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Todd McFarlane Announces Four New Titles Building His Own Shared Comic Universe

Image Comics‘ President Todd McFarlane has announced his attempt at creating his own multi-character, interconnected comic book universe. His stated goal is to establish a shared fictional universe over time in the vein of what the other comic industry giants, Marvel, and DC Comics, have accomplished with their comic book universes.

The announcement was given by McFarlane during a first look presentation at the Direct Market Retailers at the Annual ComicsPRO Conference.

The character Spawn, created by McFarlane, will be at the forefront of the initial launch of new titles, but the long-term goal is that Spawn will become but one of many characters that will succeed not only in the comics industry but in many mediums across the globe.

McFarlane will capitalize on the twenty-eight-year success story of Spawn, which has seen sales increase between 150 to 600% from pre-pandemic orders. The Spawn title currently is a top 5 monthly selling title on the Diamond Distributors Top 100 Chart. Recently, a new release of a Spawn figure on Kickstarter set a new Kickstarter record, in its category, for raising just under $3.5 million in 30 days. That figure was also recently awarded the prestigious People’s Choice 2021 Toy of The Year (TOTY) by The Toy Association, Inc.

As part of his announcement, McFarlane announced four new titles coming out in 2021, with three of them continuing as regular monthly titles, meaning that there will be an opportunity for fans of the Spawn character and his new expanding world to get their stories from it on a weekly basis instead of just twelve times a year.

In June, in what McFarlane is calling “2021 the year of Spawn,” comic retailers will be able to order Spawn’s Universe #1. This will be a book that will set the stage with a story that will then spill out into the other new monthly titles. The first title will release in August with a book called King Spawn #1. The character Spawn will now join the rare company of stalwart characters, like Superman, Batman, and Spider-Man, that will have multiple monthly books for the same title character. It will also mark the first time in twenty-eight years that anyone can buy a monthly issue #1 Spawn book. It gives McFarlane hope of reaching a new generation of readers that missed out on the initial launch of the Spawn back in 1992.

In October comes the second new monthly called Gunslinger Spawn. This title character has been a huge hit among the fanbase over the past year, and each of his appearances has garnered enthusiasm at the stores and online.

Finally, there will be a new #1 team book, which will band five characters together to fight against forces too big for any of them to take on alone. That book is titled The Scorched. Spawn, Redeemer, Gunslinger, Medieval Spawn, and She-Spawn begins the group’s adventures. However, McFarlane promises a rotating cast of heroes over the coming months to keep the roster of heroes fresh. He also said that he would be bringing in new major villains into the fold, too.

To lend a creative hand on some of this expanding list of titles, McFarlane has recruited an all-star list of comic book creators such as Art Adams, Jason Shawn Alexander, Carlo Barberi, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell, Greg Capullo, Donny Cates, Jim Cheung, Mike del Mundo, Javier Fernandez, David Finch, Jonathan Glapion, Kevin Keane, Aleš Kot, Puppeteer Lee, Sean Lewis, Sean Gordon Murphy, Ben Oliver, Stephen Segovia, Paulo Siqueira, Marc Silvestri, Marcio Takara, and Frank Quitely, as well as others he will be announcing in the coming months.

Nocterra Gets a Greg Capullo Variant

The highly anticipated Nocterra by Scott Snyder and Tony S. Daniel will boast a chillingly eye-popping variant cover featuring artwork from powerhouse artist Greg Capullo.

Additionally, there will be an extremely collectible 1:150 black and white version of the Capullo cover to show off the masterfully, hyper-detailed inks.

Ten years after the world is plunged into an everlasting night that turns all living creatures into monstrous shades, the only way to survive is to stay close to artificial light. Here Nocterra introduces Valentina “Val” Riggs, a skilled ferryman who transports people and goods along deadly unlit roads with her heavily illuminated eighteen wheeler.

The shadowy world of Nocterra was first introduced through the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign which ran in October 2020 and offered backers a stab at highly collectable editions of Nocterra content including special prints, a hardcover, and behind-the-scenes process work. The campaign wrapped with hundreds of thousands raised by supporters ready and eager for the story proper to begin.

Now the legendary creators promise to unveil terrors beyond any shade with the debut of an extra-length first issue to get pulses pounding. 

