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Ben Kahn writes Gryffen Galaxy’s Most Wanted and Heavenly Blues and is on Graphic Policy Radio!

Ben’s not writing a dystopia, they’re writing a catharisis! “Like the Hulk!” but with a pink queer undercut. 

Ben Kahn is a comic book writer based in New York. Their latest series, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted, is their third collaboration with artist Bruno Hidalgo after Shaman and Heavenly Blues.

Gryffen is a genderqueer, anti-fascist space opera published by SBI Press exclusively on comiXology

Heavenly Blues sees a ragtag group of deceased thieves condemned Hell team up to pull the ultimate heist on Heaven. Art also by Bruno Hidalgo. 

Follow Ben on twitter at https://twitter.com/BenTheKahn

Magdalene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn’s Teenage Wasteland Returns May 15

May 15th marks the return of Magdelene Visaggio and Jen Vaughn’s punk rock, magical grrrl comiXology Originals series, Teenage Wasteland – the action-packed comic where after school activities include transforming into galactic heroes and fighting monsters. The all-new issue #2 is available to read now digitally for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle.

Smart-mouthed Ellie Tweed is the jerkhole new girl in school who falls in with the wrong crowd, who happen to have an explosive secret: they aren’t just teenage girls with attitude, they are the Earth’s secret defenders! And Ellie is their newest recruit.

Teenage Wasteland #1 and #2 is now and will be available to read at no additional cost for members of Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited and purchasable on comiXology and Kindle for $2.99. Print collected edition will be available via Print-on-Demand exclusively on Amazon.com. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 15,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial.

Teenage Wasteland #2

Review: Lost Angels Vol. 1 Paradise High

Lost Angels Vol. 1 Paradise High

If you’ve never seen it, the show Star Crossed depicted a future Louisiana where an alien race has arrived and is placed an internment camp while also integrating into a suburban high school.  The show had one wonder how can you cohabitate with people not from this world? In the first volume of Lost Angels we find a dystopian world where Los Angeles has alien angels living among them and not everyone can live with that.

We are taken to Los Angeles, where an angel is flying in restricted airspace and the reader is introduced to Silver City, what used to be Santa Monica, as we know it. We are also introduced to Alex Martinez, a young human girl, who moved Silver City as part of a “cultural exchange program” and whose mother is a police officer and whose partner is an angel, Daurek. As the divide between the humans and the angels, especially at Alex’s school, is pretty transparent, forcing many including Alex to pick a side. Also, a drug made from a material the Angels brought with them, called Ambrosia, has hit the streets, leading to a one of her classmates getting killed because of it. This leads Alex to find out who gave it to him and for what reason they have for leading him to his death and to clear the name of one of the angels. By book’ end, Alex has found about the darks secret that Angels have been hiding from humans and she has finally found a true friend.

Overall, an excellent story that imagines a world both innovative and fantastic. The story by David Accampo is suspenseful and complex. The art by Chris Anderson is utterly beautiful. Altogether, an excellent comic which will have readers coming back for more.

Story: David Accampo Art: Chris Anderson
Story: 9.6 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

The World Front Mixes the Justice League with The Fly. Out this Week on comiXology.

The World Front, by writer Kurt Belcher and artist Rob Cronnenborghs, debuts on comiXology this May and is perfect for fans of Action Lab‘s adventurous mature readers Danger Zone imprint. The series is a violent, dysfunctional superhero epic, with high action, where the blood runs red! The series blends superhero action and bloody horror.

The series’ genre mix focuses on a family and a group of friends that are both slowly going to pieces.

Pre-order the book on comiXology now! The World Front #1 will be out on May 8th; The World Front #2 will be out June 5th; and The World Front #3 will be out July 3rd. The collected volume, The World Fron Vol. 1, will be out on August 7th.

The World Front #1

comiXology Originals Elephantmen and Ask For Mercy Get Second Seasons

ComiXology and Comicraft announced today Season Two of the hit comiXology Originals series Elephantmen and Ask For Mercy, with Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 out today, and Ask For Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot debuting May 8thand Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Center Of Everything That Is #1 debuting this summer.

Elephantmen is written by Richard Starkings with art by Axel Medellin and covers by Boo Cook whileAsk For Mercy is written by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding – both series were part of the creator-owned comiXology Originals launch last June. Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 is digitally available to read now for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, with Ask For Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot also available for members upon release, May 8th.

Today, Elephantmen 2261 Season Two: The Pentalion Job #1 kicks off the next adventure of the long running pulp science fiction series featuring the human/animal hybrid Elephantmen.Weapons of the war between Africa and China’s transgenics have surfaced and are being transported from the East Coast to the West Coast to be delivered to the Museum of Tolerance. In the vein of a Western heist, thisnew 4-issue miniseries follows ex-con Burba on a mission to steal three Pentalions (giant robotic exo-suits) before they reach their intended destination. The finale of this story will be the 100th issue of Elephantmen and with issue #1 artist Axel Medelin surpasses the 1,000 page mark!

