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Bad Idea in September includes Pyrate Queen, Monster Kill Squad, and The Lot

PYRATE QUEEN #1

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by ADAM POLLINA
Colors by TAMRA BONVILLAIN
Cover by ADAM POLLINA with TAMRA BONVILLAIN
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY
$7.99 EACH | 32 PGS. | NO ADS | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

This September, embark on a tale of love, loss, life, death and bloody revenge! Meet Monday Ryan, a pyrate with a bad reputation and a price on her head. To be a pyrate is to live a short and merry life and to live it free. It ends for most with a length of rope and a four-foot drop.

After a series of successful attacks, Monday Ryan, her husband, and her crew of bandits are targeted and pursued relentlessly by the British Royal Navy. When a violent trap leads to their capture, Monday and crew are fitted for the gallows — until the Royal Navy learns that Monday’s pregnant. Civility prevents the hanging of a pregnant woman, and Monday is spared the noose, but her crew and husband are not. Set adrift on a small raft and left to her fate on the open sea, Monday vows that the life growing inside her will be born into a world where its father’s death has been avenged. She will find and kill every last soul responsible for her husband’s death, and her baby will enter into this world free of vengeance, free of bloodshed, and free of a future drenched in violence.

NOTE: Your order for the Final Five – ALL IN bundle will be added to your order of this issue. Example: Your order for the Final Five is 20 copies. You add 15 copies of this issue. Your initial shipment will be 35 copies.

MONSTER KILL SQUAD #1

Written by CHRISTOS GAGE
Art by TOMAS GIORELLO
Colors by DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
Cover by TOMAS GIORELLO and LEWIS LAROSA with DIEGO RODRIGUEZ
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY
$6.99 EACH | 32 PGS. | NO ADS | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021

Once upon a time, monster attacks were rare. A forest witch might murder a few hikers, a killer clown might eat a few children, or a malevolent ghost might drive a young couple insane just for the hell of it. But these events were scarce, easily covered up, and soon faded into campfire stories good for a laugh.

But no one’s laughing now. Over the past 90 days, cryptozoological attacks have increased a hundredfold, and the arcane has become everyday. Monsters of every shape and size strike at will, and the good, taxpaying folks of the US of A have had enough of this nonsense.

Enter: THE MONSTER KILL SQUAD. A Government Unit of the most dangerous motherfuckers on the planet, the deadliest folks alive are here to put a bullet in the brain of everything that walks, crawls, flies, or hides in shadows. And if it doesn’t have a brain, all the better — we’ve got a gun for that, too.

Witches and wraiths. Demons and deadites. Goblins and ghosts. There have always been monsters. Now there are monster killers, and the MKS will kill it, and kill it good.

NOTE: Your order for the Final Five – ALL IN bundle will be added to your order of this issue. Example: Your order for the Final Five is 20 copies. You add 15 copies of this issue. Your initial shipment will be 35 copies.

THE LOT #3

Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT
Art & Cover by RENATO GUEDES
PLUS: An All-New BAD IDEA B-SIDE
FOUR ISSUES | MONTHLY | IN GLORIOUS BLACK AND WHITE
$5.99 EACH | 40 PGS. | ON SALE SEPTEMBER 1, 2021
RATED: T+ FOR ABJECT TERROR, PSYCHOLOGICAL HORROR AND INVOKING DESPAIR

In the 1970s, legendary filmmaker Oliver Larsen began production on what was to be his horror masterpiece. Obsessed with authenticity, the megalomaniacal director insisted on filming a real-life occult ritual performed by actual cult members. The cast and crew, of course, gave no credence to the cultists’ beliefs, but soon were proselytised as something awoke that day on the studio lot. In the bloody aftermath, the production was permanently shut down, the footage suppressed, and the soundstage that bore witness forever shuttered.

Until today.

Aviva Copeland is the newly promoted studio head — the youngest in decades. Great things are expected of her. Maybe greater than is fair. She has the unenviable task of restoring the studio’s fading image and resurrecting its financial viability. She’s up for the challenge. Poring over the sea of red in the company ledger she finds just the thing to help her do it — a prime piece of California real estate has been sitting unused on the studio books, hemorrhaging money for decades. Why would they let a lot this valuable just rot? Aviva will soon find her answer and with it she will discover that though the lot may have been closed for a half-century, it’s far from empty…and the evil that lives within its haunted walls will soon seize its chance to kill again.

New York Times best-selling writer Marguerite Bennett (Animosity, A-Force) and artist Renato Guedes (DCeased: Hope at World’s End) present a terrifying vision of horror and Hollywood in the boldly bloody Bad Idea manner!

