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Ablaze Publishing Announces Friday Foster Ultimate HC Comic Edition

Ablaze has announced a deal with Tribune Content Agency to publish a collection of the groundbreaking comic strip Friday Foster. Pre-orders are open now; the book will debut in a hardcover edition on June 24th.

For the FIRST TIME EVER, the classic Friday Foster newspaper color comic strip created by James D. “Jim” Lawrence (of Buck Rogers and James Bond fame) and illustrated by acclaimed Spanish artist Jorge “Jordi” Longarón, then later Gray Morrow (long time Marvel Comics artist & co-creator of Man-Thing) is collected.

The strip is the first mainstream, nationally syndicated comic strip (Chicago Tribune) starring an African American character in the title role. It ran from 1970-1974 and inspired the 1975 movie of the same name starring Pam Grier.

The Friday Foster comic strip is the story of a former nightclub “camera bunny” turned photographer’s assistant turned fashion model. With an innate inclination to help others and a natural beauty that makes her a magnet for men, Friday often finds herself in some very sticky situations and world class adventures.

In addition to including all 214 Friday Foster Sunday comic strips with completely remastered colors and letters, the book will include a significant bonus section including multiple interviews, an expanded sketchbook section, artwork, photos, essays, articles, behind-the-scenes info, and more!

Writing and curating the book’s substantial bonus material has been undertaken by Friday Foster expert, and Editor, Christopher Marlon.

The Curse of The Man-Thing Comes to the X-Men

This year, Marvel celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of its most unique creations with critically-acclaimed writer Steve Orlando’s three-part Curse of the Man-Thing epic. Kicking off next month with Avengers: Curse of the Man-Thing and continuing in April’s Spider-Man: Curse of the Man-Thing, the Marvel Universe-spanning saga will reach its climatic conclusion in May with X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing. Throughout the series Orlando will be joined by incredible artists including Francesco Mobili and Marco Failla, and will be teaming up with Andrea Broccardo for the unforgettable finale.

Man-Thing’s tragic curse has finally been revealed… but it’s under new management! Years ago, Doctor Ted Sallis was ready to give up anything to crack the SO-2 serum and deliver success to his growing family. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world…he did. Today, as cities spanning from the U.S. to Krakoa are besieged  by fear-driven blazes, the Man-Thing must reckon with his past deeds if he hopes to emerge renewed and rescue a world on fire. But fighting from his lowest means that Man-Thing can rise to his highest, especially with the unexpected help of the X-Men’s resident sorceress Magik and her debuting team of monstrous mutants known as THE DARK RIDERS! Magik will lead one of the most eclectic group of mutants ever assembled, a fearsome mix of fan-favorites and obscure delights: Marrow, Forearm, Shark-Girl, Wolf Cub, and Mammomax!

Since his creation by Stan Lee, Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Gray Morrow in 1971’s Savage Tales #1, the misunderstood swamp monster has taught readers the true meaning of fear in thought-provoking tales by legendary creators such as Steve Gerber and R.L. Stine. Now it’s the X-Men’s turn to burn at the Man-Thing’s touch! See below for a full roundup of the one-shots that will contain this thrilling tale and don’t miss X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing #1 when it hits stands in May.

X-Men: Curse of the Man-Thing

Drax, Juggernaut, Marvel Monsters, and Romance from Marvel and Harlequin are Your New Digital Releases

ComiXology delivers six new releases today on their digital comics platform. You can choose between releases from Marvel and Harlequin with a mix of genres. There are classic characters and classic and modern romance comics for you to read now. Check out all of the releases here and get shopping or the individual issues below.

Billionaire’s Bargain

Written by Maureen Child
Art by Sara Nakayama

It’s been two years since Sienna divorced her cheating husband, Devon. His older brother, Adam, suddenly pays a visit to her. She always found it difficult to deal with him, yet her body sizzles when he is around. But Adam has perplexing news for her. Devon, who died six months ago, had a baby with a woman who then sold the baby to Adam! He pleads with Sienna to stay with him for two weeks to help care for the baby, and she finds she can’t refuse the offer he makes her…

Billionaire's Bargain

Drax The Destroyer: Earthfall

Written by Keith Giffen
Art by Mitch Breitweiser
Cover by Mitch Breitweiser

Collects Drax: The Destroyer (2005) #1-4.

The crash of an interstellar prison transport spells big trouble for an isolated Alaskan town when Paibok the Power Skrull, Lunatik, the Blood Brothers and Drax the Destroyer come calling. It’s not a social call. Oh… and you think you know Drax? Big, green and not all that bright – is that the Drax you’re thinking about? You don’t know Drax!