And starting May 8th, the new season of Ask For Mercy kicks off with Ask for Mercy Season Two: Ask For Budgie One-Shot – spotlighting the breakout star of Season One, posing the questions: who is he and where did he come from? Following that, Ask For Mercy continues this summer with Ask For Mercy Season Two: The Center Of Everything That Is – a 5-issue miniseries in which Kasa takes Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie on an adventure where the course of history is at stake! Summoned by Lakota shaman, Medicine Bear, Mercy and her band of monsters discover that Ikto’mi, the Spider-trickster, is interfering with the lives of the people of the Black Hills and the American soldiers intent on driving the Indians out!

Additionally, Elephantmen 2261 Season One: The Death of Shorty – collecting the 5-issue whodunnit miniseries, where Hip Flask and Jack Farrell are drawn into the curious death of an Elephantman known to his friends as “Shorty”– is available today for the first time in print from Amazon.com print-on-demand, and digitally for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle.

Ask For Mercy Season One: The Key To Forever – a World War II fantasy horror story in which Mercy is snatched from her own place and time to join a team of Monster Hunters who are actually Monsters themselves, and together they have to take on a Pantheon of Hideous Creatures summoned to our world by Nazi evil – will also be available print-on-demand via Amazon.com, for members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited, and for sale on comiXology and Kindle, starting May 8th.

ComiXology Originals offer new, exclusive comic book content across Amazon’s subscription services of Prime, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited. Prime Reading offers Amazon Prime members a rotating selection of over a thousand top Kindle books, magazines, short works, comic books, children’s books, and more – all at no additional cost. Kindle Unlimited offers over 1 million titles, thousands of audiobooks, and select current issues of popular magazines for just $9.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. ComiXology Unlimited offers over 20,000 comics, graphic novels and manga for just $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members.

Starburns Industries Press Goes Digital, Launches Three Digital-First Comedy Series on May 1

Starburns Industries Press’ summer season begins May 1, with the debuts of three digital-first series from some of comics’ rising stars! Spanning three genres, Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most WantedInvasion from Planet Wrestletopia, and Long Ago and Far Away are united by SBI’s mandate of “Funny. Strange. Sad. Beautiful.” Each limited series will later be collected in paperback, but fans can read them early on comiXology and preview them in Starburns Presents, SBI’s 2019 Free Comic Book Day offering.

Gryffen is being serialized in half-length issues for 99¢ each, while Wrestletopia and Long Ago and Far Away are serialized in full-length—and some extra-length—issues for $1.99 each, passing the savings from print costs on to readers. Schedules range from weekly for Long Ago and Far Away to monthly for Wrestletopia, but it all starts May 1!

The three series available May 1 include:

GRYFFEN: GALAXY’S MOST WANTED

Script: Ben Kahn (Heavenly Blues)
Art and color: Bruno Hidalgo (Once Upon a Time Machine)
Letters: Sal Cipriano (The Batman Who Laughs)

Ben Kahn and Bruno Hidalgo follow up their acclaimed Heavenly Blues with Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted, a genderqueer space opera following Captain Lyla Gryffen’s campaign against the fascist Sovereign Reach. Once pride of the Reach, Gryffen disappeared six months ago at the edge of the galaxy, only to return one week ago—deeply pissed off. Building a crew from a hostage Reach soldier and the imprisoned smartest man in the universe, Gryffen is out to put a stop to the Reach’s exploitation of worlds, the stagnation of science, and the tyranny of green Jell-O!

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted will run twelve 12-page issues for 99¢ each. Issue #2 will release on May 15, with subsequent issues released every three weeks.

Gryffen: Galaxy’s Most Wanted

INVASION FROM PLANET WRESTLETOPIA

Script: Ed Kuehnel & Matt Entin (Lumberjack Man)
Art: Dan Schkade (The Spirit), Kendall Goode (WWE)
Color: Marissa Louise (Hex Wives)
Letters: A Larger World (Ninja•K)

Creators Ed Kuehnel and Matt Entin bring their cult classic to SBI Press, where the story will be completed for the first time! “Boy Scout” Bob Schultz! Cousin Orville! Mini Macho! Kodiak Jack! Spanish Rose! Don Fong Wong! These are the megastars of 1984’s AWF. “Rock ’n’ Roll” Rory Landell isn’t getting the respect he thinks he deserves, so one crazy night he ups the game, declaring himself the Galactic Champion of the Universe. But it turns out AWF fans aren’t the only ones listening, and the denizens of planet Wrestletopia aren’t going to take a challenge like that sitting down! Soon the Earth is enclosed in a metal cage, and true Galactic Champion Manifest Destiny is on the hunt for Rory, who may or may not be passed out drunk somewhere.

