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Skybound unveils a first look at Creepshow Volume 2 #5: The Freaky Finale

Skybound has unveiled a horrifying first look at Creepshow Vol. 2 #5, the finale of the second volume of the smash-hit comic book anthology based on Greg Nicotero’s hit Shudder TV series produced and licensed by Cartel Entertainment.

Creepshow Vol.2 #5 features stories by Saladin Ahmed, Artyom TopilinDB Andry and Tim Daniel, and Matthew Roberts. The conclusion to the second volume of Creepshow arrives in comic book shops on January 17, 2024

In the freaky finale, “Sinister” Saladin Ahmed and “Hair-Raising” Artyom Topilin first spin a horrifying yarn about a politician who tries to protect the youth from “dangerous” comic books in “Burning Ambition”! Then, “Dastardly” DB Andry & “Terrifying” Tim Daniel are joined by “Murderous” Matthew Roberts to tell the story of a boy who sacrifices the things he loves to feed the monster under his bed in “Keep It Fed”!  

In addition to the main cover by Guillem March (Batman), Creepshow Vol. 2 #5 comes with an incredible lineup of variant covers, including a cover by Artyom Toplin and the final cover in the set of 1:10 incentive connecting covers by iconic horror artist Skinner

Creepshow Vol. 2 #5

The full list of covers is below: 

  • Creepshow 2 #5 CVR A by Guillem March (1123IM256) 
  • Creepshow 2 #5 CVR B by Artyom Topilin (1123IM257) 
  • Creepshow 2 #5 CVR C by Skinner (1:10 Incentive) (1123IM258) 

An unlikely hero joins the battle in Daniel Warren Johnson’s Transformers #4

Skybound and Hasbro have revealed an impressive lineup of variant covers and interior pages for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Transformers #4. The fourth issue of the smash hit series, Transformers, will be available on shelves in comic book shops January 10, 2024.  

Transformers #4 continues the Energon Universe and the all-new era of the iconic Transformers franchise from Daniel Warren Johnson and colorist Mike Spicer. When the Decepticons attack the Autobots at their weakest moment, an unlikely new hero joins the battle! With human and Transformer robots lives at stake, can Optimus Prime unlock the true power behind the Matrix of Leadership to save them both? 

In addition to the main cover by Daniel Warren Johnson and Mike Spicer, the stacked list of variant covers for Transformers #4 includes a wraparound cover by Jonboy Meyers, a 1:10 incentive variant continuing the connecting cover series by Orlando Arocenaa 1:25 incentive variant by Sanford Greeneand a 1:50 incentive variant by Andrea Milana and Annalisa Leoni.  

Transformers #4

The full list of variant covers is below: 

  • TRANSFORMERS #4 Cover A by Daniel Warren Johnson & Mike Spicer (1123IM342) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #4 Cover B by Jonboy Meyers (1123IM343) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #4 Cover C (1:10 Copy Incentive) (Connecting) by Orlando Arocena (1123IM344) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #4 Cover D (1:25 Copy Incentive) by Sanford Greene (1123IM345) 
  • TRANSFORMERS #4 Cover E (1:50 Copy Incentive) by Andrea Milana & Annalisa Leoni (1123IM346) 

Crave #1 kicks off an interesting look at technology and social media

Crave #1

Crave, a mysterious app that promises to make your desires come true, spreads among the students of an elite university who use it as a hookup app. David, a top student, engages in a game of seduction with the unattainable Alexandra. But as requests to the app escalate and wreak havoc on campus, David and his friends’ only chance to stop this spiral is to find out what really lies behind Crave. Crave #1 feels like a relevant look at social media and technology and its the teased pleasures they promise us.

With art and story by Maria Llovet, Crave #1 introduces us to a new app that may be able to deliver whatever your desires are. Sort of. It’s a brutally honest app that’ll either help you achieve what you want or just bluntly tell you it’s not possible. Who’s behind it? We don’t know but the dopamine rush seems to be enough that no one really cares.

Llovet has an interesting concept in Crave but the first issue delivers an idea that beats its readers over the head. There’s outright discussions of the positives, negatives, and transactional aspects of social media. It feels like the character in the film saying the name of the film itself. It sets out the concepts and themes of the comic but it’s a little too blatant that’s what’s being done. Llovet also doesn’t get past the sexual needs of students. Everything seems to revolve around that. “Desires” is a pretty broad concept but the focus here is narrow.

The “I can’t quit tell” aspects of the series continues to LLovet’s art which features featureless faces. I’m not sure if that’s on purpose to emphasize the unknown behind technology, screens, and the other end of social media accounts, or just a style for the comic. It’s again an idea and detail that’s really interesting and makes the comic stand out. But, I’m not sure if it’s on purpose or stumbled upon and I’m reading too much into it. Like the concept overall, it’s something that feels smart but not sure if it’s intended.

Crave #1 delivers an idea I want to come back more for but with the debut, I’m not sure how much it’ll explore its relevant idea. It nails the issues with social media and technology head on, bluntly in some ways. Now a question is out there as to what it might do with it beyond getting characters laid.

