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AfterShock Delivers 4 Tales of Terror in AfterDark

AfterShock has announced a new horror anthology called AfterDark. The comic features Cullen Bunn, Joe Pruett, Frank Tieri, and Jim Starlin and on art Cliff Richards, Nikkol Jelenic, Joe Eisma, and Szymon Kudrankski. Also contributing is Guy Major on colors and it features a cover by Tony Harris and an incentive cover by Szymon Kudranski.

Tales from the Crypt meets The Twilight Zone—four tales of horror, lost souls and things that go bump in the night.

A prestige format “One-Shock” featuring top creative talent just in time for the most horrific month of the calendar year, AfterDark is a collection of tales you’ll want to read with the lights on! A disparate tale from a possible future; a chance encounter with a mythical Black-Eyed Kid, a children’s fable gone awry; and a gut-wrenching last meal at the local diner.

Fantastic Four, Giant-Size Marvel, Hercules, and More are New on comiXology

There’s eight new releases available now on comiXology. You can get new comics from Marvel, Harlequin, and Tidalwave Productions. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Fantastic Four: Clobberin’ Time

Written by Todd DeZago
Art by Michael O’Hare
Cover by Randy Green
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Collects Marvel Age: Fantastic Four Tales #1, Tales Of The Thing #1-3 And Spider-Man Team-Up Special (2005) #1. Check out the Thing and the rest of his Fantastic Four pals in their latest collection of all-ages adventures! Each of these four action-packed stories features a special guest from the Mighty Marvel Universe. Join the Black Panther, Dr. Strange and other heroes as they combine forces with the Thing for this contemporary spin on classic Marvel tales.

Fantastic Four: Clobberin' Time

Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules

Written by James Sturm
Art by Guy Davis, James Sturm
Cover by Craig Thompson
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Collects Startling Stories: Fantastic Four – Unstable Molecules #1-4. In 1961 the first issue of THE FANTASTIC FOUR was drawn and written by the brilliant team of Jack Kirby and Stan Lee and set a new standard for heroic adventure comics. Few people realize that the Fantastic Four — a family of sci-fi adventurers gifted with amazing powers — were actually based on the lives of real people. As often is the case, real life was as astonishing as fiction. UNSTABLE MOLECULES is a biography that revisits the Fantastic Four’s beginnings with a historian’s eye.

Fantastic Four: Unstable Molecules

Giant-Size Marvel

Written by Gerry Conway, Steve Gerber, Tony Isabella, Donald McGregor, Roger Slifer, Roy Thomas, Len Wein
Art by Rich Buckler, John Buscema, Dave Cockrum, Don Heck, Gil Kane, Don Perlin, Frank Robbins
Cover by John Romita Sr.
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Collects Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4; Giant-Size Avengers #1; Giant-Size Defenders #4; Giant-Size Super-Heroes #1, Giant-Size Invaders #1; Giant-Size X-Men #1, Giant-Size Creatures #1. Giants roamed the Earth in those days, and now they’re back! Witness the formation of the new X-Men and the old Invaders! The rapid return of the wartime runner called the Whizzer! The debut of the multiplying Marvel Knight Madrox! Spider-Man vs. the Man-Wolf! The Defenders vs. the Squadron Sinister! The tantalizing Tigra and more! Tales almost too tall to tell, together in a titanic tome!

Giant-Size Marvel

Hercules: The New Labors Of Hercules

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Mark Texeira
Cover by Mark Texeira
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Collects Hercules (2005) #1-5. Reeling from the tragic death of Thor, the Prince of Power knows his star is fading fast. So what better way to pump up his Q-rating than to relive his defining moment? When his most bitter foe throws down the gauntlet, Hercules agrees to the challenge: twelve labors, each more perilous than the one before it — and each updated for reality-TV consumption. Zounds!