Invasion from Planet Wrestletopia will run six extra-sized issues for $1.99 each. Issue #2 will release on May 15, with subsequent issues released monthly.

INVASION FROM PLANET WRESTLETOPIA

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

Script: Chris Mancini (Comedy Film Nerds)
Art and Color: Fernando Pinto (Monarchs)
Letters: Troy Peteri (KISS)

Comedian and Comedy Film Nerds cohost Chris Mancini breathes new life into fantasy realms with adept humor artist Fernando Pinto! Decades ago, Jason saved the world of Elvenwood from the witch queen Nexis as the Child Knight. Today, he’s an unhappy manager of a comics store, where his disbelieving coworkers have to hear his ridiculous tale over and over. When the denizens of Elvenwood return to seek Jason’s help again, it turns out it’s all true, but will Jason be the hero he once was? Or will he just make things worse because he grew up to be a complete jackass?

Long Ago and Far Away will run eight standard-length issues for $1.99 each. The series will be released weekly.

LONG AGO AND FAR AWAY

The first issue of each series is available exclusively on ComiXology May 1, and Gryffen and Wrestletopia are also previewed in Starburns Presents Free Comic Book Day #2 on May 4! The issue includes an excerpt from Wrestletopia #1 and the complete first chapter of Gryffen, along with a prologue for C.W. Cooke and Kelly Williams’s upcoming digital-first Nasquatch, an excerpt from the next chapter of A.C. Medina, Mina Elwell, and Kit Wallis’s Hellicious, an original story from the world of Eben Burgoon’s B-Squad, and a taste of comedian Josh Fadem’s A Whole New Set of ProblemsStarburns Presents #2 features an original cover by Kelly Williams mashing up the characters from all of the issue’s stories!

Classic Manga Initial D Debuts from ComiXology Originals and Kodansha Comics

Initial D

comiXology and Kodansha Comics have announced volumes 1-38 of Initial D, the all-time classic manga about Japanese street racing by Shuichi Shigeno, are now available to read digitally at no additional cost for Amazon PrimeKindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited customers and are also available for purchase on Kindle and comiXology. Volumes 39-48 will be released later this year. With volumes 34-38 never before translated to English, this year marks the long awaited release of the entire Initial D series in English.

More than a manga, Initial D is a cultural phenomenon. Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the world of Japanese street racing and kicked off a global craze. It spawned a legendary anime series, video games, movies, not to mention an immortally beloved techno soundtrack. It also inspired the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. But it all starts here, with the Initial D manga.

Live the legend of how Tak Fujiwara went from tofu delivery boy to street-racing god.

Tak Fujiwara spends a lot of time behind the wheel. His tofu delivery job sends him racing down the treacherous roads of Mount Akina, and without even realizing it, Tak has mastered racing techniques that take most drivers a lifetime to learn. Of course, none of his friends realize this. They’re all too busy watching the Akina Speed Stars, the local street racing team. When the legendary Red Suns show up to challenge the Speed Stars, it looks as if the Trueno Eight Six that has been seen racing through the mountain roads will take them on. The question remains … who’s the driver of this phantom car?

Initial D

Review: Stone Star #1

Stone Star #1

Stone Star is a mobile asteroid where entertainment abounds, and competition and celebrity are intertwined. Gladiators fight to find their fortune, but there are other secrets lurking beneath the surface as a new season begins. Stone Star is also the brand new comiXology Original series from writer Jim Zub and Max Dunbar.

Teased for a few days, the comic’s release is a bit of a surprise and most welcome as it introduces us a to a world that both feels familiar and new. It’s familiar in that a floating pleasure world is something we’ve seen before in sci-fi worlds but there’s something about this particular iteration that’s interesting and unique (though I can’t quite put my finger on it).

The first issue revolves around Dail, who along with with his friend Kitzo are thieves stealing scraps/junk to survive. Through them, we’re introduced and get a tour of Stone Star, a floating pleasure world. While we don’t see a ton of it, we see enough to get a sense of the world and two solid set ups for what’s coming next.

The art by Dunbar, with color by Espen Grundet Jern and lettering by Marshall Dillon is solid. There’s some solid designs to the characters and aliens that again at times feels familiar but unique too. The facility feels like you’re seeing the underbelly of an entertainment operation, going behind the curtain and into the halls of the support staff and stage hands. There’s a gritty and dirtiness about it all that makes the world lived in and combined with some solid perspectives and use of panels, creates a visually interesting world.

The comic is unexpected but quite welcome. The story is a solid introduction that has a nice set up for the second issue and the characters and world shown are intriguing to the point I want to find out more. What exactly Zub and Dunbar have planned, there’s two intriguing plot points, is unknown but where things go from this first issue feels like a story that I want to spend some time with and a world I want to explore.

