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Valiant Entertainment in May 2017

X-O MANOWAR (2017) #3

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TOMÁS GIORELLO
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA
Cover B by KENNETH ROCAFORT
Interlocking Variant Cover by MICO SUAYAN
X-O Manowar Icon Variant by DAVID MACK

Their world became his war!

Across every frontline, and through every trench, Aric of Dacia continues his hostile journey through a brutal alien planet the only way he knows how: with war. But the man once known as X-O Manowar is not alone. With a dedicated band of soldiers sworn to his side, Aric will prove his worth on the battlefield… and find himself in a position that no one saw coming!

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt and Valiant exclusive rising star Tomas Giorello bring the punishing first act to Valiant’s biggest series of the year to its final stand-off… and will leave readers everywhere reeling with a last page surprise!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PREMIUM | On Sale MAY 24

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RAPTURE #1 (of 4)

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CAFU
Cover A by MICO SUAYAN
Cover B by J.G. JONES
Character Design Variant by KANO
Variant Cover by CAFU
B&W Sketch Variant by MICO SUAYAN
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available
Blank Cover Also Available

On a scarred landscape, two otherworldly armies prepare to battle one last time, vying for control of a massive tower named from an ancient language no longer permitted to be spoken.

One army is led by a primeval force named Babel, whose goal is singular: to breach “Heaven” no matter the cost. The only thing standing in his way is a gray-haired barbaric warrior, filled with rage and regret, a man who sees this battle as his last chance for redemption. But he knows his depleted forces have little chance of victory unless aid comes.

Enter Tama: A 12-year old girl on the crest of a hill overlooking the battle, who has just become humanity’s only hope. The last in an ancient line of mystics who protect the Earth, she has foreseen this battle and knows millions will perish if she’s unable to stop it. Now Tama and her ragtag team of malcontents – Ninjak, Shadowman and Punk Mambo – must somehow defeat an elder god hell bent on piercing the heavens.

This summer, New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (X-O Manowar) and artistic sensation CAFU (Rai) lead a Tolkien-esque journey into the space between life and death…through the Deadside…and into the many worlds that lie beyond right here with a spellbinding and horrific standalone event!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24

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ETERNAL WARRIOR: AWAKENING #1

Written by ROBERT VENDITTI
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by CLAYTON CRAIN
Cover B by ROBERT GILL
Variant Cover by MARC LAMING
Variant Cover by JEFFREY VEREGGE
NINJAK VS. THE VALIANT UNIVERSE Variant Also Available

It is a time before civilization…

On the brink of carving out victory in the most violent battle of his life, Gilad Anni-Padda suffers a devastating injury. He awakens weeks later in a strange land, nursed back to health but with no memory of his past. A tribe has shown him compassion in an age of cruelty, and he will return their gift in kind. Now the real violence will begin…

New York Times best-selling writer Robert Venditti (Hal Jordan & The Green Lantern Corps.) and acclaimed artist Renato Guedes (Bloodshot Reborn) lead a celebration of the Eternal Warrior’s 25th anniversary here with the second of four standalone specials honoring the most famous Valiant tales ever told!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | ONE-SHOT | On Sale MAY 10

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BRITANNIA: WE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE #2 (of 4)

Written by PETER MILLIGAN
Art by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover A by DAVID MACK
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Variant Cover by CLAYTON HENRY
Variant Cover by ADAM GORHAM
Variant Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

God complex!

Achillia and Antonius remain hot on the trail of whatever – or whoever – is causing the civilization’s elite to fall into a deadly illness. As gods and monsters stalk the pair both inside and outside of the gladiatorial arena, Rome’s greatest detective and its rising gladiator must separate the hauntings from hoaxes in a blood-boiling search for the truth. But will Achillia and Antonius solve the mystery and and prove Rubria’s innocence in time, or will Nero’s swift vengeance strike first?

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | VALIANT PRESTIGE | On Sale MAY 17

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FAITH #11 (“THE FAITHLESS” – PART 2)

Written by JODY HOUSER
Art by JOE EISMA with MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by MIKE NORTON
Cover C by CRYSSY CHEUNG
Variant Cover by SARAH WINIFRED SEARLE

Faith no more!

One by one, Faith has outsmarted and defeated every member of her brand-new rogues gallery. But when all four of Los Angeles’ most sinister minds attack their sworn enemy at once, their combined power may prove to be too powerful to handle! But will evil finally triumph over the high-flying psiot…or collapse under its own collective weight? The most pivotal moment in Faith’s solo career starts here with a rumble that won’t just seal the fate of Los Angeles, but the entire nation!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 3

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NINJAK #27

Written by KEVIN MAURER
Art by CAFU
Cover A by STEPHEN SEGOVIA
Cover B by STEVE LIEBER
Cover C by ALEX SANCHEZ
Variant Cover by DAN PARENT

Snakebite!

He’s fought the Shadow Seven, journeyed to the Deadside, and bested death itself, but MI-6’s top superspy has never tested his limits like this! When Ninjak is assigned to the Middle East for a seemingly simple extraction, this once-routine mission will quickly turns south when the laws of nature are turned upside down…and mutated soldiers bearing the animalistic abilities of nature’s deadly predators strike from the shadows! Now, Ninjak must hone his lethal skills and channel his inner warrior like never before…or end up at the bottom of the food chain!

$3.99 | 32 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 17

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DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE TPB

Written by MATT KINDT
Art by TREVOR HAIRSINE
Cover by JELENA KEVIC-DJURDJEVIC

Earth has a new god. The world you know is gone. Welcome to the Stalinverse, comrade.

Welcome to the year 2017…where the Soviet Union has spent decades as the world’s reigning superpower and the Iron Curtain now encircles a planet riddled with war, strife, and oppression. Freedom is a thing of the past in the Stalinverse… So why can’t Russian intelligence officer Colin King shake the feeling that something has gone terribly wrong? He’ll put his freedom and life on the line to uncover the truth… Even if that means finding out whatever happened to the long-missing cosmonaut Abram Adams – the one man who just might hold the keyto unraveling the dystopian world of today…

New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (4001 A.D.) and blockbuster artist Trevor Hairsine (Divinity II) bring you the Valiant Universe like you’ve never seen it before!

Collecting DIVINITY III: STALINVERSE #1-4.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 3
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-191-4

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FAITH VOL. 3: SUPERSTAR TPB

Written by JODY HOUSER with LOUISE SIMONSON and RAFER ROBERTS
Art by JOE EISMA and MEGHAN HETRICK with MARGUERITE SAUVAGE and COLLEEN DORAN
Cover by CARMEN CARNERO

Fight and flight!

