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All-star talent celebrate the Fantastic Four’s 60th Anniversary this November

This November, fans will get to experience two of the Fantastic Four’s greatest adventures in a brand new way in Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1! This giant-sized issue will present classic stories with stunning new artwork by today’s leading artists.

Sixty years ago, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby made history and brought about the beginning of the Marvel Age of comics with the release of Fantastic Four #1. Now a bevy of Marvel’s finest creators will pay tribute to that monumental moment by reinterpreting, page by page, the story from that inaugural release as well as Fantastic Four Annual #3, the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm!

Written by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, it features the art by Aco, Aaron Kuder, Adam Hughes, Albert Monteys, Alessandro Cappuccio, Bryan Hitch, Cafu, Carlos Pacheco, Chris Sprouse, Daniel Warren Johnson, David Lapham, Elsa Charretier, Erica D’Urso, Federico Vicentini, Greg Land, Javier Rodriguez, John Cassaday, John Romita Jr., Kate Niemczyk, Kei Zama, Leinil Francis Yu, Leonard Kirk, Lucas Werneck, Luciano Vecchio, Marco Checchetto, Mattia Del Mundo, Neal Adams, Nic Klein, Olivier Coipel, Paco Medina, Patch Zircher, Pepe Larraz, Ray-Anthony Height, Rod Reis, Ron Fenz, Simone Di Meo, Stefano Caselli, Steve Epting, Tom Reilly, Salvador Larroca, Jorge Fornes, Kim Jacinto, Walt Simonson, Leonardo Ortolai, Sanford Greene, Terry Dodson, and Mark Bagley. It features a main cover by Steve McNiven and variant cover by Jim Cheung.

See this modern take on two of the most pivotal moments in Marvel Comics history when Fantastic Four Anniversary Tribute #1 hits stands in November!

Preview: Batman: Black & White #6

Batman: Black & White #6

Written by: Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet, Brandon Thomas, Scott Snyder
Art by: James Harren, Elsa Charretier, Khary Randolph

The final issue of the acclaimed revival of Batman Black & White is here, and readers won’t want to miss this deep dive into the new horrors of Gotham and ordinary citizens inspired by Batman. • Iconic Batman scribe Scott Snyder reunites with his All-Star Batman collaborator John Romita Jr. to tell the story of a man who has been documenting Batman’s history in Gotham for a very long time-and now, he has something to say about the Dark Knight’s legacy. • Eisner Award nominee and the artist behind Batman: Universe and Future State: The Next Batman, Nick Derington writes and draws an epic tale introducing us to two gangs whose power struggle in Gotham has been going on longer than the history of the city itself. • The acclaimed creative team behind Infinite Loop, Elsa Charretier and Pierrick Colinet, team up once more for their DC Comics writing debut with a frightening story of psychological horror and the Dark Knight! • The fan-favorite co-creators of Rumble, writer John Arcudi and artist James Harren, spin a tale of Clayface and the evils lurking beneath the surface of the stories we love the most. • The powerhouse creative team of writer Brandon Thomas and artist Khary Randolph tell a story about one of Gotham’s most impoverished neighborhoods, and how it ends up being exploited by villains like the Mad Hatter!

Batman: Black & White #6

Around the Tubes

DRAGON AGE DARK FORTRESS #1

It’s a new week and we’ve got lots coming your way. We’re kicking off the day with a bunch of news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

The Beat – A Year of Free Comics: Ellen Lindner on Women in Baseball – Free Comics!

Smash Pages – Watch Elsa Charretier deconstruct a ‘Hawkeye’ panel in a new YouTube series – Very cool to see this channel.

