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The Me You Love In the Dark Heads Back to Print

The bestselling creative team behind the Eisner Award nominated MiddlewestSkottie Young and Jorge Corona—have another hit with the buzzworthy, The Me You Love in the Dark. This seductive debut issue has sold out yet again at the distributor level and is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with escalating reorder activity.

In this chilling five issue miniseries, an artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an isolated old house to find solace and inspiration—but the muse within is not quite what she expected. Fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.

The Me You Love In The Dark #1, third printing (Diamond Code AUG218387) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 20.

The Me You Love In The Dark #1, third printing

Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s Primordial Rockets to a Second Printing

Superstars Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino’s new series—Primordial—launched with a shower of enthusiasm across the industry and sold out completely at the distributor level. The issue is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand.

Primordial reveals to readers that In 1957, the USSR launched the dog, Laika, into Earth’s orbit. Two years later, the USA responded with two monkeys, Able and Baker. These animals never returned. But, unbeknownst to everyone, they did not die in orbit…they were taken. And now they are coming home.

This six issue miniseries is the most recent collaboration from the creative team who brought readers the Eisner Award winning, critically lauded Gideon Falls.

Primordial #1, second printing (Diamond Code AUG218388) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 20.

Primordial #1, second printing

Gunslinger Spawn #1 Sees a First Printing of 393,000 Copies

“The Year of Spawn” continues with Todd McFarlane‘s new titles from the Spawn mythology, setting three record-breaking sales in less than five months. The latest record to fall was set by Gunslinger Spawn #1 when it became the biggest launch of a NEW SUPERHERO MONTHLY title in the comic industry (all companies included) in the past 25 years with the first printing of 393,000 copies.

Gunslinger Spawn #1 total sales are bigger than Marvel’s Spider-Gwen launch in 2015, and there hasn’t been another new character comic close to that number 20 years prior to that.

McFarlane’s Spawn titles also hold the following records: Spawn’s Universe #1 (June 2021) was Image Comics’ top-selling first issue of the 21st Century with a print run of 226,000 (and has since had to additional printings).

Then King Spawn #1 (August 2021) sales demolished The Avengers record, becoming the comic industry’s highest ordered monthly superhero launch in the 21st Century with a print run currently over 520,000.

The Scorched #1 release in December is slated to break another industry record for a new superhero team book. After 30 years of mostly just a single monthly Spawn book, The Scorched will gather some of the most popular characters from the past three decades and put them together in one title.

Gunslinger Spawn #1 will be available at comic book shops (48 pages, full color, rated: Teen+, $5.99, premium 10 pt. cover stock) and on digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 20.

Gunslinger Spawn #1 

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

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Wednesdays (and now 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.

Adventures of the Mad Tsar (Black Panel Press) – Collecting the three volume French graphic novel about a deposed Tsar who’s replaced with a lookalike. Watch our review.

Aquaman: The Becoming #1 (DC Comics) – We know the character has a big future ahead in the DC Universe, so we’re intrigued how he gets there.

Barb the Last Berzerker Vol. 1 (Simon & Schuster) – Barb is a Berzerker and will need to defeat Witch Head to save her friends and land.

Batman #113/Batman Secret Files: Miracle Molly #1 (DC Comics) – “Fear State” has been solid so far and Miracle Molly and intriguing new addition to the characters of Gotham. We’re excited to dive into each new chapter of this solid “Bat Event”.

Bunny Mask #4 (AfterShock) – A nice mix of horror and psychological mystery, the series has us guessing what will happen next and what’s going on.

Death of Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel) – Yes, we know this is only until the next movie but we’d be lying if we weren’t intrigued, especially since Marvel seems to be all over in their focus on the “magical” side of their comic universe.

Eat the Rich #2 (BOOM! Studios) – An outsider enters the world of the rich… who might be cannibals?!