As Los Angeles’ high-flying protector, Faith has inspired the dreams of an entire metropolis… Now get ready to meet its worst nightmare! When an escaped psiot prisoner starts tearing through the streets, Faith must stop her fiery rampage before all hell breaks loose! But this isn’t just any ordinary threat… Not only can this empowered escapee drain the energy of everything in sight, she’s one of L.A.’s most controversial pop stars to boot!

Valiant’s chart-topping superhero is about to add a major new player to her frenemies list, courtesy of breakout writer Jody Houser (Mother Panic) and acclaimed artists Meghan Hetrick (Red Thorn) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)! Plus: legendary writer Louise Simonson and Harvey Award-nominated artist Pere Pérez present history in the making as they bring together the leading female hero in comics today for a presidential milestone like no other!

Collecting FAITH #5-8.

$14.99 | 128 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 10
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-199-0

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A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG VOL. 3 – ANDROMEDA ESTRANGED TPB

Written by RAFER ROBERTS
Art by MIKE NORTON with RYAN LEE and MARC LAMING
Cover by KANO

Beatdown in the bayou!

At long last, Valiant’s gallant adventurers have finally located Armstrong’s long-missing wife…in that dreaded land that dare not speak its name: Florida! But after centuries of thinking that his near-immortal bride, Andromeda, was just a booze-induced hallucination, how will Armstrong make up for years of lies, losses, and infidelities? And, as if that wasn’t enough, a nefarious new force is about to release an army of bathsalt-using “Florida Men” to finish off Archer & Armstrong once and for all!

It’s a true story (not really) ripped from today’s headlines (pretty much)! Pack your Crocs and don’t skimp on the lotion because the Sunshine State is about to hit Archer & Armstrong like a bad seafood buffet…and we only have Harvey Award-nominated writer Rafer Roberts (Harbinger Renegade) and acclaimed artist Mike Norton (Revival) to blame!

Collecting A&A: THE ADVENTURES OF ARCHER & ARMSTRONG #9-12.

$14.99 | 112 pgs. | T+ | On Sale MAY 24
TRADE PAPERBACK | ISBN: 978-1-68215-203-4

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Medisin: Health Care for Super Villians

Health care. It’s a concern on everyone’s minds. But when the dust settles after epic, world shattering battles, who cares for the super villains? Enter the twisted world of Medisin.

Ethan Sharp leads a team of down on their luck doctors who have been blackmailed by the sinister Malady into providing medical care for the worst super villains in the world. Ethan and his team are all broken individuals, struggling with their own personal issues. Are they upholding their Hippocratic Oath to “first, do no harm”? They struggle with these ethical dilemmas as they strive to escape from the grasp of Malady, who has all of them on a very tight leash. Ethan comes to terms with his own family history and learns a terrifying truth about himself along the way.

Medisin is a six issue mini-series from Action Lab’s Danger Zone. The story arc is titled “First Do No Harm” and is written by Jeff Dyer and Dr. Mark McKeon, drawn by David Brame, colored by Joaquin Peyeryra and lettered by Adam Wollet.

The first issue of Medisin debuts in May 2017!

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Titan Comics in May 2017

TEKKEN #1 (of 4)

Writer Cavan Scott
Artist Andie Tong
Colorist Mauricio Wallace
TEKKEN #1 Cover A: Alex Ronald
TEKKEN #1 Cover B: Andie Tong
TEKKEN #1 Cover C: Anton K
TEKKEN #1 Cover D: Game Cover
TEKKEN #1 Cover E: Jimbo Salgado
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 3, 2017

ALL NEW COMIC SERIES BASED ON THE ICONIC FIGHTING GAME FRANCHISE!

WRITTEN BY CAVAN SCOTT (DOCTOR WHO, VIKINGS) AND ILLUSTRATED BY ANDIE TONG!

THIS SENSATIONAL NEW COMIC SERIES WILL TAP INTO TEKKEN’S RICH HISTORY, AND WILL FEATURE MEMORABLE CHARACTERS FROM THE CELEBRATED VIDEO GAME CANON INCLUDING HEIHACHI MISHIMA, YOSHIMITSU, NINA WILLIAMS AND PAUL PHOENIX.

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LITTLE NIGHTMARES #1 (of 4)

Writers Alex Paknadel, Dan Watters
Artist Aaron Alexovich
COVER A: AARON ALEXOVICH
COVER B: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER C: VIDEOGAME
COVER D: DAVID SANTANA
COVER E: THOMAS BOATWRIGHT
FC • 32pp • $3.99 On Sale May 3, 2017

ENTER THE TERRIFYING AND UNPREDICTABLE COMIC SERIES BASED ON ONE OF THE MOST HOTLY-ANTICIPATED GAMES OF 2017!

COMIC WRITTEN BY ALEX PAKNADEL (ARCADIA, ASSASSINS CREED) AND DAN WATTERS (LIMBO, ASSASSINS CREED) AND ILLUSTRATED BY AARON ALEXOVICH (INVADER ZIM, SERENITY ROSE)

THE GAME FOLLOWS SIX, A YOUNG GIRL IN A YELLOW RAINCOAT, AS SHE EXPLORES THE HORRIFYING WORLD OF THE MAW, LOOKING FOR A WAY OUT!

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BLOOD BOWL: MORE GUTS, MORE GLORY! #1 (1 OF 4)

Writer Nick Kyme
Artists Jack Jadson, Fabricio Guerra
Blood Bowl #1 Cover A: Ørjan Svendsen
Blood Bowl #1 Cover B: David Sondered
Blood Bowl #1 Cover C: Tazio Bettin & Luis Guerrero
Blood Bowl #1 Cover D: Connor Magill
Blood Bowl #1 Cover E: Videogame Cover
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 10, 2017

BONE-CRUNCHING SPORTS ACTION IN THE FANTASY WORLD OF WARHAMMER WRITTEN BY NICK KYME (WARHAMMER 40,000) WITH ART BY JACK JADSON (TEEN TITANS, BIRDS OF PREY)

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IAN LIVINGSTONE’S FREEWAY FIGHTER #1 (OF 4)

Writer Andi Ewington
Artist Simon Coleby
Colorist Len O’Grady
COVER A: SIMON COLEBY & LEN O’GRADY
COVER B: BEN OLIVER
COVER C: ORLANDO AROCENA
FC • 32pp • $3.99 On Sale May 17, 2017

NEW STORY BASED ON THE CULT-FOLLOWED SERIES OF GAME BOOKS

WRITTEN BY ANDI EWINGTON (EXMORTIS, SUNFLOWER) AND ILLUSTRATED BY SIMON COLEBY (JUDGE DREDD, THE ROYALS)

SPEED INTO THE WORLD OF DANGER, DEATH AND FAST CARS!

PERFECT FOR FANS OF MAD MAX: FURY ROAD!

