writer: Marc Guggenheim
artist: Andrea Mutti
cover: Butch Guice
FC | 136 pages | $19.99 | Teen+
The last we saw of the crew of the Starshadow in the pages of Bill Mantlo and Butch Guice’s Swords of the Swashbucklers, it seemed that all was lost. Decades later, Raader and her crew return to bring their adventuring to the cosmos once again!
Marc Guggenheim (X-Men Gold, Spider-Man) and Andrea Mutti (Rebels, Port of Earth) team up to continue the epic space adventure.
writer: Leah Moore, John Reppion
artist: Julius Ohta
cover: John Cassaday
FC | 104 pages | $17.99 | Teen+
Michael Williams is a family man. A reliable man at both work and home. When he disappears, there are no clues left behind. Now, it is up to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to find out what happened to him and what danger may be lurking around every corner, in the case of The Vanishing Man!
writer: Christopher Sebela artist: Jonathan Lau, Ariel Medel cover: Gamplay Cover FC | 160 pages | $19.99 | Teen+
47 and his handler, Diana Burnwood, are a team responsible for some of the most ruthless, efficient and untraceable assassinations across the globe. But before they were operatives of the shadowy International Contracts Association, 47 and Burnwood were on their own separate paths in life – streets lined with blood, bullets and revenge. As 14-year-old Diana begins a mission to track down the people who killed her parents, 47 is struggling to free himself and his friend, 6, from the mysterious Institute which has bred them as killers since they were kids. With a story that stretches from the heartland of America to the Berlin Wall, Lone Wolves will trace the birth of the legendary Hitman and the secret past of the woman behind him who pulls the string and knows just how hard taking a life truly is.
artists: Jock, Sean Phillips, Dan Panosian, Ben Oliver, Aaron Campbell
FC | $19.99 | Teen+
Go deeper into the intriguing world of Uncanny with 4 limited-edition, collectible trading cards featuring some of the best covers, from the best artists who contributed to this unique series mash-up of super powers and organized crime.
writer: Jeff Parker artist: Bob Q covers: John Cassaday (A), Mike McKone (B), Michael Walsh (C), Ibrahim Moustafa (D), Bob Q (E) John Cassaday (RI-B/W) FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
“Rocket Sea” continues, by JEFF PARKER (Suicide Squad, Future Quest) and BOB Q (The Lone Ranger). Bond and his squad commandeer a German bomber plane, to sink a Nazi cruiser. And aside from not knowing how to fly the bomber, or how to drop bombs from it, all should go as planned…
writer: David Avallone artist: Dave Acosta covers: Joseph Michael Linsner (A), Craig Cermak (B), Robert Hack (C), Photo Cover (D-Sub) Craig Cermak, (RI-Virg), Robert Hack (RI-Virg), Joseph Michael Linsner (RI-Virg) FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
Elvira’s trip through time finally gets her back home, to Los Angeles…but eighty years too early! The Mistress of the Dark lands on the set of a horror movie classic, pursued by real — not reel — ancient evil! Would you sell your soul for riches and fame?
writer: John Jackson Miller artist: Daniel HDR with Marcio Fiorito covers: Marco Rudy (A), Daniel HDR (B) Marco Rudy (RI-Virgin), Daniel HDR (RI-B/W) FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
After losing the Twelve Colonies, is there anything left for humanity to lose? Plenty — and as a trap is sprung, Commander Adama faces his worst nightmare since taking the lead of the fleet. Can Apollo and Starbuck discover their mysterious foes’ secrets in time? New York Times bestselling author and comics writer John Jackson Miller (Star Wars, Star Trek, Halo) and Daniel HDR (Red Sonja, Superman) continue their miniseries timed for Battlestar Galactica’s 40th anniversary year!
Diamond Comic Distributors has announced the top selling comics and graphic novels of 2018. Marvel was the top publisher of the year with The Infinity Gauntlet taking the slot for bestselling graphic novel of the year. That’s not surprising due to all of the excitement and success around Avengers: Infinity War in theaters. DC Comics came in second place for publishers and had the bestselling comic of the year with Action Comics #1000. Image Comics ranked third for publishers and lead the graphic novel chart with six out of the top ten titles.
Annual comic book sales to the comic book specialty market increased in 2018, up +3.3% for the year, while graphic novel sales dipped -6.6% from 2017. Combined, annual sales of comic book and graphic novels to comic book shops were up slightly in 2018, by .6%.
Marvel Comics finished the year as the comic book specialty market’s top publisher, leading in both Dollar and Unit Market Shares, with a 38.24% Dollar Market Share and a 40.4% Unit Market Share. Marvel Comics top comic book, Amazing Spider-Man #800, the ten-year landmark issue led by Dan Slott and Stuart Immomen, charted at #2 for the year. Overall, Marvel had seven titles in the top ten comics of the year, including the preceding Amazing Spider-Man #798 and #799, as well as Fantastic Four #1, Amazing Spider-Man #1, Return of Wolverine #1, and Venom #1. That’s four comics written by Dan Slott in the top ten. Marvel Comics also had the top graphic novel of the year with The Infinity Gauntlet, the epic crossover event from Jim Starlin, George Pérez, and Rom Lim.
