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Ordinary Gods #3 Sells Out and Heads Back to Print

Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe’s popular series—Ordinary Gods—has sold out at the distributor level once again as readers flock to the epic new hit. Image Comics is fast-tracking Ordinary Gods #3 for reprint in order to keep up with increasing demand.

The Ordinary Gods #3 reprint cover will feature artwork by Danilo Beyruth.

In Ordinary Gods #3, the series welcomes a new member to the creative team—Joe Clark—to join Higgins as a co-writer. Clark is a multiple award winning music composer and arranger whose compositions and arrangements have been performed by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, the Minnesota Orchestra, players from the Chicago Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and more worldwide. His arrangements can also be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef’s “G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night.” He will join Higgins and Watanabe as a permanent co-writer on the series going forward.

Paris! City of Light! The awakened gods are on the hunt for the Trickster—but how do you find one person in a city of millions? And they’ll need to hurry—because on the Plane of the Gods, those who remain are starting to move against them.

Ordinary Gods #3, second printing (Diamond Code JUL219740) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 13.

Ordinary Gods #3, second printing

Radiant Black #7 Sells Out as it Kicks Off a New Arc

Radiant Black #7 by Kyle Higgins and Marcelo Costa has sold out completely at the distributor level. This issue marks the beginning of a new story arc in the bestselling series and will be fast-tracked for a reprint by Image in order to keep up with the high rate of reorder activity.

Picking up after the previous story arc’s jaw dropping cliffhanger, Radiant Black #7 follows Radiant Black as his life just got a whole lot more complicated. Pursued by a new enemy and not sure who to trust, will our hero escape with his life? Or is this the beginning of the end for Radiant Black?

Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22:

  • Radiant Black #7, second printing – Diamond Code JUL218737
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover A by Felipe Watanabe – Diamond Code JUL210256
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover B by Jose Carlos – Diamond Code JUL210257
  • Radiant Black #8 Cover C 1:25 by Tyler Kirkham – Diamond Code JUL210258
Radiant Black #7, second printing

Ordinary Gods’ First Two Issues Get New Printings

Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe’s breakout hit—Ordinary Gods—has sold out completely at the distributor level. Image Comics is fast-tracking both issues #1 and #2 for reprint in order to keep up with increasing demand for the series ahead of the exciting Ordinary Gods #3 release this September.

The Ordinary Gods #1 and #2 reprints will feature new cover art by Watanabe and Igor Monti.

In Ordinary Gods, readers meet Christopher. He’s 22. He’s got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He’s in therapy. And, as it happens, he’s the reincarnation of one of the Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the “War of Immortals.” Now, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.

In Ordinary Gods #3, the series welcomes a new member to the creative team—Joe Clark—to join Higgins as a co-writer. Clark is a multiple award winning music composer and arranger whose compositions and arrangements have been performed by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, the Minnesota Orchestra, players from the Chicago Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and more worldwide. His arrangements can also be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef’s “G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night.” He will join Higgins and Watanabe as a permanent co-writer on the series going forward. 

Ordinary Gods #1, second printing (Diamond Code JUL218467) and Ordinary Gods #2, second printing (Diamond Code JUL218466) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 22.

Ordinary Gods #3 (Diamond Code JUL210255) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 8. 

Ordinary Gods #4 (Diamond Code AUG210253) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, October 13.

Joe Clark Joins Ordinary Gods as Co-Writer and Doaly Variant Revealed!

Ordinary Gods #3 by Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe will feature an exciting 1:25 incentive copy variant by Doaly and welcome a new member to the creative team in Joe Clark.

Clark is a multiple award winning music composer and arranger whose compositions and arrangements have been performed by the likes of Yo-Yo Ma, Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Phil Woods, Ira Sullivan, the Minnesota Orchestra, players from the Chicago Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, and more worldwide. His arrangements can also be heard on many albums, including Kanye West and Malik Yusef’s “G.O.O.D. Morning G.O.O.D. Night.” He will join Higgins and Watanabe as a permanent co-writer on the series going forward. 

Paris! City of Light! In Ordinary Gods #3, the awakened gods are on the hunt for the Trickster—but how do you find one person in a city of millions? And they’ll need to hurry—because on the Plane of the Gods, those who remain are starting to move against them.

