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The Walking Dead Deluxe Gets Charlie Adlard Connecting Covers and Sketch Covers, and Covers by Art Adams and Julian Totino Tedesco

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed numerous covers for the upcoming The Walking Dead Deluxe. New covers by Charlie Adlard, Art Adams, Julian Totino Tedesco, and a sketch cover will all be available for the series.

Charlie Adlard is creating a series of six highly collectible, connecting variant covers which will be unleashed over the course of the first story arc of The Walking Dead Deluxe full-color editions. The iconic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—will be reissued starting in October as The Walking Dead Deluxe and fully colored by Dave McCaig.

Also revealed are covers by Adams and Totino Tedesco which can all be seen below.

These Deluxe editions of the series will also feature a variety of other variants—including covers by David Finch and Tony Moore—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,”  featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

The Walking Dead Deluxe issues will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard (connecting) – Diamond Code AUG200029
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover F sketch cover – Diamond Code JUL209321
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200236
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200237
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover C Adlard & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200238
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover D Tedesco & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200239
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover E Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200240
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200241
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200242
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover C Adlard & McCaig (connecting) – Diamond Code SEP200243
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover D Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200244

ComiXology Delivers 6 New Digital Comics from Marvel and Harlequin

It’s a new day and there’s new digital comics for you on comiXology. Pick from six new releases from Marvel and Harlequin. Check out the full list here or the individual issues below.

Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty

Written by Cefn Ridout
Art by Charlie Adlard
Cover by Charlie Adlard
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The murder of a US diplomat kicks off an international crisis that pulls in the likes of Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as the Russian Mafioso. And caught in the middle of it all is Black Widow…but what part will she play in this conflict?

Fury/Black Widow: Death Duty

The Magnates Tempestuous Marriage

Written by Miranda Lee
Art by Yoshiko Hanatsu
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When mining magnate Scott walks into his lawyers’ office, he immediately falls for Sarah and vows to put a ring on her finger as soon as possible. They get married just three months later. However, the confident businessman finds himself stumbling when it comes to his new bride.

On their first wedding anniversary, he receives a photograph of Sarah with another man… Hurt by the sudden change she notices in her husband and with suspicions of her own, she runs away from home.

Sarah stays away to be alone with her thoughts, but her body still longs for her husband…

The Magnates Tempestuous Marriage

Marvel Graphic Novel #61: Black Widow: The Coldest War

Written by Gerry Conway
Art by George Freeman
Cover by George Freeman
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The Black Widow discovers that her husband, the Red Guardian, may be alive! But before she can see him, the Russians demand that she betray America by stealing one of its most precious secrets!

Marvel Graphic Novel #61: Black Widow: The Coldest War

Marvel Graphic Novel #75: Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir

Written by Jim Starlin
Art by Joe Chiodo
Cover by Joe Chiodo
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When Black Widow disappears following the trail of a psychic and sadastic killer, Daredevil will have to find his partner before the killer strikes again.

Marvel Graphic Novel #75: Daredevil/Black Widow: Abattoir

Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles

Written by Todd DeZago, Kevin Grevioux, Nate Piekos, Paul Tobin, Mark Waid
Art by Derec Aucoin, Ray-Anthony Height, Zach Howard, Karl Kesel
Cover by Salvador Espin
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Collects Spider-Man Family (2007) #7-9.

A heaping helping of timeless tales of Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man! First up, the Looter! This guy found a meteorite that gave him enhanced speed and strength, and the misconception that he’s a genius. (He’s actually dumber than dirt). So WHY is he such a pain to Spidey and the FF? Well, obviously it…oh, wait. I can’t tell you why. Read and find out! Also featuring Iron Man, Iceman, Nick Fury, Marvel Girl, Dr. Octopus and the Hulk!

