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Review: Marvel’s Voices: Identity #1

Marvel Voices Identity #1

As a child growing up, I yearned to see myself in the entertainment I enjoyed. I remembered watching TV and movies and rarely saw an Asian face. When we did show up, we were mostly background players. Thankfully, I had Kung Fu Theater, but most of those movies came off cartoonish and were made in the 1960s and 1970s.

Fast forward to today and we are getting our first Asian superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while along the way, strides have been made across all media. We have had three Asian centered television shows to grace. We also have a boom of Asian creativity across the Diasporas that have never been seen before. On the precipice of the Shang Chi movie being released, Marvel has released the one-shot, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1, where the House Of Ideas showcase some of their greatest heroes which just so happens to be Asian.

In “What Is Vs What If”, Shang Chi is challenged by the alternate version of himself if chose not defy his father. In “That One Thing”, Jubilee visits her parents’ graves and revisits her childhood through memories. In “Jimmy Woo 1959”, Jimmy uses his genius to help an alien that almost gets killed by an Army battalion. In “Seeing Red”, Kamala Khan while visiting family helps the local hero in Karachi. In “Personal Heroes”, Wave fights a water monster in her hometown with a hero she idolizes, Bishop. In “Singular/Plural”, Silhouette agonizes over the dating scene, blaming her disability for meeting eligible men, but one encounter, leads her to realize she needs to step out of her own shadow. In “Traditional Pink Sushi”, Armor and Silver Samurai, argue over how to make sushi and eventually realizes traditions are something to be renewed. In the last story,” New York State of Mind”, Silk and Amadeus Cho gets their day off interrupted, as they get into a fight the scarecrow on top of the Statue of Liberty.

Overall, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1 is an entertaining set of stories which not only highlight these heroes but also the excellent creators. The stories by the different creators are wondrous. The art by the different artists are beautiful. Altogether, Marvel’s Voices Identity #1 is a comics which introduces readers to these heroes and these talented creators.

Story: Gene Luen Yang, Christina Strain, Maurene Goo, Greg Pak, Sabir Pirzada, Jeremy Holt, Alyssa Wong, Ken Niimura
Art: Marcus To, Sunny Gho, Jason Loo, Lynne Yoshii, Sebastian Cheng, Creees Lee, Brian Reber, Darren Shan, Mashal Ahmed, Neeraj Menon, Alti Firmansyah, Irma Kniivila, Whilce Portacio, Jay David Ramos, Ken Niimura
Story: 10 Story: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Review: Skybound X #2

Celebrating 10 years of Skybound, this anthology celebrates the past, present, and future. And… will definitely become collectibles due to the debuts.

Story: Robert Kirkman, Joshua Williamson, Tri Vuong, Irma Kniivila, Chip Zdarsky
Art: Ryan Ottley, Andrei Bressan, Tri Vuong, Ramón K. Perez
Ink: Cliff Rathburn
Color: Dave McCaig, Adriano Lucas, Irma Kniivila, Mike Spicer
Letterer: Rus Wooton, Pat Brosseau, Aditya Bidikar

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No One is Safe in Stillwater by Zdarsky & Pérez #9

Image Comics and Skybound have revealed a first look at Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #9, the newest pulse-pounding issue of the hit series from the superstar team of Chip ZdarskyRamón K Pérez, and Mike Spicer.

The new world order of Stillwater aims to cement their rule for life—and that means Ted is welcoming new visitors to the town. Unfortunately, that’s bad news for Faith… Can Ted keep his hold on Stillwater or will a new force topple his reign?

Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #9 (Diamond Code MAY210205) will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, August 4.

Plus, fans of Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez can’t miss the monumental Skybound X #2, featuring the debut of a major new Stillwater character and the unexpected secret origin of Galen, available in stores & digital platforms on Wednesday, July 14.

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn (MAY210042)
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan (MAY210043)
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (MAY210044)

Skybound Launches a New YA and Middle Grade Graphic Novel Imprint Skybound Comet

Skybound Comet

Skybound has announced that Skybound Comet, a new original graphic novel imprint aimed at Young Adult (ages 12+) and Middle Grade (ages 8-12) audiences, will launch next year everywhere books are sold.

Skybound Comet officially takes flight in July 2022 with Clementine Book One, beginning a trilogy set in the world of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, from award-winning writer/artist Tillie Walden. This will be followed by the original graphic novel Everyday Hero Machine Boy from rising star voices Tri Vuong and Irma Kniivila in September 2022, and then Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One, kicking off a fantasy trilogy from acclaimed creators Mairghread Scott and Pablo Tunica, in October 2022.

