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AfterShock and comiXology Team Up for Exclusive Digital Connection Covers

For the first time, AfterShock and comiXology have partnered to provide limited-time exclusive digital connecting covers across several exciting titles. These covers will only be available to add to your digital collection via the comiXology platform until May 11, 2017.

Issues included are InSEXts #10 (Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina), Rough Riders: Riders on the Storm #2 (Adam Glass & Patrick Olliffe), Black-Eyed Kids #12 (Joe Pruett & Szymon Kudranski), Shipwreck #4 (Warren Ellis & Phil Hester), Animosity #6 (Marguerite Bennett & Rafael de Latorre), Jackpot! #5 (Ray Fawkes & Georges Duarte), and Captain Kid #5 (Mark Waid, Tom Peyer & Wilfredo Torres). The connecting covers were illustrated by Mike Zagari and colored by Gabe Eltaeb.

Each digital comic will be released over the course of the next month, but can be pre-ordered right now! You’ll need to act fast, as time is extremely limited to get these exclusive digital covers.

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Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm talk the comiXology original Valiant High

At New York Comic Con last year, comiXology announced a line of original digital comics from various publishers and featuring various genres. One collaboration was Valiant High, a new take on Valiant Entertainment‘s impressive line of characters.

Valiant High is a hilarious reimagining of Valiant’s award-winning superhero universe by writer Daniel Kibblesmith and artist Derek! Before they became the world’s most formidable heroes, they were roaming the halls at a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way too into dodgeball! Now… Faith “Zephyr” Herbert is about to discover it all for the first time as the newest girl in school!

The first issue was an original fun take on the characters and second issue out this week! We got a chance to talk to Daniel Kibblesmith and Derek Charm about the series and some of its influences.

Graphic Policy: How did you come on board Valiant High?

Daniel Kibblesmith: I had done some miscellaneous work for Valiant, mostly humor shorts in anthology issues, like the amazing Unity #25. Then-Valiant editor Tom Brennan sent me an e-mail asking if I’d be interested in pitching on a “teen soap opera,” without yet revealing what the idea was. It turns out Valiant and comiXology had both been circling the idea of doing Valiant High, and were looking for people to pitch on the concept.

Derek Charm: I was actually initially just brought on to do character designs and help visualize what High School versions of the Valiant heroes might look like. Originally I wasn’t sure I’d be able to draw the book, since I’ve already got a monthly deadline with Jughead, but the designs and back and forth process was so much fun it became something I really wanted to make time for.

GP: How much of it was fleshed out at that point as far as the characters and world?

DK: They had a few preliminary suggestions, all of which I ended up keeping, I think — Harada as the Principal, obviously. Bloodshot as the shouty dodgeball-obsessed gym coach. I also got to see some of Derek’s designs early enough in the process that I could get inspired by the choices he was making, and it helped me flesh out the backstories of characters like Ninjak, or Gilad, based on their look and attitude.

DC: I was sent Daniel’s original pitch document, but was left pretty much on my own to come up with everyone’s looks and how their super suits might transfer to something more casual while still retaining something of their iconic elements. I went back and forth a lot with Daniel and the editors to make sure every character was close to what they were envisioning.

GP: A thing that sticks out to me is that the characters are reduced to their basic self and they really fit the archetypes of teen high school movies. That wasn’t something I really thought about before reading this. Was that something that you noticed before this?

DK: Not until it was part of my job to think of the Valiant cast in terms of archetypes, and then map those archetypes onto OTHER archetypes of high school stories. But that was definitely the goal, same as any alternate universe story, to boil them down into their core character, so you could drop them in a new setting and it would still feel like “them.” Then the fun of it was seeing how all the jigsaw puzzle pieces fit together, like making the armored XO Manowar an “armored” football star, or figuring out Dr. Mirage would be a science teacher and not one of the students, hence being a “Dr.”

GP: The comic really plays for comedy, not just in the story, but the art as well. It could have easily been a teenage drama. Was there thought about approaching it as a drama?

DK: The key phrase for me was always “soap opera” — which means a variety of tones and feelings are in play. I think the most satisfying stories play a variety of notes, and obviously, I love writing the jokes. But I wanted all the emotions to feel real, and the stakes to seem as high as they are when you’re that age. Plus, I tried to put at least one fight in every issue, because at the end of the day, these are still Valiant superheroes. I think the premise is so inherently heightened that it has to be on the baseline of comedy, but I hope it’ll dredge up people’s actual teen angst as well.