Story: Jim Zub Art: Max Dunbar
Color: Espen Grundet Jern Letterer: Marshall Dillon
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Buy
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ComiXology and Delcourt Reveal a Promethee 13:13 Poster by Shawn Martinbrough and Jock

ComiXology and Delcourt Group join forces to bring readers everywhere the upcoming comiXology Originals title Promethee 13:13, a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, mind-bending, science-fiction bande dessinée, Promethee. The Promethee 13:13 team along with original Promethee creator Christophe Bec will be in attendance at the 46th annual Festival International De La Bande Dessinée – happening January 24-27, 2019 in Angouleme, France – to promote and discuss new details about this upcoming title.

Coming this year as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Promethee 13:13will be exclusively available as two 48-page volumes on Kindle and comiXology and available to members of Prime Reading, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost. Each volume will be simultaneously released in English and French worldwide at debut.

To celebrate this announcement, the all-star Promethee 13:13 creative team of Andy Diggle, Shawn Martinbrough and Jock, along with Promethee original creator, Christophe Bec, will appear at the Delcourt Group booth in Le Monde des Bulles Marquee to sign an exclusive, limited edition poster illustrated by Shawn Martinbrough, with colors by Jock, Friday, January 25th from 5-6pm, and Saturday January 26thfrom 7-8pm. Additionally, the Promethee team along with comiXology Originals Head of Content, Chip Mosher, Directeur Editorial at Delcourt Group, Jean Wacquet, and Editor Will Dennis, will discuss this upcoming comic series during the Past, Present and Future: Promethee 13:13 panel, Thursday, January 24th at 4:30pm at the Conservatory Gabriel Fauré in Angoulême, France.

Promethee 13:13 is a psychological sci-fi horror comic full of alien conspiracy, written by Andy Diggle with art by Shawn Martinbrough, colors by Dave Stewart, covers by Jock, and headed by veteran editor Will Dennis.

Darla, a successful author, has visions of apocalyptic invasions and being abducted by aliens as a child. After years of medication she’s put it behind her, until one day while speaking at a mental illness conference in San Diego, her life gets turned upside down. At the same time, strange things begin to happen during the latest space shuttle Atlantis mission. Promethee 13:13 tells the thrilling fast-paced space drama leading up to the moments of September 21, 2019 at 13:13.

DC Joins comiXology Unlimtied, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading

DC Comics comixology unlimited

With the launch of their digital platform DC Universe in 2018, DC Comics finally dipped their toes for the first time into the world of unlimited comic reading. Today, its been revealed we’re getting three new ways to do that as well.

ComiXology and Amazon have announced that DC and Vertigo Comics are now available through multiple subscription services at no additional cost: comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited, and Prime Reading. Expanding availability to these three services makes it easier than ever for Amazon customers to enjoy DC’s Super Heroes like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and Justice League, as well as DC Vertigo’s high concept series like Sandman, Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Transmetropolitan, Preacher, 100 Bullets, Fables, and more.

With the addition of thousands of select DC single issues, collections and graphic novels – including exclusive fan-favorites from the DC Vertigo imprint – comiXology Unlimited remains $5.99 a month with a 30-day free trial for new members. Kindle Unlimited members will also enjoy a selection of single issues, collections and graphic novels, while subscribers of Prime Reading will have access to a curated and rotating list of highly regarded DC and DC Vertigo graphic novels, for no additional cost. This expansion across the three services provides the perfect entry points for those new to DC and DC Vertigo.

Today, comiXology Unlimited and Kindle Unlimited members see the addition of many bestselling DC Comics and Vertigo titles, including a selection of single issues, collections, and graphic novels available to read from the following series:

DC:

All Star Superman 
Animal Man (2011-2014)

Aquaman (2011-2016)
Arrow (2012-2013)
Batgirl (2016- )
Batman (2011-2016)
Batwoman (2011-2015)
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 
Batman: The Long Halloween
 
Batman: White Knight
 
Cyborg (2016- )

Green Lanterns (2016-)
Harley Quinn (2016-)
Identity Crisis
Injustice: Gods Among Us (2013)
Injustice 2 (2017-)
The Mulitversity (2014)
New Super-Man (2016-)
Supergirl (2016-)
Teen Titans (2016-)
Wonder Woman (2016-)
…and many more!

DC Vertigo:

100 Bullets
American Vampire
Astro City (2013- )
Books of Magick: Life During Wartime (2004-2005)
Clean Room (2015-2017)
Doom Patrol (1987-1995)
Ex-Machina
Fables
Hellblazer
Preacher
The Sandman
Scalped
Sweet Tooth
Transmetropolitan 
V for Vendetta 
Watchmen
Y: The Last Man
…and many more!

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