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Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #6

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #6

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Reilly Brown

It all comes down to this! Batman and Catwoman have one chance to get back to their own world…but to do so, they’ll have to return to the nonstop battle on the Island and retrieve someone who is the key to their escape…Harley Quinn! But she’s not going to go quietly. And who’s behind the world-shattering events of our story? You’ll find out…and the implications for both Fortnite and the DC Universe will be huge.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #6

Bad Idea Reveals Monster Kill Squad from Christos Gage and Tomas Giorello

Bad Idea is revealing their final five comics today and the first is Monster Kill Squad from writer Christos Gage, art by Tomas Giorello, and colors by Diego Rodriguez. The series will be released on September 1, 2021, for $6.99 and feature a new Bad Idea B-Side.

Once upon a time, monster attacks were rare. A forest witch might murder a few hikers, a killer clown might eat a few children, or a malevolent ghost might drive a young couple insane just for the hell of it. But these events were scarce, easily covered up, and soon faded into campfire stories good for a laugh.

But no one’s laughing now. Over the past 90 days, cryptozoological attacks have increased a hundredfold, and the arcane has become everyday. Monsters of every shape and size strike at will, and the good, taxpaying folks of the US of A have had enough of this nonsense.

Enter: THE MONSTER KILL SQUAD. A Government Unit of the most dangerous motherfuckers on the planet, the deadliest folks alive are here to put a bullet in the brain of everything that walks, crawls, flies, or hides in shadows. And if it doesn’t have a brain, all the better — we’ve got a gun for that, too.

Witches and wraiths. Demons and deadites. Goblins and ghosts. There have always been monsters. Now there are monster killers, and the MKS will kill it, and kill it good.

Bad Idea has said they have five more series to go and then the publisher will end as is. Who knows what will happen after but the bigger announcement will be whatever that is.

Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #5

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #5

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Christian Duce

Batman, Catwoman, and the unlikely band of renegade Fortnite fighters make their way deep into the underground complex of the Island in a desperate hunt to escape the Loop—areas never before seen in the game, with secrets discovered only by the World’s Greatest Detective. Along the way they’ll fight for their lives…uncover revelations about the history and inner workings of the world of Fortnite…and face a betrayal from one of their own as our story hurtles toward its explosive conclusion!

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #5

Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Christian Duce

Batman has broken free from the Loop and the endless cycle of combat. Now free to explore the Island without limitation, the World’s Greatest Detective will discover secrets about the world of Fortnite never before revealed in the game or anywhere else. Just one thing…he’s not alone. Not only is he met by a rogue faction of Fortnite bandits who have ALSO escaped the Loop-Eternal Voyager! Bandolette! Magnus! Fishstick! And a few others-there’s someone else trapped, someone who is trying to get free from the world of Fortnite…someone deadly. Will Batman recognize this familiar hunter-for-hire, and even more importantly, will he trust him? Just because Batman’s out of the Loop doesn’t mean the fighting is over… Please note: This digital comic purchase DOES NOT include any redeemable code for Fortnite in-game bonus rewards.

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Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #3

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #3

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Reilly Brown

Batman versus Snake Eyes. That’s it. That’s the solicit. You heard us, BATMAN VERSUS SNAKE EYES! Yes, THAT Snake Eyes! Worlds collide on the Island as G.I. Joe’s unstoppable ninja clashes with the Dark Knight! Can either of them win, when neither can escape? Will Batman remember he’s got to find a way back to Catwoman, all while trying to get back to Gotham City? And what the heck is Harley Quinn doing here?! Oh, and in case we forgot to mention it: Batman. Fighting. Snake Eyes. Do not miss it! Please note: This digital comic purchase DOES NOT include any redeemable code for Fortnite in-game bonus rewards.

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Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Reilly Brown

Batman is trapped on the Island-unable to speak, his memory gone, having to fight to survive against the deadliest warriors of countless worlds. Can even the World’s Greatest Detective escape this trap when time itself resets every 22 minutes? And will the presence of someone else from Gotham City-a familiar feline fatale-help or hinder his efforts…especially when they don’t remember each other? In another life, they were enemies, friends, partners…but here on the Island, can they do anything but battle to the death? Please note: This digital comic purchase DOES NOT include any redeemable code for Fortnite in-game bonus rewards.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #2

Review: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

I don’t know a whole lot about Fortnite. I tried playing the game one evening but quickly gave up for a combination of reasons. I know the basics about the game but nothing of the characters and little about the world. So, I was intrigued to check out Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 and see how the two properties would crossover and how it’d read to someone who’s generally a blank slate to about half of the comic.

Written by Christos Gage with concepts by Donald Mustard, Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 has Batman dealing with a mysterious energy and being sucked into the world of Fortnite (I think). Where he winds up isn’t really explained and that’s part of the point of the comic. Batman is lost. He doesn’t remember his past and can’t speak. But, he’s able to think in words (weird if he can’t speak) and remembers his fighting abilities. This is good, since he’s soon attacked drawing him into battle against unknown foes.