DC: It’s pretty light for the most part, but there are definitely some dramatic and action-oriented moments that come up later on in the story that were a lot of fun to draw.

GP: It being a digital series, how does that impact you as a writer and artist. Is there any difference than a physical comic?

DK: I’m new enough to scripting comics in general that I don’t play with the medium too much, but I definitely had a few rules in mind for a digital-exclusive release. For one thing, there’s no double-page spreads, just single-page splashes. Part of that was needing the real estate for telling a story with so many characters, but I was also aware that it affects my reading experience when I have to turn the device sideways and adjust to new dimensions.

DC: It was something we talked about. For the most part, I’m treating them as regular comic pages, but definitely keeping comiXology’s Guided View in mind as I go.

GP: Have either of you thought about taking advantage of some of the things you can do with digital like panel flow?

DK: I didn’t write in anything in particular, but as a commuter, I was really excited to read it in Guided View on my phone for the first time.

DC: For sure, I’ve found jokes work really well with the Guided View pacing. There’s a lot of repeated panels and held expressions that underline punchlines when you can’t see what’s coming. It’s like every panel is a page-turn.

GP: Were there any Valiant characters you wanted to include but didn’t get a chance to?

DK: It’s such a huge cast that a few got cut for time, or were reduced to background extras. I don’t want to reveal who, because I’d love to do a follow-up where we get to expand the world a little. For now, we packed in as many heroes as we could fit, and there’s still more coming in the next few issues that haven’t been revealed yet. Stay tuned.

GP: Do you have any favorite teen movies or stories? Any influence this series?

DK: My major influences were other High School Alternate Universes, of course, like the X-Men: Evolution cartoon show, or the weird, self-contained world that is the Avengers Academy App. Other big ones, oddly enough, were Power Rangers, or even Saved By The Bell, in the way they had such a limited cast of characters outside of the heroes and kept the action more or less confined to one location. I came to it late, but Archie and The Riverdale universe was obviously an influence. The big difference being that for our first glimpse of Valiant High, it felt early to expand the world to include the kids’ parents, pets, bedrooms, etc. But the biggest influence, and not-at-all high school related, was Marvel’s 1602, which is another AU that turns everyone into archetypes and then looks for the way they click in another time and place (in this case, the Elizabethan era).

DC: Daria and Strangers With Candy are probably my top High School-comedy influences, not just for this series but for everything. A lot of accidental Daria References worked their way in to this series.

GP: What other projects do you have up this year?

DK: Reading everything drawn by Derek. And some things not yet confirmed, so the best way to keep up would be to follow me on Twitter at @Kibblesmith. And watch The Late Show With Stephen Colbert at 11:35 ET on CBS (after your local news).

DC: I’m still on Jughead through the rest of Ryan North’s run, and then the beginning of the next one with the new team. It’s been fun jumping between the sci-fi/super hero aspects of Valiant High and the more down to earth world of Riverdale.

Preview: Archie: Best of 2016 Digest Annual

ARCHIE: BEST OF 2016 DIGEST ANNUAL

Script: Dan Parent, Craig Boldman, Tom DeFalco, Tim & Pat Kennedy, and more
Art: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Jack Morelli, Pat & Tim Kennedy, Jim Amash, Glenn Whitmore, and more
Cover: Dan Parent, Rich Koslowski, Rosario “Tito” Peña
On Sale Date: 3/22
348-page, digital exclusive comic
$6.99 U.S.

75 Years of Archie… and that’s just the beginning! Archie celebrated his milestone 75th anniversary in 2016, with tons of new stories, new series and new faces – all gearing up toward the historic launch of the CW’s Riverdale TV series in early 2017. While things were ever-evolving in the Archie Universe, one thing held true: the Archie Comics Double Digests were still a constant source of hilarious tales – from hiccups in Archie’s dating life to fun takes on new trends – that everyone could enjoy. This 348-page digital exclusive is your chance to take a look at some of the most memorable Archie stories from the year 2016!

