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Titan Comics in February 2023

CONAN THE BARBARIAN: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION

Writer(s): Jim Zub
Artist(s): Roberto De La Torre 
Colorist: José Villarrubia
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 24pp,
On sale: May 6, 2023

TITAN CONAN THE BARBARIAN FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION CREATED BY THE TEAM BEHIND THE NEW ONGOING SERIES- JIM ZUB, ROBERTO DE LA TORRE & JOSÉ VILLARRUBIA!

 On the eve of his first major battle, young CONAN OF CIMMERIA pictures a life beyond the borders of his homeland and yearns for a life of adventure undreamt of in his small village. Visions of future allies and unspeakable evils he will eventually encounter throughout his fabled career fill his mind as he makes the choice to take his first fateful step into the HYBORIAN AGE!

COVER ARTIST: ROBERTO DE LA TORRE

RUNESCAPE: UNTOLD TALES OF THE GOD WARS- FREE COMIC BOOK DAY EDITION

Writer(s): Ryan O’Sullivan
Artist(s): TBA 
Colorist: TBA
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 24pp,
On sale: May 6, 2023

After more than 21 years of setting world records (300M+ accounts and counting!), Jagex and Titan Comics are bringing out a brand new comic series; the first to be set in the iconic medieval fantasy realm of Gielinor, which is home to humans, elves, dwarves and dragonkin alike. Filled with vibrant characters, daring adventure and mysterious magicks, the series will kick off in an epic Free Comic Book Day issue you won’t want to miss.

COVER ARTIST: DAVID BARKER

MORIARTY: A CLOCKWORK EMPIRE #1

Writer: Fred Duval & Jean-Pierre Pécau 
Artist: Stevan Subic
Letterer: Lauren Bowes 
Publisher: Titan Comics 
FC, 48pp, $4.99,
On Sale: February 2023

In a London opium den, a monster is killed by the police with seven bullets to the body. At the Diogenes club, an investigator and his partner thwart the Machiavellian plans of a card-playing automaton, and that evening the monster’s alter ego will come out of the hospital unscathed… and HOLMES AND WATSON are on the case! 

COVER A: LENKA SIMECKOVA 
COVER B: ANDREA OLIMPIERI
COVER C: STEVAN SUBRIC

KAMEN RIDER: ZERO-ONE #4

Writer(s): Brandon Easton
Artist(s): Hendry Prasetya
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On sale: March 22, 2023

NEW COMIC SERIES OF THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE NEW TOKUSATSU TV SHOW KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE!

Aruto Hiden is KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE! Along with his trusty humagear companion Izu, he’s saved the world numerous times as the insectile superhero! But when his company HIDEN INTELLIGENCE is attacked by the mysterious RAGNAROK, Aruto must not only face the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain but also his own past…

COVER A: MIGUEL MERCADO
COVER B: NAHUEL GREGO
COVER C: PHOTO COVER

BLADE RUNNER: 2039 #3

Writer(s): Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On sale: February 8, 2023  

The world of Blade Runner continues to excite and astound in the latest chapter of the ground-breaking series.

Luv, the first Replicant Blade Runner, continues her quest to do Niander Wallace’s bidding, but she doesn’t know that she’s now being tailed by the most experienced and dangerous Blade Runner of them all: Ash!

COVER A: JESUS HERVAS  
COVER B: VERONICA FISH
COVER C: SYD MEAD

SEA OF THIEVES ORIGINS: CHAMPION OF SOULS

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist(s): Rhoald Marcellius
Publisher: Titan Comics
SC, FC, 112pp, $17.99/ UK £14.99
On sale: APRIL 5, 2023

DIVE INTO THE LORE OF SEA OF THIEVES!

Before the Blackwyche became a relic in Shipwreck Bay, it was home to one of the most noble and legendary pirates the Sea of Thieves had ever known. Follow the rise of Sir Arthur Pendragon as he forges his name as the Champion of Souls, striking fear into the bones of every skeleton who dares to roam the waves – but when Arthur finally meets the fearsome captain Graymarrow, will he be able to save his crew, or is his story doomed to be lost at sea?