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DOCTOR WHO: GHOST STORIES #2

PART 2 (OF 4)
Writer George Mann
Artist Pasquale Qualano
COVER A: MARIANO LACLAUSTRA
COVER B: PHOTO COVER
COVER C: ANTONIO FUSO
COVER D: LUIS GUERRERO
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 3, 2017

ALL-NEW SERIES FEATURING THE DOCTOR, LUCY AND THE SUPER-POWERED GRANT!

WHAT PART OF GRANT’S SECRET PAST IS COMING BACK TO THREATEN THE UNIVERSE?

FEATURING THE CHARACTERS OF THE STUNNING DOCTOR WHO 2016 HOLIDAY SPECIAL ON A BRAND NEW ADVENTURE!

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NINTH DOCTOR #15

PART 3 (OF 3)
Writer Cavan Scott
Artist Cris Bolson
COVER A: IOLANDA ZANFARDINO
COVER B: PHOTO COVER
COVER D: SIMON MYERS WATERCOLOR VARIANT
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale August 2, 2017

CONTINUE THE JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH CHRISTOPHER ECCELSTON’S INCARNATION OF THE DOCTOR

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TENTH DOCTOR VOL 8: BREAKFAST AT TYRANNY’S HC

Writer Nick Abadzis
Artist Giorgia Sposito
COVER: JOSH BURNS
HC • FC • 112pp • $19.99,
On Sale Aug 9, 2017
ISBN 9781785860874 51999

THE START OF A BRAND-NEW YEAR FOR THE DOCTOR, GABBY, AND CINDY, AND THINGS ARE LOOKING VERY DIFFERENT FOR THE TENTH DOCTOR TARDIS TEAM!

DID THE DOCTOR REALLY ABANDON GABBY BACK TO HER LIFE ON EARTH – AND NEVER COME BACK? HAS CINDY REALLY BEEN ‘REPLACED’?

AND WHY IS THE DOCTOR WANDERING HOMELESS, WITHOUT HIS TARDIS, ON A MYSTIFYING ALIEN WORLD?

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ELEVENTH DOCTOR #3.8

PART 1 (OF 1)
Writer Si Spurrier
Artist I.N.J. Culbard
COVER A: BLAIR SHEDD
COVER B: PHOTO COVER
COVER C: SIMON MYERS
COVER D: ANDY WALKER
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale August 16, 2017

BRAND-NEW STAND ALONE ONE-SHOT!

WRITTEN BY SI SPURRIER (HOOKJAW, CRY HAVOC) WITH ART BY I.N.J. CULBARD (WILDS END, DARK AGES)

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TORCHWOOD STATION ZERO TPB

Writers John Barrowman & Carole Barrowman
Artist Neil Edwards
COVER: CLAUDIA CARANFA
SC • FC • 112pp • $14.99
On Sale July 19, 2017
ISBN 9781785856815

THE MEMBERS OF THE TORCHWOOD INSTITUTE FIGHT TO PROTECT THE EARTH FROM EXTRATERRESTRIAL AND SUPERNATURAL THREATS!

WRITTEN BY CAPTAIN JACK HIMSELF – JOHN BARROWMAN – AND CAROLE BARROWMAN!

ILLUSTRATED BY NEIL EDWARDS (DOCTOR WHO FOUR DOCTORS)!

COLLECTS ISSUES #2.1 – #2.4

 

SHERLOCK: THE BLIND BANKER #5

PART 5 (OF 6)
Writer Steve Thompson
Co-creators Steven Moffat & Mark Gatiss
Artist Jay.
COVER A: ARIANNA FLOREAN
COVER B: PHOTO COVER
COVER C: AMOONA SAOHIN
FC • 40pp • $4.99
On Sale May 10, 2017

THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF THE BRILLIANT MANGA ADAPTION OF THE FANATICALLY FOLLOWED TV SHOW, STARRING BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH (DOCTOR STRANGE) AND MARTIN FREEMAN (THE HOBBIT)

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ASSASSIN’S CREED: UPRISING #5

(PART 1 OF 3)
Writers Alex Paknadel & Dan Watters
Artist José Holder
COVER A: MARCO SANTUCCI
COVER B: MASSIMILIANO VELTRI
COVER C: DOUBLELEAF
COVER D: SIMON GOINARD
COVER E: JIMBO SALGADO
FC • 48pp • $5.99 On Sale May 31, 2017

NEW FANS AND REGULAR READERS CAN DIVE RIGHT INTO THIS BRAND-NEW STORY ARC!

WRITERS ALEX PAKNADEL (ARCADIA, DOCTOR WHO) AND DAN WATTERS (LIMBO, DARK SOULS) ALONG WITH ASSASSIN’S CREED STORYBOARD ARTIST JOSE HOLDER RETURN!

GIVING FANS FRESH INSIGHTS INTO CHARACTERS FROM THE VAST ASSASSIN’S CREED UNIVERSE, INCLUDING JUHANI OTSO BERG, GALINA VORONINA, KIYOSHI TAKAKURA AND AREND SCHUT.

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ASSASSIN’S CREED: REFLECTIONS #3

PART 3 (OF 4)
Writer Ian Edginton
Artist Valeria Luxfero
COVER A: SUNSETAGAIN
COVER B: NACHO ARRANZ
COVER C: POLYGON VARIANT (ANDREW LEUNG)
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 3, 2017

FOUR-PART MINI SERIES WRITTEN BY IAN EDGINTON AND ILLUSTRATED BY VALERIA FAVOCCIA!

FEATURING FAN-FAVORITE ASSASSIN’S CREED GAME CHARACTERS ALTAÏR, EZIO AUDITORE, EDWARD KENWAY, CONNOR, AND MORE!

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ASSASSIN’S CREED: AWAKENING VOL.1

Writer Yano Takashi
Artist Kenzi Oiwa
COVER: KENZI OIWA
B&W • 224pp • $12.99
On Sale July 19, 2017

ASSASSIN’S CREED® MANGA – COLLECTED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN ENGLISH!

SET IN THE TIME OF ASSASSIN’S CREED®: BLACK FLAG!

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WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III #2

PART 2 (OF 4)
Writer Ryan O’Sullivan
Artist Daniel Indro
Colorist Kevin Enhart
COVER A: ØRJAN SVENDSEN
COVER B: FABIO LISTRANI
COVER C: DAVID SONDERED
COVER D: NICK PERCIVAL
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 24, 2017

WRITTEN BY RYAN O’SULLIVAN (TURNCOAT, EISENHORN: XENOS) & ILLUSTRATED BY DANIEL INDRO (VIKINGS: UPRISING, DOCTOR WHO)!

NEW WARHAMMER 40,000: DAWN OF WAR III VIDEO GAME RELEASING SOON!

