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Incendium Launches Opus Comics into the Direct Market. Get an Exclusive look at Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer covers

Opus Comics

There’s a new comic line to keep an eye on. Incendium has announced its publishing arm, Opus Comics, will be releasing comic books in the direct market, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors.

Opus and Diamond also announced that the publisher will implement a new Final Order Cut-Off (FOC) program, effective with products scheduled to go on sale on May 4 and now carrying an FOC Date of Monday, April 11.

Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer #1 and Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 are the first titles from the new publisher, making its retail debut in May. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 4, Death Dealer #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 11. With a scheduled on sale date of Wednesday, May 18, Disturbed: Dark Messiah #1 will carry an FOC Date of Monday, April 25.

The first titles in the lineup, hitting shelves in May and June 2022, include the new Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer comic series and the Bill & Ted Roll the Dice miniseries, plus the music-based titles Disturbed: Dark Messiah and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet.

This marks a new stage for the production company, which has been selling comics, toys, games, and collectibles for 15 years, with an emphasis on creating merchandise for the heavy metal music scene. Driven by the company motto of “Myths, Monsters, and Metal,” the brand embraces ’80s and ’90s counterculture with a contemporary twist.

Incendium was founded in 2006 and initially established as a creative service business for the music industry, with clients including Iron Maiden, for which it produced comics, music videos, toys, and more. Incendium grew into a multifaceted production company, remaining independently owned. The company moved into comics with Eternal Descent in 2010, an original series that explores a radical take on the heavy metal music genre with axe-wielding metal masters in a dark fantasy world.

Over the years, the company has been involved in many unique productions, creating video games, animation, comics, music, and more. Incendium also moved into physical manufacturing of toys and collectibles for a number of clients and developed a pipeline for a line of 5” fully articulated “Figbiz” action figures, an homage to the ’90s toys Leon collected as a child.

During the pandemic, Opus Comics started working more with bands as tours and releases were delayed and musicians had more time and opportunity to explore narratives based on their music IP. This led to collaborations with popular metal and rock bands like Evanescence, Exodus, Cradle of Filth, Disturbed, and many more making their comic medium debut with Incendium. In this vein, the team behind Opus Comics always looks to push boundaries with stories exploring genre fiction, especially fantasy, horror, and sci-fi, be it with existing legendary properties or original ideas.

CEO Llexi Leon is joined at Opus Comics by Executive Editor Denton J. Tipton, who spent the past decade rising through the editorial ranks at IDW Publishing, most recently in the position of Managing Editor. R.G. Llarena has also come aboard as International Editor for Opus Publishing. He spent several years working as a freelance writer for both the American and Mexican comic book markets.

Opus Comics will be debuting Bill & Ted Roll the Dice #1 on June 14th, 2022, a four-issue miniseries set after the events of Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. The series is written by James Asmus with art by Wayne Nichols, and will also have a backup story featuring the origin of villain Chuck De Nomolos, written by John Barber with art by Andrew Currie. In addition to putting new Bill & Ted comics on the racks every month from June, Incendium also makes official Excellent Adventure and Bogus Journey merchandise, including FIGBIZ toys and playsets, art prints, apparel, and accessories.

The first issue of Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer debuts May 4, embarking on a brand-new adventure through the worlds of Frazetta, introducing readers to extraordinary characters and places envisioned by the “Godfather” of fantasy art. This first title, authored by animation writer Mitch Iverson and illustrated by celebrated artist Stefano Martino, begins a major launch of comic books building towards an entire multiverse of stories inspired by Frazetta’s most famous creations. This is the start of a decade-long partnership between Frazetta Girls and Incendium, spanning comics, toys, games, and more across physical and digital collectibles.

Other high-profile titles in Opus Comics’ lineup include direct market releases of the Disturbed: Dark Messiah comic book series, written by Tim Seeley, and Joe Satriani’s Crystal Planet series. Incendium is also releasing collectible FIGBIZ action figures for every project related to the bands and their comic book storylines.

Thrash Metal Band Exodus Teams Up With Incendium For a Comic Series

Exodus and Incendium are teaming up for the launch of Tales Of The Damned, a four-issue comic book anthology series that explores classic tracks from the band, a legendary pioneer in the thrash metal genre. The terrifying “Organist” from Exodus artwork and lore will also be immortalized as an action figure.

Published under Incendium’s music-focused OPUS imprint, the first issue riffs on the title track of 2004’s Tempo Of The Damned and is crafted by horror masters, writer Ian Edginton and artist Luis Guaragna. Tales Of The Damned #1 features cover artwork by Ryan Christensen that showcases the “Organist.” The first issue is lettered by Jacob Bascle and edited by Llexi Leon and Denton J. Tipton.

In the bone-chilling first issue of Tales Of The Damned, a teenage girl goes missing after becoming obsessed with “The Wavelength,” a mysterious signal coming from an elusive radio station. Her protective older sister’s search leads to an abandoned town, where she not only unravels the mystery of her sister’s disappearance but also of the cursed music behind it…The Tempo of the Damned.