Marvel Digital Buy One Get One Sale

Now’s the time to shop Digital! Through 3/13 11:00 PM EST, Marvel Digital Comics Shop is holding a Buy One Get One Marvel Sale…on ALL titles storewide! With the purchase of any digital comic or collection, you’ll get another digital title — for free! Just use Cart Code MARVEL.*

Have yet to check out Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel’s Unworthy Thor? Now’s your chance to read the series that has critics and fans abuzz! Follow the disgraced Odinson as he begins his quest for a relic from a dead universe, one that is the key to the fallen god’s redemption.

Or, with his Netflix debut March 17th, you may want to channel your Chi with Iron Fist! Read mystically-charged comics starring K’un Lun’s Kung Fu Warrior, like the fan-favorite Immortal Iron Fist (2006) or Danny Rand’s latest turn in Power Man and Iron Fist (2016)!

Want a launching-off point of even more to read? Visit the Digital Comics Shop’s Discover Section, and explore comics based off your favorite characters, creators and events!

Best of all, digital trades and comics are perfect 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 mobile device and in the Marvel Comics app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices!

An added bonus? Marvel Insiders get 2,500 Insider points when they shop the Buy One Get One sale this weekend! Not a Marvel Insider? Sign up today and earn exclusive prizes just by being a Marvel fan! See what rewards are available here!

Don’t miss out on the perfect opportunity to expand your reading! Take part in the Buy One Get One Marvel Sale, running from 3/10 12:00 AM EST until 3/13 11:00 PM EST!

 

*Offer valid until 3/13/17 11:00 PM EST on Marvel titles only. 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 bundles or preorders. Marvel user account and internet connection required.

Barrier #4 is Out Now from Panel Syndicate. A Must Get!

As of this month, Panel Syndicate has been around four whole years and what better way to celebrate than with the newest installment of their series Barrier!

In the penultimate issue things take a horrific turn, as alien abductees Oscar and Liddy press deeper into their captors’ craft.

Barrier is a digital comic series by Brian K. Vaughan, Marcos Martin, and Muntsa Vicente that explores immigration, and the “barriers” that keep us apart, like language.

Released through Panel Syndicate the comic is 30 pages of bilingual action for absolutely any price you think is fair. Yes, a pay what you want comic, and this is one well worth paying for.

comiXology Unlimited March Titles Coming and Going

ComiXology has announced the latest addition and subtractions from their comiXology Unlimited platform. The service allows unlimited reading from a curated set of titles for just $5.99 a month. The service also provides a 30 day free trial for individuals.

Check below for the full list of what’s coming and going in March 2017.

ADDITIONS

A&A: The Adventures of Archer & Armstrong Vol. 1 and #1-#4 by Rafer Roberts and David Lafuente (Valiant Entertainment)
Ajin: Demi-Human Vol. 1 by Sakurai Gamon, Miura Tsuina, Sakurai Gamon and Miura Tsuina (Kodansha Comics)
ALIVE Vol. 1 by Tadashi Kawashima (Kodansha Comics)
Baltimore Vol. 1-2 by Christopher Golden, Mike Mignola and Ben Stenbeck (Dark Horse Comics)
Comic Book History of Comics #1-#2 by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey (IDW Publishing)
Creeple Peeple #2-#3 by Matt Anderson, Patrick D. Pidgeon and Tim Patrick Lattie (IDW Publishing)
Cyberines #1 by Joe Martino, RJ Micheals, Cory Hamscher and Pow Rodrix (Red Anvil Comics)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Storm Surge collection and #1-#6 by Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon, Rik Hoskin and Andres Ponce (Dynamite)
Dorothy of Oz Prequel #3-#4 by David Tipton and Blair Shedd (Dynamite)
Felony Comics #2-#3 by Josh Burggraf, Harris Smith, Amy Searles and Various (Negative Pleasure Publications)
Gakuen Prince Vol. 1 by Jun Yuzuki (Kodansha Comics)
Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Vol. 1-2 by Yu Kinutani (Kodansha Comics)
King: the Phantom #1-#4 by Brian Clevinger and Brent Schoonover (Dynamite)
Legend of the Mantamaji Book 1 by Eric Dean Seaton, Brandon Palas and Andrew Dalhouse (“And . . Action!” Entertainment)
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Pink #1-#2 by Brenden Fletcher, Kelly Thompson and Daniele Di Nicuolo (BOOM! Studios)
Owlgirls #1 by Robert J. Sodaro, Rachele Aragno and Dave Ryan (Red Anvil Comics)
Patricia Briggs’ Alpha & Omega: Cry Wolf Vol. 1 and #1-#8 by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence and Jordan Gunderson (Dynamite)
Predator: Life and Death collection and #1-#4 by Dan Abnett and Brian Thies (Dark Horse Comics)
Princess Resurrection Vol. 1 by Yasunori Mitsunaga (Kodansha Comics)
Pumpkin Scissors Vol. 1 by Ryotaro Iwanaga (Kodansha Comics)
Shadowflame #1-#2 by Joe Martino (Red Anvil Comics)
Star Trek (2011-2016) Vol. 3 by Mike Johnson, Claudia Balboni and Stephen Molnar (IDW Publishing)
Street Fighter II Vol. 1 and #0-#6 by Ken Siu-Chong, Alvin Lee and Arnold Tsang (UDON)
Template: The Complete First Season by Quinton Miles and Andres Quezada (QAM! Comics)
The Hidden GN by Richard Sala (Fantagraphics)
Vinland Saga Vol. 1 by Makoto Yukimura (Kodansha Comics)
War of the Independents #1-#2 by Dave Ryan, Franchesco! and Dave Ryan (Red Anvil Comics)
Yozakura Quartet Vol. 1 by Suzuhito Yasuda (Kodansha Comics)

