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Cold Dead War #1 Gets a New Printing and Variants

Heavy Metal has announced that Cold Dead War #1, the first issue of the WWII Horror-War zombie series, written by George C. Romero and illustrated by Germán Ponce, has sold out and is going back to press. Due to popular demand, Heavy Metal is releasing a second printing of the issue, featuring brand-new pinup variant covers by artists D•MINT•ID and Albert Alvarado. The new covers, taken straight from the B-17 war bunker, show off a bomb-straddling model in both her human and undead form.

Cold Dead War follows the zombie crew of a B-17 bomber who continue their mission to fight and kill enemies of American democracy and freedom, even long after they’ve already given their lives to the cause. In this epic Horror-War series set across the past, present and future, a freak occurrence reanimates an island of freshly killed soldiers in the wake of the Battle of Midway in World War 2. In Cold Dead War #1, Captain Howard hides away on a small farm, but he can’t shake the memories he has of his failed bombing mission in Japan during the war, which ended in disaster and death. He can’t hide from his past…especially when it’s not dead yet.

For this special second printing, Heavy Metal is offering a set of variant covers featuring the traditional bomber pinup and a non-traditional zombie version: both versions will be available topless, as only Heavy Metal would have the nerve to do.

All three variant covers, in both standard and virgin cover formats, are available for retailers to purchase from Heavy Metal Direct, and only Cover A will be solicited via Diamond Distributors. The topless version of Cover A will be wrapped in brown paper due to the adult content.

Individuals can also purchase their cover of choice from the Heavy Metal website and have an option to buy a bundle, which also includes issues #2-#4 and a discount code to use for the trade paperback pre-sale. Cold Dead War #1, with Cover A, will be available to purchase in stores on September 29, 2021, and Golden Apple will be exclusively selling the topless zombie variant cover.

Retailers can use the sign up form on Heavy Metal’s website to order this special second printing. The final order cut off for purchasing retailer issues is August 4, 2021. The in-store date is September 8, 2021.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Amazing Fantasy #1

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week.

Amazing Fantasy #1 (Marvel) – There’s some cachet when it comes to the title of this series so we want to see what Marvel brings to the table with this series which brings together classic versions of popular characters.

Barbaric #2 (Vault Comics) – The first issue caught us off guard. It took the classic barbarian type story and delivered a nice twist to it. Add in great art and this is a series we’re excited to read more of.

Black Beacon #1 (Heavy Metal) – An intergalactic space station sounds great to go to, it sounds like utopia. But, when Niko gets there she finds it’s anything but.

Black Widow #9 (Marvel) – The series has been a blast with every issue mixing humor and action. One of the consistently fun Marvel comics on the shelf right now.

BRZRKR #4 (BOOM! Studios) – The series has been surprisingly good so far. While it delivers bloody action, it also is a fascinating exploration of its character B and the destruction he’s delivered through his lifetimes.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 (Dark Horse) – Groo is always entertaining and this crossover has so much potential. We’re excited to see what these two properties together are like.

I Am Not Starfire (DC Comics) – The highly anticipated graphic novel about Mandy, the superhero Starfire’s daughter.

Icon & Rocket: Season One #1 (DC Comics/Milestone) – Milestone launched with a fantastic debut and we’re excited to see more and this new take on this iconic duo.

The Last Book You’ll Ever Read #1 (Vault Comics) – Cullen Bunn’s writing so we’re interested in checking it out just for that. A hit book is being blamed for violence and bloodshed around the world and the writer is determined to conduct a book tour.

Lucy in the Sky (First Second) – Lucy discovers her father’s collection of Beatles records and is inspired to form an all-girl rock band.

Mirka Andolfo’s Sweet Paprika #1 (Image Comics) – Mirka Andolfo is one of the hot creators out there right now so any debut gets a look from us.

The Other History of the DC Universe #5 (DC Comics/DC Black Label) – The series started with Jefferson Pierce so it’s fitting that it ends with a focus on his daughter Anissa Pierce.

Runes #1 (Source Point Press) – A prisoner escapes after a shipwreck and must fight for his life in hopes of revenge.

