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New art from Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, and Jacob Phillips’ Night Fever revealed!

Image Comics has revealed a stunning new cover by Sean Phillips for the highly anticipated Night Fever by multiple Eisner Award winning duo Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips with colors by Jacob Phillips. This original graphic novel will hit shelves in June.

In Europe on a business trip, Jonathan Webb can’t sleep. Instead, he finds himself wandering the night in a strange foreign city, with his new friend, the mysterious and violent Rainer as his guide. Rainer shows Jonathan the hidden world of the night, a world without rules or limits. But when the fun turns dangerous, Jonathan may find himself trapped in the dark… And the question is, what will he do to get home?

Night Fever is a pulse-pounding noir thriller featuring the Jekyll-and-Hyde story of a man facing the darkness inside himself. This riveting tour-of-the-night is a must-have for all Brubaker and Phillips readers.

Night Fever (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2609-5) will be available on Wednesday, June 14 at local comic book shops and on Tuesday, June 20 it will hit shelves at independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Night Fever

Review: Follow Me Down: A Reckless Book

Ethan Reckless is back in this all-new pulp adventure. What was he up to when he left Anna on her own in the last volume? Find out!

Story: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
Color: Jacob Phillips

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Bookshop
Amazon
comiXology/Kindle


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Underrated: Incognito

Time got away from me this week, so we’re rerunning an older column from yesteryear.

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: Incognito


My local comic shop recently got the hardcover edition of Incognito in, and it last all of ten minutes on the table where it was in line for pricing as I picked it up and read what amounted to half the first issue before scooping it up before it ever actually made it to the shelf.

Written by Ed Brubaker, with art by Sean Phillips and colours by Val Staples, the hardcover collects both Incognito and the sequel Incognito: Bad Influences within its 360-odd pages as well an essay, a series cover gallery and some interesting process pieces. If you’ve read any of Brubaker and Phillips other work together, such as Criminal, Fatale or Kill Or Be Killed, then you probably have an idea what you’re in for. If you don’t… well, let’s just say you’re in for a very compelling story that you’ll probably want to read multiple times.

If you want to read the series’ synopsis, it’s below. If you don’t… well, skip the next paragraph, I guess. Either way, you’ll find the core premise of the comic below.

What if you were an ex-super villain hiding out in Witness Protection… but all you could think about were the days when the rules didn’t apply to you? Could you be a humdrum office clerk after being the best at years of leaving destruction in your wake? And what if you couldn’t stand it? What would you do then? 

This story is steeped in the pulp fiction of the 30’s and 40’s, stories that undeniably inspired the superhero fiction of today. Brubaker takes those early influences and fills out a world that has descended from them; there’s a very clear path in Incognito back to characters like the Shadow and the Spider (or rather Brubaker’s version thereof), and it gives the reader the sense that we’re barely scratching the surface with the characters and history revealed through the course of the hardcover’s 360-odd pages.

I was immediately taken in by the story as we learned more about Zack Overkill and how he went from a heavy hitting super villain to a lowly file clerk barely noticed by his coworkers. We see flashes of his mandated psychiatric appointments, the oh-so-real struggles he’s facing in a life that he’s not accustomed too. If you remove the super powered aspect from the opening part of the story, you can see a man struggling with his mental health amidst an unfulfilling life of boredom and depression. Is it any wonder that he eventually turns to drugs in order to find an escape?

Zach Overkill is an oddly likable guy despite never hiding (at least from us) what kind of man he used to be; whether this story is about his trying to find redemption, or a larger tale about whether a leopard can truly change its spots is one of the best parts about this book. Brubaker asks you not whether you can change for the better after making a horrible series of life choices, but whether others can accept your change. Whether they truly believe it, or if once they’ve labelled you a villain then that’s how they will always see you.

I should have expected good stuff from this book, but I wasn’t quite prepared with just how good it would be.

In a story that can be so much to so many, we’re left asking ourselves who we really are; are you really the person you think you are, or are you just a product of what this world has made you?


Join us next week where there will doubtless be another movie, series, comic or comic related thing discussed that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips deliver more noir with Night Fever in June 2023

Multiple Eisner Award winning grand masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips—of Reckless, Pulp, Criminal, and Kill or Be Killed fame—with colors by Jacob Phillps, will bring fans another sure-fire hit in the upcoming, Night Fever. This original graphic novel will hit shelves in June 2023 from Image Comics.

Night Fever is a pulse-pounding noir thriller featuring the Jekyll-and-Hyde story of a man facing the darkness inside himself. This riveting tour-of-the-night is a must-have for all Brubaker and Phillips readers.

In Europe on a business trip, Jonathan Webb can’t sleep. Instead, he finds himself wandering the night in a strange foreign city, with his new friend, the mysterious and violent Rainer as his guide. Rainer shows Jonathan the hidden world of the night, a world without rules or limits. But when the fun turns dangerous, Jonathan may find himself trapped in the dark… And the question is, what will he do to get home?