Fist of the North Star Vol. 2 (VIZ Media) – A new edition of the classic manga series in a nice hardback cover. It’s a martial arts version of Mad Max and a lot of fun.

Frontiersman #1 (Image Comics) – An intriguing new series about a former superhero coaxed out of retirement by an environmentalist group. As a spokesperson, old enemies return and new enemies make him a target.

Moon Knight #3 (Marvel) – The lack of focus on Moon Knight’s Jewish roots is a bit frustrating (a Jewish hero “enslaved” by an Egyptian God writes itself) but the series has been impressive. A new villain shows a lot of potential as the character’s status quo gets shaken up before his show debuts.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin #4 (IDW Publishing) – It’s been a bit but we’re excited for the series’ return and our return to the world of the last Turtle.

X-Men: Onslaught Revelation #1 (Marvel) – Onslaught. Nuff said.

The Scorched Gathers Spawn’s Best Characters Into One Superhero Team

The Scorched #1

The Year of Spawn continues with Todd McFarlane’s newest book, The Scorched #1. This new book comes hot off the heels of three record-breaking books, Spawn’s Universe #1King Spawn #1 and Gunslinger Spawn #1, which were the biggest selling Image Comics books in the 21st century. 

The Scorched #1 is the first all-new issue of McFarlane’s Superhero team book. After 30 years of the regular monthly Spawn book, TheScorched gathers the best of the characters for three decades and puts them together into one title. McFarlane has also recruited some of the top talent in the industry for this inaugural launch.

The initial characters in The Scorched #1 first issue will include: Reaper, Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn, She-Spawn, and many more waiting in the wings.

McFarlane again enlisted some top creative talent to contribute to The Scorched including writer Sean Lewis and artists Stephen Segovia and Paulo Sequeria. Featuring cover art by Frank Quitely, Greg Capullo, Don Aguillo, fellow Image founder Marc Silvestri, Brett Booth, and McFarlane. Booth’s cover of The Scorched #1 interconnects with King Spawn #1 and Gunslinger Spawn #1 to form one epic work of art.

The Scorched #1 will have a 1:250 copy incentive cover which McFarlane will hand-sign and create a unique sequential number for each issue (based on the Final Order Cutoff total). Each signed The Scorched #1 1:250 includes a CGC Certificate of Authenticity that retailers can send in and redeem through CGC to have their books graded. This is the only time McFarlane will sign The Scorched #1 1:250 copy incentive cover.  

Additionally, The Scorched #1 will have a 1:50 copy incentive variant cover by Capullo.

For every 250 copies of The Scorched #1 issues ordered, retailers will become eligible to order five incentive covers of The Scorched #1 by Capullo and one The Scorched #1 McFarlane incentive cover.  

Join the battle with The Scorched #1 extravaganza as an epic tale of heaven, hell, and earth all begin to collide!

The Scorched #1 will be available at comic book shops (48 pages, full color, rated: Teen+, $5.99, premium 10 pt cover stock) and on digital platforms, including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, December 15:

  • Cover A by Quitely – Diamond Code OCT210015
  • Cover B by Booth – Diamond Code OCT210016
  • Cover C by Capullo – Diamond Code OCT210017
  • Cover D by McFarlane – Diamond Code OCT210018
  • Cover E by Aguillo – Diamond Code OCT210019
  • Cover F by Silvestri – Diamond Code OCT210020
  • Cover G 1:50 copy incentive sketch by Capullo – Diamond Code OCT210021
  • Cover H 1:250 copy incentive McFarlane signed – Diamond Code OCT210022

Ordinary Gods #3 Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe’s popular series—Ordinary Gods—has sold out at the distributor level once again as readers flock to the epic new hit. Image Comics is fast-tracking Ordinary Gods #3 for reprint in order to keep up with increasing demand.

The Ordinary Gods #3 reprint cover will feature artwork by Danilo Beyruth.

