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Christian Ward’s Cover to Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1 is Revealed

BOOM! Studios has revealed a first look at the brand new Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1 variant cover art by Eisner Award-winning artist and illustrator Christian Ward, featuring the power-hungry and malevolent Skeksis, The Scientist, who first appeared in The Dark Crystal film and will appear in The Jim Henson Company’s new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. 

The first issue in the new 12-issue comic book series, available in September 2019, introduces an explosive story leading up to the events of The Jim Henson Company’s new Netflix series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. Writer Nicole Andelfinger and artist Matias Basla delve into the secret history of the world of Thra and its inhabitants before the Age of Resistance. 

Meet Maudra Vala of the Stonewood Clan, mother of young rebel Maudra Fara, and a Gelfling leader trying to save her people from complete destruction. The terrifying Arathim, giant spiders and the Gelflings sworn enemies, have swarmed the land, wreaking destruction and chaos everywhere between Gelfling clans and Arathim as they battle for dominance over the forests and caves of Thra. Maudra Vala sends her greatest warrior, Ordon, to the Tomb of Relics to retrieve a mythical weapon that could be the key to winning the war. But the path to the legendary relic is riddled with secret traps and hidden dangers. Will even Ordon, greatest of Gelfling warriors, be able to make his way alone to the Stonewood clan’s last hope for survival? 

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1 also features a main cover by illustrator Mona Finden and a variant connecting cover by artists Kelly & Nichole Matthews. It comes to shelves September 25, 2019.

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance #1 Christian Ward Cover

Curt Pires, Tony Pires, and Alex Diotto Explore Hope and Loss in Olympia

Image Comics has announced an all-new miniseries by Curt Pires, his father, Tony Pires, and artist Alex DiottoOlympia, which will launch this November. 

Olympia follows Elon, a latchkey kid who spends his days alone reading comic books—until his favorite superhero, Olympian, comes crashing off the page and into reality! But as he nurses his wounded and delirious hero back to health, he discovers Olympian isn’t the only thing that came through… something evil followed him.

A comedic yet heartfelt love letter to the comics medium, Olympia is also a meditation on hope and loss, co-conceived by the Pires together while Tony was undergoing treatment for cancer.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe (Diamond Code SEP190047) and Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward (Diamond Code SEP190048) will hit stores on Wednesday, November 20.

Olympia #1 Cover A by Alex Diotto and Dee Cunniffe
Olympia #1 Cover B by Christian Ward

Preview: Red Sonja: Lord of Fools One-Shot

Red Sonja: Lord of Fools One-Shot

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q, Katie O’Meara
cover: Christian Ward
FC | 40 pages | Sword and Sorcery | $4.99 | Teen +

THIRTY pages of story, tying directly into the aftermath of RED SONJA #6! As the battle wages in Hyrkania…CYRIL is the Crown Prince of the Zamoran Empire, and he is young but not stupid. The mysterious blind priest will unlock the secrets of The Lord Of Fools…Cyril will learn his fate, and what it will mean for the known world…

Red Sonja: Lord of Fools One-Shot

Preview: Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak, Robert Carey
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Richard Pace (D), Cosplay (E)
Seduction (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Richard Pace (RI-Virgin), Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Sword & Sorcery | $3.99 | Teen+

“Temple of Ghosts”

The first arc of the most exciting series debut of 2019 comes to a stunning conclusion. The dreaded Dragan makes Her Majesty an offer that would end an invasion but sacrifice everything. Sonja The Red must weigh the awful costs, before the decision is no longer hers to make. By MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones, Second Coming) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan). And be sure to pick up RED SONJA: LORD OF FOOLS, also out this month, which ties directly into the shocking ending of this issue…

Red Sonja (2019) Vol. 5 #6

Kieron Gillen’s Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Gets Deluxe Collection!

Dynamite has revealed that Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt will be collected in a deluxe oversized hardcover format for fans to fully appreciate and treasure the critically acclaimed limited series.

Not only is Kieron Gillen writing superheroes again… Not only is Pete Morisi’s iconic Charlton hero back again… The series turns the mirror around to reflect the deconstruction of the legendary text, Watchmen. Peter Cannon, of course, served as the template for Alan Moore’s Ozymandias, alongside the other characters inspired by Charlton Action Heroes. What if the inspirations get to respond to this modern post-Watchmen landscape of the medium?

The ambitious series by a perfectly in-synch creative team wowed fans and critics when it debuted at the beginning of 2019. Kieron Gillen’s scribe is matched by rising artist extraordinaire Caspar Wijngaard and renaissance man and Eisner-nominee Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou on letters. Additionally, this editions contains all the gorgeous and fun covers of the series by Kris Anka, Kevin Wada, Chip Zdarsky, Sean Phillips, Christian Ward, Paulina Ganucheau and more! All bringing 110% to this series. The next classic text? You be the judge.