Story: Maria Llovet Art: Marian Llovet
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

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Local Man #7 drops some laughs… and some mushrooms

Local Man #7

Local Man gets creative in his search for a murderer, as Inga prepares to bring the superhuman trade to Farmington. On the flip side… while Crossjack attends celebrity weddings and goes on dates with models, Inga is going to save Farmington, one person at a time. But how? Local Man #7 is another fantastic issue of the new arc packed with laughs.

Local Man #7 continues the series split story with some having to do with the present and some in the past, that has to do with what’s going on in the present. Tony Fleecs and Tim Seeley handle the story and in the present go with the laughs as Local Man does what he can to try to solve the murder of a local girl. That includes visiting a weird cult that may or may not have had something to do with it. But, really, it’s where that meeting goes that’s the highlight.

Fleecs and Seeley deliver laughs with Local Man #7 as Jack is fed some magic mushrooms creating a comic that’s packed with jokes and some fantastic visual humor. The visuals really stands out as the art plays with the fact that Jack is tripping and he does things like interact with the speech bubbles. The result is amazing and creates an issue that stands out in a series that’s already filled with moments that stand out.

On the flip side, the other story focused on Inga continues to build as we get get an idea of how she got to where she is. Like the previous arc, this “back-up” story does a great job of fleshing out the world and delivering information in entertaining ways.

Fleecs and Seeley handle the art as well with Fleecs providing the art for Local Man’s current adventure and Seeley handling the flashback. They’re joined by Brad Simpson and Felipe Sobriero and each art style really enhances the main story overall. As stated above, Local Man’s tripping is just amazing visually and doesn’t go completely for the usual tropes, instead focused on playing with the literal words on the page.

Local Man #7 is another fantastic issue of the series that takes a rather weighty subject, death of a teenage girl, and approaches it in a way where the issue itself doesn’t feel heavy. It’s a murder mystery of a different sort.

Story: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley Art: Tony Fleecs, Tim Seeley
Color: Brad Simpson, Felipe Sobriero
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Howard the Duck #1

Wednesdays (and Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #2 (DC Comics) – The second issue is solid building off some real world history and creating an even more tragic story for Alan Scott.

Amazing Spider-Man: Gang War – First Strike #1/Luke Cage: Gang War #1/Spider-Woman #1 (Marvel) – Gang War kicks off!

Barbaric: Wrong Kind of Righteous (Vault Comics) – The tale of Sir Borys the Righteous Paladin and his trusty, talking Flail, as he enlists the help of Owen, Axe, and Soren on his noble path.

Basic Instinct #1 (Massive Publishing) – A sequel to the film?

Batman ’89: Echoes #1 (DC Comics) – Building off the classic film, the Caped Crusader has disappeared. Where is Batman?

BRZRKR: Fallen Empire #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The lone survivor of Olos, a long-dead empire that once thrived, tells a tale of B.’s distant past, and the death and cataclysm he brought forth.

Conan the Barbarian #5 (Titan Comics) – A new arc kicks off as Conan is haunted by memories of Belit.

Count Dante #6 (Scout Comics) – The series that blends fact and fiction wraps up. If you’re a fan of martial arts, check out this series!

Darkwing Duck #10 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Darkwing and The Justice Ducks must race to free Launchpad from an underwater Ducklantian prison.

Howard the Duck #1 (Marvel) – Celebrating 50 years with this all-new one-shot!

Jennifer Blood: Battle Diary #1 (Dynamite Entertainment) – Jennifer is back and hopefully with more over the top violence.

Local Man #7 (Image Comics) – A new mission as Local Man searches for a murderer.

The Penguin #4 (DC Comics) – The series has been amazing so far making the Penguin a character to have sympathy for but also fear.

Titans: Beast World #1 (DC Comics) – The event starts here!

X-Men: Blue Origins #1 (Marvel) – Mother and son reunite in a mold-shattering tale that exposes secrets held for decades and redefines both characters forever.

Will Dr. John Seward Finally Uncover The Truth? Get a first look At James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds’ Universal Monsters: Dracula #3

Skybound has revealed the covers and chilling interior pages from Universal Monsters: Dracula #3 (of 4)The will continue to take readers on a thrilling ride through the iconic world of Dracula when it hits comic book stores on December 27, 2023.  

From the all-star Department of Truth duo of James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds, Universal Monsters: Dracula #3 is the penultimate issue of the limited series inspired by Universal Pictures’ iconic film from 1931. 

In addition to the main cover art from series artist Martin SimmondsUniversal Monsters: Dracula #3 will feature an open to order variant cover from superstar Julian Totino-Tedesco 

Dr. John Seward struggles against the mounting evidence that his Lucy is under the thrall of a blood-sucking supernatural being!

Universal Monsters: Dracula #3 (Lunar Codes Below | SRP: $4.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.