It’s a new beginning for Clementine, the star of the bestselling video game franchise Telltale’s The Walking Dead, in Clementine Book One, as she’s back on the road, looking to put her traumatic past behind her and forge new path all her own. But when she comes across an Amish teenager named Amos with his head in the clouds, the unlikely pair journeys North to an abandoned ski resort in Vermont, where they meet up with a small group of teenagers attempting to build a new, walker-free settlement. As friendship, rivalry, and romance begin to blossom amongst the group, the harsh winter soon reveals that the biggest threat to their survival…might be each other.

Clementine makes her first comic book appearance in Skybound X #1, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 7, 2021.

In Everyday Hero Machine Boy, the titular hero falls from the sky to the domed city of Mega 416, leaving a wake of destruction in his path…until Karate Grandpa is able to turn on his heart. Now, Machine Boy wants nothing more than to become a hero! Whether he is fighting giant bugs in the school’s basement, rescuing cats from trees, or making the perfect spaghetti sauce, Machine Boy is always looking for the best way to help others. But when his heart begins to interact dangerously with other debris from space, Machine Boy wonders if he can be a power for good after all.

Machine Boy makes his first comic book appearance in Skybound X #2, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 14, 2021.

The end of the world is coming in Sea Serpent’s Heir Book One as a teen named Aella on Kinamen Isle spends her days fishing and minding her aunts, dreaming of life beyond the horizon. Everything changes, however, when she awakens an ancient evil within herself as it’s revealed that she’s the reincarnation of Xir, the serpent that almost destroyed the world. Worse yet, a fanatical religious organization has arrived on Kinamen Isle in search of Xir.

Aella makes her first comic book appearance in Skybound X #4, available in comic shops and at digital providers on July 28, 2021.

Skybound X #2 features the next chapter of Rick Grimes 2000 and the First Appearance of Everyday Hero Machine Boy

Image and Skybound have revealed a first look at Skybound X #2, featuring the jaw-dropping next chapter of the new The Walking Dead epic “Rick Grimes 2000” and the first appearance of Everyday Hero Machine Boy! The next issue of this monumental weekly event series debuts in July, featuring superstar creators Robert Kirkman, Ryan OttleyChip Zdarsky, Ramon K PerezJoshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan, Irma Kniivila, and Tri Vuong!

But that’s not all! This extra-length issue is all jam-packed with a new story from the critically acclaimed Stillwater featuring the secret origin of a surprising character AND a surprising coda to the recently concluded Birthright epic.

If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next ten years, it all continues here with a celebration of the past, present…and the FUTURE!

Skybound X #2  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 14:

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn – Diamond Code MAY210042
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan – Diamond Code MAY210043
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila – Diamond Code MAY210044
  • Skybound X #2 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Andrei Bressan – Diamond Code APR219069
  • Skybound X #2 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila – Diamond Code APR219070
  • Skybound X #2 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Cliff Rathburn – Diamond Code APR219071

Image and Skybound Reveals New Skybound X Covers

The comic book event of the summer is almost here and Image and Skybound revealed rare new variant covers to all five issues of Skybound X. The weekly series features the first appearances of Clementine (the star of the bestselling video game series TELLTALE’S THE WALKING DEAD), Everyday Hero Machine Boy and Sea Serpent’s Heir along with the return of fan-favorite “Rick Grimes 2000”! Join the most-superstar-packed lineup in comics as Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson celebrate the past, present, and future of the Skybound beginning Wednesday, July 7.

The newly revealed incentive variant covers feature stunning black and white versions of the previously announced covers to Skybound X, with extra rare versions of the main cover art featuring “Rick Grimes 2000” and the most shocking vision of The Walking Dead you’ve ever seen!

Skybound X #1  will be available at  comic book shops  and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, July 7 with subsequent issues releasing weekly.

On-Sale Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

  • Skybound X #1 Cover A by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code MAY210037) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover B by James Harren (Diamond Code MAY210038) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover C by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code MAY210039) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover D by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210040) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover E Blank Sketch Cover (Diamond Code MAY210041) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by James Harren (Diamond Code APR219065) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tillie Walden (Diamond Code APR219066) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover H 1:10 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219067) 
  • Skybound X #1 Cover I 1:25 Incentive Cover by Ryan Ottley (Diamond Code APR219068) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 14, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code MAY210042) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code MAY210043) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code MAY210044) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Andrei Bressan (Diamond Code APR219069) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila (Diamond Code APR219070) 
  • Skybound X #2 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Cliff Rathburn (Diamond Code APR219071) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 21, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #3 Cover A by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code MAY210045) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover B by Cory Walker (Diamond Code MAY210046) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover C by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code MAY210047) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover D by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code MAY210048)
  • Skybound X #3 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Cory Walker (Diamond Code APR219072) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover F 1:10 Incentive Cover by Erica Henderson (Diamond Code APR219073) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover G 1:10 Incentive Cover by Daniel Warren Johnson (Diamond Code APR219074) 
  • Skybound X #3 Cover H 1:25 Incentive Cover by Arthur Adams (Diamond Code APR219075) 