Like Batman, the reader doesn’t get much of an explanation as to where he is or who’s battling. It favors those into Fortnite. But, the reader know little like Batman is a rather interesting direction to take the comic. Some readers will have more information than others and in this case it’s pretty clear which those are. It’s not a bad direction for the comic but there isn’t much I found to suck me in to where it’s going.

Batman fights mysterious people in crazy costumes. The actual fight doesn’t stand out a lot and Batman being in a weird location also doesn’t feel like anything that really pops. The world of Fortnite is presented as a chaotic mess of a thing and for someone on the outside, not in a way that I want to find out more about the game. So, I’m left with a ho-hum Batman story in a world that’s not all that interesting.

But, if you’re Fortnite player, the results are likely very different. The comic is packed with characters (I assume characters) from the game. It’s a chaotic battle which I assume is pretty accurate. It all comes together for a rather wacky battle royale.

The visuals are decent. With art by Reilly Brown the characters and world do pop. Nelson Faro DeCastro provides inks, John Kalisz handles the color, and Andworld Design does the lettering. The group come together for a world that’s a bright almost cartoonish contrast to Batman’s Gotham. The impressive part of the art is how many characters are unique. There’s a lot packed in when the action gets rolling and all of it stands out. There’s little that’s shorted with characters in the background and it’s impressive so much is worked in. While that’s impressive, the art doesn’t quite excite. There’s room for more dynamic choreography in the battle and while there’s some interesting moments, there’s a kinetic flow that doesn’t quite click. The battle is stiff in a way.

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1 is for fans of Fortnite. With downloadable content included and how the story is presented, it’s clear this is to get the video game players to check out comics and not comic readers to check out the game. There’s a good chance that the story comes together but as presented, there’s not enough for comic readers to really get sucked into the story. For Fortnite players, they might be more into it.

Story: Donald Mustard, Christos Gage Art: Reilly Brown
Ink: Nelson Faro DeCastro Color: John Kalisz Letterer: Andworld Design
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Get an Early Look at Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4

The train keeps rolling for Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point, and with characters like Harley Quinn, Catwoman and even Snake Eyes mysteriously popping up on The Island, it’s anyone’s guess who will show up next! Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #4 of this six-issue limited series is no exception, as DC’s deadliest assassin, Deathstroke makes his appearance on The Island, and here’s a first look!

Batman has broken free from the Loop and the endless cycle of combat. Now free to explore the island without limitation, the World’s Greatest Detective will discover secrets about the world of Fortnite never before revealed in the game or anywhere else. Just one thing…he’s not alone. Not only is he met by a rogue faction of Fortnite bandits who have ALSO escaped the loop–Eternal Voyager! Bandolette! Magnus! Fishstick! And a few others– there’s someone else trapped, someone who is trying to get free from the world of Fortnite …someone deadly. Will Batman recognize this familiar hunter-for-hire, and even more importantly, will he trust him? Just because Batman’s out of the Loop doesn’t mean the fighting is over!

Based on a story concept by series consultant and Chief Creative Officer of Epic Games, Donald Mustard, this six-issue limited series is written by Christos Gage, featuring pencils by Christian Duce, with inks by Nelson Faro DeCastro, and colors by John Kalisz. The main cover for issue #4 is by Mikel Janín, with a card stock variant cover by Dan Mora, plus a premium variant cover by Mustard (check your local comic book store for availability).

Each 32-page issue is priced at $4.99, with the card stock variant priced at $5.99. Each print issue of Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point also includes a redeemable code for a bonus digital cosmetic in Fortnite inspired by the events in the comic; Issue #4 includes a code for the “Deathstroke Destroyer Glider” in-game item. As a bonus, fans who redeem all six codes will unlock a new Armored Batman Zero Outfit.

U.S. subscribers to the DC Universe Infinite digital service will receive the series and bonus codes included as part of their paid subscription. Bonus codes will not be available during the free trial period.

Preview: Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Reilly Brown

A crack splits the sky above Gotham City…a tear in reality itself. This rift pulls the Dark Knight into a bizarre and unfamiliar world, with no memory of who he is or where he came from. Batman has been drawn into Fortnite! As our hero fights to recall his past and escape an endless loop of chaos and struggle, he’ll come face to face with the likes of Renegade Raider, Fishstick, Bandolier and more. While the World’s Greatest Detective strives to make sense of this strange new world, he’ll uncover the shocking truth about the Island, what lies beyond the Loop and how everything is connected to the mysterious Zero Point. Uncover secrets never before revealed in the game or anywhere else! Every fan of Batman, Fortnite, stunning art and edge-of-your-seat excitement won’t want to miss the Caped Crusader facing off against Fortnite champions on the Island in a desperate attempt to save not only himself, but other familiar faces from the DCU…and perhaps the Multiverse itself!

Batman/Fortnite: Zero Point #1
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