DC Entertainment was the comic book specialty market’s number two publisher in 2018 with a 30.04% Dollar Market Share and a 33.82% Unit Market Share. DC Entertainment had three of the year’s top ten comics; in addition to Action Comics #1000, Batman #50, and The Batman Who Laughs #1 were among the top ten.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ award-winning science fiction epic, Saga from Image Comics once again dominated the top ten graphic novels chart and solidified Image Comics as the year’s third largest comic book publisher, with a 9.93% Dollar Market Share and a 9.9% Unit Market Share. Image Comics took six of the top ten graphic novel spots, with Saga Volume 9 charting as the #2 best-selling graphic novel for 2018. Saga Volumes 1 and 8 also placed in the top ten, along with The Walking Dead Volume 29 Lines We Cross (#6), Paper Girls Volume 1 (#7), and Monstress Volume 1 (#10). The best-selling comic book for the year from Image was Mark Millar’s The Magic Order #1 at #18.
IDW Publishing was the comic book specialty market’s fourth largest publisher, propelled by its licensed titles from Hasbro, Disney, and Lucasfilm. The company’s Dollar Market Share was 3.83% for the year. Marvel Action: Spider-Man #1, was IDW’s top-selling comic book, landing at #460 for the year.
Dark Horse Comics‘ mix of creator-owned and licensed titles helped the company to be the fifth-ranked publisher in the comic book specialty market in 2018 with a 2.92% Dollar Market Share. Dark Horse’s top comic book for the year Stranger Things #1, based upon the popular Netflix series, at #184.
BOOM! Studios was the sixth ranked publisher at 2.24%, and Dynamite Entertainment was seventh at 1.86%. Viz Media, Titan Comics, and Oni Press rounded out the top ten comic book publishers for 2018.
Dynamite has announced an ongoing set of “Seduction” variants for every issue of the upcoming Red Sonja series from acclaimed artist Bob Q! Each cover will pit Sonja against classic mystical myths…sirens, nymphes, sorceresses, goddesses and more! As illustrated in a deadly yet seductive style, as only an artist as Bob could do it.
Fans should ask their Local Comic Shop whether they ordered copies of Bob’s cover for issue #1. Final Order Cutoff for the issue will be Monday, February 14. Fans and retailers can now order Red Sonja #2, by Mark Russell and Mirko Colak, in the March 2019 copy of Diamond’s Previews.
The other stunning covers for the first issue include the incomparable works of Amanda Conner, Joseph Michael Linsner, Christian Ward, Frank Cho and a cosplay variant featuring model Jesyka Rose.
A new hero rises! Turok pursues his kidnapped brother… in the Badlands of the Old West! In the waning days of the Indian Wars, the U.S. cavalry has captured Andar, but Turok will stop at nothing to rescue him. But that quest will lead Turok, Andar and even the soldiers to a strange, lost land inhabited by creatures beyond their imaginations. This is Turok as you’ve never seen him before … and Turok as you’ve always seen him!
If you’ve been reading Graphic Policy’s reviews for some time, then it will probably come as no surprise to you that I’m a Valiant fan. I’ve also been delving into the original Valiant comics from the 1990’s, and one of those series I’ve been picking up is Turok back when Valiant still had the license. So when I saw that Dynamite had started publishing another series, I was curious. Curious to see whether it would be easy enough to pick up if you never touched the cancelled series from 2017 (because I missed that, too), and curious to see if it was even worth reading.
Turok #1 is written by Ron Marz with art by Roberto Castro and colours by Salvatore Aiala, and kicks off in the American West of 1873 as Turok hunts those who have taken his brother Andar captive. The comic’s plot is remarkably simplistic (even more so if you’re aware of Turok’s more traditional setting, whether from videogames or the old comics), but a simplistic plot doesn’t mean the writing is bad; it just mean that Ron Marz didn’t waste any time in getting Turok where he was bound to end up. Honestly, instead of a half an issue or so, I expected at least an arc to pass before we saw a change of scenery. Turok’s first issue is a well paced comic that dispenses with any extraneous plot points, and gets us right to the arrow tipped, uh, point.
Artistically, Roberto Castro and Salvatore Aiala are great. The (digital) pages leave you in no doubt what’s happening, or where, as the story progresses. A pleasure to read and look at, this comic has a really enjoyable feel to it; I went in expecting to get an action comic, and that’s exactly what I got. I have no complaints about this issue in any way shape or form.
Ultimately, a refreshingly fast paced comic with some solid art make Turok #1 a comic that’s just begging to be read by any who are curious.