Ordinary Gods #3 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, September 8:

  • Ordinary Gods #3 Cover A by Watanabe – Diamond Code JUL210255
  • Ordinary Gods #3 Cover B 1:25 copy incentive by Doaly – Diamond Code JUL218060
Ordinary Gods #3 Doaly Variant

Review: Ordinary Gods #1

Ordinary Gods #1

The idea of gods living among us isn’t a new concept but it seems like one that has found a new wave of popularity. New comics, books, and television shows seem to have multiplied in recent years and each takes on the concept in its own unique way. Ordinary Gods #1 kicks off the latest example of that delivering two worlds that feel like they’re on a crash course.

Kyle Higgins delivers an opening chapter with Ordinary Gods #1 that packs in a lot. Not only do we get the “here and now” but also the background of the story and characters. Some of the progression of each is a little odd but on the whole by the end of the first issue everything is clear and the story has been set.

Higgins allows us to get to know some of the characters a bit, mainly focusing on the center of it all. That results in a slight disconnect and almost Terminator “come with me if you want to live” aspect to the debut. Mix that with a fairytale recounting of an uprising and banishing and Ordinary Gods #1 feels like an interesting blend of genres.

As I said, it’s not all smooth. The issues jumps back and forth between the setup and the now. It makes for some awkward transitions and it might have been better to focus on the setup and then transition into the present like an almost dream. It’s not bad but makes for a slightly choppy reading at times.

Felipe Watanabe‘s art is fantastic. Along with Frank William on color and lettering by Clayton Cowles, Ordinary Gods #1 has the difficult task of taking three settings and making them all work together. There’s the fantasy setting of the gods with each region having its own distinct personality that still needs to feel like the same world. Then there’s some action elements that feel right out of John Wick. Finally, there’s the focus of a young boy and his family in suburbia. And, impressively, it all works together for a look that feels like one world.

Ordinary Gods #1 is a solid debut that has a bit of a Terminator quality about it. A mystery person shows up to protect an individual who’s needed to lead the rebellion. It’s a concept we’ve seen many times before but the settings and characters make it all feel new and unique. It’s a solid start for a potentially very intriguing series.

Story: Kyle Higgins Art: Felipe Watanabe
Color: Frank William Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.4 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Kyle Higgins and Felipe Watanabe court divinity with Ordinary Gods

On the heels of sales beast Radiant Black, Kyle Higgins courts divinity in an upcoming collaboration with The Flash’s Felipe WatanabeOrdinary Gods. This centuries-spanning epic sci-fi/fantasy series is set to launch from Image Comics on July 7.

This monumental new series of mythic proportions will debut with an extra-length first issue. Each issue will also feature stunning, wraparound cover art from such artists as Dave Johnson, Nicola Scott, Declan Shalvey, Rod Reis, Tula Lotay, Dan Panosian, and series artist Watanabe, all with colors by the Eisner Award-winning Matt Wilson.

The Luminary. The Prodigy. The Brute. The Trickster. The Innovator. Five gods from a realm beyond our own, leaders in the “War of Immortals.” At least, they were—before they were trapped, sent to a planet made into a prison, forced into an endless cycle of human death and reincarnation.

Ordinary Gods follows 22-year-old Christopher. He’s got two loving parents and a 12-year-old sister. He works at a paint store. He’s in therapy. He’s one of the Five. Which means, in order to save everyone he cares about, Christopher will have to reconnect with his past lives and do the unthinkable: become a god again.

Ordinary Gods #1

100 Page Giant Comics from DC Come to Walmart this Summer Starting in July with Original Stories

This summer, Walmart shoppers will find it easier to discover the lore behind their favorite DC experiences as DC Entertainment has announced that a series of “giant” monthly comics will be sold exclusively in more than 3,000 participating Walmart stores around the country.

Available for $4.99, each 100-page anthology features all-new stories written exclusively for these books by some of DC’s top creative talents, including Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Brian Michael Bendis, Andy Kubert and others. Each title will also include additional story arcs drawn from fan-favorite DC eras such as the New 52, Rebirth and the New Age of DC Heroes.

Each of the four titles – Superman Giant, Justice League of America Giant, Batman Giant, and Teen Titans Giant – will arrive in stores by July 1. Beginning in August, the Superman and Justice League of America titles will arrive in week one of each month, with the second pair, Batman and Teen Titans, arriving approximately two weeks later.

