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Preview: Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artists:
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Variant Cover: John Cassaday
Unlocked Retailer Variant: Frank Quitely
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99

Eisner Award-winning creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) reunite for a brand-new Klaus Special!

An evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded an evil soda corporation that uses Christmas and Santa as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes.

Only Klaus can defeat the Pola Cola Corp and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa’s thrall.

Image Comics Gets Kick-Ass

Image Comics has announced that the bestselling trade paperback collections of the hit comic book series, Kick-Ass by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr., will find a new home at Image Comics. Kick-Ass, Vol. 1-4 of the trade paperbacks will hit stores this February 2018—just in time for the February 10th anniversary of the series.

The beloved Kick-Ass series introduces teen comic book nerd Dave Lizewski, who dons his homemade Kick-Ass costume and takes to the streets of NYC to fight the city’s hardest criminals. This New York Times bestseller became a worldwide phenomenon overnight, spending three months at the top spot on the Diamond Direct Market chart and spawning the KICK-ASS movie that opened at No.1 in the box office.

To celebrate the launch of the new Kick-Ass series, all four volumes of Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years are being released through Image Comics. Relive what happens when Dave Lizewski asks himself “How come nobody’s ever become a superhero before?” and makes his teenage superhero daydreams an ass-kicking reality.

A new ongoing monthly Kick-Ass comic by the series’ original creative team will launch concurrently with Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 1-4 trade paperbacks all hitting stores from Image Comics. Two weeks later, superstar character Hit-Girl also gets her own monthly series from the creative team of Mark Millar and Ricardo Ortiz.

Kick-Ass trade paperbacks will be available in comic shops on Wednesday, February 14th and in bookstores on Tuesday, February 20th. The final order cutoff for comic shop retailers is Monday, January 8th.

  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 1, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0719-3, Diamond code: DEC170572
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 2, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0720-9, Diamond code: DEC170573
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 3, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0721-6, Diamond code: DEC170574
  • Kick-Ass: The Dave Lizewski Years, Vol. 4, ISBN: 978-1-5343-0722-3, Diamond code: DEC170575

The new Kick-Ass #1 will be available on Wednesday, February 14th. The final order cutoff is Monday, January 22nd:
  • Kick-Ass#1 Cover A by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170560
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover B B&W by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170561
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover C Limited Special Anniversary variant by Romita, Jr., Diamond code: DEC170562
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover D by Frank Quitely, Diamond code: DEC170563
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover E by Olivier Coipel, Diamond code: DEC170564
  • Kick-Ass #1 Cover F black cover, Diamond code: DEC170565

Hit-Girl #1 will be available from Wednesday, February 21. The final order cutoff is Monday, January 29.

Frank Quitely and John Cassaday Join Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s ‘Klaus and the Crisis In Xmasville’

BOOM! Studios has announced new variant covers by industry legends Frank Quitely and John Cassaday for Klaus and the Crisis In Xmasville in December. Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison and Eisner Award-nominated artist Dan Mora return with an all-new chapter of their acclaimed reimagining of the Santa Claus origin story in a special oversized one-shot. The variant cover by Quitely, a longtime collaborator with Morrison on some his most acclaimed projects, marks his debut at BOOM! Studios.

In Klaus and the Crisis In Xmasville, an evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded a soda corporation that uses Christmas and holiday cheer as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes. Only Klaus can defeat the Pola-Cola Corp. and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa’s thrall.

For this special, artist Dan Mora utilizes a variety of new techniques, including traditional watercolor, marking the first time he has used this method for one of his comics.

Print copies of Klaus and the Crisis In Xmasville will be available for sale on December 6 at local comic book shops.

Frank Quitely’s Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 Variants

Mark Millar has unveiled previously unseen Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 variants by superstar artist Frank Quitely.

Frank Quitely’s variants join covers by original Kingsman creator Dave Gibbons, Simon Fraser, and Rob Doyle to launch new series Kingsman: The Red Diamond from Image Comics on Wednesday, September 6th—just in time for this summer’s biggest blockbuster, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, to hit cinemas.

The new series sees brand-new creative team Rob Williams and British superstar Simon Fraser take the helm for an international spy adventure, one that kicks off where James Bond draws the line.

Hero Eggsy is still not-quite-Bond, still rough-around-the-edges, still trying to be the suave gentleman he was trained to be. We follow him on an international spy mission to save the world from The Red Diamond, a villain hell-bent on plunging society into chaos. Eggsy’s also up against the villain’s lethal hunchback henchman (hunchman?!) Ingot, and out to woo badass South African agent Kwaito while he’s at it.

