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Captain America & Falcon by Priest, Aquaman, and Harlequin Romance are Part of the Dozen Digital Comics Out Today

ComiXology has new digital comics at your fingertips with a dozen new releases today. New releases from DC, Marvel, and Harlequin deliver a variety of comics for you.

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Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Written by Steve Orlando
Pencils V Ken Marion
Inks Sandu Florea
Colored by Andrew Dalhouse
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While investigating an abandoned Scorpio base, Aquamanand the Sea Devils unwittingly activate an old Scorpio weapon…The Torpedoman! Now they must turn the tides and stop this killing machine before it decimates an Atlantean Science Outpost!

Aquaman: Deep Dives #6

Avengers Next: Rebirth

Written by Tom DeFalco, Ron Lim
Art by Ron Lim
Cover by Mike Wieringo
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Collects Avengers Next #1-5.

The time has come for the next generation of Avengers to choose a new lineup, but first they must battle zombie versions of themselves! Then, as Katie Power (from Power Pack) joins the team, American Dream and her friends mount a search for the missing Thunderstrike. The man called Nova guest stars when strange visitors from outer space land on Earth. And more!

Avengers Next: Rebirth

Captain America & The Falcon by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection

Written by Christopher Priest
Art by Joe Bennett, Andrea Di Vito, Dan Jurgens, Bart Sears, Greg Tocchini
Cover by Howard Porter
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Collects Captain America and the Falcon (2004) #1-14.

They’re best friends, teammates, brothers-in-arms – but that bond is tested to the limit when Falcon targets the Rivas drug cartel, and the Super-Sailor known as the “Anti-Cap” sets his sights on Sam Wilson! Can Captain America thwart his dark doppelgänger before Sam Wilson’s wings are clipped? Fingers crossed, because there’s a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing waiting in the wings, and nobody’s better at stopping him than Cap and Falcon! But M.O.D.O.K.’s not the only big headache on the horizon, with the Avengers about to be Disassembled and all. Is this really the best time for Steve to be kissing the Scarlet Witch? Plus: With the Rivas out for revenge, Falcon may cross a line that could finish one of comics’ greatest partnerships once and for all!

Captain America & The Falcon by Christopher Priest: The Complete Collection

Falling For His Proper Mistress

Written by Tessa Radley
Art by Masami Hoshino
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In the sparkling city of New York, Avery fell into a passionate affair with Guy. However, on the night of her birthday, she learned that Guy only wanted her for sex and they had a terrible breakup. To think they’d reunite in Colorado at a festival where she’s been hired to work as a sommelier! Avery is angry at herself for remembering the nights she spent with Guy and tries to place distance between them, but he offers her a tantalizing proposal that causes her heart to waver. He proposes they enjoy a no-strings-attached relationship until her work there ends.

Falling For His Proper Mistress

When You Call My Name

Written by Sharon Sala
Art by Amie Hayasaka
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Glory has unusual powers, and one night, in the middle of a snowstorm, she uses these powers to save the life of a man named Wyatt after he gets into a car accident. Glory has premonitions, but her power causes people to fear her. Still, she has a happy life with her loving family…until someone sets their house on fire and Glory loses her father and brother. Isolated and afraid, Glory reaches out to Wyatt for help. Even though they’ve never met, ever since his accident, Wyatt and Glory have shared a connection, and she knows that Wyatt will come to her when she calls for him.

When You Call My Name

The Blackmailed Bride

Written by Kim Lawrence
Art by Nanao Hidaka
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Kate Anderson is a kindhearted woman who works hard as a lawyer to support a pediatric hospital. While on a trip with her family in Majorca, Spain, a smuggler threatens her spoiled sister. If they don’t pay him, he will leak scandalous photos of her sister to the press. Determined to save her, Kate plans to sneak into the smuggler’s room to retrieve the photos. But she gets caught, not by the smuggler, but by a dashingly gorgeous man named Javier Montero, a world-class entrepreneur and millionaire!

The Blackmailed Bride

The Season For Suitors

Written by Nicola Cornick
Art by Yukako Midori
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Clara is the daughter of a wealthy noble. Sheltered all her life, she doesn’t know anything of the world of kisses, but now that she’s of age, she’s sick of all these marriage proposals and fickle seductions from nobles who want her family’s money. That’s when she asks London’s greatest playboy, Lord Sebastian Fleet, to teach her how to handle men. However, Clara didn’t think her plan through. She once had strong feelings for the handsome, sophisticated Sebastian, but now she’s falling so hard for him again that she feels like she could give him everything!