Drax The Destroyer: Earthfall

King Of Swords

Written by Sara Craven
Art by Nasuno Amano

Julia was astonished when she returned to her beloved home after a month away. While she was gone, her father had gone bankrupt and sold their property. The buyer was Alex, a notorious Greek man. Though he came off as rude and arrogant, he took a liking to Julia and proposed that she marry him to be able to stay in her home. Ignoring the frantic fluttering of her heart, she accepted his proposal, telling herself it was just for the house…

King Of Swords

Marvel Monsters

Written by Peter David, Keith Giffen, Mick Gray, Roger Langridge, Steve Niles, Jeff Parker, Eric Powell, Tom Sniegoski
Art by Russell Braun, Mark Farmer, Duncan Fegredo, Keith Giffen, Roger Langridge, Arnold Pander, Eric Powell
Cover by Eric Powell

Collects Monsters On The Prowl, Devil Dinosaur, Fin Fang Four, Where Monsters Dwell And Material From Tales To Astonish #1, Journey Into Mystery #62, Strange Tales #89 And Tales To Astonish #10 – And The Marvel Monsters: From The Files Of Ulysses Bloodstone (And The Monster Hunters) Handbook.

Marvel’s monsters unleashed in four timeless tales by today’s hottest creators! In MONSTERS ON THE PROWL, it’s the Hulk, the Thing, Giant-Man and the Beast vs. a tidal wave of classic creatures when the Collector inadvertently lets loose Droom, Grogg, Goom, Rombuu, Grattu and more on New York City! In DEVIL DINOSAUR, two young Celestials debate prehistoric Earth’s superior life form. But when the ferocity of Devil Dinosaur proves no match for the opposition, a savage from the future is brought back for a battle you thought you’d never see: Hulk vs. Devil Dino! In FIN FANG FOUR, four giant monsters – incarcerated for years for their crimes against humanity – now find themselves shrunk to human size and working at the home of the very people who captured them: the Fantastic Four! Meet Googam, Son of Goom; Elektro; Gorgilla; and Fin Fang Foom! But when Goom’s mad plan to rescue his father goes awry, the quartet must put aside their differences and become – the Fin Fang Four! And in WHERE MONSTERS DWELL, witness the terror of Monstrollo, the horror of Manoo and the fright of Bombu!

Marvel Monsters

Marvel Romance

Written by Gary Friedrich, Stan Lee
Art by Sol Brodsky, Dick Giordano, Jack Kirby, Gray Morrow
Cover by Jack Kirby

Collects Love Romance #89 And #101-104; My Love #2, #14, #16 And #18-20; Teen-Age Romance #77 And #84; Our Love Story #5; And Patsy Walker #119.

MY LOVE. TEEN-AGE ROMANCE. LOVE ROMANCE. Picking up a theme? The romance genre spanned nearly half a century, and now Marvel’s picked some of its best from the sixties and seventies! “It Happened at Woodstock!” “My Heart Broke in Hollywood!” “Love on the Rebound!” Featuring Smart Styles and Heavenly Hairdos with Patsy Walker in a pre-Hellcat tale!

Marvel Romance

Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr.: Secrets And Lies

Written by Tom DeFalco
Art by Ron Frenz
Cover by Ron Lim

Collects J2 #1-6.

Lots of people have big shoes to fill, but how many have to fill the helmet of the Juggernaut? Teenager Zane Yama grows up fast and hits the big time headfirst when he inherits his father’s unstoppability and joins the latest generation of Avengers! J2 squares off against villains and heroes alike, including a certain green goliath who thinks he’s STILL the strongest one there is! Plus: the first appearances of the X-People and Wild Thing, daughter of Wolverine and Elektra.

Spider-Girl Presents Juggernaut Jr.: Secrets And Lies

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Preview: Afterlife With Archie Magazine #1


Script: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Vicente Alcazar
Art: Francesco Francavilla, Jack Morelli, Robert Hack, Vicente Alcazar, Jim Mooney & Gray Morrow

“Escape From Riverdale”—This is how the end of the world begins… Harvey Award-winning writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Eisner-winning artist Francesco Francavilla take Archie and the gang where they’ve never been before—to the grave and back! A horrific accident sets off a series of grim events and Sabrina the Teenage Witch must try to repair the unspeakable evil her spell has unleashed. Gasp in horror as Riverdale faces an impending zombie Arch-pocalypse in the first issue of the magazine-size edition of the hugely successful, award-winning AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE series, featuring all new special features. For TEEN+ readers.