In Ordinary Gods #3, the series welcomes a new member to the creative team—Joe Clark—to join Higgins as a co-writer. Clark is a multiple award winning music composer and arranger whose compositions and arrangements have been performed by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, the Minnesota Orchestra, players from the Chicago Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and more worldwide. His arrangements can also be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef’s “G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night.” He will join Higgins and Watanabe as a permanent co-writer on the series going forward.

Paris! City of Light! The awakened gods are on the hunt for the Trickster—but how do you find one person in a city of millions? And they’ll need to hurry—because on the Plane of the Gods, those who remain are starting to move against them.

Ordinary Gods #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUL219740) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 13.

Ordinary Gods #3, second printing

Who Stunts on the Stuntmen in The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #5?

Look, we don’t want to waste your time—you read comics, you love comics and so you’re already skipping past these words to see the first look at The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #5 from Image Comics and Skybound. That means you also know that Eisner Award nominees Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer are delivering an issue so good that it needed a cover from acclaimed artist Francesco Francavilla to improve upon the perfection that’s assured. 

So, when I tell you this issue has TWENTY FULL PAGES—that’s right, FULL PAGES—of massive kung fu action from our six former sidekicks going toe-to-toe with a tidal wave of angry stuntmen looking for revenge and for blood, you know that ain’t something we say lightly, right? These Stuntmen aren’t friends, now they’re family, and they’re also completely effed, so you’re going to have a good time seeing people get punched and kicked in places it should never happen. 

The Six Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #5  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, and Google Play on Wednesday, October 13:

  • The  Six  Sidekicks  of Trigger Keaton #5  Cover A by Chris Schweizer – Diamond Code AUG210260
  • The  Six  Sidekicks  of Trigger Keaton #5  Cover B by Francavilla – Diamond Code AUG210261

The Department of Truth #7-12 Heads Back to Print

Six mind-melting issues of the bestselling series The Department of Truth by James Tynion IV and Martin Simmonds have sold out at the distributor level. Image Comics has fast-tracked issues #7-12 for reprint in order to keep up rampant reorder activity.

In these issues, readers follow Cole Turner—who thought he’d joined the right side in the war for the Truth. But the more he learns about Lee Harvey Oswald’s tenure leading the Department, the less sure he is. And as Tulpas gain a stronger foothold in the real world, Cole’s time to decide where he stands is running out. 

The Department of Truth #7-12, second printings will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 13:

  • The Department of Truth #7, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219686
  • The Department of Truth #8, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219687
  • The Department of Truth #9, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219688
  • The Department of Truth #10, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219689
  • The Department of Truth #11, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219690
  • The Department of Truth #12, second printing – Diamond Code JUL219691

The Me You Love in the Dark Heads Back to Print

Breakout hit The Me You Love in the Dark by bestselling creative team Skottie Young and Jorge Corona has sold out yet again at the distributor level. The Me You Love in the Dark #2 of the dark new miniseries is being rushed back to print by Image Comics in order to keep up with increasing demand.

In this chilling five issue miniseries, an artist named Ro retreats from the grind of the city to an isolated old house to find solace and inspiration—but the muse within is not quite what she expected. Fans of Stephen King and Neil Gaiman will enjoy this disturbing story of discovery, love, and terror.

The Me You Love in the Dark #2, second printing will be available at local comic shops on Wednesday, October 13:

  • Cover A by Jorge Corona – Diamond Code JUL219741
  • Cover B 1:20 copy incentive – Diamond Code JUL219742

It’s Dog Days for Stray Dogs in December

Breakout hit series Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner is back with a new spinoff, Dog Days. This upcoming two issue miniseries will launch in December from Image Comics.

A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of Stray Dogs, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In Dog Days, each stray will get their moment to shine—questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Starting this December… every dog has its day.

Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 Cover A (Diamond Code OCT210051) and Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 Cover B Horror movie homage variant (Diamond Code OCT210052) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 29.

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