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Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 Features Becky Cloonan, Gerry Duggan, Kim-Joy, Jock, Tula Lotay, and more!

Image Comics have announced this year’s forthcoming Thought Bubble Anthology 2019, which will hit stores this October. 

It will feature contributions from such creators as Becky Cloonan, Gerry Duggan, Abigail Jill Harding, Lee Garbett, Benji Goldsmith, Jock, Daniel Warren Johnson, Kim-joy (The Great British Bake Off finalist), Tula Lotay, Mildred Louis, Pernille Ørum & Luke Pearson (creator of the Netflix show Hilda), and cover artwork by Helen Mingjue Chen.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 is part of the United Kingdom’s Thought Bubble Festival, which takes place in Yorkshire, Northern England from November 4-10, 2019. All profits from this comic go to Barnardo’s, one of the largest children’s charities in the UK.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019 (Diamond Code AUG190062) will hit stores on Wednesday, October 9.

Thought Bubble Anthology 2019

Dark Horse Loses Another Title as Stan Sakai’s Usagi Yojimbo Heads to IDW

Usagi Yojimbo

Dark Horse has been losing some pretty high-profile titles, Conan, Star Wars, Buffy, and now Stan Sakai has announced via the New York Times that his creator-owned series Usagi Yojimbo will be heading to IDW Publishing. The title had been published for 24 years with Dark Horse.

The series will be relaunched with a new first issue to encourage new readers as the previous volume ended with #165. The new series is set to debut in June. IDW will also reprint the entire series from the beginning in colorized collections. The new series will be colored by Tom Luth.

Usagi Yojimbo #1 includes a main cover by Stan Sakai, plus variants by Daniel Warren JohnsonKevin Eastman, and Walt Simonson.

Written and illustrated by Stan Sakai for over thirty years and published in over fourteen countries, Usagi Yojimbo is set in a unique world based on 17th century Japan. Miyamoto Usagi, who once served as the personal bodyguard for a Japanese warlord, now traverses this unique world – a landscape populated by ghosts, dinosaurs, monsters, and warriors of all kinds – as a ronin. In his many exciting adventures, the swordsrabbit hones his skills, saves villages, and often finds himself navigating the delicate affairs of national/political significance.

The move also reunites the character with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who are published with IDW. The two have crossed over a lot and Usagi Yojimbo was previously published by Mirage, the original home of TMNT. The series has also been published by Fantagraphics.

Vanesa Del Rey and Erica Henderson Rock Heavy Metal Variants for Murder Falcon

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed two more “Heavy Metal” variant covers for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon.

Each issue of the head-banging action series features a variant cover that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. Murder Falcon #6’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, with art provided by acclaimed Redlands artist Vanesa Del Rey, homages Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. Eisner Award-winning artist Erica Henderson provides the art for Murder Falcon #7’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, which salutes Dio’s iconic debut album Holy Diver

Murder Falcon #6 will hit stores on Wednesday, March 13th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th. 

Murder Falcon #7 will be available on Wednesday, April 10th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 18th.

  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: JAN190339)
  • Murder Falcon #6 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Del Rey (Diamond code: JAN190340)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: FEB190168)
  • Murder Falcon #7 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Henderson (Diamond code: FEB190169)
Murder Falcon #6
Murder Falcon #6
Murder Falcon #7
Murder Falcon #7

Preview: Bloodborne #8

BLOODBORNE #8

Writer: Ales Kot
Artists: Piotr Kowalski, Brad Simpson
Cover A: Daniel Warren Johnson
Cover B: Piotr Kowalski & Brad Simpson
Cover C: John Bivens
Publisher: Titan Comics
FC, 32pp, $3.99, On sale: January 2, 2019

The horror and mystery continue in Bloodborne, the comic based on FromSoftware’s critically acclaimed video game hit – now an ongoing series by popular demand!

Ales Kot (Zero, Wolf, Generation Gone) with artist Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein, Sex) at last reveal the first atrocities of the Healing Church, in a blood-soaked climax that will leave Yharnam forever scarred by purging flame!

BLOODBORNE #8

Murder Falcon Gets Variants by Tyrell Cannon, Ryan Ottley and Lorenzo de Felici

Image and Skybound Entertainment unleash three more jaw-dropping covers in the “Heavy Metal” variant line for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon—this time with artwork by Tyrell Cannon and Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Ryan Ottley and Cliff Rathburn, and Lorenzo de Felici for issues #3-5 of the series respectively.