Hercules: The New Labors Of Hercules

Partenaire en amour

Written by Jessica Hart
Art by Marito Ai
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Darcy a fait le voyage depuis Londres pour visiter Bindaburra Ranch, une propriété que lui a léguée son grand-oncle. Sur sa route vers le ranch, sa voiture tombe en panne et elle se voit contrainte de continuer à pied sur ses talons dans une campagne qu’elle ne connaît pas. Juste au moment où elle commençait à désespérer, un homme nommé Cooper arrive dans sa voiture et la sauve. Mais Cooper déclare qu’il est le propriétaire de Bindaburra. Cooper essayait-il de profiter du décès de son grand-oncle pour accaparer le ranch que son oncle aimait tant ?

Partenaire en amour

Un mariage par nécessité

Written by Christine Rimmer
Art by Kuremi Hazama
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Le père de Megan avait stipulé dans son testament qu’elle devait se marier dans les deux ans et avoir un enfant, sous peine de perdre la propriété de la ferme d’élevage. Désormais, elle doit trouver un mari, au plus vite ! Pour cela, elle se bat pour rencontrer son ami d’enfance Nathan Bravo. Alors qu’ils ont grandi ensemble, il a quitté la ville il y a longtemps pour y pratiquer la médecine vétérinaire. À présent, douze ans plus tard, Megan est décidée à lui demander de l’épouser !

Un mariage par nécessité

Welcome to Waterbury #2

Written by Dan Rafter
Art by Byron L. Golden
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Chapter 2: The Devil You Know. Living in Waterbury in an aging inn wasn’t Audrey’s dream. It was her husbands. But now her husband is dead, and Audrey is the only one who thinks it wasn’t an accident. She’s also the only one who thinks the scarecrows scattered throughout the town have been moving. What’s really going on in Waterbury? Audrey’s about to find out.

Welcome to Waterbury #2

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GlobalComix Announces Resilience: Creators Against COVID, a Charity Anthology

Resilience: Creators Against COVID

GlobalComix has announced Resilience: Creators Against COVID. The anthology is the digital platform’s first original release. GlobalComix has teamed up with creators for original stories about perseverance and hope. 100% of the revenue will go to the creators for them to donate to causes or comic shops of their choosing.

Resilience: Creators Against COVID features 7 chapters which will be released twice a week starting on May 18.

Check out the full creative lineup below:

Persevere
Released on May 18 2021, made by
Landry Walker (Batman),
Eric Jones (Star Wars),
Taylor Esposito (Daredevil)
are donating to Fantastic Comics in Berkeley, CA

Supposed to Be
Released on May 20 2021, made by
Jamal Igle (Wonder Woman),
Jess Fleming (Outgoing)
are donating to The Trans Women of Color Collective in Bethesda, MD

The Fantastic Flame
Released on May 25 2021, made by
Alex Segura (Archie),
Chantel Acevedo (Muse Squad),
Richard Ortiz (DC Bombshells),
Ellie Wright (Black Ghost),
Taylor Esposito (Daredevil)
are donating to A&M Comics in Miami, Florida

Persian Version of Pop Culture in America
Released on May 27 2021, made by
Sina Grace (Iceman)
is donating to Secret Headquarters Comics in Los Angeles, CA

Surviving Camino Del Diablo
Released on June 1 2021, made by
Henry Barajas (Helm Graycastle),
Nicky Rodriguez (Pulse),
Gabbie Downie (Harleen)
are donating to Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in Phoenix, AZ

7 O’clock
Released on June 3 2021 by
Frank Tieri (Wolverine),
Leisha Riddel (Smooth Criminals),
Christina Rose Chua (Adventure Time)
are donating to The Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses

The Hike
Released on June 8 2021 by
Jeremy Holt (After Houdini, Made in Korea),
Chris Peterson (Dead Beats),
Gab Contreras (Witchblood)
are donating to Vinyl Fantasy in Brooklyn, New York

Janelle Asselin provided editorial management for Resilience: Creators Against COVID, a Charity Anthology while Kat Jackson provided the cover art.

