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Preview: ET-ER #1

ET-ER #1

(W) Jeff McComsey, Dan Panosian (A) Javier Pulido, Shawn Crystal (CA) Andrew Robinson
In Shops: Oct 13, 2021
SRP: $3.99

Intergalactic virus liquefy one of your heads? Feeling a bit “off” ever since you drove through that black hole? Then visit the ET-ER, the galaxy’s leading medical facility. This interplanetary crew of doctors, nurses, paramedics, and technicians is uniquely qualified to cure what ails you. There’s no planet too far, no asteroid too small, no patient too, well alien – and they accept most forms of insurance. This super-sized debut special includes two stories of medical madness that are out of this world.

ET-ER #1

Exclusive: Max Dunbar and Tom Neely Card Art from Chaotic Neutral Revealed

They said fantasy roleplaying games were dangerous and they were wrong. But now? Maybe they were right to be afraid! Writer Mark Sable and artist Chris Anderson have created a Kickstarter campaign for Chaotic Neutral, an all-new 48-page comic book first issue inspired by the old school fantasy roleplaying games that worried parents and teachers alike. Chaotic Neutral delivers magic, adventure, and storytelling—with an edge. 

And Chaotic Neutral is more than just a comic:

  • Mark Sable has written an official Chaotic Neutral Adventure Module that you can play using most old school fantasy games. 
  • Acclaimed comics creator Ryan Browne (God Hates Astronauts; Curse Words) has created an all-new, Chick Tracts-styled comic with a very specific message: comic books and RPGs will ruin your life.
  • Superstar artists Max Dunbar (Dungeons & Dragons), Jeremy Haun (Haunthology), Maan House (Godkillers), Jeff Johnson (Boondocks), Tom Neely (The Humans), Dan Panosian (Slots), Jim Rugg (Mtsryr: Octobriana 1976), Tim Seeley (Money Shot) and Kyle Strahm (Spread) have created Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Cards. This uncut trading card sheet will feature one side with art, while the other will contain stats for a campaign. 

We have an exclusive look at Tom Neely and Max Dunbar’s Chaotic Neutral: Monster Trading Card art. Check out Neely’s Night-Mare and Dunbar’s Skeleton below!

The Kickstarter has crossed its goal and ends on October 28, 2021 at 11:59 EDT.

AfterShock Heads to New York Comic Con with Signings, Variants, and More!

AfterShock Comics returns to New York Comic Con (NYCC) October 7 – 10 for four action-packed days of fan engagement activities, including a panel featuring acclaimed AfterShock creators; exclusive, never-before-seen content and offers; special edition merch and much more.

Setting up shop at Booth #2337, AfterShock will go big this year with several exciting opportunities available to AfterShock’s army of dangerous readers, including exclusive variants of some of AfterShock’s most talked about recent titles created specifically for NYCC, including We Live #1 with cover by XX; Chicken Devil #1 with cover by Dan Panosian; and Maniac of New York: Volume One with cover by Andrea Mutti.

AfterShock will also be hosting a number of rock star talent signings at our biggest booth ever, Booth #2337, including creators such as:

  • Frank Tieri (PESTILENCE, AFTERDARK): Thursday, October 7, 2pm
  • Stephanie Phillips (NUCLEAR FAMILY, RED ATLANTIS): Schedule TBD
  • Andrea Mutti (MANIAC OF NEW YORK, BUNNY MASK): Appearing every day
  • Brian Buccellato (CHICKEN DEVIL): Friday-Sunday, October 8-10, 3pm
  • Mark Sable (MISKATONIC, WAR ON TERROR: GODKILLERS):  Friday-Saturday, October 8-9, 4pm
  • Joe Pruett, (AfterShock Publisher, BLACK-EYED KIDS, AFTERDARK):  Appearing every day

On Sunday, October 10, from 1:30pm – 2:30pm in Room 406.3, AfterShock Comics presents a panel featuring some of the biggest writers in comics previewing creator-owned projects on the way from AfterShock and its new YA imprint, Seismic Press. In a conversation hosted by Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts, attendees will get the low-down on upcoming AfterShock projects from top creators Frank Tieri, Stephanie Phillips, Andrea Mutti among others listed above.

Fans will also have a rare opportunity to take home a limited edition, one-of-a-kind AfterShock Mystery Box, a value of close to $200, for only $75. Contents may include graded comics, signed comics, rare variants, complete series runs and surprise items every comic enthusiast will enjoy.

AfterShock Comics team members in attendance will include Editor-in-Chief Mike Marts; Publisher/Chief Creative Officer Joe Pruett; President Lee Kramer; Managing Editor Christina Harrington; SVP Sales & Marketing Steve Rotterdam; Senior Retailer Relations Manager RuthAnn Thompson; Senior Retail Sales Development Manager Marc Hammond, Associate Editor Teddy Leo, and Publishing Assistant Sarah Pruett, in addition to some of the most exciting creative stars in the comics industry.

