure line of the same name—is now available for purchase exclusively at Target stores.

DC Super Heroes in a barbarian world team up for a battle against evil, with the fate of Paradise Island in the balance! As Wonder Woman, Aquaman and Superman work together to stop The Joker and King Shark from sinking Themyscira into the sea, Batman must decide whether he can trust the alien Superman long enough to join forces. He’s ready to help, but at what cost?

Then, learn more about these primitive heroes and villains in five thrilling short stories. Wonder Woman rescues a young boy in the forest and takes an interest in his fate. Mr. Freeze faces a fire-breathing dragon in a fight to save his frozen wife! Batman saves a sorcerer who offers to join his battle against evil. The Joker visits a small village, to devastating effect. And Superman goes rogue…or is there another explanation for his bizarre antics?

Acclaimed comic book writer Marv Wolfman and artist Scott Koblish tell a 32-page main story featuring an epic battle between the Justice League and The Joker, which is followed by five short stories from fellow legendary comics creators Louise Simonson and Jerry Ordway with artists Phil Winslade, Brent Anderson, Chuck Patton, and Keith Pollard.

DC Primal Age 100-Page Comic Giant retails for $9.99. It includes:

  • “The Primal Age” (32-page main story) – Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Scott Koblish
  • “Born on a Monday” – Written and drawn by Jerry Ordway
  • “Ice and Fire” – Written by Louise Simonson with art by Phil Winslade
  • “Darkest Knight” – Written by Louise Simonson with art by Brent Anderson
  • “The Joker’s Wild” – Written by Jerry Ordway with art by Chuck Patton, Karl Kesel and Tom Derenick
  • “Not a Bird…” – Written by Marv Wolfman with art by Keith Pollard and Jose Marzan Jr.
DC Primal Age 100-Page Comic Giant

Preview: Astro City #52

Astro City #52

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Brent Anderson (CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Jun 27, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It’s the final issue of ASTRO CITY…for now. Michael Tenicek lost his world years ago. Now he may lose another, as ordinary life among the extraordinary takes a shattering turn. A character-focused finale to the ongoing Vertigo ASTRO CITY series, and a launch point for its new form. Guest-starring the Hanged Man, Honor Guard and more.

Preview: Astro City #51

Astro City #51

(W) Kurt Busiek (A) Brent Anderson (CA) Alex Ross
In Shops: Apr 04, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Our three-part look into the lives of Astro City “survivors” continues. A woman coping with a devastating loss joins the support group Michael Tenicek has been running for years. But will Michael help her, or will she tear the group apart? For those damaged by life in Astro City, hope and wonder are elusive things. Featuring Honor Guard, the Hanged Man and more.

Preview: Airboy Archives, Vol. 5

Airboy Archives, Vol. 5 

Chuck Dixon (w) • Stan Woch, Ernie Colón, Alberto Maldonado, Brent Anderson, Enrique Villagran, Jim Longstreth, Mark Johnson, Andy Kubert (a) • Timothy Truman (c)

Volume 5 concludes the complete run of the Eclipse Comics Airboy series! Collects issues #41–50, the second three-issue mini-series featuring Valkyrie, the one-shot Airboy vs the Air Maidens, and a never-before-printed 8-page Skywolf backup story.

TPB • FC • $29.99 • 336 pages • ISBN: 978-1-63140-810-6

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