Marvel, Titan, and Harlequin all Have New Comics Available on ComiXology

There are seven new comics available now on comiXology. You can get new comics from Harlequin, Titan, and Marvel. You can get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

Thunderbolts: How To Lose

Written by John Arcudi
Art by Francisco Ruiz Velasco
Cover by Francisco Ruiz Velasco
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Collects Thunderbolts (1997) #76-81.

It’s “Fight Club” Marvel style! The world of the comic book super-villain is often a glamorous one – filled with wealth, infamy, and great power – until the inevitable defeat at the hands of superheroes! But what about the super-villains who don’t even rate the attention of superhero – the second-class villains without hope? Take a voyeuristic look at a world of bloody fights in abandoned warehouses, the lure of easy money, and the desperate smell of sweaty losers. And if you’re trying to reform and walk the straight and narrow path, do you keep slaving away for minimum wage, or make one last grab for fame – by busting heads?

Thunderbolts: How To Lose

Ultimate Adventures: One Tin Soldier

Written by Ron Zimmerman
Art by Duncan Fegredo
Cover by Duncan Fegredo
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Collects Ultimate Adventures #1-6.

An aging orphan receives his fondest wish and is adopted by the wealthiest man in town… who also happens to be a costumed crimefighter. If you ever wondered about the relationships between super heroes and sidekicks, this action-packed yet hilarious adventure answers all the questions you were afraid to ask.

Ultimate Adventures: One Tin Soldier

Weapon X Vol. 1: The Draft

Written by R.A. Jones, Matt Nixon, Buddy Scalera, Frank Tieri, Christina Z.
Art by Brandon Badeaux, Georges Jeanty, Karl Kerschl, Kilian Plunkett, Pablo Raimondi, Ethan Van Sciver
Cover by Georges Jeanty
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Collects Weapon X (2002) #1-5, Weapon X #1/2, Weapon X: The Draft – Agent Zero, Weapon X: The Draft – Kane, Weapon X: The Draft – Marrow, Weapon X: The Draft – Sauron, Weapon X: The Draft – Wild Child.

The Weapon X Program… the name is synonymous with the creation of the most dangerous character in the Marvel Universe, Wolverine. But their legacy does not end there. Now the Program is back and more dangerous than ever. The Program’s new leader, the man known only as the Director, has gathered an elite mutant strike force bent on one secret agenda… the destruction of the mutant race. And the Director’s first priority is recapturing his most elite agent – Sabretooth!

Weapon X Vol. 1: The Draft

Weapon X Vol. 2: The Underground

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Georges Jeanty
Cover by Georges Jeanty
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Collects Weapon X (2002) #6-13.

The Underground makes its debut! Led by Cable, the Underground is determined to destroy the Director’s evil plans and make sure that the Weapon X program is taken out. Will this be the end of the Director and his band of soldiers, or has Cable finally met his match? Plus, the identity of a shocking traitor within Weapon X is revealed.

Weapon X Vol. 2: The Underground

Perséphone Dans Sa Prison Dorée

Written by Patricia Frances Rowell
Art by Riho Sachimi
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Issue de la noblesse, Perséphone ne pourrait être moins à l’aise qu’au sein de la société mondaine. Un jour, lors d’une promenade à cheval qui la menée bien loin de chez elle, elle est aperçue par un inconnu borgne. Happée par la beauté mystique de son œil unique, elle se laisse emporter par les bras puissants de l’homme dans une tour à l’abri des regards. Répondant au surnom de Seigneur Hadès, l’homme s’avère d’un raffinement inégalable sous ses airs revêches.
Quelques semaines plus tard, il renvoie sa captive saine et sauve chez elle, à temps pour la nouvelle saison mondaine. Au cours d’un bas où on doit lui présenter le Marquis, Perséphone a le souffle coupé… Le Seigneur Hadès se tient devant elle.