Collects issues 1-3 of the digital comic series Sea of Thieves Champion of Souls AND The Servant’s Tale

COVER ARTIST: IOLANDA ZANFARDINO

SEA OF THIEVES ORIGINS: CHAMPION OF SOULS

KAMEN RIDER KUUGA, VOL. 04

Writer(s): Shotaro Ishinomori (Original Story), Toshiki Inoue (Script)
Artist(s): Hitotsu Yokoshima
Publisher: Titan Comics (Titan Manga imprint)
SC, B&W, 240pp, $12.99/£9.99 UK
On sale: May 10, 2023

MANGA ADAPTATION OF THE FAMOUS JAPANESE TV SERIES! AN EPIC ACTION SERIES ABOUT A DEFENDER OF JUSTICE WITH A TWIST! BASED ON THE ORIGINAL CONCEPT AND STORY BY TOKUSATSU LEGEND SHOTARO ISHINOMORI!

Kamen Rider Kuuga marks the return of a classic manga character adapted for the 21st century that’s sure to surprise both new and veteran fans alike.

COVER ARTIST: HITOTSU YOKOSHIMA

KAMEN RIDER KUUGA, VOL. 04

STAR TREK EXPLORER #6

Publisher: Titan Magazines
SC, FC, 100pp, $9.99/£5.99 UK
On sale: January 22, 2023  

CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE

STAR TREK: PICARD – The final season!

NANA VISITOR – Looking back, looking forward

PLUS INSIDE TREK, EXCLUSIVE NEW FICTION, ALL-STAR INTERVIEWS and much, much more

NEWSSTAND COVER
PX COVER

ALIEN: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

Writer(s): Mary Sangiovanni
Publisher: Titan Books
SC, 352pp, $16.95, £22.95
On sale: February 22, 2023

AN ORIGINAL NOVEL BASED ON THE ICONIC ALIEN FILM FRANCHISE

WHILE A MOON HURTLES TOWARD CERTAIN DESTRUCTION, TAKING WITH IT A WEYLAND-YUTANI BIOWEAPONS LAB, TALKS ON A NEARBY COLONY COULD LEAD TO ALL-OUT WAR AMONG THE COLONIES

An Original Novel Based on the Films from 20th Century Studios. BONUS MATERIAL: exclusive to this book, a new RPG scenario from Free League, publishers of the award-winning Alien role-playing game.

ALIEN: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY

Underrated: Thrud the Barbarian

This column is a rerun from late 2018. Enjoy!

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week:  Thrud the Barbarian


Another week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand,” or it would be had Alex not received Carl Critchlow‘s Thrud the Barbarian  a few years  ago from the now defunct Comic Bento. Published by Titan Comics, the trade paperback collects the original Thrud the Barbarian five issue miniseries, as well as a couple of single page shorts from White Dwarf magazine, and was originally published in 2013. If you missed this when it first came out, don’t be surprised – I’m not sure it was ever released on a large scale outside Britain.

Thrud the Barbarian is what I’d consider a quintessentially British comic; it blends in equal parts the violence , chaos and destruction that one would expect from a Conan parody with the silliness and tongue in cheek humour that wouldn’t feel out of place in a Monty Python skit. But with a lot more smashed heads and limbs flying free of bodies. The Titan Comics collection consists of five stories that can be read independently of each other (seven if you’re counting the bonus strips), or in one go – which is what I did when rereading it recently.

Honestly, I reread it because I was reorganizing my bookcase and saw the cover again and wanted something fun, easy and not too deep or involved to read. Thrud was certainly that, and I loved every irreverent thought, every stunningly painted cover, and the computer coloured artwork. It was exactly the kind of book that I needed to read after a busy week, a book that I am glad I own, and one I am even happier that I noticed on the shelf.

Thrud2

As a fan of heroic fantasy books, I loved Critchlow’s send up of the genre; the visualization and sight gags and some brilliant punchlines across all the stories in in the collection. I loved every aspect of this book; the sound effects, the dumb-as-a-post hero just wants his beer and the cartoon-like hyper violence that ties it all together in such a lovely package.

Without a doubt this is one of my favourite books I’ve ever written about for this column, even if I did forget I owned it for a little while.

And yet, had it not been for the Bento box, I would never have heard of this book. Which is easily one of the best aspects of the online blind box subscription thingies – the introduction to new and exciting books and comics you otherwise would never have been exposed to. Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

(W) Brandon Easton (A) Hendry Prasetya (CA) Inhyuk Lee
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

NEW COMIC SERIES OF THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE NEW TOKUSATSU TV SHOW KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE!