Cannon and Beaulieu’s artwork will pay homage to Bolt Thrower’s War Master album cover, Ottley and Rathburn’s to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power album cover, and de Felici’s to Yngwie Malmsteen’s Trilogy album cover.

Each issue of the head-banging action series, Murder Falcon, features a “Heavy Metal” variant that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. A variety of brutally talented artists will contribute to this variant cover line.

Murder Falcon #3 Cover B by Tyrell Cannon & Jean-Francois Beaulieu (Diamond Code SEP188094) will hit stores on Wednesday, December 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, November 19th.

Murder Falcon #4 Cover B by Ryan Ottley & Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code SEP188095) will hit stores on Wednesday, January 9th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic shop retailers is Monday, December 10th.

Murder Falcon #5 Cover B by Lorenzo De Felici (Diamond Code DEC180265) will hit stores on Wednesday, February 13th.

Murder Falcon #1 Rocks Out and Gets a Second Printing

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have announced that the first issue of Daniel Warren Johnson’s heavy metal action series Murder Falcon is being fast-tracked for a second printing in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

In Murder Falcon, the world is under attack by monsters, and mega-talented guitarist Jake’s life is falling apart: no band, no girl, no future…until he meets Murder Falcon. He was sent from The Heavy to destroy all evil, but he can’t do it without Jake shredding up a storm. Now, with every chord Jake plays on his guitar, the power of metal fuels Murder Falcon into all-out kung fu fury on those that seek to conquer Earth. It’s time to shred!

Murder Falcon#1 2nd printing (Diamond code: AUG188892) and Murder Falcon #2, Cover A (Diamond code: SEP180192) and Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Andrei Bressan and Adriano Lucas (Diamond code: AUG188893), will be available on Wednesday, November 14th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, October 22nd.

Review: Murder Falcon #1

img_0368-1**POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**

Comics can be many things. They can be funny, scary, sad, action-packed, and so much more. Like any medium of artistic storytelling, they can represent fantasy, science-fiction, or a grounded tale similar to that of our own world. They can talk about political themes, and be controversial. That’s what makes Murder Falcon #1 so great. It’s so many different things. It’s about loss, and regret. It’s about self-worth and our value in the world. It’s about… okay, it’s mostly about a badass Falcon Humanoid thing called Murder Falcon (or Murf for short) who asks a guy who plays guitar to shred heavy metal licks while he kicks monsters ass. I never asked for this comic, but it was given to me like an awesome head-banging gift from the gods of 80s Heavy Metal.

Daniel Warren Johnson is both the writer, and artist on this book, and he must have had a ball with this. You may or may not know him for his comic, Extremity, which I was a big fan of. This comic jumps way more off the deep end though. It’s an unapologetic 1980s hard-rock love song to the time of heavy metal, garage bands, old beat up vans, and sick guitar solos. Just you know, with a Murder Falcon. I had a smile on my face the entire time I read it. The main protagonist Jake plays the down on his luck dude who doesn’t jam with his friends anymore, and as you learn toward the final pages of the book, has gone through some pretty rough stuff in life. Enter the Falcon and his new transformed guitar to give him a new lease on life fighting monsters to save humanity. The catch is that, Jake doesn’t fight, he shreds on his guitar while the Murder Falcon fights. Think of the music as fuel, like spinach for Popeye.

I have talked about how fun the story is, but no comic is complete without art, and Daniel Warren Johnson rocks it in that department as well. The pencils and inks by Daniel, and the colors by Mike Spicer match the energy of the music this book is celebrating. I didn’t feel like any panel or scene was wasted, and even the words had an energy to them that was meant to make you feel like the volume was turned up to 11 when Jake shreds and Murder Falcon fights. The art is fast paced, over the top, and you can tell they had a blast creating it. The design on the monsters are great, and felt like a mix of classic fantasy and Kaiju. I can’t wait to see what they look like as more issues come out.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Murder Falcon #1. Especially if you love heavy metal, or were born in the 1980s or lived through them. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t find something to love about this book. It is a ton of fun, and I only imagine it getting better from here. What about the rest of Jake’s band? What kind of ridiculous fights or powers will Murder Falcon have with more instruments? To be honest, I don’t care if I find any of this out, because this comic is about sitting back, strapping in, and letting this book take you on a fun ridiculous heavy metal ride.