Cue riots, explosions, and plenty of old school Kingsman violence.

Kingsman: The Red Diamond is the sequel to Kingsman: The Secret Service by Mark Millar, Dave Gibbons, and Matthew Vaughn. Kingsman: The Secret Service is the critically acclaimed comic book series by Kick-Ass writer Mark Millar, Watchmen‘s Dave Gibbons and director Matthew Vaughn. Now a Hollywood blockbuster starring Colin Firth and Taron Egerton, KINGSMAN reinvents the spy genre for the 21st century. The story follows a British secret agent who takes his wayward nephew under his wing and trains him to become a gentleman spy. Together, they uncover a plot that links kidnapped celebrities with a plot to eradicate 90% of the human race!

Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1 will be available in stores on Wednesday, September 6th. The final order cutoff for retailers is Monday, August 14th.

  • Cover A: Frank Quitely (Diamond Code JUL170678)
  • Cover B: Frank Quitely Black and White Variant (Diamond Code JUL170679)
  • Cover C: Dave Gibbons (Diamond Code JUL170680)
  • Cover D: Rob Doyle (Diamond Code JUL170681)
  • Cover E: Simon Fraser (Diamond Code JUL170682)
  • Cover F: Blank (Diamond Code JUL170683)

IDW Publishing Announces More Black Crown Series

Situated at the cross street of Great Yarn and Canon, the Black Crown Pub anchors a peculiar street where characters commingle and corrupt. As previously announced by IDW Publishing, legendary editor Shelly Bond has opened up shop at the publisher and is hurtling towards the launch of her creator-owned imprint, Black Crown. Peter Milligan and Tess Fowler, whose Kid Lobotomy will be Black Crown’s debut title in October, now welcome some rambunctious new residents to the neighborhood.

Come December, writer Tini Howard and Gilbert Hernandez will combine their talents on a 6-issue miniseries with more attitude than you can shake a sword or a game controller at in Assassinistas. Octavia is an ex-hitwoman who comes out of retirement to pay for her son’s college tuition — and, with any luck, rescue the kidnapped child of one of her former bounty-hunting partners. Octavia recruits her reluctant son Dominic and his boyfriend Taylor to become the next generation of Assassinistas.

Then in January, the British invasion is back in full force with Punks Not Dead, co-created by novelist David Barnett and artist Martin Simmonds. Fergie is a lonely, bullied teenager raised by a single mom who unexpectedly finds himself in search of the dad he never knew.  But Fergie won’t be traveling alone.  For some reason a strange branch of MI5 is hot on Fergie’s trail. Could it be the ghost of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious who becomes Fergie’s ethereal companion and unlikely father figure? Bound to Fergie for reasons unknown, is Sid in search of redemption himself or out to prove that punk is alive and well 40 years later?

Right on the heels of Kid Lobotomy is the Black Crown Quarterly, a 48-page compendium of all things comics, culture, and cool. It features a wraparound cover and a regular 10-page lead story set in the Black Crown Pub by Rob Davis. Other features include a two-sided pull-out poster with a view of the street and Frank Quitely‘s Kid Lobotomy #1 B-cover, music connections via CUD: Rich and Strange and Swell Maps, Canonball Comics, an exquisite corpse, and much more.

Artistic Callbacks, Easter Eggs & Dangling Plotlines – Death and Resurrection On Genosha

Happy Easter Everyone! I recently found a treasure trove of old comics, and it really got me nostalgic and appreciative for some really stand out art of past eras. It wasn’t just the art the stood out but how certain panels inspire other artists and become the subject of homage.  I love to discover these little Easter eggs as it shows that art can carry elements like themes and continuity quite well. They don’t just have a story to tell, but sometimes hint at things, future artists/writers may or may not pick up on. Finding common threads like this through multiple works really excite me. So this weekend I decided to do a little Easter Egg hunting of my own and start a new series for our retro segment on Graphic Policy

I wanted to submit the following panels for commentary. The first is art by Frank Quietly for Grant Morrison’s legendary New X-Men run. The art depicts Professor Xavier in his Cerebro Chamber has his sister and newfound X-Villian Cassandra Nova carries out the Infamous Genoshan Genocide. A landmark occurrence, the Genocide of Genosha via Nova’s wild sentinels foresaw the death of 16 million (plus) mutants. The first major blow to mutant kind before the decimation of M-Day. Quietly has been known for his very psychedelic art particularly during his interpretation of Morrison’s characters and vision. The image of Xavier’s head observing the genocide through Cerebra’s condensation viewer was quite haunting and a standout piece of art in my honest opinion