Aruto Hiden is KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE! Along with his trusty humagear companion Izu, he’s saved the world numerous times as the insectile superhero! But when his company HIDEN INTELLIGENCE is attacked by the mysterious RAGNAROK, Arturo must not only face the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain but also his own past…

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

Preview: Bloodborne: Lady of the Lanterns #3

Bloodborne: Lady of the Lanterns #3

(W) Cullen Bunn (A) Piotr Kowalski (CA) Harvey Tolibao
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

NEW COMIC SERIES BASED ON THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED GOTHIC GAMING HIT, BLOODBORNE!

Enter the city of Yharnam through the eyes of its citizens, when new hunters take to the streets to fight against the cruel and unusual epidemic that has gripped the city. In the black of the night, families and faith will be tested…

Bloodborne: Lady of the Lanterns #3

Review: Kamen Rider Zero-One #1

Kamen Rider Zero-One #1

I know nothing about Kamen Rider. I’ve seen the character but don’t know the story, powers, really anything. So, going into Kamen Rider Zero-One #1, I was hoping I’d find a comic that balances introducing the character and world to new readers while entertaining long time fans. What It felt like was being thrown into the deep end.

Written by Brandon Easton, Kamen Rider Zero-One #1 is an interesting debut in that it feels like you’ve missed a lot of the story. Arturo has inherited a company from his grandfather and with it some sort of supersuit. There’s others that have similar suits too. Then there’s some beam that downloads the suits powers but also disks to do that as well? It’s all there for these who want to parse the issue but as presented, this is a beginning that feels geared towards those that are familiar with the property.

Kamen Rider Zero-One #1 drops us into the story as Arturo is grilled for the damage that his battles have done, which we haven’t seen. But, he’s thrown into a mysterious conflict with a new villain Rangarok. What is Ragnarok? You can read the comic as Arturo’s assistant explains everything in detail, which feels rather odd since a lot of the characters and concept of the comic itself is not. Kamen Rider Zero-One #1 is plagued by over explanation in some aspects and not enough in other. The fact there’s too much at times highlights the need for more when it comes to the basics of the comic. The new villain is interesting enough and the designs stand out but overall, something doesn’t click here.

The art by Hendry Prasetya is nice. The page layouts really stand out bringing the kinetic feel that manga and anime is known for. The characters look solid, especially Rangarok, as they battle it out in a duel like feel. The comic looks good.

But, looks aren’t everything as Kamen Rider Zero-One #1 has a choppy feel overall like you’re constantly missing details. A mysterious person just stands and watches the battle and is given one thing to say, as if we’re supposed to know who they are. The backstory is explained multiple times but done so in a way that feels like a book report. There’s a stiffness to the narrative that could be part of the charm of the original releases but for a new comic, this is one those new to Kamen Rider might want to avoid.

Story: Brandon Easton Art: Hendry Prasetya
Story: 6.5 Art: 8.25 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Pass

Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Frank Miller's Ronin Book Two #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.

Ancient Enemies #1 (Frank Miller Presents) – Earth becomes the final battlefield for a centuries old war between two alien races.

Boat Life (Floating World Comics)Boat Life stars novelist Tsuda Kenta, a lightly veiled stand-in for the artist, Tsuge Tadao, himself, as he pursues a life of reprieve and reverie on a small, makeshift house boat on a river outside of Tokyo.

Dark Spaces: Wildfire #5 (IDW Publishing) – The series has been amazing and such a unique concept of a heist set in a forest fire. The art has been at times jaw dropping.

DC vs. Vampires #11 (DC Comics) – We’ll keep repeating it but the series has blown past our expectations and kept us at the edge of our seat.

Eight Billion Genies #6 (Image Comics) – The series has been amazing being able to fit in so many concepts and ideas and make it all work. But, it’s the characters in the crazy world that’s the real draw.

Fear of a Red Planet #1 (AfterShock) – The sheriff on Mars must deal with the murder of someone everyone hates.

Frank Miller’s Ronin Book Two #1 (Frank Miller Presents) – It’s been a long time since we read the original but Miller returning to comics the way he is and launching this has us intrigued.

G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300 (IDW Publishing) – A final special oversized issue as G.I. Joe ends its time at IDW. Hopefully, this isn’t the end of Larry Hama’s writing for the series no matter where it winds up.