The Season For Suitors

Too Strong To Deny

Written by Emma Darcy
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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Elizabeth is a teacher who was charged with a crime despite being innocent, so she visits top lawyer Price to ask for his help. Price Domenico is the father of one of her students. Although there are many dark rumors surrounding him, Price greets her with a handshake and a warm welcome and Elizabeth’s nerves are put at ease. But when she tells him about her circumstances, his gaze suddenly turns cold and he turns her down! Why? Were his warm hands and friendly smile just an act?

Too Strong To Deny

Falling For The Enemy

Written by Shawna Delacorte
Art by Keiko Okamoto
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“This man is my boss…and my father’s enemy.” Bryce’s dirty tricks drove Paige’s father to his death. Now she slips into Bryce’s company as a secretary in order to find out his weakness. However, he doesn’t trust her and is trying to discover her motives. They’ve both been keeping their suspicions a secret, but now the seeds of a dangerous love are beginning to sprout!

Falling For The Enemy

Haunt Of Horror: Lovecraft

Written by Richard Corben
Art by Richard Corben
Cover by Richard Corben
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Collects Haunt Of Horror: Lovecraft #1-3.

Horror comics legend Richard Corben (HAUNT OF HORROR: EDGAR ALLAN POE) brings you a new series of eerie new spins on the poems and short stories of H.P. Lovecraft. Each adaptation is beautifully rendered in black and white with gray tones as only Corben can do it — along with a printing of the original source text by H.P. Lovecraft.

Haunt Of Horror: Lovecraft

Marvel Adventures Iron Man: Armored Avenger

Written by Margot Blankier, Jeff Parker, Paul Tobin, Fred Van Lente
Art by Scott Koblish, Alvin Lee, Juan Santacruz
Cover by Francis Tsai
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Collects Marvel Adventures Iron Man #13, Iron Man: Golden Avenger #1, Marvel Adventures Iron Man & Hulk — Free Comic Book Day 2007 Edition, Marvel Adventures Iron Man & Hulk & Spider-Man — Free Comic Book Day 2008 Edition.

The Armored Avenger powers through more exciting, all-ages adventures! Featuring Hulk, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Jolt, Plantman and Backlash!

Marvel Adventures Iron Man: Armored Avenger

Marvel Illustrated: The Man In The Iron Mask

Written by Alexandre Dumas, Roy Thomas
Art by Hugo Petrus
Cover by Marko Djurdjevic
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Collects Marvel Illustrated: The Man In The Iron Mask #1-6.

Alexander Dumas’ brilliant follow-up to The Three Musketeers, brought to vivid life as only Roy Thomas and Hugo Petrus can! Deep inside the French prison known as the Bastille resides prisoner number 12, Philippe…who is none other than the twin brother of King Louis XIV. He was incarcerated to prevent him from setting off a civil war in his quest for the kingship itself. But there are forces who will work tirelessly to free this man in the iron mask — and put Philippe on the throne! It’s an adaptation that will draw you in with political intrigue so timely it will shock you.

Marvel Illustrated: The Man In The Iron Mask

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Review: Psi-Lords #8

Psi-Lords #8

Our cosmic heroes face a terrible choice… as one of the Quartet pays the ultimate price in Psi-Lords #8!

Psi-Lords #8 is the final issue (for now, hopefully) of this eight-issue run that may or may not have ended before it’s time. A shame, because this was a great read across each issue.

So what’s the series about? It opens up with four humans in a prison of sorts. As they come to awareness, they’ve seemingly have lost all sense of themselves. They discover they have superpowers and escaped with the help of a mysterious stranger. They find themselves among some pacifist cat-like aliens and defended them against another alien, a Widower, by killing him. Somehow they gain the incredible team name of The Astro Friends. Now, they’re about to face the consequences of those actions in what they assume to be a court of law. That basically amounts to a trial by combat. They fight for control of the asteroid hurtling toward the Earth that also happens to be the prison of a potentially horrific space god.

Psi-Lords #8 dedicates almost the entire comic to whether the Astro Friends are able to complete the mission they were sent on prior to losing their memory. That’s to divert the asteroid from hitting Earth in a cataclysmic event. Fred Van Lente wraps the story up in such a way that unless you’re specifically told that Psi-Lords was to be an ongoing series, you’d always have expected it to end as an eight-issue mini. Maybe I’m wrong, and it was always going to be a mini, but regardless Van Lente’s pacing is perfectly balanced. He’s able to add weight to the story that despite us knowing the outcome, there isn’t any less tension. Yes, we know Earth will (more than likely) be saved, but how and at what cost?

Throughout the series, much has been made about the lack of memory for the Astro Friends. Van Lente caps that thread off with a question I’ve been pondering since finishing the story; is who you were indicative of who you are? The Astro Friends probably aren’t the same people they were when they left Earth. They’re able to forge an entirely new path for themselves. I think the question is every bit as potent in the real world as it is in comics. I’m not going to delve into the question here, because it’s neither the time nor the place, but any time a comic leaves me with a thought that lingers like that, I know I’ll be reading it several times.