Spider-Man Family: Itsy-Bitsy Battles

The Sheikh’s Forbidden Virgin Vol. 4: The Royal House of Karedes

Written by Kate Hewitt
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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Kalila is the princess of Zaraq, a small country in the Middle East. She’s been destined to marry the king of their allied country since she was a child. When she turns of age, it isn’t her groom who picks her up, but his younger brother, Prince Aarif. How could her future husband leave such an important task to someone else? Devasted by the thought of a life without love, Kalila runs away the first chance she gets and ends up lost in a sandstorm. Aarif chases after her, and the sight of him makes Kalila’s body tremble with passion. Sharing a tent, they must weather the sandstorm together…with Kalila’s heart dangerously shaken up!

The Sheikh's Forbidden Virgin Vol. 4: The Royal House of Karedes

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The Walking Dead Goes Full Color in October

Read it again! Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment will revisit the historic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—with newly, fully colored issues. Featuring the stunning work of the masterful Dave McCaig, these new issues will launch in October with The Walking Dead Deluxe #1. Kirkman announced the fully colored issues during Skybound Xpo, Skybound’s virtual pop-culture convention, earlier today.

This deluxe revival of the series will also feature a memorable array of variant covers—by such artists as David Finch, Tony Moore, Julian Totino Tedesco, and Arthur Adams—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,” featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

This definitive presentation of the story will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series. Issue #1 will be available on October 7. Each following month two issues will be released.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard – Diamond Code AUG200029
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
The Walking Dead Deluxe #1

Charlie Adlard, Alex Paknadel, James Devlin, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, and more Present Planet DIVOC-91

Planet DIVOC-19

This summer, an ambitious storytelling experience will bring the world of science to comics like never before. An impressive roster of comic book creators — including Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Friendo writer Alex Paknadel, UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, colorist and designer James Devlin, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are collaborating on Planet DIVOC-91, an ambitious webcomic debuting July 15, 2020 on WEBTOON.

The nine-part webcomic, which is funded by some of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the UK, is an offbeat sci-fi satire about a pandemic outbreak in the far reaches of outer space. In Planet DIVOC-91, all young adults between the age of 16-25 have been transported to an earth-like planet which has been terraformed, so that both humans and aliens can breathe the air. Each chapter features the work of a different creative team and cover artist and is interspersed with short articles, links to videos, and other pieces of art by young adults about issues related to COVID-19, and mixes from world-renowned DJs and Producers.

Planet DIVOC-91 follows the adventures of two earthlings: Sanda Oung, a 23-year-old girl from the UK, and Champo Oung, Sanda’s 19-year-old, non-binary sibling. In the series, 15% of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people are now stuck on another planet, miles from the safety of home. Sanda learns that humans have been brought to Planet Divoc-91 because the Earth is at risk of an extinction-level event – and young adults have been moved to safety by the Board of Adversity Scientists for Intergalactic Leadership’ (BASIL), led by a charismatic and fearsome alien named ADRO.

The series will feature covers from all-star artists Elsa Charretier, Marco Finnegan, Leslie Hung, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, VV Glass, Matt Kindt, Alitha Martinez, Anand RK, and David Rubín.

The series’ first chapter is written by Sara Kenney and illustrated by legendary Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. The first chapter features a cover by acclaimed artist Elsa Charretier, 17 pages of comic storytelling, and 17 pages of extra material. Subsequent chapters will feature between 6 and 8 pages of comic storytelling, in addition to the essays and reporting.

Planet DIVOC-91 is produced by Dr. Bella Starling, Director of Vocal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sara Kenney, Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions, in association with the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. The project has since grown in scale and ambition, and there is a young editorial team from UK, India, South Africa, and Malawi who are interviewing experts from scientists to historians, ethicists to anthropologists, and from that material curating articles, creating art and videos in reaction to the interviews.

The project was kick started via NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre seed funding who are providing continued support. Additional supporters include The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The University of Manchester through the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund award; Sarah Iqbal,  DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance; Anita Shervington, Blast Fest and Nabeel Petersen, Interfer (South Africa). The series was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Negan Lives #1 Gets a Second Printing while Fire Power #1 is Over 150,000 Copies

The New York Times bestselling, award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead phenomenon — Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — have done it again with an instant sell-out at the distributor level of the surprise release, Negan Lives #1, last week. A new printing has been greenlit for retailers to reorder stock of the buzzy one-shot story and will be available on Wednesday, August 5.