Shadow Doctor #5 (AfterShock) – The series has been amazing with every issue. It’s the true story of a Black doctor in the 1930s who has to turn to Al Capone to get his medical practice up and running.

Skybound X #4 (Image Comics/Skybound) – Each issue has been a fantastic highlight of what Skybound has to offer including debuts that are sure to make the issues sought after.

Static: Season One #2 (DC Comics/Milestone) – The first issue was fantastic and was a hell of a debut for Milestone. We loved the first issue which had a fresh youthful feel about it and we’re fascinated to see where it goes after the previous issue’s ending.

Swamp God #1 (Heavy Metal) – At the end of the Civil War, Confederate soldiers call upon ultimate evil to save the South but then must team with Union soldiers to survive the horror they’ve unleashed.

United States of Captain America #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a bit mixed in quality but at its core is a very interesting exploration of Captain America and what the character stands for and symbolizes.

The Boulet Brothers Take Over Heavy Metal Magazine For Special Halloween Issue

Heavy Metal Entertainment has announced that The Boulet Brothers, the legendary horror hosts, producers, drag icons, and creators of reality competition TV series The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula, will be taking over this year’s Halloween issue of Heavy Metal Magazine.

Dracmorda and Swanthula Boulet host this spooky spectacular issue, guiding readers into dark and demented worlds with their own scary stories as well as horror tales created by Steve Orlando and pro wrestler DanhausenRuPaul’s Drag Race stars Katya Zamolodchikova, Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, Yvie OddlyAmerican Horror Story director Axelle Carolyn; Steve Foxe and artist Isaac Goodhart. The gorgeous and glamorous cover is created by artist Dan Quintana.

The special issue will be available on October 27.

Marvel, Image, AfterSHock, IDW, and More in Today’s New Digital Comic Releases

Moon Knight #1

It’s new comic book day! ComiXology has your digital comic needs covered with all of the new releases. You can start shopping now or check out the individual releases by the publisher below.

Ablaze

AfterShock

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Black Mask Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Thomson

Devil’s Due Comics

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Europe Comics

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Red 5 Comics

SelfMadeHero

Tidalwave Productions

Titan Comics

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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New Marvel, Image, AfterShock, IDW, BOOM!, and More are Available Now on comIXology

Sinister War #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has your digital comic needs covered. You can start shopping now or check out the individual releases by the publisher below!

Ablaze

AfterShock

American Mythology Productions

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

Behemoth

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Harlequin

Heavy Metal

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

SelfMadeHero

Titan Comics

Valiant Entertainment


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Magma Comix and Heavy Metal Announce Intrusion from Ethan Sacks and Marco Lorenzana

Intrusion is a parable about the consequences of misguided prejudice and hate. The new one-shot comic is coming from writer/co-creator Ethan Sacks, artist/co-creator Marco Lorenzana, colorist Erick Arciniega, and letterer Jaime Martinez. It features a cover by Daniel Govar and a variant cover by Marco Lorenzana. Coming from Heavy Metal imprint Magma Comix, the horror comic comes to comic shelves on September 22, 2021.

Set deep in the Louisiana bayou in the late 1760s, INTRUSION tells the story of the Broussard family, Acadians seeking a new life after being cast out of Canada by the British and having lived the last several years in indentured servitude. They arrive in Louisiana desperate for a second chance. Settling on a patch of remote land bordered by a “cursed” swamp, Jacques will do anything to defend his family’s homestead…even if that puts them on a collision course with a creature that dwells in the bayou. Conceived as a one-shot horror comic from creators Ethan Sacks and Marco Lorenzana, the story makes use of the flipbook format in an innovative way to tell the story from two very different perspectives—the human and the monster. The second story starts at the “flipped” back cover and both the first and second stories merge on a double-page spread in the middle.

The patriarch of the Broussard family will stop at nothing to defend his family from the horrors that lurk in the swamp—and neither will the Grunch!

Today’s New Comic Day and comiXology Has Your Digital Needs Covered

Out of Body #1

It’s new comic book day and comiXology has you covered with your digital comic needs. There’s new comics from Marvel, Image, IDW, BOOM!, AfterShock, and more! You can get shopping now or check out the new releases by the publisher below!

