Two-time Eisner Award winner Erica Henderson and Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks hit their mark with the launch of Assassin Nation last week and delivered fans a side-splitting, mega-violent action-comedy. In order to keep up with the growing customer demand, Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment‘s Assassin Nation #1 is already slated to go back to print.
Assassin Nation #1 introduces readers to the World’s (Former) Greatest Hitman—who has a hit out on him. What to do? Why, hire the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards, of course. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers will have to work together to keep the new crime boss safe, figure out who’s trying to off him, and also… survive.
With the same laugh-until-you-cry spirit of action-comedies like Hot Fuzz, Tropic Thunder, and Deadpool, Assassin Nation is the bombastic, hilarious, murder-fest readers have been waiting for.
Assassin Nation #1, second printing (Diamond code: JAN198546) will be available on Wednesday, April 17. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 25.
The World’s Former Greatest Hitman hires the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers must work together to keep the new crime boss safe while attempting to solve the mystery of who’s trying to off him.
Created by writer Kyle Starks and artist Erica Henderson, Assassin Nation #1 is a fun send-up of the assassin genre. It plays with some tropes and delivers a first issue that’s over the top in its violence. There’s a Tarrantino quality about it all with blood and guts flying everywhere.
The concept of the comic is so simple yet so brilliant introducing us to the world’s greatest assassins and hitmen who are hired to protect someone who has an issue with someone trying to assassinate him. That plot would be enough alone but the team has included some teases of further plot points that should make this series a bit more than its initial concept.
The series could easily just be a serious action thriller by Henderson’s art delivers a more comedic take on the genre. Taking the violence to that next level is so silly to look at, it’s hard to not chuckle at the ultra-violence presented. Blood splatters. Brains fly. When things get going, there’s a Looney Tunes aspect to it.
The first issue is good and feels like it ramps up to a finale that’s so over the top, it’s hard to not laugh and smile at the silliness of it all. I expected an action comic and got a massive laugh by the end. This is a solid debut that has me excited to see what comes next.
(W) Ryan North (A) Naomi Franquiz, Derek Charm (A/CA) Erica Henderson Rated T In Shops: Mar 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
CELEBRATING 50 ISSUES OF SQUIRREL GIRL! • It’s the 50TH ISSUE of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! That’s right: this issue – #42 – is our 50th! • It says #42 on the cover, but that’s only because we had eight issues, and then a second #1 in our first year, although this of course doesn’t count the OGN (SQUIRREL GIRL BEATS UP THE MARVEL UNIVERSE), which is another five issues of story, which would put us at… issue #55? This is getting complicated. Anyway! • By a certain way of counting, it’s our 50TH ISSUE of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL! • And to celebrate, we’re doing a stand-alone story in which she takes on none other than… KANG THE CONQUEROR. It’s a battle across space AND time as Kang attacks three distinct eras of Doreen! • And it’s not just Kang who is joining us for this celebration! Original UNBEATABLE artist Erica Henderson is joining series regular Derek Charm, along with Naomi Franquiz! • THIS IS A REALLY GOOD ISSUE AND WE’RE SUPER BIASED BUT WE THINK YOU SHOULD ORDER IT, THANKS.
(W) Ryan North (A) Naomi Franquiz (CA) Erica Henderson Rated T In Shops: Feb 13, 2019 SRP: $3.99
• In the past months, Squirrel Girl has battled Kraven, rescued NYC from supernatural silence, kinda-maybe died and also fought Skrulls! So now it’s time for a nice break…which is why in THIS issue, Squirrel Girl does nothing but watch public domain movies on television! • That’s right! She just sits there! You can kinda see the TV screen over her shoulder in a couple of panels, but that’s it! It’s really quiet and relaxing and nothing much happens. • … • …THAT IS, UNTIL NANCY WHITEHEAD AND ANOTHER ESU STUDENT BY THE NAME OF PETER PARKER ARE TAKEN HOSTAGE BY A SUPER VILLAIN INTENT ON PROVING THAT SHE’S THE SMARTEST PERSON ON THE PLANET! • Then it’s super hero battles featuring THOR and SHE-HULK on a DATE! SQUIRREL GIRL matching wits against MS. QUIZZLER! And MORE! • Artist Naomi Franquiz makes her MARVEL DEBUT in a stanalone adventure you won’t want to miss!
Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment have revealed two more “Heavy Metal” variant covers for Daniel Warren Johnson’s Murder Falcon.
Each issue of the head-banging action series features a variant cover that pays tribute to a different classic heavy metal album cover. Murder Falcon #6’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, with art provided by acclaimed Redlands artist Vanesa Del Rey, homages Megadeth’s Rust in Peace. Eisner Award-winning artist Erica Henderson provides the art for Murder Falcon #7’s “Heavy Metal” variant cover, which salutes Dio’s iconic debut album Holy Diver.
Murder Falcon #6 will hit stores on Wednesday, March 13th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th.
Murder Falcon #7 will be available on Wednesday, April 10th, and the final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, March 18th.
Murder Falcon #6 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: JAN190339)
Murder Falcon #6 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Del Rey (Diamond code: JAN190340)
Murder Falcon #7 Cover A by Johnson (Diamond code: FEB190168)
Murder Falcon #7 Cover B “Heavy Metal” variant by Henderson (Diamond code: FEB190169)
Dynamite has announced a new Xena: Warrior Princess ongoing series for April written by Vita Ayala, illustrated by newcomer Olympia Sweetman, colored by Rebecca Nalty, and lettered by Ariana Maher.
Journey back to Ancient Greece with the reformed warlord. Take up your swords and chakrams to follow the newest adventures of the cult classic TV phenomenon and her trusted companion Gabrielle. As they will first have to investigate a mysterious village where children are miraculously strong. Could the infamously petty Greek Gods be involved, and if not how long before they stick their meddlesome hands in?
The first issue features a range of stunning covers from today’s top talents David Mack, Emanuela Lupacchino, Erica Henderson, Paulina Ganucheau, as well as Raúl Allén and Patricia Martin.
writer: Amy Chu, Erik Burnham artist: Carlos Gomez covers: Mike McKone (A), Erica Henderson (B), Tom Mandrake (C), David Williams (D), Cosplay Cover (E-Sub) Mike McKone (RI-Virg), Dave Williams (RI-Virg), Tom Mandrake (RI-B/W), Cosplay (RI-Virg) FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
The Sounds of Music! When the She-Devil saves a musician from a gang of thieves, she learns that some things are mightier than the sword and finds they have more in common than meets the eye.
Two-time Eisner Award winner Erica Henderson and Eisner-nominated writer Kyle Starks team up for the gut-busting, mega-violent action-comedy Assassin Nation this March from Image Comics and Skybound.
The World’s (Former) Greatest Hitman has a hit out on him. What to do? Why, hire the 20 best assassins in the world to be his bodyguards, of course. These mean-as-hell hired guns and murderers will have to work together to keep the new crime boss safe, figure out who’s trying to off him, and also… survive.
Assassin Nation #1 (Diamond code: JAN190122) will be available on Wednesday, March 13th. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, February 18th.
(W) Ryan North (A) Derek Charm (CA) Erica Henderson Rated T+ In Shops: Dec 12, 2018 SRP: $3.99
• Last issue ended with Squirrel Girl and someone CLAIMING to be Iron Man getting into a fight! Will this issue show you how that fight goes and who wins and why? THE ANSWER: yes! • But with an Iron Man imposter on the scene, that means the real Tony Stark is missing! It’s up to Squirrel Girl and her friends to find Tony before it’s too late: for him AND the world. • Unfortunately for Squirrel Girl-as this comic is within the super-hero genre of sequential art, one that relies on high-stakes narrative storytelling filled with twists and turns that result in the world never being the same-what she finds is not what she expects and the world will never be the same! • All this-plus: let’s say underwater adventure too awaits you in this issue of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!
writer: Kyle Starks
artist: Chris Schweizer
covers: Erica Henderson (A), Ruairí Coleman (B), Eoin Marron (C), Robert Hack (D), Chris Schweizer (E-Sub)
Erica Henderson (RI-Virgin), Ruairí Coleman (RI-B/W), Robert Hack (RI-Virg), Chris Schweizer (RI-BW)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Teen+
After a bunch of Martians come along and ruin everyone’s day (and planet), Spencer and the Major find themselves a bunch of second amendment lovin’ boys who ain’t afraid of no space men! But maybe safety isn’t as guaranteed as one would like when flying saucers and laser pistols are involved…?