This edition will collect the entire series in a high-quality hardcover with pages measuring 7.2 by 11.2 inches. Readers can marvel at Wijngaard and Safro’s art at this larger size. And even Ostmane-Elhaou’s subtle lettering tricks, especially in the game-changing fourth issue.

Fans can cherish this edition of the book, studying it closely for all the Easter eggs and homages. At least until a prequel unauthorized by Gillen is announced…

The Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt Oversized Hardcover is slated for release in September 2019.

Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt

Preview: Transformers #7

Transformers #7

Brian Ruckley (w) • Cachét Whitman & Beth McGuire-Smith (a) • Christian Ward (c)

When another body shows up, Chromia and Prowl feel the pressure to get answers. Bumblebee, meanwhile, applies for a new job—as a bodyguard. But first, he has to impress Elita-1.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Transformers #7

Preview: Red Sonja (Vol.5) #5

Red Sonja (Vol.5) #5

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak, Robert Carey
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Jenn St-Onge (D), Cosplay Variant (E)
Seduction (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Jenn St-Onge (RI-Virgin), Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Like an all-consuming fire, the armies of Dragan The Magnificent pursued Sonja The Red until there was nowhere else to flee. The corpses of her people scattered before her like charred rabbits, she turned to face his exquisite wrath. And prayed in vain for death to take her quickly. The epic continues by MARK RUSSELL (Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, The Flintstones) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan).

Red Sonja (Vol.5) #5

Preview: Red Sonja #4

Red Sonja #4

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Mirko Colak, Bob Q
covers: Amanda Conner (A), Joseph Michael Linsner (B), Christian Ward (C), Kenneth Rocafort (D), Cosplay Variant (E)
Seduction (RI), Amanda Conner (RI-B/W), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-B/W), Kenneth Rocafort (RI-Virgin), Bob Q Seduction (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

“The Brothers Of Misfortune”

The Zamoran Empire musters a fleet of war chariots to rush arms and provisions to the front line. Hyrkania would be lost, were they not led by Sonja The Red, who knows it is not enough to know one’s own strength, but to understand the strengths, and weaknesses, of one’s opponents.

By award-winning writer MARK RUSSELL (Exit Stage Left, The Wonder Twins) and MIRKO COLAK (Conan).

Red Sonja #4

Artist Christian Ward Writes His First Comic in Tommy Gun Wizards

Dark Horse Comics has announced a new genre-bending comic series from acclaimed artist, now writer, Christian Ward and illustrator Sami Kivelä with colors by Christian Ward in collaboration with Dee Cunniffe, about an alternate 1930s Chicago, where the contraband of choice isn’t booze—it’s magic! Tommy Gun Wizards marks Christian Ward’s first foray into writing, and features backup stories drawn and written by Ward with and an issue #1 variant cover by Declan Shalvey!

Eliot Ness and his team of Untouchables work overtime taking on dangerous criminals that hide in the seedy underbelly of 1930s Chicago. Except in this world, Al Capone isn’t dealing in alcohol, but in magic. With Lick, a drug that grants magical powers to anyone who ingests it, mobsters become wizards, ordinary men become monsters, and darker secrets than Ness can imagine lie at the heart of it all in Tommy Gun Wizards.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1 (of four) goes on sale August 28, 2019.

Tommy Gun Wizards #1

Dynamite Reunites Russell and Q for Red Sonja One-Shot and Upcoming Arc

This July, Dynamite will once more reunite the acclaimed creative team of Mark Russell and Bob Q for the special one-shot Red Sonja: Lord of Fools

Lord of Fools features a captivating cover by Christian Ward, who has been stunning with his covers on the ongoing series. Spinning directly out of June’s Red Sonja #6, the oversized issue includes two special, can’t-miss stories. 

First, in the eponymous tale, Mark Russell and his The Lone Rangercollaborator Bob Q execute a full length story further developing the swords and sorcery political intrigue that has fans savoring the series. While Dragan the Magnificent is busy warring with Sonja the Red, his son Cyril is back at the capital palace of the Zamoran Empire. The high priest Oracon regales him with the philosophy of the Lord of Fools, and this may yet reveal a deep secret that could unravel Dragan’s entire house of cards. 

In a second short tale, Russell joins artist Katie O’Meara to tell the lore building story of Cerkus, Sonja the Red’s tongue of fire. Both stories are complemented by the unparalleled talent of series regular colorist Dearbhla Kelly and letterer Hassan Ostmane-Elhaou.

Following Lord of Fools, Bob Q will take take over as the primary artist on Red Sonja from Mirko Colak for issues 7-9, then for Colak to return for issue 10. With the seeds planted in Lord of Fools and perhaps even some hints in his prior flashback scenes, fans will not want to miss Bob Q’s upcoming arc on the series.

Check out a handful of work in progress pages from both Bob and Katie, with letters by Hassan.

Red Sonja: Lord of Fools
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