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Jake Smith’s This Off Beat Town Heads to Devil’s Due

This Summer, Devil’s Due will release This Off Beat Town Vol. 1a collected edition of the up and coming writer/artist Jake Smith‘s four issue miniseries. 

This Off Beat Town is a science fiction action comic taking place in the Hong Kong-esque dystopian city Nero. A city full of aliens, robots, and its lead protagonist, a genetically engineered talking chimp named Felix, who also happens to be a freelance mercenary.

This June, Smith also lends his talents to Mercy Sparx, in a limited edition variant cover illustration for issue #13, also available through Devil’s Due Comics.

This Off Beat Town Vol. 1

Devil’s Due Brings Artist Gus Fink’s Boogily Heads to Comics

This Summer, Devil’s Due will release the first of several comics by creator of the cute but macabre, Gus Fink, featuring his collectible Boogily Heads line of toys in an original comic book story. Working with Fink will be artist Laura Pendl

The series centers around a boy who is teleported by a black magic portal into the land of Boogilyville, where all manner of creepy crawly creatures accompany him in his quest to return home. 

This is Fink’s return to comics. He last worked with Slave Labor Graphics in the 2000s on The Trouble with Igor.

Devil’s Due and Fink plan to release a combination of traditional comic book issues, graphic novels, and limited edition merchandise catering to comic book shops and boutique retailers including Hot Topic and Spencers, and will be promoting at Licensing Show in Las Vegas later this year.

Boogily Heads

Josh Blaylock’s Mercy Sparx is Being Developed for Film and Television

On the heels of the news that the hit indie comic series will return in 2019, Assemble Media has partnered with Josh Blaylock to develop his Mercy Sparx character across film, tv, and digital.

Mercy Sparx follows the hard-knock exploits of a bad-ass, quick-to-throw-down demon who is kicked out of Hell for bad behavior and banished to Earth, where she finds a new mission from the most unlikely of sources… Heaven. Now amongst mortals, she hunts down rogue angels who have fallen from grace. Or in other words… she’s doing Heaven’s dirty work.

The long-running, punk rock, action-fueled supernatural series, created by Josh Blaylock with the primary art team of Matt Merhoff and Greg & Fake Studio, has spawned over twenty issues, four collected volumes and a 400-page omnibus.

Heller and Assemble execs Scott Veltri and Brendan Deneen will produce alongside producer Daniel Alter.

NYCC 2018: Devil’s Due Comics and CW Cooke’s Solitary Gets a Development Deal

Devil’s Due Entertainment and creator/writer CW Cooke have announced the development deal for the comic book series Solitary with producer Adam Ripp’s Vega Baby for development for film and television.

Solitary is the story of Tim Hill, a man convicted to death row for crimes he didn’t commit, who once executed, awakens to find that he is immortal…and that’s just the beginning.

Arriving in 2015, the series was met with a sold out first issue and rave reviews and a collected edition from Devil’s Due Comics. Described by some as “Superman on the Green Mile”.

Writer Pat Shand Joins Josh Blaylock for the Return of Mercy Sparx

This Winter will see the release of Mercy Sparx #13, the long awaited return of the ongoing series, and follow-up to the companion miniseries Mercy Sparx: Year One. Joining creator Josh Blaylock is new co-writer Pat Shand, co-creator of the latest Devil’s Due Comics hit horror title, Little Girl.

Blaylock and Shand will bring to a close the epic story of Mercy’s final showdown with her mother, Faustia. A plot that was carefully teased and unveiled by Blaylock over the last several years.

Stay tuned for an announcement on the series artists and specifics on the schedule in weeks to come.

The series will return through a combination of limited, internationally released exclusive retailer editions, Kickstarters, and standard Diamond release throughout North America.

Art by Karl Moline

Art by Karl Moline

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors are choosing up to five books and why they’re choosing the books. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Charlie’s Angels #1 (Dynamite) – While the publisher can be hit and miss, we’re excited to see this property back in comics and it’s long overdue. Hoping for the best but this is one that’s high on our read pile.

Dodge City #4 (BOOM! Studios) – A comic about dodge ball? It works and it’s a lot of fun to read. So far the comic has focused on interesting characters and has avoided predictable twists to keep readers on their toes.

Final Street #1 (Devil’s Due) – The cover, the logo, it reminds us of the classic beat’em-up side scrolling video games of our youth. That’s enough to get us excited to check this one out.

The Flash #49 (DC Comics) – “The Flash War” has been excellent so far. The story has sped along at breakneck speed (pun intended) and its impact feels like it’s going to be huge.

Man of Steel #5 (DC Comics) – We’ve enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis’ take on Superman so far. The miniseries has been great in its depiction of the character, though the action has been a bit mixed. Still, this is the defining series as to where the character is going for the next few years at least.

Multiple Man #1 (Marvel) – Maddrox is back? Dead. Alive. Dead. We’re honestly not sure the status of Jamie Maddrox so we’re intrigued to see what this series will be about.

Sentry #1 (Marvel) – The Sentry was never a character we cared for in the past but Jeff Lemire taking him on has us really excited.

Shadow Roads #1 (Oni Press) – The follow up to Cullen Bunn and Brian Hurtt’s The Sixth Gun has us excited. The fantasy western was fantastic and we’re expecting more of the same.