Review – Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe

Space 1999 Aftershock and Awe CoverI didn’t know much about Space: 1999. I never watched the television series and only knew a little from some of the ancillary products that came out around it. I went in to Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe as a blank slate. The art looked cool and I know writer Drew Gaska can do an awesome sci-fi so I dove in.

September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.

The graphic novel is really two parts. The first is the lead up and disaster that causes the moon the slingshot into space. If you think this comic is going to be the future as we’d imagine, get rid of that expectation. This is based on a series where 1999 was the future. The computers are huge, technology laughable, but Gaska continues with the original material and doesn’t seem the update the feel at all. There’s no updating the tech or look, this is the future imagined in the 70s. And that’s something I really enjoy about the series. It feels like something I would have found during that time. The writing, the look, it’s retro in a very cool way. My biggest issue was, I was wondering how the Earth was dealing with this catastrophe while reading the first part, which brings us to the second part.

The second part deals exactly with that plot issue, remove the moon from the Earth and all hell will break loose. We see how those connected with those on the Moon deal with the disaster on Earth. I have no idea how realistic that part is, but it has the feel of a disaster movie, beyond entertaining.

So, you have two stories in one here and it’s a lot of fun. The comic feels like something from the 70s, and that’s a good thing. There’s a solid story here, the mishandling of nuclear materials leads to a disaster of epic proportions, at the same time there’s a mysterious planet looking to be explored. Cool disaster story with lots of set up as to what’s to come.

If you’re a fan of the television series or enjoy a solid sci-fi story, do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

Story: Andrew E. C. Gaska Art: Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki

Story: 8.25 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

Archaia provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview – Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe


Original Graphic Novel
Retail Price:
 $24.95 U.S.
Page Count: 152 pages
Format: hardcover, 6.625” x 10.25”, full color
On-sale Date: Dec. 12 in comic book stores, Dec. 15-25 in bookstores
ISBN-13: 978-1-936393-88-6
Diamond Code: AUG120787
Written by Andrew E. C. Gaska
Illustrated by Gray Morrow, David Hueso, and Miki
Cover by David Hueso and Miki
Rating: T+ – TEEN PLUS (16 and up, may contain moderate violence, moderate profanity use and suggestive themes )

The classic 1970s sci-fi TV series returns with all-new material! September 13, 1999: An atomic accident causes the moon to be blown out of orbit and hurled into the unknown, the survivors of the lunar base stationed there launched toward their destiny across the stars. In the wake of this disaster, Earth itself is ravaged by the scientific, environmental, and social repercussions of a world robbed of its moon. Presenting remastered classic material from the ’70s with all-new material created to update the tale for a modern audience.

Space 1999 Aftershock and Awe Cover

Archaia Announces Two New Digital-First Titles

Archaia Entertainment has announced two new titles to add to their digital-first partnership with comiXology, Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe and Mumbai Confidential.

Space: 1999: Aftershock and Awe is the first in a series of hardcover graphic novels based on the late 1970s television show. Written by Drew Gaska with art by David Hueso, Gray Morrow and Miki, the comics are a reintroduction to modern audiences.

The new title reignites this classic property about an atomic accident that sends the moon hurtling out of Earth’s orbit and into deep space. The story begins in Awe, which adapts the pilot episode of SPACE: 1999, “Breakaway,” as seen through the personal logs of Commander John Koenig and Professor Victor Bergman on Moonbase Alpha, expanded to include both new and unfilmed material, and utilizing the remastered art of comics legend Gray Morrow as a basis for this revolutionary retelling of a sci-fi classic. Future digital single issues will continue the story as Aftershock explores the social, political, and environmental impact of this disaster on Earth itself.

Mumbai Confidential is a gritty crime noir with an authentic Indian twist, written by Saurav Mohapatra and painted by Vivek Shinde.

When a grief-stricken bad-cop is the victim of a hit-and-run that also claims the life of a street urchin, he goes off on a mission on his own to discover the identity of the driver. But when the driver turns out to be an over-the-hill, Bollywood B-Movie actor, he finds himself in direct confrontation with his ex-colleagues, who are now de factor gangsters in uniform who use the actors’ movies to launder their money. The digital single issues of Mumbai will feature exclusive, digital-only side stories and editorials from well-known comic luminaries not included in the print edition.

The first chapters of both are available today on comiXology. Both hardcover collected volumes will be available later this year and early 2013, respectively, but the monthly digital releases will debut this week on the comiXology platform — available across iPhone, iPad , Android, Kindle Fire, and the Web.

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