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Sex Criminals Returns this January

Sex Criminals, from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky, will return for the fifth arc of the ongoing award-winning series—and enter all-new territory—this January.

Up is down and black is white and the sex isn’t happening and neither is the crime. What is this book even, you guys?!

After the heartbreaking, albeit totally unsurprising, breakup in Fourgy!, our leads find themselves apart and in the arms of others while the fate of the whole universe hangs in the balance…ish.

Sex Criminals #21 Cover A by Chip Zdarsky (Diamond code: NOV170711) and XXX Cover B by Kris Anka (Diamond code: NOV170712) hits comic shops Wednesday, January 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, December 18th.

The Fighting American Returns With a Jerry Ordway Cover!

Titan Comics has announced a brand-new creative team, and a fresh new adventure for Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #1, coming in March 2018.

Fighting American first appeared in 1954, created by the minds behind Captain America Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. In their original Fighting American series, Simon and Kirby introduced readers to Nelson Flagg who took part in an experimental US Military procedure that saw his mind transferred into the enhanced and revitalized body of his dead brother, Johnny Flagg, to become America’s first and only super hero, Fighting American.

Titan Comics’ direct continuation of the original series takes place 63 years later, with Fighting American and his sidekick Speedboy marooned in the 21st Century. Fighting American: The Ties That Bind will see the original Fighting American faced with new and classic enemies, and some old Flagg family secrets are revealed that could break our heroes’ All-American spirit!

Written by returning series writer Gordon Rennie with art by new series illustrator Andie TongFighting American: The Ties That Bind will debut with a stunning cover by the iconic Superman comic book artist, Jerry Ordway! The comic also features covers with art by Jack Kirby, and Andie Tong.

Fighting American: The Ties That Bind #1 will go on sale in comic book stores on March 2018. This exciting new series will be available to order from the January 2018 Edition of Diamond PREVIEWS Catalogue.

Review: Runaways #4

In Runaways #4, Nico, Chase, Gert, and the head of Victor Mancha reunite with the final member of the original Runaways team, Princess Powerful herself, Molly Hayes. Writer Rainbow Rowell, artist Kris Anka, and colorist Matthew Wilson craft an emotion filled issue that is limited to the confides of the incredibly adorable homestead of Molly’s grandma, Dr. Hayes. The plot continues to be slow and character driven, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing as Rowell digs deep into how Gert feels about still being a teenager compared to the adult Nico and Chase because she was ripped out of time in Runaways #1.

Anka’s use of grids and Rowell’s philosophical, “what does it mean to be human” narration from Victor throughout the comic makes parts of Runaways #4 feel like Tom King and Gabriel Walta’s modern classic, Vision where the body-less son of Ultron made his last appearance. It’s a steady formalism that contrasts with the pure spunk and feeling when Molly reunites with the Runaways as Molly is the only one who he reveals that he is still alive to. Anka spends a whole double page spread on the reunion with plenty of hugs and smiles and cat shaped grilled cheese from her grandmother, who doubles as a biologist and the perfect grandma. Rowell and Anka do a good job making Dr. Hayes a mix of a welcoming and suspicious as she gives Gert some nice pep talks and talks science with Chase, but it seems like she has some kind of a secret agenda. Some of the clues are the colors that Matthew Wilson use for some of her cats’ eyes aren’t particularly friendly, and that the cat Band-Aid that she gives Molly after a “routine blood transfusion” seems like she’s trying a little too hard .

Rainbow Rowell’s writing for Gert is sharp and sarcastic as well as incredibly gloomy in Runaways #4 and is ably matched by Kris Anka’s body language for her.  Gert is a Runaway because that’s all she’s got in her life. Nico and Chase brought her back from the dead, and she’s basically stuck with them. This is why she is so gung-ho on Karolina and Molly rejoining the team even though they are so happy living relatively normal lives in college. Even though it’s couched in the language of science fiction and superhero comics with all kinds of gadgets, artificial intelligence, and time travel popping up, Rowell hones in on that real, awkward feeling of trying to reunite a group of friends when multiple members are kind of over the friendship.

Thankfully, Molly doesn’t want Chase, Gert, and Nico to go away forever and even has a trundle bed for sleepovers, but she’s super content to sleep in a warm house, play the Ducktales theme instead of running for her life. Anka and Wilson use laid back compositions and warm colors to show the Runaways settling down at the Hayes residence with board games, popcorn, and cat food for Old Lace, but Gert is always slightly out of frame with her arms crossed. She’s not buying this good life until she has a heart to heart with Dr. Hayes. Rowell writes the older character having insight about who Gert is as a person and her special bond with Molly (The hug in their reunion tells the whole story), but basic thriller/superhero and hell even fairy tale tropes code Dr. Hayes as not a great person and her advice as false comfort.