Universal Monsters: Dracula #3

The full list of covers is below:  

  • Universal Monsters: Dracula #3 Cover A by Martin Simmonds (1023IM392) 
  • Universal Monsters: Dracula #3 Cover B by Julian Totino-Tedesco (1023IM393) 

Attention, Shoppers! Get a first look at Creepshow Vol. 2 #4

Skybound has revealed a look at interior pages from Creepshow Vol. 2 #4the next installment of the hugely anticipated five-issue comic book anthology based on Greg Nicotero’s hit Shudder TV series produced and licensed by Cartel Entertainment.

Creepshow Vol.2 #4 features stories by Nick Dragotta, Alisa Kwitney, and Mauricet, and will arrive in comic book shops on December 20, 2023. 

Attention, shoppers! Naughty Nick Dragotta tells the gruesome story of a deadly wraith who punishes bad customers in “Killer Cart Corral”. Then, the abominable Alisa Kwitney teams up with the monstrous Mauricet to explore an aging witch’s desperate attempt to hold on to her power in “The Amulet”. 

In addition to the main cover by Guillem March, Creepshow Vol. 2 #4 comes with an impressive lineup of variant covers, including a cover by Nick Dragotta and the next release in the set of 1:10 incentive connecting covers by iconic horror artist Skinner

Creepshow Volume 2 #4 (of 5) (Lunar Codes Below | SRP $3.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, December 20, 2023.  

Creepshow Volume 2 #4

The full list of covers is below: 

  • Creepshow 2 #4 CVR A by Guillem March (1023IM295) 
  • Creepshow 2 #4 CVR B by Nick Dragotta (1023IM296) 
  • Creepshow 2 #4 CVR C by Skinner (1:10 Incentive) (1023IM297) 

Chap Yaep’s Dutch returns in February 2024 from Joe Casey and Simon Gane

Now that Dutch #0 is in stores, writer Joe Casey will next join forces with artist Simon Gane to bring fans even more Dutch thrills in an all-new upcoming adventure from Image Comics starting on February 14, 2024.

From the prologue will spring forth the new Dutch, a three-issue miniseries, which will usher in the return of Chap Yaep’s iconic, golden era Image Comics character of the same name. This new Dutch launch will also feature an exclusive variant cover by legendary Dutch creator Yaep himself.

In Dutch, the classic ’90s super-soldier returns. An enemy from the past has forced Dutch back into the belly of the beast—but will his former teammates welcome him back? Or will a cybernetic kill team get to him first?

Dutch will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 14, 2024:

  • Dutch #1 Cover A by Gane
  • Dutch #1 Cover B (1:10 copy incentive) by Yaep
  • Dutch #1 Cover C (1:25 copy incentive) by Nick Pitarra

Void Rivals #6 is a key part of the story but feels a bit rushed

Premier Zalilak will stop at nothing to prevent Darak and Solila from escaping Zertonia! But what secret awaits at the center of the Sacred Ring? Void Rivals #6 has Darak and Solila on the run as they’re given a mission that teases where things are going.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Lorenzo De Felici
Color: Matheus Lopes
Letterer: Rus Wooton

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.

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Skybound reveals David Mack and Jonboy Meyers’ covers for Duke #1

Skybound and Hasbro have revealed new variant covers of Duke #1 from writer Joshua Williamson, artist Tom Reilly, and colorist Jordie Bellaire. The debut issue of the Energon Universe’s highly anticipated new limited series arrives in comic book shops on December 27, 2023.  

Codename: G.I. JOE begins HERE! Duke promises to tell the story you’ve never read before – the origins of G.I. Joe and Cobra in a world grappling with the arrival of the Autobots and Decepticons. When Conrad S. Hauser (codename DUKE) investigates the mysteries behind the Transformers robots, the answers will lead to the birth of forces for good and evil that the world never imagined. 

The first of four action-packed G.I. Joe miniseries that will introduce the best and worst humanity has to offer in the Energon Universe, Duke #1 launches in December and will be followed by the launch of Cobra Commander #1 from writer Joshua Williamson, artist Andrea Milana and colorist Annalisa Leoni in January 2024. These miniseries promise to set the stage for a fresh new take on G.I. JOE, Cobra and the iconic characters that you only think you know in a shared universe with Transformers and Void Rivals

Duke #1 (of 5) (Lunar Codes Below | $4.99) will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, December 27, 2023.  

The full list of variant covers is below: 

  • Duke #1 Cover A by Tom Reilly (Lunar Code 0623IM806) 
  • Duke #1 Cover B by David Aja (1023IM260) 
  • Duke #1 Cover C (1:10 Copy Incentive) (Connecting) by Tyler Boss & Jason Wordie (1023IM261) 
  • Duke #1 Cover D (1:25 Copy Incentive) by Steve Epting (1023IM262) 
  • Duke #1 Cover E (1:50 Copy Incentive) by Andrea Sorrentino (1023IM263) 
  • Duke #1 Cover F (1:100 Copy Incentive) (Foil) by Jonboy Meyers (1023IM264) 
  • Duke #1 Cover G Blank Sketch Cover (1023IM265) 
  • Duke #1 Cover H (1:250 Copy Incentive) (Connecting) by David Mack (1123IM822)  
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