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1 (Titan Comics) – We’re not too familiar with Kamen Rider but we’re excited to check this out. The covers and art look awesome!

Once Upon a Time at the End of the World #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new apocalyptic series but it’s a trilogy with each issue featuring 30 pages of story that spans a lifetime. An interesting concept from writer Jason Aaron and rotating group of artists.

Parker Girls #3 (Abstract Studio) – The series has been a lot of fun mixing action and humor, exactly what we’d expect from creator Terry Moor.

Star Wars: Revelations #1 (Marvel) – The issue teases what’s to come for Marvel’s Star Wars line of comics!

Preview: Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

(W) Brandon Easton (A) Hendry Prasetya (CA) Inhyuk Lee
In Shops: Nov 23, 2022
SRP: $3.99

NEW COMIC SERIES OF THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE NEW TOKUSATSU TV SHOW KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE!

Aruto Hiden is KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE! Along with his trusty humagear companion Izu, he’s saved the world numerous times as the insectile superhero! But when his company HIDEN INTELLIGENCE is attacked by the mysterious RAGNAROK, Arturo must not only face the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain but also his own past…

Kamen Rider: Zero One #1

Preview: Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Part Two #4

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Part Two #4

Writers: Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss
Artist: Jay
Cover A: V.V. Glass
Cover B: Alice X. Zhang
Cover C: Jay
Publisher: Titan Comics (Titan Manga imprint)
B&W, 48pp, $4.99
On sale: November 09, 2022

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and John Watson (Martin Freeman) are called to save the royal family from blackmail at the hands of Irene Adler!

Adler pulls Sherlock into a complex web of mysteries involving the CIA and the MoD, with secrets that could threaten to threaten international security and topple the monarchy.

Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia, Part Two #4

Preview: Gun Honey: Blood for Blood #3

Gun Honey: Blood for Blood #3

Writer: Charles Ardai
Artist: Ang Hor Kheng
Colorist: Asifur Rahman
Letters: David Leach
Cover A: Junggeon Yoon
Cover B: Celina Trade
Cover C: Cosplay Photo
Cover D: Ang Hor Kheng (Wrap Around)
FOC Cover: Molocea Emilian (Nude)
FOC Cover: Celina Trade (Copic)
Publisher: Titan Comics (Hard Case Crime imprint)
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On Sale: November 09, 2022

2021’S BEST-SELLING NON-PREMIER COMIC IS BACK FOR A BLOCKBUSTER NEW SERIES!

With weapons expert Joanna Tan, the legendary “Gun Honey,” off the grid, recuperating from her last job, a vengeful rival takes her place – and frames Joanna for murder. On the run from Malaysia to Milan, from Montana to Monaco, can Joanna catch up to her ruthless enemy…or will she catch a bullet first?

Gun Honey: Blood for Blood #3

Titan Comics’ January 2023 releases

BLADE RUNNER: 2039 #2

Writer(s): Mike Johnson
Artist(s): Andres Guinaldo
Colorist: Marco Lesko
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On sale: January 4, 2023  

A figure from Ash’s distant past drags the disgraced and battle-weary ex-Blade Runner back into action.

COVER A: KENDRICK LIM
COVER B: VERONICA FISH
COVER C: SYD MEAD

KAMEN RIDER: ZERO-ONE #3

Writer(s): Brandon Easton
Artist(s): Hendry Prasetya
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99
On sale: February 22, 2023

NEW COMIC SERIES OF THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF THE NEW TOKUSATSU TV SHOW KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE!

Aruto Hiden is KAMEN RIDER ZERO-ONE! Along with his trusty humagear companion Izu, he’s saved the world numerous times as the insectile superhero! But when his company HIDEN INTELLIGENCE is attacked by the mysterious RAGNAROK, Aruto must not only face the volcanic cluster cell-powered villain but also his own past…

COVER A: MIGUEL MERCADO
COVER B: NAHUEL GREGO
COVER C: PHOTO COVER

ASTRONEER: COUNTDOWN

Writer(s): Dave Dwonch, David Pepose, Jeremy Lawson, M. Goodwin
Artist(s): Xenia Pamfil, Jeremy Lawson, Eryk Donovan, M. Goodwin
Publisher: Titan Comics
SC, FC, 128pp, $13.99/ UK £10.99
On sale: March 29, 2023

FEATURING FOUR NEW COMIC STORIES SET IN THE ASTRONEER UNIVERSE FROM GAME DEVELOPER SYSTEM ERA AND AWARD WINNING COMIC CREATORS!