IMAGE 25 Additions available Monday, March 6

The Manhattan Projects Deluxe Edition Vol. 1-2, Vol. 1-6 and #1-#25 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image Comics)
The Manhattan Projects: The Sun Beyond the Stars #1-#4 by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Pitarra (Image Comics)
Pax Romana Vol. 1 and #1-#4 by Jonathan Hickman (Image Comics)
The Sword Complete Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1-4, and #1-#24 and Jonathan Luna and Joshua Luna (Image Comics)

REMOVALS

Abandoned Cars GN by Tim Lane (Fantagraphics)
Athos In America GN by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Dead Drop collection and #1-#4 by Ales Kot and Adam Gorham (Valiant Entertainment)
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son #1-#5 by Dean Koontz, Chuck Dixon and Brett Booth (Dynamite)
Hit: 1957 #1-#2 by Bryce Carlson and Vanesa R. Del Rey (BOOM! Studios)
I Don’t Get It GN Shannon Wheeler (BOOM! Studios)
I Told You So GN Shannon Wheeler (BOOM! Studios)
King: Flash Gordon #1-#4 by Ben Acker, Ben Blacker and Lee Ferguson (Dynamite)
Low Moon GN by Jason (Fantagraphics)
Night Fisher GN by R. Kikuo Johnson (Fantagraphics)
Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson: Homecoming collection and #1-#4 by Patricia Briggs, David Lawrence and Amelia Woo (Dynamite)
Potter’s Field collection and #1-#3 by Mark Waid and Paul Azaceta (BOOM! Studios)
Street Fighter #1-#6 by Ken Siu-Chong, Kaare Andrews, Joy Ang, Hanna Chen, Hyung-Tae Kim and various (UDON)
The Returning #1 by Jason Starr and Andrea Mutti (BOOM! Studios)

Kodansha Releases New Digital Sports Manga on March 7

ace-of-the-diamondDuring its panel at Emerald City Comicon in Seattle today, Kodansha Comics announced the digital publication of the holy trinity of fan-requested sports manga: Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, and Giant Killing. Volume 1s of all 3 titles will go on sale March 7 on all of Kodansha’s digital retail channels.

Yuji Terajima’s Ace of the Diamond, a hot-blooded, epic-length bestseller in Japan about the travails of a gifted left-handed pitcher who comes to the big city to play premier-level high-school baseball, was the basis of the hit anime series that streamed on Crunchyroll.

All-Rounder Meguru, a stirring drama about a determined young man looking to escape the bleak prospects of home by making it in the brutal world of Shooto MMA (mixed martial arts), is the latest work from acclaimed creator Hiroki Endo (Eden: It’s an Endless World!, published by Dark Horse Comics).

all-rounder-meguruMasaya Tsunamoto and Tsujitomo’s Giant Killing, about an eccentric-genius soccer coach who returns from abroad to bring success to an underdog team, is one of the all-time-favorite and long-running (still ongoing in Japan) manga about the beautiful game. It was also adapted into a hit anime series.

