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Review: The Walking Dead Deluxe #1

The Walking Dead returns in full color with extras! The Walking Dead Deluxe takes us back to the beginning with each issue now featuring full color. There’s also extras of what might have been with notes as part of “The Cutting Room Floor.”

What’s it like to revisit this modern classic? How does it change all these years later… and in color? Find out!

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Tony Moore
Color: Dave McCaig
Letterer: Russ Wooton

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Review: American Vampire 1976 #1

American Vampire 1976 #1

It feels like forever since I read an issue of American Vampire. While I remember the series starting off slow, it quickly became one of my favorite reads. The series showed off the talent of writer Scott Snyder and the artistic talent of Rafael Albuquerque and Dave McCaig. It’s been years… and honestly, I don’t remember a lot of it. That’s both good and bad for American Vampire 1976 #1. The good is, you generally don’t need to know what happened. The bad is, you’ll want to find out.

Snyder returns to his take on the world of vampires as the series flashes forward to 1976. It’s the bi-centennial for the United States. Though it’s 44 years ago, there are some things that are the same as today. It’s 1976, the President is a criminal, the economy is in the shitter, China is gaining, and “Russia is handing us our balls.” Add in people joining cults, kids going missing and people “kissing the devil’s ring instead of the lord’s feet,” and you could be talking about today.

It’s interesting that Snyder chose 1976 for the series to take place. While the above about how similar of a time it is today does stand out, the reality is, it’s kind of the hook as to where the comic is initially going. The comic to start is the setup of a heist.

American Vampire 1976 #1 lays out the series in a way one might expect for an Ocean’s 11 film. The key players are introduced and their personalities laid out on the table. The problem is discussed and the solution is a heist as to the answer. Much of the comic is standard in that way but it’s done with such and style and attitude, it’s a hell of a lot of fun.

But, what Snyder does that’s impressive is create a first issue that’s solid for new and old readers alike. If you remember everything that has happened, you’ll love jumping back in the world. For those that are new, there’s more than enough teased in explanations to understand what’s going on. You might not know specific characters and their connections but you get a sense what they think of each other and how they interact.

The cool of the comic is brought together through the art of Rafael Albuquerque and the colors of Dave McCaig. The comic art brings the 70s to life in its settings, clothes, and details. I can’t say how accurate the looks are, but it put me in the setting, and in the end, that’s what matters for me as a reader. The characters look like they haven’t aged a day since last I read the series, nor should they but to see their new style based on the era brings some fun with it.

What I really like about American Vampire 1976 #1 and the series as a whole is how it delivers action and the vampire aspect without going over the top. The issue has some gory fight scenes but never takes you out of the story. A head might be on the floor but it feels natural and maybe even downplays the gore a bit.

American Vampire 1976 #1 is a bit of the typical gathering of the key players story but it does it all in such an entertaining way both story-wise and look. It’s a fun reintroduction to the world of Skinner Sweet, the American Vampire, and has me wanting to go back and read what has come before. It impressively pulls off a debut that’s accessible for new readers and should excite longtime fans. Despite being years since the last chapter, American Vampire doesn’t miss a beat with its return.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Rafael Albuquerque Color: Dave McCaig
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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The Walking Dead Deluxe Gets Charlie Adlard Connecting Covers and Sketch Covers, and Covers by Art Adams and Julian Totino Tedesco

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed numerous covers for the upcoming The Walking Dead Deluxe. New covers by Charlie Adlard, Art Adams, Julian Totino Tedesco, and a sketch cover will all be available for the series.

Charlie Adlard is creating a series of six highly collectible, connecting variant covers which will be unleashed over the course of the first story arc of The Walking Dead Deluxe full-color editions. The iconic independent series that took the entertainment world by storm 17 years ago—The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard—will be reissued starting in October as The Walking Dead Deluxe and fully colored by Dave McCaig.

Also revealed are covers by Adams and Totino Tedesco which can all be seen below.