Heroes Transform in Marvel’s Villains’ Reign Variant Covers

Spinning out of their Eisner nominated run on Daredevil, Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto’s Devil’s Reign will launch in December and see Kingpin’s bold scheme to take down every hero ranging from the Fantastic Four to the X-Men! Villains will rule and heroes will fall – and in anticipation of this upcoming crossover event, some of Marvel’s top artists have delivered outstanding new artwork for a brand-new variant cover series! These Villain’s Reign Variant Covers transform your favorite heroes into some of the fierce foes that will take charge in the upcoming event. Witness unexpected mashups including:

  • Captain Marvel as Mole Man
  • Hulk as Kingpin
  • She-Hulk as Kraven the Hunter
  • Black Panther as Sabretooth
  • Mary Jane as Nightmare
  • Doctor Strange as The Ringmaster
  • Captain America as Princess Python
  • Thing as Death

Get the comics starting in December

  • HULK #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
  • THING #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by DAN PANOSIAN
  • BLACK PANTHER #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by KAEL NGU
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #82 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by JOSHUA “SWAY” SWABY
  • AVENGERS #51 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by PETE WOODS
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA/IRON MAN #2 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
  • DEATH OF DOCTOR STRANGE #4 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by ANNIE WU
  • CAPTAIN MARVEL #35 Villains’ Reign Variant Cover by TODD NAUCK

Scott Snyder Signs Deal with comiXology Featuring 8 Creator-Owned Comics

Scott Snyder has tested the waters of creator-owned comics, crowdfunding, and now has signed a deal with comiXology to co-create eight original titles for the digital platform. Through Snyder’s Best Jackett Press, the comics will first debut digitally on comiXology and Kindle and then later be printed through Dark Horse.

We Have Demons with Greg Capullo is one of the series announced. Others involved include Rafael Albuquerque, Francesco Francavilla, Jamal Igle, Jock, Tula Lotay, Francis Manapul, and Dan Panosian. The comics will begin to be released in October.

The decision by Snyder was expedited due to shifts in the industry due to COVID as well as publishers cutting rates.

While Amazon will get a brief first look, the company has no rights to the comics allowing Snyder and the artists to control the projects when it comes to film, television, and merchandise.

Check out the full releases below.

Barnstormers: written by Scott Snyder with art by Tula Lotay and colors by Tula Lotay and Dee Cunniffe — A high flying adventure romance set just after the First World War.

Barnstormers

The Book of Evil: written by Scott Snyder with illustrations by Jock — A prose story about four young friends growing up in a strange, near future where over 90 percent of the population are born as psychopaths.

The Book of Evil

Canary: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Dan Panosian — It’s 1891 and a mine collapses into itself. Find out what the dark substance found 666 feet underground is in this horror Western!

Canary

Clear: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francis Manapul — A sci-fi mystery thrill-ride into a strange dystopian future, where a neurological internet connection is transforming reality.

Clear

Duck and Cover: written by Scott Snyder with art by Rafael Albuquerque — A manga-influenced teen adventure set in the strange post-apocalyptic America… of 1955. In conjunction with Albuquerque’s Stout Club Entertainment.

Duck and Cover

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine: written by Scott Snyder with art by Jamal Igle and Juan Castro and colors by Chris Sotomayor — A rollicking adventure story about a boy, his dog, and a machine that controls time and space! What could go wrong?

Dudley Datson and the Forever Machine

Night of the Ghoul: written by Scott Snyder with art and colors by Francesco Francavilla — A dazzling work of horror, intercutting between the present day narrative and the story of a lost horror film.

Night of the Ghoul

We Have Demons written by Scott Snyder with art by Greg Capullo and Jonathan Glapion and colors by Dave McCaig—The conflict between good and evil is about to come to a head when a teenage hero embarks on a journey that unveils a secret society, monsters, and mayhem.

We Have Demons

Rob Liefeld and Larry Hama Team for a Snake Eyes: Deadgame #5 Cover

On July 7, 2021, Rob Liefeld will close out his run on the best-selling G.I. JOE title, Snake Eyes: Deadgame, from Hasbro and IDW! The fifth issue finale features an All-Star list of comic book legends providing inks and finishes to Rob’s penciled art. Not satisfied with just putting together an All-Star team, Rob decided to round out the cast by adding legendary artist and creator Kevin EastmanRyan OttleyEric Canete, and Karl Kerschl.

Not content with this unparalleled assemblage of All-Star talents, Liefeld wanted to take the event one step further. The Deadpool creator enlisted the Living Legend of G.I. JOE: A Real American HeroLarry Hama. Rob will ink over Larry Hama’s pencils for a special once-in-a-lifetime collectible cover event.