The debut title lineup includes:

SUPERMAN GIANT #1

SUPERMAN GIANT #1 features chapter one of the two-part “Endurance,” an original story written by Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Tom Derenick. The Daily Planet sends Clark Kent to Tornado Alley to do a story on the area, but when the storm hits, it turns out that this mild-mannered reporter is more helpful as Superman.

The issue also includes:

THE TERRIFICS #1­ (2018) – From this year’s New Age of Heroes and born of the events of DC’s hit series DARK NIGHTS: METAL. Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl are a team of heroes bound together by fate and united by the spirit of exploration and discovery. Together these heroes plumb the depths of the fantastic to learn what it means to become family.

GREEN LANTERN #1 (2005) – Written by best-selling writer Geoff Johns with art by Ethan Van Sciver and Carlos Pacheco, this first chapter launches the fan-favorite three-part story “No Fear,” in which Hal Jordan makes his return to the DC Universe as the Green Lantern, casting the light of justice on the darkest corners of Space Sector 2814.

SUPERMAN/BATMAN #1 (2003) – The iconic fan-favorite story arc, “Public Enemies,” returns, courtesy of writer Jeph Loeb, with artists Ed McGuinness and Tim Sale. Batman and Superman unite when President Lex Luthor accuses the Man of Steel of a crime against humanity and assembles a top-secret team of powerhouse heroes to bring Superman in by any means necessary.

September’s SUPERMAN GIANT #3 features Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King’s first return to the Man of Steel since his poignant and heartfelt tribute story, “For Tomorrow,” in the pages of ACTION COMICS #1000. Together with DC Master Class artist Andy Kubert, this powerhouse team will take readers on a new 12-part adventure titled “Up in the Sky!” When a little girl is kidnapped and taken from Earth, Superman embarks on a galaxy-spanning mission to find the perpetrators…but has to decide what lengths he will go to in order to save one life!

TEEN TITANS GIANT #1

In this original six-part Teen Titans story by Dan Jurgens with art by Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, and Jim Charalampidis, the Teen Titans’ pizza dinner is interrupted by the introduction of a new villain, the Disruptor. Teaming up with the Fearsome Five and working as an agent of H.I.V.E., he had one mission: kill the Teen Titans! The battle spills onto the streets of San Francisco, putting its citizens at risk, while H.I.V.E. uses this distraction to begin their plan for world conquest!

Additional issue #1 stories include:

SUPER SONS #1 (2017) – From DC’s smash-hit Rebirth event, writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez reintroduce the sons of Superman and Batman, Jonathan Kent and Damian Wayne, in part one of “When I Grow Up.” As Robin, Damian’s more than ready to take his place at the heroes’ table and has zero plans to wait his turn. And he’s dragging Superman’s son along for the trip, whether Jon likes it or not!

SIDEWAYS #1 (2018) – Also from the New Age of Heroes, this story written by Dan DiDio with art by Kenneth Rocafort introduces fans to high schooler Derek James who, during the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, has acquired powers from the Dark Multiverse and stepped into the role of superhero! But when cracks begin to appear in the space-time continuum, he soon learns that with that much power comes even greater liability!

TEEN TITANS #1 (2003) – Written by best-selling author Geoff Johns with art by Mike McKone. Cyborg, Raven, Starfire and Beast Boy welcome in a new roster of young heroes to train to defend humanity—Wonder Girl, Impulse and a Superboy who’s been cloned from Superman’s DNA!

BATMAN GIANT #1

Batman is on the case of a missing girl in “One More Chance,” an all-new story by writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Patrick “Patch” Zircher. Batman is the world’s greatest detective, but what happens when the trail in his newest case leads him back to a place from his past that he never expected to revisit?

BATMAN GIANT #1 also includes:

BATMAN #608 (2002) – Written by Jeph Loeb with art by comics icon Jim Lee, issue #608 kicks off “Batman: Hush,” one of the most popular storylines in the Dark Knight’s fabled history. When Batman sets out to unmask the mystery character wreaking havoc in his life, he teams up with an unexpected ally (Catwoman) and finds himself facing off against not only his deadliest foes, but some of the toughest characters in the DC Universe, including Poison Ivy, Killer Croc and even Superman!