Ablaze

Abstract Studio

AfterShock

Archie Comics

AWA Studios

BOOM! Studios

comiXology Submit

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics

Drawn & Quarterly

Dynamite Entertainment

Heavy Metal

IDW Publishing

Image Comics

Marvel

Oni Press

Papercutz

Tidalwave Productions

Valiant Entertainment

Vault Comics

Zenescope


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The Keep Celebrates 40 Years with a New Edition from Heavy Metal’s Magma Comix

The Keep

From iconic horror and science fiction author F. Paul Wilson and artist Matthew Dow Smith, comes a special anniversary edition of The Keep, reprinted in its graphic novel form. Re-experience F. Paul Wilson’s bone-chilling horror tale with the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Keep, brought to you by Heavy Metal imprint Magma Comix.

The keep had stood empty in the Transylvanian Alps for 500 years. No one knew who built it, or why. But on the eve of World War II, German soldiers moved in and awakened something… something hungry… something as merciless as the SS commandos accompanying them.

Back in print for the first time in 10 years, this hardcover collector’s edition of The Keep graphic novel features a brand-new cover by artist Matthew Dow Smith and a new foreword by F. Paul Wilson. Based on his New York Times bestselling 1981 horror novel, Wilson first adapted his terrifying tale into comic form in 2005, with illustrations by Matthew Dow Smith.

The hardcover 40th Anniversary Edition of The Keep, in graphic novel form, hits shelves on September 14, 2021 for the price of $24.99. It will be available to preorder at comic shops and on Amazon in July.

Review: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2 continues a series that’s been an interesting exploration of ethics in the world of medicine. Dr. Cleve was given a glimpse of the world Dr. Frankenstein was working on and left with a quandary. What he’s doing isn’t ethical but the cause and reasons he’s doing so are enough to make one pause. The story is an updated take on the classic tale and in the age of COVID, it feels well-timed.

Writer Paul Cornell is delivering a solid update to the classic story of Frankenstein giving it an ethical spin under today’s modern rules. With debates about how quickly the COVID vaccine was developed and conspiracies over shortcuts, the timing of the series feels appropriate. Cornell also delivers enough in the story to make the reader pause. We can understand why Dr. Cleve is enamored, in multiple ways, with Frankenstein. His work is cutting edge and can do real good for the world. Though she doesn’t completely discuss it, you can tell Cleve has a slight pause in how it’s been going about. Though, it’s not enough for her to not participate.

Cornell also adds a bit of romance to the story. There’s a sexual tension between Cleve and Frankenstein that spills over in the issue. There’s enough laid out there that it all makes sense. These are two attractive individuals who are really attracted to each other over what they see as their brilliance. Though, in Cleve’s case it also feels like there might be some attraction in the danger of it all.

Emma Vieceli brings a bit of sexiness to The Modern Frankenstein #2. There’s a tension throughout the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein do their dance. There’s also a subtle amount of horror in what they’re all doing. The issue does a fantastic job of balancing it all to create an issue that delivers a bit of everything. Pippa Bowland‘s colors delivers a pop to the issue with some really interesting choices at key moments to highlight something. Simon Bowland‘s lettering does a solid job of keeping the dialogue flowing while also getting out of the way of the art. This isn’t a series that has a ton of dialogue but when it does there’s a solid balance of the lettering and the art.

The Modern Frankenstein #2 gives us an escalation of things in many ways. There’s a dance about the comic as Cleve and Frankenstein orbit each other in numerous ways. It’s a solid new take on the classic story that adds a sexiness and danger about it all while keeping the horror always present.

Story: Paul Cornell Art: Emma Vieceli
Color: Pippa Bowland Letterer: Simon Bowland
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.15 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

Heavy Metal/Magma Comix provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Preview: The Modern Frankenstein #2

The Modern Frankenstein #2

(W) Paul Cornell (A/CA) Emma Vieceli (C) Pippa Bowland (L) Simon Bowland

Elizabeth Cleve is an apprentice to the brilliant, extreme surgeon James Frankenstein. He’s shown her his secret world of forbidden medical experiments. And now their mutual attraction has reached a fever pitch. How far will she allow herself to go? A twisted horror-romance that walks a fine line between attraction and fear.

The Modern Frankenstein #2
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