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Denton J. Tipton Talks Editing Comics, Chasing the Dragon, and his Imprint Magma Comix Plus Art Preview Commentary

Magma Comix is a new line of creator-owned comics imprint of Heavy Metal Entertainment headed up by Denton J. Tipton. The first title, written by Tipton, Chasing the Dragon debuts on February 24.

We got to talk to Tipton about the new imprint, his creator-owned series, what does it mean to “edit” a comic, and what does he do as head of an imprint. Find about all of that and more!

Magma Comix launches in spring 2021, and titles include:

Amber Blake: Operation Dragonfly by Jade Lagardère and Butch Guice – on sale March 31, 2021
The Modern Frankenstein by Paul Cornell and Emma Vieceli – on sale April 28, 2021
Chasing the Dragon by Tipton and menton3 – on sale February 24, 2021

Plus, check out a preview of Chasing the Dragon #1 below with commentary from Tipton!

Page 12 introduces us to Chasing the Dragon‘s female lead, Jyn. This her first day on the job at the Obsidian Castle, the seat of power in this world. Jyn’s “job” is sex slave.

Page 15 gives us a good look at our male lead, Andre, in his natural environment, an alchemical lab. The old man is his mentor, Master Alchemist Hermes Trismegistus, who serves the Duchess residing in the Obsidian Castle.

Page 17 is a minor spoiler showing Andre and Hermes visiting the Obsidian Castle, where they’re sure to cross paths with Jyn, and the Duchess, of course.

Exclusive Reveal: Check out Andrea Di Vito’s Chasing the Dragon #4 Retailer Incentive Cover

We have the exclusive first look at Andrea Di Vito‘s retailer incentive cover for Chasing the Dragon #4. If retailers order 10 copies they get one free variant cover by Di Vito. In Chasing the Dragon, New York Times Bestselling writer Denton J. Tipton and acclaimed painter menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

With their pursuer closing in, Jyn struggles to kick her habit while Andre is struck by an epiphany, all leading up to next issue’s finale!

Chasing the Dragon is written by Tipton with art by menton3, with lettering by Gil Lazcano, and is published by Magma Comix an imprint of Heavy Metal!

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5) is on sale May 9, 2021.

Chasing the Dragon #4 Andrea Di Vito retailer incentive cover

Review: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

Rene Auberjonois was one of those actors whose calming voice, steady demeanor, and gravitas made him both inscrutable and mesmeric. I remember watching him as a child on the all time classic, Benson. Looking back now, his character of Clayton, was the Squidworth (Spongebob Squarepants)of that show. He would go on to portray even more memorable characters throughout the rest of his years.

One of my favorite characters that he brought to the screen and much more deserving of his talents was Constable Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His keen eye and sharp mind made for a memorable performance as the lone lawman on this classic iteration of Star Trek. The show pushed on the actors’ strengths, even more so with Auberjonois’s talents. In Constable Odo’s solo adventure he uncovers a mystery. In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice, the character unravels his own Murder on the Orient Express aboard the space station.

We open on Garak and Bashir having lunch, when suddenly a bomb goes off in Lavin’s Eatery, leading Odo to arrive on deck, to investigate. Eight dead bodies are found, leading Odo to question everything, even pondering the possibility that Quark may be a suspect and finding a clue in Rodinum darts. Sisko handles the diplomatic fallout, which pushes Odo to find the truth that much more integral. Everyone on board including Worf has their own suspicions about who is at the center of this deadly massacre, but what doesn’t help, is the consistent accumulation of dead bodies, even those who were suspects. Eventually, he gets help in the form of Inspector Retlaw, of Federation Security, who is also a Betazoid, making him an empath, leading to someone who was seen putting together an arms deal, just days before, Vedek Teler. By book’s end, remnants of past hostilities and avarice of others haunt the guilty party, and Odo to both be empathetic yet firm in his decision to arrest them.

Overall, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice is a searing crime noir that is only upended by its setting, and its excellent characterization. The story by the Tiptons is superb. The art by the creative team is alluring. Altogether, a story that brings us back to the space station, in this fun murder mystery.

Story: David Tipton and Scott Tipton Art: Greg Scott, Ricardo Drumond, Felipe Sobreiro, and Neil Uyetake
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.4 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

(W) Scott Tipton, Denton J. Tipton (A) Greg Scott (CA) Ricardo Drumond
In Shops: Jan 27, 2021
SRP: $15.99

Return to DS9 as death casts its shadow on the space station in this murder-mystery.

Constable Odo searches for truth amid a web of treachery and lies but everyone on the Promanade has a motive for this murder, be it vengeance, justice, or old-fashioned greed. With the murderer on the loose, the inhabitants of Deep Space 9 start to divide into factions, made even worse when the Ferengi government gets involved. Further complicating the issue, conflict between Constable Odo and the Federation’s hand-picked criminal investigator threatens to derail the investigation itself!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Francesco Francavilla’s Chasing the Dragon #1 Variant

We have a first look and the exclusive reveal of the Francesco Francavilla variant cover to Chasing the Dragon #1, from writer Denton J. Tipton and artist menton3. The issue features a main cover by menton3 and the variant by Francavilla. Retailers who order 10 copies of the comic will get a free Francavilla variant.

Out February 24 from Heavy Metal‘s Magma imprint, Denton J. Tipton and menton3 explore a dark fantasy world ravaged by the rampant abuse of a drug made from the blood of dragons.

When two young slaves discover a terrible secret that could change the course of the world, will a meek alchemist’s apprentice and a drug-addled concubine survive long outside their cages? For fans of Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad.

Chasing the Dragon #1 Francesco Francavilla variant

Preview: Goosebumps: Creep Crawly Comics

Goosebumps: Creep Crawly Comics

(W) Jen Vaughn, Jeremy Lambert, Denton J. Tipton, Matthew Dow Smith (A) Michelle Wong, Chris Fenoglio (CA) Megan Levens
In Shops: Nov 11, 2020
SRP: $19.99

Brave the spine-tingling world of R.L. Stine and uncover the thrills and chills in this first-ever Goosebumps comic series featuring three original stories in a graphic novel format: Monsters a Midnight, Download and Die, and Horrors of the Witch House.

Goosebumps: Creep Crawly Comics

Preview: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1

(W) Scott Tipton, Denton J. Tipton (A) Greg Scott (CA) Ricardo Drumond
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $3.99

Death casts its shadow as Constable Odo searches for truth amid a web of treachery and lies. Everyone on the Promanade has a motive for this murder, be it vengeance, justice… or old-fashioned greed. Legendary Star Trek scribes Scott Tipton & David Tipton team with noir artist Greg Scott for the first Deep Space Nine comic book series in a decade!

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Too Long a Sacrifice #1

Preview: Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #3 (of 4)

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #3 (of 4)

(W) Denton J. Tipton (A/CA) Kagan McLeod
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

“Johnny’s Story,” Part Three. See The Karate Kid in a whole new light in this retelling through the eyes of Johnny Lawrence, two-time All Valley Tournament champion.

The gauntlet has been thrown, and Johnny trains to win the tournament-and his ex-girlfriend’s heart.

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues #3 (of 4)
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