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Brian Michael Bendis’ Jinxworld Heads to Dark Horse

Brian Michael Bendis brings his line of creator-owned titles, Jinxworld, to Dark Horse Comics. The partnership includes new series as well as the reintroduction of classic Jinxworld titles. Jinxworld and Dark Horse have announced the debut of the fiercely ambitious science-fiction odyssey: Joy Operations coming to comic shops in November.

In addition to the launch of Joy Operations, over the next few months Dark Horse will be publishing all new chapters of the critically-acclaimed yakuza epic Pearl with Jessica Jones co-creator Michael Gaydos, the three-time Eisner nominated spy thriller Cover with David Mack, an all-new saga in the Murder Inc. series by Powers creators Michael Avon Oeming and Taki Soma, plus upcoming unannounced projects by Alex Maleev, Jacob Edgar, and plenty of surprises. All this plus new editions of many Jinxworld titles including PowersTorsoScarlet, and more starting with the critically acclaimed Pearl volumes 1 and 2, with brand new covers by series co-creator Michael Gaydos! AND a new printing of the brand-new sold-out Powers: The Best Ever graphic novel.

In Joy Operations, Brian Michael Bendis teams up with Stephen Byrne for their very first creator-owned blockbuster series.

Fifty-five years from now. Joy is an EN.VOI. A special agent of one of the JONANDO TRUST. Trusts are corporate-owned cities that are the centerpiece of modern society. She rights wrongs for the trust. She is excellent, hard on herself, and driven. Almost a legendary figure in some parts. Until one day a voice pops in her head trying to get her to betray everything she has ever believed.

This meticulously-designed Akira meets Inception journey shows us a new future like only comics can. Joy Operations #1 will also feature a variant cover by David Mack, as well as an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and a look forward to other, brand-new Jinxworld projects coming exclusively to Dark Horse.

Joy Operations #1 (of five) will be in comic shops on November 17, 2021. It is available for pre-order at your local comic shop.

Pearl Volume 1 trade paperback will be in comic shops on March 16, 2022 and in book stores on March 29, 2022. Pearl Volume 2 trade paperback will be in comic shops on April 13, 2022 and in book stores on April 26, 2022. They are available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Pearl Volume 1 and 2 will retail for $19.99.

Powers: The Best Ever trade paperback will be everywhere books are sold January 26, 2022. It is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and at your local comic shop and bookstore. Powers: The Best Ever will retail for $24.99.

Preview: Cover #6 (of 6)

Cover #6 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
MATURE READERS
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
SRP: $3.99

The first volume of one of the best-reviewed series of the year comes to its shocking conclusion! It’s an industry dinner in New York City, and comic book creator Max finds himself juggling his responsibilities as a spy for the United States government and his role as a member of the creative community! This unique, genre-bending look at the comics industry has received rave reviews for Emmy and Eisner Award-nominated artist David Mack and Peabody Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis! COVER will return next year-but this shocking conclusion will have people talking about what is-and isn’t-true in this “based on a true story” story.

Cover #6 (of 6)

Preview: Cover #5

Cover #5

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Jan 23, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Comics creator Max Field has been recruited to be a spy-and now it’s beginning to affect his work. The lines of fantasy and reality are beginning to blur, and the world of comics may never be the same. A valentine to all that comics can be, COVER is a genre-bending series Comic Watch called “a masterful book” by the award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack.

Cover #5

Preview: Cover #4 (of 6)

Cover #4

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Max is not having the best year of his career. Sales on his comics series are tanking, and his personal life is crumbling. Could it have something to do with his double life as a spy? Max learns the definition of “in too deep” as his worlds start to collide.
COVER is a major new project from longtime collaborators and Peabody Award winners Brian Bendis and Emmy-nominated artist David Mack. It’s a heartfelt valentine to comics creators, their creations and the genres they inspire.