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WARHAMMER 40,000 #7: REVELATIONS

PART 3 (OF 4)
Writer George Mann
Artist Tazio Bettin
Colorist Enrica Eren Angiolini
COVER A: ØRJAN SVENDSEN
COVER B: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER C: GRZEGORZ BOWBROWSKI
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 10, 2017

BALTUS AND THE DARK ANGELS FACE THE WRATH OF THE ELDAR HARLEQUINS – AND THE RISING THREAT OF THE NECRONS!

BY SUPERSTAR WRITER GEORGE MANN (WARHAMMER 40,000 NOVELS; DARK SOULS; DOCTOR WHO), WITH ART BY TAZIO BETTIN (INDEPENDENCE DAY)!

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DARK SOULS: TALES OF EMBER #2 (OF 2)

Writers George Mann, Tauriq Moosa
Artists Alan Quah, Michael Walsh, Daniel Serra, Damien Worm
COVER A: CASPER WINGJAARD
COVER B: MICHAEL WALSH
COVER C: JIMBO SALGADO
COVER D: NICK PERCIVAL
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 10, 2017

BASED IN THE WORLD OF THE GLOBAL HIT VIDEO GAME SERIES, DARK SOULS!

WRITTEN AND DRAWN BY SOME OF THE COMIC INDUSTRY’S BRIGHTEST TALENTS!

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ANNO DRACULA #3

PART 3 OF (OF 5)
Writer Kim Newman
Artist Paul McCaffrey
Colorist Kevin Enhart
COVER A: PAUL MCCAFFREY
COVER B: TOM MANDRAKE
COVER C: MIKE COLLINS
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 24, 2017

AN ALL-NEW COMIC SERIES BASED ON THE BEST SELLING ANNO DRACULA NOVELS BY KIM NEWMAN!

WRITTEN BY CREATOR KIM NEWMAN WITH ART BY PAUL MCCAFFREY (THE THIRD DOCTOR).

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PENNY DREADFUL #2

THE AWAKING PART 2 (OF 4)
Writer Chris King
Artist Jésus Hérvas
Colorist Jason Wordie
COVER A: TRISTAN JONES
COVER B: PHOTO COVER
COVER C: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER D: LOUIE DE MARTINIS
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale May 3, 2017

WRITTEN BY PENNY DREADFUL TV SERIES CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER CHRIS KING WITH INTERIOR ART FROM JESUS HERVAS (SONS OF ANARCHY) CONTINUES THE STORY DIRECTLY AFTER THE SHOCKING EVENTS OF PENNY DREADFUL’S SEASON THREE TV FINALE!

FEATURES ETHAN CHANDLER, SIR MALCOLM MURRAY, FERDINAND LYLE AND LILY!

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TANK GIRL WORLD WAR TANK GIRL #4

PART 4 (OF 4)
Writer Alan Martin
Artist Brett Parson
COVER A: BRETT PARSON
COVER B: CHRIS WAHL
COVER C: BRETT PARSON
FC • 32pp • $3.99
On Sale July 12, 2017

WRITTEN BY TANK GIRL CO-CREATOR ALAN MARTIN AND ILLUSTRATED BY RISING STAR BRETT PARSON (NEW ROMANCER, TWO GIRLS, ONE TANK)!

FINAL ISSUE OF THE MINI-SERIES!

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THE FOREVER WAR #4

PART 4 (OF 6)
Writer Joe Haldeman
Artist Marvano
FC • 32pp • $3.99
COVER A: FABIO LISTRANI
COVER B: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER C: STEVE KURTH
On Sale May 17, 2017

BASED ON THE AWARD-WINNING FOREVER WAR NOVEL BY JOE HALDEMAN, WHO IS WRITING THE SERIES!

MOVIE OPTIONED WITH CHANNING TATUM ON BOARD TO STAR

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WORLD WAR X #6

PART 6 (OF 6)
Writer Jerry Frissen
Artist Peter Snejbjerg
COVER A: SIMONE DI MEO
COVER B: NICK PERCIVAL
COVER C: WELLINGTON DIAZ
FC • 32pp • $3.99

On Sale May 24, 2017

WRITTEN BY JERRY FRISSEN (LUCHA LIBRE, THE METABARON) & ILLUSTRATED BY COMICS GREAT PETER SNEJBJERG (B.P.R.D, A GOD SOMEWHERE)

CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED B-MOVIE INFUSED SCIENCE FICTION HORROR

FINAL ISSUE!

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SKY DOLL: SUDRA HC

Writer/ Artist Barbara Canepa
and Alessandro Barbucci
HC • 64pp • $16.99
On Sale July 5, 2017

A SCI-FI FANTASY OPERA FROM DISNEY ANIMATORS ALESSANDRO BARBUCCI AND BARBARA CANEPA!

IN A PARALLEL UNIVERSE, THE EXISTENCE OF A SWEET, LIFE-LIKE ANDROID CALLED NOA, HAS BEEN TURNED UPSIDE DOWN.

A GORGEOUS EXPLORATION OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, RELIGION, LOVE AND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN

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NORMAN THE FIRST SLASH TPB

Writer / Artist Stan Silas
FC • 128pp • $16.99
On Sale June 28, 2017

NORMAN HAS KILLED PEOPLE. TOO MANY TO COUNT. HE’S BUMPED OFF CLASSMATES, RELATIVES AND EVEN THE ODD MONSTER!

BUT HOW DID THIS ANGELIC-LOOKING LITTLE BOY BECOME SO TERRIFYING?

NORMAN: THE FIRST SLASH GOES EVEN DEEPER INTO THIS MINI MURDERER’S HORRIFYING PAST!

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KHAAL VOL. 1 TPB

Writer Louis
Artist Valentin Sécher
COVER : VALENTIN SÉCHER
FC • 104pp • $16.99
On Sale July 5, 2017

SPACE IS HARSH. ONLY THE STRONG SURVIVE. THE NAME THE UNIVERSE WILL NEVER FORGET? KHAAL, THE GALACTIC EMPEROR!

ULTRAVIOLENT SPACE OPERA OF WARRING CLANS, GLADIATORIAL ARENAS AND POLITICAL INTRIGUE!

ILLUSTRATED BY GLOBALLY RENOWNED METABARONS ARTIST VALENTIN SÉCHER

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HOOK JAW VOL. 1 TPB

Writer Si Spurrier
Artist Conor Boyle
COVER CONOR BOYLE
FC • 128pp • $16.99
On Sale July 19, 2017

THE BRIT CLASSIC REIMAGINED BY SUPERSTAR WRITER SI SPURRIER (CRY HAVOC, WEAVERS)!

THE SEAS OFF THE COAST OF AFRICA ARE THE SETTING FOR AN ACTION-PACKED, VISCERAL TALE OF THE GREAT WHITE SHARK THAT IS A RELENTLESS FORCE OF NATURE.