When bored young Astroneer Seven finds a mysterious crystal on the planet Boreas-1, he is catapulted across time and space! But the intrepid young adventurer has got bigger problems — by taking the crystal, the very fabric of the planet starts to unravel, threatening to start a chain reaction that could destroy the entire universe!

Now, Seven and his ragtag crew of Astroneers must find a way to return the crystal before it’s too late! The countdown has begun… and it’ll take more than one plucky Astroneer to solve this astronomical problem!

ASTRONEER: COUNTDOWN

ATOM: THE BEGINNING VOLUME 04

Writers: Osamu Tezuka (Original Story), Masami Yuuki (Script) 
Artist: Tetsuro Kasahara 
Publisher: Titan Comics (Titan Manga imprint)
SC, B&W, 208pp, $12.99/ £9.99 (UK),
On sale: April 12, 2023

Dig into the secrets of ATOM: The Beginning Volume 4, the award-winning prequel series to Osamu Tesuka’s Astro Boy!

More robot madness awaits, perfect for mecha fans of all ages! The military base was indeed holding secrets — as Six and his human friends face down the terrifying military robot Ivan, our robot with a heart of gold hears a strange cry for help from the sentinel soldier…

COVER: HITOTSU YOKOSHIMA

ATOM: THE BEGINNING VOLUME 04

ENDLESS SPACE 2 STORIES

Writer(s): Jeff Spock, Jeremy Sim
Artist(s): Yoon Seong Park, Denis Medri, Max Raynor, Oliver Moreno  
Publisher: Titan Comics
SC, FC,144pp, $19.99/£17.99 UK
On sale: February 08, 2023

FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE ENDLESS SPACE 2 STORIES – FROM THE SPACE OPERA SMASH-HIT VIDEOGAME ENDLESS SPACE 2 – HAVE BEEN COLLECTED INTO A COMPLETE VOLUME!

 Set in the world of the hugely popular sci-fi strategy game ENDLESS Space 2 (from Amplitude Studios and SEGA), comes twelve brilliant tales. Follow the game’s factions and their heroes as they grapple for power in a fractured galaxy – from the peaceful, tech-curious Sophons to the resilient, nomadic Vaulters.

ENDLESS SPACE 2 STORIES

STAR WARS INSIDER #216

Publisher: Titan Magazines
SC, FC, 100pp, $9.99/£5.99 UK
On sale: January 18, 2023  

FEATURING:

The Mandalorian – a look back at the story so far.

Bendu to Beggar’s Canyon – how natural spaces, wild places and wilder creatures thread through the lives of Star Wars characters.

Star Wars: Timelines – Amy Richau speaks to fellow authors about crafting the ultimate chronology of the Star Wars galaxy. PLUS BRAND-NEW THE HIGH REPUBLIC FICTION!

NEWSSTAND COVER
PX COVER
FOIL WRAPAROUND COVER

MARVEL STUDIOS’ BLACK PANTHER WAKANDA FOREVER MOVIE SPECIAL

Publisher: Titan Magazines
SC, HC, 96pp, $19.99
On sale: March 29, 2023

ON SALE IN THE US ONLY

Go behind-the-scenes of the sequel to Marvel Studios’ Black Panther with this in-depth guide to Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever! Includes cast and crew interviews, stunning photography, and production art from the hotly anticipated movie.

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: SCRIPT TO PAGE

Publisher: Titan Books
SC, FC, 352pp, $22.95, £19.99 UK
On sale: January 03, 2023

Discover the craft of writing comics the Marvel way, with scripts from a range of contemporary comics creators, and commentary from Marvel editors.

Features scripts by DAN SLOTT, SALADIN AHMED, NNEDI OKOAFOR, CHIP ZDARSKY AND ZEB WELLS.

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN: SCRIPT TO PAGE

FIREFLY-CARNIVAL

Writer(s): Una McCormack  
Publisher: Titan Books
SC, 336pp, $15.95, £8.99 UK
On sale: January 11, 2023

 A heist goes badly wrong in a captivatingly original tie-in novel from the award-winning series. Join the crew of the Serenity in this epic race across the universe as they fight and haggle to save Zoë and Book from an impossible ransom.

FIREFLY-CARNIVAL

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