Comic publishers are still making decisions as to how they’ll be shifting their releases going forward due to the impact of COVID-19. Dynamite Entertainment has released the below statement:
Dynamite announces an immediate pause to all digital distribution for new comic book releases with an original release date starting with April 1.
This decision is in keeping with the industry at large, supporting all business partners in the most responsible manner, and making sure all fans are served the stories they desire on a level playing field. Book market releases that have not already been shipped are on pause as well.
Dynamite has already announced developing returnability options for retailers and a reshaped release schedule for comics intended for release in July and available to preorder in May. Fans are encouraged to continue reading and purchasing the comics they love at this time through whichever means they prefer, to support this community and art form cherished by many.
These decisions will be reevaluated and updated as the industry develops in this period.
“We know comic fans everywhere have been watching closely to see what their favorite publishers and retailers are able and choosing to do in this very complex time. And whether they will be getting the comics they love to read and collect this week and in the coming weeks. We’ve chosen to keep all our retail partners and fans on the same page, literally. If all retailers receive the periodicals and collections at the same time, including and especially our bestsellers, that is the best chance for the industry to come out of this strong. Every sale of a new periodical or collection taken out of the retailer’s hands is one more blow to them, and we want all retailers to survive this pandemic to continue to be there for all fans. We feel this is the best fair course until we get further answers and solutions,” said Nick Barrucci, Dynamite CEO and Publisher.
The Indiegogo campaign has a curated set of options for fans and collectors with different tastes. Both the standard dressed cover and logo-free “virgin” editions are set at the same price, allowing fans to pick their preference. For the art fans, the campaign offers a black and white (no pun intended!) inks-only version to marvel at Thibert’s famous abilities. Bundles for all three as well as all three signed are available. Plus, a limited number of one-of-a-kind sketches from Art of either Black & White or Vampirella will be offered.
writers: George R.R. Martin, Landry Walker artist: Mel Rubi covers: Mike Miller (A), Mel Rubi (B) Mel Rubi (RI-Virgin), Mel Rubi (RI-B/W), Mike Miller (RI-Virgin) FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Adventure | $3.99 | Mature
In the aftermath of the regicide of Renly Baratheon, Catelyn Stark returns to her childhood home of Riverrun, where the widow is reunited with the bones of Lord Eddard Stark. Meanwhile, Tyrion Lannister’s plot to see his niece Myrcella safely removed from King’s Landing is interrupted by a massive and bloody riot – one that risks upsetting all that the Imp has worked for. How long can the capital city of Westeros survive, with the threat of war impending and the citizens starving? Find out, in this stunning visual adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s epic masterpiece.
writer: Amy Chu artist: Maria Sanapo covers: Fay Dalton (A), Robert Hack (B), Laura Braga (C), Dan Parent (D), Cat Staggs (E) Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Dan Parent (RI-B/W), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI-B/W), Laura Braga (RI-B/W), Laura Braga (RI-Virgin), Dan Parent (RI-Virgin) FC | 32 pages | Horror/Mystery | $3.99 | Teen+
Betty and Veronica in the worst vacation destination ever: Drakulon! Trapped on a hot planet full of thirsty vampiri. Where are Vampirella and Red Sonja when you need them?!
writers: Mark Russell, Bryce Ingman artist: Craig Rousseau covers: Christian Ward (A), Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (B) Christian Ward Grayscale Variant (RI/BW), Christian Ward (RI/Crimson Spot Color Variant), Christian Ward (RI/Crimson Variant) FC | 32 pages | Action/Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+
Don’t miss out on this mini-series that will affect the Sonja series for years to come!
An all-new mini-series, spinning out of the smash hit RED SONJA title written by MARK RUSSELL!
In order to become queen, Sonja The Red had to defeat an evil emperor. But that emperor had a son. And that son will do ANYTHING to exact his revenge… even if it means embracing horrible magics he does not understand. By MARK RUSSELL (Red Sonja, Year Of The Villain), BRYCE INGMAN (Edgar Allen Poe’s Snifter Of Terror) and CRAIG ROUSSEAU (The Flash).
The Green Hornet strikes in a slick new series by prolific scribe Scott Lobdell and artistic mogul and teacher Anthony Marques, from Dynamite in June! In time to help commemorate the 10th anniversary of Dynamite’s publishing the iconic character!
