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Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #5 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #5 (of 5)

Cavan Scott (w) • Derek Charm, Charles Paul Wilson III (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)
FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away! This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader—all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle! Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy.

Spencer and Sauvage kick off a new era in this advance preview of Archie #700!

ARCHIE #700

Script: Nick Spencer
Art: Marguerite Sauvage, Jack Morelli
Cover: Marguerite Sauvage
Variant Covers: Mike Allred & Laura Allred, Matthew Dow Smith, Francesco Francavilla, Robert Hack, David Mack, Audrey Mok, Thomas Pitilli, Paul Renaud, Michael Walsh
On Sale Date: 11/21
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

A brand-new era of ARCHIE begins in this landmark 700th issue of our flagship series! Join the new creative team of writer Nick Spencer (The Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Marguerite Sauvage (DC’s Bombshells) as they take a trip to Riverdale and bring Archie, Betty & Veronica, Jughead, and the rest of the town along for a wild ride complete with new mysteries, new relationships, and much more!

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #4 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #4 (of 5)

Cavan Scott (w) • Derek Charm, Robert Hack (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Vampironica #4

VAMPIRONICA #4

Script: Greg and Megan Smallwood
Art: Greg Scott, Matt Herms, Jack Morelli
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Variant Covers: Francesco Francavilla, Fiona Staples
On Sale Date: 10/24
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

The vampire siege on Riverdale begins! Will Veronica lead the town towards salvation… or doom?

Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years Prints from Mondo on Sale this Tuesday

This Tuesday, Mondo will have the first round of online releases with posters including Captain America: The First Avenger by Francesco Francavilla, The Avengers (Regular and Variant) by Amien Juugo, Iron Man (Regular and Variant) by Chris Koehler, Thor by Becky Cloonan and finally Spider-Man: Homecoming by Sara Deck!

The posters will be available at a random time on Tuesday (10/23). Follow Mondo on Twitter for the on sale announcement.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER by Francesco Francavilla. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $55

THE AVENGERS by Amien Juugo. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 300. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $50

THE AVENGERS (Variant) by Amien Juugo. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 150. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $75

IRON MAN by Chris Koehler. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 225. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $50

IRON MAN (Variant) by Chris Koehler. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 125. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Ships to US Addresses OnlyExpected to Ship in November 2018. $75

THOR by Becky Cloonan. 18″x24″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 250. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $50

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING by Sara Deck. 24″x36″ screen print. Hand numbered. Edition of 375. Printed by DL Screenprinting. Expected to Ship in November 2018. Ships to US Addresses Only. $55

Underrated: Black Beetle: No Way Out

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:  Black Beetle: No Way Out



black beetle no way outAnother week, and yet another case of “Alex bought something for Underrated without knowing anything about it beforehand.” This week we’re looking at the first volume of Francisco Francavilla‘s Black Beetle: No Way Outanother book that I found at a thrift store for an absolute bargain price. Actually, bargain is understating things. I paid $1 for this book (technically $1.25, but at but 4 get 1 free it works out to a dollar). Which is an absolute steal of a deal for a hardcover trade.

Black Beetle: No Way Out is published by  Dark Horse, written and drawn by Francavilla, and takes the form of a modern reinterpretation of the old pulp novels of the 30’s and 40’s, with all the semi futuristic-steampunk technology and sleek lines that includes.

This throwback feeling permeates the entire graphic novel, genuinely allowing it to read as a pulp novel from a bygone era – but one with the tonal sensitivities of today. It’s within this area that Francavilla tells the story of a vigilante who is equal parts the Shadow, the Spider and the Black Bat – and though comparisons to Batman will be made, the only similarity there is that Batman is more prevalent in the cultural awareness of our medium than the other three characters previously mentioned. I’m not saying the comparisons are unfair, but that the similarities are more in line with the characters Batman took inspiration from rather than Bruce Wayne himself.

The story, then, that is told within No Way Out is very reflective of those pulp novels, especially the original covers that are used as story breaks between the individual issues. Francavilla’s artistic approach is very evocative of the art styles of the time – simple colours, thick lines and a sense of foreboding. With Francavilla handling both the writing and the art duties in the book, we’re given a tour-de-force of a creative offering as he delivers an incredible experience.

And that, ultimately, is why I loved this book so much. It’s an incredibly fun pulp story, a classic hero romp with a hero who in’t shy about using his guns. Of course that does leave a little room for folks to be concerned about a lack of substance in the plot, but I think for the most part that is a concern that can be put aside by the artistic offering.

This is a book that’s absolutely worth a read.

Yes, I only paid $1 for it, and yes, I only bought it because it was in a thrit store, but I am so glad that I did. Black Beetle: No Way Out is easily the best thing I have read all week – including the four other books I picked up – and I am frankly astounded that I had never read this before. I’m equally as astounded that I’d never even heard of the book before.  Consequently, this is a book I don’t see getting the love it deserves – that’s why the book is Underrated.


Join us next week when we look at something else that is, for whatever reason, Underrated.

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #3 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #3 (of 5)

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Derek Charm, Corin Howell (CA) Francesco Francavilla
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle! Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Derek Charm, Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III! Covers by Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla! Collect all five! Featuring your favorite Star Wars characters in classic spooky stories! Ask your retailer about the ultra-rare variant cover by Derek Charm!

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #2 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #2 (of 5)

(W) Cavan Scott (A) Derek Charm, Kelly Jones (CA) Francesco Francavilla

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hear, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader -all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!

Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Derek Charm, Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III!

Covers by Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla! Collect all five!
Featuring your favorite Star Wars characters in classic spooky stories!
Ask your retailer about the ultra-rare variant cover by Derek Charm!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #1 (of 5)

Star Wars Adventures: Tales from Vader’s Castle #1 (of 5)

Cavan Scott (w) • Derek Charm, Chris Fenoglio (a) • Francesco Francavilla(c)

Tales from Vader’s Castle puts a spooky spin on your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away…

This exciting weekly series explores the hidden corners of the Star Wars universe and features Rebels stars Hera, Kanan, and Chopper; Obi-Wan Kenobi and Count Dooku; Han Solo and Chewbacca; the Ewoks; and of course, Darth Vader—all under the shadow of Vader’s Castle!

Fans will be excited to discover these creepy stories by fan-favorite writer Cavan Scott with art by the greatest talent from across the galaxy, including Derek Charm, Kelley Jones, Chris Fenoglio, Corin Howell, Robert Hack, and Charles Paul Wilson III!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Preview: The Lone Ranger Vol. 3 #1

The Lone Ranger Vol. 3 #1

writer: Mark Russell
artist: Bob Q
covers: John Cassaday (A), Mike Allred (B), Francesco Francavilla (C)
John Cassaday (RI-B/W), Francesco Francavilla (RI-Virgin), Mike Allred (RI-B/W), John Cassaday (RI-Virgin), Mike Allred (RI-Virgin)
FC | 32 pages | Western | $3.99 | Teen+

A sparking new adventure from multiple Eisner Award nominee MARK RUSSELL (The Flintstones) and BOB Q (The Green Hornet ’66 Meets The Spirit)!

1883. The advent of barbed wire is creating havoc in the Texas panhandle.

A corrupted state senator conspires with dirty ranchers to make land unnavigable for open rangers and native tribes, passing new laws allowing cattlemen to kill anyone caught cutting the wire. Good people are getting hurt, and The Lone Ranger must act. But to truly stop this rampant villainy, he’ll need to go all the way to the top, and rely on an old friend for help…

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