Nocterra #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, March 3:

  • Nocterra #1 Cover A Daniel & Morey – JAN210016
  • Nocterra #1 Cover B Jock – JAN210017
  • Nocterra #1 Cover C Bosslogic – JAN210018
  • Nocterra #1 Cover D Capullo – DEC209125
  • Nocterra #1 Cover E Blank cover – JAN210019
  • Nocterra #1 Cover G (1:10 copy incentive) Manapul – JAN210021
  • Nocterra #1 Cover H (1:25 copy incentive) Jimenez – JAN210022
  • Nocterra #1 Cover I (1:50 copy incentive) Kristantina – JAN210023
  • Nocterra #1 Cover J (1:75 copy incentive) Jock B&W – JAN210024
  • Nocterra #1 Cover K (1:100 copy incentive) Daniel B&W – JAN210025
  • Nocterra #1 Cover L (1:150 copy incentive) Capullo B&W – DEC209126
  • Nocterra #1 Cover M (1:200 copy incentive) Blackout – DEC209127

Get Metal with the Previews Exclusive Death Metal Wonder Woman Pop! Vinyl figure

Straight out of the Tartarus Pits of Hell in DC’s Dark Knights: Death Metal by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, this Previews Exclusive Death Metal Wonder Woman Pop! Vinyl figure appears in her Metal style with armor and spiked crown as she prepares to take down the Batman Who Laughs. The figure features a limited chase version as well.

The figure is available for pre-order now.

DC Death Metal Wonder Woman Pop! Vinyl Figure - PX

Spawn #315 Gets Covers by Björn Barends, Stephen Segovia, Greg Capullo and Todd McFarlane

Image Comics has unveiled five breathtaking Spawn #315 covers featuring artwork by Björn Barends, Stephen Segovia, and three covers by Greg Capullo and two of those inked by Image Comics President and partner Todd McFarlane.

The trio of Capullo/McFarlane variants will highlight each stage of the team’s creative process—from raw pencils, to inks, to the final colored version done by the colorist FCO. Also… Introducing the first appearance of: The PLAGUE…!

Collectors will want to jump on board and acquire all three of these highly sought after covers, along with those done by Barends and Segovia, when all of them land in stores Wednesday, February 24. 

Spawn #315 begins part three of the “Omega Society” storyline. Spawn. Medieval Spawn. Plague. And Monolith take on the gigantic force of OMEGA-SPAWN.

Spawn #315 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, February 24.

  • Spawn #315 Cover A Barends – DEC200233
  • Spawn #315 Cover B Capullo & McFarlane – DEC200234
  • Spawn #315 Cover C Segovia – DEC200235
  • Spawn #315 Cover D 50 copy incentive Capullo Raw Pencils – DEC208791
  • Spawn #315 Cover E Capullo & McFarlane B&W – DEC208792 

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

And this is it, the end of Dark Nights: Death Metal and the launch of a new DC Universe. The “Crisis Event” by a different name wraps up with Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 launching into a new era where anything can happen. The results, like much of the event, are a mixed bag.

Written by Scott Snyder, the series sees one final clash between the heroes and villains of the DC Universe taking a stand against the Darkest Knight. It’s an issue filled with grand ideas and grand visuals as Wonder Woman is front and center in the battle. Snyder makes things interesting by having unexpected characters make unexpected sacrifices. It keeps readers on their toes as to what might happen next and by who.

There’s some interesting concepts about the creation of the DC Universe thrown in and the various boundaries that have existed. In a meta sense the discussion of these boundaries is the most interesting aspect. It feels like a stance as to what has hampered the various eras of DC Comics. A limitation of worlds or multiverses or worlds is all brought up. In the end though, all of it is made cannon and an infinite number of possibilities is left on the table. What’s now possible is the real lasting impact and what’s hinted at to come is the most intriguing. Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 feels like the end to a messy attempt to right the ship. DC has stated in the past they’ve wanted continuity to not matter as much and the ability to tell whatever stories they’ve wanted. Dark Nights: Death Metal creates a clearer slate to do so. It took them a while but they’re finally really there with a best of all worlds scenario.

The art of the comic is over the top as expected. Greg Capullo handles most of the duties with Jonathan Glapion inking, FCO Plascencia on color and Tom Napolitano on lettering. Yanick Paquette and Bryan Hitch also provide pencils and inks while Nathan Fairbairn and Alex Sinclair also provide colors. The art is as it has been. There’s some very solid moments worth of the big screen and other moments that just feel off. The art itself feels a bit more “death metal” than previous issues as character die or battle it out in spectacular ways but overall there’s little images that feel iconic. For such a big event, the story and art come off as a bit forgettable. What they lead to is the bigger aspect. There’s a missing of that “it” moment.

While I can’t quite recommend Dark Nights: Death Metal #7 I also can’t quite say you can skip it either. It’s a curiosity more than anything else. It’s the end to an era and leading into what’s next shaking up the status-quo for DC Comics. If you’re interested in seeing how that comes about, it’s worth checking out. If not, then this is one you can pass on.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo, Yanick Paquette, Bryan Hitch Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Ink: Jonathan Glapion, Yanick Paquette, Bryan Hitch Color: FCO Plascencia, Nathan Fairbairn, Alex Sinclair
Story: 6.5 Art: 7.0 Overall: 6.5 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Bryan Hitch, Yanick Paquette, Greg Capullo

The song remains anything but the same as the house lights start to come up on DC’s biggest, baddest battle for control of the Multiverse! The Darkest Knight is on the verge of ending this concert once and for all, but Wonder Woman has more than just a greatest hit planned. The Amazonian warrior stands ready to shred the Darkest Knight, solo! Plus, this extra-sized finale issue includes not one but two mind-blowing epilogues that lead directly into the next phase of the DC Universe-and no fan will want to miss that!