These Deluxe editions of the series will also feature a variety of other variants—including covers by David Finch and Tony Moore—commemorating major character introductions and the series’ most memorable twists and turns. Each issue will include a new installment of “The Cutting Room Floor,”  featuring Kirkman’s original handwritten plots along with commentary on abandoned storylines and plot points that may have changed along the way.

The Walking Dead Deluxe issues will NOT be collected into trade paperback any time soon, so fans and new readers should not trade-wait to experience this fully colored edition of the popular survival horror series.

The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 7:

  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover A David Finch & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200027
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover B Tony Moore & Dave McCaig – Diamond Code AUG200028
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover C Charlie Adlard (connecting) – Diamond Code AUG200029
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover D Julian Totino Tedesco – Diamond Code AUG200030
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover E Arthur Adams – Diamond Code AUG200031
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #1 Cover F sketch cover – Diamond Code JUL209321
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200236
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200237
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover C Adlard & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200238
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover D Tedesco & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200239
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #2 Cover E Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200240
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover A Finch & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200241
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover B Moore & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200242
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover C Adlard & McCaig (connecting) – Diamond Code SEP200243
  • The Walking Dead Deluxe #3 Cover D Adams & McCaig – Diamond Code SEP200244

Preview: Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

DC Reveals this Week’s DC Digital First Releases

DC’s Digital First continues this week with another installment of Shazam: Lightning Strikes, plus the return of Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice and a new story in Superman: Man of Tomorrow! These three, plus today’s Batman: Gotham Nights featuring a story by Tom Taylor and Daniel Sampere, give fans even more choice of characters while expanding DC’s digital publishing line with original stories.

And don’t forget to watch for the fifth chapter of Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red on Friday, July 24!

Monday July 20

Superman: Man of Tomorrow #12

Superman’s Day Off” by Robert Venditti, Scott Hepburn, Ian Herring, and Dave Sharpe
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Metropolis is without the Man of Steel for a day and villains are coming out of the woodwork to take advantage. Can the city stand against the many threats? And where is Supeman?!

Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #12

Tuesday July 21

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

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Bad News” by Tom Taylor, Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Adriano Lucas, and Tom Napolitano.

Deathstroke is hired to take out the only witness to a corrupt politician’s mob ties, but his newest mark has some friends in high places…

Monster” by Frank Tieri, Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano

A surprise during a bank robbery brings back old memories for Killer Croc. But he’s not that bullied, defeated kid from the freakshow anymore…he’s something much worse.

Batman: Gotham Nights #14

Wednesday July 22

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

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Disguises” by Robert Venditti, Isaac Goodhart, Chris Sotomayor, and Travis Lanham

Harley reluctantly agrees to meet with an old roommate from med school and finds herself considering the paths not taken. Turns out, she wasn’t missing much.

The Killing” by John Layman, Cully Hamner, Dave McCaig, and Justin Birch

Huntress is on the trail of a mobster on the lam, but her mission turns into a race when another bounty hunter joins the fray. And it’s no ordinary gun for hire—it’s none other than Deathstroke!

Birds of Prey: Sirens of Justice #2

Friday July 24

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

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On the Job!” by Louise Simonson, Bret Blevins, Chris Sotomayor, and Marshall Dillon

Pedro takes his new crossing guard responsibilities very seriously. But when disaster strikes, can he keep his Shazam Family identity a secret and keep his classmates safe?

Destroying Eugene Choi” by Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur, David Baron, and Marshall Dillon

A mysterious glowing artifact proves to be the perfect power source for Eugene’s robotics project—until it grants his robot a life of its own! Now Eugene must dismantle the rogue battlebots before they destroy Fawcett High…and to do it, he’ll need the helpof his greatest rival!

Shazam: Lightning Strikes #2

Review: Negan Lives!

Back the comeback with Negan Lives!, a special one-shot to help comic stores get back on their feet. What was Negan up to in between The Walking Dead #174 and the finale? This special comic fills in some of the story.

Negan Lives! is like revisiting an old friend and a perfect read in these times.