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 2/25

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for.

These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

deadpool_the_duck__3Deadpool The Duck #3 & #4 (Marvel) When I started reading this series, I expected not to like it. I’ve never been a huge Deadpool fan but because I am partial to Howard The Duck, I wanted to at least check out the first couple issues. After finishing the 4th issue a few minutes ago I realized that I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the charmingly violent chaotic story. It’s got some genuinely amusing moments, some of which likely unintentional (such as the “emotional” moments that feel a little shoehorned in), but overall it’s worth a read if this is your cup of tea – and you’ll know pretty quickly whether it is or not. Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

Hulk #3 (Marvel) The unfortunate thing about this comic is that it wasn’t as good as the first two issues. It’s still be enjoyable, but it’s not as memorable as the first issue. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Solo #5 (Marvel) It’s hard to explain why I like this as much as I do. Solo is a  freelance operative  currently on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s payroll who is trying to stop a fairly extensive black market weapons ring. The series has been as deep as a puddle with a what-you-see-is-what-you-get mentality that’s actually worked very well for the previous four issues, and continues to do so here. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the series, but if you’re after anything more than an easy to read fun action comic then you’ll be left wanting. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Patrick

Stray Bullets #21 (Image/El Capitan) – One of the things I love about this series is that every issue kind of has its own music. In this chapter, it stays quiet and reserved for a long time. And then all of a sudden its gets really loud really fast. I’m amazed at David Lapham’s ability to keep up this kind of quality over the nearly 600 pages so far of Sunshine & Roses. Also, as a testament to his skill: daughter Beth dresses as her mother
curse-words-2-2nd-printingAnnie and looks identical in every respect but body language, which even on the page totally gives her away. That’s an artist who’s all about characters. Respect. Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Page 563 might not be the time to jump on board. But this will be a hell of a read in trade.

Curse Words #2 (Image) – So here’s the premise as I understand it: powerful wizard Wizord gets sent to destroy Earth, but winds up digging it instead and decides to become its champion and save it from his now-former wizard bosses. This could be a superfun, really charming comic: Ryan Browne draws the hell out of it and the colors (courtesy Michael Garland with Ryan Browne and Michael Parkinson) pop like candy. But Charles Soule’s writing is a tad generic and the mix of farce and drama just dilutes what could have been an absolute romp through what would an interdimensional wizard love about New York City? Overall: 7 Recommendation: Take a look, this might be your thing.

Shaft: Imitation of Life TPB (Dynamite) – I’m a child of the 70s, so the New York City of my imagination remains that of the Deuce and any number of exploitation movies. David F. Walker and Dietrich Smith do a pretty good job with going back to John Shaft’s world, though for my money the art and story both could have been a lot rougher around the edges, faster and looser and with more swagger and style. I wonder if, by having nothing to really prove and dealing with a known property, the stakes are lowered too much. Where the film has a constant rage and fire underneath the surface, this is more of a slick, professional production. I don’t know if that serves the character best. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Take a look.

Descender #19 (Image) – All we are left with at this point is Jeff Lemire moving the plot forward without raising the stakes much. Dustin Nguyen’s art is gorgeous as usual. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Skip

The Manara Library vol.1: Indian Summer and Other Stories (Dark Horse) – Milo Manara’s main claim to fame is his erotica – a claim to fame which is subverted here in two Westerns. The first, Indian Summer, is a collaboration with Hugo Pratt of Corto Maltese fame – bringing to the fore Pratt’s love of American adventure fictiron and meticulous research. The second, Paper Man, is a Manara solo. In both cases, we are given an absolute feast for the eyes: an Old West that is firmly grounded in its natural wilderness, lush and free. Populated by Native American tribes struggling to understand the new European settlers and settlers trying to make the land their own, the sensibilities are distinctly Italian here: privileging fools and lovers over law and order, Pratt and Manara weave a spell that is utterly magical while adhering firmly to both human nature and the American fictions that inspired them both. The late Kim Thompson’s translation is perfect. Magnificent. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy.

Ryan C

blackroad_07-1Justice League Of America #1 (DC)** – I’ve heard it said that even the worst comic you’ve ever read took more work to get into your hands than you can possibly imagine. Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis must have worked really hard on this one. Overall: 0. Recommendation: Pass

Frostbite #6 (DC/Vertigo)** – A surprisingly quick, but nevertheless effective, concluding segment from Joshua Williamson and Jason Shawn Alexander for their dystopian sci-fi six-parter, but I do have to wonder why they pulled a cliffhanger ending out of their ass when you know already that, given this title’s low sales, a sequel is never gonna happen. In fairness, though, it doesn’t feel at all out of place. Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

The Belfry #1 (Image)** – An interesting and gorgeously-illustrated horror one-shot from Gabriel Hardman that, dare I say it, is probably the best “Batman” book of the year so far. If you didn’t get that joke, definitely check out the comic! Granted, it takes all of about two minutes to read, but those are two enjoyable minutes, and you’ll go back and ogle the artwork on this one over and over again. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy.

Black Road #7 (Image)** – Brian Wood and Garry Brown’s small-scale Norse epic never seems to get anything like the attention it deserves, perhaps due to the fact that Wood’s been down this road before. But as far as I’m concerned, a good comic is still a good comic, and as the mystery surrounding the actions of the would-be “Breakaway Pope” and his growing horde of cultists continues to deepen, this is proving to be a very good comic, indeed. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Shean

Elektra #1 (Marvel) – Elektra has always been the type of character which can only be great when done with the right creative team. This just so happened to be one of those times. We catch up with Elektra shortly after leaving NY as she is hunting for a criminal mastermind in Las Vegas. By issue’s end, she proves to be more than they expect which leads her into a “Running Man” situation. Overall:9.1

 



Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write. See you next week!

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

Aspen in May 2017

BUBBLEGUN #1 (vol 2)

Mark Roslan – Story / Angel Tover – Art / Erick Arciniega – Colors

The BubbleGun crew return for more high stakes jobs!

Since the team rescued the group’s newest member, the cyber boy Asher, from the corporate megalomaniac, Drazic, their world has been in constant turmoil! Devyn and Molli find their bandit crew forced to do the bidding of an underworld gangster, Sir Penny, after borrowing and destroying his favorite ship, The Dark Lightning. Yet, even if they survive Sir Penny’s harrowing missions–how will they escape the clutches of a ruthless gangster plotting to kidnap Asher?!

Creator and writer Mark Roslan (Broken Pieces) is joined by penciler Angel Tovar () and colorist Erick Arciniega () on what’s sure to become one of comics’ biggest sci-fi, action adventure series of the summer! Strap yourselves in because BUBBLEGUN is gonna take you on a wild ride!