Perséphone Dans Sa Prison Dorée

Sea of Thieves #2: Champion of Souls

Written by Jeremy Whitley
Art by Rhoald Marcellius
Colored by Sakti Yuwono
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The most noble pirate to have ever sailed the Sea of Thieves, the legendary Arthur Pendragon continues to forge his destiny as the Champion of Souls! After fighting back against the skeleton scourge, Pendragon gains the attention of the mysterious and powerful Madame Olivia, who bestows upon him an ancient artifact that he will carry to the grave – and beyond.

Sea of Thieves #2: Champion of Souls

A Star Looks Down

Written by Betty Neels
Art by Hiromi Kobayashi
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Elizabeth Partridge lives a humble life working as a full-time nurse. In a rush to get to work one morning, she accidentally bumps her bicycle into someone and is surprised when he simply smiles and forgives her. Later, she finds out he is Alexander van Zeust, a Dutch medical professor who is temporarily working at her hospital. One day, Alexander’s sister is brought to the hospital in need of emergency surgery. While his sister is recovering, Alexander asks Beth if she would watch his sister’s children for a week. But one week turns into longer and Beth soon finds herself attached to both the kids and the doctor!

A Star Looks Down

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ComiXology Features 11 New Comics Today from Marvel, Harlequin, Yen Press, and Cinebook

ComiXology has a packed Thursday with 11 new digital comic releases. Get shopping now or check out the individual issues below.

The Battle Vol. 2

Written by Patrick Rambaud, Frédéric Richaud
Art by Ivan Gil
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The battle has been joined. On this first day, Massena desperately holds onto Aspern, the French cavalry charges again and again, but the Emperor cannot seem to break the Austrians. Louis-Francois, stuck on the wrong side of the only available bridge, impatiently waits for repairs to conclude. Not only are his official messages delayed, but he’s also dying to send news to Miss Krauss in Vienna. However, his friend Stendhal, who’s remained with the beautiful Austrian lady, makes some upsetting discoveries …

The Battle Vol. 2

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 27: The Call of the Moloch

Written by Jean Dufaux
Art by Christian Cailleaux, Etienne Schréder
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Tasked by the queen to close the ‘Septimus Wave’ case once and for all, Captain Blake is facing a daunting task, for many questions remain unanswered. Where did the spaceship buried beneath London come from? What became of Lady Rowana and Professor Evangely? Meanwhile, Mortimer is trying to pull Olrik out of the catatonic state the villain has been in since his encounter with the ship’s occupant. Has the threat to the nation truly been vanquished?

Blake & Mortimer Vol. 27: The Call of the Moloch

À celle qui occupe mes souvenirs

Written by Annie West
Art by Kyoko Sagara
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Pourquoi réapparaît-il maintenant dans ma vie !? Alessandro, l’ancien amour de Charis, est revenu.
Il ne s’agit rien de moins que du célèbre Comte de l’éminent clan italien des Mattani. Leur première rencontre date d’il y a deux ans, dans une station de ski. Cet homme passionné au physique avantageux a ravi le cœur de Charis dès que ses yeux ont croisé ces iris émeraudes pétillantes de vie. Ce bonheur, croyait-elle, durerait éternellement… s’il ne l’avait pas un jour cruellement plaquée en doutant de sa fidélité.
Aujourd’hui, le passé est revenu la hanter de douloureux souvenirs et ses baisers volés, aussi sucrés et délicieux qu’autrefois, n’arrangent pas les choses.

À celle qui occupe mes souvenirs

Lucky Luke Vol. 77: A Cowboy in High Cotton

Written by Jul
Art by Achdé
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Big surprise for the Lonesome Cowboy: a rich widow and admirer of his exploits has bequeathed him a 250 acre cotton plantation in Louisiana! Thrust into the role of a rich landowner, welcomed as one by his white neighbours, he will have to fight to gain the trust of his terrified black employees and split his heritage among them. A goal towards which he’ll receive help from the local Cajun community, and from … the Daltons!

