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With the fourth issue out this week, we’re kicking it off with Over the Ropes #1!
Step Over the Ropes and into 1990s wrestling. Set in a fictional world, Over the Ropes dives into sports entertainment’s biggest era. A young high-flyer named Jason Lynn goes off-script in a match to win the world title and sets the southern territory on fire as the face-painted wrestler, Phoenix. Jason’s battles between the ropes are only outperformed by his struggles outside the ring. First dates. Crooked promoters. Cage matches. Factions and families. No matter what problems smack him with a steel chair, Jason lives by his catchphrase: I. Will. Rise.
Over the Ropes is written by Jay Sandlin, with art by Antonello Cosentino, colors by Francesco Segala, and lettering by Justin Birch.
(W) Ta-Nehisi Coates (A) Daniel Acuña (CA) Daniel Acuña Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 25, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THE INTERGALACTIC EMPIRE OF WAKANDA – “WAKANDA UNBOUND” part 4 THE GOD KILLER AWAKES!
N’Jadaka’s vast army nears Wakanda Prime on Earth – and now even the gods are despair of their chances against him. But Bast will not abandon her avatar, the Black Panther…even if she has to recruit an outsider to save him. The Goddess makes an unexpected ally as the war grows desperate!
Writer: Mark Sable Artist: Maan House Colorist: Hernan Cabrera Letterer: Thomas Mauer Cover: Jeremy Haun w/ Nick Filardi Incentive Cover: Mirko Colak $3.99 / 32 pages / Color / On sale 3.25.2020
The Godkillers are an elite special forces unit created to fight insurgents who are using mythological creatures. As they battle a Penanggalan in the Philippines that may be in league with ISIS, the Godkiller’s first Arab American officer is forced to grapple with both his inner and outer demons.
From writer Mark Sable (Grounded, Fearless, Supergirl) and newcomer artist Maan House, GODKILLERS is a monster story for the modern age.
(W) Alex Ross, Jim Krueger (A) Well-Bee (CA) Alex Ross Rated T In Shops: Mar 18, 2020 SRP: $4.99
There’s something hunting the last boy on Earth. Something that doesn’t want him to be the cure and restoration of humanity. And no matter what Spider-Man or Daredevil or even Doctor Strange do to try to protect him, they can’t save him from an entire world of monsters. Alex Ross, Jim Krueger and Well Bee continue this fantastic prequel to the EARTH X Trilogy.
This week sees the release of Nicnevin & The Bloody Queen, the debut graphic novel writer Helen Mullane, acclaimed artists Dom Reardon and Matthew Dow Smith, and celebrated colorist Lee Loughridge. It’s a haunting and unsettling coming-of-age horror story for our times and Helen Mullane has created a Spotify playlist of what the main character–NicNiven AKA Nissy, is listening to throughout the story.
In the story, London teen “Nissy” Oswald is stuck in the countryside for the entire summer with only her mother and little brother for company, but things start to look up when she meets Reggie, an attractive and mysterious older man to whom she feels inexorably drawn. As Nissy divides her time between feuding with her mother and lusting for Reggie, the small town is rocked by a grisly murder and everything changes.
This is a playlist of what Nissy is listening to throughout the story.At first she’s very pissed off that she has to go to Northumberland, listening to a lot of quite aggressive, angry sounds. Later the is intrigued by and then falls for reggie so it gets more romantic and self affirming as she needs to big herself up. Then her heart is broken and finally she comes through a period of trauma and realisation.
Published by Humanoids the book features a stunning cover by Jock and is out now.
Check out the soundtrack and some of the art from the graphic novel below.
Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artists: Elton Thomasi & Rafael De Latorre Colorist: Rob Schwager Letters: Taylor Esposito Cover: Rafael De Latorre w/ Marcelo Maiolo $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 3.25.2020
Conflict reveals character! Amid the chaos and bloodshed of the arena, Sandor realizes that the lies he has fed Jesse cannot endure much longer.
From creator/writer Marguerite Bennett (INSEXTS, DC Comics Bombshells, Batwoman) with artwork by Elton Thomasi & Rafael De Latorre.
(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Mark Bagley Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 11, 2020 SRP: $3.99
THE WAR WITHIN! VENOM ISLAND CONTINUES!
• Cletus Kasady may be gone, but CARNAGE is another story – and its evil has infected Venom and the entire ISLAND OF BONES. • As every living thing on the island hunts him, Eddie Brock may have no choice but to burn it – and everything he holds dear – to the ground…
Writer: Juan Doe Artist: Juan Doe Cover: Juan Doe $3.99 / 32 pages / Full Color / ON SALE 3.18.20
With only a few remaining guests, the tables begin to turn as a shocking secret is revealed about Hashtag. A desperate plan is hatched to capture the hunter, but things go awry when the killer reveals a trap of his own — one that will forever change the relationship of the newlywed couple…if they live.
Written and drawn by AfterShock’s very own Juan Doe (DARK ARK, AMERICAN MONSTER, WORLD READER), BAD RECEPTION is a searing horror story that doubles as a topical, satirical critique on society’s obsession with technology, social media and the cult of celebrity.
We’ve got an exclusive early look at RAI #5, which ends the first arc! If you haven’t been reading the series, you’ve been missing out one of the best comics out today.
RAI and Bloodshot editor Lysa Hawkins hints as to what’s to come!
Everyone should be excited for RAI #5. It answers the question that has weighed heavily though-out the last four issues. What will become of Rai and Raijin after they succeed in their mission? And what will be revealed will make the little hairs on your arms stand straight up. Although it’s the end of the first arc, as always the story written artfully by Dan Abnett allows new readers to join in on the fun.”
RAI #5 makes its way to shops on March 11, 2020 and is written by Dan Abnett with art by Juan Jose Ryp.
(W) Christopher Cantwell (A/CA) Salvador Larroca Rated T+ In Shops: Mar 04, 2020 SRP: $3.99
After uncovering the Symkarian plot against him, Doctor Doom seeks an “insurance policy” that will ensure his reign over Latveria forever. Before he returns to his homeland to wage a one-man war on those who usurped his throne, he embarks on a covert mission to find a secret and powerful device with an unlikely ally, Kang the Conqueror-all while being pursued by mercenaries hired to kill him on sight.