BUBBLEGUN #1 (vol 2) is in stores May 17th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 will ship with two different covers by series artist Angel Tovar and Adam Archer. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 cover by series artist Angel Tovar, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Tovar alternate BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 covers at net $4 each.

BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 EXPANDED RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 20 copies of BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 Talent Caldwell Alternate Cover, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional BUBBLEGUN vol 2 #1 Caldwell Alternate Covers at net $8 each.

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NO WORLD #2

Scott Lobdell – Story / Jordan Gunderson – Art

They exist in the all-new ASPEN UNIVERSE…yet belong to NO ONE!

Enter a brand-new phase in Aspen’s growing collection of thrilling series, as characters from our most critically-acclaimed titles unite—EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT IRIS, Soulfire’s MIYA, the supernatural vigilante DELLEC, along with an exciting new cast of characters come together in this altogether different story–yet one thing is certain—their respective lives are in no less danger! A black-tie attire is the order of the day, as Dellec, Miya and Iris realize that pure evil lurks in even the most formal of social gatherings. Meanwhile, a scientist discovers a horrible secret, one that only a conglomerate of immeasurable power could possibly fathom!

Written by legendary Uncanny X-Men scribe Scott Lobdell (Michael Turner’s Fathom) with art by Jordan Gunderson (Aspen Universe: Revelations), this is THE NEW Aspen title you won’t want to miss!

NO WORLD #2 is in stores May 31st, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: NO WORLD #2 will ship with two different covers by series artist Jordan Gunderson and Marco Lorenzana. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

NO WORLD #2 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of NO WORLD #2 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate NO WORLD #2 cover by artist Fan Yang, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Yang alternate NO WORLD #2 covers at net $4 each.

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SOULFIRE #3 (vol 6)

JT Krul – Story / Giuseppe Cafaro – Art / Wes Hartman – Colors

Aspen’s premiere action-adventure fantasy epic returns in this all new jumping-on point for new readers!

For Malikai, this is the only existence he has known – one where Rainier is his savior and protector. But, is that the truth or just another fiction? What lies at the heart of Rainier and his agenda? Long held secrets of the Dark Lord’s past are finally revealed!

Nearly fifteen of the best-selling series created by superstar artist, the late Michael Turner, have culminated in this brand-new SOULFIRE adventure by Aspen’s talented creative team! Please join writer JT Krul, artist Giuseppe Cafaro, and colorist Wes Hartman as they bring readers back to the magic, myth, and everything you loved about SOULFIRE!

SOULFIRE #3 is in stores May 24th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: SOULFIRE #3 will ship with two different covers by series artist Giuseppe Cafaro and Marco Lorezana. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

SOULFIRE #3 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 10 copies of SOULFIRE #3 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate SOULFIRE #3 cover by artist Oscar Bazaldua, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Bazaldua alternate SOULFIRE #3 covers at net $4 each.

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FATHOM #4 (vol 6)

Blake Northcott – Story / Marco Renna – Art / John Starr – Colors

Dive back into the world of MICHAEL TURNER’S FATHOM!

Aspen, Tyler and Matilda encounter an eccentric Aussie multi-billionaire and philanthropist who provides the trio momentary sanctuary. However, Tyler’s keen journalistic instincts force her to suspect more than meets the eye. Meanwhile, Aspen learns that putting yourself out there in the public eye might be the most dangerous thing she’s ever done!

FATHOM #4 is in stores May 10th, 2017!

FC 32 pages $3.99

RETAILER NOTE: FATHOM #4 will ship with four different covers by artists Marco Renna, Martin Abel, Michael Calero and Sina Grace. Each cover is available to order separately, with no quantity limitation or restrictions.

FATHOM #4 RETAILER INCENTIVE:

For every 12 copies of FATHOM #4 ordered, retailers will receive one (1) FREE copy of the alternate FATHOM #4 cover by artist Oscar Bazaldua, with the option to purchase up to three (3) additional Bazaldua alternate FATHOM #4 covers at net $4 each.

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ASPEN UNIVERSE: DECIMATION #1 

Vince Hernandez – Story / Oscar Basaldua – Art / JuanchOo – Colors

It’s that time of the year again, and Aspen Comics is proud to bring you our latest FREE Aspen Comic Book offering for 2017!  Celebrate the day by visiting your local retailer and bringing home what is sure to be the most talked about book of the summer!

The time for Revelations has ended.

The time for Decimation has begun…

Following the groundbreaking events of Aspen Universe: Revelations, the world of Aspen’s pre-eminent heroes is torn apart by a force far greater than any they have ever faced—the collective might of Aspen’s most powerful anti-heroines! Together, this super group of dark ladies have a plan so catastrophic for the future of the Aspen Universe, that NO character is safe from their clutches! This completely brand new 16 page prelude story sets the stage for Aspen’s DEADLIEST event ever!

ASPEN UNIVERSE: DECIMATION #1 is in stores May 3rd, 2017!

FC 32 pages NET .25c

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Review: Justice League of America #1

justice-league-of-america-1This start up issue of the new JLA line-up is a nice beginning to what I’m sure will be one bad ass arc! There’s a Killer Frost upgrade, a brooding Batman, Vixen looking fierce AF and, a well-written story. We even get to see a little bit of fun being poked at Batman’s historical inability to get along with the JLA for the long haul. I’m excited to see where the story goes with Frost, villain backstory & Suicide Squad history aside, being added to the mix.

Steve Orlando sets the story up in multiple locations so the reader gets to see all of the JLA out and about on life-saving missions. Killer Frost, or Frost as she prefers to be called now, is working on upgrading the sanctuary’s generator with Atom, who like most of us will take some time getting used to her dropping the Killer. Things get hella real when Lord Havok shows up on Earth with his crew, collective known as The Extremists, who are ready to take away Earth’s freedom and restore “order” to our chaotic planet.

Orlando changes up the game for the usually boring JLA and has Batman, of all people, concerned about creating a JLA that is relatable to humans. The characters seem to be more kick ass and have more agency than in previous incarnations of the league. Orlando has created a league that I actually care about and, doesn’t seem as goody goody or bland as the League’s previous versions. He also creates formidable foes and the addition of a former Suicide Squad bad girl adds not only crossover potential between the two groups but, a bit of tension that keeps the reader on their toes.

Ivan Reis is an amazing artist and the details that he provided as the base for the colors added is amazing. There is real emotion and passion in his work and it add another dimension to an already brilliant story.