Lucky Luke Vol. 77: A Cowboy in High Cotton

One Night With The Forbidden Princess

Written by Amanda Cinelli
Art by Kaoru Ohashi
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Though Princess Olivia had always dreamed of falling in love, her father forces her into a political marriage for the sake of their country. Not ready to marry a foreign sheikh, she attempts to escape from the palace. But she’s soon caught by Roman, the sheikh’s best friend and security personnel. In order to calm the tearful Olivia and ease her into accepting the marriage, Roman takes the princess to his private island. But there’s still plenty of adventure awaiting her…

One Night With The Forbidden Princess

So I’m a Spider, So What? #49

Written by Okina Baba
Art by Asahiro Kakashi
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A spider in shining armor’s work is never finished! After saving that dandy stud and li’l vampy and co., guess I’ll hang around as their protection detail for a bit. But is robber really that popular a job or is somethin’ funny going on in town…?

So I'm a Spider, So What? #49

Wolverine Legends Vol. 2: Meltdown

Written by Louise Simonson, Walt Simonson
Art by Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams
Cover by Jon J. Muth, Kent Williams
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Collects Havok & Wolverine: Meltdown #1-4.

Wolverine comes to blows with his teammate Havok when a femme fatale strikes. This modern-classic psychological thriller was written by the husband and wife team of Walter and Louise Simonson, and features gorgeous fully-painted artwork by Jon J. Muth and Kent Williams.

Wolverine Legends Vol. 2: Meltdown

Wolverine Legends Vol. 3: Law Of The Jungle

Written by Frank Tieri
Art by Sean Chen, Rachel Dodson, Terry Dodson, Tom Palmer
Cover by Esad Ribic
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #181-186.

Wolverine probes the dark and seamy underbelly of the city, and guts it. Placing himself in the center of a bloody mob war, Logan plays a most dangerous game.

Wolverine Legends Vol. 3: Law Of The Jungle

Wolverine Legends Vol. 4: Xisle

Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Jorge Lucas
Cover by Jorge Lucas
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Collects Wolverine: XISLE #1-5.

Intending to spend a rare carefree moment at a carnival with his beloved stepdaughter Amiko, Wolverine shows a violent side of himself that sends the young girl running in fear. Unable to face what he’s done, Logan is propelled into a soul-searching adventure he may not be able to escape. What did he do? And what did young Amiko see?

Wolverine Legends Vol. 4: Xisle

Wolverine Legends Vol. 6: Marc Silvestri

Written by Larry Hama
Art by Hilary Barta, Dan Green, Tom Palmer
Cover by Marc Silvestri
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Collects Wolverine (1988) #31-34, 41-42, 48-50.

Witness how artist Marc Silvestri rose to comics’ superstardom during his legendary and sales record-breaking run on WOLVERINE and UNCANNY X-MEN. Now having made his triumphant return to NEW X-MEN, energizing his fans and finding legions of new ones, Marvel offers a new collected edition of some of his best Wolverine stories, highlighting a benchmark in the career of one of comics’ top artists and a run of one of the industry’s best-selling titles! Watch Wolverine take on the drug-crazed Japanese Yakuza, face down a legendary Canadian monster and uncover secrets of the mysterious Weapon X program, culminating in a battle with a cyborg version of himself!