NIGHTWING #1 (2011) – From DC’s New 52, this story by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Eddy Barrows debuted a new look for Dick Grayson as he dives into a tale of murder, mystery and superhuman evil against the backdrop of Haley’s Circus, the place that started him on his path from acrobat to orphan to sidekick and ultimately superhero!

HARLEY QUINN #1 (2011) – Also from the New 52, writer Jimmy Palmiotti and artist Amanda Conner break Harley Quinn out of The Joker’s shadow with all the force of a giant mallet!

Beginning with BATMAN GIANT #3 in September, superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis makes his DC debut on the Dark Knight with a 12-part story, “Universe.” Batman’s run-in with the Riddler leads the Caped Crusader into a mystery that spans the globe!

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA GIANT #1

Justice League member Wonder Woman is spotlighted in “The Conversion,” an all-new story from NIGHTWING writer Tim Seeley and artists Rick Leonardi and Steve Buccellato. In this single-issue story, Wonder Woman comes face to face with Ares, god of war—who sees her as a promising new recruit!

JUSTICE LEAGUE GIANT #1 also includes:

JUSTICE LEAGUE #1 (2011) – From the incomparable team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Jim Lee comes this version of the League from the New 52. In this alternative spin on the union of Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, the Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg, superheroes are a strange and new phenomenon. The mysterious Batman discovers a dark evil that requires him to unite these reluctant heroes to protect Earth from a cosmic-level threat!

THE FLASH #1 (2011) – In this New 52 version of the Fastest Man Alive, writer Brian Buccellato and artist Francis Manapul introduce Barry Allen to a villain who not only can be everywhere at once, but is also a close friend of the Scarlet Speedster!

AQUAMAN #1 (2011) – Award-winning writer Geoff Johns and dynamic artist Ivan Reis team up on this story from the New 52! Aquaman has given up the throne of Atlantis, but the sea still has plans for Arthur Curry as a broken race of undersea creatures, the Trench, emerges from the ocean depths, bent on destroying the surface world!

In issue #2, Seeley teams up with artists Felipe Watanabe and Chris Sotomayor on “Mother’s Day,” a stand-alone story where Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island for the first time since her exile, only to find that the Amazons – and Queen Hippolyta – have been abducted by Echidna, the mythological Mother of Monsters, with a brood of unstoppable beasts as children!

Issue #3 begins another original 12-part Wonder Woman story by HARLEY QUINN co-writers Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti called “Come Back to Me.” When Steve Trevor’s plane crashes on an island outside of time itself, it’s up to Wonder Woman to rescue him from this mysterious land, full of monsters, dinosaurs and some very surprising citizens.

Exclusive Preview: Justice League of America #16

Justice League of America #16

Writer Steve Orlando
Artist Felipe Watanabe
Cover Felipe Watanabe
Variant Cover Doug Mahnke
U.S. Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: October 11, 2017

“PANIC IN THE MICROVERSE” part five! Ray Palmer, the original Atom, has crossed galaxies in search of the Ignition Point, the source of the microverse’s pain. But can Ray Palmer trust his team with the Ignition Point’s true nature while he’s so far from everything he knows and smaller than any human has ever been? Palmer’s only hope is a message in an atomic bottle first glimpsed in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1!

Preview: Justice League of America #15

Justice League of America #15

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Felipe Watanabe, Ruy Jose (CA) Andy Kubert
In Shops: Sep 27, 2017
SRP: $2.99

“CRISIS IN THE MICROVERSE” part four! Special guest artist Felipe Watanabe joins the fray to tell the two-part story of how Ray Palmer, the original Atom, first discovered the microverse! Witness this untold chapter in the DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH mythology, and learn how Palmer came to find himself betrayed and marooned within the dying microverse.

Preview: Justice League of America Vol. 1 The Extremists

Justice League of America Vol. 1 The Extremists

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Felipe Watanabe, Diogenes Neves, Andy MacDonald, Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira, Scott Hanna, Ruy Jose, Marc Deering (A/CA) Ivan Reis, Joe Prado
In Shops: Aug 09, 2017
SRP: $16.99

The new Justice League of America is here – and now, in these stories from issues #1-6 of the new series, they’re going to meet the Extremists – self-proclaimed saviors from another Earth, they thirst for peace, prosperity and total submission to the will of their leader, Lord Havok! How can the newly assembled JLA stop this group of misguided maniacs before the Extremists unleash their own unique- and dangerous – brand of law and order on our chaotic world?

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