In addition, the panel at ECCC announced Natsumi Eguchi’s Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (adapted into the anime available from Sentai Filmworks), Kotono Kato’s Altair: A Record of Battles, and Ryosuke Tomoe’s Museum, which will see digital publication on March 21. Kodansha Comics has been steadily bringing out new, off-the-beaten-path manga series in digital format since the start of 2017.

Volume 1s of Ace of the Diamond, All-Rounder Meguru, Giant Killing, Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, Altair: A Record of Battles, and Museum will be available for sale or preorder across all Kodansha Comics digital book channels: BookWalker, comiXology, Google Play, iBooks, Kindle, Kobo, and nook.

Everything Coming to Marvel Unlimited This March

Marvel Unlimited, Marvel’s digital comics subscription service, offers members unlimited access to over 20,000 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 March:

allnewwolverineannual001_cvrWeek of 3/6

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE ANNUAL #1
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17
CARNAGE #11
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #5
DEADPOOL V GAMBIT #4
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11
HAN SOLO #3
HOWARD THE DUCK #10
HYPERION #6  FINAL ISSUE!
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #11
MS. MARVEL #10
NOVA #10
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT #8
SILVER SURFER #6
SPIDER-GWEN #11
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #14
SPIDER-MAN #7
THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #11
THUNDERBOLTS #4
UNCANNY AVENGERS #13

Week of 3/13

A YEAR OF MARVELS: SEPTEMBER INFINITE COMIC #1
ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #14
CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES INFINITE COMIC #5
DAREDEVIL #11
DEADPOOL & THE MERCS FOR MONEY #3
DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? INFINITE COMIC #5
DOCTOR STRANGE #11
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #13
MARVEL TSUM TSUM #2
MARVEL UNIVERSE AVENGERS: ULTRON REVOLUTION #3
MARVEL’S DOCTOR STRANGE PRELUDE INFINITE COMIC #1
MOON KNIGHT #6
POE DAMERON #6
SILK #12
SPIDEY #10
SQUADRON SUPREME #11
UNCANNY X-MEN #12

civilwarii_amazingspiderman004_cvrWeek of 3/20

A-FORCE #9
ALL-NEW INHUMANS #11
ALL-NEW X-MEN #13
BLACK PANTHER #6
CIVIL WAR II: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4  FINAL ISSUE!
CIVIL WAR II: GODS OF WAR #4  FINAL ISSUE!
DEADPOOL #18
GWENPOOL, THE UNBELIEVABLE #6
MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12
MOCKINGBIRD #7
OLD MAN LOGAN #11
ROCKET RACCOON & GROOT #9
SCARLET WITCH #10
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #15
SPIDER-MAN #8
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #4
UNCANNY AVENGERS #14
UNCANNY INHUMANS #13

voteloki004_cvrWeek of 3/27

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. #9
ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #12
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18
CARNAGE #12
CIVIL WAR II #5
CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #6  FINAL ISSUE!
CIVIL WAR II: X-MEN #4  FINAL ISSUE!
DEADPOOL V GAMBIT #5  FINAL ISSUE!
DEADPOOL: TOO SOON? INFINITE COMIC #6
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN ANNUAL #1
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12
INTERNATIONAL IRON MAN #7  FINAL ISSUE!
KARNAK #5
MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN VS. THE SINISTER SIX #3
MIGHTY THOR #11
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! #10
POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #8
THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #12
THE PUNISHER #5
UNCANNY X-MEN #13
VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT #12
VISION #11
VOTE LOKI #4  FINAL ISSUE!

Not a Marvel Unlimited member? Join today!

Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to some of the greatest Marvel Comics featuring The Avengers, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and more! With March’s update, Marvel Unlimited will also be expanding its back catalog with the following series: Cloak and Dagger (1985), Warlock and The Infinity Watch (1992), Thunderbolts (1997) and Guardians of the Galaxy (1990)!

This amazing service is accessible through Marvel Unlimited on the web and through the Marvel Unlimited app on iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

New to the Marvel Universe, and don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! Marvel Unlimited subscribers have access to the DISCOVER section of Marvel Unlimited. Subscribers are now able to discover new pathways into the Marvel Universe by being able to search by their favorite storylines or creators.