Wolverine Legends Vol. 6: Marc Silvestri

Yakari Vol. 18: The Wall of Fire

Written by Job
Art by Derib
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In the middle of the night, a daring thief from another tribe makes off with the horses of Yakari’s people. Only Little Thunder managed to escape him by fleeing into the forest. While the warriors hurry after their precious mounts, Yakari goes in search of his friend … who is himself trailing the thief! Once the two groups converge near a huge camp, Yakari will have to display extraordinary cleverness to help his folk…

Yakari Vol. 18: The Wall of Fire

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Preview: Harley Quinn Black + White + Red #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils Tom Fowler
Inks Tom Fowler
Color: Brian Reber
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Digital Release Date December 22 2020

“’Twas The Night Before Quinn-mas”
Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Review: Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16

Part of what has made Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red so much fun is seeing the various takes on the same character by different teams. The digital anthology series has varied with each issue giving us something new with each release. The issues have entertained and been one of the best ideas and releases of the year. In time for the holidays, we’re getting a new round this time with a theme to tie then together. Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16 delivers some Christmas cheer as Harley and her team attempt to save the holiday.

Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Writer Frank Tieri mixes up the action, humor, and inappropriate comments in this over the top holiday tale. It’s a fun story that delivers a little bit of everything for readers. The first half gives us a somewhat typical action sequence with purposely cheesy lines. It’s the latter half where Tieri’s tale takes off with quick hits as far as jokes, some very adult.

When Harley and her crew attempt to fix the problem, the chapter stands out. It becomes a series of jokes as to “what’s inside the box” or the reactions of Harley attempting to do good. Where it could easily have played it clean, the issue takes things just enough across the line to surprise and make things more in the adult category. Jokes will likely go over kids’ heads but surprise those who get it.

The art by Tom Fowler is solid. Joined by Brian Reber on color and Dave Sharpe on lettering, there’s a lot packed into every page and panel. There’s a lot of characters to juggle here and the art tells so many little stories throughout. While Harley does her thing, there’s other jokes and stories being told in the background. It’s impressive how much is there visually and each panel and page had me lingering in an attempt to catch every joke. And even then, I’m sure I missed quite a few.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #16 is a solid entry in the “holiday” pack of the digital series. It delivers some laughs during this holiday season with a bit of adult humor. A fun, and funny, digital comic that’s well worth checking out.

Story: Frank Tieri Art: Tom Fowler
Ink: Tom Fowler Color: Brian Reber Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.1 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

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A Holiday Treat? More Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red to Come this Week!?

Unless I missed an announcement somewhere it looks like we’re getting more Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red if DC Comicswebsite and comixology are to be believed. Originally announced as a 14 issue digital series, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red will return with Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red #15 on December 21!

Running for four more chapters, the quartet all seem to have a theme of the holidays with a new round of creators. One focuses on Thanksgiving, another Christmas, another Hanukkah, and the last is New Years’. You can check out all of the listings below!

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red was a DC Digital First release showing off where the publisher’s focus might be going in the future. The anthology series featured a new writer and artist for each issue as they put their own spin on the popular character. It’s one of the best digital releases of the year. A surprise release, the fourteen issues were released starting in June 2020 and ran through September 2020.

Check out what we might be getting soon! We’ve reached out to DC for comment about the releases.

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

Written by Sam Humphries
Pencils Stephen Byrne
Inks Stephen Byrne
Colored by Stephen Byrne
Digital Release Date December 21 2020

“Happy Thanksquinning”
Thanksgiving at Arkham Asylum is nothing to be thankful for – but a massive riot and breakout? As far as Harley is concerned, THAT’S the reason for the season!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #15

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils Tom Fowler
Inks Tom Fowler
Digital Release Date December 22 2020

“’Twas The Night Before Quinn-mas”
Harley thought she was doing a good deed by busting up the ring of crooks that stole all of Coney Island’s Christmas presents – but when her Gang gets a little overzealous and the gifts all wind up roasting in an open fire, the task of replacing every single one lands in her distinctly un-Santa-like lap!

Harley Quinn Black + White + Red (2020-) #16

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #17

Written by David Mandel
Pencils Adam Hughes
Digital Release Date December 23 2020

“Title TK”
Harley learns the true meaning of Hannukah in a tale by TV legend David Mandel (VEEP) and art superstar Adam Hughes!