Reviews

Superman Homepage – Dear Super Villains
Flickering Myth – Dragon Age: Dark Fortress #1
CBR – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Graphic Novel

Comics Deserve Better Episode 13: These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, Aditya Bidikar

On this week’s Comics Deserve Better, Brian, Darci, and Logan dig into These Savage Shores by Ram V, Sumit Kumar, Vittorio Astone, and Aditya Bidikar. It’s historical fiction-meets-horror set in 18th century Southeast India and effectively decolonizes the vampire story while also riffing on epistolary novels and nine-panel grids. They also chat about the 2020 Ringo Award winners, Copra‘s new publishing format, and Elsa Charretier’s Kickstarter. Other comics mentioned on the show include Dracula Motherf**ker, Shuzo Oshimi‘s Happiness, Edgar Allan Poe’s Snifter of Blood, Sympathy for No Devils, Papaya Salad, and Sophia Yanow‘s Contradiction (Episode art by Sumit Kumar)

Matt Fraction, Elsa Charretier: November is Coming and Jimmy Olsen too

November isn’t just the election it’s also the hit hardboiled graphic novel series from Elsa Charretier and Matt Fraction. A special commentary edition of the book is on its way and Elsa has the scoop! Fraction and I also chatted about Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, his series with Steve Lieber- and there are some interesting connections between the two very different works!

Support the massively popular Kickstarter for the November art book here.

If you missed my episode with Elsa this Spring definitely give it a listen for her amazing, and inspiring origin story as an artist.

For more Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen check out my interview with artist Steve Lieber and review.

and if you are looking for ways to volunteer around the election or want to share show feedback I’m on Twitter.

Charlie Adlard, Alex Paknadel, James Devlin, Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, and UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, and more Present Planet DIVOC-91

Planet DIVOC-19

This summer, an ambitious storytelling experience will bring the world of science to comics like never before. An impressive roster of comic book creators — including Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard, Friendo writer Alex Paknadel, UK Comics Laureate Hannah Berry, colorist and designer James Devlin, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou are collaborating on Planet DIVOC-91, an ambitious webcomic debuting July 15, 2020 on WEBTOON.

The nine-part webcomic, which is funded by some of the most prestigious scientific organizations in the UK, is an offbeat sci-fi satire about a pandemic outbreak in the far reaches of outer space. In Planet DIVOC-91, all young adults between the age of 16-25 have been transported to an earth-like planet which has been terraformed, so that both humans and aliens can breathe the air. Each chapter features the work of a different creative team and cover artist and is interspersed with short articles, links to videos, and other pieces of art by young adults about issues related to COVID-19, and mixes from world-renowned DJs and Producers.

Planet DIVOC-91 follows the adventures of two earthlings: Sanda Oung, a 23-year-old girl from the UK, and Champo Oung, Sanda’s 19-year-old, non-binary sibling. In the series, 15% of the world’s population of 7.5 billion people are now stuck on another planet, miles from the safety of home. Sanda learns that humans have been brought to Planet Divoc-91 because the Earth is at risk of an extinction-level event – and young adults have been moved to safety by the Board of Adversity Scientists for Intergalactic Leadership’ (BASIL), led by a charismatic and fearsome alien named ADRO.

The series will feature covers from all-star artists Elsa Charretier, Marco Finnegan, Leslie Hung, Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, VV Glass, Matt Kindt, Alitha Martinez, Anand RK, and David Rubín.

The series’ first chapter is written by Sara Kenney and illustrated by legendary Walking Dead artist Charlie Adlard. The first chapter features a cover by acclaimed artist Elsa Charretier, 17 pages of comic storytelling, and 17 pages of extra material. Subsequent chapters will feature between 6 and 8 pages of comic storytelling, in addition to the essays and reporting.

Planet DIVOC-91 is produced by Dr. Bella Starling, Director of Vocal at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sara Kenney, Creative Director at Wowbagger Productions, in association with the UK Academy of Medical Sciences. The project has since grown in scale and ambition, and there is a young editorial team from UK, India, South Africa, and Malawi who are interviewing experts from scientists to historians, ethicists to anthropologists, and from that material curating articles, creating art and videos in reaction to the interviews.