At this point, it should come as no surprise that Renato Guedes‘ art is simply stunning. This is another visual delight spread across the surprisingly colorful vastness of space. This comic never once feels like you’re not getting your money’s worth from the art alone.

Psi-Lords #8 has the task of closing out the series after eight issues whilst still leaving enough for readers to want more. That makes it feel more like the end of the second chapter to an as yet untold story than an actual ending. It does leave off at a satisfying place, which is all I can hope for in a series that ended earlier than I hoped it would.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Psi-Lords #8

PSI-LORDS #8

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by KANO
Cover B by STACEY LEE
Cover C by ZU ORZU
Preorder Cover by SCOTT FORBES
On sale JANUARY 8 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

Our cosmic heroes face a terrible choice… as one of the Quartet pays the ultimate price!

PSI-LORDS #8

Review: Psi-Lords #7

Psi-Lords #7

Normally this part I’d put the preview text to give you an idea as to the content of Psi-Lords #7. The preview text for this comic is a pretty giant single line spoiler. I’m not overly fond of pasting that here. Text like that tends to either draw you in or turn you away. For me, it’d be a turn off if I was interested in the book and saw something like that. So, I’ll leave it out this month. 

That said, the preview text isn’t the comic, and you’re not here to read a 500-word rant about spoilers.

Psi-Lords #7 marks the first time in the series that we see a tie-in to the rest of the Valiant universe. The comic guest stars arguably the flagship character of the Valiant Universe; X-O Manowar. C(contrary to my rant on spoilers above, this is revealed on the first page.

Four humans come to awareness on an asteroid/alien planet. They discover they have superpowers and escaped with the help of a mysterious stranger. They find themselves among some pacifist cat-like aliens and defended them against another alien, a Widower, by killing him. Somehow they gain the incredible team name of The Astro Friends. Now, they’re about to face the consequences of those actions in what they assume to be a court of law – of some kind, which basically amounts to a trail by combat as they fight for control of the asteroid hurtling toward the Earth.

Psi-Lords #7 splits time between Earth and space, which has the effect of adding gravitas to the story we haven’t really seen before as the weight of the Astro Friends potential failure is a lot more immediate than it ever has been before. It’s a story with weight all of a sudden, one that has veered away from the exploratory early issues as the characters discover who they are and what they can do. Fred Van Lente is a brilliant writer and shows how well he can balance multiple plates in the air whilst giving ample storytime to each in a way that doesn’t diminish from the impact of the two settings.

Renato Guedes is, once again, simply stunning here. After seven issues, the artist has never missed a beat in demonstrating why he’s one of the best in the business. This is an absolute visual masterpiece.

Psi-Lords #7 is another awesome comic book; a story that builds upon the previous issues without ever overburdening new readers – a delicate place to balance any story, but Van Lente has found the sweet spot here. Psi-Lords has captured me in a way I never expected it too; but when you’ve got a comic that’s as exemplary as this, that should come as no surprise.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Psi-Lords #7

Psi-Lords #7

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Letters by DAVE SHARPE
Cover A by ARIEL OLIVETTI
Cover B by JUAN JOSÉ RYP
Cover C by JUAN DOE
Preorder Edition Cover by SCOTT FORBES
On sale DECEMBER 4 | 32 pages, full color | $3.99 US | T+

By the end of this issue…SOMEONE WILL DIE!

Psi-Lords #7

Preview: Marvel Action Classics: Ant-Man

Marvel Action Classics: Ant-Man

(W) Fred Van Lente, Todd DeZago (A) Matteo Lolli, Derec Aucoin (CA) Clayton Henry
In Shops: Nov 27, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Witness the origin of Ant-Man! When scientist Henry Pym learns of a plan to conquer Earth using emoticons, he recruits an army of ants to be his allies-becoming Marvel’s tiniest hero, Ant-Man! Later-while searching for a job, Ant-Man is confronted by Spider-Man’s foe, Sandman! What’s HE doing in this book?!

Marvel Action Classics: Ant-Man

Review: Psi-Lords #6

Psi-Lords #6

Witness a cosmic trial by combat… your monthly dose of surreal sci-fi fun has landed in Psi-Lords #6!

The above text, part of the preview/selling point within the review email is actually remarkably accurate. Not the first half, specifically, but the latter; “your monthly dose of surreal sci-fi fun” is perhaps the best way to describe this book in a seven-word sound bite. It doesn’t quite do the book justice, but then that is arguably a positive thing for those who pick the book up.