Story: Daniel Warren Johnson
Pencils/Inks: Daniel Warren Johnson Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Advance Review: Murder Falcon #1

img_0368-1**POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW**

Comics can be many things. They can be funny, scary, sad, action-packed, and so much more. Like any medium of artistic storytelling, they can represent fantasy, science-fiction, or a grounded tale similar to that of our own world. They can talk about political themes, and be controversial. That’s what makes Murder Falcon #1 so great. It’s so many different things. It’s about loss, and regret. It’s about self-worth and our value in the world. It’s about… okay, it’s mostly about a badass Falcon Humanoid thing called Murder Falcon (or Murf for short) who asks a guy who plays guitar to shred heavy metal licks while he kicks monsters ass. I never asked for this comic, but it was given to me like an awesome head-banging gift from the gods of 80s Heavy Metal.

Daniel Warren Johnson is both the writer, and artist on this book, and he must have had a ball with this. You may or may not know him for his comic, Extremity, which I was a big fan of. This comic jumps way more off the deep end though. It’s an unapologetic 1980s hard-rock love song to the time of heavy metal, garage bands, old beat up vans, and sick guitar solos. Just you know, with a Murder Falcon. I had a smile on my face the entire time I read it. The main protagonist Jake plays the down on his luck dude who doesn’t jam with his friends anymore, and as you learn toward the final pages of the book, has gone through some pretty rough stuff in life. Enter the Falcon and his new transformed guitar to give him a new lease on life fighting monsters to save humanity. The catch is that, Jake doesn’t fight, he shreds on his guitar while the Murder Falcon fights. Think of the music as fuel, like spinach for Popeye.

I have talked about how fun the story is, but no comic is complete without art, and Daniel Warren Johnson rocks it in that department as well. The pencils and inks by Daniel, and the colors by Mike Spicer match the energy of the music this book is celebrating. I didn’t feel like any panel or scene was wasted, and even the words had an energy to them that was meant to make you feel like the volume was turned up to 11 when Jake shreds and Murder Falcon fights. The art is fast paced, over the top, and you can tell they had a blast creating it. The design on the monsters are great, and felt like a mix of classic fantasy and Kaiju. I can’t wait to see what they look like as more issues come out.

In conclusion, I highly recommend Murder Falcon #1. Especially if you love heavy metal, or were born in the 1980s or lived through them. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone can’t find something to love about this book. It is a ton of fun, and I only imagine it getting better from here. What about the rest of Jake’s band? What kind of ridiculous fights or powers will Murder Falcon have with more instruments? To be honest, I don’t care if I find any of this out, because this comic is about sitting back, strapping in, and letting this book take you on a fun ridiculous heavy metal ride.

Story: Daniel Warren Johnson
Pencils/Inks: Daniel Warren Johnson Colors: Mike Spicer
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Murder Falcon Raises a Salute to Metal with Variants

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed the first “Heavy Metal” variant cover for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon. Each issue of the head-banging action series will feature a “Heavy Metal” variant cover that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. A variety of brutally talented artists will contribute to this variant cover line, kicking off with series artist Daniel Warren Johnson on Murder Falcon #1 Cover B.

Murder Falcon #1 will hit stores on Wednesday, October 10th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, September 17th.

  • Murder Falcon #1 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: AUG180044)
  • Murder FalconN #1 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant (Diamond code: JUL189235)

William Gibson’s Alien 3 Screenplay Comes to Comics this November

An Alien blockbuster is coming to a comic shop near you when Dark Horse Comics brings William Gibson’s original, unproduced Alien 3 script to life with the help of writer and artist Johnnie Christmas. While Gibson was a contributor in the early phase of the writing for Alien 3, ultimately most of his concepts never made it into the final film. As the father of the cyberpunk genre with titles like Neuromancer, Count Zero, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, Dark Horse is thrilled to see Gibson’s vision fully realized for the first time!

Following the deadly events of Aliens, the Union of Progressive Peoples intercepts the spaceship carrying the hibernating bodies of Ripley, Hicks, Newt, and Bishop. But unbeknownst to them, they have also picked up another deadly passenger whose discovery will unleash a race between two governments to weaponize the xenomorph in this horrifying and poignant Cold War-themed thriller.

With an intense script by Gibson, cinematic art by Johnnie Christmas, vibrant colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and a slate of variant covers by James Harren, Daniel Warren Johnson, Paolo Rivera, Tradd Moore, and Christian WardWilliam Gibson’s Alien 3 is the “what if?” fans have been asking for!

William Gibson’s Alien 3 #1 (of five) goes on sale November 7, 2018.

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