The project was kick started via NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre seed funding who are providing continued support. Additional supporters include The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC); Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC); The University of Manchester through the Wellcome Institutional Strategic Support Fund award; Sarah Iqbal,  DBT/Wellcome Trust India Alliance; Anita Shervington, Blast Fest and Nabeel Petersen, Interfer (South Africa). The series was inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Cavan Scott (Author) Ian Flynn (Author) Derek Charm (Artist) Elsa Charretier (Artist, Cover Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Arie Kaplan (Author) Drew Moss (Artist) Tony Fleecs (Artist) Shane McCarthy (Author) Nicoletta Baldari (Artist)
In Shops: Jul 15, 2020
SRP: $9.99

Join Han, Luke, Princess Leia, Lando Calrissian, and Chewbacca in these middle-grade-friendly adventures that take place during the original trilogy! Not ones to rest on their laurels, Han and Luke embark on a mission to secure equipment for the fledgling rebellion in this exciting tale set just after A New Hope! Then, after losing the man she loves to a bounty hunter, Princess Leia embarks on a dangerous mission with R2-D2 and C-3PO in this exciting tale set just after The Empire Strikes Back! And finally, Join Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca aboard the Millennium Falcon for another rollicking mission on behalf of the Rebel Alliance! Collects issues #21-23 of the Star Wars Adventures series.

Star Wars Adventures Vol. 9 Fight the Empire

Artist/Writer Elsa Charretier: November in Mer-May

Elsa Charretier joins us from the south of France to talk about her latest comic, the noir tale November with Matt Fraction.  Elsa is a self-taught artist known for co-creating the award-winning scifi romance The Infinite Loop with writer Pierrick Colinet. Since then, she has been dividing her time between creating new creator-owned books (Superfreaks) and drawing established characters like The Unstopable Wasp, Starfire, DC’s Bombshells, and Star Wars’ most fashionable depiction of Admiral Holdo.

Volume 2 of November will be out June 2nd.

Follow her online.

Review: Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 7 A Rogue’s End

Doctor Aphra’s run has been solid but how will her journey end? Find out in Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 7 A Rogue’s End which sees her plan finally come together. But, is it a happy ending for her?

Star Wars: Doctor Aphra Vol. 7 A Rogue’s End collects #37-40, Annual #3, and material from Star Wars: Empire Ascendant #1.

Story: Simon Spurrier
Art: Caspar Wijngaard, Elsa Charretier
Color: Lee Loughridge, Edgar Delgado, Jim Campbell
Lettering: Joe Caramagna, Clayton Cowles

Get your copy in comic shops and bookstores now! 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
Kindle/comiXology
TFAW
Zeus Comics

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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Preview: Star Wars Adventures Omnibus Vol. 1

Star Wars Adventures Omnibus Vol. 1

(W) Landry Quinn Walker, Cavan Scott, Elsa Charretier, Pierrick Colinet, Alan Tudyk, Shannon Eric Denton, Ben Acker, Ben Blacker, Delilah Dawson, Sholly Fisch, Shaun Manning, Paul Crilley, Otis Frampton (A) Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, Elsa Charretier, Eric Jones, Arianna Florean, Annie Wu, Sean Cheeks Galloway, Jamal Peppers, Cassey Kuo, Gary Martin, Chad Thomas, Philip Murphy, Otis Frampton, Mauricet (A/CA) Derek Charm
In Shops: Jan 29, 2020
SRP: $29.99

Travel to a galaxy far, far away as a rotating cast of characters (and creators!) journey through Star Wars history! Characters major and minor, classic and new, expand the world of Star Wars into new territory, telling larger-than-life stories that encapsulate the breadth of the galactic struggle between good and evil for a new generation of fans.

For fans of all ages with a mix of old and new characters, Star Wars Adventures will appeal to Jedi everywhere, Master and Padawan alike! Collects issues #0-8, 10, 11, the 2018 Free Comic Book Day issue, and the 2018 Annual.

Star Wars Adventures Omnibus Vol. 1
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