Dark Nights: Death Metal #7

See McFarlane and Capullo’s Art Process in Variant Covers for Spawn #314

Image Comics has unveiled three stunning Spawn #314 covers drawn by Greg Capullo and inked by Image Comics Co-Founder Todd McFarlane, which will showcase the creative process from the raw pencils, to the inks, and finally the colored version. All three of these collectible covers will showcase the three steps in making a comic book cover and each will be available at comic shops in January.

In Spawn #314, fans will see the return of Omega Spawn…! This towering super-villain becomes the driving force towards Spawn assembling his new Super-Team. Medieval Spawn joins the action this issue!

The “raw” pencil cover highlighting Capullo’s art will be a 1:50 incentive cover for retailers.

Spawn #314 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, January 27.

  • Spawn #314 Cover A by Francis Mattina – Diamond Code NOV200169
  • Spawn #314 Cover B by Greg Capullo & McFarlane (color version) – Diamond Code NOV200170
  • Spawn #314 Cover C by Tonton Revolver – Diamond Code NOV200171
  • Spawn #314 Cover D 1:50 incentive (raw Capullo pencils version) – Diamond Code NOV208317
  • Spawn #314 Cover E by Capullo & McFarlane (inks version) – inquire with your local comic shop

Review: Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

I haven’t been the biggest fan of Dark Nights: Death Metal. The event as a whole has been uneven with an inconsistent voice. In an “anything can happen” sense, the comic has been fun for its insanity. That could have been part of the point and concept. As it begins to wrap up, we begin to get the big hits and moments. The heroes rally to take on the Darkest Knight and his nightmare worlds in their last stand. Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 is a combination of the night before the final battle in Les Miserable and Steve Rogers saying “I can do this all day”. The heroes rally to take on the forces against them as Wonder Woman attempts to succeed in her mission.

Writer Scott Snyder puts together an interesting mix of over the top imagery and touching moments in an issue that has a focus of that “last stand”. While gods battle above them, the remaining heroes and villains of Earth draw the line against the nightmare Batman gunning for them. Where Snyder hits it is his “grouping” of heroes putting an emphasis that these are families. While they may oppose each other at times, there’s something touching seeing the various pockets of the DC Universe standing together. Heroes and villains taking a stand of survival knowing their battle is likely a lost one with the slimmest of chances of success. Those moments are far too short but they deliver some heart to the bombastic issue that also sees a fight at a cosmic scale.

Part of the fun of the comic is its over the top visuals. Greg Capullo continues to deliver events on a grand scale. Characters are packed into pages or deities battle it out in space. Dark Nights: Death Metal #6, and the series as a whole, is one that’s very much a “show”. The comic seems to love going over the top in its imagery knowing its popcorn level of entertainment. This isn’t one about body language or facial expressions, this is about massive battles and tons of characters. Capullo is joined by Jonathan Glapion on ink and FCO Plascencia on color.

Tom Napolitano handles the lettering which stands out with such characters as Jarro. The slightly different lettering brings character to “Batman’s son”. The series as a whole has been gonzo in its designs bringing to the page some of the craziest ideas DC has presented in years and doing it all with the glee of a kid playing with their toys.

While Dark Nights: Death Metal #6 hasn’t won me over on the event, it does have its moments. There’s some of those that bring the good schmaltz. There’s far more that are popcorn worthy summer blockbuster visuals. It’s a turn off your brain and enjoy the ride of a comic and at times that’s a good thing.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Ink: Jonathan Glapion Color: FCO Plascencia Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.15 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo

The battle rages as the entire DC Universe stands against the Darkest Knight! Villains fight alongside heroes working as one to banish this demon from the deepest corners of the Dark Multiverse. Meanwhile, the Robin King lurks nearby, his army of Groblins in wait. The dogs of war are loose and no one is safe.

Dark Nights: Death Metal #6

Greg Capullo Returns to Spawn for Four Covers

Starting with the cover for Spawn # 313, the dynamic pencil art of legendary artist Greg Capullo makes his return to Spawn with a four-issue run of spectacular new covers! Capullo does his magic with his pencils while Spawn creator Todd McFarlane does the inks. These never-before-seen pieces of artwork will—once again—remind readers of what they saw from this classic art team from Spawn’s early days.

Four covers, over the next four months, from two of the comic book industry’s biggest talents—”King” Capullo has never been better! 

Spawn #313 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 23.

  • Spawn #313 Cover A by Björn Barends – Diamond Code OCT200225
  • Spawn #313 Cover B by McFarlane – Diamond Code OCT200226
  • Spawn #313 Cover C by Capullo & McFarlane – Diamond Code OCT200227
  • Spawn #313 Cover D McFarlane B&W (limited) – Diamond Code OCT208576 
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