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SDCC 2019: Chip Zdarsky and Jason Loo’s Afterlift Joins comiXology Originals

comiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 that Eisner-nominated writer Chip Zdarsky and acclaimed artist Jason Loo are collaborating on Afterlift, an all-new five-part comics mini-series about an unexpected ride-share to a very final destination: Hell. The series will debut from the comiXology Originals program this winter.

In Afterlift, Janice Chen is adrift. She quits her day job in finance and signs up to be a driver on a ride-sharing app. But what was at first a mundane but enjoyable way to pass the time takes a terrible turn when a mysterious passenger updates his ride with a new final destination: Hell.

The 5-issue series is set to debut later this year, as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Afterlift will be available to read on release at no additional cost to members of comiXology Unlimited, Kindle Unlimited and Prime through Prime Reading, and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Afterlift

SDCC 2019: comiXology Announces Adora and the Distance, a New YA Fantasy Graphic Novel

ComiXology announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 announced a new comiXology Originals, Adora and the Distance – an all-new YA fantasy graphic novel from Writers Guild Award and Inkpot Award-winning writer Marc Bernardin, artist Ariela Kristantina, colorist Jessica Kholinne, letterer Bernardo Brice, and acclaimed editor Will Dennis. Adora and the Distance will debut winter 2019.

Inspired by writer Marc Bernardin’s daughter, who was diagnosed with autism at four years old, Adora and the Distance is a YA fantasy graphic novel following the epic adventures of Adora, a brave young woman of color who lives in a fantastical world with underground pirates, ghosts, and a mysterious force called “The Distance” which threatens to destroy it all.

Debuting in winter 2019 as part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content, Adora and the Distance will be available for members of Amazon Prime via their Prime Reading benefit, Kindle Unlimited, and comiXology Unlimited at no additional cost and for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, including a full color print edition exclusively on Amazon.com.

Adora and the Distance

SDCC 2019: comiXology Kicks Off SDCC with Reveals, Debuts, and More

ComiXology kicks off San Diego Comic-Con 2019 on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 with an invite-only press event showcasing comiXology Originals debuts, news and creators, as well as providing data-backed insight on comics industry trends and more.

ComiXology Co-founder and CEO and Head of Digital Comics Worldwide at Amazon, David Steinberger, will kick off the press event with a keynote speech about the state of the comic book industry, giving way to comiXology’s Head of Content, Chip Mosher who will spotlight special comiXology Originals guests Andy Diggle, Max Dunbar, Joe Glass, Clive Hawken, Jock, Shawn Martinbrough, Kel McDonald, MK Reed, Richard Starkings, C. Spike Trotman, Jim Zub and even a few surprise creators.

Ahead of the press event, comiXology also unveiled their convention booth exclusives which include a comiXology Originals 2019 Pin Set featuring five enamel pins that spotlight Durn from Stone Star, the “odd goat” from Delver, Bear from The Pride, the comiXology Originals logo, and a pin of a yet-to-be-announced comiXology Originals title! Attendees can also get a high-end limited-edition screen print Promethee 13:13 poster by Jock and a limited-edition poster of the Eisner Award-nominated series The Stone King with art by Tyler Crook.

The comiXology Originals 2019 Pin Set and the posters for Promethee 13:13 and The Stone King will be free while supplies last and exclusively available during signings at the comiXology booth #2121 during Comic-Con International.

Additionally, attendees who sign up for comiXology Unlimited at the comiXology booth #2121 will receive one of three free comiXology Originals print trade collections while supplies last: Elephantmen 2261 Season OneAsk for Mercy Season One, and the Eisner Award-nominated The Stone King.

Timed to Comic-Con International, comiXology Originals will debut the following titles on Wednesday, July 17, 2019 including:

Promethee 13:13 #1

Headed by veteran editor Will Dennis, written by Andy Diggle (Green Arrow: Year One, The Losers, James Bond) with art by Shawn Martinbrough (Thief of Thieves, Batman: Detective Comics, The Black Panther, HellboyHow to Draw Noir Comics: The Art and Technique of Visual Storytelling), colors by Dave Stewart (Hellboy, Gideon Falls), lettering by Simon Bowland (Skyward), with covers by Jock (Batman, The Losers). 

ComiXology Originals and Delcourt Group, the leading independent comic book publisher in France, bring readers everywhere a prequel to Christophe Bec’s best-selling, 16-volume mind-bending, science-fiction bandes dessinées Promethee. Promethee 13:13 issue #1 is available today.

 Ask for Mercy Season Two #1

Written and lettered by Richard Starkings with art by Abigail Jill Harding
Set more than a hundred years before the “incredibly mesmerizing and… haunting” events of Season One, Kasa takes Mercy, Ratmir and Budgie into the Black Hills of North America, 1876 where the course of history is at stake!