Cover #4

Preview: Cover #3 (of 6)

Cover #3 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Cover goes to Paris as Max is sent to the iconic Angoulême International Comics Festival, where he is about to receive their highest award. But did he earn it…or is it all part of an international spy cover operation? As the worlds of spycraft and comics clash in ways Max could never have imagined, his life-and more importantly, his artwork-begin to collapse around him! Don’t miss the latest chapter of this fierce new comic by the Inkpot, Peabody and Eisner Award-winning talents of Brian Michael Bendis and David Mack (SUPERMAN, Kabuki, Jessica Jones)!

Preview: Cover #2 (of 6)

Cover #2 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Nazi-hunters? Escape artists? Some M.I.A. for decades? Exactly how long have comics creators been part of the intelligence community? Follow the latest recruit from the Comic-Con circuit as he falls in with this mysterious crowd. The secrets he uncovers about its legacy will shock and delight, well, just about everyone.

This whip-smart multimedia explosion by lifelong collaborators Brian Michael Bendis (writer of SUPERMAN and ACTION COMICS) and David Mack bring the worlds of spies and comics together in a loving mash-up that celebrates both. Fans of David’s multimedia comics work are in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat.

First Impressions Featuring: Bats. Lots of Bats.

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

 

Return Of Wolverine #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Oh yeah.
Recap, review: Wolverine was dead. Now he isn’t. In the book that represents one of his first full appearances since dying in 2014 or so. With the return, we get a really interesting reintroduction that ties nicely into the character’s rich history and some of his most notable tropes over the years. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 9.1

Detective Comics #988 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Part one of a new arc, and one that you can probably dive into knowing that only Selina Kyle ditched Bruce Wayne at the alter and he isn’t doing well with it.  
Rating: 
9.0

Burnouts #1 (Image)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Highschool, drugs and aliens. A totally normal combination that makes for a really cool comic.
Rating: 
8.2

Batman #55 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Well shit me. Even having an idea of what was coming, I was in no way actually expecting what happened. A recap is irrelevant (par for the course with a new arc), and the review boils down to “you should read this.”
Rating:
8.1

The Last Space Race (Aftershock)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review:
Honestly, this is just a super fun comic that’s almost grounded in reality and realism. Almost. I can’t wait for the next issue.
Rating: 
9.0

Batman: Damned #1 (DC)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes.
Recap, review: 
Look, you’ve probably heard about about this comic for non story related reasons. Because of the changes in art from the first and second printing (shadows in certain areas on a naked Batman will be less revealing) the price of the first printing has reached obscene levels in the first week. But is the comic worth getting the second printing for the story? Yes is the short answer – if for no other reaon than to see Lee Bermejo’s jaw dropping art work.  
Rating: 
9.0

First Impressions Featuring: Gods, Bullets and Spiders

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Old Man Logan #47 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Kinda.
Recap, review: Even though the series is winding down, issues 46 and 47 provide as enjoyable read as Logan travels to Nova Scotia with Alpha Flight to combat a weird alien menace. It’s worth reading the two issues for that alone, but you can make do with starting here.
Rating: 8.8

Batman #54 (DC)
Can a new reader start here?
Yup
Recap, review:
At this point you should know Batman got ditched at the alter. This issue has Dick Grayson being there for Bruce, whether he’s wanted or not. And it’s one of the best things Tom King has ever written.
Rating:
 9.8

Pestilence: A Story Of Satan #4 (Afterhock)
Can a new reader start here? I wouldn’t.
Recap, review: An unfortunate case of a sequel miniseries not living up to the standards of the first, A Story Of Satan is a disjointed jumble of various elements that’ll make no sense to a new reader – and barely any to an existing reader.
Rating: 6.4

The Amazing Spider-Man #4 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? 
Yes
Recap, review: 
Spider-Man and Peter Parker were separted  because of SCIENCE and, predictably it isn’t going well. The comic’s fun, though, and that’s what really matters.
Rating:
8.8

Star Wars: Darth Vader #23 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: 
Even though this is the third part in the current story, because Darth Vader has become so synonymous with science fiction and redemptive villainy, you know who he is. This issue we’re fortunate enough to jump into the story at what can be read as a new beginning which, in conjuction with the exposition from the Emperor, allows new readers, like myself, to enjoy the adventures of Darth Vader without skipping a beat.
Rating:
8.8