Thor #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was fun. Lots of fun. Thor is a bit humbled and things are being figured out post major events. Add in a lot of humor and it’s an entertaining series so far and one that’s shot up to the top of our read pile.

X-O Manowar (2017) #16 (Valiant Entertainment) – Everything Valiant has been putting out is quality and this series is one of their best. Just fantastic all around.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 For April ’18

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for April.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 for April’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.


 

God Complex #5 (Image)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 270/4,719
Why You Should Read It: 
A science fiction themed reinvention of mythology? What’s not to love when it is packaged this well.

Bloodshot: Salvation #8 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 202/8,171
Why You Should Read It: 
Valiant have some amazing series out right now, and this is one of the best. Jeff Lemire weaves a brutal tale of a man trying to move away from his violent past, but has no faith he’s good for anything but violence… Bloodshot Salvation is also one of the best looking books on the racks right now – each page could easily be framed and displayed proudly within your house.

Thanos #18 (Marvel)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 192/9,014
Why You Should Read It: Because you’ve seen Avengers Infinity War and want more Thanos in your life. Plus Don Cates is a remarkable voice and one you should pay attention too.

Sex Criminals #23 (Image)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 192/9,014
Why You Should Read It: 
As a late comer to this series, I can honestly tell you that it is a brilliantly hilarious, starkly emotional and remarkably ingenious series.

Shadowman #2 (Valiant)
May Sales Rank/Units Sold: 165/11,738
Why You Should Read It: 
Because it’s awesome. SM2018_002_COVER-A_ZONJIC


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Underrated: Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 400

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Comics not in Diamond’s top 100 sellers for February.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find four to six comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 400 in sales.

Yup, top 400.

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list, but the only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 400 for March’s comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

7406691-the-consultant-4The Consultant #4 (Action Lab)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 489 / 589
The final issue of a series that highlights the fallout of super battles, the central character is a former Navy S.E.A.L. who specializes in making the sins of superheroes vanish, so if you like the idea of Superman hiring hookers and somebody needing to cover that up, then this criminally under-read series is one you should be on the hunt for.

Lord Of Gore #4 (Devil’s Due)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 467 / 718
Lord Of Gore, as I’m sure you can tell, won’t be for everyone. But the name comes from the B-Movie franchise within the comic, whose star murdered the young actress years ago. A series that takes a dark look at the entertainment industry and the procedure of Hollywood. Look beyond the horror sheen and you’ll find a fascinating story.

Call Of The Suicide Forest #1 (Amigo) 
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 458  / 780
A comic that follows a person about to end their life in the suicide forest of Japan, only for the denizens of the forest in both sides of life, to begin a war for her soul. Oddly transcendent, this comic should have a bigger audience than the numbers Diamond reported.

Vs #1 (Image)
March Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 424 / 1,278
Blending violence, dark humour and the juxtaposition of sport, science and social media, Vs presents a world where war is fought for entertainment. It’d be funny if it wasn’t so damn possible. A familiarly fresh comic – give this a look next time you’re shopping for comics.

 


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Devil’s Due Entertainment Becomes Devil’s Due Comics, Launching Two New Titles and Focusing on Creator-Owned

This Summer Devil’s Due Entertainment’s titles will be getting a facelift as the brand changes its name to Devil’s Due Comics. A shift happening to reflect its new Publishing Platform for creator-owned titles.

The first two titles to be released under Devil’s Due Comics are horror title Little Girl (a 4-issue miniseries debuting in July) by writer Pat Shand and artist Olivia Pelaez, and video game homage Final Street (special launch issue dropping in June) by writer Scott Schmidt and artist Brian Atkins.

While most of the changes will remain invisible to the general public, other than a new logo, the company is focusing on alternative deal structures that appeal to what it sees as a growing culture of self-sufficient creators controlling their own properties through social media engagement and comicon weekend “road warrior” promotion. The new platform offers simpler royalty structures for store sales and even flexible one-year contracts. Creators will be allowed a more hands-on, DIY approach to their books, using a web interface developed by Devil’s Due founder Josh Blaylock, which is all part of what he sees as a need in the indie market.

As for its previously existing titles, everything remains as it has been, with creators possibly shifting their publishing arrangements over to the new platform on a case by case basis.

Devil’s Due Comics will continue to be released through comic shops via Diamond under the umbrella label Devil’s Due / 1First Comics.

The company is not accepting open solicitations from the public at this time, and is prepping more titles to be announced later in 2018.

Plume: the Omnibus is on Kickstarter Now!

After six years in the making, the adventures of Vesper Grey and her guardian Corrick have come to an end. Weighing in at 480 pages, the Plume Omnibus is here!

Running to January 12, you can pledge to the Plume: The Omnibus Kickstarter and get your own copy!

Plume follows Vesper Grey and her supernatural (and reluctant) guardian Corrick in the Old West. On their way to recover some stolen artifacts, they start to learn the gritty truth about the past and how far they’re willing to go to avenge it.

Along with Kickstarter Exclusive Editions of the latest collections of Plume, new and OG Plumers alike will also be offered new and limited rewards like the screen printed Plume t-shirt, a Vesper and Corrick enamel pin set, and Plume book plate with the omnibus. And, of course, all books will be signed by the one and only K. Lynn Smith!

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