Delver #5

Written by C. Spike Trotman and MK Reed with art by Clive Hawken, colors by Maarta Laiho, and lettering by Ed Dukeshire

The role-playing game inspired series’ first season concludes! Find out if Merit makes it out of the Dungeon – and if she does, how will she be transformed by her experience?

The Pride Season Two #2

Written by Joe Glass with art by Cem Iroz, colors by Mark Dale, and lettering by Mike Stock

The LGBTQ+ superhero series The Pride continues. The team faces obstacles and the addition of new members, all while working to solve the mysterious attacks on the world’s biggest pop star.

Initial D Volumes 39-48

Written and drawn by Shuichi Shigeno

Finally, completely translated in English for the first time, manga fans throughout the English-speaking world learn how the all-time, high-octane manga series about Japanese street racing, Initial D,concludes with comiXology and Kodansha Comics releasing Volumes 39-48 of Initial D today. More than just manga, Initial D is a cultural phenomenon. Upon its release, Initial D perfectly captured the world of Japanese street racing and kicked off a global craze, spawning a legendary anime series, video games, movies, and an immortally beloved techno soundtrack. It also inspired the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

Marvel Unlimited Expands in July

Fantastic Four #5

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 25,000 issues of Marvel’s classic and newer titles, delivered digitally through your desktop web browser and the Marvel Unlimited mobile app. With classic and newer issues added every week, here are some of the amazing Marvel titles coming to Marvel Unlimited this month:

Week of 7/1

CLOAK AND DAGGER: NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #1
FANTASTIC FOUR #5
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #7
X-FORCE #1

Week of 7/8

CHAMPIONS #1
DEADPOOL #8
IMMORTAL HULK #11
INFINITY WARS: INFINITY #1 EVENT COMPLETE!
KILLMONGER #3
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #1
MARVEL KNIGHTS 20TH #5
MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN – ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE #1
MR. AND MRS. X #7
RUNAWAYS #17
SHATTERSTAR #4
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – OBI-WAN KENOBI #1
STAR WARS: HAN SOLO – IMPERIAL CADET #3
TONY STARK: IRON MAN #7
UNCANNY X-MEN #8
WINTER SOLDIER #2
WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT ADAPTATION #1

Week of 7/15

AVENGERS #12
BLACK ORDER #3
CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
DOMINO #10 SERIES COMPLETE!
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #1
ICEMAN #5 SERIES COMPLETE!
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #2
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: ENDGAME PRELUDE #2
MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #2
SPIDER-GWEN: GHOST-SPIDER #4
STAR WARS #59
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC – JANGO FETT #1
THE PUNISHER #6
THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #40
THOR #9
UNCANNY X-MEN #9
WEB OF VENOM: VENOM UNLEASHED #1
X-23 #8

STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC SPECIAL #1

Week of 7/22

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
ASGARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5
BLACK PANTHER #8
BLACK WIDOW #1
FANTASTIC FOUR #6
INVADERS #1
IRONHEART #2
JESSICA JONES: PURPLE DAUGHTER #1
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #3
MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #1
RETURN OF WOLVERINE #4
SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #44
STAR WARS: AGE OF REPUBLIC SPECIAL #1
UNCANNY X-MEN #10
VENOM #10

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

Week of 7/29

AVENGERS #13
CLOAK AND DAGGER: NEGATIVE EXPOSURE #2
CRYPT OF SHADOWS #1
FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD SPIDER-MAN #2
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1
IMMORTAL HULK #12
MAN WITHOUT FEAR #4
MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #39
SHURI #4
STAR WARS #60
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN #2
UNCANNY X-MEN ANNUAL #1
WAR IS HELL #1

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited members have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and more! With July’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following issues: Spectacular Spider-Ham (1985) #6-17, Spider-Man (1990) #64-75, Adventures of the X-Men (1996) #1-6, Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #24-43, and much more! This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and on select Android devices.

ComiXology and Kodansha Comics Make Sailor Moon Available Digitally in English for the First Time Ever

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition

comiXology and Kodansha Comics have announced the global English-language digital debut of one of the all-time most beloved manga series with Sailor Moon Eternal Edition.

Experience Naoko Takeuchi’s Sailor Moon as never before with Kodansha Comics’ digital edition, available now on Kindle and comiXology. This launch marks the first official digital English-language release of the fan-favorite Sailor Moon series and coincides with the debut of digital releases in other languages worldwide, including Japan.