The debut of the comic book series coincides with the release of Exodus’ new album Persona Non Grata, which the legendary thrash metal band recorded themselves from home-built studios with the help of Andy Sneap on mixing and mastering and with Steve Lagudi at the helm of engineering. Their groundbreaking eleventh studio album, Persona Non Grata, will be released by Nuclear Blast Records.

Tales Of The Damned is a quarterly anthology series; the first print edition of each issue will be released as a prestige-format limited edition collectible comic book, featuring cardstock covers, specialty foil treatments, glossy pages, and individual numbering.

The first printing of each issue will be limited to 1500 copies at $16.66, and available to order. The first issue is available to order now and ships October 31, 2021. The “Organist” action figure is also available to pre-order for $29.95, shipping Q1 2022.

Exclusive Preview: Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

(W) Denton J. Tipton (A/CA) Menton3
In Shops: Jun 16, 2021
SRP: $3.99

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! Variant cover by Andrea Di Vito!

A second printing of Chasing the Dragon #1 is on sale now with a special cover by Joseph Michael Linsner.

Chasing the Dragon #4 (of 5)

Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Early Review: Chasing the Dragon #2

Chasing the Dragon #2

Two escaped slaves must overcome their fears before attempting to cross a deadly acid lake. But they don’t have a moment to lose, with the kingdom’s most notorious slave hunter hot on their trail. Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers a familiar concept and creates tension in a bleak world.

On the run, Jyn and Andre must work together or risk being returned to their lives of slavery. Writer Denton J. Tipton opens the second chapter with some humor as well as tension. The two must first make it out of the castle and then across a deadly lake. The combination hearkens to classic fantasy quests.

It’s a smart second chapter to the story. The two fugitives must work together and get a sense of who each is. They each have their pasts and abilities and we get a better idea of how this duo will actually work together if they will at all. We’re introduced to each in this organic way.

It’s an interesting issue as Tipton mixes in humor with the rather dark visuals. It’s n unexpected addition to the story that will catch readers off guard. It might feel out of place but without its quirky moments Chasing the Dragon #2 would feel even more dour and morose.

Menton3‘s art is dark and gloomy delivering a fantasy world that feels ominous. The style brings with it a gloom that weighs heavy on the world as if each step for the characters is fraught with danger. There’s also some very unexpected moments with the art delivering frights that feel more like shadows haunting our duos steps than outright scares. The color choices too add to the haunting aspect of the comic that both creates a sickly palette at times but also a spotlight on what’s important.

Gilberto Lazcano‘s lettering also adds to the experience with what feels like a minimal take at times. The dialogue in some scenes is sparse and Lazcano places things in key locations to draw the eye as to what’s important. Like the art itself, the lettering in some ways adds to the overall setting creating the somewhat reserved, quiet, and gloomy nature of it all.

Chasing the Dragon #2 delivers an interesting second issue that feels like a standard chase. The “cop” looks for clues as to where his prey is heading while the prey must overcome numerous dangerous obstacles. The fact that Tipton delivers such humor in a rather tonally dark comic is interesting. We’re given some quirky aspects to mix things up. It’s a fantasy setting that those who enjoy the genre can dive in to.

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to shelves on April 7 from Magma Comix.

Story: Denton J. Tipton Art: Menton3 Letterer: Gilberto Lazcano
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Exclusive Reveal: Martin Coccolo’s Variant Cover for Chasing the Dragon #5

Chasing the Dragon #5 from Magma Comix wraps up in June and we have the first look at Martin Coccolo‘s variant cover for the issue. Retailers who order 10 copies of Chasing the Dragon #5 will receive one free variant by Coccolo.

Chasing the Dragon is written by Denton J. Tipton, with art by Menton3, and lettering by Gil Lazcano.

Chasing the Dragon #5 (of 5)

Denton J. Tipton (w) • menton3 (a/ca)

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.

The fatal, final faceoff between alchemical forces arrives, with the fate of Obsidian Bay hanging in the balance!

Variant cover by Martin Coccolo (Dungeons & Dragons, Magic the Gathering)!

For fans of The Witcher and Breaking Bad.

*Retailers: See your order form for incentive information.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

*Retailer incentives:

Order 10 copies and get one free variant cover by Martin Coccolo!

On sale 6/16/21

Chasing the Dragon #5 Martin Coccolo variant

Chasing the Dragon #1 from Heavy Metal and Magma Comix Has Sold Out

We have the scoop that the debut issue from Magma Comix, Chasing the Dragon #1, has sold out.

Chasing the Dragon explores 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?

The comic by Denton J. Tipton and Menton3 was released in comic shops on February 24 and shops may still have copies.

When announcing the news, Magma Comix stated “We are monitoring reorders, and prepared for a second printing if there’s demand.”

Chasing the Dragon #2 comes to comic shops on April 7 and can be ordered with Diamond Code JAN211377.

Chasing the Dragon #1

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

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