The second panel features art by Clayton Crain, during the X-ForceNecrosha” event. The titular name being an homage to the massacred mutant nation. The Panel is a clear homage to New X-Men #115‘s “Extermination Event”. However, during this resurrection event, the immortal mutant Selene uses a combination of science and sorcery to resurrect the lost mutant lives on the island so she could consume them and attain her long desired Godhood.

What I love about the panel is that it features the Stepford Cuckoos reacting much like Xavier did, and the population counter showing mutant lives resurrected is the exact inverse of the Genocide, but adjusted to reflect the decimation of M-day, real clever.

Both panels punctuate how much Cerebro has become emblematic of Mutantkind’s place in the world, and how the X-Men’s journey has been beleaguered with extinctions and genocide. Crain’s art, hallmarked with a gritty and dour tone of the third X-Force volume was as real, and beautiful as it was dark. A lot of his panels on this run were a perfect match for the title’s theme, dark foreboding and violent. What I like about this homage is that it’s a rarity among his work on this series at the time. Ethereal and bright, a brief stab of light during a very dark time for the X-Men, and at the center of all of it as always is Cerebro.

Review: Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1

JupitersLegacy2Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 is part heartfelt family story as Chloe (the daughter of the now dead world’s greatest hero Utopian), Hutch (the son of his greatest foe), their extremely powerful son Jason, and a host of blink and miss cameos battle a superpowered dictatorship helmed by Walter Sampson (Utopian’s brother) and Brandon Sampson (Utopian’s son). Mark Millar’s writing is uneven as he quickly introduces a whole new cast of heroes and villains (Including a lesbian superhero with the Atom’s powers), a chase scene with a connection to Jupiter’s Circle (The prequel to Jupiter’s Legacy), and smaller scenes with protagonists and antagonists planning and bonding.

The comic opens with a heartfelt scene of Hutch and Jason watching cartoons and talking about old school superheroes showing that the nostalgic streak that has pervaded Millar’s recent work, like StarlightHuck, and even parts of Jupiter’s Circle is still going strong. But Millar and artist Frank Quitely don’t let the scene breathe and immediately cut to an unknown supervillain, who is getting rescued by Hutch without letting the rescuee even get introduced until much later. This fast paced movie trailer style of storytelling leaves little time for any character beats to land as Millar and Quitely keep cutting to new characters, who have visually sharp designs, but have almost no time to establish them beyond their powers.

For example, Raikou is the katana wielding superheroine on the cover of Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1, but her connection to Walter and Hutch’s factions isn’t fleshed out except that Jason wants to attack her to get yet another supervillain on their team. We find out that she’s from Saudi Arabia, and that they pay her a lot of money to protect the country, but she is only a cipher in an upcoming action sequence and doesn’t get much in the way of personality even though she gets a badass ninja outfit. Her inclusion in the issue seems strange as maybe Saudi Arabia would be interested in teaming up against the tyrannical superhero-run U.S. government, which murdered some of the greatest superheroes ever in the last volume of Jupiter’s Legacy and is holding many others in Supermax without due process. Millar dabbles in international politics, but doesn’t really dig deep even compared to some of his earlier works like Ultimates and Civil War.

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Any time, Chloe, Jason, and Hutch are involved in a sequence, Millar, Quitely, and colorist Sunny Gho shine, especially in a riveting sequence where Hutch eludes Walter’s soldiers, charges his power rod, and rescues the supervillain Tornado. Quitely makes the basically cliched nine panel grid lively and active putting Hutch constantly in motion with Gho using pure white light to attract the reader’s eye to his quick movements. And Quitely doesn’t use a basic punching motion, but channels his inner Tony Harris on Starman and has Hutch fly around the page. It seems like a scene tailor made for Matthew Vaughn in a probable Jupiters Legacy film. Chloe gets to be part of a high speed, sub-atomic chase/heist that hasty introductions of new characters aside, has a real Justin Lin in Fast and Furious quality to it as Gho’s sleek purple and reds add an air of rebellion to her actions. We only get to see the end of the heist Reservoir Dogs style, but Millar and Quitely give Chloe and her pals attitude combined with actual competence in their powers that begs for a longer sequence featuring them.

Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 has a few promising scenes, and Hutch steals every panel he is in with a quick wit courtesy of writer Mark Millar and represents hopeful nostalgia in the face of authoritarianism as he flat out rocks his father’s Skyfox costume. (Yet another Jupiter’s Circle reference.) However, these scenes make more of an extended montage than a plot, and hopefully later issues in the series are more coherent. Frank Quitely is still one of the best artists in comics and opts for a rougher pencilling style than his sleeker work on All-Star Superman to emphasize the heroes’ feet of clay while colorist Sunny Gho throws in some more garish colors to spice up the action scenes.

Jupiter’s Legacy 2 #1 has a couple likable characters, some fun set pieces, and continues Millar’s hopeful throughline of nostalgia triumphing over tyranny, but it is still a pretty shaky debut with a veritable toy box of characters bursting forth by the time the final cliffhanger happens.

Story: Mark Millar Art: Frank Quitely Colors: Sunny Gho
Story: 6 Art: 8 Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Image Reveals Millar Day Covers

Image Comics has revealed the covers for Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, which feature breathtaking artwork by Frank Quitely, Jae Lee, Mike Mayhew, and Rob Liefeld.

In celebration of the launch of Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 from Mark Millar and Frank Quitely, Image Comics previously announced that Wednesday, June 29, 2016 will be Millar Day.

Comics retailers are encouraged to tweet and Instagram #MillarDayContest photos of their Millarworld displays honoring this year’s Millar Day, for a chance to win an exclusive Skype signing for their store with both Mark Millar and Frank Quitely tuning in to greet and chat with fans. Contest ends on Tuesday, June 28. The winner will be announced on Millar Day.

Leading up to Millar Day, Mark Millar himself will make two rare, United States appearances. On Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York, NY and on Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at DCBS in Fort Wayne, IN.

The following will be available in comic book stores on Millar Day, Wednesday, June 29th:

  • Jupiter’s Circle TP Vol. 2 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-707-2) (Diamond Code: MAR160676)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover A Frank Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover B Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover C Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover D Blank (Diamond Code: APR160651)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover E Frank Quitely sketch (Diamond Code: APR160652)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover F Mike Mayhew B&W (Diamond Code: APR168584)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 Cover G Rob Liefeld (Diamond Code: APR168585, orderable for registered Millarworld retailers only)

The Final Order Cutoff deadline for comics retailers will be Monday, June 6th.

Image Announces Millar Day!

In celebration of the launch of Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1—the all-new story arc to the series by Mark Millar and Frank QuitelyImage Comics has announced that Wednesday, June 29, 2016 will be Millar Day.

Comics retailers are encouraged to tweet and Instagram #MillarDayContest photos of their Millarworld displays honoring this year’s Millar Day, for a chance to win an exclusive Skype signing for their store with both Mark Millar and Frank Quitely tuning in to greet and chat with fans. Contest ends on Tuesday, June 28. The winner will be announced on Millar Day.

Leading up to Millar Day, Mark Millar himself will make two rare, United States appearances. On Wednesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York, NY and on Thursday, June 30 at 11 a.m. at DCBS in Fort Wayne, IN.

The following will be available in comic book stores on Millar Day, Wednesday, June 29th:

  • Jupiter’s Circle TP Vol 2 (ISBN: 978-1-63215-707-2) (Diamond Code: MAR160676)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover A Frank Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover B Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover C Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover D Blank (Diamond Code: APR160651)
  • Jupiter’s Legacy Vol 2 #1 Cover E Frank Quitely sketch (Diamond Code: APR160652)

Jupiter's Legacy 2 #1

Jupiter’s Legacy Returns With All-New Story

The sequel to the industry sales-beast Jupiter’s Legacy is back and it boasts monthly jaw-dropping, eye-popping story from bestselling creators Mark Millar and Frank Quitely.

In Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, superhero offspring Hutch and Chloe have come out of hiding with son Jason to assemble a team of super-crooks from around the globe.

Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1 will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, June 29th. The final order cutoff deadline for comic book retailers is Monday, June 6th.

Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  A by Quitely (Diamond Code: APR160648)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  B by Jae Lee (Diamond Code: APR160649)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  C by Mike Mayhew (Diamond Code: APR160650)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  D Blank Cover (Diamond Code: APR160651)
Jupiter’s Legacy, Vol. 2 #1, Cover  E Quitely Sketch Cover (Diamond Code: APR160652)

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