Night Fever (ISBN: 978-1-5343-2609-5) will be available on Wednesday, June 14 at local comic book shops and on Tuesday, June 20 it will hit shelves at independent bookstores, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo.

Night Fever

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips’ Criminal comes to Image! #9

Image Comics’ 12-issue, 30th anniversary anthology will drop another highly collectible installment this December in the upcoming Image! #9. Just in time to curl up and read by light of yule log, Image! #9 will feature a brand new Criminal story from crime noir masterminds Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips titled “Teeg’s Christmas Carol,” the highly anticipated return of Gerry Duggan and John McCrea’s beloved Dead Eyes, as well as many more exciting tales.

Cover art for this issue is by Phillips and will display a cigarette puffing, Santa-hat wearing Teeg.

Image! #9 also includes an all-new short by Bitter Root co-creator Chuck Brown and artist Steven Statz, “Familiar Fears,” as well as the latest chapters of “The Blizzard” by Geoff Johns and Andrea Mutti, “Closer” by Kieron Gillen and Steve Lieber, “Red Stitches” by Brenden Fletcher and Erica Henderson, “Gehenna” by Patrick Kindlon and Maurizio Rosenzweig, “Hack/Slash vs. Image” by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, “Billy Dogma” by Dean Haspiel, and “Stupid Fresh Mess” by Skottie Young.

The Image! anthology is a 12-issue series celebrating the 30th anniversary of Image Comics. It treats readers to all-new stories from some of the biggest and best names in comics and is curated by Image Comics’ Publisher Eric Stephenson. The series features a combination of ongoing serials, standalone short stories, and first looks at exciting upcoming projects at Image.

Image! #9 (Diamond Code OCT220159) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 28.

Image! #9

Friday Chapter 6 drops on Panel Syndicate

The spooky season isn’t over yet, a new chapter of Friday has been released on Panel Syndicate! It’s the spookiest issue yet by the terrifying team of Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martín, and Muntsa Vicente!

Will Friday make it in time as she races to face her darkest and most dangerous threat yet!

No, not the snowman, although those can be quite scary. Find out what the real threat is and much more as more secrets are revealed at panelsyndicate.com for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips strike again with Reckless: Follow Me Down

Crime noir masters Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips are back with yet another original graphic novel starring troublemaker-for-hire Ethan Reckless in the forthcoming Follow Me Down. This new standalone thriller is the fifth book in the Reckless series in less than two years, an unprecedented achievement in the American comics field. The book will hit shelves from Image Comics this October.

In the wake of the 1989 earthquake, Ethan takes a trip to San Francisco to search for a missing woman. But almost immediately, he finds himself going down a path of darkness and murder in a case unlike anything he’s faced before.

Follow Me Down (ISBN: 978-1534323421, Diamond Code JUL220075) will be available on Wednesday, October 12 and in bookstores on Tuesday, October 18. It can be pre-ordered at your local comic book shop or independent bookstore or via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, and Indigo. 

Follow Me Down

Friday Chapter 5 is available now on Panel Syndicate!

Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martín, and Muntsa Vicente are back with the newest chapter of our post YA series Friday! Raise a glass!

Friday’s investigations finally seem to bear fruit thanks to Lancelot’s enigmatic casebook. But as she dwelves deeper into the mystery behind his death and new dangers emerge from the shadow of the White Lady, will it only lead her to even more tragedy?

Head over to Panel Syndicate and follow Friday’s latest adventures for whatever price you want to pay, including zero!

Preview: Richard Stark’s Parker The Martini Edition: Last Call

Richard Stark’s Parker The Martini Edition: Last Call

(W) Darwyn Cooke, Ed Brubaker (A) Sean Phillips (A/CA) Darwyn Cooke
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $99.99

The long-awaited companion to the Eisner Award-winning Martini Edition is finally coming! Collecting the THE SCORE and SLAYGROUND (Both Eisner Award-winning graphic novels themselves). Darwyn Cooke crafted four universally acclaimed Parker graphic novels, adapted from the works of Richard Stark (A pseudonym for Donald Westlake), before his untimely death. This volume will be (along with the Martini Edition) the last word on Cooke’s brilliant Parker stories.

Richard Stark's Parker The Martini Edition: Last Call

Review: The Ghost in You: A Reckless Book

Ethan Reckless is back in this all-new pulp adventure. Sort of… He’s off in San Francisco which leaves Anna to take on the latest case all by herself!

Story: Ed Brubaker
Art: Sean Phillips
Color: Jacob Phillips

Get your copy in comic shops! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Amazon
comiXology/Kindle
Bookshop
Zeus Comics
TFAW


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