Green Hornet, Kato, the Black Beauty and a bounty of gadgets are back in this artistically unique series. Featuring a slimmed-down, tight-knit creative team, fans of the classic pulp hero will be amazed. Writer Scott Lobdell is joined by artist Anthony Marques, who is also handling coloring to create a stylish, minimalist palette of black, white and green. Letterer extraordinaire Taylor Esposito plays the comic book bass with his consistently on-point storytelling. And did we mention there’s a baby? An alien baby?
A show-stopping series like this wouldn’t be complete without some real stunners in the cover art category. Fellow Kubie and maestro Lee Weeks mirrors the interior color scheme. As does Marques with his newspaper inspired piece. Eisner Award-winning cover artist Dave Johnson brings some 60s mod flavor. Mike McKone has the most action-packed of the bunch. A double-breasted coat and smoking Tommy gun are the name of the game with Leonardo Romero. And Walter Geovani closes it out with a limited incentive cover.
writer: Erik Burnham artist: Jonathan Lau covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Alan Quah (B), Alé Garza (C), Kunkka (D), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (E) Derrick Chew #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Derrick Chew Monochromatic #4 Sneak Peek Cover (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Shannon Kingston Cosplay (RI-Virgin), Lucio Parrillo (RI/BW), Alan Quah “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Adam Hughes (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Michael Turner (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover FC | 32 pages | Fantasy/Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
Red Sonja, paired with the half-vampire Chastity, is on the path to setting things right, restoring the timeline and hopefully saving humanity in the process. But Chastity isn’t the only strange visitor from another time; Jade, Evil Ernie, and Purgatori have all come to Hyboria as well, and they’ve taken a shine to the savage world as an easy place to indulge their dangerous natures. They may not take so well to the notion of going home. (Plus, Ernie gets to ride a dragon, which is almost impossible where he comes from.) The She-Devil’s adventure in the Age of Chaos continues here!
writer: Christopher Priest artist: Ergün Gündüz covers: Lucio Parrillo (A), Guillem March (B), Fay Dalton (C), Ergün Gündüz (D, Teena Titan Cosplay (E) Juan Gedeon “Zombie” Variant (RI), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW), Teena Titan Cosplay (RI/Virgin), Ergün Gündüz (RI/Virgin), Guillem March (RI/Virgin), Lucio Parrillo “Pure Pencil” Sketch Cover (RI/BW Virgin), Icon Edition Cover: Mark Texeira (RI), Icon Edition Cover: Bruce Timm (RI), Lucio Parrillo CGC-Graded Cover FC | 32 pages | Horror | $3.99 | Teen+
“Seduction of The Innocent” resumes, taking us back to where the series began–the doomed flight of Affirm Air 1969. A warning comes to Vampirella too late as a cadre of her greatest foes execute their plan to destroy the life that she’s built for herself on Earth.
Bettie Page is back and better than ever, with a new alternate history twist making her a true Hollywood star in the making – and suspect to a murder!
Writer Karla Pacheco brings her kickass skill and sensibilities to another iconic babe, building up a new yarn for Bettie that’s part pulp noir, part pin-up, stylized yet realistic. She’s joined by Italian artist Vincenzo Federici, who’s drawn the “Dark Angel” before. Rounding out the team are colorist Rebecca Nalty and letterer Becca Carey.
In this series, Bettie has moved from New York to Hollywood sometime around 1954. She’s transitioned into more minor acting working, with theater success and bit parts in B-movies. Though she’s still challenged navigating the sticky swamp of producers, perps, pumps, and pushers who call La La Land home and want a piece of the pie – and Bettie. The question is – does Bettie Page find trouble, or does trouble find her? Signing on for a supporting role in a “tastefully sensual” fantasy film set on an idyllic tropical island, she’s wrapped up in a new environment and colorful cast of characters. Until someone is murdered and a massive storm hits!
For such an iconic woman, a crop of all-star artists are contributing covers! Junggeun Yoon leads the pack, joined by Kano and of course the legendary Joseph Michael Linsner. Riki Le Cotey marks a first with a cosplay cover. The real-life Bettie herself is featured on two photo cover variants, one nice and one naughty. Plus a slick homage to Frank Miller from Stephen Mooney.