DC Digital FIrst

Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red (2020-) #18

Written by Paul Dini
Pencils Kevin Altieri
Digital Release Date December 31 2020

“Harley’s Seven”
Las Vegas loves to ring in the New Year with an epic fight – unfortunately for Catwoman, the gamesmaster Roulette has decided that the title card will put her up against the deadly Cheetah, VERY much against her will! It’s down to Harley and the strangest gang of criminals ever assembled to break Selina out and bust up Roulette’s winning hand!

DC Digital FIrst

Review: Dark Nights: Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme!

Dark Nights: Death Metal has been a mixed bag of an event. Often, the one-shot tie-ins have been better than the main series. They’ve also been vital to the main story. The one-shots have filled in gaps fleshing out key moments not taking place in the main series but referenced there. Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is Lobo’s mission in the event. Hired by Lex Luthor, Lobo is tasked with obtaining Death Metal which can remake the universe. Made up of a trio of stories, Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is a flimsy one-shot. In the end, it’s a comic that’s neither exciting, interesting, or funny.

Frank Tieri kicks off the first story “Part I: The Batman Who Frags“. In a drawn out sequence, Lobo bounces between trying to drink, capture a bounty, and also tangles with the Lobo version of Batman, The Batman Who Frags. Tieri is joined by artist Tyler Kirkham, colorist Arif Prinato, and letterer Dave Sharpe. As has hampered some of Dark Nights: Death Metal, the story feels like it’s more focused on introducing the Lobo Batman than actually getting the story going. With a distraction of a bounty to bring in, some fights and events that are a bit choppy, the kick-off never quite makes sense in its narrative. Why did The Batman Who Frags show up? How did he find Lobo? It’s a segment that kicks off a series of events rather than a flowing narrative.

The second part by Becky Cloonan, artist Rags Morales, colorist Andrew Dalhouse, and letterer Rob Leigh is titled “What the Frag is a Death Metal Anyway!?“. Blackhawk Island and Hawkman are at the center as Lobo tracks down the Death Metal. Again, the story devolves into a series of events than narrative as Lobo must tussle with Black Monday and then convince Hawkman to turn over the metal. An attack from the air by The Batman Who Frags feels out of the blue and not explained enough as much of what happens. It, just happens. Why would Hawkman trust Lobo? Why wouldn’t Hawkman use the power of the Death Metal himself? There are so many questions out there that just kills the narrative if one takes a moment to think about it at all.

Wrapping up the trio of stories is “Lobo Land!” from writer Sam Humphries, artist Denys Cowan, inks by Bill Sienkiewicz, colorist Chris Sotomayor, and letterer Dave Sharpe. With the Death Metal in hand Lobo does what he does best and gets distracted. Again, it adds little to the narrative and again opens up questions. Lex Luthor was able to snatch Lobo initially but doesn’t once he has the metal?

Instead, Brainiac is part of the story sent by a missing Luthor. It’s a series of jokes as Lobo changes realities creating different versions of himself in a series of one-page jokes. They’re not even long enough to nail down the joke with barely a setup. It also adds little to the story and feels more of an exit that’s created because there were pages to fill and unsure of a way to wrap up the issue for Dark Nights: Death Metal #5. What the team does evoke is classic Lobo stories and the kinetic, almost Mad Magazine-like rapid-fire jokes.

Dark Nights: Death Metal Infinite Hour Exxxtreme! is just an ok tie-in. Yes, it probably tells something important that won’t be covered in the main series but it also doesn’t feature enough to stand out. It feels like something that probably could have been told in a few pages stretched out to over 30. Most of it is filler with the meat of the story featuring little explanation and a resolution that takes place in a few panels. It’s about as filler as filler gets.

Story: Frank Tieri, Becky Cloonan, Sam Humphries Art: Tyler Kirkham, Rags Morales, Denys Cowan
Ink: Bill Sienkiewicz Color: Arif Prianto, Andrew Dalhouse, Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Dave Sharpe, Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 5.0 Recommendation: Pass

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