On-Sale Wednesday, July 28, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #4 Cover A by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code MAY210049) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover B by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code MAY210050)
  • Skybound X #4 Cover C by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code MAY210051) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Khary Randolph (Diamond Code APR219076) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Pablo Tunica (Diamond Code APR219077) 
  • Skybound X #4 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by Charlie Adlard (Diamond Code APR219078) 

On-Sale Wednesday, August 4, 2021: 

  • Skybound X #5 Cover A by David Finch (Diamond Code MAY210052) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover B by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code MAY210053)
  • Skybound X #5 Cover C by Jason Howard (Diamond Code MAY210054) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover D 1:10 Incentive Cover by Chris Schweizer (Diamond Code APR219079) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover E 1:10 Incentive Cover by Jason Howard (Diamond Code APR219080) 
  • Skybound X #5 Cover F 1:25 Incentive Cover by David Finch (Diamond Code APR219081) 

The New World Order Rises in Stillwater #8

Image Comics and Skybound revealed a first look at Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #8, the newest chapter of the critically acclaimed hit series from the superstar team of Chip Zdarsky, Ramón K. Pérez, and Mike Spicer.

Nothing will ever be the same in the town of Stillwater now that Kreegs and his team of outsiders have arrived to enforce a new world order—and Daniel must join the clandestine resistance. But now it’s time for Sheriff Tanya to take a road trip, dispose of a body and deal with the consequences of her choices.

Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #8 will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play on Wednesday, June 16:

  • Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #8 Cover A by Perez – Diamond Code APR210336
  • Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez #8 Cover B Pride Month variant by Gabrielle Kari – Diamond Code MAR219151

Fans of Stillwater By Zdarsky & Pérez won’t want to miss the monumental Skybound X #2, featuring the unexpected secret origin of Daniel’s powerful new ally, available in stores & digital platforms on Wednesday, July 14. 

  • Skybound X #2 Cover A by Cliff Rathburn – Diamond Code MAY210042
  • Skybound X #2 Cover B by Andrei Bressan – Diamond Code MAY210043
  • Skybound X #2 Cover C by Tri Vuong & Irma Kniivila – Diamond Code MAY210044

Image and Skybound Launches Skybound X, a Weekly Series featuring New Stories with Rick Grimes and the First Appearance of Clementine

Image Comics and Skybound Entertainment will launch a five-issue, limited comic book series, Skybound X. This exciting comic event will feature iconic characters such as The Walking Dead’s Rick Grimes, Telltale’s The Walking Dead’s Clementine, and more Skybound favorites. Heavy hitter creators including Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley, Tillie Walden, Donny Cates, Joshua Williamson, Chip Zdarsky, James Harren, and Daniel Warren Johnson will contribute stories from the best Skybound series past, present, and future.

Each oversized, weekly issue will kick off with a chapter from “Rick Grimes 2000“, a story originally introduced in the back of The Walking Dead issue 75 and reuniting the Invincible team Robert Kirkman and Ryan Ottley. In addition, all-new series with brand new comic book characters will debut throughout. The first new comic book character featured will be Clementine, the star of the bestselling video game Telltale’s The Walking Dead. Skybound X will also include new stories from the worlds of Assassin Nation, Excellence, and Manifest Destiny.

Skybound X will be available at comic book shops and digital platforms including Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, comiXology, and Google Play, starting with issue #1 on Wednesday, July 7, 2021:

SKYBOUND X #1
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN, TILLE WALDEN, JAMES HARREN & CHRIS DINGESS 
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, TILLIE WALDEN, JAMES HARREN & MATTHEW ROBERTS 
COVER A: RYAN OTTLEY (Diamond Code MAY210037)
COVER B: JAMES HARREN (Diamond Code MAY210038)
COVER C: TILLIE WALDEN (Diamond Code MAY210039)
COVER D: CHARLIE ADLARD (Diamond Code MAY210040)
COVER E: BLANK SKETCH COVER (Diamond Code MAY210041)
JULY 7 / 52 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $4.99

Celebrate a sensational 10 years of Skybound with a cavalcade of your favorite creators for all-new stories of your favorite series past, present and future! Each issue of this oversized, weekly series will kick off with a new chapter of a serialized THE WALKING DEAD story—RICK GRIMES 2000—by Robert Kirkman & Ryan Ottley!  

In addition, we’ll be debuting all-new series and characters every issue, starting with the First Appearance of the most requested WALKING DEAD character of all-time: Clementine, star of the bestselling Telltale’s The Walking Dead video game series! 

