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Hit Series Plastic Rushed Back to Print

The new hit series Plastic by Doug Wagner and Daniel Hillyard continues to fly off the shelves and will be sent back to press. Readers can’t get enough of this twisted, suspense story that Robert Kirkman calls, “the weirdest sh*t I’ve ever read. I love it!” Plastic #2 is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

Retired serial killer Edwyn Stoffgruppen is in love with Virginia, a girl he “met online.” Her affection quiets his vile urges. Together, they tour the back roads of America in their LTD, eating doughnuts and enjoying their healthy appetites for each other. Life is good…until a Louisiana billionaire kidnaps Virginia, forcing Edwyn to kill again in exchange for her freedom. Oh, and did we mention that Virginia is a sex doll?

Plastic #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code APR178673), Plastic #3 Cover A by Robinson (Diamond Code APR170847) and Cover B by Hillyard (Diamond Code APR170848) will be available on Wednesday, June 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

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Donny Cates & Estherren’s Redneck Goes Back to Print

The bestselling Image/Skybound series Redneck by Donny Cates and Lisandro Estherren is being rushed back to print in order to keep up with overwhelming customer demand.

In Redneck, readers are introduced to The Bowmans—a family of vampires who have quietly run the local barbecue joint in their small town for years, living off cow’s blood. Their peaceful coexistence ends as generations of hate, fear, and bad blood bubble to the surface—making it impossible to separate man from monster.

Redneck #1, 3rd printing (Diamond Code APR178671), Redneck #2, 2nd printing (Diamond Code APR178672) will be available on Wednesday, June 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, May 29th.

Redneck #3 Cover A (Diamond Code APR170856) and Cover B Pride Month (Diamond Code MAR178737) will be available on Wednesday, June 28th. The final order cutoff for comics retailers is Monday, June 5th.

Image+ Gets an Ongoing Wytches Comic, Ed Piskor Strip, and More Content

Image Comics has announced that the Diamond Gem Award-winning IMAGE+ magazine, Vol. 2 #1 will feature an overall increased page count, an original autobiographical comic strip from Ed Piskor, and the return of Scott Snyder and Jock’s smash hit Wytches. Vol. 2 of the magazine will hit comic book shops this August.

Fans have been eagerly awaiting the return of the chilling horror series Wytches ever since the first season ended on a brutal cliffhanger. Now, Snyder and Jock are back with a taste for the upcoming second season of the series by serializing what happens next in IMAGE+. How did Sailor make it to safety? What has she been doing since? The answers can be found exclusively in IMAGE+ with an extra-sized first chapter this issue.

In addition to the return of Wytches, IMAGE+ will also feature an original, recurring, autobiographical comic strip from Ed Piskor titled, Image of Youth!

This new chapter in IMAGE+ will weigh in at a hefty 80 PAGES at no additional cost—meaning more room for meatier, in-depth interviews, exciting sneak peeks into new titles, and long-form features on comics, creators, cosplay, conventions, and comics culture. IMAGE+ remains the number one source for news and information about Image Comics, and now is the perfect time for fans to get in on the ground floor.

IMAGE+ Vol. 2 #1 will be available to consumers to purchase for $1.99 at their local comic shop. Better yet, beginning with this Vol. 2 #1 issue, IMAGE+ will once again be available for free for anyone already purchasing a copy of Diamond’s Previews Catalog.

Mage Returns With the Third and Final Story Arc this August

Legendary creator and indy-comics pioneer Matt Wagner returns to bring fans the highly anticipated third and final story arc to Mage from Image Comics this summer. Mage: The Hero Denied will kickoff with the intro-sized issue #0 in July and carry on as a regular, 15-issue series beginning with The Hero Denied #1 this August.

This long-awaited conclusion to the epic fantasy trilogy Mage follows the adventures of the reluctant everyman hero Kevin Matchstick who—after encountering a shaggy and beguiling wizard—discovers he is the reincarnation of the legendary Pendragon and able to wield the power of the mystical weapon, Excalibur.

Mage #0 (Diamond Code MAY170639) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 12th at the introductory price of $1.99. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 19th.

For fans new to Mage, a reprint of the Mage, Vol. 1 trade paperback (Diamond Code MAY170640) will also be available on Wednesday, July 12th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, June 5th.