In Runaways #4, Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, and Matthew Wilson resist the temptation to get the band back together and have them hitting the road and avoiding evil adult types. That story was told back in 2003 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona and in 2017 on Hulu. Instead they explore the messiness of picking up relationships after a long gap in communication. But with more robot boys and a dinosaur that is more cat that pre-evolved bird.

Story: Rainbow Rowell Art: Kris Anka Colors: Matthew Wilson
Story: 7.8 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Kari Torson Has Been Promoted to Director of International Licensing for Dark Horse

Dark Horse has promoted Kari Torson to the role of Director of International Licensing.

A graduate of the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, Kari Torson went on to receive her MA in writing and publishing from Emerson College, Boston. Torson got her start working as a subsidiary rights associate at Simon & Schuster in New York City. From there she worked at Writers House before returning to rights management for children’s books at HarperCollins Publishers. She then worked in foreign rights at Penguin Random House prior to joining Dark Horse as Manager of International Licensing, a role she has served in admirably for the past three years.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week and we’re heading towards the end of the year but not slowing down! We’ve still got lots going on including interviews, reviews, and more! Stay tuned!

While you wait, here’s news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Hindustan Times – Beyond Borders: How two American universities are competing to build the biggest collection of Indian comic books in the world – This is really cool and would be awesome to see the collection.

The Beat – Report: The SCAD Scam – If you’re thinking of going there, best to do your research.

The Comichron – DC’s Doomsday Clock helps make November 2017 second best month of year; GN orders grow – For those that like the horse race.

 

Reviews

Flickering Myth – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest: Millennium #1

Talking Comics – Judas #1

Bloodshot Salvation #6 – “The Book of The Dead” Bargains for Life

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside Bloodshot Salvation #6 – the FIRST ISSUE of “THE BOOK THE DEAD,” an ALL-NEW ARC and TERRIFYING NEW JUMPING-ON POINT from New York Times best-selling writer Jeff Lemire and explosive artist Renato Guedes!

On February 14th, Jeff Lemire’s Eisner Award-nominated superhero saga ratchets up the tension with a brand-new entry point launching Bloodshot, Shadowman, and Ninjak into a realm of unfathomable darkness to strike the ultimate bargain of life and death!

Into the Deadside! Years ago, Project Rising Spirit’s cutting-edge nanite technology transformed Ray Garrison into the walking weapon codenamed Bloodshot. Now, those very same microscopic machines have infected his infant daughter’s physiology and threaten to destroy her from the inside out. As the life of an innocent hangs the balance, Bloodshot will be forced to make an unimaginable decision: to watch the child he loves die, or to confront death itself…and negotiate a deal for her safety. Now, with only Bloodhound and the enigmatic hero known as Shadowman to guide him, Bloodshot is about to undertake a unreal journey into the demon-haunted dimension known as the Deadside to save a life…or sacrifice his own…

Featuring covers by Kenneth RocafortRenato GuedesJohn BivensDavid Lafuente, and Jim Mahfood!

Early Preview: Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep #1

Discover the terrifying secrets of Old Yharnam in a brand-new Bloodborne comic series from Titan Comics, which spins out of JAPAN Studio and Fromsoftware’s critically-acclaimed Bloodborne videogame!

In Titan Comics’ new Bloodborne: The Death of Sleepwritten by Ales Kot, with art by Piotr Kowalski – a nameless Hunter awakens in an ancient city where horrific beasts stalk the shadows and the streets run slick with the blood of the damned. Seeking an escape from the endless Night of the Hunt, the Hunter embarks upon a dangerous, gore-filled quest with the hopes of ending Yharnam’s twisted endemic.

Bloodborne: The Death of Sleep will be available to order from Diamond’s upcoming December edition of PREVIEWS Catalogue. Issue #1 is scheduled to hit comic stores and digital devices in February 2018!

Preview: Made Men #4

Made Men #4

(W) Paul Tobin
(A) Arjuna Susini
(B) Gonzalo Duarte
(CA) Arjuna Susini with Gonzalo Duarte
Age Rating:
Genre: Action/Comedy
Price: $3.99
Page Count: 32

Detroit’s finest are on Jutte’s trail, and so are Detroit’s absolute worst. Her last job admittedly got a little… sloppy, and now the woman who can raise the dead is going to have to raise a little hell. Luckily she’s gotten pretty friendly with one of the detectives on her case, but a major new player is about to break Jutte’s world wide open.

Preview: Venom #159

Venom #159

(W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Gerardo Sandoval
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

VENOM INC. Part 3
• Venom Inc. is weaving its tendrils through New York’s criminal underworld, and Maniac’s got himself a cadre of symbiotically subdued, super-powered lieutenants–and they’re all bearing down on Spider-Man!
• But Venom is in no shape to provide an assist for his unlikely ally…

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