These artists join the already named list of All-Stars including Neal AdamsJerry OrdwayWhilce PortacioKarl KeselArt ThibertPhilip TanDan PanosianDan FragaEd PiskorMarat MychaelsJim RuggTom ScioliCory HamscherPaul ScottKarl Alstaetter, and Chance Wolf.

Preview: An Unkindness of Ravens

An Unkindness of Ravens

(W) Dan Panosian (A) Marianna Ignazzi (CA) Dan Panosian
In Shops: Jun 02, 2021
SRP: $19.99

WELCOME TO CRAB’S EYE. A SMALL TOWN WHERE MAGIC IS REAL AND GOSSIP CAN KILL.

Not all the witches burned during the Salem Witch Trials-and the ones that survived did so together, protecting the ancient secrets entrusted to them for generations. They call themselves the Ravens.

Wilma is the new girl in school, and she plans to go completely unnoticed-except that she bears an eerie resemblance to the Raven member Waverly, who just went missing.

The truth behind Waverly’s disappearance will put the entire coven in danger-and Wilma will have to rely on power she never knew she had if she wants to save her new friends!

Collects the complete An Unkindness of Ravens #1-5.

Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe court divinity with Ordinary Gods

On the heels of sales beast Radiant Black, Kyle Higgins courts divinity in an upcoming collaboration with The Flash’s Felipe WatanabeOrdinary Gods. This centuries-spanning epic sci-fi/fantasy series is set to launch from Image Comics on July 7.

This monumental new series of mythic proportions will debut with an extra-length first issue. Each issue will also feature stunning, wraparound cover art from such artists as Dave Johnson, Nicola Scott, Declan Shalvey, Rod Reis, Tula Lotay, Dan Panosian, and series artist Watanabe, all with colors by the Eisner Award-winning Matt Wilson.

The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the “War of Immortals.” At least, they were—before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation.

Ordinary Gods follows 22-year-old Christopher. He’s got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He’s in therapy. He’s one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.

Ordinary Gods #1

Review: Superman: Red and Blue #2

Superman: Red and Blue #2

I loved the debut of Superman: Red and Blue. The first issue was such a fresh take on Superman with a delivery that mixed in socio-political issues and the character’s limits and failures. Mixed with beautiful art, it was a debut that forced you to take notice. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is entertaining in its own way but falls far short of that first issue that soared.

There isn’t anything particularly bad about Superman: Red and Blue #2. There are five stories that are all entertaining in their own way. The stories vary in their focus and art style each delivering its own take on the character and his world. But, none of the stories really stand out. They’re entertaining while you read but I didn’t find the issue sticking with me in the same way as the first. It’s a case of starting out with a debut that’s almost “too good”. It’s difficult to match that level of quality.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 has its highlights. The comic debuts and opens with an interesting and emotional take on Clark’s relationship with his parents. It’s one that takes on negative perceptions about adoption and stamps them down.

An entry that pits Lex Luthor against Superman has a tinge of humor that pays homage to past stories. It’s a cute, fun story that I’d love as a backup feature in a Superman comic.

Where the comic stands out is in its varied subject matter. The anthology features stories focused on Martha Kent, Val-Zod, Lex Luthor, a random young girl, and Cyborg Superman. Each story is good in its own way and are worth reading. Superman: Red and Blue #2 is a frustrating comic in a way. All of the stories would be great as backups to a regular running series. But, as an anthology the stories are a bit too different in their subjects and topics and far too often fall into Superman battling something or they fall into predictable cheese.

Superman: Red and Blue #2 is hampered by that amazing first issue. It hasn’t stuck with me as that debut has. It’s not one that I immediately raved about to others. It’s good. It’s an entertaining read to sit back and relax to. But, it doesn’t challenge or do anything really new or interesting with an iconic character. An anthology feels like it presents a way to try something new, not something we’ve seen before.

Story: Steven T. Seagle, Chuck Brown, Dan Panosian, Stephanie Phillips, Jason Howard
Art: Duncan Rouleau, Denys Cowan, John Stanisci, Dan Panosian, Marley Zarcone, Jason Howard
Color: Chris Sotomayor
Letterer: Pat Brosseau, Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh, Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

DC Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Superman: Red & Blue #2

Superman: Red & Blue #2

Written by: Stephanie Nicole Phillips, Dan Panosian, Chuck Brown
Art by: Dan Panosian, Denys Cowan, Marley Zarcone

Explore the world of Superman in a way you’ve never seen before. Five brand-new stories, a visual tour de force, with only the Man of Steel’s signature colors. There are tales starring Clark Kent, the original Superman, including a showdown with his most tenacious foe, Lex Luthor—but there is also a great space adventure with Val-Zod, the Superman of Earth-2, going up against an amped-up version of Prometheus. And then there is Cyborg Superman, a warped reflection of the real deal, with a mission as opposite to Superman’s as any could be. But no matter how out there the situation gets, it always comes back to the one man and the planet he loves and has sworn to protect—and the people he inspires, young and old.

Superman: Red & Blue #2
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