The Dreaming #1 (DC/Vertigo)
Can a new reader start here? No
Recap, review: 
So here’s the thing. This is a well drawn comic, but as someone who has never really immersed themselves into the Sandman lore, it is nigh on impossible to penetrate this story in any meaningful way – which means my desire to return is pretty minimal.
Rating:
6.9

First Impressions Featuring: Gods, Bullets and Spiders

Welcome to Graphic Policy’s First Impressions where we take a look at a handful of comics in order to discern just how accessible they are for new readers, because every comic could be somebody’s first – and that’s the first question that’ll be answered with this feature. The second is whether youshould  start there because sometimes a book could be accessible to new readers but the quality could be less than average, and so each comic will receive a score out of ten based upon Graphic Policy’s typical ten point scale.

Where possible we’ll also be providing  recap of sorts for the relevant story beats up until the issue in question in order to help you figure out if the series is something you’re interested in, assuming we’ve read any part of the story thus far. All comics were provided for review purposes unless otherwise noted.


 

Asgardians Of The Galaxy #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: With no idea how this team formed, I can’t give you a recap. But that doesn’t matter because this is an easy comic to jump into (and there’s Throg, Frog of Thunder!).
Rating: 8.4

Border Town #1 (DC/Vertigo)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: A comic with a not so subtle social commentary, a cultural mythology lesson and some fantastic characters? Hell yeah. This is one of the best things I’ve read all week.
Rating: 9.1

Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #23 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes, kinda.
Recap, review: So Ben Reilly was a villain and made a deal with the devil, he owes a cure to terminal illness to somebody and his “brother” is going to kill him when he does cure her because his crimes were so egrecious. Sound fun? Wait till you get to the two twists and all the character development.
Rating: 8.4

United States vs. Murder, Inc #1 (DC/Jinxworld)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Ever wondered how a person gets their start as a mafia enforcer? This oddly charming comic blends familial ties with murder as an uncle inducts his niece into the casually brutal way of life of a mafia enforcer while questioning why a woman can’t dothe job.
Rating: 8.7

Cover #1 (DC/Jinxworld)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Weird, wonderful and beautifully illustrated, this is a love letter to the artist’s process wrapped up in a story that begins to reveal itself as the comics progresses.
Rating: 8.5

Immortal Hulk #5 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes, more or less
Recap, review: How deadly is the monster within? That’s the question aked here amidst a backdrop of Hulk unleashing against an enemy that can stand his punches. We get a little in story scene setting before an epic battle ensues. Yes, we’re five issues in, bu this is still a relatively safe place to start from (I say this as I don’t know if I read the last issue).
Rating: 8.9

Old Man Logan Annual #1 (Marvel)
Can a new reader start here? Yes
Recap, review: Set before Old Man Logan came to the 616 universe, this standalone tale has him facing off against a gang taking a hero for inspiration and wisting it horribly. Becayse it’s standalone, you can read this without ever having gone near the main series.
Rating: 8.1

Preview: Cover #1 (of 6)

Cover #1 (of 6)

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A/CA) David Mack
In Shops: Sep 05, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Years in the making, from the award-winning team of Brian Michael Bendis and multimedia sensation David Mack, comes a brand-new graphic novel experience. And it’s all kind of based on a true story. Sort of…

Deep in the American intelligence community, someone realizes that comic book creators, who travel all over the world to sell their wares, might make the perfect cover for operatives in the dangerous, topsy-turvy world of intelligence and counterintelligence…and that’s when all hell breaks loose. This is the story of the time the world of comics and the world of international spywork smashed together-with unexpected results!

Artist David Mack, follows his Emmy nominated work on Jessica Jones, and his critically acclaimed video work for Dashboard Confessionals and Amanda Palmer, brings another completely unique vision to this driving comedic spy story that is also a beautiful Valentine to all those creators who sit alone and make beautiful stories.

Almost American
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