Fans snagging their Negan Lives #1 issue last week were simultaneously introduced to an all-new series from Kirkman and Chris Samnee, Fire Power. Over 150K promotional copies of Fire Power #1 were quickly wiped out and fans eagerly added their Fire Power, Vol. 1: Prelude trade paperbacks to buy piles in anticipation of the August single issue series launch.

Fire Power #1 (Diamond Code JUN200038), Fire Power #2 (Diamond Code JUN200076), and Negan Lives #1 second printing (Diamond Code APR208954) will be available for purchase on Wednesday, August 5.

Review: Negan Lives!

Back the comeback with Negan Lives!, a special one-shot to help comic stores get back on their feet. What was Negan up to in between The Walking Dead #174 and the finale? This special comic fills in some of the story.

Negan Lives! is like revisiting an old friend and a perfect read in these times.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Colors: Dave McCaig

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
Zeus Comics

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Negan Lives this July to Benefit Comic Retailers

The New York Times bestselling, award-winning creative team behind The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard — returns to the beloved series for a surprise one-shot story, Negan Lives #1, which will arrive in stores this July.

This shipment arriving in July will be without financial burden to receiving retailers—with no freight cost for them to worry about.

In the announcement, Kirkman said:

I’ve been inspired by Steve Geppi and Diamond’s efforts to shine a light on how essential the Direct Market is to our beloved industry with their #backthecomeback campaign. While Charlie Adlard and I had laid the series to rest, this felt like something special we could do for the store owners who made our series a success to begin with. To that end, I’m happy to report that 100% of the revenue generated from this book will go to the stores selling it. The retailer community does backbreaking work to get comics into the hands of our loving fans, we should all be doing more in these trying times to show them how appreciated they are.

Negan Lives #1 will not be available digitally and will be available exclusively at comic book shops. Fans interested in ordering a copy can find the comics store closest to them on Local Comic Shop locator. Many comic book shops are fulfilling orders online and via curbside pickup.

Spurned by a slowly rebuilding society, Negan lives a life of desperate isolation… or does he? In the tradition of Here’s Negan, this all-new story in Negan Lives #1 gives readers a glimpse into what has happened to one The Walking Dead‘s most popular characters in the time since his last appearance in The Walking Dead #174.

As long-time readers of the post-apocalyptic survival series will recall, The Walking Dead #174 proved to be a pivotal point for Negan, as he was tracked down and confronted by a vengeful Maggie, still heartbroken and furious over the murder of her husband, Glenn, in The Walking Dead #100.

Negan Lives #1 (Diamond Code MAR208199) is a 36-page, black and white comic book, available exclusively at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 1. There are extremely rare Gold (Diamond Code MAR208201) and Silver (Diamond Code MAR208200) foil variants of Negan Lives #1 in limited quantities, inquire with your local comic shop for availability and further details.

Negan Lives #1

ABLAZE Inks Exclusive Distribution Deal with Diamond

Ablaze

Diamond Comic Distributors has announce that it has signed a distribution agreement with ABLAZE to exclusively distribute their products to comic book specialty markets worldwide. Diamond was also awarded the rights to exclusively distribute ABLAZE’s new releases to the North American book market under the banner of Diamond Book Distributors.

ABLAZE is an independent publisher of original comic books, crowdfunded titles, and art books with a focus on increasing diversity and amplifying the voices of their creators. The company aims to highlight new voices in the comic book industry by bringing together some of the best content from all corners of the globe. Co-founded by Rich Young, ABLAZE promises quality above all else in their line of titles, which features a variety of formats, genres, and age ranges. 