Mage #1 (Diamond Code JUN170617) will hit stores on Wednesday, July 24th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, August 16th.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Wednesdays 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!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

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

Alex

Top Pick: X-O Manowar #3 (Valiant) – Two words: Space Conan. More words: My favourite series from any publisher right now, this is a beautifully illustrated an fantastically written comic.

Rapture #1 (Valiant) – Another Valiant comic written by Matt Kindt? Just take my money.

Vile #2 (Study Group Comics) – Alright so this doesn’t come out this week, and is actually sat in my To-Read pile…. but I have every intention of reading Tyler Landry’s stream of consciousness style of story telling this week.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer #1 (BOOM! Studios) – A new take on the classic Frankenstein story. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a  while since it sounds like it’ll touch on social issues that are prevalent today giving it all a new spin.

Saucer State #1 (IDW Publishing) – This was an awesome series when that last volume came out through Vertigo. Thankfully we get another conspiracy filled volume. Think the X-Files but the President is involved in the investigation. A solid mix of conspiracy and politics.

Batman/The Shadow #2 (DC Comics) – The first issue I was mixed on, but I’m really excited to see where this second one goes. It’s a team up of two classic characters that works so well together.

East of West #33 (Image Comics) – This series always delivers in a weird mix of the Wild West, political maneuvering and religious fervor.

Samaritan Veritas #1 (Top Cow Productions) – Spinning out of the Postal/Think Tank world of Top Cow is a new series focused on hacker looking to take down a corrupt President…

Early Review: Winnebago Graveyard #1

In Winnebago Graveyard #1, an American family traveling on vacation finds themselves stranded in a small town with a sinister secret. This horror-adventure story about a family stuck on a road trip gone terribly awry is filled with creepy fairgrounds, nefarious characters, seedy conspiracies, towns full of satanists, and a teenager. What else could possibly go wrong?

I’m rather mixed on horror stories with them being rather hit and miss for me. I couldn’t say exactly what I enjoy, I just know I enjoy it. Winnebago Graveyard is the type of horror I enjoy with a solid build up in a first issue that’s full of creepiness and enough to make me squirm and be full of lots of questions. In other words, I really want to see what happens next.

Written by Steve Niles, Winnebago Graveyard reminds me a lot of classic horror films especially that of the 70s but infused with a somewhat modern take playing off the uneasiness that pervades America. Niles is a master storyteller, especially when it comes to horror, and everything presented is done so in a way that it adds to the story or cuts off the usual tropes and traps we see in this sort of tale.  But, what Niles does especially well is set the mood that gave me an uneasy feeling throughout the story.

That’s helped by Alison Sampson‘s art which is helped by Stephane Paitreau‘s colors. The art enhances the mood, especially giving us the 70s throwback meets modern time mix that works so well. Sampson’s art enhances the uneasiness throughout the story with things never being quite perfect and slightly off. Whether done on purpose or just Sampson’s style it works so well for this story helping keep the reader off balance and upping the creep factor.

As I said, I’m not of a horror person and I know what I like when I see it. I really liked this first issue as it was both familiar and left me wondering where things are going and what’s happening next. This is a must for horror fans.

Winnebago Graveyard #1 is in stores June 14.

Story: Steve Niles Art: Alison Sampson
Story: 8.0 Art: 7.80 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Buy

Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

All-New Fantasy Adventure Series Elsewhere Arrives this August from Jay Faerber and Sumeyye Kesgin

Comics/TV writer Jay Faerber teams up with rising star artist Sumeyye Kesgin for an all-new fantastical series, Elsewhere, coming this August from Image Comics.

What really happened to famed airwoman Amelia Earhart? As it turns out: a lot.

Somehow transported to a strange new world filled with flying beasts and baffling alien civilizations, Amelia desperately struggles to return home. Along the way, she forges alliances and makes enemies as she goes from aviatrix to freedom fighter in a rebellion against a merciless warlord!

Elsewhere #1 Cover A by Sumeyye Kesgin (Diamond code: JUN170635) and Cover B by Andrew Robinson (Diamond code: JUN170636) arrives in comic book stores Wednesday, August 2nd. The final order cutoff deadline for comics retailers is Monday, July 10th.

Dustin Weaver’s Paklis Gets a Release Party May 31

Image Comics introduces Paklis—a new anthology series from writer/artist Dustin Weaver—where the characters in three mind-bending stories find themselves faced with dark, existential questions that will haunt readers.