Story: Robert Kirkman
Art: Charlie Adlard
Gray Tones: Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: Rus Wooton
Cover Colors: Dave McCaig

Get your copy now! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Get a First Look at Batman/Superman #7

Batman/Superman #7

Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Nick Derington and Dave McCaig
Cover by Nick Derington
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
Final Orders Due: Feb 03, 2020
SRP: $3.99

General Zod Has Returned to Earth—and His New Target is Ra’s al Ghul!

In the aftermath of “The Infected,” Batman Universe artist Nick Derington joins the series as Batman and Superman create new measures to prevent hidden and dangerous super-villain plots in the future. Using new technology to track villains throughout the DC Universe, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are startled to discover that General Zod has returned to Earth, and that his new target is…Ra’s al Ghul!

What is Zod’s plan, and what does it have to do with the destroyed bottle city of Kandor? Find out in the first chapter of a two-part epic!

Batman/Superman #7, written by Joshua Williamson with art by Nick Derington and Dave McCaig, hits shelves on February 26, 2020, followed by the conclusion to “Kandor Compromise” in Batman/Superman #8 on March 25.

Batman/Superman #7

Spider-Woman Teams Up with Fellow Heroes in Action-Packed Variant Covers

Spider-Woman is back and better than ever in an explosive new series this March from creative team Karla Pacheco and Pere Pérez. Readers can hardly wait to see what adventures Jessica Drew finds herself on, and apparently, neither can Marvel’s heroes! To celebrate the launch of her new solo series, check out these awesome Spider-Woman variant covers depicting her in her classic costume, ready for action alongside her fellow heroes!

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #41 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by RYAN BROWN
  • AVENGERS #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIKE McKONE with colors by ANDRES MOSSA
  • AVENGERS #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by KHOI PHAM with colors by MORRY HOLLOWELL
  • DEADPOOL #5 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by MIRKA ANDOLFO
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #3 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by DECLAN SHALVEY
  • GHOST RIDER #6 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JUNGGEUN YOON
  • IMMORTAL HULK #32 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by PATCH ZIRCHER with colors by DAVE McCAIG
  • IMMORTAL HULK #33 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by CORY SMITH with colors by MAT LOPES
  • THOR #4 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by JAVIER GARRÓN with colors by DAVID CURIEL
  • VENOM #24 SPIDER-WOMAN VARIANT by ROCK-HE KIM

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man: Full Circle #1

Seven teams of creators get together and jam on this comic in a round-robin style story. Each team has no idea who the previous are until they get their part and no idea what’s coming. The result? Really entertaining.

Story: Jonathan Hickman, Gerry Duggan, Nick Spencer, Kelly Thompson, Al Ewing, Chip Zdarsky, Jason Aaron
Art: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Chris Sprouse, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, Mark Bagley
Ink: Tim Townsend, Al Vey, Greg Smallwood, Michael Allred, Valerio Schiti, Karl Story, Rachael Stott, Cameron Stewart, John Bell
Color: Chris Bachalo, Greg Smallwood, Laura Allred, Mattia Iacono, Dave McCaig, Triona Farrell, Nathan Fairbairn, Frank D’Armata
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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Preview: Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1

writer: Kieron Gillen
artist: Caspar Wijngaard
covers: Sean Phillips (A), Dave McCaig (B), Butcher Billy (C), Paulina Ganucheau (D), Caspar Wijngaard (E)
Caspar Wijngaard (RI-B/W), Sean Phillips (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig (RI-Virgin), Dave McCaig(RI-B/W), Paulina Ganucheau (RI-Virg)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero | $3.99 | Teen +

His level of genius is matched only by his heroics, and in humanity’s darkest hour, he’s the hero they need the most—alas, poor humanity. Peter Cannon—the man known as Thunderbolt—is only too happy to leave civilization to face its end. Kieron Gillen (The Wicked + the Divine) teams up with powerhouse artist Caspar Wijngaard (Doctor Aphra) as he returns to the superhero genre with a dark, humorous and relentless love song to the genre.

Well, “Love Song” in a Leonard Cohen Love Song kind of way. Peter Cannon, Thunderbolt: saving a world he hates.

Peter Cannon Thunderbolt #1
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