ABLAZE boasts an ever-growing library of work, which ranges from comic books to graphic novels to art books and beyond, featuring tales from across a variety of genres such as horror, action-adventure, sword and sorcery, and coming-of-age, among others. Vampire State Building, written by Patrick Ange-Renault with art from The Walking Dead’s Charlie Adlard, is a horror-thriller centered around a solider, who finds himself trapped at the top of the Empire State Building by a horde of vampires, and must find a way to save himself, his friends, and the city of New York. Wild Thing Or: My Life as a Wolf, from Clayton Junior, tells the tale of an affectionate and inquisitive Labrador who wants to fill his life with adventure. Upon meeting a trio of wolves, the Labrador is enticed by their freedom, and joins their pack, leading to the discovery of love and adventure, as well as the ravages of human civilization and its impact on the animal kingdom. The Old Geezers Vol. 1, from Wilfrid Lupano with art from Paul Cauuet, is a slice-of-life story centering around three septuagenarians who have been friends since childhood, despite following different paths in life. Told through a series of cutscenes between the 1950s and present day, The Old Geezers Vol. 1 stands as the tragic-comic story of our time by underscoring the human impact of the social, political, and cultural upheavals of modern history. Indie Games, written by Bounthavy Suvilay and edited by Sarah Rodriguez, is a strikingly curated art book bursting with anecdotes, illustrations, and behind-the-scenes looks at some of the most successful independent video games to ever stand toe-to-toe with their blockbuster counterparts.

Get an Early Look at John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Written by Simon Spurrier (Coda, The Dreaming)
Art by Aaron Campbell (Infidel)
Colors by Jordie Bellaire
Lettering by Aditya Bidikar
Cover by John Paul Leon
Variant Cover by Charlie Adlard
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
Final Orders Due: Nov 04, 2019
SRP: $3.99

There’s nothing more wretched than a bastard with a conscience…” –Simon Spurrier

The original Constantine is back in a new series from Simon Spurrier (The Dreaming) and Aaron Campbell (Infidel), with nothing to his name but decades of bad memories and an unearned second chance. How, exactly, will he squander it? There’s only one way to find out…

John Constantine is back in London, back to his old tricks-and just in time, as things have become very dark indeed in his old stomping grounds. A small-time gang lord has found himself dealing with a big-time outbreak of supernatural weirdness…and without any allies to call on and nothing left to call his own, John doesn’t have much choice about taking a paycheck from one of London’s worst, or accepting the help of one of the gang lord’s would-be foot soldiers. But what should be an open-and-shut exorcism turns out to be nothing but…and the author of this madness may just be getting started on their terrible masterpiece!

John Constantine: Hellblazer will carry an Ages 17+ content descriptor (for mature readers) and will ship monthly.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #1

Review: Vampire State Building #2

Vampire State Building #2

Vampire State Building #2 is the horror film where I could care less about the characters beyond their tropes, and instead, just go with the flow and enjoy it. That’s not a bad thing at all and emphasizes the action more than anything.

Written by Agne and Patrick Renault, the Empire State Building has been taken over by vampires who have awakened their leader who was buried within. Trapped within the building are tourists who are now either being sacrificed or trying to escape.

The story follows a lot of tropes in many ways but it still works. The group work their way through the maze of the building while trying to not get caught. Every exit and plan looks like it has peril ahead. And that’s the real entertainment of the comic. How are they going to escape, if they do at all? The main cast of characters feel a little disposable and within the first two pages are removed one by one. And those deaths? I feel nothing. There’s a missing connection where I care if someone lives or dies in the comic. It’s an action film, all splash, little depth.

Charlie Adlard‘s art is solid as expected. Joined by Sébastien Gérard on colors, the art is Adlard’s usual style. He knows when to show the gore and when to hint at it and let our minds run wild. There’s also a lot of characters packed in no matter how insignificant their role and each look unique. I’d love to know how well Adlard captures the building though. It’d be an excellent addition in a collection edition.

Vampire State Building #2 reveals some history as to the vampires and there’s some wincing moments as far as that but when it comes to the basics, the story is a good one. This is more of a disaster film like the Poseiden Adventure than a vampire story. If you enjoy Adlard’s work or a slightly different vampire story, check the series out. It’s worth the read.

Story: Ange, Patrick Renault Art: Charlie Adlard
Color: Sébastien Gérard
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.6 Recommendation: Read

Ablaze provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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