I found this starter issue to be a great jump off point for the series. I’m a big fan of the Atom / Frost colleague pairing since both are newbies to the JLA they both want to prove they deserve to be there, for very different reasons. Frost is more fleshed out as a character and there’s an element of will she or won’t she return to her old ways that makes her presence always exciting. Orlando seems to have put the characters goals, emotions and, needs on the page in a way that makes them compelling and real. There’s a sense that a lot of politically correlating story lines can come from this arc and series as a whole, that in ways will parallel the current political climate. Orlando’s storytelling skills seem more than ready to tackle whatever turn this current arc will take and I’m excited to tune in for his action-packed stories that couple perfectly with Reis’s killer modern comic realist art style.

Story: Chris Orlando Art: Ivan Reis
Story: 9.1 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review

Archie Comics in May 2017

ARCHIE #20

Cheryl Blossom finally goes on the warpath, and her target will surprise you! And why does Betty have second thoughts about her new boyfriend every time Archie walks by…?

Script: Mark Waid
Art: Pete Woods, Andre Szymanowicz, Jack Morelli
Archie #20 CVR A Reg: Pete Woods
Archie #20 CVR B Var: Adam Gorham
Archie #20 CVR C Var: Rebekah Isaacs
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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THE ARCHIES ONE-SHOT (RESOLICIT)

BRAND NEW ONE-SHOT SPECIAL! Follow Archie’s quest to make his songwriting dreams a reality, and see what happens when the rock ‘n’ roll dream starts affecting his relationships with his closest friends. Join co-writers Alex Segura and Matthew Rosenberg (Archie Meets Ramones) and artist Joe Eisma (Archie) for a power-pop one-shot that goes loud on the music, fun and friendship.

Script: Alex Segura and Matt Rosenberg
Art:  Joe Eisma
The Archies One-Shot CVR A Reg: Jaime Hernandez
The Archies One-Shot CVR B Var: David Mack
The Archies One-Shot CVR C Var: Audrey Mok
On Sale Date: 5/24
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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BETTY AND VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES VOLUME 1 (TR)

BETTY AND VERONICA BY ADAM HUGHES VOLUME 1 collects legendary artist Adam Hughes’ iconic three issue run of the ALL-NEW Betty and Veronica comic series. Betty and Veronica are America’s sweethearts… until they turn on each other! Friendships will shatter. Cities will burn. Nails will be broken.

Script: Adam Hughes
Art: Adam Hughes, Jose Villarrubia, Jack Morelli
Cover: Adam Hughes
978-1-68255-985-7
$12.99/$14.99CAN
TR
104 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/10

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JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS #7

Josie and the Pussycats are on a roll like never before, racking up award wins and climbing the charts! But are the “and the Pussycats” living their dreams, or just Josie’s? Are Melody and Valerie ready to try their hand at succeeding on their own terms?

Script: Marguerite Bennett, Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Josie and the Pussycats #7 CVR A Reg: Audrey Mok
Josie and the Pussycats #7 CVR B Var: Jen Bartel
Josie and the Pussycats #7 CVR C Var: Tom Grummett
On Sale Date: 5/31
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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JUGHEAD #15

Sabrina the Teenage Witch tries to do something nice for Jughead, but it ends up creating a comedy of errors in which he’s the most desired bachelor in town. From new writing team Mark Waid (Archie) and Ian Flynn (Sonic the Hedgehog)!

Script: Mark Waid and Ian Flynn
Art: Derek Charm, Matt Herms and Jack Morelli
Jughead #15 CVR A Reg: Derek Charm
Jughead #15 CVR B Var: Sandy Jarrell
Jughead #15 CVR C Var: Marguerite Sauvage
On Sale Date: 5/17
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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LITTLE JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS ONE-SHOT

Josie and the Pussycats’ drummer Melody comes across colorful kitties and decides to adopt them as band mascots. But these aren’t ordinary kittens—they’re magical, and they’re about to rock Little Josie, Valerie and Melody’s world like never before!

Script: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art:  Art Baltazar
Little Josie One-Shot CVR A Reg: Art Baltazar
Little Josie One-Shot CVR B Var:  Katie Cook
Little Josie One-Shot CVR C Var: Franco
On Sale Date: 5/10
48-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL 1 (TR)

JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS VOL. 1 is the first collection of an all-new take on the world’s biggest comic book band. Marguerite Bennett (DC Comics’ Bombshells, Marvel’s A-Force) and co-writer Cameron DeOrdio team with Audrey Mok (Heroine Chic) to retell the origin and story behind the music for Josie, Valerie and Melody. Collects issues 1-5 of the top hit Josie and the Pussycats ongoing series.

Script: Marguerite Bennett and Cameron DeOrdio
Art: Audrey Mok, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Jack Morelli
Cover: Audrey Mok
978-1-68255-989-5
$17.99/$19.99CAN
6 5/8 x 10 3/16”
TR
144 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/24

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REGGIE AND ME #5

Forced to face the consequences of his recent actions, Reggie also confronts his most painful crisis as we learn Vader’s fate. Plus: Big Moose lashes back! Midge makes a startling revelation! Betty makes a daring move and Archie gathers the gang for a climax you won’t want to miss!

Script: Tom DeFalco
Art: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Reggie and Me #5 CVR A Reg: Sandy Jarrell, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Reggie and Me #5 CVR B Var: Shawn McManus
Reggie and Me #5 CVR C Reg: Jim Towe
On Sale Date:  5/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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RIVERDALE #2 (RESOLICIT)

Set in the same universe as the hit CW series, Riverdale continues to reveal untold stories of the world’s most famous teenagers.  When five students from different social cliques (Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, and Josie) end up in Saturday detention together—will they kill each other or come together against the forces of evil that brought them there?

Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Various
Art: Joe Eisma, Andre Szymanowicz, Janice Chiang, John Workman
Riverdale #2 CVR A Reg: Francesco Francavilla
Riverdale #2 CVR B Var: Michael Dooney
Riverdale #2 CVR C Var: Matthew Southworth
On Sale Date: 5/3
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #279

It’s MUSIC MONTH! In the BRAND NEW LEAD STORY “And the Winner Is….” The Archies win an NTV music award, but an overzealous pop star steals their thunder! When they find out she was just using their moment for publicity, the gang decides to turn the tables on her!!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/31
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S FUNHOUSE JUMBO COMICS DIGEST #27

In the BRAND NEW MUSICAL LEAD STORY “Viva la Vinyl,” Archie gets in on the vinyl record craze! But when he accidentally destroys an old autographed “Elton Pretzley” album from his parents’ collection, he has to go on a hunt to track it down again… and get it autographed by “Elton” himself!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/24
256-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS HOOPLA (TR)

Get ready for the biggest collection EVER of the best and brightest stories Archie Comics has to offer! In this edition of the ARCHIE 1000 PAGE COMICS series, get ready for a HOOPLA of fun and entertainment with Archie!
Script: Various
Art: Various
Cover:  Various
978-1-68255-974-1
$14.99/$16.99CAN
TR
1000 pp, Full Color
Direct Market On-Sale Date: 5/31

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ARCHIE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY DIGEST #9

Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest that revisits the momentous “Love Showdown” storyline!

Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: Various
On Sale Date: 5/3
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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ARCHIE’S 75th ANNIVERSARY DIGEST #10

Celebrate Archie’s 75th anniversary in a special way with this commemorative digest that presents the always-entertaining fairy tale stories!

Script: Various
Art:  Various
Cover: Various
On Sale Date: 5/31
224-page, full color comic
$6.99 U.S.

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BETTY & VERONICA SUMMER ANNUAL #254

The MUSICAL MAYHEM continues in the NEW lead story “Brigitte’s Jingle Jangle”! There’s a silly commercial jingle going around that the girls can’t stop laughing at—except one person who doesn’t find it funny—Brigitte! It’s her voice in the jingle, but is the payout worth the humiliation? Betty and Veronica have some advice…

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/17
192-page, full color comic
$5.99 U.S.

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WORLD OF ARCHIE COMICS DOUBLE DIGEST #68

More MUSICAL MADNESS in the NEW story “The Fill-In”! The Archies are at the end of their latest tour when the unthinkable happens: Jughead gets sick from eating some bad food at a hole-in-the-wall on the road. They need a replacement drummer …fast!  Introducing… Jughead’s little sister Jellybean!

Script: Dan Parent
Art:  Dan Parent
Cover: Dan Parent
On Sale Date: 5/10
160-page, full color comic
$4.99 U.S.

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Auburn, NY to Celebrate Will Eisner Week

Explore the life and work of Will Eisner with Auburn, N.Y.’s Seymour Library on Monday March 6th with a panel presentation/film screening and on Tuesday, March 7th with a documentary at Auburn Public Theater.

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was a trailblazer in the comic book world, showing the public that comics could be a genuine form of literature and popularizing the term graphic novel. His landmark comic series The Spirit (1940-1952) was noted for its expressive artwork and experiments in content and form. This year marks the centennial of Will Eisner’s birth.

Geek Culture expert Ed Catto will host a panel on Will Eisner: Celebrating Graphic Novels: An Appreciation of Comics as Literature at Seymour Library on Monday, March 6th at 6:30 pm. The panel will provide an overview of Eisner’s work and highlight other graphic novels that demonstrate the enduring power of Eisner’s convictions. There will be a screening of the 2008 film adaptation of Eisner’s The Spirit, after the panel.

The documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist will be held at the Auburn Public Theater on Tuesday, March 7th at 7pm.  Ed Catto will introduce the documentary.

Industry support for this event has been strong:

  • Dynamite Entertainment is donating comics and a hardcover collection of their recent Spirit series as giveaways to attendees
  • Syracuse’s Salt City Comic-Con (June 24th-June 25th) will randomly give away tickets during both events
  • Paul Levitz, author of Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel will be donating a signed copy of this recent book to Auburn’s Seymour Library

Ed Catto is a marketing strategist and speaks frequently on Geek Culture and Comic Book History.

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Review: Night’s Dominion #4

nightsdom-4-marketing_preview-1Emerane and her companions narrowly escape the Cult of Uhlume and the relentless Furie, exhausted but no richer for their efforts. Going their separate ways into in the pitiless streets of Umber, they each find a dead end waiting. Now penniless, Emerane’s quest to free her younger brother from debtor’s prison seems more hopeless than ever. Until a possible solution comes from the most unlikely ally imaginable—the Furie himself. But his help comes with a dangerous price.

The twists and turns continue in Night’s Dominion #4, as things get complicated for Emerane. It seems she is much more then she appears, in terms of her character. Even more so the Furie has an interesting backstory than first thought. Yet it seems the Cult of Uhlume has a lust for power that they want by any means necessary.

The art by Ted Naifeh (who also writes the series) is much darker this time around. Which I think is partly due to the darkening of the story. The sheer amount of action scenes is impressive and well done in every aspect. Yet this issues does show the contrast between the various classes in the city in superb fashion.

Story: Ted Naifeh Art: Ted Naifeh
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Scout Comics in April 2017

GIRRION: THE CHRYSALIS AND THE STONE  — VOLUME ONE

Written and Illustrated by Tom Lintern

Collecting the first five issues of Book One of the fan-favorite series. GIRRION is a sweeping sci-fi fantasy story of a hero’s journey in a distant time and world, in a realm called Gania inhabited by peaceful creatures known as the Gunflins. For centuries they have learned to harness the power of varied and ancient technologies from wars from a violent past until only one remains a mystery…until now. The saga is told through the eyes of Jarra, a poor factory worker who dreams of escaping his world of endless toil, until one day his deepest wish comes true, though not in a way he would have ever wanted, when his city is attacked by a dark entity called the Halodron. He manages to escape the conflict, but only to be thrust into a war of other-worldly magic and weaponry. This is a great jumping on point for new readers.

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LITTLE GUARDIANS #1

Written by Ed Cho, Illustrated by Lee Cherolis

The new monthly fantasy adventure begins! The Zucchini Festival Part 1. LITTLE GUARDIANS tells the story of two young people switched at birth, unknowingly living each other’s lives.  One was destined to protect the village from demons and monsters, the other to live a simple life working at the local Item Shop.  In this first issue, the townspeople prepare for their annual Zucchini Festival, but strange occurrences plague the celebration. Thoom, the award winning farmer, suffers from blackouts where he becomes violent and uncontrollable, while Idem struggles with his guardian training and learns just how dangerous his Summoning Orb can be. Subira, the local shop girl, is visited by a wandering spirit animal that will not leave her alone. All events lead to the showdown at The Zucchini Festival.

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SMOKETOWN #2

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Illustrated by Scott Van Domelen

The next chapter in this thought-provoking new series from acclaimed writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson (Warlords of Appalachia, Last Sons of America). When Dale’s high school idol Marcus comes home from Afghanistan, he finds that Marcus’ wartime experiences have left him unrecognizable… and dangerous. When Marcus’ volatile new behavior culminates in a brutal assault, Dale has to defuse the situation before people are killed. SMOKETOWN revolves around an American soldier in the days leading up to his murder. Each chapter reveals a new facet of that soldier’s life as he unravels, exposing another criminal or desperate element of his supposedly quiet Pennsylvania town.

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SOLAR FLARE #1

Written by James Haick III, Illustrated by Branko Jovanovic

Where were you when the world went dark? The world has been plunged into darkness and society as we know it has launched into chaos. Jake Clifford was just a regular guy–a man trying to achieve greatness in his career and a father doing his best to be the man his daughter deserved. That is, until a Solar Flare makes contact with earth, wiping out all electricity and modern technology with one fatal blow. Now, Jake must adapt to this new world hoping to one day be reunited with his daughter who was states away when the lights went out.

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