I never really know where to start when talking about Psi-Lords. Do I start with the admission that it took me a couple of issues to fully get into the series? Do I start with how much I’ve been enjoying the series? All of it since I reread the earlier comics with new eyes. Do I start with how I can’t quite believe how good the art is in each and every issue?

Or do I start with a summary of the previous arc if you’re a new reader and want to jump on as the next chapter begins?

I think I’ll do that.

Four humans come to awareness on an asteroid/alien planet. They discover they have superpowers and escaped with the help of a mysterious stranger. They find themselves among some pacifist cat-like aliens and defended them against another alien, a Widower, by killing him. Somehow they gain the incredible team name of The Astro Friends. Now, they’re about to face the consequences of those actions in what they assume to be a court of law – of some kind.

The plot of Psi-Lords #6 feels a lot less like the procedural crime drama of the previous issue. It’s more in keeping with a Game Of Thrones-style trial by combat. It’s this free flowing ability of Fred Van Lente to transcend genres with each issue whilst keeping the story rooted in sci fi elements. Although the comic has a higher intensity than the previous issue, there’s still time to further the development of several characters within the action. Van Lente teases out the revelations about the four Astro Friends slowly yet meaningfully amidst the action – I’m not going to say that this is his best work yet, but I’d certainly rank it pretty high.

Of course, credit for the quality of this comic also deserves to be heaped upon the visuals. Renato Guedes is simply stunning here (again). Six issues in, and the artist has never missed a beat. This is an absolute visual masterpiece.

Psi-Lords #6 is an awesome comic book; a story that builds upon the previous five issues without ever overburdening new readers – a delicate place to balance any story, but Van Lente has found the sweet spot here. Psi-Lords has captured me in a way I never expected it too; but when you’ve got a comic that’s as exemplary as this, that should come as no surprise.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

Valiant provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Psi-Lords #6

PSI-LORDS #6

Written by FRED VAN LENTE
Art by RENATO GUEDES
Cover A by ROD REIS
Cover B by AMILCAR PINNA
Cover C by RAÚL ALLÉN
On sale NOVEMBER 13 | 32 pages | $3.99 US | T+

“If you love great sci-fi action, a good mystery and/or beautiful art, this book is basically all you need wrapped up in a tidy little package.” – Comic Watch

Witness a cosmic trial by combat… your monthly dose of surreal sci-fi fun has landed!

PSI-LORDS #6

Review: Marvel Zombies 3

The Marvel Zombies threaten the 616 universe and it’s up to Machine Man and Jocasta to stop them!

Story: Fred Van Lente
Art: Kev Walker
Color: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letterer: Russ Wooton

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores on November 12! To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Psi-Lords #5

Psi-Lords #5

RISE UP! Can our space prisoners overthrow their alien captors in Psi-Lords #5?

The new story, “Conquest” starts here. But who will be conquered? Prison riots, secrets revealed, brand-new baddies, and more await the brave who read this.

I never really know where to start when talking about Psi-Lords. Do I start with the admission that it took me a couple of issues to fully get into the series? Do I start with how much I’ve been enjoying the series? All of it since I reread the earlier comics with new eyes. Do I start with how I can’t quite believe how good the art is in each and every issue?

Or do I start with a summary of the previous arc if you’re a new reader and want to jump on as the next chapter begins?

I think I’ll do that.

Four humans come to awareness on an asteroid/alien planet. They discover they have superpowers and escaped with the help of a mysterious stranger. They find themselves among some pacifist cat-like aliens and defended them against another alien, a Widower, by killing him. Somehow they gain the incredible team name of The Astro Friends. Now, they’re about to face the consequences of those actions.

The plot of Psi-Lords #5 feels a lot like a procedural crime drama with sci fi elements included more than a typical sci fi comic. It has moments of explosiveness, but for the most part feels like a much slower comic that allows Fred Van Lente‘s dialogue to enrich the characterizations of the four Astro Friends. The four human astronauts are essentially blank canvases, each one remembering different parts of their previous lives at some point, but never quite enough to discover who they are – only their initial mission; stop the asteroid colliding with Earth.

Where this comic truly shines, is with the visuals. Renato Guedes is simply stunning here. From the vast galactic visuals to the close up shots of the human faces as they react to the world around them. Frankly, even five issues in, I’m still stunned that we’re getting a comic that looks this good.

Psi-Lords #5 is an interesting read; a captivating story that serves as a bridge from one arc to the other surrounded by some utterly stunning visuals make for a must read comic for me. Which I find surprising because I usually steer away from comics set in space because they never quite grab me the same way as a comic set in the past or present day. And yet, this has found its way to becoming one of the most anticipated books on my pull list.

Go figure.

Story: Fred Van Lente Art: Renato Guedes Letters: Dave Sharpe
Story: 8.9 Art: 9.9 Overall: 9.2 Recommendation: Buy

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