Did we mention new ULTRAMEGA and MANIFEST DESTINY stories?! If you want to know what to expect in Skybound’s next 10 years, it all starts here!  

SKYBOUND X #2 
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN, CHIP ZDARKSKY, DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, IRMA KNIIVILA & TRI VUONG 
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, RAMON K. PEREZ, DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON, TRI VUONG & IRMA KNIIVILA 
COVER A: CLIFF RATHBURN (Diamond Code MAY210042)
COVER B: ANDREI BRESSAN (Diamond Code MAY210043)
COVER C: TRI VUONG & IRMA KNIIVILA (Diamond Code MAY210044)
JULY 14 / 44 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $4.99

The second chapter of the wildest WALKING DEAD story ever–RICK GRIMES 2000! Plus, the debut of a major new STILLWATER character, a rip-roaring MURDER FALCON throwdown, and the First Appearance of EVERYDAY HERO MACHINE BOY! 

SKYBOUND X #3 
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN, JOSHUA WILLIAMSON, KYLE STARKS 
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, ANDREI BRESSAN, ERICA HENDERSON, CORY WALKER 
COVER A: ARTHUR ADAMS (Diamond Code MAY210045)
COVER B: CORY WALKER (Diamond Code MAY210046)
COVER C: ERICA HENDERSON (Diamond Code MAY210047)
COVER D: DANIEL WARREN JOHNSON (Diamond Code MAY210048)
JULY 21 / 44 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $4.99

The third chapter of RICK GRIMES 2000! Plus, a surprising coda to the BIRTHRIGHT saga, a spotlight on ASSASSIN NATION fan-favorite, F*ck Tarkington, and the latest installment of the greatest genius canine adventurer, SCIENCE DOG! 

SKYBOUND X #4 
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN, DONNY CATES, BRANDON THOMAS, MAIRGHRED SCOTT 
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, LISANDRO ESTHERREN, KHARY RANDOLPH, PABLO TUNICA 
COVER A: CHARLIE ADLARD (Diamond Code MAY210049)
COVER B: KHARY RANDOLPH (Diamond Code MAY210050)
COVER C: PABLO TUNICA (Diamond Code MAY210051)
JULY 28 / 44 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $4.99

The fourth chapter of RICK GRIMES 2000! Plus, new REDNECK and EXCELLENCE stories, and the First Appearance of SEA SERPENT’S HEIR!  

SKYBOUND X #5 
STORY: ROBERT KIRKMAN, KYLE STARKS & SEAN MACKIEWICZ 
ART: RYAN OTTLEY, JASON HOWARD, CHRIS SCHWEIZER & NIKO WALTER 
COVER A: DAVID FINCH (Diamond Code MAY210052)
COVER B: CHRIS SCHWEIZER (Diamond Code MAY210053)
COVER C: JASON HOWARD (Diamond Code MAY210054)
AUGUST 4 / 44 PAGES / FULL COLOR / M / $4.99

RICK GRIMES 2000 concludes! Plus, new THE SIX SIDEKICKS OF TRIGGER KEATON and GASOLINA stories! ALSO, something COMPLETELY NEW from ROBERT KIRKMAN & JASON HOWARD! SECRETS!

Never Show Weakness: Trump in Power Explores Key Events that Have Defined Trump’s Term

Never Show Weakness: Trump in Power

Insider.com has released a new comic exploring Donald Trump‘s first term, Never Show Weakness: Trump in Power.

Written by Anthony Del Col, art by Josh Adams with Nik Virella, colors by Charlie Kirchoff and Irma Kniivila, and lettering by Taylor Esposito, the comic is a two-part look at two key events that have defined who he is as a leader. The comic takes a look at Charlottesville and then the George Floyd protests in June of this year focusing on some of the factors leading to his actions and reactions.

This is the fourth comic Del Col has created with Insider. Previous releaes have included a look at Trump’s impeachment, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s departure from the Royal Family, and Trump’s response to COVID-19.

The newest comic is available as a traditional comic and motion comic.

Preview: Ronin Island #10

Ronin Island #10

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: Giannis Milonogiannis
Colorist: Irma Kniivila
Letterer: Simon Bowland
Cover Artists:
      Main Cover:
Giannis Milonogiannis
    Preorder Cover: Ethan Young
Price: $3.99

With enemies on all sides, Hana and Kenichi struggle to protect the island and themselves. But the Shogun has a more sinister plan brewing, and for anyone to survive this fight, Kenichi will need to rally the island’s forces, and Hana will have to prove to those loyal to the Shogun that his way of life is not worth fighting for.

Ronin Island #10
Almost American
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