Sailor Moon Eternal Edition volumes 1-4 are now available to read digitally for purchase on Kindle and comiXology, with future volumes to be released with the print releases. Begun last September, these definitive Eternal Editions feature all-new cover illustrations by creator Naoko Takeuchi and newly revised translations. Each volume is about 300 pages.

Teenager Usagi is not the best athlete, she’s never gotten good grades, and, well, she’s a bit of a crybaby. But when she meets a talking cat, she begins a journey that will teach her she has a well of great strength just beneath the surface and the heart to inspire and stand up for her friends as Sailor Moon!

Toe Tag Riot Returns! The Comic Westboro Baptist Church Hates is Back!

Toe Tag Riot, the comic book series that the infamous hate group Westboro Baptist Church claimed would “split Hell wide open” is back for round 2 and on Kickstarter, with returning fan-favorite guest stars and a whole slew of new bad guys on their plate.

Cursed by a witch to become zombies whenever they play their music, Toe Tag Riot uses their “zombie superpowers” in the most ethical way possible: by murdering and eating bigots, homophobes, racists, sexists, and the like. The band broke up shortly after their mid-2000s tour, but have maintained a cult following in the punk rock scene. Their reunion tour, 15 years later, is being met with jubilation from the fans and fear from those who know they’re on the menu.

Created by writer Matt Miner and artist Sean Von Gorman, The Return of Toe Tag Riot is a 4-issue digital-first offering, with a physical trade paperback accompaniment. The campaign is seeking $19,000 to pay creators, fund rewards, and assorted fees. Rewards include copies of the books in both digital and physical formats, original art sketches, the chance to be drawn in and murdered within the pages of the comic, and a limited edition 2-song cassette single of songs recorded by the band (but really by Matt and Sean’s musician friends).

Rounding out the creative team are rising star colorist Gab Contreras and all-star letterer Taylor Esposito.

The creative team of Return of the Toe Tag Riot believe in positive and progressive values, and vehemently reject racism, sexism, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and xenophobia in all forms.

The Return of Toe Tag Riot
Cover by Jonathan Brandon Sawyer with colors by Josh Jensen

Preview: Princeless: Raven, the Pirate Princess Year 3 #3

RAVEN THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR 3 #3

Writer(s): Jeremy Whitley
Artist Name(s): Xenia Pamfil, Christine Hipp, Lexillo
Cover Artist(s): Sorah Suhng, Valentina Pinto
27 pgs./ T / FC
$2.99
Digital Only

Four dates, one gaming tournament, one sparring session, and one cup of tea. What could possibly go wrong for Raven’s crew tonight? Join us for another foray into pirate romance, with Date Night part 3!

RAVEN THE PIRATE PRINCESS YEAR 3 #3

Marvel Digital Comics Shop: Storewide Buy One Get One Sale!

Build a digital collection of comics! Through 6/23 11 PM EDT, Marvel Digital Comics Shop is holding a storewide Buy One Get One Free Sale! With the purchase of a comic or collection, you’ll get another digital title — for FREE! Use code MARVEL2019 at checkout for this unbeatable offer! See below for details*.

Looking for prelude reading to Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man: Far From Home? Try the classic collection SPIDER-MAN VS. MYSTERIO, and read a curated handful of the Wall-Crawler’s best battles against the Master of Illusion! Or, try best-selling horror mag IMMORTAL HULK! Seeking a high stakes blockbuster? Try the ongoing event WAR OF THE REALMStoday, and see Avengers, X-Men, street-level heroes and more, unite against Malekith’s global siege of Midgard! And it’s by MIGHTY THOR maestros Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman and Matt Wilson!

Our Buy One Get One Free Sale is a perfect opportunity to discover a new series that piques your interest! Explore top-sellers from our STAR WARS lineup, or pick up the ongoing alt-universe X-Men arc AGE OF X-MAN! Or, check out the return of Cimmerian barbarian CONAN in his current series! New to comics and looking for a place to dive in? Visit the Digital Comics Shop’s READING LIST Section, and explore themed lists based off your favorite characters, creators, events and more! Get inspired by our favorite Spider-Man starter stories here!

Best of all, digital trades and comics are great for on-the-go reading! All purchases in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop are added to your personal library, and can be read on any web browser, or in the Marvel Comics app on iPhone®, iPad® and select Android™ devices! Our smart-paneling feature provides an intuitive reader experience, ideal for all types of mobile device and tablet users!

An added bonus? Marvel Insiders get a one-time reward of 2,000 Insider points when they shop the Buy One Get One! Not a Marvel Insider?** Sign up today and earn points to redeem for exclusive prizes just by being a Marvel fan!

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to expand your reading! Take part in the Buy One Get One Free Sale, running until 6/2311:00 PM EDT! And remember to use cart code MARVEL2019 at checkout!