With classic and newer issues being added to Marvel Unlimited on a weekly basis as early as six months after they’re in stores, you’ll definitely want to join Marvel Unlimited and enjoy the experience of the Marvel Universe!

Tsutomu Nihei’s Aposimz Gets Simulpub from Kodansha

kodanshacomics_logo_bubble_blktxtKodansha Comics’ newest digital simulpub manga to debut on Kindle and comiXology is Aposimz, science-fiction manga master Tsutomu Nihei’s follow-up to his cult hit Knights of Sidonia (which was adapted into a Netflix Original series). Nihei is also the creator of the manga classic (and recently reissued) BLAME!

The first chapter of Aposimz debuted February 24th as a digital edition only on comiXology and Kindle. New chapters will follow on the 24th of every month thereafter (the same day they appear in Japan). Chapters will be priced at $1.99 each.

With Aposimz, Nihei takes us into at-once familiar and disorienting territory: a towering “City” built upon the ruins of a mysterious device from the distant past, a “Country of Dolls” of people afflicted with a disease that slowly turns them into machines. A prologue chapter from Aposimz was previously available only through Tsutomu Nihei’s limited-time Humble Bundle offering.

Also, adding to Kodansha Comics’s digital manga ramp-up for 2017, a trio of highly anticipated shojo manga will make their debuts on February 28th.

House of the Sun (Taiyo no ie, in Japanese) is Taamo’s moving account of a young woman who reconnects with a childhood friend as she puts together the pieces of her life following her parents’ broken marriage.

Peach Heaven is a racy tale from Mari Hoshino, detailing the life of an ordinary high-school teenager with a secret identity as … an erotic novelist! What happens when the new transfer student/male supermodel discovers her secret?

Finally, The Full-Time Wife Escapist (aka Nigeru wa haji da ga yaku ni tatsu) brings us Tsunami Umino’s romantic comedy that was recently adapted into a hit Japanese television drama. Mikuri is a recent grad without a whole lot of job prospects, so out of desperation when her housekeeping gig is about to come to an end, she comes up with the idea of becoming the wife of her single salaryman boss—as a job!

Kodansha Comics has been steadily bringing out new manga series in digital format since the start of 2017. More announcements of upcoming titles for the spring will be made at the Kodansha Comics panel at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle on March 4.

aposimz

Review: Valiant High #1

valiant-high_001_cover_lafuenteToday, Valiant and comiXology has released the latest comiXology Original, Valiant High #1. Written by Daniel Kibblesmith, the series is a new and unique take on the Valiant universe and characters.

Before they became legends, the world’s most formidable heroes were roaming the halls at Valiant High – a super-powered preparatory academy where Aric “X-O Manowar” Dacia is a record-setting running back, Colin “Ninjak” King is a debonair foreign exchange student, and Coach Bloodshot is way, way too into dodgeball. Now, Amanda “Livewire” McKee and her best friend, Faith “Zephyr” Herbert, are taking it all in for the first time at the one high school where power trumps popularity!

The digital debut of Valiant High is full of fun taking the familiar Valiant heroes and throwing them into a new situation, high school. Each in their own way are distilled down to their basic core. Writer Daniel Kibblesmith makes it works, it works really well, by playing off of tropes and types, the first issue feels familiar but at the same time fresh considering the characters involved.

“Teen” stories tend to feel similar in so many ways involving the outcast, the jock, the popular girl/guy, the burnout, some mix of all of that, and that’s all here with a charm and fun about it that it reminds me a bit of a comedic Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, and Not Another Teen Movie. We’re introduced to each character and get a good sense of their archetype in a first issue that nails it all when it comes to that. And while much of the issue is setup, there’s still a little bit of conflict to keep things interesting.

The art by Derek Charm and David Baron is fantastic translating each character into their teen self, with a couple of characters acting as teachers. The art is what really helps draw out the comedy of the issue with some fantastic moments involving Bloodshot who’s the driver ed teacher in a look that feels like it’d work perfectly in an animated show.

The first issue is a great debut and while it relies on familiar character types and conflict, the use of classic Valiant characters in this new setting is fresh and entertaining. I can’t wait to see what the further issues bring and hopefully we get some more.

Story: Daniel Kibblesmith Art: Derek Charm and David Baron Cover: David Lafuente
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy was provided with a FREE copy for review

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