In “MUSHROOM BODIES,” Greg struggles with knowing what’s real and fears becoming complacent in a world of human insects. In the first installment of “SAGITTARIUS A*,” war hero Linus Rad is on a mission to the center of the galaxy to learn the dark secrets of his dead father’s scientific experiments. In the first chapter of “AMNIA CYCLE,” Tara, a young Jet-Wing pilot, goes AWOL in the war against the Nuriel in order to help Amnia, a mysterious alien with no memory of where she came from and a desperate need to stop a terrible disaster! When Amnia disappears, it sends Tara on an adventure into the Shadow Zone.

Step into the unknown. Journey into the shadows. There you’ll find Paklis.

WHO: Dustin Weaver
WHAT: PAKLIS #1 release party and signing
WHEN: Wednesday May 31, 5-7pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St Portland, OR 97209

Underrated: Great Comics Not In Diamond’s Top 100 Sellers For April

This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: Great comics not in Diamonds top 100 sellers for April.


This week we’re going to be looking at a list of comics that are all fantastic, but don’t get the attention that they deserve. Now I’m not even going to pretend to have a definitively exhaustive list of underrated comics here, because we’re hoping  that you decide to check at least one of these series out next time you’re looking for something new either online or at your LCS, and giving you a huge list to check out would be counter productive to that. Instead, you’ll find six(ish) comics that are worth your attention that failed to crack the top 100 in sales. You’ll notice that there’s only one comic from a publisher featured – this was done to try and spread the love around, rather than focus exclusively on one publisher (although there may be a future Underrated on specific publishers in the future, that’s not the point of this one).

Where possible, I’ve also avoided comics that have appeared on the last version of this list in past editions but that’s also had the adverse effect of shortening this list more than I’d like in the past, so you may see some recurring series month to month, although I’ll try to avoid that as much as possible.

The only hard stipulation for this week: not one of the comics made it into the top 100 for Marchs comic sales, according to Comichron, which is why they’re Underrated.

uncle scrooge 25Uncle Scrooge #25 (IDW)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 296 /4,359

Sometimes you don’t want a comic to be anything more than a pleasant diversion for a few minutes, and that’s exactly what this series is. Yes, it’s a Disney comic, but so what? It’s fun, and sometimes that’s exactly the kind of read you want.
Moon Girl And Devil Dinosaur #18 (Marvel)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 214 /7,966

There’s something incredible about this series. Whether you picked it up for the T-Rex in New York aspect, or the fantastic Moon Girl, there is so much here to love about this comic.

Britannia: We Who Are About To Die #1 (Valiant)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: 189 /10,218

Almost completely to the contrary of the above we have Valiant’s sequel to Britannia. A brutal story set in Ancient Rome centering around a man who is essentially a Bruce Wayne level detective in a world of superstition and monsters. Ultimately this isn’t going to be for everybody, and will likely end up with a more cult level following, but that’s exactly why it’s on this  list.

Kill Or Be Killed #8 (Image)
April Sales Rank/Comics Sold: #110 /19,616


This barely qualifies for this issue of Underrated, seeing as how it’s only ten places out of the hundred, but it’s a solid series with a much more realistic take on how a vigilante would operate in today’s world (assuming he made a deal with the devil). Fantastically gripping stuff with some truly awesome artwork.


Unless the comics industry ceases any and all publication look for a future installment of Underrated to cover more comics that aren’t cracking the top 100.

Shirtless Bear-Fighter Packs a Punch

From writers Jody LeHeup and Sebastian Girner, newcomer artist Nil Vendrell, colorist Mike Spicer, and letterer Dave Lanphear comes a modern tall tale for the ages.

After being betrayed by the bears that raised him, the legendary Shirtless Bear-Fighter wanders the forest he’s sworn to protect, fist-fighting bears, eating flapjacks, and being the angriest man the world has ever known! When wild-eyed, super-strong bears attack the citizens of Major City, Shirtless ventures into the human world to do what he does best…PUNCH THOSE BEARS IN THE FACE! But all is not as it seems. Someone is manipulating Shirtless…and only by confronting the demons of his past can Shirtless hope to save his future!

Shirtless Bear-Fighter is a an over-the-top action/comedy chock full of humor, colorful characters, larger-than-life battles, and high adventure. It’s the story of a wrathful man at war with himself, what happens when we allow anger to rule our lives, and what we can do to set things right.

The #WarOnBearror begins with Shirtless Bear-Fighter #1 (Diamond Code APR170718) on Wednesday, June 21st. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, May 29th.

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