*Offer expires 6/23/19 at 11:00 PM EDT.  Promotion code can be used to buy any Marvel digital comic and/or digital collection and get another Marvel digital comic or digital collection of equal or lesser value for free.  No limit to the number of purchases for which the free offer applies.  Offer not valid on anything released 6/11/19 or after, or any bundles or preorders.  Marvel account and internet connection required to access digital comics.

** Marvel Insider Loyalty Rewards Program open to U.S. residents aged 18+ only.  See marvel.com/insider for terms and program details.  2,000 Insider point reward limited to one per Marvel Insider during the Buy One Get One Free Sale, regardless of number of purchases during the sale.  Points will be automatically added to Marvel Insider Loyalty Rewards Program point balance.

Review: InfeStation #1

InfeStation #1

As a fan of Disney movies growing up, I had my favorites> But they were not what most people tend to gravitate to.  I was a fan of the standards like Aladdin and Mulan but I was also a fan of the lesser celebrated works. Disney movies, tend to have a common thread that still exists today, heart. As complicated as Walt Disney the man was, his love for stories shined through. His need to leave his audiences somewhat touched is emblematic in all of their movies.

One of my all-time favorite movies was the Great Mouse Detective. It was Disney’s foray into the Sherlock Holmes canon. It’s also a very worthy addition. The plot circles Basil the mouse counterpart of the great Sherlock Holmes who just so happens to reside on the infamous Baker Street as well. He investigates the disappearance of a toymaker and the incident’s link to his arch nemesis Professor Ratigan. The charm of the movie has rarely been replicated until I read Shelby Leets and Eduardo Orozco’s debut issue of InfeStation, where a cockroach detective investigates why the Mayor’s cat went missing.

We ae taken to Brooklyn, New York, where an exterminator known as El Tigre is hired for the job and kills all the roaches in one apartment, except for one, Clarence Crumb. He would go no to survive and become a detective, whose latest case a was chasing down a jewel thief, one that befuddles everyone except for Clarence. AS he gets closer to who the jewel thief, is an emergency takes hold of the precinct, the mayor’ cat, Mr. President has been kidnapped.

Overall, an interesting debut issue for a story that both feels fun and out of place making for an entertaining introduction to this world. The story by Leets is suspenseful, fun, and hilarious at times. The art by the Leets and Orozco is beautiful. Altogether, a story that is both tongue in cheek and serious making for a book that is simply an enjoyable escape with some unique characters.

Story: Shelby Leets Art: Shelby Leets and Eduardo Orozco
Story: 9.0Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: 30 Miles of Crazy #7

30 Miles of Crazy! #7

Armistead Maupin is one of those writers whose work spoke to many people and whose stories felt so visceral. His books made certain individuals who felt so alone for so long feel instantly connected to a larger tapestry. 30 Miles of Crazy #7 evokes a similar feeling.

I remembered the first time I heard about Maupin. It was in the television adaptation of one of his books for Showtime. The series starred some well-known actors and their lives in and around the city of San Francisco.

I watched the series as a lover of great stories and was not disappointed at all. The series was a godsend. It made me ravage his books. Though it was a world unfamiliar to me, his tactile penchant for pacing, his endearing structure of his characters, and his layered world building made his books both worthwhile and magnetic. Very few writers since his entry into the literary world can compare. Karl Christian Krumpholz is one who does. Krumpholz has set his own standards, giving the world a modern masterpiece in 30 Miles Of Crazy #7.

In “The City,” a man marvels at how much his city has changed around him, and though he lived there for years he still feels like an outsider. In “The Mugger,” an unlikely snowfall gives way to some very strange circumstances, ones that lead to a mugger walking his would-be victim home safely. In “A Gesture,” one man gets a love branch from someone in a crisis which puts his whole place in life in perspective. In “My Uncle,” one man finds out more about a long deceased relative in his death more than when he was alive. In “Darkness,” one bargoer reminisces about a friend who was the life of the party and how those missed connections, were the only chances we have before someone is gone from this life. In “My Only Stan Lee Story,” the author replays his wife’s encounter with the iconoclast, which though truncated, is both funny and very much is within his personality. In the last story I will highlight, “Agoraphobia,” one woman’s issues with her family haunts her long after they pass away, leaving her to question what she fears now?

Overall, a beautiful collection of vignettes that both ring true and is somewhat fantastical at times. The stories by Krumpholz are funny, brilliant, and heartfelt. The art by Krumpholz is gorgeous. Altogether, stories that will make you feel as though those bricks are beneath your feet.

Story: Karl Christian Krumpholz Art: Karl Christian Krumpholz
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.8 Recommendation: Buy

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